Shawnee Hills Wine Trail

January Events in Illinois

Discover what’s happening in January across the state.

Mr. Thanksgiving

Mr. Thanksgiving’s Dinner

Bob Vogelbaugh, also know as Mr. Thanksgiving, hosts an annual holiday feast with nearly 3,000 guests.

Glow of the Season in Galena

December Events in Illinois

Check out exciting events across the state happening in December.

kewanee christmas lights

Holiday Lights Brighten Kewanee Park

Thousands and thousands of twinkling Christmas lights adorn the city streets, neighborhoods and Windmont Park in Kewanee for locals and visitors to enjoy.

Bluegrass Festival

November Events in Illinois

See what’s going happening in Illinois throughout the month of November.

Cider Fest

October Events in Illinois

See fun, family-friendly events throughout October in Illinois.

Murphysboro Apple Festival

September Events in Illinois

Find out what’s happening in Illinois this September.

Illinois County Fairs

Illinois County Fairs Schedule

Take a look at the 2013 Illinois county fairs schedule, and find one near you.

American Flag

Celebrate the Nation’s Birthday at Frontier Days in Arlington Heights

Honor the nation’s birthday with great food, carnival rides, sporting events and a parade at Frontier Days in Arlington Heights.

Illinois State Fair in Springfield

August Events in Illinois

Check out this listing of festivals and events happening throughout Illinois in August.

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July Events in Illinois

Check out this listing of July events in Illinois, including a rolle bolle tournament, bagel festival, thresherman show, sweet corn festival and much more.

2014 Photo Contest

Get Your Cameras Ready for the Picture Illinois Photo Contest

Capture the beauty and diversity of Illinois’ agricultural landscape in this year’s Picture Illinois photo contest from the Illinois Farm Bureau.

Illinois State Fair

See You at the Illinois State Fair

Don’t miss the lively carnival rides, exciting music and performances, horse races, agriculture competitions and more at this year’s Illinois State Fair in Springfield.

World Rolle Bolle Tournament in Henry County

Visit Henry County this July for the World Rolle Bolle Tournament, a fun game with elements from horseshoes and bocce.

Festival of the Horse and Drum

Festival of the Horse and Drum in St. Charles

Experience the cultural customs of Native Americans and the cowboys of the West at the Festival of the Horse and Drum in St. Charles.

Superman Celebration

Superman Celebration in Metropolis

The city of Metropolis, Ill. celebrates the Man of Steel at the annual Superman Celebration.

Illinois Paddlesports Festival

Illinois Paddlesports Festival in Aurora

Visitors can sharpen their skills with a free canoe or kayak lesson at the 6th annual Illinois Paddlesports Festival.


Sangamon Valley Woodcarvers Show in Springfield

Woodcarvers from across the Prairie State can experience the work of talented artisans at the 23rd Sangamon Valley Woodcarvers Show.

Taste of Chicago

Chow Down at the Taste of Chicago

Indulge is some of the Windy City’s best eats at the annual Taste of Chicago event.

Bloomington Gold Corvette Show

Bloomington Gold Corvette Show in Champaign

Corvette lovers of all ages can make their way to Champaign for the Bloomington Gold Corvette Show.

Quilt show

Prairie Queen Quilt Show

Head to Bishop Hill, Illinois for the 2013 Prairie Queen Club Quilt Show.

Galena Frog Walk

Fantastic Frogs and Friends Walk in Galena

Hop on over to the Galena area this April to learn about frogs and toads during the annual Fantastic Frogs and Friends walk.

Fulton Dutch Festival

Dutch Days in Fulton, Illinois

Community hosts annual Dutch Days Festival to celebrate their heritage.

Top of the Class Antiques

Top of the Class Antique Show

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.

Boat and Fishing Show

Southern Illinois Boat & Fishing Show

Make your way to Marion for helpful demonstrations and door prizes at the Southern Illinois Boat & Fishing Show.

quincy IL holiday lights

Light Up the Night in Quincy

Welcome the holiday season in Quincy at the dazzling Avenue of Lights event.

Christmas at the Mansions in Bloomington-Normal

Marvelous Mansions at Christmas at the Mansions

Celebrate the holidays with this annual three-stop historic home tour in Bloomington-Normal.

Morton Pumpkin Festival

It’s Pumpkin Party Time at the Morton Pumpkin Festival

Illinoisans looking for fall festivities should put Morton’s biggest pumpkin party on the calendar. The Pumpkin Capital of the World, located in Tazewell County, delivers pumpkin-infused food and fun at the annual Morton Pumpkin Festival. The event takes place Sept. 9-12, 2015. In this Central Illinois village, pumpkin becomes the star ingredient in just about…

Beta Sigma Phi Craft Show in Galva

Head to the 35th annual Beta Sigma Phi Craft Show in Galva for an abundance of handmade gifts and food.

Festival of Trees in Bloomington

Usher in the holiday season at the Festival of Trees in Bloomington.

Route 66 Car Show

Get Your Kicks in Springfield

Rev your engines for the Route 66 Mother Road Festival & Car Show in Springfield.

East Peoria Festival of Lights

Light It Up in East Peoria

Don’t miss the one-of-a-kind Festival of Lights in Peoria, perfect for welcoming the holiday season.

Galena Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest in Galena

From dachshund races to polka lessons to thirst-quenching brews, the annual Oktoberfest in Galena celebrates everything German.

Festival of the Vine

Wine and Dine

Enjoy delicious local food and wines while celebrating fall flavors at Festival of the Vine in Geneva.

Touchstone Energy Balloon Fest

Flying High at the Touchstone Energy Balloon Fest

Watch as huge hot air balloons launch high into the sky at the Touchstone Energy Balloon Fest in Shelbyville.

Chili Cook-Off

Chili Cook-Off for a Cause

Make (and taste!) chili for charity at the annual Belleville Chili Cook-off.

Hardin County Fluorspar Festival in Rosiclare

Enjoy a carnival, barbecue, pet parade and more at the Hardin County Fluorspar Festival in Rosiclare, Illinois.

Hog Days Festival in Kewanee

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.

Mallard Fest in Hanover

Celebrate the arrival of fall in Hanover at Mallard Fest, a tribute to the town’s Whistling Wings Hatchery.

Sweet Corn and Blues Festival

Sweet Corn Blues Festival in Normal

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.

Summer Nights in Fulton

Summer Nights in Fulton

Bring the family for fun and games at Summer Nights in Fulton, Ill.

Illinois Shakespeare Festival

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival is a Summer Night’s Dream

Since 1978, talented theatre professionals and interns have gathered at Bloomington’s Illinois Shakespeare Festival for a celebration of performing arts.

Illinois Pumpkins

Illinois: The Great Pumpkin State

Illinois leads the nation in production of both ornamental and processing pumpkins

Celebrating the American Legion at Lake Forest Days

For more than 90 years, Lake Forest American Legion Post 264 has presented Lake Forest Days in the community North of Chicago.

Galesburg Railroad Days

On the Right Track for Galesburg Railroad Days

All aboard for Galesburg Railroad Days! Enjoy a street fair, railroad tours and more at the two-day event.


Threshing Time in Altamont

Head to Central Illinois this summer for the annual show put on by the Thresherman’s Association in Altamont.

Rend Lake Beach Blast

Have a Blast at Rend Lake

Bring the family to the Rend Lake Beach Blast for guaranteed fun in the sun.

Strawberry Jazz Festival

Strawberry Jazz Festival in Kankakee

Enjoy berries and beats at the annual Strawberry Jazz Festival in Kankakee.

Cobden Peach Festival

Peachy Keen at the Cobden Peach Festival

Celebrate the sweet summer fruit at the annual Cobden Peach Festival in August.

Galena Balloon Race

Full of Hot Air at the Great Galena Balloon Race

Enjoy more than 20 hot air balloons, live music and more at the Great Galena Balloon Race.

Fiesta Days in McHenry

McHenry’s annual Fiesta Days is one of the oldest and largest summer festivals in the Chicago area.

More On 34 Yardsale

More On 34 Highway Yard Sale is a Picker’s Paradise

Stretching 100 miles through five counties and 18 Illinois towns, More on Highway 34 isn’t your typical yard sale.

Harvard Milk Days

Got Milk? Get Your Fill at Harvard Milk Days

Celebrate June Dairy Month at one of Illinois’ longest-running festivals – Harvard Milk Days.

Pope County Antique Tractor Show

Terrific Tractors at Pope County FFA Antique Tractor Show

Bring the whole family to the 13th Annual Pope County FFA Antique Tractor Show in Golconda.

Lincoln Exhibit in Grayslake, IL

Learn Lincoln’s Legacy at Presidential Exhibit

Discover the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln at this traveling exhibit.

Disabled Farmer Takes Center Stage in “Farm Hands” Play

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.

Groundhog Days in Woodstock, Illinois

Groundhog Days in Woodstock, Illinois, Celebrates Movie, Holiday

Celebrate the movie “Groundhog Day” at its film location during the annual Groundhog Days in Woodstock, Illinois.

Holly Days

Warrenville Holly Days

Don’t miss the festivities at Warrenville Holly Days, featuring Santa’s arrival, a warm bonfire, horse and carriage rides and lots more.

Christmas Around the World in Chicago

Head to the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry for their annual Christmas Around the World event.

Winter Art Festival in Highland Park

See holiday-inspired art by 40 of the area’s most talented artists at The Inside Show: A Winter Art Festival in Highland Park.

Luthy Botanical Gardens Candlelight Walk and Poinsettia Show

Candlelight Walk and Poinsettia Show in Peoria

Step into a winter wonderland filled with hundreds of poinsettias at Luthy Botanical Garden’s Candlelight Walk and Poinsettia Show in Peoria, Illinois.

Old Tyme Christmas in Metropolis

Experience Christmas like it was celebrated in the 18th century at Old Tyme Christmas at Fort Massac State Park in Metropolis.

Festival of Lights in Shelbyville

Kick off the holiday season at Forest Park’s annual Festival of Lights in Shelbyville, IL, featuring thousands of twinkling lights.

Christmas on the Square in Cambridge

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.

Once Upon a Holiday in Bloomington

Welcome the Christmas season in Bloomington, Illinois with an array of fun and festive activities.

Eagle Watching at Starved Rock Park

Eagle Watching at Starved Rock State Park in Utica

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.

1,000 Tree Planting Project, Tom Sisulak, Tree, Planting, Seeds

1,000 Tree Project Plants Seeds, Good Deeds

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.

Illinois Chowder

Chow Down on Illinois Chowder

Enjoy hearty soup at a Southeastern Illinois “chowder,” which, in this region, refers to a social gathering where the dish is made and served.

Highwood Pumpkinfest in Highwood

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.

Annual Chestnut Festival in St. Francisville

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 Produce 500 at Tower Hill’s Fall Festival

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.

Fall Festival in Mt. Vernon

Celebrate the season with live entertainment, a parade, pumpkin contests and more at the three-day Fall Festival in Mt. Vernon.

Work and Play Program at Naper Settlement

Get Your Fill of Work and Play at Naperville Settlement

Experience the early settler’s take on “Work and Play” at the Naper Settlement’s month-long program featuring craft demonstrations, games and chores.

Pretzel City Festival, Freeport, Illinois

Pretzel City Festival in Freeport

Twist again at Pretzel City Festival in Freeport, which has embraced its namesake and each year celebrates the baked, knot-like dough.

Blossoms at Butterworth Center in Moline

Travel back in time in the gardens of Butterworth Center at the annual Blossoms at Butterworth Deere Family Mansion in Moline.


Living History Weekends at Fort Massac State Park

Fort Massac State Park in Metropolis honors the Massac Marines with a re-enactment of the history and traditions from the 18th century.

Perry Pioneer Days

Pike County’s smallest community celebrates its heritage in a big way at the annual Perry Pioneer Days.

Iris Days, Wayne City, Illinois

Fields of Irises: Visit the Iris Farm in Wayne City

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.

Galena Artists' Guild

Night By Candlelight in Galena

The Night of the Luminaria in Galena shines each winter.


Hear the Train Whistle Blow at Chicago’s Winter Flower and Train Show

Watch model trains wind and weave through a small village of red, white and pink poinsettias during the Winter Flower & Train Show.

One-Stop Shop at Chicago’s One of a Kind Show

Shop til you drop at the One of a Kind Show and Sale in Chicago.


Travel Illinois: Peoria

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.

All That Jazz in Decatur

It’s all about jazz the first weekend of February when the 37th annual Central Illinois Jazz Festival takes the stage in Decatur.

Skating in the Sky

Skating in the Sky at Chicago’s John Hancock Observatory

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.

Sights for Soar Eyes in Alton

From December to March, bird watchers can find eagle-viewing opportunities in Alton including bald eagle tours and festivals.

Preservation Board Moves Quincy’s Annual Victorian Christmas Event to May

Tour six of Quincy’s historical and architecturally significant private homes decorated for the holidays during the town’s annual Christmas Candlelight

Holidays With Abe in Springfield

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.

Walking in Fulton’s Winter Wonderland

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.

An Epic Landing at Vulture Fest

Makanda hosts an annual Vulture Fest.

Take a Trip Down Memory Lane at Kampsville’s Old Settlers Days

Take a step back in time during the Old Settlers Days in Calhoun County, Illinois.

St. Charles Scarecrow festival in St. Charles, Illinois

Oh, the Scarecrow

Make your own scarecrow at Illinois’ St. Charles Scarecrow Festival October 7-9.

A Taste of History at Clinton’s Apple N’ Pork Festival

Smell the aroma of apple butter at the DeWitt County Museum Association’s Apple N’ Pork Festival.


Golconda, Illinois is Big on Shrimp

Enjoy a true taste of the South at the Golconda Shrimp Festival in September.

Illinois Ag in the Classroom Bike Ride

Agriculture in the Classroom Bike Ride teaches students about agriculture and its importance, as well as bicycle safety.

Baker’s Memorial Fun Fly

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.

Bootiful Nauvoo

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.

Long Grove’s World Tour

Travel around the world without leaving Long Grove at the town’s World Tour, an international festival held over Labor Day weekend.

Pike County Fall Color Drive

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.

Murphysboro Apple Festival in Illinois

Murphysboro Apple Festival

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.

Kankakee County Barn Quilt Tour

Learn about the history behind Kankakee’s quilt-block-adorned barns during the annual Barn Quilt Guided Tour in October.

Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Contest

Once a considerable chore, splitting logs into rails is now celebrated as a fierce competition at the Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Contest in Lincoln.


Wheaton’s All-Night Flea Market

You won’t want to miss the annual All-Night Flea Market in Wheaton, Illinois on August 20.

Lift off at the Lincoln Art and Balloon Festival

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.

Mill Around Heritage Days at Prairie Mill in Golden

Golden, Illinois’ Heritage Days and the Sweet Corn Dinner in mid-July celebrates the history of the restored, U.S.-built Prairie Mill.

Celebrate Fine Art at the Midsummer Arts Faire in Quincy

Spend a leisurely weekend in Washington Park with 52 celebrated artists from around the region at the Midsummer Arts Faire in Quincy.

Midsommar Festival Swedish Days in Geneva

Ever tried your hand at rosemaling? The annual Midsommar Festival Swedish Days in Geneva is a great opportunity to give it a try.

Beer, BBQ, and Blues Festival in Freeport

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.

Illinois State Fair in Springfield

Illinois State Fair: Food, Fun and a Cow Made of Butter

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.

Get Your Taste of Chicago at Annual Food Festival

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.

Big Bagel Bash in Mattoon

The small breakfast treat called “bagel” is recognized in a huge way each July at Bagelfest in Mattoon.

Chicago’s Musical Tattoo

Chicago hosts the Heartland International Tattoo Music and Dance Festival, the only musical tattoo of its kind in the Midwest each year.

Gone to the Dogwoods in Quincy

Travel to Quincy in Western Illinois each spring, and it’s no secret why this town has been dubbed Tree City, USA.

Find Everything From Duck Calls to Decor in St. Charles

The National Antique Decoy and Sporting Collectibles Show in St. Charles, Illinois, is the largest of its type in the country.

Be Seen at Rockford’s ArtScene

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.

green river in Chicago for St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick’s Day Turns Chicago’s River Green

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.

Southern Lights Shine on Shryrock

The Shryrock Auditorium on the campus of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale has hosted its fair share of fame.

Piasa Winery in Grafton, IL, holds Mushroom Festival

Make the most of your mushrooms at the annual Mushroom Festival at Piasa Winery in Grafton on May 1.

Galena Daffodil Festival

Get a glimpse of what Galena’s all about at the annual Galena Daffodil Festival, slated for April 30-May 1.

International Horseradish Festival in Collinsville

Since 1988, Collinsville, Illinois has been home to the International Horseradish Festival, which takes place the first weekend in June at Woodland Park.

Snow Days Chicago is a Popular Winter Event

Hosted by the City of Chicago and the Mayor’s Office of Special Events, Snow Days Chicago is a free three-day winter festival.

Jazzing It Up at the Central Illinois Jazz Festival

Warm up with live jazz at the Central Illinois Jazz Festival this winter in Decatur.

A Colorful Bicycle Ride through Jo Daviess County

Soak up the scenery of Jo Daviess County on the Leaf Peeper bike tour.


Holidays at Bishop Hill

Visit the Village of Bishop Hill in Northwestern Illinois for holiday festivals and shops and museums.