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

ORNAMENTS SHOW & SALE
St. Louis, MO
  Through December 24, 2014
Tue -Thu: 10 am - 5 pm; Fri - Sat: 10 am - 6 pm; Sun: 11 am - 5 pm; Mon: Closed
Craft Alliance Delmar Loop Gallery, 6640 Delmar Blvd.
Every year, the Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design arranges a dazzling display of gorgeous glass ornaments in the window to celebrate the winter season! Ornaments are hand crafted by local and national artists. Create your own display with a selection of ornaments on a Christmas tree, in your window, from your chandelier, or in your kitchen!
Free
For more information call
314-725-1177 x322
    Learn more ...
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 December 23, 2014
Monday: 10 am to 4 pm
Tuesday through Friday: 10 am - 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm

Art St. Louis, 1223 Pine Street, Suite #150
The St. Louis region is a veritable trove of talented artists working in an impressive spectrum of media. “Art Saint Louis XXX, The Exhibition” marks the 30th year of an annual all-media presentation that presents a panorama of media including gouache paintings, gunpowder drawings, ceramics, mixed media, photography, latex paint, charcoal, 3-d video, bronze sculpture, and much more.
Free
For more information call 314-241-4810
  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

CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS
St. Charles, MO
  Through December 21, 2014
Historic St. Charles Downtown District
St. Charles celebrates the holidays with festivities that include caroling, chestnut roasting, authentically costumed Santas from around the world, and a Santa Parade each weekend. Visitors will find candlelight shopping and dining Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings as the shops and restaurants on South Main Street stay open until 9pm as well as special activities beginning at 6:30.
Free, some activities charge a fee
For more information call 1-800-366-2427
  or visit www.stcharleschristmas.com
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, December 16, 2014
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Watershed Nature Center, 1591 Tower Avenue
Join the staff at the Watershed Nature Center every third Monday for a narrated hike along its mile long trail. Summer is here, 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

HOLIDAY CONCERT

St. Charles, MO
  Tuesday, December 16, 2014
7 pm
Lindenwood University Cultural Center, 400 North Kingshighway
The St. Charles Municipal Band will be holding its third annual Holiday Concert at Scheidegger, a program of traditional holiday music by the Concert Band and the Big Band. St. Nicholas will also be making a special appearance.
Free
For more information visit  the band’s website

ASTRONOMY ASSOCIATION MEETING
Godfrey, IL
 
  Thursday, December 18, 2014
7 pm
Talahi Lodge at the Olin Nature Preserve - The Nature Institute, 2213 South Levis Lane
Every third Thursday of the month The Nature Institute partners with Eddie Agha of Agha Designs Jewelry Studio and invites the public to a program of the TNI Astronomy Association. Participants will navigate the preserve with naturalist Eddie Agha to observe and record constellations. No telescopes are needed. Guests will also receive short, instructional lessons about activities and workshops associated with the program, and find out how to join the TNI Astronomy Association.
Free, but reservations are required
For more information or to make reservations call 618-467-2521
  or email pbrown@TheNatureInstitute.org
 

BALD EAGLE
VIEWING PROGRAM

Grafton, IL
 
  Friday, December 19, 2014
Monday, December 22, 2014

8:30 am
Pere Marquette State Park
Visitor Center, 13112 Visitor Center Lane, Off IL-100 (the Great River Road)
A Park naturalist will be presenting informative programs about bald eagles. Visitors will learn to distinguish between immature and mature eagles, what they eat, why they winter in the area and more. There will be a lecture and a short video presentation followed by an observational drive. Be sure to dress warmly and have a full tank of gas. Binoculars are highly recommended but not essential as the Park brings along a spotting scope.
Free, reservations required
For more information call 618-786-3323
 

CHRISTMAS CANDLELIGHT TOURS
Quincy, IL
  Friday, December 19, 2014
December 26 - December 27, 2014

6 pm - 8 pm
Governor John Wood Mansion, 425 South 12th Street
The Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County presents its annual Christmas Candlelight Tours of the Governor John Wood Mansion. This year’s theme is “Christmas in Quincy 1864 - Until the Boys Come Home” and will feature music of local school children and instrumentalists, all performing carols, including those of the eighteenth century to the present as guests stroll through the John Wood family’s huge Greek Revival Mansion, in its day the first Greek Revival structure west of Philadelphia.
Free
For information call 217-222-1835
 

THE NUTCRACKER

St. Louis, MO
 
  December 19 - December 21, 2014
Friday: 7:30 pm
Saturday: 2 pm and 7:30 pm
Sunday: 2 pm and 6 pm

Edison Theatre, Washington University, 6445 Forsyth Blvd.
The Missouri Ballet Theatre presents The Nutcracker, a full-length ballet that is a wonderful production for the entire family, The Nutcracker is the perfect way to introduce young children to the grace and beauty of classical dance. The production, now celebrating its sixth year, has become a beloved St. Louis tradition. The Missouri Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker has been praised for refreshing this holiday favorite with innovative choreography, clever storytelling, lush sets and beautiful costumes. The company’s professional dancers will be augmented by a cast of more than 90 children from across the greater St. Louis area.
Tickets to The Nutcracker at Edison Theatre are on sale now for $35. Tickets are available online at www.edison.wustl.edu, by phone at 314-935-6543, and in person at the Edison Theatre Box Office.
For more information visit www.missouriballettheatre.org 

HISTORIC HOLIDAY TRADITIONS

St. Louis, MO
 
  Saturday, December 20, 2014
Noon - 4 pm
Old Courthouse, Broadway & Market Street, downtown St. Louis
Visitors to the Historic Holiday Traditions - 1812 Missouri Frontier Holiday will enjoy cookies and hot cider while experiencing a holiday snapshot in time. There will be live entertainment and a period cooking demonstration.
Free
For more information call 314-655-1614 

LIVE NATIVITY

Frohna, MO 
  Saturday, December 20, 2014
3 pm - 8 pm
Saxon Lutheran Memorial, 296 Saxon Memorial Drive

Visitors to this annual event will journey through the story of Christmas and end up at Bethlehem in the historic log barn. Please dress for the weather as you will be outside for approximately 20 minutes. In the Visitor's Center there will be an old-fashioned "family gathering" with special holiday treats, children's activities, live music, and a warm crackling fire.
Free, donations appreciated
For information call 573-824-5404 

BELLEVILLE ANTIQUES &
COLLECTIBLES FLEA MARKET

Belleville, IL
 
  December 20 - December 21, 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
 

WINTER EQUINOX
SUNRISE OBSERVANCE

Collinsville, IL
 
  Sunday, December 21, 2014
Arrive by 6:50 am
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, 130 Ramey Street, (off Collinsville Road)
Observe the winter equinox sunrise and learn of the discovery, form and function of an ancient post circle called Woodhenge that was used as a solar calendar by the Cahokians. No ceremony or ritual is presented. Woodhenge is located 1/2 mile west of Monks Mound and the main entrance to the site.
Free
For more information call 618-346-5160
 

BIRDING TRIP
West Alton, MO
 
  Saturday, December 20, 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
 

KWANZAA AT THE GARDEN

St. Louis, MO
 
  Tuesday, December 29, 2014
Noon - 4 pm
Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Boulevard
The Missouri Botanical Garden celebrates Kwanzaa, a Swahili term that means “first fruits,” and is a contemporary African-American holiday that centers on the feast table of the harvest. A Kwanzaa ceremony highlights a day of storytelling, craft and jewelry displays, and authentic African drumming and musical performances.
Admission
For more information call 314-577-5100 or 800-642-8842
  or visit the Missouri Botanical Garden website
 

LA GUIANNÉE

Sainte Genevieve, MO
 
  Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Sainte Genevieve's Historic District
The old tradition of La Guiannée still survives in Sainte Genevieve. This ancient tradition, analogous to the English custom of Wassailing that harkens back to Europe's Middle Ages, is celebrated by descendants of those French settlers. Dressed in bizarre and somewhat archaic costumes, the revelers wander from place to place singing a beggars song for favors on New Year's eve. You can see and participate with these singers and musicians as they celebrate this 250 year old tradition each New Year's Eve in the streets, cafes and pubs of old Sainte Genevieve's Historic District.
Free
For more information call 1-800-373-7007
 

NEW YEAR’S EVE WALK
St. Louis County, MO
  Wednesday, December 31, 2014
6:30 pm - 8 pm
Columbia Bottom Conservation Area, 801 Strodtman Road
Meet at parking lot “M” about 4 miles from the main entrance.

What better way to get refreshed for the New Year than a quiet stroll in the crisp, moonless night at Columbia Bottom? Be enlightened as we listen for our night time denizens and learn about the adaptations which enable them to conduct their activities in the dark at this cold time of the year. There will be a few minutes spent at the Confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers before heading back. Dress warmly for the weather. (Ages 10 and up - Reservations begin December 17.)
Free
For more information call 314-877-6014

FIRST DAY HIKE

P
aragould, AR
  Thursday, January 1, 2015
Starting times vary
Crowley's Ridge State Park, 2092 Highway 168 North, meet at the Visitor Center

Ready for a more challenging hike? Join a park interpreter on the 1.22 mile Dancing Rabbit Trail for a moderately strenuous hike that explores the hills and valleys of the Crowley's Ridge formation. For an easier hike participants may join the group up to the swinging bridge then take an access trail back to the campground or double back to the visitor center.
Free
For more information call 870-573-6751
  or visit the park's website

SPRING HIKE

Henning, TN
  Thursday, January 1, 2015
11 am
Fort Pillow State Historic Park, 3122 Park Road, meet at Fort Pillow interpretive building

Meet the staff of Fort Pillow at the Park Museum for a five mile hike through sections of the Red and Yellow Trail to kick off the New Year. Hot cocoa, coffee and snacks will be provided for all participants before and after the hike. Instead of following the same trail route we will mix it up a little this year to portray different sections of the trail system that makes up Fort Pillow State Historic Park.
Free
For more information call 731-738-5581

FIRST FRIDAYS
AT THE SCIENCE CENTER

St. Louis, MO
 
  Friday, January 2, 2015
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. January’s theme is Star Trek Into Science.
Free, tickets to the movie are on a first come first served basis.

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

BALD EAGLE
VIEWING PROGRAMS

Grafton, IL
  Selected Days in January, 2015
8:30 am
Pere Marquette State Park
Visitor Center, 13112 Visitor Center Lane, Off IL-100 (the Great River Road)
A Park naturalist will be presenting informative programs about bald eagles. Visitors will learn to distinguish between immature and mature eagles, what they eat, why they winter in the area and more. There will be a lecture and a short video presentation followed by an observational drive. Be sure to dress warmly and have a full tank of gas. Binoculars are highly recommended but not essential as the Park brings along a spotting scope.
Free, reservations required
For more information call 618-786-3323

AUDOBON EAGLE FESTIVAL
West Alton, MO & Alton, IL
  Saturday, January 3, 2015
10 am - 2 pm
Audubon Center at Riverlands, Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary & Downtown Alton Illinois
Join in the fun for the kickoff of eagle watching season. See a live bald eagle up close and personal. Meet and greet with knowledgeable people from the area’s Eagle Watching Hot Spots to see what is in store for the rest of the season. Receive a "bird band" and become an official Alton Eagle Watcher. Bring the kids for fun activities and crafts. Learn about eagle watching: how to spot eagles, where to look, and what brings the eagles to this region each year. Then, head back across the river to Downtown Alton for ice sculpting on the streets and a wildlife art walk to view eagle and wildlife photography displayed by artists from Alton and beyond!
Free
For more information call 1-800-258-6645 or 636-899-0090
 or visit www.Riverlands.Audubon.org

1764 TWELFTH AFTERNOON BALL

St. Louis, MO
  Saturday, January 3, 2015
Event begins at Noon
Old Courthouse National Historic Site, Broadway & Market Street
As part of the Historic Holiday Traditions at the Old Courthouse music and dancing from 250 years ago will be featured. At noon Dennis Stroughmatt et L'Esprit Creole will perform and Deborath Hyland will teach the most popular dances of the mid-18th century. Food historian Suzanne Corbett will present treats common to St. Louis dinner tables during the 1764 holiday season. King's cake will also be served, and the King and Queen of Mardi Gras will be crowned
.

For more information call 314-655-1614

REELFOOT LAKE EAGLE TOURS

Tiptonville, TN
 
  January 3 - January 31, 2015
Monday - Friday: 10 am
Saturday & Sunday: 1:30 pm

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

The most popular way to observe and learn about the eagles on Reelfoot is through the guided tours offered by the rangers and naturalists at the park. The eagle tours are approximately two hours and are by bus. There will be opportunities for some to step off to take photos, look through scopes and binoculars.
Reservations and fee for eagle tours. Eagle tours fill up fast - so make reservations early.
For more information or to make reservations for eagle tours call 731-253-9652

REELFOOT LAKE LECTURES

Tiptonville, TN
 
  January 3 - January 31, 2015
Saturday evenings
Reelfoot Lake State Park Visitor Center/Ellington Hall - 2595 State Route 21E

Each Saturday night in January and February guest speakers are invited to talk about a variety of topics that relate to this unique and wonderful area of western Tennessee. Join in on these talks about the interesting and informative features of Reelfoot Lake, a natural wonder.
Free
For more information call 731-253-9652 

EAGLE MEET & GREET
Alton, IL
 
  Saturdays: January 3, 10, 17, 24, & 31, 2015
10 am - 2 pm
Alton Visitors Center
The World Bird Sanctuary will be bringing a live Bald Eagle for the public to view up close. Be sure to bring your camera. After this personal encounter you can pick up an official All Around Alton Eagle Watcher's Guide and set off along the Great River Road to see eagles in their natural habitat. Then cross the river to see a rehabilitated raptor and learn how to spot bald eagles at the Audubon Center at Riverlands.
Free
For more information call 1-800-258-6645
 

EAGLE WEEKENDS
Dow, IL
 
  Saturdays and Sundays in January, 2015
10 am - 2 pm
TreeHouse Wildlife Center, 23956 Green Acres Road

Visit the Treehouse Wildlife Center on Saturdays in January and February to view live bald eagles being rehabilitated at the center. While you're there, visit some of the other wildlife that call the center home - hawks, owls, falcons and more.
Free
For more information call 618-466-2990
  or visit www.treehousewildlifecenter.com
 

BIRDS OF WINTER: RAPTOR SATURDAYS
West Alton, MO
 
  Saturdays: January 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 2015
10 am - 2 pm
Audubon Center at Riverlands, Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary
Join the staff at The Audubon Center at Riverlands for this Birds of Winter program! It may be cold outside, but it’s always 70 degrees inside the center. Two story circular bay windows provide a 140° grand vista of the Mississippi River, where you may see eagles, trumpeter swans, and other fascinating waterfowl. The TreeHouse Wildlife Center will be at the Center with a rehabilitated raptor. It could be an owl, hawk or falcon – stop by the Center to see who shows up! Then cross the river to see a bald eagle at the Alton Visitors Center.
Free
For more information call 636-899-0090
 or visit www.Riverlands.Audubon.org
 

OWL PROWL

St. Charles County, MO
  Saturday, January 3, 2015
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? Owls are actively courting and nesting this time of year. Come learn about owls, as naturalists take you on a short hike in the woods in hopes of hearing owls calling. This program and mild hike is suitable for people of all ages.
Free. Reservations begin December 19.
For more information call 636-441-4554
  or visit the Conservation Departments events website

SUNSET OVER THE PRAIRIE: PHOTO OP
St. Louis County, MO
  Sunday, January 4, 2015
4 pm - 6 pm, The walk will commence promptly at 4:15.
Columbia Bottom Conservation Area, 801 Strotdtman Road
Meet at parking lot “L” about 4 miles from the main entrance.

Sunset at Columbia Bottom is always a treat, but this date will see the sunset and moonrise occur at the same moment of the day. Join the staff for a crisp winter walk to enjoy the best views of both the setting sun and the rising moon. With the still prairie land as a backdrop, you will want to bring your camera for a great opportunity to memorialize both events. Dress for the weather.
Free. Reservations begin December 21.
For more information call 314-877-6014
  or visit the Conservation Departments events website

MOONLIGHT HIKE
Godfrey, IL
 
  Sunday, January 4, 2015
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
 

AUDUBON EAGLE WATCH
West Alton, MO
 
  Sundays: January 4, 11, 18, & 25, 2015
10 am to 4 pm
Audubon Center at Riverlands, Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary
The World Bird Sanctuary will be bringing a live Bald Eagle for the public to view up close. Be sure to bring your camera. After this personal encounter you can pick up an official All Around Alton Eagle Watcher's Guide and set off along the Great River Road to see eagles in their natural habitat.
Free
For more information call 636-899-0090
 or visit www.Riverlands.Audubon.org
 

SOULARD MARDI GRAS
St. Louis, MO
 
  January 8 - February 17, 2015
Historic Soulard Neighborhood
The Gateway City celebrates its French heritage with fun filled activities throughout St. Louis and the historic Soulard neighborhood. Events include Twelfth Night (Jan 8), a Snowman Softball Tournament (Jan. 17 - 18), a Family Winter Carnival (Jan. 25) Wine, Whiskey & Beer Taste (Jan. 30), Crystal Cajun Cook-Off (Jan. 31), Southern Comfort Taste of Soulard (Feb. 7-8), Beggin' Barkus Pet Parade and PetSmart Wiener Dog Derby (Feb. 8), Bud Light Grand Parade (Feb. 14), and Fat Tuesday Parade (Feb. 17).
Admission to some events
For more information call 314-771-5110
  or visit the event's website
 

SOUPER WINE WEEKEND
Sainte Genevieve County, MO
  January 10 - January 11, 2015
11 am - 5 pm
Route Du Vine Wine Trail
Take in the beautiful wine country scenery of Ste. Genevieve as you journey the wine trail with each winery offering warm bowls of comfort paired with delicious Missouri wine. The event includes food & wine pairings at all six wineries, a complimentary Route du Vin wine glass, and 10% off all wine purchases made that day.
Tickets required, Advance reservations are suggested.
For more information call 1-800-373-7007 or 573-883-3078
  Learn More ...

REGAL EAGLES
St. Charles County, MO
  Saturday, January 10, 2015
9 am - 11 am
August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area, 2360 Highway D
Eagles are some of the most majestic of all birds. The return of bald eagles to Missouri is an amazing story of conservation in action, and January is a prime month to see them. Learn about these awesome birds and where you might find them in the wild.
Free. Reservations begin December 24.
For more information call 636-441-4554
  or visit the Conservation Departments events website

CHAINSAW ART
Hartford, IL
 
  Saturday, January 10, 2015
10 am - 4 pm
Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower, 435 Confluence Tower Drive
Watch the Itchy Brothers Chainsaw Art carve wooden sculptures with their tools to send a salute to the area's famous wintering bird: the American Bald Eagle. See the pair carve these pieces live. The men of Itchy Brothers Chainsaw have over 30 years of combined experience. Luke Harris and Donnie Johnson are former Laclede Steel employees. They start their demonstration with larger chainsaws to carve away the spare wood. Then, the pair use feature saws and sanders to get the full detail through. The woodcarving will be on display through Sunday.
Free. Admission to tour the Tower.
For more information call 618-251-9101
 or visit www.ConfluenceTower.com
 

BALD EAGLE
APPRECIATION DAYS

Keokuk, IA
  January 17 - January 18, 2015
Victory Park and River City Mall, 200 Main Street
Victory Park: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
River City Mall: 9 am - 5 pm
At Victory Park personnel from the Lee County Conservation Board, Iowa DNR, Illinois DOC and the US Army Corps of Engineers will staff viewing points with spotting scopes to enable visitors to see the large gathering of bald eagles that congregate at Keokuk because of Lock and Dam #19. Activities at the River City Mall include DNR agencies from Iowa, Illinois and Missouri displays, Wood Carvers’ Show, Native American Traders Row & educational booths, Native American drumming, singing & dancing, and storytelling, and World Bird Sanctuary of St. Louis live bird presentations.
Free

For information call 319-524-5599 or 1-800-383-1219

EAGLE DAYS

St. Louis County, MO
Madison County, IL
 
  January 17 - January 18, 2015
Old Chain of Rocks Bridge
9 am - 3 pm both days
It's time again to bundle up your family and join the excitement of viewing eagles along the Mississippi River from the historic Chain of Rocks Bridge. Viewing scopes will be stationed on the bridge to allow close-ups of eagles. Live eagle presentations every 20 minutes. Get your photo taken in the eagle's nest! Bring your own binoculars and dress to stay warm.
Event is Free
Free and Paid parking available

For information call 314-877-1309
 

STANDING BEAR
WINTER GATHERING

Quincy, IL
  January 17 - January 18, 2015
9 am - 5 pm both days
Oakley Lindsay Center, 300 3rd Street
The Standing Bear Council celebrates the American Bald Eagle and Native American traditions at this 2 day festival that offers close up eagle viewing. The event kicks off with a presentation by Dr. Drew Kaiser of the Raptor Rehabilitation Center, followed by the Blessing of the Eagles Ceremony by the Standing Bear Council at 11 am. Along with this will be a Grand Entry Ceremony into the circle, at which time Veterans will be honored. Attendees will then be entertained by the Black Fox Singers & Native American dancers, with prizes for the dancers. There will also be information on the Native American Mounds and Chief Keokuk history, as well as Native American vendors and food booths.
Small admission
For information call 217-577-1930 or the Quincy CVB at 217-214-3700

QUINCY EAGLE DAYS

Quincy, IL
  January 17 - January 18, 2015
9 am - 4 pm
Lock and Dam No. 21, West Lock and Dam Road
Visit Lock and Dam 21 for Quincy's Eagle Days. Rangers will be on hand with spotting scopes to showcase the magnificent birds that winter in the Quincy area
.
Free
For information call 217-228-0890

BELLEVILLE ANTIQUES &
COLLECTIBLES FLEA MARKET

Belleville, IL
 
  January 17 - January 18, 2015
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
 

WILDERNESS WALK
Edwardsville, IL
 
  Tuesday, January 20, 2015
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
 

LUNCH-N-LEARN
EAGLE PROGRAM

Calhoun County, IL
 
  Friday, January 23, 2015
Noon
Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge, Hagen Road
Bring your own lunch and sit down with the staff at Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge to learn about eagles. Then head out for a short hike to see some eagles soar over Swan Lake. Open to all ages. Attendees are reminded to dress for the weather.
Free
For more information call 618-883-2524
 

CHIP OFF THE BLOCK
ICE CARVING

Hartford, IL
 
  Saturday, January 24, 2015
1 pm - 3 pm
Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower, 435 Confluence Tower Drive
See artisans create one-of-a-kind ice sculptures including the American Bald Eagle. Watch Chip Off the Block demonstrate how to create an eagle ice sculpture. The sculptures will be on display until melted.
Free. Admission to tour the Tower.
For more information call 618-251-9101
 or visit www.ConfluenceTower.com
 

EAGLE DAYS
Clarksville, MO
  January 24 - January 25, 2015
Saturday: 9 am - 4 pm
Sunday: 10 am - 3 pm
Various locations throughout town
The World Bird Sanctuary of St. Louis and the Missouri Department of Conservation will present live eagle programs every hour at the Apple Shed at the south edge of town. Spotting scopes, naturalists, and bonfires for warmth will be available at Riverfront Park. Come early to watch the birds feed in the Mississippi River.
Free
For more information call 660-785-2420

SPARTA HOME SHOW

Sparta, IL
 
  January 24 - January 25, 2015
Saturday: 8 am - 4 pm
Sunday: 11 am - 3 pm
World Shooting & Recreational Complex, 1 Main Event Lane
This annual home show is hosted by the Sparta Area Chamber of Commerce features a variety of vendors displaying a very wide range of landscaping and home improvement products to help you find great ideas and deals for your home improvement projects. The venue also features the Sparta Community Hospital’s annual Health Fair.
Free
For more information call 618-295-2700
  or visit the event's webpage
 

BALD EAGLE FESTIVAL
Grafton, IL
 
  Sunday, January 25, 2015
11 am - 3 pm
Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center, 13653 Lodge Blvd.
Come out to Pere Marquette Lodge where you can not only be personally introduced to our nation's most majestic symbol, but also shop our unique vendor booths, grab a bite in the restaurant and enjoy time with friends and family. The festival will feature live music and entertainment by the World Bird Sanctuary as they showcase the Bald Eagle and several other raptor species in their Masters of the Sky Show at show at noon and again at 1:30 p.m. Show up a little early and meet a Bald Eagle up close and personal!
Free to the event, Masters of the Sky Show tickets are $3

For more information call 618-786-2331 ext 338
 

ST. LOUIS RV VACATION
& TRAVEL SHOW

St. Louis, MO
 
  January 29 - February 1, 2015
Thursday: 11 am - 9 pm
Friday: 11 am - 10 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 9 pm
Sunday: 11 am - 4 pm

America's Center, 701 Convention Plaza
This event is one of the largest public RV shows in the country.  The event attracts an average annual attendance of around 19,000 interested, excited visitors. Visitors to the show can view over 300 units, including motorhomes, sport trailers, 5th wheel trailers, travel trailers, folding camping trailers, and more.
Admission
For more information visit the event's website
 

REELFOOT LAKE
ANNUAL EAGLE FESTIVAL

Tiptonville, TN
  January 30 - February 1, 2015
Hour of events vary
Reelfoot Lake State Park Visitor Center/Ellington Hall - 2595 State Route 21E

This festival celebrates the migration of the bald eagle to Reelfoot Lake. Activities include eagle tours, an Art contest, a Photography contest, interpretive programs, sunrise tours and photography walks, Arts & Crafts vendors, children’s activities, live bird of prey shows, and more.
Free, fee and reservations for eagle tours
For more information or to make reservations for eagle tours call 731-253-9652

NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBUTE
TO THE BALD EAGLE

Hartford, IL
 
  Saturday, January 31, 2015
10 am - 2 pm
Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower, 435 Confluence Tower Drive
Celebrate the elegance and significance of the American Bald Eagle and its impact on a variety of native cultures during this event at the Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower. Listen to Native American folklore and watch an authentic Eagle Dance performed every hour.
Free. Admission to tour the Tower.
For more information call 618-251-9101
 or visit www.ConfluenceTower.com
 
   
FEATURED ATTRACTIONS ALONG THE GREAT RIVER ROAD
Fort de Chartres
State Historic Site
Mississippi
River Ferries
Lewis and Clark
State Historic Site
U.S. Grant
National Historic Site
     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
  Regional Guides
to the Middle Mississippi River Valley
 
       
  Meeting of the Great Rivers
National Scenic Byway
Ste. Genevieve &
French Colonial Country
Gateway to the West
St. Louis & St. Louis County
        
 
   Meeting the Missouri
Historic St. Charles County
The Lincoln Hills Region
Northeast Missouri
   
 
  The Tri-States Area
Iowa, Illinois & Missouri
The Mississippi River
Meets the Ohio River
   
  greatriverroad.com Home Page
Your index to over 800 informative pages covering the Middle Mississippi River Valley.
  At greatriverroad.com we strive for accuracy.
If you have any corrections, suggestions or information
you would like to see contact the webmaster.
For advertising information contact marketing.
Copyright 2001-2011
greatriverroad.com - Elsah, Illinois