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2ND ANNUAL SKY VIEW DRIVE-IN SCAVENGER HUNT
4/5/19 - 9/8/19
Litchfield
Following the very successful first Sky View Scavenger Hunt last year, owners Mindy & Nick Pastrovich and Debbie & Mike Pastrovich are back with treasures and discounts for movies that will be hidden throughout the central to southern portions of Route 66. The Sky View Scavenger Hunt involves finding a limited-edition magnet that will be hidden at famous Route 66 locations. Once found, these magnets are to be turned in at the participating business for a special gift and two free tickets to any movie at the Sky View, including the popular Throwback Series of Sunday movies from April through September.
Life on the Titanic
4/13/19 - 10/31/19
Pontiac

On April 13, 2019, coinciding with the date of the ship's maiden voyage, come visit the opening of a Selle-Agner exhibit, "Life on the Titanic".  Presented to portray the life and times of the ship, its passengers, and the elegant Edwardian Age. The items on display are contemporaries of those that sank on the famed ship as well as items from the rescued ship.

Litchfield Pickers Market
4/14/19 - 10/13/19
Litchfield

The Litchfield Pickers Market will return, for its fifth year, every second Sunday of the month from April to October, with the exact 2019 market dates being: April 14, May 12, June 9, July14, August 11, September 8, and October 13. Mark your calendar NOW and plan to visit downtown Litchfield, Illinois between 9 AM to 3 PM. This year is going to be a great one!

Giant Lincoln Sculpture Coming to Springfield
5/22/19 - 9/20/20
Springfield
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the City of Springfield will host the exhibition of American realist Seward Johnson’s “Return Visit” sculpture, beginning with a spectacular installation process on May 22. A crane will lift the two figures, Lincoln and his companion, high into the air before they are set in place and affixed on their base Wednesday. This monumental-scale piece is the enlarged version of Johnson’s original work of art commissioned for Gettysburg Plaza in Pennsylvania. The life-scale sculpture stands near the historic Wills House in Gettysburg and depicts President Lincoln gesturing with his famous hat to the bedroom in the Wills House where he finished writing the Gettysburg Address before delivering the speech at the dedication of the Soldiers National Cemetery, Nov. 19, 1863. Beside him stands a “modern man” representing all of us. He holds a gigantic bronze copy of the address in his hands, indicating that these words are as valid to our contemporary life as they were in Lincoln’s time.
DSI/Levitt Amp Springfield Music Series
5/30/19 - 8/1/19
Springfield
Springfield was named on 12/18/18 as one of 15 cities to receive a $25,000 grant to put on a summer concert series. The Mortimer and Mimi Levitt Foundation announced Springfield was one of 15 grant recipients. The money will be used in Springfield this summer to stage concerts on downtown’s North Mansion Block, also known as a YWCA block (4th St & Jackson). After a selection process, the bands have been announced.
Route 66 Weekend in Lincoln Illinois
6/7/19 - 6/9/19
Lincoln

The 1st Annual Route 66 Weekend in Lincoln Illinois is June 7-9 this year, and incorporates a number of existing events into a special weekend for all. The Route 66 Garage Sales will be taking place all weekend, including at the VFW headquarters across from Postville Courthouse on Old 66. This year is the 90th Anniversary Celebration of The Mill Museum on 66, featuring the dedication of the David G. Clark Mill Library. The Route 66 Association of Illinois Motor Tour will be coming to town Saturday, with their hall of Fame Banquet Saturday night at the American Legion in Lincoln (a ticketed event), and a triple passport stop Sunday morning at The Mill, The Tropics Sign and at The World's Largest Covered Wagon.

2019 Route 66 Association of Illinois Motor Tour & Hall of Fame Banquet
6/7/19 - 6/9/19
Lincoln

The 2019 Motor Tour is traveling north to south this year, with the Hall of Fame banquet at the American Legion in Lincoln. Banquet in Lincoln prepared by Kurt Wendlandt, cook at Lincoln College.
22nd Annual Edwardsville Route 66 Festival & Car Cruise-In
6/8/19
Edwardsville
Come get your kicks at this year’s Route 66 Festival! Happening on Saturday, June 8 at City Park, this annual festival is celebrating its 22nd year. The Edwardsville Route 66 Festival has a 10K Race beginning at 8:00 a.m. with activities continuing throughout the day. Other family-friendly fun includes a classic car cruise and car show, family fun zone with bounce houses and a rock wall, bike ride, food vendors, local artists, wine and beer tent and more!
Aprons Away: Women's Work on the Mother Road
6/22/19 - 6/23/19
The most famous highway in the world. Twenty-four determined women. And Route 66 was changed forever. All through the Route 66 era, some women put their domestic skills to work while others tackled man-sized careers. With their aprons tied on or flung to the prairie winds, two dozen women tell the story of Route 66 as you've never heard it before – through the voices of the women who left their indelible mark on the Mother Road!
Lincoln’s Festival on Route 66
7/19/19 - 7/21/19
Bloomington-Normal


The Lincoln’s Festival on Route 66 has grown in interest and attendance since the Route 66 theme was added to the festival in 2017. The Illinois Shakespeare Festival is expanding its role in the festival this year, announcing a symposium exploring the fascination that Abraham Lincoln had with William Shakespeare’s writings.

Illinois State Fair in Springfield
8/8/19 - 8/18/19
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!
2019 Berwyn Route 66 Car Show
8/24/19
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.

Dwight Harvest Days & Annual Basset Waddle
9/19/19 - 9/22/19
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!
18th Annual International Route 66 Mother Road Festival
9/27/19 - 9/29/19
Springfield

Over 1,000 cool cars and 80,000 spectators will roll into the heart of Springfield's historic downtown September 27-29 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.

5th Annual Route 66 Miles of Possibility Conference
10/17/19 - 10/20/19
Bloomington-Normal
Mark your calendars! The fifth annual Route 66 Miles of Possibility conference will be held in Normal, Illinois, from October 17-20, 2019. The theme is the circus, as Bloomington-Normal was home to famous aerial acts, who sometimes traveled Route 66 with the circus. There will be other Route 66 sessions, and a car show on Sunday.
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