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Upcoming Events and Festivals

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


9th Annual Red Carpet Corridor Festival
Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 8 AM to 5 PM
Sunday, May 3 2015 - 8 AM to 3 PM
13 Communities along a 90-mile stretch of Old Route 66 collectively celebrate the Mother Road.  Each town puts together its own events for the weekend.  Gather the family and take a trip down memory lane.  For more information, visit the Red Carpet Corridor website: 

Vermillion Players Summer 2015 Season
Live Theater in the Park

Anything Goes - June 11 -14, 2015
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - July 8 - 12, 2015
One More Time: Another Musical Encore of Our First 50 Years - August 6 - 9, 2015
Show time - 7:30 PM at Chautauqua Park Pavilion
For more information, visit our website 

Pontiac Cruise Nights
May 16, June 20, July 18, & August 15, 2015
Pontiac Cruise Nights are some the best Cruise Nights in Central Illinois. 
Visit the Pontiac Cruise Night webpage for additional information:

Pontiac's Heritage Day
Saturday May 30, 2015
Downtown Pontiac - on the Courthouse Square
Arts - Crafts - Demonstrations - Pie Baking Contest
For more information: call  (815) 944-6692

Farmer’s Market - Every Saturday in June thru October
Downtown Pontiac - starts at 7 AM - Fresh produce, baked goods, flowers & herbs

Free Concerts by the Pontiac Municipal Band
 Friday Evenings at 7:00 PM
June 5 through July 24
Downtown Pontiac - On the Square

Rustic Auto Club's
"Hang Loose - Let the Good Times Roll" Car Show

June 20, 2015 - 8 AM to 4 PM
Humiston-Riverside Park - 400 West Water Street
Join in the 30th Edition of this great car show.
Prizes to be awarded in multiple classes

Pontiac Parks & Recreation’s Park Palooza
July 25, 2015

Boat Races -  Kid Games - Food - Entertainment

Annual Threshermen's Reunion 
 September 3 - September 7, 2015

 The Nation's second oldest gathering of antique and heritage steam and gasoline powered farm equipment.  Horse shows, tractor pulls, live entertainment, daily parade of power, and lots of things for the kids.  This year will feature Minneapolis-Moline manufactured tractors.

GTOAA Regional Cruise and Show
September 19 & 20, 2015
Downtown Pontiac
Hosted by the Heart of Illinois GTO Club, the Gateway GTO Club, the Windy City GTO club, and the Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum and Resource Center.  Saturday: Private Collections Tour, Museum Tours, Cruise, Ice Cream Social, and Live Musical Revue Performance.  Sunday: All Pontiac Car Show with expanded classes.  For more information, visit the Gateway GTO website at:

23th Annual Threshermen's Bluegrass Festival 
September 24, 25 & 26, 2015
Held each  year at Threshermen’s Park a few miles out of the city, this festival celebrates all things bluegrass.  Nationally known entertainers, dancers, and festival food.  Bring your lawn chair, settle in, and enjoy the music! 


Christmas Light Up Parade 
November 27, 2015
Join us in welcoming Santa to Pontiac and kick off the Holiday Season 
with a parade filled with decorated and lighted floats.  Starts at 6 PM.



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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