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Alton Farmer's & Artisans' Market
There will be an abundance of delicious fresh produce, crafts, baked goods, plants & flowers, locally-raised hormone-free meat, handmade soaps, jewelry, artwork, pottery, art demonstrations and more at the Alton Farmer's and Artisans' Market. Admission is free for shoppers and there is plenty of parking at its new permanent location in the city-owned parking lot at the corner of Landmarks and Henry Street. The Alton Farmer's & Artisans' Market is every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The Fog Lights at Jacoby Arts Center
The Fog Lights have been a long time coming. After a year of playing shows and recording, their album "Manhassett" debuts on July 25th. The first single- "Lead the Way"- features the pair's sweet, high harmonies and dual acoustic guitars, backed with brushed drums and bursts of harmonica. Under it all, gently subversive banjo anchors the folked-ip aesthetic that runs through the album. Loading with chirped strums and warm harmonies. "Manhassett" is minimalist and delicate, sometimes forgoing instruments for punctuated a cappella single lines.For more information, call (618) 462-5222.
Rock the Hops 2016
Rock the Hops returns to Downtown Alton, Il. A celebration of music, art and craft beer featuring some of the best purveyors of the goods in the region! Tickets are $15 a person with grants you access to beer sampling at each venue, a souvenir tasting glass, and access to shuttles. Beer sampling not your thing? Come out anyway and enjoy music, art and the venues' normal offerings!
Dicken's Holiday Village
Olde England comes alive in Historic Downtown Antioch with lifelike figures representing scenes from the Dickens Era. The Dickens Holiday Village is back and the handcrafted Dickens characters made by our volunteer artists will bring a Public Art Program that is free for everyone to enjoy! Antioch will proudly displayed 45 Dickens characters for people to tour. Each character has a plaque describing the scene and also serves as an educational tool for students. Take a self-guided tour with one of our Dickens Walking Brochure Maps or reserve a tour guide for groups of 24 or more. Plus there is plenty of Dickens Fun for everyone in November and December. You may enjoy Dickens Teas, an Antioch "Oliver" dog afternoon, Dress like Dickens event, and much more.
Alley Art Festival
This free, family-friendly event celebrates the Aurora community and its burgeoning arts and cultural scene. The art festival turns Water Street Mall, the brick alleyway between Downer Place and Galena Boulevard, into a vibrant city center featuring more than sixty local artists, crafters, and artisans. Free music on the lawn, a creative children’s booth, delicious food, and so much more is offered to create a fun and exciting day for everyone.This outdoor, grassroots art festival is from noon to 5 p.m. on the last Saturday in August.
Fiestas Patrias at RiverEdge Park
Celebrate the sound, culture and taste of Mexico at Fiestas Patrias. From the delicious food to the variety of musical acts to the children’s play area, there’s something for everyone at this fun festival right on the Fox River.
Happy Together Tour 2016 at the Paramount Theatre
Take a trip through the golden age of rock-and-roll with the artists behind all those 1960’s and 70’s favorites, right before your eyes. In one rockin’ night, the Happy Together Tour 2016 is bringing your radio to life with Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, Chicago’s own The Cowsills, Mark Lindsay from Paul Revere & The Raiders, The Spencer Davis Group starring (you guessed it) Spencer Davis himself and, of course, Flo & Eddie from The Turtles, all live on the Paramount stage. This show is stacked with what the kids are calling “oldies, but goodies,” and you don’t want to miss it. General Public On-Sale: June 30 at 10 a.m.
Beach Boys & The Temptations: Surf & Soul Tour
There’s no better way to celebrate the summer than experiencing the band that literally created the beach rock sound live. And there’s no better place to do it than right on the banks of the Fox River. Calling The Beach Boys “legends” is an understatement. Their multi-layer harmonies, unmistakable 1960s surf rock sound and laid-back style launched them into worldwide fame, while simultaneously shaping the future of pop music forever. We like our surf with a side of soul, so joining The Beach Boys are the smooth, the soulful, and the funky Temptations. Known for their Motown smash hits “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” “My Girl” and “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone.” Gates open at 5:30 pm - show starts at 7:00 pm. Bring your lawn chair and be early!
Downtown Alive! American English at RiverEdge Park
Acclaimed Beatles’ Tribute Band: from that very first song on the Ed Sullivan show to the last note of Abbey Road, it’s a night of hit after bloody hit from Chicago’s very own American English.
Alan Jackson with Lauren Alaina at RiverEdge Park
Alan Jackson ranks as one of the 10 best-selling male vocalists of all-time in all genres. He is one of the most successful and respected singer-songwriters in country music. Jackson’s current album, Angels and Alcohol, topped the country album charts when it was released last summer. Lauren Alaina captured America’s hearts when she appeared on Season 10 of American Idol. Recently Lauren released a self-titled five-song EP including her latest single, “Next Boyfriend.” Lauren regularly appears on the Grand Ole Opry, is one of CMT’s “Next Women of Country” and returned to American Idol for its farewell season as a mentor to this year’s contestants.
Downtown Alive! 7th Heaven at RiverEdge Park
Chicago’s 7th Heaven has been an area staple for 3 decades, playing over 250 dates every single year. In addition to being kings of the Midwest’s cover band circuit, these talented dudes have opened for Bon Jovi, Kid Rock and Styx with their original material and classic favorites. If you’ve never experienced 7th Heaven’s world-famous “30 Songs in 30 Minutes” medley, get ready to be knocked off your feet. And if you have, you know what these guys are capable of. Set up your lawn chair, crack that cold one and get ready to sing along to your favorite hits from yesterday, today and maybe even the future… who knows what tunes these guys are going to bust out at the Park.
Boz Scaggs / America at RiverEdge Park
Blues-soul rocker Boz Scaggs is known for songs like “My Time” and “Slow Dancer.” The songs “Lido Shuffle” and “Lowdown” were smash hits along with “Breakdown Dead Ahead” and “Jo Jo.” His most recent release, A Fool to Care, is a culmination, showcasing soulful originals, country covers and heartfelt features by fellow stars. With a discography as diverse and successful as his, this is going to be one incredible night. After rocking the U.K. charts with their 1971 single “Horse With No Name,” America brought the song to the U.S., where it debuted at #1. This dream team of musical talent recorded honest ballads, folk jams and even some trippy numbers, like “Sister Golden Hair” and “Tin Man.” Today, Gerry and Dewey are still touring together, bringing their classic sound to forever fans and newcomers alike.
Get the Led Out at RiverEdge Park
Last summer, these talented rockers lit up RiverEdge Park with shredding guitar, piercing vocals and a head-banging drum solo that made us feel like we were seeing Jimmy, John, Robert and John Paul back on stage. This year, they’re bringing it all back, and then some. Get the Led Out’s mission is to perform songs from Zeppelin’s legendary albums like Led Zeppelin I-IV, Physical Graffiti and In Through the Out Door with the explosive energy the guys were known for.
Dig out your berets and bowlers, ushankas and sombreros, and celebrate diversity in style! This event is a dancing, eating, creating and learning celebration of Aurora’s diverse cultures, past and present, benefitting Family Focus Aurora, World Relief and the Aurora Historical Society. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. 4-8 pm
Green Fair on the Fox
Green Fair on the Fox features an eco-marketplace, local businesses, physical fitness and sustainable, healthy living. There will be food, live music, demonstrations and fun activities for the whole family! Over 65 vendors and exhibitors will be on hand showcasing their green product or service. Fun activities for kids and adults alike will be going on all throughout the fair. Musical entertainment on the Peg Bond Stage. Green Fair on the Fox will be held rain or shine.
Taste of Batavia Block Party
Celebrate Labor Day weekend as Batavia MainStreet hosts a 'Taste of Batavia' sampler party complete with live music, activities and dancing! For kids, there will be plenty of activities and a play area-- River City Church will host a bounce house, face painting, balloons, and a raffle. Lawn games and bags Classic Car Show on River St. Sept. 4, 4 pm - 9 pm.
Enjoy hay rides, pumpkin painting and tug-of-war in the Forest Preserve District of Will County's Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve. Explore the Nature Center and its critters and snack on s'mores around a campfire while grooving to live outdoor music. Vendors and artisans will be on hand. Registration is not required for this free, all-ages event. 12-4PM.
This annual craft show features the works of more than 300 crafters and artists displayed in booths, buildings and tents at the Boone County Fairgrounds. This show has a reputation for featuring hand-crafted, quality, original work. Vendors go through a juried application process, enabling us to provide you with an outstanding display of folk art, wood carving, dried florals, pottery, painted and appliqued clothing, jewelry, fine art and much more.
August 20th Cruise Nite in Berwyn
Come down to the Depot District and enjoy Cruise Nites with other families, residents and car enthusiasts. Learn more about Berwyn's proud classic car culture and historical automotive heritage. Cruise Nites are free! Just show up and have a great time!
Pick any decade and come ready to dance! Event fundraiser features: *King & Queen voting *Groove to the DJ mix *Raffles & Prizes *Finger foods & desserts from local restaurants *A Local Celebrity Lip Sync Battle General Ticket $75: includes open bar, appetizers & desserts and coat check.
Historic National Landmark, Bishop Hill, glows with luminary lit sidewalks and candle lit windows in honor of St. Lucy, a celebration of lights. Musical entertainment abounds throughout the village. Musicians will perform at the Steeple Building and at Vagnhall Galleri, the air will be filled with melodies. The village specialty shops and dining establishments stay open late for an enchanted evening to remember. Feel like dancing? Experience the Old Colony School barn dance serenaded by the Rusty String Pickup Band. Experience a utopia on the prairie holiday experience this season. Come join us from 6-9pm!
Christmas Market "Julmarknad"
The holiday festivities in Bishop Hill begin with Julmarknad, or Christmas Market. This event is based on Scandinavian customs dating back to the Middle Ages when farmers and artisans would gather in the village squares to sell their wares. Bishop Hill businesses will be offering unique gifts, handmade wares, antiques, quilts, collectibles, baked goods, delicious foods, and Swedish imports. Businesses will be open from 10-5pm. Scandinavian foods such as herring, lutfisk, and rye bread are also in abundance. Select from a large array of delicious holiday cookies, homemade by community bakers on Friday and Saturday.
Bishop Hill Clay and Fiber Fest
Interact with skilled potters and a variety of fiber artists during this two day event. Artists are featured in an indoor/outdoor classroom at Bishop Hill's Prairie Arts Center. Potters of all levels will demonstrate wheel throwing and hand building techniques, the Native American art of horse hair pottery, pit and raku firing processes and more. Learn weaving, spinning, rug hooking and broom making. Make and take activities will be conducted both days. Local musicians will entertain you with their diverse musical style in the village park Saturday afternoon, and an old-fashioned pie and ice cream social will be held there, too. Saturday evening, a soup supper takes place in the Bishop Hill Colony School. For $10, attendees can pick out a hand-thrown bowl, fill it with homemade soup, and take the bowl home afterward.
Jordbruksdagarna – Agriculture days
Celebrate Bishop Hill’s agrarian heritage, this event features traditional 19th century harvest activities and demonstrations, hands-on activities, music, farm produce, and Colony stew. Hours: 10am to 5pm.