CALENDAR OF EVENTS
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.”
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.
One of Central Illinois’ largest outdoor flea markets. Antiques, white
elephants, crafts, concessions and more. Free parking and admission.
Central Park Plaza, Jacksonville.
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.
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.
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.
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