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Guide to Fall Fun

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Guide to Fall Fun
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September

11: Downs Village Market; 4-6 p.m. Sept. 11, southwest edge of Downs just off I-74.

11: LoungeAbout: Sweetwater; 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 11, Uptown Normal roundabout.

11: Criss Angel; 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11, Peoria Civic Center; magician; $49.50-$99.50; peoriaciviccenter.com; 309-673-3200.

11: Morton Pumpkin Festival; Sept. 11-14, downtown Morton; parade, carnival, pumpkin-related foods and contests, live entertainment, more.

Morton Pumpkin Festival

Sept. 12-15: The Morton Pumpkin Festival celebrates its 52nd year in the downtown area.

12: Children’s Discovery Museum 25th anniversary celebration; 1-8 p.m. Sept. 12, Children’s Discovery Museum, Normal; $3.

12: “The Electric Baby”; Sept. 12-14, 19-22, 26-18, Heartland Theatre Company, Normal Community Activity Center; mature audiences; $7-$17; heartlandtheatre.org; 309-452-8709.

13: Smokin’ BBQ festival; 4-10 p.m. Sept. 13 and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 14, Central Park, Decatur.

13: Sounds of the Connie Link Amphitheatre: Heartland Jazz Orchestra; 6 p.m. Sept. 13, Connie Link Amphitheatre, Normal.

13: Summer sundown music festival; Sept. 13-15, Larson’s Landing, Lake Sara, Effingham.

13: No Alternative; 7 p.m. Sept. 13, Devon Amphitheater, Nelson Park, Decatur; $5.

13: Josh Gracin; 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, Bloomington; $25; artsblooming.org; 309-434-2777.

14: Downtown Bloomington Farmers Market; 7:30 a.m.-noon Sept. 14, Museum Square, Bloomington.

14: Amish Country bicycle tour; 8 a.m. Sept. 14, Arthur Community Building; 6:30 a.m. registration; 217-865-2163; $20.

14: Finders market; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 14, Decatur Conference Center and Hotel; $5.

14: Third Saturday Garden tour; 10 a.m. Sept. 14, Allerton Park, Monticello.

14: Mimosa Morning; 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 14, Uptown Normal; shopping event.

14: Twin City Cruisers Cruise-In; 5-8:30 p.m. Sept. 14, Towanda Plaza, Bloomington; free; awards, prizes, drawings, music; '80s.

14: LoungeAbout: Wildermore; 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 14, Uptown Normal roundabout.

14: Dress Up Movie: “Ralph Breaks the Internet”; 7 p.m. Sept. 14, Connie Link Amphitheatre, Normal.

14: “Love Letters”; 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14, Millikin University Kirkland Fine Arts Center, Decatur; millikin.edu/kirkland.

15: To The Max 2K Obstacle Challenge; Sept. 15, Maxwell Park, Normal; information and registration at NormalParks.org; youth/family 2K course with 15 obstacles; $22.

15: 3rd Sunday Market; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 15, Interstate Center, Bloomington.

18: Downs Village Market; 4-6 p.m. Sept. 18, southwest edge of Downs just off I-74.

18: LoungeAbout: Femme Fatale; 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 18, Uptown Normal roundabout.

18: “We Will Rock You”; 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18, State Farm Center, Champaign; statefarmcenter.com; 866-455-4641; and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19, Peoria Civic Center; peoriaciviccenter.com; 309-673-3200.

19: D’Vine Affair for Marcfirst; 5:30-9:30 p.m. Sept. 19, Epiphany Farms Estate, Downs; Small Bite Fight between Chef Troy of Biaggi’s and Dr. Jack Capodice; $75.

19: Ethel & Robert Mirabal: The River; 6:30 p.m. Sept. 19, Miller Park Bandstand, Bloomington; free; program of the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts.

19: Dwight Harvest Days; Sept. 19-22; downtown Dwight; live bands, flea markets, games, food, carnival, more.

19: Yola; 8 p.m. Sept. 19, Castle Theatre, Bloomington; $20-23; thecastletheatre.com; 309-820-0352.

19: Nathan and Julie Gunn: Drytown, a Living Room Vaudeville; Sept. 19-21, Krannert Center, Urbana; krannertcenter.com, 217-333-6280.

19: Corvette funfest; Sept. 19-22, downtown Effingham.

20: Arts in Central Park; 5-7 p.m. Sept. 20, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 22, Central Park, Decatur.

20: Family camp out; 6 p.m. Sept. 20-9 a.m. Sept. 21, Scovill Zoo, Decatur; $30, person; $120, family.

20: Prairie Sky Concert; 6 p.m. Sept. 20, Allerton Park gate house lawn, Monticello.

20: Ethel & Robert Mirabal: The River; 6:30 p.m. Sept. 20, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, Bloomington; $10-15; Family 4 pack, $40; additional children, $5; artsblooming.org; 309-434-2777.

20: Hee Haw Tribute Show with Marcia Shelter; 7 p.m. Sept. 20, Bement Country Opry, Monticello.

20: Brad Upton and Troy Davis, comedians; 7 p.m. Sept. 20, Devon Amphitheater, Nelson Park, Decatur; $10-30.

20: “Witness for the Prosecution”; 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20-21 and 2 p.m. Sept.22, 28-29, Phoenix Theater, Monticello; monticellotheatre.org.

20: Moondogs; 8 p.m. Sept. 20, Tuscan Hills Winery, Effingham.

21: Downtown Bloomington Farmers Market; 7:30 a.m.-noon Sept. 21, Museum Square, Bloomington.

21: St. Jude Walk/Run; 7:30 a.m. Sept. 21, Eastview Christian Church, Normal; family-friendly benefit for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; $10-$65; stjude.org/walknormal.

21: Monticello Railroad Days; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 21-22, Monticello Railway Museum; $10-$20 all-day tickets; mrym.org.

21: Hill of A Race; noon-3 p.m. Sept. 21, Ewing Park II, Bloomington; Bloomington Parks & Recreation program; $10-$40; hillofarace.com.

21: "Walking With My Ancestors: Cape Coast Castle"; 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, Bloomington; $5-$10; artsblooming.org; 309-434-2777.

21: Medici Oktoberfest; 4-10 p.m. Sept. 21, North Street, uptown Normal; German food, music, drink.

21: Concert at the Vineyard: Joe Stamm Band; 7-11 p.m. Sept. 21, Mackinaw Valley Vineyard & Winery, Mackinaw; $5; mackinawvalleyvineyard.com; 309-359-9463.

21: "Walking With My Ancestors: Cape Coast Castle"; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts; $5-10 ; artsblooming.org; 309-434-2777.

21: Juvae Jazz; Sept. 21, Knights of Columbus, Decatur.

22: The Nostalgics; 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sept. 22, Miller Park Pavilion, Bloomington; ballroom oldies; $8.

22: Sounds of the Connie Link Amphitheatre: Ray’s Rockets; 4-6 p.m. Sept. 22, Connie Link Amphitheatre, Normal.

22: Reckless Kelly; 8 p.m. Sept. 22, Castle Theatre, Bloomington; $22; thecastletheatre.com; 309-820-0352.

23: Millikin University Vocal Festival; 4:30 p.m. Sept. 23, Millikin University Kirkland Fine Arts Center, Decatur.

24: Gordon Lightfoot: 80 Years Strong Tour; 8 p.m. Sept. 24, Virginia Theatre, Champaign; $39-99; thevirginia.org; 217-356-9063

25: Downs Village Market; 4-6 p.m. Sept. 25, southwest edge of Downs just off I-74.

25: Corrosion of Conformity; 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25, Monarch Music Hall; Peoria; $20; monarchmusichall.com.

26: Sounds of the Connie Link Amphitheatre: Velvet Groove; 6 p.m. Sept. 26, Connie Link Ampitheatre, Normal.

26: Pygmalion; Sept. 26-28, Krannert Center, Urbana; krannertcenter.com, 217-333-6280.

26: BoomBox; 8 p.m. Sept. 26, Castle Theatre, Bloomington; $15-18; thecastletheatre.com; 309-820-0352.

27: Disney on Ice, “Worlds of Enchantment”; Sept. 27-29, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria; $18 and up; peoriaciviccenter.com; 309-673-3200.

27: Luke Combs; 7 p.m. Sept. 27; Grossinger Motors Arena, downtown Bloomington; $25-$45; grossingermotorsarena.com; 309-434-2679.

27: Platinum Rock Legends; 7 p.m. Sept. 27, Devon Amphitheater, Nelson Park, Decatur; $5-15.

27: That’s What She Said; 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27, Castle Theatre, Bloomington; $25; thecastletheatre.com; 309-820-0352.

27: Music Barn Festival; Sept. 27-29, Allerton Park, Monticello; $28-$75.

28: Downtown Bloomington Farmers Market; 7:30 a.m.-noon Sept. 28, Museum Square, Bloomington.

28: Apple and Pork Festival; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 28-29, C.H. Moore Homestead, Clinton; fall harvest fest with apple/pork foods, harvest demonstrations, crafts, more.

Apple 'n Pork Festival

Kevin Wood, of Oak Park, portrays Abraham Lincoln during the 50th annual Apple ’n Pork Festival on Sept. 29, 2018, in Clinton.

28: Citywide garage sales; Sept. 28, Effingham.

28: Harvest Frolic Fall Celebration; Sept. 28-29, Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site, Lerna.

28: Day of Play; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 28, Uptown Normal; play activities, performances, more.

28: Sounds of the Connie Link Amphitheatre: Lisa G and the Good Reasons; 4-6 p.m. Sept. 28, Connie Link Amphitheatre, Normal.

28: Reverend Horton Heat with The Delta Bombers; 8 p.m. Sept. 28; Monarch Music Hall; Peoria; $22; monarchmusichall.com.

29: Farm to Fund; 6:30 p.m. Sept. 29, Merchant Street, Decatur; benefits Northeast Community Fund; $75.

October

1: Paw Patrol Live: The Great Pirate Adventure; 6 p.m. Oct. 1 and 2, BOS Center, Springfield; $19-$25; theboscenter.com; 800-745-3000.

2: MST3K – LIVE!; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, Bloomington; $25-$250; artsblooming.org; 309-434-2777.

2: Dark Star Orchestra; 8 p.m. Oct. 2, Castle Theatre, Bloomington; $25-$30; thecastletheatre.com; 309-820-0352.

2: Toto, 40 Trips Around the Sun tour; Oct. 2; Peoria Civic Center; $45-$75; peoriaciviccenter.com; 309-673-3200.

3: Apollo's Fire: Vivaldi's Four Seasons Rediscovered; Oct. 3, Krannert Center, Urbana; krannertcenter.com, 217-333-6280.

3: Castle Home & Garden Tour; 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Oct. 3 and 6, Castle Gardens, Lexington; $20-$25; castlegardens.us.

4: First Friday; 5-8 p.m. Oct. 4, various locations around downtown Bloomington.

4: Illinois Wesleyan University Homecoming; Oct. 4-6, IWU campus, Bloomington.

4: WSOY Food Drive; 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 4, Kroger Airport Plaza, Decatur.

4: Marc Bubert; 7 p.m. Oct. 4, Bement Country Opry, Monticello.

4: Home Free; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4, Peoria Civic Center; $19.50-$49.50; peoriaciviccenter.com; 309-673-3200.

5: Downtown Bloomington Farmers Market; 7:30 a.m.-noon Oct. 5, Museum Square, Bloomington.

5: Run The Woods; Oct. 5, Timber Pointe Outdoor Center, Lake Bloomington; benefits: Easter Seals; 5K or 8K run, 1-mile hike; runthewoods.org.

5: Evergreen Memorial Cemetery Walk; 11 a.m., 2 p.m. Oct. 5-6, 12-13, Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Bloomington; costumed actors portray figures from McLean County history; 309-827-0428.

Cemetery walk

Cristen Monson, left, and her husband David Krostal, portraying Emily Vecchi Noble and Clyde Noble, rehearse recently for the 2018 Evergreen Cemetery Walk at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Bloomington.

5: 401 in Steam; 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 5-6, Monticello Railway Museum; $9-$14; mrym.org.

5: Wabash Valley Wine and Art Festival; 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Oct. 5, 1-4 p.m. Oct. 6, Palestine Art Center, Palestine; $13.

5: Effing Oktoberfest, 2-10 p.m. Oct. 5, Effing Brew Co., Effingham.

5: ArtGasm: Welcome to Wonderland; 6-8 p.m. Oct. 5, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts ballroom, Bloomington; benefits Creativity Center capital campaign; friendsofthebcpa.org/events.

5: Hootenanny country music; 7 p.m. Oct. 5, Village of Greenup Municipal building.

5: Kevin James; 7 p.m. Oct. 5, Peoria Civic Center; $39.50-$75; peoriaciviccenter.com; 309-673-3200.

5: “Whose Live Anyway?”; 8 p.m. Oct. 5, Illinois State University Braden Auditorium, Normal; live production of popular TV show; $27-$37; events.illinoisstate.edu.

6: Land of Lincoln Thunderbirds; Oct. 6, Hampton Inn and Suites, Normal; car show.

6: Last Chance Triathlon; 1 p.m. Oct. 6, Mattoon YMCA.

10: Comedy4Cancer; 6-9 p.m. Oct. 10, DoubleTree by Hilton, Bloomington; Taylor Mason; benefits: Community Cancer Center; $125.

10: Haunted Trail (not scary); 6-8 p.m. Oct. 10-12, Constitution Trail, Normal; begins at Normal City Hall Annex.

10: "Funny Money"; Oct. 10-Nov. 10; Conklin Players dinner theater at Barn III, Goodfield; $45-50; thebarniii.com; 309-965-2545.

10: Miranda Lambert, with Maren Morris, Pistol Annies, and Tenille Townes; 7 p.m. Oct. 10; State Farm Center, Champaign; $40.75-$95.75; statefarmcenter.com; 866-455-4641.

10: Tenth Avenue North; 7 p.m. Oct. 10, Effingham Performance Center; the-epc.org; $29.

10: Switchfoot; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10, Peoria Civic Center; $30-70; peoriaciviccenter.com; 309-673-3200.

11: Flatcon Gaming Faire; Oct. 11-13, Interstate Center, Bloomington; gamer activities, competition, exhibits, more; flatcon.com.

11: Touchstone Energy Balloon Fest; 5 p.m. Oct. 11, dawn to dusk Oct. 12-13, Lake Shelbyville.

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11: Terror on Washington Street; 7:13-11 p.m. Oct. 11-12, 18-19, 25-26, Nov. 1-2, and 7:13-9 p.m. Oct. 31, 513 E. Washington St., Clinton; $10; 217-935-3364.

12: Downtown Bloomington Farmers Market; 7:30 a.m.-noon Oct. 12, Museum Square, Bloomington.

12: Burgoo Festival; Oct. 12-13, downtown Utica; burgoo stew, craftsmen, flea market, entertainment, more.

12: Scarecrow daze; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 12, downtown Shelbyville.

12: Finder’s holiday market; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 12, Decatur Conference Center and Hotel; $5.

12: Craft show; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 12, Strasburg community park.

12: Chili Fest; 5-8 p.m. Oct. 12, downtown Effingham.

12: Twin City Cruisers Cruise-In; 5-8:30 p.m. Oct. 12, Towanda Plaza, Bloomington; free; awards, prizes, drawings, music; '90s to present and Trunk or Treat night.

12: Chick Corea Trilogy with Christian McBride and Brian Blade; Oct. 12, Krannert Center, Urbana; krannertcenter.com, 217-333-6280.

17: Third Saturday Garden tour; 10 a.m. Oct. 17, Allerton Park, Monticello.

17: "Peppa Pig Live!"; 6 p.m. Oct. 17, Peoria Civic Center; $29-55; peoriaciviccenter.com; 309-673-3200.

17: Black Violin; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, Bloomington; $10-55; artsblooming.org; 309-434-2777.

17: Explosions in the Sky 20th anniversary tour; 8 p.m. Oct. 17; Castle Theatre, Bloomington; $27; thecastletheatre.com; 309-820-0352.

18: Haunted Trail (scary); 6:30-9 p.m. Oct. 18-19, Constitution Trail, Normal; begins at Normal City Hall Annex.

18: Logan Kirby; 7 p.m. Oct. 18, Bement Country Opry, Monticello.

18: Iris DeMent concert; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18, Eastern Illinois University Doudna Fine Arts Center, Charleston; $10-$20; eiu.edu/doudna.

18: Oktoberfest; Oct. 18-19, Sullivan.

18: Kansas; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18; Virginia Theatre, Champaign; $45-$125; thevirginia.org; 217-356-9063.

18: “Beautiful, The Carole King Musical”; 7:30 p.m. Oct, 18, University of Illinois-Springfield's Sangamon Auditorium; $24-$89 sangamonauditorium.org; 217-206-6160.

19: Downtown Bloomington Farmers Market; 7:30 a.m.-noon Oct. 19, Museum Square, Bloomington.

19: Elton John Tribute; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19, Effingham Performance Center; $39; the-epc.org.

20: 3rd Sunday Market; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 20, Interstate Center, Bloomington.

20: “A Very Special Evening with Vince Gill”; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20, University of Illinois-Springfield's Sangamon Auditorium; sangamonauditorium.org; 217-206-6160.

20: “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”; 8 p.m. Oct. 20, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, Bloomington; $40-$70; artsblooming.org; 309-434-2777.

22: “The Phantom Carriage”; 7 p.m. Oct. 22, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, Bloomington; 1921 silent film with live organ accompaniment; $10; artsblooming.org; 309-434-2777.

23: The Price is Right; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23; Peoria Civic Center; $29.50-$52.50; peoriaciviccenter.com; 309-673-3200.

23: The Four Italian Tenors; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23, Krannert Center, Urbana; krannertcenter.com, 217-333-6280.

23: Blue October; 8 p.m. Oct. 23, Monarch Music Hall; Peoria; $29-39.50; monarchmusichall.com.

25: ISU Homecoming Celebration; Oct. 25-27, various locations on campus; parade, 10 a.m. Oct. 26

25: Downtown Bloomington Trick-or-Treating; 5-7 p.m. Oct. 25, participating downtown businesses and merchants.

25: Murder Mystery Dinner: Murder at the Haunted Winery; 5:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 25-26, Mackinaw Valley Vineyard & Winery, Mackinaw; $45; mackinawvalleyvineyard.com; 309-359-9463.

25: Halloween Hoopla; 6-8 p.m. Oct. 25, Children’s Discovery Museum, Normal; $7-$12.

25: Chris Stapleton; 7 p.m. Oct. 25; Peoria Civic Center; $39.75-89.75; peoriaciviccenter.com; 309-673-3200.

25: Southern Fried Chicks Comedy Tour; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, Bloomington; $25; artsblooming.org; 309-434-2777.

25: “Jersey Boys: The Story of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons”; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25, State Farm Center, Champaign; statefarmcenter.com; 866-455-4641; and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19-20, Peoria Civic Center; peoriaciviccenter.com; 309-673-3200.

25: Soul Riot; Oct. 25, Tuscan Hills Winery, Effingham.

26: Downtown Bloomington Farmers Market; 7:30 a.m.-noon Oct. 26, Museum Square, Bloomington.

26: 2019 Super Hero Challenge 5K and 10K run/walk; 9 a.m. Oct. 26, Workman Sports Complex, Effingham.

26: Torchlight Halloween hike and wiener roast; 10 a.m. Oct. 26, Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site, Lerna.

26: Central Illinois Antique Dealers Show & Sale; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 27, Interstate Center, Bloomington.

26: Zoo Spooktacular; 5-8 p.m. Oct. 26 & 27, 1-3 p.m. Oct. 27, Miller Park Zoo, Bloomington; Halloween crafts, costumes, more; free with zoo admission.

26: Dave Rudolf: Kid’s Halloween Show; 2:30 p.m. Oct. 26, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, Bloomington; $5; artsblooming.org; 309-434-2777.

26: Dave Rudolf’s: British Invasion Show; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, Bloomington; $10; artsblooming.org; 309-434-2777.

28: Straight No Chaser; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28, Virginia Theatre, Champaign; $39.50-$59.50; thevirginia.org; 217-356-9063.

29: The SpongeBob Musical; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29-30; Peoria Civic Center; peoriaciviccenter.com; 309-673-3200.

30: Uptown Normal Treat Feast; 5-6:30 p.m. Oct. 30, trick or treating at uptown merchants.

31: Halloween at the Mansion; 4-6 p.m. Oct. 31, David Davis Mansion State Historic Site; trick-or-treating.

31: “Outside Mullingar”; Oct. 31, Nov. 1-2, 7-10, 14-16, Heartland Theatre Company, Normal Community Activity Center; mature audiences; $7-$17; heartlandtheatre.org; 309-452-8709.

November

1: First Friday; 5-8 p.m. Nov. 1, various locations around downtown Bloomington.

1: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis; Nov. 1, Krannert Center, Urbana; krannertcenter.com, 217-333-6280.

1: Terry Smith; 7 p.m. Nov. 1, Bement Country Opry, Monticello.

2: A Bountiful Feast; 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Nov. 2, David Davis Mansion State Historic Site, Bloomington; servants' perspective on holiday observance.

Bountiful Feast

A food model of freshly baked bread sits between on window outside the kitchen in 2016 at the David Davis Mansion state historic site in preparation for A Bountiful Feast. 

2: Hootenanny country music; 7 p.m. Nov. 2, Village of Greenup Municipal building.

2: “Great Russian Nutcracker”; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2, Millikin University Kirkland Fine Arts Center; millikin.edu/kirkland.

3: Joe Bonamassa: the Guitar Event of the Year; 8 p.m. Nov. 3, University of Illinois-Springfield's Sangamon Auditorium; $59-$149, sangamonauditorium.org; 217-206-6160.

6: The Four Italian Tenors; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, Bloomington; $10-$45; artsblooming.org; 309-434-2777.

8: “Cabaret”; Nov. 8-10, 15-17, 22-24, Community Players Theatre, Bloomington; communityplayers.org; 309-663-2121.

8: Decatur Underground Theater “All Shook Up”; 7 p.m. or 2 p.m. Nov. 8-10, 15-17, Decatur Civic Center; $15-$20; decaturciviccenter.org.

8: Country Spirit Antique Show; 5-8 p.m. Nov. 8, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 9, Arcola Center and Best Western Plus at Greenville Village, Arcola.

9: “Churchill – A One Man Play"; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9, Eastern Illinois University Black Box Theater, Charleston; eiu.edu/doudna.

9: Big Head Todd and the Monsters; 8 p.m. Nov. 9, Monarch Music Hall; Peoria; $33; monarchmusichall.com.

10: Salute to All Veterans of 1960s and 1970s; 2-4 p.m. Nov. 10, Effingham County Courthouse Museum.

10: MercyMe – Imagine Nation Tour; 7 p.m. Nov. 10, State Farm Center, Champaign; $23.75-150; statefarmcenter.com; 866-455-4641.

14: Harlem 100 - Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance; Nov. 14, Krannert Center, Urbana; krannertcenter.com; 217-333-6280.

14: "The Best of The Barn Christmas"; Nov. 14-Dec. 29; Conklin Players dinner theater at Barn III, Goodfield; $45-$50; thebarniii.com; 309-965-2545.

14: Vienna Boys Choir, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14, Eastern Illinois University Doudna Fine Arts Center, Charleston; eiu.edu/doudna.

14: “The Secret Garden”; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14-17, Eastern Illinois University theatre, Charleston; eiu.edu/doudna.

14: Toby Mac; 7 p.m. Nov. 14, Peoria Civic Center; $28-102.75; peoriaciviccenter.com; 309-673-3200.

15: Rockin' Terry Lee; 7 p.m. Nov. 15, Bement Country Opry, Monticello: $15.

15: “Chicago: The Musical”; 7:30 p.m. or 2 p.m. Nov. 15-17, Millikin University Kirkland Fine Arts Center; millikin.edu/kirkland.

16: “Trolls Live!”; 10 a.m. Nov. 16, Grossinger Motors Arena, Bloomington; $19-$69; grossingermotorsarena.com; 309-434-2679.

17: Pirate Penelope & Friends: "100 Cats and More!"; 2:30 p.m. Nov. 17, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, Bloomington; free; artsblooming.org; 309-434-2777.

17: “Mannheim Steamroller Christmas”; 3 p.m. Nov. 17, University of Illinois-Springfield's Sangamon Auditorium; $19-$129; sangamonauditorium.org; 217-206-6160.

20: Houndmouth; 8 p.m. Nov. 20, Castle Theatre, Bloomington; $15-$18; thecastletheatre.com; 309-820-0352.

22: Baby Fold’s Festival of Trees; Nov. 22-24, Interstate Center, Bloomington; custom-designed trees and centerpieces; silent auction; entertainment, more; $2-$8.

The Baby Fold Festival of Trees

Baby Fold volunteer Karen Hanson, left, helps Dacee Luebbering, 3, Heyworth, make a candy cane Christmas ornament on Nov. 16, 2018, with her grandmother Susan Luebbering, center, of Heyworth, during The Baby Fold's 25th annual Festival of Trees at the Interstate Center's Mini Expo and West Expo Buildings.

22: Christmas at Clover Lawn; Wednesdays-Saturdays Nov. 22-Dec. 28, David Davis Mansion State Historic Site, Bloomington; holiday tours of decorated mansion; closed holidays.

22: East Peoria Festival of Lights; Nov. 22-Dec. 31, downtown East Peoria and other locations; drive-through holiday light show, displays, more; cityofeastpeoria.com/149/festival-of-lights; $10/car.

22: Festival of lights; 5:30-9 p.m. Nov. 22 to Dec. 29, Forest Park, Shelbyville.

26: Thanksgiving luncheon; Nov. 26, Decatur Civic Center.

29: Reds of Christmas; Nov. 29, downtown Monticello.

30: Clinton Christmas Parade; 2 p.m. Nov. 30, Mr. Lincoln's Square, downtown Clinton; parade and opening of Santa's House.

30: Hunks: The show; 8 p.m. Nov. 30, Country Haven Event Center, Effingham.

30: Hometown Christmas; Nov. 30, downtown Effingham.

December

3: Larry the Cable Guy: Remain Seated; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3, Peoria Civic Center Theatre; peoriaciviccenter.com; 309-673-3200; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5, University of Illinois-Springfield's Sangamon Auditorium; sangamonauditorium.org; 217-206-6160; 7 p.m. Dec. 6, Effingham Performance Center; the-epc.org.

4: Christmas walk; 5 p.m. Dec. 4, downtown Decatur.

6: First Friday: Once Upon A Holiday; 5-8 p.m. Dec. 6, various locations around downtown Bloomington; music, refreshments, live window vignettes.

6: Wild Lights; 5-8 p.m. Dec. 6, Miller Park Zoo, Bloomington; $3-$7; luminaries light the zoo.

6: Eric Gordon; 7 p.m. Dec. 6, Bement Country Opry, Monticello.

6: Sierra Hull with 10 String Symphony; 7 p.m. Dec. 6; Castle Theatre, downtown Bloomington; $27; thecastletheatre.com; 309-820-0352.

7: Christmas at the Courthouse; 11 a.m. Dec. 7, McLean County Museum of History, Bloomington.

Christmas at the Courthouse

Santa Claus listens closely to the Christmas wishes of Mason Drumm, 1, of Bloomington, during Christmas at the Courthouse in 2018, at the McLean County Museum of History in downtown Bloomington.

7: Lighted Christmas parade; Dec. 7, downtown Decatur.

7: Lunch with Santa on the Train, Dec. 7-8, Monticello Railway Museum; mrym.org.

7: Christmas at the Mansions tour; 2-7 p.m. Dec. 7, David Davis Mansion and Ewing Manor, Bloomington; benefits: preservation and education programs of the sites; $15; christmasatthemansions.com.

7: Vespers; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7-8, Millikin University Kirkland Fine Arts Center; millikin.edu/kirkland.

7: Hootenanny country music; 7 p.m. Dec. 7, Village of Greenup Municipal building.

11: A Magical Cirque Christmas; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11, Virginia Theatre, Champaign; $41.50-$71.50; thevirginia.org; 217-356-9063.

13: Windham Hill Concert; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, Bloomington; $10-35; artsblooming.org; 309-434-2777.

13: Old fashioned Christmas; Dec. 13, Sullivan.

14: Postmodern Jukebox; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14, Millikin University Kirkland Fine Arts Center; millikin.edu/kirkland.

20: Christmas show; 7 p.m. Dec. 20, Bement Country Opry, Monticello; $10.

27: New Year's Eve show; 7 p.m. Dec. 27, Bement Country Opry, Monticello; $10.

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