Maple Syrup Festival at Argyle Lake State Park - March 6, 2021
Located in Colchester's Argyle Lake State Park and hosted by the Friends of Argyle, the annual Maple Syrup Festival is sweet and sticky event features hay rack rides that take visitors to the park’s “sugar grove” of maple trees. For nearly a quarter of a century the festival has annual featured demonstrations of sap collecting, a “sugar shack” where the sap is boiled into syrup, children’s activities and educational displays, a campfire area where local Boy Scouts read out loud to children, concessions, and of course, maple candy and syrup.
The Maple Syrup Festival is free and open to the public.
ARGYLE LAKE BLUEGRASS JAMBOREE - March, TBD 2021
WIU Mega Reunion - (Postponed to Spring 2021 dates TBD)
In addition to the Mega Reunion proceeds and philanthropic initiatives benefiting WIU and the Macomb community, the WIU Foundation has established the Mega Reunion 2020 Fund. The scholarship fund was established to help eliminate barriers and often overlooked financial hurdles for both current and future WIU students. To date, nearly $7,000 has been donated.
Keep up on updates, more information and register at WIUMegaReunion.com.
Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps (Spring Training) Tentitively Schedulude May 17 - June 4, 2021
The two-time world champion Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps holds its spring training camp at Western Illinois University in Macomb. This amazing group of 150 high school and college aged world class musicians along with a 50 member staff has a global following of fans with over 170,000 likes on Facebook. The Phantom Regiment's rehearsals for their annual summer national tour are open to the public and are a Forgottonia spectacle you do not want to miss.
- May – June rehearsals.
- All rehearsals are free and open to the public.
- Location: Campus of WIU & Hanson Field, Macomb, IL
- Community performance 8:00 Friday night, June 4, Hanson Field, WIU.
Jeep Blitz - May 20-22, 2021
May Play Days - 2nd full week of May
In addition to carnival amusement rides, classic fair food such as corn dogs, funnel cakes and lemon shake- ups are available along with the Bushnell Rotary Club's traditional favorite rib-eye sandwiches.
Blandinsville Farmers Picnic - May 27 - 29, 2021
2021 will mark the 134th year for this annual Forgottonia tradition in Blandinsville, IL. The Farmers Picnic is a three-day weekend event, which historically includes a tractor pull, a parade, a fishing derby and a racing derby. Plus, you'll find carnival rides, food, games, live music and good ol' fashioned fun for the whole family.
Sodbuster Days - June 4-6, 2021
In addition to the all-town yard sale there’s festive concessions like lemonade shake-ups, corn dogs, funnel cakes, tacos and pork chop barbecue.
You’ll also find an annual parade, a Little Miss and Master Pageant, a free magic show, a DJ, karaoke, bounce houses, and games including an egg toss, a boardwalk, pie eating contest, pinatas, bingo and a bags tournament.
There’s even a back seat driver contest which features a blindfold driver on a tractor with a person behind them in the wagon has got to tell them how to maneuver on a course riddled with curves, straights and turns!
Plus the Good Hope/Sciota volunteer firemen’s fish fry and barbecue, a kids’ pedal tractor contest, the Fireman’s Water-fight, and of course live local music.
Click here for more info or call Jim and Kathy Wyatt at 309-456-3759.
Macomb Heritage Days - June 24-27, 2021
Since 1982 Macomb's Heritage Days Festival has been an annual family friendly event in Forgottonia which features live music on the main stage from Nationally Recognized Artists, incredibly Delicious Food, American Banner’s exciting Carnival Attractions, a Classic Car Show, Arts & Crafts vendors, a cooled tented Beer Garden, Contests & Games, The Bob Anstine Memorial Parade and the annual Airport Pancake Breakfast Fly-In plus SO much more! Heritage Days is traditionally held the last full weekend of June, so mark your calendars and we’ll look forward to seeing you there!
Independence Day - July 4th
Due to the global pandemic, all activities for our 2020 July 4th celebration that would have typically taken place in “Q-lot” have been cancelled. These included the Macomb Municipal Band and The King Graffiti Band.
Those attending the Fireworks Display may park in Q-lot, but must allow one parking space between each vehicle and follow all CDC social distancing guidelines (cdc.gov).
You may bring lawn chairs and enjoy the fireworks outside of your vehicle by utilizing the empty parking spots near the west of Western Hall. Additionally, because of the pandemic, public restrooms will not be available.
Survival Challenge - June 30 - July 4, 2021
Held in the rural Forgottonia outskirts of Macomb, this 5-day event pushes contestants from around the country, as well as guest participant former cast members of the hit television show “Survivor," to the limit of their physical, social and strategic skills as they enduring harsh elements, intense competitive challenges, and top-notch opponents in an attempt be the contest’s sole surviving winner.
SURVIVAL CHALLENGE is open to the public and spectators are invited to watch the competition, enjoy food and beverage and “Meet & Greet” former cast members from TV’s “SURVIVOR.”
Some of the nearly 30 past participating former "Survivor" cast members include; Joel Klug, Troy "Troyzan" Roberts, Nina Poersch, Boo Bernis, Dr. Jill Behm, Twila Tanner, Spencer Bledsoe, Brooke Struck, Kelly "Purple Kelly" Shinn, and "Survivor" Season One winner Richard Hatch.
See for yourself here.
AKC Dog Show - July 16-18, 2021
The Burlington Kennel Club Dog Show, held at the Spencer Student Recreation Center on the Macomb campus of Western Illinois University, is an annual AKC sanctioned show that boasts over 400 entries yearly. With hundreds of dogs in dozens of breeds and categories, this two-day Forgottonia event is a must for dog lovers of all ages.
And the 2019 show marks the return of the featured "Puppies Show!"
Admission: Adults (over age 12), $3; Children (5-12), $1; Children under age five are free.
Includes Free Barking!
Bushnell Town and Country Fall Festival - August 26-29, 2020 (Cancelled)
In addition to carnival amusement rides and classic fair food this festival also includes free live music in the town square, an antique tractor and gas engine show, a classic car show, and a yearly parade to open the festivities.
Flatland Summer Jam - August 21 & 22, 2020 (CANCELLED)
Flatland Summer Jam is an annual Forgottonia roots rock music festival presented by the Macomb Park District in beautiful Veterans Park.
Along with a line up of top acts, which this year features God's Country singer-songwriter Hardy, the festival includes food vendors, a beer tent, bags tournament and mini golf course. Children’s actives, including bounce houses and kite flying. ROCK ON!!
Colchester Labor Day Celebration - Sept. 3-7, 2020 (Cancelled for 2020)
Art, Wind & Fire - September 11 & 12, 2020 (Drive-By Balloon GLow only - Sat. Sept. 12)
The Gazebo Art Festival, named for the historic structure that resides in the middle of Macomb's Chandler Park where the event is held, is an annual juried art sale that celebrates local and regional artists. The festival presents original works of art in painting, sculpture, photography, jewelry ceramics, fiber art and many other mediums.
Our annual Kites Fest, held at Macomb's Veterans Park, features a Giant Kite Show, Kite Ballets, a Candy Drop, Kite Making, Kite Fights and so much more. Bring the kids, some lawn chairs and blankets, sunscreen, a camera and join us for a fun time with the whole family!
The Balloon Rally is traditionally held on the campus of Western Illinois University's Vince Grady Field. Balloonists come to Macomb to blow off a little hot air and display their magnificent balloons both in flights and during the balloon glow. Plenty of food is available for everyone. Handicap accessible. Come out and have a great time!
WIU HOMECOMING - OCTOBER 9-10, 2020
As the Western Illinois University Homecoming celebration prepares to honor the University's long-standing traditions, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced this year's event to be moved to a virtual format with Part I Oct. 9-10 and Part II in person in Spring 2021.
Virtual Homecoming 2020 "Rocky Through the Decades: Purple and Gold Never Get Old" will be held Oct. 9-10, with a second celebration planned for Spring 2021. Because the pandemic has postponed the 2020 Missouri Valley Football Conference until spring, a date for the second celebration will be announced once a schedule is set.
Find the October celebration schedule here
Dickens On The Square: A Magical Holiday - Dec. 4 & 5, 2020
This annual holiday festival held in Macomb's Historic Downtown, presents the perfect opportunity to slow down, take a step back in time and experience the nostalgic small town charm the Christmas season brings. Experience this magical holiday festival featuring colorful characters, food, music, Clydesdale drawn carriage rides, live reindeer, the Festival of Trees and of course the ol' boy himself, Santa Claus!
Sign up for the Santa Zephyr Express and experience an enchanting train ride with Santa and his helpers as Amtrak’s Illinois Zephyr car is transformed into a magical place that takes you from Quincy to experience Dickens Christmas On The Square: A Magical Holiday in downtown Macomb, IL.
Book your overnight package and have breakfast with Santa and his friends!
Christmas Lights Parade - December 5, 2020
Nothing will put you in the holiday spirit quite like the Christmas Lights Parade in Bushnell, IL.
This annual event consists of scores of vehicles, intricately and painstakingly dressed in festive seasonal decorations and yuletide lighting, as they slalom their way through the village streets while thrilled throngs line the curbs and children squeal in delight.
If ever there was a wonderland of winter, the Bushnell Christmas Lights Parade epitomizes just that.