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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!

Danny Tackett and his Chicken & Pickin' Orchestra
5/17/18 - 7/19/18
Atlanta

We're happy to announce that Danny Tackett and his Chicken & Pickin' Orchestra will join us again.

March's Program will feature Bill Kemp from the McLean County Museum who, in honor of the beginning of baseball season, will present "The Old Three-Eye" a program about one of the more respected minor league professional baseball teams of the first half of the 20th century, in which Bloomington, Decatur, Springfield, Quincy and other area communities all fielded teams.
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
CELEBRITY AUTOGRAPH DAY AT THE MILL MUSEUM
6/24/18
Lincoln

The eagerly anticipated Tropics Sign Relighting Ceremony in Lincoln, Illinois will be held on Sunday evening, June 24th, 2018. In conjunction, with this event, The Mill Museum on 66 in Lincoln will hold a Celebrity Autograph special event from 1pm-6:30pm that same day, with plenty of time in-between to get from The Mill Museum to The Tropics Sign event.
Tropics Sign Relighting In Lincoln
6/24/18
Lincoln
The restoration of the neon sign for The Tropics in Lincoln, Illinois, is nearing completion and the Tropics Legacy Campaign organizers have set a relighting date for Sunday, June 24, at the McDonald’s parking lot where the Route 66 restaurant once stood. The location is the exact spot where the famous sign resided. The address is 1007 Hickox Drive in Lincoln, at the intersection of the 1940-77 alignment of Route 66 (Lincoln Parkway) and Woodlawn Road. The Tropics Relighting Ceremony will begin with a social gathering from 7:15-7:45pm, followed by a program from 7:45-8:15pm and then the relighting at 8:15pm.
Litchfield 5K Freedom Fun Run/Walk
6/30/18
Litchfield

The 16th Annual, 5K Freedom Fun Run / Walk is Saturday, June 30, 2018 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.

NASCAR Appearance #88 at The Pad
6/30/18
Wilmington
Everyone get ready! Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Nationwide Insurance NASCAR will be at The Launching Pad Saturday June 30, 2018. The Semi Truck and Race Simulators for fun with the family will be here as well.
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.
Amaranth Apple Festival
7/13/18 - 7/14/18
Springfield
The Amaranth Apple Festival in downtown Springfield features over 15 local food vendors, including Twisted Deli and Augie's Front Burner among many others. The live concerts are a part of the Bedrock 66 Live! concert series, which features local and regional bands.
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