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Friday Night Dinner at the Palms Grill Cafe
11/3/17 - 3/23/18
Atlanta

The Atlanta Public Library and Museum will host a series of Dinner Programs at the Palms Grill Cafe from November 2017 through March 2018. The events will feature local speakers who will present after-dinner programs at the Palms Grill Cafe, located at 110 SW Arch Street in downtown Atlanta. Dinner begins at 5:30 pm, with the evening’s program starting at 7pm.

Dell Rhea's 12 Days of Christmas
12/1/17 - 12/24/17
Dell Rhea's 12 Days of Christmas features daily specials in December! AND - Santa is coming to visit his favorite Chicken Restaurant! Meet Santa from 4pm-8pm on Dec 12th at Dell Rhea's. Take your own photos with Santa for free. Also, free gift for the first 50 children. And, on Dec 12th, kids eat free - 2 kids per paying adult. Space is limited, make your reservations today.
Illinois 200 Bicentennial Celebration 1818-2018
12/3/17 - 12/3/18
Springfield
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.
Old Rugged Barn Stone & Snow Intimate Barn Concert
12/14/17
Towanda

The Old Rugged Barn is looking forward to Dec 14, a special and intimate concert with Stone and Snow. Clint and Karen are delightful! This is a fund raiser to help them secure studio time to record their next album. Your kind donate of $15-20 is appreciated. Seats are limited, so reserve your spot today. First come first serve for about 60-80 people.

Meet Fredbird and Clark Bear at Mascot Day
12/16/17
Springfield
A mischievous bird named Fred and a friendly bear named Clark are coming to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum for Mascot Day. Fredbird of the St. Louis Cardinals and Clark Bear from the Chicago Cubs will visit on Dec. 16 to say hello to their fans and pose for pictures with kids of all ages. The event includes special activities for children, including the chance to design their own mascots and make mini-baseball caps.
Bill Kirchen’s Honky Tonk Holiday Show
12/16/17
Pontiac
The Titan of the Telecaster is back this holiday season! Join us for a one night only dinner performance of Bill Kirchen’s Honky Tonk Holiday Show brought to the Eagle by The Whip at Backland Radio. December 16 hear some fun, funny, and irreverent Christmas classics like “Truckin Trees for Christmas” and “Run Run Rudolf”. Tickets are $38 each and includes a BBQ rib buffet catered by Bernardi’s II. 
Dana-Thomas House Luminarias
12/17/17
Springfield

The Dana-Thomas House annual Luminaria event, where hundreds of candles are arranged outside the historic home, will be held on Sunday, December 17th. Springfield Civic Garden Club and the Dana-Thomas House State Historic Site are partnering for this event, along with providing additional holiday decorating to the site.

Completely Cracked Christmas
12/22/17
Pontiac
Join comedian/singer/songwriter/entertainer Dave Rudolf for an evening of amusing “cracked” Christmas songs. Hear him perform some original songs as well as parodies of the classics. Tickets are only $10 in advance or $15 at the door. A cash bar will be available. Doors open at 7:00, the show will begin at 7:30.
Silly Songs for Silly Kids and Their Silly Parents Too
12/23/17
Pontiac
Entertainer Dave Rudolf returns a second day in a row, this time performing one of his most popular kids shows! Children of all ages will have a blast not only watching the show but interacting with Dave and each other. Tickets are only $5 each but no more than $15 per family. Doors open at 1:30, the show begins at 2:00.
First Night Springfield
12/31/17
Springfield

The First Night® Springfield is the city’s Annual New Year’s Eve Celebration of the Arts, presented by the Springfield Area Arts Council. On New Year’s Eve, First Night’s events begin with free children’s hands-on activities and entertainment from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. From 6:00 to 11:15 PM, the city becomes a stage, with over 30 performances taking place on eight stages in downtown Springfield. The early First Night performances, from 6:00 to 7:45 PM, include magicians, jugglers, and dancers, along with jazz and classical guitar. The traditional First Night fireworks display begins at 8:00 PM at Fourth Street and Capitol Avenue.

One State, 200 Years, Four Presidents
3/23/18 - 12/31/18
Springfield
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. Visitors will see amazing documents and artifacts, including Ronald Reagan’s yearbook from his high school days in Dixon, the table where Ulysses S. Grant’s accepted Robert E. Lee’s surrender during the Civil War, an original draft of Barack Obama’s speech at the 50th anniversary of the Selma civil rights march, and the briefcase Abraham Lincoln used as president.
12th Annual Illinois Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor Festival
5/5/18 - 5/6/18
Joliet

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 the weekend, 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.

Niehaus Cycle Sales Customer Appreciation Days
5/19/18 - 5/21/18
Litchfield

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.

Macoupin County Historical Society Spring Festival
5/26/18 - 5/27/18
Carlinville
Each Memorial day, countless visitors are visiting the Anderson Mansion, located on the edge of Carlinville, to mark the beginning of spring. Hosted by the Macoupin County Historical Society, the festival is filled with arts and crafts, along with antique machinery 
Black Diamond Days
6/1/18 - 6/3/18
Macoupin County's "Original Festival of Coal", features a Little Miss& Mini Miner contest, Miss Black Diamond Days Jr. Miss & Black Diamond Days Queen, parade, fishing tournament, Coal Kids Corner, dog show, washer and cornhole tournament, live entertainment and plenty of food and drinks.
Edwardsville Route 66 Festival & Car Cruise-In
6/8/18 - 6/9/18
Edwardsville

Come get your kicks at the Edwardsville, Illinois Route 66 Festival! If classic cars, great food and family fun are your idea of a good time, join us for the Annual Route 66 Festival at City Park in downtown Edwardsville.

The City of Edwardsville is excited to welcome the community back to the park to enjoy great food, live music, the classic car cruise through town, the local talent show, local artists, children's activities, trolley rides and much more.
4th Annual Blue Carpet Corridor Festival - Miners, Mobsters & the Mother Road
6/9/18 - 6/10/18
Virden

The 4th annual Blue Carpet Corridor Festival, which is now known as the Miners, Mobsters & the Mother Road event, is Sat/Sun, June 9 & 10, 2018, featuring 12 towns from Virden to Collinsville with a shared history of miners, mobsters and the Mother Road. Enjoy a day of fun and surprises! Participating communities this year are: Virden, Girard, Carlinville, Gillespie, Staunton, Hamel, Edwardsville, Glen Carbon, Litchfield, Mt. Olive, Troy & Collinsville. The new Virden History Mural unveiling will be just one of the highlights of the event!

4th Annual Route 66 Miles of Possibility Conference
10/25/18 - 10/27/18
Joliet
On Thursday – Saturday, October 25-27, 2018, the Miles of Possibility Route 66 Conference (MOP Con) will return to the Blue Carpet Corridor for a three-day event in Carlinville. The event will kick off on Thursday, October 25, with local historical tours and a social get-together. Friday and Saturday will feature a keynote speaker and break-out sessions on Route 66 history, preservation, and tourism. Vendors, entertainment, social events, and Halloween festivities will round out the weekend.
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