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Litchfield Pickers Market
4/9/17 - 10/8/17
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 2017 market are April 9, May 14, June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10, and October 8.
3rd Fridays Downtown Lincoln
5/19/17 - 9/16/17
Lincoln

3rd Fridays in Downtown Lincoln is back and you can be apart of the excitement! The events will start in May and go through September. This can be a great opportunity for your organization, church, company, or sports/activity groups to raise awareness and possibly include a fundraising activity.

Pontiac Cruise Nights
5/20/17 - 8/19/17
Pontiac

The season of cruising in your motorcar has begun and the City of Pontiac will hold its first Cruise Night on May 20th in the downtown area. Hundreds of classic, antique, modified, and stock cars gather around the square once a month during the summer. Those who own and treasure their vehicles are proud to display and talk about them with show visitors.

Lenore Weiss Memorial & Standard Oil Gas Station Car Show
5/27/17
Odell

On the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, there is a very special event in Odell for a very special person, the late Lenore Weiss. John & Lenore Weiss, as a couple, served the Route 66 community for years as preservationists and ambassadors, and John continues to play a vital role in preserving and promoting Route to this day. This great event, which features a car show, will honor Lenore and all proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.

Legacy of Giving Music Festival
6/2/17 - 6/3/17
Springfield
The SOHO Music Festival lives on (thank you so much Eric Welch), thanks to Bryan Tippy from Conn's Hospitality group! The Legacy of Giving Festival will be held June 2-3, from 5 p.m. through midnight Friday and 10 a.m. through midnight Saturday. The festival boasts two days of live music from 70 local, regional and national acts on five stages.
Lincoln's Pigs and Swigs
6/2/17 - 6/3/17
Lincoln
Held in Downtown Lincoln, and featuring Up in Smoke KC BBQ competition, live blues music, craft beer tasting, car show, and craft/flea market.
Dana-Thomas House Celebrates Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th
6/3/17 - 6/24/17
Springfield
The Dana-Thomas House State Historic Site will celebrate architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th birthday in June with a concert and special tours of the stunning home he designed. One new tour explains the amazing restoration of the house. It will be offered June 10 and 24. Another, family-friendly tour looks at the animals that inspired Wright and takes place June 25.
Champagne British Car Festival
6/4/17
Bloomington-Normal
Past and future will collide June 4 when the David Davis Mansion State Historic Site hosts a car show featuring a collection of DeLoreans, the car made famous in “Back to the Future.” The 26th Annual Champagne British Car Festival also includes an array of gorgeous British cars, from sporty Triumphs to luxurious Bentleys.
Berwyn Cruise Nites
6/6/17 - 8/15/17
Berwyn
Berwyn’s Cruise Nites, sponsored by Paisans Pizzeria And Bar, attract everyone from families to car enthusiasts. Tuesday nights don’t have to be a tired routine. Take to the streets of the Depot District for a hopping car show and a variety of nightlife spots to quench your cravings for anything. Tuesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Windsor & Grove Avenues, June 6 & 20 July 18 August 1 & 15.
11th Annual Route 66 Garage Sale
6/9/17 - 6/11/17
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.
Edwardsville Route 66 Festival
6/9/17 - 6/10/17
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 Annual Route 66 Festival 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.
3rd Annual Blue Carpet Corridor Festival
6/10/17
Virden

The 3rd annual Blue Carpet Corridor Festival is Sat-Sun, June 10-11, 2017, featuring 12 towns from Virden to Collinsville with a shared history of miners, mobsters and the Mother Road. Enjoy two days of fun and surprises! Participating communities this year are: Virden, Girard, Carlinville, Gillespie, Staunton, Hamel, Edwardsville, Glen Carbon, Litchfield, Mt. Olive, Troy & Collinsville.

2017 Route 66 Association of Illinois Motor Tour & Hall of Fame Banquet
6/10/17 - 6/11/17
Lincoln

The 2017 Motor Tour is traveling north to south this year, with the Hall of Fame banquet at Lincoln College in Lincoln. The tour will also be making stops during the new Blue Carpet Corridor event.

Atlanta, Illinois Rt. 66 Ribs & Rides Cruise-In & BBQ Cook-off
6/10/17
Atlanta

The Palms Grill Cafe, located on Old Rt. 66 in downtown Atlanta, invites all amateur cooks to join in the fun at the Rt. 66 Ribs & Rides Cruise-In. The cook-off is designed to be fun for nonprofessionals.  Also featured will be music by Wagon Load of Trouble and a free downtown classic car cruise-in.
Capital City Celebration
7/1/17 - 7/2/17
Springfield

July 2nd and 3rd in historic downtown Springfield is the place to be for the Capital City Celebration!  Activities include children's pageant, food & craft vendors, giant inflatables, live music including the Springfield Municipal Band, and fireworks on the 3rd at 9:30pm.

Sherman Homecoming
7/7/17 - 7/8/17
Sherman
The Sherman Area Chamber of Commerce hosts Sherman Homecoming Festival at Rail Pointe Development. Featuring the Route 66 Cruisin Car Show, parade, bags tournament, 5K run/walk, amusement rides, live entertainment and much more.

Brooks World's Largest Catsup Bottle Festival
7/9/17
Collinsville

Summer is officially here, and that means the annual World's Largest Catsup Bottle Festival Birthday Party & Car Show is right around the corner! This year it will again be held at the city's Woodland Park!

Staunton Tour De Donut & Ribfest
7/11/17
Staunton
Staunton is the place to be Saturday July 11th, where you can take part in the Tour De Donut, a 32 mile bicycle race that includes donut stops! Also on Saturday is the Annual Ribfest - a rib cook-off competetion with music, fun activities and tasty food.
Lincoln's Festival on Route 66
7/15/17
Bloomington-Normal

This annual festival is a celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s connections to the Bloomington-Normal area and is expected to bring thousands of Lincoln enthusiasts into the area over the weekend. Free to the public, activities at seven different locations around the downtown Bloomington area and the Illinois Wesleyan University campus provides an entertaining and educational experience that includes encounters with living history interpreters, food, music, wagon and carriage rides, tours, talks, crafts for children and teens and more.

Chatham Sweet Corn Festival
7/17/17
Chatham
This Chatham Jaycees award-winning event has become a fixture in the community, and is one of the top outdoor summer festivals in all of central Illinois. 2015 is the 42nd annual event - great food, drinks, games, and entertainment. Includes the Miss Sweet Corn Pageant, Illinois Championship Cow Chip Throw, Cornhole Tournament, wine & whiskey tasting, several live bands including Blues Expressions and Brushville.
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