Decatur Area Fairs and Festivals

It’s that time of year, Fairs and Festivals galore!  Here is our list of do-not-miss fairs and festivals in the Decatur area!






What: Macon County Fair 
When: June 7-12
Where: Macon County Fairgrounds
How much: Admission is $1 per person / Free Parking
Highlights: Fair rides, Go Cart Racing, Tractor Pulls, Bulls and Rams Rodeo two nights, Demolition Derby.

Wednesday is Family Night from 6:00pm -8:oopm.  Free Games & Prizes for the Family


What: 9th Annual Bement Old Glory FestivalScreen Shot 2016-06-07 at 5.47.20 PM
When: June 11th
Where: Bement City Park and Bryant Cottage State Historic Site Area
How much:
Highlights: Events we have include: car show, cutest baby contest, kid games and inflatables, great food, wing eating contest, petting zoo, stagecoach rides, new this year “Movie Night in the Park,” and many more fun-filled activities for all ages.



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When: June 16-19
Where: Cerro Gordo
How much: Admission is free (fees may apply to special events)
Highlights: Tractor pulls, bands, inflatables, fair pageant, and much more!




What: Macon Street Fest
When: June 16-17
How much: Admission is free (fees may apply to special events)
Highlights: The area’s best Street Festival! Food, Drinks, Kids games/activities, Vendors, Car Show, Live Music, and so much more…



What: Blues, Brews and BBQ Festivalbluesbrews
When: June 25-26
Where: Downtown Champaign
How much: Free
Highlights: The 2016 Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival will once again be in Downtown Champaign, IL. The festival will feature two stages for musical performances by national touring artists, The 5th Annual Dinosores Motorcycle Show and so much more. The vibrant downtown area boasts more than 90 bars, restaurants and shops all within a few blocks of the Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival. We are certain you will enjoy the festival, the nightlife and the excitement that this event will bring to Downtown Champaign! – See more at:







WhatArthur Freedom Celebration
When: July 2nd
Cost: Free, crafts and vendors extra cost.
Highlights: Begins with a parade and vendors downtown early in the day and continues with helicopter rides, kid games, food stands, powered parachuters, WWII aircraft flyovers, sky divers, tishirt tosses, and much much more. When dark arrives the view the LARGEST fireworks display in Central Illinois. Bring the family and lawn chairs and spend the Day in Arthur.Located downtown during the day and in the evening the fun moves to the…




What: Blue Ribbon Night
When: July 3
Where: Fletcher Park
How much:
Highlights: Family-oriented festival with live music by Third Shift, food vendors and fireworks display, 217-864-5424.  Grounds open 6pm.





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WhatMoultrie – Douglas County Fair
When: July 10-16
Where: Located at Jurgens Park in Arthur behind Arthur High School.
Cost: Most nights, free gate fee. Grandstand shows vary.
Highlights: A full week of activities such as livestock shows, tractor pulls, demolition derby, horse and pony shows, live entertainment, carnival rides for all ages, and exhibits for the whole family.




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When: July 19th-23rd
Cost: Free, carnival, parade, and BAGELS
Highlights: When the Bagel Factory was new to the Midwestern town of Mattoon, owner Murray Lender hosted a free bagel breakfast for the City of Mattoon.



Decatur Celebration
When: August 5-7
Where:  Central Park, Decatur
Cost: Free admission; food and drinks with wristband and purchase, crafts for sale, carnival
Highlights: Each August, hundreds of thousands of people flock to Central Illinois to experience Decatur Celebration, the Midwest’s most exciting family street festival!  Many well known musical guests will be performing everyday!





2015balloon-festivalWhatLincoln’s Art and Balloon Festival
When: August 26-27
Where: Airport Lincoln, Illinois
Highlights: Tethered balloon rides will be available Friday August 26th and Saturday, August 27th at the Logan County Airport weather permitting. Rides are $15 per adult and $10 per child (12 & Under) and up to 6 people can ride at a time.  Midway carnival and arts and crafts also available.  The airport offers family fun and entertainment with children’s activities and our Midway Carnival. On Saturday, get unlimited rides from 1 PM to 4 PM for only $15! Rock Climbing – Test your skills as you trek to the top of the “mountain”. This festival favorite is fun for all ages. Kite Making – Join Chicago Kite, Saturday, August 27 starting at 11AM at the airport, and check out their kite flying skills. Watch and be amazed at their ability to fly 30 foot kites high above the Logan County Airport. Children can make their own kites and learn how to fly them as well for only $5!

Admission Pricing: $5.00 Adults, $1.00 Children, $1.00 Parking unless you take advantage of the free shuttles downtown and at the Big R parking lot





What:Urbana’s Sweetcorn Festival
When: August 25-26
Where:  Downtown Urbana
Cost: The Urbana Sweetcorn Festival is Champaign County’s largest free festival. Urbana’s signature summer event is a two-day celebration of food, live music, arts and crafts and of course – all the delicious, locally grown sweet corn you can eat. Taking place in the heart of downtown Urbana, the 2016 festival will run Friday, August 26 from 5 to 11 p.m. and Saturday, August 27 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. –






What: The 42 Annual Amish Country Cheese Festival
When: Labor Day weekend
Where:  Arthur
Cost: Free admission; food, crafts for sale; free cheese!




WhatArcola Broom Corn Festivalbroom-corn-home
When:September 9-11th
Where: Arcola, IL
Cost: Free admission; You are invited to the world-famous Arcola Broom Corn Festival, including the parade, craft booths, live entertainment, food vendors, and the 5K & 10K road race.




2015ApplePorkWhat:  Clinton Apple and Pork Festival
When: September 24-25
Where: Clinton IL
Cost:  Free
Highlights: Wear your comfortable shoes, and stroll along booth after booth of foods, crafts, antiques, entertainment. Museum tours, and more. Plan to spend the day! Tram and bus transportation to various sites provided for a small fee.