Whether you’re looking for live music, a festival, marathon, or something family-friendly to bring the kids to, Downstate Illinois has something for everyone! Each week we highlight a few fun events within southwest, south central and southeast Illinois. Our region hosts over 900 events each year, and we pride ourselves on providing the most accurate event information so that you don’t miss a thing. For even more events, be sure to visit the Downstate Illinois Calendar of Events page here!
Wednesday, September 21, 2022 @ 7 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Come out and support your local vendors on the Charleston Square. Baked goods, flowers, produce, jewelry, and more.
Nashville Courthouse, Nashville, IL
Thursday, September 22, 2022 @ 7 a.m. - Noon
Spend your Thursday morning strolling through the Nashville Farmers Market from May - November.
Hidden Lake Winery, Aviston, IL
Thursday, September 22, 2022 @ 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
EVERY Thursday from 5 - 7 p.m. - $7 Cocktails, $5 Craft Drafts, $15 Bucket- 6 Domestic Beers, $5 Small Plates, 15% off Featured Wine of the Week
Marine Village Park, Marine, IL
Friday, September 23, 2022 - Saturday, September 24, 2022 @ Noon - 4 p.m.
Come on out for the annual Hot Air Balloon Over Marine event! There will be a kids area, food/craft vendors, live music, a balloon launch and glow (weather permitting), and more!
Saturday, September 24, 2022 - Sunday, September 25, 2022 @ 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
45th Annual Fall Festival @ Kinmundy Log Cabin Village is right around the corner! Walk through Civil War Era Cabins and check out craft vendors! Live Demonstrations! Lots of new updates to cabins and don’t forget to stop by the General Store.
Saturday, September 24, 2022 @ 8 a.m. - Noon
Join Park Rangers and volunteers as we work together to improve the many recreational amenities Carlyle Lake has to offer! A great opportunity to give back to the community while appreciating the outdoors.
Tilden City Park, Tilden, IL
Saturday, September 24, 2022 @ 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Registration begins at 8:00 AM. Choose from a 5,10, 20, or 40 mile route. SAG wagon and food will be available from 8 am until 2 pm. Your $25.00 entry includes a long sleeve t-shirt, lunch, snacks and water on the trail, as well as SAG support. Cost is $30/day of ride. All rides begin and end at the Tilden Village Park, where there are restroom facilities. All participants are required to check in when returning from ride. Tour de Tilden will be held rain or shine. No refunds. This ride supports the Tilden Scholarship Fund.
Olney City Park, Olney, IL
Saturday, September 24, 2022 @ 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Artists, entertainment, crafts, food, and much more!
Lincoln Log Cabin, Lerna, IL
Saturday, September 24, 2022 - Sunday, September 25, 2022 @ 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Come celebrate the arrival of autumn at the Harvest Frolic on Saturday and Sunday, September 24 and 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Don't miss experiencing 19th-century life on the farm!
Charters Patio, Vandalia, IL
Saturday, September 24, 2022 @ Noon - 8 p.m.
Join us for the 5th Annual Wine & Ale with Abe Streetfest. Located in Downtown Vandalia & Charters Patio!
Hidden Lake Winery, Aviston, IL
Sunday, September 25, 2022 @ 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Brunch menu available every Sunday along with Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar!
To submit an event to be published on the Downstate Illinois website, click here!