3 — Car Cruise. 5-9 p.m. Wednesday, on the brick street, Lebanon.
4 — St. Libory Schlambach Picnic. 3 p.m. Sunday, St. Libory. Chicken dinners start at 4 p.m. Music begins at 5 p.m. Quilt bingo, 6 p.m.
5 — Immaculate Conception Parish Labor Day Picnic. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday at the old church, Main and Madison streets, Columbia. Chicken dinners with homemade pie, 11 a.m. Quilt and cash bingo, 1 p.m.; Music begins at 4 p.m. Burgers, brats, fish sandwhiches. Games of skill, raffles, prizes, games of chance.
7 — Car Cruise. 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dandy Inn, 1030 Lincoln Highway, Fairview Heights. All food and beverages must be purchased from Dandy Inn.
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7-11 — Vietnam Wall Experience. Wednesday-Sunday, Tri-Township Park, Troy. Wall escorted into park by Patriot Guards, approximately 3 p.m.; public viewing from Thursday afternoon continuously through 3 p.m. Sunday. Opening ceremony, 7 p.m. Friday; candlelight ceremony, 9 p.m. Friday. Ceremony, 7 p.m. Saturday. Closing ceremony, 1 p.m. Sunday. Displays include Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall, Sound of Hope Huey helicopter, MIA/POW hot-air balloons, Agent Orange Quilt of Tears, Vietnam Memorabilia, K-9 memorial wall. There will be rides in the helicopter and balloons if weather permits.
9-10 St. Joseph Parish Picnic, Freeburg. Friday: fish fry, 4-7 p.m.; live music 7-10 p.m. Saturday: Chicken dinner, 4-7 p.m.; quilt bingo, 6 p.m.; live music 8-10 p.m.
9-10 — Shiloh Homecoming. 5-midnight Friday, 4-midnight Saturday, Shiloh Community Park, 1 Park Drive, Shiloh. Rides, food, refreshments, live entertainment. Fireworks at dusk Friday.
9-11 — Homestead Harvest Days. Friday-Sunday, Latzer Homestead grounds, 1464 Old Trenton Road, Highland. Admission $5 adults; free for children 12 and under; 3-day pass, $8. Living History Area features re-enactors from the War of 1812; Daughters and Sons of the American Revolution; 1st Regiment of Foote; French Marines. Stone crushing, shingle mill, threshing and separating wheat and sawmill demonstrations. Corn shredding and binding, potato digging and plowing, hay loading and baling, barn display, windmill, antique fire engine. Parade of Power: 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Tours of the Louis Latzer Home and Pet Milk Tour. Food: Chicken Coop Cafe offers breakfast and lunch; The Feeding Trough has lunch and supper; Norb’s Watering Hole has beverages; The Sweet Shop I & II offers homemade desserts and ice cream; Big Belly Boys BBQ will have chicken and chicken bombs. Silent auction, craft and flea market. Music: David Shake, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday; Gateway Dulcimer Society, 1-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; Pick’n Chicks, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday, and Nice ’n Easy, 1-3 p.m. Sunday. Ecumenical worship service, 8 a.m. Sunday. Petting zoo Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday: farm equipment auction, 10 a.m.; puppet show, corn box, pedal tractor pull.
10 — Troy Citywide Garage Sale. 7 p.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Tri-Township Park and throughout Troy. Maps and descriptions of items sold are available at www.troymaryvillecoc.com.
10 — Troy Family Festival of Fun. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Tri-Township Park, Troy. Family day includes food, children’s entertainment, band, vendors.
10 — Craft and Vendor Show. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Belle-Clair Exposition Building, 200 South Belt East, Belleville. Admission $3.
10-11 — Muzzle Loading Black Powder Artillery Safety School. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Fort de Chartres State Historic site. Artillery re-enactors participate in yearly safety training (Saturday) and live cannon firing (Sunday).
10-11 — Pere Marquette Rendezvous. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Pere Marquette State Park near Grafton. Traditional pre-1840 Rendezvous with buckskinned re-enactors portraying primitive traders and campers. Period demonstrations, black powr and l shoots, camp music and food common to the Illinois frontier. Free admission Trade tent fee, $25; blanket trader, $15 (8-by-8-foot blanket). Tomahawk throw. Round robin and dance, 7 p.m. Saturday.
10-11 — American Indian Educational Days. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site near Collinsville. Learn about Indian customs, beliefs, dress, crafts and art. Free.
11 — St. James Quilt/Cash Bingo. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, St. James Parish Center, 419 W. Madison, Millstadt. Bingo begins at 1 p.m. Chicken dinner and refreshments available for purchase. Basket boutique, raffles, bake sale, attendance prizes.
11 — Folk & Bluegrass Festival. 2 p.m. Sunday, Edwardsville American Legion, 58 South Route 157, Edwardsville. Free. George Ports & The Friends of Bluegrass.
14 — Car Cruise. 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dandy Inn, 1030 Lincoln Highway, Fairview Heights. All food and beverages must be purchased from Dandy Inn. First 100 cars will receive a free commemorative plaque.
16-17 — St. Paul’s Rummage Sale. 7 a.m.-noon Friday and Saturday, Tri-Township Park in Troy. Presented by St. Paul’s Lutheran School. Proceeds will help purchase needed equipment for the school. Breakfast and Barbecue fundraiser will be next door. Doughnuts and coffee are free with a donation. Barbecue lunch is $10 adult; $8 10 and under. Menu includes burgers, brats, hotdogs, baked beans and beverages.
16-17 — Collinsville Italian Fest. Opening ceremonies at 11 a.m. Friday, close with the Pedal Push at 11:59 Saturday night, Collinsville. Grape stomp, noon Friday. On Saturday: 5K and Kids Fun Run, 8 and 9 a.m.; diaper dash, noon; bocce ball tournament in Glidden Park; Little Miss and Mr. Pageant; parade, 4 p.m., Clay and Main streets; Italian Film and Art Exhibit. Music by Babaloo, Johnny Rockitt, Shotgun Creek, Slick Ice Blues, Incognito, Well Hungarians. Gracefully Yours Dance Academy, McArther’s Tae Kwon Do, Premier Martial Arts.
16-17 — Holy Trinity Church Picnic. Friday and Saturday, Holy Trinity Church grounds, 505 Fountains Parkway, Fairview Heights. On Friday: fish fry, Two Deacons Outdoor Grill. On Saturday: Polka Mass, 4 p.m.; quilt and cash bingo, fried chicken dinner, Two Deacons Outdoor Grill, beer garden, live music, kids games and activities, adult games, booths, silent auction.
16-17 — Belleville Oktoberfest. Friday and Saturday, downtown Belleville. Food, music.
16-18 — Okawville Fair and Wheat Festival. Friday-Sunday, Okawville. Carnival rides, free entertainment, corn box, food. On Friday: concessions open, 5 p.m.; Queen pageant and Little Miss Contest in high school, 7 p.m.; music by J. Christopher, Most Dangerous One-Man Band. On Saturday: Concession stands open at 11 a.m.; washer tournament, 1 p.m.; young farmers activities, 1 p.m.; antique tractor pull, local talent show, large exhibit hall opens, all at 2 p.m.; Venedy Band, 4:30-6 p.m.; bingo, 5-10 p.m.; music by Hillbilly Authority, 8 p.m.-midnight. On Sunday, concessions open at 11 a.m.; large float parade, 2 p.m.; Okawville High School band concert and exhibit hall opens, 4 p.m.; bingo, 4-9 p.m. Fried chicken, pork steaks and more available for purchase.
16-18 — Missouri Atlatl Association Competition. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site near Collinsville. Competition and demonstration of the ancient spear-throwing device.
17 — Lincoln Place Heritage Festival. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Lincoln Place Community Center, 822 Niedringhaus Ave., Granite City. Celebrates the cultures of immigrant groups that settled in the historic Lincoln Place Neighborhood. Ethnic foods for sale. Free entertainment including folk dancers, musicians playing ethnic folk music, vocalists singing ethnic songs. Crafters, vendors, historical displays. Strong man demonstration and competition, magic show, free face painting, balloon sculpting, juggler, childrens area. Apple pie baking contest. No alcohol, pets, glass containers or tobacco allowed.
17 — Art on the Bluffs. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Main Street, downtown Columbia. More than 40 artists will be exhibiting along Main Street. hands-on art activities at the Kids Walk. Music, food vendors.
17-18 — Caseyville Frontier Days. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Caseyville Park, 40 W. Reynolds St., Caseyville. Free admission. Re-enactor encampment, demonstrations of skills of the past, kids area. Try your hand at tomahawk throw. Food and re-enactor goods available for purchase both days.
21 — Car Cruise. 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dandy Inn, 1030 Lincoln Highway, Fairview Heights. All food and beverages must be purchased from Dandy Inn.
23 — Troy Family Festival of Fun. 6-9 p.m. Friday, Tri-Township Park, Troy. DJ with dance contest and other games. Movie: “Hotel Transylvania 2.” Free food, drinks, games. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket.
24 — St. Augustine of Canterbury Parish Picnic. 4 p.m.-midnight Saturday, church grounds, 1910 W. Belle St., Belleville. Mass, 4:30 p.m. All-you-can-eat chicken dinner, 3:30-6:30 p.m. Quilt and cash bingo, 7 p.m. Polka band, 4-7 p.m.; second band, 8-midnight. Rides, games, outdoor food and beverage stands.
24 — St. Clare of Assisi Church Oktoberfest. 4-11 p.m. Saturday, grounds of St. Clare School, Third and Oak Streets, O’Fallon. Authentic German food, festival foods, beer and wine garden, 5K run and kids fun run, kids games, basket raffles, silent auction, poker, bingo, live music.
24 — Zion UCC Donut Dash 5K/1-mile Fun Run. Saturday, Zion United Church of Christ, New Baden. Registration: www.zion-ucc.net or email@example.com
25 — Wheels & Wine Car Show. 9 a.m.-noon Sunday registration, The Weingarten, 1780 Illinois 15, Belleville. Presented by St. Clair Rotary East to benefit Hospice of Southern Illinois. $20 judged; $15 displayed. Awards for 23 classes, Mayor’s choice and other trophies. Foor by Schubert’s Smokehouse and beverages available for purchase. Music, 50/50, door prizes for entrants.
25 — Columbia Festifall. 1-6 p.m. Sunday, Metter Park, 106 N. Metter Ave., Columbia. Games for kids. Food including barbecue, brats, Cajun, chili, kettle corn, wings. Wine tasting. Live entertainment.
28 — Car Cruise. 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dandy Inn, 1030 Lincoln Highway, Fairview Heights. All food and beverages must be purchased from Dandy Inn.