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What's Happening in Downstate Illinois August 15-21

What's Happening in Downstate Illinois August 15-21

Posted on 08/03/2022 by Emily Titsworth

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!


Continuing Events

Cumberland County Fair

Greenup, IL

Saturday, August 13, 2022 - Saturday, August 20, 2022 @ Noon - 11 p.m.

Come out to the fair for rides, shows and plenty of food and drink.  Fun for the entire family.



Divas' Night Out

Public Square, Belleville, IL

Thursday, August 18, 2022 @ 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Stop at several businesses, spend some time, say hello, and get your passport stamped. Completed passports are returned at 8 p.m. for the after party and Grand Prize drawing to be held. Bring a friend or two and enjoy an evening out!

Painting with Stacey at the Weingarten

Belleville, IL

Grab a friend, co-worker, neighbor or family member and join us for an evening of paint fun! A glass of Sangria/beer/soda is included in your ticket!!! All supplies needed will be provided, along with 2 hours of step by step instruction as the artist paints along with the group. This is an acrylic painting class.



Centralia Balloon Fest

Foundation Park, Centralia, IL

Friday, August 19, 2022 - Sunday, August 21, 2022 @ 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Balloon Fest is a three-day hot air balloon festival featuring 40 hot air balloons, entertainment, crafts, fireworks, children’s activities and lots of good food. You don't want to miss it!

Bommarito Automotive Group 500 INDYCAR Series

World Wide Technology Raceway, Madison, IL

Friday, August 19, 2022 - Saturday, August 20, 2022 @ 8 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.

The 6th Annual Bommarito Automotive Group 500 INDYCAR Series race returns to World Wide Technology Raceway on August 20, 2022. For more information on the schedule click here.



So Long Summer Explore Waterloo

Main Street, Waterloo, IL

Saturday, August 20, 2022 @ 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Visit each store participating in this event to be entered in to win $250 in gift cards!

2nd Annual Putt Pub Crawl

Millstadt VFW Post 7980, Millstadt, IL

Saturday, August 20, 2022 @ 1 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Ready. Set. Putt! Come join us for a day of fun visiting local businesses and putting 18 holes of mini golf. Every penny raised is donated directly to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital!

Columbia Days Parade

Historic Columbia Main Street, Columbia, IL

Saturday, August 20, 2022 @ 4 p.m.

Festive summer parade of floats down Columbia's Historic Main Street. 


Sure Shot, Mascoutah, IL

Saturday, August 20, 2022 @ 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

A fun way to play some games and compete against friends and others. Compete in all games for a chance to win it all! Top 3 Win Prizes!



Waterloo Fire Dept. BBQ & Car Show

Maeystown, IL

Sunday, August 21, 2022 @ 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Show Us You Ride Car show takes place at the Maeystown Civic Association Park. Cars, trucks, motorcycles, and tractors will be on display and their BBQ will be available.


To submit an event to be published on the Downstate Illinois website, click here!


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