Event Calendar
Nov
22
Wed
Fantasy of Lights @ Foundation Park
Nov 22 – Dec 31 all-day
Fantasy of Lights @ Foundation Park | Centralia | Illinois | United States

Presented by the Centralia Foundation, Fantasy of Lights is a holiday tradition you won’t want to miss.  Take a drive through Foundation Park to experience twinkling candy canes, golfing Santa, or Rudolf catching some rays.  Don’t forget to visit 600 N Pleasant for more Christmas displays and the challenge of finding “Wanda”!  Open from 5:00 p.m. to 11 p.m. each night at no charge.  Don’t miss Santa who will be at his cottage on Friday’s and Saturdays from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m..

Dec
17
Sun
Bronze Expressions Handbells Christmas Concert “Christmas Favorites” @ Community Arts Center
Dec 17 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Dec
28
Thu
Holiday High School Basketball Tournament @ Centralia High School
Dec 28 @ 9:00 am – Dec 30 @ 9:00 pm
Holiday High School Basketball Tournament @ Centralia High School | Centralia | Illinois | United States

The Centralia Holiday Basketball Tournament, first held in 1942, is a three day tournament held between Christmas and New Years featuring teams throughout the nation and attracting over 6,000 spectators each year.

Home of the Orphans – Winningest Team in the Nation

Feb
17
Sat
Home, Garden and Business Expo @ Centralia Recreation Complex
Feb 17 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Home, Garden and Business Expo @ Centralia Recreation Complex | Centralia | Illinois | United States

*70+ Vendors
*Concessions available
*Live “Do It Yourself” Demonstrations
*Door prizes

Feb
18
Sun
Home, Garden and Business Expo @ Centralia Recreation Complex
Feb 18 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Home, Garden and Business Expo @ Centralia Recreation Complex | Centralia | Illinois | United States

*70+ Vendors
*Concessions available
*Live “Do It Yourself” Demonstrations
*Door prizes

Mar
24
Sat
Legs For Life – 5k @ Foundation Park
Mar 24 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Legs For Life - 5k @ Foundation Park | Centralia | Illinois | United States

Use your legs to save a life!  Sign up now to run or walk to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society!  Enjoy a USATF certified course through Foundation Park in Centralia, IL.  This road course contains some short hills through a beautiful park.

May
5
Sat
Locust Street Historic Fair
May 5 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Locust Street Historic Fair @ Centralia | Illinois | United States

The Locust Street Historic Fair offers crafters & artisans, food vendors, antique car show, and historical presentations.

 

Jun
30
Sat
4th of July Celebration @ Fairview Park
Jun 30 – Jul 4 all-day
4th of July Celebration @ Fairview Park | Centralia | Illinois | United States

This 5 day celebration features a carnival, games, food vendors, beer garden, cake walk, parade and a fireworks display in the park.  On July 4th, the Veterans Parade is held on Broadway at 10 a.m. and fireworks begin at dark in Fairview Park.

 

 

Jul
4
Wed
4th of July Veteran’s Parade @ On Broadway starting at the RR Tracks
Jul 4 @ 10:00 am
4th of July Veteran's Parade @ On Broadway starting at the RR Tracks

Veteran’s parade on West Broadway starting at the RR tracks and heading west on Broadway ending at Fairview Park.  Enjoy an awards ceremony, recognition and celebration activities in the park.  Those wishing to participate in the parade may contact Butch Mathus at 618-533-5602 or Kala Lambert at 618-533-7623.  Entry forms are available below and on the City of Centralia Website.

Jul
20
Fri
Central City Lion’s Festival @ Lions Club
Jul 20 @ 5:00 pm – 11:45 pm

This two day festival offers live music, food, beverages, raffles, cake wheel, poker stand, inflatables, and Wamac’s Lil’ Toot Train. Hours are 5pm to midnight both Friday and Saturday nights.

 

Jul
21
Sat
Central City Lion’s Festival @ Lions Club
Jul 21 @ 5:00 pm – 11:45 pm

This two day festival offers live music, food, beverages, raffles, cake wheel, poker stand, inflatables, and Wamac’s Lil’ Toot Train. Hours are 5pm to midnight both Friday and Saturday nights.

 

Jul
28
Sat
Hydroplane Boat Races @ Raccoon Lake
Jul 28 – Jul 29 all-day
Hydroplane Boat Races @ Raccoon Lake | Centralia | Illinois | United States

Don’t miss this two day event at Raccoon Lake! July 28th & 29th, admission only $2.00 for adults (children 12 and under free) and concessions will be available.  The Outboard Power Boat Races are presented by the National Boat Racing Association and Outboard Drivers Association.

Aug
17
Fri
BalloonFest @ Foundation Park
Aug 17 – Aug 19 all-day
BalloonFest @ Foundation Park | Centralia | Illinois | United States

Balloon Fest is a three-day hot air balloon festival featuring 40 hot air balloons, entertainment, crafts, tethered balloon rides, cardboard boat races, car show, fireworks, children’s activities and lots of good food. The event is attended by approximately 40,000 visitors in scenic Foundation Park. The Balloon Fest is held the third full weekend in August.

Sep
13
Thu
Elmwood Speaks @ Elmwood Cemetery
Sep 13 @ 5:30 pm – Sep 16 @ 8:30 pm
Join the City of Centralia’s Parks & Cemetery Advisory Committee along with The Centralia Cultural Society for “Elmwood Speaks”.  A historic tour of Elmwood Cemetery, enacted by actors of the Centralia Cultural Society. Reservations must be made in advance by calling 618-532-2951, tours fill quickly.
Oct
13
Sat
Apple Festival @ Schwartz Orchard
Oct 13 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Apple Festival @ Schwartz Orchard | Centralia | Illinois | United States

Enjoy a fun filled day of activities at Schwartz Orchard including games, straw maze and face painting.  Baked goods, mums, pumpkins and apple cider available.

Celebrate Centralia Art+Wine+Music Festival @ Downtown Centralia
Oct 13 @ 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Celebrate Centralia Art+Wine+Music Festival @ Downtown Centralia | Centralia | Illinois | United States

A festival of Art, Wine and Music featuring local artists, musicians, food vendors, and award winning wineries & vineyards from the area as well as craft breweries.

 

Oct
27
Sat
Centralia Fall Festival @ Downtown Centralia
Oct 27 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Centralia Fall Festival @ Downtown Centralia | Centralia | Illinois | United States

The Fall Festival is located in downtown Centralia and will begin at 9:00 A.M on October 29, 2016.  It features a Craft Fair at the Centralia Recreation Complex, free children’s games and activities, Flea Market, Chili Cook-off, Miss and Mister Pumpkin contest, Car Show, Best Dressed Pet Contest, local Entertainment and, of course, delicious food.  For more information about making entry into the any of these events please visit www.centraliahpff.org.

Oct
29
Mon
Annual Halloween Parade
Oct 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Annual Halloween Parade

Annual Halloween Parade is at 7:00 p.m. (Runs along Rt. 51 south / Poplar St.)

92nd Annual Centralia Halloween Parade -2018

 

 

Nov
21
Wed
Fantasy of Lights @ Foundation Park
Nov 21 – Dec 31 all-day
Fantasy of Lights @ Foundation Park | Centralia | Illinois | United States

Presented by the Centralia Foundation, Fantasy of Lights is a holiday tradition you won’t want to miss.  Take a drive through Foundation Park to experience twinkling candy canes, golfing Santa, or Rudolf catching some rays.  Don’t forget to visit 600 N Pleasant for more Christmas displays and the challenge of finding “Wanda”!  Open from 5:00 p.m. to 11 p.m. each night at no charge.  Don’t miss Santa who will be at his cottage on Friday’s and Saturdays from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m..  For even more fun, make plans to ride the “Little Obie” train through the park on certain evenings during the month of December.

Nov
30
Fri
Downtown Centralia Christmas Stroll @ Downtown Centralia, IL
Nov 30 @ 3:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Downtown Centralia Christmas Stroll @ Downtown Centralia, IL | Centralia | Illinois | United States

Enjoy a Christmas Shopping Stroll in Downtown Centralia on November 30th from 3pm-7:15pm. Participating merchants will display an ornament inside their store for shoppers to locate and have their card stamped. Cards may be found in any participating business downtown and inside the Illinois Theatre. When you find all the ornaments needed your card should be returned to Illinois Theatre for a drawing at 7:15pm. Other activities include horse drawn carriage rides, store specials, an opportunity to meet with Santa, Carolers and other musical performances, Christmas music from the Carillon, hot cocoa and Girl Scout treats, chestnuts roasting on an open fire, refreshments and much more to come. Meet your downtown merchants and do some holiday shopping at the same time! Please contact Kala Lambert at 618-533-7623 for additional information.

 

Dec
1
Sat
Lunch with Santa @ Centralia Recreation Complex
Dec 1 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Enjoy lunch with Santa at Centralia Recreation Complex.  Get your tickets early for that special holiday cheer you won’t want to miss.

Dec
27
Thu
Holiday High School Basketball Tournament @ Centralia High School
Dec 27 @ 9:00 am – Dec 29 @ 9:00 pm
Holiday High School Basketball Tournament @ Centralia High School | Centralia | Illinois | United States

The Centralia Holiday Basketball Tournament, first held in 1942, is a three day tournament held between Christmas and New Years featuring teams throughout the nation and attracting over 6,000 spectators each year.

Home of the Orphans – Winningest Team in the Nation