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More Fun on 81 – 180th Andover Anniversary Celebration
Civil war reenactment will line Lake Andover offering a glimpse into the past. An antique and lawn and farm tractor show will be held at the museum grounds. Gather for the concerts and grab a bite to eat from one of the many food vendors to choose from. Artisans and craft vendors will be featured throughout the grounds. Kids will enjoy the fishing derby. Remember our veterans and participate in a Salute to Veterans.
Civil War Weekend
Friday, Sep 18: 7 pm - The Play, “The Women in Abraham Lincoln’s Life.” Call 618-697-0009 for $15 reservation. Saturday, Sep 19: 9:30 am to 4 pm – Speakers, exhibits, & Re-enactors. Exhibits Include Civil War Era guns and quilts, Civil War Re-enactors, Civil War Era Memorabilia, Music, Exhibit Contest, Kirkpatrick Pottery, and Children Activities. It is FREE! Saturday, Sep 19, 7 pm - The Play, “The Women in Abraham Lincoln’s Life.” Call 618-697-0009 for $15 reservation. Sunday, Sep 20: 1 pm - Historical Bus Tour: Lincoln’s Footsteps and Friends in Anna-Jonesboro. Call 618- 833-8745 for $10 reservation. 2-4 pm - Open House at the PAST Heritage House, It is Free! 2:30 pm - Recognize All Exhibit Contest Winners, and 2:35 pm - The Play, “The Women in Abraham Lincoln’s Life.” Call 618-697-0009 for $15 reservation.
Civil War Weekend
The Shawnee Hills Art Council of Anna Arts Center and P.A.S.T. of Union County are co-sponsoring a Civil War Weekend in Anna, IL. A quick snapshot of the planned events include: Historical bus tour: “Lincoln’s Footsteps and Friends in Anna-Jonesboro”; exhibits which include guns and quilts; re-enactors and encampment; storytelling; and Civil War era food and music. So mark your calendars and plan on coming to Anna Arts Center for a journey back in time.
Antioch's Summer Arts & Crafts Faire
This newly designed Summer Hand-Crafted Arts and Crafts Faire will feature artisans from around the country. Enjoy more than 140 booths of hand-crafted goods for summer and fall, food and free admission. There will also be plenty of children's free fun including face painting, balloon art and Paint our Town!
Arcola Broom Corn Festival
Arcola celebrates its heritage as the “Broom Corn Capital of the World” with this renowned festival held in downtown. Visitors can see broom activities, arts/crafts, great food, free entertainment, National Broom Sweeping Contest on Main Street and gigantic parade featuring the famous Lawn Rangers.
Raggedy Ann 100th Birthday Party
Raggedy Ann turns 100 years old this year and the Arcola Chamber of Commerce is celebrating this wonderful occasion by having a Raggedy Ann Birthday Dinner Party held at the Best Western Plus. Saturday is the Raggedy Sales Room featuring fun events and contests. Saturday night is the 100th Birthday Party Dinner (tickets required).
Family oriented two-day celebration that features the famous burgoo, as well as craft market, games, carnival rides, concessions and contests. Entertainment includes Little Miss & Mr. Burgoo, local talent groups and well-known music acts. Parade at 10am Saturday.
Strawberry Jam Festival
A festival of strawberry-related activities and events. This includes special sales promotions throughout the Arthur area. A strawberry social is held in conjunction at the Otto Center south of town. Strawberries are available for purchase and there will be limited giveaways during the festival. Lots of entertainment and activities, including the bands Battle Creek, Gunny Sack Revue and Deep Water.
A Touch of Arthur
A day-long display of products and services produced and provided by many of the 400 businesses within the Arthur area. Many country businesses have special promotions during this event. You will have opportunities to interact with the business owners who actually make and sell these products and services. There plenty of activities for children such as camel rides, inflatable games and pony rides. Located in Downtown Arthur and throughout the Arthur area from 9am-4pm.
Crazy Horse Bluegrass Festival
A weekend of family fun - Friday and Saturday music performances, concluding on Sunday with a morning gospel show. Featuring: The Harmans, Art Stevenson & High Water, Punches Family, Charlie & the Girls, Blue River, Bluegrass Express, The Burie Family and Flat Mountain.
Soulfeed Smooth Jazz Festival
Soulfeed Smooth Jazz Festival™ is proud to present the 7th Annual Smooth Jazz Festival featuring Hiroshima, Walter Beasley AND Mambo Express with Emcee: Denise Jordan Walker.
Blues On The Fox
A celebration of Aurora’s rich Blues history with incredible music and top Blues artists! Full line up to be announced 10 am on April 2!
Puerto Rican Heritage Festival
It’s a two-day festival celebrating the rich heritage of Puerto Rico. Put on by the Aurora Puerto Rican Cultural Council, the weekend features endless food vendors offering wonderful cuisine; domino competitions; traditional folk music; other Puerto Rican bands; a kids’ play area; novelty vendors; Puerto Rican craftsmanship vendors and non-stop fun. And don’t forget to take in the sights and sounds of the Puerto Rican Day Parade on Sunday.
Paramount Theatrical Production: A Christmas Story
One of the most watched and beloved Holiday movies ever made comes to life in a full-blown musical production on the Paramount stage. It’s the story of nine-year-old Ralphie Parker growing up in middle-America in the 1940s. With Christmas right around the corner, Ralphie has his bespectacled sights set on one thing – a Red Ryder BB Gun. But at every turn, the young daydreamer hears those five words that are the bane of his existence: “you’ll shoot your eye out.”
Paramount Theatrical Production: West Side Story
It’s quite possibly one of the greatest love stories ever to be told in a musical. Set in the blue-collar neighborhood of New York’s Upper West Side, racial tensions run high as residents try to grind out a daily living. A turf war is being fought as the Jets, a white gang, and the Sharks, a Puerto Rican gang, battle over boundaries. In the heart of the turmoil, former Jets member Tony meets Maria at a local dance. The chemistry is instantaneous, and for a few hours, there is no race, no hatred, no barriers, just two young people in love. But Maria is the sister of Sharks’ leader Bernardo, and no one is going to make it easy for Tony and Maria to escape.
The BoDeans at RiverEdge Park
There’s a reason The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum has a permanent display honoring these Midwest natives. Back in the 80s, the BoDeans blended the grit of American roots music with the upbeat elements of pop, creating a sound that caught the attention of both superstars and music fans around the country. Since then, the BoDeans have brought their unstoppable live talent on tour with legends like U2, The Pretenders and David Bowie. They’ve released Top 40 tunes like “Good Things,” “Stay” and their smash hit “Closer to Free.” And their brand new album "I Can’t Stop" is about to rock around the world. More than 30 years after their first album hit the airwaves, they're bringing that awesome party vibe to RiverEdge Park.
Sacred Heart Festival
It’s a full day of family fun, food and music celebrating the rich culture of Latin America, and it all benefits Aurora’s own Sacred Heart Parish. This year’s fest will feature tons of vendors offering traditional Hispanic items and clothes, endless authentic Latin-American food options and great games for the kids. When the afternoon rolls around, the RiverEdge Park stage fills with some of the area’s biggest and brightest Hispanic bands. Spend your Sunday at the Park having a blast, listening to cool music and giving back to the Aurora community.
Smash Mouth & Toad the Wet Sprocket at RiverEdge
25-year rock vets, Toad the Wet Sprocket, take the stage in what is sure to be an incredible show. What started off as a band jokingly named for a Monty Python sketch became one of the most well-recognized alt-rock groups, and these guys are bringing the laid back rock style to Aurora. Then surfer-meets-garage-band rockers Smash Mouth heat up the Park with a set of everyone’s favorite summer jams. With countless hits like “All-Star,” “Walkin’ On The Sun” and their awesome cover of “I’m a Believer,” these guys are the epitome of warm weather music. Get your summer on at the party of the summer.
Downtown Alive! One of These Nights & Cowboy Jukebox
If you hear the word “weekend” and think kicking back in a lawn chair, grabbing a cold one and jamming to your favorite tunes with family and friends, then you’ve got to be at the Park for Downtown Alive! Aurora’s concert series has become a summer highlight here in the City of Lights, and the musical acts lined up this year keep the tradition goin’.
When Chicago-bred REO Speedwagon launched into the rock scene, they changed the musical landscape forever. Their explosive 1980 record Hi Infidelity rocked the #1 spot on the charts for an incredible 15 weeks, gave music fans some of the greatest rock songs ever like “Keep On Loving You” and “Take It On The Run” and is now certified platinum 9 times over. And they didn’t stop there. Since Hi Infidelity, REO has released many albums, each blowing the minds of rock-n-roll fans around the world. With over 40 million records sold to date, these guys are musical legends.
Rock the Yacht
RiverEdge Park is bringing that beach party vibe to the Park: the awesome music, the cold beer, the breeze off the water – it’s all at Rock the Yacht. Featuring Robbie Dupree, Stephen Bishop, Player, Ambrosia, and the Little River Band, this rockin’, feel-good show brings your summer soundtrack to life.
Daryl Hall & John Oates
If there’s one thing every generation can agree on, it’s the awesomeness of Hall & Oates – and this summer they’re headed to the Park. With 6 number one singles and 6 certified platinum albums, Daryl Hall & John Oates are literally the most successful rock duo in history. Their Philly soul-meets-rock style is smooth, their melodies are timeless and their catchy hooks from hits like “You Make My Dreams,” “I Can’t Go For That” and “Rich Girl” will make you get up and dance. Hot off their 2014 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Daryl and John are headed to Aurora for a night of everyone’s favorite classics, right on the Fox River.
Downtown Alive! Maggie Speaks & Catfight
The talented musicians of Catfight have a reputation of turning every venue they play into a massive party. So grab a beer, get ready to sing along and have some serious fun when Catfight kicks off the night. Then Chicago favorite Maggie Speaks rocks the Park by bringing your music library to life right before your eyes… and ears. Their huge repertoire includes 5 decades of songs, including everything from 50s favorites to Top 40 hits you heard last week, and their unstoppable energy is totally infectious. With their seamless transitions from pop to rock, country to hip-hop and everything in between, Maggie Speaks is ready to fill the RiverEdge air with the soundtrack of your life.
Get the Led Out
Experiencing Get the Led Out is the closest you’ll get to seeing Jimmy, John, Robert and John Paul back on stage. The 6 talented rockers have made it their mission to bring songs from Zeppelin’s legendary albums like Led Zeppelin I-IV, Physical Graffiti and In Through the Out Door to life… and they’re totally explosive. After all, there’s a reason rock journalists say Get the Led Out “didn’t just pass Zeppelin 101 with flying colors – they’re working on their Ph.D. They didn’t just do their Zep homework – they’re teaching the class.”