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Festivals Calendar: June features parades, picnics, live music and more

Members of the Ainad Shriners Widget Patrol entertain the crowd during the annual Shriner’s Parade in Belleville.
Members of the Ainad Shriners Widget Patrol entertain the crowd during the annual Shriner’s Parade in Belleville. dholtmann@bnd.com

Following is a list of festivals and other events slated for June in Southwestern Illinois:

June 1 — Grafton’s Music in the Park: Matt Taul and Friends.

7-9 p.m. Thursday. The Grove Memorial Park, Market Street, Grafton. Free concert. Bring a lawn chair. Also a 50/50 raffle to benefit the Jersey Community High School bands. 618-535-9922. Similar events are held each Thursday in June in Grafton.

June 2 — Shriners Circus Parade.

5:30 p.m. Friday, downtown Belleville.

June 2-3 — St. John the Baptist Church Picnic.

4 p.m.-midnight, Friday-Saturday. Turner Park, Smithton. This is a free event. Food, games, bingo and live music.

June 2-4 — Jakey in June.

Friday-Sunday, 108 N. Douglas, St. Jacob. Barbecue teams will sell their meats. Kids barbecue contest at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Live music Friday and Saturday evenings. Wine and beer garden. jakeyinjune.com.

June 3 — Plein Air Paint Out.

9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Maeystown. For all artists who love to paint in the open air. The public is invited to come and watch the artists at work.

June 3 — Belleville Museums Open House.

10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Participating groups include the Gustave Koerner House, St. Clair County Historical Society, Labor and Industry Museum and Belleville Historical Society. 618-235-6471.

June 3 — Grafton Harbor Dock Hop: Rockin’ Through the Decades.

6-9 p.m. Saturday. Grafton Harbor, 215 W. Water St., Grafton. This year’s theme: Hollywood Favorites. Free admission. Food, drinks, music. 618-786-7678.

June 3 — Old Town Market.

6:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Downtown Belleville in the first block of South Charles. Outdoor market features fresh produce, flowers, plants, baked goods, honey, crafts and music.

June 3 — Brew ‘n Que.

11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, Second and Third block of East Main Street, Belleville. Free admission. Barbecue challenge, local vendors, live music.

June 3-4 — Ainad Shriners Circus.

Saturday and Sunday, Belle-Clair Fairgrounds, Belleville. Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for children. Proceeds benefit Ainad Shriners General Fund. bcfairgrounds.net/event/shriner-circus-june.

June 3-4 — The 47th Annual Fort de Chartres June Rendezvous.

10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday. Fort de Chartres State Historic Site near Prairie du Rocher. Participants dressed in 1800s clothing, camps, crafts, music, entertainment, food and shooting matches. $5 parking fee each day.

June 3-5 — International Horseradish Festival.

5-10 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Woodland Park, Collinsville. Food and crafts. 5k run at 8 a.m. Sunday. www.internationalhorseradishfestival.com.

June 4 — Waterloo Optimist Car Show.

8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Monroe County Courthouse grounds, 100 S. Main St., Waterloo. Hot Wheels races for kids, 50/50 drawing, food, refreshments. Free to the public; fees for vehicle entries. Proceeds benefit local youth groups. www.waterlooiloptimist.org.

June 4 — Millstadt Half Marathon and 5K race.

Sunday. Half marathon starts at 7 a.m. and 5K at 7:15 a.m. Millstadt Village Park, 504 Kalbfleisch Drive, Millstadt. Proceeds benefit the restoration of the Old Millstadt Water Tower. www.millstadthalfmarathon.com.

June 4 — Bark in the Park.

Noon-4 p.m. Sunday. Robert E. Glazebrook Community Park, 1401 Stamper Lane, Godfrey. Bring your dog to the park for food, games, prizes, rides, vendors and contests. All ages and breeds welcome. Free admission. 618-466-1483.

June 4 — Doll, Bear, Dollhouse and Miniature Show.

9:30 a.m. Sunday, Belle-Clair Exposition Building, 200 South Belt West in Belleville. Early-bird 8:30 a.m. admission is $10. Regular admission is $5 and begins at 9:30 a.m. Doll program at 1 p.m. Miniature displays, silent auction.

June 5 — 2017 Concerts at the Square.

7 p.m. Monday, 10 Public Square, Belleville. Free music, bring a lawn chair. Performer: “Four of a Kind.” Sponsored by Belleville Parks and Recreation. www.belleville.net.

June 8 — 2017 Concerts at Bellevue Park.

7 p.m. Thursday, 401 Bellevue Park Drive, Belleville. Free music, bring a lawn chair. Performer: “Tommy Tunes.” Sponsored by Belleville Parks and Recreation. www.belleville.net.

June 8-10 — Marissa Coal Festival.

Thursday-Saturday, Marissa Village Park. Rides, food, drinks, bingo. www.marissachamber.org/events.

June 9 — Troy Family Summer of Fun Event.

Friday. Entertainment begins 6 p.m. Movie at 8:15 p.m. Tri-Township Park northeastern corner across from the gazebo. Free food and snacks. Showing: “Rogue One.” 618-667-8769 or www.troymaryvillecoc.com/tfsof.

June 9 — Wood River Bike Ramble.

7 p.m. Friday. Roundhouse at Central Park, 633 Wood River Ave., Wood River. Line up at 7 p.m. Ride starts 7:30 p.m. After the ride, the Aquatic Center will be open for swimming. Costs $3 per person or $6 per family. Register at the Roundhouse or City Hall. 618-251-3130.

June 9-10 — Holy Rosary Summer Festival.

Friday and Saturday, Holy Rosary Church, Fairmont City. Homemade Mexican food, pork steaks, chorizo, fish, brats, hamburgers, hot dogs, half-grand raffle, rides, children’s carnival, game booths. Beer garden, music both nights. Parade and mass.

June 9-10 — 20th Anniversary Route 66 Festival.

5 p.m.-midnight Friday and 10 a.m.-midnight Saturday. City Park, downtown Edwardsville. Vendors, food, live music. Trolley rides. Car show at 4 p.m. Saturday. edwardsvilleroute66.com.

June 9-11 — St. Elizabeth Church Picnic.

4 p.m.-midnight Friday, noon-midnight Saturday, noon-10 p.m. Sunday, St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 2300 Pontoon Road, Granite City. Carnival, music. Washer tournament at noon Saturday. Corn hole toss tournament at noon Sunday. Car show noon-4 p.m. Saturday. Bingo 6 p.m. every night. Raffles, silent auction, games and food. 618-877-3300 or stegranitecity.org.

June 9-11 — Highland Schweizerfest.

Friday-Sunday, Highland Downtown Square, 907 Main St., Highland. Highland Jaycees annual homecoming celebration. Food and drink vendors, rides and games.

June 10 — Two Rivers Family Fishing Fair.

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Pere Marquette State Park, 13112 Visitor Center Lane, Grafton. Catch-and-release bluegill pond, games, prizes. Free event, no license or fishing gear required. Hosted by Pere Marquette State Park and co-sponsored by Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge. 618-786-3323 ext. 1.

June 10 — Moonlight Madness.

Noon-midnight, Saturday. Downtown Red Bud. Main Street in Red Bud will be closed for a car cruise and show with kids activities, bounce houses, sand volleyball tournament, euchre tournament and live music. 618-304-8879.

June 10 — Germantown Volunteer Fire Dept. 125th Anniversary Street Fair.

Street fair from noon-11 p.m. Saturday. Munster St., Germantown. Tour de Flames bike ride at 9 a.m. Antique fire trucks, kid’s corner, live entertainment. Information on Facebook.

June 10 — 10th Annual Pride Festival.

8 a.m. Saturday. Public Square down West Main Street to 3rd Street, Belleville.

June 10 — “Save the Bridge” Fundraiser.

Noon-11 p.m. Saturday. Stubborn German Brewing Company, 119 S. Main St., Waterloo. www.gofundme.com/maeystownbridge.

June 10 — Blue Carpet Corridor Route 66 Celebration.

8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Litchfield Museum and Route 66 Welcome Center at 334 Old Route 66 North. A multi-town scavenger hunt to celebrate Route 66. 866-733-5833 or www.visitlitchfield.com.

June 10-11 — Scott Air Force Base Air Show and Open House.

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Scott Air Force Base. Free admission. Many aerial performers including the Thunderbirds. www.scott.af.mil/airshow2017.

June 10-11— Quilts From the Heart 2017 Quilt Show.

10 a.m.-5p.m., Saturday and 11a.m.-4p.m., Sunday. Whiteside Middle School, 111 Warrior Way, Belleville. The event will feature more than 250 quilts and an antique quilt bed-turning demonstration. Special exhibits, a featured quilter, Quilts of Valor, and more than 20 vendors. Presented by Hearts ‘n’ Hands Quilt Guild. Admission costs $5. 618-622-3949 or heartsnhandsquilt.org.

June 10-11 Okawville Heritage Days.

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Schlosser Museum property, 114 W. Walnut St., Okawville. Crafts, flea market, auction, turtle races. Selfie scavenger hunt at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Soda Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday-Sunday. Each soda taste is 25 cents or a VIP ticket for unlimited tastes costs $5. 618-234-5694.

June 11 — 2017 Downtown Concert Series.

4-7 p.m. Sunday. Monroe County Bandstand, Waterloo. Featuring: “Scrambled.” Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Free summer concerts presented by the Waterloo Chamber of Commerce.

June 11 — All-Wheels Drive-In Car Show.

8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Downtown Alton. Registration for automobiles is 8 a.m.-noon. Live music, 50/50, vendors and food. www.downtownalton.com.

June 11 — 21st Annual Car Show in Coulterville.

Sunday. Registration open at 8 a.m. Coulterville. Fee to enter a car is $15. Judging begins at noon. Event hosted by the Grand Cote Cruisers.

June 11 — St. Boniface Parish Homecoming.

11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. 1007 Olive St., Evansville. Mass at 10 a.m. Buffet style dinner. Adults $9, 12 and under $5. Country store and bake sale. Silent auction, poker stand, kid’s games, raffles. 618-853-4435.

June 12 — 2017 Concerts at the Square.

7 p.m. Monday, 10 Public Square, Belleville. Free music, bring a lawn chair. Performer: “Jim Chadderton and Special Edition.” Sponsored by Belleville Parks and Recreation. www.belleville.net.

June 15 — 2017 Concerts at Bellevue Park.

7 p.m. Thursday, 401 Bellevue Park Drive, Belleville. Free music, bring a lawn chair. Performer: “Country Music Machine.” Sponsored by Belleville Parks and Recreation. www.belleville.net.

June 16-17 — New Baden June Jamboree.

Friday and Saturday. New Baden Village Park. Presented by Sons of the American Legion. Rides, live entertainment. Parade at 5 p.m. Saturday. 5k walk/run at 8 a.m. Saturday. www.newbadenil.com/june_jamboree.html.

June 16-17 — Glen Carbon Homecoming.

Friday and Saturday. Main Street, Glen Carbon. Parade at 5 p.m. Saturday. Crafters and vendors. Food, rides, live entertainment. www.glen-carbon.il.us/872/Homecoming.

June 17 — Craft Brew Walk.

4-7 p.m. Saturday. Downtown Belleville. Craft beers. $30 admission. Live music. Host: Belleville Main Street Committee.

June 17 — Alton’s Juneteenth Celebration.

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. James H. Killion Park, Salu and Locust, Alton. Celebrate the abolition of slavery, history, heritage and culture. Free event features children’s activities, music, food. 618-910-7422.

June 16-17 — Maeystown Homecoming.

Friday and Saturday, Maeystown. Parade at 6 p.m. Saturday.

June 19 — 2017 Concerts at the Square.

7 p.m. Monday, 10 Public Square, Belleville. Free music, bring a lawn chair. Performer: “Alley Kats Band.” Sponsored by Belleville Parks and Recreation. www.belleville.net.

June 20 — Porta Westfalica German Festival.

4 p.m. Tuesday, Courthouse Square in downtown Waterloo. Free. Pork sausage and potato pancakes. Parade with floats and marching bands at 6 p.m.

June 22 — 2017 Concerts at Bellevue Park.

7 p.m. Thursday, 401 Bellevue Park Drive, Belleville. Free music, bring a lawn chair. Performer: “A Step Beyond.” Sponsored by Belleville Parks and Recreation. www.belleville.net.

June 23-24 — Marine Homecoming.

Friday and Saturday, Marine. Sponsored by Marine Lion’s Club.

June 24 — Youth Fishing Derby.

9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Caseyville Park, 40 W. Reynolds St., Caseyville. Free event for kids 15 and under, accompanied by an adult. Bring fishing pole, bait and bucket for fish. Age group awards, free hotdog and drink. Preregistration at www.caseyville.org.

June 24 — St. Anthony Church Picnic.

Saturday, St. Anthony Church, Beckemeyer. Chicken and mostaccioli supper 4-7 p.m. quilt bingo, penny raffle, basket stand, cake wheel, childrens’ games, silent auction. Mass at 5:30 p.m.

June 24 — Bikes and BBQ Festival.

1-6 p.m. Saturday. Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater, 1 Riverfront Drive, Alton. Motorcycles, live music, BBQ. Free event but VIP tickets may be purchased for $25 at libertybankamphitheater.com or 314-534-1111.

June 24 — St. Pancratius Annual Church Picnic

4-7:30 p.m. Saturday. Parish grounds, 2213 N. 2nd St., Fayetteville. Fried chicken dinner 4-7:30 p.m. Quilt and cash bingo with $500 bonus game. Polka mass at 4 p.m. Fair food and picnic attractions.

June 26 — 2017 Concerts at the Square.

7 p.m. Monday, 10 Public Square, Belleville. Free music, bring a lawn chair. Performer: “Waterloo German Band.” Sponsored by Belleville Parks and Recreation. www.belleville.net.

June 29 — 2017 Concerts at Bellevue Park.

7 p.m. Thursday, 401 Bellevue Park Drive, Belleville. Free music, bring a lawn chair. Performer: “Dave Sheppard Band.” Sponsored by Belleville Parks and Recreation. www.belleville.net.

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

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