Calendar of Events
for Adams & Hancock Counties, Illinois
   
We regularly update this calendar to provide you with up to date information on a variety of events that take place in the Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri Tri-State Area. Changes are made when we gather more information or when we learn of an event. If you know of an event that you would like to see posted contact the webmaster. We hope you enjoy the events you choose to attend. 
   

COUNTRY TREASURES
HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW

Quincy, IL
  November 21 - November 24, 2014
Oakley Lindsay Civic Center, 300 Civic Center Plaza
Local merchants as well as individual crafters exhibit their wares with over 100 booths of handcrafted items, including ornaments, personalized items, home décor for purchase as holiday gifts.
Admission
For information call 217-223-1000 or 618-539-3395

HOLIDAY GIFT SHOW AND SALE

Quincy, IL
  November 22 - November 23, 2014
Saturday:  10 am - 5 pm
Sunday:  10 am - 4 pm

Quincy Senior High School, 3322 Maine Street

This annual event sponsored by the Quincy Service League features over 100 merchants selling items from specialty foods, handcrafted clothes and quilts, holiday decorations, jewelry, outdoor garden and patio décor, hand blown glass, woodworking and much more!
Admission
For more information visit www.quincyserviceleague.org

ART EXHIBIT
Quincy, IL
  November 22, 2014 - January 18, 2015
Tuesday - Friday: Noon - 4 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 1 pm - 4 pm

Quincy Art Center, 1515 Jersey Street
The annual Mary S. Oakley & Lee Lindsay Artists Showcase is an exhibition of artists 18 years of age and older living within a 50 mile radius of Quincy or belonging to the Quincy Artist Guild or the Great River Watercolor Society. All works are original, recent, and in any medium.
Admission
For information call 217-223-5900
  or visit www.quincyartcenter.org

AVENUE OF LIGHTS

Quincy, IL
  November 27, 2014 - January 1, 2015
6 pm - 9:30 pm
Wavering/Moorman Park, North 36th Street
Whether you’ve been to this event before or you’re making the breathtaking drive for the first time, create a wonderful Holiday memory for your entire family this year at the Avenue of Lights. Nearly 375 pieces and more than 15 miles of lights create this two mile dazzling display of animated lights and holiday magic
.
Admission is $9 per vehicle.  No vehicles larger than 15 passenger vans will be permitted to avoid damage to park roads.
For information call 217-222-7980

COMMUNITY PLAY

Quincy, IL
  December 4 - December 7, 2014
December 11 - December 14, 2014

Thursdays - Saturdays: 7:30 pm
Sundays: 2 pm

Quincy Community Theatre, 300 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 118
Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly and miserable man, greets each Christmas with a “bah humbug.” That is, until he is visited one Christmas Eve by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. In one extraordinary night, the spirits take Scrooge on a musical, life-changing journey through memories from his past, the reality of his present, and the grim future should he continue his greedy ways. Come celebrate the holiday spirit with your whole family in this musical experience of "A Christmas Carol" they will treasure for years to come!
Admission
For information call 217-222-3209
  or visit the venue's website
 

CHRISTMAS IN OLD NAUVOO

Nauvoo, IL
  Friday, December 5, 2014
6 pm - 9 pm
Old Nauvoo Visitors’ Center, 290 North Main Street

This annual Christmas in Old Nauvoo celebration includes refreshments, wagon rides, tree lighting ceremony, caroling, Christmas storytelling, live nativity, fire barrels along Main Street to keep warm, and live music. The Tree lighting at visitors’ center is at 6 pm with Main Street activities following.
Free
For information call 217-453-2237 ext. 122
  or visit the venue's webpage

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS WALK

Nauvoo, IL
  December 5 - December 6, 2014
Locations throughout town
Join the community of Nauvoo in celebrating the Christmas season! The uptown merchants of Nauvoo will host open houses, with drawings and goodies for visitors include visits with Santa Claus, the Kris Kringle Vendor & Craft Show, a coloring contest, a candy making contest, a family Christmas movie, Christmas tree lighting, and Nativity displays.
Free
For information call 217-453-6648
 

CHRISTMAS AT THE MILL

Golden, IL
  Saturday, December 6, 2014
8 am - 7 pm
Golden Windmill, 902 Prairie Mills Road
The Golden Historical Society’s annual "Christmas at the Mill" features a variety of Christmas activities. Vendors fill the hall with handmade crafts and other gifts and a bake sale has homemade traditional German and American Christmas treats for sale. Santa will be there and kids can experience home life and how a family prepared for Christmas in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The Windmill Hall will be filled with a variety of Christmas trees with trimmings from the 1800s along with some modern trees. There’s lunch and pictures with Santa and storytelling by people in period costumes for the kids. There will be candlelight tour of homes in the Golden area.

Free, small fee for some activities. Tickets needed for candlelight home tour.
For information call 217-696-2722
  or visit www.goldenwindmill.org

RING-A-BELL RUN

Quincy, IL
  Saturday, December 6, 2014
10 am
Quincy Mall (north side), 33rd and Broadway streets

The Ring-A-Bell 5K Run/Walk is a fun, festive event for the whole family! Put on your reindeer antlers and your running shoes and join us for some holiday cheer. Proceeds from this event support The Salvation Army’s annual Christmas campaign, which provides Christmas food baskets, toys for children, and community Christmas dinners. This event also helps fund year-round services such as a food pantry, rent and utility assistance, and emergency shelters.
Registration fee
For information call 217-231-5635
  or visit www.krocquincy.org/ringabell

CHRISTKINDL MARKET

Quincy, IL
  December 6 - December 7, 2014
Saturday: 11 am - 8 pm
Sunday: 11 am - 4 pm

Washington Park, 5th & Maine Streets, downtown Quincy
The Historic Quincy Business District hosts this annual Christkindl Market in heated tents in Washington Park. Inspired by German tradition, this open air market includes unique shopping, German food and beer.

Free
For information call 217-228-8696

CHRISTMAS CANDLELIGHT TOURS
Quincy, IL
  Friday, December 19, 2014
December 26 - December 27, 2014

6 pm - 8 pm
Governor John Wood Mansion, 425 South 12th Street
The Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County presents its annual Christmas Candlelight Tours of the Governor John Wood Mansion. This year’s theme is “Christmas in Quincy 1864 - Until the Boys Come Home” and will feature music of local school children and instrumentalists, all performing carols, including those of the eighteenth century to the present as guests stroll through the John Wood family’s huge Greek Revival Mansion, in its day the first Greek Revival structure west of Philadelphia.
Free
For information call 217-222-1835
     

ART EXHIBIT
Quincy, IL
  January 12 - January 28, 2015
Monday - Thursday: 8 am - 11 pm; Friday: 8 - 4:30 pm; Saturday: 1 pm - 5 pm; Sunday: 1 pm - 11 pm
Quincy University, 1800 College Avenue, Gray Gallery in the Brenner Library
Great River Watercolor Society 25th Annual Exhibit: The Great River Watercolor Society was founded to "perpetuate the practice of, and appreciation for, the fine art of water-based painting." The organization also works to increase artist’s skills through visiting artist workshops, lectures, critiques, demonstrations, and annual exhibitions. It is a support group for both the amateur and professional solitary artist. The group meets at Quincy University’s Brenner Library once a month.
Free
For information call 217-228-5267

STANDING BEAR
WINTER GATHERING

Quincy, IL
  January 17 - January 18, 2015
9 am - 5 pm both days
Oakley Lindsay Center, 300 3rd Street
The Standing Bear Council celebrates the American Bald Eagle and Native American traditions at this 2 day festival that offers close up eagle viewing. The event kicks off with a presentation by Dr. Drew Kaiser of the Raptor Rehabilitation Center, followed by the Blessing of the Eagles Ceremony by the Standing Bear Council at 11 am. Along with this will be a Grand Entry Ceremony into the circle, at which time Veterans will be honored. Attendees will then be entertained by the Black Fox Singers & Native American dancers, with prizes for the dancers. There will also be information on the Native American Mounds and Chief Keokuk history, as well as Native American vendors and food booths.
Small admission
For information call 217-577-1930 or the Quincy CVB at 217-214-3700

QUINCY EAGLE DAYS

Quincy, IL
  January 17 - January 18, 2015
9 am - 4 pm
Lock and Dam No. 21, West Lock and Dam Road
Visit Lock and Dam 21 for Quincy's Eagle Days. Rangers will be on hand with spotting scopes to showcase the magnificent birds that winter in the Quincy area
.
Free
For information call 217-228-0890

COMMUNITY PLAY

Quincy, IL
 
  February 13 - February 15, 2015
Thursdays-Saturdays: 7:30 pm
Sundays: 2 pm

Quincy Community Theatre, 300 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 118
Get ready for one quackingly good time! Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling, HONK!, Jr. is the heart-warming and hilarious musical adventure of one odd looking baby duck named Ugly. When the other farm animals decide that he’s just too different, Ugly finds himself lured away by one mischievous (and hungry!) Cat. This quirky young fowl ends up on a life-changing journey where he meets a whole flock of unique animals—and learns that everyone is different in their own way!
Admission
For information call 217-222-3209
  or visit the venue's website
 
 

ANNUAL HANCOCK COUNTY
FAMILY FAIR

Carthage, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
February, 2015

9 am - 1 pm
University of IL Extension Center, 550 North Madison Street
This annual event features exhibitors, activities, door prizes, live entertainment by Celebration School of Dance at 9:15 am. Steven Parker Magician and Ventriloquist will perform at 10 am and Noon. Lunch begins at 11am. The Hancock County Health Department, Memorial Hospital, Mental Health Centers of Western Illinois, PACT Head Start, Carthage Public Library and Extension sponsor the event.
Free
For information call 217-357-2171

UNTOLD NAUVOO STORIES
Nauvoo, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
February, 2015

Joseph Smith Historic Site Visitors Center, 865 Water Street
The City of Nauvoo, Nauvoo Tourism Office, Joseph Smith Historic Site and the Historic Nauvoo Visitors’ Center sponsor this annual gathering to celebrate the full gamut of Nauvoo’s legacy. This event celebrates Nauvoo’s historical past with presentations that explore less well-known topics and seeks to enrich the understanding of the personalities, conditions, and social currents that converge in Nauvoo. On Friday evening the Hotel Nauvoo will reopen for dinner and a keynote presentation.
Registration for the symposium is $30, which includes the Friday evening dinner. Sessions or meal-only registrations are also available.
Reservations can be made by calling the Nauvoo Tourism Office at 217-453-6648
  or visiting www.untoldnauvoostories.com
 

KELLY'S FUN RUN

Quincy, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
March, 2015

Registration starts at 8 am, race begins at 9:30 am
Kelly's Tavern, 2902 Broadway
This race was once a friendly competition between businesses but has become a valuable fundraiser for the YWCA. The run is great not only for the serious runner and competitor but also for family and friends to just come out and have fun. There are 15 divisions divided by gender and age and awards will be given to each age division. All of the proceeds of the event go to fund the multiple programs sponsored by the YWCA (non-profit) that help the homeless and low-income families in the Quincy community.
Registration fee
For information call 217-221-9922

QUILT SHOW

Quincy, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
April, 2015

Friday: 11 am - 7 pm
Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm

Quincy Senior & Family Resource Center, 609 York Street
Stitches in Time Quilt & Needlework Show is a biannual show (odd years) sponsored by the Quinsippi Needleworkers Chapter, an educational organization of people who share an interest in embroidery and needlework. The event includes the display of over 150 local quilts, a special display - “Reviving the 1930s”, quilt drawings, opportunity baskets, a merchant’s mall, and demonstrations.
Admission
For information call 217-224-7763 or 217-224-1163

ANNUAL DOGWOOD
FESTIVAL

Quincy, IL
  May 2 - May 3, 2015
Most events held in and around Washington Park, 5th & Maine, downtown Quincy
The annual Dogwood Festival is Quincy's spring event opener and includes rides and amusement booths, a craft & hobby fair, a chainsaw carving show, plant sale, entertainment, food, and more. A parade is held on Saturday morning. Other events are held at various locations throughout the city including a photography show, square dancing, architectural walking tour, and the Dogwood Bowl, the Quincy High School 5-on-5 flag football tournament.
Free
For information call 217-222-7980

QUINCY HOUSE TOUR

Quincy, IL
 
  Sunday, May 3, 2015
11 am - 5 pm
Quincy Preserves, Inc. conducts this annual neighborhood walking tour that features homes and buildings of architectural and historical significance.
Tickets required
For information call 217-222-3432
 or visit www.quincypreserves.org
 
 

BRIDGE THE GAP TO HEALTH RUN/WALK

Quincy, IL
  Saturday, May 16, 2015
8 am
Clat Adams Park, Front & Hampshire Streets
This event features a 5k run/walk, 10k run or half marathon run/walk with routes taking participants over both of Quincy’s bridges, into two states and through numerous city parks. All the proceeds go to Quincy Catholic Charities MedAssist program
.
Registration fee
For information call 217-222-6550 ext. 6696
  or visit www.bridgethegaptohealth.com
 

GERMAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL

Nauvoo, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
May, 2015

1 pm - 4 pm
Nauvoo State Park, IL-96
Ready to dance in ¾ time? How about some lively dancing for couples? The Nauvoo Historical Society sponsors this two-day German Heritage Festival May. The event coincides with the re-opening of the Rheinberger and Weld House Museums for the season. The Heidelberg German Band will lead you in the Edelweiss Waltz, the Liechtensteiner Polka and other favorites. Popular with “kids of all ages,” the group has been performing for 45 years!.
Free
For information email kimorth2010@gmail.com

ANTIQUE AUTO MUSEUM
OPEN HOUSE

Quincy, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
May, 2015

Noon - 4 pm
All America Park, Front & Cedar Streets

A sheer delight for auto buffs everywhere, the Mississippi Valley Antique Auto Museum houses over 30 antique cars and related displays and is open for free during "Community Appreciation" day.
Free
For information call 217-223-7909

MEMORIAL DAY COMMEMORATION

Quincy, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
May, 2015

7 pm
Woodland Cemetery, 1020 South 5th Street

The Friends of Historic Woodland Cemetery and the Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County sponsor this annual commemoration of Memorial Day at the city’s historic cemetery in which area military veterans are among the 60,000 individuals buried here since the mid-nineteenth century. An ecumenical service starts at 7:30 pm at the Soldiers’ Monument and includes bagpipe music as well as other musical selections, presentations to mark Memorial Day and a Native American sacred ceremony. The program will concludes at sunset with the lighting of the LED candles. In the event of inclement weather the Mausoleum will be used for the program.
Free
For information call 217-222-1835

MEMORIAL DAY PICNIC

Nauvoo, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
May, 2015

10 am - 1:30 pm
City Park, 60 North Bluff Street

The Nauvoo Veteran’s Memorial will be the site of a service at the Stone Arched Bridge pull-off from Highway 96 on the South edge of Nauvoo at 10 am. Afterwards celebrate the Memorial Day weekend for a special community picnic with great food, music performances, and a patriotic flag ceremony honoring our heroic service men & women. In addition, there will be children's entertainment and games in City Park. The special celebration has become a great tradition for those who both visit and live in Nauvoo.
Free
For information call 217-453-6648

MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT

Quincy, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
May, 2015

2 pm
Clat Adams Park, Front & Hampshire Streets

The Quincy Park Band kicks off its summer concert season with its annual Memorial Day concert in Clat Adams Park. The Quincy Park Band was founded in 1948 by noted Quincy musician and historian, Carl Landrum, for the purpose of performing public band concerts in the park on Sunday afternoons and special occasions. The band is a full symphonic band boasting a total roster of over 100 musicians ranging in age from 16 to 85 years of age.
Free
For information call 217-222-1835

MIDSUMMER ARTS FAIRE

Quincy, IL
  June 26 - June 28, 2015
Friday: 5 pm - 9 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 11am - 4 pm
Washington Park, 5th & Maine Streets, downtown Quincy

Come experience the biggest arts weekend in the Tri-State area where over 50 artists will exhibit and sell their work. Many participants will demonstrate their art forms as well. The artists are selected in a competitive jury process and the event showcases diverse styles and techniques. You will find original oils and acrylics, vibrant watercolor, unique sculpture, dazzling jewelry, decorative ceramics, vivid photography and so much more. There will also be great live entertainment, free hands-on art activities for all ages, and a local food court to round out the experience. Many other art events around town compliment the weekend
.
Free
For information call 217-779-2285
  or visit www.artsfaire.org

BLUES IN THE DISTRICT

Quincy, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
June - September, 2015
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Washington Park, 5th & Maine Streets, downtown Quincy

Blues in the District is a series that provides seven free concerts to the public on the second and fourth Fridays of the month (except September). The concerts bring in a regional and diverse audience and attendees include toddlers and senior citizens and everyone in between. Blues in the District brings families to the core of the Quincy community to hear, enjoy and gain an appreciation of live, quality music. Bring your lawn chair and own refreshments or purchase food and beverages on site. Sponsored by the Historic Quincy Business District.
Free
For information call 217-228-8696
  or visit the event's Facebook page

LINCOLN IN THE DISTRICT

Quincy, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
June, 2015

11 am - 5 pm
Washington Park, 5th & Maine Streets, downtown Quincy

Lincoln in the District is a collaborative festival sponsored by the Lincoln-Douglas Debate Interpretive Center and Redmon & Lee Community Center commemorates the Sixth Lincoln Douglas Debate. The event offers entertainment, food, speakers, and craft vendors. A nationally known speaker has been retained as the keynote and George Buss will be returning to Quincy as Lincoln.
Free
For information call 217-228-8696

FATHER'S DAY FLY-IN/DRIVE IN BREAKFAST

Quincy, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
June, 2015

7 am -11 am
Quincy Regional Airport, IL-104 (Broadway) east of Quincy

The local Chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association hosts this annual Father’s Day Fly In / Drive In Breakfast. The annual event draws visitors from all over the Midwest with many pilots flying to Quincy from throughout the Tri State Area to spend time with local members and enjoy a great breakfast. This event is open to the public and club members encourage everyone to bring Dad out for a Pancake and Sausage Breakfast. Qualified children can also participate in the “EAA Young Eagles Program” which provides youth with information about flying and being a pilot and may include an airplane ride.

Adults eat for only $6 and children under 12 eat for $3
For information call 217-223-3050

ANNUAL FATHERS DAY
CAR SHOW

Quincy, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
June, 2015

Noon to 4 pm
All America Park, Front & Cedar Streets

This annual event is sponsored by the Mississippi Valley Historic Auto Club as a “free” Car Show to the public. Over 60 autos and trucks compete in 17 different trophy categories for the best in their category. Autos and trucks on display range from antiques to present day. Cars are parked around the Antique Auto Museum which is also open that day. There is refreshments on the grounds and opportunities to win door and raffle prizes, with all the proceeds going to support the operations of the volunteer run Antique Auto Museum.
Free, small admission to tour the museum
For information call 217-223-9078

THE NAUVOO PAGEANT
Nauvoo, IL
  July 7 - August 1, 2015
Performances are Tuesday through Saturday nights at 8:45 pm, with pre-show activities beginning at 7 pm.
Nauvoo Historic Area
The Nauvoo Pageant celebrates the legacy of early Latter-day Saints whose faith brought them to a swampy bend of the Mississippi River. The pageant is filled with authentic hymns and folksongs, lively dances, and tender moments that share the joy these early Saints found.
Free
For information call 217-453-6941
  or visit www.nauvoopageant.org

ADAMS COUNTY FAIR
Mendon, IL
  July 29 - August 4, 2015
Adams County Fairgrounds, IL-336, northeast Of Quincy
Entertainment in the Grandstand Arena every night, carnival rides, horse shows, and many exhibits, displays, and concessions.
Admission
For information call 217-936-2230
  or visit www.adamsfair.org

HANCOCK COUNTY
4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION
C
arthage, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
July, 2015

7:30 am - 10 pm
Daytime activities on the square include an early morning pancake breakfast, parade beginning at 10 am, craft and food vendors, and live entertainment through 3 pm at the Historic Carthage Square. Festivities resume with fireworks at dusk at the Illini West High School Football Field
.
Free
For information call 217-357-3800

WGEM'S FOURTH FIREWORKS
Quincy, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
July, 2015

Illinois Veterans Home, 1707 North 12th Street
Spectacular fireworks display on the grounds of the Illinois Veterans Home. Refreshments will be available. The Concessions and Kids Zone will open at 5 pm. Pre-firework entertainment will be provided by the Quincy Park Band at 7:30 pm. Fireworks begin at dusk. Parking is limited, use the shuttle bus from Lot C at Quincy University at 18th & Elm Streets.
Free
For information call 217-228-6600

HANCOCK COUNTY FAIR
Augusta, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
July, 2015

Hancock County Fairgrounds, 94 First Street
The Hancock County Fair is an agricultural-based fair, which provides opportunities for local community members to display, purchase and observe what the county has to offer. Local vendors, exhibitors, displays, and carnival fill the grounds with tons of fun! Come enjoy this time-honored tradition every July! There truly is something for everyone to enjoy!
Admission
For information call 217-392-2524
  visit www.hancockfair.com

SWEET CORN DINNER
Golden, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
July, 2015

9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Golden Windmill, 902 Prairie Mills Road
The Golden Historical Society hosts this annual Sweet Corn dinner and heritage days. A church service starts the event at 9:30 am, dinner at 11:30 am to 1 pm with other events beginning at 1:30 pm. The famous Sweet Corn dinner with fresh area-grown sweet corn, world-famous grilled Windmill Pork Chops, bratwursts, and more starts at 11:30 am with other events beginning at 1:30 pm. The Prairie Mills Windmill, the Windmill Gift Shop, and the Golden Museum will be open
.
Free, tours of the windmill are available for a small fee. Charge for the Sweet Corn Dinner.
For information call 217-696-4254
  or visit www.goldenwindmill.org
 

LOCALLY GROWN FOOD FEST

Quincy, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
August, 2015

Event begins at 8 am
Washington Park, 5th & Maine Streets, downtown Quincy

This festival celebrates the fresh food grown in the Quincy area. The Amateur Chef's Competition is back by popular demand. Chefs will utilize the morning's fresh purchases from the Farmer's Market to create their masterpieces. The event also features the Biggest Tomato and Cucumber Contest, as well as Best Pie and Cookie Contest. There are plenty of children’s' activities with a bounce house, Quincy Art Center onsite, and a small petting zoo!
Free
For information call 660-346-1007
  or visit www.downtownquincy.com

5K FUND RAISER

Carthage, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
August, 2015

Check-In/Late Registration: 8 pm - 9 pm; Race starts at 9 pm
W.O.W. Park, Corner of Locust and South Adams Streets

World of Wonders park is a community built project that exists entirely through the philanthropy of others. The park was built in 1994 in the memory of Emily Frankovich but has recently times fallen on hard times and is in need of repairs. In 2013, a committee launched a capital campaign to help rebuild the park. This fund raising event will start and end at the WOW Park and will consist of a 5K course. Glow in the Dark T-Shirts & Glow Stick for pre-registered people!
Registration fee
For information visit the event's Facebook page

NAUVOO GRAPE FESTIVAL
Nauvoo, IL
  September 4 - September 6, 2015
Nauvoo State Park, IL-96
Friday: Noon - Midnight
Saturday: 7 am - Midnight
Sunday: 7 am - Midnight
A Labor Day tradition and one of the oldest festival in West Central Illinois, The Nauvoo Grape Festival has become a well-known attraction in the tri-state area. Festivities at this annual event include live entertainment, great food, Nauvoo Pageant, car show, wine tastings, carnival rides, parade, buck skinners rendezvous, mud volleyball, 5 k run, arts and crafts, flea market, archery, and so much more!

Free, some activities include a fee
For information call 217-453-6648
  or visit www.nauvoograpefestival.com

FESTIVAL ON WHEELS
CAR SHOW

Nauvoo, IL
  September 5 - September 6, 2015
Nauvoo State Park, IL-96
Each year young and old alike have enjoyed the roar of custom hot rods and original restored muscle cars that filled the highways Labor Day weekend heading to historic Nauvoo, Illinois.
Free to the public, registration fee for participants
For information call 1-888-453-2359
  or visit www.festivalonwheels.net

SMOKE ON THE RIVER
BBQ CONTEST

Quincy, IL
  September 12 - September 13, 2015
10 am - 1 am
Kesler Park, 1231 Bonansinga Drive

Smoke on the River is an annual Illinois State Championship BBQ Contest, hosted by the Quincy Exchange Club. Friday night’s feature is the steak grilling contest. Saturday, the best BBQ chefs in the Midwest get the grills hot in competition sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society - all for a cash purse of $5,000 - and a chance to advance to the American Royal in Kansas City. There are plenty of fun activities for the entire family and you'll hear from some of the best blues bands in the land playing until late in the night.
Free
For information visit www.smokeontheriver.net

QUINCY CLASSIC
BOAT & OUTBOARD SHOW

Quincy, IL
  September 18 - September 20, 2015
501 Bonansinga Drive, Quincy riverfront
The Quincy Classic Boat Show has grown to be one of the Midwest’s premiere boating events. On Friday there will be the 17 mile Mississippi River Run from Hannibal, MO to Quincy, IL with a lockage through Lock and Dam #21. The run starts at 1 pm. There will be a shuttle service from the Quincy show site back to Hannibal to pick up vehicles and trailers. A Pizza Welcome Party will be held at the Quincy Boat Club from 6 pm - 9 pm. On Saturday there will be in-water and static boat displays and a swap meet from 9 am - 4 pm. A 4 pm there will be a Boat-A-Cade on the Mississippi to Private Island Club for a BBQ. On Sunday there will be in-water and static boat displays and a swap meet from 9 am - 4 pm.
Free, some activities include a fee
For information call 217-242-7283 or 217-257-7400
  or visit the event's website

QUINCY MUSEUM
FOLK LIFE FESTIVAL

Quincy, IL
  September 19 - September 20, 2015
Noon - 5 pm each day
Quincy Museum, 1601 Maine Street

The annual Folk Life Festival gives the whole family a chance to experience how life was lived during the 1800s. Features include exhibits, homemade foods, old time markets, and fun games. The wide variety of demonstrations include crafters, artisans, Celtic bands, folk stories, and life during the Civil War.
Small admission includes a tour of the museum
For information call 217-224-7669

GREAT RIVER GRAPE ESCAPE

Quincy, IL
  September 26 - September 27, 2015
Saturday: Noon - 8 pm
Sunday: Noon - 5 pm
Clat Adams Park, Front & Hampshire Streets
This annual wine festival overlooking the magnificent Mississippi River in downtown Quincy showcases twelve Illinois wineries and their products. Festivities include live entertainment, fine wines, local foods and art
.
Free, purchase of tasting tickets required to sample the wines.
For information call 217-214-3700

FRONTIER SETTLEMENT DAY

Quincy, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
September, 2015

11 am - 4 pm

Quinsippi Island. Located at Front & Cedar Streets, just north of the Quincy Riverfront. Cross the bridge onto Quinsippi Island, past the entrance to All America Park

The Friends of the Log Cabins volunteers who have been working to stabilize seven Lincoln-era structures on Quinsippi Island. War of 1812 reenactors will also be on hand. Historical profession demonstrations include a lye soap maker, penny rug maker, blacksmithing, gardening, and games for children. In addition there will be music, food, and refreshments.
Free
For information call 217-223-9078

ANNUAL FUN'D RIDE

Quincy, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
September, 2015

All Day Event

All America Park, Front & Cedar Streets

The Fun'd Ride is an annual event that benefits the Friends of the Trails - a fundraising organization focused on increasing the number of multi-use trails in Quincy and Adams County. Grab your bike and helmet and participate in the 15-mile, 33-mile, 60-mile, or 100-mile ride through beautiful Adams County. There will be an after party at All America Park beginning at Noon with live entertainment and a raffle of door prizes.
Registration fee. Included with your registration is a meal and drink ticket.
For information visit the organization's website
 

"BEHIND CLOSED DOORS"
QUINCY HOUSE TOUR

Quincy, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
October, 2015

10 am - 4 pm
Quincy Preserves, Inc. conducts this annual neighborhood walking tour that features homes and buildings of architectural and historical significance.
Tickets required
For information call 217-222-3432
 or visit www.quincypreserves.org

"BOOTIFUL" NAUVOO
HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL

Nauvoo, IL
  Saturday, October 25, 2014
5 pm
Downtown Nauvoo, along Mulholland Street
Celebrate Halloween in Beautiful Nauvoo. Hundreds of intricately carved jack-o-lanterns, parade, haunted house, entertainment, food, fortune teller, free movies, and fun for all ages!

Free
For information call 217-453-6648

OKTOBERFEST
Golden, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
October, 2015

Golden Windmill, 902 Prairie Mills Road
Oktoberfest activities include videos of the history of Golden, how the Windmill operates, Platdeuch (Low German conversation), and a time for sharing. A cemetery tour, beginning at 4:30, will be conducted to meet the Emminga Family and other founding Fathers at cemeteries in Golden. Impersonators will be telling stories about their involvement in establishing the community. Soup, sandwiches, desserts, and refreshments will be available. There will be musical entertainment in the evening in the Windmill Hall.

Free, tours of the windmill and the cemetery tour are available for a small fee.
For information call 217-6696-4254
  or visit www.goldenwindmill.org

GREAT RIVER ARTISANS HOLIDAY SHOW & SALE

Quincy, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
November, 2015

10 am - 4 pm
Madison Park Christian Church, 4700 Broadway Street
Come out and see original art from local Quincy area artists who will have their work on display and for purchase for the holidays. A portion of the proceeds will be used to help students succeed in school through Cornerstone's Comprehensive Youth Services Program.
Free
For information call 217-316-6333
  or visit www.greatriverartisans.org

FALL FESTIVAL

Quincy, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
November, 2015

1 pm - 7 pm
Faith Christian Church, 4115 North 12th Street
This event features live music, vendors, games, face painting, craft making, a velcro wall, and bounce houses. Food & drinks will be available for purchase. Proceeds to benefit the Quincy Christian School. In case of rain the event will be relocated at the Quincy Christian School, 1236 North 10th Street.
Free
For information call 217-223-5698
  or visit the organization's website
CEMETERY TOUR
Quincy, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
November, 2015

3 pm - 7 pm, on the hour
Woodland Cemetery, 1020 South 5th Street
A guided one hour walking tour through Woodland Cemetery passing approximately 20 grave sites, with reenactors portraying the deceased at several stops. Grave sites included are those of early settlers, prominent citizens, and civil war soldiers as well as that of John Wood, Quincy founder, Illinois' 12th governor, and donor of the 40 acre cemetery located along the Mississippi River.
Admission
For information call 217-222-1835
   

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