August 2017

For weekly and monthly events, please visit our Recurring Events listing.


First Saturday of the Month
Olmsted Farmers Market and Trade Day
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Front Street, downtown Olmsted
Olmsted Parks Department will sponsor this event on the first Saturday of each month.  There is no cost for vendors to participate.  For information, call Olmsted City Hall at 618-742-6487.

summer meals kidsThrough August 11
Operation Andrew: Free Lunches for Kids
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
First Missionary Baptist, 408 W. 7th St., Metropolis
Free nutritious meals for children, ages 0-18, will be served in the Family Life Center. For information, call Orlando McReynolds at 618-524-2855.

Now through August 16
SCC Fall Registration
Fall classes begin on August 16th. The schedule of classes are available at the main campus and each of the extension centers; also you can go online to, click “current students”, then “course enrollment”, and then “course schedules” for the schedule of summer and fall classes. For details, click here.

Every Saturday, now through Oct. 31 
Farmer’s Market
Courthouse lawn, Superman Square
Anyone that offers fresh produce, baked goods, jams and jellies, or other handmade items are encouraged to participate. For information, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 618-524-2714.

keep cool in the pool imageMonth of August
Metropolis City Pool Open
Mon-Sat: Noon-5 p.m.
Sun: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
312 W. 4th St., Metropolis
$1.50 Admission – 5 years and under, Free.  Passes are available for: Individual, $25; Family, $20 per person living under same roof.  For information about swimming lessons, aerobics, adult lap swim and pool parties, see Event Post – coming soon.

Through August 30
Kids Bowl Free
Metropolis Super Bowl, 1107 E. 8th St.
Noon – 10:00 p.m.
Kids get two free games every day, all Summer long. Sign them up through


Thursday, Aug. 3biz everyday people
Riverfront Concert Series: Bizz & Everyday People

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Soul Creation
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  Biz & Everyday People
Wilson Riverfont Stage, foot of Broadway, Paducah
Free concert. Bring your lawn chairs or enjoy the steps at the riverfront. Wendell “Bizz,” eldest son of Nashville legend Jimmy Church, has opened up for the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, the King of Rock-n-Roll, Lil Richard and many more. Katrice has sung backup for Yolanda Adams, BeBe Winans, Kirk Franklin and other elite artists.  Click here for details.

Thursday, Aug. 3
Great American Solar Eclipse
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
McCracken County Library, 555 Washington St., Paducah, Ky.
On August 21st,, Paducah will be in the path of totality for a total solar eclipse, the first of its kind in over 40 years. In anticipation for this astronomical event, astronomer, author, speaker, and former NASA consultant, Kevin Manning, will examine the mysteries of eclipses and other celestial events. Following a presentation in the meeting room, will will head outdoors to the library garden (weather permitting) to view celestial objects in the night sky through a powerful telescope. All programs are free and open to the public. For information, contact Bobbie Wrinkle at 270-442-2510 ext. 112  or  Post coming soon…

Friday-Saturday, Aug. 4-5
City of Golconda Yard Sale Weekend
For information, call 618-683-6246.

Friday-Saturday, Aug. 4-5
Cobden Peach Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 p.m.
Cobden Museum, 117 S Appleknocker Dr., Cobden, IL
Sponsored by the Cobden Lions Club, this festival features carnival rides and games, Peach Queen Contest, homemade food and peach cobbler, 5K run/walk and parade on Sat. Free admission. 618-893-2425

Friday, Aug. 4
Movies in the Park: Rock Dog
Dusk – Movie begins
Fort Massac State Park picnic area, across from Sonic
All movies are free to the public. Come early and bring your blanket and/or lawn chairs. Concessions will be available for purchase. No alcohol is allowed and pets must be on leashes. Provided by Harrah’s Metropolis.  Monitor Facebook for cancellation notices. For more information, call 618-524-4712.

Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 5-6
Wine & Food Pairing Weekend: Midsummer Picnic
Sat. 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sun. 12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
All 11 wineries of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail have paired up to create a wonderful weekend of savory and seasonal wine and food pairings. We invite you to join us for a progressive tasting along the trail and enhance your appreciation and enjoyment of our wines paired with delicious samples. Tickets are $35 and available until July 30th. For information, visit website.

live on riverSaturday, Aug. 5
Live on the River: Big Brown Pull
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Downtown Paducah Riverfront
Family-friendly activities and live music. Special event is the Big Brown Truck Pull. All of the entertainment is free.  Website

Friday-Sunday, Aug. 11-13
The 48 Hour Film Project Screenings
Various times (4 p.m, 7 p.m., 9 p.m)
Maiden Alley Cinema, 112 Maiden Alley, Paducah, Ky.
The 48 Hour Film Project is a weekend in which each team will make a movie – write, shoot, and edit – in just 48 hours. On Friday night, teams draw a genre from a hat. They are then given a character, prop and line to include in their films. On Sunday night, the film is turned in and teams celebrate. The film is then screened at MAC. For screening schedule, see website.

Saturday, Aug. 12
Music in the Gazebo
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
300 S. 5th St, Paducah, KY
Music by Captain Freddy and the Rivercats at the Downtown Paducah Gazebo, weather permitting. Website

Saturday-Saturday, Aug. 13-19
Pulaski County Fair
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Fairgrounds, 497 W. Commercial St., Pulaski, IL
Animal and Livestock shows, Pedal Tractor Pull, Kiddie Carnival and other activities, Pageants, Parade, Lego Robotics, Battle of the Barns, Car show, Talent Show,Fireman Water Ball Challenge, and more. $2 per person (walk-in). Parking $5 per vehicle. For information, visit website.

Thursday-Sunday, August 17-20
Zombie Cannibal Asylum Mystery Dinner Theatre
6:00 p.m.
Market House Theater, Multi-Purpose Stage, Paducah, Ky.
Ticket holders can purchase tickets as a Zombie character, Human character, or Investigator (non role player).  Zombies and Humans will receive a character description of who they are (or were before becoming a zombie) before they enter the asylum so they know what information they can share with others. For information, call 270-444-6828 or visit website.

city of the sunThursday, Aug. 17
Riverfront Concert Series: City of the Sun
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. The McKendrees
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  City of the Sun
Wilson Riverfont Stage, foot of Broadway, Paducah
Free concert. Bring your lawn chairs or enjoy the steps at the riverfront. City of the Sun gained popularity in New York City playing the streets and subways, then graduated to selling out major New York venues. Performing at Ted talk conferences and Sofar Sounds secret shows helped to bring their worldly, genre-bending sound to more ears. Click here for details.

Friday, Aug. 18 – Saturday, Aug. 26
Union County Fair
Fairgrounds in Anna, Illinois.
Rodeo,  horse shows, queen pageant, live music, tractor pulls, demo derby, livestock shows and carnival. Admission is $5 per person, $3 for children and $2 for parking, with additional fees for carnival. For more information, visit website

Friday-Monday, Aug. 18-21
Moonstock Music Festival with Ozzy Osburne
Friday: 4:00 pm.
Sat.-Mon. 11:30 am.
Walker’s Bluff, 326 Vermont Rd, Carterville, IL
Moonstock 2017 is a four-day Music Festival celebrating the Total Solar Eclipse. On August 21, the US will witness a Total Solar Eclipse beginning at approximately 1:20 pm, for a duration of 2 minutes and 29 seconds, the sun will be completely blocked by the moon. On that day, at 1:20 pm, you can experience the light turn to darkness as Ozzy Osbourne kicks off his concert with the song Bark at the Moon. The festival will feature several additional national acts: Five Finger Death Punch, Papa Roach, Pop Evil, Black Stone Cherry, Hellyeah, All that Remains, Otherwise, Texas Hippie Coalition, Kyng, Failure Anthem, Wilson and more. For information, visit website.

Friday-Monday, Aug. 18-21
Great American Eclipse Event
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Main Brothers Campground, 186 Sawmill Rd., Karnak, Ill.
Tent camping is $10.00 RVs. $20-$32. Stay 2 nights the 3rd night is free.  Music, games and food is planned, and solar glasses will be given to the first 200 guests. First location to see the partial eclipse begins Aug 21 at 10:46 a.m. The full eclipse begins at 11:48 a.m. with the maximum eclipse is at 1:21 p.m. Last location to see the full eclipse ends at 3:02 p.m. and last partial eclipse ends at 4:04 p.m. For more information, contact the Village of Karnak by calling 618-634-9311 or by email at   Visit website

Friday, Aug. 18
Music in the Gazebo
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
300 S. 5th St, Paducah, KY
Kick off your solar eclipse weekend with music by Mid-Life Crisis band at the Downtown Paducah Gazebo, weather permitting. Website

Saturday, Aug. 19
Music in the Gazebo
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
300 S. 5th St, Paducah, KY
Kick off your solar eclipse weekend with music by Wheelhouse Rousters at the Downtown Paducah Gazebo, weather permitting. Website

Sunday. Aug. 20 (tentative)
Metropolis Chamber Solar Eclipse Party
Noon – 10:00 p.m.
700 block of Market St., Metropolis

Monday, Aug. 21
View Total Solar Eclipse at the Cache
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
1:3 p.m. approximate time of eclipse
Cache River Wetlands Center, 930 Sunflower Lane, Belknap, IL
The grounds of the Wetlands Center should be a great place to view the first total solar eclipse over the U.S. since 1979. The main parking lot and an overflow area will be available, on a first-come, first-served basis. 618-657-2064

Monday, Aug. 21
The Great American Eclipse Viewing Party
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
McCracken County Library 555 Washington St., Paducah, KY
On August 21, 2017, Paducah will be in the path of totality for a total solar eclipse, the first of its kind in over 40 years. Come to the library garden for a viewing party for the Great American Solar Eclipse. They will have free solar viewing glasses available, as well as moon pies and sun tea. Free program. For information, contact Bobbie Wrinkle 270-442-2510 ext. 112

Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 24-26
Annual Hot August Blues Festival
Thu.-Fri.  6:00-11:00 p.m.
Sat.  Noon
Kenlake State Park, 542 Kenlake Rd, Hardin, Ky.
The Amphitheater at Kenlake State Park will once again come alive with some of the best Blues artists in the business. Bands perform from 6 p.m.-midnight Friday and 2 p.m.-11 p.m. Saturday. Food and merchandise vendors are also a part of the festival. Admission is charged.  For more information, visit  Website.

Friday, Aug. 25 – Monday, Sept. 4
Du Quoin Fair

10:00 a.m. – Midnight
Fairgrounds, 655 Executive Dr., Du Quoin, Il.
Each day of the fair has it’s own unique theme. Come and enjoy each days activities as they revolve around that days theme. Or, search though the database to find when your favorite act or event is scheduled. Musical entertainment includes Roots & Boots Tour (Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippon and Collin Raye), Switchfoot, Litehouse, Cadillac Three with Logan Mize and Chris Cavanaugh, and many more. For more information, visit website.

Friday, Aug. 25
Movies in the Park: Lego Batman Movie
Dusk – Movie begins
Fort Massac State Park picnic area, across from Sonic
All movies are free to the public. Come early and bring your blanket and/or lawn chairs. Concessions will be available for purchase. No alcohol is allowed and pets must be on leashes. Provided by Harrah’s Metropolis.  Monitor Facebook for cancellation notices. For more information, call 618-524-4712.

Saturday, Aug. 26
Annual Art Through the Lens: Deadline to enter
11:59 p.m.
Exhibition: Oct. 14 – Nov. 25
All photo-based imagery created through photographic processes is eligible including non-lens made images. Artists may submit unlimited photographic entries, including video and moving images, with multiple images and media files allowed per entry to portray a single artwork as accurate as possible. A non-refundable entry fee of $15 is required for each single artwork submitted. For more details or to submit an entry, visit website.

Tuesday, Aug. 29
101 Makeup 101

7:00 p.m.
McCracken County Library, 555 Washington St., Paducah, Ky.
Led by Erin Hendley, owner of f.a.c.e.Makeup Artistry. Discover essential cosmetic basics and understand the purpose of mainstream makeup tools, products and techniques. For information, contact Bobbie Wrinkle at 270-442-2150 ext. 117 or

Thursday, Aug. 31
Riverfront Concert Series: The Blue Stones
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Brandon Maddox
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  The Blue Stones
Wilson Riverfont Stage, foot of Broadway, Paducah
Free concert. Bring your lawn chairs or enjoy the steps at the riverfront. Crowds have been stunned by the energy and force behind their loud, dominant live performances of these two guys. The Blue Stones create a killer hi/lo effect; contrasting their slick and put together look with their rough and rollicking live show. Website


Every Sunday through Summer – tentative
Elijah P. Curtis Home Tour
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Members and friends of the society will offer tours during these hours, or by appointment by calling 618-524-7203. Additional hours, including Saturdays, will return when a Shawnee Community College intern is available to staff the home.

Annual ACS Gospel Benefit Concert
7:00 p.m.
First United Methodist Church, Metropolis
The annual benefit concert for the American Cancer Society will feature live music. Admission is free. A love offering will be accepted for cancer research.

Metropolis Back to School Bash
3:30 p.m.
Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis Street
Celebrate the upcoming school year with a BASH! Special guest, magician Kal Kotter will perform a magic show. It will take place downstairs in the basement. There will be refreshments and  snacks for the kiddos, as well as a few door prizes. This program is intended for kids ages 5 to 18. Any questions call the library, 618-524-4312 ext. 3, and ask for Ms. Angie.

Massac Unit 1 K-8 Registration
K-8th grade students will need to register on Monday, Aug. 8 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. or Tuesday, Aug. 9 from 5-7 p.m. at all Massac Unit One buildings.  Parents of new and returning students should register their students during this time. Monday, Aug. 15 will be the first day of student attendance. Students will be dismissed at 2 p.m. See our post for complete details.

Massac County High School Registration
MCHS will register students as follows: Juniors and seniors will register on Monday, Aug. 8 from 9 -11 a.m. and from 1- 2 p.m.; Sophomores will register on Tuesday, Aug. 9 from 9-11 a.m. and from 1- 2:30 p.m.; Freshmen will register on Wednesday, Aug. 10. Freshmen students whose last names begin with A-L will go to MCHS from 8:30–11 a.m. Students whose last names are from M-Z will go to MCHS from 12:30–2:30 p.m. If unable to attend your session you may attend the other session. Buses will not run on these days.  Friday, Aug. 12 will be registration for students who could not register on their assigned day as well as new students. Monday, Aug. 15 is the first day of student attendance. See our post for full details.

Brookport Back to School Bash
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Brookport Park, in Brookport
There will be a youth dance for ages 8 – 16 at the Brookport Park. While there is no admission fee, concessions will be sold as a fundraiser for the Brookport Police Department. Parents are welcome to attend and chaperones are needed. Contact Kathy Tucker at 618-638-4045 or any member of the police department if interested.

Annual Kids Creative Arts Street Fair on the Square
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Market House Square, Paducah, Ky.
Market Street will be closed between the Market HouseTheater Box Office and Yeiser Art Center. There will be booths and activities about art, drama, music, games, stories, dance and hands-on stations for kids to get creative with crafts. This event is free and open to the public, although some of the activities may have a minimal charge for supplies. For information, visit website.

Meet the Patriots
6:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
Massac County High School, 2841 Old Marion Rd., Metropolis
Come meet the Patriots on the Football Field. Youth game starts at 6:30 p.m. Freshman versus Junior Varsity game at 7:15 p.m. Varsity game starts at 8 p.m. Concessions available for purchase. Admission is $3 per Adult and $2 per Child.

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