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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.
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.
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.
Artist Rex Parker exhibits works highlighting the designs of Frederic Goudy: The Titan of Type
10/13/18 - 11/24/18
Bloomington-Normal
A new exhibit featuring thirty posters highlighting the type styles of Bloomington-born designer, Frederic W. Goudy (1865-1947), will open Saturday, October 13 at the Museum and run through November 24. Goudy was one of America’s most prolific designers of metal type, having designed over 100 typefaces during his career.
Lighted Christmas Parade and Holiday Walk
11/30/18
Litchfield

Start your holiday celebrations at this annual event in historic downtown Litchfield.

Jingle Bell Jog 5k Fun Run/Walk
12/1/18
Litchfield

Wear your bells and come take part in the Jingle Bell Jog 5k Run/Walk

Illinois’ 200th Birthday Celebration
12/3/18
Chicago
Don’t miss Illinois’ 200th Birthday Celebration on December 3, 2018 at the United Center. The event will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Illinois’ recognition as the 21st state of the union. The Bicentennial Birthday Party will be a star-studded celebration. Illinois celebrities and contributors in all walks of life, including entertainment, sports, politics and more.
Carlinville Christmas Market
12/7/18 - 12/8/18
Carlinville
The Carlinville Christmas Market takes place on the first full weekend in December - Friday & Saturday. The Market has retained its earlier romance by presenting bright, white tents lined with the arts and crafts of talented artisans, food vendors, trolley tours, horse-drawn carriage rides, costumed carolers and street performers, children's activities, and other holiday attractions.
Old Rugged Barn E I E I O Holiday Show
12/15/18
Towanda
Join in on the fun as Old Rugged Barn presents the E I E I O Holiday Show! Heated barn with Wi-Fi, Internet, indoor restrooms. Yummy food, snacks, drinks. 25 to 30 cool and unique booths. Let our talented local high school performers entertain you throughout the day. $1/ person. Pay at the door. Parking north of Barn.
First Night Springfield
12/31/18
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 ten 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.

Dwight Harvest Days & Annual Basset Waddle
9/19/19 - 9/22/19
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!
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