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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
29

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
29

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
www.facebook.com/events/1741624636128454

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

May
31

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
31

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

Jun
01

Jay Owenhouse The Authentic Illusionist
June 01, 2017

Marion Cultural and Civic Center | 07:00 pm

 

Jay Owenhouse, a legendary escape artists and one of the most awarded illusionists in history, Performs in Marion IL. for one night only in “Dare to Believe!”, an illusion spectacular. The show has been voted by audiences and critics alike “One of the Top 10 Live Shows in America”. Jay has amazed millions on T.V. in “Master’s of Illusions” and ‘Magic on the Edge’. The Salt Lake Tribune calls him “Simply Amazing!” and The Tokyo Times calls the elaborate production “Truly Magic, a Must See!”. Jay welcomes you into his mysterious world of wonder and the impossible. You will experience a night of grand illusions with the most amazing magic in the world, Bengal tigers up close, dangerous escapes, and inspiring storytelling. Seeing Owenhouse live is an evening that will leave you breathless with a feeling of childhood wonder that “anything is possible!”.

 

800 Tower Square Plaza, Marion IL, 62959
618-997-4030
https://www.facebook.com/Marionccc

Jun
02

Friday Flicks
June 02, 2017

Marion Carnegie Library | 01:00 pm
 
Come and enjoy an afternoon watching a movie. Free and open to all 12-19 year olds.
 
 
206 South Market Street- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-5935
https://www.facebook.com/events/225527837931440/

Jun
02

Garnati Golf Day
June 02, 2017

Crab Orchard Golf Course | 08:00 am
 
The 27th Annual Garnati Golf Day is scheduled at Crab Orchard Golf Course on June 2, 2017. A 4-person team costs $400 or $100 per golfer.  An open to the public lunch will begin from 11:30am to 1:30pm and will include a 50-50 raffle.
 
901 West Grand Avenue- Carterville, IL 62918
618-985-2321

Jun
02

Southern Illinois Music Festival Orchestra Concert
June 02, 2017 - June 04, 2017

Carterville High School Performing Arts Center | 07:30 pm
 
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.
 
816 South Division Street- Carterville, IL 62918
618-985-2940

Jun
02

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

Jun
03

24th Annual Midwest Bass Classic
June 03, 2017

Crab Orchard Lake | 06:30 am
 
The Southern Illinois Hunting & Fishing Day Committee is sponsoring the 24th Annual Midwest Bass Classic June 3, 2017 on Crab Orchard Lake near Marion, IL.  With an $8,000 guaranteed purse for the first 5 places, this tournament has drawn some of the top anglers in Southern Illinois.  The sponsors are committed to assisting youth hunting & fishing activity as well as enhancing wildlife end fishery resources.  It is a 1-day tournament to provide purse money to the top five teams.  $10 of every entry fee is committed to the improvement of the Crab Orchard Lake Bass Fishery.  All teams must not talk to anyone other than their fishing partners, concerning assistance or advice for locating and/or catching bass from 12:01 A.M. May 31 through June 2nd.  They also must remain off the lake during the same period.  All teams must have a representative in attendance at the kick-off meeting at 6:30 P.M. on June 2, 2017 at John A. Logan College Auditorium in Carterville, IL.  The purpose of the meeting is to explain the tournament rules and answer questions.  The start will be in flights determined at the pre-tournament meeting.
 
8588 Route 148- Marion, IL 62959
618-997-3344
Tournament chairman Ron Hudson (618) 889-2263

Jun
03

Herrin Farmers Market
The Weekends on Saturdays
May 06, 2017 - October 28, 2017

North of City Hall | 08:00 am - 12:00 pm
 
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.
 
400 North Park Avenue- Herrin, IL 62948
618-525-9253

Jun
03

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
www.facebook.com/events/1976725895892270

Jun
05

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
www.facebook.com/events/392501397787142

Jun
06

Story Hour
Weekly on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
June 06, 2017 - June 28, 2017

Marion Carnegie Library | 10:00 am - 11:00 am
 
Stories, snacks and activities for pre-school age children.
 
206 South Market Street- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-5935

Jun
07

Soap and Spray Paint
June 07, 2017

Marion Carnegie Library | 04:00 pm - 06:00 pm
 
Learn this neat technique, while creating a unique masterpiece. Free and open to all 12-19 year olds.
 
 
206 South Market Street- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-5935

Jun
07

Art for Adults: Scrapbooking
June 07, 2017

Marion Carnegie Library | 03:00 pm - 04:00 pm
 
Join Missy Carstens, from the Little Egypt Art Association and learn how to preserve your memories while you artfully arrange your photos. Space is limited. Registration is required and can be completed on the Main Floor starting on Wednesday, May 24. For ages 18 and up.
 
206 South Market Street- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-5935
https://www.facebook.com/events/1806161286378814

Jun
08

Library Escape Rooms
June 08, 2017

Marion Carnegie Library | 01:00 pm - 03:00 pm
 
Solve mind bending puzzles and try to escape the room. Free and open to all 12-19 year olds.
 
206 South Market Street- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-5935
https://www.facebook.com/events/911544158985882

Jun
09

Klassics for Kids
June 09, 2017

Free Will Baptist Church | 12:00 pm
 
Klassics for Kids are interactive concerts, designed to expose children to the joys of live classical music and jazz.  Parents and care-givers are encouraged to help youngsters develop skills appropriate to a live performance in an informal atmosphere.  All events are open to the public without reservation and admission free.
 
609 Monroe Avenue- Johnston City, IL 62951
618-983-5254

Jun
09

Family Flicks
June 09, 2017

Marion Carnegie Library | 02:00 pm - 04:00 pm
 
Come enjoy the family friendly movie "Trolls", rated PG, and popcorn. Free and open to the public.
 
206 South Market Street- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-5935
https://www.facebook.com/events/1806550066326132

Jun
10

Marion Garden Club
June 10, 2017

Williamson County Fairgrounds | 09:00 am - 03:00 pm
 
The Marion Garden Club is sponsoring a Garden Tour of several beautiful gardens on June 10th.  This project will help us maintain the flower boxes at Marion parks and the Williamson County Fairgrounds.  Tickets are $5 and are available for purchase at the Williamson County Fairgrounds as well as Etcetera Flowers & Gifts.
 
101 North Fair Street- Marion, IL 62959
(618) 996-2131 or (618) 993-6621
mariongardenclub@yahoo.com

Jun
10

Kids Fishing Derby
June 10, 2017

Prairie Creek Recreation Area | 08:00 am - 12:00 pm
 
The Kids Fishing Day is a free event hosted by the Refuge and our many local sponsors.  It is a wonderful opportunity for families to spend a day together on the refuge fishing.  The Derby is for kids 12 and younger.  Free lunch will be provided for participants and their families.  Registration begins at 8am.  Event runs 8am-noon at the Prairie Creek Recreation Area.  The Prairie Creek Recreation Area is very popular with anglers.  Located just south of State Highway 13 in Carbondale this area boasts excellent bank fishing and includes and accessible fishing pier.  There are also a boat ramps on both the north and south sides of the highway.  Many fishing tournaments stage here and hold their weigh-ins an on-site pavilion.  Picnic tables are also available.
 
South of Route 13- Marion, IL 62959
618-997-3344

Jun
10

Marion Community Day
June 10, 2017

Rent One Park | 06:05 pm - 10:00 pm
 
The Southern Illinois Miners will be facing off against the Joliet Slammers.  Show your community spirit and support for Marion Grad Spree this year by attending Marion Community Day at Rent One Park!
 
The first pitch will be thrown at 6:05 p.m. Tickets to the game are only $10 for box seats and $5 for general admission.  A portion of ticket sales through June 7 will go to the Marion Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Grad Spree program; which was started more than 30 years ago to help insure that graduation is the beginning of a new life, not the end of one.  The Chamber provides a night of fun-filled activities following graduation ceremonies.  The cost of this event is covered by direct donations and dollars raised at various Marion Chamber of Commerce fundraisers.  The event costs approximately $50 per student.
 
1000 Miners Drive- Marion, IL 62959
618-997-6311
director@marionillinois.com

Jun
11

Miss Illinois Scholarship Pageant
June 11, 2017 - June 17, 2017

Marion Cultural and Civic Center | 07:00 pm - 10:00 pm
 
The Miss Illinois Scholarship Pageant will be held at the Marion Cultural and Civic Center June 11th-17th, 2017.  It is a part of the Miss America organization.  This scholarship pageant will bring women from all over Illinois to compete for a scholarship and a chance to enter the Miss America pageant.
 
800 Tower Square Road- Marion, IL 62959
618-997-4030

Jun
12

Bee's and Pollinator Gardens
June 12, 2017

Marion Carnegie Library | 05:00 pm
 
Learn how pollinators play a vital role in the growth of gardens. Free and open to the public.
 
206 South Market Street- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-5935

Jun
13

Harrison-Bruce Historical Village Public Tours
June 13, 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

Jun
13

Games Group
Weekly on Tuesdays
June 13, 2017 - June 27, 2017

Marion Carnegie Library | 04:00 pm - 07:30 pm
 
Roll playing and strategy games! Open to teen and adults of all skill levels.
 
206 South Market Street- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-5935

Jun
14

STEM Club:Exploding Watermelons
June 14, 2017

Marion Carnegie Library | 04:00 pm - 06:00 pm
 
Manipulate the molecular structure of a watermelon and see what the breaking point is. Free and open to all 9-19 year olds.
 
206 South Market Street- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-5935
https://www.facebook.com/events/141960829676794

Jun
14

Girls Science Interactive
June 14, 2017

Marion Carnegie Library | 12:00 pm - 05:00 pm
 
Join Nethmin Liyanage for this fun and interactive STEM class. Free and open to all girls ages 9 to 11. Registration is required and can be completed at www.science-interactive.org. If you have any questions, please contact Nethmin at nliyanage20@thehill.org

 
 
 

 

 

206 South Market Street- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-5935
https://www.facebook.com/events/1480102085387448

Jun
15

Carterville Community Night
June 15, 2017

Rent One Park | 06:00 pm - 10:00 pm
 
Join us for Carterville Community Night at Rent One Park, home of the Southern Illinois Miners!  Game time is 7:05pm and tickets are $8.  We expect a great turn out this year as we are "going to bat" for GUM DROPS, a great cause for our community!  Kid friendly food donations will be accepted at the gate on game night.
 
1000 Miners Drive- Marion, IL 62959
618-985-6942

Jun
15

Babaloo
June 15, 2017

Marion Carnegie Library | 06:00 pm - 07:00 pm
 
Babaloo shares his songs and off the wall antics to present a program your child won't forget. Free to the public. Tickets are required and can be picked up starting Thursday, June 1.
 
206 South Market Street- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-5935
https://www.facebook.com/events/1364934070221950

Jun
16

Friday Flicks
June 16, 2017

Marion Carnegie Library | 01:00 pm
 
Come and enjoy an afternoon watching a movie. Free and open to all 12-19 year olds.
 
 
206 South Market Street- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-5935
https://www.facebook.com/events/225527837931440/

Jun
16

Herrin Community Day
June 16, 2017

Rent One Park | 05:00 pm - 10:00 pm
 
Join us for Herrin Community Day at Rent One Park, home of the Southern Illinois Miners!  Game time is 7:05pm and tickets are $8.  Make sure to get there early and see the pre-game show filled with Herrin's finest talent and stay for fireworks after!
 
1000 Miners Drive- Marion, IL 62959
618-942-5163

Jun
16

Toby Keith LIVE
June 16, 2017 - June 17, 2017

Black Diamond Harley-Davidson | 05:00 pm
 
Summer Concert 2017 presented by Watermark Auto Group
 
Friday, June 16th
COLT FORD & LOCASH
Guest Star: TBA
 
Saturday, June 17th
TOBY KEITH
Opening Act: Kendell Marvel
Guest Star: Waterloo Revival
Special Guest: David Lee Murphy
 
Gates will open at 5pm, Music will start at 6pm.  Full length performances by all acts.  This is an all ages concert.  All guests must have a ticket.  A handicap area is available in the GENERAL ADMISSION section only.  This is an outdoor venue.  Concert will remain outside rain or shine and no refunds will be issued for any reason.
 
2400 Williamson County Parkway- Marion, IL 62959
618-997-4577
https://www.facebook.com/events/1715086562122935

Jun
17

Southern Illinois Spirituality & Psychic Festival
June 17, 2017 - June 18, 2017

Celebrations Event Center | 10:00 am - 06:00 pm
 
Psychic Readings, Spirituality Workshops, Food, Wine & Beer, Vendors of All Sorts!! Come get a reading, sit for a free workshop or meditation session, or shop crystals, books, jewelry, herbs, and lots more! Food Trucks and entertainment! Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 12pm-6pm.
 
1602 Old Creal Springs Road- Marion, IL 62959
618-998-8901
https://www.facebook.com/events/1371705746201407/

Jun
17

Kayaking the Refuge Course
June 17, 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

Jun
21

CottingTree Beads: Reverse Knotty Bracelet
June 21, 2017

Marion Carnegie Library | 03:00 pm - 04:00 pm
 
Make a reverse knotty bracelet with beautiful beads. Space is limited. Registration is required and can be completed on the Main Floor starting on Wednesday, June 7th. For ages 18 and up.
 
206 South Market Street- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-5935
https://www.facebook.com/events/1025897397510150

Jun
21

Chalk the Lot
June 21, 2017

Marion Carnegie Library | 04:00 pm - 06:00 pm
 
Join us for an afternoon of coloring, design and fun. Free and open to all 12-19 year olds.
 
206 South Market Street- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-5935
https://www.facebook.com/events/1850753635165250

Jun
22

Juggling Jeff
June 22, 2017

Marion Carnegie Library | 05:30 pm - 06:30 pm
 
When Juggling Jeff takes the stage, you never know what will happen. His comedy variety shows are exploding with energy. Free to the public. Tickets are required and can be picked up starting on Thursday, June 8th.
 
206 South Market Street- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-5935
https://www.facebook.com/events/282737752168418

Jun
22

Photozone with Sarah
June 22, 2017

Marion Carnegie Library | 01:00 pm - 03:00 pm
 
Join Sarah Wingate for this fun program. Bring your phone or digital camera to learn photography basics. Free and open to all 12-19 year olds.
 
206 South Market Street- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-5935
https://www.facebook.com/events/351739868557453

Jun
23

Mid-Summer Night's Run
June 23, 2017 - June 24, 2017

Downtown Herrin | 10:00 pm
 
Registration begins at 10pm, Race kicks-off at 11pm.  Run or walk our beautiful Downtown Herrin in your best reflective gear in the cool night's breeze! 
 
3 South Park Aveue
618-942-5163

Jun
23

Book Sale
June 23, 2017 - June 24, 2017

Marion Carnegie Library | 09:00 am - 04:00 pm
 
Use your spare change to buy some books and help out the library at the same time.
 
206 South Market Street- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-5935
https://www.facebook.com/events/291536061287309

Jun
24

Pollinators Course
June 24, 2017

Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge | 10:00 am
 
Several activities free to the public to spread awareness about the importance of pollinators!  Join us in celebrating bats, birds, bees, and more!  Keep an eye on our website for postings about the activities.
 
8588 Route 148- Marion, IL 62959
618-997-3344

Jun
27

Harrison-Bruce Historical Village Public Tours
June 27, 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

Jun
28

Harry Potter Party
June 28, 2017

Marion Carnegie Library | 01:00 pm - 04:00 pm
 
Celebrate the "boy who lived" at his 20th anniversary party. Free and open to all 9-19 year olds.
 
206 South Market Street- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-5935
https://www.facebook.com/events/1954030611482418

Jun
30

Friday Flicks
June 30, 2017

Marion Carnegie Library | 01:00 pm
 
Come and enjoy an afternoon watching a movie. Free and open to all 12-19 year olds.
 
 
206 South Market Street- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-5935
https://www.facebook.com/events/225527837931440/

Jun
30

Chris McBrien: The Magic Storyteller
June 30, 2017

Marion Carnegie Library | 10:00 am - 11:00 am
 
Chris McBrien is the complete package. He combines magic, stunts and experiments to make one spectacular show. Free to the public. Tickets are required and can be picked up starting Friday, June 16.
 
206 South Market Street- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-5935
https://www.facebook.com/events/1306793916073657

Jul
01

Kayaking the Refuge Course
July 01, 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

Jul
11

Harrison-Bruce Historical Village Public Tours
July 11, 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

Jul
15

Next Level RC CA$H Money Summer
July 15, 2017 - July 16, 2017

Next Level RC | 12:00 pm - 07:00 pm
 
Guaranteed CASH payout, TQ Awards, and Top 10 Trophies for Every Class! Wide, forgiving lanes and jumps with serious airtime!  An exciting heads-up racing format, fun elevation changes, 2-level track design.  Real podium and Free event pictures taken of YOU all weekend!
 
1320 Downey Crossing- Cambria, IL 62915
618-925-3711

Jul
15

Family Archery Course
July 15, 2017

Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge | 10:00 am
 
Bring the family out for an archery course.  Build your archery skills with all the members of your family.  Come and join us in a basic introduction to archery.  All equipment will be provided for all the members of your family.  Begins at 10am.
 
8588 Route 148- Marion, IL 62959
618-997-3344

Jul
15

Blue and Gold Triathlon
July 15, 2017

Marion Park District | 07:00 am - 05:00 pm
 
The 6th Annual Blue and Gold Triathlon will be held at the Marion Park District and will host an individual Tri, a Children's Tri, and a Team Relay Tri.
 
500 East DeYoung Street- Marion, IL 62959
(618) 997-1115

Jul
25

Harrison-Bruce Historical Village Public Tours
July 25, 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

Aug
01

Kayaking the Refuge Course
August 01, 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

Aug
05

Crab Orchard Kennel Club AKC Dog Show
August 05, 2017 - August 06, 2017

The Pavilion | 08:30 am - 04:00 pm
 
The Crab Orchard Kennel Club will host their 59th annual AKC Dog Show at the Pavilion in Marion.  Admission is $5, children 10 and under are Free.  Over 600 dogs representing more than 130 different breeds will be competing for the coveted title of Best in Show both days.  A judging program with breed ring times will be available at www.onofrio.com.  There will be special clinics available by appointment only, concessions, and vendors selling dog-related items.  Only dogs entered in the show will be allowed in, no strollers or baby carriages will be allowed for the safety of children and dogs.
 
1602 Sioux Drive- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-2657
Rodney Jones <president@craborchardkennelclub.org>

Aug
08

Williamson County Fair
August 08, 2017 - August 12, 2017

Williamson County Fairgrounds | 07:00 pm
 
Illinois' longest running county fair, the 161st Annual Williamson County Fair will be held in Marion August 8th-12th.
 
Nightly from 6pm-10pm
   - Carnival Rides
     (Armbands per night, single ride tickets)
   - Sheena's Friends: Pony Rides and Petting Zoo
   - Food Vendors and Exhibitors
 
Tuesday, August 8th
   - Demolition Derby #1:
     Compact, Chain and Wire Cars, Kids Power Wheels
 
Wednesday, August 9th
   - Family Night: Free Grandstand Entertainment
 
Thursday, August 10th
   - Rodeo:
      Bareback Riding, Breakaway Roping, Steer Wrestling, Miniature Bull Riding, Saddle Bronc, Team Roping,
      Cowgirls Barrel Racing, Bull Riding
 
Friday, August 11th
   - Antique, Garden, Super Stock, and ITPA Tractor Pulls/Hot Farm Stock Pullers
 
Saturday, August 12th
   - Speed Horse Show
 
 
101 North Fair Street/1500 East Main Street- Marion, IL 62959
618-751-9318
www.facebook.com/Williamson-County-Fair-Illinois-246809478672430

Aug
08

Harrison-Bruce Historical Village Public Tours
August 08, 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

Aug
12

Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois Family History Conference
August 12, 2017

John A. Logan College | 08:00 am - 04:00 pm
 
This book fair/vendor event also hosts multiple keynote speakers and breakout sessions on geneology and new technologies to help find your family history.  John A. Logan is also home to the GSSI Genealogy Collection at the John A. Logan College Library consisting of more than 1,000 books and several hundred reels of microfilm.
 
700 Logan College Road
618-985-2828

Aug
18

Moonstock 2017
August 18, 2017 - August 21, 2017

Walker's Bluff | 01:20 pm
 
This 4-day Music Festival will celebrate the Total Solar Eclipse at Walker’s Bluff, a picturesque vineyard located in beautiful Southern Illinois.  On August 21, 2017 an estimated 200,000 tourists will travel to our region to observe the point of greatest duration.  On that day, at 1:20 pm, you can experience light turn to darkness as Ozzy Osbourne kicks off his concert with Bark at the Moon.
 
14250 Meridian Road- Carterville, IL 62918
618-956-9900
moonstock@walkersbluff.com, www.facebook.com/Moonstock2017

Aug
19

SI Junk Fest
August 19, 2017 - August 20, 2017

Pickers Outlet Mall | 06:00 am - 03:00 pm
 
If you haven't already heard, this is the weekend of the Total Solar Eclipse!  Southern Illinois is the best place in the "WORLD" to see it.  It is estimated that over 300,000 people will be coming to experiance this event.  Pickers Outlet Mall wants to give travelers fun things to do while they are here visiting so, we decided to have a Big Flea Market.  We have 10 acres of flat grassy land to set-up and have conveniant parking for our customers.  There will be porta-potties, music and one of Southern Illinois' Finest, BIG BLUES QUE Barbeque!  Please let us know ASAP if you would like to set-up so we have an idea how many are coming.
 
9764 Herrin Road- Johnston City, IL 62951
618-983-5151
www.facebook.com/events/1085558744889042

Aug
22

Harrison-Bruce Historical Village Public Tours
August 22, 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

Aug
26

Next Level RC CA$H Money Summer
August 26, 2017 - August 27, 2017

Next Level RC | 12:00 pm - 07:00 pm
 
Guaranteed CASH payout, TQ Awards, and Top 10 Trophies for Every Class! Wide, forgiving lanes and jumps with serious airtime!  An exciting heads-up racing format, fun elevation changes, 2-level track design.  Real podium and Free event pictures taken of YOU all weekend!
 
1320 Downey Crossing- Cambria, IL 62915
618-925-3711

Sep
02

Kayaking the Refuge Course
September 02, 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

Sep
07

104th Annual Carterville Free Fair
September 07, 2017 - September 09, 2017

Cannon Park | 08:00 am - 10:00 pm
 
104th Annual Carterville Free Fair sponsored by the Carterville Lions Club will be September 7th, 8th, 9th.  There will be a Carnival, Parade, Bingo, Ping Pong Ball Drop, 5K and other Races, Queen Show, Food Vendors, Entertainment, Fireworks and more!
 
120 North Greenbriar Road- Carterville, IL 62918
618-985-8304
Booth Rental (618) 985-2252

Sep
08

Twilight 5K Glow Run/Walk
September 08, 2017

Carterville Free Fair @ Cannon Park | 07:30 pm
 
Race Day registration and packet pick-up at the Community Center from 5pm-7pm.  River-to-River Chip Timing provided.  Race starts and finishes at the Carterville Free Fair at Cannon Park on Greenbriar Road.  Course is flat & fast!  Kids' Fun Run will be held at Cannon Park at 6:30pm.
 
 PURSE & TROPHY TO TOP OVERALL MALE & FEMALE RUNNERS.  Medals to top three male and female runners in each age group 14 & under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60 and up.
 
120 North Greenbriar- Carterville, IL 62918
618-985-6942
Leigh Gusta (618) 925-6026

Sep
09

Butterfly Round-Up
September 09, 2017

Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
 
Monarch Butterflies travel through our area each year on their way to spend the cold months of winter in Mexico.  Visitors are invited to help catch and tag these butterflies as they feed and rest at Crab Orchard NWR.
 
8588 Route 148- Marion, IL 62959
618-997-3344

Sep
10

Birding Tour
September 10, 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

Sep
16

Southern Illinois Women's Health Conference
September 16, 2017

John A. Logan College | 07:00 am - 02:00 pm
 
Women for Heatlh and Wellness present the 30th Annual Southern Illinois Women's Health Conference.  Keynote Speaker will be Robyn Benincasa.  Robyn is a World Champion Adventure Racer, award-winning motivational speaker, 3x Guinness World Record kayaker, San Diego firefighter, 10x Ironman triathlete, New York Times bestselling author, proud owner of two bionic metal hips, and the Founder and CEO of The 501c3 Project Athena Foundation, which helps survivors live an adventurous dream as part of their recovery.  In addition, enjoy a day of:

- Health Screenings
- Exhibits
- Breakout Sessions
- Lunch
- Awards
- Raffle Drawings

Registration Fee: $45, Registration Deadline: September 9th.
 
700 Logan College Road- Carterville, IL 62918
618-985-2828, ext. 8604/8469
www.JALC.edu
Womenforhealthandwellness@gmail.com

Sep
16

Heartland Pet Fest
September 16, 2017 - September 17, 2017

The Pavilion | 09:00 am - 04:00 pm
 
Heartland Pet Fest is an event for all pet lovers and their pets that promote education, innovations and information about pets and pet products.  Proceeds will benefit Wilderwood Service Dogs, a 501c3 organization that trains service dogs for autistic children.
 
1602 Sioux Drive- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-2657
(618) 998-0039 - heartlandpetfest@gmail.com

Sep
22

Bandy's Pumpkin Patch
September 22, 2017 - October 31, 2017

Bandy's Pumpkin Patch | 09:00 am - 06:00 pm
 
Bandy's Pumpkin Patch has a wide variey of activities for the whole family to enjoy from the very unique and winding corn maze, group hayrides, picnic area and bonfire pit, as well as face painting for all children.  Bandy's also has a vibrant selection of corn stalks, gourds, pumpkins, fall decorations and everything you need for that special holiday with the family.  School and Church tours are available by appointment during the day.  Call today and book your fun at the Pumpkin Patch!
 
Open daily from the 3rd Saturday of September through October 30th.
 
15020 Pumpkim Patch Road- Johnston City, IL 62951
618-983-8676
www.facebook.com/pages/Bandys-Pumpkin-Patch/254655957910436?fref=ts

Sep
23

Southern Illinois Hunting and Fishing Days
September 23, 2017 - September 24, 2017

John A. Logan College | 08:00 am - 05:00 pm
 
Held on the 4th weekend of September at John A. Logan College, this 2-day show includes bass fishing seminars, Buck-skinners Village, High School Bass Classic, Dock Dogs, goose calling cometitions, kids shooting and archery, kids fishing hole, Outdoor Art and Heritage show, retriever demonstrations, and much more.
 
700 Logan College Road- Carterville, IL 62918
618-985-2828
www.SIHFD.edu

Sep
23

Youth Waterfowl Calling Contests
September 23, 2017 - September 24, 2017

John A. Logan College | 09:00 am
 
Southern Illinois Hunting and Fishing Days will host 3 Waterfowl Calling contests.
 
Tru-Tone Custom Calls Youth Duck Meat Calling Championship: Saturday September 23rd, 2016
- No Entry Fee, Participation Prizes
   Registration from 9am - 9:45am, Contest begins at 10am
   Divisions:
         Junior: 12 Years and Under - 1st through 3rd place prizes
         Intermediate: 13-16 Years - 1st through 3rd place prizes
         Lady Youth Callers Welcome
 
Illinois State Open Duck Meat Calling Championship: Saturday September 24th, 2016
- $40 Entry Fee, 1st Place $1000, 2nd Place $500, 3rd Place $250
   Registration from 12pm - 12:45pm, Contest begins at 1pm
         Lady Callers Welcome
 
Don Gasaway Youth Goose Calling Championship: Sunday September 24th, 2016
- No Entry Fee, Participation Prizes
   Registration from 7:30am - 8:15am, Contest begins at 8:30am
   Divisions:
         Junior: 12 Years and Under - 1st through 3rd place prizes
         Intermediate: 13-16 Years - 1st through 3rd place prizes
         Lady Youth Callers Welcome
 
700 Logan College Road- Carterville, IL 62918
618-985-3741
www.SIHFD.org

Sep
23

Southern Illinois World Open Goose Calling Championship
September 23, 2017 - September 24, 2017

John A. Logan College | 09:00 am - 02:00 pm
 
The Southern Illinois World Open Goose Calling Championship will be held on Sunday, September 28th at Southern Illinois Hunting and Fishing Days.  Registration is $40 and runs from 12-12:45pm with the contest beginning at 1pm.
 
Prizes:
1st Place - $1,250
2nd Place - $750
3rd Place - $250
 
700 Logan College Road- Carterville, IL 62918
618-985-2828
www.SIHFD.edu

Sep
23

Troy Dishner Novice Goose Calling Championship
September 23, 2017

John A. Logan College | 09:00 am - 11:00 am
 
The Troy Dishner Novice Goose Calling Championship will be held Sunday, September 28th at Southern illinois Hunting and Fishing Days.  Registration is $25 and runs from 9- 9:45am with the contest beginning at 10am.
 
Prizes:
1st Place - $500
2nd and 3rd Place - Prizes
 
700 Logan College Road- Carterville, IL 62918
618-985-3741
www.SIHFD.org

Sep
23

8th Annual Marion Main Street HubFest
September 23, 2017

Downtown Marion | 12:00 pm - 08:00 pm
 
Marion Main Street's HubFest hosts live bands, entertainment, food and merchandise vendors, hot dog eating cometition, dunk tanks, bounce houses, cornhole, car show and much more.
 
Tower Square Plaza- Marion, IL 62959
618-997-5094
Vendor Form: hubfestvendors@gmail.com

Sep
30

Refuge Clean-Up
September 30, 2017

Prairie Creek Recreation Area | 08:00 am - 01:00 pm
 
The Friends of Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge will be hosting the Annual Crab Orchard Clean-Up at the Prairie Creek Recreation Area.  Spend the day outdoors and help keep Crab Orchard beautiful.
 
South of Route 13- Marion, IL 62959
618-997-3344

Sep
30

Next Level RC CA$H Money Summer
September 30, 2017 - October 01, 2017

Next Level RC | 12:00 pm - 07:00 pm
 
Guaranteed CASH payout, TQ Awards, and Top 10 Trophies for Every Class! Wide, forgiving lanes and jumps with serious airtime!  An exciting heads-up racing format, fun elevation changes, 2-level track design.  Real podium and Free event pictures taken of YOU all weekend!
 
1320 Downey Crossing- Cambria, IL 62915
618-925-3711

Oct
03

Leaps and Bounds Kidsignment
October 03, 2017 - October 07, 2017

The Pavilion | 10:00 am - 07:00 pm
 
KidsignmentExpo.com's semi-annual seasonal sales event offers great quality clothing for your children at a fraction of the new cost.  At our kidsignment sales, you can buy & sell gently worn children's clothing, toys, baby beds, maternity clothes, shoes, boots, children's furniture, games, and much more.  Each consignor keeps 70% of the sale price.
 
Come out and enjoy the fun Thurday-Friday (10am-7pm) and Saturday (8am-11:30am).
 
1602 Sioux Drive- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-2657
Cheryl Cummins (618) 524-1522

Oct
08

Birding Tour
October 08, 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

Oct
28

Halloween Bat Program
October 28, 2017

Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge | 01:00 pm
 
Come to Crab Orchard NWR for some Holloween fun!  Learn about the importance of bats and build bat boxes with us to encourage these important pollinators.
 
8588 Route 148- Marion, IL 62959
618-997-3344

Nov
09

Purse-N-Ality
November 09, 2017

Herrin Civic Center | 06:30 pm - 08:30 pm
 
Looking to break the monotony of a busy week, or maybe start your weekend fun early?  Come out for the first Purse-N-Ality event presented by the Herrin Chamber of Commerce.  Featuring a variety of lightly used to new designer purses on display that each attendee will have an opportunity to win.
 
Each attendee will be given (5) tickets at the door to drop into a box by the purse they would like to take home.  We will also have some higher-end designer purses that will be featured in a Live Auction giving each attendee a chance to bid to win.  There will be live music along with heavy Hors d'oeuvres and a signature drink.
 
PRICING: Tickets will be $25.00 per person and your ticket includes:
(5) Purse drop tickets*
(2) Signature drink tickets
Heavy Hors d'oeuvres
Live music 
Participate in Live Auction (higher value purses)
*option to purchase additional tickets for the purse drop (6/$5.00)
 
A portion of the proceed with go to The Women Center.
 
101 South 16th Street- Herrin, IL 62948
618-942-6115
www.facebook.com/events/1715132192132352

Nov
11

ECA Gun & Knife Show
November 11, 2017 - November 12, 2017

The Pavilion | 09:00 am - 05:00 pm
 
The ECA Hunting and Trade Show will be held at The Pavilion on November 11th & 12th, 2017.  These are the largest shows in Illinois, with 20-22 shows held each year statewide.  Choose from a wide variety of guns, ammo, knives, hunting accessories, hi-tech optics, and more.
 
1602 Sioux Drive- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-2657

Nov
12

Birding Tour
November 12, 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

Dec
01

Christmas in Carterville
December 01, 2017

Downtown Carterville | 07:00 pm
 
The Annual Christmas in Carterville is a free community event that is sponsored by the City of Carterville, with help from many local businesses and volunteers.  The Downtown streets are closed-off in the afternoon to allow for a safe and fun Christmas experience. The first Friday in December, downtown businesses open their doors to provide endless options for memory making with families. From visits with Santa, hot cider, hot chocolate, chilli, hot dogs, barbeques, ornament making, candy land trail, and letters to Santa to carriage rides, live entertainment and more, the downtown streets buzz with excitement. Carolers, kettle corn, cookies, christmas trees and wreaths help bring people together to celebrate the season. There is also a Christmas Market for those looking for something special for their loved ones. Mark your calendars for the Downtown Christmas in Carterville, it is something you don't want to miss!
 
101 South Division Street- Carterville, IL 62918
618-985-2252
www.facebook.com/Christmas-in-Carterville-317982874885302

Dec
10

Birding Tour
December 10, 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

Jan
06

Snowman Shuffle 5K Run/Walk, 1-Mile Fun Run
January 06, 2018

John A. Logan College | 07:00 pm - 12:00 pm
 
The Snowman Shuffle will be held at John A. Logan College at the Health Education Complex.  Registration begins at 8am and the race will start at 9:30am.  Cost is $15 for adults, $12 under 10 years, $20 Family (Limit 4).
 
Awards will be given to 5K Run and Walk - Male and Female, Overall and top 3 places to each age group.  Also an award for best costume/winter theme.
 
700 Logan College Road
618-985-2828, ext. 8502
Deana Smith ext. 8502 or Bill Fisher at (618) 521-3543

Jan
07

River Radio Ever After Bridal Show
January 07, 2018

The Pavilion | 12:00 pm - 05:00 pm
 
River Radio presents Ever After Bridal Show at The Pavilion from Noon-5pm.  Buy a dress, pick out flowers, and find a photographer all in one place.  Over 100+ vendors to choose from all under one roof.
 
1602 Sioux Drive- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-2657

Jan
27

Hospice Red Carpet Gala
January 27, 2018

The Pavilion | 05:00 pm - 11:00 pm
 
The 8th Annual Red Carpet Gala will be Saturday January 27, 2018.  We have a great show planned this year.  Hospice of Southern Illinois is a free standing, community based hospice organization and has been providing care in the community for over 35 years.  The Red Carpet Gala has grown and now is one of the premier social events in Southern Illinois.
 
1602 Sioux Drive- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-2657

Feb
02

Southern Illinois Boat and Fishing Show
February 02, 2018 - February 04, 2018

The Pavilion | 03:00 pm - 08:00 pm
 
VisitSI presents the 11th Annual Southern Illinois Boat and Fishing Show at The Pavilion from February 3nd through February 4th, 2018.  Proceeds will benefit the Youth Outdoor Education Foundation and Gum Drops, NFP.  Local boat and tackle dealers from all over the Midwest show off their merchandise.  Daily fishing seminars, live entertainment, door prizes, concessions provided by Martini Joes, and much more.
 
Show Hours
 
Friday, February 2nd  (3pm - 8pm)
     *  Door Prizes
    
Saturday, February 3rd  (9am - 7pm)
    
Sunday, February 4th  (10am - 3pm)
 
1602 Sioux Drive- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-2657
VisitSI (618) 997-3690

Feb
10

Fly With the Eagles Half Marathon
February 10, 2018

Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge | 07:00 am
 
Fly with the Eagles Half Marathon will be held at the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge on February 10, 2018 at 9am.  Registration and packet pick up begin at 7am.  Race Flyer available at http://rivertoriver.net.
 
6658 Route 148- Marion, IL 62959
618-997-3344
Gene Tincher (618) 694-9035, genetincher@yahoo.com

Mar
03

ECA Gun & Knife Show
March 03, 2018 - March 04, 2018

The Pavilion | 09:00 am - 05:00 pm
 
The ECA Hunting and Trade Show will be held at The Pavilion on March 3-4, 2018.  These are the largest shows in Illinois, with 20-22 shows held each year statewide.  Choose from a wide variety of guns, ammo, knives, hunting accessories, hi-tech optics, and more.
 
1602 Sioux Drive- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-2657

Mar
07

Leaps and Bounds Kidsignment
March 07, 2018 - March 11, 2018

The Pavilion | 10:00 am - 07:00 pm
 
KidsignmentExpo.com's semi-annual seasonal sales event offers great quality clothing for your children at a fraction of the new cost.  At our kidsignment sales, you can buy & sell gently worn children's clothing, toys, baby beds, maternity clothes, shoes, boots, children's furniture, games, and much more.  Each consignor keeps 70% of the sale price.
 
Come out and enjoy the fun Thurday-Friday (10am-7pm) and Saturday (8am-11:30am).
 
1602 Sioux Drive- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-2657
Cheryl Cummins (618) 524-1522

Mar
16

Crappie USA Super Tournament
March 16, 2018 - March 17, 2018

Mack's Lake of Egypt Marina | 06:00 am
 
Crappie USA Inc., “America’s Premier National Crappie Fishing Tournament Organization” will hold the first of four $10,000 Super Events on the waters of Lake of Egypt at Marion, Illinois from March 9th-11th, 2017.  Anglers will be fishing for a 7-fish limit of crappie each day, which could net them a piece of the $10,000 in cash and prizes along with the opportunity to advance to the Cabela’s Crappie USA Classic, the most prestigious event in crappie fishing today.
 
A Kids Fishing Rodeo will be held on Saturday the 11th at the Elks Pavilion on the Lake of Egypt.
 
Registration and Seminar: A pre-tournament seminar will be held on Thursday evening the 9th at The Pavilion- 1602 Sioux Drive in Marion.  Sign-up will begin at 5pm with the meeting and a National Sponsor Field Test Product Drawing starting at 7pm local time.  This seminar is open to the public.  For those not fishing the event, we encourage you to come out to this meeting and meet the top crappie anglers in the region.
 
Crappie USA offers more than just an event for the top anglers in the region and nation.  The Amateur Division offers a chance for local and new up and coming anglers the opportunity to fish on a competitive level at half the cost of the Semi-Pro entry fee.
 
12024 Laguna Drive- Marion, IL 62959
618-964-1821

Apr
14

57th Annual Gem and Mineral Show
April 14, 2018 - April 15, 2018

The Pavilion | 10:00 am - 06:00 pm
 
The Southern Illinois Earth Sciences Club presents the 57th Annual Gem and Mineral show at The Pavilion.  Admission is $2, children 18 and under are FREE and there will be door prizes.  Come see rare rocks and minerals, Indian Artifacts, Fossils, Shell Crafts, Lapidary Displays and more.
 
1602 Sioux Drive- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-2657
SIES Club siesclub.org or, Mike Chontofalsky chontofalsky@att.net

Apr
21

River-to-River Relay
April 21, 2018

Shawnee National Forest | 06:15 am - 08:00 pm
 
The River-to-River (R2R) race is a popular, annual 80-mile relay race held in Southern Illinois in mid-April.  240 eight-member teams from around the country compete.  The 8 members of each team run 3 cycles of approximately 3.3 miles while maintaining a specific order.  The course starts near the Mississippi River by Wolf Lake, IL and proceeds over 80 hilly and curvy miles of 2-lane highways to Golconda on the banks of the Ohio River.
 
Mississippi & Ohio Rivers- Southern IL
brad@r2rrelay.com

May
04

Whirlwind Soccer Tournament
May 04, 2018 - May 06, 2018

Marion Soccer Complex | 08:00 am - 10:00 pm
 
Recreational league tournament with over 100 teams competing at the Marion Soccer Complex; games for children of all ages, face painting, concessions, and many more activities to keep everyone busy and having fun.
 
109 Valentine Lane- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-3770