Illinois Strawberry Festivals in 2018

Looking for a strawberry festival in Illinois in 2018? (just scroll down the page)There is no other listing as complete and current as this list, just updated! All the strawberry festivals in Illinois we can find are listed on this page! If you love strawberries, look for a festival near you below! And I'm always looking for more strawberry festivals! Please write me, if you know of any to add!  I update the dates as soon as the festivals publish their information, but you can always click on the links (usually the name of the festival) to see the current information on the festival's own website. 

I update this list every year, but still click on the links to the festival (the blue, underlined name of the each festival) to confirm this year's dates on the website for each festival. They may change or cancel at the last minute. . If they don't have a website, call the phone number provided, but ALWAYS CONFIRM THIS YEAR'S DATES AND TIMES BY EITHER VIEWING THEIR WEBSITE OR CALLING.

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Illinois 2018 Strawberry Festivals - Where, When and More Details!

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There are two general types of strawberry festivals 1) community festivals, usually organized by a church, school, local Chamber of commerce or a town and 2). Strawberry festival held at and by a farm

They are different in what they offer, so they are grouped separately. (of course not all states and areas have both. And following the festival listings are links to our easy to follow directions about making strawberry jam, freezing strawberries, strawberry pies and much more. 

Community Strawberry Festivals

  • Arthur Illinois Strawberry Jam Festival - Early June, Friday and Saturday, from 8 am to 5 pm, (June 1 and 2, in 2018)
    Downtown Arthur, E. Progress St, Arthur, IL 61911. Phone: (217) 543-2242.  Free Strawberry give-a-ways all day long. Merchant Sidewalk Sales. Strawberry Pie Eating State Championship. Craft & Food Vendors. Pie Baking Contest. Strawberry Social, Touch a Truck (Sat. Only)Live Music.
  • Catlin Strawberry Festival - Saturday, Early June (6 years running)
    Caitlin, IL. Email: [email protected]. ​Join us for food, vendors, music and fun at the annual Strawberry Festival. Children of all ages are invited to participate in the dunk tank, cake walk, bean bag toss, face painting, bounce house and obstacle course. We will also have a number of contests, such as limbo, hula hoop and bubble blowing. For a suggested donation, we will be providing hot dogs, Italian beef and strawberry shortcake and pie.  This year, you will be able to enjoy the musical stylings of Logan Kirby from 10 to 11 am, Zach and Perry Dable from 11:15 to 12:15 pm and Live Thru Wednesday from 12:30 to 1:30 pm.  Car enthusiasts can enjoy an antique car show brought to us by Illiana Automobile Club from 10 to 2.  Afterwards, come join in the fun at the American Legion for drinks, live music and food from High on the Hog. Live music includes: Dixie Flyer Band from 3 to 5pm and House of Cards from 7 to 10pm.
  • Elmwood Strawberry Festival - the first Saturday of every June; June 2, 2018 from 9 am to 4 pm
    Central Park, , 100 E. Main St., Elmwood, Illinois 61529. Phone: (309) 742-2351. Email: [email protected]. Directions: 25 miles West of Peoria on Rt. 78. The Annual Car Show has returned, Click here for a link to our Facebook page. The Elmwood Strawberry Festival is an annual event held in beautiful downtown Elmwood with Strawberries, Strawberry Desserts, Crafts, Drinks, Various vendor items.
  • Long Grove Strawberry Fest - each June (June 22-24, 2018)
    Downtown Long Grove, 308 Old McHenry Rd, Long Grove, IL 60047. This is the granddaddy of Long Grove's signature festivals, drawing close to 50,000 visitors to the historic business district for the 3-day event. It is considered one of the premier outdoor festivals in the Chicagoland area. The pleasures of summer are celebrated with 'berry wonderful strawberry-filled and inspired treats. All ages flock to dipping stations for the chocolate covered strawberries, the fruit smoothies, ice creams, strawberry donuts, baked goods, as well as the farm-fresh berries themselves. There is free entertainment for all ages throughout the village, a classic car show, and more. Shops host a variety of strawberry-related activities. A wide variety of food vendors offer their delicious treats in addition to Long Grove's fine local restaurants. You can also enjoy a beer and a brat at the Lions Club Beer and Brat tent. Visitors are treated to FREE admission and FREE parking in municipal lots with additional parking available in the Midwest Bank Lot at Old Rt. 53 and McHenry Rd. and at the Long Grove Community Church on Robert Parker Coffin Road, west of town. Limited parking spaces are available at Mel's Marathon Gas Station at the main intersection of McHenry and Coffin Rds. (These lots charge for parking.) Area strawberry farmers sell strawberries, other produce and crafts at merchant booths throughout town. Strawberry shortcake, ice cream and other food is available throughout the day. Other activities include a parade, the Strawberry Stampede youth fun/competitive fitness footraces, a re-enactment of a 1921 bank robbery (in which the two suspects were killed) and numerous other activities. A street dance takes place on Saturday evening, the day before the festival, as the unofficial kick-off to the event. Call (847) 634-0888 or send E-Mail  to receive our color Brochure/Map Directory of Long Grove. Please mention the Web site when you call or write. Visit our Map and Directions page for travel information.
  • Macoupin County Historical Society Annual Strawberry Festival -  late May, Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 4 pm, in 2018 on May 28 and 29
    920 Breckenridge Street, Carlinville, IL, FREE PARKING & ADMISSION. Museum Theme: Before the Internet: typewriters, telephones, writing tools. COME & VISIT OUR: Huge Craft Show - Toy Show - Antique Tractors - Cars - Antique Machinery - Antique Small Engine - Horse-Drawn Machinery - Country Church - 1 Room Country Schoolhouse - Country Store - Blacksmith Shop - Museums full of Macoupin History - Print Shop Fiber arts demonstrations of basket and rug weaving, blacksmithing, and broom making, The Agriculture Association will be serving food in their Pavillion, featuring BBQ pork burgers and pork chop sandwiches  Spring Festival Theme: "Ladies' Accessories"
    SATURDAY, MAY 27:
    7 am - 4 pm: Market
    7:30 am: Breakfast served in Red Barn (includes Biscuits & Gravy)
    9 am - 4 pm: Festival Activities and Crafts on Display - Museum (Anderson Mansion) Tours ($3 per adult & $1 per child age 6-11)
    10:30 am: Garden Tractor pullers weigh-in
    11:30 am: Garden tractor pullers competition FOR INFORMATION CALL 217-854-2850
    Noon - 3 pm: STAGE ENTERTAINMENT
    1:00 pm - Hymn sing at Church
    2:00 pm - Antique Tractor Parade
    SUNDAY, MAY 28:
    7 am - 4 pm: Market
    7:30 am: Breakfast served in Red Barn (includes Biscuits & Gravy)
    8:30 am: Morning Church Service at Country Church
    9 am - 4 pm: Festival Activities and Crafts on Display - Museum (Anderson Mansion) Tours ($3 per adult & $1 per child age 6-11)
    10:30 am: Garden Tractor pullers weigh-in
    Noon - 3 pm: STAGE ENTERTAINMENT
    1:00 pm - Hymn sing at Church
    2:00 pm - Antique Tractor Parade
  • Melrose Chapel United Methodist Church 144th Annual Strawberry Festival - Early June, from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday
    3600 Payson Road, Quincy, IL 62305. Phone: 217-224-1302. Email: [email protected].. Serving cups of strawberries, strawberry shortcakes, strawberry sundaes and strawberry supreme, a combination of a shortcake and a sundae. Sandwiches, chips, drinks and baked goods also are available. People may eat at the church or carryout.
  • St. Jacob Strawberry Festival - Sunday, May 20, 2018 from 10 am to 3 pm
    239 W Main St, St Jacob, IL 62281. Phone: 618-644-2142. They'll have Strawberry desserts,  ice cream from Stenkoenig Dairy, Music,  Crafters, Jump Houses, Children's Entertainment, Music. Join Us for Lunch: Brats, Hot Dogs, Chicken Kabobs, Strawberry Desserts. The festival sponsored by the St. Jacob United Church of Christ. Entertainment will be provided.
  • Tiskilwa Historical Society Art and Strawberry Festival - June 9th, 2018
    110 East Main Street, Tiskilwa, IL. Strawberries will be for sale on the shaded lawn of Museum. There will also be local artists, artisans, musicians and other town organizations, we'll welcome the arrival of summer. Bring the family to enjoy children's games and art projects as well as ice cream, pizza, and special historical exhibits.

Farm Strawberry Festivals

In addition to community and church festivals, some private farms have their own strawberry festivals in June.  See each farm for this year's dates (they often do not announce them until the end of May). They usually have PYO strawberries then, too.  Also, scroll down to see the links to recipes, freezing, canning and jam making directions at the bottom of the page.

  • Belleville Strawberry Festival at Eckert's Country Store & Farms - May, from 10 am to 5 pm each day
    951 S. Green Mount Road, Belleville, IL 62220. Phone: (618) 233-0513. This is the weekend to share with family and friends. And what better place to share it than the family farm! Enjoy outdoor festival foods and live entertainment at this old-fashioned all-American festival. Kid's activities include pony rides, children's play area, petting farm, carnival rides, and inflatable. Fee charged for some activities. 10am - 5pm For more information call.

 

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