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Blessing of the Bikes
Thousands of motorcyclists travel to Bald Knob Mountain, Southern Illinois’ highest point and the site of the Bald Knob Cross of Peace located just outside of Alto Pass, about 10 miles south of Murphysboro on IL-127.
Easter Sunrise Service
Annual Easter Sunrise Service held at the 111 foot Bald Knob Cross, music & refreshments.
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.
Ballydoyle Irish Pub & Restaurant
From the southern midlands of Ireland to the Chicago suburbs Ballydoyle carries the tradition with classic Irish brews, excellent food and live entertainment. Irish fare, boxtys, entrees and burgers. Brews on tap, by the pint, bottle and cans. Live music, parties and events. Celebrate St. Patrick's Day all year!
Chinese New Years at Chicago Premium Outlets
Chicago Premium Outlets will recognize the Year of the Monkey with a week-long Chinese New Year celebration. From Sunday, Feb. 7, to Saturday, Feb. 13, shoppers can stop by Chicago Premium Outlets’ Information Center to pick up a special fortune cookie and a symbolic red envelope filled with Chinese New Year savings coupons to a variety of Chicago Premium Outlets’ most sought after retailers. Participating merchants, including BOGA, Clarins luxury skincare, Gap Factory Store, J. Crew, Robert Graham, Timberland, Toys ‘R’ US Express, Vince, Wellensteyn and more will offer unbeatable deals beyond everyday savings of 25 to 65 percent. Complimentary Shopper Shuttle Service from Chicago’s Union Station will be available on Saturday, Feb. 13 and Sunday, Feb. 14 with advance reservations at pontarelliischicago.com/chicago-bus-tours, using the promo code MONKEY.
Midsommar Music Festival
Music and fun for the entire family, participate in musical workshops, jamming sessions and a barn dance with instructions provided. Main stage concerts are held in Village Park. Main Stage events begin at 11 am, Maypole procession at 4 pm, and Barn Dance at 7 pm.
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.
The Original American Passion Play
Now in its 93rd season, the American Passion Play is one of the oldest, continuously-performed, passion plays in the United States. This Biblically accurate performance takes the audience on a spiritual journey to Palestine, 30 AD where they travel with the living Christ, meet his Apostles and follow his ministry from the Sermon on the Mount to His resurrection and ascension. The play features beautiful scenery, live pipe organ music, live voices and even live animals.
Thee Old Time Farm Show
There's fun for the whole family, and if you would like the collection of David Bradley tractors this is the place to come. Along with the tractors there's farm demonstrations, children activities, tractor pulls, weed wacker pulls, a flea and crafts market, plus for a fun filled experience you don't want to miss the tractor square dancing show.
2016 Boneyard Arts Festival
Discover the flourishing creative community of Champaign County during the Annual Boneyard Arts Festival, presented by the 40 North 88 West, Champaign County’s art council. More than a traditional arts walk, the Boneyard is a unique, four-day countywide celebration that takes place in over 100 venues and features the work of local sculptors, weavers, painters and photographers, as well as musicians, actors, dancers and other performers.
Chicago Pride Fest
Get ready for a flamboyant, fun party in Boystown! Show your pride while enjoying an eclectic lineup of crafts, food and entertainment from some of Chicago's finest LGBT performers.
Shakespeare 400 Chicago
Shakespeare 400 Chicago is a yearlong international arts festival in 2016 celebrating the vibrancy, relevance and reach of Shakespeare. As the world commemorates the four hundred years since Shakespeare’s death in 1616, Shakespeare 400 Chicago will engage more than 500,000 Chicagoans and visitors to our City through 850 events.
Memory, an exhibit of portraits
Memory is an exhibition of portraits that reflect less the "sitter's" likeness than their psychological state. Works include paintings, colored pencil drawings, prints and pastels by Judith Roth, Ellen Holtzblatt, John Smolko and Joseph Taylor.
28th Annual Jazz Festival
An annual two-day festival including a concert featuring top jazz artists and two days of instrumental clinics for local junior high and high school musicians.
Annual Festival with national bands and acts, diverse ethnic food vendors, huge carnival, arts and crafts. Also, special guest and Super Sunday Family Fun Day.
Cache River Nature Festival
Enjoy the area’s rich bird life and wetland habitat. A 12-minute orientation film gives a wonderful overview and introduction of the watershed, explaining the unique bio-diversity of the flora and fauna that can be experienced here. Visitors can also acquaint themselves with the area by exploring an interactive diorama of a bald cypress-water tupelo swamp, area state champion tree information and changing landscape displays. Activities include guided field trips, canoe tours, live bird demonstrations and various exhibits from 9am to 4pm.
Gaelic Storm – Live in Concert at Egyptian Theatre
The Egyptian Theatre is excited to welcome back Gaelic Storm featuring their new album on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 7:30 PM. After nearly two decades and more than 3,000 live shows, Gaelic Storm — the chart-topping, multi-national Celtic band — is looking sharper than ever with their latest release, Matching Sweaters. The new album mixes traditional Irish music with modern influences, creating a sound that’s as wide-ranging as the band’s own audience.
NIU School of Art and Design Faculty Biennial invitational exhibition
The 2015 – 2016 Faculty Biennial exhibition features new work and current research of faculty from all divisions of the NIU School of Art and Design. Every two years the biennial emphasizes the caliber of the faculty and the breadth and strength of the arts programs offered at NIU from various disciplines including fibers, time arts, visual communication and illustration, painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, printmaking, metals and jewelry, and art history, and art education.
An Evening with Amy Grant & Steven Curtis Chapman
Don't miss Grammy Award winning Christian powerhouse Amy Grant and Steven Curtis Chapman, the most awarded Christian artist in music on Friday, February 19th at the NIU Convocation Center. Show starts at 7:30pm with doors opening at 6:30pm.
Taste of Home Cooking School Live at the Egyptian Theatre
Drop your whisks, grab your friends, and join us for a night of fun at the Taste of Home Cooking School's brand new show! During this interactive two-hour event, you’ll watch a top culinary expert demonstrate ten new recipes you can easily recreate in your home. Armed with new culinary tips and techniques, you’ll be sure to impress your family and friends with these sophisticated yet surprisingly easy-to-make dishes. Not only will you leave the event with new recipe ideas, you’ll also go home with a valuable gift bag. Our ever-popular gift bags include an assortment of products and coupons, including two Taste of Home magazines. And while you’re there, remember to enter for a chance to win one of many exciting door prizes. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 5th! (on sale now to Threatre Members)
Memorial Day Tribute at the Effingham Performance Center
Three Chicks & A Stage present a Memorial Day musical tribute to our local veterans and military.
Gaelic Storm at the Effingham Performance Center
Over the course of 10 albums and nearly 3,000 live shows, Gaelic Storm is dishing up a hearty serving of Full Irish tunes: See the Best of Gaelic Storm.
Freedom Train at the Effingham Performance Center
Freedom Train tells the thrilling story of Harriet Tubman in a series of highly theatrical scenes that use dance, dialogue and music of the period in a way the whole family is sure to enjoy. The show starts at 10 a.m.
Hardin County Heritage Festival
The Hardin County Heritage Festival and Duck Race on the Ohio river celebrates the county’s rich heritage and history. The event includes exceptional period entertainment and activities to fill your weekend, including; 1800’s outdoor play, Civil War reenactment, pageant, quilt show, duck race, area craft and food vendors. Festivities also include a period ball, a Regal Women’s Tea and live entertainment throughout. Events are held in Elizabethtown (Saturday) and at the Hardin County K-12 School located East of Elizabethtown on 146. (Friday night pageant)