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Art Fair on the Square

Held each July in Central Park Plaza, the Art Fair on the Square brings

together artists from across the Midwest to display, demonstrate and

sell their works. Includes children’s art fair, music, and concessions.

Free parking. Donations accepted.

Chandlerville Annual Burgoo & Fish Fry

Traditional harvest-style burgoo, flea market, carnival, pancake break-

fast, parade, evening entertainment, dancing and more at Elmwood Park.

Taste of Beardstown

Come out and taste the ethnic foods.

Dar Annual Ice Cream Social

Held on the lawn of the Historic Governor Joseph Duncan Mansion,

enjoy delicious desserts and Big Band entertainment.

Pilots Club Annual Dancing With the Stars

Enjoy an evening of dance by local “Celebrities!”


Annual Mexican Independence Day Celebration

Enjoy a unique combination of Mexican and American traditions at this

annual event, which takes place at Art Zeek Park in downtown Beardstown.

Activities include folk dancing, musical performances and a traditional “grito.”

Prairieland Chautauqua

Modeled after traditional Chautauquas, and featuring musical shows, his-

torical storytellers, catered communal suppers, and evenings with experi-

enced re-enactors representing famous Americans. Four days of Historic

re-enactments, Labor Day Weekend. Takes place at Community Park.

Mayor’s Labor Day Ice Cream Social

Enjoy ice cream, cake, food and entertainment. Held in Virginia.

Flea Market

One of Central Illinois’ largest outdoor flea markets. Antiques, white

elephants, crafts, concessions and more. Free parking and admission.

Central Park Plaza, Jacksonville.

Arenzville Burgoo

Carnival, music groups, burgoo soup, craft fair, tractor pull, and many

other events. Held at Village Park on West Main.

Beardstown Fall Fun Festival

Parade, crafts, food, entertainment, 5K run, car show and motorcycle



Annual Cruise Night & Street Rod Reunion

One of the largest Cruise Nights in Illinois, this event brings more than

1,000 classic and antique autos in for a weekend of fun for young and

old alike. Events include 50s and 60s musical entertainment, cruise

on Saturday night, and Sunday is the car show. This is held the fourth

weekend in September. Free parking and admission.

Prairie Land Heritage Museum Annual Antique Steam Engine Show

Witness horse and steam powered equipment demonstrating early

farming techniques. See plowing, threshing, baling, grinding and

molasses production. Enjoy a ride on the “Prairie Land

Express,” watch the steam powered tractor parade or

participate in a contest like the Pedal Tractor

Pull. Free parking. Small fee for admission. Prairie Land Heritage

Museum, South Jacksonville. Last full weekend in September.


Grant’s March

This event features reenactments based on Ulysses S. Grant’s march

from Springfield to Naples, IL. Grant led the 21st Illinois Volunteer

Infantry regiment on this march on July 3, 1861. The event also offers

a free self-guided driving tour, old-fashioned root beer at the fair-

grounds, homemade pies at Exeter Community Park, maps at every

stop, and more. Held rain or shine.

Virginia City Wide Fall Garage Sale

Families and organizations throughout the city of Virginia hold yard or

garage sales on the same day.


Enjoy the fall season with a German tradition! Held at the Morgan

County Fairgrounds, sponsored by the Jacksonville Rotary Club.

Pumpkin Festival

This is held on the Historic Downtown

Square for a weekend of free family fun!


Beardstown Christmas Parade

Saturday after Thanksgiving

Festival of Trees

Sponsored by Woodhaven: Hospice and Special Support Services,

this annual event gathers folks together for holiday food, gifts and live

entertainment. On the last day, the designer trees and wreathes are

auctioned off to raise funds for Woodhaven.



Old Fashioned Christmas in Virginia

This holiday event has a little bit of everything – bake sales, woodworking

demonstrations, crafts, caroling, Christmas parade and A Christmas Story

puppet show. Visit the Log Cabin and tell Santa Claus your Christmas wishes.

Christmas in Beardstown

1st Saturday in December, holiday bazaars, Christmas trees, wreath

auction, crafts, and baked goods

Christmas Homes Tour & Tea

Tour five homes beautifully decorated for the Christmas season.

Sponsored by the International Pilot Club of Jacksonville. Admission

price includes tea. Free parking.


Christmas Around the Square

Take a horse-drawn wagon ride around the square in Beardstown.

Kids of all ages can visit Santa and pass along their wish list.

Call Ahead

All events are subject to change. Please call ahead to confirm

an event by calling:

Beardstown Chamber of Commerce . . . . . . . . . . 217-323-3271

Cass County Economic Development Office . . . . 217-452-3226

Jacksonville Area Visitors &

Conventions Bureau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-800-593-5678

or . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 217-243-5678