Upcoming Events

Here is a sampling of upcoming events throughout the Midwest. For more Midwest events, visit our Midwest Festivals & Fairs page, which includes links to all of the Midwest convention and visitor bureau events websites.

Kenosha, WI
Now through January 14
Christmas at Kemper

Visit the Durkee Mansion Open House, as part of Christmas at Kemper. The theme for the 1860s mansion this season is “Woodland Birds & Berries.”

Springfield, MO
December 15-18
Springfield Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”

Springfield Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” at Landers Theatre. Celebrate this holiday tradition with Springfield Ballet and the ones you love! Follow along as Clara and her Nutcracker Prince dash from an extravagant Christmas party to a fierce battle with the evil Mouse King, then on a magical journey through the Land of Snow and Kingdom of Sweets.

Rockford, IL
December 16-17
Holiday Pops Featuring Five by Design

Holiday Pops Featuring Five by Design. The nationally acclaimed vocal group Five by Design joins the Rockford Symphony Orchestra at the Riverfront Museum Park for a unique take on classic holiday favorites and brand new originals. The performance features songs like Santa Claus is Coming to TownHolly Jolly Christmas, Let it SnowWinter Wonderland and more.

Champaign County, IL
December 21
Winter Solstice Walk at Allerton Park

Winter Solstice Walk at Allerton Park – Two evening garden tours (5 p.m. and 6 p.m.). Limited to 25 people, the tours will be 45-60 minutes. Afterwards, hot cocoa and refreshments in the visitor center or continue walking throughout the illuminated Kirby Winter Wellness Walk.

Indiana Department of Natural Resources
January 1
First Day Hikes

Usher in 2018 with other outdoor lovers at one of the many First Day Hikes offered Jan. 1 at Indiana’s state parks. First Day Hikes are a healthy way to start 2018 and a chance to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and connect with friends. DNR’s Division of State Parks is hosting 32 First Day events throughout the state. Information on First Day events in Indiana is at StateParks.IN.gov/2420.htm. The guided hikes are organized by Indiana State Parks in cooperation with America’s State Parks. Hikes will take place in all 50 states.

Quad Cities, IL and IA
February 23-25, 2018
Participant Registration now through February 12
Winter Iowa Senior Games

Nearly 250 athletes from around the Midwest are expected to compete in the second annual Winter Iowa Senior Games, presented by Health Alliance Medicare, in the Quad Cities. Registration is now open for participants and volunteers.

Hosted by the Iowa Senior Games, this event will be held February 23-25, 2018. Seven sports are featured and competition will be held on both sides of the river in Iowa and Illinois.  All men and women ages 50 and above are eligible to participate.  Iowa residency is not required to compete.

“The Winter Iowa Senior Games allows us to bring the events to the participants” said Chuck Long, CEO and Executive Director of the Iowa Sports Foundation. “We’re excited to be back in the Quad Cities this February and we look forward to putting on another great event.”

Sports include billiards, bowling, pickleball, swimming, table tennis, indoor tennis, and an indoor track and field meet. The public is encouraged to attend and cheer on the athletes.  Admission is free. Ten age groups are offered to men and women, allowing participants to compete against their peers. Gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded to the top 3 individuals in each age group event.

Volunteers are needed to assist with the events. Opportunities are available for individuals and groups. No sport-specific knowledge is required.

Registration is $25 through January 22, then $30 until the February 12 deadline. For more information or to register, visit www.iowaseniorgames.org.

About the Iowa Sports Foundation
The Iowa Sports Foundation (ISF) is a nonprofit organization that helps develop amateur sports in Iowa and promote positive lifestyles and physical fitness through athletic events and health initiatives.  The four pillars of the ISF include the Iowa Games, Live Healthy Iowa, Adaptive Sports Iowa and the Iowa Senior Games.

About the Iowa Senior Games
The Iowa Senior Games offers competition for men and women ages 50 and above.  Three regional events are offered around Iowa, with the state event held in West Des Moines in June.  The Iowa Senior Games reaches nearly 1,500 men and women each year from over 20 states and Canadian provinces while providing an opportunity to advance to the National Senior Games and world competition.

Midwest CVBs and DMOs: Do you have an upcoming event to share? Please send press releases to info@midwestwanderer.com.