Midwest Events

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Missouri           Nebraska             North Dakota

Ohio                  South Dakota      Wisconsin

Event Announcements from Midwest (and neighboring states) visitor offices:

(Click on the event name to read details.)

Indianapolis, IN
May 2-26
500 Festival

Celebrate the magical month of May & Indy 500! The 500 Festival’s action-packed calendar of free & ticketed events has something for everyone! More info

West Baden, IN
May 22
Pour a Glass, Paint a Glass

West Baden Springs Hotel

Pop the cork on your artistic side and learn basic tricks and tips for painting wine glasses. Have a glass with us, then have your own customized glass to take with you. More info

French Lick, IN
May 22, 29; June 5, 12, 19, 26; July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; August 7, 14, 21, 28; September 4, 11, 18, 25
Orange County HomeGrown Valley Farmer’s Market

French Lick Town Green

Locally grown produce, baked goods, local handcrafted items, Buck-a-Book trailer, jammer tent, Master Gardener, and fun family activities. Sponsored by Orange County HomeGrown. More info

Momence, IL
May 22; June 12, 26, July 10, 24, August 14, 28
Cool Cars Under the Stars Cruise Nights

2nd and 4th Tuesdays in historic downtown Momence on Washington Street. More info

Birdseye, IN
May 23, 30; June 6, 13, 20, 27; July 11, 18, 25; August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; September 5, 12, 19, 26; October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Patoka Lake Tour

Patoka Lake Marina

Experience this breathtaking tour of Patoka Lake. Search for Osprey, Balk Eagles and other wildlife as you cruise the lake in style. Listen to stories from the last and learn the history surrounding the 2nd largest man-made lake in Indiana. Reservations recommended. More info

West Baden, IN
May 23
West Baden Gardening Guidance

West Baden Springs Hotel

Plant the seed of knowledge with this 30-minute class designed to help you understand how your garden grows. More Info

West Baden, IN
May 23, 30; June 6, 13, 20
Afternoon Tour & Tea

Embark on a 70-minute historical tour of West Baden Springs Hotel. You’ll be fascinated with the rich and entertaining legends and stories that are a part of the history of this elegant turn-of-the-century hotel. Then refresh yourself with a proper afternoon tea in the atrium featuring finger sandwiches, petit fours and scones served with a tasteful selection of gourmet teas. More info

Mason City, IA
May 24-28
North Iowa Band Festival

The largest free marching band competition in the Midwest marks 80 years with a “Totally 80s” theme. The event includes a carnival, free music, kids’ activities and food vendors. More info

Jeffersonville, IN
May 24-28

West Baden, IN
May 25; July 20; August 17
Wine and Dessert Soirée

West Baden Springs Hotel Atrium

Enjoy the ultimate expression of West Baden Springs Hotel—the luxury of Europe with the warmth of home. Decadent desserts made in-house and served with expertly paired wine varietals from around the world; hosted by their very own wine expert. More info

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.

Boone County, IA
May 25-28
Boone River Valley Festival

Fifteen different events and activities across Boone County spotlight the county’s best camping, fishing, hiking and scenery. Entertainment includes LOCASH, John Michael Montgomery, High Valley and Tyler Richton & the High Bank Boys. More info

French Lick, IN
May 26
Signature Cocktails

French Lick Springs Hotel Pluto’s Well

Learn tips and tricks from resort bartenders on creating French Lick Resort signature cocktails. Listen and learn while you enjoy some refreshing libations. More info

Belleville, IL
May 26; June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; July 7, 14, 21, 28; August 4, 11, 18, 25; September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; October 6, 13, 20, 27
Old Town Market

Downtown Belleville

Old Town Market offers a variety of vendors of homegrown produce, meats, preserves, james, jellies, soaps, art, and more.

Kankakee, IL
May 26; June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; July 7, 14, 21, 28; August 4, 11, 18, 25; September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; October 6, 13, 20, 27
Kankakee Farmers Market

Downtown Kankakee Corner of Schuyler & Merchant

A friendly community gathering to shop for local grown produce, flowers, made fresh daily foods to eat, activities and music to enjoy while shopping or eating. Spring market starts April 28-May 19 Summer market continues from then until Oct. 27, 8 a.m. to noon

French Lick, IN
May 26; June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; July 7, 14, 21, 28; August 4, 11, 18, 25; September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; October 6
Orange County HomeGrown Orelans Farmer’s Market

Orleans Congress Square Park

Locally grown produce, baked goods, local handcrafted items, Buck-a-Book trailer, jammer tent, Master Gardener, and fun family activities. Sponsored by Orange County HomeGrown. More info

Alma, MI
May 26-27
Alma Highland Festival & Games

Celebrating 50 years of Scottish Heritage – The festival is located on the Alma College campus in Alma, Michigan. Each year the festival brings thousands of visitors the very best of Scottish tradition. The festival combines great competition with Scottish hospitality. The festival is home to the following regional competitions:




Watch dozens of pipers and drummers playing at once in a massed band performance. Find out about your heritage and hear about Scottish traditions at our many Clan Tents. Check out the Entertainment Tent, featuring live professional entertainment and cold beer on tap. Or take a 5K lap of Scotland USA in the Saturday morning Series of Races before the Street Parade rolls through town.There is much, much more. But don’t just take our word for it. Stop by and see for yourself each Memorial Day Weekend! Cead Mile Failte from Alma – Scotland USA! More info

French Lick, IN
May 26-27,  June 30, July 6-7, September 1-2, October 26-27
Food Truck Alley

French Lick Resort

Enjoy local food vendors at food truck alley at the Event Center Plaza at French Lick Springs Hotel. This event is open to the public and does not require tickets. 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

French Lick, IN
May 26-28, June 16-17, July 1-4, Jul 28-29, Oct 13-14
Wild West Hold Up

French Lick Scenic Railway

The bandits known as the Lost River Renegades strike again on the French Lick Express. Local marshals are lookin’ for brave souls to climb aboard the next train ride to help catch the scoundrels. More info

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.

Monticello, IL
May 29
Full Moon Hike

Allerton Park & Retreat

Discover what happens at Allerton Park at night! Hike the south side of the park with the moon shining through the trees. Experience the magic of nature at night and listen for our numerous and vocal barred owls and coyotes! More info

Shelby County, IN
June 1
Taste of Shelby County

Savor the flavors of local restaurants, chefs & food artisans. Local craft brews & wines. LemonWheel live on stage. Artists Alley, Silly Safaris & Kids activities. More info

Sioux Falls, SD
June 1, July 6, August 3, September 7
8th & Railroad Center
Downtown Block Party

On the First Friday of the month, June through September, DTSF treats you to the ultimate block party experience. These FREE events are located on the Eastbank of downtown Sioux Falls.

Enjoy live music, food vendors, beer, wine, and shopping at some of the most unique stores along the boardwalk of the 8th & Railroad Center.

Block party events provide a casual atmosphere that is family-friendly and fun for all ages. Picnic tables will be provided, but feel free to bring your own lawn chair. Kick back and enjoy the sounds of local and regional acts performing each evening including Minneapolis blues, South Dakota folk, and everything in between.

Retail, food, and interactive vendors are set up along the venue’s peripheral which complements the great retail stores along the boardwalk of the 8th & Railroad Center, providing a marketplace type atmosphere to purchase unique gifts. More info

Grand Rapids, MI
June 1-3
Festival of the Arts

Festival is West Michigan’s premier arts event, featuring the area’s best performers and artists. Hear rock, classical and jazz music, enjoy dance in all its many forms, watch local theater on six indoor and outdoor stages. Food booths are operated by area nonprofits and feature ethnic specialties. All this, plus kids’ activities, art shows, printmaking, arts and art and crafts for sale, and more – it’s the perfect way for families explore and experience the arts! All performances and activities are free. All proceeds benefit Festival and area artists. More info

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 

Lincoln City, IN
June 2
Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives

Five-time Grammy Award winner Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives bring their high-energy hits to Lincoln Amphitheatre. More info

Shipshewana, IN
June 2
Neil Diamond Tribute

Eight-time Branson Show Award Winner Keith Allynn and Diamond look and sound alike, tells the story of Neil Diamond’s life through Diamond’s own songs. More info

Ottumwa, IA
June 2
World Championship Canteen Eating Contest

The Canteen in the Alley and Major League Eating present the first annual world championship Canteen eating contest on Saturday, June 2. Competitors will vie against each other to devour as many Canteens (loose-meat sandwiches) as possible in 10 minutes. More info

West Baden, IN
June 2, 9; July 21, 28; August 4
Afternoon Tea

West Baden Springs Hotel Atrium

Enjoy the soothing sounds of live classical harp music as you delight in a proper afternoon tea, complete with finger sandwiches, scones and petit fours in the atrium. Sip and savor from a variety of gourmet teas sure to refresh you. More info

Atchison, KS
June 2; July 7, 13; September 1
Haunted History Trolley Tour

Since 1995, families from across the nation have come to Haunted Atchison Tours, a one-hour narrated ride aboard the Atchison Trolley to see the sites and hear about the mysteries. More info

Mt. Vernon, IL
June 2, July 7, August 4, September 1
Market Days

Veteran’s Park, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Market Days is Mt. Vernon’s very own outdoor flea market and vendor fair. Now located at Veteran’s Park, 800 S. 27th St. Market Days occurs on the first Saturday of every month between May and September. At Market Days, a variety of vendors sell diverse items such as antiques, collectibles, handmade items, plants, jewelry, blacksmith, flea market finds, produce, baked goods, kettle corn and much more. Admission is free and kids’s activities such as inflatables are provided. Visit, shop, and enjoy the Market atmosphere at Mt. Vernon’s Market Days. For more information call (618) 242-3151.

French Lick, IN
June 2-3; 5, 7, 9-10, 12, 14, 19, 21, 23-24, 26, 28; July 5
French Lick Scenic Train Ride

French Lick Scenic Railway

Take a 20-mile historic train ride through parts of the Hoosier National Forest, the 2,200-foot Burton Tunnel (Indiana’s second longest tunnel), and past limestone outcroppings. More info

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.

Urbana, IL
June 9
Uncork Urbana Wine Festival

Meadowbrook Park

The 5th Annual Uncork Urbana Wine Festival will be June 9, from 3 pm-10 pm at Meadowbrook Park in Urbana. Join us in the sun for a day of celebrating all things wine! More info

Grand Haven, MI
June 9-10
Feast of the Strawberry Moon

Join West Michigan Historical Alliance and our local community for the 17th Annual Feast of the Strawberry Moon.  This historical re-enactment set in a natural setting on Harbor Island.  The island is surrounded by the Grand River and is located in Grand Haven Michigan.  This event bring in approximately 250 re-enactors, entertainers, demonstrators and period vendors to provide the experience of the 18th century.

For the safety of your pets there are no animals allowed on the grounds.  Gun and Canon fire can disorientate animals that are not trained service animals.  Please leave your pets home.  Thank You! More info

Spring Lake, MI
June 11-16
Spring Lake Heritage Festival

Spring Lake Heritage Festival is a fun-filled festival week with many events for all ages. This annual summer event in Spring Lake, Michigan is a wonderful opportunity to spend quality time with family and friends. More info

Le Mars, IA
June 13-16
Ice Cream Days

The flagship event for the “Ice Cream Capital of the World” includes a parade, Art in the Park, live music performances, a fishing derby for kids and, of course, ice cream. More info

Burlington, IA
June 14-17
Burlington Steamboat Days

For 55 years, some of the finest entertainers in the country have performed at Burlington Steamboat Days. This year’s line-up includes the Charlie Daniels Band, Fuel, Jefferson Starship, Craig Morgan and Survivor. More info

West Baden, IN
June 15, July 6, November 9, December 28
Wine Pairings at West Baden Springs Hotel

Experience wine tasting at West Baden Springs Hotel paired with five courses of a variety of hors d’oeuvres. The event includes American and European wine presentations by their house wine expert highlighting a different imported or domestic varietal with each pairing. The Atrium is the ultimate wine tasting room! Reservations required. More info

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 15-16
South Haven Harborfest

What is Harborfest? A celebration of Southwestern Michigan’s unique maritime history! Free live music all weekend! Local, Regional and Headliner Bands, plus….

  • Craft Fair
  • Fantastic Food Fair
  • Kid’s Activities
  • Mini Carnival
  • Ronald McDonald
  • Maritime Museum Activities
  • Daily Beer Garden, w/live music
  • Pancake Breakfasts on Waterfront

Harborfest is a “free” event that showcases South Haven’s unique maritime history. With a back drop of the historic South Haven lighthouse, beautiful beaches, and pier to take in the sunset, Harborfest has something for everyone.

This annual festival is organized & sponsored by local businesses and volunteers of this quaint and charming coastal community.

For more information and to view 2017 entertainment lineup visit: southhavenharborfest.com. If you would like information on volunteering, dragonboat sponsorship/teams or general questions please email us at: harborfest2015@comcast.net or info@southhavenharborfest.com You may also call Dan Ohlmann President at 269-447 0556.

Sawyer, MI
June 16
Lake Shore Wine Festival

NEW LOCATION: Event will take place at Warren Dunes State Park in Sawyer, MI. Sat, June 16, 2018: Showcasing all of the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Country’s locally-grown-and-produced varietals and wines beachside! More info

West Baden, IN
June 16, July 21, August 18, September 8
Twilight Tours

West Baden Springs Hotel

Rub shoulders with some of the rich, famous, and notorious guests who visited West Baden Springs during its heyday in the ’teens and ’20s. On select Saturdays, Twilight Tours explore what it was like to be a guest of the West Baden Springs Hotel during its grand era. More info

Sioux Falls, SD
June 16-17
W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds
South Dakota Peach Festival

Two fun-filled days of live music, activities, vendors and delicious foods! Enjoy FRESH peaches from the Georgia orchards and eat your way through the weekend tasting all things peach. The festival is also home to the world’s largest peach cobbler. More info

Sioux Falls, SD
July 20-21
27th Annual JazzFest

Yankton Trail Park

More info

Calmar, IA
June 23
Breakfast on the Farm

The Northeast Iowa Dairy Foundation serves a wholesome breakfast complete with Belgian waffles, sausage and delicious dairy products including milk, cheese, yogurt and ice cream, all produced and processed in northeast Iowa. The day also includes many farm-related activities. More info

Charles City, IA
June 23
Charles City Challenge

Competitive events for kayaks and stand-up paddleboards at Iowa’s first whitewater park for paddlers of all abilities, plus and innertube event for those who just want to ride the waves. Additional activities for those who prefer to remain on land. More info

Traverse City, MI
June 24
Traverse City Wine & Cider Festival

Join us for the 9th annual Traverse City Wine & Cider Festival at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons in Traverse City on Saturday, June 24, 2017 from 3:00 to 9:00 pm to celebrate regional wine, food and culture of northern Michigan. Get a true taste of the region with local wines, great food, art and musical performances all in one location! More info

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

Traverse City, MI
June 30 – July 7
National Cherry Festival

At the National Cherry Festival, we take the celebration of cherries very seriously. It isn’t just because of their health benefits and overall tasty nature. This superfruit fuels more than our people. It powers our local economy in Traverse City, MI. Our festival is a celebration of farmers, laborers, neighbors and anyone that comes together because of cherries. We’re proud to include you in our cherry community. More info

Muskegon, MI
July 6-7
Lakeshore Art Festival

The Lakeshore Art Festival will take place July 6 and 7, 2018, and is a unique mix of arts, crafts, food and family fun in historic downtown Muskegon.

Guests will enjoy a juried fine art festival located in beautiful Hackley Park, as well as vibrant streets brimming with crafts, unique artisan food products, children’s activities, entertainment and more! With convenient affordable parking, outstanding accommodations and restaurants nearby this is a must-attend event! More info [/expand]

Sioux Falls, SD
July 12
Strawbale Winery
Summer Porch Series

Summer Porch is a fun filled evening of live music, art, food, wine and fun, from the end of May through the summer to the beginning of September.  We have live music, local artists selling their wares, and food vendors from around the area. Check the website for more information. More info  

Ionia, MI
July 12-21
Ionia Free Fair

The Ionia Free Fair, founded in 1915 by Ionia Mayor (and future Governor) Fred Green, celebrated 100 years of momentous carnival history in 2015. Together Mayor Green and co-founder, Fred Chapman, began the journey to create what is now referred to as the World’s Largest Free Fair. In August of 1915 the inaugural Free Fair was held featuring an automobile parade, horse races, airplane flights, balloon ascensions and parachute drops. The Midway included candy booths, ice-cream parlors, motion picture shows, merry-go-rounds and ten cent dances at the pavilion. Upwards of 20,000 people attended. The Fair’s fame and prosperity withstood two World Wars and eventually attained a national reputation due to spectacular grandstand productions and concerts. In the early 1960s big name personalities were booked to attract literally millions of fair goers over the course of the next 40 years. Minnie Pearl, Al Hirt, Sonny and Cher, Roy Clark, Bobby Vinton, Johnny Cash, Barbara Mandrell, Kenny Rogers, The Beach Boys, George Burns, The Judds, Reba McEntire, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Toby Keith, Def Leppard and New Kids on The Block are just a sampling of the entertainers who once graced the grounds here in Ionia. Additionally, generations of farming families began bringing their animals to the fair and continue to share their expertise through local 4-H programs. The Ionia Free Fair isn’t just one of Michigan’s greatest and longest running outdoor events, it is a tradition. We proudly celebrate 100 years of making memories, bringing joy to countless families and continuing our quest to entertain the masses for 10 fun filled days every summer. More info

Sioux Falls, SD
July 20-21
Yankton Trail Park
27th Annual JazzFest

Lansing, MI
July 5-8
Common Ground Music Festival

Common Ground Music Festival is the Midwest’s hottest music event with three stages of weekly entertainment. The annual event will continue to bring nationally known artists — from rock to classics to country to rap — in order to blast the Midwest with top-notch music. More info

Sioux Falls, SD
July 12-15
Hot Harley Nights

W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds

More info

Valparaiso, IN
July 28
Valpo Margarita Fest

More info

Sioux Falls, SD
July 28
Folk Off & Rib Challenge

Strawbale Winery

More info

French Lick, IN
June 28, July 12, 19, August 12
Twist the Night Away

The Abbeydell Hall at the Legend of French Lick

Re-live the music of the 1950’s as the cast Rock Around the Clock with the Everly Brothers, Jerry Lee Lewis, Patsy Cline and Elvis just to name a few. This cast will take you back to the era of rich harmonies, classic love songs and unforgettable dances that will leave you wanting to “Twist the Night Away”! More info

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.

West Baden, IN
May Nov 11, 18; Dec 2, 16
Mixology Class at Sinclair’s

West Baden Springs Hotel

You’ve always wondered how to mix drinks like a master. French Lick Resort will help you get it down to a science. 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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  • 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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