Event Calendar
Jun
30
Fri
4th of July Celebration @ Fairview Park
Jun 30 – Jul 5 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.

Schedule of Events

June 30th – 5p Carnival Wristband Special $20, Pony rides, Food Vendors, Beer Garden and Cake Walk

July 1st – 5p CarnivalPony rides, Food Vendors, Beer Garden, Craft Fair and Cake Walk

July 2nd – 5p CarnivalWristband Special $20, Pony rides, Food Vendors, Beer Garden, and Cake Walk

July 3rd – 5p CarnivalPony rides, Food Vendors, Beer Garden, and Cake Walk

July 4th – 10a 4th of July Veterans Parade (on Broadway RR Tracks to Fairview Park)
10a Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show (Registration 10a – 1p )
3p-11p Carnival Early Bird BOGO Special (3p-5p only) 2 kids for the price of one ride!, Pony Rides, Food Vendors, Beer Garden, and Cake Walk
10p or at dark Fireworks Display

 

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

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.

Anyone wishing to participate in the parade may register up until the day of the parade at the registration table at the corner of Chestnut and Broadway at 9 am.

Registration Form

Jul
15
Sat
Food Truck Saturdays @ Fairview Park
Jul 15 @ 11:00 am – 8:00 pm

Join the caravan of mobile vendors with friends and family in Centralia’s Fairview Park for Food Truck Saturdays.  Each vendor offers a unique signature menu!  11am to 8pm –  April 1st, May 13th, June 3rd, July 15th, August 26th, September 23rd and October 7th.  All ages Welcome.  For those interested in signing up for the event to be a vendor please contact Matt Alli of Rollin’ Grill at 618-310-5425 or Kim Enke, City Clerk City of Centralia at 618-533-7625.

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Centralia Carillon Summer Concert Series @ Centralia Carillon
Jul 15 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Centralia Carillon Summer Concert Series @ Centralia Carillon | Centralia | Illinois | United States

Featured artists for this event are Janet Tebbel and Lisa Lonie.  Pick up a copy of the Summer Series pamphlet at Centralia Tourism Office 222 S. Poplar or Carillon Office 104 S. Elm for full bios of each Carillon Concert Series Artist for 2017.   A free climb of the tower will be available after every ARTIST CONCERT.  For full details regarding the Summer Concert Series and performers visit www.centralia-carillon.org.  Food and Drinks will be available onsite, so come early, bring your lawn chair or blanket and a bite to eat while enjoying the concert!

Jul
19
Wed
5-Day Suzuki String Workshop @ Community Arts Center
Jul 19 all-day

*Directed by Philip Tinge of Tinge Studios
*Ages: School age through adult
*Dates: July 19th and July 20th July 24th, 25th and 26th
*Time: 9:00 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
*Daily classes & performances with “Finale” concert on Friday
*Cost is $40 per day or $150 for the week.
*Scholarships will be available.

—-SNACKS PROVIDED DURING BREAKS.  STUDENTS BRING OWN LUNCHES OR EAT OUT.—-

The workshop will enrich the musical lives of those currently playing a string instrument and provide training for NEW STUDENTS.
In just one week, new students will have exposure to strings closely comparable to six months of private lessons.  Violins will be available for students to use during each day and special instrument purchase pricing will be offered as well.

Workshop will include:
*Introduction to string instruments,
*Basic instrument care & tuning ,
*“Chamber Moments” – string quartets & solos,
*Chamber Orchestra music, Ear Training, Full Group,
*Small group lessons on learning & refining musical skills.

To register, please contact:
Cindy @ 533-ARTS or TingeStudios@gmail.com
Information needed at registration: Age (if not adult), Address, Phone numbers, and E-mail addresses Grade in school, If you have or need an instrument,
Instrument you are currently playing.

Jul
21
Fri
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
22
Sat
Central City Lion’s Festival @ Lions Club
Jul 22 @ 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.

 

Aug
5
Sat
Hydroplane Boat Races @ Raccoon Lake
Aug 5 – Aug 6 all-day
Hydroplane Boat Races @ Raccoon Lake | Centralia | Illinois | United States

Don’t miss this two day event at Raccoon Lake!  August 5th & 6th, 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
18
Fri
BalloonFest @ Foundation Park
Aug 18 – Aug 20 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.

Aug
26
Sat
Food Truck Saturdays @ Fairview Park
Aug 26 @ 11:00 am – 8:00 pm

Join the caravan of mobile vendors with friends and family in Centralia’s Fairview Park for Food Truck Saturdays.  Each vendor offers a unique signature menu!  11am to 8pm –  April 1st, May 13th, June 3rd, July 15th, August 26th, September 23rd and October 7th.  All ages Welcome.  For those interested in signing up for the event to be a vendor please contact Matt Alli of Rollin’ Grill at 618-310-5425 or Kim Enke, City Clerk City of Centralia at 618-533-7625.

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Sep
14
Thu
Elmwood Speaks @ Elmwood Cemetery
Sep 14 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join the Centralia Cultural Society in cooperation with the City of Centralia and the Elmwood Cemetery Preservation Commission for “Elmwood Speaks”.  A historic tour of Elmwood Cemetery, written and enacted by actors of the Centralia Cultural Society.  Tours leave from the Centralia Cultural Society every half hour starting at 5:30 and last tour leaves at 8pm.  Reservations must be made in advance.

Sep
15
Fri
Elmwood Speaks @ Elmwood Cemetery
Sep 15 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join the Centralia Cultural Society in cooperation with the City of Centralia and the Elmwood Cemetery Preservation Commission for “Elmwood Speaks”.  A historic tour of Elmwood Cemetery, written and enacted by actors of the Centralia Cultural Society.  Tours leave from the Centralia Cultural Society every half hour starting at 5:30 and last tour leaves at 8pm.  Reservations must be made in advance.

Sep
16
Sat
PDGA “C” Tier Sanctioned Tournament – Disc Golf @ Centralia Foundation Park
Sep 16 all-day

Centralia’s Foundation Park is south central Illinois’ finest disc golf course, and home to the Centralia Disc Golf Club.  Contact the Centralia Disc Golf Club at 618-322-5429 for information about this tournament or visit Centralia Disc Golf Club’s Facebook Page.

Wamac Fest @ Wamac City Park
Sep 16 @ 3:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Join the fun in Wamac City Park for 2 days of Wamac Fest with live entertainment, food, games, sport competitions, kids games and beer garden.

Elmwood Speaks @ Elmwood Cemetery
Sep 16 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join the Centralia Cultural Society in cooperation with the City of Centralia and the Elmwood Cemetery Preservation Commission for “Elmwood Speaks”.  A historic tour of Elmwood Cemetery, written and enacted by actors of the Centralia Cultural Society.  Tours leave from the Centralia Cultural Society every half hour starting at 5:30 and last tour leaves at 8pm.  Reservations must be made in advance.

Sep
23
Sat
Food Truck Saturdays @ Fairview Park
Sep 23 @ 11:00 am – 8:00 pm

Join the caravan of mobile vendors with friends and family in Centralia’s Fairview Park for Food Truck Saturdays.  Each vendor offers a unique signature menu!  11am to 8pm –  April 1st, May 13th, June 3rd, July 15th, August 26th, September 23rd and October 7th.  All ages Welcome.  For those interested in signing up for the event to be a vendor please contact Matt Alli of Rollin’ Grill at 618-310-5425 or Kim Enke, City Clerk City of Centralia at 618-533-7625.

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Oct
7
Sat
Food Truck Saturdays @ Fairview Park
Oct 7 @ 11:00 am – 8:00 pm

Join the caravan of mobile vendors with friends and family in Centralia’s Fairview Park for Food Truck Saturdays.  Each vendor offers a unique signature menu!  11am to 8pm –  April 1st, May 13th, June 3rd, July 15th, August 26th, September 23rd and October 7th.  All ages Welcome.  For those interested in signing up for the event to be a vendor please contact Matt Alli of Rollin’ Grill at 618-310-5425 or Kim Enke, City Clerk City of Centralia at 618-533-7625.

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Oct
14
Sat
Apple Festival @ Schwartz Orchard
Oct 14 @ 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 14 @ 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
21
Sat
9th Annual “666” Doubles Tournament – Disc Golf @ Centralia Foundation Park
Oct 21 all-day

Centralia’s Foundation Park is south central Illinois’ finest disc golf course, and home to the Centralia Disc Golf Club.  Contact the Centralia Disc Golf Club at 618-322-5429 for information about this tournament or visit Centralia Disc Golf Club’s Facebook Page.

Oct
28
Sat
Centralia Fall Festival @ Downtown Centralia
Oct 28 @ 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 and Flea Market at the Centralia Recreation Complex, free children’s games and activities, chili cook-off, Miss and Mister Pumpkin contest, Car Show, Best Dressed Pet Contest, Scavenger Hunt, photo opportunity in Illinois Theatre, local Entertainment and, of course, delicious food.  For more information about making entry into the any of these events please visit www.centraliahpff.org.

Annual Halloween Parade
Oct 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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

 

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..  For even more fun, make plans to ride the “Little Obie” train through the park on certain evenings during the month of December.

Dec
1
Fri
Downtown Centralia Christmas Stroll @ Downtown Centralia, IL
Dec 1 @ 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 December 1st 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, 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
2
Sat
Lunch with Santa @ Centralia Recreation Complex
Dec 2 @ 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
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

High School basketball teams throughout the nation participate in this prestigious event.