Everyday 8am-5pm. Visit the lake on a nature filled walk. Routes 32-33 N. Effingham, IL 62401. Visit Lakesaradamrun.com.
Year-round, free, fun on the trails! For more information, visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TREC-Trail-Recreation-Effingham-County-157519625979/.
Ballard Nature Center
For a day of family fun, head over to the Ballard Nature Center. Walking trails crisscross through distinctive Illinois ecosystems, giving you glimpses of woodlands, prairies, wetlands, and savannas. Explore the area with the guidance of the center’s naturalists or pack a picnic and relax at the spot of your choosing. Learn more about the area from the interactive exhibit room, where aspiring ornithologists can watch birds from a large window. 5253 E. US Highway 40 Exit 82, Effingham, IL 62411. Visit website for more information https://www.ballardnaturecenter.org.
Take a trip and play some put-put at EverGreen Golf. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/EvergreenMiniGolfAndConcessions/.
Effingham Farmer’s Market
Saturday mornings 8am-noon on the courthouse square in Effingham. Local farmers, crafters, artisans, and vendors have many items available for purchase. Something for everyone!
October 4th from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM at Effingham Rehabilitation & Health Care. Need a dinner idea? Come on over for our drive up Soup-To-Go Fundraiser in October! Soup Options Include: Broccoli Cheddar, Vegetable, Chili, and Chicken Noodle.
$3.00 for 24oz soup, crackers, and cookies to go
$5.00 for 32oz soup, crackers, and cookies to go
Portion of the Proceeds will be going to St. Jude’s Hospital. For more information, call 217-347-7781.
Active Story Time
October 8th at 10am at the Effingham Library for ages 5-6. Come for the stories, songs, and crafts. Phone: (217) 342-2464, or visit www.effinghamlibrary.org.
Petersen Olympics 2019
October 9th from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at Evergreen Hollow Park for all ages. Come watch the Petersen Health Care Facilities compete for gold, silver and bronze medals! Other events include music, food and BINGO! This event is FREE! For more information, call 618-283-4262.
Tenth Avenue North at the Effingham Performance Center
October 10th from 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM at the Effingham Performance Center. Tenth Avenue North is a contemporary Christian band from West Palm Beach, Florida. Bringing the faith and fun in every concert, Tenth Avenue North will perform hits that include “Control”, “By Your Side”, “Healing Begins”, and so much more! For ticket information, visit the-epc.org.
Lego Club Jr
October 10th and 31st at 10am at the Effingham Library for ages 5-6. Spend some playtime at the library with Duplos. Phone: (217) 342-2464, or visit www.effinghamlibrary.org.
October 11th,18th,25th at 10am at the Effingham Library for ages 5-6. Join Encore performance for a special twist to storytime. Phone: (217) 342-2464, or visit www.effinghamlibrary.org.
Special Needs Dance
October 12th from 4-8pm at the Effingham Elks Club. This dance is FREE and open to special needs individuals, their family and friends. Come out for dancing, food and face painting from 4-6pm. There will also be a photo mirror from 4-7pm. For more information, contact Amanda Hoelscher at 217-821-4124 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 14th from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Ballard Nature Center. Come and paint a pumpkin. Family program. Pre-register. 618-483-6856.
Art and Story
October 14th at 4pm at the Effingham Library for ages 5-9. Join the library for an evening of fun and crafts. Register on their site or call! Phone: (217) 342-2464, or visit www.effinghamlibrary.org.
October 17th at 10am at the Effingham Library for ages 5-6. Join the library for a fun morning of songs and stories! Phone: (217) 342-2464, or visit www.effinghamlibrary.org.
Mosaic Demonstration with Dinah Nuelle
October 17th at 6pm at the Effingham Library for ages 10 and up. Join Dinah on a journey in glass mosaics, visit their website or call to register. Phone: (217) 342-2464, or visit www.effinghamlibrary.org.
Indian Artifact Show
October 18th from 4-7pm and October 19th from 8am-2pm at the Thelma Keller Convention Center. Buy, sell and trade artifacts. Bring in your artifacts for evaluation. Experts will be on site to identify relics and a large local collection will be on display. Fee: $3- adults, $1- ages 12 and under. Visit www.visiteffinghamil.com.
October 18 @ 6:30 pm at Ballard Nature Center. Hike a decorated trail and be ready to encounter some spooks. Sign up for a 6:30pm or a 7:30pm time. Pre-register. 618-483-6856.
Courthouse Celebration – Lincoln – Douglas Debate
Save the date: October 19th at the Effingham County Courthouse Museum. Visit www.visiteffinghamil.com.
October 19th at 9am at the Effingham Library for ages 10 and up. Join certifies instructor Jessica Clossom through a gentle practice of Yoga. Register on their website or call. Phone: (217) 342-2464, or visit www.effinghamlibrary.org.
Relay Turns Pink 5k & 1 Mile Fun Run
October 19th from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM at the Workman Sports Complex. Join the Relay For Life of Effingham County for their 2nd Annual Relay Turns Pink 5k & 1 Mile Color Run! Money raised at this event is earmarked towards breast cancer research and patient programs!
The 5k & 1 Mile is noncompetitive. Cancer Survivors and children under the age of 10 can register for free! Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by a legal guardian. There are 2 PINK color stations throughout the route! There will be Women’s Health vendors and local doctor’s offices set up from 9:00am – Noon. The event is rain or shine. Come in your PINKEST attire! Visit www.visiteffinghamil.com.
Creeps and Treats
October 19 from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm at Ballard Nature Center. Live animal presentation with some creepy critters. We will also take a hike on the decorated trail and receive some treats from the “animals.” Non-scary. Pre-register. 618-483-6856.
Fall 2019 Effingham Coin, Currency and Stamp Show
October 20th from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM at the Thelma Keller Convention Center. Interested in coins, money or stamp collecting? Be sure to stop by Thelma Keller Convention Center, 1202 N. Keller Dr. (IL Routes 32 & 33) in Effingham. Show hours for the public is from 9am to 3pm. There will be interested dealers from Eastern Missouri, Southern and Central Illinois, and Western Indiana – if you find that this show would be of interest, please send your postal address by e-mail to email@example.com or call (217) 663-0276. Applications will be mailed out soon to dealers who are interested. Flyers will be circulated at various shows and public places in the area.
October 24th at 10 am at the Effingham Library for ages 5-6. Join the library for a messy, mushy and fun day. Phone: (217) 342-2464, or visit www.effinghamlibrary.org.
October 24th at 6:30pm at the Effingham Library. Head out for a night of stargazing and checking out the constellations. Register either online or call. Phone: (217) 342-2464, or visit www.effinghamlibrary.org.
Teen After Hours
October 25th at 5:30pm at the Effingham Library for ages 13-18. Watch a Halloween classic Hocus Pocus while dressed up as your favorite character! Phone: (217) 342-2464, or visit www.effinghamlibrary.org.
2019 Superhero Challenge
October 26th at 9:00 AM at the Workman Sports Complex. HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital will host a 5k walk/run, 10K run and kids run. This event is a timed race and physical challenge that promotes the community to participate in a family fun day! To find more information or to sign up go to: https://runsignup.com/Race/IL/Effingham/stanthonysuperhero?fbclid=IwAR2A5HdsXnuGHWe1I2LKsb_KeYQ5TFfVJF0Hjyqmw1L1bjo-qZTkiroQi5A. Last Day to register and guarantee a race shirt is Tuesday, October 1, 2019.
Trunk or Treat at Legacy Harley-Davidson
October 26th from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM at Legacy Harley-Davidson. Bring the kids for Trunk or Treat with prize awards at 3pm. Visit www.visiteffinghamil.com.
Downtown Effingham Trick or Treat
October 26th from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM in Downtown Effingham. Downtown businesses participating in the event will be marked with balloons designating their participation in the event. The event, sponsored by the Downtown Effingham Business Group, offers a safe, family friendly environment for your trick or treaters. Visit www.visiteffinghamil.com.
55th Annual Illinois State Fiddle Contest
October 26-27 at the Effingham Performance Center. The 2019 Fiddle Fest includes late afternoon jams starting at 4 p.m., followed by band performances at 7 p.m. Saturday, October 26. The 55th Annual Illinois State Fiddle Contest starts at 1 pm Sunday, October 27. Admission for each day of the Fiddle Fest is $5, along with taxes and fees. The contest registration fee is $8 in advance either via the web site or hard copy form mailed to previous contestants and $10 on the contest day. Entries are due before 12:30 pm on October 27. Contestants who register in advance must STILL CHECK IN before 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 27. Visit www.visiteffinghamil.com.
Halloween at Evergreen
October 26, 4:30 PM – 8:30 PM at Evergreen Hollow Park. All ages. Free and open to the public. Come have some Halloween fun with the Park District. Come see what we have planned this year!
October 27th at 2:00 PM in Downtown Effingham. Come celebrate Halloween with this year’s theme “Tie Dye & Bellbottoms: A Groovy Halloween”! Please Note an alternate route has been planned if downtown construction has not finished yet. Visit www.visiteffinghamil.com.
Trick-or-Treat at Effingham Rehabilitation Center
October 30th from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM at 1610 N. Lakewood Dr. Effingham. Come join Effingham Rehabilitation Center and their residents in celebrating Halloween with their kid friendly trick-or-treating event! There will be a FREE meal, which consists of hotdogs, chips and hot chocolate. For more information, call 217-347-7781.
Day of the Dead Crafts
November 1st for ages 6-9 at 2pm and ages 10-15 at 4 pm at the Effingham Library. Come for crafts and fun! Phone: (217) 342-2464, or visit www.effinghamlibrary.org.
One Day Cat Cafe
October 9th from 3-5pm at the Effingham Library. Join the One Day Cat Café for tea, coffee, snacks , and cats! Bring your favorite book or rent one from the library. Phone: (217) 342-2464, or visit www.effinghamlibrary.org.
Salute To All Veterans of 1960s & 1970s
November 10th from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM at the Effingham County Courthouse Museum. Effingham County Courthouse Museum is honoring all those who served in the Vietnam Era and peacetime service. Visit www.visiteffinghamil.com.
Jay Owenhouse: The Authentic Illusionist
November 13th at the Effingham Performance Center. Jay Owenhouse, a legendary escape artist and one of the most awarded illusionists in history, has been voted by audiences and critics alike *One of the Top 10 Live Shows in America*. Jay has amazed millions on TV in *Masters of Illusions* and *Magic on the Edge*. The Salt Lake Tribune calls him *Simply Amazing!* and The Tokyo Times calls the elaborate production *Truly Magic, a Must See!*. Jay welcomes you into his mysterious world of wonder and the impossible. You will experience a night of grand illusions with the most amazing magic in the world, Bengal tigers up close, dangerous escapes, and inspiring storytelling. Seeing Owenhouse live is an evening that will leave you breathless with a feeling of childhood wonder that anything is possible! To get your tickets please go to, https://www.facebook.com/events/518996918671433/ or call the Effingham Performance Center at 217-540-2788.
Three Dog Night at the Effingham Performance Center
November 16 at 7:00 PM at the Effingham Performance Center. Legendary music icons, Three Dog Night, celebrate nearly five decades of music with hits that wind through the fabric of pop culture today, whether on the radio, in television commercials, or in major motion pictures. Songs include “Mama Told Me (Not To Come)”, “Joy to the World”, “Black and White”, “Shambala”, and “One”. For ticket information, visit the-epc.org.
5th Annual All I Want For Christmas Craft & Vendor Fair
November 17 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM at the Thelma Keller Convention Center. Enjoy the 5th Annual All I want for Christmas Craft & Vendor Fair with your littles with over 70 Crafters and Vendors with tons to choose from for all your Christmas shopping needs!! Don’t forget to Enter to Win Free Visa gift cards just for walking through!! More information at www.visiteffinghamil.com.
November 30 in Downtown Effingham 100 E. Jefferson Ave. Effingham, Illinois 62401. Come kick off the holiday season. Downtown Effingham will be transformed into a winter wonderland for the weekend and will be packed full of activities for the young and young at heart. More information on their website http://www.visiteffinghamil.com/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/4794/259?curm=11&cury=2019.