September 2017 Community Calendar

If you would like your event considered for the Calendar, please email your request as early as possible to

If you would like your event considered for the Calendar, please email your request as early as possible to Please include the following details within the body of the email, not as an attachment.

  • event date
  • event time
  • event location (street address and city)
  • event cost (if applicable) and who benefits from the fees/donations
  • a brief description
  • public contact information if our community has further questions (phone number, website, email address, Facebook page)

Tip: How to search this calendar of events: Use 'Ctrl + F' and type a key word or date (i.e. "fireworks" or "July 4") into the search box. This function should find and highlight corresponding events in your browser.

September 1
K of C Fish Fry (4:30 - 7:00pm; K of C, 335 S. 4th St., RIVERTON)
Menu: Walleye Sandwich, Walleye, Shrimp, Catfish, Baked Fish Dinners, coleslaw, choice of fries, baked potato or potato salad.
Carry-out orders, call 629-7202; more information at
Future Dates: Oct 6, Nov 3, Dec 1 2017 | Jan 5, Feb 2, 16, Mar 2, 16 2018

September 1
VFW North End Friday Night Dancing (7:30 - 10:30pm; Northend VFW, 2349 Stockyard Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
$5 Cover. Featured band: Ruckas
More information: 217-789-4725

September 3
First Sunday Midwest Bazaar (8:00am - 4:00pm; Menard Co. Fairgrounds, 18450 Fairgrounds St., PETERSBURG)
150+ Quality vendors: antiques, vintage, salvage, produce, handmade, up-cycled, repurposed, art, primitives, pet supplies, boutique, photography, foods, collectibles, architectural, furniture. Wine/craft beer patio. New vendors, please inquire with product info. and pictures at
Future dates include Oct 1

September 3
In Concert: The Allen Family (6:00pm; Beardstown Church of the Nazarene, 919 Jackson St., BEARDSTOWN)
The public is invited. A love offering will be received. For more information, call Judy Fifield at 217-416-3029

September 3
Crime Stoppers 2nd Annual "Take Flight in the Fight Against Crime" LRS Hangar Party Fundraiser (2:00 -8:00pm; Levi, Ray & Shoup Inc. (LRS) Hangar – Abraham Lincoln Springfield Capital Airport, SPRINGFIELD)
Please join the Crime Stoppers of Sangamon & Menard Counties as we raise additional funds to fight crime. Doors open at 2:00 p.m. with live music provided by two the best bands in Central Illinois, The Deep Hollow 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and The Shenanigans 4.30 p.m to 8:00 p.m.. A showcase of award winning food prepared by "Hy-Vee Market Grill" and "Field of Sweets" Food Trucks along with plenty of brews, wines and beverages for purchase. A Must See! Calling all car and motorcycle enthusiasts! Be prepared to kick-off Route 66 Festival month with style. Take a fun stroll through Dick Levi’s private collection of classic cars and motorcycles and our event.
Only $5.00 (entry fee)
Crime Stoppers is a nonprofit organization, funded entirely by fundraisers and donations from citizens and civic organizations. If you have any information about a crime, please call Crime Stoppers at (217) 788-842 or submit a tip by text Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards up to $1000 for information resulting in an arrest and you remain completely anonymous. The Crime Stoppers website is
For more info:

September 6
The first Fall preschool program (10:00am; Westville Public Library, 233 S State St., WESTVILLE)
The theme will be fireflies and lightning bugs. Children 2 -5 and their caregiver are invited to attend. There will be stories, a craft and refreshments. Please call the library at 267-3170 to register for this fun event.

September 6
Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies (2:00pm, Westville Public Library, 233 S State, WESTVILLE)
The next Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies hosted by the Westville Public Library will be September 6 at 2 PM. The feature will be about a daring rescue attempt by the Coast Guard off the coast of Cape Cod after a pair of oil tankers are destroyed during a blizzard in 1952. This film is based on a true story. Please call the library at 267-3170 to reserve your seat for this historical thriller of a film.

September 7
2nd Annual Friends of the Market Street Dinner (6:00pm; SPRINGFIELD
) Downtown Springfield Inc. (DSI) will host the 2nd Annual Friends of the Market Street Dinner benefiting the Old Capitol Farmers Market under the fall constellations at community tables placed on the Old State Capitol Plaza. Local chefs from Long Nine Junction, Cooper’s Streatside Bistro, Five Flavors/Tacology and Copper Pot Cooking Studio, all skilled in farm-to-table cuisine, will pair with vendors from the Market to prepare four wonderful courses, paired with The Wine Group wines. From the live music and centerpieces to the food on the plate, the event will celebrate all things about the market.
Proceeds offset the costs of managing and promoting the Old Capitol Farmers Market, which has been welcoming 2500-4000 people to downtown each Saturday of this season. The Market is managed by Illinois Stewardship Alliance on behalf of Downtown Springfield Inc., and the partnership has resulted in new programs such as Family Fitness, weekly Chef Demonstrations and live music programmed by Springfield Area Arts Council. The dinner will begin at 6:00 p.m. and 200 seats are available. Tickets are $75 and can purchased online at or by calling (217) 544-1723. Bank of Springfield is sponsoring the dinner.

September 8
VFW North End Friday Night Dancing (7:30 - 10:30pm; Northend VFW, 2349 Stockyard Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
$5 Cover. Featured band: Stingray Alley
More information: 217-789-4725

September 9
Gospel Concert: The Chosen Ones/The Lesters (10:00 - 3:30pm; Cowden Free Methodist Church Camp, 174 N. 1550 East Rd., BEECHER CITY)
Our Church Camp is hosting a Gospel Concert Sept 9, 2017 10:00am-3:30 pm. Featuring The Chosen Ones from Manchester IL, The Lester’s From St Louis MO, and Tim Lovelace, Christian Comedian, song writer and multi-talented musician from TN. This is a all day concert with lunch served under the old fashioned open tabernacle. Located in the wooded area off Rt. 128, South of Shelbyville IL, just look for signs. Tickets are $15.00 for Concert and $6.00 for lunch. Send self-addressed and stamped envelope to M. Smith | 801 S St John St. | Bethany, IL 61914

September 10
45th Annual Capital City Century (7:00 am - 5:00 pm; Knights of Columbus, 2200 S Meadowbrook, SPRINGFIELD)
Join Springfield Bicycle Club on this annual recreational bicycle ride on the Sunday after Labor Day. Routes of 10 to 100 miles over flat to slightly rolling terrain. Special double metric (125 mile) option. Organized food stops, well-marked roads, SAG service, and a post-ride party with food and music included in cost of registration. If you still have questions, contact us at or 217-899-9175.

September 10
Fried Chicken Dinner and Raffle (11:00am - 2:00pm; Resurrection Parish of Illiopolis, 5th & Anne St., ILLIOPOLIS)
Fried chicken, mashed potatoes at gravy, green beans, slaw, applesauce, sliced garden tomatoes, bread and butter, iced tea, coffee, and choice of homemade pie or cake will be served in the air-conditioned parish hall. Children 10&under $5 | Adults $9.50
For carry out service, enter through alley off 4th st. and exit onto 5th st.
A raffle drawing featuring $1,000 in cash prizes will take place at 2:00pm (winners need not be present).
The event will also include a Country Store stocked with baked goods and craft items.
For more info, call 217-416-8546

September 15
VFW North End Friday Night Dancing (7:30 - 10:30pm; Northend VFW, 2349 Stockyard Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
$5 Cover. Featured band: White Lightning
More information: 217-789-4725

September 15 - 17
The 8th Annual CU Pride and Parade (CHAMPAIGN-URBANA)
UP Center of Champaign County will present festivities startngon Friday with a special CU Comedy Fundraiser at Soma Ultralounge. Headliners include Chicago based comedian and actor Shannon Noll and Whitney Chitwood whose been featured by MoveOn.Org and OUT Chicago. Other events will be added and announced within the next two weeks:

The UP Center kicks off Saturday festivities with our FREE Family Friendly Area sponsored by and Pride Vendors at noon. This will be located in the city parking lot located at Hill & Neil Streets. This Family Friendly Area will open at 12PM and run until 6PM. Attendees will be able to peruse vendor booths and families will love all the offerings including free bounce houses, carnival style games and The Scovill Zoo Mobile Petting Zoo. New this year live performances in the Family Friendly Zone from Belly Dancing Troupes, Drag Queens, Puppeteers, Theatre Companies and Live Musicians!

The 2017 Pride Parade will step off at 4PM in Downtown Champaign. The parade will start at the corner of Main & Walnut and will proceed south on Walnut, turning west on Chester Street before turning north on Neil Street and proceeding to Washington Street where the parade will turn east and come to an end.

Also back this year, Drag Brunch with Dish Passionate Cuisine at City View located above the Illinois Terminal on Sunday September 17th at 11AM. Those who attend Drag Brunch will enjoy a full breakfast and bottomless mimosas along with a great show from local and national drag queens, some of which have been featured on RuPaul’s Drag Race. Tickets for Drag Brunch are $30.00 per person and are on sale NOW! Ticket can be purchased at

Support The 2017 Pride Festival & Parade There are several ways the community can get involved, either by volunteering or financially. Volunteers can get more information on donating their time to the festival at or

September 16
OCRFA Ovarian Cycle (9:00am - 12:00pm, FitClub South, 3631 S. 6th St., SPRINGFIELD) $50 Registration | Beginners welcome | Survivors ride for free | t-shirt and gift bag included | For more infor or to make a donation to this ride, contact OCRFA's Jason Lalonde at 212-268-0819 or
Register here:

September 16
Cross Roads Box Maze (1:00 - 4:00pm; Sherman United Methodist Church, 2336 E Andrew Road, SHERMAN)
Come experience a maze of cardboard that you won't believe! An entire gymnasium, a cardboard work of art that you will literally get inside of! Full of ups, downs, twists, turns, slides, dead ends! There are three ways to make it out.....find your path and collect information along the way and get a surprise at the finish.
Navigate through this maze in the dark with glow sticks! Get an event dog tag at the finish...... refreshments provided. This is an all ages event (adults you can even do this with your little ones)! $3 includes entry/glow stick and dog tag! $5 unlimited entry into the maze
Go to the event on the Sherman United Methodist Church Facebook page to see photos and videos of this getting built.

September 19
Lincolnland Binga (4:30pm; American Legion, 1903 Maple St., MATTOON)
Lincolnland Binga raises fund to help support Lincolnland Hospice and its Grant-a-Wish program, Community Bereavement and to provide care for people without means. Prizes include Longaberger items and speciality items. The events includes a silent auction and an opportunity to purchase dinner, snacks and beverages. The cost is $10 with opportunities to purchase additional games. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Kim Lockart 217 238-4765 or go to

September 20 - 24
Pygmalion Festival (Champaign-Urbana)
Now in it's 13th year, the organizers of PYGMALION have released the lineup for 2017. The festival will take place September 20 through September 24 in Champaign-Urbana, IL. Tickets can be purchased here:
With a lineup featuring a diverse array of indie rock, hip hop, EDM, Americana, jazz, and experimental acts, PYGMALION remains one of the most engaging and progressive events worldwide, relative to the size of its host community. PYGMALION 2017 is the culmination of five years of expansion into four new components, including TECH, LITERATURE, FOOD, and a CRAFT FAIR, simply referred to as The Made Fest. The full lineup can be viewed at
The festival kicks off on the 20th with a PechaKucha presentation that will tap the five components of the event.
For the first time in its existence, PYGMALION will be organizing and running a Hackathon on-site at Research Park at UIUC. More information about the scope of the event can be found here:

September 22
VFW North End Friday Night Dancing (7:30 - 10:30pm; Northend VFW, 2349 Stockyard Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
$5 Cover. Featured band: Fundamentals
More information: 217-789-4725

September 23
Ronald McDonald is coming to the Library! (10:00am, Westville Public Library, 233 S. State St., WESTVILLE)
He will present a program to let children know Reading is Fun. There will be magic, and fun and games that encourage reading. Please call the library at 267-3170 to register for this fun filled program with Ronald McDonald.

September 23
Memorial Transplant Services 5K Run/Walk (8:00am; Washington Park, SPRINGFIELD)
Memorial Transplant Services holds a 5K Run/Walk in September to raise funds to benefit our transplant funds which:

• Assist patients with transportation expenses related to doctor visits

• Help provide lodging for patients and their family members during pre-transplant workup, the period immediately following transplant surgery and during periods of treatment for rejection

• Pay for prescription medication costs and/or co-pays

• Support program development as well as education for patients and staff

This event is a wonderful opportunity for patients and donor families to come together and share their stories. Speaking with others who have experienced the gift of a transplant is very healing for many donor families. Visit to register. If you have questions or need additional information, please call 217-588-2417 or email

September 23, 24
The 49th annual Apple ‘n Pork Festival (9:00am - 5:00pm; C.H. Moore Homestead DeWitt County Museum, CLINTON)
The festival, which began with a pot of soup and a stack of sandwiches, has grown to be one of downstate Illinois’ most popular festivals. Today, the festival offers more than 25 booths featuring numerous types of old-fashioned, harvest-time apple and pork foods; tours of the home of Abraham Lincoln’s law partner and personal friend, C.H. Moore; a juried art show; large flea market; demonstrating craftsmen offering their items for sale; an antique tractor and farm equipment exhibit; meal grinding, rope making, chair caning and blacksmithing demonstrations; live musical entertainment; pony rides; tomahawk throwing; Pigs on Parade contest and much more. Admission to the festival and flea market grounds is free. For more information, go to or find our official Apple ‘n Pork Festival Facebook page.

September 29
VFW North End Friday Night Dancing (7:30 - 10:30pm; Northend VFW, 2349 Stockyard Rd., SPRINGFIELD)
$5 Cover. Featured band: Haedads
More information: 217-789-4725