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Alton Giant BBC Annual Governor Steele Cup
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Mississippi Valley Christian Academy, 2009 Seminary Street, Alton, IL
12 pm – 3 pm

The Alton Giant Baseball Club will host its Annual Governor Steele Cup vintage baseball tournament on Saturday, August 12. The event will demonstrate the rules and customs of the sport in the late 1800s. You can find more information about this free event by calling 618-722-1391 or by visiting the Alton Giant VBBC Facebook page.


TheBANK of Edwardsville Rotary Criterium Festival
Saturday, August 19, 2017
North Main Street, Edwardsville, IL
3 pm – 11 pm

TheBANK of Edwardsville Rotary Criterium Festival returns to downtown Edwardsville on Saturday, August 19 for its eight year. The event features live music, local food and drink, activities for kids, youth bicycle racing and professional bicycle racing. The free festival has something for everyone to enjoy, regardless of age. Additional information can be found on the event website or Facebook page.


SIUE Solar Eclipse Viewing
Monday, August 21, 2017
Korte Stadium, SIUE Campus, Edwardsville, IL
11 am – 3 pm

SIUE is proud to welcome those interested in viewing the total eclipse at Korte Stadium. The location provides a very low level of light pollution and 99.5% totality view. The eclipse will span 11:50 am to 2:44 pm with the highest point of totality occurring at 1:18 pm. This event is free to the public and will provide eclipse glasses at no charge. Additional information can be obtained at the event website.


August 25 – August 27, 2017
St. Paul Catholic Church, 1413 Ninth Street, Highland, IL
Friday 6 pm – 9 pm
Saturday 7 am – 12 am
Sunday 9 am – 10 pm

Kirchenfest, one of the largest church festivals, will take place on the church grounds August 25- August 27. This is a German themed event featuring authentic food, live music, games, auction, flea market, a competitive run and bike ride. Friday’s event bears a $5 admission for the flea market pre-sale, otherwise event admission is free of charge. Additional information can be found on the event website or by calling (618) 654-2339.


Alton Food Truck Festival
Saturday, August 26, 2017
Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater, 1 Riverfront Drive, Alton, IL
4 pm – 8 pm

The City of Alton and Sauce Magazine present the Alton Food Truck Festival Saturday, August 26, 2107. This free event will feature a diverse array of food truck fare from area vendors, beverages from the amphitheater and a live band. While admission is free, VIP tickets are also available for purchase by calling 1-800-258-6645 or purchase online.


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Area Festivals

Aug. 4 — Ice cream social

6-8 p.m. Friday. Moody Park, Fairview Heights. Free ice cream. Music from Babaloo.

Aug. 4-6 — Mascoutah homecoming

Friday-Sunday, Scheve Park, 6th St. and Harnett St., Mascoutah. Carnival ride, music, parades at 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Aug. 5 — St. James summer festival

3 p.m. Saturday, Stephen Freund Parish Center, 419 W. Madison, Millstadt. Chicken dinner at 4 p.m. Quilt/cash bingo, booths, country store, raffles, attendance prizes.

Aug. 5 — St. Francis of Assisi Church picnic

3:30-11:30 p.m. Saturday. 2nd St. and Clinton, Aviston. Fried chicken, roast beef and homemade dressing dinner with all the trimmings served from 3:30-7:30 p.m. Quilt bingo starts at 6:30 p.m. Raffles, baskets, beverages, games of chance. Mass at 4 p.m. 618-228-7219 or

Aug. 5 — St. Anthony’s annual church picnic and chicken dinner

4-8 p.m. Saturday. Parish grounds, Lively Grove on Route 153, 4 miles south of Route 15. Chicken dinners for sale. Bingo for quilts and cash at 6:30 p.m. Music by: “Polka Connections.” Polka Mass at 4 p.m. Mass at 6 p.m.

Aug. 5 — Belleville ‘Peace Festival’

1-5 p.m. Saturday. 19 Public Square, Belleville. This event features crafts and vendors. Performers include “Heir to the Throne,” “Fiercely MC,” “Harambee” from Belleville West and the Lancer Dancers from Belleville East. The emcee for the festival is Ms. Dieta Pepsi.

Aug. 11 — Troy ‘Family Summer of Fun’ event

Friday. Entertainment begins 6 p.m. Movie at 8:15 p.m. Tri-Township Park northeastern corner across from the gazebo. Free food and snacks. Showing: ”Sing.” 618-667-8769 or

Aug. 11 — Movie night at Glazebrook Park

7:30 p.m. Friday. Glazebrook Community Park, 1401 Stamper Lane, Godfrey. Free admission. Bring chairs or blankets. Concession stand. Showing: “Trolls.” 618-466-1483.

Aug. 11-12 — Fairview Heights homecoming

Friday and Saturday. Parade, 5 p.m. Saturday. Food and carnival rides.

Aug. 12 — Venedy picnic and homecoming

Saturday, Brockschmidt Park, Venedy. Food, live music, drawings, bingo and kids games.

Aug. 12-13 — ‘Chillin’ and Grillin’ for the Boys in Blue’

Saturday and Sunday, Marine. Competition BBQ event. Live music. Proceeds will be donated to the Marine Police K-9 Unit. More information on their Facebook page.

Aug. 13 — Peach Festival at Pere Marquette Lodge

11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. 13653 Lodge Blvd., Grafton. Free admission. Area peach growers will have their produce to sample and purchase. This event features vendors, “Peach Pit-Pitching,” live music and peach wine. Special activities will be available for kids. 618-786-2331.

Aug. 13 — 2017 Downtown concert series

4-7 p.m. Sunday. Monroe County Bandstand, Waterloo. Featuring: “Burnt Toast and the Jam.” Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Free summer concerts presented by the Waterloo Chamber of Commerce.

Aug. 13 — ‘Blessing of Grapes’ picnic

12:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday. St. Gregory Community Center, 3501 Century Drive, Granite City. An annual event celebrating Armenian culture. Lamb and chicken kebab dinners for sale as well as Armenian pastries and breads. Learn Armenian dancing. There will be a bounce house and face painting for children. More ethnic items will be available for sale. or 618-741-8954.

Aug. 18-20 — Centralia ‘Balloon Fest’

3-10 p.m. Friday, 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 6 p.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Foundation Park, Centralia. Balloon races, fireworks, live music, food.

Aug. 18-20 — St. Louis ‘World’s Fare Heritage’ festival

5-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Forest Park, World’s Fair Pavilion, St. Louis. Local food, live music, kid’s island activity area, art display, exhibit, games, ferris wheel, mixology challenge, bike and skate ramp.

Aug. 19 — ‘Rock the Hops’

2-8 p.m. Saturday. Downtown Alton. Live music from more than 25 bands. Over 30 local artists, makers and vendors. More than 25 styles of beer will be available. Admission: $25. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Northside Park revitalization effort. Rock the Hops on Facebook.

Aug. 21 — Solar eclipse viewing party at the Amphitheater

11 a.m.-2 p.m. Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater. 1 Riverfront Drive, Alton. Free event featuring food, drink, solar glasses and bubble bus. Sponsored by the Hayner Library, Alton Park and Recreation and Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau. 800-258-6645.

Aug. 25-26 — Holy Childhood annual picnic and fish fry

Holy Childhood Church, 419 E. Church St., Mascoutah. Fish fry, 5-9:30 p.m. Friday with live music, beer and games. Picnic, 5-11 p.m. Saturday includes chicken dinner, lightning raffle, bingo, petting zoo, games.

Aug. 25-26 — Waterloo homecoming

Friday and Saturday, downtown Waterloo. Free. Parade at 5 p.m. Saturday. Live music, carnival rides and games. Food and drinks sold by local organizations.

Aug. 25-27 — Midwest ‘Salute to the Arts’

6-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Moody Park Fairview Heights. Artists, kids activities, music, food.

Aug. 26 — St. Teresa Catholic Church parish picnic

4-midnight Saturday, St. Teresa School grounds, 1108 Lebanon Ave., Belleville. Polka mass at 4 p.m. Fried chicken dinner, quilt bingo, live music, basket booths, kid’s activities.




Additional Events Calendars

The Tourism Bureau Illinois South works diligently to collect information about events being held throughout the area. From festivals and homecoming celebrations to art fairs and beer fests, we want to help you get to them all. Please note, all efforts have been made to verify event information prior to publishing, however, changes do occur. Please contact event producers directly to verify times of operation, location and admission price. And most of all . . . Have fun!

Tourism Bureau Illinois South Events Calendar