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May
01

Tai Chi
Weekly on Mondays
April 17, 2017 - April 16, 2018

Marion Carnegie Library | 09:00 am - 10:00 am
 
Beginner level Tai Chi Class.  Free and open to the public of all ages.
 
206 South Market Street- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-5935
https://www.facebook.com/events/1741624636128454

May
01

Lego Club
The First Monday and The Third Monday of the Month
April 17, 2017 - April 16, 2018

Marion Carnegie Library | 05:30 pm - 06:00 pm
 
Come to the Children’s Department for a fun-filled evening of Legos for all children up to 12 years.
 
206 South Market Street- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-5935
https://www.facebook.com/events/392501397787142

May
03

Marion Farmers Market
Weekly on Saturdays and Wednesdays
April 05, 2017 - October 28, 2017

Senior Center parking lot | 06:00 am - 10:00 am
 
Marion Farmers Market, located in the Marion Senior's Center parking lot, offers fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables as well as delicious baked goods.  Come out Wednesdays from 6am to 10am, and Saturdays from 6am to 12pm to shop fresh!
 
507 West Main Street- Marion, IL 62959
618-614-2874

May
03

Cannon Park Community Market
Weekly on Wednesdays
April 05, 2017 - September 27, 2017

Cannon Park | 02:30 pm - 06:00 pm
 
Cannon Park Community Market is a producer-only market featuring Southern Illinois' farmers, growers, and artisans.  Open Wednesdays from 2:30pm to 6pm - April through September at the Carterville Community Center in Cannon Park, this market provides the Tri-C area with fresh local foods, artisan crafts, and family-friendly activities.
 
102 North Greenbriar Road- Carterville, IL 62918
805-323-6676

May
05

Regional Producers Farmers Market - Johnston City
Weekly on Fridays
April 07, 2017 - October 27, 2017

Downtown Johnston City | 03:00 pm - 07:00 pm
 
Regional Producers Farmers Market in Downtown Johnston City (across from Indian Video) will run Fridays from 3pm to 7pm April through October.  Featuring fresh, local/regional produce, pork, eggs, poultry, herbs, baked goods, jellies, jams and a variety of crafts.
 
137 East Broadway Boulevard- Johnston City, IL 62951
618-308-0917

May
06

Herrin Farmers Market
The Weekends on Saturdays
May 06, 2017 - October 15, 2017

Herrin Farmers Market | 08:00 am - 11:00 am
 
Herrin Farmers Market is open for the season.  Enjoy food products, flowers, artisan creations and more.  Every Saturday, 8am-Noon from May 21st through October 15th.
 
1020 South Park Avenue- Herrin, IL 62948
618-525-9253

May
06

Teen Games
The Weekends on Saturdays
April 15, 2017 - April 14, 2018

Marion Carnegie Library | 10:00 am - 04:00 pm
 
Free gaming open to all 12-19 year olds.
 
206 South Market Street- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-5935
https://www.facebook.com/events/1976725895892270

May
08

Square Foot and Container Gardening
May 08, 2017

Marion Carnegie Library | 05:00 pm - 06:00 pm
 
Join Denise Sterns, Master Gardener, for this informative meeting on the do's and dont's of square foot gardening. Free and open to the public.
 
206 South Market Street- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-5935
www.facebook.com/events/1926862510875526

May
10

STEM Club
May 10, 2017

Marion Carnegie Library | 04:00 pm - 06:00 pm
 
Learn about crystalization and grow your own Geode with this exciting hands-on experiment. Open for ages 9-19.
 
206 South Market Street- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-5935
www.facebook.com/events/970049083129279/

May
12

Annual Spring BBQ
May 12, 2017

Herrin Civic Center | 11:30 am - 01:30 pm
 
Herrin Rotary Club Annual Spring BBQ.  This event supports causes such as Herrin's Dowtown Revitalization, Herrin High School Scholarships and the Herrin K-9 Fund.  Donation of $20 are accepted.  Pick-up will be at the Herrin Civic Center Parking Lot (Colombo Building) from 11:30am - 1:30 pm.  Remaining Ribs will be resold after 1:30pm.  Contact a Rotary Member to purchase.
 
101 South 16th Street- Herrin, IL 62948
618-942-9500

May
13

River to River Corvette Show
May 13, 2017

Herrin Elks Lodge | 11:00 am - 03:00 pm

Corvettes will be on display in downtown Herrin from 11am to 3pm on Saturday May 13th at Herrin Elks Lodge. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Car registrations are only $10 and proceeds go to Friends of Herrin Cemetary. Donations accepted. For more information contact Dennis Avripas at 889-8555.

221 East Monroe St- Herrin, IL 62948
(618) 942-5653

May
14

Birding Tour
May 14, 2017

Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge | 08:15 am
 
Come and join us for a birding tour guided by Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge Volunteers.  Experienced birders will lead the tour.  Binoculars are available at the Refuge Visitor center for check-out.  Reservations are required.
 
8588 Route 148- Marion, IL 62959
618-997-3344

May
16

Harrison-Bruce Historical Village Public Tours
May 16, 2017

John A. Logan College | 10:00 am
 
Public Tours of the Historical Village - Spring/Summer 2017 Dates:
 
April 4th & 18th
May 2nd & 16th
June 13th & 27th
July 11th & 25th
August 8th & 22nd
 
Tours start promptly at 10am and 1pm.  Inclement weather or college holidays could postpone monthly tours.
 
700 Logan College Road- Carterville, IL 62918
618-985-2828, ext. 8425

May
18

Development of Williamson County
May 18, 2017

Marion Carnegie Library | 05:30 pm - 07:00 pm
 
Join Sam Lattuca, President of the Williamson County Historical Society, and learn about the early formation of Williamson County and the evolution of Marion.  Q&A to follow.  Free and open to the public.
 
206 South Market Street- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-5935
www.facebook.com/events/1090755971028559

May
20

U.S. Angler's Choice Bass Tournament
May 20, 2017

Lake of Egypt | 06:00 am - 03:00 pm
 
This 2-man team requires a $150 entry fee.  Additional fees for Big Bass may apply.
 
12057 Marina Road- Marion, IL 62959
(618) 964-1184
Earl Sigley (618) 922-3876

May
20

SI Opry
May 20, 2017

Herrin Civic Center | 06:00 pm - 09:30 pm
 
Join us at the Herrin Civic Center for an evening with Cassie Andrews and Calico Creek.  Tickets are $15 and are available at the door, Herrin Pawn Mart or online.  Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 7:30pm.  Food, refreshments and cocktails available.
 
These events feature various styles of Bluegrass, Gospel, and Country music from local artists across Southern Illinois to top International Recording Artists from Nashville and around the world.
 
101 North 16th Street- Herrin, IL 62948
618-988-1207

May
20

Arts at the Fair
May 20, 2017 - May 21, 2017

Williamson County Fairgrounds | 09:00 am - 05:00 pm
 
Little Egypt Arts Association is presenting its 2nd Annual Art at the Fair on May 20th and 21st at the Williamson County Fairgrounds.  The times are 9am-5pm on the 20th and 11am-5pm on the 21st.  Crafters, artists, and photographers are all invited to submit entry forms to exhibit and offer their art for sale.  Booth Space is $35 for a 10x10. 
 
101 North Fair Street- Marion, IL 62959
618-751-9318

May
20

Unleashed 5k Dog Jog
May 20, 2017

John A Logan College | 09:00 am

The Unleashed 5K DogJog/Walk is a fundraising event with the profits going to the development of the Carterville Dog Park at Cannon Park. Advanced Registration is $15 and includes a t-shirt and dog bandana if registered by May 5th. Registration is  $20 after May 5th. Online registration at www.unleashed5k.org.  Water and snacks provided after event. Check in and walk up registration begin at 7:30am. 

700 Logan College Road- Carterville, IL 62918
618-985-2828
www.JALC.edu

May
22

Composting
May 22, 2017

Marion Carnegie Library | 05:00 pm - 06:00 pm
 
Join Denise Stearns, Master Gardening, for this wonderful program about composting. Help your green thumb "go green"!  Free and open to the public.
 
206 South Market Street- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-5935
www.facebook.com/events/1905662909722765

May
22

HerrinFesta Italiana
May 22, 2017 - May 29, 2017

Downtown Herrin | 09:00 am
 
Voted 2014 Illinois' Best Event or Festival, this week-long celebration of Italian heritage includes a grape stomp, "Bigga Nose" contest, a midway carnival, and concerts by many world famous recording artists.
 
Monday, May 22nd
Miss HerrinFesta Pageant
 
Tuesday, May 23rd
Honoree Banquet
 
Wednesday, May 24th
Jazz on Park 
Talent Contest
 
Thursday, May 25th
Jazz on Park
Hartley Art Show
Art Exhibition
Reception Honoring Bill Barras Foundation
Concert Gates open at 6pm - Hairball with opening act: Party Pants
 
Friday, May 26th
Prayer Breakfast
Jazz on Park
Bocce Tournament
Hartley Art Show
Golf Tournament
Kids Bike & Pet Parade
Art Exhibition
Sponsor Party
Concert Gates open at 6pm - Gary Allan with opening acts: John Spicer Band and Eli Tellor
 
Saturday, May 27th
Masonic Lodge Breakfast
Jass on Park
Hartley Art Show
Grand Parade
Grape Stomp
Adult-Child Bocce
Tri-Festa Triathlon
"Bigga Nose" Contest
Pasta Sauce Contest
Pasta Eating Contest
Art Exhibition
Concert Gates open at 6pm - Old Dominion with opening acts: We Got It Covered and Kali Lynn Trio
 
Sunday, May 28th
Poker Run
Car Show
Hartley Art Show
Championship Bocce
Special Intention Mass
Art Exhibition
Concert Gates open at 6pm - Halestorm with opening acts: For The City and Four Deep
 
Monday, May 29th
Road Races
Memorial Day Service
Hartley Art Show
Art Exhibition
Art Exhibition Reception
Concert Gates open at 6pm - George Thorogood with opening act: American Lion
 
 
For more detailed information on the week long events, go to www.HerrinFesta.com.
 
3 South Park Avenue- Herrin, IL 62948
(800) 483-3782 (IT-FESTA)

May
27

Kayaking the Refuge Course
May 27, 2017

Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge | 09:00 am
 
Come kayak Crab Orchard NWR's lakes with us!  Get an interpretive tour of the land around you, view wildlife as you pass by, and enjoy the breeze as you kayak out with our rangers.  Boats are limited so if you are not bringing your own be sure to reserve your space.  Ages 15 and up only.  First program begins at 9am.  Second begins at 1pm.
 
8588 Route 148- Marion, IL 62959
618-997-3344

May
28

HerrinFesta Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show
May 28, 2017

Herrin Park District | 09:00 am
 
Honoring Veteran Frank Fenton.  Registration 9am-12pm, Judging 12pm, $15 Entry Fee, FREE T-shirts to first 50 entries.  Dash Plaques, 50/50 Drawing, Raffle Items, Trophies Awarded for Top 50 Cars & Best of Shows and Music by Hot Rod Nights.  Food and drinks available- NO alcoholic beverages allowed.  Proceeds to benefit Herrin Park District Fireworks Display & Shriners Hospital for Children.
 
1010 North 5th Street- Herrin, IL 62948
618-942-3548

May
29

Southern Illinois Music Festival
May 29, 2017 - June 11, 2017

Marion Civic Center | 08:00 am - 10:00 pm
 
Southern Illinois Music Festival features over three dozen performances at various venues throughout Southern Illinois.  Professional musicians from North and South America, Europe and Asia perform orchestral and chamber music, opera, ballet, jazz and new music in and informal and inviting atmosphere.  Join in for a great season of music at the Marion Cultural and Civic Center. The theme for the 2017 season is “An Offer You Can’t Refuse”. 
 

On Monday, May 29, 2017, the 60-piece Southern Illinois Music Festival Orchestra and a 30-voice Chorus will present a special Memorial Day concert, featuring patriotic music and a salute to America’s armed forces. The concert takes place at 7pm at the brand new Marion High School Auditorium, and admission is FREE. The program will include the 1812 Overture, a musical setting of the Gettysburg Address, the Battle Hymn of the Republic, Aaron Copland’s stirring Fanfare for the Common Man, music from the Band of Brothers, God Bless America and the Armed Forces Salute.

The 60-piece Southern Illinois Music Festival Orchestra and two fabulous instrumental soloists will present three orchestral concerts featuring the music of Antonin Dvorak and Peter Tchaikovsky on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, June 2, 3 and 4, 2017 at the Carterville High School Performing Arts Center. The concerts include the 6th symphonies of Dvorak and Tchaikovsky, Dvorak’s incredible Cello Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s virtuosic Violin Concerto. Violin and Cello soloists are longtime SIFest musicians, Michelle Skinner and David Peshlakai. All three concerts take place at 7:30pm. Admission is $20 general and $8 for students of any age.

 

800 Tower Square Plaza- Marion, IL 62959
618-997-4030

May
29

Grand Memorial Day Concert
May 29, 2017

Marion High School Auditorium | 07:00 pm
 
On Monday, May 29, 2017, the 60-piece Southern Illinois Music Festival Orchestra and a 30-voice Chorus will present a special Memorial Day concert, featuring patriotic music and a salute to America’s armed forces.  The concert takes place at 7pm at the brand new Marion High School Auditorium, and admission is free.  The program will include the 1812 Overture, a musical setting of the Gettysburg Address, the Battle Hymn of the Republic, Aaron Copland’s stirring Fanfare for the Common Man, music from the Band of Brothers, God Bless America and the Armed Forces Salute.
 
1700 Wildcat Road- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-8196

May
29

Memorial Day at Ray Fosse Park
May 29, 2017

Ray Fosse Park | 09:00 am - 06:00 pm
 
Events will include:
 
9am - 10:30am Baseball Clinic
1pm - 4pm        FREE Swimming
11am - 1pm      FREE Goofy Golf
10:30am - 6pm FREE DJ
10:30am - 6pm FREE Antique Cars Cruise-In
11am                 Baseball Game One
 2pm                  Baseball Game Two
 
Food Vendors
Chicken Dinner (1/2 chicken, 2 sides, and drink)
* Requires Prepaid Ticket: $10 each - available for purchase at City Hall, Small's Food Store, and Priority Staffing Group office.
 
500 East DeYoung Street- Marion, IL 62959
(618) 997-6281

May
30

Time Capsule Opening
May 30, 2017

Marion Carnegie Library | 03:00 pm - 04:30 pm
 
Reflect on Marion's past and future as we open the Library's 20-year time capsule.  Refreshments will be served.  Free and open to the public.
 
206 South Market Street- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-5935
www.facebook.com/events/132386723969104

May
31

Mad Science
May 31, 2017

Marion Carnegie Library | 10:00 am - 08:00 pm
 
Summer Kick-off: 10am-11am.  Register for summer reading as "Mad Science" combines science and fun.  For all ages up to 12 years.
 
Fire and Ice: 5pm-8pm.  Children will be dazzled and entertained as they interact with our Mad Scientists!  Foggy dry ice storms, giant beach balls floating in the air and even a special Mad Science “burp” potion will amaze children as they learn about chemical reactions, air pressure and the states of matter.  Free and open to the public.
 
206 South Market Street- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-5935
www.facebook.com/events/402424806796717

May
31

Teen Tie Dyeing Summer Kick-off
May 31, 2017

Marion Carnegie Library | 03:30 pm - 05:00 pm
 
Register for summer reading while designing a fashion masterpeice t-shirt and kick-off the summer with color.  Free and open to all 12-19 year olds.
 
206 South Market Street- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-5935
www.facebook.com/events/193656891141234