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Effingham Artisan Fair

Join us in downtown Effingham as we celebrate the arts with this great two-day festival. You'll enjoy over 40 artisans, live demonstrations, food fair, live music, wine & beer tasting and so much more.

Moccasin Creek Festival

Moccasin Creek Festival is an annual 3-day Americana music festival at Lake Sara, which typically celebrates other arts and crafts as well.

EffingHAM JAM

Two-day event filled with BBQ and fun! Come downtown Friday for the local Hometown Throwdown BBQ Competition and stay for live music, wine and beer tasting and more. Come back downtown Saturday to see the pros compete in the KCBS BBQ Competition and enjoy plenty of family fun!

Grapevine Bluegrass Music Festival

One of the few true American musical forms, bluegrass--that high, lonesome sound created by Bill Monroe over 50 years ago--has steadily gained in popularity over the years, and for good reason. It's natural. It's organic. We are proud to present a few of the finest bluegrass acts to be found anywhere. Hosted by local bluegrass heroes, Firebox, enjoy three days of amazing picking, beautiful bowing and soaring vocal harmonies. We can't think of a more harmonious way to bring the summer to a close!

Hobnob Harvest Market

The Hobnob Harvest Market, a pop-up event of 100+ hand-picked vintage and handmade vendors, will be coming to the Effingham County Fairgrounds in Altamont, IL. This event will feature amazing shopping plus live music, great food and beverages from Tuscan Hills Winery.

Corvette Welcome Fest

The City of Effingham’s Tourism Office will be hosting the Corvette Welcome Fest Downtown Party from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday to kick-off Mid America Motorworks’ 24th 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 5:30 p.m. and we invite residents to come out for the parade. Following the parade, the Corvettes will park down Jefferson Avenue, around the Historic Courthouse Museum lawn and parking lots adjacent to the square. Activities that evening will include food from Lickin’ My Chicken & Pullin’ My Pork BBQ, Martin's IGA and the Effingham Dog, in addition to other great sweet treats including Aunt Kim’s Kettle Corn. You can also enjoy live musical entertainment, great giveaways, and of course, a chance to see a variety of Corvettes!

Corvette Funfest

Participants enjoy a whirlwind weekend of special displays, car shows, a Swapfest, expert seminars, product demonstrations and more. This year's Funfest celebrates 50 years of the 1967 Corvette! Celebrity Choice Awards will take place Thursday through Sunday. And the weekend culminates with the Saturday evening concert, where Corvette lovers are treated to headlining entertainment, rain or shine. For more information, check out www.corvettefunfest.com or call Mid America Motorworks at 217-540-4700.

Heart of the Hops

Come downtown to experience the 2nd annual craft beer festival, featuring over 15 craft beers, live music with the Matt Poss Band and great food all weekend long!

Chili Fest

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!

Hometown Christmas

Come to downtown Effingham to kick off the holiday season. From 4:00 - 7:00 p.m., your family will enjoy: horse-drawn carriage rides, live Christmas music, Santa visits, Christmas cooking decorating, free souvenir Christmas photos courtesy of the Effingham Tourism Office and other family friendly activities on the Effingham County Courthouse Museum lawn. We will also have the official City of Effingham Community Christmas Tree Lighting at 5:30 p.m.

Hobnob Spring Market

Effingham County Fairgrounds is hosting the Hobnob Spring Market! A fresh & fun spring market heaped with wonderful vintage and creative handmade goods from over 150 vendors! For more information please check out the Hobnob website at www.hobnob.com.

VW Funfest

 VW Funfest kicks off June 2 - 4 in Effingham, IL. Participants enjoy a whirlwind weekend of special displays, car show, Swapfest, expert seminars, product demonstrations and more. Celebrity Choice Awards take place Friday and Saturday with a brand new presentation style that puts the lucky VW owner and his/her VW on display at the new Winners Wall. Camping, another Funfest tradition, is free on the grounds Thursday through Saturday nights to registered Funfest attendees.

VW WelcomeFest Downtown Party

The City of Effingham's Tourism Office will be hosting a Downtown Party from 5 - 8 p.m. on Friday, June 2nd to welcome VW enthusiasts to Effingham. You can expect a night of fantastic live music, delicious food and great giveaways. Don't miss this fun event in downtown Effingham!