Spring Festivals in Illinois

Spring in Illinois brings celebrations for all ages and interests. Spend a spell soaking up these springtime festivals. 

Grant Birthday Weekend

April 17-19, 2020

Galena, IL

Each year the Galena History Museum celebrates the birthday of 18th president, Ulysses S. Grant, who lived in Galena, Illinois, prior to the Civil War. Last year, a ticketed President Grant’s State Dinner was hosted, including a five-course meal inspired by dishes that were served during Grant’s time at the White House (1869 to 1877). The weekend includes walking tours, a pie auction and concludes with a birthday cake!

Makanda Mushroom Festival

April 18-19, 2020

Makanda, IL

Take a trip to Makanda to experience the first-annual Makanda Mushroom Festival this spring. Nature enthusiasts will enjoy hikes, food and fermentation workshops, a mushroom dinner with chef Anne Millard, live music, art, vendors, camping, cabins, and more. This festival, which takes place at Camp Manitowa - Cedar Point in the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, is open to people of all ages. Purchase tickets on the festival’s website.

Lilac Time Festival

May 1-17, 2020

Lombard, IL

The Lilac Time Festival will put you in the spring mood! This festival celebrates its horticultural heritage with a Lilac Queen Coronation, the Lilac Parade wine walk, a Lilac Ball, beer tasting, heritage tours, and a 5K race. There is no fee for entrance into Lilacia Park; however, the price per event varies.

Chicago Beer Classic

May 2, 2020

Chicago, IL

Beer lovers will adore this festival that shows love for Chicago’s sports teams, food, and, of course, brews! The Chicago Beer Classic is the only beer festival hosted on the grass of Soldier Field and allows you to sample beer and indulge in delicious food while participating in outdoor activities and games. You can purchase early entry or general admission tickets to this 21+ event.

Kentucky Derby Day at Arlington International

May 2, 2020

Arlington Heights, IL 

Attend the biggest Kentucky Derby party in Chicagoland! You won’t want to miss the festival full of Mint Juleps, live music, a hat contest, and chances to win big through Saturday Squares (for guests 18+). All ages are welcome to this celebration, but tickets are required.

Long Grove's Chocolate Festival

May 15-17, 2020

Long Grove, IL

Historic Downtown Long Grove’s festival dedicates three days to old-world charms, family frills and delicious chocolate. This festival includes chocolate-infused creations, pie eating contests, a carnival, live music and a chocolate scavenger hunt. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or online and are $5 per person per day or $10 for a three-day pass; kids 12 and under get in free.

Art on the Square

May 15-17, 2020

Belleville, IL

This annual event has been ranked top two in the nation by Art Fair Source Book since 2002. Art on the Square includes the work of over 100 artists from around the world, musical entertainment, food and wine, and an interactive Children’s Art Garden where kids can create their own art projects. This show is free for all ages.

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