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Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway


The Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway Area coverage includes the Illinois counties of Jersey, Calhoun, and Madison. The region hosts over 200 special events throughout the year. If you like wine you should attend one of the monthly Wine Club Get-Togethers at Pere Marquette Lodge. Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site offers events throughout the year including Solstice and Equinox Sunrise Observances. History buffs will be interested in the annual events like the Arrival Days and Departure Days events at Lewis And Clark State Historic Site. Collinsville hosts unique events like the International Horseradish Festival and Italian Fest. Art aficionados will find two Art in the Parks in the fall - one in Grafton and the other in Highland. Rural life can be explored at the Annual Olden Days Festival in Dow. Visit the Treehouse Wildlife Center’s Owlfest in October to see Bald Eagles and other raptors and critters that have been rescued. And speaking of Bald Eagles, no region the Middle Mississippi River Valley has more Bald Eagle related events including Eagle Days at Chain of Rocks Bridge, Bald Eagle Viewing Programs at Pere Marquette State Parn, and the Birds of Winter programs at the Audubon Center at the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary.

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 Events & Art Exhibits
The Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway plays host to a number of ongoing events. In the warmer months visitors can find farmers markets in Alton and Jerseyville. During the winter holidays the Christmas Wonderland is held in Alton after Thanksgiving. The Jacoby Art Center also holds periodic exhibits and the Historic Elsah Foundation holds an annual Photography Contest.

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