Special Events

23
June2022
Rockin’ at the River Presents Water Street StompersThe Water Street Stompers bring the spirit of Mardi Gras with traditional New Orleans jazz. Led by Todd Kelly, the group includes Harlan Geiser on trombone, Doug Stewart on sax, Carl Bopp on piano, Jason Shea on bass, and Jeremy Clark on drums.
7:00-9:00PMBandshell at Humiston Riverside Park
24
June2022
Municipal Band ConcertAs one of the longest running municipal bands in the nation, the Pontiac Municipal Band is excited to return for another season of performances under the direction of Scot Schickel! Find them every Friday night June 3 through July 22 at 7PM at the Bandshell in Humiston Riverside Park playing classic concert band music, marches, and more. These concerts are free and open to the public. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket to sit on – a limited number of seats will be available for audience members who don’t have their own to use.
7:00PMBandshell at Humiston Riverside Park
25
June2022
Pontiac Farmers MarketThe Downtown Pontiac Farmer’s Market is excited to kick off another season of fresh, locally grown produce and meats and handcrafted items. The market will run June-October on the Historic Courthouse Lawn.
7:00-11:00AMCourthouse Lawn
1
July2022
Municipal Band ConcertAs one of the longest running municipal bands in the nation, the Pontiac Municipal Band is excited to return for another season of performances under the direction of Scot Schickel! Find them every Friday night June 3 through July 22 at 7PM at the Bandshell in Humiston Riverside Park playing classic concert band music, marches, and more. These concerts are free and open to the public. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket to sit on – a limited number of seats will be available for audience members who don’t have their own to use.
7:00PMBandshell at Humiston Riverside Park
2
July2022
Pontiac Farmers MarketThe Downtown Pontiac Farmer’s Market is excited to kick off another season of fresh, locally grown produce and meats and handcrafted items. The market will run June-October on the Historic Courthouse Lawn.
7:00-11:00AMCourthouse Lawn
2
July2022
Independence Day CelebrationWhile not technically in the Downtown District we want everyone to be able to enjoy our annual Independence Day Celebration!
4:00-8:00PM: Inflatables, lawn games, open swim
4:30-7:30PM: Balloon Creations by the Unique Twist, Face Painting by The Zoo Lady
5:00-8:00PM: Food and beverages for sale by the Elks Lodge, ice cream for sale by 66 Licks
7:00-9:00PM: The Blooze Brothers will be performing live with a special appearance from the Blooze Mobile
Dusk (approximately 9:15PM): Fireworks sponsored by The Byrne Trust, Pontiac Elks Lodge #1019, and The City of Pontiac
Additionally throughout the night the Pontiac Fire Department will have educational displays including the Smoke Trailer.
Everyone is invited to this free, fun, family friendly event! 
4:00-9:00PMThe Oaks at River’s Edge
8
July2022
Municipal Band ConcertAs one of the longest running municipal bands in the nation, the Pontiac Municipal Band is excited to return for another season of performances under the direction of Scot Schickel! Find them every Friday night June 3 through July 22 at 7PM at the Bandshell in Humiston Riverside Park playing classic concert band music, marches, and more. These concerts are free and open to the public. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket to sit on – a limited number of seats will be available for audience members who don’t have their own to use.
7:00PMBandshell at Humiston Riverside Park
9
July2022
Rockin’ at the River Presents: The Riker ManeuverPaying tribute to the man that “grew the beard,” Commander William T. Riker.
We are a cover band based in Livingston County, IL, playing a variety of genres. So whip your leg around the back of an office chair, and enjoy the show!
7:00-9:00PMBandshell at Humiston Riverside Park
9
July2022
Pontiac Farmers MarketThe Downtown Pontiac Farmer’s Market is excited to kick off another season of fresh, locally grown produce and meats and handcrafted items. The market will run June-October on the Historic Courthouse Lawn.
7:00-11:00AMCourthouse Lawn
14
July2022
Rockin’ at the River Presents: The Long and Winding Road TourJoin us for The Long and Winding Road: The Music Of John, Paul, George and Ringo, from the rooftop into history!
On January 30, 1969, The Beatles performed an unannounced concert from the rooftop of their Apple label headquarters building at 3 Saville Row, within central London’s office and fashion district. The impromptu live set was the culmination of sessions that resulted in the album and film “Let It Be” (currently expanded into the documentary film “Get Back”). Within less than a year the Beatles as a band were no more, and the members began prolific solo careers that continued producing memorable music throughout the following 50+ years.
On July 14, 2022, Rockin’ At The River, in conjunction with the City of Pontiac, proudly presents a live tribute to the Beatles collectively and individually, covering the entire “Let It Be” album and a wide selection of solo material from John, Paul, George and Ringo. The show will feature many of central Illinois’ most established and respected musicians from such area groups as The Nikbeats, Kool Ray & the Polaroidz, Ready Steady Go, Johnny Quest, The Bogart Jones Band, and more.
Generations have grown up with the music – you won’t want to miss this very special one-night only event!
7:00-9:00PMBandshell at Humiston Riverside Park
15
July2022
Municipal Band ConcertAs one of the longest running municipal bands in the nation, the Pontiac Municipal Band is excited to return for another season of performances under the direction of Scot Schickel! Find them every Friday night June 3 through July 22 at 7PM at the Bandshell in Humiston Riverside Park playing classic concert band music, marches, and more. These concerts are free and open to the public. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket to sit on – a limited number of seats will be available for audience members who don’t have their own to use.
7:00PMBandshell at Humiston Riverside Park
16
July2022
Pontiac Farmers MarketThe Downtown Pontiac Farmer’s Market is excited to kick off another season of fresh, locally grown produce and meats and handcrafted items. The market will run June-October on the Historic Courthouse Lawn.
7:00-11:00AMCourthouse Lawn
16
July2022
3rd Saturday Vintage MarketJoin the Shoppes on Howard Street for their 3rd Saturday Vintage Market! Every 3rd Saturday visit vendors selling antiques, hand crafted items, and more!
11:00AM-4:00PMThe Shoppes at Howard
16
July2022
Historic Homes OpenVisit the 3 Historic Homes operated by the Livingston County Historical Society and take a step back in time. All three homes are open to the public at no charge from 1:00 to 3:00 PM the 3rd Saturday of each month.
The Strevell House, located at 401 W Livingston is the last standing home in Pontiac that Abraham Lincoln was known to have stayed at.
The Jones House is on the National Register of Historic Places and is the oldest standing brick home in Pontiac.
The Catherine V. Yost Museum is a turn of the century home and still contains original furnishings and clothing as well as original artwork from one of the occupants.
1:00-3:00PMHistoric Homes
16
July2022
Cruise NightThe 3rd Saturday of each month join classic car enthusiasts to enjoy cars on display around the square! There is no fee for entry or to show your car.
5:00-8:00PMDowntown Square
17
July2022
Rusty Wheel Circle JamThe 3rd Sunday of each month join the Rusty Wheel Circle Jam at the Eagle! This is a free event (but donations are welcome) where anyone can listen or join in with classic bluegrass, gospel, country music and more.
1:00-4:00PMEagle Theater

All events subject to change do to the changing Covid-19 situation. We ask that all customers and guests respect the rules set forth by the establishment they’re visiting for the health and safety of everyone.