Hop on over to the Galena area this April to learn about frogs and toads during the annual Fantastic Frogs and Friends walk.
Go on a treasure hunt for interesting finds and vintage items at the Top of the Class Antique Show at the Illinois State University Bone Student Center.
Make your way to Marion for helpful demonstrations and door prizes at the Southern Illinois Boat & Fishing Show.
Visit Grafton for some yummy treats at their annual Taste of Chocolate event.
Experience the festive glow of the holiday season as the streets of Galena come to life during the Night of Luminaria.
Welcome the holiday season in Quincy at the dazzling Avenue of Lights event.
Head to the 35th annual Beta Sigma Phi Craft Show in Galva for an abundance of handmade gifts and food.
Usher in the holiday season at the Festival of Trees in Bloomington.
Rev your engines for the Route 66 Mother Road Festival & Car Show in Springfield.
Don’t miss the one-of-a-kind Festival of Lights in Peoria, perfect for welcoming the holiday season.
Illinois leads the nation in production of both ornamental and processing pumpkins
From dachshund races to polka lessons to thirst-quenching brews, the annual Oktoberfest in Galena celebrates everything German.
Enjoy delicious local food and wines while celebrating fall flavors at Festival of the Vine in Geneva.
Watch as huge hot air balloons launch high into the sky at the Touchstone Energy Balloon Fest in Shelbyville.
Make (and taste!) chili for charity at the annual Belleville Chili Cook-off.
Take a look at the 2013 Illinois county fairs schedule, and find one near you.
Bring the family for fun and games at Summer Nights in Fulton, Ill.
Honor the nation’s birthday with great food, carnival rides, sporting events and a parade at Frontier Days in Arlington Heights.
Since 1978, talented theatre professionals and interns have gathered at Bloomington’s Illinois Shakespeare Festival for a celebration of performing arts.
Capture the beauty and diversity of Illinois’ agricultural landscape in this year’s Picture Illinois photo contest from the Illinois Farm Bureau.
Bob Vogelbaugh, also know as Mr. Thanksgiving, hosts an annual holiday feast with nearly 3,000 guests.
For more than 90 years, Lake Forest American Legion Post 264 has presented Lake Forest Days in the community North of Chicago.
All aboard for Galesburg Railroad Days! Enjoy a street fair, railroad tours and more at the two-day event.
Head to Central Illinois this summer for the annual show put on by the Thresherman’s Association in Altamont.
Bring the family to the Rend Lake Beach Blast for guaranteed fun in the sun.
Enjoy berries and beats at the annual Strawberry Jazz Festival in Kankakee.
Celebrate the sweet summer fruit at the annual Cobden Peach Festival in August.
Enjoy more than 20 hot air balloons, live music and more at the Great Galena Balloon Race.
Stretching 100 miles through five counties and 18 Illinois towns, More on Highway 34 isn’t your typical yard sale.
Celebrate June Dairy Month at one of Illinois’ longest-running festivals – Harvard Milk Days.
Head to Bishop Hill, Illinois for the 2013 Prairie Queen Club Quilt Show.
Bring the whole family to the 13th Annual Pope County FFA Antique Tractor Show in Golconda.
Community hosts annual Dutch Days Festival to celebrate their heritage.
Discover the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln at this traveling exhibit.
Chicago playwright Wendy Whiteside wrote a play called “Farm Hands” about differently abled farmers. She was inspired by memories of her farmer father, who is afflicted with polio, and her disabled grandfathers.
Celebrate the movie “Groundhog Day” at its film location during the annual Groundhog Days in Woodstock, Illinois.
Don’t miss the festivities at Warrenville Holly Days, featuring Santa’s arrival, a warm bonfire, horse and carriage rides and lots more.
Head to the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry for their annual Christmas Around the World event.
See holiday-inspired art by 40 of the area’s most talented artists at The Inside Show: A Winter Art Festival in Highland Park.
Step into a winter wonderland filled with hundreds of poinsettias at Luthy Botanical Garden’s Candlelight Walk and Poinsettia Show in Peoria, Illinois.
Experience Christmas like it was celebrated in the 18th century at Old Tyme Christmas at Fort Massac State Park in Metropolis.
Kick off the holiday season at Forest Park’s annual Festival of Lights in Shelbyville, IL, featuring thousands of twinkling lights.
Celebrate the holidays with this annual three-stop historic home tour in Bloomington-Normal.
Enjoy beautifully decorated homes, visits with Santa, holiday treats and the Festival of the Trees at Cambridge Main Street Christmas on the Square in Cambridge.
Welcome the Christmas season in Bloomington, Illinois with an array of fun and festive activities.
Catch a glimpse of majestic bald eagles at one of the best viewing spots in the state of Illinois, Starved Rock State Park in Utica.
The 1,000 Tree Planting Project is an all-volunteer effort to plant 1,000 trees on one day every fall in the village of Riverside.
Enjoy hearty soup at a Southeastern Illinois “chowder,” which, in this region, refers to a social gathering where the dish is made and served.
Enjoy a carnival, barbecue, pet parade and more at the Hardin County Fluorspar Festival in Rosiclare, Illinois.
Head to the Highwood Pumpkinfest for music, hayrides and pumpkin carving. And to see if they can break their own world record for the most jack-o’-lanterns lit.
Join in the yearly celebration of the trees with live music, a parade, and a car show at the 37th Annual Chestnut Festival in Francisville.
The festival that claims the world’s largest outdoor pork barbecue invites you to bid farewell to summer with a 96-hour celebration of good food, music, cars and carnivals.
See vehicles made from produce as small as a grape and as large as a watermelon at Tower Hill Fall Festival’s annual Produce 500 race.
Celebrate the season with live entertainment, a parade, pumpkin contests and more at the three-day Fall Festival in Mt. Vernon.
Celebrate the arrival of fall in Hanover at Mallard Fest, a tribute to the town’s Whistling Wings Hatchery.
Enjoy over 50,000 ears of fresh sweet corn and the state’s best blues music at the Sweet Corn Blues Festival in Normal, Illinois.
Experience the early settler’s take on “Work and Play” at the Naper Settlement’s month-long program featuring craft demonstrations, games and chores.
McHenry’s annual Fiesta Days is one of the oldest and largest summer festivals in the Chicago area.
Twist again at Pretzel City Festival in Freeport, which has embraced its namesake and each year celebrates the baked, knot-like dough.
Travel back in time in the gardens of Butterworth Center at the annual Blossoms at Butterworth Deere Family Mansion in Moline.
Fort Massac State Park in Metropolis honors the Massac Marines with a re-enactment of the history and traditions from the 18th century.
Pike County’s smallest community celebrates its heritage in a big way at the annual Perry Pioneer Days.
The annual Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues Festival in Bloomington started as a one-day musical tribute with five artists, but it has grown into a weekend-long celebration featuring some of the biggest names in blues and drawing more than 5,000 visitors.
Stroll through fields of the blooming flower at the Iris Farm in Wayne City, Illinois. At peak bloom in May, the farm expects several acres of irises.
The Night of the Luminaria in Galena shines each winter.
Watch model trains wind and weave through a small village of red, white and pink poinsettias during the Winter Flower & Train Show.
Shop til you drop at the One of a Kind Show and Sale in Chicago.
There’s no better time than winter to visit Peoria, when we all long for a touch of the familiar and the comfortable. The fact this city has attractions galore doesn’t hurt, either.
It’s all about jazz the first weekend of February when the 37th annual Central Illinois Jazz Festival takes the stage in Decatur.
Located on top of Chicago’s John Hancock Observatory, a 900-square-foot rink constructed of state-of-the-art synthetic ice gives visitors the chance to skate in the sky.
From December to March, bird watchers can find eagle-viewing opportunities in Alton including bald eagle tours and festivals.
Tour six of Quincy’s historical and architecturally significant private homes decorated for the holidays during the town’s annual Christmas Candlelight
Discover where President Lincoln’s sons hung their stockings for Santa and how the family celebrated the holidays by taking a Christmas tour through the Lincoln Home in Springfield.
Thousands and thousands of twinkling Christmas lights adorn the city streets, neighborhoods and Windmont Park in Kewanee for locals and visitors to enjoy.
Enjoy an illuminated walk through the decorated Heritage Canyon, listen to music in the village church, stop by Town Hall for delicious cookies and listen for carolers during the Christmas Walk at Heritage Canyon in Fulton.
Makanda hosts an annual Vulture Fest.
Take a step back in time during the Old Settlers Days in Calhoun County, Illinois.
Make your own scarecrow at Illinois’ St. Charles Scarecrow Festival October 7-9.
Smell the aroma of apple butter at the DeWitt County Museum Association’s Apple N’ Pork Festival.
For a weekend of wining and dining, complete with art, music and theater, head to the Illinois Wine and Art Festival.
Enjoy a true taste of the South at the Golconda Shrimp Festival in September.
Agriculture in the Classroom Bike Ride teaches students about agriculture and its importance, as well as bicycle safety.
Watch the weekend fly by at Baker’s Memorial Fun Fly, during which the Freeport Radio Control Modelers Club pilot radio-controlled model airplanes all day.
With hundreds of pumpkins lining the streets, a goblin parade and a haunted house, Nauvoo certainly knows how to celebrate Halloween with its spooky annual festival, Bootiful Nauvoo.
Travel around the world without leaving Long Grove at the town’s World Tour, an international festival held over Labor Day weekend.
Barry, Griggsville, Pleasant Hill and Pittsfield each offer a unique roster of events, activities, craft vendors and food specialties for those passing through on the annual Pike County Fall Color Drive.
This five-day Murphysboro Apple Festival features contests for eating apple pies and throwing apple cores, along with a parade, car show and much more.
Learn about the history behind Kankakee’s quilt-block-adorned barns during the annual Barn Quilt Guided Tour in October.
Once a considerable chore, splitting logs into rails is now celebrated as a fierce competition at the Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Contest in Lincoln.
You won’t want to miss the annual All-Night Flea Market in Wheaton, Illinois on August 20.
Find live music, good food and a sky full of hot air balloons at the Lincoln Art and Balloon Festival during the last weekend of August.
Golden, Illinois’ Heritage Days and the Sweet Corn Dinner in mid-July celebrates the history of the restored, U.S.-built Prairie Mill.
Spend a leisurely weekend in Washington Park with 52 celebrated artists from around the region at the Midsummer Arts Faire in Quincy.
Ever tried your hand at rosemaling? The annual Midsommar Festival Swedish Days in Geneva is a great opportunity to give it a try.
The 8th annual Brats, Beer and Blues Festival at the Freeport Art Museum offers a way to enjoy the summer than with brats, beer and blues.
More than 600,000 visitors from all over the state find themselves in Springfield in late August each year for games and rides, arts and crafts, agriculture competitions, and live entertainment at the Illinois State Fair.
Experience an array of exotic, ethnic and local culinary delights at the ten-day Taste of Chicago food festival in Grant Park June 24 – July 3.
The small breakfast treat called “bagel” is recognized in a huge way each July at Bagelfest in Mattoon.
Chicago hosts the Heartland International Tattoo Music and Dance Festival, the only musical tattoo of its kind in the Midwest each year.
Travel to Quincy in Western Illinois each spring, and it’s no secret why this town has been dubbed Tree City, USA.
The National Antique Decoy and Sporting Collectibles Show in St. Charles, Illinois, is the largest of its type in the country.
Rockford’s ArtScene in April is a free event that attracts thousands of visitors who can mingle with watercolorists, sculptors, photographers, potters and artists of other mediums.
Chicago is known for many things – shopping, sports and food, just to name a few. But it’s also famous for dyeing its main waterway bright green in honor of the patron saint of Ireland.
The Shryrock Auditorium on the campus of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale has hosted its fair share of fame.
Make the most of your mushrooms at the annual Mushroom Festival at Piasa Winery in Grafton on May 1.
Get a glimpse of what Galena’s all about at the annual Galena Daffodil Festival, slated for April 30-May 1.
Since 1988, Collinsville, Illinois has been home to the International Horseradish Festival, which takes place the first weekend in June at Woodland Park.
Hosted by the City of Chicago and the Mayor’s Office of Special Events, Snow Days Chicago is a free three-day winter festival.
Warm up with live jazz at the Central Illinois Jazz Festival this winter in Decatur.
Soak up the scenery of Jo Daviess County on the Leaf Peeper bike tour.
Visit the Village of Bishop Hill in Northwestern Illinois for holiday festivals and shops and museums.