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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!
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!

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.

Yoga History at the McLean County History Museum
9/11/18 - 12/11/18
Bloomington-Normal
Bring your yoga mat and join Carmen Champion of Main Street Yoga for this 5 part program focusing on the historic principles of yoga. Originally, yoga looked very different than the Downward Facing Dog now represented on Instagram. Understand how a deeply meditative practice evolved into a workout. Learn how different cultures shaped the modern-day understanding of the practice and why yoga has survived for thousands of years. Build your own meditation or yoga practice by developing a more enriched understanding of yoga culture.
Dwight Harvest Days & Annual Basset Waddle
9/20/18 - 9/23/18
Dwight

Dwight's premiere annual event is a great time for the whole family. Enjoy pie baking and pie eating contests, hypnosis/magician, Jr. Karaoke contest, Live Country Music, Live Dixieland Band, All Star Jam Band, Hairbanger's Ball, car show, tractor show and hours of fun!
17th Annual International Route 66 Mother Road Festival
9/21/18 - 9/23/18
Springfield

Over 1,000 cool cars and 80,000 spectators will roll into the heart of Springfield's historic downtown September 21-23 for a weekend of family fun in the sun and non-stop live music and entertainment! Come celebrate the golden age of Route 66...the cars, the music, the food, the friends - all brought together along Illinois Route 66.

Evergreen Cemetery Walk
9/28/18 - 10/7/18
Bloomington-Normal

Since 1822, when people began settling the land that would later become known as McLean County, the county and its citizens have helped shaped the history of Illinois. From being home to Illinois’s first public university (Illinois State University), aiding Abraham Lincoln’s rise to the nation’s highest office, leading the way in agricultural innovations, and producing and training internationally known circus performers, the citizens of McLean County have made an indelible mark on almost 200 years of Illinois history that is worthy of celebrating.
Golden Eagle Intertribal Powwow
9/28/18 - 9/30/18
Litchfield
This is a gathering of many Nations to honor and show our respects to all veterans. Everyone is encouraged to come and learn about Native American cultures. There will be storytelling for young and old, children’s dances, treats and gifts, handcrafted vendors, food, auctions, raffles, and much more. Many representatives from different Tribal Nations include: Powhatan, Cherokee, Blackfoot, Cree, Choctaw, Sac/Fox, Pottawatomi, Oneida, Navaho/Dine, Lakota, Cheyenne, Kickapoo, Mohawk, and more.
50th Anniversary of the Bloomington Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts
9/29/18
Bloomington-Normal
Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts is turning 50! Join PR&CA for a great afternoon celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Bloomington Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts. All the fun will happen Saturday, Sept. 29th from 2 - 5 p.m. in Miller Park. Featuring Live Music, Sand Volleyball, Lawn Games, Shuffleboard, Trivia, Beach Fun, 50¢ Mini Golf & Paddle Boats. 
Lincoln Heritage Museum Grand Soiree
9/29/18
Lincoln

Lincoln College will be opening its doors for its annual gala premiere, the Grand Soirée. This event helps celebrate the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln while helping the Lincoln Heritage Museum raise funds to continue to conserve historical artifacts as well as grow its educational outreach efforts.

Stewart's Deep Rock Historical Rt. 66 Cruise
10/6/18
Litchfield

Stewart's Deep Rock Gas Station & Truck Stop Open Car, Truck and Motorcycle Historical Rt. 66 Cruise is coming to Litchfield on Saturday, October 6th at the Litchfield Museum & Route 66 Welcome Center. Festivities begin at 2pm.

The Mill on 66 12th Annual Car Cruise-In
10/13/18
Lincoln

The Railsplitter Antique Auto Club has once again teamed up with the Route 66 Heritage Foundation of Logan County to host the 11th Annual Car Cruise-In at The Mill. The event will take place Saturday, October 13th, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Mill, 738 S. Washington St. in Lincoln. All members of the Railsplitter Antique Auto Club, other car clubs, and the public are invited to this fun-filled family event. In keeping with the decades-old tradition of music at The Mill, there will be live music beginning at 11am, from Ryan Parcelle of Lincoln and Stan, Jeff & Lynn from Jacksonville.

Santa 5k and 1-Mile Stroll
10/20/18
Joliet
This year’s event will feature a competitive, timed and scored 5K race as well as a leisurely 1-mile stroll with participants of all ages and ability levels including families, strollers and wheelchairs. Gates will open at 8 a.m., and race time is scheduled for 9 a.m. CT.
Trunk-or-Treat
10/20/18
Joliet
Families and race fans are invited to load up their trunks with candy and put their little ones in full costume before heading to the second annual Trunk-or-Treat fundraising event at Chicagoland Speedway on October 20 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

For just a $10 donation per car, children can navigate from car to car through Chicagoland Speedway’s Champion’s Park to collect candy as they would door-to-door on Halloween. The proceeds will benefit Chicagoland Speedway’s charitable entity, Racing Advocates for Community Enrichment (R.A.C.E.).
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