5 New Date Night Ideas in Illinois

Maybe you feel like you have been to all of the normal date night locations, such as the movie theater, a concert, and a nice dinner. It can be nice to switch things up and give some new venues a try.

This list will help you to see what else is going on in Illinois in October. There are some pretty special events that you won’t want to miss out on! At these events, you can enjoy the cool fall weather, spend time with someone you love, and try something new!

Barry Apple Festival
October 4-7

The Barry Apple Festival is the place to go if you want to experience a variety of entertainment. The festival includes food, pageants, music, car shows, a parade, and contests. You can even shop from local craft vendors!

This festival takes place in Barry, IL. For a full event schedule and more information, check out their website.

Shaw’s Oyster Fest
October 4

Shaw’s Oyster Fest is on its 30th year, so you know it’s a good event to go to! Shaw’s Crab House hosts the entire thing. Here, you can enjoy happy hours and 50 cent oyster hours. There are also slurp-off competitions to participate in. Plus, there’s craft beer!

You can attend the fest at either the Chicago or Schaumburg location. More information is available on the website.

Chicago International Film Festival
October 10-21

Film festivals are becoming more and more popular, and they are a great place to go for a date. The Chicago International Film Festival is currently on its 54th year. One of the main goals of this festival is to celebrate diversity. It’s held at Cinema/Chicago.

The schedule is filled with impressive films of all types. Be sure to find a few to watch! You can view the complete schedule and purchase tickets via this website.

Quincy Oktoberfest
October 13

This Oktoberfest is lots of fun! It’s filled with activities that last from noon until 10:00 PM. Between 9th and 10th street, you can try beers from the different beer trucks. You can tour the tunnels beneath the breweries. There is live music and dancing too! You’re sure to have a great time!

The event takes place outside of QuBA’s Dick Brothers Brewery in Quincy, IL. For more details and exact times, look at the event’s page.

Maeystown Oktoberfest
October 14

Here’s another Oktoberfest you don’t want to miss! Luckily, it’s on a different day and at a different location than the previous one so you can attend both. The activities are unique too!

The Maeystown Oktoberfest is a good place to enjoy the culture of arts, crafts, and antiques. There are artisans selling their handmade goods. You will also find plenty of tasty treats at the food stands at the fest. Lots of these food items are homemade by local artisans. This is an excellent way to support the local businesses in your community!

The fest lasts from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM. To learn more about what this event has to offer, take a look at this posting on the town’s website.

8 Food Festivals You Won’t Want to Miss (July 2018)

Summer is peak food festival season! Whether you’re craving key lime pie or watermelon, or would prefer something more savory like bacon, you’ll be sure to find a food festival for you! Check out some of our top picks of July food festivals below.

Key Lime Festival – Key West, Florida
June 30th – July 4th
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Is there anything more quintessentially Floridian than Key Lime Pie? Early this July, you can experience all the Key Lime Pie you’ve ever wanted at the Key Lime Festival in Florida. It has all the typical festival activities, plus some creative extras, like the Key Lime Pie drop. Ever wanted to see people try to drop a Key Lime Pie from the top of a lighthouse… without damaging the pie? Then you won’t want to miss this!

National Cherry Festival – Traverse City, Michigan
June 30th – July 7th
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Celebrate all things cherry at this delicious festival! Whether you’d prefer to sample some cherry pancakes or watch an air show, this festival has a little something for everyone!

Grand Bay Watermelon Festival – Grand Bay, Alabama
July 3rd & 4th
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We dare you to try to find a fruit that better represents summer than watermelon! It’s the perfect subject for a July food festival. Come on July 4th to get all of the free, ice cold watermelon you can eat!

McLoud Blackberry Festival – McLoud, Oklahoma
July 6th & 7th
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This blackberry themed festival features a ton of classic activities like a carnival and a car show – but there are also baking competitions throughout the day on the 7th. Don’t miss out!

Taste of Chicago – Chicago, Illinois
July 11th-15th
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Experience one of the largest food festivals in the world at Taste of Chicago! There will be tons of vendors to sample from, plus live music and other typical festival activities. If you’re going to go to one food festival in your life, this is a great choice!

Bacon, Bourbon and Brew Festival – Newport, Kentucky
July 12th-15th
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This festival features a ton of great ways to experience great tasting bacon and bourbon – whether you want to do a bourbon 101 class, sample some limited edition bourbons, or chow down on all the bacon themed food you can eat, you’ll love this festival!

CRAVE! Taste the Northwest – Spokane, Wisconsin
July 12th-15th
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Celebrate the foods of the Pacific Northwest with this fantastic festival! There are tons of delightful culinary events throughout the weekend, including a Global Street Foods Carnivale, a Seafood Bash and more. You won’t want to miss out on this delicious festival!

42nd Annual J.M. Tawes Crab & Clam Bake – Crisfield, Maryland
July 18th
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Who can say no to an all you can eat crab and clam bake? This annual festival features crabs, clams, fish, corn on the cob, watermelon and more! It promises to be a great – and delicious – time!

5 Exciting Illinois Events (June 2018)

June in Illinois has some wonderfully specific festivals – Superman, ribs, and more! Check out our list to see if something you love is being celebrated this month. Even if you’re not a huge fan girl or guy for any of the topics listed below, attending and exploring these events with your partner is sure to be enjoyable!

Not in Illinois? We’ve covered plenty of other June events! How about Utah or Arizona? Or, check out our full list of date ideas by state!

Superman Celebration – Metropolis, Illinois
June 7th-10th
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Is it a surprise to anyone that a town called Metropolis would host an annual Superman celebration? Probably not. If you’re a Superman-lover (or even just a DC comics fan) you won’t want to miss this – there will be a variety of special guests, fun events and more! Fun fact: This is the 40th year the town of Metropolis has hosted this celebration!

Ribfest – Chicago, Illinois
June 8th-10th
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Ah, ribs – a classic summer food. 13 restaurants will be competing for the people choice of Best Ribs. If you get sick of ribs, there will be lots of other food available as well. In between eating, you can listen to some live rock and roll bands. You won’t want to miss this delicious experience!

Brickworld – Chicago, Illinois
June 16th & 17th
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Billing itself as the “Premier Lego experience of North America,” Brickworld is a two day celebration of all things Lego. Enjoy elaborate Lego displays, try your hand at some building challenges and more. Brickworld is a traveling exhibition throughout the country, so check out their website to see if they’re coming to you soon, even if you’re not in Chicago!

49th Pride Parade – Chicago, Illinois
June 24th
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There’s a lot going on in Chicago during Pride month, so we encourage you to check out the website for a full list of events. Still, if you can only attend one thing, why not make it the iconic Pride Parade? There are over 150 registered entries, including floats, decorated vehicles, performance groups and more!

Art Festival, Chicago Botanic Garden – Glencoe, Illinois
June 30th-July 1st
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The Chicago Botanic Garden is a great place to visit during the summer – why not visit during their art festival? There will be over 100 artists featured, with works focused on botanic themes. There will also be interactive demos and booth chats by master artists. Art lovers, you won’t want to miss this!

7 Can’t Miss Events in March 2018

Spring is coming, and there’s lots to do! Whether it’s tasting ice wine or stocking up on gear for your next adventure, there’s an event for you in this list!

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Some delicious events to delight your taste buds!

Ice Wine Festival – Grand River Valley Region, Ohio
Dates: March 3rd, 10th and 17th, noon-5pm
Price: $6 per winery
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5 wineries are participating in this event, running the first 3 Saturdays of March. Attendees can visit each winery, sample wine, get food, and experience a variety of other events including a sled dog demonstration and ice sculpting.

Agave on the Rocks – Phoenix, Arizona
Date: March 30, 2018, 6-10pm
Price: $75 ($70 for members)
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A tequila-themed event hosted by the Desert Botanical Gardens. Includes a welcome tequila, food tastings and live music. Additional tequila-themed cocktails available for purchase.

Sustainable Wine & Food Series – Los Angeles, California
Date: March 22nd, 6pm
Price: $150 ($140 for members)
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The LA Zoo & Botanical Gardens has partnered with local wineries to host a series of four course farm-to-table dinners. Each dinner is set at a different location in the zoo. The first event is March 22nd, featuring Fiddlehead Cellars in Lompoc.

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Acoustic Space Series: Destiny Muhammed Trio – Oakland, California
Date: March 16th, 2018, 6:30-8pm
Price: Museum admission ($15.95 before 5pm, $7.50 after 5pm)
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Listen to the Destiny Muhammed Trio, a jazz trio with a cool and eclectic sound. Before or after the show, take time to explore the museum.

Max Lamb: Exercises in Seating – Chicago, Illinois
Dates: March 22nd – August 26th, 2018
Price: Free with museum admission (admission prices start at $35)
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If you like unique art installations, this exhibition is perfect for you. It features a selection of chairs and stools, designed and created by Max Lamb. This is the first in the Franke/Herro Design series, which highlights the work of emerging talent.

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Check these out if you love outdoor adventures!

Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Outdoor Festival – Florida Keys, Florida
Dates: March 10-17, 2018. Times vary.
Price: Prices vary, many free events available
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An entire week of outdoor activities, hosted by a variety of wildlife refuges in the Florida Keys. Includes nature walks, origami, a wildlife fair, and more. Registration required, see website for details.

Adirondack Sports Summer Expo – Saratoga Springs, New York
Dates: March 17th, 10am-5pm & March 18th, 10am-4pm
Price: Free
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Get ready for all your spring and summer activities with the Adirondack Sports Summer Expo, featuring over 150 exhibitors, ranging from running to biking to green living.