It’s the Hot 25! Driven by the Bob Brady Auto Group and presented by Limitless and NowDecatur. The 25 of the hottest things to do and see in Central Illinois this summer. Mark your calendar and look for the NowDecatur crew at these events! You might win a “It’s Hot Bob!” T-shirt and be featured in our video! Presented by the Bob Brady Auto Group!
1. Operation Cookie Share – May 30
Supporting the Girl Scouts of Central Illinois and members of the Armed Forces and our first responders with Operation Cookie Share! Operation Cookie Share is a program that allows people to let military troops, law enforcement and first responders know that we appreciate their service by purchasing cookies for them. In addition, 100% of the proceeds stay right here in the community to support Girl Scout activities and community service projects. Check out the video
2. Argenta “Our Town” Festival – June 7
Argenta is being featured on WCIA’s Our Town June 2-7. And Argenta is celebrating with a carnival on June 7th from 4-7pm! There will be music, food, art, games, parades, special feature events and so much more! Celebrate all things Argenta! Schedule of events include: FREE Car Show, carnival style foot parade, Sidewalk stompers on the main stage, a community bonfire, A magician and more!
3. Moweaqua Pow Wow Days – June 7-9
Held in Moweaqua’s Central Park. The Moweaqua Pow Wow is 3 fun-filled days of live entertainment, contests, a parade, a talent show, a car show and amusement rides. A parade and car show takes place on Saturday. Little Miss/Mr, Junior Miss and Miss pageants are held. Children’s games, peddle tractor pull and much more for the family to enjoy. The Moweaqua Business Association started the Moweaqua Pow Wow in 1979. The Pow Wow will be held June 7-9, 2019. Click HERE for more info.
4. The Forsyth Classic – June 6-16
It’s the final year for the longest running tournament on the LPGA Symetra Tour and the third longest running women’s golf tournament. This year, the tournament at Hickory Point Golf Club will showcase a three day, 54 –hole stroke play professional tournament featuring an all time high purse of $200,000. For 35 years, the Forsyth Classic has been a fixture on the Forsyth summer calendar. Fans throughout Central Illinois travel to Forsyth to watch as 144 players from the United States, and around the world, compete to earn their spot on the LPGA Tour. Past Forsyth Classic champions have included two-time winner Tammie Green, Marilyn Lovander, Vicky Hurst, and four-time Rolex LPGA Player of the Year Award winner Lorena Ochoa. And who can forget winner Jennifer Song who so graciously gave back to our community. The event is free to spectators. Click HERE for more info.
5. 95Q Fan Appreciation Concert – June 20
Join 95Q for their 8th annual 95Q Fan Appreciation Concert at the Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater! The concert will feature Phil Vassar and Eric Burgett! Concert is only $10! Click HERE for tickets!
6. Come Together Be Empowered – June 29
Join the fight against Ovarian, Breast and Cervical cancer! The 9th annual Come Together will be held on June 29th 2019. This community event focuses on the fight against Ovarian, Breast and Cervical cancer. The logo, with three ribbons, symbolizes efforts in educating all women about these diseases and brings them under one umbrella of education, awareness, screening and treatment. For more information, Click HERE.</a
7. Raminator at Bob Brady Dodge – July 6
Decatur, there’s a monster heading your way—a monster truck, that is! On July 6th, check out what the excitement is all about when the legendary Ram sponsored monster truck Raminator rolls into Bob Brady Dodge at 4025 East Boyd Road Decatur, IL 62526. Guests of all ages are invited to see how they measure up against the towering 5’5’’ tires, meet the talent behind the wheel and receive an autograph and take a photo with a member of the Hall Brothers Racing team. In addition, watch the Raminator crush cars at Macon Speedway Saturday Night!
8. McElroy Memorial Golf Outing – July 12
The 4rd Annual McElroy Memorial honors the legacy of Mayor Mike “Tuna” McElroy, paying tribute to a man who worked tirelessly to improve lives in Macon County. Proceeds benefit children, adults and families in our community by providing programming and member scholarships at the YMCA.
9. Leonid and Friends at the Devon – July 13
How does a band from Moscow, Russia develop a reputation as the top act recreating the music of the legendary group Chicago? Come see for yourself when Leonid & Friends World Tour stops at The Devon on July 13. After a sensational World Tour in 2018 and early 2019, this group had made an impression and sold out nearly every show they’ve played across the United States. Audiences have been blown away by the group’s ability to emulate Chicago note for note and deliver an entertaining show in the process.News outlets such as WGN, CBS San Diego, The Los Angeles Daily News, PR Newswire and countless others have shared the incredible story of the musicians from Russia and given rave reviews of their live performances as well. ” Do yourself a major favor and get into these incredible musicians. These guys are so good, they make me cry!” – chicagonow.com. This is one show you won’t want to miss! Get your tickets now HERE
10. BO3K – July 20
The Big Obstacle – July 20, 2019: Professionally timed 1.8 mile course of military-style obstacles, climbing walls, tunnels, strength and endurance challenges, inflatables and a slip-n-slide finish. BO3K 2019 offers challenging new obstacles, kids’ course, and a “kinda big obstacle” course for those who aren’t quite ready to take on the full BO3K. Stick around for music, food and beverages. Proceeds benefit Decatur Park District youth programs and United Way of Decatur & Mid-Illinois. For more into, click HERE.
11. Scovill Zoo Ice Cream Safari – July 21
Visit Scovill Zoo on July 21st to see the animals and sample ice cream from Prairie Farms Dairy. Guest “dippers” will be handing out free samples of various flavors in this fun family friendly event. The event is from 1pm-4pm at Scovill Zoo at 71 S. Country Club Road. While supplies Last. For more info, click HERE.
12. Warrensburg Corn Festival – July 25-27
The Warrensburg Corn Festival is a free family friendly event on July 25th, 26th and 27th featuring live music, 5K run/walk, bicycle fun ride, parade, bounce houses, food vendors, craft vendors, Maddox sweet corn, car show, corn shucking contest, and so much more!! For more info, click HERE.
13. Backpack Attack – July 27
The Decatur Family YMCA wants to help those children get what they need to succeed this school year by offering the 9th Annual Backpack Attack. At the event, over 2,100 backpacks are given away to local kindergarten to 6th grade students. Inside those backpacks will be school supplies to help get them started. Funding for the project is provided by ADM and local sponsors. If you would like more information about how to receive a backpack or would like to volunteer, contact the Decatur Family YMCA.
14. Razzle Dazzle Goodtimes Parade – August 3
The Razzle Dazzle Goodtimes Parade is the best parade in the Midwest and is a shining feature of Decatur Celebration, the most Exciting Street Festival in the Midwest.This fantastic parade is filled with over 70 unique marching units, creative floats, and bands giving their audience a memorable experience.
15. National Night Out- August 6th
National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign to promote police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. More information and a schedule of events coming soon.
16. First Friday Gallery Walk – August 9th
Tour the Madden Fine Arts Center, The Illinois Art Gallery, Blue Connection, Art Farm and more in downtown Decatur during the first Friday Gallery Walk. This “First Friday” will be held on the second Friday as to not conflict with the Decatur Celebration. There will be refreshments, live music and the art of Tom Whalen. More details coming soon!
17. Blue Mound Fall Festival – August 9th to August 11th
A 109 year old tradition continues! Every August the almost 12 hundred residents of Blue Mound welcome back former residents and invite the neighboring communities to the annual Blue Mound Fall Festival. The weekend activities include carnival rides, bingo, a DJ along with live entertainment. There are pageants as well, along with the parade at 10am Saturday.
18. Pony Express Days- August 15-18
Mt. Zion Pony Express Days is a 4 day Fall event held by the Mt. Zion Lions Club at the Lions Club Pony Express Days Grounds. Bands, Carnival Rides, Food, Beer, Mud Drags, beautiful baby contests and the rowdiest and most celebrated Mud Volley Ball tournaments around! Click HERE for more info.
19. A Zooriffic Evening – August 17
Don’t miss the Decatur Parks Foundation’s amazing, adults-only event ! August 17 at 5 p.m. at Scovill Zoo. Your $75 ticket includes animal encounters, delicious food from your favorite local restaurants, beer and wine, live and silent auctions All proceeds benefit Scovill Zoo!
20. Decatur Craft Beer Fest – August 24
The 2019 Decatur Craft Beer Festival will be Saturday, August 24 from 1-6 pm on N. Water Street outside the DAAC. Enjoy unique craft beers & ciders, local breweries from across the state, live music and food trucks.
Check out DCBFest.com for more information.
21. Farm Progress Show – August 27- 29
Make sure you don’t miss the nations largest outdoor farm event! This is where producers from all over gather, meet, and learn. This is where major manufacturers choose to roll out their newest offerings. This is where Ag families take a break from their daily routine to immerse themselves in the wider Ag community. This is where tradition and business have come together for 65 years. This is where we celebrate agriculture.
22. Amish Cheese Festival -August 30 – September 2
Arthur invites tens of thousands of people to town every year over Labor Day weekend to celebrate its heritage and to just have fun. A whole downtown full of Food, games, crafts, races, entertainment, and of course, lots of CHEESE! They cut up two big 300 pound wheels of fresh cheddar and serve it free with crackers to thousands of guests everyday of the event. Add a corn dog or walleye sandwich or something else from the many vendors for a complete and “healthy” festival meal. Enter the Cheese Curling contest or try out as a Cheese Eating Champion, listen to some stage entertainment, or shop the bargains all the Arthur merchants put out on the street.Lots for the kids to do in Artie’s Party Zone with games , inflatables, kids rides, clowns, and special stage entertainment for the young at heart. Click HERE for more info.
23. Labor Day Pops Concert with the Decatur Millikin Symphony Orchestra – September 2
Join the MDSO in paying tribute to your hard work with a program selected entirely by you! From the patriotic to the sentimental, from the musical theater stage to the dance floor, the entire family will enjoy this program of audience favorites.
MORE TO COME!!