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September – October 2014

Riverside Blues Festival @ Riverside Park
September 20, 2014 all-day
Enjoy a day of blues music with 7 different bands at the historic band shell in Riverside Park. Food and beverages available. $12 in advance; [...]
Annual HarvestFest
September 20, 2014 @ 10:00 am – 11:45 pm
Saturday features a huge parade, activities, street vendors, fresh food, live music and an antique car, truck and tractor show. 10 a.m.-midnight. www.VisitMenardCounty.com or 217-415-4378. [...]
Railroad Days @ Monticello Railway Museum
September 20, 2014 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Come ride the vintage passenger and freight trains on the former Illinois Central and Illinois terminal trackage. One of the trains will feature the steam [...]
National Public Lands Day
September 26, 2014 – September 27, 2014 all-day
Sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service. Free camping at non-reserved campsites on Friday and Saturday night. Shawnee National Forest campgrounds included in the fee waiver [...]
Appleknocker Arts & Science Festival @ Flora High School
September 27, 2014 all-day
Annual walk and run held prior to festival. Sponsored by the Flora Academic Fdn., includes family fun, food, free admission and entertainment, free parking and [...]
Wayne City Bean Days
September 27, 2014 all-day
Sponsored by the Ruritan Club, it celebrates 45 years of Ruritans in Wayne City. Includes ham and beans, flea market and crafts, parade, live music, [...]
59th Annual “Fall Old Market Day” @ Old Market House Historic Site
September 27, 2014 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sponsored by Jo Daviess County Assn. for Home and Community Education. Typical turn-of-the-century outdoor market, ladies in early 1900s costume will offer items for sale, [...]
National Alpaca Farm Days @ Timberview Alpacas
September 27, 2014 @ 10:00 am – September 28, 2014 @ 6:00 pm
See, pet and feed alpacas, also see fiber spinning, felting and carding demos. Hay rack rides and more. Projects for sale made from fleece of [...]
“Voices of our Past” Cemetery Walk @ Greenwood Cemetery
September 28, 2014 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The Christian County Genealogical Society and the Assumption Historical Society will present “Voices from our Past”. The tours will be at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. [...]
Pumpkin Works @ Pumpkin Works
October 1, 2014 – October 31, 2014 all-day
Spend a day relaxing on the farm and experience the 7’ tall soybean maze, choice of three hayrides and a hiking trail, private weiner roast [...]
Annual Heath Toffee Harvest Festival and Parade
October 3, 2014 – October 4, 2014 all-day
Celebrating the delicious Heath Candy Bar, created in 1928 by Heath Brothers Confectionary in Robinson. Features Friday night entertainment, street dance and car show and [...]
Grande Levee and Harvest Festival @ Vandalia Statehouse
October 3, 2014 @ 10:00 am – October 4, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
The Grande Levee is a celebration of the grand receptions held during the 1800s to honor government dignitaries and important visitors. Friday evening at 5 [...]
Candlelight Tour of Lincoln’s New Salem @ Lincoln's New Salem
October 3, 2014 @ 7:00 pm – October 4, 2014 @ 9:00 pm
The Candlelight Walk offers the only opportunity each year to see the village at night. Staff and volunteers in period clothing will be inside many [...]
Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive
October 4, 2014 – October 12, 2014 all-day
Fulton County offers unusual beauty of the color throughout the Spoon River Valley. As you cruise through towns stop for apple butter made before your [...]
Scarecrow Daze and Touchstone Energy Balloon Fest @ Downtown, Airport and Forest Park
October 10, 2014 – October 12, 2014 all-day
The entire city is decorated with scarecrows. Includes a large parade on Saturday, kids’ games, beer tent, music, food and more. Friday night, Saturday and [...]
The Spirit of the Porcelain Artist Convention @ Northfield Inn and Suites
October 16, 2014 @ 12:00 pm – October 17, 2014 @ 5:00 pm
Show includes more than 150 hand painted porcelain items on display, vendors, demonstrations, a raffle for Christmas tree covered with hand painted ornaments. Sponsored by [...]
Little Egypt Fly-In & Veterans Reunion @ Mt. Vernon Airport
October 18, 2014 all-day
War birds and aircrafts will fill the runways, along with many other prestigious models. There will also be field activities, including entertainment and concessions throughout [...]
36th Annual Beta Sigma Phi Craft Show @ Galva High School
October 18, 2014 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Fall Festival at Lincoln’s New Salem @ Lincoln's New Salem
October 25, 2014 – October 26, 2014 all-day
Typical autumn life on the 1830s prairie will be demonstrated. Costumed interpreters will demonstrate tasks such as candle dipping, butter churning, soap making, basket making, [...]
Great Carbondale Pumpkin Race
October 25, 2014 all-day
The race is a simple concept-take a carved pumpkin, decorate it and insert two independent axles through it and attach wheels, then race your pumpkin [...]
Galena’s 36th Annual Halloween Parade & Festival
October 25, 2014 @ 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Galena Area Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual, almost two-hour long Halloween parade. The event features spectacular floats, local marching bands, candy galore and [...]