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CHARLESTON

Dates are subject to change. Please call 217-345-7041 for specific information and additional activities or visit: www.charlestonchamber.com.
For more information on Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site, call 217-345-1845, follow the site on Facebook or visit www.lincolnlogcabin.org.

April
13: Easter Egg Hunt and Roll. Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site. 1 to 4 p.m. The Lincolns and Sargents will host a traditional egg roll and Easter egg hunt, along with other period games, a craft activity, and a story time for children.
The Easter egg hunt begins at 1:30 p.m., and the egg roll begins at 2:30 p.m. Children (12 and under) will be divided into age groups, with each group having staggered start times.
26: Area 9 Special Olympics Spring Games. EIU.
27, 28: Celebration: A Festival of the Arts. EIU Doudna Fine Arts Center. Visit www.eiu.edu/~festival.
27, 28: Children’s Art Activities at Celebration.

May
4: Eastern Illinois University Commencement. EIU.
10, 11: IHSA Girls State Badminton Tournament. EIU.
11: Lake Land College Commencement.
11: Races For All Paces. EIU O’Brian Stadium. Half marathon, 10K, 5K walk/run, 1 mile, toddler trot, & diaper dash distances available. Visit www.sarahbush.org/races.
16-18: IHSA Girls State Track Meet. EIU O’Brian Stadium. For more information, visit the IHSA website.
23-25: IHSA Boys State Track Meet. EIU O’Brian Stadium. For more information, visit the IHSA website.
30: Community Band Concert. Kiwanis Park Amphitheater from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Call 217-345-6897.

June
June-October: Charleston Farmer’s Market. Downtown Square every Wednesday until October.
1: Tour de Charleston. Downtown Courthouse Square. Visit Tour de Exchange 10-, 25- or 40-mile cycling races. For more information, visit www.charlestonchamber.com.
8, 15, 22: Community Band Concert. Kiwanis Park Amphitheater from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Call 217-345-6897.
15, 16: Civil War Encampment. Lincoln Log Cabin from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Members of the 5th and 9th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry Regiments will be encamped. Visit with the soldiers in camp, watch mounted and dismounted drilling exercises, and learn about the lives of Civil War soldiers.
27: Community Band Patriotic Concert. Kiwanis Park Amphitheater from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Call 217-345-6897.
29: Independence Day Celebration. From 1 to 4 p.m. Celebrate an old-fashioned Independence Day at Lincoln Log Cabin. Visitors to this year’s Independence Day event can join in a game of Town Ball with Lincoln Log Cabin’s interpreters
30: Red, White, and Blue Days Bingo. Charleston VFW, 1821 20th St., from 2 to 5 p.m. Visit www.charlestonredwhiteandblue.com or call 217-345-7691.

July
3, 4: Red, White, and Blue Days. Morton Park, Division and Lincoln Ave. Visit www.charlestonredwhiteandblue.com.
July 28-August 4: 164th Annual Coles County Fair. Coles County Fairgrounds. Visit www.colescountyfair.com.

August
11: 42st Annual Bluegrass Jam. Lincoln Log Cabin from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bluegrass and traditional.
17: Run for the Fallen.

September
21: Special Olympics Family Festival. For more information, visit www.consolidated.com/about-us/community-matters/special-olympics-family-festival.
27: Grill on the Hill. Trojan Hill and Charleston Middle School from 4 to 7 p.m. Block party.
27-29: EIU Family Weekend. EIU campus. Visit www.eiu.edu/ union/family_weekend_schedule.php.
28, 29: Harvest Frolic Fall Celebration. Lincoln Log Cabin from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Frolic 5K run and mile walk. October 26, 27: EIU Homecoming. EIU campus and Charleston community. Visit www.eiu.edu/homecoming.

October
26: Torchlight Halloween Hike, Pumpkin Carving Contest, and Wiener Roast. Lincoln Log Cabin from 6 to 9 p.m.

November
TBA: Yuletide Tunes & Treats. Dessert buffet, silent auction & music. Charleston Moose Lodge, 615 7th St. Call 217-348-0430.
TBA: Band Together for Kids. Charleston VFW.
9: Girls on the Run 5K. EIU O’Brian Stadium. A noncompetitive 5K. Register at www.girlsontheruneci.org or call 217-234-9494.
17, 18: Festival of Trees. Sarah Bush Lincoln. Fully decorated 7-foot trees, 4-foot tree wreaths and centerpieces, specialty items, live greenery and trees.

December
7: Christmas in the Heart of Charleston. Courthouse Square. For more information, visit Facebook under “Christmas in the Heart of Charleston,” or call 217-348-0430.
7: Old Fashioned Christmas on the Prairie. Lincoln Log Cabin. Kids crafts, hot wassail and cookies. Walk to the Lincoln Farm, smell gingerbread baking, and listen to Christmas stories





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