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
  September 30 - October 2, 2016
Annual Art Festival
REELFOOT ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL

Tiptonville, TN
FREE & $$$$
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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 ART EXHIBIT
  Through October 15, 2016
Art Exhibit
CLAES OLDENBURG’S SOFT SCULPTURES
 
VENUE: PULITZER FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS

St. Louis, MO
FREE
   
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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
  Through October 30, 2016
Annual Family Activity
THE GREAT GODFREY MAZE

Godfrey, IL
$$$$
   
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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.
    September 27 - October 1, 2016
Annual Regional Fair
THE DELTA FAIR

Kennett, MO
$$$$
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    September 27 - October 1, 2016
Annual Community Festival
AMERICAN LEGION COTTON CARNIVAL

Sikeston, MO
FREE
   
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  September 27 - Sunday, October 2, 2016
Special Event
FLYING LEGENDS OF VICTORY TOUR

Cape Girardeau, MO
$$$$
   
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  September 29 - October 1, 2016
Annual Community Festival
BARRY APPLE FESTIVAL

Barry, IL
FREE
   
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    September 29 - October 2, 2016
Annual Historical Event
SAINTE GENEVIEVE HISTORY CONFERENCE

Sainte Genevieve, MO
$$$$
   
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    September 29 - October 3, 2016
Special Event
LST MEMORIAL 325 TOURS

Cape Girardeau, MO
FREE
   
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  September 30 - October 1, 2016
Annual Church Festival
HOLY FAMILY CHURCH FALL FESTIVAL

Cahokia, IL
FREE
   
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  September 30 - October 2, 2016
Annual Special Event
CAPE GIRARDEAU HERITAGE DAYS

Cape Girardeau, MO
FREE
   
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    September 30 - October 2, 2016
Annual Community Festival
DESOTO DAZE FESTIVAL

DeSoto, IL
FREE
  
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    Saturday, October 1, 2016
Annual Bicycle Ride
TOUR DE BLUFFS BIKE RIDE

Prairie du Rocher, IL
REGISTRATION FEE
   
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    Saturday, October 1, 2016
Annual Special Event
NATURE & CULTURE HIKE

Collinsville, IL
FREE
   
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  Saturday, October 1, 2016
Annual Community Festival
JERSEY COUNTY APPLE FESTIVAL

Jerseyville, IL
FREE
   
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  Saturday, October 1, 2016
Annual Nature Event
FALL WILDLIFE FESTIVAL

Calhoun County, IL
FREE
   
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    Saturday, October 1, 2016
Annual Special Event
CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL

Cape Girardeau, MO
$$$$
   
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  Saturday, October 1, 2016
Annual Community Festival
FALL CORN FESTIVAL

Godfrey, IL
FREE & $$$$
   
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    Saturday, October 1, 2016
Annual Special Event
FALL FARM DAY

Collinsville, IL
$$$$
   
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    Saturday, October 1, 2016
Annual Special Event
FALL FESTIVAL

Byrnes Mill, MO
FREE
   
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  Saturday, October 1, 2016
Annual Special Event
GROVE FEST

St. Louis, MO
FREE
   
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  Saturday, October 1, 2016
Annual Community Festival
FALL FESTIVAL

New Madrid, MO
FREE & $$$$
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    Saturday, October 1, 2016
Annual Special Event
DUCKFEST
St. Peters, MO
FREE & $$$$
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    Saturday, October 1, 2016
Special Event
BUILD YOUR OWN SCARECROW

Burfordville, MO
FREE
   
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  Saturday, October 1, 2016
Special Event
STAR GAZING PARTY

Wynne, AR
FREE
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  Saturdays: October 1, 8, 15 & 22, 2016
Annual Special Event
VINTAGE VOICES

Alton, IL
$$$$
   
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    October 1 - October 2, 2016
Annual Historical Event
FRENCH & INDIAN WAR ASSEMBLAGE

Prairie du Rocher, IL
FREE
   
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  October 1 - October 2, 2016
Annual Special Event
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS IRISH FESTIVAL

Carbondale, IL
$$$$
  
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    Sunday October 2, 2016
Annual Special Event
RUN WILD! 5K & 1K TRAIL RUN/WALK

Edwardsville, IL
REGISTRATION FEE
   
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    Sunday, October 2, 2016
Annual Historical Event
ANNUAL FETE DE L'AUTOMNE

Fertile, MO
FREE
   
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    Sunday, October 2, 2016
Annual Special Event
ARTIFACT IDENTIFICATION DAY

Collinsville, IL
FREE
   
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    Friday, October 7, 2016
Monthly Special Event
FIRST FRIDAYS AT THE SCIENCE CENTER

St. Louis, MO
FREE
   
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    October 7 - October 8, 2016
Annual Special Event
CHILI COOK-OFF

Belleville, IL
FREE & $$$$
   
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  October 7 - October 8, 2016
Annual Community Festival
O'FALLON FALL FEST
O’Fallon, MO
FREE & $$$$
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    October 7 - October 8, 2016
Annual Special Event
HISTORY HAYRIDES AT FAUST PARK

Chesterfield, MO
$$$$
   
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    October 7 - October 9, 2016
Annual Festival
OKTOBERFEST

Alton, IL
FREE & $$$$
   
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    October 7 - October 9, 2016
Annual History Event
CIVIL WAR DAYS

Columbus, KY
FREE
   
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  Saturday, October 8, 2016
Annual Special Event
QUINCY OKTOBERFEST

Quincy, IL
FREE
   
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  Saturday, October 8, 2016
Annual Community Festival
PUMPKINFEST

Waterloo, IL
FREE
   
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    Saturday, October 8, 2016
Annual Special Event
WORLD WAR II DAY

Prairie du Rocher, IL
FREE
   
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  Saturday, October 8, 2016
Annual Special Event
FORT DE CHARTRES BREWFEST

Prairie du Rocher, IL
FREE
   
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    Saturday, October 8, 2016
Annual Community Festival
DOWNTOWN COTTON FESTIVAL

Sikeston, MO
FREE
   
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  Saturday, October 8, 2016
Special Event
ILLINOIS TREKKERS WALK THROUGH PRINCIPIA COLLEGE

Elsah, IL
$$$$
   
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  Saturday, October 8, 2016
Special Event
ALTON GIANTS VINTAGE BASE BALL GAME

Alton, IL
FREE
   
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  Saturday, October 8, 2016
Special Event
CLASSIC CAR SHOW

St. Charles, MO
FREE
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    Saturday, October 8, 2016
Annual Bicycle Ride
COTTON RAMBLE BICYCLE RIDE

Sikeston, MO
REGISRATION FEE
   
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  Saturday, October 8, 2016
Monthly Event
WINE CLUB GET-TOGETHER

Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center, Grafton, IL
$$$$
   
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  Saturday, October 8, 2016
Annual Community Festival
SIKESTON JAYCEE OKTOBERFEST

Sikeston, MO
$$$$
   
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  Saturday, October 8, 2016
Special Event
MISSOURI KIDS UNPLUGGED OPEN HOUSE

Dittmer, MO
FREE
   
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  Saturday, October 8, 2016
Annual Special Event
WINE OVER WATER

Keokuk, IA
$$$$
   
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    Saturday, October 8, 2016
Special Event
CONTRA DANCE

Elsah, IL
$$$$
   
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    October 8 - October 9, 2016
Annual Historical Event
OLD SETTLERS DAYS

Hardin, IL
FREE
   
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  October 8 - October 9, 2016
Annual Community Festival
APPLEFEST
Clarksville, MO
FREE
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    October 8 - October 9, 2016
Annual Special Event
UNION COUNTY COLORFEST CELEBRATION

Union County, IL
FREE & $$$$
  
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  October 8 - October 9, 2016
October 15 - October 16, 2016

Annual Special Event
PARKER HOMESTEAD FESTIVAL

Harrisburg, AR
$$$$
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    Sunday, October 9, 2016
Annual Community Festival
OKTOBERFEST

Maeystown, IL
FREE
   
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  Sunday October 9, 2016
Annual Community Festival
COLUMBUS DAY FESTIVAL

St. Louis, MO
FREE
   
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  Sunday, October 9, 2016
Annual Church Dinner
CHRIST LUTHERAN CHURCH’S ANNUAL DINNER
Augusta, MO
FREE & $$$$
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    Sunday, October 9, 2016
Annual Special Event
AALA HISTORIC HOUSE TOUR

Alton, IL
$$$$
   
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    Sunday, October 9, 2016
Annual Special Event
HALLOWEEN CAR SHOW
West Quincy, MO
FREE & $$$$
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  Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Nature Activity
GUIDED PRAIRIE WALKS

Alton, IL
FREE
   
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    Friday, October 14, 2016
Special Event
HALLOWEEN STORYTELLING

Burfordville, MO
FREE
   
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  October 14 - October 16, 2016
Annual Festival
REELFOOT LAKE PELICAN FESTIVAL

Tiptonville, TN
FREE & $$$$
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  Friday, October 14, 2016
October 21 - October 22, 2016
Friday, October 28, 2016

Annual Special Event
GHOST TOURS OF NEW MADRID

New Madrid, MO
$$$$
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    Saturday, October 15, 2016
Annual Special Event
ANNUAL CHILI COOK-OFF

Alton, IL
$$$$
   
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    Saturday, October 15, 2016
Annual Community Festival
FALL FESTIVAL

Chester, IL
FREE
   
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    Saturday, October 15, 2016
Annual Special Event
HISTORIC MESSINGER CEMETERY WALK

Belleville, IL
$$$$
   
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    Saturday, October 15, 2016
Annual Fall House Tour
"BEHIND CLOSED DOORS" QUINCY HOUSE TOUR

Quincy, IL
$$$$
   
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  Saturday, October 15, 2016
Annual Special Event
ANNUAL CHAMPIONSHIP CHILI COOK-OFF

Blytheville, AR
$$$$
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  Saturday, October 15, 2016
Annual Special Event
COLORS OVER THE CONFLUENCE

Hartford, IL
FREE & $$$$
   
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  Saturday, October 15, 2016
Annual Special Event
BOO! SILLIAGE AT THE BOLDUC

Sainte Genevieve, MO
$$$$
   
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    Saturday, October 15, 2016
Monthly Nature Activity
MOONLIGHT HIKE

Godfrey, IL
FREE
   
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    October 15 - October 16, 2016
Annual Nature Activity
WORLD BIRD SANCTUARY ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE

Valley Park, MO
FREE
   
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  October 15 - October 16, 2016
Annual Historical Event
GRAFTON RENDEZVOUS

Grafton, IL
FREE
   
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    October 15 - October 16, 2016
Annual Community Festival
AUTUMN HISTORIC FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL
Hannibal, MO
FREE
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    October 15 - October 16, 2016
Annual Community Festival
VULTURE FEST

Makanda, IL
FREE
  
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    October 15 - October 16, 2016
Annual Special Event
EARLY TIN DUSTERS CAR SHOW

Quincy, IL
FREE
   
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    October 15 - October 16, 2016
Annual Special Event
LOUISIANA COUNTRY COLORFEST
Louisiana, MO
FREE
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    October 15 - October 16, 2016
Annual Special Event
HCWC PUMPKINFEST

Highland, IL
FREE & $$$$
   
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    October 15 - October 16, 2016
Annual Special Event
PIKE COUNTY COLOR DRIVE

Pike County, IL
FREE
   
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    Sunday, October 16, 2016
Annual Community Festival
LECLAIRE PARKFEST

Edwardsville, IL
FREE
   
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    Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Special Event
FOOD TRUCKS IN THE PARK

St. Charles, MO
FREE & $$$$
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    Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Annual Special Event
MISSOURI DAY CELEBRATION

St. Charles, MO
FREE
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    Thursday, October 20, 2016
Monthly Special Event
DOWNTOWN DIVA NIGHT

Belleville, IL
$$$$
   
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    Thursday, October 20, 2016
Monthly Special Event
ALIVE AFTER FIVE

Jonesboro, AR
FREE
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    Thursday, October 20, 2016
Monthly Astronomy Event
ASTRONOMY ASSOCIATION MEETING

Godfrey, IL
FREE
   
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  Friday October 21, 2016
Annual Special Event
ST. PIUS V OKTOBERFEST

St. Louis, MO
FREE
   
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    Friday, October 21, 2016
Monthly Special Event
EMERSON FREE FAMILY NIGHT AT THE MAGIC HOUSE

St. Louis, MO
FREE
   
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    October 21 - October 22, 2016
Annual Community Festival
WICKLIFFE HARVEST FESTIVAL

Wickliffe, KY
FREE & $$$$
   
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    October 21 - October 22, 2016
Annual Community Event
QUILT & CHURCH TOUR

Calhoun County, IL
$$$$
   
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    Saturday, October 22, 2016
Annual Community Festival
RURAL HERITAGE DAY

Sainte Genevieve, MO
FREE
   
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  Saturday, October 22, 2016
Annual Special Event
FALL FESTIVAL

Cape Girardeau, MO
FREE
   
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    Saturday, October 22, 2016
Annual Special Event
DÉJÀ VU SPIRIT REUNION

Sainte Genevieve, MO
$$$$
   
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    Saturday, October 22, 2016
Annual Historical Event
HALLOWEEN SPIRITS FROM THE PAST
Defiance, MO
$$$$
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    October 22 - October 23, 2016
Nature Activity
TREEHOUSE WILDLIFE CENTER FALL FEST

Dow, IL
FREE
   
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    October 22 - October 23, 2016
Monthly Event
GRAFTON RIVERSIDE FLEA MARKET

Grafton, IL
FREE
   
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    October 22 - October 23, 2016
Monthly Special Event
BELLEVILLE ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES FLEA MARKET

Belleville, IL
FREE
   
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  Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Nature Activity
GUIDED PRAIRIE WALKS

Alton, IL
FREE
   
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  October 28 - October 29, 2016
Annual Special Event
MISSOURI GIRLS STATE VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Cape Girardeau, MO
$$$$
   
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    Saturday, October 29, 2016
Annual Special Event
"BOOTIFUL" NAUVOO HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL

Nauvoo, IL
FREE
   
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    Saturday, October 29, 2016
Annual Community Festival
FALL FESTIVAL

Collinsville, IL
FREE
   
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    Saturday, October 29, 2016
Annual Festival
FALL FESTIVAL

Henning, TN
FREE
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    Saturday, October 29, 2016
Annual Special Event
TRICK OR TREAT AT VILLAGE CREEK STATE PARK

Wynne, AR
FREE
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    October 29 - October 30, 2016
Annual Community Festival
APPLE BUTTER FESTIVAL

Kimmswick, MO
FREE
   
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  October 29 - October 30, 2016
Annual Historical Event
CAMP DUBOIS RENDEZVOUS

Wood River, IL
FREE
   
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    Sunday, October 30, 2016
Annual Special Event
CEMETERY TOUR

Quincy, IL
$$$$
   
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    Monday, October 31, 2016
Annual Community Event
HALLOWEEN PARADE

Alton, IL
FREE
   
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FEATURED ATTRACTIONS ALONG THE GREAT RIVER ROAD
Fort de Chartres
State Historic Site
Mississippi
River Ferries
Lewis and Clark
State Historic Site
U.S. Grant
National Historic Site
     

The Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway - Regional calendar pages for the Illinois Counties of Madison, Jersey, and Calhoun.

French Colonial Country - Regional calendar pages for the Illinois Counties of Madison, Jersey, and Calhoun and the Missouri Counties of Ste. Genevieve and Jefferson.

Gateway to the West - Regional calendar pages for St. Louis and St. Louis County.

Meeting the Missouri River - Calendar pages for St. Charles County, Missouri.

Missouri's Lincoln Hills - Regional calendar pages for the Missouri Counties of Lincoln, Pike, Ralls and Marion.

Tri-State Area - Regional calendar pages for the Illinois Counties of Pike, Adams, and Hancock, Lee County, Iowa, and the Missouri Counties of Lewis and Clark.

Meeting the Ohio River - Regional calendar pages for the Missouri Counties of Perry, Cape Girardeau, Scott and Mississippi, and the Illinois Counties of Jackson, Union, and Alexander, and the Kentucky Counties of Ballard, Carlisle, Fulton, and Hickman.

The Upper Delta Region - Regional calendar pages for the Missouri Counties of New Madrid, Pemiscot and Dunklin, and the Arkansas Counties of Clay, Greene, Craighead, Poinsett, Cross, Mississippi and Crittenden, and the Tennessee Counties of Lake, Obion, Dyer, Lauderdale, and Tipton.

 
  Regional Guides
to the Middle Mississippi River Valley
 
       
  Meeting of the Great Rivers
National Scenic Byway
Ste. Genevieve &
French Colonial Country
Gateway to the West
St. Louis & St. Louis County
        
 
   Meeting the Missouri
Historic St. Charles County
The Lincoln Hills Region
Northeast Missouri
   
 
  The Tri-States Area
Iowa, Illinois & Missouri
The Mississippi River
Meets the Ohio River
   
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