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ILLI­NOIS Rock Is­land Grand Prix

ROCK IS­LAND SEPTEM­BER 1–2

In past years, driv­ers from 35 states, plus Europe, South Amer­ica and Asia, have faced off in the world’s largest kart­ing street race. When down­town re­opens in the evening, spec­ta­tors en­joy out­door con­certs and food from lo­cal ven­dors. rock­island­grand­prix.com

Al­ton Jazz and Wine Fes­ti­val

AL­TON SEPTEM­BER 8

The Terell Stafford Quin­tet and Miss Ju­bilee and the Humdingers are among the head­lin­ers at this out­door con­cert cel­e­brat­ing na­tive Miles Davis at Lib­erty Bank Al­ton Am­phithe­ater. The mu­sic is free, and wine sam­ples from nearby vine­yards come cheap. lib­er­ty­bankam­phithe­ater.com

His­toric Walk­ing Tours

RIVER­SIDE OC­TO­BER 28

Dur­ing this two-hour guided tour, do­cents from The Fred­er­ick Law Olm­sted So­ci­ety take vis­i­tors past build­ings de­signed by Illi­nois greats, such as Wil­liam Le Baron Jen­ney, Wil­liam Eu­gene Drum­mond and Frank Lloyd Wright. Out­door spots in­clude Swan Pond and His­toric Scottswood Com­mon. olm­st­ed­so­ci­ety.org

IN­DI­ANA Evansville Phil­har­monic Orches­tra

LIN­COLN CITY SEPTEM­BER 1

At Lin­coln State Park, one of the re­gion’s largest or­ches­tras pays homage to In­di­ana mu­sic le­gends. Ex­pect clas­si­cal ren­di­tions of tunes by Michael Jack­son, Cole Porter, John Mel­len­camp and more. evansville­phil­har­monic.org

Nap­pa­nee Ap­ple Fes­ti­val

NAP­PA­NEE SEPTEM­BER 13–16

If hot ap­ple frit­ters, turnovers, dumplings and cider aren’t enough for you, snag a slice of the state’s largest pas­try—a 7-foot-wide ap­ple pie. A pa­rade, car­ni­val and bake-off round out the fes­ti­val. nap­pa­neeap­ple­fes­ti­val.org

IOWA Route 24 For the Love of Junk

NEW HAMPTON SEPTEM­BER 7–8

Bar­gain hunters won’t find much “junk” on this up­scale side­walk sale along Main Street. In­stead, browse re­fur­bished home decor and new art­work while en­joy­ing live mu­sic and nib­bling food from lo­cal busi­nesses.

Brew Ha Ha

DAVENPORT SEPTEM­BER 15

What’s bet­ter than en­joy­ing sam­ples of more than 150 craft beers from lo­cal and re­gional brew­eries, live mu­sic, and food-truck grub? Show up for happy hour laughs at Le­claire Park when an im­prov com­edy per­former joins the crowd. jayceesqc.org

Witch­ing Hour

IOWA CITY OC­TO­BER 12–13

Don’t let the name mis­lead you—this fes­ti­val be­witches only by cast­ing a

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