Festival season will be a wild, fun and sometimes crazy ride this year, from the Tour de Stooges Bicycle Ride on May 2 in Lebanon to all the fireworks on the Fourth of July (who thought it was a good idea to have the holiday on Saturday?) right on through to the Edwardsville Halloween Parade on Oct. 31.
If you don’t want to miss all the good family fun right in your backyard, check out the Festivals Calendar. You’ll find homecomings, county fairs, music festivals, parish picnics, car shows, rodeos and more.
If you have information about a festival not listed here or updated information about one of these, email it to email@example.com, fax to 618-236-9773 or mail to What’s Happening, Belleville News-Democrat, P.O. Box 427, 62220. Information on the festivals will be re-run n the weekly What’s Happening listings on the Thursday before each event.
2 — Tour de Stooges Bicycle Ride. Saturday, historic Lebanon. Registration 7-10 a.m. at McKendree University’s Melvin Price Convocation Center. All-you-can-eat buffet at Ames dining hall from 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. included. $25 for adults; $30 day of ride. $12.50 for children 5-12; $15 day of ride. $62.50 family pack for 2 adults, 2 children; $75 day of ride ($10 each additional child.) Routes of 10, 15, 20, 46 and 63 miles. Information: RPTI.com or tourdestooges.com Registration includes fully supported bicycle ride through beatiful countryside, snacks, rest stops and “Three Stooges” shorts shown following the ride at McKendree’s Ames Dining Hall.
2 — Millstadt Yard Sale. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Satuday, Millstadt. 100-plus residents and businesses will participate in village-wide yard sale sponsored by the Millstadt Historical Society. Complimentary coffee and maps available at Millstadt Community Center, 102 S. Jefferson, where Historical Society members will sell breakfast burritos, baked goods, beverages and lunch.
2 — Law Day 5K Run/Walk. 9 a.m. Saturday, downtown Belleville. Information: lawdayrun.com.
2 — Lebanon May Market Home and Garden Show. Saturday, West St. Louis St., Lebanon. Historic brick street will be filled with vendors specializing in flowers and vegetables, yard art and home decorating ideas. Demonstrations throughout the day. Live music, plus food and beverages for sale. Free admission.
2 — Kids Day. Saturday, Fort des Chartres Historic Site, 1350 State Road 155, Prairie du Rocher. 18th-century games, contests and crafts for children. Free admission.
2 — St. Peter’s Spring Festival. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 900 Church St., Edwardsville. Craft/vendor fair, car show, bounce houses, The Balloonatic, silent auction, food stands, homemade ice cream and desserts, face painting, live plant sale, bake sale.
2 — What’s Brewing in the Park? Saturday, Sparta City Park, Sparta. Homebrew competition and tasting, 1-4 p.m.; Backyard Rib Competition judging, 2 p.m.; Blessing of the Bikes and Jeeps, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Food available, bounce house. Proceeds benefit the Sparta Planning Committee.
2-3 — Art at Peterstown. Saturday and Sunday, Peterstown House, 275 N. Main St., Waterloo. Art, food and wine at the historic house. Free admission.
3 —Fruhlingsfest/Springfest. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday, Maeystown. Antique and garden show. Food includes potato pancakes, bratwurst, pork steaks, strawberry shortcake.
3 —Salute to Veterans Poker Run. Sunday, Frieze Harley-Davidson, 1560 N. Green Mount Road, O’Fallon. Benefits Hospice of Southern Illinois, Veteran Patient Care and We Honor Veterans Programs. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m; $25 per bike, $5 additional cards. Breakfast buffet ($6) by No Jack’s Bar and Grill begins at 10:30 a.m. Veteran pinning ceremony, 11:15 a.m.; kickstands up, 11:30 a.m. Silent auction, 50-50, cooler of booze raffle. Bikes, Jeeps and cars welcome. Vendors start at 5 p.m.
3 — Road Rally and Barbecue. Sunday, Knights of Columbus Hall, 480 N. Walnut, Breese. Registration for road rally, noon-1:30 p.m. Serving pork steaks, bratwursts and burgers plus side from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dine in or carry out.
3 — St. James Spring Fling. St. James Parish, Millstadt.
4 — Corvette & Mustang Nights. 4 p.m. each Monday in May, Dandy Inn, 1030 Lincoln Highway, Fairview Heights. All food must be purchased at Dandy Inn.
6 — Car Cruise. 4 p.m. each Wednesday in May, Dandy Inn, 1030 Lincoln Highway, Fairview Heights. All food must be purchased at Dandy Inn. On May 13, the first 100 cars will receive a free commemorative plaque.
6-9 — Carnival in the Park. Wednesday through Saturday, Sparta City Park, Sparta. Amusement rides.
8 — Bouncy Horse Racing. Friday, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Red Bud. Fish fry, basket raffle.
9 —Spring Farm Day. Saturday, Willoughby Farm, 631 Willoughby Lane, Collinsville. Local vendors will be selling stained glass, woodworking, homemade soap, toy tractors, bird feeders and rugs. See piglets, chicks, goats, lambs. Sheep shearing and wool spinning demonstrations. Free activities for all ages, including hayrides, straw pyramid, corn table, scavenger hunts, nature walk.
9 — Fishing Derby. Saturday, Bellevue Park, Belleville. Children ages 4-12 fish along the lake in Bellevue Park with assistance from adults. Prizes and refreshments provided. Admission is free.
9 — A Taste of Millstadt. 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Quail Club, 8303 Concordia Road, Belleville. Wine and beer tasting event sponsored by the Millstadt Optimist Club. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. $25 in advance (call Joyce 618-593-5312 or Mertz Ford, Millstadt Pharmacy, Muskopf’s Garage); $30 at the door.
9 —Albers Village-Wide Yard Sale.
9 — Brick Street Classic Car Show. 4 p.m. to dark Saturday, downtown Lebanon. More than 100 classic cars and trucks will line Lebanon’s historic brick street. ’50s and ’60s music, prizes. Free admission.
9 — May Music & Market Festival. Saturday, Monroe County Courthouse, 100 S. Main St., Waterloo. Live music, arts and crafts booths, games for children. Food and beverages available for purchase. Bring lawn chairs. Free admission.
9 — It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere Fashion Show. noon Saturday, St. Peter Church of Christ, 211 Cleveland Blvd., Granite City. Benefits Community Care Center Inc. Tickets $8 (includes lunch), available at First Bank, 3600 Nameoki Road, 618-876-3800, or Community Care Center, 618-876-8770.
9 — Pulling for the Park. 7 p.m. Saturday, Randolph County Fairgrounds, Sparta. Non-sanctioned gas and diesel truck classes, street stock semis and grand finale. $35 entry per class. $5 admission for spectators.
9-10 — Lewis & Clark Point of Departure. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Lewis & Clark State Historic Site, Hartford. Artisans will demonstrate 18th century life while re-enactors provide an inside look at military life and the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Free. Donations accepted. No food available.
15 — Troy Family Summer of Fun. 6-10 p.m. Friday, Tri-Township Park in Troy. Juggling Jeff, magician, caricaturist and showing of “Big Hero 6.” Food, refreshments, prizes. Free.
15 — Springfest. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday, Main and Railway streets, Mascoutah. Food, drinks and entertainment for the family. Car Cruse.
15-17 — Art on the Square. 5-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, downtown Belleville. More than 100 artists will show and sell their works in the juried competition. Children’s Garden of Art area, featuring make-it-and-take-it art creations. Wine and Jazz Court. Entertainment on the main stage. McKendree University Living With Art Interior Design Stage will feature HGTV Design Star winner Tiffany Brooks on Saturday and Sunday. Free admission. Food court.
16 — Celebrate Cahokia. Saturday, 509 Camp Jackson Road, Cahokia. ROTC Color Guard, live music, high school singers and sports teams will be featured along with speakers from local organizations. National historic sites will be open for touring. Free.
16 — Freedom Ride Poker Run, Brat & Beer Bash. Saturday. American Legion Hall, New Baden. Poker run registration, 10:30 p.m.-noon. Drivers $10, passengers $5. Any vehicle welcome. Brad & Beer Bash starts at 11 a.m. DJ, gun raffle, attendance prizes, washers, bags.
16 — Mascoutah City-wide Yard Sale — Saturday in Mascoutah. List of participating addresses at Mascoutah.com the week of the event.
16 — Music at Metter. 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Metter Park, 206 East Legion, Columbia. Free. Beatles tribute outdoor concert. Food vendors.
16 — Syborg’s Kruz for Kids. 6 p.m. Saturday, Dandy Inn, 1030 Lincoln Highway, Fairview Heights.
16-17 — Strawberry Festival. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Eckert’s Orchards, 951 S. Green Mount Road, Belleville. Festival food, live entertainment, free wagon rides. Kids activities include pony rides, children’s play area, petting farm, carnival rides and inflatable. Strawberry treats available for purchase. Fees for some activities.
17 — Kids Day. Sunday, Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, 30 Ramey, Collinsville. Hands-on activities, crafts, games and dancing for kids of all ages. Admission is free.
17 — St. Patrick-Ruma Strawberry Festival. Sunday, St. Patrick’s Parish, 1 Pioneer Lane, Ruma. Fried chicken dinners served from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; $12 adults, $6 kids, under 4 free. Handmade quilt/cash bingo, noon. Large country store, homemade jams and baked goods, silent auction, raffle, magic shows and music. Strawberries and ice cream.
17 — St. Jacob Strawberry Festival. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday, St. Jacob Township Park, 239 West Main St., St. Jacob. Food includes bratwursts, hotdogs, chicken kabobs, drinks, strawberry desserts and yogurt with fresh strawberries. Crafters, raffles, children’s activities, bounce houses, Corvette display. Paul Jarvis will entertain. Trailnet will hold five Berry bicycle rides, 7, 17, 36, 52 and 100 miles long. Sign up at www.trailnet.org; $11 members; $16 non-members; day of ride, $14 members, $20 non-members; kids $6 either way; registration from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Presented by St. Jacob United Church of Christ.
22 — Concert in the Park. 7-9 p.m. Friday, Fireman’s Park, Maryville. Tribute to Elvis concert by Steve Brandes. Free.
22-23 — Concert Festival. 7-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Eckert’s Country Store, 951 Green Mount Road, Belleville. Free. Kids activities. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Custard, wine and beer will be available for purchase. Friday, Courtney Patton (soulful country); Saturday, Jason Eady (country).
22-25 — Nashville Maifest. Friday through Monday, 533 E. Legion, Nashville. Softball, food and music.
23 — Car Cruise. 4-8 p.m., Bethalto Regional Airport, Bethalto. Mustangs for Mustangs car cruise sponsored by The Legendary Mustang Sanctuary. All cars, trucks, motorcycles welcome. Attendance prizes, raffles. Proceeds benefit The Legendary Mustang Sanctuary, dedicated to saving endangered wild mustangs and burros.
23 — Rally on the River. 1 p.m. Saturday, Knights of Columbus, Evansville. Veterans salute at noon. 12 rally stops at area bars and Legion halls. Family painting party and scavenger hunt starts at 1:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center.
23-24 — Flores de Mayo Pilgrimage and Celebration. 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville.
23-25 — Memorial Weekend Festival. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Monday, Eckert’s Orchards, 951 S. Green Mount Road, Belleville. Festival food, live entertaiment, free wagon rides. Kids activities include pony rides, children’s play area, petting farm, carnival rides and inflatable. Fees for some activities.
25 — Memorial Day Parade, 10 a.m. Monday, downtown Belleville. Parade begins at South Second and Lincoln streets, proceeds north to Main, heads east on Main to Mascoutah Avenue, south on Mascoutah to Walnut Hill Cemetery. Ceremony at Walnut Hill.
25 — Memorial Day Commemoration. 10 a.m. Monday, St. Augustine’s Cemetery, Hecker. Guest speakers, music, flyover, recognition of local veterans.
29 — Shriners Circus Parade. 7:30 p.m. Friday, downtown Belleville. Route: 17th and West Main streets, down Main to East Main and Oak streets.
29-30 — Concert Festival. 7-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Eckert’s Country Store, 951 Green Mount Road, Belleville. Free. Kids activities. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Custard, wine and beer will be available for purchase. Friday, Matt Stell (Americana, blues, soul); Saturday, Johnny Appleseed (country).
30 — Red Berries and Bluegrass. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Trinity Gardens and Farmstead, 11858 Zimmermann Road, Mascoutah. Free. Sales of food, barn quilts and arts and crafts will benefit Trinity Services for people with disabilities. Music by George Portz and Friends of Bluegrass, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Alpacas, bounce house. Strawberries, ice cream, strawberry desserts, bratwurst, hot dogs, sides.
30 — Touch a Truck. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Cornerstone Christian Church, 775 N. Green Mount Road, Shiloh. Kids of all ages can climb, discover and explore their favorite things on wheels. This fundraising event, sponsored by Cornerstone Mothers of Preschoolers is a community-wide event where kids (and adults) have the opportunity to see, touch and interact with vehicles fromfire trucks to motorcycles, cement trucks to police cars, UPS trucks to garbage trucks. Parent supervision is required. Cow from Chick-Fil-A, 10-10:30; Fred Bird, 11:11:30; chalk drawing, face painting and bounce house. $5 per person; $20 per family maximum. Kids under 2, free.
30-31 — Midwest Airport Fun Days. Saturday and Sunday, St. Louis Downtown Airport, 6100 Archview Drive, Cahokia. Free, family-friendly fun. See Midwest Aviation’s new products and services, such as unique aircraft and flight training. Concerts.
30-31 — Ainad Shrine Circus. 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Belle-Clair Fairgrounds, Belleville. Tickets $15 adults; $10 children. Tickets: www.soilshrinercircus.com. Proceeds benefit Ainad Shrine Center.
30-31 — Strawberry Festival. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Eckert’s Farm, 951 S. Green Mount Road, Belleville. Festival food, live entertainment, free wagon rides. Kids activities include pony rides, children’s play area, petting farm, carnival rides and inflatable. Strawberry treats available for purchase. Fees for some activities.
31 — Music at Metter. Sunday evening, Metter Park, 206 E. Legion St., Columbia. Free. Outdoor concert featuring Waterloo German band performing German American Heritage music and Highway 15, performing bluegrass and vintage country.