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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.
Dana-Thomas House Gardening Events
5/19/16 - 6/16/16
Springfield

Plants and butterflies inspired Frank Lloyd Wright when he designed the Dana-Thomas House, so it’s only fair for the state historic site to help others plant gardens and attract butterflies.
3rd Fridays Downtown Lincoln
5/20/16 - 9/16/16
Lincoln

The City of Lincoln recently announced plans to bring family-friendly activities including music, food, and fun to the downtown area each third Friday throughout the summer. The first themed event in the “3rd Fridays Downtown” series will take place on Friday, May 20th between the hours of 5:30pm and 8:30pm with the theme being “Game Night”.
Pontiac Cruise Nights
5/21/16 - 8/20/16
Pontiac
The season of cruising in your motorcar has begun and the City of Pontiac will hold its first Cruise Night on May 21st 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.
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.

Bandit Run to Tour America's Heartland and Pontiac IL
6/1/16
Pontiac
Memorial Weekend will see more than 100 classic Pontiac Trans Am cars hit the open road for the 2016 Bandit Run presented by Restore a Muscle Car (RAMC).   The 10th annual Run will go through four states in America's Heartland, beginning in Sandusky, Ohio and ending in Le Claire, Iowa with an overnight stop in Pontiac, IL.
Music of the Civil War at the Eagle Performing Arts and Conference Center
6/3/16 - 6/17/16
The popular musical program based on the songs that were sung during the antebellum and civil war era has scheduled two special performances during the month of June.  The new Eagle Performing Arts and Conference Center in Pontiac provides dinner theater productions by the Vermillion Players, as well as concerts, meetings, and other events.
Lincoln's Pigs and Swigs
6/3/16 - 6/4/16
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.
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!

Bloomington Route 66 Cruise-In
6/4/16
Bloomington-Normal
The 3rd Annual Downtown Cruise In returns to Bloomington on Saturday, June 4th. More than 300 cars, furnished by members of several local car clubs, will be cruising into our downtown square for the afternoon, bringing with them fans of the car culture, Route 66 and good old rock and Roll. In addition to the cars, the event will feature live music on the square from 5-9 pm with The Shake, a classic rock cover band.
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!

Atlanta, Illinois Rt. 66 Ribs & Rides Cruise-In & BBQ Cook-off
6/11/16
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 on June 11, 2016. 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.
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!

Arts in the Park
7/22/16 - 7/24/16
Lincoln
This event at Latham Park in Downtown Lincoln includes the Art of Wine & Brew and a large juried art show. Includes gourmet food trucks, live jazz music, wine, painting and the fine art fair.
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.

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