FAIRS, FESTIVALS AND CRAFT FAIRS IN OCTOBER 2023
September 30th- October 1
- Whittington, Illinois
looking for something to do this weekend? Join us at the Wine & Art Festival at Rend Lake. Wine tasting, live music, food trucks, and shopping. $10.00 admission per person (Cash Only) Come see the new Rend Lake Event Center at 14967 Gun Creek Trail, Whittington, IL at Exit 77 off Interstate 57.
More information on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/wineandartfestivalatrendlake/
September 30- October 8th
Marion- Williamson County Fair
101 N Fair Dr.
Carnival begins on Thursday
See the full schedule at https://www.williamsoncountyillinoisfair.com/
October 6th and 7th
Little Grassy Get Down
Little Grassy Get Down is a family-friendly music festival featuring mostly original acoustic Americana music from around the Midwest. The festival welcomes back The Woodbox Gang, and new to the festival is the Vince Herman Band! We’re also gettin’ down with Chicago Farmer & The Fieldnotes, The Burney Sisters, Chain Station, Taylor Steele & The Love Preachers, The People vs Hugh DeNeal, The Gruesomes, Dan and Alex, Carter and Connelley, and LoveSeat!!
TICKETS: Options range from a VIP weekend getaway to festival day passes – kids under 15 are free with a paying adult.
Vienna- Johnson County Fall Fest
This year, the festival will be open from 5 - 9 p.m. on Friday, October 6, and 11 am - 8 pm on Saturday, October 7. Everyone is welcome to attend.
There will be activities and entertainment for all ages. Throughout the next few weeks, you'll find information here about games, activities, music, food trucks, craft vendors, contests, and more. We will also share information about the parade that is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, October 7 as well as the first-ever "Johnson County's Got Talent" scheduled for late that afternoon.
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! Bicycle and Pet Parades and October 6th.
Harvest Fest and Fireworks 11sm- 8pm
Join us in celebrating 35 YEARS of Alto Vineyards. What a milestone for our team, our vineyard, and the Renzaglia family. We truly couldn’t do all of this without you all, and that causes for celebration!!
We have a fun day planned for October 7th that you don’t want to miss!
Time: 11 am – Dark
When: October 7th
Fireworks: Falling Skies Pyrotechnics
Music: Ivas John Band & Diamond Dog
Food Trucks: Dave’s Bagels & Taco Jim’s
Other Food: Brats & hot dogs fresh off the grill
Color the Town
Everyone, kids and adults, is invited to Color the Town. Paint a masterpiece alone or with 100 friends/families. You will receive a 4-foot by 4-foot square in the East Davie Street parking lot and all the supplies needed to paint your square.
Play in the Bounce House!
Paint your square, Bring Lawn Chairs, Sway to the Music, Visit with Others, and Have FUN!
Modest Fee of $10 for paint, brushes, and square.
Color Fest Street Fest - Join us for COLORFEST! 9am- 5pm
East Davie & Lafayette will be closed down to foot traffic only.
NOON – Leight July
3PM – Ethan Stephenson Band
Outdoor Beer Garden
The City of Harrisburg is excited to announce our 3rd Annual Shawnee Sasquatch Festival on October 7th, 2023.
Attractions include Run Like a Sasquatch 5K, FREE Carnival Rides, FREE Live Entertainment, FREE car show, a large variety of vendors and makers market, food trucks, Legend of Sasquatch education, and MORE!
Our live entertainment includes:
12pm The Jake Meyers Band
4pm 90's Kids
8pm Murphy 500
More info at shawneesasquatch.com
Herrin- Autumn in the Park
Herrin City Park 9am,- 3pm
Bring the family to the 2nd Annual Autumn in the Park! The Keith Pursell Memorial Scholarship Car Show will be from 9 a.m.-2pm. There will be cars, crafters, vendors, food trucks, and more! Admission and parking are FREE! ...
Marion- Art in the Garden
Mandela Garden 9am- 6pm
“Art in the Garden” is an art festival experience made for the Southern Illinois community to connect, create & celebrate the arts". This event is free for all to come & enjoy! Our mission is to bring together the Southern Illinois community for a one-of-a-kind celebration of creative synergy! ...
Marion- Fall and Vendor Craft Show
Marion Centre Mall
Shop with local boutiques, small businesses, direct sales representatives, handmade crafters, food trucks, and more! Raffle tickets will be sold at the event for chances to win fabulous items and baskets. ...
Murphysboro-Big Muddy Brewfest ( a festival for adults) 12pm- 4pm
The Big Muddy Monster Brewfest is an awesome day for celebrating music, craft beer, local folklore and community and it’s not only a good time, but the proceeds go towards improving the town. Must be 21, tickets are on sale: https://bmmbrewfest.com/tickets/
8am- 4pm downtown Sesser
Please join us for the 2022 Sesser Chamber Oktoberfest on October 8th 8am-to 4pm ~ We will have vendors from all over the Southern Illinois area ~ Food Vendors ~ Live music ~ Balloon creations a pet Costume contest ~ Pumpkin Painting ~ much much more
October 7th and 8th
Southern Charm on the Farm
1500 N Main, Harrisburg
Saturday 9am- 5pm, Sunday 9am - 4pm
Vintage, antiques, food trucks, Music
$5 entry fee, children under age 12 and under FREE
Golconda- Fall Festival
Time: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Come join us for the 51st Annual Pope County Fall Festival on Sunday, October 8th from 10am to 3pm. 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.
1:30pm- 3:30 pm
Join us for the Pumpkin Extravaganza on Monday, October 9th from 1:30-3:30pm in Jonesboro! This free event is full of pumpkin-themed fun including games, crafts, snacks, pumpkin decorating, and more! Questions? Contact Anne Townsend at 618-833-6363 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 13th and 14th
Jonesboro Colorfest 4pm-8pm
Jonesboro Post Office Parking Lot
Bands, food vendors, craft vendors, book sale, bounce house
Craft and Vendor Fair"
Come out to the Anne West Lindsay Library for the Craft and Vendor Fair on October 13 & 14. Vendors will be on hand from 10 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. Find 10 new vendors each day along with food trucks, and more! ...
ColorFest at Blue Sky Vineyard
October 14 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Enjoy a relaxing day of wine and music at Blue Sky Vineyard. Appreciate the rolling hills and wonderful fall colors of southern Illinois and enjoy the ambiance of an autumn afternoon at the vineyard. With harvest nearly over and our new vintage wines well on their way, we’re ready for a celebration. Join us for:
Pop Up Wine Pairing
Tarot Card Reader
Music: 2-6pm: Reggie Britton & The Dave Lumsden Band (Blues / Blues Rock)
Fall Festival- DuQuoin
Keyes Park 10am- 4pm
We are so excited for the 2023 Fall Festival! Food trucks, vendor and craft fair, kids corner, live music, live performances, bounce houses, permanent jewelry, pumpkin decorating competition, pie eating contest, and so much more!!!
Spread the word and invite all your friends and family!
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 year's calves, and give the animals any help they may require before releasing them back out on pasture to roam.
Sweet Harvest Day in the Park
We will have a horse-drawn sorghum press! Sorghum cooking,
Apple cider press! Hayrides and much more!
We would love to see you there!
Fun at the Farm- Cosponsored by Jackson County PYD
172 Mileur Orchard Rd, Murphysboro, IL 62966
Family Friendly activities, costume contest, face painting, pumpkin decorating
Free apple slushies and donuts
American Threshermans Festival
Perry County Fairground
Fat Tire Festival
Mountain Bike Festival
Registration deadline October 18th at noon
Parade at 10am
Tailgaiting at 11 am- 2pm
Football at 2pm
Saluki Volleyball at 5pm
Ms Eboness Pagent at 5pm, tickets required
301 Pine Street
Carterville First United Methodist Church will host a large craft fair on October 21st from 9 a.m.-to 3pm. There will be food trucks, fun, and lots of shopping. https://www.facebook.com/CartervilleFUMC
Family Life Festival
Family Life Festival!! October 21st, 4:30— 7:30 p.m. Chili, face painting, hayrides, bonfire, cotton candy, games, horse rides, and more. See Miquelie Davis or Lindsey Tutor join in the event!! Signups are in the back of the sanctuary!
October 21st and 22nd
- Makanda-downtown on the Boardwalk
Art, Music, Food and Fun
Begins at 12pm , ends Sunday at 707pm
Alto Pass Fall Colors at the Cross
Come view the beautiful fall colors at Bald Knob Cross!
The event will take place on Saturday, October 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 22 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. There will be vendors, food trucks various family activities, and an entry fee of $5 per car, with payment at the gate. Guided says they are excited to welcome back the Hileman Family with their horse and carriage rides on Saturday, along with musical guests Tim Lehner and Chris Long who will perform between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.
On Sunday, Guined says they will host gospel musicians from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Artists include Maida and Dan Carson, Roger Crews, Saviors Call, Gary Roach, and The Cypress Creek Boys Quartet, whose bass singer holds the Guinness Book of World Records lowest bass note ever.
Fort Massac State Park
Fort Massac Encampment
Handcrafted items, food, fife and drum music, mock battle and more
10 am - 5pm
- Join us for the Camp Ondessonk Fall Festival Saturday, October 22 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Bring the whole family and enjoy hayrides, rock-climbing walls, archery, crafts, pony rides, local vendors, and much more.
Family Fall Festival
Eastland Life Church
716 E Third Street
There will be fall-themed games, a dessert auction, face painting, raffles, and food will be served. Great place to get connected.
October 26th- 28th
Annual Mardi Gras Celebration
For a complete listing of all activities go to
Elizabethtown- Fall Festival
11 a.m. - free entry, free parking
Music, food trucks, vendors, crafts, Homemade goods, kids activities, and more.
52 unique vendors for shopping
Face painting by the high school FFA
FREE pumpkin painting,
3 bounce houses FREE thanks to the city of Elizabethtown
First Baptist Church will have tent set up with free treats & goodies
Costume parade & contest with prizes @ 4pm line up at First Baptist Church Tent
10343 State Highway 149
Free Pumpkin Painting, Burkes Alpacas, Bouce Houses, Cupcake Walk, Free Photo Booth
Ide Cream, food specials.
Locally Grown: Fall Edition
Touch of Nature
Face painting, campfire, games, haunted library and activities
McKinley Ave Baptist Church Fall Festival
410 W Sloan, Harrisburg, Illinois
Join us during the town-wide Trick Or Treat for a time of fun! We will have multiple game stations, tons of candy activities and food for the whole family.
Stop in and see us for lots of treats and no tricks!