Illinois 200 Bicentennial Celebration 1818-2018
12/3/17 - 12/3/18
Year long kick off events for the Illinois Bicentennial begin on December 3rd, 2017at Winter Wonderland at Navy Pier in Chicago and at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum in Springfield. Illinois Route 66 will be prominently featured throughout the year.
First Fridays
1/5/18 - 12/7/18
Top among DBA’s events is First Friday!  Held on the first Friday of each month, this recurring local cultural and social event showcases the visual arts and artists for the purpose of art education, visibility and the opportunity to purchase and collect art.
Castle Gardens Home and Garden Tours
3/4/18 - 10/11/18

With professional ease and enthusiasm, your Castle Gardens hosts, the Wrights, will take you on a tour that gives a glimpse of Victorian culture and shares the history of their family home, the Castle. From the billiard room to the ballroom, come experience this local gem first hand. Tours are offered monthly on select Thursdays and Sundays, from 1-3pm, by reservation.

New Exhibit, Pedal Power!
3/10/18 - 10/7/18
The McLean County Museum of History is excited to open its first new exhibit of 2018, Pedal Power!
Jump in the Painting - The Restoration of the C&M Carousel
3/11/18 - 9/9/18

Local artisans Chuck and Mary Beth Wright share their restoration story of the C&M Carousel. Ticket includes Carousel ride and band organ performance. Approximately 2 hours. $20 general admission, $5 for children 12 and under. Jump in the Painting is offered on Sunday March 11th, April 8th, July 15th and September 9th, from 1-3pm, by reservation.

One State, 200 Years, Four Presidents
3/23/18 - 12/31/18
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will help celebrate the state’s 200th birthday with a major new exhibit about the four presidents who have called Illinois their home. This exhibit, entitled “From Illinois to the White House:  Lincoln, Grant, Reagan, Obama,” will explore their connections to the Prairie State, their political battles, the first ladies who helped them succeed and much more.
Elkhart Historical Society Wildflower Walks
4/7/18 - 4/28/18
The Elkhart Historical Society WILL be hosting Wildflower Walks each Saturday, starting on the 14th of April. You can take advantage of this wonderful opportunity by reservation only. The tours will be guided by Dr. Pam Moriearty*. Master Naturalist and Gillette  Ransom who has also done extensive research on the  fauna and folklore/medicinal use in the past. They will share the beauty and variety of the ephemeral spring wild flowers on Elkhart Hill. The wildflower walks will be April 14th, 21st and 28th at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Litchfield Pickers Market
4/8/18 - 10/14/18

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 2018 market are April 8, May 13, June 10, July 8, August 12, September 9, and October 14.

Skyview Scavenger Hunt
4/16/18 - 4/29/18

Introducing the Skyview Scavenger Hunt! The new owners of the famous Skyview Drive-in in Litchfield - two husband-and-wife teams - Nick and Mindy Pastrovich and Mike and Debbie Pastrovich, have launched this exciting event to highlight their attraction and other Illinois Route 66 attractions. Prizes are between Staunton, IL and Springfield, IL. All are considered landmarks or 66 businesses except two extras at "Downtown Stopping points" in Springfield!

Gamma Phi Circus
4/20/18 - 4/21/18
Gamma Phi’s acts showcase feats of strength and derring-do laced with mystery, prompting the age-old question: “How did they do that?”
5th Annual Bike Blessing

The 5th Annual Bike Blessing in Lincoln, Illinois will be held on Saturday, April 28th, 2018, beginning at 1:00 p.m. The Bike Blessing gives bikers peace of mind, knowing they are protected by God.

The Mill Museum on 66 Open House

Sunday, April 29th from 1pm to 4pm, is an Open House at The Mill Museum on 66 in Lincoln. This will mark the one-year anniversary of the opening of the museum. There will be a 50/50 drawing, door prizes, and a 10% discount on all gift shop merchandise.

12th Annual Illinois Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor Festival

The 12th Annual Red Carpet Corridor Festival traverses 13 Communities from Joliet to Towanda along a 90-mile stretch of Old Route 66 that collectively celebrates the Mother Road. Each town puts together its own events for that Saturday, making for a great shopping and sight-seeing experience. Gather the family and take a trip down memory lane. Towns include Joliet, Elwood, Wilmington, Braidwood, Godley, Braceville, Gardner, Dwight, Odell, Pontiac, Chenoa, Lexington and Towanda.

Downtown Bloomington Farmers' Market
5/5/18 - 10/27/18

The Downtown Bloomington Association Farmers’ Market is a producer-only market offering a wide array of farm products — including vegetables, fruits, cheeses, pork, beef, free-range poultry and eggs, flowers, plants, herbs, and more grown and produced by the individual selling these items!

Old Rugged Barn Presents: "Field of Dreams"
Celebrate the Red Carpet Corridor with a Field of Dreams-style vintage baseball game, as well as a flea market, craft vendors, food, live music and a movie marathon. Make a day of it at Towanda's coolest venue, The Old Rugged Barn!
Trunkin’ Treasure Sale Returns to Downtown Pontiac
The annual Trunkin’ Treasure Sale will be returning to Downtown Pontiac this year as part of the Red Carpet Corridor Celebration! This year’s sale will take place Saturday, May 5 from 8:00am to 5:00pm. That’s right! This year’s festival is one day only. Registration is open now so be sure and reserve your spot.
Smokey Bear Hot Air Balloon at Midewin
A very special visitor from the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the Smokey Bear hot air balloon, will be at the USDA Forest Service’s Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie for IL Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor Day. The Smokey Bear hot air balloon will be a static display on Highway 53 north of the Iron Bridge Trailhead for just one day only, Saturday, May 5, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Niehaus Cycle Sales Customer Appreciation Days
5/18/18 - 5/20/18

Every year on the weekend after Mother's Day is the large Appreciation Days event, attended by as many as 5000 people from as far away as Canada, and it features the "Show of Lights Ride" through downtown Litchfield. The Celebration lasts until someone wins a New Gold Wing, F6B, Valkyrie, or Pioneer 1000-5D on Sunday.

Old Capitol Art Fair
5/19/18 - 5/20/18


Set against the backdrop of the Illinois Old State Capitol building, art lovers find the Springfield Old Capitol Art Fair to be the jewel of the Midwest. This tradition of fine art has brought artists and shoppers from across the country flocking to downtown Springfield’s two-day outdoor art gallery for over 50 years.
Cahokia Mounds Kids Day
Kids' Day is a special event at Cahokia Mounds for kids of all ages.
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