Downtown Bloomington Association Farmers Market; locally grown produce and more, entertainment, activities; 7:30 a.m.-noon Saturdays through Oct. 26, downtown square.
Illinois Wesleyan University homecoming; Oct 5-7; IWU campus, Bloomington.
Central Illinois Poultry Club Show and Chicago Spirit Serama Club; 9 a.m. Oct. 6, Interstate Center, Bloomington.
Pages from Our Past; 2-3:30 p.m. Oct. 7, Bloomington Public Library Community Room; speaker: Bill Kemp, librarian and archivist, McLean County Museum of History.
Talk by author Judith Valente; 7 p.m. Oct. 11, Jacob's Well Church, Normal; "The Art of an Everyday Contemplative" available for purchase.
Jeanne Robertson, humorist; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11; Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, downtown Bloomington; $30 and $40.
Flatcon Gaming Convention; Oct. 12-14; Interstate Center, Bloomington; games, competitions, exhibits, more. Cost varies by package.
Illinois State homecoming parade; 10 a.m. Oct. 13; begins at College Avenue and University Street and travels through uptown Normal, ending on North School Street.
Twin City Cruisers cruise-in; 5-8:30 p.m. Oct. 13, 1210 Towanda Ave., Bloomington; awards, prizes, 50-50, music; theme: orange and brown.
Castle Home and Garden Tour; 1 and 3 p.m. Oct. 4, Castle Gardens, Lexington; $20 at CastleGardens.US.
Decatur's Smokin' BBQ Festival; Oct. 5-6, Central Park and Decatur Civic Center; competition, live music, vendors, kids' area, craft beer tasting; fundraiser for Richland Community College scholarship.
Terror on Washington Street; 7:13-11 p.m. Oct. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27, and 7:13-9 p.m. Oct. 31, 513 E. Washington St., Clinton; $10.
Whose Live Anyway, featuring cast of TV show "Whose Line Is It Anyway"; 8 p.m. Oct. 6; University of Illinois Springfield Sangamon Auditorium; $35-$69.
Joel Kim Booster, comedian; 9 p.m. Oct. 6; Kirkland Fine Arts Center; Millikin University, Decatur; $10-$20.
Burgoo Festival; Oct. 6-7, downtown Utica; burgoo stew, craftsmen, flea market, entertainment, more.
Downs Fright Fest; 6:30-10:30 p.m. Oct. 6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-28; 107 E. Franklin St., Downs.
Comedian Tim Bedore and The Animal Conspiracy; 6-8:30 p.m. Oct. 7, Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, Mackinaw; $25; call 309-359-9463.
Plein Air Event; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 13, Pontiac Community Art Center; all skill levels; indoors in case of rain; preregistration by Oct. 11; 815-419-2472.
4th Annual Family Farm Fest; 3-6 p.m. Oct. 13, Barickman farm south of Streator; hosted by state Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington.
Oktoberfest; 5-8 p.m. Oct. 13, Main Street, Minonk; polka band: Ray Koncar & the Boys; music, vendors.
Globular Clusters; 8:45-10:45 p.m. Oct. 13; Sugar Grove Nature Center, Shirley; Twin City Amateur Astronomers event.
Michael J, music, comedy, impersonations; 7 p.m. Oct. 13; Melvin Community Hall, Melvin; $10 for 13 and older.
Castle Gardens Train Day; 1-4:45 p.m. Oct. 14, Castle Gardens, Lexington; kids 12 and under $5, adults $10; all tickets $15 at gate; CastleGardens.US; rides, 1-2 p.m.; seminar, 2:15-2:45 p.m.; rides, 3-4 p.m.; seminar, 4:15-4:45 p.m.; T-track layouts and collectibles display, HO and elevated G-scale layouts in second-floor toy room; in case of rain, rides offered following Sunday.
Newsboys United; 7 p.m. Oct. 4, Braden Auditorium, Illinois State University; Christian; $25 and up.
Iron & Wine; 8 p.m. Oct. 5; Castle Theatre, Bloomington; $35 and $38.
Illinois District Barbershop Harmony Society convention and competition; Oct. 5-7, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts; $19 per session at the door.
Andy Grammer, The Good Parts Tour; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7; Castle Theatre, Bloomington; $28.50 and $30.
Smile Empty Soul, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7, Castle Theatre show at Nightshop, 517 N. Main St., downtown Bloomington; $12 and $15.
Chris Knight; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11, Castle Theatre, Bloomington; $17 and $20.
Black Violin Classical Boom Tour, with violist and violinist Wil B. and Kev Marcus; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12; Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, downtown Bloomington; $26-$46.
Mushroomhead; 7 p.m. Oct. 14; Castle Theatre, downtown Bloomington; $22 and $25.
Jupiter String Quartet and Jasper Quartet with Michael Cameron; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4; Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana; $10-$33.
Bement Country Opry; 5 p.m. Oct. 5, Monticello Community Ballroom; artist Mike Porter; fish dinner, 5 p.m.; $10; 217-778-0990.
The All-American Rejects; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5; State Farm Center, Champaign; $20-$35.
Nathan and Julie Gunn and Friends: An Evening on Broadway; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6; Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana; $10-$48.
Wildfire concert series; 6-10 p.m. Oct. 6, Wildlife Prairie Park, Hanna City; Joe Stamm Band; $5; free parking.
Heyworth Down Home Country Opry; 6 p.m. Oct. 6, Heyworth VFW; doors open 4:30 p.m.; special guest: Ron Devore.
Kentuckiana Opry; 8 p.m. Oct. 6, Kentuckiana Kampground, Hopedale; country music shows with Kentuckiana Opry Country Classic Show and guest Eric Gordon; adults $8, children $2; 309-449-3274.
Blue October; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7; Monarch Music Hall, Peoria; $28-$38.
Morgan Evans and Chris Young; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7; State Farm Center, Champaign.
Country Idol Contest; with 107.7 and 92.1 The Bull; 2-6 p.m. Oct. 7, Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, Mackinaw; $5; kids under 12, free.
Sons of Serendip; POSTPONED; Oct. 9, Pontiac Township High School auditorium; tenor, harp, cello, keyboard; 815-844-6394; Livingston County Concert Association, no new date set.
The Doobie Brothers; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10; State Farm Center, Champaign; $24-$146.
Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11; Virginia Theatre, Champaign; $39.95-$69.95.
10 Years & Tremonti; 7 p.m. Oct. 11; Monarch Music Hall, Peoria; $25-$28.
Keith Urban, Graffiti U World Tour; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12; Peoria Civic Center arena; $69.50 and $95.50.
The O'Jays; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13; Virginia Theatre, Champaign; $69.50-$119.50.
Kentuckiana Opry; 8 p.m. Oct. 13, Kentuckiana Kampground, Hopedale; country music shows with Kentuckiana Opry Country Classic Show family night; adults $8, children $2; 309-449-3274.
The Chris Robinson Brotherhood; 8 p.m. Oct. 14; Monarch Music Hall, Peoria; $22.50-$30.
Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, Mahler & Strauss; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14; Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center, Urbana; $5-$40.
An American Daughter; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4-13, 3 p.m. Oct. 14; Studio Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana; $8-$23.
Alice in Wonderland; 7 p.m. Oct. 11 and 13, 2 p.m. Oct. 14, Olympia High School, Stanford; 309-379-5941, Ext. 8330.
Karaoke; 7 p.m. Oct. 4, Eagles Aerie 527, Bloomington; no cover.
Steve Plays the Drums; Oct. 4, Jazz Upfront, Bloomington.
Robert Sampson Blues Band; Oct. 5, Jazz Upfront, Bloomington.
Blue Hares; 7 p.m. Oct. 5, Eagles Aerie 527, Bloomington; no cover.
Second Wind; 7:30-10:30 p.m. Oct. 5, Legends Sports Bar and Grill, Blomington; classic rock; no cover.
Jury's Out; 8 p.m.-midnight Oct. 5, Winners Lounge, Bloomington; no cover.
Ryan Byfield & Nucleus; Oct. 6, Jazz Upfront, Bloomington.
Karaoke; 8 p.m.-midnight Oct. 6, Winners Lounge, Bloomington.
Karaoke; 7-11 p.m. Oct. 9, Winners Lounge, Bloomington.
Karaoke; 7 p.m. Oct. 11, Eagles Aerie 527, Bloomington; no cover.
Shuga Beatz; 7-11 p.m. Oct. 12, Cheeks Bar and Grill, 1206 Towanda Ave., Bloomington.
Big on Blondes; 11:30 a.m. Oct. 13, ISU Homecoming Tailgate, Normal; party rock; no cover
Jesse's Birthday Bash; Oct. 13, Jazz Upfront, Bloomington.
Silver Fox band; 6:30 p.m. Oct. 4, American Legion, Heyworth, country, no cover.
Silver Fox band; 6:30 p.m. Oct. 11, American Legion, Heyworth, country, no cover.
Children's Discovery Museum; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Wed. and Fri.-Sat.; 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.
Art Scavenger Hunt; 5-7 p.m. Oct. 5, downtown Bloomington; for ages 4-junior high; free; part of October First Friday event; forms at Three Square Gallery, 104 W. Monroe St., Bloomington.
YWCA McLean County Founder’s Day carnival; 2:30-4 p.m. Oct. 6, YWCA parking lot, 1201 N. Hershey Road, Bloomington; for all abilities and ages; 309-585-3613; ywcamclean.org.
Yoga Fun for Kids; 2 p.m. Oct. 14, Bloomington Public Library Community Room; Laurel Halfar, children’s librarian and certified yoga instructor.
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