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February – April 2014

@ Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum
February 7, 2014 all-day
Calling all explorers! Spend an Evening Underneath the Stars. Don’t miss your chance to spend a night at the museum. Can’t spend the night? No [...]
Civil War Weekend @ Anna Arts Center
February 7, 2014 @ 6:30 pm – February 9, 2014 @ 5:00 pm
The 7th Annual Lincoln Legacy Dinner if Friday at 6:30 p.m. and will feature Bryon Andreason, Research Historian from the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum. [...]
@ Fort Massac State Park
February 8, 2014 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Massiac Marines, French and Indian War period re-enactors present a living history program.
Masters of the Sky @ National Great Rivers Museum
February 15, 2014 – February 17, 2014 all-day
Witness a birds of prey demonstration by the World Bird Sanctuary. See eagles, falcons, owls and other birds of prey at this educational and informative [...]
Galesburg Historical Society Annual Chocolate Festival @ Galesburg Antique Mall
February 15, 2014 @ 11:00 am – February 16, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
It’s a chocolate lover’s dream! Annual festival featuring homemade and commercially-made chocolate treats. It’s an endless buffet of tortes, cakes, pies, cookies, candies, beverages and [...]
Kites Over Sycamore @ South End of Airport Road
February 17, 2014 all-day
Come join us for some high flying fun. Create and decorate your own kites, plant a pumpkin, blow bubbles, enjoy cotton candy and popcorn, [...]
Illinois Beef Expo @ Illinois State Fairgrounds
February 20, 2014 @ 8:00 am – February 23, 2014 @ 5:00 pm
Field & Stream 2014 Illinois Deer & Turkey Expo @ Prairie Capital Convention Center
February 21, 2014 @ 2:00 pm – February 23, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
The annual expo will feature trophy deer contests, photo contests, turkey calling championships, new products expo and trade show. Seminars will be held daily.
The Boat Show @ Illinois State Fairgrounds
February 21, 2014 @ 2:00 pm – February 23, 2014 @ 5:00 pm
See a wide variety of pleasure and fishing boats from several local dealers including aluminum and fiberglass fishing boats, ski boats, pontoons, runabout, cruisers and [...]
Celebration of Stephen Mack’s Birthday @ Macktown Living History Center
February 23, 2014 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join us for a birthday celebration of Stephen Mack, Winnebago County’s first white settler. Traditional foods, winter skills and games will be showcased. Re-enactors of [...]
Peoria RV Show @ Peoria Civic Center
February 28, 2014 @ 2:00 pm – March 2, 2014 @ 7:00 pm
In its 28th year, this show features RVs, boats, ATVs, motorcycles, campgrounds from three states, RV products and repair dealers.
Springfield Area Home Builders Assn. 2014 Home Expo @ Prairie Capital Convention Center
February 28, 2014 @ 3:00 pm – March 2, 2014 @ 5:00 pm
Check out the latest innovations in the Building and Remodeling Industry. Attendees will be able to explore two floors of booths featuring local products and [...]
Illinois Horse Fair @ Illinois State Fairgrounds
March 7, 2014 @ 9:00 am – March 9, 2014 @ 7:00 pm
New for 2014, the Heartland Horseman’s Challenge is a judged competition all three days where four-horsemen/women are given an opportunity to choose and work [...]
Living History at Fort Massac State Park @ Fort Massac State Park
March 8, 2014 @ 10:00 am – March 9, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
L’ecole du Soldat or School of the Soldier will be held for French troops. French and Indian War period living historians from throughout the [...]
Spring Home Expo @ Pavilion of the City of Marion
March 8, 2014 @ 10:00 am – March 9, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
Annual Home Expo includes more than 70 vendors showing off the latest styles in home décor, improvement and landscaping. Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and [...]
St. Peter’s United Church of Christ Sausage Supper @ St. Peter’s United Church of Christ
March 8, 2014 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
This supper, started in 1940, is still going strong. Menu includes sausage patties, sauerkraut, green beans, mashed potatoes and gravy, applesauce, drink and dessert. [...]
The Irish Comedy Tour @ Effingham Performance Center
March 12, 2014 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
. For one night, the EPC becomes an Irish pub, its party atmosphere defined by a boisterous, belly-laugh band of hooligans who will have [...]
Poetry Out Loud-Illinois State Contest @ Hoogland Center for the Arts
March 14, 2014 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
High school students who won school and regional recitation contests vie for the state championship, thereby earning a spot at the national Poetry Out [...]
Family Fun-Maple Syrup Time @ Rock Springs Nature Center
March 15, 2014 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Experience the process of making maple syrup. See how a tree is tapped and how the sap becomes syrup! 1:30 p.m. Free, but reservations [...]
Midnight Fishing @ Rock Springs Nature Center
March 21, 2014 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm
Bring your equipment to Rock Springs’ Information Shelter for a unique chance to fish the Cattail Ponds at night. We recommend lit bobbers and [...]
Spring Floral Show @ Washington Park Botanical Garden
March 22, 2014 @ 12:00 pm – April 6, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
Easter lilies and lush tropical foliage fill the Exhibit Hall and Conservatory for the annual display. Daily noon-4 p.m. www.springfieldparks.org
Quilt Spectrum 2014 @ Central Catholic High School
March 28, 2014 @ 10:00 am – March 29, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
A Quilter’s Legacypresented by Hands All Around Quilt Guild Featured artist: Cheryl Adam, a quilt designer. Two of her pieces are on display at the [...]
150th Anniversary of the Charleston Riot – Civil War Brought to Coles County @ various locations
March 28, 2014 @ 12:00 pm – March 30, 2014 @ 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 [...]
Red Hill Spring Craft & Market Show @ Lawrence County 4-H Center
March 29, 2014 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
On Highway 50 between Sumner and Bridgeport, the show includes wood crafts, stained glass, quilts, jewelry, bird houses, floral, decorated shirts, barnwood pictures, pottery, knitted [...]
Spring Open House
March 29, 2014 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Shake off the winter blues and shop throughout Geneseo for spring items at great prices. No admission. www.geneseo.org or 309-944-2686.
Piecers of the Heartland Quilt Show @ Canton High School
March 29, 2014 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Show includes more than 250 quilts, mystery quilts, friendship quilts, wearable art and home décor on display. Vendors, concessions, door prizes and 2nd hand [...]
International Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon @ Old State Capitol
April 5, 2014 @ 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 [...]
Blessing of the Bikes @ Harley Davidson Barn
April 5, 2014 @ 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 [...]
A hearty buffet brunch, living history presentation by storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis and brief annual meeting and print raffle. Brunch and presentation $30, presentation [...]
Springfield Area Home Builders Association Trivia Night @ KC Hall
April 11, 2014 @ 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. www.BuilderEvents.com or 217-698-4941.