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Upcoming Events and Festivals

For up-to-date information on a day-by-day basis, go to the Tourism Calendar

8th Annual Red Carpet Corridor Festival
Saturday, May 3, 2014 - 8 AM to 5 PM
Sunday, May 4, 2014 - 8 AM to 3 PM

Each year the 13 communities along a 90-mile stretch of old Route 66 collectively celebrate the history of the Mother Road.  Each town puts together its own events and specials.  Gather the family, hop in the family car, and take a trip down memory lane.  For more information, visit the Red Carpet Corridor Webpage
You can see what the City of Pontiac has planned by viewing or downloading
 our local Red Carpet Corridor Pontiac Festival flyer.

Pancake Breakfast at the Municipal Airport
Fly-in / Drive-in
Saturday, May 3, 2014  -- 7 AM to 11 PM
Adults - $6 ~ Children ages 4 to 10 - $4 ~ Under 4 years of age - Free
15755 North 2000 East Road
Pontiac, IL  61764
(815) 844-0923


Vermillion Players Present:
"On the Road Again: Mother Road, That Is"

A musical revue featuring songs from the 60s and 70s. 
All Performances begin at 7:30 PM.  Admission FREE!

 Date Location Time
 Saturday, May 3, 2014 Chautauqua Park Pavilion 7:30 PM
 Saturday, May 17, 2014 Chautauqua Park Pavilion 7:30 PM
 Saturday, May 31, 2014 - Reprise of "At the Hop" Chautauqua Park Pavilion 7:30 PM
 Sunday, June 1, 2014 Chautauqua Park Pavilion 7:30 PM
 Thursday, July 10, 2014*  Chautauqua Park Pavilion 7:30 PM 
 Saturday, July 26, 2014 Chautauqua Park Pavilion 7:30 PM 
 Saturday, September 20, 2014 Chautauqua Park Pavilion 7:30 PM
 Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - Dinner Theatre at the Park* Chautauqua Park Pavilion 6:30 PM

[* = indicates a tentative performance - confirmation 30 days prior to event]

Vermillion Players Summer Season
Live Theatre in the Park

May 8 -11 : The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
June 12-15 : And the Winner Is . . .
July 10-13 : Children's Show - The Wizard of Oz
August 7-10 : A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody


Pontiac Cruise Nights
May 17, June 21, July 19 & August 16, 2014
Pontiac Cruise Nights are some of the best Cruise Nights in Central Illinois.  Visit the Pontiac Cruise Night webpage for additional information.

Heritage Days & Pre-War Festival
May 31, 2014
Civil War Living History - Local Craftsmen - Quilt Show - Historic Courthouse Tours
 Steam Engines - Cannon Shows - Pie Baking Contest - 33rd Illinois Volunteer Regimental Band - Food - Kids Games

"Get Your Kicks on Route 66" Car Show
May 31, 2014
Annual gathering of classic cars in the City of Pontiac.


Downtown Pontiac Fest
June 21, 2014
Taste of Livingston County - Iron Pigs Motorcycle Run - Entertainment - Beer Garden


Pontiac Parks & Recreation's Park Palooza
July 26, 2014
Cardboard Boat Races on the Vermilion - Kid's Games - Entertainment

Threshermen's Reunion
August 28 - September 1, 2014
Step back in time at the Central States Thresherman’s Reunion, held annually over Labor Day weekend. Come see and experience traditional events including rock crushing, threshing, sheep shearing, tractor pulls, and a variety of country music shows. Daily attractions include the General Store, 1900 Country School House, Singer Saw Mill, 1910 Era Blacksmith Shop, 1920 Conoco Gas Station, Craft Show, and Flea Market.
For more information, visit their

GTOAA Regional All Pontiac Cruise and Show
September 20 & 21, 2014

Hosted by the Heart of Illinois GTO Club, the Gateway GTO Club,
and the Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum and Resource Center. 
Saturday Events:  Private Collections Tour, Museum Tours, Ice Cream Social,
and Live Musical Revue Performance
Sunday Event: All Pontiac Car Show with Expanded Classes

For More Information, visit the Tourism Calendar

20th Annual Threshermen's Bluegrass Festival
September 25, 26, & 27, 2014
A weekend full of great music and good people. 
Come join us!  Held at Threshermen's Park, north of Pontiac on Illinois Route 23. 

Christmas Light Up Parade
November 28, 2014 @ 6 PM

Join us as we welcome Santa and the Holiday Season with a parade
filled with decorated and lighted floats.

The City of Pontiac is host to car clubs and group tours nearly every weekend of the Spring, Summer, and Fall. The Pontiac Tourism office would be happy to help you organize a visit for your group. We can assist you with parking, guided tours, trolley rides, restaurant reservations, and hotel or B & B accommodations for overnight stays. For groups with over 30 people and who are staying overnight in Pontiac, the tourism office will arrange free, live entertainment in the evening. Contact us for more information.

Pontiac Tourism

115 West Howard Street

Pontiac, IL 61764

Telephone: (815) 844-5847

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