Spring Floral Show @ Washington Park Botanical Garden
Mar 22 @ 12:00 pm – Apr 6 @ 4:00 pm

Easter lilies and lush tropical foliage fill the Exhibit Hall and Conservatory for the annual display. Daily noon-4 p.m.

150th Anniversary of the Charleston Riot – Civil War Brought to Coles County @ various locations
Mar 28 @ 12:00 pm – Mar 30 @ 1:00 pm

This 3-day event marks the 150th anniversary of the Charleston Illinois Riot. Activities include a Civil War encampment, house tours, riot reenactment, period music and vendors. See agenda at or 217-348-0430.

International Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon @ Old State Capitol
Apr 5 @ 7:00 am – 2:00 pm

One of the Midwest’s premier half marathons, you can immerse yourself in Lincoln history and enjoy a scenic run past the only home he ever owned, his law office, the Old State Capitol and his final resting place in Oak Ridge Cemetery. For registration information go to or 217-558-8844.


Blessing of the Bikes @ Harley Davidson Barn
Apr 5 @ 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm

Riders will meet at the Harley Barn at 8 a.m. From there they will travel through Effingham and make their way to the Cross to have their bikes blessed. or 217-342-3494.

Galena-Jo Daviess County Historical Society Annual Meeting @ Ramada Inn
Apr 6 all-day

A hearty buffet brunch, living history presentation by storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis and brief annual meeting and print raffle. Brunch and presentation $30, presentation only $5. Call by April 1 to make reservations: 815-777-9129.

Springfield Area Home Builders Association Trivia Night @ KC Hall
Apr 11 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join us for a fun night of trivia, 50/50 raffles and cash prizes. Admission is $10 per person. or 217-698-4941.

Antique Tractor Show @ Main Street
Apr 12 all-day

Tractors from several surrounding states line Main Street. Tractor driving contests, trophies, food. or 618-683-5637.

River to River Relay
Apr 12 all-day

From the Mississippi River to the Ohio River, daylight to dusk, a road race for teams of 8 runners, each runs 3 legs of approximately 3 miles for a total distance of 80 miles.

An Evening with Jep and Jessica Robertson @ Flora High School Gymnasium
Apr 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The Flora, Ill. Rotary Club is proud to present an evening with Jep and Jessica Robertson, stars of A&E’s Duck Dynasty. They will be speaking in the Flora High School Gymnasium with a Meet & Greet at 6 p.m. and the general presentation at 7 p.m. For ticket information, or to order your tickets, call 618-662-4322. All proceeds will benefit the Rotary Club’s local community projects.

11th Annual Spores N More Mushroom Festival
Apr 18 @ 5:00 pm – Apr 19 @ 8:00 pm

In Findlay and Sullivan, come enjoy the thrill of the hunt for the elusive morel mushroom or come and bid at the auction. Friday night kicks off the event with a welcome dinner, reception and speaker in Findlay. Saturday morning, join the hunt for a fee. If you like morels but not the hunt, come to the auction and bid for your winning batch. The hunt and auction will be based out of Sullivan’s Wyman Park. For more information www.lakeshelbyville/events/sporesnmore.htm or 217-774-2244.