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Miss Jacksonville Pageant

Central Park 123 Park Avenue, Jacksonville, IL, United States

Little Miss, Junior Miss and Miss Jacksonville Pageant. This pageant is brought to you by Jacksonville Main Street. This pageant encourages youth to get involved in the community and to learn and share the history of Jacksonville. The pageant offers girls in Jacksonville the opportunity to represent and volunteer in our community. Winners of the pageant would hold the title, […]

Event Series Downtown Concert Series

Downtown Concert Series 2024

Downtown Jacksonville Jacksonville, IL, United States

  Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and join us in beautiful Central Park for a free family-friendly evening of music and socializing with friends old and new! Pick up a copy of Downtown Jacksonville Before & After book while there! Enjoy a variety of food truck or restaurant options and a different musical genre each week performed by talented […]

Kiwanis BBQ Braggin’ Rights

Morgan County Fairground 110 N Westgate Ave, Jacksonville, IL, United States

The Jacksonville Kiwanis Club will be hosting their in-person BBQ Braggin' Rights competition! Come out and enjoy some great food! All this for $5 per person, kids 5 and under are free! Gates open at noon! Judging starts at 3pm!

Central Park Market 2024

Central Park 123 Park Avenue, Jacksonville, IL, United States

Join us at this year's Central Park Market, an annual event hosting 60+ vendors from central Illinois! Enjoy live music, entertainment, and local downtown businesses. Experience the unique charm of Jacksonville!

Event Series Downtown Concert Series

Downtown Concert Series 2024

Downtown Jacksonville Jacksonville, IL, United States

  Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and join us in beautiful Central Park for a free family-friendly evening of music and socializing with friends old and new! Pick up a copy of Downtown Jacksonville Before & After book while there! Enjoy a variety of food truck or restaurant options and a different musical genre each week performed by talented […]

28th Annual Downtown Plaza Car Show and 10th Annual Summer Car Cruise

Central Park 123 Park Avenue, Jacksonville, IL, United States +1 more

The Morton Ave. Misfits will be hosting our annual car show and cruise on Saturday, June 8th, 2024. Please make sure to add it to your calendar and share with your friends! 8am - 3pm Judged Car Show: Downtown Jacksonville around the square Custom made First Place Awards 20+ classes / $20 entry fee / $5 display only Continuing from […]

Governor Duncan Barbeque

Twisted Tree 1061 East Morton Avenue, Jacksonville, IL, United States

Get ready to sizzle this summer with the Governor Duncan Barbecue! Enjoy a delicious buffet dinner, bottomless beer and live entertainment by Wild Columbine. Plus, bid on exciting 4 Cardinals Tickets in the benefit auction and give back to the community. Don't miss out - get your tickets now! 5:00pm: Social Hour 6:00pm: Buffet Dinner followed by a Benefit Auction […]

Be Aware Wellness Fair

Community Park Jacksonville, IL, United States

The Jacksonville Area Chamber of Commerce, Jacksonville Memorial Hospital, and the Mia Ware Foundation are partnering with Healthy Communities Food & Nutrition Collaborative for the annual Be Aware Wellness Fair and SummerFest event in Jacksonville’s Community Park, near the Big Eli Wheel. Join us on June 12 to showcase your organization’s products and services including informational material regarding healthy preventive […]

Event Series Downtown Concert Series

Downtown Concert Series 2024

Downtown Jacksonville Jacksonville, IL, United States

  Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and join us in beautiful Central Park for a free family-friendly evening of music and socializing with friends old and new! Pick up a copy of Downtown Jacksonville Before & After book while there! Enjoy a variety of food truck or restaurant options and a different musical genre each week performed by talented […]

Juneteenth Freedom Day

Community Park Jacksonville, IL, United States

Join us in commemorating freedom and unity at our annual Juneteenth celebration! This meaningful event brings our community together to honor the emancipation of enslaved individuals and celebrate the rich history and culture of African Americans. Embrace the spirit of unity, education, and empowerment as we reflect on our shared journey towards equality while playing games, and enjoying what the […]

Event Series Downtown Concert Series

Downtown Concert Series 2024

Downtown Jacksonville Jacksonville, IL, United States

  Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and join us in beautiful Central Park for a free family-friendly evening of music and socializing with friends old and new! Pick up a copy of Downtown Jacksonville Before & After book while there! Enjoy a variety of food truck or restaurant options and a different musical genre each week performed by talented […]

Event Series Downtown Concert Series

Downtown Concert Series 2024

Downtown Jacksonville Jacksonville, IL, United States

  Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and join us in beautiful Central Park for a free family-friendly evening of music and socializing with friends old and new! Pick up a copy of Downtown Jacksonville Before & After book while there! Enjoy a variety of food truck or restaurant options and a different musical genre each week performed by talented […]

Morgan County Fair 2024

Morgan County Fairground 110 N Westgate Ave, Jacksonville, IL, United States

The Morgan County Fair is right around the corner! Come enjoy some of what Morgan County has to offer from thrilling carnival rides and games to livestock shows and agricultural exhibits, there's something for everyone to enjoy! Attendees can savor delicious fair food, watch exciting events at the grandstand like the demolition derby and tractor pulls. This year Country Pop […]

Event Series Downtown Concert Series

Downtown Concert Series 2024

Downtown Jacksonville Jacksonville, IL, United States

  Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and join us in beautiful Central Park for a free family-friendly evening of music and socializing with friends old and new! Pick up a copy of Downtown Jacksonville Before & After book while there! Enjoy a variety of food truck or restaurant options and a different musical genre each week performed by talented […]

Event Series River County Quilt Show

River County Quilt Show

Jacksonville High School 1211 North Diamond, Jacksonville, IL, United States

Dive into a world of creativity and craftsmanship at our upcoming Quilt Show, where the vibrant threads of tradition and innovation come together in a spectacular display! Join us for a delightful experience featuring over 220 exquisite, quilted items showcased with care and artistry.   $7.00 admissions For more information contact 309-678-7716

Event Series Downtown Concert Series

Downtown Concert Series 2024

Downtown Jacksonville Jacksonville, IL, United States

  Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and join us in beautiful Central Park for a free family-friendly evening of music and socializing with friends old and new! Pick up a copy of Downtown Jacksonville Before & After book while there! Enjoy a variety of food truck or restaurant options and a different musical genre each week performed by talented […]

Event Series River County Quilt Show

River County Quilt Show

Jacksonville High School 1211 North Diamond, Jacksonville, IL, United States

Dive into a world of creativity and craftsmanship at our upcoming Quilt Show, where the vibrant threads of tradition and innovation come together in a spectacular display! Join us for a delightful experience featuring over 220 exquisite, quilted items showcased with care and artistry.   $7.00 admissions For more information contact 309-678-7716

Event Series Downtown Concert Series

Downtown Concert Series 2024

Downtown Jacksonville Jacksonville, IL, United States

  Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and join us in beautiful Central Park for a free family-friendly evening of music and socializing with friends old and new! Pick up a copy of Downtown Jacksonville Before & After book while there! Enjoy a variety of food truck or restaurant options and a different musical genre each week performed by talented […]

Annual Ice Cream Social

Governor Duncan Mansion 4 Duncan Place, Jacksonville, IL, United States

Join us at the Duncan Mansion Ice Cream Social! Indulge in a delightful afternoon filled with sweet treats and community spirit. The suggested donation is $7.50 per person, with a special rate of $5.00 for children under 10. Your generous contribution will help support the Reverend James Caldwell Chapter, NSDAR and their noble causes. What to expect? An array of […]

Event Series Central Park Market Kickoff 2024

Central Park Market 2024

Central Park 123 Park Avenue, Jacksonville, IL, United States

Join us at this year's Central Park Market, an annual event hosting 60+ vendors from central Illinois! Enjoy live music, entertainment, and local downtown businesses. Experience the unique charm of Jacksonville!

Prairieland Chautauqua

Nichols Park 110 Holkenbrink Drive, Jacksonville, IL, United States

On August 21, 1912, the first Chautauqua took place at Nichols Park. The big tent went up, music played, speeches and lectures took place on a wooden stage. For a whole week, hundreds of people came to see and experience the show while camping on the grounds. We are bringing back tradition. On September 6 & 7 2024 the big […]

40th Annual Community Park Car Show and Fall Cruise Night

Community Park South Main Street, Jacksonville, IL, United States +1 more

Come one, come all and join us this this fall, whether your vehicle is big or small, at the 40th annual Jacksonville Fall Cruise Night. Please Tag or Invite your car buddies and family! CAR SHOW: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm (Community Park – Junction of Routes 36 and 267) -All years of vehicles welcome -FREE registration 9:00-Noon -Only specialty […]

Underground Railroad Fall Bus Tour

Illinois College 1101 West College Avenue, Jacksonville, Illinois, United States

Join the Storyteller Tour Guides, outfitted in 19th century period attire, as they travel the sites of the Underground Railroad in Jacksonville, IL. Learn the fascinating stories of the brave men and women of our history while riding on comfortable modern buses. The tour starts at Illinois College and ends at Woodlawn Farm. Meet in the Illinois College McGaw Fine […]

Jacksonville Main Street Pumpkin Festival

Central Park 123 Park Avenue, Jacksonville, IL, United States

Join us downtown Jacksonville at Central Park Plaza for our annual Pumpkin Festival! Many activities including: Petting Zoo Face Painting Pumpkin Painting Blazing Wing Challenge sponsored by BWW Pie Eating Contest Pumpkin Carving/Decorating Contest Kids' Costume Contest Pet Costume Contest Games and Prizes in the Apple Orchard, Pumpkin Patch, Monster Mayhem. Cost is $10 per child and includes all activities […]