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2014 Fall Calendar
Pittsfield Fall Festival
Aug 28-31, 6pm Thu-Fri, 9am Sat, Food vendors, crafts, carnival and many activities. Parade on Saturday. Free. 217-617-2656. Pike County Courthouse, 100 E. Washington St., Pittsfield.
Budweiser Illinois Blues Festival
Aug 29-30, 1pm-12am Fri-Sat, Internationally-known blues artists on three stages. Bring a lawn chair. Admission. Ticket prices to be announced soon. RiverFront Festival Park, Water Street, South of RiverPlex, Peoria. 309-689-3019. illinoisbluesfestival.com
Springfield Short Track Motorcycle Races
Aug 29-30, 2:30-10:30pm, Two popular races in the multi-purpose arena. $20. Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., 217-782-1698.
Nauvoo Grape Festival
Aug 29-31, 1pm-1am Fri, 7am-12am Sat-Sun, Parades, carnival, mud volleyball, 5K grape stomp, tractor pulls and more. Free admission. Nauvoo State Park, Route 96, Nauvoo. 217-453-2512. nauvoograpefestival.com
Manito Popcorn Festival
Aug 29-31, 3-9pm Fri, 7:30am-10pm Sat, 7am-5pm Sun, Three days of all the regular festival fare and popcorn! Manito, Illinois. manitopopcornfestival.com
Edinburg Labor Day Picnic
Aug 29-31, Truck pulls, pageants, bands, carnival rides, children’s pedal pulls, parade at 10 a.m. on Labor Day and more. Veteran’s Memorial Park, W. Masonic St., Edinburg.
Aug 29-Sep 1, 4-9pm Fri-Mon, Musical shows, storytellers, communal suppers, re-enactors representing famous Americans. Free. First Christian Church, 2106 S. Main, Jacksonville. jacksonvilleil.org
Kincaid Labor Day Picnic
Aug 29-Sep 1, Parade on Sunday afternoon, bands each night, carnival with all day wristbands, talent contest Monday and more. Kincaid.
Abe’s River Race
Aug 30, 8am Sat, 19-mile canoe/kayak race for serious competitors and gentle float on 9-mile course. $20-$40. Awards ceremony with food, live music and drinks at Riverbank Lodge after. Racers: $40, non-racers: $25. Riverbank Lodge, 522 S. Sixth St., Petersburg. 632-0202. http://www.lincolnheritagewatertrail.org/race.html
Labor Day Picnic
Aug 30, 8:30am-8:30pm Sat, Parade 9 a.m., children’s games 9-4:30 p.m. (fee), dunk tank, washer tournament 11 a.m., cake walk noon, 30 vendors, food and Gracia Harrison singing National Anthem at pageant 6 p.m. 217-414-9825. Auburn.
2nd Annual Car Show
Aug 30, 9am-1pm Sat, Awards at 1 p.m. Free registration at 9 a.m. Free hot dogs and soda. Free. Meadow Manor Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 800 McAdam Dr., Taylorville. 217-824-2277.
Sangamon Valley Woodcarvers Show
Aug 30-31, 10am-5pm Sat, 10am-4pm Sun, Carvers from across the country exhibit. Illinois Building. 546-8792. Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., 217-782-1698. svwoodcarvers.org
Arthur Amish Country Cheese Festival Also on Labor Day
Aug 30-Sep 1, Three days of free cheese, entertainment, contests, car show, craft and flea markets, food and more. 800-72A-MISH. Downtown Arthur, Arthur. arthurcheesefestival.com
BBQ Rib Festival
Aug 31, 12pm Sun, Live entertainment. Hill Prairie Winery, 23753 Lounsberry Road, Oakford. 217-635-9900. hillprairiewinery.com
One Grand Old Lady Readers Theater
Aug 31, 1-4pm Sun, Life of the residents from 1800s. Written by playwright Ken Bradbury. $5. Tours, wagon rides $2. 632-3144. Marbold Farmstead, 21722 State Hwy 29, Greenview. 217-968-5808. historic-marbold-farmstead.org
Aug 31, 2pm, Celtic music and dance, beer, kid’s area and more. $5, kids under 12 free. Seventh Street between Washington and Adams. central-illinois-standrewsociety.com
Greenview Labor Day Celebration
Sep 1, 8am-3pm Mon, Flea market, craft sale, parade at 10 a.m., car show, contests, food, music and more. 217-968-7043. Greenview.
Springfield Labor Day Parade
Sep 1, 10am, Jefferson Street to Fifth, Fifth to Capitol Street, Capitol to Sixth, Sixth to Washington Street. Free to the public. Downtown Springfield.
Labor Day Pops
Sep 1, 6-7pm, Free concert on lakeshore by Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra. Nelson Park, Decatur. decatur-parks.org
Farm Law/Legal Issues Workshop
Sep 2, 8am-4pm Tue, Free, lunch included. Preregistration required online. University of Illinois Extension, 700 S. Airport Drive, 217-782-4617. thelandconnection.org/legalissues
Demonstration Garden Programs
Sep 4, 11, 18, 25, 5:30pm Thu, Half hour free programs. Plants to Die For (Sept. 4), What to Do With Leaves (Sept. 11), Creating a Prairie Garden Demo (Sept. 18), Straw Bale Gardening (Sept. 25). University of Illinois Extension Sangamon-Menard Unit, 2501 N. Eighth St., Illinois State Fairgrounds, Bldg #30. 217-782-4617.
Plane and Pilot Midwest LSA Expo
Sep 4-6, See over 40 light sport aircraft and gyroplanes, shop for the latest in aviation gadgets, attend seminars. Free admission and parking. Mt. Vernon Outland Airport, Mount Vernon.
Pekin Marigold Festival
Sep 4-7, Lots of unique contests and events. Music, art and so much more. 309-346-2106. Mineral Springs Park, 1701 Court Street, Pekin. pekinchamber.com/marigoldschedule
Arenzville Burgoo Festival
Sep 5-6, 7am-7pm, World’s best burgoo, craft market, parade, food court, contests, evening entertainment. 300 W. Main, Arenzville. burgoo.org
Cedarhurst Art and Craft Fair
Sep 5-7, 10am-5pm, Craftsmen, music and children’s area. $5. (Friday night preview $10.) Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, 2600 Richview Road, Mt. Vernon. 618-242-1236. cedarhurst.org
Galena Food and Wine Festival
Sep 5, 6pm-8:30am Fri, Approximately 150 varieties of wine and local food and live music. $50. Galena Convention Center, 900 Galena Square Drive, Galena. 815-776-0399. galenafoodandwinefestival.com
American English: Beatles Tribute Band
Sep 5, 7:30pm Fri, Voted No. 1 by Beatles fans. $20-$30, school age kids $5. Kirkland Fine Arts Center, 1184 W. Main St., Decatur. 424-6318. millikin.edu/kirkland
Traditional Music Festival
Sep 5-6, 10am-4pm Fri-Sat, Midwest performers entertain on such instruments as mountain dulcimers, bones, autoharps, fiddles, banjos and guitars. Cloggers dance at noon Sunday. Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, 15588 History Lane, Petersburg. 217-632-4000. lincolnsnewsalem.com
Mt. Pulaski Fall Festival
Sep 5-6, Carnival, parade, singer Tammy Renee Harris (Sept. 6, 3:30-5 p.m.), gospel variety performance, food, courthouse tours, contests, craft show and more. Mt. Pulaski Courthouse, 113 S Washington St., Mount Pulaski. mtpulaskiil.com
Williamsville Fall Festival
Sep 5-6, 5-11pm Fri, 8am-10:30pm Sat, Fishing derby, games, crafts, craft and food vendors. Rewind band on Friday. Leaving Ashland on Saturday. Williamsville Park, Williamsville.
South Jacksonville Celebration
Sep 5-6, 7pm Fri, 10-12am Sat, South Jacksonville celebrates with a concert in the cornfield Friday, parade Saturday and much more. South Jacksonville, 245-4803. southjacksonville.org
Blue Man Group
Sep 5-6, 8pm Fri-Sat, Delightful performance group combining comedy, music and technology. $55 and up. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS , 1 University Plaza, 217-206-6160. uis.edu/sangamonauditorium
Arcola Broom Corn Festival
Sep 5-7, 10am Fri, 8am Sat, 7am-5pm Sun, Broom activities, arts/crafts, free entertainment, great food, gigantic parade with the Famous Lawn Rangers. Arcola. arcolachamber.com
White Buffalo Pow Wow
Sep 5-7, Vendors open at 10 a.m., dancing starts at noon daily. Free, parking $2 per car. Lake Lou Yaeger, 70 Marina Lane, Litchfield. whitebuffalopowwow.org
Sep 5-7, 12-14, 8pm Fri-Sat, 2pm Sun, Shakespeare’s great work starring Aasne Vigesaa. $18, $16 seniors and students. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 217-523-2787. hcfta.org
Secretary of State Vehicle Show
Sep 6, 7am-3pm, Antique cars, trucks, motorcycles, tractors, tractors, recreational vehicles and more. Free to public. Downtown Springfield. cyberdriveillinois.com
Cooking for Earth
Sep 6, 9am-2pm Sat, Learn how to make great vegetarian meals. $45 includes lunch. Register by Aug. 27. Jubilee Farm, 6760 Old Jacksonville Road, 787-6927. jubileefarm.info
Sep 6, 12-5pm, Fresh oysters and craft brews from across U.S. Music and food. Rain or shine. $25, $20 in advance. The Inn at 835, 835 S. Second St., 217-523-4466. sobfestival.com
Historic Bicycle Ride
Sep 6, 1-3pm Sat, Join Springfield Bicycle Club on free, 10-mile bicycle tour of Lincoln-related and other historic sites. Free. Noll Law Office, Lincoln Depot, 903 E. Monroe St., 217-414-8889. spfldcycling.org/ccc
Spirits of the Civil War
Sep 6, 1-4pm Sat, Bring a lawn chair and listen to re-enactors perform personal stories from Civil War. Free. Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site, 1500 Monument Ave., 782-2717. lincolntomb.org
Sep 6, 5-7pm Sat, Canapés by Chef Shaun Moore, wine, dazzling floral designs, 19th century-style party-favors, Jazz saxophonist David Cain. $100 or $150 couple. Tickets at gift store. 217-525-1825. Old State Capitol, 1 Old State Capitol Plaza, 217-785-9363.
The Neverly Brothers, A Rock ’N’ Roll Evolution
Sep 6, 7-9pm Sat, From Elvis to the Beatles. Benefit for Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. $30. Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auditorium, 201 E. Pleasant St., Taylorville. 217-824-3331. taylorvillememorial.org
Sep 6, 7-9pm Sat, Close harmony and dedication to their ministry. Free. The Barn, Rural route, Tower Hill. thebarn-pana.com
Green County Days
Sep 6-7, 9am, Five towns host free music, arts and crafts, food, vendors, kid’s games and contests, artisan demos and more. 217-638-2103. Various locations in Green County.
James J Eldred House Fall Festival
Sep 6-7, 9am-10pm Sat, 9am-4pm Sun, Tours, civil war re-enactment, quilt show, ice cream social and more. Free. James Eldred House, Eldred. eldredhouse.com
42nd Annual Capital City Century
Sep 7, 7am-5pm Sun, Springfield Bicycle Club recreational 10-100-mile bicycle ride over flat to slightly rolling terrain, food stops, SAG service, post-ride party at Knights of Columbus, Meadowbrook. Knights of Columbus 364, 2200 S. Meadowbrook Road, 217-787-2360. Register online at www.spfldcycling.org/ccc
9/11 Heroes Run
Sep 7, 9am Sun, Never forgetting sacrifices of Sept. 11 heroes and in wars since: veteran, first responder, civilian and military. $25. All runners registered by Aug. 31 get a T-shirt and race memorabilia. Washington Park, South Grand and MacArthur, 217-753-6225. travismanion.org
Cruise 11 to Remember 9-11
Sep 7, 10am-6pm, Car show ($11), food, craft vendors, 1 p.m. cruise, (1:30 p.m. free Blues Brothers Tribute concert. 2:30 p.m. free memorial service.). Free entertainment, car/bike show entry $11. Decatur Central Park, Decatur. aynproductions.com
Fall Leaf Hikes
Sep 7 and 14, 1:30pm Sun, First two Sundays in September, naturalists lead hikes. $5. Advance registration required. Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 E. Lake Shore Drive, 217-529-1111. http://www.lincolnmemorialgarden.org/
Old Stone House Open House
Sep 7, 1-4pm Sun, First Sunday of month June-November, tour the 1830s-era home, weather permitting. 498-7335. Admission free. Rochester Historical Village, W. Main St, Rochester.
Four Seasons Fall Garden Programs
Sep 9, 23, Oct 7, 1:30pm Tue, Three programs via computer with live discussion: daylilies, rain gardens and hydroponics. $5 each. University of Illinois Extension, 700 S. Airport Drive, 217-782-4617. web.extension.illinois.edu/lms
Harvesting and Preserving Herbs Program
Sep 9, 5:30pm Tue, Master Gardener volunteers provide info on various methods of harvesting herbs, as well as suggestions for their use. Free. University of Illinois Extension, 700 S. Airport Drive, 217-782-4617. web.extension.illinois.edu
Cachet Club Annual Card Party
Sep 9, 6:30-9pm, Play cards or game of choice, $5 includes desserts. Proceeds to Inner City Mission and Sojourn Women’s Shelter. Little Flower School Activity Center (south of school), Stevenson Drive.
Morton Pumpkin Festival
Sep 10-13, Carnival, food, entertainment. Sept. 12-14 is Craft Faire. 309-263-2491. Downtown Morton, Morton, Illinois. mortonpumpkinfestival.org
On the Prairie Exhibition Opening
Sep 12, 5:30-7:30pm Fri, Bronzes by late Springfield artist, Marshall Mitchell. On display though Oct. 4, 9am-5pm Mon-Fri, 10am-3pm.Free. Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St., 217-523-2631. springfieldart.org
Sep 12-13, 6-10pm Fri-Sat, Bluegrass musicians play in outdoor theater. Traditional, folk and bluegrass musicians invited to participate in weekend impromptu jam session. Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, 15588 History Lane, Petersburg. 217-632-4000. lincolnsnewsalem.com
Governor Duncan’s Neighborhood Walking Tour
Sep 13, 11am Sat, Visit two or three interesting homes with lunch in Duncan Mansion. $30. Tickets 217-245-5390. Governor Duncan Mansion, 4 Duncan Place, Jacksonville. 245-2626. jacksonvilleil.org
Chatham Jaycees Oktoberfest
Sep 13, 11am-11pm Sat, German music, food, beers. Dress in Lederhosen or Dirndles to win Mr. or Mrs. Oktoberfest. Family friendly, kid’s games till 5. Traditional Oktoberfest games 5-7, Leaving Ashland 7-11. Food and drink prices vary. Tickets will be sold for $1 a piece and pricing will be posted at the event. Chatham VFW, 501 W. Mulberry Street, Chatham. 217-483-4613. chathamjaycees.net
Mad Mud Dash
Sep 13, 1-5pm Sat, Hurdle your kids (and yourself) over walls, slither through mud, leap through tires, and listen to music. Register online. $20, adults free. Mud Farm, 5200 North Walnut (Route 29 just north of the airport), 217-691-0592. genhkids.org
Sinatra at Washington Park Gazebo
Sep 13, 5pm Sat, Free one-hour performance by Springfield’s own Phil Steinberg. Free. Washington Park, South Grand and MacArthur, 217-753-6225. springfieldparks.org
The Fiery Trial: Civil War Stories by Candlelight
Sep 13, 6-9pm Sat, Follow candle lit path to vault, listen to Lincoln funeral procession story. Free. Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site, 1500 Monument Ave., 782-2717. lincolntomb.org
Celebrity Chef Dinner
Sep 13, Internationally known chef and designer Jaime Laurita to benefit The Hope Institute. $150-$250. Reservations by Sept. 8 online at thehopeinstitute.us. 217-588-7546. Erin’s Pavilion, Southwind Park, 4965 S. Second St., 217-753-0702. southwindpark.org
The Hit Men
Sep 13, 7:30pm Sat, Features former stars of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. $25-$35, school age $5. Kirkland Fine Arts Center, 1184 W. Main St., Decatur. 424-6318. millikin.edu/kirkland
Sep 13-14, 10am-5pm Sat, 10am-4pm Sun, Two-day juried art show with 50 artists. Kids’ place $1.25, demos, food, music and more. Free admission. Washington Park, South Grand and MacArthur, 217-753-6225. carillon-rees.org
Sep 13-14, 8pm Sat, 2pm Sun, Springfield Ballet Company with live music by band, Downstate. $16-$30. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 217-206-6160. springfieldballetco.org
Fall Farm Day
Sep 14, 1-5pm, Pumpkin and face painting, farm tours 1:30-3 p.m., crafts, barrel train. Free admission. 447-3409. Gail’s Pumpkin Patch, 1709 2000th Ave., Beason. gailspumpkinpatch.com
Sep 14, 4pm Sun, Irish pianist. $20, school age $5. Kirkland Fine Arts Center, 1184 W. Main St., Decatur. 424-6318. millikin.edu/kirkland
Music in the Park
Sep 14, 4-7pm, Free Celtic music with Skibbereen, Elk Pipes and Nat Radwine. Bring a chair or blanket. Free. Washington Park Playground, 1021 South Grand Ave., 217-753-6225.
ISA Harvest Dinner Celebration
Sep 14, 5pm Sun, Features fabulous chefs, delicious locally produced food, live music and more. $85. The Inn at 835, 835 S. Second St., 217-523-4466. ilstewards.org
The Great Pumpkin Patch
Sep 15-Oct 31, 9am-6pm. You pick, mazes and tons more to see and do every day and included in admission. Open on weekends (Saturday and Sunday) is the Great Maize Maze and wagon rides $2 each. $4-$7. The Great Pumpkin Patch, 1749A County Road 1900 North, Arthur. 217-543-2394. the200acres.com
Sep 17, 4:30-10pm Sat, Live camel rides, kid’s carnival activities and family-friendly fun until 6:30 p.m. Fashion show and live music by Second Chance Band from 6:30-10 p.m. Rain or shine. District 23, 1413 South MacArthur Blvd. shoponmacarthur.com
Canton Friendship Festival
Sep 17-20, Carnival, rides, food, games, exhibits. Parade.at 10 a.m. 309-635-0631. Canton.
Springfield Audubon Society
Sep 18, 7pm Thu, Arvin Pierce, ACBees Apiaries, talks about joys and challenges of keeping honeybees. View an observation hive with live bees. Adams Wildlife Sanctuary, 2315 East Clear Lake Ave., 217-544-2473. illinoisaudubon.org
Allerton Music Barn Festival
Sep 18-21, 7:30pm Thu-Sat and 2pm Sat and 10am Sun, Collaborative effort between U of I School of Music and University’s Allerton Park and Retreat Center. Allerton Music Barn, Allerton Road, Monticello. Info 217-333-1594, Tickets 217-333-6280. allertonmusicbarn.com
Griggsville Apple Festival
Sep 19-21, 5-10pm Fri, 8am-10pm Sat, Weekend full of pageants, contests, food stands, car show, crafts, musical entertainment and more. Free. 217-430-5901. Free. Griggsville.
Fall Bird Hikes
Sep 20, 27, Oct 4, 11, 8am Saturdays, Led by Kevin Veara. Birders of all skill levels welcome. Free. Meets at Nature Center. Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 E. Lake Shore Drive, 217-529-1111. lincolnmemorialgarden.org
Petersburg Harvest Fest
Sep 20, 8am-12am Sat, Huge parade, street vendors, live music, a large antique car show, games, contests, children’s attractions, fresh food and barbecue and much more. Petersburg Square, N. Seventh St. at W. Douglas Ave., Petersburg. petersburgilchamber.com
Sep 20, Stage coach rides, demos, 1860s crafters, kid’s activities, crafts, food, bands and more. 217-762-9318. Free. Monticello Downtown Square, Monticello.
Gazebo Art Festival
Sep 20, 9am-5pm, Original artwork of local and regional artists, music, book sale. Free admission. Chandler Park, Macomb. makeitmacomb.com
2014 Cruise Night
Sep 20, 9am-10pm Sat, Car show till 3 p.m. then cruise at 5 p.m. from Main Street to Lincoln Ave. Free. Jacksonville Community Park, 1201 S. Main, Jacksonville. jacksonvilleil.org
2014 SJH Fall Fest
Sep 20, 11am-4pm Sat, Free bounce house, free animal attractions, free face painting, a pumpkin patch, live music, “firemen training” games and booths by dozens of local vendors. Free admission. St. Joseph’s Home, 3306 S. Sixth Street Road, 217-529-5596. saintjosephshome.org
Sep 20, 5-8pm, Pan-African drum and dance ensemble featuring master drummers from Central African Republic, Liberia, Togo and Congo. Tickets at Fashion Afrique, 414 E. Monroe St., 217-544-1289 or Brigitte African Hair Braiding, 614 N. Grand Ave., 217-678-0368. $18, $15 in advance. Southwind Park, 4965 S. Second St.
Cool 2 Duel Dueling Pianos
Sep 20, 8-11pm Sat, Purchase online or at 907 Clocktower Drive in Springfield. $30 online to benefit Girls on the Run (or two for $50). Knights of Columbus 364, 2200 S. Meadowbrook Road, 217-787-2360. gotrcentralillinois.org
Clayville Fall Festival
Sep 20-21, 9am-6pm Sat, 10am Sun, Artisan demonstrations, historic tours, crafts and games for kids, vendors, re-enactments, period music, entertainment, food and refreshments. Clayville, Route 125, Pleasant Plains. 217-572-4984. clayville.org
Edwards Place Fine Art Fair
Sep 20-21, 10am-5pm Sat, 11am-4pm Sun, More than 70 artists, kids area, live art demos, entertainment and food. Free. Edwards Place, Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St., 217-523-2631. springfieldart.org
Sep 20-21, 10am-5pm, Ride a vintage passenger and freight train. Must have ticket to access grounds. All-day tickets $18, $10 kids ages 2-12. Monticello Railroad Museum, 992 Iron Horse Place, Monticello. 217-762-9011. mrym.org
Indian Knoll Pumpkin Patch and Farm
Sep 20-Oct. 26, 10am-5pm Sat, 12-5pm Sun, Pick your own pumpkin, enjoy a wagon ride to the patch, meet farm animals, play barnyard games, face painting, pumpkin painting and special weekly events. Free. Indian Knoll Farm and Pumpkin Patch, 2850 N. E Road, Mechanicsburg. 217-827-0317. indianknollcattle.net/pumpkin
Junior and Senior Naturalists
Sep 21, 9am-12pm Juniors (ages 6-9), 1-4pm Seniors (ages 9-12), Hiking, crafts, games. $40-$45 three sessions including Sep 21, Oct 19 and Nov 23. Register online only, only 25 accepted. Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 E. Lake Shore Drive, 217-529-1111. lincolnmemorialgarden.org
This Joint is Jumpin’
Sep 21, 2-4:15pm Sun, Set in a 1920s speakeasy features an afternoon of lively entertainment. $16-$13. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 217-523-2787. soundcelebrationchorus.org
Four Seasons Fall Garden Programs
Sep 23, Oct 7, 1:30pm Tue, Programs via computer with live discussion: Rain gardens and hydroponics. $5 each. University of Illinois Extension, 700 S. Airport Drive, 217-782-4617. web.extension.illinois.edu/lms
Riders in the Sky
Sep 25, 7:30pm Thu, Internationally known comedy western quartet famous for song “Woody’s Roundup” from Toy Story 2. $30, $27 seniors, $23 kids. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 217-523-2787. hcfta.org
Pygmalion Music Festival
Sep 25-28, Featuring Indie-rock groups. $15-$100. Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Tryon Festival Theatre, 500 South Goodwin Avenue, Urbana. pygmalionmusicfestival.com
Prairie Land Heritage Museum Steam Show
Sep 26-28, 8am-5pm Fri-Sun, Horse powered equipment, antique tractors, gas and steam engines, demos, train rides, flea market and food. $5. Prairie Land Heritage Museum, 1005 West Michigan, South Jacksonville. www.prairielandheritage.com
International Route 66 Mother Road Festival
Sep 26-28, 6-10pm Fri, 11am-10pm Sat, 11am-2pm Sun, Over 1,000 cool cars, free entertainment, swap meet and so much more. Downtown Springfield, route66fest.com
Rockin Nite Maze
Sep 26-27, Oct 10-11, 7-10:30pm Fri-Sat, Walk the maze to 80s music. Flashlights required (available for purchase) Weather dependent. $10. Age 16 and under requires adult supervision. Bomke’s Patch, 605 Country Lake Road, 217-626-1806. bomkespatch.com
Our Savior’s Fall Craft Festival
Sep 27, 9am-3pm Sat, Vendors featuring handmade items of all varieties and homebased business. Free or bring nonperishable food item for local food pantry. Our Savior’s Lutheran School, 2645 Old Jacksonville Road, 217-546-4531. oslms.org
Annual Craft and Food Festival
Sep 27, 9am-2pm Sat, Amish quilt and afghan raffle, holiday gifts and crafts, books, and homemade soup, sandwiches and pies for lunch. Chatham Community Center, 109 W. Mulberry St., Chatham. 217-483-2488.
Jubilee Farm Fall Festival
Sep 27, 10am-3pm Sat, Day of fun, food and interesting facts. Free. Jubilee Farm, 6760 Old Jacksonville Road, 787-6927. jubileefarm.info
Effingham Music Fest
Sep 27, 4-10pm, Matt Poss Band 4-5 p.m., Drew Baldridge 5:30-6:30 p.m., Phil Vassar 7-8:30 p.m. and
Joe Nichols 9-10 p.m. Funfest Amphitheater, 17082 N. US Hwy 45, Effingham. 800-774-8989. effinghammusicfest.com
Light Up Wimmer Cemetery Walk
Sep 27, 5-8pm, Cemetery walk, wiener roast. Free will donations. Wimmer Cemetery, Dixon and Dickey-John Roads, Auburn. wimmerfriends.com
Apple and Pork Festival
Sep 27-28, 7am-5pm, Entertainment, flea market, pony rides, museum tours, craft area and over 25 food booths. Free admission festival and craft show. (Trams to other locations in town.) DeWitt County Museum, 219 E. Woodlawn, Clinton. 217-935-6066. chmoorehomestead.org
Rochester Olde Towne Fall Festival
Sep 27-28, 9am-5pm Sat, 10am-4pm Sun, Two days of arts and crafts, food, live music, little miss pageant and more. Free. Rochester downtown, 129 S. John St., Rochester. 217-498-8882.
Beardstown Fall Fun Festival
Sep 27-28, Autumn celebration features music, parade, carnival rides, Chase Rice and more. Downtown and in park. Art Zeeck Park, Second Street at State St., Beardstown.
Sep 27-28, 9am-6pm, Pick-your-own apples or buy some from the market. Broom Orchard, 12803 Broom Road, Carlinville. 217-854-3514. broomorchard.com
Alpaca Farm Days
Sep 27-28, 10am-5pm Sat, 11am-4pm Sun, Free family event with demonstrations on use of alpaca fleece, shopping and concessions. Free. Alpacas of Indian Point Hills, 17229 VanEman St., Petersburg. 217-414-0266. alpacasofindianpointhills.com
Great River Grape Escape
Sep 27-28, 12-9pm Sat, 12-5pm Sun, Twelve Illinois wineries, food tastings with local chefs and music. Free admission. $10, five tasting tickets and commemorative wine glass. $1 for additional tickets. Clat Adams Park, Quincy Riverfront, 1231 Bonansinga Drive, Quincy. quincygrapeescape.com
Sep 28, 9am-4pm Sun, Pet birds for sale by professional and hobbyist breeders, speakers, kids’ activities, food. $3. Illinois Building. Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., 217-782-1698. IlliniBirdFanciers.com
Dance Dash 5K
Sep 28, 2-4pm Sun, Learn parts of a line dance at three stations along 5K route. All ages. $45, $35 through Sept. 13. Southwind Park, 4965 S. Second St., 217-753-0702. dancedash.org
An Evening with Sarah Jarosz
Sep 28, 7pm Sun, Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. UIS Studio Theatre, One University Plaza, 217-206-6160.
(Please see recurring events marked in red within the September listings that take place in October also.)
Oct 1, 10am-1pm and 4-6pm, Celebration of diversity with food samples, dancing and music. Free. A Lincoln Commons. 786-2241. Lincoln Land Community College, 5250 Shepherd Road, 217-786-2200.
Pied Piper Architectural Tour
Oct 1, 5:30pm, Free professionally-guided architectural tour. Meets outside. 544-1723. Lincoln-Herndon Law Office, 112 North Sixth St., downstownspringfield.org
Barry Apple Festival
Oct 2-5, 4pm Thu-Fri, 8am Sat-Sun, Apple pie contest, parade (Sat. at 1 p.m.), entertainment and more. Downtown Barry, Barry. barryapplefestival.weebly.com
Oct 3-5, 7-9pm, Only opportunity to see the village at night. Period clothing and talk about life in 19th century Illinois. Gingerbread, cider at Rutledge Tavern. Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, 15588 History Lane, Petersburg. 217-632-4000. lincolnsnewsalem.com
Prairie Harvest Days Spooktacular
Oct 3-4, Tons of contests, 3-on-3 basketball tournament, parade, food, music, crafts, kiddie tractor pull and lots more. Free (some entry fees apply for tournament play). Mason City. prairieharvestdays.com
Boo Crew Haunted House
Oct 3-4, 10-12, 17-18, 24-25, 31, Nov 1, 6:30-10:30pm, (Children’s lights on matinee is Saturday, Oct. 25, 4:30-6, $5 per person.) $10, $15 speed pass. Boo Crew Haunted House, 6500 Jett Road, Rochester. 217-502-9177. boocrew.com
Terror on the Square
Oct 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-26, 30-31, Visit top 10-rated haunt in Illinois. Admission. Petersburg Square, N. Seventh St. at W. Douglas Ave., Petersburg. terrorontheweb.com
Extreme Haunted Hayrides
Oct 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-25, 7-11pm Fri-Sat, Travel along river, through woods, pulled by hearse. Weather permitting. $9, $15 speed pass. 522-7702. Riverside Park, 4105 Sand Hill Road, http://riversidestable.com/HauntedHayrack.html
Pete ’N’ Keely
Oct 3-5, 10-12, 8pm Fri-Sat, 4pm Sun, Comedy musical about divorced couple who are forced back together to revive their failing singing careers. Stars Gus Gordon and Cynda Wrightsman. $18-$16. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 217-523-2787. hcfta.org
Touch A Truck
Oct 4, 10am-12pm, See a fire truck, helicopter, tractor and more. 753-0700. Lincoln Park, Fifth St. and Sangamon Ave., 217-544-1751.
Fur, Feather, Fin Fall Fling
Oct 4, 10am-6pm, Final free admission day of the season. Activity packed day includes animal programs. Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Shore Drive, 217-585-1821. hensonrobinsonzoo.org
Booking the Iles House
Oct 4, 10am-3pm Sat, Local authors present recently released books. Children’s book authors in morning and lunch. Authors in afternoon. Free event with donations requested for lunch and snacks. Elijah Iles House, 628 S. Seventh St., 217-492-5929. ileshouse.org
Boo Bark Party at the Park
Oct 4, 11am-2pm Sat, Costume contest for dogs, pet related vendors, demonstrations, games for dogs, food for everyone and more. Proceeds benefit animals in APL’s care. $3 per dog, $5 for two dogs. Stuart Park, Winch Lane (north of Jefferson).
Oct 4, Children and adult games, weenier dog race, wine and beer tasting, washers tournament, The Waterloo German Band and The Heidelberg German Band. Morgan County Fairgrounds, 110 N. Westgate, Jacksonville.
Mary Todd Lincoln: Taking Leave
Oct 4, 4pm and 7pm, Springfield’s Pam Brown gives dramatic presentation. $10. Tickets at elkharthistoricalsociety.org. 217-947-2238. Elkhart Christian Church, 113 South Gillett Street, Elkhart.
American Legion Post 759 German Dinner
Oct 4, 4-7pm Sat, Rouladen or Snitzel plus red cabbage, German potato salad, spaetzle, sauerkraut/dumplings, desert, tea and coffee. $15. Chatham town square, 101 W. Mulberry, Chatham. chathamlegion.com
Springfield Classical Guitar Society
Oct 4, 8pm, Matt Palmer, named 2010 Up and Coming Guitarist of the Year by Guitar International Magazine. Admission. 217-816-8832. Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2313 Whittier Ave.
Taylorville Chillifest/175th Birthday Celebration
Oct 4-5, 9am-6pm Sat, 10am-5pm Sun, Pageants, Saturday parade, entertainment, Civil War re-enactment, pumpkin races, vendors, kids rides and activities and so much more. Free. Christian County Historical Society grounds. Free. Taylorville square, Taylorville. chillifest.info
LOESS Rock, Fossil and Gem Show
Oct 4-5, 10am-6pm Sat, 10am-5pm Sun, Demos, kids activities and more. Illinois Building. $2-$1. 309-838-7782. Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave, 217-782-1698.
Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive Fall Festival
Oct 4-5, 11-12, 9am-5pm, Travel through villages and historic sites with crafts, flea markets, music and more. 309-647-8980. Fulton County. spoonriverdrive.org
Fall Festival and Fish Fry
Oct 5, 12pm Sun, Two great bands playing. Hill Prairie Winery, 23753 Lounsberry Roadd, Oakford. 217-635-9900. hillprairiewinery.com
Sinatra at Washington Park Gazebo
Oct 5, 1pm Sun, Free one-hour performance by Springfield’s own Phil Steinberg. Bring a chair. Free. Washington Park, South Grand and MacArthur, 217-753-6225. springfieldparks.org
Old Stone House Open House
Oct 5, Nov 2, 1-4pm, First Sunday of month June-November, tour the 1830s-era home, weather permitting. 498-7335. Admission free. Rochester Historical Village, W. Main St., Rochester.
Four Seasons Fall Garden Programs
Oct 7, 1:30pm Tue, Via computer with live discussion on hydroponics. $5 each. University of Illinois Extension, 700 S. Airport Drive, 217-782-4617. web.extension.illinois.edu/lms
An Evening with Santana
Oct 7, 8pm Tue, Ten time Grammy-award winner. Peoria Civic Center, 201 SW Jefferson Ave., Peoria.
Soup and Stories: Paranormal Activity
Oct 8, 12-1pm Wed, Presenter Carl Jones, paranormal expert and light lunch. 786-2241. R.H. Stephens Room. Free for students; $3 for non-students. Lincoln Land Community College, 5250 Shepherd Road, 217-786-2200.
O Sole Trio - From Prima Donna to Post-Madonna
Oct 10, 8pm Fri, Musical ensemble with exhilarating and unique show capturing essence of Italian and Italian-American songbook. UIS Studio Theatre, One University Plaza, 217-206-6160.
Scarecrow Daze Festival
Oct 10-12, Parade on Saturday, kids’ games, music, quilt show, food and crafts, in conjunction with Touchstone Energy Balloon Fest. Shelbyville, shelbyvilleillinois.net or lakeshelbyville.com
Youth Charity Horse Show
Oct 10-12, 8am-10pm Fri-Sun, Fun-filled weekend of competitive showmanship. Free. Coliseum. Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., 217-782-1698. youthcharityhorseshow.com
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Oct 10-12, 17-19. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 217-523-2787. hcfta.org
Haunted Decatur Halloween Tours
Oct. 10-11, 17-18, 23-23, 25-26, 29-31, Nov 1, 7pm, Haunted history and ghost hunter tours (8 p.m.) available. Tickets online. $30, $45. Avon Theater, 426 North Water St., Decatur. 217-422-8151. haunteddecatur.com
Lincoln Memorial Garden Indian Festival
Oct 11-12, 10am-4pm Sat-Sun, Two-day event for entire family. Fairy garden, crafts, activities, entertainment, food and more to welcome in fall. $5, $3 ages 12-2. Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 E. Lake Shore Drive, 217-529-1111. lincolnmemorialgarden.org
Art in the Garden
Oct 11-12, 10am-4pm Sat, Artists throughout garden at Indian Summer Festival. Special children’s art-related activity with Springfield Art Association. Free (festival is $5-$3). Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 E. Lake Shore Drive, 217-529-1111. lincolnmemorialgarden.org
Carve for the Carillon
Oct 11-12, 11am-4pm, Free family event. Help carve, scoop and move pumpkins for Jack-O-Lantern event. Pumpkins supplied. Washington Park Botanical Garden, 1740 W. Fayette Ave., 217-546-4116. carillon-rees.org
Illinois Symphony Orchestra
Oct 11, 8pm, Heroic night with Jacobsen’s “Ascending Bird” and Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 3 Eroica.” Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 217-206-6160. uis.edu/sangamonauditorium
Oct 11, 8pm Sat, Broadway sensation performs one-woman show featuring members of the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra. $20-$30. Kirkland Fine Arts Center, 1184 W. Main St., Decatur. 424-6318. millikin.edu/kirkland
Clayville Haunted House
Oct. 11-26, 7-10pm, Fri-Sat, Kids hours on Saturdays from 5-6:30 p.m. Clayville, Route 125, Pleasant Plains. 217-572-4984. clayville.org
Pumpkin Painting Party
Oct 16, 10am Thu, Ages 2-5 and grown-up. With snack and games. $40. Register online in advance. Urban Sassafras, 200 Broadway, 217-670-2391. urbansassafras.com
Lincoln Legacy Lectures
Oct 16, 7-9pm Thu, Dr. Michael Burlingame “Why Lincoln was Murdered.” James L. Swanson: “The Death and Funeral of Abraham Lincoln.” Dr. Richard Wightman Fox: “What We’ve Forgotten about Lincoln’s Funeral, and What We’ve Never Known.” Free, no reservation or ticket required. UIS Brookens Auditorium, One University Plaza, 217-206-6073. cspl.uis.edu
Porcelain Art Show
Oct 16-17, 12-8pm Thu, 8am-5pm Fri, Features Phyllis McElhinney, Jean Fehl, artists, vendors, suppliers, daily demos, seminars, club displays, prizes and raffles. Free. Northfield Inn Suites and Conference Center, 3280 Northfield Dr., 217-523-7900. illinoiswocp.com
Oct. 17-Dec. 6, 12-7pm Tue-Sat, Debbie Megginson (acrylic/watercolor painting), Beth Summer (photography) and winners of My Backyard Juried Sculpture exhibition. Reception, Oct. 18, 5:30-7:30. Free. Prairie Art Alliance Gallery in the Hoogland, 420 S. Sixth St., 217-544-2787. prairieart.org
Fall GAYla Dinner and Auction
Oct 17, 5:30pm, Phoenix Center soiree with cocktail hour and silent auction followed by dinner and live auction. $50. 217-528-5253. Erin’s Pavilion, Southwind Park, 4965 S. Second St. phoenixcenterspringfield.org
The Best of Jethro Tull by Ian Anderson
Oct 17, 8pm Fri, Legendary band and front-man known for unique voice, ethnic flutes and whistles. More than 60-million albums sold. $64-$89. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 217-206-6160.
Oktoberfest and Chili Cook-off
Oct 17-18, 6pm Fri to 11pm Sat, Live music, entertainment for all ages, kids zone, fair food. 728-2684. Sullivan Square, Sullivan. www.sullivanil.us
Oct 17-18, 6:30-9:30 Fri-Sat, Display of 2013 illuminated hand-carved pumpkins. Food, bonfire, spooky music. Admission. Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon, 1740 W. Fayette Ave., 217-546-3853. carillon-rees.org
Prairieland Classic Dog Shows
Oct 17-19, 8am-6pm, Competition and vendors. Expo Building. $3, $1 kids and seniors. Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., 217-782-1698. illinoiscapitolkennelclub.org
Oct 18, 8:30am-3pm Sat, Brian “Fox” Ellis helps increase your skills to provide inspirational environmental education to any age. $35 includes nature walk, lunch, CD. Register online. Adams Wildlife Sanctuary, 2315 East Clear Lake Ave., 217-544-2473. illinoisaudubon.org
Memorial’s Be Aware Women’s Fair
Oct 18, 9am-2pm, Fun, informative day devoted to women’s physical, emotional and financial health and fitness. Orr Building. $4. Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., 217-782-1698. beawarewomensfair.com
Oct 18, 10am-5pm Sat, Pony rides $5, horse drawn wagon rides and horse demos. Bomke’s Patch, 605 Country Lake Road, 217-626-1806. bomkespatch.com
Oct 18, 7pm Sat, Famous actor from Robocop, Deliverance and Total Recall will present an evening of folk music. $22-$20. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 217-523-2787. hcfta.org
Illinois Feline Fanciers Cat Show
Oct 18-19, 9am-5pm Sat, 9am-3pm Sun, Illinois Building Main Floor. 217-546-8370. Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., 217-782-1698.
Autumn Historic Folklife Festival
Oct 18-19, 10am-5pm Sat, 10am-4pm Sun, Two days of artisans and craftsmen demos, handmade arts and crafts, musicians, food, drink, children’s area, farmers market and more. Hannibal. 573-221-6545. hannibalarts.com
Pike County Fall Color Drive
Oct 18-19, Weekend of food, history and color. 285-2971. Free. Various locations in Pike County. pikecolordrive.com
Oct 18-19, 25-26, 2-6pm Sat-Sun, Bring little ones in costume for safe trick-or-treating. $4, $3 non-trick-or-treaters. Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Shore Drive, 217-585-1821. hensonrobinsonzoo.org
Mark Morris Dance Group - Excursions Tour
Oct 19, 7pm Sun, Amazing technical expertise, unique artistry and its signature use of live music. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 217-206-6160. uis.edu/sangamonauditorium
WJVO Safe Halloween for Kids
Oct 23, 10-11am, For more information phone 217-245-5119. Prairie Land Heritage Museum, 1005 West Michigan, South Jacksonville.
Mid-America Mane Event Horse Show
Oct 23-26, Indoor show, Coliseum. Free. Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., 217-782-1698. midamericahorseshow.org
Oct 24, 6:30pm-12am Fri, Walk the labyrinth and heighten your awareness of your personal world and the world around you. $5. Register by phone. Jubilee Farm, 6760 Old Jacksonville Road, 787-6927. jubileefarm.info
The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China - Cirque Peking
Oct 24, 7pm Fri, One of the world’s preeminent acrobatic companies. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 217-206-6160. uis.edu/sangamonauditorium
Illinois Theatre Association Festival
Oct 24-25, Community theatre groups from across Illinois will perform in a competition. Open to public. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 217-523-2787. hcfta.org
Jacksonville Mainstreet’s Pumpkin Festival
Oct 25, 8am Sat, Hayrack rides, fall craft vendors, kids activity area, pumpkin decorating and carving, petting zoo, pony pals, trick or treating, zombie run, contests and more. Free. Jacksonville Downtown, Central Park Plaza, Jacksonville. 217-243-5678. jacksonvilleil.org
Halloween at the Market
Oct 25, 8am-12:30pm, Children’s and canine costume contests. Adams between Fifth and Second. 544-1723. Downtown Springfield, downtownspringfield.org
Chatham Jaycees Haunted Hayride
Oct 25, 4:30-6pm nonscary, 6-9 pm scary, Ghost stories by Chatham Library. $4, $2 children. Chatham Community Park, 731 S. Main, Chatham.
WJVO Zombie 5K
Oct 25, 6:30pm Sat, Registration 5 p.m. For more info, 217-245-5119. Jacksonville Community Park, 1201 S. Main, Jacksonville.
Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Blues
Oct 25, 8pm Sat, Master of the ngoni, an ancient traditional lute found throughout West Africa. Toured with Bela Fleck and Sir Paul McCartney. UIS Studio Theatre, One University Plaza, 217-206-6160.
Mud, River, Stone
Oct 25, 30, Nov 1-2, A couple’s “off-the-beaten-path” adventure takes a harrowing turn in this comedic drama by Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Ruined. $7. Illinois College Sibert Theatre, McGaw Fine Arts Center, Jacksonville. 217-245-3000.
New Salem Fall Festival
Oct 25-26, 10am-4pm Sat-Sun, Costumed interpreters demonstrate daily tasks such as candle dipping, butter churning, soap making and more. Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, 15588 History Lane, Petersburg. 217-632-4000. lincolnsnewsalem.com
Chili Supper and Paw Paw Patch Bazaar
Oct 26, 11am-5:30pm, Benefitting the APL. Knights of Columbus 364, 2200 S. Meadowbrook Road, 217-787-2360.
Annual Chili Cook-off
Oct 26, 12pm Sun, Sample some great chilies, vote for your favorite, and enjoy live music and locally produced wines. Hill Prairie Winery, 23753 Lounsberry Road, Oakford. 217-635-9900. hillprairiewinery.com
Oct 26, 3-5pm Sun, Safe free trick-or-treating around lake for kids 12 and under. Fun family activities. Erin’s Pavilion, Southwind Park, 4965 S. Second St., 217-753-0702. southwindpark.org
Chili Tasting and Cookoff
Oct 29, 5-7pm Wed, $8 choice of different chili to taste and judge, dessert and drink. 217-787-0617. Springfield Ceramics and Crafts Club, 2626 S. Pasfield St., springfieldceramicsandcraftsclub.org
The Rocky Horror Show
Oct 30-Nov 1, 8pm Thu-Sat, plus 12am Fri, Four performances of famous rock ’n’ roll musical about a “Sweet Transvestite from Transsexual Transylvania.” Live on stage. $18-$16. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 217-523-2787. hcfta.org
Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary Halloween Celebration
Oct 31, 8pm Fri, Ectoplasm-splattered celebration of 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters, which promises retro fun “of biblical proportions.” $10. The Legacy Theatre, 101 E. Lawrence, 800-838-3006. roxytheatricals.com
The Insanity Trial of Mary Lincoln
Nov 1, 4pm and 7pm, Springfield’s Pam Brown portrays Mary Lincoln. Forensic psychiatrist Terry Killian, MD, and attorney Larry Jeckel, JD, provide modern-day professional perspectives of trial. $10. Elkhart Christian Church, 113 South Gillett Street, Elkhart.
Golden Dragon Acrobats
Nov 1, 7:30pm Sat, Premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company. $20-$30. Kirkland Fine Arts Center, 1184 W. Main St., Decatur. 424-6318. millikin.edu/kirkland
Goosebumps Organ Concert /Electronic Light Show
Nov 1, 7-8:15pm, Dress in black, white or as historical hero for free dramatic and evocative music, dance and electronic lighting. Free. All donations go to the Salvation Army Tree of Lights Campaign. First Presbyterian Church, 321 S. Seventh St., 528-4311. lincolnschurch.org
Hope For The Holidays Fine Art/Craft Fair
Nov 1-2, 10am-5pm Sat, 12-4pm Sun, Features artists from several neighboring states and talented local artists. Hope Presbyterian Church, 2211 Wabash Ave., 546-6951. firstname.lastname@example.org
Old Stone House Open House
Nov 2, 1-4pm, First Sunday of month June-November, tour the 1830s-era home, weather permitting. 498-7335. Admission free. Rochester Historical Village, W. Main St, Rochester.
Nov 2, 7pm Sun, Winner of three 2011 Tony Awards. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 217-206-6160. uis.edu/sangamonauditorium
Rural Life Antique Show
Nov 7, 9am-4pm, More than 40 vendors. Also at Douglas County Museum. Tuscola Community Center, 122 W. N. Central Ave., Tuscola. rurallifeantiqueshow.com
Discovery After Dark
Nov 7, 14, 7-9pm, After hours guided tour. Admission $6-$8.50 Pre-registration required by phone. Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Shore Drive, 217-585-1821. hensonrobinsonzoo.org
Champaign Urbana Folk and Roots Festival
Nov 7-8, Music, storytelling, dancing, workshops and folk arts. $25 wristbands. Downtown Urbana, S. Race and W. Main streets, Urbana. folkandroots.org
Route 66 Film Fest
Nov 7-8, 6-10pm Fri, 10am-10pm Sat, Independent films from around the world. Capital City Bar and Grill, 3149 S. Dirksen Parkway, 529-8580. route66filmfestival.net
Bluegrass Midwest Festival
Nov 7-9, 2:30pm and 7pm Fri, 10:30am, 1pm and 7pm Sat, 10am.Six-stage shows including multiple IBMA award winners, workshops, vendors and more. Daily or weekend tickets available at the door; and there are discounted rates for youth. Crowne Plaza Hotel, 3000 S. Dirksen Pkwy., 217-529-7777. bluegrassmidwest.com
Brighton Beach Memoirs
Nov 7-9, 13-15, 7:30pm Thu-Sat, 2pm Sun, $14 adults, $12 senior citizens, $8 students. UIS Studio Theatre, One University Plaza, 217-206-6160.
Girls on the Run 5K
Nov 8, 8:30am-12pm Sat, Run, jog, walk or skip to the finish line. Fun activities such face painting, happy hair station and more! Lincoln Land Community College, 5250 Shepherd Road, 217-786-2200. gotrcentralillinois.org/community-5k
Autumn Morning Retreat
Nov 8, 9am-12pm Sat, Prayer, input and quiet reflection. $20, register by Nov. 6. Jubilee Farm, 6760 Old Jacksonville Road, 787-6927. jubileefarm.info
Korean War National Museum Veterans’ Day Speaker
Nov 8, 3pm Sat, Floyd Cooper, Marines (retired) discusses his actions during the Korean War. Free. Korean War National Museum Denis J. Healy Freedom Center, 9 South Old State Capitol Plaza, 217-523-7230. kwnm.org
Dancing with the Starz
Nov 8, 6-11pm Sat, Local celebrities matched with professional dancers compete while raising funds for Prairie Art Alliance. Dinner and dancing. $60. Hilton Springfield, 700 E. Adams, 217-789-1530. prairieart.org
Landmark Dinner Evening
Nov 8, 6:30pm Sat, Dinner and musical entertainment in benefit of Marbol Farmstead. $50. Tickets at historic-marbold-farmstead.org or 632-3144. The Oaks On Seventh, 115 S. Seventh St., Petersburg. 217-632-0177.
Yesterday - A Tribute to the Beatles
Nov 8, 8pm Sat, Live From Las Vegas! Concert featuring music of the Beatles. $30 adults, $27 seniors. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 217-523-2787. hcfta.org
ALQMA Quarter Midget Racing
Nov 8-9, 6am-5pm, Free. Coliseum. For info, call 414-9506. Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., 217-782-1698.
Veterans Day Ceremony
Nov 11, 12pm Tue, Reception at noon, ceremony 12:30 p.m. A. Lincoln Commons. 786-2241. Free. Lincoln Land Community College, 5250 Shepherd Road, 217-786-2200.
Christmas in the Park
Nov 14-15, 4-8pm Fri, 9am-3pm Sat, Holiday bazaar with decorations and more. Free. Country Place Condo Clubhouse, 1/2 mile east of Toronto Road and 1/2 mile north of North Cotton Hill Road.
The Wizard of Oz and Art Exhibit
Nov 14-16, 7pm Fri-Sat, 2pm Sun, Watch the 1939 MGM classic on the big screen. The Pharmacy artists display art inspired by film. Gallery opens one hour prior to screening. $10. The Legacy Theatre, 101 E. Lawrence, 800-838-3006. roxytheatricals.com
Nov 14-16, 21-23. Springfield Theatre Centre production. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 217-523-2787. hcfta.org
Abe’s Trail Trek
Nov 15, 9:30am Sat, 5k is runner, walker and new-to-trails friendly, 10k and 15k will test even seasoned trail runner. triharderpromotions.com. Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, 15588 History Lane, Petersburg. 217-632-4000. lincolnsnewsalem.com
Jingle Bell Run/Walk
Nov 15, 10am-1pm Sat, Wear a costume or tie jingle bells to your shoelaces and walk or run to fight arthritis. Registration fees vary, check website. Lincoln Land Community College, 5250 Shepherd Road, 217-786-2200. arthritis.org/programs-events/jingle-bell-run
Biodiversity Blitz! Family Event
Nov 15, 11am-3pm Sat, Learn about Illinois’ threatened and endangered species via games and activities. Live-bird program 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Free. 217-782-5993. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., 217-782-7386. museum.state.il.us
Lincoln Memorial Garden Holiday Market
Nov 15-16, 9am-5pm Sat, 1-4pm Sun, Split Rail Shop specializes in art and handcrafted items such as wreaths, centerpieces, ornaments and unique items for gardeners. Free admission. Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 E. Lake Shore Drive, 217-529-1111. lincolnmemorialgarden.org
Kids Klub How Fudge is Made
Nov 17, 6-6:45pm Mon, Learn how Gramma Gina’s fudge is made. Ages 4-12 get free ride on Ferris Wheel (height restrictions). Free. Scheels, 3801 South MacArthur, 217-726-6330. scheelssports.com
The Price is Right Live!
Nov 17, 7:30pm Mon, Interactive stage show that gives contestants pulled from the audience a chance to win appliances, vacations and even new car. $32.50-$52.50. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 217-206-6160. uis.edu/sangamonauditorium
Cookie Walk and Craft Sale
Nov 22, 8am-3pm Sat, Homemade cookies, candies and handcrafted items. 217-787-0617. Springfield Ceramics and Crafts Club, 2626 S. Pasfield St., Springfieldceramicsandcraftsclub.org
Twice Giving Christmas
Nov 22, 9am-3pm Sat, Unique, handcrafted, international gifts for everyone on your holiday list. Midwest Mission Distribution Center, 1022 New City Road, Chatham. 217-625-7783.
Holiday Farmers Market
Nov 22, 9am-1pm Sat, Turkeys, meat, vegetables, honey, eggs, Illinois wine and beer and other fixings for your holiday meal. Free. Illinois Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 S. Sangamon Ave., 217-782-6661. ilstewards.org
Just Be Day
Nov 22, 10am-2pm Sat, No agenda just enjoy the day outside. Free. Jubilee Farm, 6760 Old Jacksonville Road, 787-6927. jubileefarm.info
Nov 22, 11am-3pm Sat, Meet local and regional collectors displaying their unique objects. No buying, selling or appraisals. Free. Registration to display by Nov. 7, 217-782-0061. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., 217-782-7386. museum.state.il.us
Illinois Symphony Orchestra
Nov 22, 8pm, “Winter fable” featuring circus flora. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 217-206-6160. ilsymphony.org
Trans-Siberian Tribute Orchestra
Nov 22, 8pm Sat, The magic of the Christmas season comes alive with dazzling lighting, lasers and snow. $25. The Legacy Theatre, 101 E. Lawrence, 800-838-3006. atthelegacy.com
Memorial’s Festival of Trees
Nov 22-30, 10am-8pm Mon-Wed, Fri-Sat, 10am-5pm Sun, More than 150 trees, swags and wreaths decorated by area designers. (Thanksgiving 4-8 p.m.) $5-$3. Orr Building. Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., 217-782-1698. MemorialsFestivalofTrees.com
Christmas at Sugar Creek Vendor Fair
Nov 29, 10am-3pm Sat, Vendors, crafts, food, dogs and cats for adoption, used book sale. Free Admission. Please bring a non-perishable food item for the food pantry. Sugar Creek United Methodist Church, 1022 New City Road, Chatham. 622-7953. sugarcreek.org
Springfield Choral Society
Nov 29, 7:30pm Sat, Authentic Baroque version of Handel’s Messiah. $15, may be purchased from chorus members, at door, or by calling 787-4868. Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 815 S. Sixth Street, 522-3342.