R.I.S.E. – After School Program
Every Tuesday & Thursday from 3 to 5:30 p.m at the Effingham library for students in grades 6-8. Contact the library about their new after school program, R.I.S.E., Read, Innovate, Serve, Engage. Registration forms will be available at the library or on their website on August 22. To register, visit www.effinghamlibrary.org or call 217-342-2464.
Effingham Farmers Market
Every Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Downtown Effingham May through October. The Effingham Farmers Market, located on the on the Effingham County Courthouse Museum lawn, provides the Effingham community and area visitors with fresh, locally-grown food, art, live music and quality artisan goods. For more information on becoming a vendor, please email them at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Summer Sundown Music Festival
September 1st at 2pm- September 2nd at 11:30pm at Larson’s Landing. We are thrilled to announce the inaugural Summer Sundown Music Festival official lineup! Early-bird weekend passes are on sale NOW for $35 for a limited time only! To purchase tickets or for more info, visit SummerSundownFest.com.
Summer Sundown is a celebration of our Central/Southern Illinois music scene, with two days of music from bands hailing from Champaign to Carbondale and everywhere in between…along with two AMAZING headliners from Memphis and Nashville.
Summer Sundown would like to welcome:
Southern Avenue – Memphis, TN
Steve Poltz – Nashville, TN
Matt Poss Band – Effingham, IL
Jenny Johnson Band – Carbondale, IL
Bones Jugs – Urbana, IL
John Spicer and The Fightin’ Side – Patoka, IL
The Surviving Members – Effingham, IL
Fiona Kimble – Champaign, IL
Bill Poss and the Useful Tools – Effingham, IL
Local Honey – Effingham, IL
Todd Hazelrigg Music – Charleston, IL
Mountain King – Cisne, IL
Tim Crosby & the Lightning Strikes – Carbondale, IL
Taylor Steele & The Love Preachers – Efffingham, IL
Bathtub Hooch Band – Effingham, IL
The Greyhounds – Effingham, IL
Elastic Waist Band – Greenville, IL
…and more to come!
The festival will be held at Larson’s Landing on Lake Sara, (7) miles west of Effingham, Illinois, on September 1-2, 2018. In addition to all these fantastic bands, we will also feature songwriter circles, a youth showcase, campfire jams, local food and craft vendors, swimming, yoga sessions, and camping.
For all the info you’ll need, follow us at:Instagram.com/summersundownfest
If you’d be so kind to share this event with a music-loving friend of yours, we’d very much appreciate it…and we will #SeeYouAtSundown!
SSMF is a Poss Music Works production. PMW is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation.
Open House at Teutopolis Monastery Museum
September 2nd from 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM. The museum is a prism into the history of the settlers of the Teutopolis region and the Franciscans who ministered to them. For more information, visit www.visiteffinghamil.com or call 217-342-5310.
Special Needs FALL Kickball: Jr. League
September 6th at the Gene Niccum diamond at Community Park for special needs individuals in grades K-High School. Kids from Effingham and the surrounding areas can use their abilities to play a fun game of kickball at no cost! Children can run, walk or roll in a wheelchair around the bases with a special helper if needed. A total of 4 games will be played on Tuesday Evenings in September. For questions or more information, please contact the Park District office at 217-342-4415.
Hobnob Harvest Market
September 7th-8th. Hobnob Harvest Market will take place at the Effingham County Fairgrounds in Altamont, IL. For more information, visit www.visiteffinghamil.com or call 217-342-5310.
Harvest of Quilts
September 7th & 8th at the Thelma Keller Convention Center. All quilts and wall hangers will be judged. There will be quilt appraisals, bed turnings, shopping and more! For more information, please go to Crossroads Quilters Guild, Effingham, IL on Facebook.
Teen Prep Party
September 7th from 3:30 to 5:30 pm at the Effingham library for students in grades 7-12. Want to help the library and earn community service hours at the same time? Join us for a Teen Prep Party where you will help us prepare for upcoming programs.*If you were NOT a teen volunteer over the summer, you must complete a volunteer application before participating in this program. The volunteer application is available on their website at http://www.effinghamlibrary.org/volunteer/. Registration required, begins August 20th. To register, visit www.effinghamlibrary.org or call 217-342-2464.
Effingham Cruise Night
September 7th from 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM in downtown Effingham. An evening bringing back part of the old Effingham Cruise Route with 2-way traffic down Jefferson Avenue. Come downtown to enjoy classic cars and so much more! There will be great food, including Hi-Boy hamburgers on the Courthouse lawn, live music and wine/beer garden at Village Wine & Gifts. You can enjoy a cook-out with the Effingham Police Department at the corner of Front & Jefferson Ave. Be sure to be downtown extra early for the parade that starts at 5 p.m. from Autozone to the Downtown area. For more information, visit www.visiteffinghamil.com or call 217-342-5310.
3-D Bow Shoot
September 8th-9th from 8am-3:30pm at the Ballard Nature Center. Lots of targets along the trails. Fee: $20, includes a meal. To register, call 618-483-6556.
2nd Annual Rollin’ & Rockin’ for Heroes
September 8th at Legacy Harley-Davidson in Effingham. At 10 a.m. there will be registration for the Car Show, 6 different bands, food vendors, a special tent for the veterans and much more! To make this better, there is no cover charge! For more information, please contact Legacy Harley Davidson at 217-342-3494.
Explore & Craft
September 8th from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm at the Ballard Nature Center for kids ages 8-11. Explore in nature and use natural items to create a craft. To register, call 618-483-6556.
Lego Club Jr.
September 14th at 10am at the Effingham library for ages 2-5. Children must attend with an adult. Come play with all the library’s Duplos! Visit www.effinghamlibrary.org or call 217-342-2464.
Teen After Hours – Virtual Reality and Walking Tacos!
September 14th from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Effingham library for ages 13-18. Discover a virtual world with our state-of-the-art virtual reality system on loan from Lazerware! Multiple experiences include Google Earth, Ocean Rift, The Body, Tilt Brush, Museum of Fine Art and much more! A walking taco bar will also be setup for participants to grab a bite to eat between games! Registration required, begins August 20th. To register, visit www.effinghamlibrary.org or call 217-342-2464.
Superhero Race Challenge
September 15th at the Workman Sports Complex. This year’s Superhero Race Challenge will include a 5K walk/run, a 10K run, a kids fun run and ChipperChallenge to promote HSHS Rehabilitation Services and Workman Sports Complex. The races will begin at 8 a.m. For more information, visit www.visiteffinghamil.com or call 217-342-5310.
Downtown Sculpture Walk
September 15th at 9 a.m. Go on a Guided Tour of all the new artwork in downtown Effingham. Meet at library west entrance. Registration required, begins August 20th. To register, visit www.effinghamlibrary.org or call 217-342-2464.
Catholic Charities Spaghetti Lunch
September 16th from 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM at the Effingham Event Center. This annual event is a fundraiser for Catholic Charities in Effingham. Joe’s Pizza & Pasta sponsors the lunch annually. Tickets will be available by mid-August at Catholic Charities, Joe’s Pizza & Pasta, from any Catholic Charities Advisory Board Member, from any Catholic Charities Staff and at the door. Bring a group of family and friends to enjoy a delicious Spaghetti lunch. Dine-In, Drive-Thru or Carry-Out is available. All proceeds from this event will support the programs of Catholic Charities which serves the people of this area. For more information, visit www.visiteffinghamil.com or call 217-342-5310.
September 20th-23rd at Mid America Motorworks. You’re invited to help us celebrate the 25th Annual Corvette Funfest. In honor of this incredible milestone, we’re taking $25 off of your registration fee; making Standard and Club registrations FREE and Premium and Exclusive registrations only $25!
The four-day weekend is jam-packed with non-stop action for 2018. Learn more about your Corvette at our informative seminars with industry celebrities and experts. Upgrade your Corvette and take advantage of on-site installations offered throughout the weekend. Find the latest Corvette lifestyle and apparel products in the Fun Dome. Enjoy off-site excursions like the Moonshine Burger Shack tour, Art and Wine tasting excursion, a cooking demonstration at the Firefly Grill and more. Rev up for a night at the Drag Strip; take a cruise with hundreds of your Corvette friends on the Annual Fun Run Road Tour; help us raise money for the St. Jude Corvette Drive and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at the annual Charity Event; and dance the night away at the Saturday Night Concert featuring some of the best musicians in the world!
Mark yourself as ‘Going’ for the latest Corvette Funfest announcements and share the event on your page so your Corvette friends and family can too!
Don’t miss the biggest Corvette Party in the World, register today atwww.mamotorworks.com or visit www.corvettefunfest.com for additional details!
Corvette Welcome Fest Downtown Party
September 18th from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM in Downtown Effingham. The City of Effingham’s Tourism Office will be hosting the Corvette Welcome Fest Downtown Party to kick-off Mid America Motorworks’ 25th Annual Corvette Funfest, and residents are invited to join in welcoming Corvette enthusiasts to Effingham!
Mid America Motorworks’ Fun Run Road Tour will end in downtown Effingham, with a Corvette parade, coming down Jefferson Ave and ending at the Courthouse square. The Corvettes are expected to arrive downtown around 5:15 – 5:30 p.m. and we invite residents to come out for the Corvette parade.
Activities that evening will include food from Lickin’ My Chicken & Pullin’ My Pork BBQ and Robin’s Nest Gourmet Fare, in addition to other great sweet treats by Aunt Kim’s Kettle Corn. You can also enjoy live musical entertainment by Quick & Bradley, artisans on the Courthouse square, great giveaways, and of course, a chance to see a variety of Corvettes! Visit www.corvettefunfest.com for additional details!
September 21st from 6:30-7:30pm at the Ballard Nature Center. Listen to a story, play a game, hike the trail, and make a treat. To register, call 618-483-6556.
September 22nd from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM at Enduring Freedom Ministries, 304 SouthWest St in Shumway. This is a free Christian Outdoor Festival. Along with music there will be a cook out, large kid’s play area, and a food & clothing pantry. Please bring a container to carry the groceries. For more information, visit www.visiteffinghamil.com or call 217-342-5310.
After School Program
September 24th from 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm at the Ballard Nature Center for ages 5-10. All about Butterflies! Craft, games, and butterfly viewing. To register, call 618-483-6556.
Youth Group Night
September 26th from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm at the Ballard Nature Center. High School youth groups will participate in all types of activities. To register, call 618-483-6556.
Old Settlers Reunion
September 29th at 11am at the Effingham County Courthouse Museum. The day will include: Presentation of Colors by American Legion Post 120, Historical exhibits, Caledonia Fire Truck Tractors from Mill Road Thesherman Association, Free Mule Wagon Rides by Dan Koester and his mules Tom & Jerry, Free Pictures at the Cannon, Free Facepainting by Jennifer DeWeese, Free Music from 1-3 PM at the Gazebo. Register for a $50 prize at Linda Ruholl’s Exhibit. Prizes Awarded for Oldest & Youngest Old Settlers (30 years in Effingham County to Qualify as an Old Settler). Prizes Awarded to Old Settler Couple Married the Longest. ALL May Sign in and Receive an Old Settlers Ribbon. Those who sign in will be in the drawing for a 2018 membership to the museum association ECCCMA. Museum will be open for you to explore. Free Bottled Water and Cookies Available to Those Who Sign In. For more information, visit www.visiteffinghamil.com or call 217-342-5310.
Annual Outdoor Day
September 29th from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the Ballard Nature Center. Archery, fishing, live animal presentation, book reading, craft, and lots more! Free family program. Snacks available for purchase. For more information, call 618-483-6556.
Open House at Teutopolis Monastery Museum
October 7th from 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM. The museum is a prism into the history of the settlers of the Teutopolis region and the Franciscans who ministered to them. For more information, visit www.visiteffinghamil.com or call 217-342-5310.
October 12th from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM in Downtown Effingham. Come downtown to enjoy all fall has to offer in Effingham! Chili Fest is an annual event in downtown Effingham that includes great chili, sides and desserts all by your local businesses. You also won’t want to miss the live music and family-friendly fun, including a bounce house! For more information, visit www.visiteffinghamil.com or call 217-342-5310.
October 13th at 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm at the Ballard Nature Center For adults and young people ages 13 and up. Come paint a birdhouse gourd with help from Rita. Class size is limited. Fee:$5. To register, call 618-483-6556.