Chamber & Community Events

Check out the full list of upcoming events

Everything from arts & culture, continuing education, community services, to festivals and celebrations… we list it all on our Events Calendar. 

Marigold Festival

September 9-12, 2021

The first Pekin Marigold Festival was held in 1973 to honor Pekin’s favorite son, Everett McKinley Dirksen. Dirksen continues to be honored each year at the festival. Families are encouraged to visit the Dirksen statue located in Mineral Springs Park.  While in Congress, Senator Dirksen, at the strong urging of David Burpee from the Burpee Seed Company, tried to make the marigold the national floral emblem.  In support of Dirksen, the community began growing marigolds.  While Dirksen was unsuccessful in his efforts to make the marigold the national floral emblem, Pekin claimed the title of Marigold Capital of the World.

Over the years the Marigold Festival has grown from a small event around the courthouse in downtown Pekin to a community-wide festival that attracts thousands of people over a number of days and locations.  

The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce Marigold Festival Committee is looking forward to our annual Pekin Marigold Festival traditions.  Always the weekend after Labor Day – this year’s festival events will be held on September 9-12, 2021.

Honor America Celebration

July 4, 2021

Fireworks celebrations on Independence Day to mark the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence is a spectacular site across our great country. The 72nd annual Fourth of July Honor America Fireworks celebration will be held July 4, 2021. Each year, thousands of residents and visitors to our community fill Memorial Stadium, as well as the surrounding park and neighborhoods to enjoy the tradition of the pre-show entertainment and the fireworks displays.  Bring a chair, a blanket and the entire family to enjoy one of Pekin’s finest traditions.

Business community contributions and sponsorships fund this event. To be included in one of Pekin’s finest celebrations, contact the chamber to arrange your support.

Annual Meeting

Each year the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce gathers our membership to reflect on the year past and to look forward to the year ahead.  Like many organizations, the annual meeting is a requirement of the bylaws, but it is so much more. We take pride in honoring the leadership of our organization and thanking them for their service to the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce, and the entire Pekin Area business community. This time of transition is used to reflect on the accomplishments we have achieved together and to look at our goals as we move forward supporting businesses and the Pekin community. 

Business & Community Recognition Luncheon

October 28, 2021

Each October, we celebrate the accomplishments of chamber members businesses and organizations and their employees. From remodeling projects or expansions to a major retraining effort, we take this time to recognize the efforts and successes of our membership. Watch for updates as we plan the 2021 event.

Marigold Golf Outing

September 2, 2021

The Marigold Golf Outing is held each year and is enjoyed by golfers of all skill levels. Networking, community connection and a friendly competition make this event one that you do not want to miss.  Join us on Thursday, September 2, 2021 at Lick Creek Golf Course for a day of fun. Sponsorship packages are available.

Additional Chamber Events

After Hours

Stop by for a quick visit or stay and network with local business people from the community. After Hours events can be scheduled by contacting the chamber staff.

Ribbon Cuttings

New community businesses and chamber members are welcomed to the community with a ribbon cutting ceremony. This event signifies the beginning of a long and healthy relationship. Ribbon cuttings are also held to commemorate the grand opening of a new location or new building, or a renovation of an existing structure. We are happy to celebrate with you!

Leaders of Tomorrow

A key element of our organization is to work to develop leaders in our community. We love the spirit and energy of an emerging leader and take pride in offering programs such as the R. David Tebben Community Leadership Academy and networking events for young leaders.

Discover

The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce offers a broad offering of events and programs, designed to support businesses of all sizes. Contact us to learn more.

Workshops

From starting a new business to how to use Excel, our chamber team provides custom workshops for your team’s growth. Let us know how we can support your organization.

Chamber Business Breakfasts

Quarterly Breakfasts are held as networking and promotional opportunities for chamber members and guests. Come on your own or bring your entire team, we encourage you to join us for breakfast and hear about the amazing efforts of businesses and community members in and around Pekin.