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. 
   




 
UPCOMING EVENT

AUGUSTA PLEIN AIR
ART EVENT
Augusta, MO
  April 24 - May 4, 2014
Selected locations throughout the area
The Greater Augusta Chamber of Commerce hosts the Augusta Plein Air Event that has become one of the largest plein air events in the Midwest. In previous years over 100 artists from 6 states participated in this 10-day event. For the artists there will be a contest with prizes and an opportunity to sell their art. For the public this is an opportunity to chat with the artists and watch them work during a variety of special events.
Registration fee for the artists
Free to the public
For more information call 636-228-4005
 or visit the augusta-chamber.org 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 April 20, 2014
Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday: 11 am - 6 pm
Friday: 11 am - 8 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11 am - 6 pm
Closed Tuesdays and University holidays

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, One Brookings Drive, Washington University
On The Thresholds Of Space-Making: Shinohara Kazuo And His Legacy: One of Japan's greatest and most influential architects of the postwar generation, Shinohara Kazuo (1925–2006) has remained virtually unknown outside of a small community of devoted followers. A mathematician-turned-architect, Shinohara achieved cult-figure status with his series of sublimely beautiful, purist houses that he designed over a thirty-year period, from the mid-1950s to the 1980s.
Free
For more information call 314-935-4523
  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

STREETS OF ST. LOUIS
St. Louis, MO
  Through July 13, 2014
Daily: 10 am - 5 pm, Tuesdays: 10 am - 8 pm
Missouri History Museum, Lindell Blvd. and DeBaliviere Avenue - Forest Park

Streets of St. Louis: See St. Louis streets from a different angle in this installation, which features some favorite images from the Museum's photography and prints collection. In the Streets of St. Louis, visitors will also get an up-close view of some of the details in the photographs that provide interesting perspectives on the city's past.
Free
For more information call 314-746-4599
  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.

WILDERNESS WALK
Edwardsville, IL
 
  Tuesday, April 15, 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

MOONLIGHT HIKE
Godfrey, IL
 
  Tuesday, April 15, 2014
7 pm
Talahi Lodge at the Olin Nature Preserve - The Nature Institute, 2213 South Levis Lane
Join The Nature Institute members and friends and take a leisurely moonlit hike through the Mississippi Sanctuary, a 37-acre area of grand vistas and spectacular scenery, including waterfalls and wildlife. Terrain is light to moderate and the hike is about an hour long.
Free
For more information call 618-466-9930
 

ASTRONOMY ASSOCIATION MEETING
Godfrey, IL
 
  Thursday, April 17, 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
 

ST. FRANCIS RIVER DAY

Parkin, AR
  Saturday, April 19, 2014
10 am - 2 pm
Parkin Archeological State Park, 60 AR-184, meet at the Visitor Center

Celebrate Earth Month by learning about the most important natural resource in the Parkin area: the river! The St. Francis River is the reason American Indians settled in Parkin hundreds of years ago and is also the reason the Northern Ohio Lumber Mill and Cooperage located itself here one hundred years ago. Come celebrate the river and its bounty by learning about the different ways the river has been the lifeblood of the community for centuries.
Free
For more information call 870-755-2500
  or visit the park's website

ANNUAL GUMBO FEST

West Memphis, AR
  Saturday, April 19, 2014
Noon - 8 pm
Holiday Plaza Mall/ Shoppingway Blvd. & North Missouri Street

Entertainment and great food go hand in hand at West Memphis's Gumbo Fest. Cooking contests for gumbo, exotic meat, and chicken wings can be found at this annual event. Spend the afternoon and evening enjoying great food and live music.
Admission
For more information call 870-735-1134

AMPHIBIAN NIGHT HIKE
St. Charles County, MO
  Saturday, April 19, 2014
7 pm - 9:30 pm (Families)

Marias Temps Clair Conservation Area, 5134 Island Road
Witness a “marsh concert” presented by the toads and frogs of Missouri. Hike the levies at Marias Temps Clair Conservation Area and learn to identify frogs and toads by their calls while they survive in the marsh habitat. The hike is approximately 2 miles on flat, gravel top levies.
Free. Reservations begin March 28.
For more information call or 636-441-4554

GUIDED PRAIRIE WALKS
Alton, IL
 
  Tuesday. April 22, 2014
5:30 - 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
 

WORLD WAR II WEEKEND

St. Louis, MO
 
  April 25 - April 27, 2014
9 am - 4 pm
Jefferson Barracks County Park, 345 North Road
Stroll through military camps and talk with re-enactors representing the troops of the United States, Britain, Canada, the Soviet Union, and Germany from World War II. Battles will be held on Saturday at 10 am and 30 pm. and on Sunday at 12 pm. There will also be military vehicle displays, weapons demonstrations and a canteen dance.
Free
F
or more information call 314-961-5838
 
SPRING INDIAN MARKET DAYS
Collinsville, IL
 
  April 25 - April 27, 2014
Friday: 12 pm - 5 pm
Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 9 am - 4 pm
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, 130 Ramey Street, (off Collinsville Road)
Native American artists and vendors display and sell painting, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, fetishes, dolls, herbals, soaps, food, and more.
Free
For more information call 618-346-5160
 

MOUNTAIN BIKE FESTIVAL

Wynne, AR
  April 25 - April 27, 2014
Village Creek State Park, 201 County Road 754
Village Creek State Park has over 25 miles of bike trail that wind up and down the scenic Crowley's Ridge. Join us for a family friendly weekend of mountain biking. There will be guided rides, maintenance demonstrations, skills workshops, and games. All ages and skill levels are encouraged to participate and helmets are required for all activities. Contact the park for a detailed schedule.
Free
For more information call 870-238-9406
  or visit the park's website

THAT ‘80S RUN

Cottleville, MO
  
  Saturday, April 26, 2014
Registration begins at 6:30 am
Expo is open from 7:30 am - 10:30 am
St. Charles Community College presents That ‘80s Run, featuring a 10K, 5K, 1-Mile Fun Run and Health and Wellness Expo. Both the 10K and 5K races are USATF certified courses and chip timed. Race entry fee includes a full-color dry-tec T-shirt in men’s, women’s and youth sizes (while supplies last), refreshments and tickets for prize baskets drawing. The Health and Wellness Expo is free and open to the public from 7:30 am - 10:30 am.
Free for the Fair, Registration Fee for participating in the races.
For more information call or 636-922-8277
 or visit www.stchas.edu/run
 

ANNUAL ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION
Godfrey, IL
 
  Saturday, April 26, 2014
8:30 am - 2 pm
Glazebrook Park, 1401 Stamper Lane
Join in the celebration of trees and the environment at this growing community event. Activities for children include a fishing derby, wall climbing, environmental crafts, and other games. Other activities include a Tree Memorial Program and demonstrations by expert climbers.
Free
For more information call 618-466-1483
 
JOURNEY TO THE WEST
Defiance, MO
 
  Saturday, April 26, 2014
9 am - 5 pm

Daniel Boone Home, 1868 Highway F
The west beckoned people with its prime land, prosperous trading, and chance for a new life. Small towns like the Boonefield Village filled with visitors needing food, goods, and livestock. Travel back in time and learn first-hand what it took to prepare for this journey and make it in the land of opportunity.
Admission
For more information call 636-798-2005
 

SPRING FESTIVAL

Frohna, MO
  April 26 - April 27, 2014
Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday: Noon - 4 pm
Saxon Lutheran Memorial, 296 Saxon Memorial Drive

This annual festival features live demonstrations of old-fashioned 1840's skills and tasks, fresh baked bread, coffeecake and pizza for sale from the brick oven, crafters with unique homemade gifts, and you can fill your vegetable garden and flowerbeds with new plants. Tour through all the buildings at your leisure and make it a great family day.
Free, donations appreciated
For information call 573-824-5404

BATTLE OF PEA RIDGE
CIVIL WAR REENACTMENT

Keokuk, IA
 
  April 26 - April 27, 2014
Rand Park and other locations in Keokuk
If you are interested in the Civil War and want to get "up close and personal" with history then you will truly enjoy your time at this annual Civil War Reenactment. Activities include a Ladies Program and Tea, a Military Ball, Breakfast with the Troops, a National Cemetery Memorial and Church Service, campfires and two Battle Reenactments.  While in Rand Park, visitors can tour the camps, visit Sutler’s Row, snack on period food and enjoy period entertainment.
Activities at Rand Park are free, other activities may involve a fee
.
For information call 319-524-5599 or 1-800-383-1219
  or visit the keokukiowatourism.org website
 

ST. LOUIS ANTIQUE FESTIVAL

Belleville, IL
 
  April 26 - April 27, 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, (Admission pays for the August Show as well)
For more information call 618-235-0666
 

GRAFTON RIVERSIDE
FLEA MARKET

Grafton, IL
 
  April 26 - April 27, 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
  April 26 - April 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
SCHOOL OF THE SOLDIER
Sainte Genevieve, MO
 
  April 26 - April 27, 2014
Moses Austin Grounds, Main and Gabouri Streets
Come and learn about French Colonial life including archaeological investigation of domestic life and the 1732 Fort de Chartres, the life of an18th  century indentured servant; an 18th Century Sunday Service, and music. There will be a French encampment and cannon salute and 18th century craft demonstrations. Lectures will be held on both days are at no cost and from 9:15 am to 12:15 pm at the Sainte Genevieve Welcome Center.
For more information visit www.milice.org
 
BLESSING OF THE BIKES
Alto Pass, IL
  Sunday, April 27, 2014
7 am - 4 pm
Bald Knob Cross of Peace, 3630 Bald Knob Cross Road

Thousands of motorcyclists travel to Bald Knob Mountain, Southern Illinois’ highest point and the site of the Bald Knob Cross of Peace located just outside of Alto Pass, about 10 miles south of Murphysboro on IL-127.
Free
For information call 618-893-2344

MIGRATORY BIRD WALK
Godfrey, IL
 
  Sunday, April 27, 2014
8 am - 10 am
Talahi Lodge at the Olin Nature Preserve - The Nature Institute, 2213 South Levis Lane
Every spring thousands of birds migrate north along the Mississippi River Flyway back to their summer homes. Join Lane Richter of the Audubon Center at Riverlands who will guide participants on a morning walk to learn about, listen for and record the many migrating songbirds on the Nature Institute property. Wear comfortable shoes. You may also want to bring binoculars, camera, journal, and water.
Free
For more information call 618-466-9930
 

ST. LOUIS
EARTH DAY FESTIVAL

St. Louis, MO
 
  Sunday, April 27, 2014
11 am - 6 pm
The Muny Grounds of Forest Park
This event features an Earth Day Cafe that features the tastes of St. Louis restaurants and food vendors with a performance stage, Earth Day Bazaar featuring trendy fashions and accessories made from recycled materials, Earth Day Way featuring organizations and companies making a difference by focusing time and energy on environmental issues, Earth Day Exhibit showcasing Green Models, Eco-Life and Art and Nature through demonstrations and hands-on activities and much more.
Free, Suggested donation of $5
F
or more information call 314-961-5838
  or visit the event website
 

CONCOURS D'ELEGANCE

St. Louis, MO
  Sunday, April 27, 2014
11:30 am - 4:30 pm
The Muny Grounds of Forest Park
St. Louis is the oldest region affiliated with the Horseless Carriage Club of America. In 1962 the Easter Concours d'Elegance was born. Ever since, no other antique car show in the Greater St. Louis area has held such appeal to the public for so many decades. It is a legendary tradition. This impressive car show will feature up to 600 classic and collector cars from the early 1900s to the late 1800s.
Free
F
or more information call 314-991-4665
  or visit the event website

LION’S CLUB CAR SHOW

Waterloo, IL
 
  Sunday April 27, 2014
Registration is from 8 am - Noon; trophies awarded at 4 pm
Monroe County Court House, downtown Waterloo
This show benefits uninsured people who need eye surgeries. There will be a DJ all day, 50/50, attendance prizes, 1st 100 entries will receive a dash plaque and a goodie bag, food and drink available on grounds, all paved parking and plenty of shade, all entries must be driven into show (trailer parking available.) The event also features Max Attack, a Mopar drag race team.
Free to the public, registration fee for showing vehicles

For more information call 618-978-3659 or 314-605-9907
 

MUSHROOM FESTIVAL

Grafton, IL
 
  Sunday, April 27, 2014
1 pm - 5 pm
Piasa Winery & Pub, 225 W. Main Street
Come out for music, food and fun at the annual Mushroom Festival. Come check out the Mushroom Cook-Off as local chefs share their best mushroom dishes. Enter the tasting tent for just $10, where you will receive a taste of each chef's special mushroom dish and a glass of wine. People can then vote for the chef of their choice. There will also be vendors, a Biggest & Smallest Mushroom Contest and live music.
No admission, activities cost a fee

For more information, call 618-786-9463 

ST. LOUIS
STORYTELLING FESTIVAL
St. Louis, MO
  May 1 - May 3, 2014
Various locations throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area
During this annual festival more than 60 professional storytellers and their audiences gather during this three-day event for the telling of many delightful tales. The Festival is coordinated by Continuing Education, and the College of Arts & Sciences, Special Programs, at the University of Missouri– St. Louis, in partnership with various organizations throughout the St. Louis area.
Free
F
or more information call 314-516-5961
  or visit the event website

FIRST FRIDAYS
AT THE SCIENCE CENTER

St. Louis, MO
  
  Friday, May 2, 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. May’s theme is What will it take to make some of the items in Star Wars a reality? Join Dr. Andy Howell, Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network, as he explores the science behind what we see on screen in the Star Wars saga!

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

ST. LOUIS
MICROFEST BEER FESTIVAL

St. Louis, MO
 
  May 2 - May 3, 2014
Friday: 6 pm - 10 pm
Saturday: Noon - 4 pm & 6 pm - 10 pm
Upper Muny Parking Lot in Forest Park

This St. Louis annual premiere craft beer tasting festival features beers from dozens of North American craft breweries and international beers, as well as great food from area restaurants. The event features over 80 craft beers and 50 international beers along with live music, homebrew competition, brewers’ Olympics and more.
Admission
F
or more information call 314-588-0007
  or visit the event website
 

FLORISSANT VALLEY OF FLOWERS FESTIVAL

Florissant
, MO
 
  May 2 - May 4, 2014
Various locations throughout Florissant
Celebrated since 1963, this three day weekend Festival truly has activities for everyone. Carnival games and exciting rides are featured at the Knights of Columbus Fairgrounds. From a flower and plant sale to culturally diverse musical performances, baseball games, craft and flea market sales, children’s activities and the “Hispanic Festival” you can find a little of everything at the Eagan Center. Good food abounds at all Festival locations. The Tot Wheels Parade for our youngest participants and the official “Big Parade” beginning at the Eagan Center highlight the weekend.
Free, some activities involve a fee
F
or more information call 314-837-0033
  or visit the event website
 

COMMUNITY BAKING DAY

Frohna, MO 
  Saturday, May 3, 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 

SPRING FARM DAY

Collinsville, IL
  Saturday, May 3, 2014
10 am - 2 pm
Willoughby Heritage Farm, 631 Willoughby Lane
After the long cold winter, spring is back and we're celebrating with demonstrations and items for sale from local vendors which include stained glass, woodworking, homemade soap, toy tractors, bird feeders, rug loom, rope making and more. Say 'hello' to the piglets, chicks, goats, lambs and see a sheep shearing and wool spinning demonstration. There will be many free activities for all ages, include hayrides, straw pyramid, corn table, scavenger hunts, nature walk and more.

Small admission
For more information Willoughby Farm's webpage
FORT DE CHARTRES
KID'S DAY
Prairie du Rocher, IL
  Saturday, May 3, 2014
10 am - 4 pm
Community Park, Prairie du Rocher
A special day for kids with 18th century games, contests, storytelling, puppet shows, prizes and refreshments.
Free, Donations appreciated
For more information call 618-284-7230

SIKESTON IN BLOOM

Sikeston, MO
 
  Saturday, May 3, 2014
10 am - 4 pm
Legion Park, 115 East Front Street
Come join the town of Sikeston as it celebrates the return of spring. Enjoy crafts, concessions, and a great selection of flowers and shrubs offered by Sikeston's nurseries and garden stores. While in the downtown area visit all the antique and collectible stores, galleries, and retail stores.
For more information call 314-380-3801
 

CINCO DE MAYO FESTIVAL
St. Louis, MO
 
  Saturday, May 3, 2014
11 am - 9 pm
2720 Cherokee Street

A celebration of the rich Hispanic culture within the Cherokee neighborhood and surrounding south St. Louis area. This annual festival features live music on three separate stages, an assortment of authentic Mexican refreshments and other ethnic food and drinks. There will also be live art demonstrations, street performers, and a People's Joy Parade at 1:11 pm. The festival expands on the eastern corner of Cherokee Street and Iowa Street with the addition of a fourth stage.
Free
F
or more information call 314-632-6498
  or visit the event website
 

ANNUAL SPRING
GAS-UP & SWAP MEET

Jersey County, IL
 
  May 3 - May 4, 2014
7 am - dusk both days
Tri-County Antique Club Grounds, IL-3 between Grafton and Jerseyville
Come buy, swap and sell anything and everything, except illegal or obscene materials, and poultry and livestock. There is something for everyone at the annual gas up and swap meet.
Free to the general public
For more information call visit www.tricountyantiqueclub.org
 

CAMP DUBOIS RENDEZVOUS
Wood River, IL
  May 3 - May 4, 2013
9 am - 5 pm both days
Camp Dubois, Route 143 and Route 3
Celebrate the historical period between 1700 and 1840. See demonstrators in period clothing, a black powder shoot, a "hawk" throw, fire starting with flint and steel contests, children's and women's activities, period food sales, crafts, vendor sales of period items, contests, and much more. Period costumes encouraged for campers, crafters, and other participants. Illustrations of Lewis & Clark's epic journey are located on the trail around the lake.
Free - donations encouraged
For more information call 618-558-0175

SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS
AIR SHOW AND STEM EXPO

Chesterfield
, MO
 
  May 3 - May 4, 2014
9 am - 5 pm both days
Spirit Of St. Louis Airport, 18270 Edison Avenue

For the 50th Anniversary of Spirit of St. Louis Airport, the STEM Expo and Air Show will feature the U.S. Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron. In addition to the Blue Angels, the two-day air show will feature numerous flying and ground aircraft displays, in addition to a “Aspire and Achieve Pavilion” that houses displays and activities to spotlight local and national efforts to advance science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) initiatives, as well as those to serve active-duty military personnel and veterans.
Free
F
or more information call 314-529-1963
  or visit the event website
 

ANNUAL DOGWOOD
FESTIVAL

Quincy, IL
 
  May 3 - May 4, 2014
Most events held in and around Washington Park, 5th & Maine, downtown Quincy
The annual Dogwood Festival is Quincy's spring event opener and includes rides and amusement booths, a craft & hobby fair, a chainsaw carving show, plant sale, entertainment, food, and more. A parade is held on Saturday morning. Other events are held at various locations throughout the city including a photography show, square dancing, architectural walking tour, and the Dogwood Bowl, the Quincy High School 5-on-5 flag football tournament.
Free
For information call 217-222-7980
 

MAKANDA SPRING FEST

Makanda, IL
  
  May 3 - May 4, 2014
11 am - 6 pm
Downtown Makanda

This annual spring festival features artists from the surrounding area who will be displaying their finest works for viewing and purchase. Live music is scheduled to take place at the Makanda pavilion and in the Rainmaker's Garden with Bluegrass, Jazz, Blues and various other music by local bands for the duration of the two-day event.
Free
For information call 618-457-6282
  or visit villageofmakanda.com
 

ST. LOUIS FINE PRINT, RARE BOOK & PAPER ARTS FAIR

St. Louis, MO
 
  May 3 - May 4, 2014
Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm
J.C. Penny Building, University of Missouri St. Louis

This annual fair features local and national print and rare book dealers offering first editions and illustrated books, fine art prints, drawings, photographs and ephemera. The Fair has something to offer both experienced and new collectors, including everything from Old Master and European prints to botanicals, ornithology, sporting scenes, maps, and Works Progress Administration-era treasures. Proceeds from the fair will support the Library’s acquisition and conservation funds. Artist’s demonstrations and lectures will also be featured throughout the weekend.
Admission
F
or more information call 314-516-6740
  or visit the event's webpage
 

MIGRATORY BIRD WALK
Godfrey, IL
 
  Sunday, May 4, 2014
8 am - 10 am
Talahi Lodge at the Olin Nature Preserve - The Nature Institute, 2213 South Levis Lane
Every spring thousands of birds migrate north along the Mississippi River Flyway back to their summer homes. Join Lane Richter of the Audubon Center at Riverlands who will guide participants on a morning walk to learn about, listen for and record the many migrating songbirds on the Nature Institute property. Wear comfortable shoes. You may also want to bring binoculars, camera, journal, and water.
Free
For more information call 618-466-9930
 

FRUEHLINGSFEST
Maeystown, IL
  Sunday, May 4, 2014
9 am - 4 pm
Maeystown Historic District
The annual Fruehlingsfest Antique and Garden Show takes place around the stone mill in the heart of this historic town. Fruehlingsfest features quality antique dealers from the Midwest and various nurseries selling annuals, perennials and herbs. A variety of food will be offered at Fruehlingsfest, and a creek-side wine garden, served by Ravissant Winery, will also be featured.
Free

For more information call 618-458-6660
  or visit www.maeystown.com
QUINCY HOUSE TOUR
Quincy, IL
 
  Sunday, May 4, 2014
11 am - 5 pm
Quincy Preserves, Inc. conducts this annual neighborhood walking tour that features homes and buildings of architectural and historical significance.
Admission
For information call 217-228-3165
 
FAMILY FUN DAY
St. Charles, MO
 
  Sunday, May 4, 2014
12 pm - 3 pm
Foundry Art Center, 520 North Main Street

Kids are invited to bring their parents and spend a special day potting spring flowers in their own decorated clay pots! All supplies are provided and the event is free, but flower planting is limited to the first 100 children. The featured book of the month, The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi, will be read aloud in the Baue Family Children’s gallery at 1 pm & 2 pm with accompanying art projects available for children 12 and under. Complimentary cookies and lemonade will also be available to all.
Free
For more information call 636-255-0270
  or visit foundryartcentre.org
 

MEXICAN BEER GARDEN
Grafton, IL
 
  Sunday, May 4, 2014
2 pm - 6 pm
Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center, 13653 Lodge Blvd.
Happy Cinco De Mayo St. Louis! Join in on the fun on the terrace at Pere Marquette Lodge for a Mexican Beer Garden. This event features a specialty beer imported from Mexico as well as Mexican food and live music as well as imports, micro-brewed and domestic beers, 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
 

MOTHER'S DAY BIRDING HIKE

Jersey County, IL
 
  Thursday, May 8, 2014
9 am
Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge
A Mother's Day Birding Hike for beginners will be held in the Gilbert Lake Division. Plan a special day for mom by starting with a morning walk at the refuge to learn about bird watching. Binoculars and bird guides will be provided. The Gilbert Lake walking trail is a loose gravel trail.
Free, Register by May 8
For more information call or to register call 618-883-2524
  or email tworivers@fws.gov
 
PERRYVILLE MAYFEST
Perryville, MO
  
  May 9 - May 10, 2014
Friday: 5 pm - 11:30 pm
Saturday: 9 am - 11:30 pm
Downtown Square

Come and enjoy all the special events at the annual Mayfest. There will be a parade and music on Friday evening. Visitors can enjoy the Craft Fair on Saturday along with live entertainment, mother/daughter look-a-like contest, plant sale, art show, car and bike show, antique tractor show, and much more! A carnival takes place at the American Legion parking lot from May 7th through the 10th. Don’t miss out on the delicious food served by food vendors on the square. There’s something for everyone at the Perryville Mayfest!.

Free
For information call 573-547-6062
  
MAYFEST
Blytheville, AR
 
  May 9 - May 10, 2014
Friday: 5 pm - 10 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 10 pm

Downtown Blytheville

Mayfest is Blytheville's Annual Heritage Festival two-day family friendly event. It starts on Friday night with live entertainment outside of the restored Greyhound Station. The fun continues into Saturday starting at 10 am with gospel music, and arts and craft booths. Don't forget about the two children's blocks that are a flat fee to participate in all day long. The festival closes for an hour at 4 pm but restarts with live entertainment from 5 pm to 10 pm.
Free
For more information call 870-763-2525 

WILDFLOWER WALK
Godfrey, IL
 
  Saturday, May 10, 2014
9 am - 11 am
Talahi Lodge at the Olin Nature Preserve - The Nature Institute, 2213 South Levis Lane
Join Education Director Patti Brown for a walk around the Olin and Mississippi Sanctuary Nature Preserves in search of spring ephemerals. Rain or shine. Dress for the weather, comfortable walking shoes. Bring water, journal, identification books and camera. Terrain will be moderate to difficult.
Free
For more information call 618-466-9930
 
HISTORICAL
CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL

St. Charles, MO
 
  Saturday, May 10, 2014
10 am - 4 pm
First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site, 201-216 South Main Street
Come live and play as children in the 1820's did. Hear interesting stories on Missouri's struggle for statehood. Learn about life in St. Charles when Missouri's first legislators were meeting. Hands on activities including butter churning, quill pen writing, cow milking, candle dipping, baby farm animals, hearth cooking, storytelling, period games, re-enactors, sewing/quilting and much more!
Free
For more information call 636-940-3322
 
DOWNTOWN HISTORIC HOME & GARDEN TOUR
Cape Girardeau, MO
  
  Saturday, May 10, 2014
Noon - 4 pm
Various locations

The annual Downtown Historic Home and Garden Tour features historic homes and properties in the downtown along with their yards. These venues will be showcased during the tour that is organized by the Old Town Cape organization and sponsored by Realty Executives. The owners of each home will give a guided tour through their spaces, highlighting special features and historic facts.

Admission
For information call 573-334-8085
  or visit www.oldtowncape.org
  

WINE CLUB GET-TOGETHER
Grafton, IL
 
  Saturday, May 10, 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 Rene Barbier Med! 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
 

LEWIS & CLARK
DEPARTURE DAYS

Hartford, IL
 
  May 10 - May 11, 2014
10 am - 4 pm both days
Lewis & Clark State Historic Site, New Poag Road and IL-3
Come and commemorate the departure of the Lewis and Clark expedition from Camp River Dubois. View life as it was in 1803-1804 as the men prepared for their departure. Watch re-enactors portray life as members of the Corps of Discovery preparing for their epic trip west. On the grounds will be craft exhibitors demonstrating early American skills, woodworking, candle making, marching drills, cooking, and shooting demonstrations.
Free
For more information call 618-251-5811
 
THORNHILL OPEN HOUSE
Chesterfield, MO
 
  May 10 - May 11, 2014
May 17 - May 18, 2014

1 pm - 5 pm
Thornhill Mansion at Faust Park, 15185 Olive Blvd.
Visit the home of Missouri's second governor, Frederick Bates, and learn about his role in forming the state into what it is today. The house is partially furnished. Also open to tour are the 1820s and 1860s barns, the smokehouse, ice house, peach orchard and blacksmith shop. The estate also includes the family cemetery, burial site of the governor, his wife, Nancy, and two of their four children.
Free
F
or more information call 314-615-8328
 

MIGRATORY BIRD WALK
Godfrey, IL
 
  Sunday, May 11, 2014
8 am - 10 am
Talahi Lodge at the Olin Nature Preserve - The Nature Institute, 2213 South Levis Lane
Every spring thousands of birds migrate north along the Mississippi River Flyway back to their summer homes. Join Lane Richter of the Audubon Center at Riverlands who will guide participants on a morning walk to learn about, listen for and record the many migrating songbirds on the Nature Institute property. Wear comfortable shoes. You may also want to bring binoculars, camera, journal, and water.
Free
For more information call 618-466-9930
 

GUIDED PRAIRIE WALKS
Alton, IL
 
  Tuesdays: May 13 and May 27, 2014
(2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month)
5:30 - 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
 

MOONLIGHT HIKE
Godfrey, IL
 
  Wednesday, May 14, 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
 

ASTRONOMY ASSOCIATION MEETING
Godfrey, IL
 
  Thursday, May 15, 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
 
HOMECOMING FESTIVAL
Hillsboro, MO
  May 16 - May 17, 2014
Friday: 6 pm - 12 pm
Saturday: 8 am - 12 pm
Downtown Hillsboro
This festival features great music, performers, and arts and crafts. Other activities include a Kids Corner, a Hillsboro Idol contest, a Washer Tournament, Eating Contest, a parade, and a carnival.
Free
F
or more information call 636-789-4920

ARTS AND MUSIC FESTIVAL

Paragould, AR
 
  May 16 - May 17, 2014
Downtown Paragould
We've always celebrated during the third weekend in May, that continues with the Downtown Paragould Arts and Music Festival. For 2014, we're combining the best of Art and Stroll and Loose Caboose into one huge art and music festival. Artists, exceptional crafters, and the best music in the region.
Admission
For more information call 870-240-0544
  or visit the event's Facebook page
 

GREAT RIVERS FESTIVAL
East Alton, IL
West Alton, MO
 
  Saturday, May 17, 2014
10 am - 5 pm
National Great Rivers Museum, 2 Lock and Dam Way
Audubon Center at Riverlands, Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Celebrate the confluence of the three major rivers - the Mississippi, Missouri and Illinois - during the Great Rivers Festival at the National Great Rivers Museum and the Audubon Center at Riverlands. You will have a chance to tour a working towboat and barge. There will also be children's activities, food vendors, live entertainment including animal and reptile shows, living history tours and more.
Free
For more information call 618-462-6979

RIVERLANDS PADDLE FESTIVAL
West Alton, MO
 
  Saturday, May 17, 2014
11 am - 4 pm
Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary, Riverlands Way shelter next to Ellis Bay, also known as Water Trail site 26-24
Visitors will be able to talk to members from the St. Louis Canoe and Kayak club plus many other paddling enthusiasts. All paddlers must be 14 years or older to paddle solo. Kids 11 and over can paddle solo with parent/guardian consent. Kids 10 and younger can paddle with parent/guardian in a tandem kayak or canoe.
$5 fee charged per person to cover the American Canoe Association insurance.
For more information call 618-462-6979
 
CHEROKEE-LEMP HISTORY FAIR
St. Louis, MO
 
  Saturday, May 17, 2014
Cherokee-Lemp Historic District
Celebrate National Preservation Week with tours, exhibits, food and drink and entertainment in the charming Cherokee-Lemp Historic District. Just minutes South of Downtown Saint Louis, Historic Cherokee Antique Row is a perfect afternoon getaway offering six blocks of independently owned and operated Antique, Collectible and Specialty Shops, Art Galleries, Restaurants and Café's!.
Free
For more visit the venue's website 
LEWIS & CLARK
HERITAGE DAYS
St. Charles, MO
 
  May 17 - May 18, 2014
Saturday: 9:30 am - 9 pm
Sunday: 10 am - 4 pm
Frontier Park
Historic St. Charles Downtown District
This annual festival features an authentic reenactment of Lewis & Clark's encampment in 1804 prior to their journey up the Missouri River. Also featured are reenactor encampments, Fife and Drum Corps demonstrations, boat replicas, museum tours, and 19th century crafts.
Free, some activities charge a fee
For more information call 1-800-366-2427
  or visit www.lewisandclarkheritagedays.com
 

BELLEVILLE ANTIQUES &
COLLECTIBLES FLEA MARKET

Belleville, IL
  May 17 - May 18, 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

CHINESE CULTURE DAYS
St. Louis, MO
 
  May 17 - May 18, 2014
10 am - 5 pm
Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Boulevard
A 70-foot dragon and lion dancers open this springtime celebration that includes a Grand Parade and acrobatics, theater, martial arts, Chinese calligraphy, painting and authentic regional cuisine. Enjoy t'ai chi and tea tasting in the Grigg Nanjing Friendship Garden, where special tours focus on the symbolism of many plant species and architectural details. No trams.
Admission
F
or more information call 314-577-5100
 
ANNUAL SPRING
GARDEN WALK

Sainte Genevieve, MO
  May 17 - May 18, 2014
Saturday : 10 am - 4 pm
Sunday : 11 am - 4 pm
Downtown Historic District
Experience Sainte Genevieve on tours of its gardens. Throughout the weekend there will also be a Plant Sale will be held at the Farmer's Market on Saturday morning.
Admission
F
or more information call 1-800-373-7007
FAUST FINE ARTS & FOLK FESTIVAL
Chesterfield, MO
 
  May 17 - May 18, 2014
10 am - 5 pm
St. Louis County Faust Park, 15185 Olive Street
A St Louis Favorite!  Have two wonderful juried events in one! Fine artist and crafters will display their art such as oil and acrylics, sculpture, baskets, jewelry, pen and ink for you to see and purchase. Traditional crafts such as blacksmithing, and pottery will also be available. Activities for the children such as Mad Science Workshops. Concessions and music for your enjoyment.
Small admission fee
F
or more information call 314-615-8482
 

PROGRESSIVE DINNER
Sainte Genevieve County, MO
 
  May 17 - May 18, 2014
11 am - 5 pm
Route Du Vine Wine Trail
Journey down Sainte Genevieve’s Route du Vin wine trail and treat yourself to fine wine perfectly paired with a delicious “Progressive Dinner” course at each of our distinctive wineries within our scenic region.
Tickets required, Advance reservations are suggested.
For more information call 1-800-373-7007 or 573-883-3078
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GRAFTON WINERY BLUES FEST

Grafton, IL
 
  May 17 - May 18, 2014
Saturday: 1 pm - 6 pm
Sunday: Noon - 7 pm

Grafton Winery & Brewhaus, 300 W. Main Street
Enjoy the annual Grafton Winery & Brewhaus Blues Festival featuring non-stop blues both days. The concerts are free, and the line-up will include some of the best acts found in the St. Louis region. Plus, enjoy great BBQ, fresh brews and sampling of the winery's award-winning wines.
Free
For more information call 618-786-3001
 or visit the venue's website
 

HERITAGE PARK ROD RUN
& SUPER CRUISE

Piggott, AR
 
  May 16 - May 18, 2014
Heritage Park, Heritage Park Road
This annual car show takes place the third weekend in May was organized in 1998 and now has over 300 antique cars and rod runs that participate in it. Activities begin on Friday night and ending on Sunday afternoon. These activities include live entertainment, breakfast at the park, a parade through downtown Piggott, a 50’s dance on the square on Saturday night and the announcement of trophies and special awards on Sunday.
Free to the public, registration fee for entrants, some activities charge a fee
For more information call 870-598-2168

RENAISSANCE FAIRE
Wentzville, MO
 
  May 17 - June 8, 2014
Saturdays, Sundays and Memorial Day only
10 am - 6 pm

Rotary Park
Travel back to a 16th century French village and thrill to the exploits of jousting knights; roam the village shops; enjoy stage acts performing comedy, music and daring feats; and interact with colorful villagers, nobles, and peasants. There will be food and fun for the entire family.
Admission
For more information call 636-916-1643
 or visit www.stlrenfest.com

STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL

St. Jacob, IL
 
  Sunday, May 18, 2014
10 am - 4 pm
St. Jacob Township Park, 239 W. Main Street
This festival sponsored by the St. Jacob Unitied Church of Christ features wonderful Strawberry desserts featuring Drisscoll berries and ice cream from Stenkoenig Dairy.  Entertainment will be provided by Paul Jarvis & friends, and the Red Haired Boys.  Also available are lunch items, crafts, activities for children, a quilt raffle, and the Corvette club.  Come spend a wonderful spring day in a small town setting.

Free
For more information call 618-644-2142
 

KID'S DAY
Collinsville, IL
 
  Sunday, May 18, 2014
11 am - 4 pm
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, 130 Ramey Street, (off Collinsville Road)
This special event features hands-on crafts and activities, such as arrowhead making, pottery making, face painting, spear throwing, corn grinding, Indian games; dance performances and more. For kids of all ages.
Free
For more information call 618-346-5160
 

WILDERNESS WALK
Edwardsville, IL
 
  Tuesday, May 20, 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
CIVIC ASSOCIATION
HOMECOMING

Maeystown, IL
 
  May 23 - May 24, 2014
Friday: 5 pm - closing
Saturday: 12 pm - closing

Rides and games for all ages, food, beer and other refreshments. Fried Chicken Dinner on Saturday night. Parade, washer tournament, and duck race on Saturday. Both nights feature live music starting at 8:30.
Free

For more information call 618-458-6660
 
NATURE/CULTURE HIKE
Collinsville, IL
 
  Saturday, May 24, 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 800-289-2388 or 618-346-5160
 

GEOWOODSTOCK 12
St. Charles, MO
 
  Saturday, May 24, 2014
9 am - 5 pm
Frontier Park, 222 South Riverside Drive
Experience the world's largest gathering of geocachers. Combining a meet and greet opportunity for players from around the world with a series of classes and workshops, appearances by legends of the Geocaching community and the single largest assembly of Geocaching vendors, GeoWoodstock has grown from a small meeting into the annual international convention for the game of Geocaching.
Admission
For more information visit the event's website

ART & WINE FESTIVAL

Murphysboro, IL
   
  Saturday, May 24, 2014
Noon - 8 pm
Riverside Park, 2610 West Riverside Park Road

Come and enjoy a day of music, fine art, the best regional foods, and all 12 wineries of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. This annual festival has become a showcase for the finest cultural aspects in Southern Illinois.
Admission, tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door.
For information call 1-800-406-8774 or 618-684-6421   

MEMORIAL DAY MADNESS

Paragould, AR
 
  Saturday, May 24, 2014
1 pm - 5 pm
Crowley's Ridge State Park, 2092 Highway 168 North, meet at Lake Ponder Swimming Beach

Bring your friends and family to Crowley’s Ridge State Park and kick off the start of summer with recreational activities, interpretive programs, swimming, and pedal boats.  Music will be provided by a D.J. on the beach.  Interpretive programs and activities are free.  Normal fees for swimming and pedal boats apply.
Free
For more information call 870-573-6751
  or visit the park's website
 

GRAFTON RIVERSIDE
FLEA MARKET

Grafton, IL
 
  May 24 - May 25, 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
 

MISSOURI RIVER
IRISH FEST

St. Charles, MO
 
  May 24 - May 25, 2014
Saturday 9 am - 10:30 pm
Sunday: 9 am - 5 pm
Frontier Park, Riverside Drive
St. Charles celebrates it's Irish heritage with music, storytelling, athletics, food, traditional crafts and live Irish music in the evening.
Free
For more information call 1-800-366-2427
 or visit www.moriveririshfest.com
 

MEMORIAL DAY
WEEKEND CELEBRATION

Thebes, IL 
  May 24 - May 25, 2014
10 am - 3 pm both days
Thebes Historical Courthouse, Fifth and Oak Streets

This event is hosted by the Thebes Historical Society and features music, food, local crafters, vendors as well as numerous drawings for a variety of prizes! All proceeds benefit the preservation and maintenance of the 1800's era Courthouse.
Free
For information call 618-764-2303
  visit www.thebescourthouse.com
  

TWAIN ON MAIN

Hannibal, MO
  May 24 - May 25, 2014
Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday:10 am - 4 pm

Historic Hannibal's North Main Street
Twain on Main is Hannibal's festival held in honor of Mark Twain and his literary works.  The festival provides entertainment, events, art, arts & crafts exhibitors, and food vendors
.

Free

For more information call 573-470-3492

SAINT LOUIS BLUESWEEK FESTIVAL
St. Louis, MO
  May 24 - May 25, 2014
Saturday: 11 am - 11 pm
Sunday: 11 am - 11 pm

Soldier's Memorial, 1315 Chestnut Street, Downtown St. Louis
This free Blues festival celebrates the rich Blues history of St. Louis with a weekend packed full of music, food, and good times. This year's event features the BBQ Battle Royale with 30 teams competing to win cash, prizes and of course, big-time bragging rights. Musical acts feature a number of famous headlining blues musicians.
Admission
F
or visit the event website

FORT D
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

Cape Girardeau, MO
 
  May 24 - May 26, 2014
9 am - 4 pm
Fort D Historic Site, 920 Fort Street

For the four years of the Civil War, Fort D protected the city of Cape Girardeau from attack. Now the old fort will come to life once more. First observed after the end of the Civil War, Memorial Day (originally known as Decoration Day) honors the memory of U. S. soldiers who have died in military service. Join local re-enactors (Civil War, Native American, and French & Indian) as they portray a timeline event at Fort D.

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
  

MEMORIAL DAY MADNESS

Paragould, AR
 
  May 24 - May 26, 2014
10 am - 6 pm
Village Creek State Park, 201 County Road 754

Join the staff of the park for a fun Memorial Day Weekend. There will be hikes, kayak tours, bike rides, fishing programs, games, crafts, and a bicycle parade. Contact the park for a detailed schedule.
Free
For more information call 870-238-9406
  or visit the park's website
 

MEMORIAL DAY CELEBRATION

Henning, TN
  May 24 - May 26, 2014
All day events
Fort Pillow State Historic Park, 3122 Park Road

Join park staff of Fort Pillow State Historic Park as they kick off their summer programming season. There will be outdoor activities and programs for all ages..
Free
For more information call 731-738-5581

ANTIQUE AUTO MUSEUM
OPEN HOUSE

Quincy, IL
 
  Sunday, May 25, 2014
Noon - 4 pm
All America Park, Front & Cedar Street

A sheer delight for auto buffs everywhere, the Mississippi Valley Antique Auto Museum houses over 30 antique cars and related displays and is open for free during "Community Appreciation" day.
Free
For information call 217-223-7909

ST. LOUIS
AFRICAN ARTS FESTIVAL

St. Louis, MO
  May 25 - May 27, 2014
Saturday: 10 am - 8 pm
Sunday: 11 am - 8 pm
Monday: 10 am - 6 pm

World's Fair Pavilion in Forest Park
The annual African Arts Festival includes an African marketplace, children's activities, hands-on activities, performing artists, African and African-American artifacts, jewelry & textiles, guided art tours, cultural demonstrations and more
Free
F
or more information call 314-935-9676
  or visit the event website

ANNUAL GYPSY CARAVAN

St. Louis, MO 
  Monday, May 26, 2014
7 am - 5 pm
University of Missouri-St. Louis campus, 1 University Drive
Since 1973, the St. Louis Symphony Volunteer Association has presented one of the largest antique, craft and flea markets in the Midwest, raising more than $3.5 million in support of the Saint Louis Symphony. Gypsy Caravan vendors come from 20 states and sell something for everyone: antiques, collectibles, crafts, jewelry, furniture, clothing, imports, yard art and more! There is ample parking and easy MetroLink light rail access is available.
Admission, early bird prices from 7 am to 9 am
F
or more information call 314-286-4452
  or visit the event website
 

MEMORIAL DAY PARADE
Belleville, IL
 
  Monday, May 26, 2014
9:30 am
West Main and East Main Streets, downtown Belleville
The Belleville Memorial Day Association is hosting its annual Memorial Day parade. The route ends at Walnut Hill Cemetery where participants and spectators are welcome to remain for the Memorial Day Program, starting at 11 am.
Free
For more information call 618-233-6769
 

ALTON MEMORIAL
DAY PARADE

Alton, IL
 
  Monday, May 26, 2014
10 am
Washington and College Avenues
This annual Memorial Day Parade in Upper Alton, running continuously since 1868, honors the contributions of local veterans.
Free
For more information call 618-462-7527
 

AINAD SHRINE CIRCUS
Belleville, IL
 
  May 31 - June 1, 2014
Saturday: 2 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday: 2 pm & 7 pm
Belle Clair Fairgrounds Park, 200 S. Belt East
Grab the kids and don't miss the annual Shriner's Circus that brings the Big Top to life in Belleville.
$14 for adults and $10 for children
For more information call 618-874-1870
 

CLASSIC CAR SHOW

St. Charles, MO
 
  Saturday, May 31, 2014
11 am - 2 pm
St. Charles County Heritage Museum at Heritage Park, 1630 Heritage Landing off Highway 94
The St. Charles County Parks Department and the Coachmen Car Club of St. Louis are proud to present this annual Classic Car Show. This entertaining program allows car enthusiasts from around the region to learn about a variety of hot rods, muscle cars and vintage automobiles on display outside, and a chance to explore the free, educational transportation-themed exhibit on display inside the Museum.

Free
For more information call 636-255-6000
   
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