Mattoon Tourism and Arts May 11, 2022 



  • May 13 Lake Land College Commencement 
  • Friday, May 13 at 6 p.m. in the Field House.  #LakerGrad2022


  • May 14 Camp New Hope Spring Clean-Up Day
  • Bring friends, family, office, club or organization and join in for a day of fun and service at Camp New Hope. Scrub away winter and freshen up campus in preparation for another summer of fun. Free lunch is provided. Call (217) 895-2341 or message Camp through Facebook to let Camp know you're coming. 


  • May 14 Fit to Serve Spring Garden Event
  • On Saturday, May 14th Fit to Serve will be hosting our 2nd Annual Spring Garden Celebration at the Fit-2-Serve Community Garden, located at 520 South 5th Place in Mattoon. Join for games, crafts, a book reading, and more. Learn about our family garden plots. Let's grow something beautiful.


  • May 14 SBLHC Races for all Paces at EIU
  • This Saturday from 7 am– 11am Races for All Paces will be at EIU. There will be a 1 mile run/walk, 5K, 10K and the toughest Half-Marathon in the region. Event takes places at EIU's O'Brien Stadium in Charleston. For more information go to:  www.sarahbush.org/races


  • May 14 Artworks in Downtown Mattoon
  • Artworks Festival is back. Artisans, Artwork, Make & Takes, Live Music & Food Trucks This will be the 9th annual festival produced by the Mattoon Arts Council. It will be held downtown Mattoon at Heritage Park and bandshell, The Train Depot (Lone Elm Room). Artworks is Free and Open to the public.


  • May 14 Gardenfest in Lytle Park
  • Gardenfest, formerly Herbfest, is the kick off to the gardening season. Join at Lytle Park May 14th, 2022. Open from 9an-12pm or while supplies last. Vendors will have plants and plant related items. For information call 217-258-6286 or email tourism@mattoonillinois.org.


  • May 14 Class Pack Car Club car show
  • This annual event is in Peterson Park, 500 Broadway this Saturday May 14th. Registration is 9am-noon.  Cost of registration is only $15.  Awards at 2pm.  Many awards given including Best of Show and Top 25. Rain or Shine.  Proceeds to benefit the Mattoon Food Pantry and Corn Belt Shriners. 


  • May 14 Omega Nu Epsilon Sigma Alpha Daddy Daughter Dance to benefit St. Jude's Children's
  • Enjoy a night of laughter and music while supporting St. Jude's Children Research Hospital. Hosted by Omega Nu - Epsilon Sigma Alpha. The evening will have music and dancing, plus a photo booth. A dessert bar will be provided. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Price is per family. Tickets available online until Friday, May 13 and then the night of the event. Doors open at 6:30pm. Tickets can be purchased at:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-enchanted-evening-daddy-daughter-dance-tickets-299406201007?aff=ebdssbdestsearch


Looking ahead:

  • May 19 Mattoon Library "Songs of the Civil War" Chris Vallillo
  • May 19-21 IHSA Girls State Track and Field, EIU
  • May 20 Mattoon Library Local History Center Civil War Room Debut
  • May 21 Lincoln Log Cabin , What will "ewe" make today event
  • May 21 Fellowship Worship Center 2nd Annual Car Show
  • May 22 Mattoon Library Ulysses S. Grant Special Presentation
  • May 26-28 IHSA Boys State Track and Field, EIU
  • May 28 Battle Creek Band performs at the Cross County Mall
  • June 3 SBL Health Foundation Golf Outing, Mattoon Golf & Country Club
  • June 3-5 Mattoon Cobra's Softball Schools Out Blowout
  • June 10 Mattoon Library presents movies in Lytle Park- Encanto
  • June 11-12 Lake Mattoon Sailing Association Annual Regatta
  • June 11 Mattoon Arts Council Outdoor Quilt Show at Lytle Park
  • June 12 The Little Mermaid- Dream Big, Tarble, EIU
  • June 17 Mattoon Library presents movies in Lytle Park- Clifford the Big Red Dog
  • June 17-19 Mattoon Cobra's Softball USSSA Central Illinois State Tourney
  • June 18 Mattoon YMCA Lytle Park Triathlon
  • June 18 Moonshine Ride to benefit St. Jude Run Mattoon to Peoria
  • June 18-19 Lincoln Log Cabin Civil War Days
  • June 24 Mattoon Library presents movies in Lytle Park-Sing 2
  • June 24-26 Cross County Mall Flea Market
  • June 24 Mattoon Chamber Annual Golf Outing, Meadowview GC
  • July 1-3 Mattoon Pride Softball Mid-Summer Extreme Tourney
  • July 2 Stars and Stripes 5K
  • July 4th Fireworks Coles County Airport
  • July 8 Mattoon Library presents movies in Lytle Park-Jungle Cruise
  • July 15 Mattoon Library presents movies in Lytle Park- The Addams Family 2
  • July 15-17 Cross County Mall Sports Card Show
  • July 19-23 Bagelfest 2022
  • July 22-24 Mattoon Pride Softball Bagelfest Tourney
  • July 23 Mattoon YMCA Run for the Bagel
  • July 29 Mattoon Library presents movies in Lytle Park- Luc
  • July 30-August 6 Coles County Fair, Charleston
  • August 13 Coles County Truck Convoy Benefiting Make-A-Wish® IL
  • August 14 Lincoln Log Cabin Bluegrass jam
  • August 20 Coles County Memorial Authority Airport Airshow
  • August 20 2022 Illinois Run for the Fallen, Charleston 
  • August 25-27 Mattoon Arts Council's Annual Photo Show
  • August 26 Band Aid fundraiser concert for Mattoon Band Programs
  • September 9-10 MHS Dixon Golf Invitational
  • September 9-10 Central Illinois-Con event
  • September 16-18 Cross County Mall Sports Card Show
  • September 17 Battle Creek Band at the Cross County Mall
  • September 24-25 Lincoln Log Cabin Harvest Fall Frolic
  • September 24 Tour de Charleston
  • September 20, SBL Hospice Binga at the Mattoon Eagles Club
  • October 1-2 Mattoon Cobra's Softball Donny Howell Fall Classic/Showcase
  • October 2 Mattoon YMCA Last Chance Tri-athalon 
  • October 6-8, 14-15 3rd Annual Fall Follies: music and theatrical review
  • October 13 Mattoon Chamber Business Expo and Taste of the Expo  
  • October 14-16 Mattoon Pride Softball Classic/Showcase
  • October 21-23 Cross County Mall Flea Market
  • October 28 Celebrate Downtown Mattoon Trunk or Treat
  • October 29 Mattoon YMCA Ghouls in the Pool Swim Meet
  • October 29 Lincoln Log Cabin Torchlight Halloween Hike and Wiener Roast
  • October 31 Trick or Treating at the Cross County Mall
  • November 3 Combined Chamber of Commerce Community Update Breakfast
  • November 4-6 Cross County Mall Sports Card Show
  • November 11 Veteran's Day Parade
  • November 12-13 SBLHC Holiday Festival
  • November 17 Mattoon Lightworks Walk Thru, one night only
  • November 18 Opening night Mattoon Lightworks
  • November 18-20 Christmas Gift & Craft Show at Cross County Mall
  • November 24 Mattoon YMCA Turkey Trot
  • November 26 Mattoon Arts Council 's Annual Holiday Artisan Market Cross County Mall
  • December 2 Celebrate Downtown Mattoon Christmas
  • December 3 Christmas in the Heart of Charleston
  • December 3 Lincoln Log Cabin Old Fashioned Christmas on the Prairie
  • December 10 Battle Creek Band at the Cross County Mall
  • December 27-29 MHS Girls Holiday Basketball Tourney
  • December 28 Last Day of Lightworks