Pumpkin Works @ Pumpkin Works
Oct 1 – Nov 1 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 fires, a gift shop with pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin fudge and donuts and more. No admission, just pay for activities you choose; some are free. 217-275-3327 or

Fall Festival at Lincoln’s New Salem @ Lincoln's New Salem
Oct 25 – Oct 27 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, spinning wool, gardening, natural dyeing and fishing with nets. Demonstrations of meat smoking will take place in one of the log village’s smokehouses and wild game cooking will be in one of the log homes. Visitors can step down into the cellar at the tavern to see how fruits and vegetables were preserved during the winter. 217-632-4000 or

Great Carbondale Pumpkin Race
Oct 25 – Oct 26 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 down a hill to victory! This event is great family fun and a safe, enjoyable way to celebrate fall. 618-529-4451 or

Galena’s 36th Annual Halloween Parade & Festival
Oct 25 @ 2:00 pm – Oct 25 @ 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 many costumed participants. Hot air balloons will light up Main Street as they make their way through the parade. The festival starts at 2 p.m. and lasts through the parade at 6:30 p.m. Free admission and shuttle buses available from remote parking. 815-777-9050 or

37th Annual Heritage Festival @ Southeastern Illinois College
Nov 1 @ 9:00 am – Nov 2 @ 4:00 pm

Crafts, gifts, food, art and some heritage crafts will be available from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sat. and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sun. Free admission and parking and handicapped parking is available. Free concert in the Student Center at 2 p.m. both days by the Wil Maring Duo.

28th Annual Greater Downstate Indoor Bluegrass Festival @ Crowne Plaza Hotel
Nov 7 @ 10:45 am – Nov 9 @ 11:45 am

Order advance weekend pass by Oct. 25 for $60. Reserved seating and $55 general admission. Send to: Bluegrass Festival, P.O. Box 456, Jacksonville, Ill. 62651 or call 217-243-3159. Features award-winning artists from across the nation. Acoustic instrument workshops, youth/adult guitar show, music-related vendors and jamming on open stage. $10 fee includes all workshops. Bluegrass talent show and open stage Sat. at 10:30 a.m. For more info, 217-243-3159 or

Home for the Holidays Arts & Crafts Fair @ Geneseo Middle School
Nov 8 – Nov 9 all-day

Get into the holiday spirit and shop for that someone special or find that unique decoration to make your house a home. $2 admission, students free. 309-944-2686 or

John A. Logan Autumn Fest @ John A.Logan College
Nov 8 – Nov 10 all-day

This annual event features over 100 original, handmade arts and crafts, great food, free admission and parking. 800-851-4720, ext. 8287 or

29th Annual Savanna Woman’s Club Gift & Craft Fair
Nov 8 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Indoor event with over 60 crafters, free onsite parking, breakfast and lunch available for purchase. All money raised goes back into the community. $1 admission. 9 a.m.-3 pm. 815-273-7376 or

Widmark Wednesday @ Princeton Public Library
Nov 12 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Come see a free movie the 2nd Wednesday each month featuring Princeton’s own movie star, Richard Widmark, who graduated in 1932 from Princeton High School. 6:30 p.m.