Explore the Events of
Meeting the Ohio River Region


After the Mississippi River passes St. Louis it begins to change character. When the Mississippi River meets the Ohio River at Cairo, Illinois it is halfway on its journey to the sea. greatriverroad.com’s coverage of events includes the Missouri Counties of Cape Girardeau, Perry, Scott, and Mississippi, the Illinois Counties of Jackson, Union, and Alexander, and all of Western Kentucky. There are two notable wine areas in the region and viticulture can be appreciated at the Riverside Art, Wine & Blues Festival in Murphysboro, the Downtown Sikeston Wine Festival, and events hosted by the Mississippi River Hills Wine Trail. Unique small town events include the Sweet Corn Festival in East Prairie, Vulture Fest in Makanda, the Fulton Banana Festival, and the Spring Chicken Festival in Clinton. Notable are events include the River Campus Summer Arts Festival held at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau and the Cowboy Up! Arts Festival in Sikeston. Bluegrass fans can get their fill at the Bootheel Bluegrass Festival in Fruitland. Living history can be found at a number of events at Fort D, a preserved Civil War fort in Cape Girardeau and Civil War Days in Columbus. The city of Charleston celebrates spring with its Dogwood-Azalea Festival.

There are two ways to look for events. You can go directly to the calendar and look for events in a standard calendar format organized by date. Or you can use the sorted lists below. Because every event has been tagged by city, county, type of event and features you can use the sorted list you see below.

We regularly update our calendars and changes are made when we gather more information or when we learn of an event. If you know of an event that you would like to see posted contact the webmaster. We hope you enjoy the events you choose to attend.


Ongoing Art Exhibits and Events
The Meeting the Ohio River Region is home to two art institutions with rotating exhibits - the Crisp Museum on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University and the Sikeston Depot Museum. The area is also home to a number of farmers markets that are held in the warmer months.

Explore the Meeting the Ohio River Region