FAIRS AND FESTIVALS IN OCTOBER 2022
September 30- October 1
Vienna- Johnson County Fall Fest
Get ready to celebrate fall when the City of Vienna hosts the annual Johnson County Fall Festival on Friday, Sept. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 1, in the Vienna City Park. Things get underway at 5 p.m. Friday with the evening wrapping up at 10 p.m. Saturday’s schedule begins at 10 a.m and goes to 9 p.m. The two-day event will include food, crafts, music, vendors, organizations, a parade, food cook-offs, contests and more. A range activities for all ages is set for 6-10 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Saturday.
The parade will be at 10 a.m. Saturday
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
October 1st- October 3rd
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!
Golconda- Fall Festival
Come join us for the 50th Annual Pope County Fall Festival on Sunday, October 9th. Enjoy a bounty of crafts, food, music, bouncy houses and the changing of the seasons on our historic courthouse lawn. Come shop and visit with family and friends. Grab a bite to eat and stroll the Ohio Riverfront.
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 2nd 9th
Marion- Wililamson County Fair
101 N Fair Dr.
Carnival begins on Thursday
See full schedule at https://www.williamsoncountyillinoisfair.com/events
Rides begin on October 6th.
Murphysboro-Big Muddy Brewfest ( a festival for adults)
This event will include hundreds of styles of craft beers, nine food trucks, and a disc golf exhibition, and other games. The Big Muddy Monster Brew Fest takes place at Riverside Park in Murphysboro, on Saturday, October 8.
The event’s goal is raising funds for projects that directly benefit the community and promote tourism. Last year, $20,000 was used by Murphysboro Main Street to assist with the rehab of the Old Depot. Part of the money raised this year will go to finishing development of a new 18-hole disc golf course at Riverside Park.
This year, 20 breweries will be involved, pouring unique craft beers. There will also be 9 food trucks onsite for those attending the event. A homebrew competition will take place, with the winners of said competition will be announced at the festival, at 2 p.m.
General admission for the Big Muddy Monster Brew Fest to the event is $50 for an advance ticket, or $60 at the gate. Doors open for Imperial Tent ticket holders at 11:00 a.m. and general admission at noon. Advance tickets are currently limited but can still be purchased online.
Sweet Harvest Day in the Park
8am- 4pm downtown sesser
Please join us for the 2022 Sesser Chamber Oktoberfest ~ October 8th 8am-4pm ~ We will have vendors from all over the Southern Illinois area ~ Food Vendors ~ Live music ~ Balloon creations ~ Pet Costume contest ~ Pumpkin Painting ~ much much more
Harrisburg- Bluegrass and Barbeque Festival
9:30 am- 5:oopm
Saline Creek Pioneer Village and Museum
October 8th and 9th
- Whittington, Illinois
The 19th Annual Illinois Wine & Art Fesival at Rend Lake will be held on the grounds of the Southern Illinois Art and Artisan Center where it started in 2001. This will provide more shaded area for visitors and vendors alike along with air conditioned, indoor restrooms and the artisans pavilion. Bring lawn chairs and pop up shade tents. Come spend these gorgeous fall days enjoying the wine, art, music and food of Southern Illinois. The entertainment will include live muic! It’s all happening Saturday and Sunday October 12th and 13th, just off Interstate 57 at Exit 77 with free parking under the golf ball water tower at beautiful Rend Lake.
October 15th and 16th
SI Made Expo
The SI Made Expo returns to the Pavilion!
The 2-day expo features all local vendors showcasing and selling their products made right here in Southern Illinois.
Proceeds to benefit Operation Honor Guard and Veteran's Honor Flight of Southern Illinois
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.
Here is the music line-up for this year's event. For additional info, please check out the band's social media accounts. Drumroll Please:
Saturday, October 15th
At The Pavillion:
12:00 Pity Thy Neighbors (Country Americana)
2:00 Heather Hammers (Folk Acoustic)
4:00 Pet Mosquito (Garage Rock/Indie Punk)
At The Rainmaker's Garden:
12:30 Kyle Kinser and The Parlortricks (Jazz)
1:45 S.I.W.A.D.E. (West African Drums)
3:00 RognBobn Ruth (Comic Folk and Harmonies)
5:00 Rick Droit and Blue Raven (Americana Rock)
Sunday, October 16th
At The Pavillion:
12:00 Jeremy Todd (Indie/Folk/Americana)
2:00 Karve (Ethereal Indie Rock)
4:00 One for the Roses (Classic Kind Jams)
At The Rainmakers Garden:
12:30 Mila and John (Kitchen Table Jam)
2:00 Barry Cloyd with Fiddle Rick (Folk and American Jam)
3:30 Fiddle Rick & The Bourbon Boys w/Guests
(The Jam Continues)
5:00 The Natives (Local Legends)
Dancing will be permitted and encouraged!
October 22nd- 23rd
- Alto Pass
Come view the beautiful fall colors at Bald Knob Cross!
- 10 am – 5 pm
- Carriage rides from 10 am-3 pm both days
- Bounce houses for 2 different age groups
- Pet Parade Saturday 11 am, registration at 10:30 am. Or, complete this registration form online.
- Food and Crafts!
Family LIfe Festival
You are invited to our yearly CLC Family Life Festival on Saturday, October 22nd held on the grounds of Christian Life Church at 1901 North Park Avenue in Herrin from 5:00 to 9:00 pm.
The event will include free food, cotton candy, games, face painting, animals, bounce house, hayride, campfire, s'mores, crafts and much more!
Residents of Herrin and local communities are encouraged to come out, bring your lawn chairs, and partake in the fun during this free, family-friendly event.
If you have questions or need additional information, contact the office of Christian Life Church at 618.942.7369 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hours: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Age: All ages
• Pony Rides
• Face Painting
• Rock Wall
• Local Vendors
If you are interested in becoming a Vendor for this event, please submit the following application: