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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.
First Fridays
1/5/18 - 12/7/18
Bloomington-Normal
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
Lexington

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
Bloomington-Normal
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
Lexington


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
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.
Litchfield Pickers Market
4/8/18 - 10/14/18
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 2018 market are April 8, May 13, June 10, July 8, August 12, September 9, and October 14.

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

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!

Castle Gardens Concerts on the Lawn
6/1/18 - 8/3/18
Lexington
Friday Nights at Castle Gardens are famous for the Concerts on the Lawn series during the summer. Enjoy great live music at this beautiful event venue in Lexington. The concerts are from 6-9pm, with gates opening at 5pm.
Plainfield Cruise Nights
6/5/18 - 8/28/18
Plainfield
Cruise Nights is a perfect time to visit downtown Plainfield to see all the amazing vintage vehicles and visit all the specialty shops and restaurants
Route 66 Street Markets
6/6/18 - 9/27/18
Joliet
The Street Markets bring together vendors, local businesses, and live entertainment to offer market-goers a wide variety of items for purchase while enjoying a stroll in historic Downtown Joliet.
Castle Gardens Train Days
6/10/18 - 10/14/18
Lexington

Enjoy a seminar and guided tour featuring the trains of Castle Gardens. Discover the HO, G scale, G12 and G16 locomotives - if weather permits, guests will go on a nostalgic ride through the beautifully landscaped diorama in Castle Gardens' G12 Lexington Express and G16 B&W Railroad. Train Days is offered on Sunday June 10th, August 12th and October 14th, from 1-3pm, by reservation.

3rd Fridays Downtown Lincoln
6/15/18 - 9/21/18
Lincoln

Lincoln’s 3rd Fridays Downtown events operate on the third Fridays each month from June through September, with a total of 4 event dates in 2018. The event hours are 5:30pm-8:30pm
Illinois Shakespeare Festival
7/5/18 - 8/11/18
Bloomington-Normal
The Illinois Shakespeare Festival (ISF) announces three plays for the 2018 summer season, one to be staged at the Center for the Performing Arts (CPA) Theatre on the campus of Illinois State University, as well as a new performance schedule format. The 2018 season will begin on July 5 at its home theatre, the open-air Ewing Theatre, and run through August 10.
Plainfield Fest
7/20/18 - 7/22/18
Plainfield
The Plainfield Riverfront Foundation is pleased to announce the return of Plainfield Fest which will take place in Historic Downtown Plainfield on Lockport and Des Plaines Street July 20-22nd. Please join us for a fun filled weekend of fun, food and entertainment enjoyed by all.
Expanded Lincoln’s Festival on Route 66
7/20/18 - 7/22/18
Bloomington-Normal


The Lincoln’s Festival on Route 66 has grown in interest and attendance since the Route 66 theme was added to the festival in 2017. The Illinois Shakespeare Festival is expanding its role in the festival this year, announcing a symposium exploring the fascination that Abraham Lincoln had with William Shakespeare’s writings.

Peacekeepers Ride
7/22/18
Litchfield
This Sunday, July 22, Niehaus Cycle Sales will be a stop on the Peacekeepers ride for a 2 PM ceremony to pay tribute to Trooper Deatherage. Riders will pay tribute to Trooper Deatherage in a rolling memorial as they return North on I55 past Mile Post 62.
Catfish Days
7/26/18 - 7/29/18
Wilmington
Catfish played a large part in initiating the event, Catfish Days, after Forked Creek spilled over its banks and flooded the cellars of a section of Wilmington called, “Catfish Town”. The annual festival dates back to 1976, and features a carnival, live entertainment, flea market/craft show, 5K race, food & drink, catfish dinners and much more!
“Brothers Notorious - The Sheltons” Taylor Pensoneau
7/27/18
Elkhart
Taylor Pensoneau will be the July 27th lecturer offered by the Elkhart Historical Society at the Wild Hare Cafe in Elkhart.  The doors will open at 4:45 pm and the dinner will begin promptly at 5:30 pm. In Brothers Notorious, Mr. Pensoneau gives attendees the story that traces the Shelton Gang story from its unpretentious beginning in rural southern Illinois Wayne County to the headline-capturing violence at the tale's conclusion.
Downhome Music Beer and Art Festival
7/27/18 - 7/28/18
Springfield
Downhome Music, Beer and Art Festival aims to showcase original music and art while introducing our festival goers to a variety of craft beer.
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