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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.

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.
Carlinville's Shop Local First Restaurant Week - Chairs on Parade
8/5/17 - 8/27/17
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 5th. 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.

Illinois State Fair in Springfield
8/10/17 - 8/20/17
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!
Salt Creek ABATE 1st Annual Duck Race and Camping
8/25/17 - 8/27/17
McLean

The Salt Creek ABATE 1st Annual Duck Race and Camping event is held at the previous location of Chigger Fest. There will be 3 separate Duck Races, waterslide, several games throughout the day and a fun-filled weekend. Live music Friday and Saturday night. Food vendors are Cheesed Out and the Get Sauced BBQ Team.

Lincoln Balloon Festival
8/25/17 - 8/26/17
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.
2017 Berwyn Route 66 Car Show
8/26/17
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.

Central States Threshermen's Reunion
8/31/17 - 9/4/17
Pontiac

The annual gathering of steam and early gasoline powered agricultural tractors and implements is held in late-Aug-early-Sept. at Threshermen's Park, located just north of Pontiac on Illinois Route 23. The event 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.


Elkhart Illinois Route 66 Labor Day Weekend Celebration
9/1/17 - 9/2/17
Elkhart
Join Elkhart Historical Society for Elkhart Illinois Route 66 Labor Day Weekend Celebration on Friday Sept 1st, from 4-9pm and Saturday Sept 2nd from 10am-9pm. There will be food, live music, art, vintage cars, kids activities and much more.
7th Annual Springfield Oyster and Beer Festival
9/2/17
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
9/7/17 - 9/9/17
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
9/8/17 - 9/9/17
Williamsville
The Village of Williamsville annual Fall Festival features the Williamsville Reunion on Friday, and on Saturday, the Backyard BBQ Cook-Off Throwdown, the annual Fishing Derby, an the annual Cruise-In.
RC Jet Rally
9/8/17 - 9/10/17
Litchfield
Litchfield's annual RC Jet Rally is held Friday-Sunday, September 8-10 at Litchfield Municipal Airport. The Remote Control Jet Rally times are: Friday & Saturday: 9 AM – 6 PM Sunday: 9AM to Noon. A spectacular event for the whole family - the kids will love it!
Litchfield TriathLou: Sprint, Olympic, and Half Distances
9/10/17
Litchfield
The 8th Annual Litchfield Triathlou is back and ready to help you smash your best performance during the peak season for racing! First you better believe you will be getting the 2017 Official Litchfield Triathlou Hoodie! By now there are many of you collecting these hoodies as they provide comfort, warmth, and style all in one. Aside from the hoodie we will hook you up with a finisher medal, free photos, and a race experience you’ll never forget! 
Dwight Harvest Days & Annual Basset Waddle
9/14/17 - 9/17/17
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!
Berwyn's Oktoberfest
9/15/17 - 9/16/17
Berwyn
Berwyn Oktoberfest features an international food court, carnival and amusement rides, family entertainment pavilion, and crafters and vendors. Live musical performances will be featured on Friday and Saturday nights. And let's not forget the Beer Garden, which will feature special Oktoberfest seasonal selections.
Macoupin County Historical Society Fall Festival
9/16/17 - 9/17/17
Carlinville
In mid-September the Macoupin County Historical Society again offers a festival at the Anderson Mansion. The grounds are filled with vendors and live music, arts and crafts, antique machinery and homemade food and much more.
Military Vehicle Preservation Association 91st Anniversary Convoy
9/16/17 - 9/18/17
Pontiac
The Military Vehicle Preservation Association (www.MVPA.org) is conducting a 91st Anniversary Convoy with as many as 80 Historic Military Vehicles (HMVs) that will retrace the original 1926 Route 66 and will launch from Chicago, Illinois on Saturday, 16 September, 2017 and arrive in Santa Monica, California some 29 days later, on Saturday, 14 October.
 
On Saturday, September 16th the convoy will be arriving in Pontiac, IL. and will be on display around the Downtown Square throughout the afternoon and evening. This will be a rare opportunity for Pontiac residents and visitors to view these unique military vehicles close up and visit with the convoy members. In addition to the MVPA convoy, Downtown Pontiac will also host the GTOAA which holds their annual all Pontiac regional cruise and show the same weekend. All four of Pontiac’s museums will be open both Saturday and Sunday offering lots of family fun all weekend long!
Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Festival
9/16/17
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. 
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