FAIRS AND FESTIVALS IN OCTOBER 2021
October 1- 2
Vienna- Johnson County Heritage Fest
Johnson County Heritage Festival with Carnival and parade !
Carnival will October 1st and 2nd
Parade October 2nd 10:00
What does Fall mean to you?
Makanda Mushroom Festival ****Tickets Required ( see below)
Join us for the first annual Makanda Mushroom Festival held in the gorgeous Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois. During a weekend of October 1-3, 2021, Camp Manitowa at Cedar Point in Makanda, IL boasts a gorgeous backdrop for mushroom foraging hikes, educational food and fermentation workshops, a ticketed, chef-led mushroom dinner, live music from incredible local talent, art, vendors, camping, cabins, and much more. Stay tuned for more details. Perfect for families and people of all ages! Enjoy spring with us here in the Shawnee, we cannot wait to see you in April!
WHAT YOU GET:
Festival grounds open Friday at 3pm and close Sunday at 8 pm. Feel free to join us any or all of the days.
Each festival attendee will receives:
Access to free workshops throughout the festival (Workshops are Saturday and Sunday).
Take-Home items or workbooks from most workshops and presentations.
Free Camping included with each ticket.
Hogan Hut Rentals Available
Juried Artists’ Market and Mini Farmers’ Market Saturday 9am-2pm.
Live music Friday and Saturday evenings, and Sunday.
Lake access with lifeguard(s) on duty, plus FREE kayaks and canoes provided by Camp Manitowa.
Educational foraging hikes led by mycology experts from Missouri Mycological Society.
Mushroom and Wild Edibles ID Table with Missouri Mycological Society
Presentations and Speakers’ Panel
Ticketed Mushroom Dinner
Living Forest and Art at Night
Mush, Mush More!
Adult Ticket: $80 (3 Day Pass)
Children under age 12 & under: $40 (3 Day Pass)
Hogan Hut Rentals - Spaces Are Limited: $320 (Includes four 3-Day Adult or Child Passes and one hogan hut rental).
Celebrate the influences brought to the area by the Fluorspar Mining Industry. Rosiclare was once considered the Fluorspar Capital of the world and fluorspar is still the state mineral. Enjoy a pageant, pet parade, carnival, contests, car/motorcycle show, food and craft vendors, open house at the American Flourite Museum, live entertainment, fireworks and more!
DuQuoin- Fall Festival
Du Quoin Tourism's 9th Annual Fall Festival with Craft & Merchandise vendors, Food Trucks, Great Live Music, and activities for the kids including Pumpkin Painting, Corn Crib treasure dig and games, located in Keyes City Park, Du Quoin IL
Harrisburg- Shawnee Sasquatch Festival-
Join the community of Harrisburg for our 1st Annual Shawnee Sasquatch Festival. This event is brought to the City by various community organizations and business partners for whom we are grateful.
Enjoy the full forest vibes right Here in Harrisburg as we enjoy a day full of events including a Guided Hikes, vintage market, 5K, Boston-Qualifying Marathon, Family Activities, Local Shopping, and Live Music Entertainment right HERE in Harrisburg
Vintage on Vine and Family Fun scheduled from 11am- 4pm
For more information and a schedule of the day go to www.shawneesasquatch.com/
Marion- Heartland Pet Fest - Marion Illinois 9AM- 5PM Free to the public!! at the Oasis in Marion
We are happy to announce that once again at this year's pet fest we will be giving away free Heartland Pet Fest shirts to the first 200 visitors! We will also have grab bags with swag from our sponsors!
We are looking forward to our best Pet Fest yet! We are so proud to present an event to our community with free inflatable bounce houses for kids to play on, free chances to win raffles, music, local business owners sharing their products, chances to adopt your next forever furry friend, a vaccination clinic, and so much more.
Please share this post to all who would enjoy a Pet friendly and family friendly event this Saturday, October 2nd from 10-4 at the Oasis in Marion!
Rosiclare -Fluorspar Festival Since 1965, the annual Hardin County Fluorspar Festival has been held in the fall in Rosiclare, Illinois to celebrate the influences brought to the area by the Fluorspar Mining Industry. Located on the banks of the Ohio River, Rosiclare, once known as the "Fluorspar Capital of the World", has a colorful history that revolved around this mineral, which is also the State Mineral of Illinois. Each year, the Festival highlights and brings back memories of days gone by. Held on the first weekend in October in downtown Rosiclare, the Festival features an ever-growing list of activities and things to do. Events include a Miss Fluorspar Pageant, carnival, pet parade, bicycle & golf cart contest & parade, car/motorcycle show, photo contest, food and craft vendors, barbeque, open house at the American Fluorite Museum, local musical talent, the Festival parade at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday and the finale on Saturday evening featuring a fireworks display at the City Park overlooking the river.
Cobden -Buffalo Day at Bison Bluff Farms-Cobden
1565 Bethel Church Rd, Cobden
Not a festival but so special we wanted to list it here.
Buffalo Day, an event that happens twice a year, is an extremely important day for both us and the animals. It is a day in which we assess the animals, get their weights, tag this years calves, and give the animals any help they may require before releasing them back out on pasture to roam.
October 4th- 9th
Marion- Wililamson County Fair
101 N Fair Dr.
Carnival begins on Thursday
See full schedule at https://www.williamsoncountyillinoisfair.com/blank
Murphysboro-Big Muddy Brewfest ( a festival for adults)
The Big Muddy Monster Brewfest is an awesome day for celebrating music, craft beer, local folk lore and community and it’s not only a good time, but the proceeds go towards improving the town.Must be 21, tickets on sale: oon to 4 pm at Riverside Park in Murphysboro, IL.
Tickets available online at BigMuddyMonsterBrewfest.com
Advanced Admission: $35, Day of $45, Imperial Tent $50, day of $55
8am- 4pm downtown sesser
Over 25 vendors, pumpkin painting, pumking carving contest, Balloon Designs by Pat, petting zoo,
Scarecrow Contest, live music, chili cookoff, corn hole contest, inflatables, book signing, food trucks, punkin pie cooking contest, selfie contest
October 9th and 10th
- Whittington, Illinois
T aste Illinois' finest wines enjoy foods and treats . . . visit art and craft vendors and enjoy the best entertainment lineup ever! Saturday & Sunday, October 9th and 10th - just west of I-57 Exit 77 at Rend La
Marion-Fall Festival Sponsored by Cornerstone Church
2705 Walton Way, Marion, Illinois
A fun, free event for the whole family!
On Sunday, October 10th, join us for a totally free event with a pumpkin patch, fair food, games, carnival rides, live music, and more!
Activities run from 3-6pm with live music from 6-7pm!
- Alto Pass
On Saturday, October 16, 2021, Bald Knob Cross of Peace will host their annual Fall Colors at the Cross. The event provides an opportunity to gather at one of the world’s largest crosses to enjoy the beauty of the region.The event will be hosted from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Vendors, food trucks, and family activities will be available on site, and donations will be accepted at the gate to meet a critical need at the Cross.
“We are excited to once again welcome an anticipated 2,000+ people from throughout the Midwest for this signature event at Bald Knob Cross. We expect fall colors to be nearing peak during this time and Bald Knob Mountain offers one of the most majestic views in the region,” stated Jeffrey Isbell, Executive Director of Bald Knob Cross of Peace. The event is a fundraiser to help raise money to build a much-needed water well on-site. Since the first Easter Sunrise Service in 1937, the Cross has had to depend upon hauled water to fill cisterns. As the Cross plans to expand its grounds, a water well is critical for expansion. The expected cost of the project is expected to be $75,000. More than $25,000 has already been committed to this project.
Vendor space is still available starting at $25. The vendor application can be found at www.baldknobcross.com/news-events/fall-colors-vendor-app
October 16th and 17th
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
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!