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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.
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.
3rd Fridays Downtown Lincoln
5/20/16 - 9/16/16
Lincoln

The City of Lincoln continues the “3rd Fridays Downtown” summer series with “Adventure Night”, which will take place on Friday, August 19 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. This month’s event will offer activities such as an inflatable rock climbing wall, obstacle course, and laser tag.  Other activities include the return of giant versions of popular games such as Jenga, Connect Four, and Bozo Balls, to name a few.  Spirited Republic and Alley-Bi Saloon will be sponsoring a 3-hour bags tournament. The cost is $10 per team with prizes awarded to the top teams.  

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.

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.
Lincoln Home National Historic Site Centennial Celebration
8/25/16 - 9/3/16
Springfield

Come join the Lincoln Home National Historic Site rangers as they celebrate the National Park Service's 100th birthday. Activities and fun throughout the day on both August 25th & September 3rd. Look for the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway tent at the event!

Lincoln Balloon Festival
8/26/16 - 8/27/16
Lincoln

Enjoy the beautiful hot air balloon launches beginning Friday through Saturday evening, followed by the balloon glow at dusk. Enjoy tethered rides, live music, giant kites, food, carnival, family games and activities.
2016 Berwyn Route 66 Car Show
8/27/16
Berwyn

The Berwyn Route 66 Car Show is the area's best and biggest car show born from the rich automotive heritage of Berwyn's Historic Route 66. Berwyn's show takes visitors on a stroll through 500+ vintage and custom cars, trucks and motorcycles. Highlights include live music, automobile flamethrowing and a cacklefest of dragsters that will thrill spectators! Held annually the last Saturday in August.

Let's Rock the Boat
8/28/16
Carlinville
Come out on Sunday, August 28th from 2p.m. to 8p.m. to the Carlin-Belle Riverboat at the Magnuson Grand Hotel, I-55 Carlinville Exit 60. As summer comes to an end, join us for an afternoon of fun in the sun! Cash Bar aboard the Carlin-Belle Riverboat, BBQ, Music, Volleyball, Horseshoes, Fishing (bring your own pole), and Route 66 Car Show.
Central States Threshermen's Reunion
9/1/16 - 9/5/16
Pontiac
The 68th annual gathering of steam and early gasoline powered agricultural tractors and implements is scheduled to begin on September 1st.  Threshermen's Park, located just north of Pontiac on Illinois Route 23, will be filled with these powerful machines as well as many other attractions. There is a huge flea market, a number of historic exhibits, live entertainers, the daily "Parade of Power", and of course, the Sunday afternoon parade in downtown Pontiac. Daily admission is $8 and kids under 13 are free.
Elkhart Historical Society 2016 Fall Dinner Lecture Series
9/2/16 - 11/4/16
The Elkhart Historical Society is announcing their fall schedule of events and dinner lectures, so be sure to add these dates to your calendar.  The opening event on Friday September 2nd, “Art and Music on the Prairie” and will take place 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.   It promises to be a relaxing combination of art, music and food.   As it is the beginning of the Labor Day Weekend, a more casual dress and interesting topic of “Original Art” will be presented in an art walk style, involving three of the shops, with popular artists Lette Marseille, Felicia Olin and others, with a short talk on the value of original art, combined with live music, and freshly prepared hors d'oeuvres.
7th Annual Springfield Oyster and Beer Festival
9/3/16
Springfield
The SOB fest, as it is known, features creative local and nationally-recognized craft beer vendors, fresh oysters prepared a number of delectable ways, and delicious offerings from three distinctly different food trucks, too. It will be held in the parking lot of the Inn at 835 again, rain or shine.
Atlanta Fall Festival
9/8/16 - 9/10/16
Atlanta
The Atlanta town festival has a parade, carnival rides, car show, pie and cake baking contest and children's activities that provide entertainment for the whole family.
Williamsville Fall Festival & Route 66 Sign Dedication
9/9/16 - 9/10/16
Williamsville
Williamsville celebrates the Route 66 International traveler with the unveiling of a multi-directional mileage sign celebrating the top visiting countries along Illinois Route 66. Members of the Sangamon Valley Woodcarvers have designed and produced placards representing U.S. cities and countries from around the globe on a carved sign post with a Route 66 logo as a topper. The dedication is Saturday September 10th at 2:30pm as part of the Williamsville Fall Festival on September 9th and 10th.
Cruise-In at David Davis Mansion
9/10/16
Bloomington-Normal
Calling all cars! Vehicles of all styles, vintages and types are welcome to join the Sixth Annual "Cruise-In at the Mansion" scheduled for Saturday, September 10th from 10a.m. to 4 p.m. at the David Davis Mansion State Historic Site at 1000 Monroe Drive in Bloomington. 
Dwight Harvest Days & Annual Basset Waddle
9/15/16 - 9/18/16
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!
Chicagoland ARCA 150
9/15/16
Joliet
The ARCA Racing Series returns to Chicagoland Speedway to kick off four days and nights of racing action on Thursday, Sept. 15! The up-and-comers and wily veterans never disappoint, with a night full of unpredictable action! Green flag is set for 7 p.m.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 225
9/16/16
Joliet
Chicagoland is the Last Chance Race for the ever-unpredictable Camping World Truck Series as NASCAR's newest stars battle for a final spot in the series' new playoff. NASCAR's newest stars will try their luck at tackling the tri-oval during an all-out battle. 
Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Festival
9/17/16 - 9/18/16
Lincoln
This year’s Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Festival will be held at new locations in Lincoln, Illinois, all of which are located on Historic Route 66 – Postville Courthouse State Historic Site, Postville Park and The Mill. The event is a celebration of the pioneer days that influenced Abraham Lincoln’s early life, including his time as a lawyer on the 8th Judicial Circuit. 
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