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October – December 2014

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 [...]
37th Annual Heritage Festival @ Southeastern Illinois College
November 1, 2014 @ 9:00 am – November 2, 2014 @ 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 [...]
28th Annual Greater Downstate Indoor Bluegrass Festival @ Crowne Plaza Hotel
November 7, 2014 @ 10:45 am – November 9, 2014 @ 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 [...]
Home for the Holidays Arts & Crafts Fair @ Geneseo Middle School
November 8, 2014 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 [...]
John A. Logan Autumn Fest @ John A.Logan College
November 8, 2014 – November 9, 2014 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 www.jalc.edu/activities.
29th Annual Savanna Woman’s Club Gift & Craft Fair
November 8, 2014 @ 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. [...]
Widmark Wednesday @ Princeton Public Library
November 12, 2014 @ 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. [...]
Shelbyville Festival of Lights @ Forest Park
November 21, 2014 @ 5:30 pm – December 27, 2014 @ 9:00 pm
Opening Nov. 21 and running through Dec. 27, Sun.-Thurs. 5:30-9 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 5:30-10 p.m. Half a mile drive through the park are more than 400 [...]
32nd Annual Country Christmas Craft Show @ Gordyville USA
November 22, 2014 – November 23, 2014 all-day
This annual show brings together more than 500 vendors and offers two days of “shop til ya drop” fun so you can find that perfect [...]
WCHCE 35th Annual Holiday Craft & Home Show @ Various locations
November 22, 2014 all-day
Crafts at American Legion, 1110 N. 11th St. and VFW, 830 N. “G” Street. Home-based business show and bake sale at Farm Bureau Building, 1000 [...]
Christmas at Clover Lawn @ David Davis Mansion State Historic Site
November 28, 2014 @ 9:00 am – December 31, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
Weds.-Sun. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. from Nov. 28 through Dec. 31. Free, donations requested. The mansion is lavishly decorated for Christmas. Visitors will view authentic Victorian-era [...]
Ol’ Fashion Christmas @ Veteran's Park
November 29, 2014 @ 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Breakfast with Santa, make-and-take ornaments for kids, carriage rides, candy cane hunt and a taste and buy at the chocolate fair. The parade begins at [...]
Christmas in Paris @ Various locations
November 29, 2014 @ 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Events will take place throughout the afternoon and evening. Highlights include a visit with Santa, free movie, live reindeer and petting zoo, a Christmas Village [...]
Once Upon a Holiday @ Lewistown Visitor Center
December 6, 2014 all-day
The day will begin with vendors at the Visitor Center at 222 Main St. for holiday shopping. Between 1-3 Santa will be there as well [...]
Widmark Wednesday @ Princeton Public Library
December 10, 2014 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Widmark Wednesdays are featured FREE to the public at 6:30 pm the second Wednesday of each month to honor Princeton High School graduate Richard Widmark [...]