Events Calendar
for the Middle Mississippi River Valley
   
The Middle Mississippi River Valley is home to hundreds of special events throughout the year. Unique festivals, country fairs, historical reenactments, nature activities, ands artists exhibitions are just some of the events that await visitors to the region. At any given time there is always something going on. The listings below are just a sampling of the events that are scheduled for this month and the next. Links are provided below the listings to the more comprehensive regional calendar pages. 
   




 
FEATURED EVENT

SUNFLOWER DAYS
Clarksville, MO
  Saturday, July 26, 2014
9 am - 5 pm
Locations throughout Clarksville
Visit Clarksville for our annual celebration of art and sunflowers.  Come and see painters work live as they capture the beauty of this architecturally rich downtown historic district, the amazing river landscape or SUNFLOWERS! Clarksville visitors will enjoy shopping in the local artists shops, watching the painters work and voting for their favorite painting on Sunday.  Enjoy our beautiful town, the sunflowers, shopping, an iced coffee or lunch, take pictures of our town and please stay over for the judging!
Free, entry fee for artists.

For more information call 618-972-6535
  or e-mail massiglia@gmail.com
Art groups up and down the Middle Mississippi River Valley host a variety of festivals and special events that showcase that great art and artists that call the region home. Events range from monthly one night exhibits, juried events, fairs in small town communities, arts and crafts fairs, festivals that contain an artists component and more. View the Art Events and Festivals Calendar.
FEATURED EXHIBIT

ART EXHIBIT
St. Louis, MO
  Through July 27, 2014
Wednesday - Friday: Noon - 4 pm; Saturday: 1 pm - 4 pm
St. Louis University Art Museum, 3663 Lindell Blvd.
The Saint Louis University Museum of Art is pleased to host the fifth installment of Urban Wanderers, a fundraising art exhibition to directly benefit Stray Rescue of St. Louis. Urban Wanderers consists of works of art created by local, regional and national artists, as well as rescued companion animals. Each artist depicts a Stray Rescue dog or cat in their medium of choice, ranging from photography to painting. Dogs and cats join in the fun too, creating paintings with their paws, tails, and noses. The theme of this year's exhibition is "What Is Stray Rescue?"
Free
For more information call
314-977-2666
  Learn more ...
The Middle Mississippi River Valley is home to a number of venues that are the home to ongoing exhibits that change periodically. The venues range from small galleries operated by local artists to more larger museums maintained by universities and communities. View the Ongoing Art Exhibits Calendar.
FEATURED EVENT OR EXHIBIT

PARASAILING ADVENTURES

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
The Middle Mississippi River Valley is home to a number of venues that are the home to ongoing events that that last for a period of time. The venues range from the institutions at Forest Park in St. Louis including the Zoo, Science Center, and History Museum. Other events include nature outings and corn mazes. View the Ongoing Exhibits and Events Calendar.

MONROE COUNTY FAIR

Waterloo, IL
  July 20 - July 27, 2014
Monroe County Fairgrounds, IL-156 
This annual fair features agricultural exhibits and many horse related events. Other exhibits include arts and crafts, 4-H projects, floral arrangements, art and photography, and quilts. Carnival rides are a favorite and local organizations offer food and refreshments. The Fair Grandstand events range from tractor pulls to the FFA competition and the annual Fair Queen Pageant and the Little Miss contest.
See website for admission details

For more information call 618-939-7796
  or visit www.monroecounty-fair.org

HICKMAN COUNTY FAIR

Clinton, KY
  July 21 - July 26, 2014
Highway 51 North
Special events, 4H, agricultural exhibits, horse show, drag races, Queen pageant, variety of foods and other exhibits.
Admission
For information call 731-695-5945

JACKSON HOMECOMERS FESTIVAL

Jackson, MO
 
  July 22 - July 26, 2014
Festivities begin at 6 pm each night
Jackson's uptown square

The city of Jackson holds its annual homecoming festival for five nights at the end of July. Festivities include a carnival, live entertainment, an Annual Senior Idol Contest, a Gospel Singing Event, and an Annual Talent Show.

Free?
For information call 573-979-1112
  or visit www.jacksonhomecomers.com
 

ST. CHARLES COUNTY FAIR
Wentzville, MO
  July 22 - July 26, 2014
Rotary Park
Special events, variety of foods, parade, 4H, livestock, and agricultural exhibits.
Admission
For more information or visit www.stcharlescofair.org

PIKE COUNTY FAIR
Bowling Green, MO
  July 22 - July 26, 2014
Pike County Fair Grounds, US-54
Special events, variety of foods, 4H, livestock, and agricultural exhibits.
For more information call 573-324-3992
  or visit www.pikecountyfair.org

MADISON COUNTY FAIR
Highland, IL
  July 22 - July 27, 2014
Madison County Fairgrounds, Park Hill Drive
Product displays, livestock, arts and crafts, carnival rides, food, live music and arena events of stock car race, tractor pull, 4-H show and a demolition derby.
Free admission to fairgrounds, small fee for parking
For more information call 618-654-6656
  or visit www.madcofair.com

CLARK COUNTY FAIR
K
ahoka, MO
  July 23 - July 27, 2014
Clark County Fairgrounds, 244 West Main

Special events, variety of foods, parade, 4H, livestock, and agricultural exhibits.
For information call 660-341-6821
  or visit the clarkcountyfairkahoka.com website

ADAMS COUNTY FAIR
Mendon, IL
  July 23 - July 29, 2014
Adams County Fairgrounds, IL-336, northeast Of Quincy
Entertainment in the Grandstand Arena every night, carnival rides, horse shows, and many exhibits, displays, and concessions.
Admission
For information call 217-936-2230
  or visit www.adamsfair.org
SMITHTON HOMECOMING
Smithton, IL
 
  July 25 - June 26, 2014
4:pm -Midnight
7 miles south of Belleville on IL-159 at Smithton Turner Park (Across from the Church)

The town of Smithton hosts this annual event featuring Famous Smithton fish-Plates & Sandwiches. Both days feature quilt/cash bingo, beer garden, children's games and inflatables, basket raffle, sausage stand, silent auction, fruit stand, pillowcase stand, fanny quilts, cookbooks, cake raffle, and more. Live entertainment on both nights. A parade is held on Saturday at 5 pm.
Free

For more information call 618-233-4180
 

HERONS AND EGRETS

St. Charles County, MO 
  Saturday, July 26, 2014
7:30 am - 10:30 am
Marais Temps Clair Conservation Area, Route H off of Highway 94
Join the staff of the Busch Conservation Area for a 2 ˝ mile hike to view the herons and egrets feeding in the Marais Temps Clair Conservation Area marsh. The young have just left the nests so we hope to see both young and adults feeding together. See some of the showiest members of all wading birds. Learn to identify these majestic birds from a distance through provided spotting scopes. The hike will be on a flat, gravel path for 2 ˝ miles with exposure to the weather.
Free
. Reservations begin July 11.
For more information call 636-441-4554
 

HUMMINGBIRD FESTIVAL
Hartford, IL
 
  Saturday, July 26 , 2014
9 am - Noon
Lewis & Clark State Historic Site, New Poag Road and IL-3
In conjunction with the Illinois Audubon Society, hummingbirds will be captured and banded. Participants can adopt and release a hummingbird.
Free
For more information call 618-251-5811
 

TIGER DAY FESTIVAL
Sainte Genevieve County, MO
 
  Saturday, July 26, 2014
10 am - 3 pm
Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary, 19620 State Route B
Come celebrate International Tiger Day and meet a tiger keeper, watch the cats receive special treats in their yards. This is a great day to bring the whole family for a day of fun and activities with games and crafts for all age levels! Lunch will be available for purchase. 100% of the proceeds benefit the Tiger Sanctuary.
Minimal cost and maximum fun.
For more information call 573-330-7334
  or visit the Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary website
 

GREAT TRAIN EXPO

Belleville, IL
  July 27 - July 27, 2014
10 am - 4 pm
Belle-Clair Expo Center, 200 South Belt East

This event features a packed building, including the Main Exhibit Hall & the Trophy Room full of dealers with all sizes and scales! There will be hundreds of tables with exhibitors from across the country. Meet with dealers with everything imaginable for trains & model railroading from engines, rolling stock, DVD’s, hats, scenery material, track, decals, T-Shirts, books, magazines, tools, and more. There will be trains kids can play with, an amazing LEGO Layout, a riding train for kids, free workshops and demonstrations, and door prizes!.
Admission, kids under 12 are free. Free Parking.
For more information call 618-233-0052
  or visit the event's webpage

GRAFTON
TOWBOAT FESTIVAL
Grafton, IL
 
  July 26 - July 27, 2014
Grafton Riverfront
11 am - 4 pm each day
Experience "Life on the Mississippi River" and catch a rare glimpse inside the giant towboats that travel America's Great Rivers. Conditions permitting, there will be a boat docked on the riverfront at the Grafton Harbor on Water Street for tours from noon to 4 pm on both days. There will be excitement throughout the entire town as it gets on board with the Shiver Me Timbers Towboat Festival with a Citywide Treasure Hunt, Pirate Ship Rides, discounted Parasailing for those who come dressed as pirates, Hula-hoop Making Workshop, Pirate Parties, Grog and Grub Specials, and discounts by many of Grafton’s businesses.
Small Admission Fee

F
or more information call 618-786-7678
 
FAUST VILLAGE
OPEN HOUSE

Chesterfield, MO
 
  July 26 - July 27, 2014
1 pm - 5 pm
St. Louis County Faust Park, 15185 Olive Street
Faust Park is home to many local structures rescued from destruction by real estate development. On selected dates the buildings will be open to park guests. Visitors to Faust Historic Village may tour the 1850s Conway house with its period herb garden and outdoor kitchen, the circa 1848 Metz log home, and the 1880s Hoch House. All homes will be staffed with docents in period dress.
Free
F
or more information call 314-615-8328
ST. BARBARA'S
CHURCH PICNIC

Batchtown, IL
 
  July 26 - July 27, 2014
Saturday: 5 pm - Midnight
Sunday: 11 am - Midnight
Saturday: Turtle soup & sandwiches, games and crafts.
Sunday: Family style chicken & beef dinner starts at 11 am, games, crafts, raffle and bingo. 
For more information call 618-883-2400
 

BLUEGRASS MONDAY

P
aragould, AR
  Monday, July 28, 2014
7 pm
Collins Theatre, 120 West Emerson Street

On the fourth Monday night of each month, KASU of Arkansas State University presents its "Bluegrass Monday" concert series at the Collins Theatre. The concerts feature acclaimed bluegrass musicians from across the country. KASU will "pass the hat," collecting money to pay the musicians. The suggested donation is $5 per person. July's performers are
The Gold Heart Sisters.
Free, a donation of $5 is suggested.
For more information call 870-972-2367

FIRST FRIDAYS
AT THE SCIENCE CENTER

St. Louis, MO
  Friday, August 1, 2014
Event begins a 6 pm
St. Louis Science Center, 5050 Oakland Avenue
Geek out on the first Friday of every month! Learn the real science behind science fiction at the Science Center’s First Fridays events! Each month has a different theme, features free hands-on activities and culminates with a free 10 pm screening of a classic science fiction move in the OMNIMAX® Theater. First Friday favorites like public telescope viewings and special prices for OMNIMAX® films are a staple at every event. August’s theme is The Search for Life in the Universe. Dr. Dale Anderson from the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Lab will bring you the latest findings about the existence of life beyond Earth.
Free, tickets to the movie are on a first come first served basis.

For more information call 314-289-4400
  Learn more …

COBDEN PEACH FESTIVAL

Cobden, IL
  August 1 - August 2, 2014
The festival opens at 5 pm each night
Cobden Community Park

This event, sponsored by the Cobden Lions Club where attendees can enjoy Karaoke and a DJ Show, Bingo and other games, great peaches and cream, peach cobbler & other great homemade food, along with a carnival, entertainment, and a Peach Queen contest. In addition to festival activities there will be a 5K run/walk on Saturday morning, a parade on Saturday afternoon at 4:30 pm. The Union County Museum and Cobden’s restaurants and shops are open all day each day.
Free
For information call 618-893-2425
  or visit www.cobdenil.com

SEMINARY PICNIC

Perryville, MO
  August 1 - August 3, 2014
Seminary Picnic Grounds, Sycamore Road and CR-T
“Where friends meet friends from everywhere.” This event includes hand crafted quilt and cash prize bingos, concessions, an antique carousel, live entertainment, and rides for the kids. And don’t forget about the famous all-you-can-eat chicken and beef dinners, served buffet style will be served from 3 pm - 7 pm on Saturday and 11 am - 5 pm on Sunday. The picnic is also famous for it homemade vanilla ice cream. The event is sponsored by St. Vincent de Paul Parish.

Free admission to the grounds
For information call 573-547-4591
MASCOUTAH HOMECOMING
UND AUGUSTFEST

Mascoutah, IL
  August 1 - August 3, 2014
Scheve Park, Main Street
This annual event features rides, games, food, beer, exhibitions, shows, live entertainment, tractor and truck pulls, a car show, and St. Clair County 4-H Farm exhibits. Parades will be held at 5 pm on both Saturday and Sunday.
Free
F
or more information call 618-566-2964

COMMUNITY BAKING DAY

Frohna, MO
  Saturday, August 2, 2014
Baking starts at 9:30 am to approximately 3 pm
Saxon Lutheran Memorial, 296 Saxon Memorial Drive

This is a wonderful way to start the month as the Saxon Lutheran Memorial holds it community baking day the first Saturday of each month from March through November except for October (because of Fall Festival). The aroma of fresh baked goods, the company of friends and neighbors, and the sharing of recipes and helpful hints are the perfect ingredients for a Saturday morning.  Share a cup of coffee and cut into a loaf of bread or tear off a piece of soft pretzels and it just doesn't get much better.
Free, donations appreciated
For information call 573-824-5404

KIDS FISHING DERBY

Wynne, AR
  Saturday, August 2, 2014
8:30 am - 10 am
Village Creek State Park, 201 County Road 754, meet at the First Pond on the Golf Course

Village Creek State Park will host a fishing derby for kids 15 and under with the help of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. There will be a small pond with easy access that will be stocked with plenty of catfish for the kids to catch. If your child doesn't have a rod and reel there will be a few to borrow.
Free
For more information call 870-238-9406
  or visit the park's website

ARCHEOLOGY DAY
Collinsville, IL
  Saturday, August 2, 2014
10 am - 4 pm
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, 130 Ramey Street, (off Collinsville Road)
This is the site's largest annual event and features specialists demonstrating ancient crafts such as pottery making, flintknapping, gourd carving, making tools and ornaments, bow and arrow making, and more. Food and drinks available.
Free
For more information call 618-346-5160

LOCALLY GROWN FOOD FEST

Quincy, IL
 
  Saturday, August 2, 2014
Washington Park, 5th & Maine Streets
The Amateur Chef's Competition is back by popular demand. Chefs will utilize the morning's fresh purchases from the Farmer's Market to create their masterpieces. The festival also features the Biggest Tomato and Cucumber Contest, as well as Best Pie and Cookie Contest. There are plenty of children’s' activities with a bounce house, Quincy Art Center onsite, and a small petting zoo!
Free
For information call 660-346-1007
  or visit www.downtownquincy.com
 

ANNUAL CORN FEST
Schuline, IL
  Saturday, August 2, 2014
Charter Oak Schoolhouse, 9272 Schuline Road
Begins at 4 pm
This annual festival benefits the Charter Oak Schoolhouse. There will be large kettles of homegrown sweet corn, delicious Indian Pudding, fried chicken and home grown vegetables. This event also features a country market and craft sale, live music, and tours of the schoolhouse. Sponsored by Randolph County Historical Society
.

Free
For more information
call 618-443-2812

CHAFFEE GERMAN DAYS

Chaffee, MO
  August 2 - August 3, 2014
Friday: 4:30 pm
Saturday 11 am - 8 pm
Frisco Park, 800 South Main Street
The Chaffee Elk's Club hosts this annual festival celebrating the region’s German heritage features carnival rides, softball games, a dunking booth, horseshoe and washer contests, a talent show, music and dances. Food is also an integral part of the celebration and includes bratwursts, German potato salad, fried chicken, lemon shake-ups, and barbecue. Friday's festivities start with a catfish dinner at 4:30 p.m. followed by a pageant and music and dance.

Free
For information call 573-887-3558
ST. JOSEPH'S
CHURCH PICNIC

Meppen, IL
 
  August 2 - August 3, 2014
Saturday: 5 pm - Midnight
Sunday: 11 am - Midnight
Saturday: Turtle soup & sandwiches, games and entertainment.
Sunday: Family style chicken & beef dinner, games and entertainment. 
For more information call 618-883-2400
 
FAHRRAD TOUR UND AUGUSTFEST BICYCLE RIDE
Mascoutah, IL
  Sunday, August 3, 2014
Registration: 7:30 am - 9 am
Scheve Park, 6th and Harnett Streets
Tour Illinois’ German settled countryside and enjoy several great rest stops on Extra short, short, medium, and long routes. The longer routes visit historic Lebanon. After the ride, enjoy the food, drinks, games and displays that are part of Mascoutahs annual German heritage festival.
Registration fee
For more information visit www.trailnet.org

CAJUN BEER GARDEN
Grafton, IL
 
  Sunday, August 3, 2014
2 pm - 6 pm
Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center, 13653 Lodge Blvd.
Welcome to the Cajun Beer Garden and Laissez les bons temps rouler St. Louis! Join in on the fun on the terrace at Pere Marquette Lodge for a Cajun Beer Garden and let the good times roll.  This event features a specialty beer imported from Louisiana as well as Cajun food and live bluegrass music. There will also be a selection of imports, micro-brewed and domestic beers, as well as exciting cocktails and frozen drinks. The Beer Garden at Pere Marquette is a wonderful place to spend a relaxing day filled with entertainment, a gorgeous view and an ambiance that cannot be found anywhere else in the St. Louis area.

For more information call 618-786-2331 ext 338
 

ST. CLAIR COUNTY FAIR

Belleville, IL
  August 6 - August 9, 2014
Wednesday - Friday: Fair opens at 5 pm
Saturday: Fair opens at 11 am - 9 pm
This traditional county fair has been ongoing since 1854 and features a carnival, livestock showing in barns, air conditioned exposition hall filled with exhibits and vendors, nightly stage entertainment, beer garden, and fair food. There is also exciting events in the arena including stock car racing, demo derby, midget car races, and motorcycle races.
For more information call 618-233-0052
  or visit www.bcfairgrounds.net

SIKESTON BOOTHEEL RODEO

Sikeston, MO
  August 6 - August 9, 2014
6 pm
Sikeston Rodeo Grounds, 1220 N. Ingram Road

One of the country's top five rodeos, this world-class event is legendary on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association circuit, bringing in the best cowboys and cowgirls from across the nation to compete for more than $100K in prize money.  Top country music stars perform nightly.  Slack nights on Monday and Tuesday feature reduced admission, but no entertainment is scheduled.

Admission
For information call 1-800-455-2855
  or visit www.sikestonrodeo.com

SWEET CORN FESTIIVAL
West Point, IA
 
  August 7 - August 10, 2014
Town Square
Thousands of visitors come to West Point for the annual Sweet Corn Festival, a premier tri-state attraction traditionally conducted during the second week of August from Thursday thru Sunday inclusive, in the town square. All you can eat FREE sweet corn and FREE stage entertainment. Barbecue pork chop or chicken dinners served daily. Archway Amusements Midway, arts and crafts, bingo, 5K & 10K run, queen crowning, children’s contests, mini-garden tractor pulls, parade and more!
Free
For information call 319-837-6228
 
BAYLIS HIGHPOINT
GLORY DAYS FESTIVAL

Baylis, IL
 
  August 8 - August 9, 2014
Come and enjoy a fun filled weekend to renew old acquaintances and make new ones.  At 5 pm on Friday enjoy the start of the Festival with the parade of Marshals followed by the prince, princess, Jr. Miss and Queen Pageants and the Jr. and Sr. Farm King contest along with the Sour Prune Jr. and Sr. contest. A street dance follows the contests. Saturday morning there will be the Baby, Lil Miss and Mister Tiny Tot, and Lil Miss and Mister Pageants beginning at 9 am. A Car and bike ride will start at 9 and return at 2 pm for a parade followed by more entertainment. A chicken and fish fry will be held from 4 pm - 7:30 pm or until food runs out plus food and refreshments will be available throughout the day. There will live entertainment beginning at 7 pm. There will be vendors for crafts and flea market booths both days.
Free
For information call Sharon Rennecker 217-617-6864 or Edith Turner 217-242-1528
 
BABLER BUG DAY
Babler State Park
Wildwood
, MO
  Saturday, August 9, 2014
10 am - 2 pm
Babler State Park, 800 Guy Park Drive
Join the staff of Babler State Park in celebrating the world of insects and their amazing adaptations! Check out larger-than-life “bugs” at the “Extreme Makeover Bug Edition” at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. Other activities available will include crafts, games, exhibits on bugs, butterflies, and even fossilized bugs. There will also be a bug hike and LIVE insects!
Free
F
or more information call 636-458-3813
STATEHOOD DAY
St. Charles, MO
 
  Saturday, August 9, 2014
10 am - 4 pm
First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site, 201-216 South Main Street
This event features special demonstrations, interpreters in period dress and an open house. The public is invited to view the buildings where the state's first senators and representatives met from 1821 to 1826. The Peck Brothers Dry Goods and Hardware Store and residence are also included during the open house and festivities. Bring the kids to learn about Missouri's state symbols and play some games from the 1820s. And, oh yes, what's a birthday party without free cake and punch?
Free
For more information call 636-940-3322
 
BLESSING OF THE FLEET
Portage des Sioux, MO
Grafton, IL
  Saturday, August 9, 2014
Rescheduled from July

Participating boats will launch at 1 pm from the Yacht Club of St. Louis proceeding downstream or at Harbor Point  proceeding upstream in the main channel of the Mississippi River. About 2:15 p.m. the parade will arrive at Our Lady of the Rivers Shrine in Portage des Sioux, and end in Grafton.  The parade will be visible from the Great River Road.
Free
For more information visit www.blessingofthefleetstl.com

WINE CLUB GET-TOGETHER
Grafton, IL
 
  Saturday, August 9, 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 Domino 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
 
ST. MARY'S CHURCH PICNIC
Brussels, IL
 
  August 9 - August 10, 2014
Saturday: 5 pm - Midnight
Sunday: 11 am - Midnight
Saturday: BBQ and fish, games and music.
Sunday: Family style chicken & beef dinner, country store and raffle. Turtle soup served starting at 5 pm. 
For more information call 618-883-2400
 
I SCREAM FOR
ICE CREAM RIDE

Edwardsville, IL 
  Sunday, August 10, 2014
Registration: 7:30 am - 9:30 am
The Cyclery and Fitness Center, 2472 Troy Road (IL-159)
This beautiful ride takes participants through the country along portions of the Madison County Transit Trails system. Plan to for some time for homemade custard along the way at Annie’s Frozen Custard and the warehouse sale at The Cyclery after the ride.

Registration fee
For more visit www.trailnet.org
 

PEACH FESTIVAL
Grafton, IL
 
  Sunday, August 10, 2014
11 am - 3 pm

Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center, 13653 Lodge Blvd.
Nothing pairs better than a warm, summer day and a ripe, juicy peach! This Peach Festival features local famers displaying some of those famous Calhoun Peaches handpicked that morning and still warm from the sunshine as well as other produce such as tomatoes and watermelons. Come on out to the beautiful Pere Marquette Lodge and join in on this afternoon of fun, festivities and peaches. There will also be live music, craft and art vendors, wine tasting, restaurant specials, an educational exhibit and historic Lodge tours.
Free

For more information call 618-786-2331 ext. 338
 

MOONLIGHT HIKE
Godfrey, IL
 
  Sunday, August 10, 2014
7:30 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.
Free
For more information call 618-466-9930
 

OBION COUNTY FAIR

Union City, TN
  August 11 - August 15, 2014
5 pm - 11 pm
Obion County Fairgrounds, 1711 East Church Street

The Obion County Fair is an Award-Winning county fair! Come out and join us at one of the best county fairs in Tennessee! Features include commercial exhibits, concerts, motor sports & livestock shows, carnival rides, food, and games.
Admission
For more information call 731-885-5361
  or visit the Fair's website

GUIDED PRAIRIE WALKS
Alton, IL
 
  August 12 and August 26, 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
.
Free
For more information call 618-466-9930
 

WATER WADERS

Brussels, IL
  Wednesday, August 13, 2014
9 am
Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge, HCR 82
Shorebirds live on the insects found in the shallow water along the banks of the Illinois River. Learn what these birds are bobbing for and how to identify a few before participants take a walk on the Swan Lake levee separating the lake from the Illinois River.
Free, register by August 12
For more information call or to register call 618-883-2524
  or email tworivers@fws.gov

FEAST IN THE PARK

Chesterfield, MO
 
  Thursday, August 14, 2014
5 pm - 8 pm
St. Louis County Faust Park, 15185 Olive Street
Food trucks are as hot as ever in St. Louis, and now the mobile-dining trend is taking St. Louis County by storm through a series of summer and fall festivals. On the second Thursday evenings from June to September, food trucks and musicians will gather at Faust Park to bring you a variety of great eats and tunes. There will be about 14 food trucks at each event. Each will serve up their signature specialties. Sponsored by Feast Magazine and St. Louis County Parks.
Free
F
or more information call 314-615-8328
 

WATERMELON FESTIVAL

Montrose, IA
 
  August 14 - August 16, 2014
The Festival opens at 5 pm on Thursday and Friday and after the parade on Saturday
Since 1945 the community of Montrose has been holding this festival that features free watermelon, great food, crafts, town-wide garage sales, and entertainment. A Watermelon Parade is held on Saturday morning.

Free
For information call 319-463-5533
 

ROLLIN' ON THE RIVER
BLUES FEST

Keokuk, IA
 
  August 15 - August 16, 2014
Victory Park, Mississippi Drive on the riverfront
Friday Evening and Saturday Afternoon and Evening
This event has been called “Iowa's Best Fest by a Dam Site” and through the years, “Rollin' on the River” has presented some of the finest in blues music, everyone from A to Z (Anson Funderburg to Buckwheat Zydeco). Come down, join the crowd and support your town's music festival this August. You'll be Rockin' and Rollin' on the River front!

Admission
For information call 319-524-7447 or 1-800-383-1219
  or visit www.keokukbluesfest.com
 
COLUMBIA DAZE
Columbia, IL
  August 15 - August 16, 2014
4 pm - Midnight, both days
Turner Hall, 211 East Cherry Street
Festivities of this annual event include carnival rides, games, live music, food and drinks, historic trolley tours, and fun. A parade is held at 5 pm on Main Street on Saturday and the event features live music beginning at 8 pm both nights.
Free

For more information call 618-281-5393
HULL TOWN PICNIC
Hull, IL
 
  August 15 - August 16, 2014
Friday Evening and all day Saturday
Since 1932 the community gathers for a variety of delicious chicken dinner and a full day of family fun including children's activities. The charity run on Friday evening supports Parkinson reserach
.
Free, chicken dinner costs a modest fee
For information call 217-432-5749

UNION COUNTY FAIR

Anna, IL
  August 15 - August 23, 2014
7 am - 10 pm
85 Herman Wright Drive

Special events, 4H, livestock shows, agricultural exhibits, carnival, horse show, car show, Queen pageant, variety of foods and other exhibits.
Free, Admission charged after 6 pm
For information call 618-833-8923
  or visit www.unioncountyfair.net

BIG BUCKLE BASH
Fort Madison, IA
  Saturday, August 16, 2014
5 pm - 11 pm
700 - 900 blocks of Avenue C, downtown Fort Madison

This annual event is a boot scootin’ good-time for adults and families, alike! The event a Classic Car Cruise In, Lil’ Miss Fort Madison contest, Mechanical Bull, Hot Wings Contest, Pony Rides, Clown and Face Painting, shopping, and more! Live musical acts will be playing your country favorites while you dance in the street!

Admission
For information call
319-372-5471 

BELLEVILLE ANTIQUES &
COLLECTIBLES FLEA MARKET

Belleville, IL
  August 16 - August 17, 2014
9 am - 4 pm
Belle-Clair Expo Center, 200 South Belt East

This event features over 600 tables and 300 to 400 vendors selling antiques and collectibles. There is both old and new merchandise and it's indoor/outdoor year round.
Free
For more information call 618-233-0052
  or visit the venue's website
ST. MARY'S CHURCH PICNIC
Fieldon, IL
 
  August 16 - August 17, 2014
Saturday: Fish dinner starting at 5 pm
Sunday: Chicken dinner from 11 am - 3 pm
This is annual church picnic features bingo, a kids' tents, raffles, food and drink tents, and music. There will be live entertainment from 7-11 on Saturday night by the Glendale Riders and the grand prize for the raffle is in Sunday
For more information call 618-498-3416
 

WILDERNESS WALK
Edwardsville, IL
 
  Tuesday, August 19, 2014
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
 

FOOD TRUCKS IN THE PARK
St. Charles, MO
  
  Tuesday August 19, 2014
5 pm - 8 pm
Frontier Park, South Riverside Drive
Join in on the culinary adventures of the Food Truck Revolution that awaits you at the Food Truck Events in Frontier Park.  Enjoy live entertainment as you indulge in a variety of delicious food options that will be available by several different vendors.  Please keep in mind many trucks at this event are Cash only.
No admission, charges for food apply
For more information call or 1-800-366-2427
 

ASTRONOMY ASSOCIATION MEETING
Godfrey, IL
 
  Thursday, August 21, 2014
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 pbrown@TheNatureInstitute.org
 
WATERLOO HOMECOMING
Waterloo, IL
  August 22 - August 23, 2014
Monroe County Courthouse Grounds
The Waterloo Homecoming is held annually the last Friday and Saturday in August on the Courthouse Square. This event features live music, carnival rides, games, and plenty of food and drink offered by local organizations. A parade is held on Saturday with floats, marching bands, and other items of interest.
Free

For more information call 618-939-8600

PELICANS: AVIAN ANGLERS

Brussels, IL
  Saturday, August 23, 2014
9 am
Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge, HCR 82
Pelicans can be seen at the refuge in August in large migratory numbers huddled together as they work to capture a fish for dinner. Visitors will learn about these large white birds and then venture out to see if they can spot a few or maybe a hundred.
Free, register by August 21
For more information call or to register call 618-883-2524
  or email tworivers@fws.gov

KIDS BLOCK PARTY
St. Charles, MO  
  Saturday, August 23, 2014
10 am - 2 pm
The Saint Charles Convention Center, One Convention Center Plaza

The Kids Block Party and Touch-A-Truck family day out event's goal is encouraging healthy, active and safe lifestyles among children, ages 3-11. The event featurea inflatables, a variety of trucks and other vehicles to explore and interact with, hands-on activities for children from various vendors (which in the past have included St. Charles Parks and Rec, The Girl/Boy Scouts, River City Robots, and The Science Center), as well as informational booths for parents from vendors such as St. Charles Police, pre-schools and daycares, chiropractors, etc.
Free
For more information call 636-669-3010
  or visit the event's webpage
  

RACE FOR THE
RIVERS FESTIVAL

St. Charles, MO
 
  Saturday, August 23, 2014
11 am to 5 pm
Frontier Park, Riverside Drive

Greenway Network, a non-profit citizens action group, is hosting two canoe and kayak races on the scenic Missouri River, a staged-event covering 65 miles from Washington Missouri to the Confluence and an Adventure Race from Weldon Spring to Frontier Park in St. Charles. The organization is also hosting the Race For the Rivers Festival at Frontier Park from which will feature adventure and outdoor sports vendors and environmental educational displays and activities. Between the live bands, the hands-on art , environmental activities, and educational displays the festival will be a great place to hang out and wait for the racers to cross the flying finish line at the park.
Free; Registration fee for racers
For more information visit the www.racefortherivers.org website
 

OLDEN DAYS FESTIVAL
Jersey County, IL
 
  August 23 - August 24, 2014
7 am - 5 pm both days
Tri-County Antique Club Grounds
Illinois Route 3 between Grafton and Jerseyville
Antique Tractors and Farm Equipment. Learn how people used to live from a variety of demonstrations. Arts & Crafts, Antique Car Show, Food and Live Entertainment!
Adults $4, Children under 12 admitted free.
For more information call visit www.tricountyantiqueclub.org 

FESTIVAL OF NATIONS

St. Louis, MO
 
  August 23 - August 24, 2014
Saturday: 10 pm - 7 pm
Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm
Tower Grove Park, corner of Arsenal and Grand
Visitors will be treated to four stages of non-stop dynamic music and dance performances by traditional ethnic artists, world music favorites and the finest traditional acoustic music and song. Taste cultural treats from over 30 food booths and browse among the folk art gift booths. A Children's Area features ethnic storytelling, mask-making and other hands-on activities. A free shuttle service will be available throughout the park
.
Free, food and gifts are affordably priced.
F
or more information call 314-773-9090 ext. 169
  or visit the event website
 

ST. PAUL'S KIRCHENFEST
Highland, IL
 
  August 23 - August 24, 2014
All day event
St. Paul Catholic Church, 1412 Ninth Street
The largest of its kind throughout the region, this two-day "Kirchenfest" (German for church festival) offers something for everyone - food (including Bavarian skillet dish prepared by a 500 pound skillet and a sit-down chicken dinner), live music, games, live auction, flea market, a competitive run, bike ride and much more!
Free
For more information call 618-654-2339
  or
visit the event's Facebook page
 

GRAFTON RIVERSIDE
FLEA MARKET

Grafton, IL
 
  August 23 - August 24, 2014
Grafton Boatworks, Water 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+ dealers with all types of goods, antiques glassware, tools, candles, furniture and good old-fashioned junk!
Free
For more information call 618-786-8210
 
FAUST VILLAGE
OPEN HOUSE

Chesterfield, MO
 
  August 23 - August 24, 2014
1 pm - 5 pm
St. Louis County Faust Park, 15185 Olive Street
Faust Park is home to many local structures rescued from destruction by real estate development. On selected dates the buildings will be open to park guests. Visitors to Faust Historic Village may tour the 1850s Conway house with its period herb garden and outdoor kitchen, the circa 1848 Metz log home, and the 1880s Hoch House. All homes will be staffed with docents in period dress.
Free
F
or more information call 314-615-8328
 
LOUIS BOLDUC DAYS
Sainte Genevieve, MO
  August 23 - August 24, 2014
Bolduc House, 125 South Main Street
In honor of the Feast of St. Louis, The Bolduc House has set aside this annual celebration as time for members of Sainte Genevieve’s first families to gather and be honored. With lots of fun activities for everyone all weekend long, everyone is invited to meet members of the Bolduc, Pratte, and Valle extended families and slave descendants as well as members of the Shawnee, Delaware, and Osage tribes. There will be stories, music, activities, demonstrations, and your chance to participate in Family History, Oral History, and Living History. See what is new at the museum and enjoy the people who left such important legacies in the land. In addition, both days will feature a performance of Moliere’s School for Wives for an extra charge.
Admission; First family members are admitted free.
For more information call 573-883-3105
  or visit www.bolduchouse.org
PERRY PIONEER DAYS
Perry, IL
 
  August 23 - August 24, 2014
Town Square
Celebrate one of Pike County’s smallest community’s annual event with fun for everyone including live entertainment, children's activities, and food. A parade is held on Saturday afternoon at 2 pm. Sunday's activities include a community church in the park and a charity Rainbow Run
.
Free
For information call 217-236-9701
 
ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI
PARISH
PICNIC

Michael, IL
 
  August 23 - August 24, 2014
Saturday: 5 pm - Midnight
Sunday: 11 am - Midnight
Saturday: BBQ and fish, games and music.
Sunday: Family style chicken & beef dinner, country store and raffle. Turtle soup served starting at 5 pm. 
For more information call 618-576-2628
 

PITTSFIELD FALL FESTIVAL
Pittsfield, IL
 
  August 28 - August 31, 2014
Courthouse Square, downtown Pittsfield
This annual festival features a variety of pageants, talent shows, great stage entertainment, Lions Club rides, fire truck rides from the Pittsfield Fire Department, food, and vendors. The grand parade is held on Saturday.
Free
For information call 217-617-2656
 

BENTON NEIGHBOR DAYS

Perryville, MO
  August 29 - August 30, 2014
Friday: 5 pm - Midnight
Saturday: 10 am - Midnight

Scott County Fair Grounds, 300 Chester Street

Celebrated since 1925, this festival offers, among other activities, carnival rides, games, exhibits, and a parade. Special activities include mud racing, volleyball tournaments, and a greased-pole climb.

Free
For information call 573-733-4425

NAUVOO GRAPE FESTIVAL
Nauvoo, IL
 
  August 29 - August 31, 2014
Nauvoo State Park
Friday: Noon - Midnight
Saturday: 7 am - Midnight
Sunday: 7 am - Midnight
A Labor Day tradition and one of the oldest festival in West Central Illinois, The Nauvoo Grape Festival has become a well-known attraction in the tri-state area. Festivities at this annual event include live entertainment, great food, Nauvoo Pageant, car show, wine tastings, carnival rides, parade, buck skinners rendezvous, mud volleyball, 5 k run, arts and crafts, flea market, archery, and so much more!

Free, some activities include a fee
For information call 217-453-6648
  or visit www.nauvoograpefestival.com
 

VILLAGE CREEK STATE PARK
LEGACY WEEKEND

Wynne, AR
  August 30 - August 31, 2014
8 am - 7 pm
Village Creek State Park, 201 County Road 754

Village Creek State Park is a special place for many reasons.  Discover the hidden stories of the park, find out why it is here, and get the chance to preserve this resource for future generations at this weekend that is all about the park. Contact the visitor center for a detailed schedule.
Free
For more information call 870-238-9406
  or visit the park's website

ST. LOUIS ANTIQUE FESTIVAL

Belleville, IL
  August 30 - August 31, 2014
Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 10 am - 4 pm

200 South Belt East (6 miles off I-64 at IL-159 at IL-13)
oFine antiques and collectibles abound at the St. Louis Antique Festival held twice yearly in Belleville. The fairgrounds have been home to the festival for over 25 years with a spring and a fall show most years. If you’re interested in fine quality antiques, this is a must-do show.  This show features many investment quality antiques from some of over 100 top quality antique dealers from across the country displaying and selling items
Admission
For more information call 618-235-0666
  or visit the venue's website

BIG MUDDY
BLUES FESTIVAL
St. Louis, MO
 
  August 30 - August 31, 2014
Noon to 11 pm
Historic Laclede's Landing
Feel the rhythm and find your groove on Labor Day Weekend at the annual Big Muddy, one of the country's best blues music festivals. The free festival features nearly three dozen groups -- national, regional and local -- on five stages.
Admission
F
or more information call 314-241-5875
  or visit the event website
 

FESTIVAL ON WHEELS
CAR SHOW

Nauvoo, IL
 
  August 30 - August 31, 2014
Nauvoo State Park, IL-96
Each year young and old alike have enjoyed the roar of custom hot rods and original restored muscle cars that filled the highways Labor Day weekend heading to historic Nauvoo, Illinois.
Free to the public, registration fee for participants
For information call 1-888-453-2359
  or visit www.festivalonwheels.net
 
KASKASKIA CHURCH
PICNIC

Kaskaskia, IL
  Sunday, August 31, 2014
10 am - 7 pm
Church of the Immaculate Conception
Attractions include Bingo, Tractor and Truck Pull, children’s games, and the usual picnic attractions. The prizes for the wonderful raffle to be announced. The celebration also features live music, food and other refreshments, and the Church of the Immaculate Conception will be open for tours.
Free
For more information call 618-826-2667

JAPANESE FESTIVAL
St. Louis, MO
 
  August 30 - September 1, 2014
10 am - 8 pm (30st & 31st); 10 am - 5 pm (1st)
Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Boulevard
The Missouri Botanical Garden hosts this annual festival in honor of Japanese culture. Highlights include tours of the Japanese garden, special art exhibitions, traditional processions, tea ceremonies, kimono demonstrations, traditional music and dancing, Japanese marketplace, arts and crafts, Ikebana, Bonsai, martial arts, karaoke, Japanese theatrical performances, cooking demonstrations, food booths and many more fun family activities.
Admission, reduced fee for members
F
or more information call 314-577-5100
  or visit the Missouri Botanical Garden website
 
   
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