Events & Festivals
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