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July – September 2014

Alton/Godfrey Fireworks on the Mississippi @ Alton Riverfront Amphitheatre
July 3, 2014 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Alton’s spectacular fireworks display are a must see! With the Clark Bridge as a backdrop over the Mississippi River, this fireworks show is always a [...]
Heritage Festival & Duck Race
July 4, 2014 – July 5, 2014 all-day
Event includes exceptional period entertainment and activities like an 1800s outdoor play, pageant, quilt show, duck race, area craft and food vendors. Festivities also include [...]
Casey Corner Car Show
July 6, 2014 all-day
This 10th annual event is presented by car enthusiast Bobby Staley and features Best of Show, Best Paint and Best Engine categories. More than 100 [...]
I&I Antique Tractor Historic Farm Days
July 10, 2014 – July 13, 2014 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 [...]
Annual Ribfest
July 12, 2014 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 [...]
Archeology Day @ Center for American Archeology Museum
July 12, 2014 @ 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 [...]
Central Illiana Outdoor Expo @ David S. Palmer Arena
July 19, 2014 @ 9:00 am – July 20, 2014 @ 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 [...]
Taste of Galesburg
July 24, 2014 @ 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 [...]
Findlay Walleye Festival
July 25, 2014 – July 26, 2014 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 [...]
Mill Road Thresherman’s 33rd Annual Show @ Effingham County Fairgrounds
July 25, 2014 – July 27, 2014 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 [...]
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. [...]
Sterling Main Street Music Fest @ Grandon Civic Center
July 26, 2014 @ 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, [...]
Margaritas & Cheeseburgers Party @ Hill Prairie Winery
July 27, 2014 @ 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 www.HillPrairieWinery.com
Prairie Pinwheels Quilt Show and Heritage Days @ Carl Sandburg College
August 16, 2014 @ 10:00 am – August 17, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
Displaying more than 200 quilts, will include National Quilting Association Judging and viewers choice awards. Challenge quilts, vendors on site including scissor sharpener, door prizes, [...]
Slaw Dawg’s 50/60x Diner 9th Annual Cruise-In @ Slaw Dawg's 50/60s Diner
August 16, 2014 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Half of all proceeds go to “Santa Jack Bailey.” Last year Jack provided more than 2,000 toys to children in need and has dedicated his [...]
44th Annual Arts & Crafts Fair @ Rockton Village Park
August 17, 2014 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sponsored by the Hononegah Woman’s Club.
44th Annual Rockton IL Arts and Crafts fair @ Rockton Village Park
August 17, 2014 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
44th Annual Rockton IL Arts and Crafts fair @ Rockton Village Park | Rockton | Illinois | United States
Rockton, Illinois – The 44th Annual Arts and Crafts fair sponsored by the Hononegah Woman’s Club will be held on Sunday, August 17, 2014, [...]
Barn Quilt Heritage Trail – McLean County 2014 Opening Event @ David Davis Mansion State Historic Site
August 23, 2014 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
This marks the third year for the project, which features McLean County area barns and farm buildings decorated with 8×8′ quilt squares painted on plywood. [...]
Labor Day Festival @ Horseshoe Lake Community Center
September 1, 2014 @ 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sponsored by the Horseshoe Lake Chamber of Commerce. this festival features a 7 a.m. pancake breakfast, a 10 a.m. barbeque and music in the outside [...]
9th Annual Trains, Planes & Automobiles
September 4, 2014 – September 6, 2014 all-day
Join Gen-Air for a fly-in luncheon from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Thursday at Gen-Air Park, 1650th St. off U.S. Hwy. 6W. Friday cruise the Hennepin [...]
Macomb Balloon Rally @ Vince Grady Field
September 5, 2014 – September 6, 2014 all-day
Enjoy 30 hot air balloons. There is a mass ascension on Friday evening, a fly-in to Vince Grady Field on Saturday morning, and a flight [...]
Traditional Music Festival @ Lincoln's New Salem
September 5, 2014 @ 10:00 am – September 6, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
Performers from all over the Midwest will entertain on such instruments as mountain and hammer dulcimers, concertinas, bones, autoharps, fiddles, banjos and guitars. 10 a.m.-4 [...]
Antique Engine & Tractor Working Farm Show @ AETA Show Grounds
September 12, 2014 – September 14, 2014 all-day
Includes 40 acres of demonstrations and exhibits of agriculture history at its finest and great food! Max Armstrong will film his show from the grounds [...]
McLean County Barnkeepers 9th Annual Tour @ Weston-Yates Township
September 13, 2014 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Self-guided tour of great barns, inside and out. $20 per carload. Registration from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and tours run til 4 p.m. Rain or shine. [...]
Prairie Celebration @ Rock Springs Conservation Area
September 13, 2014 @ 12:00 pm – September 14, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
Tour an encampment of trappers and traders as they demonstrate their skills, crafts and techniques for creating goods and services during the 1700 and 1800s. [...]
Riverside Blues Festival @ Riverside Park
September 20, 2014 all-day
Enjoy a day of blues music with 7 different bands at the historic band shell in Riverside Park. Food and beverages available. $12 in advance; [...]
Annual HarvestFest
September 20, 2014 @ 10:00 am – 11:45 pm
Saturday features a huge parade, activities, street vendors, fresh food, live music and an antique car, truck and tractor show. 10 a.m.-midnight. www.VisitMenardCounty.com or 217-415-4378. [...]
Railroad Days @ Monticello Railway Museum
September 20, 2014 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Come ride the vintage passenger and freight trains on the former Illinois Central and Illinois terminal trackage. One of the trains will feature the steam [...]
National Public Lands Day
September 26, 2014 – September 27, 2014 all-day
Sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service. Free camping at non-reserved campsites on Friday and Saturday night. Shawnee National Forest campgrounds included in the fee waiver [...]
Appleknocker Arts & Science Festival @ Flora High School
September 27, 2014 all-day
Annual walk and run held prior to festival. Sponsored by the Flora Academic Fdn., includes family fun, food, free admission and entertainment, free parking and [...]