Decatur Airport Exhibit – August
Decatur Airport, Main Terminal, Lobby Gallery. Featuring an exhibition by Dan Modzelewski, airport lobby open hours, free, 217-422-1509.
Library Exhibit – August
Decatur Public Library, Art Gallery, 130 N. Franklin St. Featuring Carol Kessler's paintings, library open hours, free, 217-422-1509.
Rock Springs Exhibits – August
Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Ln. Featuring Lance Merry's nature photography in the North Gallery and items from the Conservation District's collection in the South Gallery, M-F 8am-5pm, Sa 9am-4:30pm, Su 1-4:30pm, free, 217-423-7708.
First Friday – August 8
Madden Arts Center, 125 N. Water. Decatur’s Art Treasures exhibit celebrates local collectors of unique art with a street party, live music, food and drink. Hands-on art activities and demos. 5-7:30pm. Free. 217-423-3189.
First Friday – August 8
Gallery 510 Exhibit – August
Gallery 510, 160 E. Main St. First Friday opening reception featuring Glenda Sue Goodpaster's paintings, refreshments, 5-7:30pm, free. General exhibit hours Tu-F 11am-5pm, Sa 11am-3pm, free, 217-422-1509.
Decatur Airport Exhibit – September
Decatur Airport, Main Terminal, Lobby Gallery. Featuring Nicole Christison's paintings, airport lobby open hours, free, 217-422-1509.
Library Exhibit – September
Decatur Public Library, Art Gallery, 130 N. Franklin St. Featuring Leta Burch's paintings, library open hours, free, 217-422-1509.
First Friday – September 5
Madden Arts Center, 125 N. Water. Opening reception featuring Gil Lebois Photography. Food, drink & entertainment, with artist speaking at 6:00pm. 5-7:30pm. Free. 217-423-3189.
First Friday – September 5
Gallery 510 Exhibit – September
Gallery 510, 160 E. Main St. First Friday opening reception featuring jewelry artist Tina Sekimi's works, refreshments, 5-7:30pm, free. General exhibit hours Tu-F 11am-5pm, Sa 11am-3pm, free, 217-422-1509.
Arts in Central Park – September 19-21
Central Park, Downtown Decatur. Fine arts fair featuring over 100 artists' works in varied media with live musical entertainment, kids' art activities and their own art shop, family friendly, F 5-7pm, Sa 10am-5pm, Su 10am-4pm, free admission, 217-423-3189.
Decatur Municipal Band Concerts – August 4, 11, 18
Downtown Decatur, Central Park. The 157th annual summer band concerts featuring traditional and contemporary band music, some seating available or bring lawn chairs and/or blankets, 7pm, free, 217-422-9168.
LSB Music Events – August & September
Lock Stock & Barrel, 129 S. Oakland Ave., Outdoor events are weather permitting, 217-429-7411.
8/13, 20, 27 & 9/3, 10, 17 – Billy Gault guitar on patio, 7-9pm
8/29 – Fun DMC, 9pm-12:30 am
8/30 & 9/20 – Oakwood Street Festival
Blues in Central Park – August 21
Downtown Decatur, Central Park. Free Blues concert by Kansas City's own Samantha Fish, bring a lawn chair and your appetite for great blues, BBQ, and beer, presented by Decatur Magazine, food and beverage vendors open 6pm, $, free concert 7-10pm. Click here for Decatur Magazine's Blues in Central Park information.
Sleepy Man Banjo Boys – August 22
Decatur Civic Center Arena, 1 Gary K. Anderson Plaza. The group has performed at Carnegie Hall and The Grande Ole Opry and currently tours with Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line, 7:30pm, $, 217-422-6161.
Sounds of Summer Concerts – August 28
Anne & Al Swartz Pavilion at Hickory Point, 727 W. Weaver Rd. Celebrate summer with a concert by Live Karaoke Band, $ for adult beverages and concessions, 7pm, free, 217-422-5911.
Labor Day Pops Concert – September 1
Nelson Park, Lakeside Amphitheatre, 200 Nelson Blvd. Celebrate summer's end with the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra's 18th annual family concert on the lake, boaters welcome to listen from the water, 6pm, free, 217-424-6318.
Swing Night – September 5
Nelson Park, Pavilion #1, 200 Nelson Blvd. Decatur Park District's Swing Night features music from BAM!, free dance instruction 6-6:45pm, swing dance 7-9pm, free, 217-422-5911.
Opening Night Concert – September 27
Millikin University, Kirkland Fine Arts Center, 1184 W. Main St. Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra opening night concert with sumptuous Romanticism, featuring the artistry of Tai Murray, 7:30pm, $, 217-424-6318.
comedy & musical theatre
Legally Blonde – July 30-August 10
Little Theatre on the Square, 16 E. Harrison St., Sullivan. Show times vary, $, 217-728-7375.
101 Dalmatians – August 1-2 & 5-9
Breakfast with the Cast – August 2, 5, 7, 9
Little Theatre on the Square, 16 E. Harrison St., Sullivan. Theater for young audiences, dates and show times vary, Breakfast with the cast 9am, $, www.thelittletheatre.org or 217-728-7375.
history & museums
Bethel School Open House – August 2 & September 6
Friends Creek Conservation Area, NE of Argenta, off Rt. 48. Tour one of Macon County's last one-room schoolhouses circa 1890, 1-4pm, free, 217-423-7708.
Dulcimer Music – August 2, 16, 30 & September 13, 27
Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Ln. Listen to the Nature Center volunteers play old time music, 10am, free, 217-423-7708.
Homestead Prairie Farm Open House – August & September
Rock Springs Nature Center, Homestead Prairie Farm, 3939 Nearing Ln. Tour the heirloom gardens and the 1860's Trobaugh-Good house, guides dressed in period clothing, Sa's & Su's 1-4pm, free, 217-423-7708.
Bluegrass Music Jams – August 10 & September 14
Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Ln. Enjoy old time tunes played by area musicians, 1-4pm free, 217-423-7708.
Civil War Soldier Quilts – August 17
Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Ln. Hear stories about the 250,000 quilts that were donated starting in 1861 by the U. S. Sanitary Commission to Union soldiers, for ages 8 and older, 2pm, free, 217-423-7708.
Governor Richard Oglesby Mansion Open House – August 31 & September 28
421 W. William St. Visit the historic Decatur landmark and beautifully restored Victorian home of Illinois Governor Richard Oglesby, 2-4pm, $, 217-423-7708.
James Millikin Homestead Tours – August 31 & September 28
125 S. Pine St. Tour the beautiful historic Victorian mansion that belonged to one of Decatur's leading citizens, circa 1875, last Sunday of the month or groups by reservation any day, 2-4pm, $, 217-767-1050.
The Night the Stars Fell: The Greatest Meteor Shower in American History – September 7
Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Ln. Speaker Bill Kemp shares the fantastic and fearful event in November 1833 that altered our understanding of meteors and meteor showers, 2pm, free, 217-423-7708.
Prairie Celebration – September 13-14
Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Ln. Demonstrations of skills, crafts, and techniques of trappers and traders for creating goods and services during the 1700 and 1800s, wagon rides, games, food available for $, 12-4pm, $, 217-423-7708.
Hands on History: Telegraph – September 21
Rock Springs Conservation Area, Homestead Prairie Farm, 3939 Nearing Ln. Learn how the telegraph revolutionized communication, see a working telegraph, and send your own message, 2-4pm, free, 217-423-7708.
nature & gardens
Family Hikes and Nature Programs
Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Ln., free or $ as indicated, 217-423-7708.
8/2 – Butterfly Rainbow, reservations, 2pm
8/10 – Bike Hike, 8 and older, 7-8:30pm, $, reservations
8/23 – Hammerheads, 1:30pm, reservations
8/24 – Sea of Grass Hike, 1:30, reservations
9/6 – Fall Migration, reservations, 10am
The Glaciers of Illinois – August 3
Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Ln. Speaker Melody Arnold shares information about the glaciers' lasting effects in Illinois, for ages 12 and older, 2pm, free, 217-423-7708.
Perseids Meteor Shower – August 9
Griswold Conservation Area, 9896 Meridian Rd., Blue Mounds. A night of star gazing of the Perseids Shower, bring your telescopes or use the Conservation District's, 10pm-12am, free, reservations required, 217-423-7708.
Snake and Turtle Shows – August 12
Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Ln. Several species shown by the naturalist, 5:30-7pm, $, reservations required, 217-423-7708.
Hummingbird Festival – August 19
Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Ln. Learn about hummingbird species, habitats, plants that attract them, adopt a hummingbird, watch hummingbird banding, and hold it in your hand to release back into the wild, 4-7pm, free, $ to adopt a hummingbird, 217-423-7708.
Astronomy Jamboree – August 23
Friends Creek Conservation Area, 13723 Friends Creek Park Rd., Cisco. Star gazing through telescopes with speaker Bryan Maple, campfire with marshmallows, 7-9pm, 217-423-7708.
events for children
Movies at Nelson Park – August 5, 12, 19, 26
Visit www.decatur-parks.org for weather updates and shows. Movies begin at dusk. Free.
78th Annual Lantern Parade – August 5
Fairview Park, Dreamland Lake, 1455 W. Fairview Park Dr. Enjoy a picnic in the park, lantern parade, children's activities, and celebrate 78 years of summer fun, 5-9pm, 217-422-5911.
Teen Night – August 8
Overlook Adventure Mini Golf, Nelson Park, 2501 E. Nelson Park Rd. Music and unlimited mini-golf for students in grades 6-12, pizza, pop, and concessions available for $, 6:30-8:30pm, $, 217-429-7750.
Harvest the Pizza Garden – August 10
Children's Museum of Illinois, 55 S. Country Club Rd. Harvest the pizza garden and make a pizza to take home, courtesy of Papa Murphy's Pizza, 2-4pm, free, 217-423-5437.
Grandparent's Day – September 7
Scovill Zoo, 71 S. Country Club Rd. Old-fashioned fall festival with cake walks, games, and more, 12-3pm, $, grandparents free with paying child, 217-421-7435.
The Science of Cooking – September 14
Children's Museum of Illinois, 55 S. Country Club Rd. Led by Richland Community College professors, a Family Science Sunday event, 2-4pm, free, 217-423-5437.
Worldwide Day of Play – September 20
Children's Museum of Illinois, 55 S. Country Club Rd. Activities set up by community organizations designed to encourage children and parents to turn off the television and play, 10am-5pm, free, 217-423-5437.
Canoeing Turtle Pond – September 27
Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Ln. All equipment provided for a paddle around the pond, must have at least one adult per canoe, 1-4pm, $, reservations required, 217-423-7708.
Pumpkin Palooza – September 27
Children's Museum of Illinois, 55 S. Country Club Rd. Special agriculture based activities teach children about harvesting plants, plus the traditional pumpkin throwing contest, 10am-5pm, $, 217-423-5437.
sports, health & fitness
Tuesday Night Park Runs – through August 5
Fairview Park, Pavilion #1, 1455 W. Fairview Park Dr. Weekly family event includes half-mile Tot Trot, one-mile fun run, or runs of various distances, for all ages and skill levels, prize drawings donated by local merchants, Tu's, registration 5:30pm, runs 6pm, $, 217-429-3472.
I on Diabetes – July 29 & August 5, 12, 19
Macon County Extension Office, 3351 N. President Howard Brown Blvd. A four-part series for anyone interested in preventing or managing diabetes with recipes, cooking demonstrations, food tastings, and more, 5-8pm, $, reservations required, 217-877-6042.
ASA Men's Fastpitch State Tournament – August 1-3
Forsyth Village Park, 500 W. Weaver Rd., Forsyth. Class C men's fastpitch softball state championship tournament, F evening - Su afternoon, free, 217-423-7000.
USTA/Ursula Beck Pro Tennis Classic – August 1-3
Fairview Park, Tennis Complex, 1640 W. Monument Hill Dr. Tennis players from over 20 countries compete for ATP World Ranking Points, hours vary based on matches, spectators free, 217-421-7432.
Putting Wellness to Work – August 6 & 13
Decatur YMCA, 220 W. McKinley. Workplace wellness series, learn your vital numbers, and tips for healthy choices, 12-1pm, $, 217-877-6042.
Zone 5 Skeet Shoot Championships – August 8-10
Decatur Gun Club, 61 Fairies Park. National skeet shoot with participants from 9 states, F morning - Su afternoon, free, 217-423-7000.
3D Animal Archery – August 14 & September 6
Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Ln. Rotate through life-like 3D targets featuring turkey, deer, and bears, basic instruction provided, use provided equipment or bring your own, for ages 10 and older, 2-4pm, $, reservations required, 217-423-7708.
Midnight Fishing – August 15 & September 19
Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Ln. Fish the cattail ponds at night, lit bobbers and worms for bait recommended, fishing licenses required for ages 16 and older, 10pm-12am, $, reservations required, 217-423-7708.
festivals, food & fairs
Decatur Celebration – July 31 & August 1-3
Downtown Decatur, 22 blocks. Illinois' largest free family street festival featuring show stages with national headliners and emerging music artists, carnival, 3 blocks of arts and crafts vendors, more than 60 one-of-a-kind food items, street attractions, Razzle-Dazzle Good Times Parade (Sa 10am), Family Night at the Carnival Th 4-11pm, F 5-11pm, Sa 11am-11pm, Su 11am-9:30pm, free admission, www.decaturcelebration.com or 217-423-4222.
Tomato Taste Panel – August & September
Macon County University of Illinois Extension, 3351 N. President Howard Brown Blvd. Sample over 30 different tomato varieties at the 2014 Tomato Tasting sessions, afternoon and evenings, free, reservations required, 217-877-6042.
Women, Wine & Wellness – August 22
Decatur Civic Center, 1 Gary K. Anderson Plaza. Featuring wine sampling, beauty products, style show, live entertainment, health screenings, and more, presented by Smith Cosmetic & Laser Center, 5-9pm, free admission, 217-422-7300.
Decatur Train Fair – September 20-21
Decatur Civic Center, 1 Gary K. Anderson Plaza. View rare model train collectables and model train layouts, model trains available for purchase, Sa 10am-4pm, Su 11am-4pm, $, 217-864-4397 or 217-454-2528.
Precision Aerial Ag Show – July 9 & 10
Progress City USA. Drone manufacturers and unmanned vehicle authorities exhibit their technology with demonstrations in the air and real-time video output. Exhibit field open 8am-5pm. To learn more, go to www.paas2014.com
Farmers Market – August & September
Downtown Decatur. One of Illinois' oldest farmers markets with farm fresh produce grown by local farmers, Sa's 8am-12pm, $ to purchase goods, 217-428-3380 or 217-520-5098.
Saturday Produce Market – August & September
Richland Community College, under the wind turbine, 1 College Park. Fresh fruits and vegetables for sale, grown by students and local farmers, managed by Richland Student Farms, Sa's 8am-12pm, $ to purchase goods, 217-875-7211 ext. 442.
Vintage Weekend 5 – September 5-6
Progress City, USA, 1 College Pk. More than 200 pre-1948 vintage hot rods on display from Canada and several Midwestern states, rain or shine, 8am-5pm, $ (children 12 and under free), 217-875-0280.
Prairieland Punishers – September 6
Decatur Civic Center, 1 Gary K. Anderson Plaza. Decatur's Prairieland Punishers vs. Cedar Rapids Roller Girls roller derby bout, doors open 6pm, bout 7pm, $, www.punishersderby.com or 217-422-7300.
more information on how to include your event on the calendar,
contact Cultural Arts Editor Terrie Potter
or call 217-423-0422.
your calendar for these charity events
Here Come the Mummies – July 31
Decatur Civic Center Arena, 1 Gary K. Anderson Plaza. Kick-off concert to benefit the Decatur Celebration, doors open 6pm, concert 7pm, $, 217-423-4222.
Diamonds & Denim Gala – August 16
Madden Arts Center, 125 N. Water. 10-Year anniversary celebration starts on the street then every floor of the building with food, drink & entertainment. Silent and live auction. Proceeds benefit Decatur Area Arts Council programs. Tickets $75. 217-423-3189.
Homeward Bound's Summer Fund Drive – August 20
Land of Lincoln Credit Union locations and Homeward Bound Pet Shelter, 1720 E. Huston Dr. Volunteers collect donations for 12 hours to benefit Homeward Bound Pet Shelter, a no-kill pet facility and job training program for people with disabilities, 6am-6pm, $, www.homewardboundpetshelter.com or 217-876-1266 or 217-875-1910.
A Zoo-rific Evening – August 23
Scovill Zoo, 71 S. Country Club Rd. Decatur Parks Foundation's unique event featuring food and beverage stations, animal encounters, circus entertainment and an auction under the Big Top, proceeds benefit Splash Cove, Scovill Zoo's new area featuring penguins, otters, and alligators, 5pm, $, 217-422-5911.
Dog Days of Summer – August 23
Beach House Restaurant, 2301 E. Lake Shore Dr. Music by Kidd Kaddilac & The Continentals, food, drinks, silent auction, proceeds benefit Homeward Bound Pet Shelter, a no-kill pet facility and job training program for people with disabilities, must be 21 or older to attend, 4-9pm, $, 217-875-1910.
Library Book Sale – August 29-September 1
Hickory Point Bank Arena, 1 Gary K. Anderson Plaza. Used books and other discounted items, proceeds benefit the library and other local literacy supporting organizations, presented by Friends of the Decatur Public Library, 9:30am-12:30pm, 217-424-2900 ext. 133.
Cruise 11 to Remember 9/11 – September 7
Downtown Decatur, Central Park. Car/bike show, memorial service, entertainment, food, 11-mile B G Nevitt Yellow Ribbon Memorial Cruise, all proceeds benefit American Legion Post 105 to provide Christmas to Veterans in need, $, firstname.lastname@example.org or 217-791-1385.
Illinois Raptor Adult Camp – September 20
Illinois Raptor Center, 5695 W. Hill Rd. An intense day with birds of prey, for ages 16 and older, no sandals or sleeveless shirts, proceeds benefit the Illinois Raptor Center Wildlife Hospital, 9am-5pm, $, reservations required, 217-963-6909.
6th Annual Dessert Gala & Live Auction – September 25
Imboden Creek Gardens. 7:00 pm. For tickets call Carol Daniels at 217-233-1425. All proceeds will be donated to the Alzheimer's Association, Greater Illinois Chapter.
A Night of Awareness – September 25
Decatur Public Library, Madden Auditorium, 130 N. Franklin St. Speaker Courtney Queeney, survivor of domestic violence and published poet, shares her message to kick off October's National Domestic Violence Awareness Month for DOVE, adults only, 6pm, free (donations accepted and used for the Domestic Violence Program), 217-428-6616.
Brew Ha Ha – September 27
Madden Arts Center, 125 N. Water. Decatur’s version of Oktoberfest presented by the Decatur Area Arts Council with a street festival featuring ethnic food and drink, best German costume awards and Mayor election. $. 217-423-3189.
Prairie Pedal Bike Ride – September 28
Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Ln. Fundraiser includes a 20, 40, or 62 mile bicycle route along quiet country roads, presented by the Macon County Conservation Foundation to support the natural preservation projects at Macon County conservation areas, helmets required, 7am, $, 217-423-7708.
information on how to include your fund-raising event in the Charity
Terrie Potter by email:
or call 217-423-0422.