Upcoming Events & Festivals

Pontiac is host to many fun events throughout the year. From car shows to concerts we have something for everyone. Check this page OR our calendar for details on these events!


July 2nd: Independence Day Celebration


The Blooze Brothers will be performing live at the Independence Day Celebration on July 2nd. Bring your family, friends and neighbors to enjoy this great evening with us at The Oaks at River’s Edge! There will be food from the Elks Lodge, balloon creations by The Unique Twist, bounce houses for the kids, Pontiac’s greatest fireworks show ever and so much more!

This biggest and best firework show the City of Pontiac has ever had! Sponsored by: Elks #1019, Byrne Trust, & The City of Pontiac.
Live Music
The Blooze Brothers will be in attendance to perform at 4PM with an appearance from the Blooze Mobile.
Inflatables for the kids from 4:00-8:00 pm
Balloon Creations
By The Unique Twist from 4:30-7:30 pm

Food & Drinks
Food, drinks, and alcoholic beverages provided by The Elks.

September 1-5: Threshermen's Reunion

orange tractor in line at the Threshermen's Reunion tractor showStep back in time at the Central States Threshermen’s Reunion, held annually over Labor Day weekend at Pontiac, Illinois.

The first show was in 1949 making this the second oldest steam show in the USA. 

Our next show will be

September 1-5, 2022

Threshermen's Park

14975 E. 2200 North Road --Pontiac, IL 61764

2022 Features will be:

  • International Harvester & Graham Bradley National Show
  • Admission to grounds: $10.00/day
  • Annual Membership Fee ~ (includes admission to all 5 days): $20.00
  • 13 & under free

Make sure you enjoy all the attractions!

  • General Store
  • 1900 Country School House
  • Singer Saw Mill
  • 1910 Era Blacksmith Shop 
  • 1920 Conoco Gas Station
  • Consignment Trading Post Sale
  • Craft Show
  • Flea Market
  • Blacksmith Show
  • Tractor Drive

September 4: Threshermen's Reunion

Photo of military veteran float in the 2021 threshermen's parade

Pontiac's biggest parade, the Threshermen's Parade happens on the Sunday of the Threshermen's Reunion. This parade features Tractors of all ages and types, classic cars, local bands, and much more. Don't miss out on this one of a kind event that travels through the beautiful and historic downtown Pontiac.

September 17-18: GTOAA Pontiacs In Pontiac Show

aerial photo of classic cars parked at humiston riverside park

The GTO Association of America hosts their annual GTOAA Show in our beautiful downtown square. This event stretches over two days, concluding on Sunday. The show festivities on Saturday also includes many exciting Pontiac events as well such as our wonderful Pontiac Farmer's Market, our incredible vintage market, the opening of our historic homes for tours, and the culmination of our exciting summer concert series Rockin' At The River. You won't want to miss out on this weekend. It is the perfect time to #PlayInPontiac!