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Depot Days

Depot Days Top Two

Win Thousands in Our Famous 50/50 Raffle

Be sure to purchase your tickets for Amboy's FAMOUS 50/50 raffle, with the drawing held on the Sunday of Depot Days Weekend. Since 2014, winnings have topped $100,000 almost every year! Will you be the big winner of half the pot? Four more lucky winners will take home $2,500 each! Tickets are available starting July 1 for $1 each or 6 for $5. Need not be present to win.

Explore the Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show

Since 1990, cars, trucks and motorcycles have filled the streets of downtown Amboy on the Sunday of Depot Days Weekend. Awards are given for Best Engine, Best Paint, Best Interior, Best GM, Best Ford, Best Mopar, Best of Show and Best of Show Motorcycle, along with Mayor's Choice, Miss Amboy Award & a Special Prize for Longest Distance.

Welcome to Depot Days in Amboy, Illinois

Depot Days, since 1982, is a celebration of our town's rich history and multicultural traditions. A lawyer for the Illinois Central Railroad, Abraham Lincoln once stopped in Amboy long enough to get a haircut, and later campaigned and stayed overnight here on his way to Freeport for one of the Lincoln-Douglas Debates. A memorial stone at the Amboy Depot Museum shows where he gave that speech. We hope you will enjoy your time here during our celebration! If you have any questions about Depot Days events and activities, or about the town or area in general, please contact us at 815.857.3814.

The 2023 Lineup

Friday, August 25, 2023 from 7-9pm on the Main Stage - FREE

Snap Shot is the Ultimate Classic Rock Experience in clubs, at festivals, plus private and corporate events all over Northern Illinois and the Chicago suburbs. You’ll know every song we play and every one is danceable. We guarantee a great time at every show!

Class Field Trip
Friday, August 25, 2023 from 9:00pm-1am at the K.C. Beer Garden

Grab your Converse and studded belts, and get ready to rock out to all your favorite '90s and 2000s pop-punk hits!

New Frontiers - Journey Tribute Band
Saturday, August 26, 2023 from 7-9pm on the Main Stage - FREE

New Frontiers: The Definitive Journey Tribute was formed in 2015 by guitarist Jimi Goare, with the idea that the MUSIC of this legendary band be paid its proper due.

Saturday, August 26, 2023 from 9pm-1am at the K.C. Beer Garden

Breaking out of a small town more than two hours west of Chicago, Kirkland knows how formidable it is to make a name in a scene as an outsider.

Depot Days Events

Craft & Vendor Fair

Friday-Sunday throughout the Downtown


Friday-Sunday on the Depot Grounds


Saturday at 3pm

Depot Days Dash

Saturday Morning

Pancake Breakfasts

Sunday morning in the Beer Garden

K.C. Beer Garden

Daily South of the Bandstand

Family Night

Thursday Evening Downtown

Miss Amboy Pageant

Thursday Night at 7pm on the Main Stage

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