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3rd Fridays in Downtown Lincoln

Downtown Lincoln

Held on the 3rd Friday May-July 

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Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Festival

Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Festival

Postville Courthouse 

Held the third weekend in September

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LMH Farmers Market

Logan County Fairgrounds 

1408 Short 11th St.

Lincoln, IL 62656


Held on Saturdays 8am-12pm May-September 

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Balloons Over 66 Information 2022




Balloon Flights / Balloon Glow Schedule

 August 26th & 27th 2022!

There are 36 Balloons coming to town this year! The pilots meet soon before the launches to determine whether they will set up and launch, set up and stay tethered to the ground, or not launch at all- (depending on weather)


The flights are slated for:
  • Friday Evening (Approx. 6:00/6:15 PM)
  • Saturday Morning (Approx. 6:15/6:30 AM)
  • Saturday Evening (Approx. 6:00/6:15 PM)
  • Balloon Glow - Saturday Evening at 8:00 PM at the (4) Launch Sites Listed Below-

The glow is where the pilots set up the balloons, stay tethered to the ground and glow at night.

Would you like to help crew a balloon during Balloons Over 66 Weekend? We would love to have you! If you are interested, please come to the Comfort Inn in Lincoln, IL at 5:00 PM Friday, August 26th. Wear comfortable clothing. NO open-toed shoes, dresses, or skirts. Hope to see you there!


Launch Sites


  1. Mayfair Park (Mayfair subdivision is located off of N. Kickapoo St. across from Graue Chevrolet) 
  2. Dugan Center -- 1500 N. McLean St., Lincoln 
  3. 315 8th St., Lincoln--City owned lot 
  4. 455 Campus View Dr., Lincoln
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Purchasing Flights


There will be no tethered balloon rides this year; however, rides can be purchased at $300.00/person. If interested, please contact a pilot directly ASAP to book your flight! I can assure you -- this will be an experience that you will NOT soon forget!


  • Dan Reusch -- 309-573-4641
  • Greg Saul -- 309-337-7927





Full Weekend Itinerary


Thursday, 25th - Itinerary 

  • Ribbon Cutting at The Lincoln Arts Institute - A dedication to Moses Pinkerton - 5:30 PM


Friday, 26th - Itinerary


MAIN STAGEDowntown - Stage will be set up on the corner of Pulaski St and Kickapoo St (facing North toward Broadway St.)

  • LIVE MUSIC from BIG SUNS from 7:00-11:00 PM
**Alcohol vending will be done from Spirited Republic, Alley-Bi Saloon, The Rusty Rail Pub*


Saturday, 27th - Itinerary

**Alcohol vending will be done from Spirited Republic, Alley-Bi Saloon, The Rusty Rail Pub**


Sunday, 28th - Itinerary


Food: Friday and Saturday


Local Eateries in Downtown Lincoln:

Mama’s Arcade – Saturday 6:30AM - 1:00PM

Alley-Bi Saloon – Lunch 11:00-2:00PM Bar Open 11:00AM - 2:00AM

Guest House Coffee and Pastries – Friday 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. Saturday 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Guzzardo’s – Friday 4:30 – 9:00 p.m. Saturday 4:30 – 10:00 p.m.

Sorrento’s – Open 4:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Rio Grande – Open 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Joe’s Pizzeria – Open 4:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Blue Dog Inn –  Friday 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Idle Hour – Open 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Flossie’s – Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Deep Roots – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Closed Saturday

Sir Renna Tea – Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Food Trucks: Opening Friday Afternoon!

Cheesed Out

Pat’s Famous Walleye

Nuthatch Hill BBQ Company

Cullers’ Fries

The Traveling Top Hat & Treats

Pauly's BBQ

Compassionate Crumbs

Gramma Nana's Kitchen

Lemonade by Megan Kenny


Lincoln Art Fair

Location: Downtown Lincoln - Lincoln Arts Institute

112 S. McLean Street., Lincoln, IL 62656

Friday, 26th 5:00PM - 8:00PM

Saturday, 27th 10:00AM - 5:00PM

Come check out the renovated Moses Pinkerton gallery on the 3rd floor, housing a LAI member show and a curated exhibition by Lease Agreement, Inhabiting Rivers, Unfinishing Circles in the main gallery. There will also be a First Student Bus outside to paint! So stop by and let your creativity and imagination run wild! 


Oasis Craft & Vendor Show

Location: Oasis Senior Center

2810 Woodlawn Road. Lincoln, IL 62656

Saturday, 27th 10:00AM - 4:00PM

The Oasis will host a Craft and Vendor show during the Balloons Over 66 weekend here in Lincoln. There will be Brat/Hog dog and Corn on the Cob sold. They will be packed with vendors!

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For questions, please contact the Logan County Tourism Bureau at (217) 732-8687

or stop in at 101 N. Chicago Street., Lincoln, IL 62656



  • Lincoln-Events

    Lincoln Christmas Express

    Downtown Lincoln 

    Beginning the last weekend in November


    • Gingerbread House Contest- Local residents can participate in creating a Gingerbread House. The houses will be judged by the community and will stay on display from December 11th - December 18th at the Lincoln Art Institute.  For more information and/or to enter a house, see the following form: Gingerbread House Entry Form


    • Small Business Saturday
      • Beginning Saturday, November 27th, come tour 25 of your favorite Downtown local businesses to launch your Christmas Season. You will receive a ticket to be stamped at each location. Turn in your ticket by December 18th for a chance to win $650, $375, or $250 in local gift cards.
        *You must visit at least 10 participating locations and make a purchase (no minimum required, where applicable). Your ticket can be turned in at any participating business.
      • Your favorite participating businesses include...
        Abe's Carmelcorn, Copper Penny, Debbie's Downtown Floral, Deep Roots, Flossie and Delzena's, Guest House Coffee & Pastries, Guzzardo's Italian Villa, Idle Hour, Indigo Quilt Studio, Lincoln Art Institute, Lincoln Grand VIP Cinema, Mama's Arcade, Mary Todd's Hallmark, McEntire's Appliances, Mystic Rose Antiques, Pink Shutter, Podbelsek Family Creations, Renew Consignment & Thrift, Sherwin Williams, Sir Renna Tea, Small Town Creations, Sorrento's Pizzeria, Spirited Republic, The Bee, & Top Hat Creamery


    • FREE Carriage Rides - Come take a ride in a carriage around the Courthouse Square. Nov, 26th: 6:00-9:00 PM, all other Friday nights from 5:00-8:00 PM - Dec. 3rd;  Dec. 10th; Dec.17th and Saturday afternoons from 12:00-3:00 PM - Nov. 27th; Dec. 4th; Dec. 18th. 
      • A big thank you to all our sponsors who make this FREE event possible!
        Abe's Carmelcorn, Bennet Funeral Home, Copper Penny, Debbie's Downtown Floral, Deep Roots Cafe, Guest House Coffee & Pastries, Guzzardo's Italian Villa, Indigo Quilt Studio, Jenny Abbott - American Family Insurance, Joe Ryan - Country Financial, Lincoln Art Institute, Logan County Title Co., Mary Todd's Hallmark, ME Realty, Michelle Bauer - Country Financial, Midwest Dental, Renew Consignment, Sir Renna Tea, Small Town Creations, Sorrento's Pizzeria, Spirited Republic, The Bee, & Top Hat Creamery


    For more information visit the 2021 CHRISTMAS EXPRESS FACEBOOK EVENT  


    • Christmas Parade- Come kick off the holidays this year with Lincoln's Christmas Parade! The Christmas Cruise is Thursday, December 2nd, 2021, starting at 6:30 PM.
      This year’s theme will be “Christmas Movies”.
      Christmas Parade Entry Participants: If you wish to have an entry in the Christmas Parade in Downtown Lincoln, please fill out the form by clicking the link! -Christmas Parade Participant/Float Entry Form


     For more information visit the CHRISTMAS PARADE FACEBOOK EVENT



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    Logan County Fair

    Logan County Fairgrounds

    1408 Short 11th St.

    Lincoln, IL 62656


    July 31st - August 7th

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    Route 66 Weekend

    Lincoln, Illinois

    Held the second weekend in June

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    Logan County Tourism Bureau

    101 North Chicago Street
    Lincoln, IL 62656

    Normal Hours
    9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. - Mon.-Fri.
    10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sat. also
    10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Mon.-Fri.

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