IllinoisTimes - Summerguide http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-92-1-summerguide.html Fri, 29 Jul 16 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Bursting with Pride - Sixth annual Pride festival features live music, drag show, free HIV testing, more http://illinoistimes.com/article-17216-bursting-with-pride.html Bursting with Pride - Sixth annual Pride festival features live music, drag show, free HIV testing, more
 Celebrate “the gayest day in central Illinois” by attending the sixth annual Springfield PrideFest on Saturday, May 21, from noon to 10 p.m., on Capitol Avenue between Fourth and Sixth stree...]]>
SOHO Music Festival - Rock, run, disc golf to support 10 charities http://illinoistimes.com/article-17217-soho-music-festival.html SOHO Music Festival - Rock, run, disc golf to support 10 charities
 What started as a community outreach project in 2005 has grown to include a two-day outdoor street festival which features live music, vendors, food and kids’ activities plus a 10K walk/run an...]]>
International Carillon Festival - Annual festival of the bells draws world’s top carilloneurs http://illinoistimes.com/article-17218-international-carillon-festival.html International Carillon Festival - Annual festival of the bells draws world’s top carilloneurs
 This summer, attend a different kind of music festival, one without the high ticket prices, long lines, dirty facilities and drunks. Substitute the serenity of Washington Park, the company of fr...]]>
Levitt AMP Jacksonville Music Series - New family-friendly outdoor music series comes to Jacksonville this summer http://illinoistimes.com/article-17219-levitt-amp-jacksonville-music-series.html Levitt AMP Jacksonville Music Series - New family-friendly outdoor music series comes to Jacksonville this summer
 Remember last year when we asked you to vote for Jacksonville in the Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Award contest? Your votes paid off, as the city of Jacksonville was selected as one out of 15 fi...]]>
Bring on the bacon - DSI’s bacon bash partners with Bedrock 66 Live! concert series to feature top-notch musical talent http://illinoistimes.com/article-17220-bring-on-the-bacon.html Bring on the bacon - DSI’s bacon bash partners with Bedrock 66 Live! concert series to feature top-notch musical talent
 On July 22 and 23, Downtown Springfield, Inc. and Isringhausen Imports plus other festival sponsors will transform downtown Springfield into a bacon-lovers paradise for the second year in a row...]]>
Insane Inflatable 5K - Climb and bounce your way through the largest inflatable obstacle course of its kind http://illinoistimes.com/article-17221-insane-inflatable-5k.html Insane Inflatable 5K - Climb and bounce your way through the largest inflatable obstacle course of its kind
 This summer, get pumped for a wacky obstacle course unlike anything central Illinois has seen before. The Insane Inflatable 5K bounces into Centennial Park on Saturday, Aug. 6. Race waves begin...]]>
Reading, writing and baseball - Rotary’s local literacy campaign heads to Busch Stadium May 23 and 24 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17222-reading-writing-and-baseball.html Reading, writing and baseball - Rotary’s local literacy campaign heads to Busch Stadium May 23 and 24
 Soon area baseball fans will head south for local Rotary clubs’ 14th annual literacy fundraiser baseball games in beautiful Busch Stadium. Springfield-based watercolor quilt artist Rod Buffing...]]>
A hiker’s paradise - Enjoy varied hiking terrain close to home in the Sangamon River Valley http://illinoistimes.com/article-17223-a-hiker%25E2%2580%2599s-paradise.html A hiker’s paradise - Enjoy varied hiking terrain close to home in the Sangamon River Valley
 You don’t have to leave central Illinois to have an enjoyable, authentic hiking experience. This summer, get close to nature and have fun with friends and family by hiking these and other park...]]>
Can we just ride worry-free? - ABATE’s safety slogan: ‘Look twice to save a life’ http://illinoistimes.com/article-17224-can-we-just-ride-worry-free.html Can we just ride worry-free? - ABATE’s safety slogan: ‘Look twice to save a life’
 For bikers like Phil Cornell, longtime motorcyclist, a fun summer is a safe summer. “I do this because I love to ride,” said Cornell. “But I’m sick of burying my brothers and sisters as...]]>
I thirst, therefore I am - Summertime cocktails deliver http://illinoistimes.com/article-17225-i-thirst-therefore-i-am.html I thirst, therefore I am - Summertime cocktails deliver
 Ahhhh – the summer cocktail.Both refreshing and teasing, the perfect elixir for summer’s dog days evokes a happier time of spring, with cherry blossoms bursting and everyone’s team with a...]]>
Revel in the great outdoors with a summer race http://illinoistimes.com/article-17226-revel-in-the-great-outdoors-with-a-summer-race.html Revel in the great outdoors with a summer race
 There’s something timeless and pure about pushing the limits of our bodies while surrounded by the majesty of nature. It satisfies that primeval urge to test our mettle and know what we’re c...]]>
Summer shows - Summer is the time for live theater, outdoors or in http://illinoistimes.com/article-17227-summer-shows.html Summer shows - Summer is the time for live theater, outdoors or in
 Central Illinois is the place to be for family-friendly summer shows. New Salem’s Theatre in the ParkThe Dixie Swim Club June 3-5, 9-11. A comedy about a reunion of five lifelong female friend...]]>
Summer concert roundup - Plan now for some dancing in the streets http://illinoistimes.com/article-17228-summer-concert-roundup.html Summer concert roundup - Plan now for some dancing in the streets
 To paraphrase Martha and the Vandellas, summer’s almost here and the time is almost right for dancing in the streets. Here’s a handy guide to some of the musical highlights coming to the are...]]>
Summerguide calendar http://illinoistimes.com/article-17248-summerguide-calendar.html Summerguide calendar
MayJacksonville Farmers MarketMay 19-Oct 27, 7am-12pm Tue-Thu. Every Tue-Thu through October. jaxfresh.org. Lincoln Square, Jacksonville. Thursday StoriesMay 19-Aug 25, 10:30am Every Thursday. For kid...]]>
Summerguide Calendar http://illinoistimes.com/article-15501-summerguide-calendar.html Summerguide Calendar
 MaySpringfield Audubon Society Walk and ProgramMay 21, 5:30-6:30pm.Walk and identify invasive species around Adams Wildlife Sanctuary, plus program discussing the problems invasive species creat...]]>
Shop farmers markets for good food http://illinoistimes.com/article-15502-shop-farmers-markets-for-good-food.html Shop farmers markets for good food
 Farmers markets are festive community events and showcase the Land of Lincoln’s other local treasure – its food! Buying local produce not only supports Illinois farmers, but also physical he...]]>
Assumption Fest http://illinoistimes.com/article-15503-assumption-fest.html Assumption Fest
Thursday, June 25, 5-11pm • Friday, June 26. 5pm-12:30am Saturday, June 27, 11am-12:30amThe only assumption you can safely make about Assumption Fest is that a great time will be had by all. This hu...]]>
Paint the Street Fest http://illinoistimes.com/article-15504-paint-the-street-fest.html Paint the Street Fest
Saturday, July 18, 2-10pmMake your literal mark on downtown Springfield at the Springfield Art Association’s Third Annual Paint the Street Festival. This all-ages community block party combines pain...]]>
Powerlight Abe Lincoln Car Show Spectacular http://illinoistimes.com/article-15505-powerlight-abe-lincoln-car-show-spectacular.html Powerlight Abe Lincoln Car Show Spectacular
Saturday, Aug. 1, 8am-4pm The largest car show in central Illinois rolls into Springfield on Saturday, Aug. 1, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For the third year in a row, the show, which offers free admission...]]>
Decatur Celebration http://illinoistimes.com/article-15506-decatur-celebration.html Decatur Celebration
Thursday, Aug. 6, 7-11pm • Friday, Aug. 7, 5-11pm Saturday, Aug. 8, 11am-11pm • Sunday, Aug. 9, 11am-9:30pmThis summer, hundreds of thousands of people will flock to downtown Decatur to attend one...]]>
Downhome Music Festival http://illinoistimes.com/article-15507-downhome-music-festival.html Downhome Music Festival
Friday Aug. 7, 5:30pm-12am • Saturday, Aug. 8, 2pm-12amLocal is the theme of this multiday all-ages festival that combines art, beer and original music to two stages at the intersection of Seventh a...]]>
For shops, food and fun, visit Kimmswick, Missouri http://illinoistimes.com/article-15509-for-shops-food-and-fun-visit-kimmswick-missouri.html For shops, food and fun, visit Kimmswick, Missouri
 To get away for the day, consider a jaunt just a couple hours south of Springfield to Kimmswick, Missouri. This historic town offers everything for a girl’s day out or a couple’s daycation....]]>
Summer fun means a ride and a run http://illinoistimes.com/article-15510-summer-fun-means-a-ride-and-a-run.html Summer fun means a ride and a run
 Springfield is quickly becoming a hot spot for cool races. Whether you’re looking for a hardcore challenge or just something to keep you from languishing on the couch all summer, there’s lik...]]>
What good is sitting alone in your room? - Go see some theater. http://illinoistimes.com/article-15511-what-good-is-sitting-alone-in-your-room.html What good is sitting alone in your room? - Go see some theater.
 Here’s what’s playing this summer at theaters within a stone’s throw of Springfield. If you like musicals, you’re in luck!New Salem’s Theatre in the ParkTwo Gentlemen of Verona May 29-...]]>
Nectar of the summer gods - Beers for the season http://illinoistimes.com/article-15512-nectar-of-the-summer-gods.html Nectar of the summer gods - Beers for the season
 Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summerThose days of soda and pretzels and beer. –N. King ColeSummer without beer? That would be like ice cream without a cone, a king without a tu...]]>
2015 GOLF OUTINGS http://illinoistimes.com/article-15513-2015-golf-outings.html 2015 GOLF OUTINGS
 June• 4 – Sherman Area Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing, The Rail Golf Club, 1 p.m. Shotgun Start, Mary Johnson, (217) 525-0365.• 5 – Rochester High School Football Team Golf Outing, Linc...]]>
Eight ways to improve your golf game http://illinoistimes.com/article-15514-eight-ways-to-improve-your-golf-game.html Eight ways to improve your golf game
 Warmer weather sends scores of golfers to their favorite courses every day. Golf is a challenging pastime, but a few pointers can help golfers hone their short games, long games and everything i...]]>
Summer concert roundup - Plan now to take in summer sounds http://illinoistimes.com/article-15515-summer-concert-roundup.html Summer concert roundup - Plan now to take in summer sounds
 That sibilant sizzling in the air is the sound of a spectacularly sultry summer concert season. In town and throughout the region, it’s clear that if you don’t manage to see any great gigs t...]]>
Let’s go to the races - Sign up for one of these events, then train for it. If you enter, you’re a winner. http://illinoistimes.com/article-13977-let%25E2%2580%2599s-go-to-the-races.html Let’s go to the races - Sign up for one of these events, then train for it. If you enter, you’re a winner.
 When life gets busy, staying fit often takes a back seat. But there’s an easy way to stay committed to your workout: sign up for a race.Simply wanting to be in shape will only get you so far,...]]>
Exciting summer events http://illinoistimes.com/article-13978-exciting-summer-events.html Exciting summer events
Assumption Fest6-11 p.m. Thursday, June 26; 5 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Friday, June 27; 11 a.m.-12:30 a.m. Saturday, June 28Here’s a festival that’s been going on and growing for more than 80 years. Origin...]]>