August 2018

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


Monday-Saturday  (during peak growing season)
Metropolis Farmers Market
7 a.m.-Noon
1517 E. 5th Street, Metropolis
New location this year across from Fort Massac Park pond entrance with easy parking and turn around access.d the Metropolis Chamber office. Farmers Market will be held every Saturday through the growing season.

Month of August  (until school starts)
Metropolis City Pool

Mon – Sat, Noon-4:55 p.m.
Sundays, 1-4:55 p.m.
312 W. 4th St., Metropolis
$1.50 Admission – 5 years and under, free. Passes are available. For information about swimming lessons, water aerobics, adult lap swim and pool parties, see our Post.

Through Summer
Kids Bowl Free
Register your child for a Summer Pasas for 2 free games of bowling a day. Register each child on  their website and receive the free bowling passes every week by email.


Wednesday-Tuesday, Aug. 1-8
Annual Emancipation Celebration
Various locations and times
Parade on Saturday at 11 a.m. from Walter Jetton Blvd. to Washington St. to Robert Coleman Park. Other activities include dances, youth activities, live entertainment, food, vendors, NAACP dedications, and a breakfast, Everyone is invited to attend. For details, see website.


Thursday, Aug. 2
Receipts for Charity: Alzheimer’s Association
10 a.m.-11 p.m.
Fat Edd’s 323 Ferry St., Metropolis
Local restaurants join forces with Harrah’s Metropolis to give back to local organizations. 20% of receipts collected on the first Thursday of each month are included in donations to designated charities.

Thursday, Aug. 2
River Front Concert Series
5-8 p.m.
Riverfront steps, downtown Paducah, Ky.
Bring your lawn chairs or sit on the steps and enjoy a free concert on Wilson Stage. Jon Duo will perform from 5-6 p.m. and Bizz & Everyday People will perform from 6-8 p.m. Website.


Friday, August 3
School Supply Giveaway
5 p.m.
Metropolis Community Center, 900 W. 10th St., Metropolis
Free supplies will be available while supplies last for all children (K-12 only). Due to demand, adults without children present are allowed up to 3 students’ supplies. Once through the line, they may return to the back of the line for the chance to acquire more. Other services include drug awareness material, free dental cleanings, and coupons to local salons.

Friday-Saturday, Aug. 3-4
Cobden Peach Festival
5-11 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. For information, call 618-893-2425 or visit Facebook.

Friday-Sunday, Aug. 3-5
The 48 Hour Film Project 
Fri.  6 p.m. Kickoff Event
Sun.  7:30 p.m. Dropoff Event
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.

Friday, Aug. 3
Movies in the Park: Cars 3
Dusk: movie begins
Fort Massac State Park picnic area, across from Sonic
The movies are held on select Fridays for free. 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. Monitor Facebook for cancellation notices. For more information, call 618-524-4712. For movie schedule for the summer see our Post.


Saturday, Aug. 4
Hummingbird Festival 

9 a.m.-Noon
Trail of Tears State Forest, 3240 State Forest Rd., Jonesboro, IL
Dozens of hummingbirds should be present to impress the observers. After the birds are captured and banded, visitors may wish to adopt one (for a $5 donation to the Lincoln Land Association of Bird Banders) and have the privilege of releasing it back to the wild. Those who adopt birds will receive an attractive signed certificate and will be notified if their bird is ever recaptured. Free event. 217-787-3515.

Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 4-5
Wine & Food Pairing Weekend: Midsummer Picnic
Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sun. 12:30-5:00 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.

Saturday, August 4
Bats of Illinois
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Cache River Wetlands Center, 8885 State Route 37 South, Cypress, IL
Illinois is home to at least 12 species of bats. Karen Mangan will highlight the life of these bats, how common they are, their importance to humans and the environment, and methods used to research and monitor their activity. Indoor program from 6:30-7:30 pm is followed by an optional field trip to experience bats’ evening emergence. For information, call 618-657-2064. Website.


Tuesday-Friday, August 7-10registration image
Massac Unit #1 Registration for 9th-12 Grades
8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 pm.
Tue. Aug. 7 – Seniors
Wed. Aug. 8 – Juniors
Thu. Aug. 9 – Sophomores
Fri. Aug. 10 – Freshmen
Register at Massac County High School
Registration fee is $20. The annual parking pass is $15. See our Post for details.

Tuesday Aug. 7, or Wednesday August 8
Massac Unit #1 Registration for K-8th Gradesregistration image

Tue. 5-7 p.m.
Wed. 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Register at all Massac Unit #1 elementary/junior high buildings.
Parents of new and returning students should register their children during this time. Registration fee is $17. See our Post for details.


Saturday, Aug. 11
Last Day Blast at the Pool
Noon-5 p.m. (time to be confirmed)
Metropolis Swimming Pool, 312 W. 4th St.
It will be free to the public, thanks to the Metropolis Police Department. In addition to the swimming, there will also be a dunking booth and games and Bear on the Air, Shane Parker, will be cooking up some food food.

Saturday, August 11
Ducks, Ducks, Ducks
1 p.m.
Cache River Wetlands Center, 8885 State Route 37 South, Cypress, IL
District wildlife biologist Adam Phillips will discuss some of the natural habits and habitats of the great variety of waterfowl that might visit southern Illinois this winter. The program will also include a waterfowl banding demonstration. For information, call 618-657-2064. Website.

Saturday, Aug. 11
Live on the River: Big Brown Truck Pull
6–9 p.m.
Foot of Broadway, Paducah Ky.
Teams of 15 sign up in advance to support Special Olympics athletes. Teams take turns to see who can pull a loaded UPS 18-wheeler 12 feet in the shortest time. Winners are crowned in men’s, women’s and co-ed divisions. Younger division teams will pull a UPS delivery van. Winners in different divisions will be crowned and additional prizes will be awarded.  Facebook   Website.


Wednesday, Aug. 15
First Day of School – Massac Unit One
Dismissed at 2 p.m. For registration information, visit website


Thursday, Aug. 16
KY-Moms Workshop
5-7 p.m.
Lourdes Marshall Nemer Pavilion, 1530 Lone Oak Rd., Paducah, Ky.
This healthy pregnancy workshop is free and available to all expectant moms in Kentucky and Illinois, and will be held in the Community Room. The workshop is free to attend and if you RSVP you will receive a gift card. They also provide further case management for women who are pregnant with a substance use disorder. For information, contact Clarissa Shepherd at or 270-442-8039 ext. 1346. Website.

Thursday, August 16
The Civilian Conservation Corps in Southern IL and Western KY
7 p.m.
McCracken County Library, 555 Washington St., Paducah, Ky.
Presentation by Kay Rippelmeyer includes many personal tales of deprivation, hard work, and of hope. The Civilian Conservation Corps was the beginning of the environmental movement in the country. For information, contact Bobbie Wrinkle at 270-442-2510 ext. 117 or  Website.


Friday, Aug. 17 – Saturday, Aug. 25
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.


Saturday, Aug. 18
Annual Kids Creative Arts Street Fair on the Square
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Market House Square, Paducah, Ky.
Market Street will be closed between the Market House Theater 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.  Website.

Saturday, Aug. 18
Back to School Bash
3:30 p.m.
Metropolis Library, 317 Metropolis St.
Join in the fun at the library and celebrate going back to school with a bash. There will be fun activities and delicious refreshments, as well as a door prize or two. This program is free and is intended for kids 18 and under. Please call or come into the library to register by Wednesday, Aug. 6th to make sure we have plenty of refreshments. For information, Angela Lockard at 618-524-4312 ext. 3 or Website.

Saturday, Aug. 18
Annual Art Through the Lens: Deadline to enter
Exhibition: Oct. 5 – Nov. 17
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. For more details or to submit an entry, visit website.


Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 23-25
Annual Hot August Blues Festival
Thu.-Fri.  6-11 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. 24 – Monday, Sept. 3
Du Quoin Fair
10 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. For information, visit website.

Friday, Aug. 24
Movies in the Park: The Nut Job 2
Dusk: movie begins
Fort Massac State Park picnic area, across from Sonic
The movies are held on select Fridays for free. 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. Monitor Facebook for cancellation notices. For more information, call 618-524-4712. For movie schedule for the summer see our Post.


Saturday, August 25
Paducah Farmer’s Market: Hot August Blues

7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Downtown Paducah’s Riverfront
Every Saturday the Market sells produce, eggs, fresh meats, baked goods and artist creations. There will be many activities such as children’s craft tables, acoustic music, balloon animals, face painting, food sampling, cooking demonstrations, and more. For information visit

Saturday, Aug. 25kids fishing image
King Kat Kids Fishing Rodeo
Noble Park
Free fishing rodeo will be held in conjunction with the King Kat Tournament Trail. Open to all youngsters, ages 12 and under when accompanied by adult. All children should bring rod, reel and bait. Prizes will be given to all participants. For details, see website.

Saturday, August 25
Reptiles in the Neighborhood
1-4 p.m.
Cache River Wetlands Center, 8885 State Route 37 South, Cypress, IL
Learn about snakes, skinks and turtles and more. Join Tony Gerard for an up close and personal interaction with reptiles and amphibians native to our area. The one-hour indoor program concludes with an optional hike to look for cold-blooded creatures at Heron Pond. For information, call 618-657-2064. Website.

Saturday, Aug. 25
Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail
3 p.m. Weigh-in starts
Ohio River Boat Launch, Paducah, Ky.
The catfish tournament draws professional and amateur anglers from near and far.  Locals gather for weigh-ins at the boat launch.  Anyone is welcome to enter.  Cash and prizes will be awarded.  Entry fee charge.  Free kids fishing rodeo is held at Noble Park pond. For details, visit websiteFacebook.

Saturday, Aug. 25
River Front Concert Series
5-8 p.m.
Riverfront steps, downtown Paducah, Ky.
Bring your lawn chairs or sit on the steps and enjoy a free concert on Wilson Stage. Avon Dale will perform from 5-6 p.m. and Bizz & Andrew Leahey will perform from 6-8 p.m. Website.


Monday, Aug. 27
Garden Club meets at Curtis Home
9:30 a.m.
Elijah P. Curtis Home, 405 Market St., Metropolis
Refreshments followed by a program: History of the Metropolis Garden Club by Club Historian Amy Morgan. Lecture and scrapbooks for perusal by club members. Tour of the Curtis Home herb and perennial gardens and tour of Club Secretary Shirley Dishinger’s gardens (514 Metropolis Street).


Thursday, Aug. 30steamboats image, American Queen and Mississippi Queen
American Queen at Port of Paducah
Noon-5 p.m.
Riverfront at Broadway & Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Welcome the American Queen to Paducah’s historic riverfront as she cruises America’s inland waterways. Docking dates and times are expected to change throughout the year given complications on the river. Some of these changes may be in a last-minute fashion. For more dates, visit website.

Tuesday, August 30
Making Your Life More Creative 101
7–8 p.m.
McCracken County Library, 555 Washington St., Paducah, Ky.
Presented by Kijsa Housman. Learn to look at the ordinary in extraordinary ways. It is tackling mundane tasks with a creative scope. It i

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