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!
Du Quion State Fairgrounds, Du Quion, IL
Friday, August 26, 2022 - Monday, September 5, 2022 @ 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
There will be rides, food, and free entertainment. The fair will consist of Motor sports, horse and livestock shows, cooking competitions, and a karaoke contest. Bring the entire family out to DuQuoin Fairgrounds to enjoy this free admission event.
Friday, September 2, 2022 - Monday, September 5, 2022 @ 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Carnival rides, live entertainment, street fair, and much more!
216 East A Street, Belleville, IL
Monday, September 5, 2022 @ 8 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Come enjoy a downtown Belleville Labor Day Parade and bring the whole family!
Wednesday, September 7, 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 8, 2022 @ 7 a.m. - Noon
Spend your Thursday morning strolling through the Nashville Farmers Market from May - November.
Downtown Square, Highland, IL
Thursday, September 8, 2022 @ 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Free and open to the public.
Courthouse Square, Marshall, IL
Friday, September 2, 2022 @ 4 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Marshall will be hosting a weekly Farmers Market downtown around the courthouse square on Friday before their city band concert throughout the summer months. It's a great opportunity to get locally grown produce, plants, flowers, honey, fresh baked goods, candles, dog treats, handmade crafts and so much more!
World Wide Technology Raceway
Friday, September 9, 2022 - Sunday, September 11, 2022 @ 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Please visit the website for scheduling information.
Bolm-Schuhkraft Park, Columbia, IL
Friday, September 9, 2022 - Saturday, September 10, 2022 @ Noon - 10 p.m.
Songs4Soldiers is a two day music festival that is hosted in beautiful Columbia, IL. 100% of the proceeds generated from the concert goes to assisting combat veterans and their families all over the midwest. The show features some of southern Illinois best bands and is accompanied by national touring rock n roll and country artist! This is a family friendly event. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day of show. Kids under 13 and veterans get in free!
Sure Shot, Mascoutah, IL
Friday, September 9, 2022 @ 12:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Whether you're new to the area or have lived here forever, come join us! We all need community, and it's even better when it's over some drinks and games.
Shiloh Community Park, Shiloh, IL
Friday, September 9, 2022 - Saturday, September 10, 2022 @ 4 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Enjoy carnival rides, live music, delicious food and drinks. Fireworks display on Friday night (rain date will be Saturday, September 10). Several bands will be performing, including George Portz, Vince K, The Z Band, Cadence Cloggers and Borderline. Come out with your family and enjoy the weekend!
1st Block of South Charles, Belleville, IL
Saturday, September 3, 2022 @ 7:30 a.m. - Noon
The Old Town Farmers Market serves the Belleville area from May through November. Everything is fresh at this farmer’s market and what’s on offer changes throughout the year. Come for the food but stay for the fun and experience the artists, musicians and others who make The Old Town Farmer's Market such a vibrant experience each and every week.
Saturday, September 3, 2022 @ 8 a.m. - 9 a.m.
Bring a mat and a smile! Held in the grassy area next to the market!
Picquet Park, St. Marie, IL
Saturday, September 3, 2022 @ 8 a.m. - Noon
Come down and enjoy an abundance of local treats and produce!
Kaskaskia Cahokia Trail, Cahokia, IL
Saturday, September 10, 2022 @ 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
The Kaskaskia Cahokia Trail Coalition is hosting it's 2nd Annual Road Rally! Spend a day traveling the beautiful 60-mile long Kaskaskia Cahokia Trail, exploring 12 historic stops from Cahokia to Historic Prairie du Rocher along the way. Get your card stamped at each location and if you get at least 8 stamps, you will have a chance to win some great prizes!! There will be family friendly activities in Waterloo at the final check-in with live music and a chalk art festival!
VFW Post 805, O'Fallon, IL
Saturday, September 10, 2022 @ 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Let’s celebrate all things BACON on September 10th. Live music, great food and tons of fun for everyone! Dunk local celebrities at the Dunking Booth, win bacon themed prizes at one of our multiple carnival games, check out some cool local craft vendors and tons more.
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