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Wine Festivals

Ottawa 2 Rivers Wine Festival
June 9 - June 11
Enjoy wine from nearly 20 vintners from across Illinois, live jazz music, fresh lobster, an outdoor arts and crafts market, and so much more at this festival. The festival kicks off Friday, June 9, 2017 in Ottawa. Friday, 5 – 10 pm; Saturday, noon – 10 pm; Sunday, noon – 5 pm We simply can’t think of a better way to end your work week – or to start the summer!

Uncork Urbana
June 17 @ 1:00  - 9:00 pm
Downtown Urbana, 201 W Main St. Urbana
Uncork Urbana Wine festival celebrates the diverse and delicious wines that the state of Illinois has to offer. Illinois wine-lovers can enjoy an afternoon/evening of wine tasting, live music, and food.   Where: Main & Race Streets in downtown Urbana   When: Saturday, June 17, 1 – 9 pm

Illinois Wine Garden at Decatur Celebration
August 4 @ 5:00  - 6:00 pm
Downtown Decatur
At Decatur Celebration, there’s something exciting around every corner! And this year, the celebration includes a Wine Garden! Come and sample wines from several Illinois wineries. The massive 3-day event blankets the downtown business district with eight show stages featuring national and emerging music artists, three blocks of authentic arts and crafters, spectacular carnival rides for all ages, a parade and over 60 unique food items. Wine Garden Hours: Friday, August 4: 5-10pm Saturday, August 5: Noon-10pm Sunday, August 6: Noon-6pm.

Illinois State Fair Wine Experience
August 11 - August 20
Illinois State Fairground, 801 Sangamon Ave., Springfield
Join the Wine Experience during the Illinois State Fair, August 11-20, where you can taste wines from several Illinois wineries. The Wine Experience is located within the air-conditioned Artisan’s Building, a great place for you to come and relax during the fair. Fair hours are noon – 9 pm on weekdays and noon – 10 pm on weekends. The Illinois State Fair is one of the largest agricultural fairs in the country and features free entertainment stages, exciting.

Wine Garden at the Du Quoin State Fair
September 2 @ 12:00 pm - September 3 @ 4:00 pm
Du Quoin State Fairgrounds, 655 Executive Drive, Du Quoin
Join the Wine Garden during the Du Quoin State Fair, September 2-3, where you can taste wines from several Illinois wineries. Wine garden hours are noon – 7 pm on Saturday and noon – 4 pm on Sunday.

Vintage Illinois
September 16 & 17
Matthiessen State Park, IL - 178, North Utica
Illinois’ largest wine festival takes place at Matthiessen State Park in Utica, IL.  Hours are 11 am – 6 pm on Saturday, September 16 and noon – 5 pm on Sunday, September 17.  For more information, and advanced tickets, go to

The Great River Grape Escape
September 23 & 24
Clat Adam’s Park, Front & Hampshire, Quincy
A celebration of Illinois wine, food and music!  This annual wine festival, located along the scenic Quincy riverfront, will be held this year on Saturday, September 23 from noon – 7 pm and on Sunday, September 24 from noon – 5 pm.

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