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




 
FEATURED ART EVENT

DELTA FAIR ART SHOW

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

Kennett Fair Grounds

Artists living within a radius of 100 miles of Kennett compete in one of the largest Art shows in the 3-state area for prizes that features original art work completed within the last two years in the categories of Oils, Acrylics, Pastels, Watercolors, Abstracts, and Mixed Media.
Admission to the Fair grounds
For more information call 573-888-2488
  or visit the event's 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 ART EXHIBIT

ART EXHIBIT
St. Louis, MO
  Through October 12, 2014
Wednesday - Friday: Noon - 4 pm; Saturday: 1 pm - 4 pm
St. Louis University Art Museum, 3663 Lindell Blvd.
"The Dream," presented by The Winter Family Collection and the "Dreamer" is an exhibition that features 85 works of art from 26 artists. The scope of the exhibition is greater than the sum of a collection and selected display of works of art in a museum. It represents one collector's dream of not only owning original works of art, but moreover the efforts over a lifetime of the collector and his family to become involved with and support the arts, and as such the experiences that were gained personally by meeting, interacting with and learning about the lives of the artists that create the work.
Free
For more information call
314-977-2666
  Learn more ...
The Middle Mississippi River Valley is home to a number of venues that are the home to ongoing exhibits that change periodically. The venues range from small galleries operated by local artists to more larger museums maintained by universities and communities. View the Ongoing Art Exhibits Calendar.
FEATURED EVENT OR EXHIBIT

STINGRAYS AT CARIBBEAN COVE
FEATURING SHARKS

St. Louis, MO
  Through September 28, 2014
The Saint Louis Zoo in Forest Park
Visitors can watch, touch and occasionally feed these gentle and fascinating ocean creatures as they glide through a tropical saltwater habitat. Designed for hands-on, safe family fun, the 17,000-gallon pool is designed for easy navigation by cownose, southern stingrays, horseshoe crabs, white-spotted bamboo, nurse and bonnethead sharks
.
Admission, free the first hour after the zoo opens
For more information call
314-781-0900
  Learn more …
The Middle Mississippi River Valley is home to a number of venues that are the home to ongoing events that that last for a period of time. The venues range from the institutions at Forest Park in St. Louis including the Zoo, Science Center, and History Museum. Other events include nature outings and corn mazes. View the Ongoing Exhibits and Events Calendar.

GUIDED PRAIRIE WALKS
Alton, IL
 
  Tuesday, September 23, 2014
(2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month)
5:30 pm - 7 pm
Gordon Moore Park, 4550 College Avenue
Enjoy an evening walk as a guide from the Nature Institute leads you through the Heartland Prairie at Gordon Moore Park. The park hosts nine species of native prairie grasses and 150 prairie wildflowers that are native to Madison County and surrounding Illinois counties. If you want to see wildflowers this is a great place and time to visit
.
Free
For more information call 618-466-9930

DELTA FAIR

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

Kennett Fair Grounds

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

AMERICAN LEGION
COTTON CARNIVAL

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

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

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

APPLE BUTTER DEMONSTRATION

Maeystown, IL
 
  September 26 - September 27, 2014
Friday: 8 am -1 pm
Saturday: 6 am - 3 pm

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

For more information call 618-458-6660

ST. LOUIS SCOTTISH GAMES
& CULTURAL FESTIVAL

St. Louis, MO
  September 26 - September 27, 2014
Friday: 5 pm - 10:30 p.m
Saturday: 8:45 am - 6 pm

Forest Park, Near the Tennis Courts on the South Side of the Missouri History Museum

The event kicks off Friday with the Torchlight Calling of the Clans and a folk concert. Events continue Saturday with highland athletics, bagpipes, folk music, food, drink, crafts, goods, highland dancing, kids activities, sheepdog trials, sword fighting, and birds of prey.
Admission
F
or more information call 314- 821-1286
  or visit the event's website

GREATER ST. LOUIS
HISPANIC FESTIVAL

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

This annual event is the largest Hispanic celebration in the St Louis Area and features Hispanic folk dancers, over 50 booths, and the Los Ninos Kids Corner with Dora the Explorer & Diego. Take in the sizzling sounds of Hispanic music with 7 live Latino bands playing a variety of music on the premier concert stage. Traditional folk dancers from Mexico, Peru and Venezuela will be performing as well as offering dances lessons. The Cultural Village is host to a wide variety of foods and beverages from Latin & South America. Other attractions include folk arts & crafts and information booths from several cultural organizations.
Free
F
or more information call 314-837-6100
  or visit the event's website
 
OKTOBERFEST
St. Charles, MO
 
  September 26 - September 28, 2014
Frontier Park, Riverside Drive
St. Charles celebrates its German heritage with Gemütlichkeit for the whole family featuring food and gift vendors throughout the grounds, a Saturday parade, vintage car show, wiener takes all Dachshund races and fashion show, 5K Run, and German genealogy/history. There is also a children's area complete with magic and children's shows, face and pumpkin painting, and more.  For the adults there are 3 Entertainment Areas with a great selection of German and popular music, and of course, cold beverages.
Free
For more information call 314-581-6871
  or visit visit www.saintcharlesoktoberfest.com
 

ST. LOUIS
FOLK AND ROOTS FESTIVAL

St. Louis, MO
  September 26 - September 28, 2014
Various times
Grand Center District, on Grand between Lindell and Delmar

This St. Louis premier folk festival weekend features national and regional artists for a blend of old-time, bluegrass, country and folk music. There will be Friday and Saturday night concerts at The Sheldon, Friday and Saturday night late night shows at The Stage at KDHX,  Saturday daytime workshops, and a Sunday  Old-Time Fiddle Contest at Stauss Park.
Admission
F
or more information visit the event's website

MAIN STREET FALL FESTIVAL

Dyersburg, TN
  Saturday, September 27, 2014
5 am - Sunset
Downtown Dyersburg, Mill Avenue, and River Park

The Main Street Fall Festival in downtown Dyersburg stretches from the Main Street Farmer's Market and Downtown River Park to the Courthouse. Events featured at this annual festival include a kayak float trip, a rubber duck race on the nearby Forked Deer River, the Farmer's Market with its vendors, live entertainment with 2 stages at each end of the fair, a washer pitching contest, the Forked Deer Antique Car Club's annual car show, and plenty of food and refreshments.
Free
For more information call the Dyer County Chamber of Commerce at 731-285-3433

NATURE/CULTURE HIKE

Collinsville, IL
 
  Saturday, September 27, 2014
9:30 am - 1 pm
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, 130 Ramey Street, (off Collinsville Road)
Take a three mile hike with an archaeologist and a naturalist through various habitats. Learn about the cultural and natural resources, excavation results, and native uses of plants of Cahokia Mounds.
Canceled in case of rain.
Free
For more information call 618-346-5160
 

NATIONAL TRAILS DAY HIKE

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

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

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

GRAFTON RIVERSIDE
FLEA MARKET

Grafton, IL
  September 27 - September 28, 2014
Grafton Boatworks, 400 Front Street
9 am - 5 pm
Grafton is host to one of the area's largest flea markets in the voluminous Boatworks building alongside the Loading Dock. You won't want to miss this fabulous flea market on the river! 70 plus dealers with all types of goods, antiques glassware, tools, candles, furniture and good old-fashioned junk!
Free
For more information call 618-786-8210
  or visit the venue's webpage.

ANNUAL FLY-IN
& CAR SHOW

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

GREAT RIVER GRAPE ESCAPE

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

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

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

Free

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

ARTIFACT
IDENTIFICATION DAY

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

COLUMBIA FESTIFALL

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

For more information call 618-281-7144
 

TIPTON COUNTY
BAR-B-QUE FESTIVAL

Covington, TN
  October 2 - October 4, 2014
Thursday: 4 pm - 11 pm
Friday: 4 pm - 11 pm
Saturday: 9 am - 11 pm

Cobb Parr Memorial Park, Bert Johnston Avenue

The Tipton County Bar-B-Que Festival, home of The World's Oldest Bar-B-Que cooking contest, is held each year in Cobb Parr Memorial Park in October. Events for this festival include a Memphis in May sanctioned Bar-B-Que cooking contest, a demolition derby, arts and crafts exhibits, a truck pull, live bands and many other fun activities. Since its origin in 1973, the festival has grown to be the main annual attraction in Covington. Teams from all over the mid-south come to Covington to compete in this three day event.
Free
For more information call the City of Covington at 901-476-9613
  or visit the event's webpage
 

FIRST FRIDAYS
AT THE SCIENCE CENTER

St. Louis, MO
 
  Friday, October 3, 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. October’s theme is What Makes a Monster?
Free, tickets to the movie are on a first come first served basis.

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

CHILI COOK-OFF
Belleville, IL
  October 3 - October 4, 2014
11 am - 10:30 pm
Downtown Belleville
Sponsored by the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce, this annual event features the culinary creations of individuals, local organizations, and area businesses. Chili connoisseurs of all ages will be able to purchase samples or bowls more than 60 vendors selling various types of chili, desserts, kabobs, treats and more and can vote for their favorite to win the People's Choice Award. Saturday features the Chili Chase 5K Run/ Walk and the annual Jr. Idol singing contest and both day’s features live entertainment. Come on out to Belleville ’s largest festival!
Free, chili prices vary by vendor.
For more information call 618-233-2015
  or visit www.Bellevillechili.com

OKTOBERFEST
AT UNION STATION

St. Louis, MO
  October 3 - October 4, 2014
Friday: 3:30 pm - 11 pm
Saturday: 11 am - 11 pm

Saint Louis Union Station, 1820 Market Street
This is a new entry to the St. Louis Oktoberfest scene. There will be live music on the Main Stage while “live displays of various facets of Germany’s rich culture” will take place on the German Cultural Stage. The Spaten Bier School will have an actual brew master providing participants with education on the different styles of German beer. The Rhineland Wineland Garden will feature a wide-variety of German wines. The Kenrick’s das Abendessen and the G & W Wurst Market will have a variety of German cuisine dishes available.  The German Market will feature German craftsmanship in a variety of mediums. Explore Bavaria right here in the heart of St. Louis!

Admission
F
or more information visit the event's website
TOUR DE BLUFFS BIKE RIDE
Prairie du Rocher, IL
 
  Saturday, October 4, 2014
Registration Starts: 7:30 am; Ride Starts: 8:30 am
Prairie du Rocher Village Park, 503 Henry Street
Starting and ending at Prairie du Rocher’s  Village Park this ride features a choice of scenic "rider friendly" routes of 12, 25 or 42 miles with rest stops on all of the routes with fluids, fruit and surprise snacks. There will be detailed maps available the day of ride. Proceeds to benefit preservation of 19th Century Creole House located in the heart of historic Prairie du Rocher.
Registration fee
For more information call 618-859-3742 
 

JERSEY COUNTY
APPLE FESTIVAL

Jerseyville, IL
  Saturday, October 4, 2014
9 am - 5 pm
Cheney Mansion, 601 N. State Street
The event features tours of the Cheney Mansion, Lone Star School, the Log Cabin, Museum, and the Flautt Addition, and the Union Forest Church. There will be live entertainment, children's games, craft booths, demonstrations, quilt raffle, basket raffle, and more. The Society will be serving Pioneer Stew, Ham and Beans with cornbread, chicken strips, fish, fries, hot dogs, and deserts. Apples and other apple products will be available on the grounds for purchase.
Historic tours are $5 for adults, children 6 and under are free
Other activities are free

For more information call 618-498-3514
 

WW 2 WEEKEND
Prairie du Rocher, IL
  Saturday, October 4, 2014
9 am - 5 pm
Fort De Chartres, 4 miles west of Prairie du Rocher on IL-155
WW 2 will visit this Colonial French site in a program entitled Honoring our WW 2 Heroes at Fort de Chartres. An educational encampment will display the equipment of area reenactors covering a variety of aspects of history’s largest conflict. A ceremony honoring the area’s veterans from all of America’s engagements will be held. A simulated battle will be held with props such as tank obstacles and wall sections between American and German forces. There will be plenty of food and refreshments available.
Free, donations appreciated
For more information call 618-284-7230

RUN WILD!
5k & 1k TRAIL RUN/WALK
Edwardsville, IL
 
  Saturday October 4, 2014
5K Run/Walk at 9 am; 1k Run Walk at 9:30 am
Watershed Nature Center, 1591 Tower Avenue
Run Wild! for the Watershed Nature Center. This is a great chance to run or walk the trails at the Watershed Nature Center and the Madison County Transit Watershed Trail. The race course contains both paved and natural surfaces. Proceeds from this race will benefit the Watershed Nature Center. Awards for top finishers in each age division. Attendance prizes will also be awarded by random drawing.
Registration Fee
For more information call 618-692-7578
 
 

FALL FESTIVAL

New Madrid, MO
 
  Saturday, October 4, 2014
All day event
Main Street area of downtown New Madrid
The New Madrid Chamber of Commerce teams up with local businesses and organizations to host the annual New Madrid Fall Festival. The event provides a day of family fun and includes the Bass Pro Shop's Big Cat Quest, the Rendezvous On The River, a car/motorcycle show, live music, food, crafts, the Miss New Madrid Fall Festival Pageant, and much more.
Free, some events charge a fee
For more information call 573-748-5300 
 

BARRY APPLE FESTIVAL
Barry, IL
 
  Saturday, October 4, 2014
LaFayette Park
This annual event is one of the largest festivals in the area and celebrates everything apple in the quaint, historic town of Barry. A parade winds through the city where local music bands and a crafts show entertain visitors. Apple pies, ice cream and strudels are all specialties. Old-time crafts, local bluegrass band performances and a car show complete the weekend.
Free
For information call 217-440-0771 or 217-242-9182
 
 

SIKESTON JAYCEE OKTOBERFEST

Sikeston, MO
 
  Saturday, October 4, 2014
3 pm - Midnight
Sikeston Rodeo Grounds, 1220 N. Ingram Road

The Sikeston Jaycees sponsors this addition to the community's fall schedule. The Oktoberfest features food, music and fun for the entire family. An Oktoberfest menu includes half-pound brats and soft pretzels as well as collectible 1-liter beer steins to hold a variety of soft drinks and domestic and craft beers. The will be a Kids Zone with pumpkin and face painting and live entertainment begins in the early evening.

Admission, kids 10 and under get in free
For more information call 573-380-7402 
 

GROVE FEST
St. Louis, MO
  Saturday, October 4, 2014
Manchester Road (Between Vandeventer And Kingshighway)
Dance, eat and party on the streets of the Grove at the Annual Grove Fest. An eclectic street festival praised for diversity. You won't want to miss the diverse set of live music, live and interactive art, fashion shows, street performers, and of course, local food, drinks and wares of the Grove’s and St. Louis’ finest establishments
.

Free
F
or more information call 314- 535-5311
  or
visit the event's website

BEST OF MISSOURI MARKET
St. Louis, MO
  
  October 4 - October 5, 2014
9 am - 5 pm
Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Boulevard
The three-day Best of Missouri Market is a Missouri Botanical Garden signature event. More than 120 Missouri food producers and crafters offer fresh produce, baked goods, fresh and dried flowers, herbs, handcrafted items, baskets, wooden toys, custom jewelry and more. Enjoy music and attendance prize drawings, too! The event is held outdoors under tents, rain or shine.
Admission, reduced fee for members
F
or more information call 314-577-5100
  or visit the Missouri Botanical Garden website
 
 

HISTORIC SHAW ART FAIR

St. Louis, MO
 
  October 4 - October 5, 2014
Saturday: 9 pm - 5 pm
Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm
Shaw neighborhood, between Kingshighway Boulevard and Grand Avenue
This annual event features quality artists from around the country who work in a large variety of media and styles. their work will be displayed on the grassy parkway of the 4100 and 4200 blocks of Flora Place.
Admission, children under 14 free with an adult
For more information call 314-640-6477
 or visit www.shawartfair.org
 
 

VINTAGE VOICES
Alton, IL
 
  Saturdays in October
October 4, 11, 18, & 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
 
 
ANNUAL FETE DE L'AUTOMNE
Fertile, MO
 
  Sunday, October 5, 2014
11 am - 5 pm
Hwy CC  across from Washington State Park
Enjoy a beautiful fall day listening to music, visiting with friends, finding your relatives and feasting on the many food delights awaiting you at the annual fete. This event features crafts, storytelling, Chicken' & Dumplin’s dinner, croquignoles (French pastry made fresh on site), lots of home baked goodies, and lots more. Visit a historical display in the old Maplewood School house, see live demonstrations, trace your ancestors, purchase historical publications, visit the country store, stir the apple butter, wander the grounds, and enjoy a relaxing day with live entertainment.
Free
For more information call 636-394-8543
  or visit the event's website
 
 

MOONLIGHT HIKE
Godfrey, IL
 
  Wednesday, October 8, 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
 
 

FALL FESTIVAL
& CRAFT BAZAAR

O’Fallon, MO
  October 10 - October 11, 2014
Friday: 7 pm - 10 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm

Civic Park, Civic Park Drive
Live music, free kids’ activities, and booths brimming with house and garden specialties, fall decorations, holiday gifts, art, crafts, jewelry, flowers and plenty of festival food. A Street Dance will be held from 7 pm – 10 pm on Friday night.
Admission and parking are free; a nominal fee may be charged for some activities
For more information call 636-379-5614
 or visit the event's website
 
HISTORY HAYRIDES
AT FAUST PARK

Chesterfield, MO
 
  October 10 - October 11, 2014
6, 7, and 8 pm
St. Louis County Faust Park, 15185 Olive Street
Join in the fun after dark for a hayride around Faust Park. Then wander through candlelit historic homes, where refreshments and storytellers await. Warm up with a bonfire and live music.
$10 per person. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling 314-615-8328
F
or more information call 314-615-8328
 
 

CIVIL WAR DAYS

Columbus, KY
 
  October 10 - October 12, 2014
Friday: 9 am - 9 pm
Saturday: 9 am - 10 pm
Sunday: 9 am - 6 pm

Columbus-Belmont State Park

This annual event includes battle reenactments, living history, and encampments. Friday is "education day". Schools, scouts, groups, & clubs are encouraged to schedule field trips. Battles will be held at 2 pm Saturday and Sunday. There will be a Ghost Walk on Friday evening and a Civil War Ball on Saturday night. Sunday morning features services and a Memorial Service at Columbus Cemetery. Sutlers and food vendors will be on site to serve the needs of the reenactors and visiting guests. Special entertainment daily.

Free
For information call 270-677-2327
 
 

SOULARD OKTOBERFEST

St. Louis, MO
  October 10 - October 12, 2014
Friday: 4 pm - Midnight
Saturday: 11 am - Midnight
Sunday: 11 am - 7 pm
Soulard Neighborhood, 3rd Street & Lafayette

Be German for the weekend and head to historic Soulard neighborhood to take part in the annual Oktoberfest festivities. The three-day authentic German festival features German Folk Dancers, German foods and German beers along with a selection of popular local and domestic beers. The event also features a carnival, just like the traditional Oktoberfest in Munich.
Admission
F
or more information visit the event's website

OKTOBERFEST

Alton, IL
 
  October 10 - October 12, 2014
St. Mary's Church, 536 E. Third Street
Friday: 6 pm. - 11 pm
Saturday 1 pm - 11 pm
Sunday Noon - 10 pm
Polkas, German food, live music, inflatables...it's a fall festival you won't want to miss! Live music will be provided on both Saturday and Sunday. The schedule is packed with activities on the festival grounds.
Free, some activities charge a fee
For more information call 618-466-2278
 or visit www.stmarysoktoberfest.com
 
 

ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL

Frohna, MO
 
  Saturday, October 11, 2014
9 am - 4 pm
Saxon Lutheran Memorial, 296 Saxon Memorial Drive

This annual celebration features life in the 1800's on the original farmstead site of the Bergt family who immigrated here from Nieder-Frohna in 1839. It is a terrific day of eating good food, seeing live demonstrations, touring historic log cabins, buying hand-crafted items from the artisans, listening to local musical entertainment, winning prizes, helping make apple butter or molasses, trying a new skill, taking a horse & wagon ride, and having lots of fun!

Free, donations appreciated
For information call 573-824-5404
 
 

DOWNTOWN COTTON FESTIVAL

Sikeston, MO
 
  Saturday, October 11, 2014
9 am - 3 pm
Legion Square in Downtown Sikeston

Join everyone in downtown Sikeston for the fun, festivities, and lots of southern hospitality of this annual event.  The festival features arts & crafts, concessions, live musical entertainment, children's activities, pony rides, petting zoo, cake walks, contests, antique tractor show, and more. Don't miss the children's costume parade and contest. Food and craft vendors will be on hand as well as local nurseries with all of your fall landscaping needs.

Free
For information call 573-380-3801
 
 

PUMPKINFEST

Waterloo, IL
 
  Saturday, October 11, 2014
9 am - 4 pm
Monroe County Courthouse Grounds, 100 South Main Street
Join in the festivities for a day filled with old fashioned Family fun! This event features music, craft and merchant booths, entertainment, kid-friendly games, pumpkin painting, face painting, 5k walk/run and much more! Food and refreshments will be available on the grounds.
Free

For more information call 618-939-8600
 
OKTOBERFEST
P
aragould, AR 
  Saturday, October 11, 2014
10 am - 5 pm
100 South Pruett Street

Think fall festival with a German theme at Downtown Paragould’s annual Oktoberfest. Artists and crafters have been invited and there will be plenty of entertainment and food. Popular features are the Running of the Wieners, the Dog Parade, and the Biergarten. The Annual All German Car Show is hosted by the Northeast Arkansas Volks-Folks.
Kids admission includes activities, adults are free
For more information call 870-240-0544 
 

UNION COUNTY
COLORFEST CELEBRATION

Union County, IL
 
  Saturday, October 11, 2014
Various locations
Celebrate the fall season throughout Union County. Join the P.A.S.T. Historic Walking Tour from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm by purchasing a $5 self-guided tour booklet at Stinson Library Flea Market in Anna. Participate in the biathlon race, tour the Shawnee Hills wine trail, and visit the area’s orchards. Kid Fest will be held at Anna’s city park from 9 to 5 on Saturday and features the Annual Wiener Dog Derby. Activities at Stinson Library include a flea market, a book sale, crafts, jewelry, food and music, and the South End Stump Jumper annual variety show Sat. at 7pm. At the Anna Arts Center local artists provide hands-on workshops in painting, drawing, weaving, 3-D design, mosaic, and jewelry making & evening Stage performances feature local story tellers, poets, musicians, and comedians.

Free, some activities charge a fee
For information call 1-800-248-4373
 
 

WINE CLUB GET-TOGETHER
Grafton, IL
 
  Saturday, October 11, 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 Rocca Cerrina Moscato! Free for Wine Club Members. Not a Wine Club Member? No worries! It is easy to join and includes all kinds of benefits like discounts on lodging, dining and, of course, wine! $20 for a lifetime membership which includes a free commemorative Pere Marquette Lodge Wine Glass!
For more information call 618-786-2331 ext 338
 
 

FRENCH & INDIAN
WAR ASSEMBLAGE

Prairie du Rocher, IL
 
  October 11 - October 12, 2014
9 am - 5 pm both days
Fort De Chartres, 4 miles west of Prairie du Rocher on IL-155
The French and Indian War signaled the decline of France's influence in North America and helped spark the American Revolution. This Living History event portrays this time period at this reconstructed historic fort with camp life, contests, and vignettes.
Free, donations appreciated
For more information call 618-284-7230
 
 

APPLEFEST
Clarksville, MO
  October 11 - October 12, 2014
10 am - 5 pm both days
Bring your family and friends and enjoy a beautiful autumn drive along scenic Highway 79 and spend the day in Clarksville while enjoying the annual Applefest activities. Start the day on Saturday at 10 am with the Applefest parade. Afterwards browse the many crafters and vendors throughout town. Enter the Apple Bake-off contest with your favorite baked apple dish. You are invited to visit Clarksville’s shops and watch some of Missouri’s best working artists. Delight in a stroll along the Mississippi River while enjoying a tasty treat from the Riverfront Food Court. Schwan’s will be hosting a Chamber Fundraiser at River Front Park. The annual art show is located in the historic Appleshed and the historic Elgin/Cottrell House will be open for guided tours during the festival.
Free
For more information call 573-242-3207
  or visit www.clarksvillemo.us
 

OLD SETTLERS DAYS
Kampsville, IL
 
  October 11 - October 12, 2014
10 am - 5 pm daily
Riverside Park
This event on the banks of the Illinois River depicts the life and times of the early Calhoun settlers. Civil War re-enactment, carriage rides, fiddle contest, mountain-man activities, apple-butter making and other period demonstrations, food, crafts, and live entertainment.
Free
For more information call 618-465-2114
 
 

OKTOBERFEST

Maeystown, IL
 
  Sunday, October 12, 2014
9 am - 5 pm
Maeystown Historic District
Experience the sounds and smells of autumn at the historic village of Maeystown. This event features arts, crafts, antiques and food around the stone mill and bridge. More than 50 artisans, crafters, dealers, and numerous food stands will be featured. Arts and crafts will include rug weaving, felting, blacksmithing, photography, woodworking, and a country store. Food will include turtle soup, potato pancakes and popcorn cooked in old-fashioned kettles. Bratwurst, funnel cakes, apple butter, and pies will be some of the other choices available. The village specialty shops, bed & breakfast, restaurants and museum will be open throughout the day.
Free

For more information call 618-458-6660
 
 

AALA HISTORIC HOUSE TOUR

Alton, IL
 
  Sunday, October 12, 2014
Noon - 5 pm
Hart House, 524 Belle Street
This annual self-guided tour features some of Alton’s most the beautiful homes, interesting buildings, and churches of Alton, some of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Sponsored by the Alton Area Landmarks Association.
Tickets will be sold beginning in October at the Alton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau at 200 Piasa Street. Tickets are $12 and will also be sold the day of the tour.
For more information call 618-463-5761
 
 

COLUMBUS DAY FESTIVAL

St. Louis, MO
 
  Sunday October 12, 2014
Noon - 6 pm
Berra Park, corner of Shaw and Macklind
The parade starts at Kingshighway & Southwest at noon. This festival features food from your favorite Italian restaurants, live music, a car show, a Miss Italian St. Louis beauty contest, the famous “Meatball Eating Contest,” games and prizes for children and adults, bocce, football throw, soccer kick, raffles, and more.
Free
F
or more information call 314-574-4223 or 314-574-7533
 
 

GUIDED PRAIRIE WALKS
Alton, IL
 
  October 14 and October 28, 2014
(2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month)
5:30 pm - 7 pm
Gordon Moore Park, 4550 College Avenue
Enjoy an evening walk as a guide from the Nature Institute leads you through the Heartland Prairie at Gordon Moore Park. The park hosts nine species of native prairie grasses and 150 prairie wildflowers that are native to Madison County and surrounding Illinois counties. If you want to see wildflowers this is a great place and time to visit
.
Free
For more information call 618-466-9930
 
 
MISSOURI DAY CELEBRATION
St. Charles, MO
  Wednesday, October 15, 2014
10 am - 4 pm
First Missouri Capitol State Historic Site, 201-216 South Main Street
Come celebrate everything Missouri focusing on Missouri state symbols.
Free
For more information call 636-940-3322
 

ASTRONOMY ASSOCIATION MEETING
Godfrey, IL
 
  Thursday, October 16, 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. PIUS V OKTOBERFEST

St. Louis, MO
  Friday October 17, 2014
4 pm - 9 pm
St. Pius V Catholic Church, 3310 South Grand Blvd.
St. Pius V’s Oktoberfest features its famous homemade Fish Fry sides with all the fixins as well as G&W Meats "Original, Grant's Farm" Brats. Full meals and half meals are available; dine in and take out. The BierGartent serving a variety of fall craft beers opens at 4 pm with live music beginning at 6 pm.
There is a charge for meals and refreshments.
F
or more information call 314-772-1525

ENCHANTED FOREST

Godfrey, IL
 
  Friday, October 17, 2014
7 pm - 9 pm
Talahi Lodge at the Olin Nature Preserve - The Nature Institute, 2213 South Levis Lane
Get into the Halloween spirit with The Nature Institute’s friends of the forest. These friends will be dressed up as nocturnal animals along the Enchanted Forest Trail. Visitors will be “treated” to some nature knowledge about these animals as well as getting sweet treats. After the guided hike, visitors can enjoy chili, hotdogs, and enchanted games and crafts at Talahi Lodge. Dress up in a costume or come as you are. There's fun for the whole family.
Tickets are $5 per person and includes everything. Pre-registration is required by no later than Friday, October 10 by calling 618-467-2521
For more information call 618-467-2521
 
 

HALLOWEEN STORYTELLING

Burfordville, MO
 
  Friday, October 17, 2014
7 pm - 8:30 pm
Bollinger Mill State Historic Site, 113 Bollinger Mill Road

This year, Bollinger Mill State Historic Site welcomes back Marilyn Kinsella. Since 1981, Kinsella, from Fairview Heights, IL, has been telling stories. Her collection of stories has grown from a handful to hundreds of stories including personal experiences, folk tales, literary stories and historical tales. Her style has been described as "animated." She now travels extensively telling her stories. Her main area for telling includes the St. Louis area and the Southern Illinois region, but she has been known to tell stories "to the four corners." Bring a blanket or lawn chair for seating. Refreshments will be provided.

Free
For information call 573-243-4591
 
 

QUILT & CHURCH TOUR
Calhoun County, IL
 
  October 17 - October 18, 2014
9 am - 4 pm
Enjoy a beautiful fall day in scenic Calhoun County and see over 200 quilts, old to new, more hand stitched than machine stitched, that are displayed in the county's historic churches. Quilts can be viewed in the following churches: St. Matthew Lutheran Church and Hall in Brussels, Zion Lutheran Church in Batchtown, the Presbyterian Church and Hall in Hardin, and the Presbyterian Church in Kampsville.

Tickets are $8 in advance; $12 at the door.
For more information call 618-883-2578 or 314-753-1116
 
 

GHOST TOURS OF NEW MADRID

New Madrid, MO
 
  October 17 - October 18, 2014
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
 
 

ANNUAL CHAMPIONSHIP
CHILI COOK-OFF

Blytheville, AR
  Saturday, October 18, 2014
9 am - 4 pm
Main Street Downtown Blytheville

Sponsored by the United Way of Greater Blytheville  this annual event features activities for everyone. Judged and People's choice awards for chili chefs, entertainment all day, one city block of children's activities, chili teams, crafters, 5K walk/run, motorcycle poker run.
Free
For more information call 870-763-2525

CHALLENGE OF
THE BLUFFS RUN
Alton, IL
 
  Saturday, October 18, 2014
9 am
200 West Third Street, Riverbender.com Community Center
Are you up for the challenge? Sign-up for the annual 5-mile competitive run up to the top of the Mississippi River bluffs and back, or a 2-mile walk up to Riverview Park and back. This beautiful route is hilly and scenic. Runners will receive a long-sleeve t-shirt, goodie bag, awards in each age division and post-race refreshments.
Entry Fee
For more information call 618-463-1016
  or visit the event's webpage.
 
 
"BEHIND CLOSED DOORS"
QUINCY HOUSE TOUR

Quincy, IL
 
  Saturday, October 18, 2014
10 am - 4 pm
Quincy Preserves, Inc. conducts this annual neighborhood walking tour that features homes and buildings of architectural and historical significance.
Admission
For information call 217-222-3432
 or visit www.quincypreserves.org
 
 

FRENCH COLONIAL
ZOMBIE FESTIVAL

Sainte Genevieve, MO
 
  Saturday, October 18, 2014
Bolduc House Museum, 125 South Main Street
10 am - 5 pm
Find out what happens when the interpretive staff of the Bolduc House gets taken over by zombies. Assist in the historic preservation of the Louis Bolduc House by applying some new bousilliage. Play zombie versus human games, eat bloody some-mores, plant garlic, hunt for a loup garou (werewolf), and sing zombie karaoke.

Admission: Come dressed as a zombie and receive half-price admission.
For more information call 573-883-3105
 
 

FALLFEST & CHILI COOK-OFF
Alton, IL
 
  Saturday, October 18, 2014
Noon - 10 pm
Parking lot next to New Frontiers Furnishings, West 3rd Street, downtown Alton

Head to Downtown Alton for the "hottest" event of the fall -- the Downtown Alton Chili Cook-Off. Local chili experts will compete for the honor of "Best Chili" and the coveted "People's Choice" awards. Visitors can view and purchase the creations of local artists and enjoy a craft beer and wine tasting event during the event.
Free, tickets required for tastings
For more information call 618-463-1016
 
 

HALLOWEEN
SPIRITS FROM THE PAST

Defiance, MO
  Saturday, October 18, 2014
6 pm - 10 pm

Daniel Boone Home, 1868 Highway F
Life in the early 1800s was filled with superstition and uncertainty. As night descends, walk the lantern-lit paths and explore a pioneer village where doubt lurks in the shadows. Watch as tales and stories are brought to life and learn why townspeople were always cautious - especially at night!.
Admission
For more information call 636-798-2005
 

BELLEVILLE ANTIQUES &
COLLECTIBLES FLEA MARKET

Belleville, IL
 
  October 18 - October 19, 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
 
 

GRAFTON RENDEZVOUS
Grafton, IL
 
  October 18 - October 19, 2014
10 am - 4 pm daily
Grafton Riverfront
This event celebrates the pre-1840's fur trade era with reenactors camping along the the Illinois River 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 618-372-8672
 
 

WORLD BIRD SANCTUARY
ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE

Valley Park, MO
 
  October 18 - October 19, 2014
10 am - 4 pm
World Bird Sanctuary, 125 Bald Eagle Ridge Road
Learn all about World Bird Sanctuary and the work that they do to save threatened bird species and their habitats! Go on behind-the-scenes tours of the breeding barn, animal and behavioral training center and wildlife hospital, which are normally closed to the public. See education programs featuring live animals presented in the amphitheater twice daily and children’s programs presented at Kid’s Corners twice daily. Free children’s activities and craft center. Sponsored by Ameren Missouri with giveaways from Whole Foods Market.
Free
For more information call 636-225-4390
  or visit the venue's website
 
 
AUTUMN HISTORIC
FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL

Hannibal, MO
 
  October 18 - October 19, 2014
Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 10 am - 4 pm

Historic District - Downtown Hannibal

Stroll the streets of this regional favorite 1800s-themed festival as artists, artisans, and craftsmen demonstrate and sell historic crafts, traditional arts, fine arts and crafts. In addition there will be street musicians playing traditional tunes, food cooked on wood stoves, cider fresh from the apple press, and a children’s area
.
Free
For more information call 573-221-6545 or visit www.hannibalarts.com 
 

PIKE COUNTY
COLOR DRIVE

Pike County, IL
 
  October 18 - October 19, 2014
Every fall the Pike County Color Drive provides visitors with the opportunity to see the beauty of the rural areas of the county bathed in the splendor of autumn. Nearly every community in the county participates in Illinois’ premier countywide event. Each community provides a unique roster of events, activities, vendors, crafts, food, and exhibits for the general public to take part in. The county’s historic towns transport its visitors to a time when one-room schoolhouses and country churches dotted the landscape. Watch horse-drawn plows in the fields, take a break and carve a pumpkin, or see cider and apple butter being made. Maps and brochures with detailed information can be accessed at the website below.
Free
For information call 217-285-2971
  or visit www.pikecolordrive.com
 
 
LOUISIANA COUNTRY COLORFEST
Louisiana, MO
 
  October 18 - October 19, 2014
Louisiana Riverfront
Louisiana's annual autumn celebration features activities such as a parade, talent show, car show, lip-sync contest, motorcycle show, baby show, arts & crafts, and a Kid's Corner. Activities may vary. There will be plenty of food, beverages, entertainment, and vendors on the grounds.
Free

For more information call 1-888-642-3800
 
 

ANNUAL LECLAIRE PARKFEST

Edwardsville, IL
 
  Sunday October 19, 2014
Noon to 5 pm
Leclaire Lake Park on Hale Avenue
This festival features live entertainment and a Wine and Beer Garden complimented by a wide variety of delicious festival food provided by local non-profit organizations. Local artisans and crafters will have their work on display and available for purchase. Games, pet adoptions and other family activities provide something for every age. The DAR will host their annual book sale with thousands of books available at bargain prices. Exhibits of historic photos and narrated trolley tours tell the unique story of the Leclaire National Historic District.
Free
For more information call 618-656-1294
  visit the Friends of Leclaire website
 
 

VULTURE FEST

Makanda, IL
 
  October 20 - October 21, 2014
Saturday 11 am - 7 pm
Sunday: 11 am - 6 pm
Downtown Makanda

Black vultures and turkey vultures fly and swoop in the skies surrounding Makanda each fall. Local residents await their return each fall as an end to the hot summer and the beginning of cooler fall weather. This celebration of the Vulture's annual migration features live music and displays by local artists for purchase. Come join the celebration and see this awesome unique event as these birds return.

Free
For information call 618-618-457-6282
  or visit villageofmakanda.com
 
 

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
 

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
 

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.
 
 

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
 
 

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
 
   
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