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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.
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.
Castle Gardens Home and Garden Tours
3/4/18 - 10/11/18
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. From the billiard room to the ballroom, come experience this local gem first hand. Tours are offered monthly on select Thursdays and Sundays, from 1-3pm, by reservation.

New Exhibit, Pedal Power!
3/10/18 - 10/7/18
Bloomington-Normal
The McLean County Museum of History is excited to open its first new exhibit of 2018, Pedal Power!
Jump in the Painting - The Restoration of the C&M Carousel
3/11/18 - 9/9/18
Lexington


Local artisans Chuck and Mary Beth Wright share their restoration story of the C&M Carousel. Ticket includes Carousel ride and band organ performance. Approximately 2 hours. $20 general admission, $5 for children 12 and under. Jump in the Painting is offered on Sunday March 11th, April 8th, July 15th and September 9th, from 1-3pm, by reservation.

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.
Litchfield Pickers Market
4/8/18 - 10/14/18
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 2018 market are April 8, May 13, June 10, July 8, August 12, September 9, and October 14.

Downtown Bloomington Farmers' Market
5/5/18 - 10/27/18
Bloomington-Normal

The Downtown Bloomington Association Farmers’ Market is a producer-only market offering a wide array of farm products — including vegetables, fruits, cheeses, pork, beef, free-range poultry and eggs, flowers, plants, herbs, and more grown and produced by the individual selling these items!

Danny Tackett and his Chicken & Pickin' Orchestra
5/17/18 - 7/19/18
Atlanta

We're happy to announce that Danny Tackett and his Chicken & Pickin' Orchestra will join us again.

March's Program will feature Bill Kemp from the McLean County Museum who, in honor of the beginning of baseball season, will present "The Old Three-Eye" a program about one of the more respected minor league professional baseball teams of the first half of the 20th century, in which Bloomington, Decatur, Springfield, Quincy and other area communities all fielded teams.
2018 HoonDog Legend Lives Route 66 Tour
5/25/18 - 6/3/18
Pontiac

Pontiac, Illinois is the official stop in the state for the 2018 HoonDog Legend Lives Route 66 Tour - Bullitts on the Mother Road, with an 11am stop scheduled on Saturday, May 26th. Ford and Ford Performance are sponsoring a drive along the famous Route 66 to honor the 50th anniversary of the Bullitt Mustang. The road trip will extend from Chicago all the way to California. Ford will be supplying two brand-new 2019 Mustang Bullitt prototypes to be included in the road tour.

Harley Davidson Springfield Mile and Short Track Races
5/26/18 - 5/27/18
Springfield
Come experience motorcycle racing at its best on the fastest dirt track in the country at the Harley Davidson Springfield Mile and Short Track Races.
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 
Homecoming Carnival
5/31/18 - 6/2/18
Lexington
Enjoy the return of Lexington's Homecoming Carnival on Main Street, in beautiful downtown Lexington.  Rides, Games, Food and Live Music!
NHRA Route 66 Nationals
5/31/18 - 6/3/18
Joliet

The best-of-the-best in drag racing take over Route 66 Raceway this May 31 - June 3, for the 21st Annual NHRA Route 66 Nationals! Every ticket is a pit pass and you'll never forget the feeling of NITRO running through your veins!

Cogs and Corsets
6/1/18 - 6/3/18
Bloomington-Normal
The Cogs & Corsets festival takes place throughout six square blocks of historic Downtown Bloomington. This area is home to over 90 shops, galleries, and restaurants… many in historic buildings with ties to Abraham Lincoln.
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.
Castle Gardens Concerts on the Lawn
6/1/18 - 8/3/18
Lexington
Friday Nights at Castle Gardens are famous for the Concerts on the Lawn series during the summer. Enjoy great live music at this beautiful event venue in Lexington. The concerts are from 6-9pm, with gates opening at 5pm.
Joliet Public Library Annual Star Wars Day
6/2/18
Joliet
It's a galactic event of galactic proportions!
Champagne British Car Festival
6/3/18
Bloomington-Normal
If you have a love for British-made cars, you’ll love this popular annual gathering of British beauties on the lawn of Davis Mansion.
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