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What's Happening in Downstate Illinois September 5-11

What's Happening in Downstate Illinois September 5-11

Posted on 08/31/2022 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

Du Quoin State Fair

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.

Pioneer City Labor Day Festival & Rodeo 

Palestine, IL

Friday, September 2, 2022 - Monday, September 5, 2022 @ 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Carnival rides, live entertainment, street fair, and much more! 



Belleville Labor Day Parade

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! 



Farmers Market on the Square

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 Farmers Market

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. 

Highland Thursday Night Live Concert Series

Downtown Square, Highland, IL

Thursday, September 8, 2022 @ 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Free and open to the public. 



Marshall Farmers Market

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!

Midwest Jrs. and Division 3 Jr. Championship

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!

Couples Night Meet & Compete

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. 

69th Shiloh Homecoming 2022

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!



Belleville Old Town Farmers Market

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.

Free Yoga at Vine Street Market

O'Fallon, IL

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! 

Sainte Marie Farmers 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!

KCT Trail - Road Rally

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.


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


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