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

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.

Shelbyville Festival of Lights @ Forest Park
Nov 21 @ 5:30 pm – Dec 27 @ 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 individual brightly lit displays with more than 30 displays animated. The lights thrill thousands of visitors each year. Donations only and go through as many times as you like. 217-259-2361 or

32nd Annual Country Christmas Craft Show @ Gordyville USA
Nov 22 – Nov 24 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 gift for everyone on your list. Parking is free and admission is $1. 217-568-7117 or

WCHCE 35th Annual Holiday Craft & Home Show @ Various locations
Nov 22 – Nov 23 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 N.Main St. Local authors will have book signings from 1-3 p.m. $1 admission includes all three shows and over 100 crafters. 309-351-4789 or