I&I Antique Tractor Historic Farm Days
Jul 10 – Jul 13 all-day

Relive historic farming days at this annual four-day event. Plow and tillage field demonstrations, model gas and steam engines, horse and tractor demos, daily antique tractor pulls and country cooking you won’t want to miss. For more information, call 217-351-4133 or visit

Annual Ribfest
Jul 12 all-day

Annual event starts at 9 a.m. with rib-cookers firing up the grills and Tour de Donut bicycle racers riding through the main street. Ribfest is 50+/- rib cook-off that is full of fun, music and food. Cook-off winners will receive cash prizes. Ribs available for sale at 5 p.m. Local food and drinks available all day. 618-635-2233.

Archeology Day @ Center for American Archeology Museum
Jul 12 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Come join us as we celebrate and explore the fascinating world of Illinois archeology. This fun, family-friendly event includes excavation site tours, exhibits and hands-on activities for all ages. Learn all about what life was like along the Illinois River 12,000 years ago. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free., or 618-653-4316.

Central Illiana Outdoor Expo @ David S. Palmer Arena
Jul 19 @ 9:00 am – Jul 20 @ 5:00 pm

A diverse collection of outdoor sports-related exhibitors will be on hand along with seminars and free autograph signings with personalities from programs featured on the Outdoor Channel, the Sportsman Channel, and the Pursuit Channel. Special events will also include a kids’ zone, Big Buck Wall of Fame and buck scoring opportunities. Adults $6, ages 5-12 $4, under 5 are free. Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. or 217-431-2424.

Taste of Galesburg
Jul 24 @ 4:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Features food from area restaurants, music, children’s activities and a beer garden. Entry fee is $5 and food tokens are $1. 4 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Stay for the weekend and attend The Great Balloon Race at Lake Storey Park the following day. or 309-343-2485.

Findlay Walleye Festival
Jul 25 – Jul 26 all-day

Walleye is a feature for the festival with the fish being served daily. Plenty of entertainment, ice cream social, fireworks on Friday, kids games, a farmer’s market, tractor pull, car, truck and motorcycle show, 5K event and more. A large parade starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday and plenty of kids activities and games available both days. or 217-756-3248.


Mill Road Thresherman’s 33rd Annual Show @ Effingham County Fairgrounds
Jul 25 – Jul 27 all-day

33rd Annual Show features tractors, implements, truck, cars, tool and engines, 25 years and older restored or un-restored are welcome. This year’s featured tractors are Minneapolis – Moline and Allis Chalmers. More than 200 tractors at the show. Model train and toy show, car sow, horse farming, Blue Grass shows, chain saw carving, saw mill, truck and tractor and antique tractor pulls, threshing and baling demonstrations, beekeeping display and a Sunday worship service. Donations of canned goods will support local food banks. See website for times event times. Grandstand and parking is free.

Chili Cook-off ICS Illinois State Championship
Jul 26 all-day

International Chili Society (ICS) State event held during the Christian County Agricultural Fair at the fairgrounds. $1000 Grand Prize. Categories: Chili, Chili Verde and Salsa. See website for entry forms and fees: or 217-433-5583.

Sterling Main Street Music Fest @ Grandon Civic Center
Jul 26 @ 1:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Musical acts for this year’s festival include Charlie Siren, four piece pop punk band; Kyle Henderson, a prolific songwriter with a style that melds blues, rock and soul; and The Cole Brothers who have toured with Tony Orlando, and shared the stage with Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt and many more. Doors open at 1 p.m. for all-ages festival. Just $5 for those 13 and up includes great bands, art vendors and a taste of Sterling from a variety of food vendors. or 815-626-8610.

Margaritas & Cheeseburgers Party @ Hill Prairie Winery
Jul 27 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join in the Jimmy Buffet tradition with music by the Boat Drunks, along with cheeseburgers, wine margaritas and fun. 216-635-9900 or