Special events


Blessings of the Table: Thanksgiving at Clover Lawn; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wed.-Sat., Nov. 16-18, David Davis Mansion State Historic Site, 1000 Monroe Drive, Bloomington; tours of historic mansion preparing for period Thanksgiving feast; $2-$4 donation; 309-828-1084.

Holiday Treasures Exhibition and Sale; Nov. 16-Dec. 30, McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St., Bloomington; affordable works and seasonal items by more than 60 local and national artists; 309-829-0011. 

The Baby Fold’s Festival of Trees; opening day breakfast, 7-9 a.m. Nov. 17 ($30); regular hours 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 17-18, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 19, Interstate Center, 2301 W. Market St., Bloomington; decorated trees, holiday displays, special events, more; $2-$8; 309-451-7254.

America Recycles Day Mega Recycling Event; 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 18, IWU Hansen Student Center; mega-recycling event, with electronics, batteries, clothes, shoes, plastic garden pots and more allowed at one location; 309-454-3169.

Thanksgiving Farmers Market; 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 18, Grossinger Motors Arena, 101 S. Madison St., Bloomington; indoor edition of Downtown Bloomington Farmers Market; free; 309-829-9599.

Under the Dome Knit-In; 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 18, McLean County Museum of History, 600 N. Main St., Bloomington; open knitting event for charity (bring your own materials); free; 309-827-0428.

Holiday Pictures with the Reindeer; 1-3 p.m. Nov. 19, Miller Park Zoo, Bloomington; family pictures taken with zoo reindeer; $20 with zoo admission; reservations at www.mpzs.org; 309-434-2243.

Vaudeville Monday; 7 p.m. Nov. 20, Normal Theater, Normal; showcase for local entertainers in all styles and formats; free; 309-454-9720.

Central Illinois

Luthy Botanical Garden Poinsettia Show and Candlelight Walks; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun., Nov. 17-Dec. 30, Luthy Botanical Garden in Glen Oak Park, Peoria; holiday floral displays and sales, with candlelight walks 6-9 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Nov. 17-Dec. 16; donation; 309-686-3362.

Morton Holidazzle Weekend; 4:30-9 p.m. Nov. 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 18, Main Street in downtown Morton; tree-lighting ceremony and downtown candlelight stroll, chili supper, Santa visit, downtown merchant open houses, holiday trolley, Christmas craft sales, Santa visits, more; 309-266-7092.

Christmas on Vinegar Hill; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 18, various Mount Pulaski locations; crafts, antiques, baked goods, period decorations, live music, merchant specials, more; free admission; www.mtpulaskiil.com.

Decatur Lighted Christmas Parade; 5:30 p.m. Nov. 18, downtown Decatur; illuminated floats, Santa arrival, more; free; 217-422-2200.

East Peoria Festival of Lights Parade; 5:45 p.m. Nov. 18, Washington Street through downtown East Peoria; Festival of Lights illuminated kick-off parade; free.

Gibson City Lighted Christmas Parade; 4-8 p.m. Nov. 18, downtown Gibson City; live music, Santa's Village activities, food/craft vendors preceding lighted float parade at 6:30 p.m.; free; 309-825-0311.

Champaign-Urbana Festival of Trees; 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 18, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 19, Hilton Garden Inn, 1501 S. Neil, Champaign; themed trees, wreaths, gift baskets, special events; $3-$5; 217-356-5880.

Civil War Winter Quarters Construction; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 19, W.H. Sommer Park, Peoria; re-enactment of Civil War soldiers constructing winter encampment, with living historians, demonstrations, drills, more; $5 per vehicle; 309-691-8423.

Forest Park Nature Center Holiday Nature Art Show & Sale; opening, 2-4 p.m. Nov. 18; regular, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun., through Dec. 31, Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 Forest Park Drive, Peoria Heights; 309-686-3360.

Springfield Festival of Trees; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 18-26, Illinois State Fairgrounds Orr Building, Springfield; decorated trees, entertainment, more; $3-$5; 217-788-4301.

Farmer City Christmas Parade; 2 p.m. Nov. 19, Farmer City Fairgrounds to Main Street downtown; bands, floats, Santa arrival, "’Twas the Night Before Christmas" theme; free; 309-830-7422.

Peoria Train Fair; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 19, Illinois Central College, East Peoria; operating model train layouts, parts and accessories, memorabilia, books, videos, more; $3, under 13 free; 309-339-2896.



Harvest Bash 2017; 7 p.m. Nov. 16, Normal Theater, 209 W. North St., Normal; local rock band show headlined by Shinzon; $5; 309-454-9720.

IWU Symposium of Contemporary Music: Judith Shatin; Nov. 16, IWU Westbrook Auditorium; presentation by guest composer Shatin, 4 p.m.; concert of her music, 8 p.m; free.

Lu Witzig and Vadim Mazo; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16, ISU Kemp Recital Hall; pianist and violinist; free.

Band-A-rama; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17, ISU Braden Auditorium; with ISU Big Red Marching Machine and IWU Wind Symphony; $3-$5; 309-438-5444.

Edward David Anderson's Black Dirt Revival and John Till; 8 p.m. Nov. 17, Castle Theatre, 209 E. Washington St., Bloomington; roots-rock group and folk-blues singer; $15-$17; 309-820-0352.

IWU Symphony Orchestra; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17, Second Presbyterian Church, 404 N. Prairie St., Bloomington; conducted by Lev Ivanov; free.

IWU Jazz Ensemble; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18, IWU Westbrook Auditorium; free.

Illinois Symphony Orchestra: Holiday Pops in the Heartland; 3 p.m. Nov. 19, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, 600 N. East St., Bloomington; holiday pops concert, with guest conductor Thomas Heuser; $5-$60, under 6 free; 866-686-9541.

Bloomington-Normal Youth Symphony Fall Concert; 7 p.m. Nov. 21, IWU Westbrook Auditorium; conducted by Deanne Bryant, with guest cellist Adriana Ransom; free, with donations accepted; www.bnyouthsymphony.org.

Dan Hubbard and Dave Tamkin; 8 p.m. Nov. 22, Castle Theatre, 209 E. Washington St., Bloomington; roots-rock singers; $12-$15; 309-820-0352. 

Central Illinois

Hairball; 8 p.m. Nov. 17, Limelight Eventplex, 8102 N. University, Peoria; rock group; $20-$27; 309-693-1234.

Sinfonia da Camera; conducted by Ian Hobson; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17, U of I Krannert Center, Urbana; $5-$40; 217-333-6280.

Heyworth Country Opry; 6 p.m. Nov. 18, Heyworth VFW, 203 E. Main St., Heyworth; country music shows with Deb Schneider & Pride of the Prairie Band and guest Linda Thomas; $10, under 10 free; 309-660-2655.

Illinois Symphony Orchestra: Holiday Pops in the Heartland; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18, U of I at Springfield Sangamon Auditorium, Springfield; holiday pops concert, with guest conductor Thomas Heuser; $5-$60, under 6 free; 800-207-6960.

Jackyl; 7 p.m. Nov. 18, Watseka Theatre, 218 E. Walnut St., Watseka; rock group; $50; 815-993-6585.

Village-Aires Holiday Concert; 7 p.m. Nov. 18, 3 p.m. Nov. 19, St. Paul's United Church of Christ, 236 W. Fifth St., Minonk; annual holiday concert by community chorus; $3-$7, under 5 free.



Sister Act; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17-18, 2:30 p.m. Nov. 19; Community Players Theatre, 201 Robinhood Lane, Bloomington; musical comedy; $7-$18; 309-662-2121. 

Three Tall Women; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16-18, 2 p.m. Nov. 18; Heartland Theatre Company, One Normal Plaza, Normal; Edward Albee drama; $5-$15; 309-452-8709.

South Pacific; 8 p.m. Nov. 16-18, 2 p.m. Nov. 19, IWU Jerome Mirza Theatre; Rogers & Hammerstein musical; $12-$14; 309-556-3232.

Central Illinois

Nuncrackers, The Nunsense Christmas Musical; 7 p.m. Nov. 17-18, 2 p.m. Nov. 19, Paxton Market Street Theatre, 120 N. Market St., Paxton; Tri-County Players production of musical comedy; $12; 217-379-7028.



Tom Becker Trio; 7 p.m. Nov. 16, Jazz UpFront; jazz; no cover.

Karaoke; 7 p.m. Nov. 16, Bloomington Eagles; 7 p.m. Nov. 21, Legends Sports Bar & Grill; no cover. 

Gutterbound; 9 p.m. Nov. 17, Winners; rock; $3. 

Mark & Melisa; 7 p.m. Nov. 17, Bloomington Eagles; country-rock; $5.

Patrick Campbell; 6 p.m. Nov. 17, Hyatt Place; solo piano; no cover. 

Soft Spoken; 8 p.m. Nov. 17, Jazz UpFront; jazz; $5.

Sundown Band; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17, Legends Sports Bar & Grill; classic rock-blues; no cover.

Back@Cha; 7 p.m. Nov. 18, Cheeks Bar & Grill; rock; no cover.

Dave Lumden & Wayne Carter; 8 p.m. Nov. 18, Jazz UpFront; jazz; $5.

Kevin Stearns; 6:30 p.m. Nov. 18, Braize restaurant at Park Regency Hotel; acoustic pop; no cover.

Red Scarves, Sherwood Forest and Spooktacular; 8:30 p.m. Nov. 18, The Coffeehouse; indie rock-pop; no cover.

Veilside; 9 p.m. Nov. 18, Winners; rock; no cover.

Open Mic Night; Nov. 19, Jazz UpFront; no cover. 

Christopher Corkery; 6 p.m. Nov. 21, Winners; rock; no cover.

The Bygones; 7 p.m. Nov. 22, Cheeks Bar & Grill; nostalgic rock; no cover.

Cadillac Jack; 7 p.m. Nov. 22, Winners; rock; no cover.

Central Illinois

Silver Foxes; 6:30 p.m. Nov. 16, American Legion, Heyworth; country; no cover. 

Jury's Out; 8 p.m. Nov. 22, TailGaters Pub, LeRoy; ’80s 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.

From Earth to the Universe; 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sat., Nov. 17-18; ISU Planetarium; planetarium show on stars and universe; $2-$4; 309-438-8756.

Dress-Up Movies: The Secret Life of Pets; 1 p.m. Nov. 18, Normal Theater, 209 North St., Normal; movie showing, with audience invited to dress as characters on screen; free; 309-454-9540.

Central Illinois

Peppa Pig Live!: Peppa Pig's Surprise; 6 p.m. Nov. 16, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria; live touring children's show; $15-$59.50; 309-673-3200.


Central Illinois

Jonah Bokaer and Daniel Arsham: Rules of the Game; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16, U of I Krannert Center, Urbana; dance-music adaptation of Pirandello play; $10-$29; 217-333-6280.