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Summer Guide Calendar 2008

Find out what's going on all summer long

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Untitled Document Unless otherwise noted, events are in Springfield and Sangamon County. Information for some event
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MAY
Through Oct. 29 Old Capitol Farmers’ Market Every Wednesday and Saturday, the downtown market features more than 60 vendors selling farm produce, flowers, and food. Adams Street between Third and Fifth streets, downtown Springfield (www.downtownspringfield.org)
Through Summer Canoe and Kayak
the Sangamon River
Guided canoe trips offering natural and cultural history of the area for groups and individuals. Jim Edgar Panther Creek
23-25 & 29-31 And Then There Were None (Ten Little Indians) Theatre in the Park presents the Agatha Christie-penned production directed by James L. Seay. Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, Petersburg (www.theatreinthepark.net)
24 Early Bird Tennis Tournament A non-sanctioned event open to all ages. Washington Park (www.springfieldtennis.org)
25 Springfield Mile Commodity Pavilion Grandstand, Illinois State Fairgrounds (www.agr.state.il.us)

25 Berwyn International Food Fest A day of food and entertainment on Route 66 to celebrate Memorial Day weekend. 6700 W. Ogden Ave., Berwyn (www.berwynfoodfest.com)
25-26 Bluegrass and Blues Festival Along with the winery’s offerings the weekend features performances from the River Ramblers, Second Harvest, and Antone DeRocchi on Sunday. Monday’s lineup includes Kicked to the Curb, Black Magic Johnson, and Hipbone Sam and Bad Bill. Hill Prairie Winery, Oakford
25 Prop Club’s Jimmy Buffett Party If you can’t go to “Margaritaville,” this party is a close second; the evening features music from the Mud Bugs and a Buffett karaoke contest. Prop Club, 264 Maple Grove Lane (217-529-4901)
26 Chatham Memorial Day Services Joint services provided by Chatham American Legion and VFW along with speakers and a firing detail. On the Square, Chatham (www.chathamlegion759.com)
26 Lincoln’s Long-Gait Hike This Memorial Day, walk where Abraham Lincoln did during a 5-mile hike in his honor. Lincoln’s New Salem Historic Site, Petersburg
(www.lincolnsnewsalem.com)

30-June 1 Hot Rod Super Nationals Rev up your engines for the annual hot rod race. Multi-Purpose Area, Illinois State Fairgrounds (www.agr.state.il.us)
30-31 & June 1, 4-8 Hello Dolly! Springfield’s Muni Opera presents the musical directed by Georgia Dirksen. The Muni, 815 E. Lake Dr. (www.themuni.org)
30-June 1 & 6-8 Harvey Jacksonville Theatre Guild presents the production. Sophie Leschin Theater, Jacksonville (www.jacksonvilleil.org/tourism)
31 Lake-A-Palooza Kick off the summer season with a party featuring kid’s activities, grilled food, and tunes in the afternoon from Broken Stone. Springfield Ski and Boat Club, Lake Springfield (217-971-5159)
31 Capital City Biathlon Lindsay Bridge, Lake Springfield (www.lakespringfield.org)
31 Haunted Jacksonville Tour The tour features ghost stories and the history of Jacksonville. Jacksonville (888-446-7859)
31 Barbecue, Blues, and Cruise In the absence of Taylorville’s Anything Goes Fair, this new festival emerges featuring music from the St. Louis Voodoo Band, Killborn Alley, and plenty of tangy barbecue. Christian County Fairgrounds (www.downtowntaylorville.com)
JUNE

Through June Second Annual Artists Market Every Saturday in June, the MacArthur Boulevard Business Association hosts an outdoor market with more than 30 artisans selling arts, crafts, photography, and more. Town and Country Shopping Center, Outer Park and MacArthur Boulevard (shoponmacarthur.com)
1 Glory Days, an 1830’s Militia Muster Join the recreation of signing up for the militia and marching to war in 1832. Lincoln’s New Salem’s State Historic Site, Petersburg (www.lincolnsnewsalem.com)
1 Annual Race and Unity Rally Gather to celebrate unity. Capitol Rotunda
1 Prairieland Voices Concert Conducted by Marion van der Loo. Laurel United Methodist Church
1 Three Chords for a Cure Featuring live entertainment by Saturday Nite Special and Hoosier Daddies along with a silent auction. American Legion, 1740 Fifth St., Lincoln
(www.stjudefans.org)

1-7 47th Annual International Carillon Festival A week-long event featuring carillonneurs from around the globe including Springfield’s own Karel Keldermans on the 67 cast bronze bells. Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon, Washington Park (www.carillon-rees.org)

3 President’s Invitational Golf Outing Springfield College-Benedictine University present a golf outing. Registration pays for a round of golf, green fees, cart, breakfast, lunch, beverage tickets, and more. Edgewood Golf Course, 16497 Kennedy Rd., Auburn (www.sci.edu)
5 Downtown Springfield Art Walks Visit local art galleries and shops during an evening walk around downtown dedicated to the arts. Downtown Springfield (www.downtownspringfield.org)
6 First Friday Film Festival David Schwartz lectures and the 1998 political film Primary Colors unspools on the big screen. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, 112 N. Sixth St. (www.alplm.org)
6 Downtown Gallery Hop Hop around downtown Jacksonville and visit the numerous galleries. Downtown Jacksonville
(217-473-2726)

6-7 Arthur Days Spring Festival A throwback to the merchant sidewalk sales of the 1940s, Arthur Days hosts an afternoon with various merchants, craft booths, car shows, live entertainment, food vendors and more. Arthur (www.illinoisamishcountry.com)
6-7 Soho Music Festival The festival lineup features local bands, including Tom Irwin and Friends, Perfunctory This Band, Damwell Betters, Micah Walk Band, Jill Manning, 56 Hope Road, The Station, and Sarah Schneider. Old State Capitol (www.myspace.com/sohomusicfest)
6-8 Heritage Days Summerfest The three-day festival features music from The Brat Pack and Debbie Ross Band, with ethnic food served in a carnival-style atmosphere. Little Flower Parish (www.littleflowerchurch.net)
7 Annual Rose Affair Celebrate the beauty of roses with a seminar on growing and caring for the flower. Green View Nursery Dunlap facility, 2700 Cedar Hills Dr. (www.greenview.com)
7 Second City Touring Company The laugh factory, which produced comedians such as John Belushi, Alan Arkin, and Steve Carell, presents two performances. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St. (www.scfta.org)
7 Eighth Annual Jacksonville BBQ Braggin’ Rights More than 20 teams compete on the grills and provide samples of pork, chicken, seafood, and more along with music from the Landsharks. Morgan County Fairgrounds (www.jacksonvilleil.org/tourism)
6-8 & 12-15 Kiss Me Kate Theatre in the Park presents the wildly popular Broadway musical directed by Sean-Edward Hall. Lincoln’s New Salem Historic Site, Petersburg (www.theatreinthepark.net)
7 Springfield’s 1908 Race Riot Walk The 90-minute walk symbolically walks day two of the infamous riots and recounts the history that led to the forming of NAACP. Tinsley Dry Goods, 209 S. Sixth St.  (www.springfieldwalks.com)
7 2008 Quilt Show and Salad Luncheon The 30th annual quilt extravaganza includes quilt creations, sweets, and a luncheon. Sacred Heart Catholic Church Hall, 208 N. Pine St., Villa Grove
7-8 Lincoln Days Civil War Reenactment Watch a part of living history as individuals in Union and Confederate encampments participate in artillery drills, along with ladies tea, fashion shows, and a performance by President Lincoln and the First Lady. Lake Pittsfield, Pittsfield (www.pikelincoln.com)
9-Aug. 1 Summer Ecology Camp Campers explore native ecosystems, hike, create nature arts and crafts, sing environmental songs, and more. Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 E. Lake Dr. (www.lmgnc.org)

11-20 Guys and Dolls Little Theatre on the Square presents the musical featuring the hit song “Luck Be a Lady Tonight.” Little Theatre on the Square, Sullivan (www.thelittletheatre.org)

12-14 Peoria Steamboat Festival and Classic The festival features music, food, games, carnival rides, and a music headliner on the center stage. Festival Park, Marshall Plaza, and CEFCU Center State at The Landing, Peoria (www.peoriariverfront.com)
Opening June 13 Summer of Hate: The 1908 Race Riot An exhibition about the 1908 Race Riot features photographs, news accounts, oral histories, and artifacts and opens on June 13. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, 112 N. Sixth St. (www.alplm.org)
13 Haunted Jacksonville Tour The tour features ghost stories and the history of Jacksonville. Jacksonville (888-446-7859)
13 Sh-boom! The eight-piece rock & roll nostalgia band covers hits from the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s. Cummings Dining Hall, Jacksonville (217-245-3069) 13-14 Summer Book Sale Friends of Lincoln Library sell off a large collection of hardbacks, paperbacks, and children’s books. Lincoln Library, 326 S. Seventh St. (www.lincolnlibrary.info)
13-14 Annual Hot Summer Art Festival Imagine Foundation’s festival features artists and photographer creating art in “plein air” and music entertainment. Jacksonville (217-473-2726)
14 Douglas Park Rock Showcase Are you the best band in Springfield? Prove it. Register your band to play at Springfield Park District’s first rock showcase. Douglas Park Bandshell. (217-544-1751)
14 Robbie Fulks and Elizabeth Cook The honky-tonk crooner performs as part of the WUIS Bedrock 66 Live Series. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St. (www.scfta.org)
14 & 21 Green View Parade of Perennials Take part in an informal seminar about perennial plants. Green View Dunlap facility, 2700 W. Cedar Hills Dr. (www.greenview.com)
14 Springfield’s 1908 Race Riot Walk The 90-minute walk symbolically walks day two of the infamous riots and recounts the history that led to the forming of NAACP. Tinsley Dry Goods, 209 S. Sixth St. (www.springfieldwalks.com)
14 Super Saturday The children’s afternoon includes hands-on activities pertaining to the monthly theme. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St. (www.museum.state.il.us)

14-15 Raggedy Ann and Andy Festival Celebrate the brother and sister duo at a festival featuring a parade, train rides, food, arts, collectibles, and more. Main Street, Arcola (www.arcolachamber.com)
14-16 Lincoln-Douglas Debates Sesquicentennial Celebration The celebration commemorates Lincoln’s famous “House Divided” speech. Old State Capitol.
15 Father’s Day at the Zoo Bring dad to the zoo and create a gift to show your father’s who’s the real king of the jungle. Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Dr. (www.hensonrobinsonzoo.com)
16-25 Springfield Art Association Summer Camp Studio classes in a variety of media for children grades K-8th. Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St. (www.springfieldart.org)
16-Aug. 9 Prairie Art Alliance Classes A variety of adult classes and children’s camps available for interested individuals ages 6 and older. H.D. Smith Gallery, Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St. (www.prairieart.org)
17-19 Coffey Memorial Golf Tournament Hit the greens for a three-day junior memorial tournament. Pasfield Golf Course, 1700 W. Lawrence Ave. (217-753-6226)
18 Hickory Ridge Roots Music Festival A daylong outdoor festival celebrating roots music traditions. Dickson Mounds’ Outdoor Stage, 10956 N. Dickson Mounds Rd., Lewistown (www.hickoryridge.outfitters.com)
18-22 Sangamon County Fair The fair features entertainment, a queen pageant, a talent show, fair food, and more. Sangamon County Fairgrounds, New Berlin (www.sangcofair.com)
19-21 The Gables Marketplace Days Festival The sidewalk sale festival features a fine crafts sale with work from local artists, live entertainment, and a selection of food samples. The Gables, Plaza Drive
20 Movie in the Park Showing Bee Movie, in conjunction with the annual Juneteenth Celebration. Comer Cox Park, Capitol Avenue and Martin Luther King Drive (217-544-1751)
20 Judith Owen Performs Owen performs as part of the WUIS Bedrock 66 Series. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St. (www.scfta.org)
20-21 Songwriters Circle Paul Ingle, Tom Irwin, Ben Bedford, and other regional musicians sit in a circle and take turns singing original tunes. Lincoln’s New Salem Historic Site, Petersburg (www.theatreinthepark.net)
20-21 Annual Chicken Fry Celebration Feast on tasty fired chicken and music from the Screamin’ Vatos, Groove Daddies, and Joe Cooke Band. Firefighters Lake Club, 940 W. Lake Dr.
20-22 & 27-29 The Gin Game A tale of two older people living in a nursing home, and the two reveal much about themselves over a game of gin rummy. Kate Rossi directs. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St. (www.scfta.org)
20-22 General Grierson Days
and Historic Celebration
The largest mounted Civil War reenactment in the Midwest features period dress ball, battle reenactments, a performance from the 10th Illinois Volunteer Calvary Regiment and Band, and more. Jacksonville (www.jacksonvilleil.org/tourism) 20-22 Taste of Champaign-Urbana Taste the morsels offered up in the twin towns and take in the music and games at the annual event. Champaign (www.champaignparkdistrict.com)
20-22 & 25-29 All Shook Up Springfield Muni Opera presents the Elvis Presley-inspired musical directed by Jason Goodreau. The Muni, 815 E. Lake Dr. (www.themuni.org)
21 Springfield’s 1908 Race Riot Walk The 90-minute walk symbolically walks day two of the infamous riots and recounts the history that led to the forming of NAACP. Tinsley Dry Goods, 209 S. Sixth St.  (www.springfieldwalks.com)
21-22 Juneteenth Celebration Comer Cox Park, (www.springfieldparks.org)
22 Cahokia Mounds Sunrise Observance Meet at Woodhenge to learn about the ancient sun calendar. Cahokia Mounds, Collinsville
(www.cahokiamounds.com)

23-24 Adult Open Tennis Tournament Washington Park Tennis Center (www.springfieldtennis.org)
23-27 & 21-25 Technokids Computer Camp A variety of camps designed to provide kids with skills and knowledge about computers. NovaTech Solutions, 1630 S. State St. (www.novasolutions.com)
25-July 6 Cabaret Little Theatre on the Square presents a musical about the Kit Kat Club in 1930s Berlin. Little Theatre on the Square, Sullivan (www.thelittletheatre.org)
26-28 Chatham American Legion Homecoming The old-fashioned street fair features food, entertainment, games, and carnival rides. Chatham  (217-483-4084)

27-29 Mechanicsburg Magic Celebration The celebration hosts events such carnival rides, car show, flea market, and a performance from Bustin’ Loose. New Park, Mechanicsburg (217-891-7282)
27-29 & July 3-6 John Brown’s Body Lincoln’s New Salem Theatre in the Park presents Stephen Vincent Benet’s epic poem about the Civil War. Lincoln’s New Salem Historic Site, Petersburg (www.theatreinthepark.net)
28 Arthur’s Freedom Celebration and Fireworks The town of Arthur celebrates the Fourth of July with a fireworks spectacular. Arthur
(www.illinoisamishcountry.com)

28 Fourth Annual Jacksonville Juneteenth Celebration
Juneteenth observes the end of the Civil War and the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans and features activities such as entertainment, crafts, picnic foods, and more. Jacksonville (www.jacksonvilleil.org/tourism)
28 Central Illinois Daylily Society Show The juried competition features a display of daylilies. Washington Park Botanical Garden Exhibit Hall, South Grand Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard (217-753-6228)

28 Saturday Afternoon Teas
— From Corsets to Cloaks
APLM demonstrates and discusses the clothing styles of the mid-19th century. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, 112 N. Sixth St. (www.alplm.org)
28 Springfield’s 1908 Race Riot Walk The 90-minute walk symbolically walks day two of the infamous riots and recounts the history that led to the forming of NAACP. Tinsley Dry Goods, 209 S. Sixth St. (www.springfieldwalks.com)
28 All in a Day’s Work Live like the original citizens of New Salem including washing and mending clothes, weaving, and butter churning among other activities. Lincoln’s New Salem Historic Site, Petersburg (www.lincolnsnewsalem.com)

28 Venice Performs Venice, a Southern California rock band, performs. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St. (www.scfta.org)
28 Loretta Lynn Performs The Coal Miner’s Daughter sings her country tunes. Sangamon Auditorium, University of Illinois-Springfield campus (www.uis.edu/sangamonauditorium)

28 22nd Annual Washington Street Jazz and Blues Festival The afternoon festival features local blues and jazz bands. Proceeds benefit Springfield Area Arts Council and provides matching grant funds for the Community Arts Access Program. Downtown Springfield (www.springfieldartsco.org)
28-29 Four-Wheel Jamboree Nationals Illinois State Fairgrounds (www.familyevents.com)
28-Sept. 21 The Many Faces of Abe:
The Jim and Carole Shay Collection
More than 100 fine art and advertising images of Illinois’ favorite son, Abraham Lincoln, from the Shays’ personal collection. Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St.
(217-523-2631)

29 Williamsville July 4th Celebration The festivities include an ice cream social, historic home tour, antique cars and tractors, a pork chop lunch, and a quilt show. Williamsville
JULY

2 Pied Piper Architectural Tour Discover Springfield’s architectural treasures on a tour led by Anthony Rubano of the Illinois Historical Preservation Agency. Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices (www.downtownspringfield.org)
3 Cheap Trick Concert Riverfront, Peoria (www.peoriariverfront.com)
4 Pleasant Hill Celebration Featuring a parade at 11 a.m. Pleasant Hill (www.pikeil.org)
4 Staley Firecracker Road Run/Walk Compete in an all-ages competition featuring a 4k or 8k run and a 2k walk. Nelson Park Pool Pavilion (217-422-5911)
4 Firefighters Club Fourth of July Celebration The celebration features a performance from The Oohs. Firefighters Lake Club, 940 W. Lake Dr.
4 Fourth of July Parade Watch a parade through downtown with fireworks at dusk and then attend Imagine Foundation’s Gallery Hop. Downtown Jacksonville (www.jacksonvilleil.org/tourism)
4 Malinda Iles Strawberry Party
and Community Sing
Sing and partake in some delicious strawberries at the historic event. Elijah Iles House, 628 S. Seventh St. (iles-house.blogspot.com)
4 Capital City Celebration The Fourth of July celebration features music, performances, and a fireworks display. Downtown Springfield
4-5 Fair Saint Louis A celebration on the levee featuring music from nationally known recording artists, a kids stage, fireworks, a parade, and more. The Levee, St. Louis (celebratestlouis.org)
4-5 Rock the Docks Watch the fireworks on the backdrop of Lake Springfield. Lake Springfield Marina
5 Picnic and Fireworks Over the Lake Take in the fireworks and enjoy a picnic dinner. DAV Club, Lake Springfield (www.lakespringfield.org)
5 Springfield’s 1908 Race Riot Walk The 90-minute walk symbolically walks day two of the infamous riots and recounts the history that led to the forming of NAACP. Tinsley Dry Goods, 209 S. Sixth St. (www.springfieldwalks.com)
5 Prop Club’s July 5th Chicken Fry Eat some delicious grub and watch the concert, which features American Idol contestant Elizabeth Eckert along with Broken Stone. Prop Club, 264 Maple Grove Lane (217-529-4901)
6-12 Moultrie-Douglas Country Fair One of the oldest fairs in Illinois, including both Moultrie and Douglas, the country fair features tractor pulls, a demolition derby, fine arts exhibits, a rodeo, grandstand entertainment, and more. Arthur (www.illinoisamishcountry.com)
9 Lincoln Library Afternoon Movie Featuring a showing of the children’s film Cars. Lincoln Library, 736 S. Seventh St. (www.lincolnlibrary.info)
9-14 Morgan County Fair The county fair features carnival rides, food, and entertainment. Morgan County Fairgrounds, 104 N. Westgate (www.jacksonvilleil.org/tourism)
9-20 West Side Story Little Theatre on the Square presents the musical modern-day adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Little Theatre on the Square, Sullivan (www.thelittletheatre.org)
11-12 Dyed in the Wool The band plays American folk music with a twist of Celtic sound. Lincoln’s New Salem Historic Site, Petersburg (www.theatreinthepark.net)
11-12 Fifth Annual LLCC Motor Sports Club Show Rev up your engines for the event’s cruise-in, motor sports show, music, and more. Lincoln Land Community College (www.llccfoundation.org/llcccarshow.html)
11-13 2008 Ashland Summer Days Pass the summer days at Ashland’s festival featuring a baby contest, bingo, square dancing, fireworks, an antique tractor pull, and horseshow tournament. Ashland

11-12 Pike County Pig Days Hats off to the pigs and the pork industry in general at the county’s annual salute to squealers featuring games and food. Courthouse Square, Pittsfield (www.pikeil.org)
11-13 & 16-20 The Secret Garden Presented by Springfield Muni Opera. Directed by Laurie O’Brien. The Muni, 815 E. Lake Dr. (www.themuni.org)

11-Aug. 8 Nauvoo Pageant Travel back to the 1800s in the former hometown of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Nauvoo (www.beautifulnauvoo.com)
11-Aug. 22 Memories Prairie Art Alliance hosts and exhibit about memories featuring artwork from Pam Miller and Darren Miller. Reception is July 12. H.D. Smith Gallery, Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St. (www.scfta.org)
12 20th Annual Tour de Donut
Bike Race & Block Party
The block party-style event includes biking, bands, doughnuts, ribs, and more. Staunton (www.stauntonil.com)
12 Zoofari Participate in animal-themed games and make animal enrichment treats for the zookeepers to give to the animals. Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Dr. (www.hensonrobinsonzoo.com)
12 Saturday Afternoon Tea with Mrs. Roosevelt Join FDR’s better half for tea and a talk. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, 112 N. Sixth St. (www.alplm.org)
12 Taste of Downtown Sample tasty food from menus at downtown restaurants ranging from hot dogs and fried oysters to margaritas and desserts. Downtown Springfield (www.downtownspringfield.org)
12 Springfield’s 1908 Race Riot Walk The 90-minute walk symbolically walks day two of the infamous riots and recounts the history that led to the forming of NAACP. Tinsley Dry Goods, 209 S. Sixth St. (www.springfieldwalks.com)
12 Zoofari Walk like an animal at the special event where zoogoers can play animal games and observe their behavior. Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Dr. (217-753-6217)

12 Super Saturday The children’s afternoon includes hands-on activities pertaining to the monthly theme. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St. (www.museum.state.il.us)
12-13 2008 Blues and BBQ Fest Featuring tangy barbecue and performances from Robert Sampson, The Groove Daddies, Josie Lowder & Griz, and Sally Weisenburg Trio. Hill Prairie Winery, Oakford

12-13 Annual Contemporary Indian Art Show More than 25 Indian artists show and sell their work. Cahokia Mounds, 30 Ramey St., Collinsville
(www.cahokiamounds.com)

13 Music in the Park The evening markingEnos Park facelift features free music. Enos Park, Seventh and Enterprise streets
(217-544-1751)

14-19 Pike County Fair The fair, in its 62nd year, features an array of activities including a Society Horse Show. Pike County Fairgrounds, Pleasant Hill. (www.pikeil.org)
14-20 State Farm Classic Longest-running events on the LPGA tour featuring professional women golfers. Panther Creek Country Club, 3001 Panther Creek Dr.
(www.lpgastatefarmclassic.com)

15-20 Menard County Fair The fair features live entertainment, livestock, a carnival, exhibits, tractor-pull, and a demolition derby. Menard County Fairgrounds (www.petersburgil.com)
17 Evening in the Garden and Garden Shed Sale Come tour the gardens with Master Gardeners who can answer question about perennial gardens, state fair flowers, and more. Illinois State Fairgrounds (www.extension.uiuc.edu/sangamonmenard)
17 Chris Camp Performs Featuring a performance from Chris Camp, “The Whip Guy.” Lincoln Library, 736 S. Seventh St. (www.lincolnlibrary.info)
18-19 Chatham Jaycees Sweetcorn Festival Featuring music, corn, and the Illinois Championship Cow Chip Throw. Chatham (www.chathamjaycees.net)
18-20 & 24-26 The Elephant Man Theatre in the Park presents the Bernard Pomerance’s classic dramatic tale of a disfigured man. Lincoln’s New Salem Historic Site, Petersburg (www.theatreinthepark.net)
18-20 & 24-27 Urinetown, the Musical Got to go? In this musical, presented by Over the Moon Productions, if you want to use the restroom, it’ll cost you. Rochester High School Fine Arts Auditorium, Route 29, Rochester (www.overthemoonproductions.org)
19 Springfield’s 1908 Race Riot Walk The 90-minute walk symbolically walks day two of the infamous riots and recounts the history that led to the forming of NAACP. Tinsley Dry Goods, 209 S. Sixth St.  (www.springfieldwalks.com)
19 Haunted Jacksonville Tour The tour features ghost stories and the history of Jacksonville. Jacksonville (888-446-7859)
19 Music in the Park The free evening of music is held in conjunction with the Comer Cox Rhythm and Blues Festival. Comer Cox Park, Capitol Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive (217-544-1751)
23-Aug. 3 Gypsy A musical presented by Little Theatre on the Square. Little Theatre on the Square, Sullivan
(www.thelittletheatre.org)

24-27 The Civil War: A Musical
Sitting under the stars at the outdoor stage watch a song-cycle production about the Civil War. Union Square Park (www.alplm.org)
25 Movie in the Park Watch a free showing of the children’s movie Charlotte’s Web. Kiwanis Park, Stanton and Via Verde streets (217-544-1751)
25-27 Best of Summer Stock Concert Decatur-area kids end the summer season with a musical revue. Decatur Civic Center (217-422-5911)
26 Morgan Horse Demonstration Featuring an exhibition of Morgan horses hosted by the Mississippi Morgan Horse Club. Lincoln’s New Salem Historic Site, Petersburg (www.lincolnsnewsalem.com)
26 South Jacksonville Celebration The celebration features a parade, a Little Miss pageant, and entertainment. Dewey Park, Jacksonville (www.jacksonvilleil.org/tourism)
26 Springfield’s 1908 Race Riot Walk The 90-minute walk symbolically walks day two of the infamous riots and recounts the history that led to the forming of NAACP. Tinsley Dry Goods, 209 S. Sixth St. (www.springfieldwalks.com)
26 & 27 Springfield Women’s City Golf Tournament A two-day city amateur tournament. Bunn and Lincoln Greens Golf Course (217-522-2633)
26-27 Springfield Tri-Fest The event features the Stoneman Tri, the Iron Abe Tri, and a Kid’s Tri. Lindsay Bridge, Lake Springfield (www.springfieldtrifest.com)
27 Old Time Music Fete Jam session under every tree accompanied by arts and crafts for kids. Historic Cahokia Courthouse, 107 Elm St., Cahokia (618-332-1782)
30-Aug. 3 McLean County Fair The county fair features carnival rides, food, entertainment, a tractor pull, a McLean County Idol contest, and more. Interstate Center, Bloomington (www.mcleancountyfair.org)
31-Aug. 3 & 7-10 Oklahoma! Jacksonville Theatre Guild presents the Rodgers and Hammerstein production. Sophie Leschin Theater, Jacksonville (217-245-1402)
AUGUST
1 Jacksonville Gallery Hop Imagine Foundation’s gallery walk features exhibitions of art. Downtown Jacksonville (217-473-2726)
1-3 Decatur Celebration Illinois’ largest free family street festival features crafts, food, and entertainment. Downtown Decatur (www.decaturcelebration.com)
1-3 & 6-10 The Music Man Presented by Springfield Muni Opera. Directed by James Seay. The Muni, 815 E. Lake Dr.
(www.themuni.org)

1-3 J.D. Sinnock Junior Open
Tennis Tournament
Washington Park Tennis Center
(www.springfieldtennis.org)

1-8 Champaign County Fair The traditional county fair features a demolition derby, antique show, flea market, truck show, music, carnival rides, and more. Champaign County Fairgrounds, Coler and Fairview, Urbana (champaigncountyfair.com)
2 Central Illinois Daylily Society Sale Purchase the daylily varieties from the juried competition. Washington Park Botanical Garden Exhibit Hall, South Grand Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard
(217-753-6228)

2 Springfield’s 1908 Race Riot Walk The 90-minute walk symbolically walks day two of the infamous riots and recounts the history that led to the forming of NAACP. Tinsley Dry Goods, 209 S. Sixth St. (www.springfieldwalks.com)
2 Zoolympics Train for the upcoming summer Olympics along with the zoo’s animals. Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Dr. (www.hensonrobinsonzoo.com)
2 Haunted Jacksonville Tour The tour features ghost stories and the history of Jacksonville. Jacksonville (888-446-7859)
2-3 & 9-10 Springfield Men’s City Golf Tournament A four-day men’s amateur tournament. Lincoln Green Golf Course, 700 E. Lake Dr. (217-522-2633)
6 Pied Piper Architectural Tour Discover Springfield’s architectural treasures on a tour led by Anthony Rubano of the Illinois Historic Preservation Society. Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices (www.downtownspringfield.org)
6-17 All Shook Up Little Theatre on the Square presents an ode to the King of Rock & Roll featuring 24 Elvis Presley hits. Uh-huh. Little Theatre on the Square, Sullivan (www.thelittletheatre.org)
8-10 & 14-17 Two By Two Theatre in the Park presents the retelling of the biblical story of Noah with music from Richard Rodgers. Lincoln’s New Salem Historic Site, Petersburg (www.theatreinthepark.net)
8-17 Illinois State Fair The nine-day fair features entertainment, carnival rides, food booths, agricultural exhibitions, Conservation World, and of course, the beloved butter cow. Illinois State Fairgrounds (www.agr.state.il.us/isf/)
9 Super Saturday The children’s afternoon includes hands-on activities pertaining to the monthly theme. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St. (www.museum.state.il.us)

9 Springfield’s 1908 Race Riot Walk The 90-minute walk symbolically walks day two of the infamous riots and recounts the history that led to the forming of NAACP. Tinsley Dry Goods, 209 S. Sixth St. (www.springfieldwalks.com)
15-17 & 22-24 Tick, Tick . . . Boom! Jason Goodreau portrays a twentysomething trying to figure out if he should follow his ambitions in the performing arts. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St. (www.scfta.org)
16 Downtown Champaign Festival of the Arts View art from creators throughout the area. Downtown Champaign (www.champaignparkdistrict.com)
16 Springfield’s 1908 Race Riot Walk The 90-minute walk symbolically walks day two of the infamous riots and recounts the history that led to the forming of NAACP. Tinsley Dry Goods, 209 S. Sixth St. (www.springfieldwalks.com)

16-Sept. 1 Historic Photography Display View the historic photographs taken of Washington Park since 1902. Washington Park Botanical Garden Exhibit Hall, South Grand Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard (217-753-6228)
17-Jan. 11 Across the Divide:
Reconsidering the Other
Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St.
(www.museum.state.il.us)

22-23 Urbana Sweetcorn Festival Scarf down a few ears of buttery sweet corn and take part in the festivities which include games, music, and plenty of corn. Downtown Urbana
(www.urbanabusiness.com)

22-23 46th Annual Arthur Mennonite Relief Sale The weekend auction event includes many locally handmade crafts to benefit agricultural assistance, community development, and social services around the world. Arthur (www.illinoisamishcountry.com)
22-24 Lincoln Art and Balloon Festival Watch the hot air balloons take off and take in the art on display. Lincoln (www.lincolnillinois.com)
22-24 & 28-30 Anne of Green Gables Theatre in the Park presents the classic story of a young orphan sent to a farm to work. Lincoln’s New Salem Historic Site, Petersburg
(www.theatreinthepark.net)

23 Second Annual Blues Challenge The winning band receives a cash prize and the chance to compete in the Memphis, Tenn.-based International Blues Challenge. Downtown Springfield (www.icbluesclub.org)
23 Old Capitol Blues and BBQs The festival features live blues and a babyback ribs contest with 20 barbecue cooks. Downtown Springfield (www.downtownspringfield.org)
23 Music in the Park The night of free music celebrates the renovations at Enos Park. Dreamland Park, Taylor Avenue and Cornell Street (217-544-1751)
23 Springfield’s 1908 Race Riot Walk The 90-minute walk symbolically walks day two of the infamous riots and recounts the history that led to the forming of NAACP. Tinsley Dry Goods, 209 S. Sixth St. (www.springfieldwalks.com)
29-30 Pittsfield Fall Festival Ring in the fall season with a festival featuring food, games, and more. Courthouse Square, Pittsfield (www.pikeil.org)
29 Movie in the Park A free showing of the film Ratatouille. Nelson Center Pool, Lincoln Park, 1601 N. Fifth St. (217-544-1751)
29-Sept. 1 10th Annual Prairieland Chautauqua Featuring the theme “The Age of Lincoln” the Chautauqua features reenactment, musical entertainment, and more. Jacksonville (www.jacksonvilleil.org/tourism)
30 Buccaneer Days The party features outdoor events such as a build your own bikini contest and a pirate ship decorating contest. Don’t forget your pirate costume. Springfield Ski and Boat Club, 268 Maple Grove Lane (217-971-5159)
30 Springfield’s 1908 Race Riot Walk The 90-minute walk symbolically walks day two of the infamous riots and recounts the history that led to the forming of NAACP. Tinsley Dry Goods, 209 S. Sixth St.  (www.springfieldwalks.com)
30-Sept. 1 Illinois Amish Country Cheese Festival Attention cheese lovers. For Labor Day, Arthur hosts a three-day festival devoted to cheese in all its glory, featuring crafts, entertainment, and free cheese samples. Arthur (www.arthurcheesefestival.com)
31 Springfield Mile Commodity Pavilion Grandstand, Illinois State Fairgrounds (www.agr.state.il.us)
31 Firefighters Club Labor Day Celebration Celebrate Labor Day with tunes from the Sofa Kings and Joe Cooke Band. Firefighters Lake Club, 940 W. Lake Dr.
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3 Pied Piper Architectural Tour Discover Springfield’s architectural treasures on a tour led by Anthony Rubano of the Illinois Historical Preservation Agency. Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices (www.downtownspringfield.org)
5 First Friday Film Festival Watch this month’s double feature: the political comedy Election and The Candidate. Union Theater, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, 112 N. Sixth St. (www.alplm.org)
 
5-6 Arenzville Burgoo A festival with entertainment, crafts, games, and good, featuring the town’s own recipe for burgoo, a thick stew cooked for hours in cast iron kettles over an open fire. Arenzville (www.burgoo.org)
5-Oct. 24 Just Imagine Prairie Art Alliance hosts an exhibit featuring various mediums including work from featured artists Mary Selinski and Linda Post-Lucas. H.D. Smith Gallery, Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St. (www.scfta.org.)
6-7 Traditional Music Festival The weekend festival showcases early 19th century music and dancing often found in the historic village of New Salem. Lincoln’s New Salem Historic Site, Petersburg (www.lincolnsnewsalem.com) 7 Annual Dulcimer Gathering at the Mounds An afternoon concert featuring performances from mountain and hammered dulcimer musicians, Dickson Mounds Museum, 10956 N. Dickson Mounds Rd., Lewistown
12-14 & 19-21 Camelot Over the Moon Productions presents the musical based on the story of King Arthur. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St. (www.scfta.org)
13 Super Saturday The children’s afternoon includes hands-on activities pertaining to the monthly theme. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St. (www.museum.state.il.us)
13-14 Art Spectacular on the Carillon Midwest artists sell original artwork in various mediums with music, food, and more. Rees Memorial Carillon, Washington Park (www.carillon-rees.org) 

14 Leaf Identification Hikes Hike around the garden and gather leaves for a collection. Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 E. Lake Dr. (www.lmgnc.org)
19-20 Petersburg Annual Fall Festival The harvest fest features food, entertainment, a parade, and crafts. On the Square, Petersburg (www.petersburgil.com)
20 Fun, Feather, and Fin, Frontier Style Learn about Jack Kelso, a hunter, fisherman, and trapper who lived in New Salem in the 1830s, during a day of hunting and bow and arrow demonstrations. New Salem State Historic Site, Petersburg (www.lincolnsnewsalem.com)
20-21 Edwards Place Fine Arts Fair Fine art and craft artists display and sell their work. Hosted by Springfield Art Association. Edwards Place, 700 N. Fourth St. (217-523-2631)
20-21 Seventh Annual Route 66 Film Festival See films from around the world and vote on your favorite flick. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St. (www.route66filmfestival.net)
26-28 International Route 66 Festival The festival, a tribute to the rambling road Route 66, features a car show and plenty of activities. Downtown Springfield (www.route66fest.com)
27 African Feast and Drumming Festival Tickets must be purchased in advance. Fashion Afrique, 318 E. Monroe St. (217-544-1289)
Compiled by Marissa Monson. For more information, go to www.illinoistimes.com.
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