Where is the Illinois River Road?
Traversing both east and west sides of the Illinois River from Ottawa, 150 miles south to Havana, the Illinois River Road has spurs to the communities of Princeton and Canton. The Illinois River Road corridor has over 100 natural and historic sites and numerous unique communities located throughout its 10-county region.

The Scenic Byway is conveniently located between Chicago and St. Louis, but just far enough to get away from it all. So get off the beaten path and see what the Illinois River Road has in store for you!

  
  

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Our calendar of events is an up-to-the-minute guide on everything happening along the Illinois River Road. If you're looking to enjoy everything from seasonal festivals, to outdoor recreation specials, you'll find it listed here. Be sure and also check out the event calendar links under the Gateway and Portal Community pages.  Help us continue to build our events calendar - Submit Your Event!

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Now - Dec. 31, 2017, 10am-5pm
Luthy Botanical Garden, 2520 N Prospect Rd, Peoria, IL 61603
The holiday season wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Luthy Botanical Garden, where the tropical collection blends with hundreds of poinsettias to create a wonderland unmatched anywhere in Peoria! Or, come enjoy the show at night under the warm glow of hundreds of candles while live holiday music plays. These special Candlelight Walks are Fridays and Saturdays, November 17 until December 23, from 6:00-9:00pm. Closed on November 23 & December 25....donations appreciated. Event Type: Seasonal
Phone: 309-686-3362
Area: Peoria

Now - Dec. 16, 2017, 5:00-7:30pm
Luthy Botanical Garden, 2520 N Prospect Rd, Peoria, IL 61603
Get into the Christmas spirit with a visit to Luthy Botanical Garden! In addition to the beautiful poinsettia display, there will be music, prizes, the Hall of Christmas trees, s’mores, a lighted fair garden and more....$6/child; $8/adult. Event Type: Family
Phone: 3096863362
Area: Peoria

Jan. 6, 2018 - Jan. 6, 2018, 10:00am
Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 N Forest Park Dr, Peoria Heights, IL 61616
Each year hundreds of bald eagles overwinter in the Illinois River Valley. Learn about these incredible birds of prey as the Peoria Audubon Society and Forest Park Nature Center offer a presentation and tours to view Bald Eagles along the river. ...donations appreciated. Event Type: Educational
Phone: 3096863360
Area: Peoria

Jan. 6, 2018 - Jan. 6, 2018, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Dickson Mounds Museum, 10956 N. Dickson Mounds Road, Lewistown, IL 61542
Learn about a variety of rocks, minerals, and fossils through viewing collections from area experts and representatives of local clubs. Specimens from the Illinois State Museum Collections will be on view. Hands-on activities and crafts to take home. Kid's day programs are for kids ages 5 years and older with an adult. Registration is not required. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated....Free, donations appreciated. Event Type: Family
Phone: 309-547-3721
Area: Lewistown

Jan. 7, 2018 - Jan. 7, 2018, 1:30-2:00pm
Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 N Forest Park Dr, Peoria Heights, IL 61616
Discover animals who definitely don’t fit into the cute, furry, cuddly mold, but are nonetheless some of nature’s greatest creatures. Stay after the short program to play “Humbug: An Insect Learning Strategy Game.” Look for more opportunities for Animal Encounters in January and February!...donations appreciated. Event Type: Family
Phone: 3096863360
Area: Peoria

Jan. 20, 2018 - Jan. 20, 2018, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Therkildsen Field Station at Emiquon , 11316 N. Prairie Road, Lewistown, IL 61542
Did you know glaciers contributed to the formation of the Illinois River Valley? Learn about how the last Ice Age shaped the present-day landscape. Participants will meet at the Therkildsen Field Station at Emiquon, 11316 N. Prairie Road, Lewistown, to begin the hike through The Nature Conservancy's Emiquon Preserve. Information will be presented by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's and Dickson Mounds' staff. Participants must dress appropriately for the outdoors, provide their own drinks and snacks, and be able to hike comfortably with an elevation gain and across uneven terrain. This program is sponsored by the Emiquon Partnership....Free, donations appreciated. Event Type: Outdoor
Phone: 3095473721
Area: Lewistown

Jan. 27, 2018 - Jan. 27, 2018, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Dickson Mounds Museum, 10956 N. Dickson Mounds Road, Lewistown, IL 61542
Participate in a traditional Native American Gathering. Enjoy a variety of activities and demonstrations, including storytelling, music, and dancing. Vendors will be open from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Lunch will be available from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Activities will be held from 1:00-4:00 p.m. ...Free, donations appreciated. Event Type: Family
Phone: 3095473721
Area: Lewistown

Feb. 3, 2018 - Feb. 3, 2018, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Variety of Locations throughout Lewistown and Havana
Join us for the annual Fulton-Mason Eagle Day event. Activities include live raptor programs, hands-on activities and crafts for kids, and bird watching in various locations in Lewistown and Havana, Illinois. The event is free and for all ages. Sponsored by the City of Lewistown, Forbes Biological Station, Havana Jaycees, Illinois River Biological Station, Illinois State Museum-Dickson Mounds, Therkildsen Field Station at Emiquon, The Nature Conservancy, USFWS Illinois River Refuges Complex, and Lewistown Chamber of Commerce. Activities and displays contributed by the Astoria High School’s Environmental Club, Emiquon Audubon, Fulton County Arts Council, Havana Park District, Illinois River Scenic Byway, USFWS Carterville FWCP Wilmington Substation, University of Illinois Prairie Research Institute's Traveling Science Center, and the University of Illinois Extension's Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists, and 4-H club. Visitors may also enjoy a stop at Native Trails Winery after the day's activities. ...Free, donations appreciated. Event Type: Family
Phone: 3095473721
Area: Havana

Feb. 3, 2018 - Feb. 3, 2018, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Variety of Locations throughout Lewistown and Havana
Join us for the annual Fulton-Mason Eagle Day event. Activities include live raptor programs, hands-on activities and crafts for kids, and bird watching in various locations in Lewistown and Havana, Illinois. The event is free and for all ages. Sponsored by the City of Lewistown, Forbes Biological Station, Havana Jaycees, Illinois River Biological Station, Illinois State Museum-Dickson Mounds, Therkildsen Field Station at Emiquon, The Nature Conservancy, USFWS Illinois River Refuges Complex, and Lewistown Chamber of Commerce. Activities and displays contributed by the Astoria High School’s Environmental Club, Emiquon Audubon, Fulton County Arts Council, Havana Park District, Illinois River Scenic Byway, USFWS Carterville FWCP Wilmington Substation, University of Illinois Prairie Research Institute's Traveling Science Center, and the University of Illinois Extension's Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists, and 4-H club. Visitors may also enjoy a stop at Native Trails Winery after the day's activities. ...Free, donations appreciated. Event Type: Family
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Phone: 3095473721
Area: Lewistown