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Maple Syrup Festival at Argyle Lake State Park - March 7, 2020

Located in Colchester's Argyle Lake State Park and hosted by the Friends of Argyle, the annual Maple Syrup Festival is sweet and sticky event features hay rack rides that take visitors to the park’s “sugar grove” of maple trees. For nearly a quarter of a century the festival has annual featured demonstrations of sap collecting, a “sugar shack” where the sap is boiled into syrup, children’s activities and educational displays, a campfire area where local Boy Scouts read out loud to children, concessions, and of course, maple candy and syrup.

The Maple Syrup Festival is free and open to the public.

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The Argyle Lake Bluegrass Jamboree is an annual two-day bluegrass lovers paradise held at Colchester, IL's picturesque Argyle Lake State Park. Camping, jamming and entertainment for all ages. Bring your fiddle, banjo or guitar and join the fun.

Macomb Bluesfest - May 16, 2020

Bluesfest is held in Macomb's Glenwood Park and features barbeque, beer & wine and of course the Blues. This annual music festival regularly spotlights local and regional blues performers as well as established Chicago blues artists.

Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps (Spring Training) May 18 - June 5, 2020

The two-time world champion Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps holds its spring training camp at Western Illinois University in Macomb. This amazing group of 150 high school and college aged world class musicians along with a 50 member staff has a global following of fans with over 170,000 likes on Facebook. The Phantom Regiment's rehearsals for their annual summer national tour are open to the public and are a spectacle you do not want to miss.

  • May 18 – June 4 rehearsals.
  • All rehearsals are free and open to the public.
  • Location: Campus of WIU & Hanson Field, Macomb, IL
  • Community performance 8:00 Friday night, June 5, Hanson Field, WIU.

See for yourself!

Jeep Blitz - May 22-25, 2020

Held in Bushnell, IL, Jeep Blitz is a 4-day event which attracts over 500 Jeeps! This event includes a night ride, trail rides, obstacle courses, a vendor parts show, Steinjäger factory tours, live music, mud pit, a show and shine and much more.

Get your mud on here.

May Play Days - 2nd week of May

May Play Days is an annual event held in Bushnell, IL the second week in May. It was founded over 40 years ago by the Bushnell Chamber of Commerce and Boden Amusement of Bushnell.

In addition to carnival amusement rides, classic fair food such as corn dogs, funnel cakes and lemon shake- ups are available along with the Bushnell Rotary Club's traditional favorite rib-eye sandwiches.

Blandinsville Farmers Picnic - May 28 - 31, 2020

2020 marks the 133th year for this annual tradition in Blandinsville, IL. The Farmers Picnic is a  three-day weekend event, which historically includes a tractor pull, a parade, a fishing derby and a racing derby. Plus, you'll find carnival rides, food, games, live music and good ol' fashioned fun for the whole family.

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Sodbuster Days - June 5-7, 2020

In a tradition that stretches back more than 46 years, Sodbuster Days is an annual three-day heritage celebration held during the month of June in the village of Good Hope, IL.

In addition to the all-town yard sale there’s festive concessions like lemonade shake-ups, corn dogs, funnel cakes, tacos and pork chop barbecue.

You’ll also find an annual parade, a Little Miss and Master Pageant, a free magic show, a DJ, karaoke, bounce houses, and games including an egg toss, a boardwalk, pie eating contest, pinatas, bingo and a bags tournament.

There’s even a back seat driver contest which features a blindfold driver on a tractor with a person behind them in the wagon has got to tell them how to maneuver on a course riddled with curves, straights and turns!

Plus the Good Hope/Sciota volunteer firemen’s fish fry and barbecue, a kids’ pedal tractor contest, the Fireman’s Water-fight, and of course live local music.

Click here for more info or call Jim and Kathy Wyatt at 309-456-3759.

Macomb Heritage Days - June 25-28, 2020

Macomb's Heritage Days Festival is a family friendly event which features main stage entertainment, carnival rides by American Banner Carnival, a Big Truck and ClassicCar Show, Pioneer Demonstrations, crafts, flea and food vendors, The Bob Anstine Memorial Parade, Airport Pancake Breakfast Fly-In and much more. Heritage Days is traditionally held the last full weekend of June.

Independence Day - July 4th

The City of Macomb and Western Illinois University host this Independence Day Celebration annually on July 4.

All activities will take place in “Q-lot” on the Western Illinois University Campus. In addition to live musical entertainment the “presentation of the colors” is conducted by the combined Honor Guard from Macomb American Legion Post #6 and The VFW Post #1921.

Folks attending are encouraged to park in Q- lot, bring lawn chairs and enjoy the entertainment and food vendor. 

Survival Challenge - July 1-5, 2020

Held in the rural outskirts of Macomb, this 5-day event pushes contestants from around the country, as well as guest participant former cast members of the hit television show Survivor," to the limit of their physical, social and strategic skills as they enduring harsh elements, intense competitive challenges, and top-notch opponents in an attempt be the contest’s sole surviving winner.

SURVIVAL CHALLENGE is open to the public and spectators are invited to watch the competition, enjoy food and beverage and “Meet & Greet” former cast members from TV’s “SURVIVOR.

Some of the nearly 30 past participating former "Survivor" cast members include; Joel Klug, Troy "Troyzan" Roberts, Nina Poersch, Boo Bernis, Dr. Jill Behm, Twila Tanner, Spencer Bledsoe, Brooke Struck, Kelly "Purple Kelly" Shinn, and "Survivor" Season One winner Richard Hatch.

AKC Dog Show - July 17-19, 2020

The Burlington Kennel Club Dog Show, held at the Spencer Student Recreation Center on the Macomb campus of Western Illinois University, is an annual AKC sanctioned show that boasts over 400 entries yearly. With hundreds of dogs in dozens of breeds and categories, this two-day event is a must for dog lovers of all ages. 

And the 2019 show marks the return of the featured "Puppies Show!"

Admission: Adults (over age 12), $3; Children (5-12), $1; Children under age five are free.

Includes Free Barking!

Bushnell Town and Country Fall Festival - August 19-22, 2020

The Town & Country Fall Festival is an annual event held in Bushnell, IL at the beginning of the school year in late summer/early fall and is open to the public. 

In addition to carnival amusement rides and classic fair food this festival also includes free live music in the town square, an antique tractor and gas engine show, a classic car show, and a yearly parade to open the festivities.

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Flatland Summer Jam - August 28-29, 2020

Flatland Summer Jam is an annual roots rock music festival presented by the Macomb Park District in beautiful Veterans Park.  
Along with a line up of top acts, which this year features God's Country singer-songwriter Hardy, the festival includes food vendors, a beer tent, bags tournament and mini golf course. Children’s actives, including bounce houses and kite flying. ROCK ON!!

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Colchester Labor Day Celebration - Sept. 3-7, 2020

Come out and enjoy the annual Colchester Labor Day Celebration. This event is free and open to the public and features a parade, carnival, food and drink vendors, flea market and various entertainment.

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Art, Wind & Fire - September 11 & 12, 2020

The Art, Wind & Fire Festival is a weekend long event featuring The Gazebo Art Festival, The Kites Fest and Macomb's annual Balloon Rally.

The Gazebo Art Festival, named for the historic structure that resides in the middle of Macomb's Chandler Park where the event is held, is an annual juried art sale that celebrates local and regional artists. The festival presents original works of art in painting, sculpture, photography, jewelry ceramics, fiber art and many other mediums.

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Our annual Kites Fest, held at Macomb's Veterans Park, features a Giant Kite Show, Kite Ballets, a Candy Drop, Kite Making, Kite Fights and so much more. Bring the kids, some lawn chairs and blankets, sunscreen, a camera and join us for a fun time with the whole family!

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The Balloon Rally is traditionally held on the campus of Western Illinois University's Vince Grady Field. Balloonists come to Macomb to blow off a little hot air and display their magnificent balloons both in flights and during the balloon glow. Plenty of food is available for everyone. Handicap accessible. Come out and have a great time!

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Macomb senior festival - september 20-21, 2019

Geared toward Active Seniors, Retirees and those that know them, the Macomb Senior Festival was created to bring attention to the ideal senior living and retirement opportunities Macomb and McDonough County offers.

Held in historic downtown Macomb this free event features live music, football, tailgating, art exhibits, Yoga/Tai Chi classes, a classic car show, craft beer tasting, bingo, along with Macomb’s annual “Party on the Square !"  


Celebrate all things Western Illinois University during the Leatherneck's annual Homecoming celebration in Macomb. The week leading up to the big day features competitions and activities including Scavenger Hunts, Annual Rocky's Boat Regatta, Variety Shows, Painting of the Paws, Paint the Town and the eventful Yell Like Hell contest. 

Saturday's Homecoming Day itself spotlights the annual W.I.U. Homecoming Parade, which showcases marching bands, floats, and other regional attractions, as it winds it's way through Macomb's historic downtown square on it's way to the university campus. The day caps off with the traditional Homecoming Football Game in which the W.I.U. Fighting Leathernecks display their true gridiron grit.


Haunted "House of Payne" - October 19-20, 26-27 & 30-31, 2019

Good Hope's Haunted House of Payne is a FREE, seasonal, family-run haunted house. They offer a fun, family-friendly experience with spooky surprises and creepy scares each October on select nights.

Free Admission / Non-perishable food and cash donations accepted for Loaves & Fishes food pantry.

Located at 410 N. Union St., Good Hope, IL. - (309) 255-4383

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Zombie Apocalypse & 5k - October 19, 2019

The Zombie Apocalypse is hitting Macomb...Again! The annual Zombie 5K winds through Macomb from Horn Field Campus to Chandler Park with some scary sights and fun entertainment along the way. Participants are encouraged to get into character by “zombify” themselves. Run for your life or walk at a "dead" pace. Post-race party in Chandler Park

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Dickens On The Square: A Magical Holiday - Dec. 6-7, 2019

This annual holiday festival held in Macomb's Historic Downtown, presents the perfect opportunity to slow down, take a step back in time and experience the nostalgic small town charm the Christmas season brings. Experience this magical holiday festival featuring colorful characters, food, music, Clydesdale drawn carriage rides, live reindeer, the Festival of Trees and of course the ol' boy himself, Santa Claus!

Sign up for the Santa Zephyr Express and experience an enchanting train ride with Santa and his helpers as Amtrak’s Illinois Zephyr car is transformed into a magical place that takes you from Quincy to experience Dickens Christmas On The Square: A Magical Holiday in downtown Macomb, IL. 

Book your overnight package and have breakfast with Santa and his friends!

Tickets go fast, click here to book yours today!

Christmas Lights Parade - December 7, 2019

Nothing will put you in the holiday spirit quite like the Christmas Lights Parade in Bushnell, IL.

This annual event consists of scores of vehicles, intricately and painstakingly dressed in festive seasonal decorations and yuletide lighting, as they slalom their way through the village streets while thrilled throngs line the curbs and children squeal in delight.

If ever there was a wonderland of winter, the Bushnell Christmas Lights Parade epitomizes just that.