Jacksonville is a local destination for regional entertainment and vibrant activities. As a college town, Jacksonville has an active nightlife and music scene that rivals many bigger cities. Those looking for the cultural sophistication of nearby Chicago can find it here as well. Just attend the Jacksonville Symphony or a play at Illinois College TheatreWorks or Lovejoy Hall.

If sports entertainment is more your speed, head to Future Champions Sports Complex – the premier tournament location for competitive baseball and softball teams from all over the Midwest. Or, play a round of golf at The Links of Jacksonville, Nichols Park Golf Course, K’s Creek Golf Club and Plum Creek Golf Course. Anyone with the need for speed can race around the Jacksonville Speedway, a quarter-mile, high-banked dirt track. 

So, whether your idea of fun consists of happy hours and live music, a sophisticated evening of fine dining and the symphony, or the high-octane thrill of sprint cars rushing around the racetrack – our region has something for you. 

Annual Events

Throughout the year, there is always something fun to do in Morgan and Scott Counties. Annual events include the Beaux Arts Ball, Rotary Bass Tournament, Morgan County Fair, 4th of July Celebration, Oktoberfest, Festival of Trees and more. To view a list of annual events, click here.