Beautiful Nauvoo Calendar

Events in Nauvoo

In addition to our year-round activities, Nauvoo is the location for many wonderful events and festivals your whole family will enjoy. Many of these events have become regional traditions and attract people from around the world.

Mar
25

Nauvoo Prairie Grass Burn

Location:
Hotchkiss and Hyde Streets
Date
Mar 25 2019 5:00 pm

 

The annual "Prairie Grass Burn" will take place on Monday, March 25 from 5-7 p.m. at the corner of Hotchkiss and Hyde Streets.  Nauvoo Facilities Management and the Nauvoo Chamber of Commerce are partnering this year to offer good food, music and lots of fun for the entire family.  The actual burn will start at 6 p.m.  Volunteers are needed!

Apr
02

Nauvoo Elections

Location:
Nauvoo City Hall
Date
Apr 02 2019 7:00 am

On Tuesday, April 2nd Nauvoo residents will be able to vote for candidates for the following City Council offices - 1st Ward Alderman (4 year term), 2nd Ward Alderman (2 year term and a 4 year term), 3rd Ward Alderman (4 year term). The voting will be at the Nauvoo City Hall from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Apr
13

The Texas Tenors

Location:
Legacy Theater
Date
Apr 13 2019 7:00 pm - Apr 14 2019 2:00 pm
Phone:
217 357-9479
Website:
www.thelegacytheater.com

The Texas Tenors are classically trained and versitle tenors and have performed on Americas Got Talent and around the world.  Their musical talents appeal to all ages.  They will be performing at the Legacy Theater in Carthage on Saturday, April 13th at 7:00 pm and Sunday, April 14th at 7:00 pm.  

Apr
20

Pancake Breakfast and Easter Egg Hunt

Location:
Fire Protection District
Date
Apr 20 2019 7:00 am

 

The annual Nauvoo Fire Protection District Pancake Breakfast and Easter Egg Hunt will take place on Saturday, April 20.  The Pancake Breakfast will be from 7-10 a.m. at the Fire Station at Mulholland and Iowa Streets.  The Easter Egg Hunt starts at the same location at 10 a.m.  An all you can eat breakfast, prizes, 4,000 easter eggs and lots of fun for the entire family.

Apr
24

City-Wide Curbside Cleanup

Location:
City Hall
Date
Apr 24 2019

Nauvoo's City-Wide Curbside Cleanup will be April 24th.  Look for a flyer in the mail that will be specific regarding acceptable items to be picked up curbside.  Curbside pickup will be most smaller items that are of manageable sizes.  Appliances and metal will be accepted at the uptown city parking lot behind the public restrooms from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Electronics will be accepted at City Hall from 8:00 a.m. to Noon and 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.  Some items will NOT be accepted at any locations.  Please check the flyer carefully.

Apr
27

Beautify Nauvoo Day

Location:
City Hall
Date
Apr 27 2019

It's time for a Spring Cleaning of Nauvoo.  All those who wold like to be a part of spiffing up our town for spring: cleaning and general policing of the sidewalks and streets in the business district along Mulholland, should meet at City Hall at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 27th where assignments will be distributed.  The event will last until 11:00 a.m.  B.Y.O. broom and gloves, if possible.  Trash bags and additional equipment will be available.

May
14

I Dig Nauvoo

Location:
Main and Water Streets, Nauvoo IL
Date
May 14 2019 - Jun 20 2019
Website:
http://idignauvoo.legacyshare.org/

Participate in a real archeological dig in Nauvoo this summer.  This will be the seventh year of digging in Nauvoo.  We will be digging from May 14 to June 20.  Visit idignauvoo for more information.

May
16

Welcome to Nauvoo and Meet the Chamber Night

Location:
Nauvoo Pageant Headquarters Building, Nauvoo, IL
Date
May 16 2019 6:30 pm - May 16 2019 8:00 pm

The Nauvoo Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a "Welcome to Nauvoo and Meet the Chamber" night on Thursday, May 16 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Nauvoo Pageant Headquarters Building.  All new residents, visitors, missionaries, museum docents, tourism volunteers and any other interested individuals are invited.  This is an opportunity to learn more about the many businesses in Nauvoo. 

 

May
25

Historic Nauvoo Summer Shows

Location:
Historic Nauvoo Visitors Center
Date
May 25 2019 10:30 am - Aug 10 2019 8:00 pm

Historic Nauvoo presents a variety of shows during the summer from May 25 through August 10 watch "Sunset by the Mississippi", "Just Plain Anna Amanda", "The Promise" and many others.  Click here for more information.

May
27

Nauvoo Memorial Day Community Picnic

Location:
Nauvoo City Park, Nauvoo IL
Date
May 27 2019

Come to beautiful Nauvoo on Memorial Day weekend for a special community picnic with great food for a free-will offering, music performances and a patriotic flag ceremony honoring our heroic service men & women. The special celebration will be held on May 27, 2019, at the Nauvoo City Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and has become a great tradition for those who both visit and live in Nauvoo.  Sponsored by the Nauvoo Betterment Association, a group dedicated to promoting and encouraging improvements to the quality of life in Nauvoo. 

Jun
27

Martyrdom Memorial Service

Location:
Smith Family Cemetery, Nauvoo IL and Historic Carthage Jail Visitor’s Center, Carthage IL
Date
Jun 27 2019 11:50 am

Memorial services will be held on the anniversary of the June 27, 1844, assassinations of Joseph Smith and his brother, Hyrum. Joseph Smith organized The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was a Nauvoo founder and early mayor. Services will be held at the Smith family cemetery in Nauvoo on the corner of Water and Main Streets at 11:50 a.m. and later in Carthage at the Historic Carthage Jail Visitors Center, 310 Buchanan Street at 5:00 p.m.


Jul
05

Fourth of July Celebration & Fireworks

Location:
Downtown, Nauvoo, IL
Date
Jul 05 2019 9:30 pm

Nauvoo will be hosting a band concert and fireworks display on Friday, July 5th.  The band concert will be on the hillside west of the Nauvoo Temple, a great location to view the fireworks.  The fireworks will start at dusk, approximately 9:30 p.m. 

You'll love the 4th of July in the Nauvoo region.  There are many firework displays that can be seen up and down the Mighty Mississippi and Hancock County's celebration is in Carthage, Illinois - just 25 minutes from Nauvoo! 

Jul
06

6th Annual Cruisin' for the Kids Cruise Night

Location:
Downtown, Nauvoo, IL
Date
Jul 06 2019 4:00 pm

Nauvoo will host the 7th Annual Cruisin’ for the Kids Cruise Night in Nauvoo on Saturday, July 6th. This event is free and open to all ages with a special area for those under 21 years of age and includes an optional cruise through town, specialty awards, and prize giveaways. The cruise night is open to all makes, models, and all age groups.

This event is to help promote the sport of hot rodding and the Festival on Wheels / Tom Ciolek Memorial Scholarship that is available to an area senior heading into an accredited automotive program after high school.

Jul
09

The Nauvoo and British Pageants

Location:
Pageant Stage, Nauvoo, IL 8:30 p.m.
Date
Jul 09 2019 8:30 pm - Aug 03 2019 10:00 pm

The Nauvoo Pageant fills the summer evenings of Nauvoo with authentic hymns and folksongs, lively dances and tender moments that share the joy and tell the stories the early days of Nauvoo. Inspired by journals, sermons and historic records of the period, the pageant is a fun and enjoyable performance with a great story to tell. The pageant is held July 9th thru August 3rd, with performances Tuesday through Saturday night.

Come early and enjoy the Country Fair starting at 7:00 p.m.  Join in a variety of pioneer games and activities.  Enjoy some toe tapping music while learning pioneer dances.

Learn more about the Nauvoo and British Pageant and other activities. 

 

Aug
30

82nd Annual Nauvoo Grape Festival

Location:
Nauvoo State Park
Date
Aug 30 2019 - Sep 01 2019

The Nauvoo Grape Festival is an annual celebration held the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day Weekend in the Nauvoo State Park and surrounding areas of Nauvoo. This long-running festival is packed with activities including competitive events, parades, live entertainment and more! The weekend also features the Festival on Wheels Car Show, one of the region's largest open air car shows.

Learn More! See the Festival Calendar!

 

Aug
31

43rd Festival on Wheels Car Show

Location:
Nauvoo State Park
Date
Aug 31 2019 - Sep 01 2019

Nauvoo is host to one of the largest and most impressive car shows in the region. The Festival on Wheels Car Show is an open-air showcase of classic cars from all stages of automobile history. Come see this amazing collection of cars and stay for great food & live music.
Learn More! See the Festival on Wheels Calendar!

 

Sep
28

3rd Annual Scarecrow Festival

Location:
1290 Mulholland Street, Nauvoo, IL
Date
Sep 28 2019 - Oct 26 2019

On Saturday, October 5th, Nauvoo will host the third annual Scarecrow Festival.  Over twenty-five scarecrows will be on display along the Mulholland Street business district. Awards will be given to the top 3 entries during the Scarecrow Stroll held on October 5th.  Following the stroll event, the scarecrows will remain on display through the annual “Boo-ti-ful” Nauvoo Pumpkin Walk, which will be held on October 26, 2019.

Take advantage of the "Photo Frame" opportunity to have memories captured using your cell phone or camera.

The third annual Scarecrow Festival is sponsored by the Nauvoo Betterment Association, a group dedicated to promoting and encouraging improvements to the quality of life in Nauvoo.

 

 

Oct
05

3rd Annual Scarecrow Stroll

Location:
1290 Mulholland Street, Nauvoo, IL
Date
Oct 05 2019

On Saturday, October 5th, Nauvoo will host the third annual Scarecrow Stroll. At 2 p.m. a ribbon cutting ceremony and award ceremony will take place on the lawn of Hotel Nauvoo, 1290 Mulholland Street. The Scarecrow Stroll event will take place from 2 pm. to 4 p.m. along the Mulholland Street business district. Over twenty-five scarecrows will be on display and will be joined by Minions and “Strolling Scarecrows.” 

Following the stroll event, the scarecrows will remain on display through the annual “Boo-ti-ful” Nauvoo Pumpkin Walk, which will be held on Saturday, October 26th.

The third annual Scarecrow Stroll is sponsored by the Nauvoo Betterment Association, a group dedicated to promoting and encouraging improvements to the quality of life in Nauvoo.

Oct
12

Nauvoo Community Center Auction

Location:
Former Grade School Gym
Date
Oct 12 2019

The Nauvoo Community Center Capital Campaign Committee is sponsoring an auction on Saturday, October 12 at the former grade school gym.  Sullivan Auctioneers will be in charge.  Now is the time to start thinking about what you'd like to donate.  Be watching for more information.

Oct
26

Bootiful Nauvoo Pumpkin Walk

Location:
Historic Downtown Nauvoo, IL
Date
Oct 26 2019

The city of Nauvoo is again coming alive in the Halloween Spirit as it hosts its annual Pumpkin Walk on Saturday, October 26, 2019. This year’s event will again feature hundreds of hand-carved jack-o’-lanterns that will be lit and displayed along Mulholland Street. Many of the Nauvoo merchants will operate on extended hours with specials, treats and entertainment throughout the day. The pumpkin chucker will return as a favorite activity!

 

 

Nov
28

Nauvoo Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Location:
Fire Protection District
Date
Nov 28 2019

Come and join with others in sharing a Thanksgiving dinner at 5:00 p.m. at the Nauvoo Fire Station.

Dec
07

A Movie, Soup Supper and Handel's Messiah

Location:
Historic Downtown Nauvoo, IL
Date
Dec 07 2019

On Saturday, December 7th, the Nauvoo Public Library will be showing a movie at 2:30 in the old elementary school gym.  The Nauvoo Fire Protection District will host its annual soup supper at the Fire Station from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. followed by the Nauvoo Community Choir and Orchestra's performance of "The Messiah" at 7:30 p.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. 

 

Dec
07

Christmas Walk in Old Nauvoo

Location:
Historic Nauvoo Visitor Center
Date
Dec 07 2019

The Nauvoo Christmas Walk will be held Saturday, November 30th and Saturday, December 14th with festivities beginning in the Historic Nauvoo Visitors' Center at 5:45 p.m.and running through 9:00 p.m.  The festivities start with a Tree Lighting Ceremony and program at 5:45 followed by a Live Nativity program which will be performed twice in the West Theater.  There will be wagon rides thru Historic Nauvoo and to the various sites where the history of popular Christmas Carols will be told.  Each site will have the story of a different carol.  Refreshments will be served in the Family Living Center.  The public is invited and all activities, treats, etc. are free.

 

Dec
14

Christmas Walk in Old Nauvoo

Location:
Historic Nauvoo Visitor Center
Date
Dec 14 2019

The Nauvoo Christmas Walk will be held Saturday, November 30th and Saturday, December 14th with festivities beginning in the Historic Nauvoo Visitors' Center at 5:45 p.m.and running through 9:00 p.m.  The festivities start with a Tree Lighting Ceremony and program at 5:45 followed by a Live Nativity program which will be performed twice in the West Theater.  There will be wagon rides thru Historic Nauvoo and to the various sites where the history of popular Christmas Carols will be told.  Each site will have the story of a different carol.  Refreshments will be served in the Family Living Center.  The public is invited and all activities, treats, etc. are free.

 

Feb
01

Nauvoo Exodus Commemoration

Location:
Family History Center
Date
Feb 01 2020 10:00 am
Website:
www.historicnauvoo.net

Join with others to honor the Pioneers who left Nauvoo in the winter of 1846.  There will be a free continental breakfast at the Family Living Center (located on White Street, between Main and Granger) at 10:00 a.m. and then a walk down Parley Street with members of the Nauvoo Legion.  There will be a brief program at the end of Parley Street.  Click here for more information

Feb
07

Untold Nauvoo Stories

Location:
Joseph Smith Historic Site
Date
Feb 07 2020 - Feb 08 2020
Website:
www.untoldnauvoostories.com

The City of Nauvoo, Nauvoo Tourism Office, Joseph Smith Historic Site and Historic Nauvoo sponsor an annual gathering to celebrate the full gamut of Nauvoo’s legacy - its Native American peoples, its origins as a river town, its role in the Latter-day Saints’ history, its place in the utopian Icarian movement, its appeal to German immigrants, its contribution to the Sisters of St. Benedict ministry, its significance in Midwest viticulture, its reflection of trends in American agriculture, and its rebirth as a point of heritage tourism. This gathering is a venue for sharing stories that have not yet entered into the standard narrative of the histories of Hancock and Lee counties. The 10th Annual Untold Nauvoo Stories symposium will be held January 31 - February 1 at various locations throughout Nauvoo.

Click here for more information.