Route 66 Day - Mill Grand Opening - Bike Blessing
“Route 66 Day in Lincoln” includes the grand opening of The Mill on Route 66 museum. The Mill will feature the dining, lodging and transportation themes, and a gift shop, featuring unique local items and Route 66 souvenirs. There is also a parade and the annual Bike Blessing as part of a full day of events.
11th Annual Illinois Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor Festival
The 11th 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.
Trunkin’ Treasure Sale Returns to Downtown Pontiac
The annual Trunkin’ Treasure Sale will be returning to Downtown Pontiac this year as part of the Red Carpet Corridor Celebration! This year’s sale will take place Saturday, May 6 from 8:00-5:00 and Sunday, May 7 from 8:00-3:00. Registration opens March 1st so be sure and reserve your spot.
Niehaus Cycle Sales Customer Appreciation Days
5/19/17 - 5/21/17
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.
Fierce Fiesta 5K Run
If you like Taco Tuesday or Fiesta Friday, then you should join the fun for a run through the scenic Heritage Bluffs Public Golf Club. With a few challenging hills to add to the fun, runners will be rewarded with a margarita, tacos and nacho bar! Runners will receive an official race t-shirt, food, entertainment and more!
Berwyn Cruise Nites
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.
3rd Annual Blue Carpet Corridor Festival
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
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.
Lincoln's Festival on Route 66
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.
7/20/17 - 7/24/17
Catfish played a large part in initiating the event, Catfish Days, after Forked Creek spilled over its banks and flooded the cellars of a section of Wilmington called, “Catfish Town”. The annual festival dates back to 1976, and features a carnival, live entertainment, flea market/craft show, 5K race, food & drink, catfish dinners and much more!
Three Rivers Festival
8/9/17 - 8/13/17
Since 1990, this popular signature community festival has been providing entertainment while raising funds for local organizations. Featuring a carnival, beautiful baby contest, wine tasting, bean bag tournament, parade noon on Sunday, food booths, live music and entertainment are offered at this community wide summer festival.
Athletico Firefly 5K
The race is held during the Channahon Three Rivers Festival on Thursday, August 10th. There will be prizes for the top overall male and female finishers, top overall male/female residents and the top three finishers in each age category.
The Warrior Dash is billed as the world's largest running series. The course is held on challenging and rugged terrain, and participants come from all over to compete in feats of courage and strength, like sprinting over fire, trudging through mud and scaling at least 12 obstacles during this fierce 5K.
2017 Berwyn Route 66 Car Show
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.
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.
16th Annual International Mother Road Festival
9/22/17 - 9/24/17
Over 1,000 cool cars and 80,000 spectators will roll into the heart of Springfield's historic downtown September 22-24 for a weekend of family fun in the sun and non-stop live music and entertainment! Come celebrate the golden age of Route 66...the cars, the music, the food, the friends - all brought together along Illinois Route 66.
Civil War Days at Dollinger Farms
10/14/17 - 10/15/17
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."
3rd Annual Route 66 Miles of Possibility Conference
10/19/17 - 10/23/17
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
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.