Events / Festivals

Central Illinois Jazz Festival

Put on by Decatur’s Juvae Jazz Society, this celebration of all types of jazz happens in early February each year and is held at the Decatur Conference Center & Hotel. Hundreds of folks come from all around the Midwest to spend the weekend partying, dancing, parading and listening to professional jazz musicians with their friends. Book early, as the festival fills up fast!

Farm Progress Show

Progress City, U.S.A. adjacent to Richland Community College in Decatur, Illinois is the epicenter of farm technology during the last week of August biennially in odd-numbered years. More than 500 exhibitors bring their best new tools and technology to show visitors from all over the world. During the 54-year history of the Farm Progress Show, the event has grown to become the top spot for unveiling new products for the fall selling season. Whether you’re talking new “hardware” in the form of farm machines and implements or the “software” of seeds and technology, the show offers plenty to see.

Blues in Central Park Concert Series

Enjoy free outdoor Blues concerts on the Central Park Stage in downtown Decatur, Illinois! Bring your lawn chairs and your appetite for great BBQ and Blues. Food and beverage vendors open at 6:00 p.m. and bands play from 7-10 p.m. Third Thursdays in June, July and August.

Decatur Celebration

The first weekend of August thousands of people flock to Central Illinois to experience Decatur Celebration. The massive 3-day event blankets the downtown business district with show stages featuring national and emerging music artists, three blocks of authentic Arts and Crafters, spectacular carnival rides for all ages, the Razzle Dazzle Goodtimes Parade, a Wine Garden, Film Festival, and over 60 unique food items hand-picked for quality and inspected for safety.