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Mar 10 – Oct 31
Lincoln’s Ghost Walk: Legends & Lore
South Side of the Old State Capitol Plaza, Springfield 
This 90 minute, 10 block walking tour uses the Lincoln sites as the backdrop for the strange and bizarre history surrounding Lincoln’s life and death. Suitable for all ages. Offered April & May Tues-Sat, June-Aug daily tours, starting at 7:30pm. 
217-502-8687
www.springfieldwalks.com

May 1- May 3
Lincoln Funeral Re-enactment
Springfield
150th Anniversary Commemoration. Join us as we re-create history.. Friday May 1: Encampment open to public. Abraham Lincoln Through the Arts presented by Benedictine University at Springfield Saturday May 2: Funeral Train arrives at 3rd St. Amtrak Station. Hearse Procession to Washington and 6th Streets. Opening Ceremony, candlelight vigil, Illinois Symphony Concert. Sunday May 3: Procession to Oak Ridge Cemetery with re-enactment of eulogy, speeches and salutes.
www.lincolnfuneralcoalition.org

May 1- May 3
Red Carpet Corridor Festival- Dwight
417 W. Waupansie, Dwight, IL
Red Carpet Corridor Weekend in Dwight has garage sales, entertainment, contests & our Becker/Texaco Station/Welcome Center is open for tourists. Same weekend is the annual Springfest with BBQ contest, crafters, children’s games, food and entertainment.
815-584-3077
www.dwightillinois.org 

May 2
Bond County Historical Society Quilt Show
Free Methodist Church
1367 Rt. 140, Greenville
Vintage quilts will be on display. Quilting workshops will be available.
618-326-8451
www.bondcountyhistorical.com

May 2
Sheep to Clothing at Lincoln Log Cabin
Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site, 402 S. Lincoln Highway Rd., Lerna, IL
Discover how raw wool from the Lincolns’ own sheep is turned into finished cloth for use on the farmstead. Watch interpreters as they weave on the site’s mid-nineteenth century Sargent and Martin looms, replicating a period coverlet on one loom and weaving "jean cloth" on the other. After the wool is shorn, visitors are encouraged to participate in the hands-on demonstrations including, sorting and washing the wool, teasing and carding it for spinning, and finally spinning the wool into yarn where some of it will end up being knit into items following nineteenth-century patterns. Interpreters and volunteers will also demonstrate dyeing and felting and will showcase the final step in the process where woolen jean cloth is sewn to make pants for Mr. Lincoln.
217-345-1845
www.lincolnlogcabin.org

May 2
Antique Farm Show
Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, 15588 History Lane, Petersburg
Horse drawn plows, historic farming equipment and agricultural techniques from the 19th century will be featured during the Antique Farm Show. A display of historic farming equipment will be set up in a field by the Blacksmith Shop near the entrance to the village, allowing Antique Farm Show visitors to learn about the latest developments in agriculture from Abraham Lincoln’s time to the early 1900s. The Vintage Ag Association of Menard County will have an antique tractor display in the parking lot by the Visitor Center.
217-632-4000
www.lincolnsnewsalem.com

May 2
50th Anniversary Rededication of the Dr. William Fithian Home
116 N. Gilbert St., Danville, IL
Final celebratory events for the 50th anniversary celebration of the Vermilion County Museum Society from 1pm-4pm. Will include costumed characters, refreshments, special exhibits and performances.
217-442-2922
www.vermilioncountymuseum.org

May 2- May 3
Red Carpet Corridor Festival
13 Communities along a 90-mile stretch of Old Route 66 collectively celebrate the Mother Road. Each town puts together its own events for the weekend. Gather the family and take a trip down memory lane.
815/844-5847
www.il66redcarpetcorridor.org

May 7
Upper Story Tour
Downtown Springfield
Self-guided tour of business, residential and historic buildings reflecting upper story renovation and development. Reception following tour. Ticket sales end May 1st.
www.downtownspringfield.org

May 9
Cruise to the Square
2nd St from Main St to Beaumont Ave, Greenville
Spring car cruise to the Greenville square is open to all licensed makes and models of cars, trucks and motorcycles. There will be a DJ playing 50s and 60s music plus attendance prizes.
618-664-2244

May 8- May 9
Annual Effingham Artisan Fair
Effingham County Courthouse Lawn, Jefferson Ave
The Artisan Fair includes over 40 art vendors, food from restaurants around the city,
demonstrations, live music and more! Come Friday for the Arts & Hearts event and stop
back by on Saturday for the second day of the Artisan Fair. Join the Coffee Crawl on
Saturday around town and check out the booths on the Courthouse lawn to see what
these local artists have to offer. We offer wine and beer tasting, food, drinks, art and live
music!
217-342-5305
www.effinghamartisanfair.com

May 9
Marshall Community Wide Sales
Home yard sales throughout the community.
www.marshall-il.com

May 9 – May 10
Mother’s Day Weekend 
Monticello Railway Museum, 200 Railroad St, Monticello, IL
Make this Mother’s Day special — treat Mom to a relaxing ride with her family on the vintage train.
217-762-9011 or 877-762-9011
www.mrym.org 

May 10
Litchfield Pickers Market
Unions Ave and State Street, Litchfield
It is an open air market featuring vintage, antique, collectible and repurposed items for sale, with many additional special attractions during each Market! The Litchfield Pickers Market will be held the second Sunday of each month from April to October in Downtown Litchfield beginning on the corner of Union Avenue and State Street. The exact dates are April 12, May 10, June 14, July 12, August 9, September 13, and October 11.
217-324-8147 or 866-733-5833
ww.visitlitchfield.com/events

May 13 – Oct 31
Old Capitol Farmers Market
Adams St. Between 5th & 2nd Sts., Downtown Springfield, IL
Fresh produce, baked goods, plants, meats, cheese, soaps, lotions, onsite cooking stations and local artisans. Free entertainment and chef demos. LINK, debit and credit cards accepted for purchase of Market Tokens. Open Wed & Sat, 8am-12:30pm.
217-544-1723
www.downtownspringfield.org 

May 14- May 17
Springfest in Toledo
Entertainment all weekend and a car show and Fireman’s Chicken dinner.
217-849-4303

May 14-17
Clinton MayDays Festival
Mr. Lincoln’s Square, Clinton
Join us for Luehrs Ideal Rides, food & craft vendors, music on Mr. Lincoln’s Square, and lots of fun.
217-935-3364
www.clintonilchamber.com

May 14 – May 16
Pana Days
411 E. 9th St., Kitchell Park, Pana, IL 
Carnival rides, life stage entertainment, Baby and little Miss & Mr. Contests, games, pony rides, kiddie tractor pull, lots of vendors and food! Located at the Chautauqua Auditorium in Pana’s historical Kitchell Park on South Route 51. 
217-562-4240
www.panachamber.com

May 16
Pontiac Cruise Night
217 North Mill Street, Pontiac
Bring your antique, classic, or new car to downtown Pontiac and enjoy the fellowship of hundreds of other automobile enthusiasts. The small registration fee is used to support local charities.
815-844-5847
www.pontiaccruisenight.com

May 16
Noble City Wide Garage Sale
3rd Saturday in May each year the Village of Noble’s city-wide garage sale takes place.
618-723-2212
www.nobleillinois.com

May 16- May 17
Steam Weekend
Monticello Railway Museum, 992 Iron Horse Place, Monticello
Experience riding behind our recently restored 1907 Southern 2-8-0 steam locomotive #401! 401 runs about once a month during our regular operating season. On an average day 401 goes through about 300 gallons of oil and 5000 gallons of water! 
217-762-9011, 877-762-9011
www.mrym.org

May 16
Chet Kingery Memorial Bluegrass Festival
Moultrie Douglas County Fairgrounds, Arthur
Musical line-up includes Larry Sparks, Jeff Brown and Still Lonesome, The Spinney Brothers, Mackville and Black Ridge Road.  The combination of talent from award winning nationally known groups to local entertainment is sure to please all attendees.  All the bands will perform a mixture of traditional and bluegrass/gospel music.  
217-578-3868 
www.mackvillebluegrass.com/chet-kingery-memorial-bluegrass-festival.html

May 16- May 17
Springfield Highland Games & Celtic Festival
Chatham Community Park
here will be various competitions, such as Dance, Solo Piping Drumming, Bands and Atheltic Games. Along with the competitions, there will also be entertainment in the Big Top with Exorna , The Whishey Pics and other artists. Vendors, Food, Childrens Activities, Animals and more will be featured at this year’s games.
217-741-7855
www.springfieldhighlandgames.com

May 16 – May 17
Clayville Spring Festival
Clayville Historical Site, 12828 Route 125, Pleasant Plains
Pioneer artisan and craftsmen, historic building tours, kid’s activities, craft vendors and food/refreshments. Enjoy period music and audience participation entertainment throughout the weekend in a 1820’s pioneer village.
217-572-4984
www.clayville.org 

May 16
Art of Wine Garden
Old State Capitol Plaza, Downtown Springfield
A variety of wine and food pairings and live music. Admission includes wine glass and sampling tickets. Open Sat 11am-8pm, Sun 11am-5pm.
217-544-1723
www.downtownspringfield.org 

May 16 – May 17
Old Capitol Art Fair
Downtown Springfield, IL
Held in historic downtown Springfield, IL, surrounding the Old State Capitol. This Fair has 150 juried artists in a range of mediums, including oil/acrylic, ceramics, photography, jewelry, mixed media, metal, wood, drawing, fibers, glass, sculpture, watercolor, and printmaking. A children’s tent for ages 2-15 will be open selling authentic artwork at small prices – a great way for your child to begin a love of art! There will also be a variety of food vendors and musical acts for entertainment.!
217-415-5518
www.socaf.org

May 23
Abe’s River Race
RiverBank Lodge, Petersburg
Join in the race and complete or enjoy a family friendly float starting at 10am. Registration starts at 8am at RiverBank Lodge. Post race party with two great bands, food, beverage and more.
217-632-0202

May 23
Ste. Maria Village Wide Garage Sale
Throughout Ste. Marie
Nearly everyone in Ste. Marie (population 250) participates in this event from 7am-11am. Sons of the American Legion sell breakfast burritos, brats and pork burgers at the American Legion.
618-455-3173

May 24
Springfield Mile Motorcycle Races
Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield
Enjoy the fast-paced action and non-stop thrills of national level motorcycle racing at its best.
217-753-8866
www.illinoismda.com

May 24 – May 25
Annual Music & Wine Festival
Hill Prairie Winery, 23753 Lounsberry Road, Rt. 97, Oakford
The 10th Annual Music & Wine Festival at Hill Prairie Winery is a popular event that features fresh grilled BBQ, two great bands each day and of course locally produced wine.  Relax in a natural setting overlooking a pond and the vineyard in the rolling hills of Hill Prairie Winery, just south of Oakford, Illinois and approximately 10 minutes north of Lincoln’s New Salem in Petersburg.
217-635-9900
www.HillPrairieWinery.com

May 29- May 30
Annual Jasper County Strawberryfest
100 W. Jourdan, Newton
This two day festival celebrates strawberries in Jasper County, and will have free family entertainment, music, games, food and crafts. Fun for everyone on the square in Newton!
618-783-3399
www.newtonillinois.com 

May 29-31
Champagne British Car Festival
David Davis Mansion, Bloomington
The Champagne British Car Festival features various makes and models of British automobiles. 
309-828-1084
www.cbcf-bloomington.com

May 30 – May 31
Civil War Medical Encampment
1 Old State Capitol Plaza, Springfield
Springfield’s largest outdoor living history education event. The Encampment presents a variety of programs and activities for the whole family, including musical presentations, demonstrations, exhibits and vignettes.
217-785-7960
www.state.il.us/hpa/hs/old_capitol.htm

May 30
Homer Soda Festival 
Homer
How would you like to try a Dang Butterscotch Root Beer, Cheerwine, Prickly Pear, or an Americana Huckleberry soda?  Now is the chance to try the sodas that have intrigued you on the shelf of the Homer Soda Company! Celebrate glass bottled soda with over 250 different sodas available for tasting.
217-693-7230
homersodafest.wordpress.com

May 30
4th Annual Downtown Celebration
Central Park Downtown, Jacksonville, IL
Plan to be a part of the Downtown Celebration, a festive day of music, food and fun in the heart of Jacksonville’s Downtown.
217-245-6884
www.jacksonvilleil.org
 
May 31
Sainte Marie Foundation Museum Program
Vietnam: An Army Aviator’s Perspective
American Legion, Embarras & Main St, Sainte Marie
Former resident Ken Stone will talk about his experiences in the Vietnam War, including some of the significant actions in which he was involved during his tours of duty in 1962-63, when he was a command pilot for the commander of the 1st Infantry Division.
618-455-3452
www.saintemariefoundation.org

May 30 – Aug 31
History Comes Alive
Various Historic Sites, Springfield
Daily Living History Programs at the Lincoln historic sites and throughout downtown Springfield. Most programs are free. For a complete schedule go to visit-springfieldillinois.com
217-789-2360 or 800-545-7300
www.visit-springfieldillinois.com



 



 

 

 

 

 
 

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