Vermilion County would like to thank Phases of the Moon for a great weekend of art and entertainment! We are looking forward to next year!
Need some tranquil time to relax? Or possibly an afternoon with the kids..without cell phones? Look no further than Kickapoo State Park! Kickapoo offers a wide array of free activities for all levels of nature lovers including hiking, biking, hunting, fishing, and wildlife watching. Kickapoo also offers 12 miles of single track mountain bike trails ranging from easy to technical, and it is one of the few state parks in Illinois that allows scuba diving with registration and proper certification.
Central Illinois winters can be tough at times, but they create wonderful opportunities for winter sports at Kickapoo as well including cross-country skiing, sledding, ice fishing and ice skating.
Kickapoo Landing offers additional recreational opportunities by allowing guests to rent canoes, kayaks, tubes, and paddleboats. They offer 8-mile and 13-mile canoe and kayak trips on the Middle Fork River, Illinois’ only National Scenic River, and tube trips cover 2-miles of the river and Clear Lake. Paddleboats, canoes, kayaks, and double kayaks can also be rented by the hour and used on Clear Lake which offers opportunities for exploring, wildlife viewing, and fishing. The Landing also offers dining options with dinner specials every weekend and live music on Tuesdays and Fridays throughout the summer!
Also on site is Thunder Wolf Trail Rides which accommodates horseback riders of all levels. Their horses are “gentle enough for first timers and spunky enough for advanced riders to enjoy a good ride”. They offer pony and trail rides along with birthday parties, riding lessons, horsemanship classes, and scout horse-related badges.
Guests can make an overnight trip from their visit at Kickapoo by staying at the on-site campgrounds with 184 sites available for tent and trailer camping. Reservations can be made online or by calling (217) 442-4915. Shelters and playground areas are also available for large groups and parties.
The time has finally come, and President Abraham Lincoln is back in the Danville Area! This time however he is in miniature form. Mini Abe – Illinois’ tourism mascot – has been traveling the state to take in all the attractions Illinois has to offer. Check back soon for updates on his adventures in the Danville Area or follow along on social media:
To see Mini Abe’s adventure across the whole state, search #MiniAbe on your favorite social media source!
The inaugural Phases of the Moon Music & Art Festival has released the Phase III final lineup announcement featuring seminal band The String Cheese Incident as the second headliner performing for two nights. As previously announced, the legendary Widespread Panic will headline the other two evenings. Friday night will feature the debut of Lunar Landing Conspiracy, a multi-sensory, guest filled collaboration curated by members of The String Cheese Incident.
The String Cheese Incident solidify an impressive lineup that includes, Widespread Panic, Bob Weir & Ratdog, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gov’t Mule, Leon Russell, Galactic, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Jackie Greene, Railroad Earth, Vintage Trouble, Donavon Frankenreiter, Sam Bush Band, Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, Martin Sexton, Anders Osborne, Leftover Salmon with Bill Payne of Little Feat, Kung Fu, The California Honeydrops, Toubab Krewe, Mingo Fishtrap, Futurebirds, Artist-In-Residence David Gans and many, many, more. To view the entire lineup, go to: http://potm.us/lineup.
The Phases of the Moon Music & Art Festival will take place September 11 – 14 at the 3000 acre Kennekuk County Park outside Danville, IL. The four-day music, art and camping event has been thoughtfully curated to provide a unique festival experience for all. The stunning setting boasts miles of hiking trails, scenic ponds, streams, wide-open spaces, lush canopies, historic turn-of-the-century buildings and the 170 acre Lake Mingo. Visit Website.
Along with incredible music, Phases of the Moon offers more than a festival experience with something for all, including the transformative mind, body and soul healing space called The Sanctuary, an eclectic roster of dazzling Performance Artists, celebrated nationally renowned visual artists, The Crescent Moon Kids Camp and so much more.
Tier II ticket pricing for Phases of the Moon will begin on June 19. Ticket & package information can be found here.
The Phases of the Moon Music & Art Festival Streaming radio station is now live. Phases Radio is accessible via a tab on all pages of the Phases website and is also available on TuneIn Radio and the TuneIn Radio app. Tune in here.
The Danville Area is full of fun and exciting activities for the entire family throughout the year, but there is no better time than summer to get out and explore all that Vermilion County has to offer. The opportunities this summer will excite kids of every age and interest. Here’s a brief tasting of things to come, but for a full listing, visit our Calendar of Events!
Festivals and Fairs
Rides, entertainment, concessions, and livestock shows will be back in full swing this summer! Click on any of the links below for more information on Grandstand events.
Danville Jacyees’ Springfest: May 28 – June
1525 Georgetown Road, Tilton (just North of Vermilion Chevrolet)
Vermilion County Fair and Expo: June 24 – 28
Vermilion County Fairgrounds – 17528 N. 1180 East Road, Oakwood
Georgetown Fair: August 2 – 9
Georgetown Fairgrounds – 319 N. Seminary Street, Georgetown
National Sweetcorn Festival: August 28 – September 1
McFerren Park – Corner of West Penn Street and Route 1, Hoopeston
CASA Royal Ball: July 25 & 26
Harrison Park – 1300 W. Voorhees Street, Danville
A live, interactive fairy tale festival for the whole family held at the “Castle” in Harrison Park – a fundraiser to benefit CASA of Vermilion County. Click here for event details as they become available. Admission tickets: $20.00.
College for Kids: June 16 – 20, July 14 – 18
Danville Area Community College – 2000 E. Main Street, Danville
College for Kids provides hands-on, in-depth exploration, and exposure to a college atmosphere for students jr. high and younger. Students can take week long classes in acting, astronomy, Spanish, sewing, television production, outdoor games, and so much more! Classes are $45.00 each or students may choose the 3 per day option for $135.00 with a hot lunch. To see the complete schedule and register, click here.
DACC Sports and Media Camps: June 10 – 13, June 16 – 20, June 17 – 22
Danville Area Community College – 2000 E. Main Street, Danville
Grades 7th – 12th (entering into Fall ’14) Individual instruction in the techniques of offense and defense at all positions, and instruction on shooting, passing, defense, dribbling, and teamwork will be emphasized. Campers will receive a t-shirt, prizes for contests, and certificate of completion. Cost $40.
Basketball Camp: June 16 – 20
Grades 4th – 6th (entering into Fall ’14) Campers will learn all the fundamentals of basketball including shooting, passing, defense, dribbling, rules of the game, and good sportsmanship. Campers will receive a t-shirt, prizes for contests, and certificate of completion. Cost $50.
Grades 7th – 12th (entering into Fall ’14) Participants will receive a t-shirt, evaluation form, and certificate of completion along with instruction by WDAN Radio Sports Announcers and nationally known special guest speakers. Instruction will consist of interviewing, play-by-play, sports writing, video-editing, public address announcing, TV studio work and even a special field trip. Participants will get two nights of broadcast experience at Danville Stadium. This is a nationally recognized summer program that has taught future broadcasters, writers and sports media professionals for the past 17 years. Attention girls, the sports media field is wide open and a career could begin at DACC this summer! Cost $65.
Registration for DACC Sports and Media Camps can be done online or by calling (217) 443-8807.
Danville Dans Kids’ Club: Thursday Home Games, 6:30 PM
Danville Stadium – 410 Highland Boulevard, Danville
Membership is free through sponsorship of the Pediatric Providers of Danville and will include a membership card, free admission to Thursday night home games, and access to the “High Five” tunnel during line-ups of Kids’ Club games. Members will also have the chance to be a guest PA Announcer or win a free Dans Baseball Camp registration. A special Kids’ Club celebration will be held on Saturday, July 26. To sign up, visit the Dans Kids’ Club page.
Summer Fun Runs and Walks: Wednesdays, 6:00 PM
Kickapoo State Park – 10906 Kickapoo Park Road, Oakwood
Keep kids active through the summer with Fun Runs and Walks at Kickapoo State Park! Everyone will receive a ribbon for completing the 1, 2 or 3 mile course and there will be a cookout hosted by the Kennekuk Road Runners each week weather permitting – participants are asked to bring their own food to grill and something to share, Kennekuk Road Runners will provide the grills and paper products. For more information, contact the Road Runners at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vermilion County Conservation District Summer Camps: Click here for complete schedule of dates
Kennekuk County Park – 22296A Henning Road, Danville
Forest Glen Preserve – 20301 E. 900 North Road, Westville
The Vermilion County Conservation District’s summer programs offer outdoor fun for children 3 through 5. With almost 4,500 acres between Kennekuk County Park and Forest Glen Preserve, children will gain appreciation and knowledge of wildlife and the great outdoors. Camps range from hour long sessions for children 3-5 introducing them to nature with crafts and songs to the week-long Youth Conservation Summit which includes canoeing, fishing, and education on natural resources for students 12-15. For a complete listing of programs available or to register, visit the VCCD website or call (217) 662-2142.
Book Club for Kids: Mondays, 4:00 – 5:00 PM
Danville Public Library – 319 N. Vermilion Street, Danville
Danville Public Library’s Book Club is open for all ages and features a story, book-related craft, and snack each week from 4:00 – 5:00 PM. Children ages 3-5 can also enjoy Wee Wigglers story hour Mondays and Tuesdays 10:00 – 10:30 AM or Monday evenings 6:30 – 7:00 PM. To learn more about children’s programs at the Danville Public Library, visit here or call (217) 477-5225.