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Fall Guide 2007 Calendar

Here’s our quick guide to our favorite fall celebrations, festivals, and events in Springfield and Illinois. Look for additional information in weekly editions of Illinois Times.

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Untitled Document Here’s our quick guide to our favorite fall celebrations, festivals, and events in Springfield and Illinois. Look for additional information in weekly editions of Illinois Times.

By MARISSA MONSON
Through Oct. 27 Our Town: A Visual Journey: Celebrating the 175th anniversary of State Journal-Register, the Springfield Art Association displays more than 70 photographs from the newspaper’s archives. Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St., Springfield, www.springfieldart.org.
Through Fall Weekend Fall Canoe Tours: Weekends through fall. Guided canoe and kayak trips on the Sangamon River and Prairie Lake. Petersburg, 217-494-3957.
Through Oct. 31 Old Capitol Farmers’ Market: More than 60 vendors selling fresh produce, baked goods, and plants in an open-air market. Fourth and Adams streets, Springfield, www.downtownspringfield.org.
Aug. 30-Sept. 2 On the Waterfront Festival: Illinois’ largest music festival features more than 100 performing artists including Daughtry, The Black Crowes, and the New Cars, among others. Downtown River District, Rockford, www.onthewaterfront.com.
Aug. 31-Sept. 3 Delavan Fall Festival: A festival that features a cutest baby contest, tamale-eating contest, parade, and carnival, among other activities. Delavan, www.geocities.com/delavanfallfestival.

Aug. 31-Sept. 2 Nauvoo Grape Festival: The annual grape festival features a traditional pageant, car show, live music, and food booths. Throughout Nauvoo, 217-453-6648.
Aug. 31-Oct. 28 Great Godfrey Maze: Navigate your way through two mazes located in a 7-acre cornfield. Robert E. Glazebrook Community Park, Godfrey, www.greatgodfreymaze.com.
SEPTEMBER

Sept. 1 & 2 17th Annual Artistry in Wood Show: Hosted by Sangamon Valley Woodcarvers, the show features more than 50 carvers selling carvings, wood burnings, and supplies. Members will be carving a totem pole during the show. Illinois Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, www.svwoodcarvers.org.
Sept. 1 & 2 Shawnee Hills Wine Trail Festival: Featuring music, food from Broussard’s Cajun Cuisine, and wine. Alto Vineyards, Highway 127, Alto Pass, www.altovineyards.net.
Sept. 1 & 2 Big Muddy Blues Festival: A two-day event with music from Ike Turner, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Devon Allman’s Honeytribe, Terry “Big T” Williams, and Wesley “Junebug” Jefferson, among a lineup of other national and local performers. Riverfront, St. Louis, www.lacledeslanding.com.
Sept. 1 & 2 Once Upon a Prairie Storytelling Festival: Building on the tradition of Abraham Lincoln’s storytelling, the Old State Capitol hosts national storytellers Megan Wells, Momma Kemba, and Jim May. Old State Capitol Historic Site, Springfield, www.Illinois-History.gov.
Sept. 1-3 Casey Popcorn Festival: Grab a handful of popcorn or try treats form the food vendors, but don’t stuff yourself before the hot air balloon ride. Fairview Park, Casey, www.popcornfestival.net.

Sept. 1, 8, 15, 29 and Oct. 6, 13, 20 Haunted Historic River Town Tours: The two-hour tour showcases area sites and haunted historic buildings on the city’s double-decker bus. 217-223-1000.

Sept. 1-Oct. 26 Hit the Road Jack: Prairie Art Alliance members exhibit works of a 6x6 size to coordinate with the Route 66 Festival. Opening reception Sept. 8. H.D. Smith Gallery, Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., Springfield, www.prairieart.org.
Sept. 2 & 3 Greenview Sesquicentennial: The community celebrates 150 years with a weekend celebration that includes historical displays, a pie contest, a car show, a beard contest, and much more. Greenview, 217-968-5323.

Sept. 3 Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra Labor Day Concert: The symphony orchestra plays traditional patriotic tunes and classics such as “March” from The Nutcraker by Tchaikovsky and “Porgy and Bess: Selection for Orchestra” by Gershwin/Bennett. Nelson Park Amphitheater, Lake Decatur, Decatur.
Sept. 6-9 Atlanta Fall Festival: A carnival, petting zoo, entertainment, and a pie and cake-baking contest. Throughout Atlanta, 217-732-8687.

Sept. 6-9 Mt. Pulaski Fall Festival: A fall festival with carnival rides, games, music, and more. Throughout Mt. Pulaski, Abe66.com.
Sept. 7 & 8 Arenzville Burgoo: A festival with entertainment, crafts, and food, featuring the town’s recipe for burgoo, a thick stew cooked for hours in cast iron kettles over an open fire. Village Park, Arenzville, www.burgoo.org.
Sept. 7 & 9 Oktoberfest: Celebrate with a brat in one hand, a frothy cold beer in the other, and German music in your ears. Riverfront Park, Havana, www.scenichavana.com.

Sept. 7-9 Pekin Marigold Festival: A family festival celebrating Everett Dirksen’s love of the flower. Pekin, www.pekin.net.
Sept. 7-9 Arcola Broom Corn Festival The site of the national broom-sweeping contest and a concert from Andy Griggs. Arcola, www.arcolachamber.com.

Sept. 7-Oct. 28 Oktoberfest at Rockome Gardens: Rockome Gardens, Arcola, www.rockome.com.

Sept. 8 Third Annual Bocce Ball Tournament: Watch local teams battle. Centennial Park, Springfield, www.springfieldparksfoundation.org.
Sept. 8 Mt. Pulaski Cemetery Walk: Voices From the Past: Five personalities from Mt. Pulaski history will be portrayed in first-person accounts. Mt. Pulaski Township Historical Society Museum, Mt. Pulaski.

Sept. 8 & 9 Fall Indian Art Show: Indian artists display and sell paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, and more. Cahokia Mounds, Collinsville, www.cahokiamounds.com.

Sept. 8 & 9 Cedarhurst Craft Fair: More than 130 crafters display their wares, which include glass, ceramics, jewelry, fiber, wood, and more, along with entertainment and food. Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mt. Vernon, www.cedarhurst.org.
Sept. 8 Brinkerhoff Home’s Annual Fall Arts and Crafts Fair: The celebration features more than 80 vendors selling arts, crafts, and food. Tours of the home are available. Brinkerhoff Home, 1500 N. Fifth St., Springfield.
Sept. 8 & 9 Traditional Music Festival: Nineteenth-century music performances and demonstrations. Lincoln’s New Salem Historic Site, Petersburg, www.lincolnsnewsalem.com.
Sept. 8 & 9 Art Spectacular: More than 50 artists display work in multiple mediums at this juried art show. Thomas Rees Carillon, Washington Park, Springfield, www.springfieldparks.org.

Sept. 8 & 9 Celebrate Morgan Horse Weekend: A parade of horses, historical demonstrations, and tours of the museum. Brunk Morgan House Museum, Rochester, www.brunkmuseum.com.


Sept. 8 & 9 Rockballet: International Rock: Performed by Springfield Ballet Company. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS campus, Springfield, www.springfieldballetco.org.
Sept. 9 St. Cabrini Fall Festival: The annual fundraiser features entertainment from St. Andrews Society, Sisters of the Son, and a DJ. St. Cabrini Church, 1020 N. Milton, Springfield, 217-522-8555.
Sept. 9 “Let’s Just Wing It”: Sample wings from area bars, individuals, and restaurants at the Springfield Jaycees’ fundraiser for Crimestoppers. Stadium Sports Bar, 2280 Peoria Rd., 217-691-6015.
Sept. 12 Pied Piper Architectural Walking Tour: A tour of downtown Springfield’s architecture gems. Lincoln Herndon Law Office, Old State Capitol Plaza South, Springfield, www.downtownspringfield.org.
Sept. 12-15 Morton Pumpkin Festival: More than 80 percent of the world’s canned pumpkin is processed in Morton, and this celebration features a parade, entertainment, and all things pumpkin. Morton, www.pumpkincapital.com.
Sept. 12-23 Illinois Senior Olympics: A sports event featuring more than 60 events including swimming, track and field, golf, bowling, tennis, and cycling. Multiple sites throughout Springfield, wwwspringfieldparks.org.
Sept. 13 Ameren Summer Serenades: Music from the Beatles tribute band, American English. Downtown Springfield, ameren.com.

Sept. 14 Birdie for the Zoo: Third annual golf outing benefits Henson Robinson Zoo. Lincoln Greens, Springfield, www.springfieldparks.org.
14 Marvin Hamlisch A performance from the composer, songwriter, and conductor, Marvin Hamlisch (www.sangamonauditorium.org) Sangamon Auditorium, UIS campus, Springfield

Sept. 14-16 Riverfest Fall Festival: The fall fest features music from Still Kick’n, Fatal Charm, and Imagine That, a parade on Saturday, and contests such as a horseshoe tournament and Tug-O-War contest. Center Park, Riverton, riverfest07@yahoo.com.
Sept. 15 A Taste of Jazz: Eastside Fall Jazz Festival 2007: Featuring music from Preston Jackson and Friends, Lady and the Sax, John T. Crisp, Jr.’s Chahrm Band with Ada Lou. Tubman/Anthony Women’s Self Help Center Lot, 1415 North Grand Ave. East, Springfield
Sept. 15 Second Annual IBEW Local 193 Charity Ride: Proceeds from the ride benefit Computer Banc. Stadium Bar, Springfield, www.computerbanc.info.
Sept. 15 Belle of Springfield: An Intimate Look at Mary Lincoln: A “tell all” tour of Mary’s Springfield that stops at Lincoln’s Home, First Presbyterian Church, and Lincoln’s Tomb along with a luncheon with biographer and historian Jean H. Baker. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Springfield, www.alplm.org.
Sept. 15 Bob Galloway Memorial Amish Country Bicycle Tour: Take a short ride (16-30 miles) or a longer route (60 miles) through farmland and Amish communities. Arthur High School, Route 133 and South Vine Street, Arthur, www.decaturbicycleclub.org.
Sept. 15 Prairie Grapevine Folklore Society: Featuring music from Judy Cook. Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 745 Woodside Rd., Springfield, www.prairiegrapevine.org.
Sept. 15 Fall Garden and Landscape Seminar: “Designing Form and Texture into Your Landscape” teaches design techniques for fall landscape. Green View Nursery, 3000 W. Jefferson St., Springfield, 217-787-4700.

Sept. 15 & 16 Sixth Annual Route 66 Film Festival: The festival unspools 28 films including documentaries, dramas, comedies, and animation. Meet filmmakers and vote for audience favorites. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., Springfield, www.route66filmfestival.net.
Sept. 15 & 16 Edwards Place Fine Art Fair: A fine arts and crafts fair with more than 80 artists from across the country displaying work, free tours of Edwards Place, and booths featuring demonstrations, live entertainment, and more. Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St., Springfield, www.springfieldart.org.

Sept. 15-Oct. 8 Prairie Festival: A simulated prairie environment with animals that dwell in the prairie habitat and information on plants and people that once inhabited Illinois. Washington Park Botanical Garden, Springfield, www.springfieldparks.org.

Sept. 16 Music in the Park: A free outdoor concert featuring music from Country Classic and Still Kick’n Band. Iles Park, Springfield, www.springfieldparks.org.

Sept. 16, 23, 30 Lincoln Memorial Garden Leaf Identification Hikes: Leaf and tree identification hikes led by naturalists to collect 25 different types of leaves. Lincoln Memorial Garden, Springfield, 217-529-1111.
Sept. 17 Arts Quincy Riverfest: A combination of fine art and folk art displayed alongside the riverfront. Quincy Riverfront, 217-222-3432.

Sept. 19 “Global Warming: Oil vs. Wilderness
and Climate Change in the Arctic National Wilderness Refuge”:
Presented by Jon Waterman. Rammelkamp Chapel, Illinois College, Jacksonville.
Sept. 21 Movie in the Park: A free outdoor
movie showing of
Bridge to Terabithia with concessions available at the park. Rotary Park, Springfield,
www.springfieldparks.org.


Sept. 21-23 The Pirates of Penzance starring Rex Smith: The Gilbert and Sullivan operetta opens with a fundraiser gala including a silent auction and pirate-themed dinner (Sept. 21) followed by two performances Saturday and a Sunday matinee. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., Springfield, www.scfta.org.
Sept. 21-23 Quincy University Fall Fest Weekend: 1800 College Ave., Quincy, www.quincy.edu.

Sept. 22 Fall Garden and Landscape Seminar: “Gorgeous Container Gardens: It’s All in the Mix” showcases an array of fall color combinations. Green View Nursery, 3000 W. Jefferson St., Springfield, 217-787-4700.
Sept. 22 Monticello Celebration: Main Street, Monticello, 217-762-9318.
Sept. 22 Fur, Feather, and Fin, Frontier Style: Learn about the life of earlier pioneer Jack Kelso and how he spent his life hunting, fishing, and trapping during the 1830s. Lincoln’s New Salem Historic Site, Petersburg, www.lincolnsnewsalem.com.
Sept. 22 Leaf Identification Hike: Children can collect more than 50 leaves and identify them. Bring a spiral notebook and pencil. Washington Park Botanical Garden, Springfield, www.springfieldparks.org.
Sept. 22 Harvest of Dreams: An event held by The Elizabeth Ann Program featuring cocktails, buffet, silent and live auctions — call for event location. 217-757-6025.
Sept. 22 Elkhart Fall Festival: Featuring an open-air flea and craft market, food stalls, an antique tractor show, and more. Elkhart, 217-947-2238.
Sept. 22 Children’s Miracle Network Miracle Soirée: An evening of casual elegance with a wine tasting, food, and music from JED benefiting the Children’s Miracle Network at St. John’s Hospital. Hill Prairie Winery, Oakford, 217-544-KIDS.
Sept. 22 International Beer Tasting and Chili Cook-Off: Taste more than 150 different types of beer from around the globe and sample chili from local chefs. Main and Broadway streets, Downtown Urbana, www.jaytv.com.
Sept. 22 India Night: Presented by the Asian Indian Women’s Organization, the evening of culture features Indian cuisine, entertainment, and an auction. IDOT Building, 2300 S. Dirksen Parkway, Springfield, www.rmhcspringfield.org.
Sept. 22 & 23 Great River Grape Escape: Twelve Illinois wineries set up shop and show off their products. Clay Adams Park, Quincy, 217-223-1000.
Sept. 22 & 23 Cruise Nite and Car Show: One of the largest cruise nights in Illinois showcases classic and antique cars. Jacksonville, 217-243-5678.
Sept. 22-Oct. 31 Didier Farms Pumpkinfest: Set your sights on the perfect pumpkin and ride through the fields on a hayride or try and navigate through the corn maze. Didier Farms, Prairie View, www.didierfarms.com.
Sept. 23 An Evening with Rex Smith: An interview with actor Rex Smith moderated by Gus Gordon. Presented by Over the Moon Productions. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., www.scfta.org.
Sept. 23 Fall Equinox Sunrise Observance: Meet at Woodhenge and learn about the function of the ancient calendar. Cahokia Mounds, Collinsville, www.cahokiamounds.com.
Sept. 23 The Glenn Miller Orchestra: Listen and dance to the music of Glenn Miller Orchestra. Reservations required. American Center, 1501 E. Griffiths Ave., Springfield, 217-529-9421.
Sept. 23 Fall Farm Day: A day of pumpkins, face painting, farm tours, beeswax candle making demonstration, and honey extraction demo. Gail’s Pumpkin Patch, 1709 2000th Ave., Beason, www.gailspumpkinpatch.com.
Sept. 24 Tee Time Ladies-Only Golf Tournament: Registration fee includes green fees, cart, lunch, dinner, and a commemorative photo. Proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House. For location and registration information, visit the Web site. www.rmhcspringfield.org.

Sept. 25 The Crisis in Sudan: A talk from Darfur native Mohamed Yahya. Student Union, Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield, www.llcc.edu.
Sept. 26 Multicultural Fest: Trutter Center, Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield.
Sept. 28 Brown Bag Art Talk: Art Deco Architecture: Saving Miami: A discussion of Miami’s architecture with Dr. Larry Shiner from University of Illinois-Springfield. Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St., Springfield, www.springfieldart.org.
Sept. 28-30 Prairieland Heritage Museum Steam Show and Fall Festival Days: A weekend festival with food, old-time demonstrations, a flea market, and more. Jacksonville, www.jacksonvilleil.org/tourism.

Sept. 28-30 International Route 66 Mother Road Festival: The auto event features car demonstrations and workshops from experts, the Route 66 City Nights Cruise Parade of Cars. Downtown Springfield, www.route66fest.com.
Sept. 28-30 & Oct. 5 & 6 Hunting the Ghost of Fox Cottage: Presented by Mystery Ink Interactive Dinner Theater Productions. Windswept Manor Bed and Breakfast, Lincoln, 217-605-0201.
Sept. 28-Oct. 28 Haunted Hayrides: Eckert’s Orchard is the site of hayrides every Friday and Saturday night after sunset. Eckert’s Grafton Farm, Grafton, www.eckerts.com/grafton.
Sept. 29 AAUW Used Book Sale: American Association of University Women hosts a book sale with all proceeds benefiting local scholarships for women. A presale is on Sept. 28. Westminster Presbyterian Church, Springfield, 217-585-0507.
Sept. 29 Fall Garden and Landscape Seminar: “Versatile Natives and Ornamental Grasses” teaches about native plants. Green View Nursery, 3000 W. Jefferson St., 217-787-4700.
Sept. 29 & 30 Rockome Wine and Cheese Festival: Jazz music, cheese, and Illinois wines. Rockome Gardens, Arcola, www.rockome.com.
Sept. 29 & 30 Apple-n-Pork Festival: DeWitt County C.H. Moore Homestead Museum, Clinton, 217-935-6066.

Sept. 29 & 30 Peoria Art Guild 45th Annual Fine Art Fair: Fair features the works of 150 artists, local cuisine, and musical performances, along with Kids Art Festival. 220 NE Water St., Peoria Riverfront, www.peoriaartguild.org.

Sept. 30 Hairspray: The musical comedy centered around perky teen Tracy Turnblad. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS campus, Springfield, www.sangamonauditorium.org.
OCTOBER

Oct. 3 Georgian State Dance Company: A dance troupe from the former Soviet Republic of Georgia. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS campus, Springfield, www.sangamonauditorium.org.
Oct. 3-31 Rockome Pumpkin Fest: An autumn event with corn maze, haunted cave, and pumpkin tossing. Rockome Gardens, Arcola, www.rockome.com.
Oct. 4 Downtown Springfield Art Walk: Downtown shops, galleries, and restaurants extend their hours for a celebration of the arts. H.D. Smith Gallery, Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., www.prairieart.org.
Oct. 4-7 Barry Apple Festival: A parade, car show, arts and crafts booths, and of course, apples. Downtown Barry, 217-335-2108.
Oct. 5 & 6 Defending the Caveman: The Rob Becker comedy is the longest-running solo play on Broadway. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS campus, Springfield, www.sangamonauditorium.org.
Oct. 5 & 6 Candlelight Tour: Interpreters in period clothing show visitors what life was like at night in the historic village. Lincoln’s New Salem Historic Site, Petersburg, www.lincolnsnewsalem.com.
Oct. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20-22, 27-29, 31 Terror on the Square: A haunted house. Terror on the Square, Petersburg, terrorontheweb.com.
Oct. 5-8 Youth Charity Horse Show: Coliseum, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, www.youthcharityhorseshow.com.
Oct. 6 Fur, Feather, Fin Fall Fling: A free afternoon featuring turtle races, animal programs, games, and more. Henson Robinson Zoo, Springfield, www.springfieldparks.org.
Oct. 6 An Evening of Purpose: Presented by The Network Group and Young Springfield Professionals Network. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., Springfield, www.ypspringfield.org.
Oct. 6 Fall Corn Festival: A day of music, the cow train, food vendors, and a corn on the cob eating contest. Glazebrook Park, Godfrey, www.visitalton.com.
Oct. 6 Green View Orchid Event: View orchids in bloom and learn about the flower during seminars and demonstrations. Green View Nursery, 3000 W. Jefferson St., Springfield, www.greenview.com.
Oct. 6 & 7 Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Show: The show features jewelry, gemstones, minerals, and fossils along with special exhibitions such as Elvis the Dinosaur and Thunder Egg Rocks. Hosted by Lincoln Orbit Earth Science Society. Illinois Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield

Oct. 6 & 7 Historic Surveying: A surveying party from the 1830s using period instruments. Lincoln’s New Salem Historic Site, Petersburg, www.lincolnsnewsalem.com.
Oct. 6 & 7, 13 & 14 Fall Festival of Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive: Take in the scenic drive and stop by the 15 areas and villages hosting events in Fulton County. Throughout Fulton County, www.spoonriverdrive.org.  
Oct. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 Jumpin’ Pumpkin Jamboree: Ride the wagon and choose a pumpkin while listening to country music. Eckert’s Grafton Farm, Grafton, www.eckerts.com/grafton.htm.
Oct. 7 Susan Dana Birthday: The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed abode hosts a party for the resident’s former owner. Dana-Thomas House, 301 E. Lawrence Ave., Springfield, www.dana-thomas.org.
Oct. 10 Pied Piper Architectural Walking Tour: A tour of downtown Springfield’s architecture gems. Lincoln Herndon Law Office, Old State Capitol Plaza South, Springfield, www.downtownspringfield.org.
Oct. 12 Cashore Marionettes — Simple Gifts: An elaborate puppetry performance. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS campus, Springfield, www.sangamonauditorium.org.
Oct. 12 & 13 Central Illinois Bragging Rights Competition BBQ: More than 45 competitive barbeque teams hit the grills for a cook-off. Arthur, www.illinoisamishcountry.com.

Oct. 12, 13, 19, 20, 21, 26-28 & 30 Boo Crew Haunted House: A large theatrical haunted house with a new story each year — this year, the tale is dubbed “The Morgue.” Cooper Township Facility, 4 miles southeast of Rochester at Rt. 29 and Jett Road, www.boocrew.com.

Oct. 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 & 31 Terror on Washington Street: A haunted house. 513 E. Washington St., Clinton, www.clintonhauntedhouse.com.
Oct. 13 October FunFest: The fest features an inflatable bounce house, kids’ crafts, a cakewalk, food, a costume sale, and a silent auction. Cathedral Grade School, 815 S. Sixth St., Springfield, cgs.dio.org.
Oct. 13 Super Saturday: Underwater Monsters! Children can learn about ocean creatures such as sharks and squids. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., Springfield, 217-782-6044.
Oct. 13 Fall Garden and Landscape Seminar: “Not-So-Basic Bulbs” teaches how to select the right bulbs for your garden. Green View Nursery, 3000 W. Jefferson St., Springfield, 217-787-4700.

Oct. 13 Ghost Story Concert: Allerton Park, Monticello, 217-762-2721.
Oct. 13 & 14 Indian Summer Festival: A family event with crafts, clowns, turtle races, food, and music from Kevin Hart Jazz Trio and Kraig Kenning. Lincoln Memorial Garden, Springfield, 217-529-1111.
Oct. 13 & 14 Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest: Aside from the tasty chilli, the fest offers pageants, crafts, and food vendors. Taylorville, www.chillifest.info.
Oct. 13 & 14 Carve for the Carillon: Bring carving tools to help craft 2,007 pumpkins in preparation for this year’s Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular. Rees Carillon, Washington Park, Springfield, www.carillon-rees.org.
Oct. 13 & 14 Illinois College Homecoming Week: The parade begins at 10 a.m. Sat. Listen to the live announcements of parade entries and band judging at East side of Central Park Plaza. Illinois College, Jacksonville, www.ic.edu.
Oct. 14 Pumpkinpalooza: Allerton Park, Monticello, 217-762-2721.
Oct. 15 Jethro Tull Rock & roll live in concert. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS campus, Springfield, www.sangamonauditorium.org.
Oct. 16 “Aama’s Journey: A Pilgrimage Between Continents and Cultures”: Based on Broughton Coburn’s first two books comes the story of an elderly woman from the foothills of the Himalayas who travels to America. Rammelkamp Chapel, Illinois College, Jacksonville.

Oct. 18 Downtown Springfield Inc. Spy Third Thursdays: A scavenger hunt around downtown shops, galleries, and restaurants. Downtown Springfield, www.downtownspringfield.org.
Oct. 19 Dave Rodolf Family Halloween Party: Trutter Center, Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield.
Oct. 19 & 20 Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular View the display of 2,007 illuminated jack-o-lanterns around the carillon and botanical garden. Children can visit Garden of Goblins, a haunted greenhouse for trick or treating. Rees Memorial Carillon, Washington Park, Springfield, www.springfieldparks.org.

Oct. 20 Quincy Preserves House Tour: Tour six architectural and historically important homes. Throughout Quincy, 217-222-3432.
Oct. 20 Paddy Lynn “Chillers” Ghost Stories: A night of haunted stories for the young and old, hosted by Prairie Grapevine Folklore Society. Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St., Springfield, www.prairiegrapevine.org.
Oct. 20 & 21 Pike County Fall Color Drive: Take a drive through western Illinois and view the fall colors and visit towns for old time activities such as buggy rides, and demonstrations. Throughout Pike County, www.pikeil.org.
Oct. 20 & 21 Autumn Historic Folklife Festival: Festival features artists and artisans display traditional crafts and historic demonstrations while street musicians perform, and festival-goers sample fresh cider. Main Street, Historic District, Hannibal, Mo., www.hannibalarts.com.

Oct. 20, 21, 26-28 Ghost Train and Haunted Boxcar: Take a ride on Monticello’s haunted train. Monticello Railway Museum, Monticello, 877-762-9011.
Oct. 21 Prairie Mills Windmill Oktoberfest: Gather at the windmill for pork chops, bratwursts, cabbage, potatoes and gravy, and more. Prairie Mills Windmill, Golden, www.goldenwindmill.org.
Oct. 21 & 28 Victorian All Hallow’s Eve by Gaslight: A night of 19th century creepy stories and a Victorian gypsy reads tea leaves at the celebration illuminated by gaslight. Reservations required. David Davis Mansion, Bloomington, thetealadiesinc.com.
Oct. 23 & 24 STOMP: A rhythm-based performance using unconventional instruments. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS campus, Springfield, www.sangamonauditorium.org.
Oct. 24 Annual Springfield Mayor’s Awards for the Arts: A celebration of the arts and an awards presentation to honor those who work to create and promote them in the city. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., Springfield, www.springfieldarts.co.org.
Oct. 25 & 26 A Haunted Evening of History at Edwards Place: Costumed interpreters host a haunted evening and portray residents of Edwards Place from 1843 through 1909. Edwards Place, Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St., Springfield, www.springfieldart.org.

Oct. 25-28 Mid-America Mane Event Horse Show: The horse show attracts barns from throughout the Midwest region. Coliseum, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield.

Oct. 26 The Horrorible Film Festival: A new film festival featuring all the films they can show in one night. Ramada Limited, Springfield, www.horroriblefilmfestival.com.
Oct. 26 Fourth Annual Comedy in the City: Featuring a dinner, silent auction, and performance from Rik Roberts. Proceeds benefit the Pregnancy Care Center. Christ the King Parish Center, 1930 Barberry Dr., Springfield, www.springfieldpregnancycare.org.
Oct. 26 & 27 Halloween in Boootiful Nauvoo: A family-friendly Halloween celebration. Nauvoo, www.beautifulnauvoo.com.

Oct. 26-28 Halloween Dreams: A Halloween-themed music revue from The Roxy Group. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., Springfield, www.scfta.org.
Oct. 26-28 & Nov. 1-3 UIS Theatre presents Picnic: Directed by Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson. Studio Theatre, Public Affairs Center, UIS campus, Springfield, www.uis.edu/theatre.
Oct. 27 Annual Craft Fair: Area craft artisans display their wares for early holiday shopping. Washington Park Botanical Garden, Springfield, www.springfieldparks.org.
Oct. 27 Third Annual Kids Costume Party: Dress up your little ghosts and goblins for a costume contest. Halloween at the Market, Fourth and Sixth streets on Adams Street, Springfield, www.springfieldmoms.org.
Oct. 27 Family Movie Theme Trivia Night: The Cathedral Council of Catholic Women and the Cathedral Men’s Club hosts a night of trivia with food, a silent auction, and a costume party. Cathedral Grade School, 815 S. Sixth St., Springfield, www.orgsites.com/il/cccw/index.html.
Oct. 27 & 28 Zoolie Ghoulie Dress up in haunting costumes and collect candy from stations throughout the zoo. Henson Robinson Zoo, Springfield, www.springfieldparks.org.
Oct. 27 & 28 Lighted Pumpkin Patch: 513 W. Howard St., Kenney, 217-944-2433.

Oct. 28 Spooktacular: Allerton Park, Monticello, 217-762-2721.
Oct. 28 Yamato — The Drummers of Japan: Sangamon Auditorium, UIS campus, Springfield, www.sangamonauditorium.org.
Oct. 30 Monster Mash A Halloween costume party for individuals with developmental disabilities featuring dancing and a costume contest. Nelson Center, Lincoln Park, Springfield, www.springfieldparks.org.
Oct. 30 Kevin Locke: Native American Hoop Dancer: Rammelkamp Chapel, Illinois College, Jacksonville.

Oct. 30-Nov. 11 Christmas Memories Quilt Show: A quilt show showcasing period quilts, some with holiday-themed designs. Postville Courthouse State Historic Site, Lincoln
Oct. 31 John Hopkins Comedy and Magic Show: Student Union, Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield.

Oct. 31 Trick of Treating on Mr. Lincoln’s Square: A chance for kids to trick or treat downtown. Downtown Clinton, 217-935-3029.
Oct. 31 An Evening with Poe: Listen to Edgar Allen Poe’s frightful tales. Allerton Park, Monticello, 217-762-2721.
Oct. 31 Children’s Halloween Party: Kenney Community Center, Kenney, 217-944-2433.
NOVEMBER
Nov. 2-4 Holiday Open House: A holiday open house featuring artwork by Prairie Art Alliance members. H.D. Smith Gallery, Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., Springfield, www.prairieart.org.
Nov. 2-Dec. 22 There’s No Place Like Home: An exhibition from Prairie Art Alliance members. The opening reception is Nov. 3. H.D. Smith Gallery, Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 Sixth St. Springfield, www.prairieart.org.
Nov. 3 Boys and Girls Clubs of Springfield’s Annual Gala: Crowne Plaza, Springfield, www.bgcsil.org.

Nov. 4 Roman Cultural Society Women’s Auxiliary Fall Bazaar: St. Aloysius Church, Springfield.

Nov. 4 AAUW Centennial Celebration: Tea time to mark the American Association of University Women’s centennial. Executive Mansion, Springfield, 217-793-0573.
Nov. 5 Gypsy: Sangamon Auditorium, UIS campus, Springfield, www.sangamonauditorium.org.
Nov. 9 Veterans’ Day Ceremony: Menard Hall, Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield.
Nov. 9 & 10 Diavolo: A modern dance performance featuring gymnasts, actors, and athletes. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS campus, Springfield, www.sangamonauditorium.org.
Nov. 9-11 21st Annual Greater Downstate Indoor Bluegrass Festival: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Springfield, www.bluegrassmidwest.com.
Nov. 10 Super Saturday: Autumn Art Adventure: Children can create and take home autumn-themed crafts. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., Springfield, 217-782-6044.
Nov. 13 Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week Oxfam Hunger Banquet: Trutter Center, Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield.

Nov. 16-18 Kenney Festival of Trees: Hosted by the Kenney Heritage Association. Kenney Community Center, Kenney, 217-944-2473.
Nov. 17 Holiday on the Square Vendor Fair: Chatham Senior Center, 111 W. Mulberry, Chatham.

Nov. 17 Prairie Grapevine Folklore Society: Featuring the music of Dennis Stroughmatt et L’ Espirit Creole. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., Springfield, www.prairiegrapevine.org.
Nov. 17 Breakfast with Santa and Christmas Season in Amish Country: Eat breakfast with Santa and visit holiday bazaars and open houses. Arthur, <
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