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Friday Night Dinner at the Palms Grill Cafe
11/3/17 - 3/23/18
Atlanta

The Atlanta Public Library and Museum will host a series of Dinner Programs at the Palms Grill Cafe from November 2017 through March 2018. The events will feature local speakers who will present after-dinner programs at the Palms Grill Cafe, located at 110 SW Arch Street in downtown Atlanta. Dinner begins at 5:30 pm, with the evening’s program starting at 7pm.

Illinois 200 Bicentennial Celebration 1818-2018
12/3/17 - 12/3/18
Springfield
Year long kick off events for the Illinois Bicentennial begin on December 3rd, 2017at Winter Wonderland at Navy Pier in Chicago and at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum in Springfield. Illinois Route 66 will be prominently featured throughout the year.
Return of the Pickers
12/21/17 - 2/2/18
Litchfield

Registration for the 2018 Litchfield Pickers Market is open! The Litchfield Tourism Office and Prairie Pickers are happy to announce that the Pickers Market is coming back to Litchfield, Illinois in 2018!!! If you love antiques and vintage items, this market is for you. This is the largest, specialized open air market in the region.
First Fridays
1/5/18 - 12/7/18
Bloomington-Normal
Top among DBA’s events is First Friday!  Held on the first Friday of each month, this recurring local cultural and social event showcases the visual arts and artists for the purpose of art education, visibility and the opportunity to purchase and collect art.
Four Weddings and an Elvis
2/9/18 - 2/18/18
Pontiac
Tickets went on sale Tuesday, January 2 at 10:00am for Vermillion Players next dinner theatre at The Eagle Performing Arts & Conference Center! Four Weddings and an Elvis will be performed February 9-11 and 16-18 with Friday and Saturday evening performances and Sunday matinees.
One State, 200 Years, Four Presidents
3/23/18 - 12/31/18
Springfield
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will help celebrate the state’s 200th birthday with a major new exhibit about the four presidents who have called Illinois their home. This exhibit, entitled “From Illinois to the White House:  Lincoln, Grant, Reagan, Obama,” will explore their connections to the Prairie State, their political battles, the first ladies who helped them succeed and much more.
12th Annual Illinois Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor Festival
5/5/18
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 that Saturday, 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.

Niehaus Cycle Sales Customer Appreciation Days
5/19/18 - 5/21/18
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. The Celebration lasts until someone wins a New Gold Wing, F6B, Valkyrie, or Pioneer 1000-5D on Sunday.

Macoupin County Historical Society Spring Festival
5/26/18 - 5/27/18
Carlinville
Each Memorial day, countless visitors are visiting the Anderson Mansion, located on the edge of Carlinville, to mark the beginning of spring. Hosted by the Macoupin County Historical Society, the festival is filled with arts and crafts, along with antique machinery 
Legacy of Giving Music Festival
6/1/18 - 6/2/18
Springfield
 The Legacy of Giving Festival (formerly the SOHO Music Festival) will be held June 1-2, 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.
Black Diamond Days
6/1/18 - 6/3/18
Macoupin County's "Original Festival of Coal", features a Little Miss& Mini Miner contest, Miss Black Diamond Days Jr. Miss & Black Diamond Days Queen, parade, fishing tournament, Coal Kids Corner, dog show, washer and cornhole tournament, live entertainment and plenty of food and drinks.
Edwardsville Route 66 Festival & Car Cruise-In
6/8/18 - 6/9/18
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.
4th Annual Blue Carpet Corridor Festival - Miners, Mobsters & the Mother Road
6/9/18 - 6/10/18
Virden

The 4th annual Blue Carpet Corridor Festival, which is now known as the Miners, Mobsters & the Mother Road event, is Sat/Sun, June 9 & 10, 2018, featuring 12 towns from Virden to Collinsville with a shared history of miners, mobsters and the Mother Road. Enjoy a day of fun and surprises! Participating communities this year are: Virden, Girard, Carlinville, Gillespie, Staunton, Hamel, Edwardsville, Glen Carbon, Litchfield, Mt. Olive, Troy & Collinsville. The new Virden History Mural unveiling will be just one of the highlights of the event!

Amaranth Apple Festival
7/13/18 - 7/14/18
Springfield
The Amaranth Apple Festival in downtown Springfield features over 15 local food vendors, including Twisted Deli and Augie's Front Burner among many others. The live concerts are a part of the Bedrock 66 Live! concert series, which features local and regional bands.
Logan County Fair
7/29/18 - 8/5/18
Lincoln
Long noted as “Illinois Cleanest and Best County Fair”. Offers horse racing, a midway, 4-H and agricultural displays, a fine arts exhibit, grandstand shows, fair foods and a demolition derby. Featuring big name country music performers.
Illinois State Fair in Springfield
8/9/18 - 8/19/18
Springfield

You get everything you can possibly imagine when you attend the Illinois State Fair in Springfield this August, including top-notch performers at the grandstand shows!
Lincoln Balloon Festival
8/24/18 - 8/25/18
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.
Get Your 6.6 on Route 66
8/25/18
McLean
At 8 am Saturday, August 25, 2018, CORE of McLean, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, is holding the 4th annual 6.6k (4.1-mile) run/walk on Route 66 from Funks Grove to McLean to benefit the community of McLean, IL. All proceeds will go to local projects. Favorites such as the pre-race shot of pure maple sirup and commemorative shot glasses, awesome t-shirts, and post-race food, drinks, and entertainment on the square will be back.
Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Festival
9/15/18 - 9/16/18
Lincoln
This year’s Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Festival will be held at 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. 
Salt Creek ABATE Motorcycle Show at The Mill
9/15/18
Lincoln

Salt Creek ABATE and Route 66 Heritage Foundation of Logan County will be hosts the annual Motorcycle Show on Saturday from 11am to 3pm at The Mill on 66. The event is held during the Abraham Lincoln Railsplitting Festival (www.railsplitting.com) and the 91st Anniversary of Route 66 (1926-2016). All statewide ABATE members are invited as well as all motorcyclists. There will be People’s Choice awards, 50/50 drawing, live music and hot food for the event. $5 registration fee. Free admission - donation welcome.

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