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Litchfield Pickers Market
4/9/17 - 10/8/17
Litchfield

Litchfield Tourism has partnered with Prairie Pickers to bring to you the Litchfield Pickers Market! This incredible event is held every second Sunday of the month from April through October from 9am to 3pm in Downtown Litchfield. Set dates for the 2017 market are April 9, May 14, June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10, and October 8.
3rd Fridays Downtown Lincoln
5/19/17 - 9/16/17
Lincoln

3rd Fridays in Downtown Lincoln is back and you can be apart of the excitement! The events will start in May and go through September. This can be a great opportunity for your organization, church, company, or sports/activity groups to raise awareness and possibly include a fundraising activity.

Pontiac Cruise Nights
5/20/17 - 8/19/17
Pontiac

The season of cruising in your motorcar has begun and the City of Pontiac will hold its first Cruise Night on May 20th in the downtown area. Hundreds of classic, antique, modified, and stock cars gather around the square once a month during the summer. Those who own and treasure their vehicles are proud to display and talk about them with show visitors.

Glen Carbon Quasquicentennial
6/6/17 - 7/1/17
Glen Carbon

125 years ago on June 6, 1892, Glen Carbon became an incorporated village. A 125th anniversary is called a Quasquicentennial. As part of the celebration, the Glen Carbon Heritage Museum has a beautiful new banner on the front of the building greeting visitors. The five banner photos represent the five areas of commerce that were the catalysts to the development of the area.
Berwyn Cruise Nites
6/6/17 - 8/15/17
Berwyn
Berwyn’s Cruise Nites, sponsored by Paisans Pizzeria And Bar, attract everyone from families to car enthusiasts. Tuesday nights don’t have to be a tired routine. Take to the streets of the Depot District for a hopping car show and a variety of nightlife spots to quench your cravings for anything. Tuesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Windsor & Grove Avenues, June 6 & 20 July 18 August 1 & 15.
2017 GTOAA International Convention
6/27/17 - 7/1/17
Springfield

The week-long national GTOAA national convention at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield includes a GTO car show, Pontiac model car contest, featured speakers, side tours to historic sites and the awards banquet. There is also a large group of vendors to accommodate the attendees. This year's theme is "Goats Kicking Asphalt on Route 66". Hosted by Gateway GTO.
Route 66 Music Tour at Eagle Theatre
6/28/17
Pontiac
The Eagle Performing Arts and Conference Center is excited to announce it will be a performance stop for the Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic’s Route 66 Tour. This one night only event, June 28, 2017, is a don’t miss show. The talented group features a diverse range of music from American folk, fiddle, bluegrass, jazz, western swing, and Celtic traditions. Spirited vocals and Appalachian step dancing combine with the instrumentals to create and unforgettable live performance.
Litchfield 5K Freedom Fun Run/Walk
7/1/17
Litchfield
The 15th Annual, 5K Freedom Fun Run / Walk is Saturday, July 1, 2017 at Lake Lou Yaeger, Picnic Area #3. Embrace your patriotic side this 4th of July at the 5K Freedom Fun Run in Litchfield, IL! All ages are welcome. If you cannot run, you are welcome to walk.
Capital City Celebration
7/1/17 - 7/2/17
Springfield

July 2nd and 3rd in historic downtown Springfield is the place to be for the Capital City Celebration!  Activities include children's pageant, food & craft vendors, giant inflatables, live music including the Springfield Municipal Band, and fireworks on the 3rd at 9:30pm.

NHRA Route 66 Nationals
7/6/17 - 7/9/17
Joliet

The best-of-the-best in drag racing take over Route 66 Raceway this July 6-9, for the 20th Annual NHRA Route 66 Nationals! Every ticket is a pit pass and you'll never forget the feeling of NITRO running through your veins!

Sherman Homecoming
7/7/17 - 7/8/17
Sherman
The Sherman Area Chamber of Commerce hosts Sherman Homecoming Festival at Rail Pointe Development. Featuring the Route 66 Cruisin Car Show, parade, bags tournament, 5K run/walk, amusement rides, live entertainment and much more.

Niehaus Cycle Sales Transportation Show 2017
7/8/17
Litchfield
The 4th annual Transportation Show at Niehaus Cycle Sales is a Show & Tell event that features all types of transportation. Check out the historical cars and trucks, hotrod cars, race cars, custom motorcycle sales, mud buggies, drag boats and more! The event is free to the public and there is no entry fee, judging or competition - just plenty of fun!
Brooks World's Largest Catsup Bottle Festival
7/9/17
Collinsville

Summer is officially here, and that means the annual World's Largest Catsup Bottle Festival Birthday Party & Car Show is right around the corner! This year it will again be held at the city's Woodland Park!

Staunton Tour De Donut & Ribfest
7/11/17
Staunton
Staunton is the place to be Saturday July 11th, where you can take part in the Tour De Donut, a 32 mile bicycle race that includes donut stops! Also on Saturday is the Annual Ribfest - a rib cook-off competetion with music, fun activities and tasty food.
Braidwood Summerfest
7/13/17 - 7/16/17

The annual Braidwood Lions Club Summerfest features: Rides, Games, Food, Free Nightly Entertainment, Bingo and much more for the entire family. This year's theme is "A Mardi Gras Extravaganza".

Plainfield Fest
7/14/17 - 7/16/17
Plainfield
Plainfield Fest in 2017 is relocating to the Plainfield Riverfront Property, commonly known as West Electric Park. The fest has thrived in the downtown Plainfield area for decades, highlighting Will County’s oldest, and scenic beautiful historic downtown community. 
Big Dawg Dare
7/15/17
Litchfield
An extreme 5k run over obstacles that will challenge the biggest of Dawgs. The course has been improved again with additional obstacles including a 30 foot water slide and more mud! Some of you said it wasn't tough enough around the first big field. New this year is the Puppy Dawg Dare - A 2K Dare for beginners who want some muddy fun, ages 10 and up. 
Lincoln's Festival on Route 66
7/15/17
Bloomington-Normal

This annual festival is a celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s connections to the Bloomington-Normal area and is expected to bring thousands of Lincoln enthusiasts into the area over the weekend. Free to the public, activities at seven different locations around the downtown Bloomington area and the Illinois Wesleyan University campus provides an entertaining and educational experience that includes encounters with living history interpreters, food, music, wagon and carriage rides, tours, talks, crafts for children and teens and more.

Bloomington Normal Jaycees Car Show
7/15/17
Bloomington-Normal
The BN Jaycees Car Show will be held at Franklin Park on July 15th from 9 to 1.  The Jaycees have teamed up the Lincolns Festival on 66 to help promote the event and bring more people to the downtown and to Franklin Park in Bloomington. Awards to the Top 20 cars, door prizes and raffles, award to the Car Club with most in attendance. All modes of transportation are welcome.
Chatham Sweet Corn Festival
7/17/17
Chatham
This Chatham Jaycees award-winning event has become a fixture in the community, and is one of the top outdoor summer festivals in all of central Illinois. 2015 is the 42nd annual event - great food, drinks, games, and entertainment. Includes the Miss Sweet Corn Pageant, Illinois Championship Cow Chip Throw, Cornhole Tournament, wine & whiskey tasting, several live bands including Blues Expressions and Brushville.
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