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Summer in Illinois is a time for celebration, and the prairie state offers an array of vibrant festivals that showcase its rich culture, music, food and community spirit. Here’s a look at some of the must-attend summer festivals throughout the state:

Chicago area

Ribfest – Chicago, June 14-16

  • Live music, barbecue food

Hyde Park Summerfest – Chicago, June 17-18

  • Hip-hop and house music festival

Chicago suburbs

Long Grove Strawberry Fest – Long Grove, June 21-23

  • Strawberry-infused food and drinks, carnival rides, live music

Morris Beer Festival – Morris, September 7

  • 50 breweries, live music, food vendors

Northern Illinois

Nostalgia Days Festival – Zion, June 15

  • Car show, food and non-food vendors

Highwood Days with Taco Fest – Highwood, July 18-21

  • Carnival, live music, taco-centric food

Central Illinois

Tolono Fun Day Festival – June 28-29

  • Food vendors, craft vendors, live music

Illinois State Fair – Springfield, August 8-18

  • Live music, rides, attractions, food, vendors

Southern Illinois

Peanut Butter & Jam Festival – Highland, June 14, 21, 28, July 5, 12, 19, August 2 & 9

  • Free peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and popcorn, entertainment

Vandalia Summerfest – Vandalia, July 5-6

  • Music, food, activities

Western Illinois

Quad Cities Balloon Festival – Quad Cities, August 9-10

  • Hot air balloon festival

Geneseo Music Festival – Geneseo, June 14-16

  • Live music, craft vendors, food trucks

If any of these festivals pique your interest, be sure to check them out this year!