Visitors Guide for Events
in Collinsville, Edwardsville, Glen Carbon,
Granite City, and Highland

Madison County, Illinois
  This Calendar of Events only covers events located in southern and eastern Madison County, Illinois. There are a number of activities located in the immediate vicinity including Lewis & Clark events, events at the new National Great Rivers Museum, and the communities surrounding Alton. Listings of these events can be found on the Wood River Area (for Lewis & Clark and the National Great Rivers Museum events) page and the Alton page.
   
To find out about other activities in nearby areas
check out our Main Calendar Page.

WILDERNESS WALK
Edwardsville, IL
  Tuesday, April 15, 2014
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Watershed Nature Center, 1591 Tower Avenue
Join the staff at the Watershed Nature Center every third Tuesday for a narrated hike along its mile long trail. Come out and explore the trail on a morning hike. Bring your curiosity, questions, and keen eye for observation.
Free. Registration requested for groups of 10 or more.
For more information call 618-692-7578
SPRING INDIAN MARKET DAYS
Collinsville, IL
  April 25 - April 27, 2014
Friday: 12 pm - 5 pm
Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 9 am - 4 pm
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, 130 Ramey Street, (off Collinsville Road)
Native American artists and vendors display and sell painting, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, fetishes, dolls, herbals, soaps, food, and more.
Free
For more information call 618-346-5160

SPRING FARM DAY

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

Small admission
For more information Willoughby Farm's webpage
STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL RIDE
St. Jacob, IL
  Sunday, May 18, 2014
Registration: 7:30 am - 9:30 am
St. Jacob Township Park, 239 West Main Street
The most famous of all Bicycle Fun Club rides, the Berry Bicycle Ride has something for everyone. Wide open spaces, a fun festival, and pick-of-the-season strawberry shortcake. The terrain is flat to gently rolling terrain and no big hills with short, medium, and long routes.
Registration fee
For more information visit www.trailnet.org

STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL

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

Free
For more information call 618-644-2142

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

WILDERNESS WALK
Edwardsville, IL
  Tuesday, May 20, 2014
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Watershed Nature Center, 1591 Tower Avenue
Join the staff at the Watershed Nature Center every third Tuesday for a narrated hike along its mile long trail. Come out and explore the trail on a morning hike. Bring your curiosity, questions, and keen eye for observation.
Free. Registration requested for groups of 10 or more.
For more information call 618-692-7578
NATURE/CULTURE HIKE
Collinsville, IL
  Saturday, May 24, 2014
9:30 am - 1 pm
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, 130 Ramey Street, (off Collinsville Road)
Take a three mile hike with an archaeologist and a naturalist through various habitats. Learn about the cultural and natural resources, excavation results, and native uses of plants of Cahokia Mounds.
Canceled in case of rain.
Free
For more information call 800-289-2388 or 618-346-5160
     

MEMORIAL DAY PARADE

Belleville, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
May, 2014

9:30 am
West Main and East Main Streets, downtown Belleville
The Belleville Memorial Day Association is hosting its annual Memorial Day parade. The route ends at Walnut Hill Cemetery where participants and spectators are welcome to remain for the Memorial Day Program, starting at 11 am.
Free
For more information call 618-772-9481
LAND OF GOSHEN
COMMUNITY MARKET

Edwardsville, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
May, 2014

Saturdays: 8 am - Noon
Corner of North Main and St. Louis Streets
Come experience the Land of Goshen Community Market! The Market is your best source for locally grown farm products, tasty baked goods, and wonderful art and gift ideas. The selection changes weekly so plan to visit more than once to fully appreciate the wide selection available. Live entertainment and free demonstrations add to the festive atmosphere.
Free
For more information call 618-307-6045
  or visit www.goshenmarket.org

INTERNATIONAL
HORSERADISH FESTIVAL

Collinsville, IL
  June 6 - June 8, 2014
Friday: 5 pm - 10 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 10 pm
Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm
Woodland Park, IL-159 and Pine Lake Road
This is one of Illinois’ hottest festivals. Collinsville is the self proclaimed "Horseradish Capital of the World" with two-thirds of the U.S. horseradish crop being grown in the area. Participate in unique events such as a "root derby" and "root sacking," along with such activities like cooking contests, and plenty of entertainment, food and family fun.
Free
For more information call 618-344-2884
or visit www.horseradishfestival.com

JAKEY IN JUNE
BBQ COOK OFF

St. Jacob, IL
 
  June 6 - June 8, 2014
Friday: 6 pm until it's gone
Saturday: 4 pm until it’s gone
Sunday: Noon - 3 pm
St. Jacob Activity Center, 108 North Douglas Street

Professional BBQ teams will be competing for cash and trophies at this annual event. The teams will be selling their products to the public, so you’ll have the chance to taste dome great BBQ. There will be live entertainment Friday and Saturday nights and a Wine & Beer Garden. A Kids-Q BBQ Cook-Off will be held on Saturday at 4:30.
Free, charges apply to food and refreshments
For more information call 618-644-3377
or visit www.jakeyinjune.com

ROUTE 66 FESTIVAL
Edwardsville, IL
  June 13 - June 14, 2014
Friday: 5 pm - Midnight
Saturday: 8 am - Midnight
City Park, 101 South Buchanan Street, downtown area
Come get your kicks at the Edwardsville, Illinois Route 66 Festival! If classic cars, great food and family fun are your idea of a good time, join us for this annual festival. The City of Edwardsville is excited to welcome visitors to the park to enjoy great food, live music, the classic car cruise through town, the local talent show, local artists, children's activities, trolley rides and much more.
Free
For more information call 618-692-7538
  or visit the event's website

GLEN CARBON HOMECOMING
Glen Carbon, IL
 
  June 13 - June 14, 2014
Friday: 5 pm - Midnight
Saturday: 4 pm - Midnight
Main Street, Old Town Glen Carbon
This annual event features a carnival & pony rides, black jack, dice & carnival games, live entertainment, karaoke & guitar hero, a wine bar & beer garden, variety of foods, a parade, and fireworks at dusk on Saturday.
Free
For more information call 618-288-1200
SCHWEIZERFEST
Highland, IL
  June 13 - June 15, 2014
Friday: 7 pm - Midnight
Saturday: Noon - Midnight
Sunday: Noon - 11 pm
Downtown on the Square
The Highland Jaycees sponsor the annual Homecoming celebration called the Schweizerfest, celebrates city's Swiss heritage. There will be a huge assortment of foods, beverages, rides, & games on Saturday and Sunday. There will be a large parade on Saturday and Sunday evenings at 5 pm. There is also a live band for Friday night with beer, soda, and brats available. Come join the fun!
Free
For more information call 618-781-0472

GLEN CARBON HOMECOMING
Edwardsville, IL
Glen Carbon, IL
  Saturday, June 14, 2014
9 am - 3 pm
Stephenson House, 409 South Buchanan Street
Visit 8 beautiful private gardens and the gardens at the historic 1820 Stephenson House. The gardens may be toured at the leisure of the ticket holders. The annual Garden Tour Market, which features a variety of plants and garden items, will also take place at the Stephenson House.
Admission
For more information call 618-344-4230

RAPTOR AWARENESS SHOW
Collinsville, IL
  Saturday, June 14, 2014
2 pm
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

SUMMER SOLSTICE
SUNRISE OBSERVANCE

Collinsville, IL
  Sunday, June 22, 2014
Arrive by 5:10 am
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, 130 Ramey Street, (off Collinsville Road)
Observe the summer solstice 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

SPLASH CITY’S
BATTLE OF THE BANDS

Collinsville, IL
  Friday, June 27, 2014
10 Gateway Drive
7 pm - 10 pm
Enjoy the Splash City Family Waterpark while watching some of the area’s top teen talent battle for a cash prize and a chance to play at the state-wide competition in Springfield, IL. Giveaways throughout the night.
Everyone gets in for just $5.
For more information call 618-346-4571
  or visit www.splashcity.org

SUMMERFEST

Hamel, IL
  Saturday, June 28, 2014
9 am - 9 pm

Hamel Community Park, State Street
Project Restore will be hosting Summer Festival which features 10K and 5K runs and a 1 mile fun walk, a sand volleyball 6 player co-ed tournament, games, arts and crafts, kids’ games, live music all day, as well as a rib cook off.
Free, registration fees for runs and walk, volleyball tournament, and rib cook off.

For more information visit the event website.

KIDS FISHING DERBY
Edwardsville, IL
  Saturday, June 28, 2014
Registration begins at 9:30 am

Leclaire Lake Park, 900 Hale Avenue
Kids bring your fishing pole and bait for a morning of outdoor fun around the lake. The fishing derby is for youths up to 15 years old accompanied by an adult. There will be prizes for those participants who catch the biggest fish and the most fish. From 10 am - 10:30 am a representative from the IDNR will give a presentation on fishing safety and tips on how to catch that big one.
Free

For more information call 618-692-7538
BRIDGE BIRTHDAY BASH
St. Louis, MO
Madison County, IL
  Sunday, June 29, 2014
Registration: 7:30 am - 9:30 am
Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, 10950 Riverview Drive
Celebrate the birthday of the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge with a scenic Bicycle Fun Club on both sides of the mighty Mississippi River. Return to the bridge for the Birthday Bash featuring brews, tunes, and ice cream & cake (while they last).
Registration fee
For more information visit www.trailnet.org
ST. ELIZABETH
PARISH PICNIC

Granite City, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
June, 2014

2300 Pontoon Road
Friday features a fish fry from 4 to 7 pm, Saturday features pigs 'n blanket from 4 to 7 pm, and on Sunday there’s all you can eat chicken dinner from noon to 6 pm. All three days features carnival rides, food, bingo, kids’ activities, and live entertainment
.
Free
For more information call 618-877-3300

PATRIOTS IN THE PARK
Granite City, IL
  July 1 - July 5, 2014
Wilson Park, 2900 Benton Street
The Granite City Park District's celebration includes carnival rides, concerts, carriage rides, food, and entertainment. Fireworks at 9:15 pm on the 4th at the Coolidge Middle School Grounds, 3231 Nameoki Road.
Free
F
or more information call 618-877-3059

4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS

Highland, IL
  Friday, July 4, 2014
4 pm - 9 pm
Glik Park, 12525 Sportsman Road
Bring your blanket and lawn chairs to enjoy an evening of family fun at the park. Entertainment will include music, inflatables for children, and fireworks. Food and drinks will be available to purchase. Coolers will not be permitted in the park.
Free
F
or more information call 618-651-1386
 
CONTEMPORARY
INDIAN ART SHOW
Collinsville, IL
  Saturday, July 12, 2014
9 am - 5 pm
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, 130 Ramey Street, (off Collinsville Road)
This annual juried show features fine arts by 25 Native American artists from across the nation, displaying and selling paintings, sculpture, silverwork, ceramics, paper art, pen and ink drawings, prints and more.
Free
For more information call 618-346-5160
BIG BOTTLE BICYCLE RIDE
Collinsville, IL
  Sunday, July 13, 2014
Registration: 7:30 am - 9:30 am
Woodland Park, 350 Pine Lake Road
This ride for all skill levels is on routes that are surprisingly rural and traverse the wooded Mississippi River bluffs on short, medium, and long routes. After the ride, stay for the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle Festival.
Registration fee
For more information visit www.trailnet.org

CATSUP BOTTLE
SUMMERFEST
Collinsville, IL
  Sunday, July 13, 2014
9 am - 5 pm
American Legion Post 365, 1022 Vandalia Street
Don't miss this annual Collinsville World's Largest Catsup Bottle Summerfest Birthday Party features old-fashioned birthday party games, craft booths, food & drinks, live music, classic car show and cruise, ketchup tasting contest, Princess Tomato & Sir Catsup Contest, and much more!
Free
For more information call 618-344-8775 or visit www.catsupbottlesummerfest.com

DASH 'N SPLASH

Collinsville, IL
  Saturday, July 19, 2014
6 pm - 10 pm
Splash City Family Waterpark, 10 Gateway Drive
Take a dash and cool down with a splash. Start this fun filled evening with a 5K run/walk then cool off and relax with a private party, dinner and music at Splash City Family Waterpark. The party is open to friends and family members of those participating in the 5K run/walk. Proceeds go to help fund programs by the Collinsville Area Recreation District.
Registration fees
For more information call 618-346-4571
  or visit www.splashcity.org

MADISON COUNTY FAIR
Highland, IL
  July 22 - July 27, 2014
Madison County Fairgrounds, Park Hill Drive
Product displays, livestock, arts and crafts, carnival rides, food, live music and arena events of stock car race, tractor pull, 4-H show and a demolition derby.
Free admission to fairgrounds, small fee for parking
For more information call 618-654-6656
  or visit www.madcofair.com

ARCHEOLOGY DAY
Collinsville, IL
  Saturday, August 2, 2014
10 am - 4 pm
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, 130 Ramey Street, (off Collinsville Road)
This is the site's largest annual event and features specialists demonstrating ancient crafts such as pottery making, flintknapping, gourd carving, making tools and ornaments, bow and arrow making, and more. Food and drinks available.
Free
For more information call 618-346-5160
I SCREAM FOR
ICE CREAM RIDE

Edwardsville, IL
  Sunday, August 10, 2014
Registration: 7:30 am - 9:30 am
The Cyclery and Fitness Center, 2472 Troy Road (IL-159)
This beautiful ride takes participants through the country along portions of the Madison County Transit Trails system. Plan to for some time for homemade custard along the way at Annie’s Frozen Custard and the warehouse sale at The Cyclery after the ride.

Registration fee
For more visit www.trailnet.org

MIDWEST SALUTE
TO THE ARTS

Fairview Heights, IL
 
  August 22 - August 24, 2014
Friday: 7 pm - 10 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm
Longacre Park
Since 1988 Fairview Heights, Illinois, has been host to the Midwest Salute to the Arts, rated the 40th best fine arts show in the nation. This prestigious event attracts people from across the Midwest and features some of the best sculptors, painters and creators of decorative and wearable art in the United States
.
Free
For more information visit midwestsalute.com
 

ST. PAUL'S KIRCHENFEST
Highland, IL
  August 23 - August 24, 2014
All day event
St. Paul Catholic Church, 1412 Ninth Street
The largest of its kind throughout the region, this two-day "Kirchenfest" (German for church festival) offers something for everyone - food (including Bavarian skillet dish prepared by a 500 pound skillet and a sit-down chicken dinner), live music, games, live auction, flea market, a competitive run, bike ride and much more!
Free
For more information call 618-654-2339
  or
visit the event's Facebook page

ANNUAL STREET ART FESTIVAL
Highland, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
August, 2014

11 am - 8 pm
Historic Downtown Square
Visitors can stroll the streets watching artists create masterpieces right on the pavement using chalks and. There is also a Creative Kids Corner with lots of activities for young, aspiring artists! An Arts Expo featuring several local artists and there will be live music and enjoying great food
.
Free
For more information call 618-654-3721
  or visit the event's website.

CELEBRATE THE WATERSHED
Edwardsville, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
August, 2014

10 am - 1 pm
Watershed Nature Center, 1591 Tower Avenue
This celebration includes the Watershed ice cream flavor from Annie’s, face painting, hands on nature activities on the trail, and live music.  If you have not been to the Nature Center for awhile, this is a great opportunity. The welcome mat will be out for first time visitors, too.
Free. Donations appreciated.
For more information call 618-692-7578

MOONLIGHT HIKE
Edwardsville, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
August, 2014

9:30 am - 10:30 am
Watershed Nature Center, 1591 Tower Avenue
Join the staff at the Watershed Nature Center on a moonlight hike through the forest, wetland, and prairie habitats of this natural area. Meet at the Welcome Center for an easy 1 mile hike in the moonlight.
Free. Registration requested for groups of 10 or more.
For more information call 618-692-7578
HOMESTEAD HARVEST DAYS
Highland, IL
  September 5 - September 7, 2014
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Louis Latzer Homestead, 1464 Old Trenton Road
See demonstrations of threshing, old-time crafts, gas and steam engines, antique tractors, kids activities, live entertainment, and tours of the most modern house of the 1900s.
Admission
For more information call 618-654-6781
  or
visit the event's webpage

ATLATL COMPETITION
Collinsville, IL
  Saturday, September 13, 2014
9 am - 4 pm
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, 130 Ramey Street, (off Collinsville Road)
The atlatl is the weapon that transformed early humans from scavengers to big-game hunters such as the mammoth and the mastodon and predates the bow and arrow by thousands of years. The Missouri Atlatl Association, a group of primitive weapon enthusiasts will hold its annual competition and demonstration of this ancient spear throwing device.
Free
For more information call 618-346-5160
AMERICAN INDIAN EDUCATION DAYS
Collinsville, IL
  September 13 - September 14, 2014
10 am - 4 pm
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, 130 Ramey Street, (off Collinsville Road)
Come and share the day with American Indian artists, crafts persons, demonstrators, and performers. Booths will be set up in the lobby where they will demonstrate crafts such as beadwork; sell Native American-made jewelry; display clothing and dance regalia; discuss current American Indian issues, customs, beliefs, and traditions.
Free
For more information call 618-346-5160

ITALIAN FEST
Collinsville, IL
 
  September 19 - September 20, 2014
11 am - 10 pm
Main Street, downtown Collinsville
This annual festival, which began in 1984, features the Paisan Pedal Push, 5K Run-Walk, continuous entertainment on three stages, Fest Olympics, Italian Cooking Contest, Bocce Ball, Grape Stomp, Wine Garden, Craft Fair, Wine Making Contest, a Children’s area and But, the real calling card for the Italian Fest continues to be the authentic Italian fare.
Free
For more information visit www.italianfest.net

LINCOLN PLACE
HERITAGE FESTIVAL

Granite City, IL
  Saturday, September 20, 2014
11 am - 6 pm
Lincoln Place Community Center, 822 Niedringhause Avenue

Granite City's ethnic and immigrant history is celebrated during this festival. Armenian, Mexican, Macedonian and Bulgarian ethnic foods and pastries will be available for purchase. Free, continuous ethnic entertainment, featuring dancers, vocalists and music representing cultures from around the world will be featured. Lincoln Place historical displays, quilts, Eastern European costumes will be on display. Children activities will be available.
Free
For more information call 618-876-6400
FALL EQUINOX
SUNRISE OBSERVANCE

Collinsville, IL
  Sunday, September 21, 2014
Arrive by 6:30 am
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, 130 Ramey Street, (off Collinsville Road)
Observe the fall 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
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
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

PONY RIDES
Edwardsville, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
September, 2014

Noon - 4 pm
Liberty Prairie Farm, 7026 State Route 140
Liberty Prairie Farm is providing pony rides this Sunday afternoon. Come prepared to ride with closed-toed shoes. Helmets are provided. Food, beverages and t-shirts are also available for purchase.  Visitors can also see the other animals who call Liberty Prairie Farms home, including cats, chickens and cattle. All proceeds go to Happy Hooves Equine Rescue which gives local abandoned and abused horses a second chance.
$5 minimum donation
For more information call 618-670-1581

MEMORY WALK
Edwardsville, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
September, 2014

Registration 8 am, Walk 9 am
SIUE Campus

Memory Walk is the Alzheimer’s Association’s signature event to help those battling Alzheimer’s disease. Memory Walk proceeds support programs, services and research.
For more information call 1-800-272-3900

ART IN THE PARK
Highland, IL
  October 11 - October 12, 2014
Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 11 am - 4 pm

Lindendale Park, 2025 Park Hill Drive
The Highland Arts Council hosts this Annual 'Art in the Park' event. Artists will compete for over $10,000 in prizes at one the area's premier art events. There will be plenty of tasty refreshments to enjoy while listening to a great entertainment lineup. There will also be lots of fun things for the kids to do, too.
Free
For more information call 618-654-3721
 or visit www.highlandartscouncil.org
APPLE A DAY BICYCLE RIDE
Marine, IL
  Sunday, October 12, 2014
Registration: 7:30 am - 9:30 am
Mills Apple Farm, 11477 Pocahontas Road
Apples are in abundance on this pleasant pedal through the rural Madison County countryside on short, medium, and long routes on Flat to gently rolling terrain with no big hills. Upon returning, riders can pick apples and enjoy fresh baked fruit pies, barbeque and drinks for purchase.
Registration fee
For more information visit www.trailnet.org

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

FALL FESTIVAL

Collinsville, IL
  Saturday, October 25, 2014
10 am - 3 pm
Downtown Collinsville, 221 West Main Street
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 2pm.
Free
For more information call 618-558-1372
  or visit the event's webpage

RUN WILD!
5k & 1k TRAIL RUN/WALK
Edwardsville, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
October, 2014

5K Run/Walk at 9 am; 1k Run Walk at 10 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

RAPTOR AWARENESS SHOW
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
LIGHTED CHRISTMAS PARADE
Highland, IL
  Friday, November 28, 2014
6:30 pm
Downtown Square, 907 Main Street
This annual holiday parade culminates with the official lighting of the Downtown Square where musicians, Madrigal singers, carriage rides, hot chocolate, kettle corn and Santa himself await visitors.
Free
For more information call 618-654-3721

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
ANNUAL INDIAN
MARKET DAYS

Collinsville, IL
  November 28 - November 30, 2014
Friday: 12 pm - 5 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9 am - 5 pm
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, 130 Ramey Street, (off Collinsville Road)
Vendors and American Indian artists will have jewelry, paintings, crafts, clothing, weavings, carvings, baskets, pottery, sculpture and more for sale.
Free
For more information call 618-346-5160
CRAFT FAIR
Edwardsville, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
November, 2014

Saturday:  9 am - 4 pm
Sunday: 11 am - 4 pm
Edwardsville High School, Center Grove Road off of Hwy. 157 or Hwy. 159
Come join us Veteran's Day weekend for the annual Edwardsville Band Booster Craft Fair! While you're here, plan to do some Christmas shopping. There are over 250 booths featuring quality handcrafted items, handcrafted gifts, and specialty items to choose. Visit the bake sale that’s full of homemade goods for a quick snack or a take home treat. A full lunch is also available. There are great door prizes and free parking. No strollers please.
$2 admission
For more information call 618-655-6097
 or visit the event 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
HOLIDAY HOUSE TOUR
Collinsville, IL
  Saturday, December 6, 2014
2 pm - 8 pm
Blum House, 414 West Main Street
Sponsored by the Collinsville Main Street Community Association this event allows visitors to experience some of Collinsville’s finest festively decorated homes as residents have decked their halls and will open their doors for guests. Participants will begin the tour at one of Collinsville’s most notable historic landmark homes, the Blum House. The stately, two-story home was built by the internationally-known Blum Bell Factory founder J. Henry Blum circa 1906. Here participants will pick up their informational packet before embarking on the self-guided tour.
Admission
For more information call 618-558-1372
  or visit the event's webpage

PONY RIDES
Edwardsville, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
December, 2014

Noon - 4 pm
Liberty Prairie Farm, 7026 State Route 140
Liberty Prairie Farm is providing pony rides this Sunday afternoon. Come prepared to ride with closed-toed shoes. Helmets are provided. Food, beverages and t-shirts are also available for purchase.  Visitors can also see the other animals who call Liberty Prairie Farms home, including cats, chickens and cattle. All proceeds go to Happy Hooves Equine Rescue which gives local abandoned and abused horses a second chance.
$5 minimum donation
For more information call 618-670-1581
SIUE HOLIDAY
ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR

Edwardsville, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
December, 2014

9 am - 5 pm each day
Morris University Center - Main Floor, 1 Hairpin Drive
This annual fair is sponsored by the Morris University Center Print and Design Shop and features handmade crafts by local artisans and original works by many artists around the area. Items available for purchase include many types of handmade goods including ceramics, wood, weaving, fiber, metal and glass, among others. Many of these articles are suitable for holiday gifts.
Free
For more information call 618-650-2178

EAGLE DAYS

St. Louis County, MO
Madison County, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
January, 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

INTERNATIONAL GEM
& JEWELRY SHOW

Collinsville, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
March, 2015

Friday: 12 pm - 6 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm
Gateway Center, 1 Gateway Drive

The International Gem & Jewelry Show provides an exciting opportunity to shop the best selection of jewelry, beads and fashion accessories at the lowest prices available.  From $5 to $500,000 – there is something for everyone!  The show is one of the largest exhibitions of gems, minerals and jewelry in the world. With over 100 exhibitors, the show features wonderful jewelry from all over the world. We offer convenience, selection and value, all in one place. NO children 8 and under are allowed into the show.
Admission is $8 for all three days. Online tickets.
F
or more information For more information please call Laurie at 301-795-0350
  or email info@intergem.net
SPRING EQUINOX
SUNRISE OBSERVANCE

Collinsville, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
March, 2015

Arrive by 6:45 am
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, 130 Ramey Street, (off Collinsville Road)
Observe the spring 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

FUND RAISER FOR
MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS
Edwardsville, IL
  PROBABLE EVENT - DETAILS TBA
April, 2015

Registration at 1 pm
Walk starts at 2 pm
Edwardsville Township Community Park, 6368 Center Grove Road
Join other walkers in this signature fundraising event of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in routes of either 1 and 3 mile options.
For more information call 314-781-9020
  or visit www.gatewaymssociety.org.
   

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