Welcome to the Danville Area!
Danville, IL offers small-town charm with big cities amenities. Here you will find world-class museums, live entertainment on a regular basis, shops full of rare and unique finds, watchable wildlife, and sporting events for every enthusiast. Each year, the community joins together for special events such as the Festival of Trees, Vermilion County Civil War Days, the National Sweetcorn Festival, Arts in the Park, county fairs, and the Taste of Downtown Danville. Regardless of your interests, Danville is the place to be, and we hope you will find that here, “Welcome” is more than just a word!
History Comes Alive
Danville is well known for its rich history and numerous museums. Locals and visitors alike are often interested in our Downtown, full of Walldog mural paintings depicting the rich history of Central Illinois, or visiting the Vermilion County Museum and Dr. Fithian Home where President Abraham Lincoln spent time working as a lawyer. The Vermilion County War Museum, a former Carnegie Library building, is another attraction which features memorabilia and artifacts from the Revolutionary War through Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Arts, Music & Entertainment
Talent has never been a shortage in the Danville Area with opportunities for live music, plays and performances happening almost weekly. Featured shows include the Summer Sounds Concert Series, Arts in the Park, Danville Symphony Orchestra performances, weekly music at Kickapoo State Park Landing throughout the summer, and of course, Danville School District’s talented music and performing arts groups! Some of our Danville stars have even made it big in the entertainment industry and are featured in the Fischer Theatre Arts & Entertainment Museum in Downtown Danville including Donald O’Connor, Gene Hackman, Dick Van Dyke, Jerry Van Dyke, and Bobby Short.
Shopping is "Everything But Ordinary"
From collectibles to home décor, unique gifts and everything in between…you can find it all in our 30+ locally owned shops spread throughout the city and county. Visit these shops for an experience that truly is ‘Everything But Ordinary’.
Outdoor Adventure Awaits
Vermilion County is home to over 15,000 acres of parkland, highlighted by the Middle Fork National Scenic River. Fishing, hiking, canoeing, horseback riding, mountain biking, camping, and relaxing are just a few of the favorite activities at our state, county and city parks. City dwellers are amazed by the peace and tranquility of the area. The spectacular sites of colorful hot air balloons is something to be seen in the summer when the annual Balloons over Vermilion event is hosted. Check out this week long event based at the Vermilion County Regional Airport during July. There are plenty of outdoor activities that will keep you coming back for more.
Regardless of the season, residents can always find a high-action sporting event in Vermilion County. The Danville Dans compete in a wooden-bat collegiate baseball league each summer at historic Danville Stadium while the Danville Dashers hit the ice in the fall at the David S. Palmer Arena as part of the Federal Hockey League. The community is excited to host a new professional basketball team, the Danville Riverhawks, in 2015, and is proud to be the home of the NJCAA Division II Men’s Basketball National Tournament held each year in March at Danville Area Community College.
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