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.

CAPTAIN ABRAHAM LINCOLN-BLACK HAWK WAR Sculpture Presentation

June 23, 2018
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Murals and Milestones

June 27, 2018 - July 01, 2018
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Decatur Quilters Guild Celebrates Illinois Bicentennial

June 29, 2018 - June 30, 2018
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Remarkable Indonesia Fair 2018

July 07, 2018
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Polish Heritage Harvest Festival

August 19, 2018
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Signature Event

Illinois Bicentennial Route 66 Motorcycle Ride

August 26, 2018
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Illinois Bicentennial Plaza Rendering Signature Event

Illinois Bicentennial Plaza Dedication

August 26, 2018
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Signature Event

Illinois Bicentennial Celebration at Jackie Joyner-Kersee Community Center

August 26, 2018
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Where Illinois Began Bicentennial Celebration

August 26, 2018
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Polish American Family Fest

August 26, 2018
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The Illinois Bicentennial Challenge Award

August 26, 2018 - December 03, 2018
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Prairieland Chautauqua: “Illinois: A Bicentennial Celebration”

September 01, 2018 - September 03, 2018
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47th Annual Bureau County Homestead Festival

September 07, 2018 - September 09, 2018
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Illinois in Art & Literature, 1818 to 2017

September 16, 2018
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Autumn Pioneer Festival

September 21, 2018 - September 23, 2018
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Mt. Vernon “Illinois Proud” Fall Fest

September 28, 2018 - September 30, 2018
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Schaumburg Township Historic Bus Tour

October 14, 2018
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Signature Event

Illinois Bicentennial Birthday Party

December 03, 2018
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