Visitors Guide for Events
October 2014

Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway Area
Madison, Jersey & Calhoun Counties, Illinois
  We regularly update this calendar to provide you with up to date information on a variety of events that take place in the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway Area. Changes are made when we gather more information or when we learn of an event. If you know of an event that you would like to see posted contact the webmaster. We hope you enjoy the events you choose to attend.

Godfrey, IL
  Thursday, October 16, 2015
7 pm
Talahi Lodge at the Olin Nature Preserve - The Nature Institute, 2213 South Levis Lane
Every third Thursday of the month The Nature Institute partners with Eddie Agha of Agha Designs Jewelry Studio and invites the public to a program of the TNI Astronomy Association. Participants will navigate the preserve with naturalist Eddie Agha to observe and record constellations. No telescopes are needed. Guests will also receive short, instructional lessons about activities and workshops associated with the program, and find out how to join the TNI Astronomy Association.
Free, but reservations are required
For more information or to make reservations call 618-467-2521
  or email

Edwardsville, IL
  Tuesday, October 20, 2015
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Watershed Nature Center, 1591 Tower Avenue
Join the staff at the Watershed Nature Center every third Tuesday for a narrated hike along its mile long trail. Come out and explore the trail on a morning hike. Bring your curiosity, questions, and keen eye for observation.
Free. Registration requested for groups of 10 or more.
For more information call 618-692-7578

Godfrey, IL
  Tuesday, October 27, 2015
7 pm
Talahi Lodge at the Olin Nature Preserve - The Nature Institute, 2213 South Levis Lane
Join The Nature Institute members and friends and take a leisurely moonlit hike through the Mississippi Sanctuary, a 37-acre area of grand vistas and spectacular scenery, including waterfalls and wildlife. Terrain is light to moderate and the hike is about an hour long.
For more information call 618-466-9930
Probable Events
Dates, times, and other details will change and will be listed as soon as we get updated information.


Edwardsville, IL
  Through October 11, 2014
Saturdays: 8 am - Noon
Corner of North Main and St. Louis Streets
Come experience the Land of Goshen Community Market! The Market is your best source for locally grown farm products, tasty baked goods, and wonderful art and gift ideas. The selection changes weekly so plan to visit more than once to fully appreciate the wide selection available. Live entertainment and free demonstrations add to the festive atmosphere.
For more information call 618-307-6045
  or visit

Godfrey, IL
  Through October 26, 2014
Glazebrook Park, 1401 Stamper Lane
Fridays: 6 pm - 10 pm
Saturdays: 10 am - 10 pm
Sundays: 1 pm to dusk
The Great Godfrey Maze is a seven acre outdoor maze that uses tall corn as walls. Special events will be held during the open months (September, and October).
Admission Fee. Group rates and rentals available.
For more information or for group reservations, call 618-466-1483


Alton, IL
  Through October 18, 2014
Saturdays: 8 am - Noon
Parking lot at corner of Landmarks Blvd. and Henry Street
There is an abundance of delicious fresh produce, crafts, baked goods, plants and flowers, locally-raised hormone-free meat, handmade soaps, jewelry, artwork, pottery, art demonstrations and more at the Alton Farmers' & Artisans' Market. Admission is free for shoppers and there is plenty of parking.
or more information call 618-463-1016
  or visit the event's webpage


Grafton, IL
  Through October 31, 2014
Fridays: Noon - sunset
Saturdays & Sundays: 10 am - sunset

Captain Andy’s Parasail, 215 West Water Street
Our Master Captain and crew are ready to give you a thrill ride only found in Illinois at the Grafton Harbor Marina. Fly 2 by 2 or alone. See the beautiful bluffs along the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers, a beautiful site! Your less daring friends can ride along and view the limestone bluffs from our custom made parasail boat that holds ten. We fly ages  4 to 80. Stay Dry – Come as you Are! See the website to watch the video.

Call for rates and specials

For more information call 618-222-9000
  or visit Captain Andy’s Parasail website


Jerseyville, IL
  Saturday, October 4, 2014
9 am - 5 pm
Cheney Mansion, 601 N. State Street
The event features tours of the Cheney Mansion, Lone Star School, the Log Cabin, Museum, and the Flautt Addition, and the Union Forest Church. There will be live entertainment, children's games, craft booths, demonstrations, quilt raffle, basket raffle, and more. The Society will be serving Pioneer Stew, Ham and Beans with cornbread, chicken strips, fish, fries, hot dogs, and deserts. Apples and other apple products will be available on the grounds for purchase.
Historic tours are $5 for adults, children 6 and under are free
Other activities are free

For more information call 618-498-3514

Edwardsville, IL
  Saturday October 4, 2014
5K Run/Walk at 9 am; 1k Run Walk at 9:30 am
Watershed Nature Center, 1591 Tower Avenue
Run Wild! for the Watershed Nature Center. This is a great chance to run or walk the trails at the Watershed Nature Center and the Madison County Transit Watershed Trail. The race course contains both paved and natural surfaces. Proceeds from this race will benefit the Watershed Nature Center. Awards for top finishers in each age division. Attendance prizes will also be awarded by random drawing.
Registration Fee
For more information call 618-692-7578

Hartford, IL
  Saturday October 4, 2014
1 pm - 4 pm
Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower, 435 Confluence Tower Drive
Come see vintage and classic cars at the Confluence Tower! Residents from throughout the region will display their cars during this fun fall event. Food vendors will be on hand selling classic fall treats. The first 50 cars to register will receive a free tour of the Tower and a souvenir dashboard plate. This event is free to the public, but there is a charge to tour the Tower.
Free. Admission to tour the Tower.
For more information call 618-251-9101
 or visit


Bethalto, IL
  Saturday October 4, 2014
Bethalto Church of God, 800 East Bethalto Drive
7 pm
Enjoy the sounds of Southern Gospel at the monthly Southern Gospel Concert series. These monthly concerts are open for everyone to come and enjoy. Fill your car, van, or church bus. October features Keepers Of The Faith from Puyallup, Washington.
Free, donations suggested
or more information call 618-259-0065
  or visit the website

Michael, IL
  October 4 - October 26, 2014
Friday - Sunday: 11 am - 6 pm
Stone Bridge Valley Art Center, Highway 100, 7 miles north of Hardin, Calhoun County

Kim Dublo - Beyond the Garden: Kim’s combined her two interests, pumpkin painting and wood carving into one after attending a gourd festival in 2002. Living along the Mississippi River, Kim has plenty of inspiration from nature for her gourd art. She allows the organic simplicity of the gourd to become part of the overall design. Because she loves texture, Kim carves and burns her design into the gourd. Sometimes using multiple layers to complete her piece, she combines oils, acrylics, pencils, waxes, and stains to achieve her vision for each gourd.
For more information call 618-576-9235
  or visit the exhibit website

Alton, IL
  Saturdays in October
October 4, 11, 18, & 25, 2014
1 pm - 3 pm
National Cemetery, 600 Pearl Street
The public is invited to this beautiful cemetery as actors, standing by the graves of the residents they will portray, will greet passers-by in a living history tour being staged by the Alton YWCA in cooperation with the Alton Cemetery Board and the Alton Little Theater. The grounds are accessible to those with disabilities.
Tickets: $12 for adults, $6 for children 6 through 12, Prices subject to change. Group rates available.
For more information or to purchase tickets call 618-465-6676


Alton, IL
  October 10 - October 12, 2014
St. Mary's Church, 536 E. Third Street
Friday: 6 pm. - 11 pm
Saturday 1 pm - 11 pm
Sunday Noon - 10 pm
Polkas, German food, live music,'s a fall festival you won't want to miss! Live music will be provided on both Saturday and Sunday. The schedule is packed with activities on the festival grounds.
Free, some activities charge a fee
For more information call 618-466-2278
 or visit

West Alton, MO
  October 10 - December 31, 2014
Audubon Center at Riverlands, Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary
"Working Wildfowl: Decoys, Carvings, and the Waterfowl Tradition" Decoy Show is an original exhibit showcasing wildfowl decoys and duck calls. Bird decoys, which were first fashioned by Native American hunter-artists over 1000 years ago, are the only major folk art form to originate in North America. The decoy is a symbol of all that binds us together.  The sportsman, the birdwatcher, the conservationist, and the wildlife biologist all are equally fascinated by the wonders of wildlife on this great river Flyway.
For more information call 636-899-0090

Grafton, IL
  Saturday, October 11, 2014
2 pm - 5 pm
Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center, 13653 Lodge Blvd.
Join in on the fun at the Mary Michelle Winery Tasting Room the second Saturday of each month and enjoy appetizers and wine tasting! This month's featured wine is Rocca Cerrina Moscato! Free for Wine Club Members. Not a Wine Club Member? No worries! It is easy to join and includes all kinds of benefits like discounts on lodging, dining and, of course, wine! $20 for a lifetime membership which includes a free commemorative Pere Marquette Lodge Wine Glass!
For more information call 618-786-2331 ext 338


Elsah, IL
  Saturday, October 11, 2014
7 pm - 10 pm
Farley's Music Hall, 37 Mill Street
The Historic Elsah Foundation is sponsoring an evening of Contra dancing, where couples dance in two facing lines. Live music will be provided. The caller scheduled are Susan and Mark Young. All dances will be taught - no experience or partner necessary.
$6 for adults, children free
For more information, call 618-447-1127

Highland, IL
  October 11 - October 12, 2014
Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 11 am - 4 pm

Lindendale Park, 2025 Park Hill Drive
The Highland Arts Council hosts this Annual 'Art in the Park' event. Artists will compete for over $10,000 in prizes at one the area's premier art events. There will be plenty of tasty refreshments to enjoy while listening to a great entertainment lineup. There will also be lots of fun things for the kids to do, too.
For more information call 618-654-3721
 or visit

Kampsville, IL
  October 11 - October 12, 2014
10 am - 5 pm daily
Riverside Park
This event on the banks of the Illinois River depicts the life and times of the early Calhoun settlers. Civil War re-enactment, carriage rides, fiddle contest, mountain-man activities, apple-butter making and other period demonstrations, food, crafts, and live entertainment.
For more information call 618-465-2114


Marine, IL
  Sunday, October 12, 2014
Registration: 7:30 am - 9:30 am
Mills Apple Farm, 11477 Pocahontas Road
Apples are in abundance on this pleasant pedal through the rural Madison County countryside on short, medium, and long routes on Flat to gently rolling terrain with no big hills. Upon returning, riders can pick apples and enjoy fresh baked fruit pies, barbeque and drinks for purchase.
Registration fee
For more information visit


Hardin, IL
  Sunday, October 12, 2014
9 am - 3:30 pm
Along the riverfront on Water Street
Join in on the fun for a spectacular display of beautiful cars and fall color along the Illinois River in Hardin, Illinois! This is not a car show with trophies or entry fees - it's a chance to show your car and share the beauty of it with others. There is no charge for spectators or to show your car and a DJ will be playing music to keep things lively. A 50/50 drawing will be held to help pay for this community event.
For more information call 618-576-8086


Alton, IL
  Sunday, October 12, 2014
Noon - 5 pm
Hart House, 524 Belle Street
This annual self-guided tour features some of Alton’s most the beautiful homes, interesting buildings, and churches of Alton, some of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Sponsored by the Alton Area Landmarks Association.
Tickets will be sold beginning in October at the Alton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau at 200 Piasa Street. Tickets are $12 and will also be sold the day of the tour.
For more information call 618-463-5761

Alton, IL
  October 14 and October 28, 2014
(2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month)
5:30 pm - 7 pm

Gordon Moore Park, 4550 College Avenue
Enjoy an evening walk as a guide from the Nature Institute leads you through the Heartland Prairie at Gordon Moore Park. The park hosts nine species of native prairie grasses and 150 prairie wildflowers that are native to Madison County and surrounding Illinois counties. If you want to see wildflowers this is a great place and time to visit
For more information call 618-466-9930


Godfrey, IL
  Friday, October 17, 2014
7 pm - 9 pm
Talahi Lodge at the Olin Nature Preserve - The Nature Institute, 2213 South Levis Lane
Get into the Halloween spirit with The Nature Institute’s friends of the forest. These friends will be dressed up as nocturnal animals along the Enchanted Forest Trail. Visitors will be “treated” to some nature knowledge about these animals as well as getting sweet treats. After the guided hike, visitors can enjoy chili, hotdogs, and enchanted games and crafts at Talahi Lodge. Dress up in a costume or come as you are. There's fun for the whole family.
Tickets are $5 per person and includes everything. Pre-registration is required by no later than Friday, October 10 by calling 618-467-2521
For more information call 618-467-2521

Calhoun County, IL
  October 17 - October 18, 2014
9 am - 4 pm
Enjoy a beautiful fall day in scenic Calhoun County and see over 200 quilts, old to new, more hand stitched than machine stitched, that are displayed in the county's historic churches. Quilts can be viewed in the following churches: St. Matthew Lutheran Church and Hall in Brussels, Zion Lutheran Church in Batchtown, the Presbyterian Church and Hall in Hardin, and the Presbyterian Church in Kampsville.

Tickets are $8 in advance; $12 at the door.
For more information call 618-883-2578 or 314-753-1116

Alton, IL
  Saturday, October 18, 2014
10 am
200 West Third Street, Community Center
Are you up for the challenge? Sign-up for the annual 5-mile competitive run up to the top of the Mississippi River bluffs and back, or a 2-mile walk up to Riverview Park and back. This beautiful route is hilly and scenic. Runners will receive a long-sleeve t-shirt, goodie bag, awards in each age division and post-race refreshments.
Entry Fee
For more information call 618-463-1016
  or visit the event's webpage.


Calhoun County, IL
  Saturday, October 18, 2014
10 am - 2 pm
Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge, County Road 1
Celebrate wildlife and learn how you can experience nature at Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge. Auto tours, kid’s activities, bird watching, and a live bird demonstration by Treehouse Wildlife Center are some of the highlights at this open house which will be held at the Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center.
For more information call 618-883-2524

Alton, IL
  Saturday, October 18, 2014
Noon - 10 pm
Parking lot next to New Frontiers Furnishings, West 3rd Street, downtown Alton

Head to Downtown Alton for the "hottest" event of the fall -- the Downtown Alton Chili Cook-Off. Local chili experts will compete for the honor of "Best Chili" and the coveted "People's Choice" awards. Visitors can view and purchase the creations of local artists and enjoy a craft beer and wine tasting event during the event.
Free, tickets required for tastings
For more information call 618-463-1016
  or visit the event's webpage

, IL
  October 18 - November 22, 2014
Tuesday - Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 12 pm  - 4 pm
Jacoby Arts Center, 627 East Broadway
Area artists and creative individuals have been invited to Build-A-Bra for the Cure for the Bras on Broadway exhibit! These artists have used their creative talents to honor and remember a loved one, celebrate a survivor, or simply show your commitment to this life-saving cause! The possibilities are endless! These creative individuals have transformed ordinary bras into an "artful" submission or have creates a new, original bra-themed artwork. Many mediums are incorporated including stitching, knitting, painting, welding, carving, and molding. These Art Bras range from fun to funky, whimsical to elegant, bountiful to beautiful! During the exhibit, viewers can vote for their favorite design with $1 tickets. The winner of the "People's Choice BRA-VO Award" will be announced at the November 22 benefit reception.
For more information call 618-462-5222
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Grafton, IL
  October 18 - October 19, 2014
10 am - 4 pm daily
Grafton Riverfront
This event celebrates the pre-1840's fur trade era with reenactors camping along the the Illinois River in teepees and period tents. Activities includes tomahawk and knife throwing competitions, black powder and archery contests, and other period demonstrations, food, crafts, and live entertainment.
For more information call 618-372-8672

West Alton, MO
  Sunday, October 19, 2014
8 am - 10:30 am
Audubon Center at Riverlands, Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Join the Audubon Center staff and volunteers for a birding trip in search of birds. The trip will leave from the Center at 8 am and take a short drive to a few locations in the Sanctuary. Please dress for the weather and bring a bottle of water for the walk. If you have binoculars, be sure to bring them along too. This walk is a family friendly event suitable for beginners as well as seasoned birders.
For more information call 636-899-0090
 or visit


Edwardsville, IL
  Sunday October 19, 2014
Noon to 5 pm
Leclaire Lake Park on Hale Avenue
This festival features live entertainment and a Wine and Beer Garden complimented by a wide variety of delicious festival food provided by local non-profit organizations. Local artisans and crafters will have their work on display and available for purchase. Games, pet adoptions and other family activities provide something for every age. The DAR will host their annual book sale with thousands of books available at bargain prices. Exhibits of historic photos and narrated trolley tours tell the unique story of the Leclaire National Historic District.
For more information call 618-656-1294
  visit the Friends of Leclaire website


Collinsville, IL
  Saturday, October 25, 2014
10 am - 3 pm
221 West Main Street, Downtown Collinsville
This day is packed with fun family festivities that include Trick or Treating, a Chili Cook-Off from 10 am to 3 pm, a Children’s Costume Contest at Noon, and a Pet Parade that steps off from the Dog Park at 2 pm.
For more information call 618-558-1372
  or visit the event's webpage


Wood River, IL
  October 25 - October 26, 2014
Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 9 am - 2 pm
Camp Dubois, Route 143 and Route 3
This event celebrates the pre-1840's fur trade era with reenactors camping at a replica of Lewis and Clark's 1803-1804 winter encampment in teepees and period tents. Activities includes tomahawk and knife throwing competitions, black powder and archery contests, and other period demonstrations, food, crafts, and live entertainment.
For more information call


Grafton, IL
  October 25 - October 26, 2014
Grafton Boatworks, 400 Front Street
9 am - 5 pm
Grafton is host to one of the area's largest flea markets in the voluminous Boatworks building alongside the Loading Dock. You won't want to miss this fabulous flea market on the river! 70 plus dealers with all types of goods, antiques glassware, tools, candles, furniture and good old-fashioned junk!
For more information call 618-786-8210
  or visit the venue's webpage.


Dow, IL
  October 25 - October 26, 2014
Saturday: Noon - 5 pm
Sunday: Noon - 4 pm

TreeHouse Wildlife Center, 23956 Green Acres Road
Spend a day (or two) at this wild animal rehabilitation center. Wildlife on display will include bald eagles, coyotes, hawks, falcons and owls. This festival also features pumpkin painting, a costume contest, trick-or-treating, games & crafts, artisan vendors, a bounce house, a bake sale & cake walk, Dr. Meyer’s teddy bear (and other stuffed animals) clinic, Sam the Eagle from Liberty Bank, birds of prey photo opportunities, live entertainment, food and refreshments, and a bonfire with Taleypo the Storyteller. Please no pets.
For more information call 618-466-2990


, IL
  Friday, October 31, 2014
7:30 pm
Parade begins at Washington Avenue and Broadway
Alton is considered the "Most Haunted Small Town in America" and celebrates this status by hosting an annual Halloween Parade. More than 80 floats, bands and other costumed and comical characters are expected to participate.
For more information call 618-462-7527

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