Experience the Midwest

Events and Festivals in the Midwest

June

JUNE 12 - SEPTEMBER 25, 2021

Flavor Tour Reservation | Quincy IL Convention & Visitors Bureau

Quincy, IL

Summer Flavor Tours are a local eats & sips walking tour for the curious foodie, Every Saturday of summer. Pave your way through five innovative locally-owned eateries in Quincy's historic Downtown District. Each Saturday during the summer, progressive chefs prepare signature dishes & drinks, presenting a seasonally artistic brunch/lunch menu with a bonus coffee & cocktail in the mix.

July

JULY 23 - 24, 2021

Effingham Jam

Effingham, IL

Circle Friday, July 23 and Saturday, July 24 on your calendar and join us in downtown Effingham, IL for the EffingHAM-JAM and Kansas City BBQ Society State BBQ Championship, sponsored by Coors Light in cooperation with Koerner Distributor. Thanks to the City of Effingham, participants will be able to move around the event area with beverages purchased at the Beer Tent.From chemistry to construction, toys have prepared generations of kids to pursue careers in STEM fields. Discover how these toys, once marketed primarily to boys, have evolved to encourage all children through play to explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

August

AUGUST 10, 2021

Statehood Day at the State Capitol

Jefferson City, MO

Statehood Day at the State Capitol. Celebrate Missouri's Bicentennial at the Missouri State Capitol! Events include the formal recognition of the Missouri Bicentennial, reveal of the Missouri Bicentennial stamp, exhibits in the Capitol, a US Naturalization Ceremony, and an ice cream social at Central Dairy.

AUGUST 12 - 22, 2021

Illinois State Fair

Springfield, IL

The Illinois State Fair is legendary to Springfield and the State of Illinois. It has provided many memories to the hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Roaming through the beauty of the fairgrounds and experiencing the historic essence, visitors will make their own history at the Illinois State Fair.

AUGUST 12 - 22, 2021

Missouri State Fair

Sedalia, MO

Come celebrate Missouri, Aug 12–22, in Sedalia at the Fairgrounds.  We are partnering with the Missouri 2021 Bicentennial Alliance to put on 11-days of celebrating the best of the best in our great state!  We are looking forward to bringing you the best of the best in Missouri agriculture, food, entertainment, competitions and more and hope that Missouri families will be ready to come celebrate their Fair traditions with us later this summer.

AUGUST 20 - 22, 2021

Planet ComiCon Kansas City

Kansas City, MO

Planet Comicon Kansas City is the region's largest and longest-running pop culture and comic book convention. Held annually at Bartle Hall, Kansas City’s Downtown Convention Center, Planet Comicon is an awe-inspiring pop culture extravaganza spanning nearly eight football fields and featuring more than 90 celebrity, cosplayer and comic creator guests. PCKC also features a wide range of pop culture merchandise, crafts, art and collectibles from more than 650 vendors, hundreds of hours of programming, an exciting cosplay showcase and a family-friendly interactive activity area called the Planet Entertainment Zone. It’s a galaxy of fun and adventure spread over three days.

AUGUST 20 - 22, 2021

Galesburg Heritage Days

Galesburg, IL

One of the Midwest's largest living history events held at an absolutely beautiful location. Come share in the excitement with almost 1,000 fellow reenactors and over 40 merchant/sutlers. Make plans to join us at Galesburg Heritage Days, a free public admission family friendly event. Featuring both a pre-1840 Early American Colonial/Frontier Rendezvous, and a thoroughly fielded Civil War Battle Reenactment.

AUGUST 20 - 22, 2021

Centralia Balloon Fest

Centralia, IL

Come celebrate Missouri, Aug 12–22, in Sedalia at the Fairgrounds.  We are partnering with the Missouri 2021 Bicentennial Alliance to put on 11-days of celebrating the best of the best in our great state!  We are looking forward to bringing you the best of the best in Missouri agriculture, food, entertainment, competitions and more and hope that Missouri families will be ready to come celebrate their Fair traditions with us later this summer.

AUGUST 27, 2021

Champaign Hot Rod Power Tour

Champaign, IL

More than just a traveling car show, the HOT ROD Power Tour is widely considered to be the finest high-end hot rod–based automotive tour in the world, bringing together more than 5,000 vehicles. Classic cars and hot rods travel city to city while performance car lovers and HOT ROD editors and photographers follow alongside the tour, all cruising through small-town America like one big family reunion road trip.

AUGUST 28, 2021

Alton Food Truck Festival

Alton, IL

This festival features food trucks from around the region offering global street food cuisine. In addition, the Amphitheater's concession team offers beverages of all types to compliment the food truck offerings. Live music performed by The Breakdown Shakedown will be showcased on the Amphitheater's stage.

September

SEPTEMBER 3 - 6, 2021

Taste of Polonia Festival

Jefferson City, MO

The Copernicus Center and grounds are filled with non-stop LIVE MUSIC, food, and activities for all ages over Labor Day weekend. The Taste of Polonia has been a festival in Jefferson Park since 1979. It is the largest and oldest Polish festival in the U.S.

SEPTEMBER 4, 2021

Springfield Oyster & Beer Festival

Springfield, IL

Musical acts will keep you moving as you enjoy new and unique fine craft libations. Taste gourmet oyster dishes, and delicious food trucks to keep your belly happy while your taste buds are entertained by the many brews.

SEPTEMBER 11, 2021

Effingham Cruise Night

Effingham, IL

An evening bringing back part of the old Effingham Cruise Route with 2-way traffic down Jefferson Avenue. Come to downtown Effingham to enjoy classic cars and so much more! There will be great food, including Hi-Boy hamburgers on the Courthouse lawn, live music and a wine/beer garden at Village Wine & Gifts.

SEPTEMBER 11 & 12, 2021

36th Printers Row Lit Fest

Chicago, IL

Printers Row Lit Fest, the largest free outdoor literary showcase in the Midwest, returns for its 36th year with 100% free programming for book lovers the weekend after Labor Day, Saturday, September 11 and Sunday, September 12 from 10 am - 6 pm daily in Chicago’s historic Printers Row neighborhood.