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What's Happening in Downstate Illinois July 11-17

What's Happening in Downstate Illinois July 11-17

Posted on 06/28/2022 by Emily Titsworth

Whether you’re looking for live music, a festival, marathon, or something family-friendly to bring the kids to, Downstate Illinois has something for everyone! Each week we highlight a few fun events within southwest, south central and southeast Illinois.  Our region hosts over 900 events each year, and we pride ourselves on providing the most accurate event information so that you don’t miss a thing. For even more events, be sure to visit the Downstate Illinois Calendar of Events page here!


Ongoing Events – Missed out on these events last week? Catch the tail end of them this week!

Fayette County Fair

Brownstown, IL

Friday, July 8, 2022 – Wednesday, July 13, 2022 @ 10:00a.m. – 10:00p.m.

Wayne County Agricultural Fair

Sparta, IL

Saturday, July 9, 2022 – Saturday, July 16, 2022 @ 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Free grounds entry. Farm animals, 4-H projects, photography, arts and crafts, quilts, produce and bake goods. Carnival rides, taffy, cotton candy and much more. Grandstand events every night feature Tractor Pull, Demolition derby, horse races and more.  



Downtown Waterloo Concert Series

Waterloo, IL

Monday, July 11, 2022 @ 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

The Waterloo Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present a new downtown concert series.  Once a month between June and September, the Downtown Concert Series will feature a different band on the second Sunday of each month from 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Food options will be available along Mill Street, starting an hour before the concert is scheduled to begin. Bring your blanket and chairs, and grab a great spot to enjoy the concert!

This is a free, outdoor concert, presented by your Waterloo Chamber of Commerce. We are committed to Building Community and Supporting Business.



Washington County Fair

Nashville, IL

Tuesday, July 12, 2022 – Saturday, July 16, 2022 @ 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Food, Beer,Tractor Pulls, Sandy Volleyball, Glow Run, Music, Carnival Rides, Demolition Derby, Miss Washington County, Junior Miss & Little Miss Contest



Wabash County Walk Up Wednesdays

Mt. Carmel, IL

Wednesday, July 13, 2022 @ Noon

Walk Up Wednesday is a weekly event supporting a local community group. This event will support the MCHS Lady Aces Golf team.



Sounds of Summer

Olney, IL

Thursday, July 14, 2022 @ 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Please join us for this free concert series in Bower Park! These concerts are a wonderful way to spend your beautiful summer evenings on Thursdays in June & July! Bring your lawn chairs!

Sidewalk Sale Days

Robinson, IL

Thursday, July 14, 2022 – Saturday, July 16, 2022 @ 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Grab your friends and join us for our SUMMER Sidewalk Sale Days! Each participating business will have their own store hours with extras like specials, sales, giveaways, refreshments & more. Explore local shops & discover treasures along the way!



Black Friday Christmas in July

Waterloo, IL

Friday, July 15, 2022 @ 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Participating Merchants will have specials and discounts for Christmas in July!!



Belleville Flea Market

Belleville, IL

Saturday, July 16, 2022 – Sunday, July 17, 2022 @ 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Southern Illinois’ Premier Indoor/Outdoor Market – Over 600 tables and 300-400 vendors selling antiques, collectibles, merchandise – old and new. Indoor/ Outdoor Year Round.

Grand Opening of The Woods Event Center & Bar

Robinson, IL

Saturday, July 16, 2022 @ 6:00 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.

The Woods Event Center is nestled up to the Crawford County Forest Preserve on the West of Robinson, IL and South of the scenic Oak Glen golf course. We host weddings, receptions, Christmas parties, work parties, live music events, anniversaries, and any special event you may have! Our premier event room accommodates 200 people on the main floor with additional seating in our stunning 3-sided loft that can entertain up to an extra 100 people. You won’t find better views from our breathtaking wall of windows overlooking the lush Forrest Preserve. You have full access to our verdant 8 acres of land, giving you numerous charming locations for pictures as well as the option for an indoor or outdoor event. Our motto is “a place where people come together” because we truly believe in the power of community. We believe in slowing down to enjoy the family and friends that surround us.



Biloxi Blues

Salem, IL

Sunday, July 17, 2022 @ 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

The second in Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Neil Simon's trilogy which began with Brighton Beach Memoirs and concluded with Broadway Bound. When we last met Eugene Jerome, he was coping with adolescence in 1930's Brooklyn. Here, he is a young army recruit during WW II, going through basic training and learning about Life and Love with a capital 'L' along with some harsher lessons, while stationed at boot camp in Biloxi, Mississippi in 1943.



*To submit an event to be published on the Downstate Illinois website, click here!


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