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 ART EVENT

50 MILES OF ART
STUDIO & GALLERY TOUR

Northeast Missouri
  November 1 - November 2, 2014
10 am - 5 pm
Hannibal, Louisiana, Clarksville, and Elsberry
Professional artists and artisans in the historic river towns of Hannibal, Louisiana, Clarksville, and surrounding communities are opening their studios, galleries, and retail spaces for their semi-annual Studio and Gallery Tour. Sponsored by the Great River Road Guild of Professional Artists, an outgrowth of The Provenance Project.
Free
For more information call 573-242-3132
  or visit www.50milesofart.com
Art groups up and down the Middle Mississippi River Valley host a variety of festivals and special events that showcase that great art and artists that call the region home. Events range from monthly one night exhibits, juried events, fairs in small town communities, arts and crafts fairs, festivals that contain an artists component and more. View the Art Events and Festivals Calendar.
FEATURED ART EXHIBIT

ART EXHIBIT
Belleville, IL
  Through November 6, 2014
Tuesday - Friday: 11 am - 5 pm
Thursday: 11 am - 8 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 2 pm
Closed Sunday, Monday, and school holidays
Schmidt Art Center, Southwestern Illinois College

The Schmidt Art Center is hosting three exhibits - Charles Swedlund: Diary /84 exhibits photographs taken every hour on the hour of the artist's awakened day for an entire year. Michelle Hamilton: Equanimity features glass sculptural vessels that explore depth and negative space reminiscent of the symmetry found in botanicals and sea forms. Cory Sellers: Familiar Figures features thickly-applied oil paintings that investigate composition and the human figure to create intense pictorial drama.
Free
For more information call 618-222-5278
  Learn more...
The Middle Mississippi River Valley is home to a number of venues that are the home to ongoing exhibits that change periodically. The venues range from small galleries operated by local artists to more larger museums maintained by universities and communities. View the Ongoing Art Exhibits Calendar.
FEATURED EVENT OR EXHIBIT

PARASAILING ADVENTURES

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

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

Call for rates and specials

For more information call 618-222-9000
  or visit Captain Andy’s Parasail website
The Middle Mississippi River Valley is home to a number of venues that are the home to ongoing events that that last for a period of time. The venues range from the institutions at Forest Park in St. Louis including the Zoo, Science Center, and History Museum. Other events include nature outings and corn mazes. View the Ongoing Exhibits and Events Calendar.

WILDERNESS WALK
Edwardsville, IL
  Tuesday, October 21, 2014
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Watershed Nature Center, 1591 Tower Avenue
Join the staff at the Watershed Nature Center every third Tuesday for a narrated hike along its mile long trail. Come out and explore the trail on a morning hike. Bring your curiosity, questions, and keen eye for observation.
Free. Registration requested for groups of 10 or more.
For more information call 618-692-7578
 
 

FOOD TRUCKS IN THE PARK
St. Charles, MO
  Tuesday October 21, 2014
5 pm - 8 pm
Frontier Park, South Riverside Drive
Join in on the culinary adventures of the Food Truck Revolution that awaits you at the Food Truck Events in Frontier Park.  Enjoy live entertainment as you indulge in a variety of delicious food options that will be available by several different vendors.  Please keep in mind many trucks at this event are Cash only.
No admission, charges for food apply
For more information call or 1-800-366-2427
 

GHOST TOURS OF NEW MADRID

New Madrid, MO
  October 24 - October 25, 2014
Tours begin at 7 pm and 9 pm
Many in the Bootheel region of Missouri say that New Madrid is one of the more haunted small towns in America. Participants will have a chance to see for themselves at this annual event. Follow a ghost hunter and a team of paranormal experts. During the 90 minute tours you'll walk the streets of historic downtown New Madrid and hear chilling tales of an era long past. The tours are approximately 90 minutes long and will take place rain or shine, so please come prepared. There will be brief stops along the way and it is recommended that you bring along a flashlight.
Tickets and advance registration required
For more information call 573-748-5300
  or visit the event's website

REELFOOT LAKE
PELICAN FESTIVAL

Tiptonville, TN
  October 24 - October 26, 2014
Friday: 9 am - 5 pm
Saturday: 8 am - 8 pm
Sunday: 9 am - 4 pm

Reelfoot Lake State Park Visitor Center/Ellington Hall - 2595 State Route 21E

Bring the whole family for a fun-filled weekend at Reelfoot Lake. Each fall thousands of pelicans stop at the lake on their way south for the winter. This festival includes pelican viewing canoe floats and pontoon boat tours. In addition to the beautiful fall colors and pelicans, other highlights include arts and crafts, photo contests, geo caching, duck decoy painting, a live birds of prey show, vendors, a silent auction and more! On Friday, special programs for schools will be offered.
Free, some activities charge a fee
Reservations and fees are required for Pontoon and Canoe Tours.

For more information call 731-253-9652
  or visit the event's website

HAWK WATCH

Cape Girardeau, MO
  Saturday, October 25, 2014
7 am - 1 pm
Cape Girardeau Nature Center, 2289 County Park Drive

This is the height of hawk migration when thousands of hawks are moving through this area. At this great vista, watch as they rise up in the morning and make their way south. Viewing is available from the tower at Knob Lick Towersite as well as the ground. Experts will cover identification; binoculars are available for viewing. Bring a snack and drink. Dress for the weather. Carpool from nature center parking lot at 7 am.

Free
For more information call 573-290-5218

RURAL HERITAGE DAY

Sainte Genevieve, MO
 
  Saturday, October 25, 2014
All Day
At locations in and around Sainte Genevieve
This event is a day of history, reverie and reminiscence dedicated to the hard working forefathers and foremothers of Sainte Genevieve. Come see how it used to be done, whether its farming, cooking, spinning, lace making, leather working, soap making, wood carving, gardening, or good old-fashioned games. Watch demonstrations of handicrafts of yesteryear. Try the Lions Club’s vittles or bring a picnic. Stay the day and have a blast from the past!
Free
For more information call 573-883-5687 or 1-800-373-7007
 
 

FALL FESTIVAL

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

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

TOUR DE SHAWNEE
BIKE TOUR

Olive Branch, IL
  Saturday, October 25, 2014
Horseshoe Lake Community Center, 22434 Railroad Street
Great Routes, Great Rest Stops, Great People make this ride a Great Event. The Tour offers rides of 15, 30, 62, and 100 miles. All proceeds from the ride will go toward Alexander County Tourism projects.

Registration fee
For information call 1-866-407-1450 or 618-776-5893
  or visit tourdeshawnee.com
 
 

DÉJÀ VU SPIRIT REUNION
Sainte Genevieve, MO
 
  Saturday, October 25, 2014
Memorial Cemetery at Fifth and Merchant Streets
5 pm - 8 pm
Experience more than twenty of Sainte Genevieve's notable and notorious of spirits in Missouri's oldest cemetery, the restored 1787 Memorial Cemetery. Costumed spirits will present Ste. Genevieve's past through stories and tales of mystery and amusement. This living history program of stories, traditions and nostalgia highlights the lives and personalities of notables such as U.S. Senator Lewis F. Linn, Felix and Odile Vallé, Marie LaPorte, Joseph Bogy, Ferdinand Rozier (local business partner of John James Audubon) and Col. St. Gemme. All proceeds benefit the Foundation for Restoration of Sainte Genevieve's Memorial Cemetery Restoration project.

$5 tickets. Children ages 6-18 are $2.50, and children 5 and under are free.
For more information call 573-883-7097
 
 

DOWNTOWN ZOMBIE WALK

P
aragould, AR 
  Saturday, October 25, 2014
5 pm
100 South Pruett Street

Beginning early in the evening, Downtown Paragould will be crawling with the undead during its Annual Downtown Zombie Walk. All ages are welcome in downtown for northeast Arkansas's largest and original zombie walk. Presented by JACK FM and Mainstreet Paragould.
Admission
For more information call 870-240-0544
  or visit the event's website
 
 

"BOOTIFUL" NAUVOO
HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL

Nauvoo, IL
 
  Saturday, October 25, 2014
5 pm
Downtown Nauvoo, along Mulholland Street
Celebrate Halloween in Beautiful Nauvoo. Hundreds of intricately carved jack-o-lanterns, parade, haunted house, entertainment, food, fortune teller, free movies, and fun for all ages!

Free
For information call 217-453-6648
 
 

FALL FESTIVAL

Henning, TN
 
  Saturday, October 25, 2014
Activities begin at 5:30 pm with the hayride at 6:30 pm
Fort Pillow State Historic Park, 3122 Park Road

Join the Fort Pillow State Historic Park staff for an evening of programs and events including a costume contest, pumpkin decorating contest, and a hayride. All children 10 and under are welcome, but everyone is welcome for the hayride. Prizes will be awarded.
Free
For more information call 731-738-5581 
 

TRICK OR TREAT AT
VILLAGE CREEK STATE PARK

Parkin, AR
 
  Saturday, October 25, 2014
6 pm - 8:30 pm
Village Creek State Park, 201 County Road 754, meet at the Campground

Join Village Creek State Park and the Cross County Chamber of Commerce for this Annual Trick or Treat at Village Creek State Park event. There will be nature-themed Halloween programs set up including owl prowls, live animals, spider "sniffs", kids’ story time around the campfire, and nature stations. Local businesses will sponsor each campsite, providing decorations and candy for the kids. Costumes are encouraged but not required. This is a family friendly event for all ages, so no scary costumes please.
Free
For more information call 870-238-9406
  or visit the park's website
 
 

CAMP DUBOIS RENDEZVOUS

Wood River, IL
 
  October 25 - October 26, 2014
Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 9 am - 2 pm
Camp Dubois, Route 143 and Route 3
This event celebrates the pre-1840's fur trade era with reenactors camping at a replica of Lewis and Clark's 1803-1804 winter encampment in teepees and period tents. Activities includes tomahawk and knife throwing competitions, black powder and archery contests, and other period demonstrations, food, crafts, and live entertainment.
Free
For more information call
314-223-2621 
 

GRAFTON RIVERSIDE
FLEA MARKET

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

TREEHOUSE WILDLIFE CENTER FALL FEST

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

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

APPLE BUTTER FESTIVAL

Kimmswick, MO
 
  October 25 - October 26, 2014
10 am - 5 pm
Downtown Kimmswick
The Apple Butter Festival is the largest event in Jefferson County. Hundreds of vendor booths will fill the city park and line the streets of Kimmswick selling a variety of crafts and food items. The city of Kimmswick and the Kimmswick Merchants will also be providing live entertainment. The Kimmswick Historical Society will again be making and selling their famous Apple Butter at the Apple Butter Pavilion on Market Street.
Free. Park at the Windsor School and catch a shuttle bus into town.
F
or more information call 636-464-6464
 
 

OKTOBERFEST
Golden, IL
 
  Sunday, October 26, 2014
Golden Windmill, 902 Prairie Mills Road
Oktoberfest activities include videos of the history of Golden, how the Windmill operates, Platdeuch (Low German conversation), and a time for sharing. A cemetery tour, beginning at 4:30, will be conducted to meet the Emminga Family and other founding Fathers at cemeteries in Golden. Impersonators will be telling stories about their involvement in establishing the community. Soup, sandwiches, desserts, and refreshments will be available. There will be musical entertainment in the evening in the Windmill Hall.
.
Free, tours of the windmill and the cemetery tour are available for a small fee.
For information call 217-6696-4254
  or visit www.goldenwindmill.org
 
 

GUIDED PRAIRIE WALKS
Alton, IL
  Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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

HALLOWEEN PARADE

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

FALL FESTIVAL

Quincy, IL
  Saturday, November 1, 2014
1 pm - 7 pm
Faith Christian Church, 4115 North 12th Street
This event features live music, vendors, games, face painting, craft making, a velcro wall, and bounce houses. Food & drinks will be available for purchase. Proceeds to benefit the Quincy Christian School. In case of rain the event will be relocated at the Quincy Christian School, 1236 North 10th Street.
Free
For information call 217-223-5698
  or visit the organization's website
CEMETERY TOUR
Quincy, IL
  Saturday, November 1, 2014
3 pm - 7 pm, on the hour
South 5th and Madison Streets
A guided one hour walking tour through Woodland Cemetery passing approximately 20 grave sites, with reenactors portraying the deceased at several stops. Grave sites included are those of early settlers, prominent citizens, and civil war soldiers as well as that of John Wood, Quincy founder, Illinois' 12th governor, and donor of the 40 acre cemetery located along the Mississippi River.
Admission
For information call 217-222-1835
 

FRENCH & INDIAN
WINTER RENDEZVOUS
Prairie du Rocher, IL
 
  November 1 - November 2, 2014
10 am - 5 pm
Fort De Chartres State Historic Site, 4 miles west of Prairie du Rocher on IL-155
This annual winter gathering of French & Indian War period reeanctors features period costumes, campsites, games, music, demonstrations and a team woodswalk musket competition.
Free, Donations appreciated
For more information call 618-284-7230
 
 

LIVING HISTORY HAYRIDES

St. Louis, MO
 
  November 1 - November 2, 2014
Saturday: 10 am, 12:30 pm & 2:30 pm
Sunday: 12:30 pm & 2:30 pm

Fort Belle Fontaine County Park, 13002 Bellefontaine Road
Experience late fall at historic Fort Belle Fontaine on a hay wagon as costumed reenactors from the War of 1812, Civil War, World War II and other periods explain their uniforms and equipment. This a must-do experience for the history buff and nature lover. Dress for the weather.
Admission; Space is limited. Advance registration is required.
For more information call 314-544-5714
  or e-mail jmagurany@stlouisco.com
 
 

MOONLIGHT HIKE
Godfrey, IL
  Thursday, November 6, 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
 

FIRST FRIDAYS
AT THE SCIENCE CENTER

St. Louis, MO
 
  Friday, November 7, 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. November’s theme is the Science of Sherlock Holmes.
Free, tickets to the movie are on a first come first served basis.

For more information call 314-289-4400
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DOWNTOWN MERCHANTS
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

Sikeston, MO
  November 7 - November 8, 2014
Downtown Sikeston
Delight in a luminary-filled downtown Sikeston, take a carriage ride, and get a jump-start on your Christmas shopping with merchant sales. The annual Downtown Sikeston Christmas ornament will be available for sale in select stores. Of course Santa will be on hand for photos.

Free
For information call 573-380-3801

LIT'L BITA CHRISTMAS

Jonesboro, AR
  November 7 - November 9, 2014
Friday: Noon - 7 pm
Saturday: 9 am - 6 pm
Sunday: 12 pm - 4 pm

Arkansas Convocation Center, Arkansas State University

Lit'l Bita Christmas has become one of the premier events in all of Northeast Arkansas and has grown into one of the largest Arts and Crafts shows in the entire Midsouth Region.  Hosted by the Red Wolf Club, it all began in 1987 as a way to help fund the scholarship athletes at Arkansas State.
Admission
For more information call 870-972-2401
  or visit the event's website

RAPTOR PROGRAM

St. Charles County, MO
 
  Saturday, November 8, 2014
9:30 am - 11 am
August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area, 2360 Highway D
Those Awesome Stealth Flyers: Eagles, hawks, falcons, and owls are magnificent, highly specialized birds called “raptors.” Learn what makes these birds of prey both masters of flight and supreme hunters. This program is designed for ages 7 to 12.
Free. Reservations begin October 24.
For more information call 636-441-4554
  or visit the Conservation Departments events website
 

VENDOR’S MARKET
& INFORMAL ROUND TABLE

West Alton, MO
  Saturday, November 8, 2014
10 am - 4 pm
Audubon Center at Riverlands, Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Make plans to stop by the Center for a unique shopping experience and discussion.  Vendors will be selling vintage and contemporary decoys and nature inspired art.  An informal round table will be held at 1pm that day featuring local decoy collectors and interested visitors to the center. Discussions about calls and other sporting collectibles that you are inviting you to bring in and share with everyone, should help us all to learn more about our decoy obsession.
Free
For more information call 636-899-0090
 or visit www.Riverlands.Audubon.org

ANNUAL FOP CHILI COOK OFF
Covington, TN
  Saturday, November 8, 2014
Noon - 4 pm
The Fraternal Order of Police sponsors this annual Chili Cook Off with chili aficionados competing for the best tasting chili and the best decorate booth. All proceeds benefit the Annual FOP’s Christmas for Kids.
Buy an armband to taste the chili
For more information call 901-634-0214

RAPTOR AWARENESS DAY
Collinsville, IL
  Saturday, November 8, 2014
2 pm, no admittance after show begins
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, 130 Ramey Street, (off Collinsville Road)
The World Bird Sanctuary of St. Louis brings live birds of prey and teaches about habitats, differences and similarities between eagles, hawks, owls, falcons, buzzards, and others. Features a live flight over the heads of the audience.
Free
For more information call 618-346-5160

WINE CLUB GET-TOGETHER
Grafton, IL
 
  Saturday, November 8, 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 Tapena Sweet Red! 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
 
 

A TASTE OF THE HOLIDAYS

Cape Girardeau County, MO
Perry, MO
  November 8 - November 9, 2014
Various locations in Cape Girardeau and Perry Counties
This Mississippi River Hills Wine Trail event takes you to five wineries, where you’ll taste the array of wines, enjoy special foods and entertainment, and be eligible to win prizes. Each of the five wineries on the trail - The Barrens Winery, Hemman Winery, Tower Rock Vineyard and Winery, Hunter Valley Winery, and Apple Creek Winery - will be offering a fine wine perfectly paired with a savory holiday treat, ranging from turkey and dressing to steak sandwiches to seasonal soups and desserts.

Tickets required and are available at each of the wineries or online
For information call 573-883-2500
  or visit www.mississippiriverhillswinetrail.com

WINE FESTIVAL
Grafton, IL
 
  Sunday, November 9, 2014
Noon - 4 pm

Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center, 13653 Lodge Blvd.
With great enthusiasm and anticipation, Pere Marquette Lodge proudly hosts this annual Wine Festival. Guests will be able to sample dozens of wines from around the world and are challenged to find their favorite. Festival goers will receive a Pere Marquette Lodge wine glass along with tasting rights to all of the featured wines displayed throughout the Lodge. Participants can enjoy dozens of wines, listen and dance to live music, munch on free appetizers, check out unique vendors and relish in a day full of wine all for a good cause.  A portion of the proceeds from the Wine Festival go to the Friends of Pere Marquette State Park Foundation.
The Wine Tasting Pass is $10 per person. Admission to shop the vendors is free.

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

VETERANS DAY PARADE

Covington, TN
 
  Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Parade begins at 10 am
Historic Court Square, downtown Covington

Local veterans are honored by citizens and elected officials of Lauderdale County and West Tennessee at this annual Veterans Day service in downtown Covington. Immediately following the service is a parade by military and other local organizations.
Free
For more information call 901-553-1343 

VETERANS DAY PARADE

Dyersburg, TN
 
  Tuesday, November 11, 2014
10:30 am
Historic Court Square, downtown Dyersburg

Local veterans are honored by citizens and elected officials of Dyer County and West Tennessee at this annual Veterans Day service in downtown Dyersburg. Immediately following the service is a parade by military and other local organizations.
Free
For more information call 731-285-3433 
VETERANS' DAY CEREMONY
Keokuk, IA
  Tuesday, November 11, 2014
11 am
Keokuk National Cemetery, 1701 J. Street
Keokuk honors the men and women who served with honor in the United States Armed Forces at one of twelve original national cemeteries designated by the U.S. Congress
.
Free
For information call 319-524-5599 or 1-800-383-1219

BIRDING TRIP
West Alton, MO
 
  Saturday, November 15, 2014
8 am - 10:30 am
Audubon Center at Riverlands, Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary

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

OWL PROWL

St. Charles County, MO
  Saturday, November 15, 2014
6:30 pm - 8 pm
August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area, 2360 Highway D
Being in the woods at night is an adventure. Ever wonder "who's" awake while you're sleeping? Come learn about owls, and we'll take a short hike in hopes of hearing one call back. This program and mild hike is suitable for people of all ages.
Free. Reservations begin October 31.
For more information call 636-441-4554
  or visit the Conservation Departments events website
 

BELLEVILLE ANTIQUES &
COLLECTIBLES FLEA MARKET

Belleville, IL
 
  November 15 - November 16, 2014
9 am - 4 pm
Belle-Clair Expo Center, 200 South Belt East

This monthly 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
 

WINE DIVA WEEKEND

Sainte Genevieve County, MO
 
  November 15 - November 16, 2014
11 am - 5 pm
Sainte Genevieve’s Route du Vin
Journey down Sainte Genevieve’s Route du Vin wine trail for a unique “Wine Diva Weekend!” Along the way you’ll be treated to fine wines perfectly paired with a delicious “Diva Treat” at each of the six distinctive wineries participating within our scenic wine region.
Tickets required, Advance reservations are suggested.
For more information call 1-800-373-7007 or 573-883-3078
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WILDERNESS WALK
Edwardsville, IL
 
  Tuesday, November 18, 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, November 20, 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
 

ANNUAL TREE LIGHTING

Alton, IL
 
  Friday, November 21, 2014
6 pm - 9 pm
Lincoln-Douglas Square (Broadway & Market)
This annual event begins with the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus on the trolley at 6. The festivities including caroling, candy, cookies and hot cocoa will continue until 6:45 when tree is lit. Carols will fill the air throughout the evening provided by area groups including the Girl Scouts.
Free
For more information call 618-463-1016
 

FRAUENABEND

Maeystown, IL
 
  Friday, November 21, 2014
Downtown historic Maeystown
Enjoy an evening just for the ladies! Frauenabend, or Ladies Night Out, will feature unique dining, shopping and pampering for the holidays. Vici’s Front Porch and Tea Garden will be open for dinner during the event, with dining from 4:30 - 8:30 pm. A variety of holiday shopping, discounts, and pampering experiences will be offered for the evening by the local merchants. The Preservation Society Museum will be open for visitors
.
Free

For more information call 618-458-6660
  or visit www.maeystown.com
 

CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE

Kimmswick, MO
 
  Saturday, November 22, 2014
10 am - 9 pm
Downtown Kimmswick
Carolers, Carriage Rides and Shopping will get you into the Christmas Spirit. The festivities kick-off with the Christmas Parade at 11 am. Kimmswick will be hosting a tree lighting ceremony in front of the Visitor Center at 5pm hosted by Santa Claus. Throughout the day the town will be filled with the sights and sounds of the Holidays and all of the shops and restaurants will be open until 9 pm and will be serving refreshments. Carolers will be strolling through the streets and a horse drawn trolley will be on-hand for free rides throughout town. And, don't forget to make a stop by Mrs. Claus's Workshop at the Arnold House.
Free, a fee is charged for Ms. Claus' Workshop.
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or more information call 636-464-6464
 

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
St. Louis, MO
 
  Saturday, November 22, 2014
Saint Louis Union Station and Aloe Plaza, 1820 Market Street
Historically, the Festival of Lights has helped to kickoff the Christmas season in St. Louis with a talent and music festival culminating with the Mayor turning on the holiday lights and a fireworks display. Featured will be talent performances, a variety of children activities, and appearances by a variety of mascots continuing in the tradition of providing a family friendly event. The Salvation Army will display their Tree of Lights across the street from Union Station in Aloe Plaza and the mayor will light the majestic tree along with the fireworks display at dusk. There will also be food trucks around the plaza and there will be an appearance by Santa who is arriving by train.
Free
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or more information visit the event's webpage
 
THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE
St. Louis, MO
 
  Thursday, November 27, 2014
8:45 am
Downtown St. Louis

Ameren Missouri sponsors this annual parade that features colorful floats, bands, storybook characters, carriages, equestrian units and Santa Claus as it winds through downtown St. Louis to kick off the holiday season. The parade begins at North 4th Street and Washington Avenue, proceeds south on North 4th Street to Market Street, continues west on Market Street and ends at 14th Street.
Free
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or more information visit the event's website
 
PARADE OF LIGHTS
Fort Madison, IA
  Friday, November 28, 2014
6 pm - 8 pm
Downtown Fort Madison
For over 20 years groups in Fort Madison have been building lighted floats and organizing the Parade of Lights. This is truly a lighted parade with over 50 floats. This is a time to bring your family and friends to Fort Madison's Main Street District for "the lighting of the buildings" followed by the largest lighted parade in the Southeast Iowa region and create a holiday tradition. Following the parade, the lighted floats will be on display in Riverview Park through the first week in January.
Free
For information call 319-372-5471

CHRISTMAS CANDLELIGHT TOURS

Edwardsville, IL
 
  November 28 - November 29, 2014
6 pm - 9 pm
Stephenson House, 409 South Buchanan Street
Come experience Christmas at the Colonel Benjamin Stephenson House. The customs of the 1820s will surround guests as Father Christmas, and his mischievous brother Rupert, entertain children and adults alike. Historically garbed docents will be throughout the house as guests take a self-guided tour through the festively adorned rooms.
Admission
For more information call 618-692-1818
  or visit the venue's website
 

CHRISTMAS WALK

Waterloo, IL
 
  November 28 - November 30, 2014
11 am - 4 pm
Downtown Waterloo
This annual event is sponsored by the Waterloo Merchants with local merchants open for holiday shopping. Also featured are carriage rides, Santa’s cottage, a Christmas concert, and a variety of prizes given out.
Free

For more information call 618-939-8600
 

KRISKINDLMARKT
St. Charles, MO
  November 28 - November 30, 2014
Friday: Noon -9 pm
Saturday: 11 am - 9 pm
Sunday: Noon - 5 pm
Lewis & Clark Boat House and Nature Center, 1050 South Riverside Drive

The Saint Charles Kriskindlmarkt offer families an old-world holiday shopping experience that harkens back to the town’s German ancestors. In a beautiful white fairytale setting, items such as ornaments, unique handcrafted gifts, German products like nutcrackers, cuckoo clocks, and beer steins will be found. Some of the most popular offerings by vendors are the large assortment of savory and sweet baked goods, drinks and candied treats. Many of the merchants of St. Charles historic Main Street will join the vendors in the Kriskindlmarkt by featuring an item from their store right in the market!

Free
For more information call 636-221-1524
  or visit the event's website

CHRISTMAS PARADE

Waterloo, IL
 
  Saturday, November 29, 2014
5:30 pm
Downtown Waterloo
Come out to see all the wonderful Christmas themed parade floats, each with over 1,000 lights, and walking groups dressed in holiday inspired costumes. The parade starts at Gibault Catholic High School and follows the Porta Westfalica Route to downtown Waterloo. In case of inclement weather the parade will take place on Sunday, December 1. The parade is sponsored by GLOW (Great Ladies of Waterloo)
.
Free

For more information call 618-939-7433
 
PARADE OF LIGHTS
Cape Girardeau, MO
  Sunday, November 30, 2014
5 pm - 8 pm
Starting at Capaha Park and ending in historic downtown Cape Girardeau

Twinkling lights and holiday songs light up Cape Girardeau as more than 100 entries make up this parade that has become a Cape Girardeau community tradition. From local businesses and churches and charitable organizations to classic cars, marching bands, and even equestrians, the parade will offer something for everyone. The parade route begins at Capaha Park and ends at Main and Merriwether streets, near Hutson's Fine Furniture's captivating holiday window displays. Santa Claus will be the last entry in the parade, arriving in a horse-drawn sleigh.

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