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Festivals Calendar: Enjoy parades and picnics during September

Wyatt Kraemer, 2, and his mother Terri enjoyed last year’s Labor Day Parade in Bellevile. You and your kids will be smiling when the parade returns to help kick off a fun month in September.
Wyatt Kraemer, 2, and his mother Terri enjoyed last year’s Labor Day Parade in Bellevile. You and your kids will be smiling when the parade returns to help kick off a fun month in September. News-Democrat file photo

September

2 —Car Cruise. 4 p.m., every Wednesday in September, Dandy Inn. 1030 Lincoln Highway, Fairview Heights. On Sept. 9, first 100 cars get free commemorative plaque.

4-5 — Shiloh Picnic. 5 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday, Shiloh Community Park, Shiloh. Carnival rides, vendor booths, food, music. Free parking. Fireworks at 9 p.m. Friday.

4-5 — Summer Concerts. 7-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Eckert’s Country Store, 951 Green Mount Road, Belleville. The Woo Daddies (blues, rockabilly) Friday; Leland’s Road (progressive country) Saturday. Free. Kids activities. Custard, wine and beer will be available for purchase.

4-5 — Midwest Wing Fest. 5 p.m.-midnight Friday, noon to midnight Saturday, behind Dillard’s at St. Clair Square in Fairview Heights. Open and teen wing-eating contests. 5K Chicken Run, 7 a.m. Saturday; registration at 6. $20 till Aug. 21; $25 after. Kids half-mile fun run, $10. Start and finish line at Dillard’s east entrance.

5-6 — Millstadt Homecoming. Saturday and Sunday, Liederkranz Park, Millstadt.

5-6 — Greenville Bicentennial Celebration. 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-10 p.m. Sunday, Greenville. Free concerts by Bellamy Bros., 8 p.m. Saturday, and Little River Band, 8 p.m. Sunday. Food, historic re-enactors, vendors.

5-6 —St. Louis Antique Show. Saturday and Sunday, Belle-Clair Fairgrounds, Belleville. More than 100 dealers from 32 states.

5-7 — Applefest. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday through Monday, Eckert’s Belleville Farm, 951 Green Mount Road, Belleville. Wagon rides, apple picking, live entertainment, festival foods, childrens activities, childrens carnival rides, farm animals. Fees charged for some activities.

6 — St. Libory Schlambach Fest. 3 p.m.-midnight Sunday, St. Liborius Parish Grounds, St. Libory. Music starts at 3; Venedy Band, 5-8 p.m., The Hometown Boys, 7:30-11:30 p.m. Drive-in car show, 3-5. Washer tournament, rides, games.

6 — Kaskaskia Church Tours and Picnic. Sunday, Kaskaskia Island. Guided tours of historic 1675 Immaculate Conception Church, Liberty Bell of the West and the first Randolph County Courthouse/School. Tractor pull, horseshoe tournament, bingo, country store, games traditional food and drinks and T-shirts.

7 — Immaculate Conception Parish Picnic. 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Monday, Immaculate Conception parish grounds, Main Street at Madison, Columbia. Chicken dinner served at 11 a.m.; $10 adults, $5 kids 6-12, 5 and under free. Carry outs available. Burgers, brats, fish, nachos, beer and soda. Homemade pie. Quilt and cash bingo, 1-9 p.m. Craft stands, country store, plant stand, games of skill, games of chance, raffles. Used book selection. Music starts at 4 p.m.

7 — Belleville Labor Day Parade. Monday, downtown Belleville.

11 — Syborg’s Kruz for Kids. 6 p.m. Friday, Dandy Inn, 1030 Lincoln Highway, Fairview Heights.

11-12 — Girlie Girlz Gathering. 4-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Belle-Clair Expo Center, Illinois 13 and 159. $3 admission. Food, hundreds of quality vendors catering to women shoppers.

11-12 — St. Joseph Parish Picnic. 4-8 p.m. Friday, fish fry, music. On Saturday, 4 p.m. Mass; 4-7:30 p.m. chicken dinner; 6 p.m. handmade quilt bingo. Quilt raffle, kids activities, basket stand, country store, I Dood It game. Brats, hamburgers, fries, homemade pies and cakes.

11-12 — St. Stephen Parish Festival. 5-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, St. Stephen Parish Grounds, 901 S. Main St., Caseyville. Chicken dinner, 4-8 p.m. both nights. Authentic Mexican food, games, inflatables, silent auction. Quilt and cash bingo, 6 p.m. both evenings. Music by Night Magic DJ, 6-10 p.m. Friday; Blue Marlin Band, 6-10 Saturday.

11-13 — Homestead Harvest Days. Friday through Sunday, Louis Latzer Homestead, Highland. Demonstrations of threshing, old-time crafts, gas and steam engines, antique tractors, kids activities and tours of the most modern house around in the early 1900s. Old-time music. Refreshments.

12 — Atlatl Throwing. Saturday, Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, Collinsville Missouri Atlatl Association’s annual competition and demonstration of this ancient spear throwing device.

12 — Highland Street Art Festival. Saturday, downtown square, Highland. Artists transform the streets around the historic downtown square into an outdoor art museum as they create fabulous street paintings in chalk.

12-13 — Whale of a Sail Regatta. Saturday and Sunday, CSA Harbor, Hazlet Park, Carlyle Lake. Racing and social event open to all sailboats.

12-13 — Applefest. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Eckert’s Belleville Farm, 951 Green Mount Road, Belleville. Wagon rides, apple picking, live entertainment, festival foods, childrens activities, childrens carnival rides, farm animals. Fees charged for some activities.

12-13 — American Indian Education Days. Saturday and Sunday, Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, Collinsville. Learn about Indian customs, beliefs, dress, crafts and food.

13 — Biddleborn Schlachtfest and Wurstmarkt. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Trinity United Church of Christ, 5698 Biddleborn Road, Marissa. Sponsored by Trinity UCC — Biddleborn Cemetery Association. Buffet meal featuring grilled pork sausage, mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, sides, homemade desserts; $11 adults, $5 children 6-12, free 5 and under. Country store, quilt raffle, games, meat sales (orders by Aug. 15). Free kids corner with face painting. Music by Johnny Guitar and Friends, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; The Ainad Brass Band, 1-2 p.m.; The Venedy Band, 2-4 p.m.

13 — 9/11 Memorial 5K Run/Walk. Sunday, Belleville.

13 — St. James Chicken Dinner/Bingo. Sunday, Father Stephen Freund Parish Center, 419 W. Madison, Millstadt. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. Quilt/cash bingo, 1 p.m. Bake sale, raffle basket boutique. Chicken dinner and refreshments.

18-19 — Belleville Oktoberfest. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, downtown Belleville. On Friday: Music by The St. Louis Experience, 3-6 p.m.; opening ceremonies and tapping of the Golden Half Keg, 5 p.m/; Super Jam, 7-11 p.m. On Saturday: Register for car show, 8 a.m.-noon; car show, noon; kids area open, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Music by Old Salt Union, 4-6 p.m.; Metal Studz, 7-11 p.m.

18-19 — Italian Fest. Friday and Saturday, downtown Collinsville. Celebrate Collinsville’s Italian heritage with a bocce ball tournament, 5K run, kids fun run and diaper dash, grape stomp, pageant, three stages of entertainment and authentic Italian food from more than 40 vendors.

18-19 — Holy Trinity Church Picnic. 4-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Holy Trinity Church, 505 Fountains Parkway, Fairview Heights. Live music both nights. Fish fry Friday night. Outdoor grill items, picnic snacks both nights. Kids games and inflatables, raffles, adult games of chance.

18-20 — Okawville Fair and Wheat Festival. 5-midnight Friday, 11 a.m. midnight Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, City Park, Okawville. On Friday: 6-11 p.m. carnival ride armbands; 7 p.m. Queen Pageant and Junior Miss Contest at Okawville High School; 8 p.m.-midnight music by J. Christopher, Most Dangerous One-Man Band. On Saturday, 1 p.m. Washer tournament, Young Farmers Activities; 2 p.m. antique tractor pull, local talent show, large exhibit hall opens; 4:30-6 p.m. music by the Venedy Band; 5-10 p.m. bingo; 5-11 p.m. ride armbands; 8 to midnight music by Hillbilly Authority. On Sunday: 2 p.m. large float parade; 4 p.m. Okawville High School band concert, exhibit hall opens; 4-9 p.m. bingo, ride armbands; 6-9 p.m. music by Backroads. Free admission, free parking.

19 — St. Augustine of Canterbury Parish Picnic. 4-midnight Saturday, 1910 W. Belle, Belleville. Polka Connection, 4 p.m.; Freefall, 8 p.m. Chicken dinner, 2:30 p.m. Quilt bingo, 7 p.m. Rides, inflatables, games for kids and adults. Outside food and beverages.

19 — Lincoln Place Heritage Festival. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Lincoln Place Community Center, 822 Niedringhaus Ave., Granite City. Celebrating the cultures of the immigrant groups that settled in the historic Lincoln Place Community in Granite City. Ethnic foods and pastries, folk dancers, musicians, vocalists, crafters, vendors, historical displays, strong man demonstration, magic show, face painting, balloon sculpting, children’s area, juggler, oral history interviews and apple pie-baking contest. Ethnic entertainment and children’s activities are free. Admission and parking free.

19 — Paint History Plein Air Art Auction. Saturday, downtown Belleville. Plein air artists paint from 8 a.m. to noon at 12 sites in Belleville. Auction 1 p.m. on East Main and South Jackson streets.

19-20 — Caseyville Frontier Days. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Caseyville Park, 40 W. Reynolds, Caseyville. Re-enactor encampment shows life as it was during frontier days. Demonstrations, kids area, tomahawk throw. Food and re-enactor goods are available for purchase both days. Free admission.

19-20 — Applefest. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Eckert’s Belleville Farm, 951 Green Mount Road, Belleville. Wagon rides, apple picking, live entertainment, festival foods, childrens activities, childrens carnival rides, farm animals. Fees charged for some activities.

20 — Creole House Open House. 3 p.m. Sunday, Creole House Historic Site, Prairie du Rocher. Tours.

25-26 — Apple Butter Making. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, 6 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Restored Rock Mill in Maeystown. Instruction in the art of making apple butter in preparation for Oktoberfest. Free.

26 — St. Clare Oktoberfest. 4-11 p.m. Saturday, St. Clare School and grounds, O’Fallon. Fun run/walk, German dinner, carnival foods, beer and wine garden, kids games, inflatables, bingo, basket raffles, games of chance, live music.

26 — Oktoberfest at the Farmstead. 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Trinity Gardens and Farmstead, 11858 Zimmermann Road, Mascoutah. Admission $10. German band, dancing, Bavarian food, beverages, barn quilts and crafts. Proceeds benefit Trinity Services programs for people with developmental disabilities. Presented by Alpha Foundation.

26 — Donut Dash. Saturday, New Baden Village Park. Presented by Zion United Church of Christ. www.Zion-UCC.net

26-27 — Strange Folk Festival. Saturday and Sunday, Community Park, O’Fallon. Eclectic showcase of 150 talented indie crafters and designers from around the country selling homemade, upcycled and vintage wares. Live bands all weekend, unique exhibits and do-it-yourself activities for kids and adults. Concessions. Running with Scissors 5K on Sunday morning.

26-27 — Applefest. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Eckert’s Belleville Farm, 951 Green Mount Road, Belleville. Wagon rides, apple picking, live entertainment, festival foods, childrens activities, childrens carnival rides, farm animals. Fees charged for some activities.

27 — St. James Schlachtfest. Sunday, St. James Parish, 419 W. Madison St., Millstadt. Homemade pork sausage dinner, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; carryouts available, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Quilt/cash bingo, 2-5 p.m.

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