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Festivals Calendar: May features farmers markets, fairs, memorials

Art on the Square opening night

It was crowded on opening night last May for Art on the Square in downtown Belleville.
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It was crowded on opening night last May for Art on the Square in downtown Belleville.

Following is a list of festivals and other events slated for the rest of May in the metro-east:

May 18 — Ladies’ Night Out.

5-8 p.m. Registration at Crystal and Spice, 318 E. Main, Belleville. Pick up a passport, shop and sip your way through downtown Belleville. Cost $5. Sponsored by Belleville Main Street.

May 19 — Mascoutah Springfest and Dance.

11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Main Street, downtown Mascoutah. Food available throughout. Mascoutah Boy Scouts will have games and silly string for kids. Cornhole Tournament sponsored by MAC. Live band in the evening.

May 19 — East St. Louis Cultural Arts Festival.

6:30 p.m. Higher Education Campus, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, 601 J.R. Thompson Drive, East St. Louis. Features: poetry, dance, drumming, jazz, vendors, book exhibits and sales, art displays. Coincides with the 1917 Race Riot Centennial.

May 19-20 — NickFest.

Noon to 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. St. Nicholas Church, 625 St. Nicholas Drive, O’Fallon. Rides, games, face painting, bingo, wine garden. Live music, food. Registration for Carbon Cycle Energy 5k run/walk/kid’s run is 8 a.m. Saturday. Discounted ride tickets available at St. Nicholas church office through May 18.

May 19-21 — Belleville Art on the Square.

5-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Downtown Belleville. More than 100 artists will show and sell their works. Children’s activities, entertainment and demonstrations. Free admission. Food court. 618-960-9597 or

May 20 — Illinois Federation of Square and Round Dance Clubs May Festival.

10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Caseyville Township Building, 10001 Bunkum Road, Fairview Heights. Hosted by the Dandy Dancers. The callers for the day will vary with Lanny Weaklend featured as National Caller. The cuers will also vary and feature Bob and Gerry Tevlin.

May 20 — Beckemeyer Fire Department 100 years of Service Parade and Picnic.

BCDC Park, Beckemeyer. Parade starts at 1pm. Firetruck awards, vendor fair, strongman firetruck pull, kids activities, rescue helicopter demonstration, fireworks, live music. More information on Beckemeyer Fire Department Facebook page.

May 20 — Red Berries and Bluegrass Festival.

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Trinity Gardens and Farmstead, 11858 Zimmermann, Mascoutah. George Portz and Friends of Bluegrass, strawberries, food, and a barn quilt display. Children’s pavilion with bounce houses, face painting and balloons.

May 20 — Ticket to the Beatles.

3-11 p.m. Metter Park, Columbia. Cover tunes band. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Free. Sponsored by Historic Main Street. 618-281-4672 or their Facebook page.

May 20 — 9th Annual Pumpers and Pistons.

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Museum of Transportation, 3015 Barrett Station Road, St. Louis. A free event. Fire apparatus and antique truck show.

May 20-21 — Belleville Antiques and Collectibles Flea Market.

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Belle-Clair County Fairgrounds, 200 S. Belt East, Belleville. Old and new merchandise. Over 600 tables. Parking costs $3. 618-233-0052 or

May 20-21 — St. Peter and Paul’s 9th Annual Spring Fling.

4-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 717 State St., Alton. Saturday is “Adult’s Night” featuring over 75 local and national craft breweries. Sunday is “Kid’s Day” featuring bounce houses, video games, laser tag and more. Live music and food. Free admission. 618-465-4221.

May 21 — Cahokia Mounds Kids Day.

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site near Collinsville. Hands-on activities, crafts, games and dancing.

May 21 — St. Jacob UCC Strawberry Festival.

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. St. Jacob Township Park, 239 Main St. Berry Bike Ride organized by Trailnet Bicycle Club. Food, music, crafters, bounce houses and children’s entertainment.

May 25-28 — Granite City Elks Annual Carnival.

5-11 p.m. Thursday, 5 to midnight Friday, noon-midnight Saturday-Sunday. 4801 Maryville Road, Granite City. Live music Friday-Sunday. Food and drinks available.

May 26 — P.B. & J. Festivals in Highland.

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Highland Chamber of Commerce, 907 Main St., Highland. Food and entertainment. 618-654-3721.

May 26-29 — 64th annual Italian-American Days Festival.

4-11:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Monday. Benld City Park, Benld. Italian foods, games, live music. Carnival armbands will cost $22 for unlimited rides. More information on their Facebook page.

May 27 — Doug Behme Foundation Run/Walk in Remembrance 5K.

9 a.m. The Wild Turkey, 115 E. Wall St., Worden. $30 registration fee. Pack pick-up from 6-8 p.m. Friday. More information on their Facebook page.

May 27 — “Rev It Up in Remembrance” Car Show.

2-5:30 p.m. East Wall St., Worden. Awards at 5:30 p.m. Cars, trucks and motorcycles. Live music. Proceeds to benefit burn victims and their families.

May 27 — Grafton Riverside Flea Market.

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Loading Dock, 401 Front St., Grafton. Over 50 vendors with various goods. Event occurs the fourth weekend of the month until October. Free admission. 618-786-3494.

Boy Scout Bryant Steen with Troop 12 assists Cub Scout Parker Hankley with Pack 12 in carrying the American Flag in the annual Memorial Day parade in Belleville. Derik Holtmann

May 29 — Belleville Memorial Day Parade.

10 a.m., downtown Belleville. Parade begins at Cathedral Grade School at 10 a.m. Memorial service at Walnut Hill Cemetery, 11 a.m. All area veteran service organization and veterans are encouraged to march in the parade. 618-233-6769 or Belleville’s website.

May 29 — O’Fallon Memorial Day Remembrances.

9 a.m. City of O’Fallon Cemetery, located on North Oak Street. Flag presentation, speaker Phil Goodwin, and a three-volley rifle salute. 2 p.m. the Sergeant Charles A. Fricke gravesite memorial service at the Mount Carmel Cemetery. For further information: 618-624-6575. 11:30 a.m. City of O’Fallon Veterans Monument, 737 East Wesley Drive. Guest speaker: Brigadier General Stacey T. Hawkins. Participants include the O’Fallon Fifth Grade Music Program, St. Clare School and First Baptist Academy Choruses; OTHS AFJ ROTC; VFW Post 805; Miss O’Fallon Madeleine Henken; Kat Rubish; the USAF Honor Guard Rifle Team, among many others. The names of 16 newly-inscribed veterans will be introduced during the ceremony. Information:

May 29 — Honoring the Legacy Memorial Day Run.

9-11 a.m. Laderman Park, 1109 Mascoutah Ave, Belleville. More information on their Facebook page.

May 29 — St. Augustine Memorial Day.

10 a.m. St. Augustine’s Cemetery, Hecker. Guest speakers, music, flyover, recognition of local veterans and dignitaries. 618-473-2217.

May 29 — The Great Pizza Bicycle Ride.

7:30-10 a.m. Millstadt Village Park, 300 W. Parkview Drive, Millstadt. Ride through Millstadt and along the river bluffs. Fees range from $11-$16. Pizza for sale following ride. Sponsored by Bike Center. 314-436-1324 or

If you have a festival or event that’s not listed here, for upcoming later this summer, drop a note to Heidi Wiechert at