Here’s a preview of some of the festivals and events that will appear in the Belleville News-Democrat’s What’s Happening calendar during the month of October.
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▪ Oct. 6 — Brass Choir from Germany in concert. 7:30 p.m. Friday. Union United Methodist Church, 721 E. Main St., Belleville. The 30-member brass choir will play folk songs of Germany and music of the Reformation. There will be a freewill offering and reception following the concert.
▪ Oct. 6-7 — 34th annual Belleville Chili Cook-Off. 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Belleville. Free admission. More than 60 vendors will be selling chili, desserts, kabobs and more. Attendees can vote for their favorite entry to win the People’s Choice award. Live music will be provided by “Fan Fare,” “Smash Band” and “Queens BLVD.” The 11th annual Junior Idol singing competition will take place on Saturday. The 5th annual Belleville Chili Chase and Kids Pepper Dash will occur at 9 a.m. Saturday. The race starts at East Main and Church Street in Belleville. The fee is $30. The Kids Pepper Dash for ages 13 and under costs $5. Information: bellevillechili.com or 618-233-2015.
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▪ Oct. 7 — St. Louis Downtown Airport Open House, Fly-In and Aviation Job Fair. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. St. Louis Downtown Airport, 6100 Archview Drive, Cahokia. Free admission and parking to a family-friendly aviation event. There will be a car show, food trucks and music. Demonstrations by local police and fire departments. Free Young Eagle flights for ages 8-17. Representatives from military aviation and the aerospace industry on site and more. See the Facebook event page for more details.
▪ Oct. 7 — Share Walk for Remembrance and Hope. Registration 9 a.m. Memorial service and balloon release 10 a.m. Saturday. Schoendienst Park, Germantown. Sponsored by the St. Joseph-Breese Share group and hospital Auxiliary. The walk is to raise awareness and remember those touched by the death of a baby or infant. Proceeds will be used for an angel of Hope statue on the hospital campus. Registration can be done the day of the walk. 618-709-2878 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
▪ Oct. 7 — Cemetery Walk. 3 p.m. O’Fallon City Cemetery, 601 N. Oak St., O’Fallon. Free event and open to the public. The walk starts at the flag pole west of the cemetery entrance. Information: Brian Keller, 618-410-9020.
▪ Oct. 7 — The Woodsmen Quartet. 7 p.m. Saturday. Bethalto Church of God, 800 E. Bethalto Drive. As part of the “Southern Gospel 4 U” concert series, The Woodsmen Quartet of Batesville, Indiana, will perform. A donation of $7 per person is suggested. 618-616-2815 or www.southerngospel4u.org.
▪ Oct. 7-8 — West Fork Encampment. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sunday. Lake Lou Yaeger, Picnic Area 4, 4 Marina Lane, Litchfield. Historic reenactment of military and colonial life between 1750 and 1820. Open to the public. www.visitlitchfield.com or 866-733-5833.
▪ Oct. 7-8 — ‘Voices of the Past’ at Woodlawn Cemetery. 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Woodlawn Cemetery, 1400 St. Louis St., Edwardsville. Actors portray Edwardsville’s past citizens at their gravesides. Tickets cost $13 day of event or $10 in advance. Tickets are available at the Edwardsville Public Library and Madison County Archival Library on Main Street, Edwardsville. On Saturday at 7 p.m., a special candlelight presentation will be given in the Woodlawn chapel. Tickets are $15 and must be purchased in advance.
▪ Oct. 7-8 — 38th Annual Octoberfest. Saturday and Sunday. St. Michael Parish grounds, Staunton. Saturday schedule: 5k run registration 8 a.m. Auction 10:30 a.m. Booths, games, magic shows, balloon sculptures and face painting from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Laser tag 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Sunday schedule: polka Mass 10 a.m., bags tournament 12:30 p.m., chicken dinner 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the church hall. Blessing of the Pets at 4:15 p.m. The event also features live music and raffles. Admission is free and everyone is invited.
▪ Oct. 8 — Maeystown Oktoberfest. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Near stone mill and bridge. Arts, crafts, antiques and food. www.maeystown.com/event/octoberfest.
▪ Oct. 8 — Friedens Annual Sausage Dinner. 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friedens United Church of Christ, 207 E. Center, Troy. Carry-outs and curbside pickup will be available until 6 p.m. Menu includes all-you-can-eat grilled pork sausage, mashed potatoes and gravy and sides. Cost is $10 adults, $5 children, age 4 and under free. All carryouts and curbside cost $10. 618-667-6535.
▪ Oct. 13 — 12th Annual ‘Sips ‘n’ Suds’ with the Southern Illinois Police Chiefs Association. Doors open 6 p.m. Tasting from 7-9 p.m. Friday. Gateway Classic Cars, 1237 Central Park Drive, O’Fallon. Donation: $25 per person or 2 for $40.
▪ Oct. 13-15 — Highland Art in the Park. Lindenthal Park, Highland. 6-9 p.m. Friday. Preview party for sponsors and V.I.P. guests. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Art for sale, live entertainment, food, kid’s creations projects, live music, ice sculpting and an interactive public art probject. www.highlandartscouncil.org.
▪ Oct. 14 — Pumpkinfest. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Courthouse Square, downtown Waterloo. Free. 5K Run/Walk, music, craft and merchant booths, pumpkin painting, pumpkin games, pumpkin contests, washer tournament, demonstrations, face painting, food.
▪ Oct. 14 — 2017 Downtown Concert Series. 8-11 p.m. Saturday. Monroe County Bandstand, Waterloo. Featuring: “Riverside.” Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Free concert presented by the Waterloo Chamber of Commerce.
▪ Oct. 14 — Centralia Art-Wine-Music Festival. 4-10 p.m. Saturday. Downtown Centralia, 300 E. Broadway, Centralia. Local artists, musicians, food vendors. seecentralia.com/event.
▪ Oct. 14 — 16th Annual Concordia Church Dinner Auction. Doors open 5 p.m. Dinner 6 p.m. Saturday. Quail Club, Concordia Road, Belleville. Event includes silent auction, basket auction and oral auction. Tickets $25 in advance or $30 at door. 618-476-3377.
▪ Oct. 14-15 — Fort de Chartres French and Indian War Encampment. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Fort de Chartres State Historic Site near Prairie du Rocher. 1750s historically dressed Native American, soldier, militia and camp follower re-enactors participate in everyday camp activities and military drills. www.fortdechartres.us/events.
▪ Oct. 14-15 — Drums and Percussion Belleville Festival. Drum clinics starting 2 p.m. Saturday, Althoff’s Heritage Hall. Concert on Sunday at 4204’s Banquet Hall, 4635 W. Main, Belleville. Concert features the Chester Thompson Trio with Chester Thompson, drummer from Gensis, Phil Collins and Weather Report, and the Ndugu Chancler Band with Alphonso Johnson, bassist from Santana. Tickets available in advance at Melodic Rhytms, 4204, Eckert’s Florist or melodicrhythms.com. Clinics cost $20 in advance, $25 at door. Concert $20 general admission or $25 at door. Concert reserved seats $25 in advance or $30 at door.
▪ Oct. 15 —26th Annual Leclaire Parkfest. Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Leclaire Park, Edwardsville. The ‘Parkfest’ features live music, festival food, a beer garden, artisans, children’s activities, a book fair and an exhibit of vintage vehicles. Friends of Leclaire share the history of Leclaire National Historic District through posters and trolley tours. www.historic-leclaire.org.
▪ Oct. 15 — Holy Name Society’s Meat Shoot. 11 a.m. Sunday. Hecker Community Center Grounds, 230 E. Washington St., Hecker. 618-473-2217.
▪ Oct. 15 — All-You-Can-Eat Pancake and Sausage Breakfast. 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday. St. Augustine Parish Hall, 1900 W. Belle, Belleville. $7 adults, $4 children, under 4 are free. No family pays more than $25. Sponsored by St. Augustine Boy Scout Troop 24.
▪ Oct. 15 — Wurstmarkt and Shooting Match: Still Shot and Trap Shoot. Sunday. Shooting match noon-4 p.m. All-you-can-eat from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. American Legion Hall, St. Libory. Carryouts available. Quilt raffle and country store. Event by St. Liborius Parish.
▪ Oct. 19 — St. John Evangelical United Church of Christ Wurst-Markt. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. 307 W. Clay St., Collinsville. Buffet style pork sausage and sides. Adults $10, children $5, under 6 free. Sausage link, patties or bulk orders due by Oct. 9, pick up Oct. 18. 618-344-2526.
▪ Oct. 20 — Downtown Belleville YMCA Trunk or Treat. 6-8 p.m. Friday. Free community event and open to the public. The trunk or treat features games, crafts, popcorn and candy. Visit the dunk tank to welcome new Executive Director John Heater to the community.
▪ Oct. 20 — Auffenberg Dealer Group Trunk or Treat. 4-7:30 p.m. Friday. Auffenberg Dealer Group, 105 Auto Court, O’Fallon. There will be candy, costume contests, games and a photo booth. All activities are free.
▪ Oct. 21 — ‘Howl-O-Ween’ Pet Parade. Registration 10:30 a.m. Parade 11 a.m. Saturday. Joe Glik Park, 710 E. Lake, Edwardsville. Free to watch the parade. $20 per dog to participate. Cash prizes awarded for best costumes in a variety of categories. Event benefits Project Restore, an Edwardsville charity dedicated to addressing education, clean water and medical care issues in developing countries. email@example.com or 618-781-4193.
▪ Oct. 21 — Brewfest featuring a Taste of the KCT and World War II Day at Fort de Chartres. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Fort de Chartres State Historic Site near Prairie du Rocher. Brewfest costs $20 per person. Must be 21 to participate. It’s free and open to the general public. The educational encampment event will display the equipment of area re-enactors covering a variety of aspects of history’s largest conflict. www.fortdechartres.us/events.
▪ Oct. 21 — Save the Tower Classic Car Show. Registration 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday. Mertz Ford Parking Lot, 100 E. Washington, Millstadt. $20 entry fee. Music, trophies. Proceeds to benefit the restoration of the Old Millstadt Water Tower.
▪ Oct. 22 — Corpus Christi Church Fall Chicken Dinner. 3-7 p.m. Sunday. Corpus Christi Parish Center, 206 Rasp St., Shiloh. Adults $11, children $5. Take outs available. Reservations for eight or more people accepted by calling 618-632-7614 by Oct. 20.
▪ Oct. 26 — Chouteau Township Seniors Annual Chili Supper. 4-8 p.m. Thursday. 906 Thorngate, Granite City. All-you-can-eat chili. Adults $7, children $5. Other food available. Cake walk, fun and fellowship. Everyone welcome. 618-444-6771.
▪ Oct. 26-29 — Rummage and Bake Sale. 5-9 p.m. Thursday. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. St. Dominic Parish Center, Breese. Homemade baked goods and lunch available all four days. Items 1/2 price Saturday. $2 brown bag sale Sunday.
▪ Oct. 27 — Trunk or Treat. 6-8 p.m. Friday. Edwardsville Masonic Lodge, 90 Kriege Farm Road, Glen Carbon. Hot dogs, chips, candy, hot cocoa. 618-656-7137.
▪ Oct. 28 — Chili-soup Cookoff & Cupcake Wars. 3-10 p.m. Saturday. New Baden Village Park. Craft fair, hayrides, live music. Food and drink available for purchase. www.newbadenil.com.
▪ Oct. 28 — Collinsville Fall Festival. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Collinsville. Chili cook-off and contest. Children’s costume contest and pet parade. Treat or Trick Main Street until noon or candy runs out. To enter recipe in chili cook-off go to www.discovercollinsville.com.
▪ Oct. 29 — Mascoutah Fire Department Annual Mulligan and Chili. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m Sunday. Mascoutah Fire House, 224 N. Railway St., Mascoutah. Homemade mulligan and chili. Refreshments, homemade desserts. 25 turkeys to be drawn at 2 p.m. www.mascoutah.org/home/events/12723.
▪ Oct. 29 — 5th Annual Belleville Area Humane Society “Howl’oween” Pet Parade and Block Party. Time TBD. Downtown Belleville. Entry $10 per dog and $25 per business. Non-profits and dog-less walkers invited to join parade for free. Pet costume contest and Street Fest after parade. Street Fest features vendors, food, music, activities for kids, prizes and more.
▪ Oct. 31 — 2017 Halloween Parade. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Downtown Edwardsville.