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Litchfield Pickers Market
4/10/16 - 10/9/16
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 2016 market are April 10, May 8, June 12, July 10, August 14, September 11, and October 9.
Vince Gill at the Rialto
5/5/16
Joliet
Twenty Time Grammy Award Winner and Country Music Legend: Vince Gill. One of the most popular singers in modern country music, Vince Gill is famous for his top-notch songwriting, world-class guitar playing and warm, soaring tenor, all wrapped up in a quick and easy wit.
Fat Ass 5K & Street Party for Charity
5/6/16 - 5/7/16
Springfield

The Fat Ass 5K has become a "huge" event in Springfield, and by far the most fun you'll have on a run! Race route includes beer, ice cream, donut and corn dog stations, as well as live entertainment and surprises throughout. You can also take the signature "Fat Ass Detour" straight to the Celtic Mist Pub.

Pontiac Red Carpet Corridor Events
5/6/16 - 5/8/16
Pontiac
The 10th Annual Red Carpet Corridor Festival will officially begin the 2016 tourism season in the City of Pontiac.  This festival celebrates historic Route 66 and takes place simultaneously in 13 communities along a 90-mile stretch of the old Mother Road.  Beginning on Saturday, May 7th, and running through Mother's Day, May 8th, this event features car shows, motorcycle shows, cooking contests, kids games, museum exhibits, flea markets, live entertainment, great food, and tons of fun.
10th Annual Illinois Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor Festival
5/7/16 - 5/8/16
Joliet
The 10th 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.
Joliet Area Historical Museum Free Day
5/7/16 - 5/8/16
Joliet
Saturday: The Route 66 Visitor's Center at the Joliet Area Historical Museum will be open from 8am to 5pm. Sunday: The Route 66 Visitor's Center at the Joliet Area Historical Museum will be open from noon to 5pm. Come for discounted admission to the Route 66 Experience portion of the Joliet Area Historical Museum. Discounted rates will be available on these days for RCC attendees desiring to experience the Museum's galleries.
Niehaus Cycle Sales 30th Anniversary Customer Appreciation Days
5/13/16 - 5/15/16
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. This is the 30th year for the event. The Celebration lasts until someone wins a New 2016 Gold Wing, F6B, Valkyrie, or Pioneer 1000-5D at 4pm May 15, 2016!
Normal CornBelters Baseball
5/13/16 - 9/4/16
Bloomington-Normal
The Normal CornBelters, presented by Illinois Corn Farmers, are back for another great season at The Corn Crib. The CornBelters are coming off a record win season and are looking to repeat as Frontier League West Division champions!
Joliet Slammers Baseball
5/17/16 - 9/4/16
Joliet
Join the Joliet Slammers for affordable, family fun all summer long! Parking is free or you can take the train to beautiful Silver Cross Field located in downtown Joliet, IL.
Mary Poppins at the Rialto
5/19/16
Joliet
'Mary Poppins' movie with a pre-event reception featuring characters and props from the stage production for a memorable family event.
90th Birthday Celebration at the Rialto
5/24/16
Joliet

90th Birthday Celebration – free tours, organ concerts, original silent movie shown on the theater's opening day and the Duchess during the afternoon. And of course birthday cake and a birthday toast to the Rialto in the early evening.
Team Demolition Derby at Route 66 Raceway
5/28/16 - 9/24/16
Joliet

Team Demolition Derby at Route 66 Raceway - Military Appreciation Night, Supporting our Armed Forces. 4th Saturday of each month May - September. The best state-of-the-art drag racing facility, Route 66 Raceway delivers adrenaline pumping excitement.

Burndown at Sundown at Route 66 Raceway
6/3/16 - 6/4/16
Joliet

Four Seasons Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing Burndown at Sundown! When the sun goes down, the night lights up for Route 66 Raceway's most explosive night of drag racing. Get in gear this summer with exciting drag racing action with over 500 race cars, two explosive shows of fire breathing exhibition, wheel standers, fireworks and more!

10th Annual Route 66 Garage Sale
6/10/16 - 6/12/16
Lincoln

After turning over the Route 66 Garage Sale a few years ago to local entrepreneur and business owner, Andrea Dykman, the annual event is still thriving, with over 75 garage sales for the weekend in Lincoln and nearby communities. The sale runs 8am til dusk all three days.
2016 Route 66 Association of Illinois Motor Tour & Hall of Fame Banquet
6/10/16 - 6/12/16
Raymond

The 2016 Motor Tour is traveling south to north this year, with the Hall of Fame banquet at the Grand Magnuson Hotel in Raymond. The tour will also be making stops during the new Blue Carpet Corridor event.
Edwardsville Route 66 Festival
6/10/16 - 6/11/16
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 19th Annual Route 66 Festival on June 10 & 11 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.
2nd Annual Blue Carpet Corridor Festival
6/11/16 - 6/12/16
Chatham

The 2nd annual Blue Carpet Corridor Festival is Sat-Sun, June 11-12, 2016, featuring 13 towns from Chatham to Collinsville with a shared history of miners, mobsters and the Mother Road. Enjoy three days of fun and surprises!

Route 66 NHRA Nationals
7/7/16 - 7/10/16
Joliet

The best-of-the-best in drag racing take over Route 66 Raceway this July 7-10, for the 19th Annual Route 66 NHRA Nationals! Every ticket is a pit pass and you'll never forget the feeling of NITRO running through your veins!

NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing
7/28/16 - 7/31/16
Joliet

The National Mustang Racers Association and the National Muscle Car Association go head-to-head in Route 66 Raceway's wildest street-legal drag race! Witness wheel standing, all out excitement that will reach speeds in excess of 200 MPH. Wander the pits to enjoy the massive manufacturer's midway and the huge all domestic car show.

Carlinville's Shop Local First Restaurant Week - Chairs on Parade
8/6/16 - 8/28/16
Carlinville
Chairs on Parade is an event where Carlinville businesses purchases a chair and decorates it to their liking. The event is all about bringing old fashioned fun, family and shopping together while supporting the local business community. The chairs will be on display outside of the businesses beginning on Saturday, August 6th. All chairs will be placed around Carlinville in front of local businesses or around the beautiful downtown square and put on a colorful map to be passed out to visitors so they can tour the exhibition.
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