Events & Festivals
Blues in Central Park Concert Series
Enjoy free outdoor Blues concerts on the Central Park Stage in downtown Decatur, Illinois!
Bring your lawn chairs and your appetite for great BBQ and Blues.
Food and beverage vendors open at 6:00 p.m. and bands play from 7-10 p.m. Third Thursdays in June, July and August.
Central Illinois Jazz Festival
Put on by Decatur’s Juvae Jazz Society, this celebration of all types of jazz happens in early February each year and is held at the Decatur Conference Center & Hotel. Hundreds of folks come from all around the Midwest to spend the weekend partying, dancing, parading and listening to professional jazz musicians with their friends. Book early, as the festival fills up fast!
Hickory Point Golf Course
727 Weaver Rd.
Forsyth, IL 62535
The Decatur/Forsyth Classic is the longest running tournament, and the only major championship, on the LPGA FUTURES Tour. This year, the tournament will take place at Hickory Point Golf Club. The tournament will feature one of the largest purses on the tour at $125,000 and showcase a four day, all caddied, 72-hole stroke play professional tournament.
For almost 31 years, the Decatur/Forsyth Classic has been a fixture on the Decatur summer calendar. Fans throughout Central Illinois travel to Decatur to watch as 156 players from the United States, and around the world, compete to earn their spot on the LPGA Tour. Past champions have included two-time winner Tammie Green, Marilyn Lovander, Vicky Hurst, and four-time Rolex LPGA Player of the Year Award winner Lorena Ochoa.
For more information, call (217) 433-6495
Farm Progress Show
Progress City, U.S.A. adjacent to Richland Community College in Decatur, Illinois is the epicenter of farm technology during the last week of August biennially in odd-numbered years. More than 500 exhibitors bring their best new tools and technology to show visitors from all over the world. During the 54-year history of the Farm Progress Show, the event has grown to become the top spot for unveiling new products for the fall selling season. Whether you’re talking new “hardware” in the form of farm machines and implements or the “software” of seeds and technology, the show offers plenty to see.
Haunted Decatur Tours
From lost burial grounds to haunted theaters, the Haunted Decatur Tour is much more than just a run-of-the-mill ghost tour! This is not just a collection of ghost stories, but a true history of how the city became so haunted — which means we also include local sites of death, unsolved murders, strange crimes, gambling parlors, vice districts and more that plagued the city in days gone by. We can promise that you’ll never look at the city of Decatur in the same way again!
The Haunted Decatur Tour was created by author Troy Taylor and Avon Theater owner Skip Huston in 1994 and is downstate Illinois’ original ghost tour. This fascinating tour takes a look at the darker side of the city — revealing ghost stories, hauntings and spirits that you won’t find in the history books.
Please visit the website for ticket information.
Each August, hundreds of thousands of people flock to Central Illinois to experience Decatur Celebration, the Midwest’s most exciting family street festival. The massive 3-day event blankets the downtown business district with:
- Five Festivals in One:Music, Food, Arts & Crafts, Carnival, and Film
- 8 Show Stages featuring national and emerging music artists
- Over 70 unique food items hand-selected for quality and inspected for safety
- 3 blocks of Arts & Crafters
- Spectacular carnival rides for all ages
- Razzle Dazzle Goodtimes Parade televised LIVE on WAND Storm Center 17
- Kids Block featuring children’s games, shows and prizes
- Wine Garden featuring a premier selection of wine and the cool sounds of blues music
- “Indie” art and music area called “The Back Lot” featuring emerging music artists on the Spotlight Stage, a community art project, artist exhibitions and craft beers.
Decatur Celebration’s 31 year-and-counting legacy includes much more than entertainment for the whole family; the Celebration is all about community. Each year, the event generates over $100,000 for a number of local service organizations, provides opportunities for volunteerism, and means millions to the local business community
Annual Spectator Events
|January 6-8, 2017||Seth Dunscomb Memorial Swim Meet||Millikin University Griswold Center|
|January 20-21, 2017||Midwest Show Choir Invitational||Mt. Zion High School|
|February 10-12, 2017||Central IL Jazz Festival||Decatur Conference Center & Hotel|
|February 24-25, 2017||Premier Choice Show Choir Invitational||Millikin University Kirkland Fine Arts Center|
|February 25, 2017||Elks State Free Throw Contest||Thomas Jefferson Middle School|
|March 3-5, 2017||Tournament of Friends Youth Hockey||Decatur Civic Center|
|March 25, 2017||Penguin in the Park 5K||Fairview Park|
|April 6-8, 2017||Pride of the Prairie Spring Marble Show||Country Inn and Suites|
|April 8, 2017||Finders Market (Makers, Flippers, Pickers Marketplace)||Decatur Conference Center & Hotel|
|April 8-9, 2017||Decatur Spring Train Fair||Decatur Civic Center|
|April 22-23, 2017||Gem and Mineral Show||Progress City, USA|
|April 27-30, 2017||Progress City Cluster of Dog Shows||Progress City, USA|
|May 6, 2017||Visit the Sights in Your Own Backyard (National Tourism Week Event)||The Plaza (Downtown Decatur: SW corner of Water and E. North)|
|May 12-14, 2017||MidState Soccer Classic Cup||Decatur Soccer Complex|
|May 20-21, 2017||Millikin University Spring Commencement||Decatur Civic Center|
|June 8-11, 2017||Macon County Fair||Macon County Fairgrounds|
|June 12-16, 2017||Optimists International Jr Golf Tournament||Red Tail Run Golf Course|
|June 12-18, 2017||Decatur Forsyth Classic||Hickory Point Golf Course|
|June 14-17, 2017||Decatur Commodores Sunnyside Invitational||Sunnyside Park|
|June 17-18, 2017||Midwest Slugfest I||TBA|
|June 24-25, 2017||Midwest Slugfest II||TBA|
|July 6-9, 2017||USA Girls 12U A and B State Tournament||Rotary Park|
|July 8-9, 2017||Decatur Lakeside Triathlon||Nelson and Fairview Parks|
|July 8-9, 2017||Midwest Slugfest III||TBA|
|July 15-16, 2017||Midwest Slugfest IV||TBA|
|July 21-23, 2017||USA Men’s D and E Slowpitch State Tournament||Rotary Park|
|July 29-30, 2017||Forsyth Decatur Disc Golf Open||Forsyth Park|
|July 29-30, 2017||USA Men’s Fastpitch State Tournament||Forsyth Park|
|July 29 – Aug 6||USTA/Ursula Beck Pro Tennis Classic||Fairview Park Tennis Complex|
|August 3-6, 2017||Decatur Celebration||Downtown Decatur|
|August 5-6, 2017||USA Men’s Wooden Bat Fastpitch Tournament||Forsyth Park|
|August 29-31, 2017||Farm Progress Show||Progress City, USA|
|September 9, 2017||Finder’s Market (Makers, Flippers, Pickers Marketplace)||Decatur Conference Center & Hotel|
|September 9-10, 2017||Special Olympics Outdoor Sports Festival||Rotary Park & Hickory Point Golf Course|
|September 15-17, 2017||Arts in Central Park||Central Park; Downtown Decatur|
|September 15-17, 2017||Millikin Fall Family Weekend||Millikin University|
|October 6-7, 2017||Decatur’s Smokin’ BBQ Festival||Progress City, USA|
|October 6-8, 2017||Millikin University Homecoming||Millikin University|
|October 13-14, 2017||IHSA Girls Class A & AA State Golf Tournaments||Hickory Point and Red Tail Run Golf Courses|
|October 14, 2017||Finders Market (Makers, Flippers, Pickers Marketplace)||Progress City, USA|
|November 2-4, 2017||Pride of the Prairie Fall Marble Show||Country Inn and Suites|
|November 18-19, 2017||Midwest Taekwondo Championship||Decatur Conference Center & Hotel|
|December 2-3, 2017||Vespers||Millikin University|
|December 6, 2017||Christmas Walk||Downtown Decatur|
|December 10, 2017||Millikin University Winter Commencement||Millikin University|