Special events


Heartland Community College Foundation Evening of Dreams; 6:30-11:30 p.m. Sept. 14, DoubleTree Hotel, Bloomington; student scholarship benefit, with vacation raffle, interactive "Heartland Feud" game, live/silent auction items, food, entertainment; $50; www.heartland.edu/foundation/events/evening.

Lunch & Learn; 12:30 p.m. Sept. 14, McLean County Museum of History, 200 N. Main St., Bloomington; topic, "Small Business: The Catalyst of McLean County"; free; 309-828-2860.

Travis Langley; Sept. 14-16, various locations; "Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight" author in presentations at 2 p.m. Sept. 14 in ISU Bone Student Center Circus Room, 7 p.m. Sept. 14 at Normal Theater (with screening of "Legends of the Knight"), noon Sept. 15 in ISU DeGarmo Hall 206; free; 309-438-8687.

National PARK(ing) Day in Downtown Bloomington; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sept. 15, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 16, various downtown Bloomington locations; parallel parking spaces turned into temporary public "mini-parks" for public to enjoy; free.  

Downtown Bloomington Farmers Market; 7:30 a.m.-noon Sept. 16, downtown Bloomington square; fresh produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, art, live music, more; free admission; 309-829-9599.

ISU Horticultural Center Autumnal Festival; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 16, ISU Horticultural Center, off Raab Road in Normal; scavenger hunt, corn maze, hayrides, "Scarecrows on Parade," food, children's activities, fall produce sale, silent auction, more; $3-$5, under 3 free; 309-438-5654.

Open Cockpit Day; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 16, Prairie Aviation Museum building, 2929 E. Empire St., Bloomington; tours of open cockpits in various aircraft; $5, under 6 donation; 309-663-7632.

Poetry Is Normal; 1 p.m. Sept. 16, Normal Public Library Cafe, 206 W. College Ave., Normal; readings and discussion for poets and poetry lovers; free; 309-452-1757.

Tour de Taco; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 16, start at uptown Normal; social cycling event to local eateries serving tacos; http://bikeblono.org/taco.

Third Sunday Market; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 17, Interstate Center, 2301 W. Market St., Bloomington; antiques, collectibles; $6, under 14 free; 217-202-2847.

Ewing Manor Tours; 4-6 p.m. Sept. 18, Mondays through October, Ewing Manor, Towanda Avenue and Emerson Street, Bloomington; guided 45-minute tours of late-1920s home of Hazle Buck Ewing, donated to ISU; suggested $5 donation; 309-829-6333.

Bocafloja; 7 p.m. Sept. 20, Normal Theater, Normal; Mexican hip-hop performer in spoken word poetry performance at showing of his film documentary, "Nana Dijo: Irresolute Radiography of Black Consciousness"; free.

Central Illinois

Dwight Harvest Days; 5-10 p.m. Sept. 14-15, 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Sept. 16, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 17, downtown Dwight; carnival, live bands, flea market, games and contests, food, parade (1 p.m. Sun.), car show, more; free; www.dwightharvestdays.org

Gail’s Pumpkin Patch; noon-5:30 p.m. Sun.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sat., Sept. 14-Oct. 31, 1709 2000 Ave., Beason; pumpkin patch, baked goods, crafts, toddler maze, displays, more; 217-447-3409. 

Morton Pumpkin Festival; 3-9:30 p.m. Sept. 14, 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sept. 15, 6:30 a.m.-midnight Sept. 16, downtown Morton; parade (10:30 a.m. Sat.), carnival midway, pumpkin-related foods and contests, live entertainment, more; free; 309-263-2491. 

Columbus Ships: Pinta and Nina; Sept. 15-25, 110 S.W. Water St., downtown Peoria riverfront; full-scale reproductions of Columbus ships open for tours; $6-$8; www.ninapinta.org.

Arts in the Park; 5-7 p.m. Sept. 15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 17, Central Park, downtown Decatur; juried fine arts fair, with food, live music, more; free; 217-423-3189.

Mount Pulaski Fall Festival; noon-10 p.m. Sept. 15, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 16, downtown square in Mount Pulaski and other locations; quilt show, parade (1 p.m. Sat.), games, contests, entertainment, food, beer tent, crafts, more; free; www.mtpulaskiil.com.

Peoria Oktoberfest; 5-11:30 p.m. Sept. 15, noon-11:30 p.m. Sept. 16, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 17, Riverfront Festival Park, downtown Peoria; German heritage fest with songs, food, dance, cultural exhibits, beer and more; $7-$10, under 13 free; 309-689-3019.

Delavan Cruise-In; 4-8 p.m. Sept. 16, downtown Delavan; antique cars, music, door prizes, more; free.

Hats & Gloves Tours; 1-4 p.m. Sept. 16, Jones House, 314 E. Madison St., and Yost House, 298 W. Water St., Pontiac; tours of historic homes decorated with "Hats & Gloves" theme; free; 815-844-5847.

Military Vehicle Preservation Association 91st Anniversary Convoy; Sept. 16, downtown Pontiac square; convoy parade downtown (approx. noon), followed by display around square through evening; free; www.convoyontheair.org.

Abraham Lincoln Railsplitting Festival; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 17, Logan County Fairgrounds, Lincoln; railsplitting competition, bluegrass jam and music, encampment re-creation, food, entertainment, more; free admission; www.railsplitting.com.

Edwards Place Fine Art Fair; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 16, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 17, Edwards Place, 700 N. 4th St., Springfield; juried fair with more than 70 artists from around the country, children’s craft tent, demonstrations, live music, mansion tours, more; free; 217-523-2631.

Railroad Days; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 16-17, Monticello Railway Museum, 992 Iron Horse Place, Monticello; vintage train rides, exhibits, children's activities, food, more; $10-$20 (all-day train tickets); 217-762-9011

GTO Association of America All-Pontiac Car Show; all day Sept. 17, downtown Pontiac square; all-Pontiac classic and antique car show show; free.

Downs Village Market; 4-6 p.m. Sept. 20, southwest edge of Downs; fresh local produce, baked goods, plants and flowers, crafts, more; free admission; 309-378-4396.

Pygmalion Festival; Sept. 20-24, various Champaign-Urbana locations, including Canopy Club and U of I Krannert Center; indie music, arts, tech, food and literary fest with multiple bands/events; www.thepygmalionfestival.com.



The Booth Brothers; 7 p.m. Sept. 15, Calvary Baptist Church, 1017 N. School St., Normal; gospel group in Midwest Food Bank benefit; $15-$20; 309-663-5350.

Twilight Zona; 5:30 p.m. Sept. 16, Connie Link Amphitheater, Normal; rock-bluegrass group; free; 309-454-9540.

Celebration of Roque Cordero; 4 p.m. Sept. 17, ISU Kemp Recital Hall; musical tribute to 100th anniversary of birth of late ISU faculty composer; free.

Conor Oberst, The Felice Brothers and Phoebe Bridgers; 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17, Castle Theatre, 209 E. Washington St., Bloomington; alt-rock singers and group; $30-$33; 309-820-0352.

ISU Wind Symphony; 8 p.m. Sept. 20, ISU Center for the Performing Arts; $6-$10; 309-438-2535.

Central Illinois

Alias Brass Company; 7 p.m. Sept. 14, Pontiac Township High School Auditorium, Pontiac; variety brass quintet; $20; 815-844-6394. 

Ellnora, The Guitar Festival; Sept. 14-16, U of I Krannert Center, Urbana; three-day festival with Jeff Tweedy, Janis Ian, Ronnie Baker Brooks Band, Samantha Fish, Ruthie Foster, Vicente Amigo, Rez Abbasi Quartet, Kevin Breit, Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge, Lulo Reinhardt & Daniel Stelter; various prices; www.EllnoraGuitarFestival.com.

Kip Moore, Drake White and The Big Fire; 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15, U of I State Farm Center, Champaign; country singers and group; $25-$35; 217-333-6595.

REO Speedwagon; 8 p.m. Sept. 15, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria; rock group; $49.50-$79.50; 309-673-3200.

Bellflower Country Opry; 7 p.m. Sept. 16, Bellflower Community Center, 202 Center St., Bellflower; Branson-style country-gospel music shows with Bellflower Country Opry band and guest Chrissy Sparks; $10, under 13 free; 309-722-3497.

Kentuckiana Opry; 8 p.m. Sept. 16, Kentuckiana Kampground, Hopedale; country music shows with Kentuckiana Opry Band and guest Cindy Moore; adults $8, children $2; 309-449-3274.

ICMA Chapter 617 Jam Session; noon-4 p.m. Sept. 17, VFW Building, El Paso; potluck dinner, open mic; free; 309-564-0228.

Bobby Whitlock & CoCo Carmel; 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20, U of I at Springfield Sangamon Auditorium, Springfield; rock-soul duo; $42; 800-207-6960.

Ricky Warwick-Damon Johnson; 3:30 p.m. Sept. 17, Limelight Eventplex, 1802 N. University, Peoria; Thin Lizzy members in acoustic show; $25-$75; 309-693-1234.



The Importance of Being Earnest; 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14-17 and 21-23, 2 p.m. Sept. 17 and 23; Heartland Theater Company, One Normal Plaza, Normal; Oscar Wilde comedy; $5-$15; 309-452-8709. 

Central Illinois

I Hate Hamlet; 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14-16, Engle Lane Theatre, 1012 Columbus Road, Streator; Streator Community Players production of musical comedy; $10-$15; 815-672-3584.



Straight Answer; 7 p.m. Sept. 14, Jazz UpFront; jazz; no cover.

Karaoke; 7 p.m. Sept. 14, Bloomington Eagles; 7 p.m. Sept. 17, Jazz UpFront; 8 p.m. Sept. 20, Dr. McKay's Bar & Grill; no cover.

Jury's Out; 7 p.m. Sept. 15, Windjammer Lounge; ’80s rock; $3.

Kyle Yapp; 7 p.m. Sept. 15, Dr. McKay's Bar & Grill; acoustic rock; no cover. 

Luke & The Drifters; 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15, Legends Sports Bar; country; no cover.

Mark & Melisa; 7 p.m. Sept. 15, Bloomington Eagles; country-rock; $5.

Soft Spoken; 8 p.m. Sept. 15, Jazz UpFront; jazz; $5.

Shuga Beatz; 8 p.m. Sept. 15, Winners; R&B-soul; no cover.

Baaad Boyz; 8 p.m. Sept. 16, Jazz UpFront; jazz; $5.

Back@Cha; 6 p.m. Sept. 16, Baxters American Grille; rock; no cover.

Big On Blondes; 7 p.m. Sept. 16, Cheeks Bar & Grill; rock; no cover.

Riding Coattails; 8 p.m. Sept. 16, Dr. McKay's Bar & Grill; rock; no cover.

Who Cares; 8 p.m. Sept. 16, Winners; rock; $3.

Organation; 7 p.m. Sept. 20, Jazz UpFront; R&B; no cover.

Central Illinois

Silver Foxes; 6:30 p.m. Sept. 14, American Legion, Heyworth; country; no cover. 

Gun Whiskey; 8:30 p.m. Sept. 15, TailGaters Pub, LeRoy; classic rock-country; no cover. 

Bubblegum Jack; 7 p.m. Sept. 16, Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, Mackinaw; rock; $5. 

Chalk, Event of Collapse, Vivorum and Also Known As; 7 p.m. Sept. 16, Misflips, Wapella; rock; $5.

Tri-County Tailgaters; 8:30 p.m. Sept. 16, TailGaters Pub, LeRoy; country-rock' no cover.

For kids


Children's Discovery Museum; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday; 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday, 101 E. Beaufort St., Normal; exhibit gallery, paint wall, two-story climber, AgMazing exhibit, educational programs, more; $7, under 2 free; 309-433-3444.

Ring World; 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sat., through Sept. 16; ISU Planetarium; full-dome video program on on NASA spacecraft mission to Saturn; $2-$4; 309-438-8756.

Central Illinois

Kidz' Expo; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 16, BOS Center (formerly Prairie Capital Convention Center), Springfield; Disney Channel star Peyton List ("Bunk'd"), vendors, activities, food, inflabtalbles, more; $5; 217-788-8800.



Bollywood Dandiya & Garba Night 2017; 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15, Benjamin Elementary School, 6006 Ireland Grove Road, Bloomington; community festival of Indian dance with DJ Raaga and live dhol player; $5-$8, under 8 free; 309-310-9519.


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