FAIRS AND FESTIVALS in OCTOBER 2019
OCTOBER 4th and 5th
11am- 4pm, lots of kids activities and games ( games cost 25 cents) Balloon animals,
8am- 6 pm ,
PumpkinContest, Chili Cookoff, FREEKids Corner, Food Trucks, Corn Hole Tournament
Keyes Park, Park and Division Street in DuQuoin
- Mt. Vernon
Have a haunting good time with storyteller, Brian "Fox" Ellis! 🎃
Saturday, October 11, 2019 | Gates open at 5:30 pm | Admission: $5.00 per person | kids 12 and under (in costume) ARE FREE!
"Baby Brew" Spooky Silly Tales for kids! 👻
• (Ages 8 and under) 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm
"Witches Brew" Haunting Tales for older kids and adults! 🦇
• (Ages 9 - Adult) 7:30 pm – 8:15 pm
• Storytelling: behind the Mitchell House at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts. 📖
• Bring your lawn Chairs and Blankets! If it rains - the events will take place in the Performance Hall. 🪑
• Free popcorn & apple cider refreshments! 🍿🍎
• Kids in costumes get in free! 🦸🦹♀️
Fall Festival Craft Fair & Car Show. Downtown Sesser (Along Franklin Street). Little Rascals Petting Zoo, Live Entertainment, Beer Tent, Inflatables 11am-3pm, "Touch a Truck", and "Professor Play" 12pm-3pm. Rain or Shine. For more info, call (618) email@example.com. Brought to you by the Sesser Area Chamber of Commerce.
OCTOBER 12th AND 13th
Union County Colorfest
Celebrate the fall season throughout Union County by attending a variety of events and activities throughout one of Illinois’ most scenic regions. 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 Saturday at 7 pm. 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
- Whittington, Illinois
Fifty Illinois artists will demonstrate their craft and offer work for sale during outdoor festival. Taste varietals from 13 Illinois wineries and local specialty foods and listen to local music
19th Annual Wine & Art Festival at Rend Lake - October 12 & 13, 2019 - Rend Lake Area - Exit 77 off I-57. 14967 Gun Creek Trail, Whittington, IL 62897
13 Wineries ~ 50 Artists ~ 3 Bands ~ Great Food
$10 wine tasting armband or $3 entry for other visitors. Free parking. No alcoholic beverages may be brought in.
- Veterans on Parade-Marion
10:00 AM - 1:00 pm
Once again men and women who have served our country will be honored at the Veterans on Parade event.It will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7 in Marion. All veterans are invited to march or ride in the parade. They are also looking for Iraqi and Afghanistan Vets along with Honor Flight Veterans to be in the parade.Vets with rides should be at the VA Hospital at 9 a.m and vets wishing to march should meet at the Marion Jr High at 9 a.m. Everyone needs to register for the parade and any veteran needing a ride should contact Ed Davis.
To register for the parade please call Ed at 618-967-9415 or email him at, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Alto Pass
Come view the beautiful fall colors at Bald Knob Cross! Lunch served 11am - 2pm. Horse and carriage rides beginning at 10am. Face painting 11am – 2pm, Crafts 12- 4pm, Music and games outdoors, selfie photo booth. No advance tickets necessary.
More info, https://www.baldknobcross.com/events-at-the-cross/
October 19th and 20th
11am- 6pm each day Each fall, vultures fly over Makanda and the surrounding areas and signal the beginning of fall and the arrival of the incredible fall colors of Makanda and southern Illinois. Vulture Fest features live music, food, shopping, and art by local artists for purchase. For questions and additional information please email email@example.com or check it out on
Friday October 25th
1:30 Children's Parade
6:00 Business Trick or Treat- Old Hospital Parking Lot
6:00 pm- 11:oo pm Masquerade Party
Saturday October 27th
- Benton- Changed to Nov 2 due to rain.
Come celebrate the Fall Season with the City of Benton at the 2019 Benton Fall Festival on Saturday, October 26th at the Benton City Park.
Camp Ondessonk opens its gates to the Southern Illinois community for a free afternoon fall festival each year to get to know our neighbors and area families who enjoy spending time together in the great outdoors. Fall in Southern Illinois provides fantastic weather for afternoon outings. Camp Ondessonk will be providing free pony rides, climbing wall, hay rides, face painting, and hot apple cider around the bonfire. This event is open to the public, and all programming is completely free!