IllinoisTimes - Summerguide http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-92-1-summerguide.html Sat, 23 Sep 17 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 2017 Summerlong Summerguide calendar http://illinoistimes.com/article-18687-2017-summerlong-summerguide-calendar.html 2017 Summerlong Summerguide calendar
MayIllinois Products Farmers MarketMay 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 s...]]>
Sangamon County Fair http://illinoistimes.com/article-18688-sangamon-county-fair.html Sangamon County Fair
 The Sangamon County Fair has made some exciting changes in time for the 2017 season, which runs June 13-18. General admission pricing has been reduced and a new concert ticket price has been int...]]>
Pawnee Prairie Days - Small-town festival offers carnival, parade, pageants, fun http://illinoistimes.com/article-18689-pawnee-prairie-days.html Pawnee Prairie Days - Small-town festival offers carnival, parade, pageants, fun
 This June, cruise 20 minutes south down I-55 and enjoy a small-town festival among the cornfields in picturesque Pawnee. This year’s Pawnee Prairie Days will be observed June 22-24. The three-...]]>
Legacy of Giving Festival - Two nights, 70 bands, five stages, 10 charities http://illinoistimes.com/article-18690-legacy-of-giving-festival.html Legacy of Giving Festival - Two nights, 70 bands, five stages, 10 charities
 The SOHO (Service Organization for Humanitarian Opportunity) Music Festival was a highlight among the central Illinois summer festival scene for 12 years. But earlier this year SOHO’s founder...]]>
Wacky Wheelers Parades - Creatively decorate your bicycle for a group bike ride http://illinoistimes.com/article-18692-wacky-wheelers-parades.html Wacky Wheelers Parades - Creatively decorate your bicycle for a group bike ride
 The health benefits to riding a bike are numerous and include strengthening your hips, thighs and rear end. Because cycling is a low-impact activity, it is gentle on joints, making it an excelle...]]>
Amaranth Apple Festival - Food and music festival celebrates the eternal beauty of Springfield http://illinoistimes.com/article-18693-amaranth-apple-festival.html Amaranth Apple Festival - Food and music festival celebrates the eternal beauty of Springfield
 Although the name “Amaranth Apple Festival” (Downtown Springfield Inc.’s revision of 2016’s Bacon Throwdown) may sound like a celebration of the late summer and early autumn deciduous fr...]]>
Powerlight Abraham Lincoln Super Cruise and Car Show Spectacular - Car show weekend features a seven-mile cruise, air and ground displays and more http://illinoistimes.com/article-18694-powerlight-abraham-lincoln-super-cruise-and-car-show-spectacular.html Powerlight Abraham Lincoln Super Cruise and Car Show Spectacular - Car show weekend features a seven-mile cruise, air and ground displays and more
 The Powerlight Abraham Lincoln Super Cruise and Car Show Spectacular is one of the most anticipated car show weekends for automotive enthusiasts in central Illinois. Powerlight weekend presents...]]>
Zoo, Shakespeare and history - The summer mix for Bloomington-Normal http://illinoistimes.com/article-18695-zoo-shakespeare-and-history.html Zoo, Shakespeare and history - The summer mix for Bloomington-Normal
 Holding my nose in the zoo building full of big cats and apes, sampling goodies from laden family reunion tables, anticipating the first July Fourth fireworks bursting over a small lake – that...]]>
Tour historic Oakland Mansion - An 1853 country estate, now in the heart of St. Louis http://illinoistimes.com/article-18696-tour-historic-oakland-mansion.html Tour historic Oakland Mansion - An 1853 country estate, now in the heart of St. Louis
 Historic houses happen to be one of my favorite things, so when I heard about the beautiful Oakland Mansion in St. Louis, I headed out with Annie Jansen and her sister, Joanie, to check it out....]]>
Shandy is dandy - Make your own summer elixir http://illinoistimes.com/article-18697-shandy-is-dandy.html Shandy is dandy - Make your own summer elixir
 We are lazy.Loathe to get out of our cars, we use the drive-thru – it is too much work to write “through” – when we want a hamburger. Cheese comes already grated. Remote controls are no...]]>
Springfield’s Boys of Summer - Sliders to open season http://illinoistimes.com/article-18698-springfield%25E2%2580%2599s-boys-of-summer.html Springfield’s Boys of Summer - Sliders to open season
 With championship aspirations, the Springfield Sliders begin their 2017 season on the road against the Lafayette Aviators on May 30. The Sliders are a collegiate summer league baseball team from...]]>
Arsenic and old musicals - Family fun takes the stage this summer http://illinoistimes.com/article-18699-arsenic-and-old-musicals.html Arsenic and old musicals - Family fun takes the stage this summer
 Popular musicals abound around central Illinois this summer. Whether you’re into dancing paper boys or have a soft spot for recalcitrant beasts, pack your bug spray and your rosé.New Salem’...]]>
Sounds of summer http://illinoistimes.com/article-18700-sounds-of-summer.html Sounds of summer
There are too many exciting concerts scheduled to hit central Illinois stages in the coming months to fit in this humble space. From big festivals to tiny venues and from classic rock to boot-scootin�...]]>
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...]]>