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

THE ART FAIR
AT QUEENY PARK
Ballwin, MO
  August 29 - August 31, 2014
Queeny Park, 550 Weidman Road and 1675 S. Mason Road
Friday: 6 pm - 9 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 7 pm
Sunday: 11 am - 4 pm

This annual fine art and craft show is held by the Greater St. Louis Art Association and features over 140 national artists that exhibit their art in the following disciplines: clay/ceramics, digital art, drawing, fiber, glass, jewelry, mixed media, acrylic, oil, watercolor, photography, sculpture, and wood.
Admission
F
or more information call 314-889-0433
  or visit the event website
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 September 7, 2014
9 am - 5 pm
Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Boulevard
Nature Connects: Art with LEGO® Bricks: Explore larger-than-life plants and animals made from LEGO® bricks as they take up summer residence in our world-famous Climatron®. This extraordinary exhibit of 25 sculptures inspired by nature is constructed with over 300,000 LEGO pieces. A majestic bald eagle, a beautiful monarch butterfly, and a giant praying mantis are among the installations featured in the exhibit. Don’t miss the Brookings Interpretive Center, where visitors of all ages will be invited to make, create, build, take apart, tinker, investigate, and discover.
Admission, reduced fee for members
F
or more information call 314-577-5100
  or visit the Missouri Botanical Garden website
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

FIRST BANK SEA LION SHOW
St. Louis, MO
  Through September 1, 2014
The Saint Louis Zoo in Forest Park
Sea lions Roby, Rosie, Bennie, Dixi, Nikki and newcomer 2-year-old Mandy perform hurdle and high jumps, flipper walks, balancing acts, high dives, Frisbee tosses and other acrobatic and athletic behaviors at Sea Lion Sound. Shows are time ticketed and are at 10:30 am, 1 pm and 3 pm with an additional show at 5 pm on weekends and holidays . At Sea Lion Landing, public feedings take place at 11:15 am, 1:45 pm and 3:30 pm.
Admission
For more information call
314-781-0900
  Learn more …
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.

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
 

ST. LOUIS AFRICAN-AMERICAN ARTIFACT FESTIVAL & BAZAAR

St. Louis, MO
  Saturday, August 30, 2014
10 am - 7 pm
Scott Joplin House State Historic Site, 2658 Delmar Blvd.
This cultural arts festival is family-oriented event celebrating the rich heritage of people of African descent. The festival will cultivate awareness and appreciation of the significant contributions of people of African descent. The mission will be accomplished by showcasing and sharing African American artifacts, art, music, food, dance and literature with the people in the Saint Louis region. This event is supported by the historic site along with the St. Louis Art Museum, The Griot Museum, The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis and the Frederick A. Douglass Museum of African-American Vernacular Images.
Free
F
or more information call 314-340-5790

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
 

BETHALTO HOMECOMING

Bethalto, IL
  August 29 - August 31, 2014
All day event
Bethalto City Park, 213 North Prairie Street
The annual Bethalto Homecoming tradition began as a way to honor the soldiers returning from World War I. A maple tree was planted in the area for every soldier who returned from the war, and a picnic was held for residents to congregate and socialize. Over the years, the celebration of servicemen returning from duty has evolved into a weekend-long event for local residents and visitors. Today the festivities encompass live entertainment, games, food, carnival rides, and fun for the whole family. The annual Homecoming parade will begin at 10 am on Monday at Bethalto East Elementary School and ends at the Park.
Free, some activities charge a fee.
The event is organized by the Bethalto Fire Department (618-377-6421) and the Bethalto American Legion (618-377-3089). To confirm the information visit the Village of Bethalto website.
 
HORSESHOE LAKE
LABOR DAY CELEBRATION

Olive Branch, IL
 
  Monday, September 1, 2014
7 am - 4 pm
Horseshoe Lake Community Center, 22434 Railroad Street

Pancake breakfast begins at 7 am and BBQ and other food is served from 10 am till 4 pm. There will be music all day as well as vendors, games, crafts & a bake sale. Rain or shine. Proceeds benefit the Community Center maintenance fund.

Free
For information call 618-776-6063
 

LABOR DAY PICNIC

Rector, AR
  Monday, September 1, 2014
All day event
Rector Memorial Park, Halford Street

Since 1941, Rector Arkansas has been celebrating the American Worker, American Families and American Pride. Come hear elected officials live and in person.  Take advantage of the opportunity to tell them what is on your mind. Start you own family tradition and plan to visit this hometown tradition. Come celebrate what makes America great.
Free
For more information call 870-595-3591
  or visit the event's website
FORT D
LABOR DAY WEEKEND

Cape Girardeau, MO
 
  Monday, September 1, 2014
9 am to 3 pm
Fort D Historic Site, 920 Fort Street

Labor Day is typically a day of rest, but the soldiers and civilians at Fort D will be busy preparing for fall. Join local re-enactors as they demonstrate rifle and cannon fire and Dutch oven cooking.

Free
For more information call the Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau at 573-334-6702 or 1-800-777-0068
  or visit the event website.
 
LABOR DAY CELEBRATION
Henning, TN
  Monday, September 1, 2014
Fort Pillow State Historic Park, 3122 Park Road
Join the Fort Pillow State Historic Park staff in a celebration of Labor Day at Fort Pillow with outdoor activities and programs for all ages.
Free
For more information call 731-738-5581

DYER COUNTY FAIR

Dyersburg, TN
  September 1 - September 6, 2014
Dyer County Fairgrounds, 296 James Rice Road
This fair features crop exhibits, a dairy show, a pet show, a rodeo, carnival rides, talent shows, beauty pageants truck and tractor contests, and live entertainment. The Dyer County Fair is also home to Sorghum Valley, a replica town that gives visitors a glimpse of yesteryear's businesses.
Admission
For more information call 731-285-9388
  or visit the event's website

TRI-STATE RODEO
Fort Madison, IA
 
  September 3 - September 6, 2014
C.E. "Eddie" Richards Arena, 2094 303rd Avenue
Since 1947, Fort Madison has hosted one of the nation’s top professional rodeos in a 10,000 seat outdoor arena that plays host to four performances. The PRCA Rodeo action begins every year the Wednesday after Labor Day and provides quality contestants in all the areas of rodeo, from the bronc riding, bull riding, barrel racing to the crowning of the Miss Iowa Rodeo. If you are planning to attend the rodeo, get your reservations in quickly since the area fills up with other fans of quality rodeos.
Admission

For information call 319-372-2550 or 1-800-369-3211
 

CALHOUN COUNTY FAIR
Hardin, IL
  September 4 - September 7, 2014
Calhoun County Fair Grounds
It's that time of year again. Time for that distinct smell of funnel cakes in the air, long lines in front of the ticket booth and tents showcasing the best local cows and pigs. There's something special about a good old-fashioned county fair. The Calhoun County is complete with carnival rides, live animal shows, musical entertainment, truck pulls, demolition derby, and lots of food. This county fair has its own specialties, so check out the scheduled events before you go.
For more information call 618-576-2215
  or visit the fair's website

FIRST FRIDAYS
AT THE SCIENCE CENTER

St. Louis, MO
  Friday, September 5, 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. September’s theme is Doctor Who. Dr. Edward Gomez, lecturer at Cardiff University, presents “Traveling to Alien Worlds” which gives a physicist’s perspective on the Doctor’s travels in the TARDIS and the aliens and planets he encounters.
Free, tickets to the movie are on a first come first served basis.

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

ANNUAL PARISH PICNIC

Freeburg, IL
  September 5 - September 6, 2014
Friday: 4 pm - 11 pm
Saturday: 4 pm - 10:30 pm
The Parish of St. Joseph, 11 North Alton Street

This annual picnic has been going on for over a century. Friday features a fish fry with fish by the pound, fish plates, and sandwiches. There will also be live entertainment. Saturday features a Chicken dinner with all the fixins including mashed potatoes & gravy, salad, green beans, corn, applesauce, and dessert. There will also be a quilt raffle, kids’ activities, a country store, an i dood it game, and other types of foods and refreshments. There will also be live entertainment on Saturday night.
Free

For more information call 618-539-3518
SHILOH HOMECOMING PICNIC
Shiloh, IL
  September 5 - September 6, 2014
Friday: 5 pm to Midnight
Saturday: 4 pm to Midnight

Shiloh Community Park, 1 Park Drive
This special annual event is a two-day celebration with various amusements and rides, held the first Friday and Saturday after Labor Day every year. There will also be food and refreshments and live entertainment. A fantastic fireworks show begins on Friday night at dusk (rain date is Saturday).
Free
For more information visit the city's website
NEW CANTON
HARVEST FESTIVAL

New Canton, IL
  September 5 - September 6, 2014
Friday: 6 pm - 10 pm
Saturday: 9 am - 10 pm
Town Square
This annual festival is held on the Square and features food, entertainment, rides, and vendors. A parade is held on Saturday
.
Free
For information call 217-430-7640

POPEYE'S PICNIC
Chester, IL
  September 5 - September 7, 2014
The annual Popeye's Picnic is always held the first weekend following Labor Day. As always the event starts on Friday afternoon and features plenty of food, music, dancing, sporting events and other contests. A parade is held on Saturday morning and a sizeable fireworks display is the finale on Sunday evening. The event is centered around the downtown area of Chester, but activities are held throughout the town.
Free, some activities charge a fee
For more information visit www.popeyepicnic.com
HOMESTEAD HARVEST DAYS
Highland, IL
  September 5 - September 7, 2014
7:30 am - 4 pm
Louis Latzer Homestead, 1464 Old Trenton Road
See demonstrations of threshing, old-time crafts, gas and steam engines, antique tractors, kids activities, live entertainment, and tours of the most modern house of the 1900s.
Admission
For more information call 618-654-6781
  or
visit the event's webpage

COMMUNITY BAKING DAY

Frohna, MO 
  Saturday, September 6, 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 

INTERNATIONAL VULTURE
AWARENESS DAY

Valley Park, MO
 
  Saturday, September 6, 2014
10 am - 3 pm
World Bird Sanctuary, 125 Bald Eagle Ridge Road
Join the World Bird Sanctuary as they celebrate vultures with zoos and conservation groups from around the world. Meet vultures from North America and Africa, as well as a live Andean Condor. There will be free-flight shows featuring live flying vultures. A fun kid’s activity center will include games and a Vulture ‘Scavenger’ Hunt. Gifts and souvenirs will be on sale. All activities are free. Sponsored by Ameren Missouri with giveaways from Whole Foods Market.
Free
For more information call 636-225-4390
  or visit the venue's website
 

LEWIS AND CLARK
MUSIC FESTIVAL
Hartford, IL
  Saturday, September 6, 2014
10 am - 4 pm
Lewis and Clark State Historic Site, New Poag Road and IL-3
This annual music event features musicians playing fiddles, dulcimers, and flutes. This music and dance Festival features early American, French, Spanish and Native American music traditional music in venues both in and outdoors.
Free
For more information call 618-251-5811
SIEGE OF 1812 WEEKEND
Fort Madison, IA
 
  September 6 - September 7, 2014
9 am - 5 pm
Old Fort Madison, Avenue H (US 61) at Riverview Park
Buckskinners, mountain men, Indians, traders and craftsmen will descend upon Riverview Park and camp around the walls of the Old Fort on Rodeo Weekend to hawk their wares and spin some yarns. Reenactors will recreate the War of 1812 siege of the fort with simulated battles. A frontier rendezvous will give visitors a glimpse into what the fort was like as a "factory" trading post.
Free, admission to tour the Fort

For information call 319-372-6318 or 1-800-210-8687
 
CANNON SCHOOL
Prairie du Rocher, IL
  September 6 - September 7, 2014
10 am
Fort De Chartres, 4 miles west of Prairie du Rocher on IL-155
An instructional course for historical artillerymen. A certificate of safety will be issued to participants who pass the course. There will be a live firing competition.
Free, donations appreciated
For more information call 618-284-7230

FALL INTO ARTS FESTIVAL

Kennett, MO
  September 6 - September 7, 2014
11 am - 5 pm
The Kennett Square, downtown Kennett

Fall Into Arts is a local arts festival in Downtown Kennett, MO. The festival is put on by the Kennett Alliance for the Arts and supports local arts in the Bootheel area. The event features an art show and sale, a photography competition, musical performances, an art car exhibit, a vintage photography exhibit, street theater, food and refreshments and much more!
Free
For more information visit the event's website

SOUTHEAST MISSOURI
STATE FAIR

Cape Girardeau, MO
 
  September 6 - September 13, 2014
Arena Park, 410 Kiwanis Drive
Join in for " 8 Great Days of Fun " and enjoy the rides, food, exhibits, shows, and the vast amount of entertainment and information and family fun at the fair at this fair that has been operating for over 150 years

General admission and admission to special events
For information call 573-334-9250
  or visit www.semofair.com
 

PECAN FESTIVAL

Hickman, KY 
  September 6 - September 13, 2014
Jeff Green Memorial Park and other locations
The town of Hickman along the Mississippi River hosts this annual multi-day event. Different daily activities include a Community Wide Yard Sale, River Rat Race – 5-K Run and Fun Walk, Pecan Festival Prayer and Veterans Ceremony, Fun at the Bluff Night, Supper and Bingo Night, and Vendors and Music in the Park. The fun culminates on Saturday with all day activities beginning at 8 am that feature a BBQ cookoff, vendors, children's activities, live entertainment, food and refreshments.
Free
For information call 270-236-2902
 

GERMAN BEER GARDEN
Grafton, IL
 
  Sunday, September 7, 2014
2 pm - 6 pm
Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center, 13653 Lodge Blvd.
Ein Bier, bitte St. Louis! Join in on the fun on the terrace at Pere Marquette Lodge for a German Beer Garden. This event will be a celebration featuring a specialty German-made import as well as delicious German food with live German 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.
Free to enter, charges for food and alcohol.

For more information call 618-786-2331 ext 338
 

MOONLIGHT HIKE
Godfrey, IL
 
  Monday, September 8, 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
 

GUIDED PRAIRIE WALKS
Alton, IL
 
  September 9 and September 23, 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
 

CLAY COUNTY FAIR

Piggott, AR
  September 10 - September 13, 2014
This fair has been ongoing since 1932 and features such county fair stapes as a parade, 4H, livestock, agricultural exhibits, and refreshment stands. The fair also features Beauty Pageants, a 5-Klay County Run 4 Fun, Battle of the Bands, the Clay County Rodeo, a Demolition Derby, Mud Races, and a Tractor Pull.
Free
For more information call 870-544-2476
  or visit the fair's website

MURPHYSBORO
APPLE FESTIVAL

Murphysboro, IL
 
  September 10 - September 13, 2014
See the website listed below for schedule information
13th & Walnut Streets

The Murphysboro Apple Festival is Southern Illinois longest running family festival, featuring the largest parade in our region!  This family oriented event is a time-honored tradition, synonymous with Murphysboro's good name.  A few of the many events during the festival  include apple pie eating contests, arts & crafts, the Murphysboro Clarkes vintage base ball team tourney, special exhibits by the General John A. Logan Museum and so much more.

Free, some activities charge a fee
For information call 1-800-406-8774 or 618-684-3200
  or visit www.murphysboro.com
 

FEAST IN THE PARK

Chesterfield, MO
  Thursday, September 11, 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

RIVERFRONT DANCE FESTIVAL

St. Charles, MO
  Sunday, September 7, 2014
Noon
New Town Amphitheatre in the New Town Development, 3333-2 Rue Royale
Saint Charles Riverfront Arts is hosting the inaugural Riverfront Dance Festival. This public dance festival features dance companies, studios, and organizations from across the St. Charles and St. Louis area. Styles of dance featured are Ballet, Hip Hop, Modern, and more.
Free
For more information call 636-399-5345

PARISH PICNIC

St. Peters, MO
 
  September 12 - September 13, 2014
Friday: 6 pm - 11 pm
Saturday: 2 pm - 11 pm

4112 McClay Road
The annual Sts. Joachim & Ann Parish Picnic is an event for all ages and a great way for the community to come together. The picnic features carnival rides and booths, chicken dinners, a live band both nights, and a wine garden. This volunteer held event benefits both the Catholic Parish and its school.
Free
For more information call 636-441-7503
  or visit the event's webpage
 

GREENTREE FESTIVAL
Kirkwood, MO
 
  September 12 - September 14, 2014
Friday: 5 pm - 10 pm
Saturday: 8:30 am - 7 pm
Sunday 10 am - 5 pm

This annual September festival began in 1961 in response to an epidemic of Dutch elm disease. Residents were encouraged to plant trees to replace those being lost with trees sold at the fair for $1. Today many of those trees are mature and grace the lawns and streets of Kirkwood. The festival features food, games, information booths, dog show, canine frisbee competition, parade, wine garden, book fair; folklife artisans, classic car show, sailboat regatta, and live entertainment.
Free
  or visit the event website

WICKLIFFE HARVEST FESTIVAL

Wickliffe, KY 
  September 12 - September 14, 2014
Wickliffe City Park
This Harvest Festival features three days of activities for the whole family. Amusement rides begin on Thursday and continue through Saturday. Friday features vendors, children’s activities, arts and crafts booths, Bingo, hay rides, food and refreshments, pageants, and a variety show. Saturday’s festivities begin with a 5K Walk/Run/Ride at 7 am and a parade through Wickliffe ending at City Park. Friday’s activities are repeated with the addition of political speeches, A Country Music Benefit and a talent show.
Free, some activities charge a fee
For information call 270-335-3557
 

QUINCY CLASSIC
BOAT & OUTBOARD SHOW

Quincy, IL
  September 12 - September 14, 2014
501 Bonansinga Drive, Quincy riverfront
On Friday there will be the 17 mile Mississippi River Run from Hannibal, MO to Quincy, IL with a lockage through Lock and Dam #21. The run starts at 1 pm. There will be a shuttle service from the Quincy show site back to Hannibal to pick up vehicles and trailers. A Pizza Welcome Party will be held at the Quincy Boat Club from 6 pm - 9 pm. On Saturday there will be in-water and static boat displays and a swap meet from 9 am - 4pm. A 4 pm there will be a Boat-A-Cade on the Mississippi to Private Island Club for a BBQ. On Sunday there will be in-water and static boat displays and a swap meet from 9 am - 4pm.
Free, some activities include a fee
For information call 217-242-7283 or 217-257-7400
  or visit the event's website.

FULTON BANANA FESTIVAL

Fulton, KY 
  September 12 - September 21, 2014
Fulton was once known as the "Banana Capital of the World" because 70% of imported bananas to the United States used to be shipped through here. Since 1962 Fulton has held a weeklong celebration of everything bananas with events that include parades, contests, pageants, carnival rides, live entertainment, and more.
Free, some activities charge a fee
For information visit www.thebananafestival.com
 

ATLATL COMPETITION
Collinsville, IL
 
  Saturday, September 13, 2014
9 am - 4 pm
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, 130 Ramey Street, (off Collinsville Road)
The atlatl is the weapon that transformed early humans from scavengers to big-game hunters such as the mammoth and the mastodon and predates the bow and arrow by thousands of years. The Missouri Atlatl Association, a group of primitive weapon enthusiasts will hold its annual competition and demonstration of this ancient spear throwing device.
Free
For more information call 618-346-5160
 
CHAMP CLARK
HERITAGE FESTIVAL

Bowling Green, MO
 
  Saturday, September 13, 2014
Courthouse Square and Honey Shuck
Activities start at 9 am
This annual event features games, a car, truck and tractor show, a parade, musical entertainment, craft vendors, a 5K Fun Run/Walk, and tours of Champ Clark's Honey Shuck. There will be plenty of food and refreshments
.

Free

For more information call 573-324-2981
 
OBION COUNTY CRUISE-IN
Union City, TN
  Saturday, September 13, 2014
10 am
First Street, downtown Union City

At the Obion County Cruise-In you will find a relaxed, family-oriented atmosphere with great music throughout the downtown area. You are encouraged to bring yourself and your friends along with lawn chairs and sit by the street to watch the beautiful cars, trucks, and motorcycle as they enter the show area. The Obion County Cruise-In is a non-judged even open to car enthusiasts. Come enjoy and/or display your antique show cars, antique trucks, muscle cars, street rods, highly modified late models, and motorcycles.
Free, registration for vehicles
For more information call the Obion County Chamber of Commerce at 731-885-0211
LIVING HISTORY DAY
East Prairie, MO
  Saturday, September 13, 2014
10 am - 4 pm
Big Oak Tree State Park, 13640 South Hwy 102

Enjoy a day of old-fashioned family fun at Living History Day! Watch demonstrations of old-time skills such as rope making, lace making, flintknapping and making canvas floor cloths.  Discover the exhibits of the Southeast Explorer Mobile Learning Center. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the sounds of bluegrass music played by "Bluegrass Revival."  Bratwurst, funnel cakes and barbecue will be available for purchase.

Free
For information call 573-649-3149
FRONTIER SETTLEMENT DAY
Quincy, IL
 
  Saturday, September 13, 2014
11 am - 4 pm

Located at Front & Cedar Streets, just North of the Quincy Riverfront. Cross the bridge onto Quinsippi Island, past the entrance to All America Park

The Friends of the Log Cabins volunteers who have been working to stabilize seven Lincoln-era structures on Quinsippi Island. War of 1812 reenactors will also be on hand. Historical profession demonstrations include a lye soap maker, penny rug maker, blacksmithing, gardening, and games for children. In addition there will be music, food, and refreshments.
Free
For information call 217-223-9078
 

INTERNATIONAL FOOD FESTIVAL
Edwardsville, IL
  Saturday, September 13, 2014
11 am - 9:30 pm
Edwardsville City Park, 101 South Buchanan Street
This event focuses on those foods, groups and cultures that make up the St. Louis area.  Proceeds will go toward future home builds to support our community as we help those in need.  The event also features live entertainment and a bounce house for kids (nominal admission charged). The event is sponsored in part by Sauce Magazine.
Free
For more information visit the event's Facebook page

GIRLS ON GRAPES
BOYS ON BREW

Grafton, IL
 
  Saturday, September 13, 2014
Noon - 4 pm
The Loading Dock, 401 E. Front Street
Enjoy a sampling of delicious wine, beer, and food from Grafton area restaurants and local wineries. The event will be held in the Historic Boatworks at the Loading Dock in Grafton. Proceeds benefit Alton Memorial Hospital's White Cross Auxiliary. Dress is casual.
Tickets required; must be 21.
For more information call 618-463-7872
 

ANNUAL NATIVE AMERICAN DAY

Piggott, AR
  Saturday, September 13, 2014
Noon - 3 pm
Matilda & Karl Pfeiffer Museum, 1071 Heritage Park Drive

This event features demonstrations of Native American regalia, crafts, dancers and flint knapping. Visitors will also enjoy games, pinchpot crafts, free hot dogs and beverages. Bring your lawn chairs.
Free
For more information call 870-598-3228

ARTIFACT & FOSSIL ID DAY

Parkin, AR
  Saturday, September 13, 2014
1 pm - 4 pm
Parkin Archeological State Park, 60 AR-184, meet at the Visitor Center

Dr. Jeff Mitchem, Parkin Station Archeologist, and other experts will be present today to visit with you. Bring in your artifact collection, fossils, and minerals for identification. Experts will tell you about your items and answer questions such as what is it, how old is it, and is it rare or common. Identification is free. No appraisals will be given.
Free
For more information call 870-755-2500
  or visit the park's website

WINE CLUB GET-TOGETHER
Grafton, IL
 
  Saturday, September 13, 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 Lindemans Sweet Red Bin 46! 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
 

OPTIMIST BLUE ARMY BULL BASH

Waterloo, IL
  Saturday, September 13, 2014
Gates open at 5 pm, Show Starts at 7:30 pm
Monroe County Fairgrounds. IL-156
35 of the Championship Bull Riding’s greatest cowboys will do battle against the toughest 2000 lbs., four legged bovine athletes in the country at this event presented by Waterloo Rural King and in benefit of the Waterloo Optimist Club helping area youth. Live entertainment and autograph session afterwards.
Admission

For more information call 618-477-7240

DOWNTOWN SIKESTON WINE FESTIVAL

Sikeston, MO
 
  Saturday, September 13, 2014
6 pm - 10 pm
105 East Center Street

Relax and enjoy the very best wines from several of the region's top vineyards as you relax on the old brick streets of Downtown Sikeston.  The event features live music with light hors d'oeuvres that complement this outdoor event. Tickets includes free samples in your keepsake wine glass.

Tickets required
For information call 573-380-3801
 

ANNUAL ART FESTIVAL

Grafton, IL
 
  September 13 - September 14, 2014
Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm
Grove Park, Downtown Grafton
Beautiful art will be on display at the annual Grafton Art in the Park. Enjoy live music, food vendors, art activities, demonstrations and artists presenting their handmade art, fine art, paintings, photography, glass, jewelry and much more.
Free
For more information call 618-786-2823 or 618-786-7000
 
AMERICAN INDIAN EDUCATION DAYS
Collinsville, IL
 
  September 13 - September 14, 2014
10 am - 4 pm
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, 130 Ramey Street, (off Collinsville Road)
Come and share the day with American Indian artists, crafts persons, demonstrators, and performers. Booths will be set up in the lobby where they will demonstrate crafts such as beadwork; sell Native American-made jewelry; display clothing and dance regalia; discuss current American Indian issues, customs, beliefs, and traditions.
Free
For more information call 618-346-5160
 
ANNUAL RIVER TALES
CLASSIC CAR SHOW

Cape Girardeau, MO
 
  Sunday, September 14, 2014
9 am - 4 pm
Historic Downtown Cape Girardeau

A Pre-Show Cruise at Capaha Park will be held Saturday night from 4 pm to 7 pm. Meet fellow car enthusiasts enjoy complimentary hot dogs and beverages and oldies tunes. On Sunday the River Tales Classic Car Show will be held in Historic Downtown Cape Girardeau. Registration starts at 9 am and awards will be given at 3 pm.

Spectators enjoy free admission, Fee to show a car
For information call 573-335-1704
  or visit www.rivertalesclassic.com
 

WILDERNESS WALK
Edwardsville, IL
 
  Tuesday, September 16, 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
 

ASTRONOMY ASSOCIATION MEETING
Godfrey, IL
 
  Thursday, September 18, 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
 

MURPHYSBORO
BARBECUE COOK-OFF

Murphysboro, IL
 
  September 18 - September 20, 2014
Thursday: 5:30 pm - 9 pm
Friday: 3 pm - 9 pm
Saturday: 8 am - 6 pm

32 N. 17th Street
People come from miles around for the Thursday's fish fry, for the barbeque, for dancing and fun at this annual event. The Grand Champion wins the right to compete in Memphis in May for the World Championship, at the American Royal in Kansas City, and wins the title of the State of Illinois Championship. Friday features the Grand Champion Buffet and Band & Street Dance. Awards judging takes place on Saturday and there will be KCBS Great American BBQ Tour demos throughout the day. Sponsored by the 17th Street Bar & Grill
.

Admission
For information call 618-684-8902
  or visit www.17thstreetbarbecue.com
 

ITALIAN FEST
Collinsville, IL
 
  September 19 - September 20, 2014
11 am - 10 pm
Main Street, downtown Collinsville
This annual festival, which began in 1984, features the Paisan Pedal Push, 5K Run-Walk, continuous entertainment on three stages, Fest Olympics, Italian Cooking Contest, Bocce Ball, Grape Stomp, Wine Garden, Craft Fair, Wine Making Contest, a Children’s area and But, the real calling card for the Italian Fest continues to be the authentic Italian fare.
Free
For more information visit www.italianfest.net
 

ROUND BOBBIN QUILT,
SEW & FIBER ART EXPO
S
St. Charles, MO
 
  September 19 - September 20, 2014
Friday: 10 am - 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 4 pm

St. Charles Convention Center, 1 Convention Center Plaza
This annual quilt art display, special events, sewing and quilting classes, make & take-its, stage presentations, quilt contest, and prize drawings. There will be vendors with thousands of products available for purchase. This year a special travelling exhibit - "Alzheimer's Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope" - will be on display featuring 236 quilts. Classes feature world renowned teachers like Linda McGehee, Irena Bluhm, Pam Damour, Anne St. Clair and Toby Lischko. There is something for almost everyone.
Admission $8. Bring a non-perishable food item for $2 off admission
For more information call 1-800-473-9464
 or visit www.roundbobbin.com
 

EAST PERRY
COMMUNITY FAIR

Altenburg, MO
 
  September 19 - September 20, 2014
Friday: 1:30 pm - 8 pm
Saturday: 8:30 am - 9 pm
East Perry Fairgrounds, 200 Church Street

This annual event is self-dubbed the "Best Little Fair In The Land." Events include 4-H exhibits, livestock judging, crafts, truck and tractor pulls, horse show, rides, local foods, and live entertainment. One of the fair's perennial crowd pleasers, mule jumping, attracts some of the fair's largest crowds.

Free
For information call 573-824-5827
 

HARVEST FESTIVAL

Augusta, MO
 
  September 19 - September 20, 2014
The town's annual Harvest Festival features a picnic and concert Friday night in the vineyards. Saturday features "A Taste of Historic Augusta" where many of the businesses in Augusta are holding open houses throughout the day with special discounts, guest experts making presentations, and wine tastings. Saturday night features the "Wine Maker Social", a premier dinner event show casing the area's wine makers.
Free except for the Picnic/Concert and the "Wine Maker Social" dinner
For more information call 636-228-4005
  or visit the augusta-chamber.org website

CELEBRATE ST. PETERS

St. Peters, MO
 
  September 19 - September 20, 2014
Friday: 5 pm - 11 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 11 pm

370 Lakeside Park, Lakeside Park Drive off MO-370
Celebrate St. Peters is the community's major annual celebration. The events features carnival games and rides, game booths, display booths, arts and crafts, refreshments, and a family bike ride. There will be live entertainment all day at the Celebrate and Family stages. Friday night and Saturday night features headliner acts. Fireworks are scheduled for 9 pm on Saturday night.
Free
For more information call 636-939-2386 ext. 1319
  or visit the event website
 

GREAT FOREST PARK
BALLOON GLOW AND
BALLOON RACE
St. Louis, MO
 
  September 19 - September 20, 2014
Friday: Glow 7 pm - 8:30 pm
Saturday: Race Noon - 6:30 pm
Forest Park
Festivities begin with a balloon glow on September 18th beneath the World's Fair Pavilion in Forest Park. Race day activities include a parachute team exhibition, children's entertainment area, an all British car show and a photo contest prior to the launch of the hare and hound balloons at 4:30 pm.

Free
F
or more information call 314-993-2901
  or visit the event website
 

FALL FESTIVAL

High Ridge, MO
  September 19 - September 20, 2014
Friday: 6 pm
Saturday: Parade at Noon, grounds open at 1pm
St. Anthony’s of Padua Catholic Church, 3009 High Ridge Blvd.

Activities kick off on Friday night at this annual event hosted by St. Anthony’s of Padua with live entertainment, a washer tournament, a Texas Holdem tournament, food booths, beverage booths. The festivities continue on Saturday with St. Anthony's Parade at Noon followed by rides, games, food and beverage booths, clowns and face painting, and pony rides. Live entertainment is featured all day Saturday beginning at 1 pm.
Free
For more information call 636-376-4890

OLD THRESHERS REUNION
Elsberry, MO
 
  September 19 - September 21, 2014
7 am - 11 pm 
Junction of Highway B and Highway NN
The focus of this event is threshing - the beating of the seeds from grain. Features include threshing and sawing demonstrations, antique tractors, tractors and horse pulls, crafts, a flea market, children's games, live entertainment, and refreshments. A favorite of the event is the 1908 steam powered all wooden Merry Go Round with original ticket booth!
Admission covers all three days

For more information call 314-540-1135
 

BUDWEISER TASTE OF ST. LOUIS

St. Louis, MO
  September 19 - September 21, 2014
Friday: 4 pm - 9 pm
Saturday: 11 am- 10 pm
Sunday: 11 am - 9 pm

Chesterfield Amphitheater, 631 Veterans Place Drive, Chesterfield Central Park
Voted St. Louis’ Best Food event by St. Louis Magazine's A-List Readers’ Choice Poll, the annual Budweiser Taste of St. Louis is The Ultimate Food Experience. Featured are 30 plus restaurants, an Art and Wine Walk, all new Amphitheater Shows with national culinary celebrities, the Chef Battle Royale, Kid City, and much more!

Free, tickets required for amphitheater events
F
or more information call 314-614-5653
  or visit the event website

CLARK COUNTY
MULE FESTIVAL
K
ahoka, MO
 
  September 19 - September 21, 2014
Clark County Fairgrounds, East Main Street
People from all over the United States came to see mules in a variety of contests and races, see the area’s best hand-made crafts, taste a variety of foods, and go on a trail ride. A Rodeo is held on Saturday night. Camping is available
.
Admission
For information call 660-866-2330 or 660-727-3295
  or visit www.clarkcountymulefestival.com
 

HARVEST FEST

Jerseyville, IL
 
  September 19 - September 21, 2014
Friday hours: 5 pm - 11 pm
Saturday hours: 11 am - 11 pm
Sunday hours: 10:30 am - 10 pm
St. Francis Xavier Holy Ghost School
This family Fall Festival features games for kids and adults with entertainment for the whole family. There are numerous food stands, including fried fish, grilled pork chops and roasted sweet corn. The Harvest Fest also features a full country store with crafts, baked goods and much more and a huge basket raffle and grand prize drawing. There will be live entertainment throughout the weekend.
Free
For more information call 618-498-4823
 or visit the event's Facebook page
 

OKTOBERFEST

Belleville, IL
 
  September 19 - September 21, 2014
Friday: 5 pm - 11 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11 am - 11 pm

Downtown Belleville
Belleville celebrates it German heritage by hosting its annual Oktoberfest which includes tapping of the "Golden Keg" on Friday, carnival rides, a Kid’s Korner, a Poker Run on Saturday, a raffle, live music in the evenings, and plenty of food, beer, and other refreshments.
Free
For more information call 618-233-6769 

ARNOLD DAYS FESTIVAL
Arnold, MO
 
  September 19 - September 21, 2014
Friday: 5 pm - 11 pm
Saturday: 11 am - 11 pm
Sunday: Noon - 6 pm
Arnold City Park,
1 Bradley Beach Road
For over 40 years, the City of Arnold has celebrated its incorporation in a yearly community event formally known as Arnold Days that offers a multitude of activities including parades, music, food, and fireworks. Festivities start on Friday with concessions, information, product and crafts booths, games, rides, and a concert. Saturday offers a fishing derby, a car show, more food and games, fireworks, and another concert. The celebration ends on Sunday with more food and games, a parade, a competition featuring the Texaco Country Showdown.
Free
For more information visit the event's webpage
 

GRIGGSVILLE
APPLE FESTIVAL

Griggsville, IL
  September 19 - September 21, 2014
Friday: 5 pm - 10 pm
Saturday: 8 am - 10 pm
Sunday: Church services in the morning
Griggsville Main Street
Come and enjoy a fun filled weekend to renew old acquaintances and make new ones in Griggsville. On Friday evening enjoy the pageants and live entertainment. Return on Saturday for the magnificent mile parade, musical entertainment, a car show that benefits a charity for veterans, and talent show. A variety of food stands, crafts and flea market booths are available. Church services are available on Sunday morning
.
Free
For information call 217-430-5901

MISSISSIPPI EARTHTONES FESTIVAL

Alton, IL
 
  Saturday, September 20, 2014
River Clean-Up: 9 am to Noon
Festival: Noon to 10 pm

Riverfront Park
Come celebrate life on the Mississippi River through art, music, and conservation! The event will kick-off with a river clean-up beginning at 9 am. The festival is part of a statewide celebration of our rivers and an opportunity to learn more about the environmental issues in our region and solutions. The festival will feature informational booths on ecology, native plants & animals, and recycling, as well as arts & crafts, food vendors, litter clean-ups, organized hikes & bike rides, and live music!
Free
For more information call 618-463-1016
 

DESOTO FALL FESTIVAL

DeSoto, MO
 
  Saturday, September 20, 2014
9 am - 4 pm
Walther Park, 1557 Veterans Drive
Since 1928 DeSoto has held this fall festival. This annual event features an arts and crafts fair, a car show, a 5K run, petting zoo, dog contest, rides for all ages, inflatables, hay bail toss, food and refreshments along with the great Joachim Creek duck race. Rain date is September 21.
Free
For more information call 636-586-5591
 
CELEBRATE MUNFORD
Munford, TN
  Saturday, September 20, 2014
9 am - 5 pm
Downtown Munford

There was something for everybody at this annual event where the streets in downtown Munford are transformed into a town festival. Four stages of live entertainment are featured: the Center Stage, Alternative Stage, Children's Stage, and Gospel Stage. Other features of the event are games, prizes, an art and photography contest, arts and crafts booths, vendors, a classic car show, a 5K run, and great fair food.
Free
For more information call 901-483-5608

LINCOLN PLACE
HERITAGE FESTIVAL

Granite City, IL
 
  Saturday, September 20, 2014
11 am - 6 pm
Lincoln Place Community Center, 822 Niedringhause Avenue

Granite City's ethnic and immigrant history is celebrated during this festival. Armenian, Mexican, Macedonian and Bulgarian ethnic foods and pastries will be available for purchase. Free, continuous ethnic entertainment, featuring dancers, vocalists and music representing cultures from around the world will be featured. Lincoln Place historical displays, quilts, Eastern European costumes will be on display. Children activities will be available.
Free
For more information call 618-876-6400
 

RIVERSIDE BLUES FESTIVAL

Murphysboro, IL
 
  Saturday, September 20, 2014
11 am - 10 pm
Riverside Park, 24th and Commercial Streets
Come and listen to the sounds of the blues at the premier blues festival in Southern Illinois. There will be bands from Chicago, St. Louis, and Memphis playing all day long. Food and refreshments will be available on the grounds.

Admission, tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door.
For information call 618-684-6421
  or visit www.murphysborochamber.com
 
QUINCY MUSEUM
FOLK LIFE FESTIVAL

Quincy, IL
 
  Saturday, September 20, 2014
Noon - 5 pm
Quincy Museum, 16th & Maine Streets

The annual Folk Life Festival gives the whole family a chance to experience how life was lived during the 1800's. Features include exhibits, homemade foods, old time markets, and fun games. The wide variety of demonstrations include crafters, artisans, Celtic bands, folk stories, and life during the civil war.
Small admission includes a tour of the museum
For information call 217-224-7669
 

FALL FESTIVAL
Donnellson, IA
 
  Saturday, September 20, 2014
Railroad Park, Main Street
A wonderful, family-oriented festival. The festival starts with a free a pancake breakfast. Activities at Railroad Park include games, an apple-peeling contest, tours of the Depot, a Craft Alley, a water fight competition, a basketball contest, a car show, tractors, and much, much more for the young and the young at heart. Musical entertainment also featured during the day and into the evening. Also featured are a city-wide scarecrow contest and an apple exhibit from Apple Berry Orchards. Come out and enjoy a beautiful fall September day!
Free

For information call 319-835-5131
 
PIONEER DAYS
Defiance, MO
 
  September 20 - September 21, 2014
9 am - 5 pm

Daniel Boone Home, 1868 Highway F
A pre-1840s Folkways Festival and Encampment. Daniel Boone Home and Boonesfield Village come to life for a fall festival. Artisans, music, historic encampment, a black powder shoot and good food make this a glorious day in the beautiful Femme Osage Valley. Step into the past to experience life on the early Missouri frontier and learn about the Boone legacy.
Admission
For more information call 636-798-2005
 

BELLEVILLE ANTIQUES &
COLLECTIBLES FLEA MARKET

Belleville, IL
 
  September 20 - September 21, 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
 

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS
IRISH FESTIVAL

Carbondale, IL
  September 20 - September 21, 2014
Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday: 11 am - 4 pm
Lenus Turley Park, West Main Street

This festival celebrates the music, the spirit, and the traditions of the Irish people with special concerts, a Celtic Fair, dance workshops and demonstrations, Celtic arts and crafts, and merchandise, children's activities, and more. There will be evening concerts on Friday and the Celtic Fair will be held on Saturday and Sunday. For information on the Friday concerts visit the website below.

Admission
For information call 618-549-3090
  or visit www.silirishfest.org
HERITAGE FESTIVAL
Chesterfield, MO
 
  September 20 - September 21, 2014
10 am - 5 pm
St. Louis County Faust Park, 15185 Olive Street
2008 was the beginning of a new tradition in Faust Park as the Tilles Fall Fine Arts Festival moved to the St. Louis Carousel area in Faust Park. The Historic Village continued to feature demonstrations of blacksmithing, rope making, pottery firing and other crafts with historical significance, along with games and activities for children. All structures will be open for viewing.

Admission
F
or more information call 314-615-8328
 

FALL EQUINOX
SUNRISE OBSERVANCE

Collinsville, IL
 
  Sunday, September 21, 2014
Arrive by 6:30 am
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, 130 Ramey Street, (off Collinsville Road)
Observe the fall equinox sunrise and learn of the discovery, form and function of an ancient post circle called Woodhenge that was used as a solar calendar by the Cahokians. No ceremony or ritual is presented. Woodhenge is located 1/2 mile west of Monks Mound and the main entrance to the site.
Free
For more information call 618-346-5160
 

FALL PORSCHE AUTO SHOW

Chesterfield, MO
 
  Sunday, September 21, 2014
10 am - 3 pm
Sachs Plaza of the Kemp Auto Museum, 16955 Chesterfield Airport Road
The ambassadors of swift return to Kemp Auto Museum in September for the bi-annual Porsche Auto Show. Right at home with the museum’s predominantly Benz display, Porsche is another chapter in the tale of exciting German torque and design. Visitors to the event will see some 60 great hallmarks from the marque, including celebrated Carreras, both new and vintage, 911’s, Boxster Spyders and may more fine variants. .
Free
F
or more information call 636-537-1718
 

DELTA FAIR

Kennett, MO
  September 23 - September 27, 2014
Tuesday - Friday grounds open at 5 pm
Saturday grounds open at 1 pm

Kennett Fair Grounds

The annual Delta Fair welcomes all to the largest fair in the area. The fair places emphasis on Agriculture, 4-H, FFA, and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America shows and exhibits. Also, one of the largest Art shows in the 3-state area will be exhibited and shown in the American Legion Building, along with many Household Arts, Hobbies, Home Baking and Food Preservation shows and exhibits. A well-rounded program of "Family Fun" will be provided in the nightly FREE grandstand attractions.
Admission
For more information call 573-888-2488
  or visit the event's website

AMERICAN LEGION
COTTON CARNIVAL

Sikeston, MO
 
  September 23 - September 27, 2014
Tuesday - Friday: 5 pm - Midnight
Saturday: Noon - Midnight
Sikeston Rodeo Grounds, 1220 N. Ingram Road

This week-long carnival puts all others to shame! Delicious burgers, chili, snacks and treats so tasty you'll come back each night. Thrilling carnival rides and games of skill keep the excitement high as kids of all ages have fun with their friends and family. Beauty contests, music and live entertainment delight the crowd each night of the event.

Free
For information call 573-471-5736 or 573-471-9956
 

MAKING APPLE BUTTER

Maeystown, IL
 
  September 26 - September 27, 2014
The Rock Mill, Mill Street
Want to learn about how old fashioned apple butter is made? Instruction in the art of making apple butter will be provided at the restored 1859 rock mill in Maeystown.  Members of the Maeystown Preservation Society will demonstrate various apple peeling and stirring methods in preparation for the annual Oktoberfest in October. Apple peeling will take place at the mill between 8 am and 1 pm. on Friday. Apple stirring will begin at 6 am and go until 3 pm on Saturday.
Free

For more information call 618-458-6660
 

GREATER ST. LOUIS
HISPANIC FESTIVAL

Florissant, MO
 
  September 26 - September 28, 2014
Friday & Saturday: 10 am - 10 pm
Sunday: 11 am - 8 pm
Kiener Plaza, Market and 7th Streets, downtown St. Louis

This annual event is the largest Hispanic celebration in the St Louis Area and features Hispanic folk dancers, over 50 booths, and the Los Ninos Kids Corner with Dora the Explorer & Diego. Take in the sizzling sounds of Hispanic music with 7 live Latino bands playing a variety of music on the premier concert stage. Traditional folk dancers from Mexico, Peru and Venezuela will be performing as well as offering dances lessons. The Cultural Village is host to a wide variety of foods and beverages from Latin & South America. Other attractions include folk arts & crafts and information booths from several cultural organizations.
Free
F
or more information call 314-837-6100
  or visit the event website
 
OKTOBERFEST
St. Charles, MO
 
  September 26 - September 28, 2014
Frontier Park, Riverside Drive
St. Charles celebrates its German heritage with Gemütlichkeit for the whole family featuring food and gift vendors throughout the grounds, a Saturday parade, vintage car show, wiener takes all Dachshund races and fashion show, 5K Run, and German genealogy/history. There is also a children's area complete with magic and children's shows, face and pumpkin painting, and more.  For the adults there are 3 Entertainment Areas with a great selection of German and popular music, and of course, cold beverages.
Free
For more information call 314-581-6871
  or visit visit www.saintcharlesoktoberfest.com
 
NATURE/CULTURE HIKE
Collinsville, IL
 
  Saturday, September 27, 2014
9:30 am - 1 pm
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, 130 Ramey Street, (off Collinsville Road)
Take a three mile hike with an archaeologist and a naturalist through various habitats. Learn about the cultural and natural resources, excavation results, and native uses of plants of Cahokia Mounds.
Canceled in case of rain.
Free
For more information call 618-346-5160
 

NATIONAL TRAILS DAY HIKE

Henning, TN
  Saturday, September 27, 2014
11 am
Fort Pillow State Historic Park, 3122 Park Road

Join the staff of Fort Pillow for a National Public Lands Day Hike through some of Fort Pillow’s historic trails. Remains of the fort are still visible on these trails which feature interpretive signage as well as chances to see wildlife.
Free
For more information call 731-738-5581

FALL CORN FESTIVAL
Godfrey, IL
 
  Saturday, September 27, 2014
11 am - 6 pm
Glazebrook Park, 1401 Stamper Lane
This annual fall corn festival includes music, petting zoo, pony rides, inflatables, games, arts & crafts, face painting, games, vendors , a Corn Eating Contest, and the Great Godfrey Corn Maze.
Free to festival, some activities require a fee
For more information call 618-466-1483
 

GRAFTON RIVERSIDE
FLEA MARKET

Grafton, IL
  September 27 - September 28, 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!
Free
For more information call 618-786-8210
  or visit the venue's webpage.

ANNUAL FLY-IN
& CAR SHOW

Bethalto, IL
  September 27 - September 28, 2014
Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm
Sunday: 9 am - 3 pm
St. Louis Regional Airport, 8 Terminal Drive
The public is invited to this “wings and wheels" event to view display aircraft, watch flybys and formation flying, and vintage automobiles. On Sunday children ages 8-17 can experience the thrill of flight in a single engine airplane provided by The Experimental Aircraft Association and the Young Eagles for FREE! So come sign up your kids so they can enjoy the ride. The event will take place weather permitting
.
Free
For more information call 618-259-2531
  or visit www.stlouisregional.com

GREAT RIVER GRAPE ESCAPE

Quincy, IL
 
  September 27 - September 28, 2014
Saturday: Noon - 8 pm
Sunday: Noon - 5 pm
Clat Adams Park, Quincy Riverfront
This annual wine festival overlooking the magnificent Mississippi River in downtown Quincy showcases twelve Illinois wineries and their products. Festivities include live entertainment, fine wines, local foods and art
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Free, purchase of tasting tickets required to sample the wines.
For information call 217-214-3700
 

APPLE FESTIVAL
Grafton, IL
 
  Sunday, September 28, 2014
11 am - 3 pm

Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center, 13653 Lodge Blvd.
Set right in the heart of Illinois apple country, Pere Marquette Lodge is excited to celebrate a delicious staple in every American diet…apples. Whether they are green, red or a mixture of the two, apples will be the star of the day and Pere Marquette Lodge has plenty to celebrate. Apple Festival goers will also include river boat tours, historic Lodge tours, wine tasting, kids activities and restaurant favorites. Try your luck at the Apple Pie Walk and you could take home an Apple Pie of your very own. Proceeds will be donated to the Friends of Pere Marquette State Park Foundation. Visitors can also participate in a competitive Pumpkin Roll that features great prizes.

Free

For more information call 618-786-2331 ext. 338
 
ARTIFACT
IDENTIFICATION DAY

Collinsville, IL
 
  Sunday, September 28, 2014
Noon - 4 pm
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, 130 Ramey Street, (off Collinsville Road)
Archaeologists will identify artifacts brought in by the public, as to culture, time period, material and function. No monetary appraisals will be given.
Free
For more information call 618-346-5160
 

COLUMBIA FESTIFALL

Columbia, IL
  Sunday, September 28, 2014
1 pm - 6 pm
Metter Park, 106 North Metter Avenue
The Metter Park promenade & playground parking lot will be lined with lots of fun activities & games for the kids, delicious food (BBQ, brats, Cajun, chili, kettle corn, wings & sweets) ... wine tasting, vendors with unique merchandise for all of you shoppers, and a Humane Society adoption event for the animal lovers. Live entertainment will fill the fall air ... grooving to the music at this event is contagious so bring your dancing shoes!
Free

For more information call 618-281-7144
   
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