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Entertainment and Shows in Jacksonville, Illinois

Staying at Villa DeWolf puts you near some excellent entertainment options in Jacksonville. Fans of the performing arts will love the musical options available to them. Those looking to catch a movie in an iconic spot will love the opportunities available to them in Jacksonville. The entertainment, however, doesn't stop there as there are a host of annual events in Jacksonville that are worth checking out depending on when you stay with us. Check out the many entertainment options available to you when you visit Jacksonville.

Illinois Theatre

  • Address: 204 N. Mauvaisterre St. Jacksonville, IL
  • Phone: 217-245-7469
Illinois Theatre offers modern movies in a historic setting. It is the longest-running movie theater in Jacksonville and sits just off of Central Park. The exterior provides an old-time look that reflects the era it opened, which was in 1927. It has shown movies since that time and provides lower prices for the experience.

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RMC Theater

  • Address: 2199 S. Main St. Jacksonville, IL
  • Phone: 217-245-1850
This is another movie theater in Jacksonville that offers a host of options. The theater features modern amenities including suites and mega suites with reclining chairs. The mega suites offer enhanced surround sound and a widescreen. Prices are on the lower end here as well.

Morgan County Fair

  • Address: 110 N. Westgate Ave. Jacksonville, IL
  • Phone: 217-245-6800
One of the biggest annual events in Jacksonville is the Morgan County Fair. Jacksonville serves as the county seat for Morgan County and the fair descends on the city each July. The fair includes music performances, vendors, beauty pageants and plenty of animal presentations. This is a great event for families of all sizes or couples looking to spend some quality time together.

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Jacksonville Symphony Society

Jacksonville Symphony Society offers a host of musical performances throughout the year in Jacksonville. The season typically runs from September until May, offering musical performances at Rammelkamp Chapel at Illinois College. This works out to about five concerts per year as well as an annual youth concert for local school children. The society consists of both a chorale and an orchestra, both of which perform throughout the year. The symphony society started in 1963 and has hosted seasons ever since. Symphony members consist of local musicians who are unpaid, making it a truly local experience.

Illinois College (IC) Events

Jacksonville has the unique experience of hosting Illinois College, which adds to the various entertainment options in town. IC is a member of the NCAA's Division III and boasts a full slate of athletic teams. It also features music and performing arts concerts throughout the year that are open to the public. The Illinois College Fine Arts Series is a popular option with low-price tickets. This features a variety of musical concerts throughout the school year. TheatreWorks shows feature both faculty- and student-led productions. These shows include improv troupes, cabarets and poetry slams. This is a great opportunity to see younger talent beginning their journey in their careers.

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Annual Events in Jacksonville

Regardless of when you visit Jacksonville, there's likely an event or show you can check out. The city hosts various events throughout the year, meaning you can find a unique activity depending on when you stay at Villa DeWolf. Some of these events include checking out the eagles on the Illinois River throughout the year. Other events are more seasonal with summer and fall hosting quite a few activities such as the Plaza Auto Show, Cruise Nite and Car Show, Oktoberfest, the Pumpkin Festival and many other fun activities. Guests of Villa DeWolf won't be bored when they stay in Jacksonville. Be sure to ask staff for any other recommendations to further enhance your stay in terms of local entertainment.