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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.
Castle Gardens Home and Garden Tours
7/16/17 - 10/1/17
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. Tours are offered monthly on Sundays, from 1-3pm, by reservation.
National Route 66 Motor Tour
9/25/17 - 10/7/17
Joliet

The 2nd Annual National Route 66 Motor Tour begins in Joliet, Illinois and travels all the way to the endpoint in Santa Monica,California. The event lasts fourteen days and stops at many points of interest along the way, including the Skyview Drive-In in Litchfield, Illinois. The tour covers approx. 200 miles a day.
Lincoln Heritage Museum Grand Soiree
9/30/17
Lincoln

Lincoln College will be opening its doors this month 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.
Route 66 Swap Meet
10/1/17
Joliet
Route 66 Swap Meet & Show 'n Shine is the event for racers, rodders, restorers and collectors! There's a wide selection for any automotive enthusiast. Swap Meet, Car Corral & Show’n Shine - All Automotive Enthusiasts are welcome!

West Fork Encampment
10/7/17 - 10/8/17
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.
Pumpkin Chunkin Festival
10/7/17
Girard
Girard's Pumpkin Festival is also know as the Pumpkin Chunkin Festival, and features human powered and mechanical powered pumpkin launching. Sponsored by Girard Chamber of Commerce, the event also features a parade at 10:30am, chili cook-off, Chamber food tents, food & craft vendors, children's games, a children's pumpkin carving & painting contest, live bands and entertainment and the main event- Pumpkin Chunkin from 1-4pm.
The Mill on 66 11th Annual Cruise-In
10/7/17
Lincoln

Join in the fun from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM Saturday for the annual car cruise-in with great classic cars, food, music, door prizes and a 50/50 drawing. The event is co-sponsored by the Railsplitter Antique Auto Club. Vehicle registration is $5. A fund raiser for The Mill.

Stewart's Deep Rock Historical Rt. 66 Cruise
10/7/17
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 7th at the Litchfield Museum & Route 66 Welcome Center. Festivities begin at 2pm.

Civil War Days at Dollinger Farms
10/14/17 - 10/15/17
Channahon

Dollinger Farms will be having their annual Civil War Days in mid-October. Over 500 re-enactors participate in this annual event. Relive History with President Lincoln, or General Thomas. There are live horses, booming cannons, and a spectacular battle scene! Come experience a piece of American History at the "battlefield."

Leclaire Parkfest
10/15/17
Edwardsville

The annual Leclaire Parkfest, hosted by Friends of Leclaire, is held from Noon to 5 PM at Leclaire Park in Edwardsville, Illinois. A fall festival celebrating the history of the Leclaire National Historic District, the event features live music (Dixieland Jazz and Folk/Bluegrass), delicious festival foods, narrated trolley tours of the historic district, children’s games and activities, craft vendors, a large book fair, and an exhibit of vintage cars and tractors.

Trials of Route 66
10/15/17
Carlinville

The Trials of Route 66 comes to the "Million Dollar" Courthouse in Carlinville - right inside the breathtakingly beautiful domed courtroom! Be a first-hand witness to actual trials held in the Macoupin County Courthouse during the 1926-1930 alignment. Trials will be enacted by members of the Summer Repertory Theater and assorted citizenry.

3rd Annual Route 66 Miles of Possibility Conference
10/19/17 - 10/23/17
Joliet


The Third Annual Route 66 Miles of Possibility Conference will be held in Joliet, Illinois this year from October 19-23,2017. The conference will feature several informative speakers covering a variety of topics related to Route 66. There will also be a historical tour, a Blues Brothers celebration, and much more to be announced.
Berwyn Zombie Walk & Pub Crawl
10/21/17
Berwyn
Dress in your best Halloween zombie costume and head to Roosevelt Road for the 5th annual Zombie Walk & Pub Crawl. The event will feature zombie make-up, a pub crawl, food and an after-party. Tour stops: 12th Street Rag, Commodore Berry VFW Post, Paparazzi, Friendly Tap and FitzGerald's Nightclub during the pub crawl.
Route 66 Half Marathon
10/22/17
Litchfield
RaceMaker Productions is excited to announce the fifth annual Litchfield Half Marathon, 5k, and Mile Dash! If you are looking to race your best half marathon ever, with perfect late fall running conditions, on the fastest course in the midwest-then this is Your Race! 
First Annual Haunted Ethnic Wine Festival
10/27/17 - 10/28/17
Springfield
The Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association in cooperation with the Illinois Department of Agriculture and the Illinois State Fair Foundation is hosting the first annual Haunted Ethnic Illinois Wine Festival in Ethnic Village, IL State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL, Friday, October 27th from 6 - 10 P and Saturday 11 A to 7 PM. Our Illinois Wineries will be showcasing their award-winning wines from throughout the state along with ethnic foods. Glasses and bottles of wine may be purchased from the wineries.
Carlinville Christmas Market
12/1/17 - 12/2/17
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.
Litchfield Chamber of Commerce Train Show
12/1/17
Litchfield
The Litchfield Chamber of Commerce Train Show will be held on Friday, December 1, 2017 from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the Ameriprise Financial Building in Downtown Litchfield. This Model Railroad Open House is hosted by the Litchfield Chamber of Commerce.
Breakfast with Santa
12/2/17
Dwight
Children and parents may enjoy a pancake and sausage breakfast. Santa will be available to visit and pose for pictures. The will also be games to play, face painting and a chance to write Santa a letter. Held the 1st Saturday in December at the Country Mansion Garden Room around 8am.
12th Annual Illinois Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor Festival
5/5/18 - 5/6/18
Joliet

The 12th 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.

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