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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!



Decatur/Forsyth Classic

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

Lincoln Theater

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.



Decatur Celebration

Decatur Celebration

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