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2017 Summerlong Summerguide calendar

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May

Illinois Products Farmers Market
May 25, Jun 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Jul 6, 13, 20, 27, Aug 3, 10, 17, 24, 4-7pm. Every Thursday. Shopping, health and wellness information, special focuses and more in a street party atmosphere. SNAP cards accepted. Free. agr.state.il.us/nightmarket. Illinois State Fairgrounds, The Shed, 801 Sangamon Ave.

The Three Musketeers
May 25-27, 8pm. Based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas. In collaboration with Lincoln Land Community College. Pre-show entertainment at 7pm. $15 adults, $13 seniors, $10 children under 12. theatreinthepark.net. Theatre in the Park, Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, 15588 History Lane, Petersburg, 632-5440.

Forever Plaid
May 26-28, Jun 2-4, 8pm Fri-Sat, 2pm Sun. Four young singers killed in a car accident posthumously take the stage for one final gig during this goofy 1950s nostalgia trip. $16, $18. hcfta.org. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.

24th Annual Passavant-Gatorade 5K and 10K
May 27, 7:30am. Flat, fast 3.1-mile or 6.2-mile run/walk starts and finishes on Founders Lane. Post-race refreshments to follow. Registration. $20 advance, $25 day of. passavanthospital.com. Passavant Area Hospital, 1600 W. Walnut St., Jacksonville, 245-9541.

Brian McMillen Memorial Run/Walk
May 27, 8am. Tenth annual 5K run/walk or 10K run in honor of fallen Illinois State Police officer Brian McMillen. $20-25 for 5K, $30-35 for 10K. getmeregistered.com. Lincoln Land Community College, 5250 Shepherd Road, 786-2200.

Old Capitol Farmers Market
May 27, 31, Jun 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, Jul 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29, Aug 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 8am-12:30pm. Shop local produce, meats, cheeses and more. Entertainment on Saturdays includes chef demonstrations, live performances and activities. Free admission. downtownspringfield.org. Downtown Springfield, Inc., 3 W. Old State Capitol Plaza, 544-1723.

Blessing of the Boats
May 27, 12pm. Lakeside assembly of boats at noon, ceremony at 1pm. Keynote speakers Jim Langfelder and Wayne Rosenthal. Free vessel safety inspections, boating safety information, parade. Rain date Monday May 29. Springfield Elks Lodge #158, 409 E. Lake Shore Dr., 529-0158.

A Spirited Stroll
May 27, 1-4pm. Featuring music, an ice cream social, tours of historic trees and interpreters at the cemetery’s 106-year-old Abbey. lincolntomb.org. 782-2717. Oak Ridge Cemetery, 1441 Monument Ave., 789-2340.

TT Motorcycle Races
May 27. World’s premier dirt track motorcycle racing series. $15 advance, $20 race week. amaproracing.com. 632-0277. Multi-purpose arena, Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., 782-6661.

Bike and Hike Days
May 28, Jun 4, 11, 18, 25, Jul 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Aug 6, 13, 20, 8am-3pm. Enjoy safe recreation and minimized vehicular traffic. Hosted by Springfield Park District. Free. springfieldparks.org. Washington Park, 1501 S. Grand Ave. W., 544-1751.

Springfield Mile Race 1
May 28. Motorcycles race a 1-mile oval track. $30 advance, $40 race week. amaproracing.com. Illinois State Fair Grandstand, 801 Sangamon Ave., 782-6661.

Bike and Hike Days
May 29-31, Jun 5-7, 12-14, 19-21, 26-28, Jul 3-5, 10-12, 17-19, 24-26, 31, Aug 1-2, 7-9, 14-16, 21-23, 4-6pm. Enjoy safe recreation and minimized vehicular traffic around a modified loop. Hosted by Springfield Park District. Free. springfieldparks.org. Washington Park, 1501 S. Grand Ave. W., 544-1751.

Artist on the Plaza Concert Series
May 30-Aug 31, 12pm Tue and Thu. Complimentary performances on Tuesdays and Thursdays range from singer/songwriters to musical theater performers and dancers to jugglers. Weather pending. Free. Old State Capitol Plaza, between Sixth and Fifth streets at Adams, Springfield.

Jacksonville Farmers Market
May 30-Aug 31, 7am-12pm. Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday through Oct. jaxfresh.org. Lincoln Square, Jacksonville.

Life Re-imagined
May 30, 6-8pm. Innovative program helps people identify and achieve their goals, no matter where they are in life. Registration. local.aarp.org. Rochester Public Library, 1 Community Drive, Rochester, 498-8454.

Downtown Jacksonville Farmers Market
May 31, Jun 7, 14, 21, 28, Jul 5, 12, 19, 26, Aug 2, 9, 16, 23, 4-7pm. Every Wednesday May-Oct. Sponsored by Jacksonville Main Street. jacksonvillemainstreet.com. 245-6884. Southeast area of the Square, downtown Jacksonville.


June

Workout in the Park
Jun 1, Jul 6, Aug 3, 6-7pm. Hosted by HSHS Central Illinois, Springfield Park District, FitClub and Scheels. Free. springfieldparks.org. Washington Park Gazebo.

Legacy of Giving Music Festival
Jun 2-3. SOHO Music Festival replacement features 70 bands across five stages, vendor fair and kids area. Proceeds to charity. $5 per day. logmusicfest.org. Downtown Springfield.

Heritage Days Summerfest

Jun 2-4, 5-11pm Fri, 4-11pm Sat, 11am Sun. 12th annual festival hosted by Little Flower Parish. Three days of live music, kids’ area, bags tournament, chicken-wing cook-off, mega-raffle and more. Little Flower School, 900 Stevenson Dr., 529-4511.

Lincoln’s Legacy 5K and 10K
Jun 2, 6pm. Beautiful but challenging race courses through a 160-year-old cemetery and past Lincoln’s Tomb. Registration. triharderpromotions.com. Lincoln Park, Fifth Street and Sangamon Avenue, 544-1751.

Rees International Carillon Competition
Jun 2-3, 6-9pm. Five finalists from the USA and Europe compete for monetary prizes in this competition judged by an international jury. Free. carillon-rees.org. Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon, 1740 W. Fayette Ave., 546-3853.

Smashtag, The Vandoliers
Jun 2, 6pm. Outdoor concert. Bring picnics, blankets, lawn chairs. Part of the Levitt AMP Jacksonville Music Series. Free. levittamp.org. Downtown Jacksonville, Central Park, Jacksonville, 243-5678.

Aladdin, Jr.
Jun 2-4, 9-10, 8pm. Children’s musical filled with songs from the Disney movie. Directed by Adam Power. $15 adults, $13 seniors, $10 children under 12. theatreinthepark.net. Theatre in the Park, Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, 15588 History Lane, Petersburg, 632-5440.

Super Saturdays
Jun 3, Jul 1, Aug 5, 11am-3pm. Themed activities and crafts for ages 5+ and their families. Free with museum admission. illinoisstatemuseum.org. 782-0061. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., 782-7386.

Art in the Yard
Jun 3, 1-4pm. Children accompanied by an adult create seven different art projects. $4 per child. David Strawn Art Gallery, 331 W. College Ave., Jacksonville, 243-9390.

Hog Roast
Jun 3, 4-8pm. Fifth annual event. kclakeclub.com. Knights of Columbus, Holy Family Council 4179, 141 N. Lakewood Dr., Chatham, 483-3013.

Tony Bennett
Jun 3, 8pm. Concert by 19-time Grammy Award-winner. $60+. sangamonauditorium.org. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 206-6160.

First Sunday Midwest Bazaar
Jun 4, Jul 2, Aug 6, 8am-4pm. 150+ vendors. $4 adults, free to children under 12. Menard County Fairgrounds, 18450 Fairgrounds, Petersburg.

First Annual KC Car Show
Jun 4, 10am. Participant-judged show featuring music, food, drinks and more. Supported by the Route 66 Cruisers Car Club. $15 registration for participants. Riverton Knights of Columbus, 335 S. Fourth St., Riverton, 629-9018.

Concerts in the Park
Jun 4-Aug 27, 6pm Sun. Complimentary concerts on Sundays, Jun-Aug. BYO blankets or lawn chairs. Hosted by Pilot Club of Jacksonville. Free. Jacksonville Community Park, 1201 S. Main, Jacksonville.

International Carillon Festival
Jun 4-6, 8-9, 6:30-8:30pm. Nightly carillon concerts by worldwide renown carillonists. Fireworks Friday at dusk. Free. carillon-rees.org. Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon, 1740 W. Fayette Ave., 546-3853.

Springfield Municipal Band
Jun 6, 13, 20, 27, Jul 4, 11, 18, 25, Aug 1, 7:30-9pm. Outdoor concerts Tuesdays in June through the first week of August. Douglas Park, 400 N. Macarthur Blvd.

Chatham American Legion Homecoming
Jun 8-10, 5pm-11pm Thu, 5pm-12am Fri-Sat. Three-day old-fashioned street festival with food, beverages, live music, carnival rides, family fun and more. Parade at 2pm on Saturday. Free. chathamlegion.com. Chatham Town Square, 101 W. Mulberry, Chatham, 483-4084.

The Last Laugh Film Showing
Jun 8, 7-9pm. Part of the Fourth Annual Jewish Film Series, which features award-winning films from around the world suitable for a multicultural, multi-generational audience. $25 for series pass; $7 per film or $5 per film with student ID. shalomspringfield.org. 787-7223. Capital City Bar & Grill, 3149 S. Dirksen Pkwy, 529-8580.

The Tangents, Unifyah, Mathias and The Pirates
Jun 9, 6pm. Outdoor concert. Bring picnics, blankets, lawn chairs. Part of the Levitt AMP Jacksonville Music Series. Free. levittamp.org. Downtown Jacksonville, Central Park, Jacksonville, 243-5678.

Willy Wonka
Jun 9-11, 14-18, 8:30pm. Musical based off Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir. Tickets: $15 and $17 reserved; $10 and $12 lawn. themuni.org. The Muni, 815 E. Lake Dr., 793-MUNI.

Blue Carpet Corridor Route 66 Celebration
Jun 10, 8am-5pm. visitlitchfield.com. Litchfield Museum and Route 66 Welcome Center, 334 Old Rt. 66 North, Litchfield, 866-733-5833.

Plaza Car Show and Cruise Night
Jun 10, 8am-9pm. Judged car show from 8am-3pm on the downtown square. Cruise from 5-9pm from Hardees. jacksonvilleil.org. 243-5678. Central Park, Downtown Jacksonville.

Summer Frolic
Jun 10, 10am-4pm. Period-clothed interpreters celebrate frontier heritage plus World Wide Knit in Public Day. Bring your own chair and knit. lincolnsnewsalem.com. Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, 15588 History Lane, Petersburg, 632-4000.

Wacky Wheelers Parade
Jun 10, 1-4pm. Bring your art bike or decorate your wheels for a group ride around Enos Park. Decorating session, safety training, group ride, and more. Basic supplies provided. Hosted by Our Vibrant Community. Free. Questions to 331-2027. Enos Park, Seventh and Enterprise streets.

Murder Mystery Dinner
Jun 10, 5pm. hickoryglenil.com. Hickory Glen Senior Living, 1700 W. Washington St., 793-0431.

Annual Cops and Robbers Fishing Clinic
Jun 11, 8-11am. For ages 7-12. Hosted by Springfield Park District and the Springfield Police Department. Preregistration required. Free. springfieldparks.org. 741-0988. Southwind Park, 4965 S. Second St., 753-0702.

Litchfield Pickers Market
Jun 11, Jul 9, Aug 13, 9am-3pm. Open-air market specializes in vendors featuring items prior to 1980. Plus live music, food, more. Free admission. visitlitchfield.com. 866-733-5833. Downtown Litchfield, 400 N. State St., Litchfield.

Walk to Defeat ALS
Jun 11, 9am-12pm. Team or individual registration available. Free. web.alsa.org. 888-873-8539. Hope Pavilion, Southwind Park, 4965 S. Second St., 788-2310.

Family Fun Golf Day
Jun 11, 2-6pm. Kids and their families try FootGolf, a new sport that combines soccer and golf. Free. springfieldparks.org. Bergen Golf Course, 2900 E. Clear Lake Ave., 753-6211.

Larry Gatlin
Jun 11, 3pm. Solo concert by country music legend Larry Gatlin. $25-35. hcfta.org. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.

Midwest Charity Horse Show
Jun 13-17, 10:30am and 6:30pm daily. Premier US horse show features American Saddlebred, Roadster, Morgan and Arabian horses and Hackney ponies. Performances at 10:30am and 6:30pm daily. Free. midwestcharity.com. Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., 782-6661.

Sangamon County Fair
Jun 13-18. Carnival, queen pageant, nationally-recognized entertainment, demolition derby, agricultural exhibits and more. Concert tickets $20; demolition derby tickets $10; general admission $5-10; free to ages 3 and under. sangcofair.com. Sangamon County Fairgrounds, 316 W. Birch St., New Berlin, 488-2685.

SCHS Annual Dinner
Jun 13. Keynote speaker is Carolyn Moore, who headed the SCHS in 2007. Tickets. Clayville, Route 125, Pleasant Plains, 572-4984.

Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest
Jun 13, 20, 27, Jul 11, 18, 25, 10-10:30am. 30-minute films every Tuesday in June and July for ages 3-8. Free with museum admission. illinoisstatemuseum.org. 782-5949. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., 782-7386.

Adult Coloring Club
Jun 13, 26, 5:30-7:30pm. All supplies provided. Led by Eve. Free. lincolnlibrary.info. Lincoln Library, 326 S. Seventh St., 753-4900.

Crossroads Pro Rodeo Association
Jun 14, 7pm. Muttin’ Bustin’ competition for kids plus barrel racing, clown acts, bull riding and fireworks. Free with general fair admission. sangcofair.com. Grandstand, Sangamon County Fairgrounds, 316 W. Birch St., 488-2685.

Paul Mickey Archaeology Lecture Series
Jun 14, Jul 12, Aug 9, 7-8:30pm. Featuring a different topic and speaker each month. illinoisstatemuseum.org. 782-0061. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., 782-7386.

Artists on the Plaza
Jun 15-17, 9am-5pm. Fine craft sale featuring dozens of local and regional artisans in an outdoor setting. Live music on the plaza from 11am-2pm daily. The Gables, Plaza Drive, off W. White Oaks Drive near Greenbriar and Veterans.

The Kind Words Film Showing
Jun 15, 7-9pm. Part of the Fourth Annual Jewish Film Series, which features award-winning films from around the world suitable for a multicultural, multi-generational audience. $25 for series pass; $7 per film or $5 per film with student ID. shalomspringfield.org. 787-7223. Capital City Bar & Grill, 3149 S. Dirksen Pkwy, 529-8580.

Trent Harmon, Michael Tyler
Jun 15, 8pm. Concert. $20. sangcofair.com. Grandstand, Sangamon County Fairgrounds, 316 W. Birch St., 488-2685.

Aaron Lewis, The Steel Woods, Lick Creek
Jun 16, 7pm. Concert. $20. sangcofair.com. Grandstand, Sangamon County Fairgrounds, 316 W. Birch St., 488-2685.

Poor Farm Road, Waterloo Revival
Jun 16, 6pm. Outdoor concert. Bring picnics, blankets, lawn chairs. Part of the Levitt AMP Jacksonville Music Series. Free. levittamp.org. Downtown Jacksonville, Central Park, Jacksonville, 243-5678.

Vintage Baseball Festival
Jun 17, 12pm. Three local baseball teams play by 1860s rules and wear uniforms from the same time period. Bring your own seating. Food truck on site. 953-0744. Jacksonville Community Park, 1201 S. Main, Jacksonville.

The Cadillac Three, Broseph E. Lee, Bailey Bryan
Jun 17, 7pm. Concert. $20. sangcofair.com. Grandstand, Sangamon County Fairgrounds 316 W. Birch St., 488-2685.

Movie in the Park: Moana
Jun 16, 7pm. Part of Springfield Park District’s concert and movie series. Bring lawn chair or blanket. Concessions for purchase. Free. springfieldparks.org. Comer Cox Park, Capitol Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, 544-1751.

Railsplitter Olympic Triathlon
Jun 17, 7:30am. Olympic triathlon includes a .9-mile private lake swim, 24.8-mile bike ride and 6.2-mile run. Registration, triharderpromotions.com. Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, 15588 History Lane, Petersburg, 632-4000.

Scholastic Challenge 5K
Jun 17, 7:30-9:30am. 3.1-mile race is one of the fastest 5Ks in Illinois. Proceeds support local high schools. $25 advance, $30 race day. 971-4663. Lake Springfield Beach House, 100 Long Bay Dr., 757-8660.

Stovepipe Sprint Triathlon
Jun 17, 8am. Sprint triathlon includes a 500-yard private lake swim, 13-mile bike ride and 3.1-mile run through an 1800’s pioneer village. Registration. triharderpromotions.com. Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, 15588 History Lane, Petersburg, 632-4000.

Pleasant Plains Market Days
Jun 17, Jul 22, Aug 19, 9am-1pm. Featuring 20+ vendors on the third Saturday of each month. 415-0731. Pleasant Plains Market Days, 408 E. State Highway 125, Pleasant Plains.

Gun Show-and-Tell
Jun 17, 2-3pm. Re-enactor Darin Miller discusses various weapons the soldiers would have been equipped with on the battlefields of Korea. Free. kwnm.org. Korean War National Museum Denis J. Healy Freedom Center, 9 South Old State Capitol Plaza, 523-7230.

Celtic Woman
Jun 17, 7:30pm. Captivating new “Voices of Angels” concert by multi-platinum international music sensation Celtic Woman. $42, $72. sangamonauditorium.org. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 206-6160.

WWE Summer Slam Tour
Jun 18, 7pm. $17-107. springfieldpc3.com. Prairie Capital Convention Center, 1 Convention Center Plaza, 800-745-3000.

Brown Bag Lecture Series
Jun 21, Jul 19, Aug 16, 12-1pm. Bring your lunch and enjoy a different speaker and topic each month. illinoisstatemuseum.org. 782-0061. Illinois State Museum Research & Collections Center, 1011 E. Ash St., 785-0037.

Pawnee Prairie Days
Jun 22-24, 5pm-12:30am Thu, 5pm-1am Fri, 8-1am Sat. Live music, carnival rides, food and drinks. Car show Saturday. Parade at 5pm on Sat. Free admission; purchase tickets for carnival. Pawnee Town Square, Pawnee, 625-2411.

What Our Fathers Did:  A Nazi Legacy Film Showing
Jun 22, 7-9pm. Part of the Fourth Annual Jewish Film Series, which features award-winning films from around the world suitable for a multicultural, multi-generational audience. $25 for series pass; $7 per film or $5 per film with student ID. shalomspringfield.org. 787-7223. Capital City Bar & Grill, 3149 S. Dirksen Pkwy, 529-8580.

Crazy Horse Bluegrass Festival
Jun 23-25. Tenth annual festival. Music all weekend, including a Sunday morning gospel show. crazyhorsecamp.com. 243-5678. Crazy Horse Campground, 2113 Crazy Horse Road, Ashland, 886-2089.

Marina Fireworks
Jun 23. Lake Springfield.

Marbold Farmstead Antique Show and Farm Fest
Jun 23-25, 5-8pm Fri, 9am-8pm Sat, 8:30am-3pm Sun. See primitive antiques, period craftsmen, steam engines, gas engines, demonstrations, children’s activities and more. $5 per day or $12 for three days. historic-marbold-farmstead.org. Historic Marbold Farmstead, 21722 State Hwy 29, Greenview, 968-5808.

St. Andrew’s Society Celtic Dancers, Old Salt Union

Jun 23, 6pm. Outdoor performance and concert. Bring picnics, blankets, lawn chairs. Part of the Levitt AMP Jacksonville Music Series. Free. levittamp.org. Downtown Jacksonville, Central Park, Jacksonville, 243-5678.

State Fair
Jun 23-25, 29, Jul 1, 8pm. Musical about an Iowa farm family preparing to go to the multi-day Iowa State Fair. $15 adults, $13 seniors, $10 children under 12. theatreinthepark.net. Theatre in the Park, Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, 15588 History Lane, Petersburg, 632-5440.

Fit for Life: Heart Healthy 5K
Jun 24, 8am. 5K run through the grounds surrounding the lake. Hosted by M & M Multisport Club. Registration. mmmultisport.com. Lake Lou Yaeger, Picnic Area 3, 3 Primitive Lane, Litchfield, 866-733-5833.

Pawnee Prairie Days BBQ
Jun 24, 8am-5pm. Ribs, chicken and open. $25 entry fee per category after Jun 15; $20 before. 836-9580. Pawnee Town Square, Pawnee.

A.J. Croce
Jun 24, 8pm. Son of Jim Croce and jazz-influenced blues artist turned pop music iconoclast. $25+. sangamonauditorium.org. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 206-6160.

Music in the Park: New City Road
Jun 25, 4-7pm. Part of Springfield Park District’s concert and movie series. Retro and current country music. Concessions for purchase. springfieldparks.org. 544-1751. Southwind Park, 4965 S. Second St., 753-0702.

Illinois Shakespeare Festival
Jun 28-Aug 12. 40th annual festival features A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cymbeline, I Heart Juliet and The Improvised Shakespeare Company. Individual and season tickets available. illinoisshakes.com. Illinois State University, 100 N. University St., Normal.

Jacksonville Passavant Team Rehab/FCA Shootout
Jun 28-29. Largest basketball tournament in the state of Illinois. Illinois College and MacMurray College.

The Women’s Balcony Film Showing
Jun 29, 7-9pm. Part of the Fourth Annual Jewish Film Series, which features award-winning films from around the world suitable for a multicultural, multi-generational audience. $25 for series pass; $7 per film or $5 per film with student ID. shalomspringfield.org. 787-7223. Capital City Bar & Grill, 3149 S. Dirksen Pkwy, 529-8580.

Assumption Fest
Jun 30-Jul 1. Family-friendly fair featuring a BBQ contest and much more. Free. Assumption.

Ten Foot World, Curley Taylor
Jun 30, 6pm. Outdoor concert. Bring picnics, blankets, lawn chairs. Part of the Levitt AMP Jacksonville Music Series. Free. levittamp.org. Downtown Jacksonville, Central Park, Jacksonville, 243-5678.

Mary Poppins
Jun 30, Jul 1-2, 5-9, 8:30pm. Musical based on the similarly titled Mary Poppins children’s books by P. L. Travers and the 1964 Disney film. Tickets: $15 and $17 reserved; $10 and $12 lawn. themuni.org. The Muni, 815 E. Lake Dr., 793-MUNI.


July

5K Freedom Fun Run/Walk
Jul 1, 7-11am. Registration. visitlitchfield.com. 866-733-5833. Lake Lou Yaeger, Picnic Area 3, 3 Primitive Lane, Litchfield.

Capital City Celebration
Jul 1, 11-12am. Dog pageant, live music, large kids area, food trucks and vendors. Fireworks at 9pm. Hosted by Springfield Jaycees. Fifth and Capitol streets, Downtown Springfield.

Independence Party
Jul 1. Sangamo Surf Club, 405 E. Lake Shore Dr., 529-1712.

Riverton Fire Crackin Festival
Jul 1, 3-11pm. Fourth annual festival features bounce houses, activities, live music by Ran$om and more. Fireworks at dusk. Food and beverages for purchase. Riverton KC Grounds, 335 South Fourth, Riverton.

Fourth of July Celebration and Parade
Jul 3-4. Two-day celebration featuring kids events, live entertainment, fireworks and more. Nichols Park, 319 Holken Brink Dr., Jacksonville, 243-5678.

Independence Day Fireworks
Jul 4, 9:30-10pm. Free. VisitLitchfield.com. 324-8147. Lake Lou Yaeger Marina 1, 4313 Beach House Trail, Litchfield, 866-733-5833.

North End Lake Fireworks
Jul 4. Rain date is Saturday, July 8. Lake Springfield.

Community Summer Band, The South Austin Moonlighters
Jul 7, 6pm. Outdoor concert. Bring picnics, blankets, lawn chairs. Part of the Levitt AMP Jacksonville Music Series. Free. levittamp.org. Downtown Jacksonville, Central Park, Jacksonville, 243-5678.

Disney’s Newsies: The Musical
Jul 7-9, 12-16, 19-23, 7pm Wed-Thu, 8pm Fri-Sat, 2pm Sun. Captivating story of a band of underdogs who stand up to the most powerful men in New York. $25 advance, $30 day of; $22 seniors and children. atthelegacy.com. The Legacy Theatre, 101 E. Lawrence, 800-838-3006.

Capitol Takeover
Jul 8, 7am-5pm. Two-person CrossFit competition featuring RX, Scaled and Masters divisions. $150 per team; free to spectators. capitoltakeover.com. Rail Splitter CrossFit, 300 W. North St., 312-882-2440.

Springfield Highland Games and Celtic Festival
Jul 8. Dance, solo piping, drumming, band and athletic competitions and games, live musical acts, vendors, kids activities, storytelling, food, animals and more. $10 per person; $5 ages 5-12, seniors and kids under 5 are free. springfieldhighlandgames.com. Chatham Community Park, 731 S. Main St., Chatham.

Women’s Distance Festival
Jul 8, 8am. Two-mile race and kids’ fun run. Registration. srrc.net. Washington Park, 1501 S. Grand Ave. W., 544-1751.

Illinois Bat Festival
Jul 8, 9am-4pm. Featuring fun and educational presentations, speakers, live animals, hands-on activities, games for kids and interactive exhibits. Free. batconservation.org. 248-645-3232. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., 782-7386.

Zoofari
Jul 8, 11am-4pm. Kids of all ages learn how animals enjoy summer. Bring your favorite stuffed animal friend in for a checkup at the Teddy Bear Clinic. $5 adults, $2 children. springfieldparks.org. Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Shore Dr., 585-1821.

Springfield Civic Garden Club
Jul 10, 9am. Monthly meeting features speaker Nancy Schumm-Burgess on “Pioneer Gardens.” Free. 563-940-5735. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 533 S. Walnut St., 522-4415.

Ballroom Dance
Jul 12-Aug 16, 6-9:30pm Wed. On Wednesdays, enjoy Easy Coast Swing (6-7pm), Basic ChaCha/Mambo (7:15-8:15pm) and All Waltz (8:30-9:30pm) dancing. Hosted by Ron and Paula’s Ballroom Dancing. RonAndPaulaDance.com. 553-0446. Nelson Center, 1601 N. Fifth St., 525-2589.

Morgan County Fair
Jul 12-16. Carnival, food, talent show, pageant, livestock, tractor pulls, live entertainment Friday by Trace Adkins and Saturday by Big and Rich. themorgancountyfair.com. Morgan County Fairgrounds, 110 N. Westgate, Jacksonville, 245-6800.

Amaranth Apple Festival
Jul 14-15, 6pm-12am. Revival of Springfield’s favorite downtown food and music festival with many new twists. Hosted by Downtown Springfield, Inc. $5 admission per day. downtownspringfield.org. Downtown Springfield, Inc., 3 W. Old State Capitol Plaza, 544-1723.

Movie in the Park: Finding Dory
Jul 14, 6pm. Part of Springfield Park District’s concert and movie series. Swim from 6-8pm. Bring lawn chair or blanket. Concessions for purchase. Free. springfieldparks.org. 544-1751. Veterans Memorial Pool, 2700 Ely St., 753-3030.

The Longmeyer Band, Ptah Williams
Jul 14, 6pm. Outdoor concert. Bring picnics, blankets, lawn chairs. Part of the Levitt AMP Jacksonville Music Series. Free. levittamp.org. Downtown Jacksonville, Central Park, Jacksonville, 243-5678.

High School Musical
Jul 14-16, 20-22, 8pm. Contemporary musical comedy featuring a popular high school basketball star and a shy, new student who discover they both share a secret passion for singing. $15 adults, $13 seniors, $10 children under 12. theatreinthepark.net. Theatre in the Park, Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, 15588 History Lane, Petersburg, 632-5440.

Big Dawg Dare
Jul 15, 8am. Extreme 5K run features inflatable obstacles and mud. Registration. bigdawgdare.com. 866-733-5833. Wolff Farms, 3153 N. 15th Ave., Litchfield.

Party in the Park Festival
Jul 21-22, 5-11pm Fri, 10am-11pm Sat. Carnival, live music, food and vendor booths, pageants and more. Hosted by the Litchfield Chamber of Commerce. litchfieldchamber.com. 324-2533. Downtown Litchfield, 400 N. State St., Litchfield, 866-733-5833.

West End Boogie, The Trip Daddy’s
Jul 21, 6pm. Outdoor concert. Bring picnics, blankets, lawn chairs. Part of the Levitt AMP Jacksonville Music Series. Free. levittamp.org. Downtown Jacksonville, Central Park, Jacksonville, 243-5678.

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas
Jul 21-23, 26-30, 8:30pm. Musical based on the Paramount Pictures 1954 film of the same name. Tickets: $15 and $17 reserved; $10 and $12 lawn. themuni.org. The Muni, 815 E. Lake Dr., 793-MUNI.

Paint the Street Festival
Jul 22, 12-7pm. Paint a 6x6 square on the streets of downtown Springfield. All supplies included. $30 per square for members; $35 per square for non; $5 increase day of event. springfieldart.org. 523-2631. Downtown Springfield.

Hank Williams and My Honky Tonk Heroes
Jul 22, 7pm. Concert by Jason Petty pays tribute to Hank Williams, the stars that influenced Hank, and the stars influenced by Hank. $25-32. hcfta.org. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.

Music in the Park: Stingray Alley
Jul 23, 4-7pm. Part of Springfield Park District’s concert and movie series. Summer love sock hop and sounds from the 60s. Concessions for purchase. springfieldparks.org. 544-1751. Iles Park, Sixth and Ash streets.

Downhome Music, Beer and Art Festival
Jul 28-29. Local bands playing original songs on multiple stages, 100 craft beers, local food vendors, kids area. Admission. downhomemusicfest.com. Downtown Springfield.

River Country Quilt Show
Jul 28-29, 10am-5pm Fri, 10am-4pm Sat. 13th annual show featuring more than 250 beautiful quilted items, antique quilts bed tuning, and fabrics and notions from area vendors. jacksonvilleil.org. 243-5678. Jacksonville High School, 1211 N. Diamond St., Jacksonville, 243-4384.

Stone and Snow, Dirty Revival
Jul 28, 6pm. Outdoor concert. Bring picnics, blankets, lawn chairs. Part of the Levitt AMP Jacksonville Music Series. Free. levittamp.org. Downtown Jacksonville, Central Park, Jacksonville, 243-5678.

Iron Abe Olympic Triathlon
Jul 29, 7:30am. Includes a .9-mile lake swim, 24.8-mile bike ride and 6.2-mile run on closed, shaded lake roads. Registration. triharderpromotions.com. 341-1309. Lake Springfield Beach House, 100 Long Bay Dr., 757-8660.

Route 66 Half Iron Triathlon
Jul 29, 7am. 1.2-mile lake swim, 56-mile bike ride and 13.1-mile run on lake roads. Registration. triharderpromotions.com. Lake Springfield Beach House, 100 Long Bay Dr., 757-8660.

Stoneman Sprint Triathlon
Jul 29, 8am. Includes a 500-yard lake swim, 12-mile bike and 3.1-mile run on closed, shaded lake roads. Registration. triharderpromotions.com. Lake Springfield Beach House, 100 Long Bay Dr., 757-8660.

Elvis Memorial Show Starring Elvis Himselvis
Jul 29, 7:30pm. Featuring a live band and back-up dancers. $16 adults, $15 seniors and students. hcfta.org. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.


August

DAR Ice Cream Social
Aug 3. Delicious desserts and big band entertainment. $6 donation. Governor Duncan Mansion, 4 Duncan Place, Jacksonville, 245-2626.

Arsenic and Old Lace
Aug 3-6, 8pm. Comedy directed by Kristin and Mark Wheeler. $15 adults, $13 seniors, $10 children under 12. theatreinthepark.net. Theatre in the Park, Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, 15588 History Lane, Petersburg, 632-5440.

Decatur Celebration
Aug 4-6, 12-10pm Fri-Sun. Family street festival featuring carnival, live music, parade, food, kids block and more. Free entry. decaturcelebration.com. Downtown Decatur, Decatur, 423-7000.

Jacksonville Main Street Artisan Fair
Aug 4-5, 3-7pm Fri, 9am-3pm Sat. Numerous vendors featuring a variety of media. Preview on Friday; artists, kids’ art activities, food, vendors, face painting and craft brew festival on Saturday. 245-6884. Downtown Jacksonville, Central Park, Jacksonville.

Pizzazz, Marquise Knox ft. Renee Smith
Aug 4, 6pm. Outdoor concert. Bring picnics, blankets, lawn chairs. Part of the Levitt AMP Jacksonville Music Series. Free. levittamp.org. Downtown Jacksonville, Central Park, Jacksonville, 243-5678.

Movie in the Park: Sing
Aug 4, 6:30pm. Part of Springfield Park District’s concert and movie series. Bring lawn chair or blanket. Concessions for purchase. Free. springfieldparks.org. 544-1751. Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Shore Dr., 585-1821.

Powerlight Super Cruise and Movie Night
Aug 4, 7pm. Lineup from 5-7pm. New cruise route for 2017. Movies start at dusk. Free. 553-5271. Knights Action Park, 1700 Knights Recreation Dr., 546-8881.

Abe Lincoln Car Show Spectacular
Aug 5, 8am-5pm. Includes ground and air displays, police officer and veterans tribute and more. Car show features all makes and models. Spectators free. 553-5271. Knights Action Park, 1700 Knights Recreation Dr., 546-8881.

Jacksonville Main Street Craft Brew Festival

Aug 5, 10am-3pm. Featuring home brewers, breweries, wineries, artists and artisans. 546-6884. Downtown Jacksonville, Central Park, Jacksonville.

Fit for Life: Quadruple ByPass Hill Challenge 4K
Aug 5, 8am. 4K hill climb run. Hosted by M&M Multisport Club. Registration. mmmultisport.com. Beach House, Lake Lou Yaeger, 70 Marina Lane, Litchfield.

Springfield Civic Garden Club
Aug 7, 9am. Monthly meeting features speaker David Brooks on “Home Composting Made Simple.” Free. 563-940-5735. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 533 S. Walnut St., 522-4415.

Illinois State Fair
Aug 10-20. So much to do we can’t list everything. Food, entertainment, midway, exhibits and more. Admission. illinois.gov/statefair. Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., 782-6661.

Foghat
Aug 10, 8pm. Classic rock group known for “Slow Ride” and “I Just Want to Make Love to You.” Free. illinois.gov/statefair. Illinois State Fair Grandstand, 801 Sangamon Ave., 782-6661.

Chase Rice, Runaway June, Chris Cavanagh
Aug 11, 7:30pm. Country concert. $13-33. illinois.gov/statefair. Illinois State Fair Grandstand, 801 Sangamon Ave., 782-6661.

Grease
Aug 11-13, 16-20, 8:30pm. 1971 musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey with additional songs written by John Farrar. Tickets: $15 and $17 reserved, $10 and $12 lawn. themuni.org. The Muni, 815 E. Lake Dr., 793-MUNI.

Sock Hop
Aug 12, 6-8pm. hickoryglenil.com. Hickory Glen Senior Living, 1700 W. Washington St., 793-0431.

Pentatonix
Aug 12, 7:30pm. Five-member American a cappella group known for pop-style arrangements. $32-52. illinois.gov/statefair. Illinois State Fair Grandstand, 801 Sangamon Ave., 782-6661.

Brad Paisley, Dustin Lynch, Chase Bryant, Lindsay Ell
Aug 13, 7pm. Country concert. $45-65. illinois.gov/statefair. Illinois State Fair Grandstand, 801 Sangamon Ave., 782-6661.

Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone
Aug 14, 7:30pm. British invasion group known for “I’m Henry the Eighth, I Am.” Free. illinois.gov/statefair. Illinois State Fair Grandstand, 801 Sangamon Ave., 782-6661.

Sublime with Rome, Blues Traveler
Aug 15, 7:30pm. Two American rock bands that draw from a wide variety of influences. $17-37. illinois.gov/statefair. Illinois State Fair Grandstand, 801 Sangamon Ave., 782-6661.

Alabama, Neal McCoy
Aug 16, 7:30pm. Country concert. Alabama has 42 #1 singles to their credit. $38-59. illinois.gov/statefair. Illinois State Fair Grandstand, 801 Sangamon Ave., 782-6661.

Jason Derulo with DJ and Chel
Aug 17, 7:30pm. Known for “Talk Dirty,” “Whatcha Say” and “Want to Want Me.” $19-39. illinois.gov/statefair. Illinois State Fair Grandstand, 801 Sangamon Ave., 782-6661.

Montgomery Gentry, The Charlie Daniels Band, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Outlaws
Aug 18, 6pm. Country concert. “Southern Uprising” tour. $15-30. illinois.gov/statefair. Illinois State Fair Grandstand, 801 Sangamon Ave., 782-6661.

Loose Lips Sink Shipas
Aug 18-20, 24, 8pm. Musical follows a group of young men in Wisconsin’s Sturgeon Bay who enlist in the armed forces following the attack on Pearl Harbor. $15 adults, $13 seniors, $10 children under 12. theatreinthepark.net. Theatre in the Park, Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, 15588 History Lane, Petersburg, 632-5440.

Hummingbird Festival
Aug 19, 8-11am. The Log Cabin Birders and Lincoln Land Association of Bird Banders will band hummingbirds. lincolnsnewsalem.com. Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, 15588 History Lane, Petersburg, 632-4000.

Five Finger Death Punch, All That Remains, Nonpoint
Aug 19, 7:30pm. Rock concert. $17-39. illinois.gov/statefair. Illinois State Fair Grandstand, 801 Sangamon Ave., 782-6661.

Abe’s Amble 10K
Aug 20, 7:30am. 6.2-mile course takes runners through Lincoln Park, Oak Ridge Cemetery and back to fairgrounds. Registration. srrc.net. Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., 782-6661.

John Mellencamp, Carlene Carter
Aug 20, 7:30pm. Concert by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer known for “Pink Houses,” “Small Town” and “Paper in Fire”. $42-62. illinois.gov/statefair. Illinois State Fair Grandstand, 801 Sangamon Ave., 782-6661.

Powerlight Christian Music Festival
Aug 20, 12-9pm. Headliners are Tenth Avenue North and Hawk Nelson. Free after State Fair admission. Illinois State Fair Lincoln Stage, 553-5271.

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