Events at a Glance (Seasonal Events)

Late Winter

Eagle Day Festival - Live bird shows, children's activities. - Dickson Mounds Museum, Contact: 309-547-3721.

Artifact Identification Day - Dickson Mounds Museum, 10am - 4pm. Flintnapping demonstrations.  Contact 309-547-3721.



Second Weekend in March - Town & Country Arts Show - Donaldson Center, 250 S Avenue D, Canton.  Saturday from 1pm – 5pm, Sunday from 1pm – 3pm. Contact 309-647-1345.

Ellisville Sassafras Festival - Historic Ellisville Opera House.  Ham & Beans with Cornbread. Free Sassafras Tea Contact 309-293-2741.

Every Weekend April - September - Dirt Track Racing - Spoon River Speedway, Rt.24 east of Lewistown. Contact 309-668-2622.

Second Weekend in April - Gem & Mineral Show - Donaldson Center, 250 S Avenue D, Canton. Contact 309-647-1345. 

Last Saturday in April- Antique Auto Cruise-in and Tractor Show - Spoon River College, Canton, IL 9am – 3pm.

May - Oct. - Rasmussen Blacksmith Shop & Narrow Gauge Depot - Downtown Lewistown. Contact 309-547-4300.

Showers of Quilts - Canton High School South Gymnasium, 9am - 4 pm, $5 admission, Vendors, Raffles, Demonstrations, Hands on projects, Bed Turning, 50 year old quits with history attached, expecting 200 to 250 quilts on display. Bi-annual event. Contact 309-647-6496. 

First Tuesday in May through First Tuesday in July - Fine Art Show - Graham Hospital Gallery, 210 W. Walnut St., Canton.

Third Sunday in May - Fulton County Fly-in Breakfast - Canton Ingersoll Airport,  26013 N Ingersoll Road, Canton, 7:30am – 10:30am.  Vintage planes on display. Contact 309-647-0804.



June - Musical Performance -  Historic Ellisville Opera House,  Call 309-293-4651 for details.

June - September - Farmers Market - Every Saturday, Jones Park, downtown Canton.  Every Tuesday, Porter Park, downtown Lewistown.

June - October - Music in the Park  - Lewistown, Porter Park downtown, free music, every Thursday 6:30 - 8:30 pm, food for sale, bring chairs.

June - Dunfermline Fish & Chicken Fry - Dunfermline, Call 309-668-0886 for details.

First Weekend in June - Art on Main Fine Arts Festival - Jones Park, downtown Canton, Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday 10am - 4pm, fine art, food, and music. 309-647-2677 for details.

Friday of Father’s Day Weekend  - Chamber of Commerce Coachmen’s Annual Cruise-In and Bike Show - Jones Park Downtown Canton, 4pm.  Contact 309-647-2677.

Saturday of Father’s Day Weekend - Chamber of Commerce Canton Antique Tractor Show and Pulls - Canton, Friendship Festival Fairgrounds, 9am - 6pm. Contact 309-647-0065.

Annual Cuba Soldiers and Sailor’s Reunion - Downtown Cuba, Carnival Games and Family fun with live evening entertainment. Contact 309-785-5351.

Last Saturday of June - Farmington Summer Festival - Downtown Farmington, Find the Farmer Hunt, 5K run, Food, Music, Crafts, Big Kids Toy Show. Contact 309-245-2441 

July 4 - Fourth of July Celebrations - Held in several local towns.

First Tuesday in July through First Tuesday in September - Art of Photography Show - Graham Hospital Gallery, 210 W. Walnut St., Canton.

Second Weekend in July - Fairview Homecoming & Livestock Show - Fairview, Thursday-Saturday, Live Entertainment, Livestock Show, Main Street Parade 10:15am., Antique tractor pull following parade. Contact 309-778-2500.

Third Full Week of July - Fulton County Fair - Fulton County Fairgrounds, Lewistown.  Livestock, Exhibits, Carnival, Grandstand Events, Antique Tractor Show .  Contact 309-647-3744.

First Saturday of August - Canton Bi-Tri Classic (triathlon) - Lakeland Park, Canton, Registration at 6:30am, Events Start at 8am, Participant Fee.  Swimming, Running & Biking.  Contact 309-647-1345.



September - Annual Astoria Homecoming - Downtown Astoria,  carnival rides, food, entertainment and parade. Contact: 309-329-2424.

Fri. & Sat. of First Weekend after Labor DayCamp Ellis Days - Downtown Ipava. Homecoming with  food, music, and more. Parade 10am with Military Dedications following.   Contact 309-267-6290.

Third Weekend in Sept. - Canton Friendship Festival - Canton.  Parade, carnival, rides, food, games, exhibits. Contact 309-647-3744.

October - The Clothesline Project Show - Graham Hospital Gallery, Canton, exhibit addressing violence against women.

First and Second Full Weekends in Oct. - Scenic Drive Fall Festival Events - See listing on opposite page and for details. Contact 309-647-8980.

First Tuesday in November through First Tuesday in January - Membership Art Show - Graham Hospital Gallery, 210 W. Walnut St., Canton.

Friday prior to Thanksgiving - Astoria’s Annual Carriage Night - Astoria.  Contact 309-329-2424.


Early Winter

First Thursday of Dec. - Farmington’s Lighted Christmas Stroll - Downtown Farmington, 5pm – 7pm.  Contact 309-245-2441.

Early December- Lewistown’s Christmas Wishes - Carriage Rides, Santa, treats, Christmas tree decorating contest. Contact 309-547- 2501.

Early December - Fairview Christmas Walk - Fairview, 3pm – 7pm, Home Tour 3pm - 5pm, Contact: 309-778- 2360.

First Saturday of Dec.  - Christmas in Astoria with Breakfast with Santa - West edge of Astoria, craft and bake sale.  Contact 309-329-2424.


All Year

Big Horse Winery - Vineyards,  wine tasting horse park, wedding and banquet facility, regular public events including live music on the weekends, hosting weddings, and lots of unique festivals and family outings.  We offer several things to do including hiking trails, and horse drawn carriage rides. Open weekdays Wednesday - Friday 11am – 5pm, weekends 11am – 6pm.  Visit or call 309-412-5230 for more information.

Browns Oakridge Zoo - Rare Exotic and domestic animals, rural Smithfield. Contact 309-783-2112 for hours.

Dickson Mounds Museum - World-class Museum featuring Native American history in Illinois. Lewistown,  open 8:30am – 5pm daily, closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. No admission charge. Contact 309-547-3721.

Nature Conservancy Emiquon Preserve - Visitor use area, every day, dawn to dusk, hiking, bird watching, fishing with boats and electric motors, interpretive exhibits. Contact 309-547-2533.

Fulton County Tourism Council Meetings - The Fulton County Tourism Council meets first Thursday of January, March, May, July, September, and November at 6:00  P.M., Room 101, Fulton  County Health Department, 700 East Oak Street, Canton,IL  61520.

Teddy Bear Junction - Something for everyone, antiques, used furniture, crafts, jewelry and collectibles. Special events and flea markets. Open all year Wed-Sat 10am–5pm. Contact 309-309-231-1920.