16th Annual Ebertfest @ Historic Virginia Theatre
Apr 23 @ 5:00 pm – Apr 27 @ 11:00 pm

Created by Roger Ebert, a native to Champaign-Urbana, this popular film festival celebrates those “overlooked” films like the ones Ebert championed throughout his career. The festival is five days and features more than a dozen films. Patrons can purchase tickets for individual showings beginning April 1. or 217-356-9063.

The 2014 Gathering at Macktown Remembrance @ Macktown Living History Center
Apr 25 – Apr 27 all-day

This historic re-enactment brings once more to life the days of the early Illinois frontier. Talk with voyageurs, trappers, Native Americans, militiamen, settlers and craftsmen who have gathered to trade news and goods. Demonstrations of black powder shooting, tomahawk throwing, early crafts and life ways. Period foods and crafts available for purchase. Admission: $7, students $5. or 815-624-4200.


Dutch Days @ Heritage Canyon
May 2 @ 10:00 am – May 3 @ 4:00 pm

Join the Early American Crafters of Heritage Canyon for Dutch Days celebration. Experience life in a pioneer village. All buildings will be open. See homes, church, school, covered bridge, general store and more. Watch demonstrations and talk to artists, crafters, vendors and others recreating life in the 1800s. Games and activities for the entire family. Start your day at the Town Hall for the bake sale and information on everything you can see and do. Don’t miss lunch at the Ice Cream Shop and on Saturday stay for the pie and cake social at 1 p.m. Check out the Heritage Canyon Facebook page for photos and information.

Disaster Preparedness: Prepare for Tomorrow, Today is the Day Before @ Interstate Center
May 3 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Special speakers, emergency response vehicles, information and local responder booths and displays, door prizes, children’s games and activities, Red Cross blood drive. Free family event to teach about being prepared in time of disaster, learn about safety, indoor and outdoor exhibits. Sponsored by McLean County Association for Home and Community Education. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; 309-728-2784 or 309-473-2283.

Heritage Quilt Show 2014 @ St. Paul's Episcopal Church
May 3 @ 10:00 am – May 4 @ 11:00 am

You’re invited to the annual quilt show featuring antique quilts from the Beloit Historical Society and quilts and quilted items loaned by members and friends of the parish. Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. noon-4 p.m. $5, children under 10 free with paying adult. Salad luncheon $5. Raffle items and door prizes available.

Hummingbirds Galore @ Rock Springs Nature Center
May 3 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Participants will learn how to attract hummingbirds, make nectar for them and discover what they can plant in their yard to bring in these beautiful birds. 2 p.m. For all ages. Free. Reservations required by 5/2

MIP Arts & Crafts Fair
May 4 all-day

Heralded as one of the largest arts and crafts fairs in the Midwest, this fair features more than 200 vendors – both indoors and outdoors in Milan, just a few minutes from Rock Island and Moline in the Quad Cities. Handcrafted items can be found for the inside of your home, outdoor gardens and even items to wear and use. If you like to attend arts and crafts fairs, this is one you won’t want to miss. 309-787-6502.

9th Annual Mechanicsburg Magic Car & Truck Show @ Uptown Village Park
May 10 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Dash plaques and goodie bags go to first 100 vehicles, there will be one “best of show,” “top fifty” awards and one long distance award. Also available are 50/50 tickets and raffles, along with automotive trivia questions and a DJ spinning 50s and 60s tunes. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $10 if registered by 5/3, $12 for in-person registration. or 217-364-4888.

Art on the Square
May 16 @ 5:00 pm – May 18 @ 5:00 pm

The #1 Art Show in the Nation (2008, 2010 & 2011) features 100 juried artists from all over the world. Come and shop for fabulous works in a perfectly beautiful setting of Belleville’s Public Square. The show also features a high school exhibit from more than 25 Southern Illinois schools, outstanding main stage performances, gourmet food and wine courts, artists’ demonstrations, and an art activity area for children. Fri. 5-9 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. or 800-677-9255.

53rd Annual Springfield Old Capitol Art Fair @ Downtown Springfield
May 17 @ 10:00 am – May 18 @ 6:00 pm

Downtown Springfield between 5th and 6th Streets on old state capitol grounds. This juried fair features more than 150 artists with their unique and dramatic creations for you to enjoy. Includes local food and entertainment, children’s tent, contests and scholarships. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.