Upcoming Events

Welcome to the Official Illinois Bicentennial Event Calendar. Here, you will be able to view and plan for events throughout the state during the entire Bicentennial celebration.

​Illinois will celebrate its 200th year from December 3, 2017 to our official birthday on December 3, 2018. Look for special events on December 3, 2017, August 26, 2018, and December 3, 2018.

In addition to signature events and projects being led by the Commission, we invite all statewide partners and event and project managers planning activities between December 3, 2017 and December 3, 2018 to apply for endorsement to become an official part of Illinois Bicentennial.

Down on the Farm

June 10, 2018 - June 29, 2019
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The Illinois Bicentennial Challenge Award

August 26, 2018 - December 03, 2018
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NIU

September 08, 2018 - November 14, 2018
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Art of Illinois: A Bicentennial Celebration

October 03, 2018 - October 31, 2018
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Illinois Symphony Orchestra 2018-2019 Season

October 19, 2018 - May 04, 2019
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CASL’s Pine Tree Senior Council 25th Anniversary Art Show

October 22, 2018 - October 26, 2018
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Shawnee Marathon

October 28, 2018
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Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce Halloween Parade

October 31, 2018
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Lincoln and Shakespeare

November 02, 2018 - November 03, 2018
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150th Anniversary – The Election of U.S. Grant, 1868

November 03, 2018 - November 04, 2018
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2018 Winter Rendezvous at Fort de Chartres

November 03, 2018 - November 04, 2018
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Celebrating the Illinois Bicentennial honoring William Tyre

November 04, 2018
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Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives: Fall Conference

November 07, 2018 - November 09, 2018
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Rise Above Tuskegee Airmen Traveling Exhibit

November 09, 2018 - November 14, 2018
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Lake Forest Symphony: Illinois Bicentennial Concert

November 10, 2018
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Lake Forest Symphony: Illinois Bicentennial Concert

November 11, 2018
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Happy Illinois Birthday Bash

November 13, 2018
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We’re Going to Party Like It’s 1818!

November 13, 2018
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We’re Going to Party Like It’s 1818!

November 15, 2018
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Memorial’s Festival of Trees – “Holidays Through Our History – Celebrating Illinois’ Bicentennial”

November 17, 2018 - November 25, 2018
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Native American History of the Des Plaines River Valley

November 20, 2018
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6th Annual “Stroll on State” Holiday Celebration in Downtown Rockford

November 24, 2018
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St. Mary’s Church Bicentennial Celebration

December 01, 2018
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State of Illinois 200th Birthday Bash

December 02, 2018
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We’re Going to Party Like It’s 1818!

December 02, 2018
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Signature Event

Illinois Bicentennial Birthday Party

December 03, 2018
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We’re Going to Party Like It’s 1818!

December 03, 2018
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We’re Going to Party Like It’s 1818!

December 04, 2018
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We’re Going to Party Like It’s 1818!

December 06, 2018
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We’re Going to Party Like It’s 1818!

December 07, 2018
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