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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.

Hamilton and History VIP Night

September 06, 2018
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47th Annual Bureau County Homestead Festival

September 07, 2018 - September 09, 2018
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Grant Park Oktoberfest

September 07, 2018 - September 09, 2018
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Fetching Market at the Hangar

September 07, 2018 - September 08, 2018
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USS LST 325 2018 Fall River Tour; Chester Illinois Port of Call

September 07, 2018 - September 09, 2018
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“This Infernal War”: The Civil War Letters of William and Jane Standard

September 08, 2018
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Mid-America Classic Football Game – Eastern Illinois at Illinois State

September 08, 2018
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NIU

September 08, 2018 - November 14, 2018
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Behind the Tombstone

September 14, 2018 - September 16, 2018
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Vintage Illinois Bicentennial Wine Festival

September 15, 2018 - September 16, 2018
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Illinois in Art & Literature, 1818 to 2017

September 16, 2018
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Foods of Illinois

September 18, 2018
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The Essential Great Chicago Fire

September 18, 2018
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We’re Going to Party Like it’s 1818

September 20, 2018
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The Flood

September 20, 2018 - September 30, 2018
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Chicago Football Classic

September 20, 2018 - September 22, 2018
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Autumn Pioneer Festival

September 21, 2018 - September 23, 2018
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SAVOR: Restaurant Week

September 21, 2018 - September 30, 2018
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Smiles Day

September 21, 2018
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Thornton: Yesterday and Today

September 22, 2018
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Capital City Chapter Fishing Has No Boundaries 2018 Fishing Event

September 22, 2018
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Southern Illinois Hunting and Fishing Days

September 22, 2018 - September 23, 2018
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Ten People From Illinois Who Changed the World

September 27, 2018
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From Galena & Dixon to the White House: Illinois Presidents Journey

September 27, 2018 - September 28, 2018
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Mt. Vernon “Illinois Proud” Fall Fest

September 28, 2018 - September 30, 2018
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1776

September 28, 2018 - October 07, 2018
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Czech Centennial Gala Chicago

September 28, 2018
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The Evergreen Cemetery Walk: Commemorating the Bicentennial of Illinois

September 29, 2018 - October 07, 2018
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Art of Illinois: A Bicentennial Celebration

October 03, 2018 - October 31, 2018
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We’re Going to Party Like It’s 1818!

October 06, 2018
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