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34th Annual Belleville Chili Cook-Off, Belleville, IL

Friday, October 6 & Saturday, October 7

11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Belleville. Free admission. More than 60 vendors will be selling chili, desserts, kabobs and more. Attendees can vote for their favorite entry to win the People’s Choice award. Live music will be provided by “Fan Fare,” “Smash Band” and “Queens BLVD.” The 11th annual Junior Idol singing competition will take place on Saturday. The 5th annual Belleville Chili Chase and Kids Pepper Dash will occur at 9 a.m. Saturday. The race starts at East Main and Church Street in Belleville. The fee is $30. The Kids Pepper Dash for ages 13 and under costs $5. Information: or 618-233-2015.

St. Rose 150th Celebration Kickoff, St. Rose, IL

Saturday, October 7

The Village of St. Rose will be kicking off the 2018 Sesquentennial Celebration on
October 7th, 2017. Including a 5k run & 1 mile fun run beginning at 9:00 a.m. The fun and festivities will continue at noon with a craft beer festival featuring over 20 craft beers. The Silver Creek Bluegrass Band will perform live until 5:00 p.m. For the younger crowd, there will also be a kids obstacle course. For a full schedule of events, visit:

Highland Art in the Park, Highland, IL

Friday, October 13 - Sunday, October 15

Lindenthal Park, Highland. 6-9 p.m. Friday. Preview party for sponsors and V.I.P. guests. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Art for sale, live entertainment, food, kid’s creations projects, live music, ice sculpting and an interactive public art probject.

Car Care Check Up, Granite City, IL

Saturday, October 14

Calvary Life Church in Granite City, IL is hosting a free Car Care Check-Up to make sure your vehicle’s tire pressure and windshield washer fluid is at an optimum level, as we prepare for fall and winter weather.  Vacuuming and windshield cleaning will also be available.  This is a drive through event and everyone is welcome. 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Call (618) 931-4106.

26th Annual LeClaire Parkfest, Edwardsville, IL

Sunday, October 15

Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Leclaire Park, Edwardsville. The ‘Parkfest’ features live music, festival food, a beer garden, artisans, children’s activities, a book fair and an exhibit of vintage vehicles. Friends of Leclaire share the history of Leclaire National Historic District through posters and trolley tours.

Howl-O-Ween Pet Parade

Saturday, October 21

Registration 10:30 a.m. Parade 11 a.m. Saturday. Joe Glik Park, 710 E. Lake, Edwardsville. Free to watch the parade. $20 per dog to participate. Cash prizes awarded for best costumes in a variety of categories. Event benefits Project Restore, an Edwardsville charity dedicated to addressing education, clean water and medical care issues in developing countries. or 618-781-4193.

Collinsville Fall Festival

Saturday, October 28

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Collinsville. Chili cook-off and contest. Children’s costume contest and pet parade. Treat or Trick Main Street until noon or candy runs out. To enter recipe in chili cook-off go to

Edwardsville Halloween Parade

Tuesday, October 31

6:30 p.m. The parade will leave Lincoln Middle School parking lot at Schwarz & West Streets, then travel east on St. Louis Street to Vandalia Street, then north on North Main Street and will disband at High Street.

Spectator parking is available in the 'super lot' east of Main Street, and on side streets along the parade route. The Jerry's Tire Sales lot is reserved for handicap parking. Portapots will be available at Walgreen's, First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust, and Big Daddy's.



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Area Festivals

▪ Oct. 6 — Brass Choir from Germany in concert. 7:30 p.m. Union United Methodist Church.

▪ Oct. 7 — St. Louis Downtown Airport Open House, Fly-In and Aviation Job Fair. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. St. Louis Downtown Airport.

▪ Oct. 7 — Share Walk for Remembrance and Hope. 9 a.m. Schoendienst Park, Germantown.

▪ Oct. 7 — Cemetery Walk. 3 p.m. O’Fallon City Cemetery.

▪ Oct. 7 — The Woodsmen Quartet. 7 p.m. Saturday. Bethalto Church of God.

 ▪ Oct. 7-8 — West Fork Encampment. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sunday. Lake Lou Yaeger, Picnic Area 4.

▪ Oct. 7-8 — ‘Voices of the Past’ at Woodlawn Cemetery. 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

▪ Oct. 7-8 — 38th Annual Octoberfest. St. Michael Parish grounds, Staunton.

▪ Oct. 8 — Maeystown Oktoberfest. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

▪ Oct. 8 — Friedens Annual Sausage Dinner. 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friedens United Church of Christ.

▪ Oct. 13 — 12th Annual ‘Sips ‘n’ Suds’ with the Southern Illinois Police Chiefs Association. Doors open 6 p.m. Tasting from 7-9 p.m. Friday. Gateway Classic Cars.

▪ Oct. 13-15 — Highland Art in the Park. Lindenthal Park. 6-9 p.m. Friday. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.

▪ Oct. 14 — Pumpkinfest. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Courthouse Square, downtown Waterloo.

▪ Oct. 14 — 2017 Downtown Concert Series. 8-11 p.m. Monroe County Bandstand.

▪ Oct. 14 — Centralia Art-Wine-Music Festival. 4-10 p.m. Saturday. Downtown Centralia.

▪ Oct. 14 — 16th Annual Concordia Church Dinner Auction. Doors open 5 p.m. Dinner 6 p.m. Quail Club.

▪ Oct. 14-15 — Fort de Chartres French and Indian War Encampment. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

▪ Oct. 14-15 — Drums and Percussion Belleville Festival. 2 p.m. Althoff’s Heritage Hall.

▪ Oct. 15 — Holy Name Society’s Meat Shoot. 11 a.m. Sunday. Hecker Community Center Grounds.

▪ Oct. 15 — All-You-Can-Eat Pancake and Sausage Breakfast. 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. St. Augustine Parish Hall.

▪ Oct. 15 — Wurstmarkt and Shooting Match: Still Shot and Trap Shoot. Noon-4 p.m. American Legion Hall.

▪ Oct. 19 — St. John Evangelical United Church of Christ Wurst-Markt. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

▪ Oct. 20 — Downtown Belleville YMCA Trunk or Treat. 6-8 p.m.

▪ Oct. 20 — Auffenberg Dealer Group Trunk or Treat. 4-7:30 p.m. Auffenberg Dealer Group

▪ Oct. 21 — Brewfest featuring a Taste of the KCT and World War II Day at Fort de Chartres. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fort de Chartres State Historic Site.

▪ Oct. 21 — Save the Tower Classic Car Show. Registration 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday. Mertz Ford.

▪ Oct. 22 — Corpus Christi Church Fall Chicken Dinner. 3-7 p.m. Corpus Christi Parish Center.

▪ Oct. 26 — Chouteau Township Seniors Annual Chili Supper. 4-8 p.m.

▪ Oct. 26-29 — Rummage and Bake Sale. 5-9 p.m. Thursday. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. St. Dominic Parish Center.

▪ Oct. 27 — Trunk or Treat. 6-8 p.m. Edwardsville Masonic Lodge.

▪ Oct. 28 — Chili-soup Cookoff & Cupcake Wars. 3-10 p.m. Saturday. New Baden Village Park. 

▪ Oct. 29 — Mascoutah Fire Department Annual Mulligan and Chili. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mascoutah Fire House.


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