A guide to the fall guide
After the long, hot summer we’ve endured, we suspect everyone is ready for our annual Fall Guide and the chance to get outside in what many would say is by far the best season here in central Illinois.
Each year for the last 25 or so we’ve compiled the area’s most comprehensive calendar of events – including fairs, festivals, historic events, concerts and theater – and packaged it in our Fall Guide. The calendar starts here, organized chronologically to make it easier to plan for dates when you have free time.
We’ve highlighted several weekend excursions – from ghost walks and skydiving to tractors and a drive along the Spoon River. And we’ve mixed in detailed previews of area festivals, theater and music events.
We recommend you look through the entire section and then pull out your post it notes or highlighter and start planning to make the very most of fall.
And don’t forget to notice all the great local places advertising throughout the section. They are eager to have you come and shop, eat, have fun. Without them there would be no IT – and that would be no fun at all.
-Sharon Whalen, publisher
Artist on the Plaza
Through Sep 15, 12-1pm, Tuesday and Thursday outdoor instrumental, vocal, dance or musical theater performance. Old State Capitol, 1 Old State Capitol Plaza. 753-3519.
Through Sep 16, 10am-2pm, Exhibition of award-winning paintings based on magnified views of assembled toy models and parts. Robert Morris Gallery, 607 E. Adams, 522-8977.
Marching to Different Beats Art Exhibit
Through Sep 17, 10am-5pm Tues-Fri, 10am-3pm Sat, Cornelia Powell, pen and ink; Barbara Stevens, oil/pastel. H.D. Smith Gallery, 420 S. Sixth Street, 544-2787.
Uptown Friday Night
Through Sep 30, 5:30-7:30pm, Fridays, Springfield Area Arts Council presents a free weekly jazz and blues performance. Robbie’s Restaurant, Old State Capitol Plaza South.
Illinois Products Farmers Market
Through Oct 20, 4-7pm Thursdays, Local food, entertainment. Commodity Pavilion. 785-4873. Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave.
Jacksonville Farmers Market on the Square
Through Oct 27, 4-6pm Wednesdays, Sponsored by Jacksonville Main Street. Southeast corner of the square, downtown Jacksonville. 245-6884.
Old Capitol Farmers Market
Through Oct 29, 8am-12:30pm Wednesdays and Saturdays, Chef demos, artisans and entertainment on Saturdays. Adams between Fifth and Second. 544-1723.
Lincoln Corn Maze
Through Oct 31, 4-10pm Fri, 1-10pm Sat/Labor Day, Navigate by day or night through amazing 9-acre maze. Free hayride and activities. 309- 242-4736. Lincoln Corn Maze, 1376 1800th Street, Lincoln.
First Fridays Downtown
Sep 02, Oct 7, Nov 4, Dec 2, 5-8pm, Stroll, shop and eat downtown. Exhibitions, live music, great deals and fun surprises. Every first Friday. 544-1723. Downtown Springfield.
Life in the Counter-Form
Sep 19-Oct 28, 10am-2pm Tue-Fri, Cut paper art of the artist Richard Shipps. Robert Morris Gallery, 607 E. Adams Street.
Nov 1-Dec 23, 10am-2pm Tue-Fri, Manning’s art will be on display. Opening Reception is Nov. 4, 5-7 p.m. Robert Morris Gallery, 607 E. Adams.
Ovations - Art Exhibit
Nov 04-Dec 10, 10am-5pm Tues-Fri, 10am-3pm Sat, Beth Summer, photography; Colleen Ferratier, pastel/watercolor; Hugh Henderson, ceramics. Reception Nov. 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Music, beverages, hors d’oeuvres. Free. H.D. Smith Gallery, 420 S. Sixth Street, 544-2787.
Athens Fall Festival
Aug 25-27, 7pm Thu, 5pm Fri, 10am-12am Sat, Parade, carnival, bands, car show, entertainment and more. 636-8429. Athens Community Park, W Jackson St. at N Main St, Athens.
Lincoln Art and Balloon Festival
Aug 26-28, Hot air balloon launch and glow, tethered balloon rides, music, food, carnival games, fine art fair, the art of wine, children’s art activities, flea market, craft fair, car show and more. Logan County Airport and downtown square, Lincoln, 217-735-2385.
Smoke on the Mountain
Aug 26-28, Sep 02-04, 8pm Fri-Sat, 2pm Sun, Be witness to the stories and toe-tapping hymns from less-than-devout Sanders Family invited to perform in church circa 1938. $18. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St.
Old Capitol Blues & BBQs
Aug 26-27, 6pm-12am Fri, 12pm-12am Sat, Features 40 BBQ competitors and vendors, local and national blues talent and children’s activities. $5, under 12 free. 544-1723. Downtown Springfield at Fifth and Washington streets.
Aug 26, 7:30pm, Rhett Barnwell, renowned harpist, composer, teacher and liturgist to perform. Freewill offering. Hospital Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi Church, 4849 Laverna Road.
Aug 26-27, 8pm, Full-length drama of three orphans in 1910 Missouri who run away from the Orphan Train. $12, 800-710-9290. Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, 15588 History Lane, Petersburg.
Taylorville Farmers Market
Aug 27, 9am-1pm, The Market celebrates Ag Day. Taylorville square, Taylorville.
Civil War Dance Performance
Aug 27, 10:30am and 1:30pm, The Central Illinois Civil War Dance Society Performers in period costumes. Free. Old State Capitol, 1 Old State Capitol Plaza, 217-785-9363.
CenterLine Dressage Classic Horse Show
Aug 27-28, 8am-5pm, Two-day free horse show at the Coliseum. 793-6810. Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave.
Community Health Fair
Aug 27, 11am-3pm, Free school physicals and also eye/dental screening. 544-7881. Monroe Street Christian Church, 1229 E. Monroe Street.
Tad Lincoln’s Father
Aug 27, 2pm, One-woman drama performed by local actor Linda Schneider. Memoir of a girl sent to play with the Lincoln children in the White House. Vachel Lindsay Home State Historic Site, 603 S. Fifth Street, 217-524-0901.
Dog Days of Summer
Aug 27, 3-8pm, Wine tasting, specialty beers, food, silent auction, live music by Soul Purpose band (4-7 p.m.) to benefit Homeward Bound Pet Shelter. Long Creek Vineyards, Decatur, 7185 E. Firehouse Rd, Decatur, 875-1910 or 876-1266.
Aug 27, 4-6pm, Faith Coalition for the Common Good presents Dr. John Jackson, school supplies, refreshments, educational booths. RSVP 544-2297. Union Baptist Church, 1405 E. Monroe Street, 753-4379.
Annual Lawn Party
Aug 27, 5-7pm, Art Association of Jacksonville invites the public to a party. David Strawn Art Gallery, 331 W. College Ave, Jacksonville, 243-9390.
Sangamon Valley Group of Sierra Club
Aug 27, 6:30-7:30pm, One hour hike led by Sierra Club members who guide you through the insightful world of poop! 299-1156. Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 E. Lake Shore Drive.
The Summer Night Sky
Aug 27, 7pm, Explore the amazing skies with Dr. John Martin, UIS, and Sangamon Astronomical Society. Talk followed by star viewing. Register at 529-1111. Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 E. Lake Shore Drive.
Aug 27, Animal encounters and behind-the-scenes look, drinks and hors d’oeuvres, auction, music, prizes! Tickets, 422-5911. Scovill Zoo, 71 S. Country Club Rd, Decatur, 217-421-7435.
2011 Baby Day
Aug 28, 12-4pm, New and expecting parents and child-care providers invited to expo sponsored by SIU HealthCare and ABC NewsChannel 20. $2. Crowne Plaza, 3000 S. Dirksen Pkwy.
1800s Craft Fair
Aug 28, 10am-4pm, Meet Abe and Mary Lincoln, watch craftspeople demonstrate variety of trades, live period music, tours and more. Free. Postville Courthouse State Historic Site, 914 Fifth Street, Lincoln, 217-732-8930.
Aug 28, 12-7pm, DJs playing 50s and 60s dance music, DJ the Clown, Bob Remack Band Big Band dance music, free swim, food and more. Knights of Columbus Hall Council 364, 2200 S. Meadowbrook Road.
Juvae Jazz Society Mini Fest
Aug 28, 2-7pm, Bob Draga, Danny Coots, Dave Tatrow, Cody Henry, Jay Hungerford, Randy Morris, Kevin Turner Trio, Bob Havens. Indoor picnic. $35 in advance. juvaejazz.com. Decatur Conference Center & Hotel, 4191 US 36 West, Decatur.
Music in the Park
Aug 28, 4-7pm, Mojo Cats and Justin Kesterson and Mother Road Rocker. Bring a chair or blanket. Iles Park, Sixth St and Ash Street. 544-1751.
Summer Concert in the Park
Aug 28, 6pm, Jacksonville Pilot Club sponsors free music at the bandstand every Sunday through August. 478-2015. Jacksonville Community Park, 1201 S. Main, Jacksonville.
Jubilee Regional Championship Morgan Horse Show
Aug 31, Sep 01-03, 8am-12am, Free four-day horse show at the Coliseum. 781-760-1270. Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave.
Back to School Party
Sep 01, 5:30-7:30pm, Open to alumni, community, staff, students and faculty. $18 includes hors d’oeuvres and soft drinks. Reservations by Aug. 25, 206-7395 or www.uiaa.org/uis. Island Bay Yacht Club, 76 Yacht Club Road, 217-529-5418.
Pittsfield Fall Festival
Sep 01-03, 6pm Thu-Fri, 9am Sat, Food vendors, crafts, carnival and many activities. Parade on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. 370-9846. Pike County Courthouse, 100 E. Washington Street, Pittsfield.
Sep 02-05, Historical re-enactments like Mark Twain and Walt Whitman, storytelling, lectures, music and dance. 243-2423. Jacksonville Community Park, 1201 S. Main, Jacksonville.
Abstractions Art Opening
Sep 02, 5-7:30pm, Work in various mediums by Prairie Art Alliance artist members. Drinks, five minute art for five dollars, hors d’oeuvres, live music. Free. Prairie Art Alliance Gallery II, 221-223 S. Sixth St, 544-2727.
Budweiser Illinois Blues Festival 2011
Sep 02-03, 6pm Fri, 12pm Sat, Internationally known blues artists on three stages. Bring a lawn chair. $20-$25. RiverFront Festival Park, Water Street, South of RiverPlex, Peoria.
Sep 02-03, 7:30-9pm, Rob Clare (formerly of Royal Shakespeare Company) and Reiko Aylesworth (off-Broadway actress, star of Golden Globe-winning TV show “24”) perform scenes and speeches at Theatre in the Park. Tickets, 632-5440. Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, 15588 History Lane, Petersburg.
Springfield Short Track Motorcycle Races
Sep 02-03, 5-10:30pm Fri, 7pm Sat, Amateur and pro AMA races in multi-purpose arena. Admission. Enter gate 11. 753-8866. Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave.
Sep 02-04, 5-11pm Friday, 12-11pm Sat-Sun, Weekend of local ethnic groups providing ethnic foods, music and cultural activities. 629-7871. Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave.
Friends of the Sangamon Valley
Sep 03, 8am-1pm, Sugar Creek canoe tour. Cookout follows. $30, $50 couple. Reserve your spot ASAP. 525-1410. Bridgeview Park, 149 N. Lakewood Dr, Chatham.
Luau at the Lake
Sep 03, 3:30pm food, 6pm music, Authentic Hawaiian BBQ with Hawaiian chicken, macaroni salad, sticky rice, sweet roll and pineapples. Brooke Thomas and Blue Suns play at 6 p.m. Knights of Columbus Hall Council 4179, 141 N. Lakewood Dr, Chatham, 483-3013.
Sangamon Valley Woodcarvers Show
Sep 03-04, 10am-5pm Sat, 10am-4pm Sun, Carvers from across the country exhibit. $2, 12 and under free. Illinois Building. 546-8792. svwoodcarvers.org. Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave.
Casey Popcorn Festival
Sep 03-05, 10am-8pm, All the free popcorn you can eat, plus three days of carnival, clowns, craft vendors, karaoke, food, music, car show and more. 217-232-2676. Fairview Park, SE 4th St. at E. Van Buren Ave. Casey.
Arthur Amish Country Cheese Festival
Sep 03-05, Three days of free cheese, entertainment, contests, car show, craft and flea markets, food and more. 800-72-AMISH. Downtown Arthur.
Build Benld Art Fair
Sep 04, 9am-4pm (set-up 7-9am), Food, drinks and music throughout the day. Benld City Park, Benld, 217-835-2135.
Ice Cream Social
Sep 04, 10am-3pm, Family fun on 1800s historic farm at southern edge of town, Route 29. Educational speakers, music, vendors, displays, food, bake sale, children’s activities. Bring lawn chairs. 217-968-5808. Greenview.
Sep 04, 1pm, AMA pro racing national motorcycle races on the mile. Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave, 217-753-8866.
Stone House Open House
Sep 04, 1-4pm, Open house at 1830s stone house. Rain cancels. Sponsored by Rochester Historical Preservation Society. Rochester Historical Village, W. Main St, Rochester. 498-9497.
Illinois Symphony Orchestra
Sep 04, 6pm, Free baseball-themed concert with guest conductor Yaniv Segal, Michigan Pops Orchestra music director. (Civil War baseball demos, craft activities and more 2-6 p.m.), Old State Capitol, 1 Old State Capitol Plaza, 217-785-9363.
AKC Dog Agility Trial
Sep 04-05, 7am-7pm, Watch dogs compete in timed sport as they negotiate an obstacle course. Coliseum Covered Arena. Free. Hosted by Capitol Canine Training Club. Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave. 585-0937.
Dave Sinclair Labor Day Celebration
Sep 05, 4-6pm, Bring lawn chairs and enjoy music and an ole fashioned ice cream social. Virginia town square, 217-452-7786.
Labor Day Pops
Sep 05, 6-7pm, Free concert on the shores of Lake Decatur with the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra. Nelson Park, Decatur.
Carson & Barnes Circus
Sep 07, 4:30pm and 7:30pm, Famous Carson & Barnes Three-Ring Circus features acrobats, jugglers, wild animals and flying trapeze. Prairie Land Heritage Museum, 1005 West Michigan, South Jacksonville, 217-479-2318.
Pied Piper Architectural Tour
Sep 07, Oct 05, 5:30pm, Free one-half hour professionally-guided architectural tour highlighting downtown buildings. Reception follows. Meets at Lincoln-Herndon Law Office. 544-1723.
Pekin Marigold Festival
Sep 08-11, Lots of unique contests and events. Music, art and so much more. 309-346-2106. Pekin. www.pekinchamber.com/MarigoldFestival.
Elkhart Historical Society Dinner Lecture
Sep 09, 5:30-8pm, “The Music of Rt. 66,” “Elkhart’s Place in Rt. 66 History.” $25. Reservations at 947-2046 or elkharthistoricalsociety.org. Wild Hare Cafe, 104 Governor Oglesby St, Elkhart.
History and the Arts
Sep 09-10, 6-8pm Fri, 12-4pm Sat, Friday features Steve Berry, bestselling author. $30. Saturday free indoor artist, musician and dancer showcase. www.sancohis.org. 525-1961. Old State Capitol, 1 Old State Capitol Plaza.
Mt. Pulaski Fall Festival
Sep 09-10, Plenty of food, carnival rides, 3-on-3 tourney, car show, beer tent with live bands, kiddie tractor pull, 5K run and lots of free entertainment and family fun. Free. Mt. Pulaski Courthouse, 113 S Washington St, Mount Pulaski.
Arenzville Burgoo Festival
Sep 09-10, 8am-7pm, Get your burgoo. Kenny Carlyle & the Cadillac Cowboys (Friday night). Janie Fricke (Saturday night). Contests Saturday. burgoo.org. 300 W. Main, Arenzville.
Sep 09-10, 5pm-12am Fri, 8am-12am Sat, Food, fun, bands and entertainment for all. Join ZumbaFest on Saturday morning. 227 W Main Street, Havana, 309-543-3849.
Illinois Patriot Guard Gathering
Sep 09-11, 7am-1pm, Free. Illinois Building Main Floor. 229-4219. Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave.
Arcola Broom Corn Festival
Sep 09-11, 9am Fri, 7am, Sat, 7am-5pm Sun, Find out how brooms are made and why they are a big part of Arcola’s past. National Broom Sweeping Contest and parade known for its length, plus all the regular festival activities, drink and unique food. Free admission. Arcola. 268-4530.
Traditional Music Festival
Sep 10-11, 10am-5pm, More than 100 musicians are expected to participate. $4-$2, $10 family. Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site.
History Camp for Kids
Sep 10, 9am-12pm, Free hands-on, family history youth activity. Registration required. firstname.lastname@example.org in advance. fgs.org/2011conference. Hilton Springfield, 700 E. Adams, 888- 347-1500.
Spirits of the Civil War
Sep 10, 9am-12pm and 1-4pm, First-person accounts of men who fought in the four branches of the armed services. Encampments. Free. Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site, Oak Ridge Cemetery.
Sep 10, 9:30am-4:30pm, Get the basics from Federation of Genealogical Societies and ancestry.com. $20. Register at www.fgs.org/AncestryatFGS2011. Hilton Springfield, 700 E. Adams, 1-888-347-1500.
Super Saturdays at the Museum
Sep 10, 10am-4pm, “Museum Kicks on Route 66.” History of Mother Road, crafts, activities and games. Free for ages 4-8. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, 782-6044.
Sep 10, 10am-4pm, Live entertainment of different countries, ethnic food, cultural displays and World Market booths. Free admission and parking. Peoria Civic Center, 201 SW Jefferson Ave.
SOB (Springfield Oyster and Beer) Festival
Sep 10, 12-5pm, Over fifty specialty craft and homemade beers, exhibits, food and music. $20, $15 in advance. sobfestival.com. The Inn at 835, 835 S. Second Street, 523-4466.
Illinois Secretary of State Antique Vehicle Show
Sep 10, Over 50 classes of antique cars, trucks, motorcycles, RVs and tractors in the parking lot. 557-7220. Meijer Store, 4200 Conestoga Drive.
Jacksonville Walking Tour
Sep 10, Features architectural and historical tour of Governor Duncan’s neighborhood. 243-2001. Governor Duncan Mansion, 4 Duncan Pl, Jacksonville, 245-2626.
Midwest Motorcycle Show
Sep 10, 12-5pm, Ten classes of vintage, custom and street bike and more from around the state. Bands, vendors, food. $5 spectator, $20 bikes. 467-2870. Washington at Fifth and Sixth streets.
Historic Bicycle Ride
Sep 10, 1-3pm, Join Springfield Bicycle Club on free, 10-mile bicycle tour of Lincoln-related and other Springfield historic sites. Day prior to the Capital City Century. Capital Complex Visitors Center, 425 S. College Street. spfldcycling.org. 698-7626.
Sep 10, 1-4pm, Hands-on creation and painting of murals for children. Lincoln Land Community College, 5250 Shepherd Road, 786-2432.
The Ragin’ Cajun Bayou Bash
Sep 10, 3-11pm, Live Cajun music and food. The real thing. $5. 824-8651. Christian County Fairgrounds, 700 W. Spresser Street, Taylorville.
Springfield Bonsai Society Exhibit
Sep 10, 6-8pm, SBS members exhibit bonsai on opening evening of the Mina Hsing, Chinese Brush Paintings. David Strawn Art Gallery, 331 W. College Ave, Jacksonville.
Laughin’ with Sound Celebration Chorus
Sep 10, 7pm, 60s musical comedy show featuring Sound Celebration Sweet Adeline Chorus and chorus quartets. $15-$12. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth Street, 523-2787.
Sep 10, 8pm and Sep 11, 2pm, Springfield Ballet Company presents a multimedia celebration of dance and rock music featuring the best of Rockballet and live music provided by the newly-formed, multi-talented band, Downstate. $16-$26. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS. 206-6160, 800-207-6960.
Art Spectacular at the Carillon
Sep 10-11, 10am-5pm Sat, 10am-4pm Sun, Juried Fine Art Fair featuring original artwork, music, food, demos, kids art sale and more. Washington Park Rees Memorial Carillon, Fayette Road, 753-6219.
Morton Pumpkin Festival
Sep 10-18, Join 70,000 people at this festival with carnival, entertainment, craft show, parade and much more in the city where 80% of world’s canned pumpkin is processed. Downtown Morton. mortonchamber.org. 309-263-2491.
Breakfast with the Animals
Sep 10, 15, 8-10am, Experience zoo sounds while enjoying a continental breakfast. Pre-registration required. $9-$7. 753-6217. Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Shore Drive.
A-Maze-ing Corn Maze and Festival
Sep 10-11, 17-18, 24-25, Oct 01-02, 09-10, 11, 11am-6pm Sat, 12-6pm Sun, Four-acre cornfield maze. $5. Free festival is Sept. 17-18, 24-25 with children’s area, straw maze, food, pumpkin painting and more. Auburn United Methodist Church, 14100 State Route 4. auburn-umc.org.
Capital City Century
Sep 11, 7-11am, Join Springfield Bicycle Club on a recreational bicycle ride of 10, 25, 40, 62 and 100 miles over flat to slightly rolling terrain. (Also, historical ride on Sept. 10, 1 p.m.) spfldcycling.org. Lake Springfield Beach House, 100 Long Bay Drive, 217-726-5560.
St. Cabrini Church Fall Festival
Sep 11, 11am-5pm, Hipbone Sam, Luke Hayes Magician, games, country store, raffle, 50/50, food and beverages for purchase, clowns and more. St. Cabrini, 1020 N. Milton, 522-8555.
Sep 11, 12-8pm, Outdoor concert for families in support of Autism Program of Illinois. Live music by The Dave Littrell Band, Low Phatt, Post War Fords and The Blue G’s. Hickory River BBQ. Crows Mill Pub, 1220 Toronto Road, 217-529-2769.
Sep 11, 12-6pm, Carnival games, car show, food, Shriner’s jazz band, DJ and more. Military tribute at noon. All proceeds to Ansar Shriners. Hickory Glen Senior Living, 1700 W. Washington, 217-793-0431.
Sep 11, 1-2pm, In commemoration of those injured or who died on 9/11, and a stand for end to violence around the world. Federal Building, Sixth and Monroe. Sponsored by Pax Christi Springfield. Downtown Springfield.
Fall Farm Day
Sep 11, 1-5pm, Pumpkin and face painting, farm tour, crafts, barrel train, live bees and goats. Free admission. 447-3409 or gailspumpkinpatch.com. Gail’s Pumpkin Patch, 1709 2000th Ave, Beason.
Enchanted Evening on Elkhart Hill
Sep 11, 5-8pm, Enjoy casual elegance, classical music, food and wine on lawn of beautiful and historic mansion. Cro’Hurst Mansion on Elkhart Hill, Cro’Hurst Drive, Elkhart, 947-2046.
Springfield Civic Garden Club
Sep 12, 9am-11:30pm, ‘Butterfly and Moth Gardening in Illinois.’ Susan Dees Hargrove, Biological Resources Specialist, IDOT. www.scgc-il.org. Westminster Presbyterian Church, Walnut Street. 522-4415.
Volunteer Recruitment Fair
Sep 12, 9:30-11:30am, Agencies set up with display and hand-outs for their volunteer needs. RSVP and FGP host. Refreshments. Erin’s Pavilion, Southwind Park, 4965 S. Second Street, 217-753-0702.
Artist Reception: Anna Grossnickle Hines
Sep 14, 5-6pm, Opening of new art exhibit, Peaceful Pieces. LLCC James S. Murray Gallery, Upper level, Menard Hall, 786-2318.
Sep 14, 8pm, 70s hit singer of hits like “Sundown.” Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 217-206-6160, 800-207-6960.
Iroquois Peace Maker Legend and U.S. Constitution
Sep 15, 12-1pm, Anna Grossnickel Hines presentation. Robert H. Stephens Room. Free. Lunch available for $3. Register, 786-2789. Lincoln Land Community College, 5250 Shepherd Road.
Pike County Fall Color Drive
Sep 15-16, Atlas, Barry, Pittsfield and twenty other Pike County communities provide events, activities, vendors, crafts, food and exhibits, all to stop at during your cruise of the autumn countryside. pikecolordrive.com.
The Great Pumpkin Patch
Sep 15-Oct 31, 9am-6pm, Toddler Corn Mazes are free. Great Maize Maze, $2. Wanda’s Crib, haunted. The Great Pumpkin Patch, 1749A CR 1900 N, Arthur. the200acres.com. 543-2394.
Constitution Day Program
Sep 16, 12pm, Presentation about U.S. Constitution and its history. LLCC Trutter Center, 5250 Shepherd Road, 786-2414.
Sep 16, 6-10pm, Enjoy a night of casual elegance with wine tasting, a complimentary wine glass, hors d’oeuvres and live music. Hill Prairie Winery, 23753 Lounsberry Road, Oakford.
An Evening with Groucho
Sep 16, 7:30pm, Award-winning actor/director/playwright Frank Ferrante recreates his acclaimed portrayal of legendary comedian. Illinois College Sibert Theatre, McGaw Fine Arts Center, Jacksonville, 217-245-3000.
Sep 16-17, 5pm Fri, 8am Sat, Enjoy the beauty of Petersburg, plus food, crafts, bands, activities, parade Sept. 17 at 10 a.m. Free, some activities have a fee. 632-7363. Petersburg Square, N. Seventh Street at W. Douglas Avenue, Petersburg.
Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Festival
Sep 16-18, 7-10pm Fri, 10am-4pm Sat-Sun, Something for everybody including old-fashioned rail-splitting, tomahawk throwing, antique cars and tractors, historical displays, flea market. $3 day, $5 weekend. Logan County Fairgrounds, 1408 Short 11th Street, Lincoln.
Route 66 International Film Festival
Sep 16-18, 10am-11pm Sat, 10am-8pm Sun, See 62 of the best independent films from around the world, meet the filmmakers. Session, day and weekend passes. Tickets, 523-2787. route66filmfestival.net. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St, 220-0669.
Griggsville Apple Festival
Sep 16-18, Weekend full of pageants, contests, food stands, crafts, parade (Saturday) and musical entertainment during 40th anniversary. 833-2637. Griggsville.
Sep 16-18, 5pm Fri, Riverfest has been going on for 20 years. Includes carnival, games, food and music. Riverton Center Park, Fourth Street at Jackson Street, Riverton, 836-7692.
Be Aware Wellness Fair
Sep 17, 10am-1pm, Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. 245-2174. Jacksonville Community Park, 1201 S. Main, Jacksonville.
Fall Music Festival
Sep 17, Outdoor music fest hosted by several downtown bars. Screaming Vatos, Trippin Billies and others to be announced. Fifth Street. Downtown Springfield.
Artacular Spectacular Family Event
Sep 17, 11am-3pm, Learn about the art that is all around you through crafts, games, hands-on activities and more. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, 782-5993.
Edwards Place Fine Art Fair
Sep 17-18, 10am-5pm Sat, 11am- 4pm Sun, National artists present and sell their works. Tours of Edwards Place Home where Lincoln entertained, hands-on activities for kids, food, music and book sale. 523-2631. Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St.
Clayville Fall Festival
Sep 17-18, 9am-6pm Sat, 10am-4pm Sun, Two days of great activities, demonstrations, tours, pony rides, crafts and games for kids, food and entertainment at an old stage coach stop. $3-$1. Clayville, Route 125, Pleasant Plains, 481-4430.
Leaf Identification and Collection Hikes
Sep 17, 24, 10am-12pm, Register for one of two free Saturday guided hikes around the garden grounds with approximately 50 trees. Washington Park Botanical Garden, 1740 W. Fayette Ave.
A-Maze-ing Corn Maze and Festival
Sep 17-18, 24-25, 11am-6pm Sat, 12-6pm Sun, Free festival with children’s area, straw maze, food, pumpkin painting and more. (Four-acre cornfield maze. $5.) Auburn United Methodist Church, 14100 State Route 4, Auburn. auburn-umc.org.
Jerry Garcia Tribute
Sep 18, 1-9pm, Free food, drinks, kids games music and fun. Sponsored by Penny Lane. Douglas Park, 400 N. Macarthur Blvd.
Sep 18, 3-4:30pm, Rajmohan Gandhi shares the mission of peace and compassion as lived by his grandfather, Mahatma Gandhi. Laurel United Methodist Church, 631 South Grand Ave West.
Sep 18, 5-8pm, Six local chefs prepare tasting plates with fresh, seasonal, locally produced food. Guest speaker Author Deborah Niemann-Boehle. Inn at 835, 835 S. Second Street. 528-1563. www.ilstewards.org.
Leaf Identification Hikes
Sep 18, 25 and Oct 02, 2pm, Here’s help for students with their leaf collections. $4. 529-1111. Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 E. Lake Shore Drive.
Sep 19, 7-9pm, 1997 film on compassion starring Peter Fonda as Uhlee, a Vietnam vet, widower, grandfather and beekeeper trying to keep his family together through tough times. Discussion follows. Lincoln Library, 326 S. Seventh Street, 217-753-4900.
Sounds like a Revolution
Sep 20, 7pm, Liberty Brew & View feature documentary about the new wave of protest music sweeping across America. Capital City Bar & Grill, 3149 S. Dirksen Pkwy, 529-8580.
Prairie Grapevine Concert
Sep 20, 7pm, Cowboy music with Andy Weisenhofer and His Jolly Band of Cowboys. $9-$5. prairiegrapevine.org. Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 745 Woodside Rd.
International Day of Peace Interfaith Prayer Service
Sep 21, 7:30-7:50am, Sponsored by GIFT. Look for rainbow banner from parking lot on Mason, between MacArthur and Walnut. Douglas Park, 400 N. Macarthur Blvd.
LLCC Multicultural Fest
Sep 21, 11am-6:30pm, Enjoy free food and free entertainment representing several different countries and ethnic groups. LLCC Trutter Center, 5250 Shepherd Road, 786-2789.
National Show Horse Finals
Sep 22-24, 9am-10pm, Artisans Building Coliseum. Free. 937-962-4336. Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave.
Sep 23, 12-1:30pm, Award-winning Native American flutist Mark Holland, known as ‘the Jimi Hendrix of Native American Flute.’ LLCC Trutter Center, 5250 Shepherd Road, 786-2789.
Prairie Land Heritage Museum Steam Show and Fall Festival Days
Sep 23-25, Admission $5 for the whole weekend, food, old time demonstrations, huge flea market, lots of family fun! 243-5678. Prairie Land Heritage Museum, 1005 West Michigan, South Jacksonville.
International Route 66 Mother Road Festival
Sep 23-25, 6-11pm Fri, 11am-10pm Sat, 11am-2pm Sun, Over 1,000 cool cars on display along with free entertainment, festival of cars parade, swap meet and manufacturers midway for the restoration enthusiast. route66fest.com. Downtown Springfield.
Symphony for the Eyes Art Exhibit
Sep 23-Oct 29, 10am-5pm Tues-Fri, 10am-3pm Sat, Garry Biggs, photography; Joan Gardner, fiber/mixed media; Midge Langfelder, painting. H.D. Smith Gallery, 420 S. Sixth St, 544-2787.
Gazebo Art Festival
Sep 24, 9am-5pm, Chat with local and regional artists, listen to Al Sears Jazz Festival. Free art activities for kids. 309-833-1315, makeitmacomb.com. Chandler Park, Macomb.
Moving Planet Jubilee Farm Bike Ride
Sep 24, 9am, Ride to Jubilee Farm Fall Festival and back - about 22 miles. www.350.org. www.jubileefarm.info. Capital Complex Visitors Center, 425 S. College Street.
Historic Jacksonville Bandstand
Sep 24, 10am, (9:15am bands start), Three bands representing 19th, 20th and 21st centuries plus distinguished speakers. Prairie Land Heritage Museum, 1005 West Michigan, South Jacksonville.
Sep 24, 10am-3pm, Exhibits, walk the trails, visit the llamas and more. jubileefarm.info. 787-6927. Jubilee Farm, 6760 Old Jacksonville Road.
Art Auction/Sale and Wine Tasting
Sep 24, 6pm, Benefits Springfield Committee for Children, not-for-profit paying for Sangamon county students’ extracurricular activities. $15, includes wine, cheese, live music. Tickets and info 241-2415. Ansar Shrine, 630 S. Sixth Street, 217-525-1771.
It’s All Relative with Kirsten and Karin Paludan
Sep 24, 8pm, Midwestern natives and acclaimed singing sisters make Springfield debut in this uplifting, multi-media musical memoir. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 217-206-6160, 800-207-6960.
Alpaca Farm Days
Sep 24-25, 10am-5pm Sat, 11am-4pm Sun, Free family event to meet alpacas face to face. Fiber demonstrations and end products made from alpaca fleece. 632-2590. alpacasofindianpointhills.com. Indian Point Hills, 17229 Vaneman St, Petersburg.
Apple and Pork Festival
Sep 24-25, 7am-5pm, Entertainment, flea market, pony rides, museum tours, craft area and over 25 food booths. Free admission to grounds. DeWitt County Museum, 219 E. Woodlawn, Clinton.
Sep 24-25, 9am-6pm, Pick your own apples from the 123 acre orchard or buy some from the market, then browse the craft fair. Broom Orchard, Carlinville. 854-3514.
Beardstown Fall Festival
Sep 24-25, Features music, parade, carnival rides, craft and flea market, car show and more. Sammy Kershaw Sunday, 4 p.m. 491-3771. Art Zeeck Park, Second St. at State St., Beardstown.
Cruise Nite and Car Show
Sep 24-25, One-of-the area’s largest cruise nights. Watch cruise on Saturday night and enjoy car show on Sunday morning. Jacksonville Community Park, 1201 S. Main, Jacksonville.
Memorial SportsCare Women’s Biathlon
Sep 25, 8am, USAT-sanctioned non-competitive biathlon with 3.1 miles flat-course running, 12 miles biking on gently rolling hills. Register at active.com. Family health/fun fair at 7:30 a.m. Koke Mill Medical Center, 3132 Old Jacksonville Road, 862-0200.
Whisper in Time Cemetery Walk
Sep 25, 1-4pm, Four local historical figures discuss their lives in the Cascade area during 1800s. Free, donations accepted. 622-5824. Taylor Cemetery, behind (east of) Ranger Station, Sangchris Lake State Park, 9898 Cascade Rd, Rochester.
Music in the Park
Sep 25, 4-7pm, Free Celtic music with Fake McCoys, Exorna, Elk Pipes and Drums, The Emerald Underground. Bring a chair or blanket. Washington Park Playground, 1021 South Grand Ave, 217-753-6225.
Health and Wellness Fair
Sep 28, 10am-2pm, Representatives from area organizations promoting healthy living lifestyles. Lincoln Land Community College, 5250 Shepherd Rd, 786-2241.
Conference on Illinois History
Sep 29-30, Two day conference held at PCCC and ALPM. Registration and fee info at presidentlincoln.org or 558-8934. Various locations.
Barry Apple Festival
Sep 29-30, Oct 01, Apple pie contest, parade (Oct. 1 at 1 p.m.), talent contests, pet show, car show and so much more. 217-242-0041. Barry City Hall, 1005 Bainbridge Street, Barry.
Sep 30, 6-10pm, Listen to Sande Hackel Orchestra at 7 p.m. Dance instruction at 6 p.m. Refreshments for purchase. Decatur Airport FBO Hanger, 790 S. Airport Rd, Decatur, 422-5911.
Sep 30, 7pm, Vancouver-based company that creates unforgettable percussion performances using kinetic instruments skillfully crafted from industrial scraps. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 217-206-6160, 800-207-6960.
Sep 30-Oct 01, 7:30pm, Oct 02, 2pm, Thrilling musical with full orchestra and cast of over 50 local performers. (Friday premire is part of the Arts Gala with preshow and post show activities, $50-$30.) Admission. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth Street. 523-2787.
Jacksonville Rotary Oktoberfest
Oct 01, 8am-10pm, Sand volleyball tournament, beer tasting, authentic German band, games, ethnic folk dancers, German food and more. $5. Morgan County Fair Grounds, Jacksonville. 753-2226.
Fur, Feather, Fin Fall Fling
Oct 01, 10am-6pm, Final free admission day of the season. Activity packed day includes animal programs. Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Shore Drive, 217-753-6217.
Book Group Launch
Oct 01, 10am, For individuals and book groups interested in studying Twelve Steps to a More Compassionate Life. Lincoln Library, 326 S. Seventh Street. www.prairiecompassion.org.
Oct 01, 11am-8pm, Festival showcasing female performers, artists and others. LLCC Trutter Center, 5250 Shepherd Road, 786-2241.
Oct 01, 7-11pm, Dancing, socializing, drinks and fun. All proceeds benefit American Red Cross Local Disaster Relief. VFW Post #755, 2211 Old Jacksonville Road, 217-899-4101.
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra
Oct 01, 7:30pm, Season Opening Concert. Illinois College Rammelkamp Chapel, 1101 W. College Ave, Jacksonville, 217-245-1181.
Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra
Oct 01, 7:30pm, Unabashed Romanticism and brilliant virtuosity. Piano sensation Thomas Pandolfi featured in Liszt’s fiery and poetic First Concerto. Kirkland Fine Arts Center, 1184 W. Main St, Decatur, 424-6318.
Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers
Oct 01, 8pm, WUIS Bedrock Series brings Seattle singer-songwriter to center. $19. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St, 217-523-2787.
LOESS Rock, Fossil and Gem Show
Oct 01-02, 10am-6pm Sat, 10am-5pm Sun, Exhibits, demos, rock identification, kids activities. $2, under 12 free. Illinois Building. 622-3484. Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave.
Harvest Fest and Fish Fry
Oct 01-02, 1-6pm, Celebrate fall at this popular festival with food and outdoor music, two bands each day. No coolers or pets. 635-9900. Hill Prairie Winery, 23753 Lounsberry Rd, Oakford.
Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive Fall Festival
Oct 01-02, 8-09, 140 miles, 15 villages, arts and crafts, antiques and collectibles, food, and historic sites and buildings in beautiful Fulton County. 309-647-8980. Spoon River Valley, Canton. spoonriverdrive.org.
Abe’s Corn Maze
Oct 01-Oct 22, 10am-6pm, 12-6pm Sun, Walk ten-acre corn maze, over three miles of twists and turns. $5-$3. abesocornmaze.org. 522-5632. iWorship Center, 3200 Shaler Road.
Oct 01-30, 4-6 Tue-Sat, 1-3pm Sun, Folse’s paintings, ceramics and woodworking on display. Opening reception Oct. 1, 6-8 p.m. David Strawn Art Gallery, 331 W. College Ave, Jacksonville.
Buxton’s Haunted Corn Maze
Oct 01, 07-08, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29, 9am-5:30pm, 6:30-11pm Fri-Sat, Seven-acre maze, friendly during the daytime and scary at night. Sat-Sun free hayrides. Admission. Buxtons Garden Farm and Flower Shop, Route 121, Sullivan.
Shotgun Manor Haunted House
Oct 01-29, 7:30-11:30pm Fri-Sat, Wonderfully spooky haunted house run by Sullivan Ambucs, every weekend in October. Tickets at door. Shotgun Manor, 14 S. Washington, Sullivan.
Springfield Civic Garden Club
Oct 03, 9-11:30am, SCGC’s Liz Drake discusses growing, harvesting, drying and cleaning gourds and using them in arts and crafts. Westminster Presbyterian Church, Walnut St. 522-4415.
Re-trial of Mary Surratt
Oct 03, 5:30pm, Be there as Lincoln assassination conspirator is retried by Appellate Court Judge Thomas Appleton and Assistant Sangamon County State’s Attorney Bill Davis and local attorneys Carol Posegate, Steven Beckett and Greg Harris. Springfield actress Aasne Vigessa portrays Mary Surratt. $25. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, 212 N. Sixth St, 782-5764.
Capital Area Education Fair
Oct 05, 9am-2pm, Free. Orr Building. 629-6003. Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave.
Pied Piper Architectural Tour
Oct 05, 5:30pm, Free one-half hour professionally-guided architectural tour highlighting downtown buildings. Reception follows. Meets at Lincoln-Herndon Law Office. 544-1723.
Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis
Oct 06, 7:30pm, Internationally critically-acclaimed and touted as an extraordinarily versatile orchestra by The Los Angeles Times. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 217-206-6160, 800-207-6960.
Elkhart Historical Society Dinner Lecture
Oct 07, 5:30-8pm, “Bats! Facts and Myths About Famous Flying Mammals.” $25. Reservations, 947-2046 or elkharthistoricalsociety.org. Wild Hare Cafe, 104 Governor Oglesby St, Elkhart.
Gallery II Art Opening
Oct 07, 5-7:30pm, “Paper Work,” collaborative paper exhibit. Partners on Paper: Illinois State Museum, Springfield Art Association, RMU, UIS, Prairie Art Alliance. Music, drinks, hors d’oeuvres. Free. PAA Gallery II, 221-223 S. Sixth St, 544-2727.
Oct 07-08, 7-9pm, Bring the family and experience New Salem after dark. Interpreters welcome you into reconstructed log homes of the village. New Salem State Historic Site, 15588 History Lane, Petersburg.
The Haunted Dead Walk
Oct 07-Oct 28, 7:15 Fridays and Saturdays, 90-minute Springfield Walks walking tour. $12-$8 when you arrive for tour or at Prairie Trader at City Market, 113 N. Sixth Street. 502-8687.
Boo Crew Haunted House
Oct 07-08, 14-29, Fri-Sun, 6:30pm, Gigantic high-tech theatrical haunted house with three levels of scare. $8. (Kid friendly Oct. 11, 4-6 p.m.) boocrew.com. Cooper Township Facility, 6500 Jett Road, Rochester.
Youth Charity Horse Show
Oct 07-09, 8am-10pm, Fun-filled weekend of competitive showmanship. Free and open to public. Coliseum. youthcharityhorseshow.com. Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave.
Haunted Springfield Tour
Oct 07-Oct-30, 7pm Fri-Sun, 2.5-hour real ghost hunt walking and caravan driving tour (need your own car). $15-$20, Tickets at tour or Prairie Trader, City Market, 113 N. Sixth Street. St. Paul’s Cathedral parking lot, 815 S. Second Street. 502-8687.
Terror on the Square
Oct 07-08, 14-16, 21-23, 30-31, 7pm, Weekends through October, rated third best haunted house in Illinois for its mystifying illusions and ghostly holograms. $9 adults, $7 kids. Petersburg Square, N. Seventh Street at W. Douglas Ave, Petersburg. terrorontheweb.com.
Girard Pumpkin Festival
Oct 08, 8am-4pm, Pumpkin carving and costume contest, kid’s activities and games, pumpkin chunkin contest, craft and food vendors and more. $2. North Mac High School, 525 N. Third, Girard, 217-965-4127.
Pumpkin Chuckin’ Festival
Oct 08, See how far you can chuck your pumpkin. Buxtons Garden Farm and Flower Shop, Route 121, Sullivan, 217-728-7993.
Old Fashion Apple Festival
Oct 08, Small festival on working apple orchard. Play areas for kids, cider and apple slushies. Okaw Valley Orchard, RR 2 Box 124, Sullivan, 217-728-8269.
Super Saturdays at the Museum
Oct 08, 10am-4pm, “Owls: What a Hoot!” Learn how owls see and hunt, where they live, how they are helpful to humans, and more. Free for ages 4-8 and families. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, 782-6044.
International Beer Tasting & Chili Cook-Off
Oct 08, 3-8pm, Over 150 specialty and import beers from around the world with tasty chili. $8. www.jaytv.com/urbanabeerandchili. Downtown Urbana, S. Race Street and W. Main Street.
Lighting up Petersburg Festival
Oct 08, dusk, Bonfires, treats, pumpkin decorating and more for great family fun. 632-7363. Petersburg Square, N. Seventh Street at W. Douglas Ave., Petersburg.
Indian Summer Festival
Oct 08-09, 10am-4pm, Nothing welcomes in fall like this party on the prairie. Delicious food, kids activities and games, bluegrass and folk music, crafts and more. $4, $3 age 13-2. Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 E. Lake Shore Dr.
Carve for the Carillon
Oct 08-09, 11am-4pm, Free family event. Bring your carving tools or use the gardens. Pumpkins supplied. Washington Park Rees Memorial Carillon, Fayette Rd, 753-6219.|
Springfield Jaycees Haunted House
Exact times and dates to be announced soon. Free parking. Admission. Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave. springfieldjaycees.org.
Taino: The Native Americans Who Discovered Columbus
Oct 10, 11:30am-12:30pm, Fascinating program about Native Americans presented by Bobby Gonzalez. LLCC Trutter Center, 5250 Shepherd Road, 786-2789.
Erin Bode Group
Oct 10, 8pm, Music forged from Americana of its members’ Midwestern roots, infused with jazz grooves and made magic by Bode’s bell-like voice. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University
Plaza, 217-206-6160, 800-207-6960.
Veterans Day Ceremony
Oct 11, 12pm, Veterans are honored. Guest speakers and small reception follows. Outside A. Lincoln Commons. Lincoln Land Community College, 5250 Shepherd Rd, 786-2241.
Belly Dance Demonstration
Oct 11, 12-1pm, Michelle Suarez demonstrates traditions from Indian and South American cultures. Lincoln Land Community College, 5250 Shepherd Rd, 786-2241.
National Fossil Day
Oct 12, 9am-5pm, Organized by National Park Service with fossil-related hands-on activities and crafts. Museum Docents available to answer questions. Free. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St, 782-5993.
Oct 13, Features Bellydance Superstar dancers Sabah, Moria, Colleen, Stefanya and Victoria. $23.50. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St, 217-523-2787.
Lincoln Legacy Lecture
Oct 13, 7-9pm, “Lincoln and the Civil War.” Dr. Michael Burlingame, UIS, and Dr. Lucas E. Morel, Washington and Lee University. Free. UIS Brookens Auditorium, One University Plaza, 206-7163.
Dave Rudolf’s Family Halloween Spooktacular
Oct 14, 6:30pm, Ghoulishly delightful, but not too scary interactive musical show with sound effects, props and more. Free. LLCC Trutter Center, 5250 Shepherd Road, 786-2241.
Oktoberfest and Chili Cook-off
Oct 14-15, 12-10pm Sat, Wine tasting, beer tent, band on Friday night. Saturday, chili cooking, inflatable kids games, entertainment, live band. 728-2684. Sullivan Square, Sullivan.
UIS Homecoming Weekend
Oct 14-15, 4:15pm, Parade on Friday and Student/Faculty basketball game at 3-5 p.m. Saturday at TRAC. University of Illinois at Springfield.
Oct 14-15, 6:30-9:30pm, Walk through display of 2011 illuminated hand-carved pumpkins. Food, Tree of Lights, spooky music. Free shuttle bus from SHG. Admission. Washington Park Rees Memorial Carillon, Fayette Rd, 753-6219.
Clayville Carnival of Carnage
Oct 14-15, 21-22, 28-29, 7-10pm Fri-Sat, 5-6pm Sat, Haunted house and haunted hayride at historic site. (Friendly hours Sat. 5-6 p.m.) $5 or $8 for both. clayville.org. 481-4430. Clayville, Route 125, Pleasant Plains.
Oct 14-16, 21-23, 8pm Fri-Sat, 2pm Sun, Springfield Theatre Centre presents their 64th Season. $15-$12. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St, 217-523-2787.
Our Savior’s Fall Craft Festival
Oct 15, 9am-3:30pm, Wide variety of vendors and home-based demonstrators from the Springfield area. Free admission. Our Savior’s Lutheran School, 2645 Old Jacksonville Rd, 217-793-6433.
Illinois Symphony Orchestra
Oct 15, 8pm, “Tragedy and Triumph.” Grieg’s Piano Concerto with world-renowned and hometown-favorite pianist Awadagin Pratt. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS. 206-6160, 800-207-6960.
Cerebral Palsy Benefit Day
Oct 15, 1-3pm and 6-10pm, The day starts with two hours of meet-and-greet with Illinois State Police and their cars, fire trucks and fire fighters, monster truck rides, games and prizes, photos with Dallas Cowboy cheerleader, drinks, grab bags. $10 per child. Evening includes Grammy-award winning country singer Jamie O'Neal from Nashville who performs, food, beverages and cash bar. $15. Sangamon Prairie Reception Center, 201 S. Main Street, Chatham. 638-1176 or 220-4585.
Pike County Fall Color Drive
Oct 15-16, Weekend of food, fun, history and color! 491-2208. pikecolordrive.com. Various locations.
Oct 15-16, 10am-4pm, “Surviving the Winter.” Walk back into the 1830s as preparations take place for the winter. New Salem State Historic Site, 15588 History Lane, Petersburg.
Route 66 Sprint Series
Oct 15-16, Regional kart racing series. Free admission for spectators. Six miles east of Springfield. 553-3613. route66kartracing.com. Mid-state Kart Club, 160 Kender Lane, Dawson.
Oct 16, 11am-3pm, Take home a carved pumpkin. Free, but donations appreciated. Washington Park Rees Memorial Carillon, Fayette Road, 753-6219.
Oct 16, 7pm, ZooZoo - the best of Imago Theatre’s acclaimed productions FROGZ and Biglittlethings. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 217-206-6160, 800-207-6960.
Prairie Grapevine Concert: Pete Sander
Oct 18, 7pm, Springfield singer/songwriter performs. Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 745 Woodside Road, 217-454-0178.
ALIVE! Mental Health Fair
Oct 19, 10am-2pm, Educate yourself on mental health topics and speak with individuals in the field. LLCC Trutter Center, 5250 Shepherd Road, 786-2241.
Mid-America Mane Event Horse Show
Oct 20-23, Free event, hosting Pleasure Olympic Finals and prestigious national Good Hands Equitation Finals. midamericahorseshow.org. Mane Event is free and open to the public. Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave.
Partners on Paper City-wide Progressive Reception
Oct 21, 6-8pm, Meet those from the many groups who have joined together on this city-wide project. Robert Morris Gallery, 607 E. Adams, 522-8977.
Oct 21, 7:30, Award-winning chamber ensemble giving voice to classics and new works. $15. 245-3069. Illinois College Rammelkamp Chapel, 1101 W. College Ave, Jacksonville.
Michael W. Smith – Wonder, Worship and Blessings
Oct 21, 8pm, Three-time Grammy Award winner in Christian music. $37-$77. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS. 206-6160, 800-207-6960.
Springfield Bonsai Society Fall Show
Oct 22, 9am-4pm, See the gorgeous art of bonsai. Auction at 1 p.m. Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 E. Lake Shore Drive, 217-529-1111.
Oct 22, 9:30am-2pm, Learn to make yeast rolls with squash. $30, baking ingredients and organically grown squash. Lunch of soup and harvest rolls. Register by Oct 19. Limited to eight. 787-6927. Jubilee Farm, 6760 Old Jacksonville Road.
Richard Shipps Demonstration
Oct 22, 2-3pm, Cut paper artist Richard Shipps shows how he does it. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, 217-782-7386.
Springfield Illinois Zombie Walk
Oct 22, 5-8pm, Dress in your best undead attire and win prizes offered in many categories to benefit the Epilepsy Resource Center of Springfield. (Zombie Prom follows at Brewhaus, Washington Street.) Washington Park Shelter, South Grand Ave.
Juvae Jazz Society Concert
Oct 22, 5-8pm, The Original Wildcat Jass Band from Arizona plays. $22. Food available, casual dress. 546-1363. Decatur Club, 158 W. Prairie Ave, Decatur. www.juvaejazz.com.
In the Mood
Oct 22, 6:30pm, Big band experience with swing, rhythm, jazzy, brassy, sentimental and romantic music of an era past. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 217-206-6160, 800-207-6960.
Oct 22, 7-9:30pm, Multi-platinum-selling Christian rock band with guest Tenth Avenue North. $20-$75. Prairie Capital Convention Center, One Convention Center Plaza. 217-788-8800.
Oct 22-23, 29-30, 1-5pm, Bring your little ones dressed in costume for safe trick-or-treating inside zoo grounds. Admission. Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Shore Dr. 753-6217.
Giant Flea Market
Oct 23, 8:30am-4:30pm, Indoor market. $1.25, age 12 and under free with adult. Illinois Building. Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave. 529-6939.
Oct 25, 7:30pm, Violinist recognized for 28-year career as most dazzlingly gifted performer before the public. Midori is also worldwide messenger of peace. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 217-206-6160, 800-207-6960.
Racism, Globalization and Changing Face of America
Oct 26, 12-2pm, Presentation by Lecia Brooks of the Southern Poverty Law Center. LLCC Trutter Center, 5250 Shepherd Road, 786-2241.
We’ve Only Just Begun
Oct 27-30, 7pm Thu-Fri, 2pm Sat-Sun, Mature Mob’s 20th anniversary production with singing, music, comedy, dancing and more. Benefits Springfield Senior Services. $16, 528-4035. Knights of Columbus Hall Council 364, 2200 S. Meadowbrook Road.
Rocky Horror Show - Live!
Oct 27-29, 9pm Thu-Sat and 11:59pm Sat, Don’t miss a live cast performing this musical with audience participation. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth Street, 217-523-2787.
Oct 27-30, Jacksonville Theatre Guild. Tickets, 245-1402. jaxtg.com. Sophie Leschin Theatre, 1201 S. Main Street, Jacksonville.
I Hate Hamlet
Oct 28-30, Nov 03-05, 7:30pm, 2pm Sun, Play about actor playing a character he despises and a ghost claiming the young actor’s apartment. $17-$10. Tickets at Sangamon Auditorium ticket office or by phone 206-6613. UIS Studio Theatre, One University Plaza.
The Halloween Hustle 5K
Oct 29, 8am, 10am race, Run with Newschannel 20 on-air hosts to benefit Helping Hands of Springfield. $25. 744-0470 or email@example.com. Washington Park, South Grand.
Halloween Parade and Trick or Treating
Oct 29, 5pm, Free family fun evening for all. Halloween attire is encouraged for everyone, Petersburg Square, N. Seventh Street at W. Douglas Ave, Petersburg.
Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra
Oct 29, 7:30pm, “Classical Masters” featuring Viennese classical style. Kirkland Fine Arts Center, 1184 W. Main Street, Decatur, 424-6318.
Goosebumps Organ Concert /Electronic Light Show
Oct 29, 7-8:15pm, Dress in all black or white or as a historical hero for dramatic and evocative music, dance and electronic lighting. Lincoln tells a ghost story too. First Presbyterian Church, 321 S. Seventh Street, 528-4311.
Springfield Classical Guitar Society
Oct 29, 8pm, Dr. William Yelverton, Faculty, Middle Tennessee State University on guitar and lute. $12, Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2313 Whittier Ave. 726-8991.
Safe Trick or Treating
Oct 30, 5-8pm, All Lincoln Square Merchants welcome little ghosts, goblins, during daylight hours. 245-6121 or 248-0674. Jacksonville.
Trick or Treating and Games
Oct 31, 6-8pm, Free fun for all the kids on Halloween night. Menard Medical Center, #1 Centre Drive, Petersburg.
Gallery II Art Opening
Nov 04, 5-7:30pm, “Poets and Painters Reverse.” PAA artists’ art created via inspiration from poems by the non-profit group, Springfield Poets and Writers. Music, beverages, hors d’oeuvres. Free. PAA Gallery II, 221-223 S. Sixth St, 544-2727.
Elkhart Historical Society Dinner Lecture
Nov 04, 5:30-8pm, “The Scully Family - Draining the Prairie.” $25. Reservations at 947-2046 or elkharthistoricalsociety.org. Wild Hare Cafe, 104 Governor Oglesby Street, Elkhart.
Illinois Chamber Orchestra
Nov 04, 7:30pm, The innovative and inspirational sounds of Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky open the season. 206-6160. St. Agnes Parish Hall, 245 N. Amos Street.
Champaign Urbana Folk and Roots Festival
No 04-05, All over downtown Urbana will be music, storytelling, dancing, workshops and folk arts. Urbana, S. Race Street and W. Main Street. folkandroots.org/site/.
The Pirates of Penzance (Young Adult Version)
Nov 04-06, 11-13, 8pm Fri-Sat, 2pm Sun, Springfield Theatre Centre presents their 64th Season. $15-$12. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth Street, 217-523-2787
Vachel Lindsay Birthday Celebration Open House
Nov 05, 10am-4pm, Join the free celebration of Springfield’s most well-known poet of all time with live entertainment and refreshments. Vachel Lindsay Home State Historic Site, 603 S. Fifth St, 217-524-0901.
Nov 05, 10am-3pm, Local collectors display unique items, from typewriters to music boxes to antique pins to cameras to cartoon memorabilia. No buying or selling. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring Street, 782-0061.
St. Paul’s Annual Fall Festival
Nov 05, 4:30-8:30pm, Springfield Choral Society, kids zone, wine wall, raffle, auctions, face painting, TV give-away and pulled pork dinner. $15. Cathedral of St. Paul, 812 Second Street, 544-5135.
Hope For The Holidays Fine Art and Craft Fair
Nov 05-06, 10am-5pm Sat, 12-4pm Sun, Features several area well known artisans in many mediums. Also kids area and silent auction. Hope Presbyterian Church, 2211 Wabash Ave, 546-6951.
Antiquarian Book Fair
Nov 06, 10am-5pm, Rare and collectable volumes and more by experienced dealers. Consultations available. LLCC Trutter Center, 5250 Shepherd Road, 786-2432.
Firefighter’s Lake Club Fine Arts Festival
Nov 06, 10am-3pm, Over 25 artisans display and sell their creations in conjunction with the club’s annual Burgoo. Free admission. 522-9180. Firefighters-Postal Lake Club, 940 W. Lake Shore Drive.
My Fair Lady
Nov 06, 7pm, Big League Productions Inc. presents sparkling new production of musical based on Shaw’s play. UIS Broadway Series. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 217-206-6160, 800-207-6960.
Springfield Civic Garden Club
Nov 07, 9-11:30pm, “Colorful Concepts with Seasonal Splash.” Paula Fricke and Sharon Winch of Flower Connection. Westminster Presbyterian Church, Walnut Street, 522-4415.
Nov 08, 7:30pm, Hawaiian musician mixes jazz, rock, classical, traditional Hawaiian music and folk on ukulele with comparisons to Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 217-206-6160, 800-207-6960.
Nov 09, 7pm-12am, Legend rocker rocks the stage in a farewell tour with Black Label Society and Thin Lizzy. $39-$59. Prairie Capital Convention Center, One Convention Center Plaza. 217-788-8800.
UIS International Festival
Nov 11, 4:30-8:30pm, Professional storytellers, ethnic food, dance performances, activity booths and more. Free. Student Life Bldg. 206-6678. University of Illinois at Springfield.
Nov 11, 8pm, WUIS Bedrock Series with singer/songwriter and guitarist. $19. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth Street, 217-523-2787.
Greater Downstate Indoor Bluegrass Festival
Nov 11-13, 2:30pm and 7pm Fri; 10:30am, 1pm and 7pm Sat-Sun, Showcase of bluegrass bands, talent show, workshops, guitar show and more. $55 weekend pass, $10-$25 individual shows. bluegrassmi