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Canton, OH
Now through April 29
Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior at McKinley Presidential Library & Museum

Opening in March at the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum is the Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior traveling exhibition, exploring the design of Frank Lloyd Wright’s houses and featuring reproduced drawings, photographs, and photographic murals that explore what many consider Wright’s greatest architectural accomplishment.  The exhibition illustrates the myriad—both obvious and subtle— ways Wright created the visual character of interior space along with the objects within it as essential details of the larger whole. McKinley Presidential Library & Museum

South Haven, MI
Now through May 15
Special Promotion - $50 Dine on Us

$50 to dine on us awaits you in South Haven! We have an enticing new promotion happening over the next two months.

Simply stay a minimum of one night at a participating South Haven lodging property from March 15, 2018 through May 15, 2018 and receive a FREE $50 DINE ON US CARD to use at a participating restaurant.

A majority of our most popular restaurants are participating. Visit the specials page on our website for details Give us a call or visit our website so we can help you make the most of your trip.

Alton, IL
March 21, 23, 24 at 7:30 p.m.; March 24 at 2 p.m.
Alton Little Theater: Exit Laughing

2450 N Henry Street

There’s FUN to be had when you have friends as entertaining and wise as the foursome who gather for a weekly bridge night and plan their trip around the world. Even when one passes away, the “girls” get hold of her ashes and the game is back on, albeit with one seemingly silent partner. But actually, the recently departed Mary has a lot to say. Through messages and gifts she arranged to arrive after her death, she sets in motion a new beginning for her friends – the audiences will love these almost-Golden Girls!

For more information, call (618) 462-6562. To purchase tickets, call (618) 462-3205 or go to Online Box Office

Admission: Adults: $17; Students with I.D.: $10  

Grafton, IL
March 21, 6:30 p.m.
Vegan Wine Pairing Dinner

Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center

Join us in the Lodge Restaurant for a gourmet dinner party like no other as we challenge our Chef to create delicious dishes without using any animal products – Vegan! We are excited to showcase four courses, which highlight the tastiness of a vegan lifestyle. Take a chance with us! Then sip specialty wines chosen to complement each of the four creative courses as you enjoy the excellent company of Pere Marquette Lodge Wine Club Members. Seats for the dinner are $50 per person and include taxes and gratuity.  Choose to stay the night and add two seats to your room reservation for an additional $90. Wine Club Members get an additional 10% off! Does not include room taxes or room reservations. Call 618-786-2331 for details and to make your reservations.

Admission $50 per person

Davenport, IA
March 21-24
The Gathering of the Green – John Deere tractor collector conference

Quad Cities – The Gathering of the Green is a biannual event for John Deere two-cylinder and New Generation tractor collectors, restorers and enthusiasts.  Over 1,200 are already registered for the conference to spend time with fellow John Deere fans on March 21-24, 2018.

You won’t want to miss how the RiverCenter, 136 E. 3rd St. in downtown Davenport, Iowa, is transformed with elaborate displays that focus on the 2018 theme, “Legend, Made Legacy”.  This year also commemorates the centennial year of John Deere’s tractor business with iconic tractors and implements.

Conference registration ends March 14, 2018, at www.gatheringofthegreen.com.  Full conference attendees receive the souvenir program and lanyard.  Single day passes are available at the door for $10.  Day passes include the on-site workshops by top experts.

See a 32’ operating Aermotor windmill, the oldest tractor produced by John Deere in 1918, an early farm house and yard of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, and more.  There’s a 3,000 square-foot vendor hall with over 80 vendors from across the country with parts, decals, memorabilia, books and manuals, signs, and a lot more.

NEW: In conjunction with Gathering of the Green, there is an auction of the outstanding collection of John and Caterpillar toys from Eldon and Kaye Trumm.  They have many rare items.  The auction is March 23 at 3 p.m. and March 24 at 9 a.m. at the Radisson Quad City Plaza, connected by skywalk to the RiverCenter.

2018’s gathering focuses on the 100th anniversary of John Deere entering the farm tractor business through the acquisition of the Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company in 1918.  Approximately 596 different tractor models have been designed, produced, and sold during this era including the revered Two-Cylinder, New Generation and Generation II tractors which are collected, restored, and enjoyed by devotees around the world.

For more information, visit www.gatheringofthegreen.com, email info@gatheringofthegreen.com, or call 563-845-3296.

Morton, IL
March 23
Morton Indulgence

Downtown Morton

The Morton Tourism Association is hosting The Indulgence Tours – The Chocolates on March 23. Chocolate treats may range from M&Ms or Kisses to Coffee and Martinis! The list is endless! This is one of many Indulgence Tours in Morton this year. More info.

Rock Island, IL
March 23-25
QCCA Flower & Garden Show

After winter, everyone is yearning for spring!  Walk into a springtime heaven at the QCCA Flower & Garden Show in Rock Island, Illinois, on March 23-25, 2018.

See over 20,000 square feet of blooming flowers, dazzling ponds, sunrooms, and garden-related displays with over 100 vendors!  Talk to experts in design and technique to make your lawn and garden the showplace you have always dreamed of having.

The Flower & Garden Show Preview Party is Thursday, March 22, 2018, from 4 to 8 p.m.  Tickets are $25 at the door.  Advance tickets are available online at www.qccaexpocenter.com.  The preview party includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, music, vendors, and exhibits, and visitors will be able to bid on silent auction items donated by area businesses.

The QCCA Flower & Garden Show is at the QCCA Expo Center, 2621 4th Avenue in Rock Island, Illinois. Tickets are adults $8.00, kids 6-15 years $1.00, 6 and under are free.  Show hours are Friday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Friday is Senior Day from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and $6 at the door.

For more information on the QCCA Flower & Garden Show, contact the QCCA Expo Center at 309-788-5912 or visit their website at www.qccaexpocenter.com

Kenosha, WI
March 24
Learn how maple trees are tapped

Petrifying Spring Park

Learn first-hand how maple syrup comes to be, March 10 and 24, as maple trees are tapped at Petrifying Spring Park.

Rockford, IL
March 24

Prairie Street Brewhouse

Celebrate the melting away of winter at the 5th annual Meltfest, a free, family-friendly festival with a little bit of something for everyone. Activities include live music, kayaking, ice skating, science and magic shows, 5K and kids’ runs, princess and hero appearances, classes, a bike ride, and making crafts. More information.

Alton, IL
March 24, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Olde Alton Spring Vendor & Craft Fair

Alton High School

The Alton Band & Orchestra Builders will host a spring Olde Alton Vendor & Craft Fair. There will be many booths of crafters selling their best wares. Chris Cakes Pancakes and sausage breakfast will be available ($7 per person and is served 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.). All proceeds benefit the instrumental music program in the Alton School District. For more information, call (618) 960-9219.

Alton, IL
March 24, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Easter Bunny at Haskell Playhouse

1211 Henry Street

The Haskell Playhouse will be open to the public. The Easter Bunny will be here from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for pictures. Children’s activities, chickens and bunny zoo.

Alton, IL
March 24, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Underground Railroad Shuttle Tour

Alton Visitor Center
200 Piasa Street

Learn about local, Underground Railroad sites on a shuttle tour with J.E. Robinson Tours and the Alton Regional CVB. The two-hour guided shuttle tours will stop at some of the sites that were part of the Underground Railroad system including Rocky Fork Church, Enos Apartments and more.

Alton’s riverfront location along the Mighty Mississippi played a vital role in helping slaves make connections to the freedom of the northern U.S. Buried beneath the streets of Alton and Godfrey, remnants of this period in history still exist.

For more information on the Underground Railroad shuttle tours or to make advance registrations, please contact the Alton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau at (800) 258-6645.

****Shuttle is not ADA accessible****

Admission: $25

Pleasant Prairie, WI
March 24
Easter Hoppenings

Gather your family and join Mr. Jelly Belly and the Easter Bunny at Jelly Belly Visitor Center on March 24 for Easter Hoppenings. Be sure to experience the newly refreshed and now interactive free tour!

Nashville, IN
March 24
A “Taste of Art” Wine Tasting and Art Auction

Add to your art collection and sample delicious wine from Brown County’s wineries, during “A Taste of Art.” Head to The Seasons Lodge for this one-of-a-kind wine tasting/art auction combo. Tasty hors d’oeuvres will be served too!

Hanna City, IL
March 24
Spring Wake-Up

Wildlife Prairie Park

It’s Spring Time which means its time to head out to Wildlife Prairie Park for Spring Wake Up March 24th. Admission is half off for everyone! All the fun attractions in the park will be open, including the school house and log cabin, Bird of Prey Display, special programs and more! More info.

Brown County, IN
March 24
Maple March

Learn all about maple trees as you take a hike along the Discovery Trail in the beautiful Brown County State Park! See how to tap trees and taste syrup. Learn more and register

Kenosha, WI
March 24
Family Fun Day

Join the Kenosha YMCA for some Easter fun, including breakfast, arts & crafts, sports & games, rock climbing, swimming, and My Place. The event is free and open to the public. A donation to the Kenosha YMCA’s Annual Campaign would be greatly appreciated. More info.

Kenosha, WI
March 24
Downtown Hop Around

The Easter Bunny’s Party in the Park with children’s games and activities will be at Veterans Memorial Park. Kids can take a picture with the Easter Bunny and a cast of other delightful characters. Enjoy a puppet show, play with bubbles and sidewalk chalk, dance the bunny-hop, and more! Families can also “hop” around Downtown Kenosha to collect treat-filled Easter eggs at participating businesses, while supplies last. More info.

Cedar Rapids, IA
March 24-25
34th Annual Maple Syrup Festival

Festivities include syrup making demonstrations, a look at the action inside the Maple Sugar House, live music and a delicious pancake and sausage breakfast with real maple syrup handcrafted at the Indian Creek Nature Center. More information.

Eureka, MO
March 24-25
Six Flags St. Louis opening weekend

Everyone can look forward to the opening weekend of Six Flags St. Louis (Mar. 24-25). Also known as Missouri’s Coaster Capital, Six Flags St. Louis features dozens of thrill rides, shows, and activities.

Brown County, IN
March 24, 25, 31
Sippin Trip

Treat your taste buds to some of Brown County’s best beverages on a Sippin’ Trip! From mouthwatering moonshine and delicious craft beer to smooth spirits and fine wine, try our locally-produced libations during an afternoon of fun. Transportation provided!  

Brookfield, IL
March 24, 25, 31
Brookfield Zoo

You will enjoy live jazz banjo music from the energetic and entertaining Banjo Buddies, take photos with costumed characters Mr. and Mrs. Bunny, and indulge in an all-you-can-eat buffet breakfast.

Seating is limited and reservations are required. More info.

Godfrey, IL
March 25, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Easter Egg Hunt at Glazebrook

Robert E. Glazebrook Community Park
1401 Stamper Lane

The annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held for children up to 10 years at Glazebrook Park ball fields. Children will be divided into separate age groups to find prize-filled eggs. Donations of non-perishable food items will be accepted for local community food banks. Festivities will include an egg hunt, face painting, corn cannon, cow train, a coloring contest and a visit by the Easter Bunny. For more information, call (618) 463-1483. 

Kenosha, WI
March 28
Bowls & Books Soup Fest Contest

Local restaurants serve their favorite and best soup. You go from table to table, tasting, enjoying, and scoring the soups. You’ll receive a souvenir bowl to keep! More info.

Sioux City, IA
March 29
Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella

This contemporary take on the classic tale features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the beloved moments – the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more – plus some surprising twists. More information.

Union, IL
March 31
Bunny Trolley Hop

Hop on streetcars for a ride with the Easter Bunny along the Bunny Trail to an egg hunt. Afterward, ride back to the elevated station for coloring activities and photo ops with the Bunny. www.irm.org

Alton, IL
March 31, 7:30 p.m. to 9
Broadway Showcase featuring Dawn Turlington at Alton Little Theater

2450 N Henry Street

Dawn Turlington returns with Vince Marten and fellow musicians for an evening of Broadway classics and duets – you’ll be transported to New York City and Times Square without ever getting on a plane!

Admission: $25 per person  

Fenton, MO
March 31
St. Louis Football Club Home Opener

The home opener for Saint Louis FC is March 31 at World Wide Technology Soccer Park in Fenton.

Springfield, MO
March 31
SGF Film Festival

Inspired by exceptional things found in unexpected places, Rated SGF celebrates films and artists that challenge our assumptions. More info.

Oak Park, IL
March 31
Easter Egg Hunt at Maple Park

Grab your baskets and bunny ears and hop over to Maple Park for the Easter Egg Hunt March 31. The free event is open to all children, but they need a ticket to participate. Bring your camera so your kids can get their pictures taken with the Easter Bunny! More info.

Grafton, IL
April 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Easter Sunday Brunch

Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center

Spring is in the air at Pere Marquette Lodge and we are celebrating with our traditional Easter Brunch Buffet.  Bring the family and enjoy our delicious spread that is sure to satisfy.  Featuring made-to-order omelets, carving stations, traditional & unique selections of side dishes, salads and dessert including a banana’s foster station!  Join our guest of honor (AKA The Easter Bunny) as he conducts Easter Egg Hunts at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. on his busiest day of the year.  Bring the family and we’ll see you at the Lodge.

Parties of six or more please call 618-786-2331 ext: 502 to make your reservations.

Admission: Children 0-3: FREE; Children 4-11: $10.95; Adults 12& Up: $28.95  

St. Charles, IL
April 1
Easter Brunch at Hotel Baker

Celebrate the holiday by indulging in a special meal complete with breakfast and lunch offerings! More info.  

St. Charles, IL
April 1
Easter Brunch at Pheasant Run Resort

Come to Pheasant Run Resort for their traditional Easter Brunch in the St Charles Ballroom and activities for the kids at Pheasant Run Resort featuring all your favorites! More info.  

St. Louis, MO
April 3-22
‘Hamilton’ at the Fox Theatre

The Fabulous Fox Theatre brings their US Bank Broadway Series season to a close with the show of all shows – ‘Hamilton’ (Apr. 3-22). Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway musical is the story of America’s Founding Father, Alexander Hamilton. It features a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway sounds. Tickets are in high demand but check back regularly for more tickets becoming available. You won’t want to miss this performance during its three-week run.

St. Louis, MO
April 5
St. Louis Cardinals Opening Day

April 5 is the big day, Opening Day that is, when St. Louis Cardinals’ fans from across the region come together once again at Busch Stadium to cheer their Redbirds on the road to victory.

Alton, IL
April 6 and 7, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.; April 8, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Alton Little Theater: Todd Oliver

2450 N Henry Street

Todd Oliver and Alton Little Theater present the funniest night of your life.

America’s Got Talent finalist Todd Oliver will present THREE amazing concerts at Alton Little Theater on April 6th, April 7th and April 8th, 2018. For more information, call (618) 462-3205.

Admission: Adults: 25; Children 18 and under: $10

Dubuque, IA
April 6-8
Dueling Dogs World Championship

Canine aquatics meets drag-racing! Two dogs race down a platform into a body of water to retrieve an object. Fastest time wins. More info.

Alton, IL
April 7
Ghost of the River Road Dinner Tour

Mineral Springs Mall
(618) 465-3200

Join HAUNTED ALTON author Troy Taylor for a special event tour from Alton Hauntings! The GHOSTS OF THE RIVER ROAD DINNER TOUR departs from the Mineral Springs in Alton, Illinois, and travels to Grafton on a haunted bus tour along the Great Rover Road. Discover the tales of history and hauntings along the Mississippi River with special stops and eerie locations before we have dinner! The ghostly tales continue on our way back to Alton with a special final stop at the mysterious Mineral Springs!


* Dinner (full meal, soft drinks and dessert included)

* Bus Tour from Alton To Grafton and Back

* Great River Road haunted places and special stops

* Full tour hosted by Troy Taylor

Admission: $48 per person  

St. Charles, IL
April 7 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.; April 8 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Kane County Flea Market

Kane County Fairgrounds

Welcome back to the Kane County Flea Market! Held at the Kane County Fairgrounds, this is the place movie studios, celebrities, and collectors go to get their monthly dose of fun and discovery. You should come and see firsthand what all of the antique and collecting TV shows are really all about. As Helen Robinson always said, “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.” What will your treasure find be this month?? Is is one of the longest running, best antique and collectible Flea Markets in the world. It has been a place for people to come and enjoy the fun of searching and finding the one thing they have sought for ages. The Kane County Flea Market returned from its winter hiatus Saturday, kicking off its first weekend of 2018 in bright sunshine at the fairgrounds in St. Charles. “The Best in the Midwest” market has up to 1,000 dealers displaying and selling antiques and collectibles indoors and outside.

Admission: $5 (children under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult).

Parking is always free. 

Clive, IA
April 7
2nd Annual Coffee & Donut Festival

A celebration of fried, sugary dough perfections and smoothly roasted brews. Activities include the crowning of the Donut Queen, a donut eating contest, and donut hole mini golf. More info.

Iowa City, IA
April 7-8
Freestyle World Cup

Iowa City hosts wrestling teams from the United States, Cuba, Japan, Georgia, Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan as they compete for World Cup honors. More info.

Alton, IL
April 7-14
Alton Craft Beer Week

Downtown Alton

Discover the Craft Beer throughout the region for Alton Craft Beer Week!

Grab your friends and head to Alton, Grafton and Bethalto to celebrate all things craft beer related during Alton Craft Beer Week beginning April 7 and running through April 14. Restaurants and bars in the region are showcasing the best craft beers in Illinois throughout the eight day event.  

Waterloo, IL
Monroe County Fairgrounds
April 14
Southern Illinois Sheep and Craft Festival

Festival with fun activities for the whole family. Events include working sheep dogs, sheep Olympics, Kids Corner, and sheep shearing. Also an exhibit area with spinning and weaving demonstrations, craft items, and a broad selection of packaged lamb cuts ready for your freezer. A lamb lunch is served from 11:00am to 2:00pm featuring various cuts of lamb. Details about the Southern Illinois Sheep and Craft Festival 

Alton, IL
April 14, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Open House at Haskell Playhouse

1211 Henry Street
(618) 463-2235

Come and take a tour of this historic playhouse. This playhouse was built by Dr. and Mrs. William Haskell for their five year old daughter Lucy. It is a rare architectural gem containing many of the flamboyant elements of the Queen Anne style: cartwheels, brackets, spires, diagonal sticking, fish scale shingles and stained glass windows. Its importance is magnified because so few of these accessory structures for children have survived. The playhouse contains a single room, front porch and side porch. Sadly, Lucy died in 1890 at age nine of black diphtheria. Mrs. Haskell died in 1932 leaving her home, six acres of land, including Lucy’s playhouse, to the City of Alton stipulating that the land never be subdivided and always be called Haskell Park. The interior has been restored and the playhouse is open for special occasions. The playhouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.

Godfrey, IL
April 14, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Greater Alton Concert Association: The Sidestreet Strutters

Hathaway Cultural Center at Lewis & Clark Community College

This award-winning group of musicians has been around since 1983 when they got together at Arizona State University to explore the musical traditions of early New Orleans jazz. They now have a repertoire which includes more than 200 selections. If you are looking to name drop— they bring selections by Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Etta James, Louis Armstrong, Art Tatum and George Shearing to name just a few!

For more information, call (618) 468-4222 or go to online box office

Admission: Adults:$25 in advance, $30 day of; Students with I.D.: $10; Groups with 15 or more receive 20% discount

St. Louis, MO
April 14
Grant’s Farm opens for season

The St. Louis treasure, Grant’s Farm, will open for the season April 14. The 281-acre ancestral home of the Busch family named after former President Ulysses S. Grant now has more than 900 animals, representing more than 100 different species.

Council Bluffs, IA
April 14
Earth Day Planters and Pollinators

Participants learn about a variety of heirloom plants from the 1800s, take home a pot of plants, and construct and decorate a butterfly house to attract pollinators to their own yards or gardens. More info.

St. Louis, MO
April 14 – September 3
Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission

The Space Race returns to St. Louis when the Saint Louis Science Center’s exhibit titled “Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission,” opens (Apr. 14-Sept. 3). The SLSC was chosen as one of only four science museums in the country to display this exhibit from the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. The exhibition will feature the intact Apollo 11 command module Columbia, as well as more than 20 other one-of-a-kind artifacts from the historic mission. Don’t miss this once in-a-lifetime chance to see these magnificent artifacts.

Godfrey, IL
April 15, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Alton Symphony Orchestra: Amen!

Hathaway Cultural Center at Lewis & Clark Community College

Join us for our second annual “Amen!” concert! This concert experience designed to combine the orchestra with the voices of our audience as we sing hymns that have survived numerous generations and have brought peace and hope to so many. So bring your family and friends and sing along with the Alton Symphony Orchestra!

Performance will be held in the Hatheway Cultural Center on the campus of Lewis and Clark Community College.

For more information, call (618) 792-4002.

Admission: Adults: $10; Seniors (62+): $5; Free for children through 12th grade and students, faculty and staff of L&C  

Jerseyville, IL
April 20, 7:30 p.m. April 28, 7:30 p.m.; April 29, 3 p.m.
Great Rivers Choral Society: Boys of Summer – Beach Boys, Beatles, and Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons

First United Methodist Church of Jerseyville (April 20)
Godfrey First United Methodist Church (April 28, 29)
(618) 498-2621

The choir and accompanying band will feature the music of The Beatles, The Beach Boys and Frankie Valle and The Four Seasons! Join us and enjoy the music of the sixties and seventies! Maybe you’ll even sing along!

April 20 at 7:30 p.m. The show will take place at the First United Methodist Church of Jerseyville.

April 28 at 7:30 p.m. and April 29 at 3:00 p.m. The show will take place at the Godfrey First United Methodist Church.  

Kenosha, WI
April 21
The Dairy State Cheese & Beer Festival

The Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha is proud to present the 11th Annual Dairy State Cheese & Beer Festival at the world famous Brat Stop. This fun-filled event features a variety of Wisconsin cheeses, some of the most sought after beers from Wisconsin and beyond and awesome live music! This is a “don’t miss event” for anybody who likes beer, cheese and music!

Valid Identification Required – 21+ Only – Strictly Enforced.

Located at the corner of Highway 50 and I-94. Details about The Dairy State Cheese & Beer Festival

Crystal Lake, IL
April 21
Earth Day Celebration

Prairieview Education Center
This event is held both indoors and out, rain or shine. Guided nature hikes, environmental exhibits, games and crafts, live music, open mic, puppet shows, food vendors, lend a hand with a stewardship program and help restore a habitat. More information.

Godfrey, IL
April 21, 7:00 p.m.
Alton Symphony Orchestra: A Foreign Flavor

Hatheway Cultural Center at Lewis & Clark Community College
(618) 468-3270

We will conclude our 73rd season by taking you musically around the world. From the Hebrides Overture by Mendelssohn to the Gaelic Symphony by Beach you will feel as if you’ve been transported foreign land! Dance along to the ever popular Irish Suite by Anderson, Norwegian Dances by Grieg, and Hungarian Dances by Brahms.

Performance will be held in the Hatheway Cultural Center on the campus of Lewis and Clark Community College.

For more information, call (618) 792-4002.

Admission: Adults: $10; Seniors (62 and over): $5; Children (Grade 12 and under): FREE; Lewis and Clark Community College Faculty, Staff, Students :FREE  

Alton, IL
April 21, 7:00 p.m.
Honoring Mother Earth Tour at McPike Mansion

2018 Alby Street

Learn the history of the McPike Mansion and take a look at the documented photos of the mansion and paranormal activity. Then, take a tour of the surrounding grounds and the crypt. Talking with the spirits with Dowsing rods and join us for a dark session in the cellar with our experienced medium.  Tour lasts approximately 90 minutes. All proceeds go toward the restoration of the mansion. There will be something special planned for each tour. For more information, contact Sharyn at (618) 830-2179.

Admission: $20/Adults; $10/Teen; $5/Child;

Kenosha, WI
April 21
Kenosha Vintage Shop Crawl

Hop on the Bus and Come Crawl with Us to 5 of Kenosha’s Best Specialty Shops! We start at Against The Grain Creative Concepts. SHOP: Vintage, Raw materials, Reclaimed, Re-purposed, Up-cycled, New and Vintage Clothing, Jewelry, Home decor and much, much more!! We’ve designed this exciting “Crawl” to give YOU an Exclusive Look into our shops, WE’LL BE OPEN JUST FOR YOU! This Crawl will feature some snacks and food along the way, adult beverages, and soft drinks as well! This is a “Ticket Only” event so get yours today and buy one for a friend! Discover Kenosha’s unique wares, creativity and treasures old and new! Eat-Drink-Shop! Tickets $25 each. More information.

Grafton, IL
April 22, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Mushroom Festival

Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center

It’s back! The Mushroom Festival is returning to Pere Marquette Lodge and will be bigger than ever before. Come listen to live music, browse venders, grab lunch in the restaurant, taste local wines and learn all there is to know about mushrooms. The Great Morel Hunt will be held at 1 p.m. (weather and morel permitting). Join fellow hunters from all over the area as they scan the ground for these delicious delicacies. Then bring your finds back to The Lodge and you can win a great prize! Find the smallest morel, the largest morel or the most morels and you just might go home with a free night’s stay.

Kolona, IA
April 26-28
Kolona Annual Quilt Show & Sale

Modern and antique quilts attract collectors from across the Midwest to the Quilt Capitol of Iowa. More info.

Canton, OH
April 26-July 15
African Menagerie - The Inquisition at Canton Museum of Art

Experience this touring exhibit at the Canton Museum of Art that will let audiences discover and explore the plight of African wildlife species. Featured in the exhibit is celebrated American artist Brian Jarvi, whose works have won numerous awards from national and international animal conservation agencies, including the Safari Club’s International Artist of the Year. Central to this exhibit are seven, visually interlocking panels, more than 36 ft. in length, including a ten-foot by five-foot centerpiece; plus 100 related research sketches and mixed media studies. The works help to call attention to Earth’s wildlife extinction crisis. Canton Museum of Art 

Alton, IL
April 28, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Underground Railroad Shuttle Tour

Alton Visitor Center
200 Piasa Street

Learn about local, Underground Railroad sites on a shuttle tour with J.E. Robinson Tours and the Alton Regional CVB. The two-hour guided shuttle tours will stop at some of the sites that were part of the Underground Railroad system including Rocky Fork Church, Enos Apartments and more.

Alton’s riverfront location along the Mighty Mississippi played a vital role in helping slaves make connections to the freedom of the northern U.S. Buried beneath the streets of Alton and Godfrey, remnants of this period in history still exist.

For more information on the Underground Railroad shuttle tours or to make advance registrations, please contact the Alton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau at (800) 258-6645.

****Shuttle is not ADA accessible****

Admission: $25

Alton, IL
April 28, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Alton Hauntings History Walking tour

First Unitarian Church
110 East Third Street
(217) 791-7859

Our haunted history walking tour is approximately 3 hours long and travels throughout the old downtown area of Alton, visiting many reportedly haunted sites and going into some locations (depending on availability). Each tour is led by one of our trained guides and is based on the book Haunted Alton by Troy Taylor.

Admission: $25 per person  

Godfrey, IL
April 28, 7:30 p.m.
The Harmans Presented by Greater Alton Concert Association

Hatheway Cultural Center at Lewis & Clark Community College

Join us for an evening of musical talent at the Hatheway Cultural Center at Lewis & Clark Community College. The Harmans will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. With special guests “You Cna’t Beat Experience” Jazz Band. Presented by Greater Alton Concert Association.

Silent auction and raffle will be held in the lobby.

Tickets on sales at the following locations: G.A.C.A (618) 466-4222; Harmans (618) 278-4422; Maneke Jewelery (1633 Washington Ave., Alton); Alton Convention and Visitors Bureau (200 Piasa St., Alton)

Admission: $20 in advance; $25 at the door

Grafton, IL
April 28-29, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Grafton Riverside Flea Market

The Loading Dock
401 Front Street

You won’t want to miss this fabulous flea market on the river. There will be over 50+ dealers with all types of goods, antiques glassware, tools, candles, furniture and good old-fashioned junk! Join the fun the fourth weekend of every month from April through October in Grafton. For more information, call (800) 258-6645 or e-mail tba@gtec.com.

Union, IL
May 5
Illinois Day at Illinois Railway Museum

Celebrate Illinois’ Bicentennial at America’s largest railway museum. Learn the story of the railroads that played a role in the state’s history and take a ride on some of their rolling stock. Illinois residents admitted 50% off! www.irm.org

Racine, WI
May 5
Open House Racine County

This one-day event, presented by Real Racine, offers free and rare access to interesting sites throughout Racine County. Attendees will have an opportunity to visit hidden gems, interesting businesses, architectural treasures and civic buildings.

This year’s locations will be announced later this month. Watch the Real Racine website (www.realracine.com) and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/realracine). 

Oak Park, IL
May 19, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wright Plus Housewalk

Tour living spaces designed by Wright and his contemporaries, experience history and enjoy a festive day. Many guests make it a full weekend of architecture and design experiences by attending programs surrounding the Housewalk. For the ultimate all-access invitation to one-of-a-kind architecture experiences, we offer the deluxe ULTIMATE PLUS WEEKEND PACKAGE and ULTIMATE SATURDAY. More info or buy tickets.  

South Haven, MI
May 25-27
Mermaid Megafest

A global festival of mermaids and mermen located on the sandy beaches of South Haven. More info.

Union, IL
May 26-28
Memorial Day Weekend at the Illinois Railway Museum

Steam, diesel, and electric trains operate all three days. Active military personnel and their families admitted FREE with military ID. www.irm.org

Indianapolis, IN
May 27
Indianapolis 500

Feb. 14 marks 102 days to the 102nd running of the Indy 500 race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Witness this once-in-a-lifetime experience Sunday, May 27 and see why it’s “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” Kids 15 and younger are free with a paid adult general admission ticketholder: $35.  Reserved seats start at $50.

Collinsville, IL
June 1-2
International Horseradish Festival

Since 1988, the Horseradish Festival has celebrated the multi-faceted and vastly under-utilized spice member of the mustard family and brought people from around the mid-west and the country to Collinsville for fun, entertainment, great food and drink. Details about the International Horseradish Festival 

Bridgman, MI
June 9
Makers Trail Festival

The Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council recently announced the region’s newest annual event, the Makers Trail Festival, June 9th, from 1 to 10 p.m. at Weko Beach, Bridgman, Mich. Local winemakers, brewers and distillers will be popping corks, tapping kegs and pouring spirits under the big tent along the shores of Lake Michigan.

In addition to the drink tastings, the festival will offer a wide selection of summer foods from area vendors. There also will be free parking at Bridgman elementary, middle and high schools. Free shuttles will run frequently throughout the event from the Bridgman schools and several area hotels.

For more information or updates, visit MakersTrailFestival.org.

South Haven, MI
June 15-16
Harborfest and Antique & Classic Boat Show

Maritime history celebration, dragonboats, entertainment, craft fair, pancake breakfasts, and Maritime Museum activities. More info Harborfest. More info Antique & Classic Boat Show.

South Haven, MI
June 30 – July 1
60th Annual South Haven Art Fair and 4th of July Light Up the Lake Celebration

Fantastic fireworks, parade, arts, and crafts More info Art Fair More info 4th of July Celebration

South Haven, MI
August 9-12
55th Annual National Blueberry Festival

Parade, pie-eating contests, Rotary fly-in, pancake breakfasts, classic car show, craft fair, and sidewalk sales More info.

Centralia, IL
Foundation Park
August 17-19
Balloon Fest

Balloon Fest is a three-day hot air balloon festival featuring 40 hot air balloons, entertainment, crafts, tethered balloon rides, cardboard boat races, car show, fireworks, children’s activities and lots of good food. The event is attended by approximately 40,000 visitors in scenic Foundation Park. The Balloon Fest is held the third full weekend in August. Details about Balloon Fest.

Berwyn, IL
August 25
28th Annual WeatherTech Berwyn Route 66 Car Show

The 28th Annual WeatherTech Berwyn Route 66 Car Show will be held on Ogden Avenue in Berwyn on Sat, Aug 25. Berwyn has always been a great Route 66 town with a thriving, dynamic and fast-growing community at its heart. The Route 66 Car Show is the area’s best and biggest car show where visitors can soak up the classic car culture of Historic Route 66 with a stroll down the Mother Road itself. Marvel at over 550 vintage and custom cars, trucks and motorcycles! The event also features live entertainment (see schedule below) and a variety of hometown eats.

Spectator admission is free so bring the whole family! Event takes place on Ogden Ave, running between Oak Park Ave & Ridgeland Ave. For those seeking an early peek, vehicles start their procession to their parking spots around 7AM. The event officially runs from 10AM to 4PM on Sat, Aug 25. This event is rain or shine! No rain date.

Milwaukee, WI
August 29 – September 2
Harley-Davidson’s 115th Anniversary Celebration

“Harley-Davidson is gearing up to celebrate 115 years of the world’s best motorcycles here in Milwaukee,” said Bill Davidson, Vice President, Harley-Davidson Museum. “We’re welcoming everyone, motorcycle riders and non-riders alike from around the world, to the birthplace of Harley-Davidson to join in the celebration.”

New for the 115th anniversary in Milwaukee will be motorcycle events throughout the city. Harley-Davidson will host – for the first time ever – beach motorcycle racing on Bradford Beach on the shores of Lake Michigan, as well as sponsoring “Run What You Brung” drag racing, Flat Out Friday flat-track racing and more.

A complete list of 115th Anniversary events and activities – including rides home details, Rally-Pack specifics and their exclusive benefits, motorcycle rentals, organized local rides, tour routes, street parties, as well as lodging and camping – is available at H-D.com/115th.

Bettendorf, Iowa
August 30 – September 3

WWII Ship Coming to Quad Cities This Summer

A World War II amphibious vessel arrives in the Quad Cities on August 30, 2018.  The USS LST 325 (which is almost as long as a football field!) will dock on the Mississippi riverfront at the Isle Casino Hotel in Bettendorf, Iowa.

The last time this vessel visited the Quad Cities was 10 years ago, and it saw over 16,000 visitors when it was here.

Tours of the ship will be available daily from August 30 through September 3, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will last approximately 45 minutes.  Tour prices are Adults $10; Ages 6-17 $5; 5 years and under and WWII Veterans are free.  Group ticket pricing is available.  For more information on the ship, visit www.LSTmemorial.org.

Editor’s Note: We toured the USS LST-325 in Evansville a few years ago. Read about it here.

South Haven, MI
September 14-15
Smooth Sunset Weekend & South Haven Jazz Festival

The second annual event of its kind in South Haven – a free event with local talent, wine, and activities on the beach. More info.

Mt. Vernon, IL
September 28-30
7th Annual Mt. Vernon Fall Fest

The 7th Annual Mt. Vernon Fall Fest will be held September 28-30. This year’s theme, “Illinois Proud,” will focus on the state’s bicentennial. 2018 is Illinois’ 200th birthday, and Mt. Vernon’s Fall Fest will participate as an official bicentennial event for the state. Illinois officially became a state on Dec. 3, 1818, and events are being held throughout the year in cities across the state to celebrate. The Illinois bicentennial is an opportunity to recognize the widespread impact Illinois’ residents have made and celebrate the state’s rich history and culture.

The “Illinois Proud” theme will permeate throughout the entire three-day festival. A celebrated, 100+ entry parade, that features a Marching Band Expo awarding $4000 in prizes to help fund regional middle & high school bands, returns to Fall Fest 2018 on Saturday, September 29. This year, participants will build floats, decorate trailers, trucks & automobiles, gather families and friends, and even develop impressive marching band routines all to the theme “Illinois Proud” to celebrate the state we live in!

From Friday at 5 p.m. until Sunday at 5 p.m. entertainment at Fall Fest will, once again, be in abundance. Performer details will be announced soon, but Blues Sunday is confirmed to return in 2018! The Kids Zone, Fall Fest 5K for Special Olympics, DMDC Cruise-In, Tri-State Treasure Hunt for Kids, and the Mt. Vernon Business Women’s Club “Great Pumpkin Contest” are all on schedule to return in 2018, as well.

Fall Fest 2018 is opening the doors to Southern Illinois as we celebrate “Illinois Proud”. Consider this your invitation to the most exciting three days you’ll spend in the festival arts city from September 28 – September 30! Watch for more information soon at www.facebook.com/mtvfallfest.

Davenport, IA
October 9 – January 6
French Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1850-1950

Figge Art Museum
From October 9, 2018, to January 6, 2019, the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa, presents the exhibitionFrench Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1850-1950 from the world-renowned collection of the Brooklyn Museum in New York. The exhibition, organized by the Brooklyn Museum, brings together 60 paintings and sculptures by some of the world’s most treasured artists including Monet, Cézanne, Renoir, Matisse, Degas, Rodin, and many more. Members of the Figge Art Museum will be allowed access to the exhibition during a special member preview weekend on October 6-7 and the exhibition will open to the public beginning October 9.

The Figge will offer a variety of programs related to the exhibition including lectures, films, exhibition tours, free family day, classes and more to be announced. For complete details, visit www.figgeartmuseum.org as the exhibition opening date nears.

South Haven, MI
October 19-21
Haven Harvest Fest

Pumpkin chuckin’, zombie runs, haunts, pies, cider, and free live music More info.

South Haven, MI
November 17-24
Haven Holiday

Month-long activities, small-town holiday charm, merrily lit streets, Mistletoe Market, holiday parade and more! More info.

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3 thoughts on “Midwest Events

  • April 20, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Three day bluegrass and roots music festival with camping, craft and music workshops for adults and children, Friday fish fry, Saturday barbeque, children’s activities, raffles, 50/50, arts and crafts vendors, breakfast Friday, Saturday and Sunday, free music in club Thursday night, jamming in club Friday & Saturday nights midnight to close, carriage rides for fun and to and from campsites. Music from noon to midnight Friday and Saturday outside stage. Bands to date – from North Carolina The Freight Hoppers, from Minnesota – The Mullet River Boys, Milwaukee – Frogwater, Sheboygan – Beef Tea String Band, Madison – The Oak Street Ramblers and Sortin’ The Mail, Fox Cities – The Goodtime Specials with more to be announced. General seating, bring lawn chairs and or blankets. Pet friendly but no pets in festival area and all pets must be leashed and under companions control. Family friendly, no canned music or drumming in campgrounds from midnight to 7:00 a.m. Jamming encouraged! No time limit for camping, stay and watch the Packers with us Sunday! Please, do not drink and drive. $15.00 Friday, $20.00 Saturday or both $30.00, will split Saturday $10.00 afternoon or evening. $10.00 deposit required for Saturday afternoon. Rough camping (no electric, water, sewer) $10.00 per person entire weekend. Come early, stay late but stay safe!

    • April 28, 2014 at 3:43 pm

      Thanks, Kevin. I’ve added a link to the Bluegrass Adventure & Roots Festival on the Wisconsin Festivals & Fairs page.

  • July 14, 2015 at 6:42 am

    Just Outside Chicago, Illinois — The third-annual Sukhava Bodhe Yoga & Music Festival returns Labor Day Weekend, Friday-Monday, September 4-7, at Stonehouse Farm Eco-Retreat & Sanctuary.

    SUKHAVA BODHE (pronounced “soo-khaah-vuh boh-dhay”), or joyful awakening, arrives on the midwest summer festival scene with an all-ages camping festival celebrating yoga, music, conscious living, arts, and community in the beautiful natural surroundings of the Stonehouse Farm Eco-Retreat & Sanctuary, located on a lush, wooded 37-acre property in Paw Paw, Illinois, just 1.5 hours west of Chicago.

    Featuring four inspiring days, this year’s festival offers a wide-variety of activities to help focus the mind and awaken the spirit. Festival-goers can immerse themselves in yoga classes taught by some of the nation’s most respected yoga teachers; reconnect with nature during paddle board yoga classes; challenge their balance on a slackline stretched across the swimming pond; and meditate while walking through the property’s candlelit labyrinth. Throughout the weekend, an eclectic mix of musicians—from jazz, reggae, kirtan, hip-hop, house, and more—will provide the musical backdrop for the festival. With over 80 teachers and performers sharing their gifts during this celebration of yoga, music, meditation, swimming, sharing, learning, and joyful community, Sukhava Bodhe promises to be a weekend of wonder and adventure for anyone interested in cultivating a conscious-living lifestyle.

    Stonehouse Farm Eco-Retreat & Sanctuary in Paw Paw, Illinois, is home to lush forests, grassy meadows, and a pristine lake surrounding a historic stonehouse built in 1863. Walking paths meander throughout the property, offering spectacular views of the native landscape. The adjoining lake is framed by a sand beach, providing space for swimming and water sports. Festival-goers can set up camp overnight or drive in from Chicago for the day, with one-, two-, and three-day passes, and full festival passes available.

    Vendor booth spaces are available, along with sponsorship opportunities for wellness-oriented businesses and individuals looking to get involved. To register or for additional information, visit sukhavabodhe.com.


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