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The Kankakee County festivals and events schedule showcases fun for everyone. Enjoy an array of activities at the Strawberry Jazz festival, Pembroke Rodeo, BBQ Fest and the Merchant Street Music Fest. Find fun and excitement in Kankakee County!

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Murder in the Bennett-Curtis Mansion
03/25/17 - 03/25/17   7:00 pm Friday & Saturday 4:00 pm Sundays
Bennett Curtis House
815.465.2288
Admission: Admission Fee
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Your evening begins with appetizers and mingling with guests and cast. The cast are seated among you and dinner is served throughout the play. During the meal a murder is committed. It's up to you to Read More...
Psychic Luncheon
03/26/17 - 03/26/17   11:30am
The Bennett-Curtis House
815.465.2288
Admission: Admission Fee
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Features a 5-course lunch, tax, gratuity & 5-minute personal reading by Rita Petersen. Call for Reservations. Read More...
Ovid Young Memorial Organ Recital Series
03/27/17 - 03/27/17   Noon (12pm)
Centennial Chapel (ONU)
1 (800) 648-1463
Admission: Free Admission
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Ovid Young Memorial Recital Series featuring Joshua McClure. Read More...
Night of Jazz
03/28/17 - 03/28/17   7pm
Larson Fine Arts Center/Kresge Auditorium
815-939-5011
Admission: Free Admission
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Join ONU and their jazz combos for an exciting evening of jazz music. Read More...
Paint By Wine
03/29/17 - 03/29/17   6:30pm-9:30pm
The Bennett-Curtis House
815.465.2288
Admission: Admission Fee
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We supply everything you need to create your very own work of art. Our talented instructors will guide you step-by-step on how to create a masterpiece! Relax, have fun, & PAINT! Includes: step by step Read More...
Rum Tasting
03/01/17 - Ongoing   7:00 pm Friday & Saturday 4:00 pm Sundays
Bennett Curtis House
815.465.2288
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A special 7 course dinner-Each course paired with a tasting of the featured liquor drink. Available anytime by Reservation (2 day minimum notice) This will be the whole month of March $60. per guest Read More...
KC-CASA Lip Sync Battle
04/01/17 - 04/01/17   Door opens 6pm competition 7pm
Knights of Columbus
815-932-7273
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This event kicks off Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Be a contestant, enjoy the show or become a sponsor. Contact KC-CASA or visit www.kc-casa.org/event Tickets can be purchased at lipsyncbattle2017. Read More...
Tri-K Pigeon & Bantam Club
04/02/17 - 04/02/17   5am-Noon
Kankakee County Fairgrounds
815.697-2980
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Featuring farm animals, poultry, pets, exotic animals and related items. Read More...
Ovid Young Memorial Organ Recital Series
04/03/17 - 04/03/17   Noon (12pm)
Centennial Chapel (ONU)
1 (800) 648-1463
Admission: Free Admission
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Ovid Young Memorial Organ Recital Series featuring Matt Gerhard. Read More...
Ovid Young Memorial Organ Recital Series
04/03/17 - 04/03/17   Noon (12pm)
Centennial Chapel (ONU)
1 (800) 648-1463
Admission: Free Admission
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Ovid Young Memorial Organ Recital Series featuring Matt Gerhard. Read More...
Faculty Jazz Recital
04/04/17 - 04/04/17   7 p.m.
Kresge Auditorium (ONU)
1 (800) 648-1463
Admission: Free Admission
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A night filled with jazz music from Olivet's very own faculty members. Read More...
Music for Winds
04/08/17 - 04/08/17   7:30 PM
Centennial Chapel ONU
815.939.5011
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Dukas The Sorcerer's Apprentice Stravinsky Octet Mendelssohn Symphony 5 Read More...
James and the Giant Peach
04/08/17 - 04/09/17   Sat. 7pm Sun. 2pm
Lincoln Cultural Center
815.935.8510
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James conniving aunt sends him to cut down and old fruit tree. He finds a magic potion that grows a very large peach. The peach rolls into the ocean and on their journey James befriends a collection o Read More...
Ovid Young Memorial Organ Recital Series
04/10/17 - 04/10/17   Noon (12pm)
Centennial Chapel (ONU)
1 (800) 648-1463
Admission: Free Admission
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Ovid Young Memorial Organ Recital Series featuring Jane Holstein. Read More...
Ladies Day at Centennial Chapel
04/22/17 - 04/22/17   9am-3pm
Centennial Chapel ONU
815-987-4463
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Guest Speaker: Missy Robertson of "Duck Dynasty" Read More...
Grant Manier Visits Kankakee
04/21/17 - 04/23/17   TBA
Merchant Street Art Gallery of Artists with Austism
815.685.9057
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Grant Manier is emerging as one of the nation's most renowned fine artists who specialize in creating masterpieces composed primarily of recycled paper. Manier, a 19-year-old on the austism spectrum, Read More...
Gun & Sporting Expo
04/22/17 - 04/23/17   22nd 8am-3pm 23rd 8am-2pm
Kankakee County Fairgrounds
815-263-2810
Admission: Admission Fee
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For the sports enthusiast to the avid hunter, law enforcement officer or collector, there’s something for you to buy, sell, or trade with one of the area dealers. Read More...
Spamalot
04/29/17 - 04/30/17   Sat. 7pm Sun. 2pm
Lincoln Cultural Center
815.935.8510
Admission: Admission Fee
A new musical ripped off from the motion picture Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Spamalot retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Read More...
Horizon Concert
05/01/17 - 05/01/17   7pm
Larson Fine Arts Center/ONU
815-932-9180 ticket sales
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Lions of International Bradley presents the Horizon Concert of live jazz, show tunes and themes from television shows. Read More...
Art Exhibit at Victorian House Gallery
04/03/17 - 05/04/17   Mon.-Thurs. 4:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, noon-3:00 p.m.
Victorian House Gallery (ONU)
815.939.5137
Admission: Free Admission
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April 3 to May 4, 2017; Monday-Thursday, 4:30-7:30 p.m. and Friday, noon-3 p.m. each week Reception: April 8, noon to 2 p.m. Featuring the work of Joanne Aono and Kate Ingold, Chicago-based multidis Read More...
Spamalot
05/06/17 - 05/07/17   Sat. 7pm Sun. 2pm
Lincoln Cultural Center
815.935.8510
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A new musical ripped off from the motion picture Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Spamalot retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Read More...
Tri-K Pigeon & Bantam Club
05/07/17 - 05/07/17   5am-Noon
Kankakee County Fairgrounds

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Featuring farm animals, poultry, pets, exotic animals and related items. Read More...
BREATHE DEEP Kankakee
05/13/17 - 05/13/17   9 am
Kankakee Civic Auditorium
815.651.4162
Admission: Suggested Donation
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LUNGevity Foundations BREATHE DEEP Kankakee is a walk and 5k fun run TO END LUNG CANCER. For $5.00 off registration fee, enter code ICARE Read More...
Manteno's Cruise Nights
05/16/17 - Ongoing   6pm-9pm
Downtown Manteno
815.929.4800
Admission: Free Admission
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This is the beginning day for the Manteno Cruise Nights. These beautiful classic vehicles will bring back a lot of memories of the past years. There will be 50's music, door prizes, 50/50 raffle and Read More...
Pause for Patriotism
Pause for Patriotism
05/19/17 - 05/20/17   11:00 am-10:30 pm
Greater Kankakee Airport
815.954.0521
Admission: Free Admission
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The Mission of the "Pause for Patriotism" Committee is to instill a Love of our Country, demonstrate an attachment to the land and people, an admiration for our customs and traditions, and a devotion Read More...
Rhubarb Festival
Rhubarb Festival
05/21/17 - 05/21/17   10 am-4 pm
Kankakee County Museum
815.932.5279
Admission: Free Admission
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Visit the Museum Campus at Small Memorial Park from 10-4 for grounds filled with vendors, music, contests, pies, and lovely gardens. The one room school house and the memorial home of Dr. A.L. Small, Read More...
Pembroke Rodeo
Pembroke Rodeo
05/27/17 - 05/28/17   12pm rodeo 3pm
St. Anne Rodeo Park
405.235.6540
Admission: Admission Fee
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The Pembroke Rodeo is one of the largest traveling rodeos in Illinois. The rodeo will feature several high intensity acts including bareback riding, steer wrestling and bull riding Read More...
The Marshall Tucker Band ... June 3, 2017 @ Watseka Theatre Watseka IL
06/03/17 - 06/03/17   Doors Open 5:30pm. Showtime 7:00pm.
Watseka Theatre
815.993.6585
Admission: Admission Fee
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Back By Popular Demand! Celebrating their 45th Anniversary! One of the greatest Southern classic rock bands return to Watseka Theatre. Hits include "Cant You See", "Heard It In A Love Song", "Fire On Read More...
Strawberry Jazz Festival
06/04/17 - Ongoing   11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Gov. Small Memorial Park
815-933-ARTS
Admission: Free Admission
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The annual Strawberry Jazz Festival, presented by the Community Arts Council of Kankakee County will feature more than 70 fine arts and crafts vendors showing artwork ranging from paintings and staine Read More...
Tri-K Pigeon & Bantam Club
06/04/17 - 06/04/17   5am-Noon
Kankakee County Fairgrounds
815.697-2980
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Featuring farm animals, poultry, pets, exotic animals and related items. Read More...
Relay for Life of Kankakee County
06/10/17 - 06/10/17   2 PM to 12 AM
Bishop McNamara Catholic High School

Admission: Free Admission
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Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society's signature fundraising event that offers an inspiring opportunity to honor cancer survivors, promote how individuals can reduce their cancer risk, and ra Read More...
Gun & Sporting Expo
06/10/17 - 06/11/17   10th 8am-3pm 11th 8am-2pm
Kankakee County Fairgrounds
815-263-2810
Admission: Admission Fee
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For the sports enthusiast to the avid hunter, law enforcement officer or collector, there’s something for you to buy, sell, or trade with one of the area dealers. Read More...
Kilbride Family Classic
06/18/17 - 06/18/17   8 am to start
Cobb Park

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Join in on the 5K run & 2 mile walk on Father's Day. Run or walk in the beautiful Riverview Historic District, to support the children and families who live with autism daily. Read More...
Bourbonnais Friendship Festival
Bourbonnais Friendship Festival
06/21/17 - 06/25/17   


Admission: Suggested Donation
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June 21st through June 25th (2017), the fairgrounds of Bourbonnais is transformed into an annual festival of friendship, music, entertainment, great food, games, contests and more. Check website for Read More...
41st Annual Thee Olde Time Farm Show
41st Annual Thee Olde Time Farm Show
06/30/17 - 07/02/17   8am-?
Perry Farm Park
815.791.9251
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There's fun for the whole family, and if you would like the collection of David Bradley tractors this is the place to come. Along with the tractors there's farm demonstrations, children activities, tr Read More...
Craft Show
07/04/17 - 07/04/17   9am-3pm
Kankakee County Fairgrounds
815.935.5278
Admission: Free Admission
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This craft show features a variety of unique hand crafted items from local artisans, plus specialty food items. Read More...
Manteno's Cruise Nights
07/04/17 - Ongoing   6pm-9pm
Downtown Manteno
815.929.4800
Admission: Free Admission
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These beautiful classic vehicles will bring back a lot of memories of the past years. There will be 50's music, door prizes, 50/50 raffle and restaurants in walking distance. This event is on the 2nd Read More...
4th of July Concert & Fireworks
07/04/17 - 07/04/17   3 pm
Kankakee Community College
815-802-8100
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This is an evening of family-friendly fun with the focus of music by the Kankakee Valley Symphony that begins at 5:30pm followed by fireworks at dusk. KCC's grounds are handicapped accessible and pic Read More...
Kankakee River Fishing Derby
Kankakee River Fishing Derby
06/30/17 - Ongoing   12am June 30- 6pm July 9, 2017
Kankakee River
815.953.1372
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This is a family derby with tagged fish worth $500.00 or more each in cash and merchandise. We also have a big board that pays 3 places in 7 categories of fish species along with the catch of the day Read More...
Merchant Street MusicFest
Merchant Street MusicFest
07/28/17 - 07/29/17   Fri. 5 to 11 pm Sat. Noon to 11 pm
Kankakee County Railroad Depot
815.933.0462
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The event is a community celebration featuring local, regional, and national musical talent on three stages, fine and folk art vendors, and great food and drink. Read More...
Manteno's Cruise Nights
08/01/17 - Ongoing   6pm-9pm
Downtown Manteno
815.929.4800
Admission: Free Admission
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These beautiful classic vehicles will bring back a lot of memories of the past years. There will be 50's music, door prizes, 50/50 raffle and restaurants in walking distance. This event is on the 2nd Read More...
Kankakee County Fair
08/02/17 - 08/06/17   7am-10pm
Kankakee County Fairgrounds
815-932-6714
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Let's spend a day at the Fair. Go to the time-honored livestock shows, play some games, enter contests, enjoy the exciting live entertainment, be brave and ride on the carnival rides, or feast on the Read More...
Two Rivers Century Bike Ride
Two Rivers Century Bike Ride
08/06/17 - 08/06/17   6:00am
Ice Valley Centre Parking Lot
815.939.1946
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Bicycle along the Kankakee and Iroquois Rivers. Ride as little as 22 miles and as much as 128 miles(the Double Metric) with many distance options in between, including a Metric (62m) and Mile (100m) C Read More...
80th Annual Gladiolus Festival
80th Annual Gladiolus Festival
08/09/17 - Ongoing   various hours
Downtown Momence
815.472.6353
Admission: Free Admission
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From the year 1938 until this time and age we've had a wonderful event that brings people back to the Gladiolus Festival. There's something for everyone to enjoy. Starting with the Princess and Queen Read More...
"Voices From the Past" Cemetary Walk
08/25/17 - 08/25/17   11am-2pm
Mound Grove Cemetary
815.932.5279
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Go back in history as the cemetery comes back to life. Actors portray former residents and share something of their lives and times. Read More...
Tri-K Pigeon & Bantam Club
09/03/17 - 09/03/17   5am-Noon
Kankakee County Fairgrounds
815.697-2980
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Featuring farm animals, poultry, pets, exotic animals and related items. Read More...
Herscher Labor Day Celebration
Herscher Labor Day Celebration
09/02/17 - Ongoing   various hours
Downtown Herscher
815.426.2131
Admission: Free Admission
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Herscher has their traditional Labor Day Celebration with carnival rides, parade, food, entertainment, softball tournament, historic exhibits, beer tent and more! Read More...
Manteno's Cruise Nights
09/05/17 - Ongoing   6pm-9pm
Downtown Manteno
815.929.4800
Admission: Free Admission
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These beautiful classic vehicles will bring back a lot of memories of the past years. There will be 50's music, door prizes, 50/50 raffle and restaurants in walking distance. This is the last day Sep Read More...
Manteno Farmers Market
Manteno Farmers Market
05/04/17 - Ongoing   Thurs. 4pm-7pm
Downtown Manteno
815.468.6226
Admission: Free Admission
In downtown Manteno on Thursdays from May 5 to September 15 at 4pm-7pm you can shop for all the homegrown vegetables, plants, homemade pies and other bakery items, coffee & teas, homemade soups, stain Read More...
Good Shepherd Manor's 25th Annual Fall Festival
09/16/17 - 09/16/17   10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Good Shepherd Manor
815.472.3700 1022
Admission: Free Admission
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Saturday, September 17, 2016 - Fun for the Whole Family! FREE ADMISSION...FREE PARKING. Festivities include: kid's games, pony rides, petting zoo, craft market, silent auction tent, instant cash mon Read More...
20th Annual Manteno Oktoberfest
09/21/17 - 09/24/17   various hours
Downtown Manteno
815.468.6226
Admission: Free Admission
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Festivities start off with an exciting midway of carnival rides, and a wide variety of food items. Friday starts the garage sales throughout Manteno. Don't forget the lighted parade and the pet parade Read More...
Gun & Sporting Expo
09/23/17 - 09/24/17   23rd 8am-3pm 24th 8am-2pm
Kankakee County Fairgrounds
815-263-2810
Admission: Admission Fee
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For the sports enthusiast to the avid hunter, law enforcement officer or collector, there’s something for you to buy, sell, or trade with one of the area dealers. Read More...
Tri-K Pigeon & Bantam Club
10/01/17 - 10/01/17   5am-Noon
Kankakee County Fairgrounds
815.697-2980
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Featuring farm animals, poultry, pets, exotic animals and related items. Read More...
Grant Park Oktoberfest
Grant Park Oktoberfest
10/06/17 - 10/08/17   .8am-11pm
Grant Park
815.465.6531
Admission: Free Admission
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This is the perfect time of year for everyone to get out and enjoy the beautiful fall weather. Grant Park will be the place to be when life was a simpler time. Join in the fun and enjoy! Old time tra Read More...
Collector Con
10/08/17 - 10/08/17   10am-4pm
Kankakee County Fairgrounds
815-545-3780
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This is a collectors convention of sports cards, toys, comic books and collectibles. Read More...
Artisan Faire
11/04/17 - 11/05/17   9 am-4 pm
Kankakee County Museum
815.932.5279
Admission: Free Admission
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You will see many hand crafted items made by the creative minds of the artists that made all of these beautiful items. Original art work includes water color and oil paintings, blown and fused glass c Read More...
Gun & Sporting Expo
11/11/17 - 11/12/17   11th 8am-3pm 12th 8am-2pm
Kankakee County Fairgrounds
815-263-2810
Admission: Admission Fee
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For the sports enthusiast to the avid hunter, law enforcement officer or collector, there’s something for you to buy, sell, or trade with one of the area dealers. Read More...
Craft Show
12/02/17 - 12/02/17   9am-3pm
Kankakee County Fairgrounds
815.935.5278
Admission: Free Admission
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This craft show features a variety of unique hand crafted items from local artisans, plus specialty food items Read More...
Gun & Sporting Expo
12/09/17 - 12/10/17   9th 8am-3pm 10th 8am-2pm
Kankakee County Fairgrounds
815-263-2810
Admission: Admission Fee
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For the sports enthusiast to the avid hunter, law enforcement officer or collector, there’s something for you to buy, sell, or trade with one of the area dealers. Read More...


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