Illinois Festivals 2016, 2017

Scarecrow Festival 2016

Scarecrow Festival

October, 2016

Saint Charles, Illinois

St. Charles, IL is celebrating 30 years of the annual Scarecrow Festival to the delight of residents and tourists alike. Families from all over the Midwest come together for the delicious food, tremendous arts and crafts show, carnival, petting zoo and live entertainment. .. Read More
Chicago International Film Festival 2016

Chicago International Film Festival

October, 2016

AMC River East 21, Chicago, Illinois

Established in 1964, the Chicago International Film Festival takes place during the last two weeks of October. It features over 150 films from over 50 countries, and those films come in a vast array of formats and genres: short films, documentaries.. Read More
Tomorrow Never Knows 2017

Tomorrow Never Knows

January, 2017

Multiple Locations in Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Five full days of the world's best indie music comes to Chicago every year during the Tomorrow Never Knows Festival, TNK for short. It goes down in two locations, Lincoln Hall and Schubas Tavern, a perfect combination of what the Windy City has to offer, music, history, and cultural flavor... Read More
Levitation Chicago 2017

Levitation Chicago

March, 2017

Thalia Hall, Chicago, Illinois

Get your psychedelic fix at the exotic and unique Levitation Festival in Chicago, located in the historic Thalia Hall. Two full days of performing artists will fill your days and nights with memories. The festival is central to a wide variety of dining and lodging options that require no transportation... Read More
Future Sound Dance Music Festival 2017

Future Sound Dance Music Festival

May, 2017

Bridgeview, IL, Bridgeview, Illinois

Future Sound Dance Music Festival at Toyota Park stadium in Bridgeview, Illinois, is a three-day live music event that features many well-known artists from a variety of backgrounds on several stages. Conveniently located 12 miles from the city of Chicago's downtown area, Future Sound Dance Music Festival offers an unforgettable multi-genre experience in a region with a rich music history. .. Read More
Summer Camp Music Festival 2017

Summer Camp Music Festival

May, 2017

Three Sisters Park, Chillicothe, Illinois

Family and fun are the heart of Summer Camp Music Festival, Chillicothe's most beloved summer event since its humble beginnings in 2001. Since then, Summer Camp has grown into a 3-day event offering musical performances on 7 stages, art exhibits.. Read More
Ravinia 2017


June, 2017

Ravinia , Highland Park, Illinois

As the oldest outdoor music festival in the United States, Ravinia Festival is held every summer from June to September in Highland Park, IL. The festival began over 100 years ago as an amusement park on the grounds of Ravinia Park.. Read More
Logan Square Arts Festival 2017

Logan Square Arts Festival

June, 2017

Logan Square, Chicago, Illinois

It's time to channel your inner artist -- or at least your inner art lover! The Logan Square Arts Festival in Chicago is one of the most fascinating art events you will ever see. Whether bringing the entire family, or spending a day with friends, you'll love this exhibition showcasing fine arts, craftsmanship and spectacularly unusual creations... Read More
Chicago Blues Festival 2017

Chicago Blues Festival

June, 2017

Grant Park, Chicago, Illinois

The Windy City offers so many exciting events year round, one of the biggest and brightest is the Chicago Blues Festival. This musical event takes place over the course of three wonderful days in Grant Park. The location in central to the downtown loop and the picturesque Lake Michigan waterfront... Read More
Taste of Randolph 2017

Taste of Randolph

June, 2017

Randolph Street between Racine Avenue and Peoria Street, Chicago, Illinois

Located in Chicago's West Loop, Taste of Randolph is a music festival that also serves as a culinary festival, and an art festival. The three day festival features food from some of Chicago's finest restaurants, art from renowned artisans, and music from a diverse array of nationally known recording artists, and local Chicago favorites... Read More
Windy City LakeShake Festival 2017

Windy City LakeShake Festival

June, 2017

FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island, Chicago, Illinois

The top performers from the world of country music will be live on stage for this three-day festival in downtown Chicago. Open to all ages, the festival offers a wide variety of entertainment and attractions - from the Vertical Swing, the Malibu Beach House, a giant inflatable slide, and the LakeShake Market... Read More
Lollapalooza 2017


July, 2017

Grant Park, Chicago, Illinois

The Midwest's answer to the West Coast's Coachella, Lollapalooza is an annual music festival showcasing the world's best alternative rock and EDM groups. Hosting nearly 200,000 people in the heart of Chicago every year, Lollapalooza attracts a wide range of musical talent. Over the years, Lollapalooza has only gained in popularity by hosting artists such as Coldplay, Kid Cudi, and Imagine Dragons... Read More
Decatur Celebration 2017

Decatur Celebration

August, 2017

Downtown , Decatur, Illinois

Since 1986, the Decatur Celebration has been the city's premier event for the summer. Drawing 125,000 people in its first year, the event has gotten bigger every year, taking over the downtown for three days in early August. The Decatur Celebration features a variety of fun activities,.. Read More
Berwyn Brew Fest 2016

Berwyn Brew Fest

October 1, 2016

Proksa Park, Berwyn, Illinois

Official Webiste

HogRockT'Oberfest 2016


October 6, 2016

HogRock Ranch & Campground, Cave-In-Rock, Illinois

Official Webiste

A Taste Of Theater 2016

A Taste Of Theater

October 7, 2016

Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy, Chicago, Illinois

Official Webiste

Alsip Holiday Craft Corner 2016

Alsip Holiday Craft Corner

October 16, 2016

Apollo Park Fieldhouse , Alsip, Illinois

Official Webiste

Illinois State Old-Time Fiddle Contest 2016

Illinois State Old-Time Fiddle Contest

October 16, 2016

Thelma Keller Convention Center, Effingham, Illinois

Official Webiste

Chicago Dessert Fest 2016

Chicago Dessert Fest

October 22, 2016

Moe's Cantina River North, Chicago, Illinois

Fall Remodeling & Home Expo 2016

Fall Remodeling & Home Expo

October 24, 2016

Forest Hills Lodge , Loves Park, Illinois

Official Webiste

River North Halloween Crawl 2016

River North Halloween Crawl

October 29, 2016

Moe's Cantina River North, Chicago, Illinois

Wrigleyville Halloween Crawl 2016

Wrigleyville Halloween Crawl

October 29, 2016

Deuce's & The Diamond Club, Chicago, Illinois

Freaky Deaky Halloween Costume Party 2016

Freaky Deaky Halloween Costume Party

October 30, 2016

Toyota Park, Chicago, Illinois

Official Webiste

Holiday Craft & Vendor Fair 2016

Holiday Craft & Vendor Fair

October, 2016

Moose Family Center , Pekin, Illinois

Official Webiste

Parade 2016


October, 2016

Theatre Wit, Chicago, Illinois

Official Webiste

About Festivals in Illinois

While Illinois is best known for its city of Chicago, there is fun to be had all over the state in the form of dozens of festivals. Illinois events come in all varieties and include festivals celebrating films, food, culture, the arts, and so much more. Each one provides a unique atmosphere of entertainment.

Festivals in Illinois bring in crowds of all different sizes. There are smaller festivals such as the Scarecrow Daze Festival in Shelbyville, and the Cobden Peach Festival in Cobden. There are also festivals that draw in much larger crowds. The Taste of Chicago known for being the largest food festival, the Southern Illinois Irish Festival celebrating Irish heritage, and the Fountain Square Arts Festival known for its fine arts are just a few of many large festivals. Illinois Music Festivals also play a big part in the festival scene. The Grant Park Music Festival is a unique 10 week festival held in Chicago that displays the rehearsals for the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus. There are music festivals to celebrate many kinds of music such as the Bluegill Music Festival in Benton and the Chicago Blues Festival. These are just a few of the many great festivals to check out in Illinois.