October 2017

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


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.

First Saturday of the Month
Olmsted Farmers Market and Trade Day
8 a.m.-Noon
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 more information, call Olmsted City Hall at 618-742-6487.


Monday-Friday, Oct.2 – Nov. 10
SCC Truck Driving Program
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Shawnee Community College, Metropolis Extension Center, 5385 Industrial Park Dr.
The program takes only 16 weeks to complete which includes a six-week program and a ten-week externship. Other program dates Nov. 13 – Dec. 22. For information, call 618-524-3003.


steamboats image, American Queen and Mississippi QueenTuesday, Oct. 3
Queen of the Mississippi at the Port of Paducah
10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Riverfront at Broadway & Kentucky Ave., Paducah, KY
Welcome the Queen of the Mississippi 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 information and full schedule, click here.


Thursday, Oct. 5
Miss Fluorspar Pageant

High school commons area, IL 146, Elizabethtown, Illinois
Flourspar Festival follows on Friday and Saturday in Rosiclare. For information, visit website.


Friday-Saturday, Oct. 6-7
Annual Fluorspar Festival
Rosiclare, Illinois
Events include carnival, pet parade, bicycle & golf cart contest & parade, car/motorcycle show, photo contest, food and craft vendors, barbecue, open house at the American Fluorite Museum, local musical talent, the Festival parade at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday and the finale on Saturday evening featuring a fireworks display at the City Park overlooking the river. For information, visit website.


Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 7-8
Annual Blue’s Junk & Primitivies Fall Gathering
Sat. 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sun. 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
409 Camore St, Creal Springs, IL
Over 75 booths will set up beside the City Hall building filled with antiques, primitives, handmade items and rusty junk.  Admission $1 or canned good collected by the Southern Illinois Junk Bunch for local food pantries.  For information, call 618-922-1130 or visit Facebook Page.


Sunday, Oct. 8  
Bass Tournament
Golconda, Illinois
Chamber of Commerce – Golconda Marina. For information, call 618-683-9006.

Sunday, Oct. 8
Golconda Fall Festival
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Downtown Golconda, IL
Pope County Courthouse lawn, Golconda, Illinois
Arts and crafts, antiques, collectibles, action exhibits, furniture and game booths fill the courthouse lawn.  Festival is held every year on the 2nd Sunday in October. For information, 618-683-4317 or visit Facebook.


steamboats image, American Queen and Mississippi QueenThursday-Friday, Oct. 12-13
American Queen at the Port of Paducah
Thursday noon – Friday noon
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 information and full schedule, click here.


Friday-Saturday, Oct. 13-14, 20-21, 27-28
Tuesday, Oct. 31
Haunted House of Horrors
7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Anna Arts Center, 125 W. Davie St, Anna, IL
Come if you dare to meet your worst nightmare. The demons and ghouls that rule the abandoned fire station will give you a run through the maze. Admission is $5 per person or groups of 5 for $20. For information, call 904-625-1109 or visit Facebook Page.

Friday-Sunday, Oct. 13-15
Union County Colorfest Celebration
Celebrate the fall season throughout Union County. There will be creative vendors of Vintage, Primitives, Rust & Junk, Antique and handmade items. Big Blue’s Que, shopping, along with our fresh-picked apples, apple cider donuts and cider slushes will make for a great fall atmosphere around our pumpkin patch!.There will be an outdoor photo booth. Admission fee  of $1 collected to help support Bald Knob Cross. For information, call 800-248-4373 or visit Website.

Friday, Oct. 13
Annual Atkinson Scholarship Dinner
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Metropolis Community Center, 900 W. 10th St., Metropolis
Menu includes chicken and dumplings, seasoned green beans, candied yams, cole slaw, bread basket, assorted desserts and choice of coffee, tea or soda. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children under 10. Silent auction will also be available with various items including gift cards from local businesses. Proceeds will benefit the Sabrina Dawn Atkinson Escrow Scholarship Fund to help local high school students to enroll in college level courses while earning their diploma. For information or to purchase tickets, call 618-524-7315. Tickets also available at the door.


Saturday, Oct.14
Art Through the Lens: Opening Ceremony
Time tba
Yeiser Art Center, 200 Broadway, Paducah
Each year from the hundreds of works submitted, 60 to 100 images are selected for exhibition by a highly qualified juror, with five of them receiving cash awards. An awards presentation will be held during the opening reception. Exhibition runs through Nov. 25.  Website

Saturday, Oct. 14
Buddy Bass Tournament
Lake Kinkaid, 52 Cinder Hill Dr., Murphysboro, IL
2 Man Fishing Tournament – Usually the first Saturday in October.   $120 Team Entry / $130 Late Entry   $2000 Guaranteed First Place. For details, visit Website

Saturday, Oct. 14
Hunter’s Moon Festival
Downtown, 1858 J H O’Bryan Ave., Grand Rivers, KY
This Famous Festival feature a taste of the lakes food vending area, craft and flea market vendors, Little Mr. and Miss Pageant, children’s Halloween costume parade and awards, children’s games and activities, live music and dance in Little Lake Park, and the big parade. Each year, the big parade is Santa’s first visit to Western Kentucky.  For details, see website.

Saturday, Oct. 14
Myasthenia Gravis Walk
9 a.m. Registration
10 a.m. Walk begins
Washington Park, 3rd and Metropolis St.
The walk is a charity event for the rare disease, Myasthenia Gravis. There will be a 1-mile and 1½-mile walk and the final destination of the walk will be at Washington Park. Form a team at Mgwalk.org, location southern Illinois, or click here to join Paula McGinnis’ team “Rocknmc”.  The event is free, but donations for the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America are accepted.

Saturday, Oct. 14
Guided Walk to Heron Pond & Little Black Slough
9:00 a.m. – Noon
Cache River Wetlands Center, 8885 IL-37, Cypress, Il
Enjoy a colorful fall hike along the Heron Pond and Little Black Slough trails, and learn more about the area’s history, flora and fauna. Meet at the Heron Pond Trail parking lot. For information, call 618-657-2064.  Website

Saturday, Oct. 14
Annual Old Time Men’s Southside Get Together/Lunch
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Calvary Baptist Church, Clements and Powell sts., Paducah, KY
This group of men grew up on the south side of Paducah in the 1920’s-? and went to school together, played sports, etc. Once a year they get together to reunite, eat and visit on the 2nd Saturday of October at the same time and location. Cost is free. For information, contact Tom Willoughby at 270-898-2489 or willoughbyte@gmail.com.

Saturday, October 14
Living History Day
2:00 p.m.
Thebes Historical Courthouse, 5th & Oak sts., Thebes, IL.
Thebes Historical Society members will join with Egyptian High School students to present a mid-1800 court case reenactment. Website  Facebook

Saturday, Oct. 14

7:30 p.m.
Carson Center, 100 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Raffaele Ponti, conductor. PSO 2017 Young Artist Competition winners, David Godar and Phyllis Pan, will perform with the orchestra on two beloved works for piano. For more information, visit website.


Sunday, Oct. 15
Annual Rods & Squads Car Show
11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Downtown Golconda, Illinois
The show brings a mixture of classic cars and vintage to state-of-the-art law enforcement vehicles. Free event. For information, call 618-683-5171.  Facebook


Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 21-22
Annual Fort Massac Encampment
Sat. 10 a.m.- 6:30 p.m.
Sun. 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Fort Massac Park, 1308 E. 5th St., Metropolis
Military and civilian craft activities and demonstrations. Both days begin with a post of colors. Highlights include mock battles and tactical demonstrations, voyagers, traders, craftsman, arrowhead show, children’s games, music and period food and dress. Free admission. For information, call 618-524-4712. Website   Facebook

Saturday, Oct. 21
7th Annual Maiden Alley Oktoberfest
10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Market House Square, Broadway & Kentucky Ave., Paducah
Bavarian food by Kirchoff’s, craft beer, art vendors, and German car show. Live music all day with performances by Solid Rock’it Booster, The Hooten Hallers, catl, Curio, Paducah Polka Band and more. Funds raised will aid in generating much needed operating support for Maiden Alley Cinema. Website

Saturday, Oct. 21
Big Muddy Brew Fest

Noon – 4:00 p.m.
Riverside Park, Murphysboro
Event celebrates the heritage and growth of the craft beer industry in Murphysboro. The event not only donates the proceeds to local charities in the community, but gives back to those who enjoy something different. Relish the scenery of historic Riverside Park, enjoy the live music of Nine88 and Rusty Nail and sip on some of the freshest beer in Southern Illinois.  Website  Facebook

Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 21-22
Annual Vulture Fest
Sat. 11 a.m – 7 p.m.
Sun. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Downtown Makanda, Illinois
Black vultures and turkey vultures fly and swoop in the skies each fall. This event is a celebration of the vulture’s annual migration with live music and displays by local artists for purchase. Event held the 3rd weekend of October.  Website


Monday-Friday, Oct. 23-28
Red Ribbon Week: Your Future is Key so Stay Drug Free
Massac County Drug Awareness Coalition will sponsor this special week of awareness to help us to understand and eliminate drug use in our community. For information, contact Natalie Quint at 618-524-9368, ext. 212.  Some of the events planned for local schools include the distribution of pencils, handouts, buttons, and red ribbons to pin on backpacks. Website  Facebook


Thursday, Oct. 26
Paranormal Ghostology
7:00 p.m.
McCracken County Library, 555 Washington St., Paducah, Ky.
Presented by Gavin Kelly & Paula Purcell, The Phantasmic Ghost Hunters. Program provides an in-depth look at ways you can learn the difference between normal (man-made) and the paranormal. The investigative team will discuss how to detect and avoid false positives, examine various instruments used for investigations, and share their unique experiences working in the field. Free program is held in the 2nd floor meeting room. For information, contact Bobbie Wrinkle at 270-442-2510 ext. 117 or bwrinkle@mclib.net. For program details, visit website.


Friday, Oct. 27
Annual Guided Van Fall Tour in Cache River Watershed
Four trips scheduled throughout the day
Tunnel Hill State Trail office in Vienna, IL
Enjoy the fall foliage and learn more about the wildlife, history and hydrology of the Cache River Watershed on this guided van tour for senior citizens and persons with physical limitations. The tour will explore a section of the Tunnel Hill State Trail between Vienna and the Cache River Wetlands Center. Limited seats so register in advance by calling 618-657-2064. Website

Friday-Saturday, Oct. 27-28
Haunted Forest and Spooky Hayride

6 p.m.
Main Brothers Campground, 186 Campground Rd., Karnak
Come and bring the whole family for a night of fun. There is a $3 charge for one time through or $5 charge to go through 2 times. There will also be a bonfire. Hot dogs, hamburgers, drinks and cotton candy available for purchase. For information, call 618-634-9311.

Friday, Oct. 27
7:30 p.m.
Clemens Fine Arts Center, 4810 Barkley Dr., Paducah, Ky.
Hailed “one of the best pop-jazz vocal groups in the world “by the San Francisco Chronicle, m-pact is respected worldwide as a cutting edge trailblazer in the realm of vocal music. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for students/children. Visit website for more details.


Saturday, Oct. 28
Annual Shawnee Marathon
7:30 a.m.
Southeastern Illinois College, 3575 College Rd., Harrisburg, IL
An officially sanctioned Boston Marathon qualifying event featuring a full marathon, half marathon and Jackson Falls 10K (new for 2017). Starting point is Southeastern Illinois College. 2015 event had participants from 14 different states and even Japan. The scenic route in the Shawnee National Forest runs from Southeastern Illinois College to the town of Equality and back. For details, visit  website.

Saturday, Oct. 28
Paducah Farmer’s Market: Last Market Day
7:30 a.m. – 2:00 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 childrens’ craft tables, acoustic music, balloon animals, face painting, food sampling, cooking demonstrations, plant and farm education. For more information visit paducahky.gov/farmers-market.

Saturday, Oct. 28
Tour de Shawnee Bike Ride

Horseshoe Lake Community Center, State Highway 3, Olive Branch, Il.
8 a.m.
The best little ride in the Midwest starts in Olive Branch, Illinois at the Community Center at 8 AM.  Route options include 15, 30, 45, 62 and 100 miles that wind through Horseshoe Lake and the Shawnee National Forest.  Unique rest stops provide free food and drink to registered riders all along the way. Tail gate party on Friday, 5:30-7:30 p.m. For information, call 618-776-5893 or visit website.

Saturday, Oct. 28
Kincaid Mounds Archaeology Field Day
10 a.m. to 3 p.m
Kincaid Mounds, Massac County, Illinois
Formal presentations on the Mississippian Culture and results of excavations by SIU-Summer Field Schools will begin at 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m. There will be artifact displays, information tables, and a walking tour to Mound 8. Program is free and restroom facility available, but no refreshment sold.  Kincaid Mounds is located 10 miles east of Brookport, Illinois.  From the northern edge of Brookport on Route 45, turn east on Unionville Road, go 6.26 miles to New Cut Road, then turn south and travel 3.6 miles to the Kincaid Mounds Road. www.kincaidmounds.com

steamboats image, American Queen and Mississippi QueenSaturday, Oct. 28
American Queen at the Port of Paducah
Noon – 5:00 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 information and full schedule, click here.

Saturday, Oct. 28  (register by Oct. 23)
Halloween Party at the Library
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Metropolis LIbrary, 317 Metropolis St.
This free program is intended for the whole family. There will be a costume contest for the parents and kids. There will also be some spooky games and some ghoulish snacks will be served. Please call or come by the library to register by Monday, Oct. 23rd to make sure they have enough refreshments. For information, contact Angela Lockard at  618-524-4312 ext. 3 or alockard1982@gmail.com.

Saturday, Oct. 28
Metropolis Super Zombie Walk
6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
8th and Market Streets, Metropolis
Wear your frightful, fearsome zombie clothes and rattle your bones in the street. There will be a costume contest and the event is free.


Sunday, Oct. 29 (tentative)
Kids Kingdom: Pumpkin Carving
4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
First Christian Church, 420 Catherine St., Metropolis
Kids Kingdom is an opportunity for children ages Pre-K to 4th grade to learn more about the Bible, in a fun innovative way. Be sure not not to wear your good clothes since it will be messy. Chili and hot dogs will be served. All are welcome, adults and kids. Bring a sibling or friend. Meeting is held in Fellowship Hall in the basement. Free.

Sunday, Oct. 29
Beach Boys – Live Concert
7:15 p.m.
Carson Center, 100 Kentucky Avenue, Paducah, Ky.
The Beach Boys continue to create and perform with the same bold imagination and style that marked their explosive debut over 50 years ago. For information, call 270-450-4444 or visit website.


Tuesday, Oct. 31
Trick or Treat Hours
5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Metropolis, Brookport, Joppa
5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Paducah, Ky.
Drivers need to be especially careful as they travel during these hours. Residents are asked to have their porch lights on if they are distributing treats to costumed youngsters


Date TBA
Sustainable Living Expo
Time TBA
Dixon Springs Ag Center, 354 Hwy 145 N, Simpson, IL
Take a scenic drive to rural Pope County and experience this one-of-a-kind outdoor event focused on sustainability in the broadest sense.  Home energy, local foods, conservation, and survival sessions, demos, exhibits; artisan tent showcasing local creativity; kid’s area with hands-on activities; and more.  Admission is FREE for this value-packed program.  618-252-8391   www.SLExpo.org

Steamboat Day
8:00 a.m.
Main Street, Grand Chain, Illinois
Features include antique tractors and car show, vendors, and yard sales. Breakfast served from 8-10 a.m. at Learning Center, former old Grand Chain School. Corn hole tournament starts at noon. Local bands start at 1:30 p.m, and continue after the parade with other featured musicians. Parade starts at 3 p.m. For information, call Mike Meyer at 618-634-2546.

Fall Fiber Festival Workshop
9:00 a.m.
Yeiser Art Center, Market House Square, Paducah
Yeiser Art Center is proud to partner with MAKE to host an engaging array of activities for Paducah’s Fall Fiber Festival. There will be workshops, vendors, a pop-show, artist talk, demos and panel discussion throughout the festival.  Website

Saline County Bluegrass and BBQ Festival
On the grounds of the Saline Creek Pioneer Village and Museum in Harrisburg
Event features live blue grass music from a lineup of several well known blue grass bands. Food is available. Free admission.  Facebook

Joppa Civic Fall Festival
11:00 a.m.
Riverband, Park and High School, Joppa, Il.
Festival starts with the parade at 11 a.m. It begins at the riverbank and ends at the high school. Following the parade, the park will be the place to be. Food will be available along with a petting zoo, face painting, and lots of games and entertainment. For information, call 618-543-6365.

Saturday, Oct. 28
Tour de Seven Fall Into Fitness 5K Run/Walk
7:00 a.m. Registration
8:00 a.m. Run/Walk
8:30a.m. Turkey Trot/1m
Choate Mental Health Center, 1000 N Main St., Anna, Illinois
Blacktop running surface with varying grates of both inclines and declines.with a few inclines. Water and first aid stations available throughout the course. Turkey trot is for children under 12 years. T-shirts guaranteed if you preregister by Oct. 14. Portion of the proceeds benefit Relay for Life. For information, visit websites at RunSignUp or Southern7.    2016 Event Post.

Downtown Walking Ghost Tours
7 p.m., 8 p.m., and 9 p.m.
Market House Theater, 141 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Walk the streets of Downtown Paducah led by a Ghostly Guide as you walk to the actual sites filled with history, legend and lore and hear about the side of Paducah history filled with murder and the terrors of the nights. Tickets $15 for adults and $5 children, ages 12 and under.  Not recommended for children under 5 years old. For details, visit website or call 270-444-6828.

Saturday, Oct.
Annual Paducah Zombie Walk
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Fat Moe’s, 902 Broadway St., Paducah, Ky.
Dress yourself up as a Zombie, throw some makeup and blood on yourself and join the rest of the dead at the Zombie walk. Participants are asked to bring non-perishable foods or money donations will help keep the Zombie Walk coming back every year. All ages are invited attend and participate. Walk starts at Fat Moe’s and ends at Maiden Alley. For information, call 270-331-1574.  Facebook Event

Saturday, Oct.
2nd Annual Mud Bog and Car Show
1 p.m. Car show
7 p.m.  Race time
Brookport, Illinois
There will be vendors, beer garden and raffle, and also a kids foot race.  There will be cash prizes. Quad  and Side-by-Side registration is from 5-7 p.m. General admission is $5 per person, 10 and under are free. Pit pass is $10.  For registration fees and prices, see Facebook page. For information, contact Nick at 618-686-6023 or Dustin at 618-306-2552. Hosted by the Brookport Police Department.

Saturday, Oct.
Annual Pulaski Pecan Bonanza
8:00 a.m.
Pulaski fairgrounds, 497 W. Commercial St., Pulaski, IL
Come for family fun with the beauty pageant, helicopter rides, singing contest, musical entertainment and vendors.  For information, call 618-342-6700 or visit Facebook

Saturday, Oct.
Fountain Avenue Fall Festival
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Lang Park, 350 Fountain Ave., Paducah, Ky.
The family-oriented festival includes free food and many fun activities. Along with roasting hot dogs and s’mores, families can enjoy games, hay rides. A movie will be shown at dusk. Costume contest is at 5 p.m. For information, call 270-444-8690.  Website

Friday, Oct.
Haunted Trails
Dusk – 9:00 p.m.
Shawnee Community College Main Campus in Ullin
Those who dare will be escorted throughout the wooded area where creepy, lingering creatures will be hiding in the darkness. Tickets are $3 each, with children under six years old free. The Haunted Trails will be dialed down for younger thrill seekers. For more information, contact Ed Billingsley at 618-634- 3264.

Saturday, Oct.
Annual COPE Food Drive
8:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Big John, 1200 E. 5th St., Metropolis
Save-A-Lot, 701 Pearl St., Metropolis
Massac County Farm Bureau Young Farmer’s Committee is asking the community for non-perishable food items. Food donations are also accepted at the Bureau office, 1436 W. 10th St. For information, call Tammie Obermark at 618-524-5811. Drive is held on the last Saturday in October each year.

Saturday, Oct.
15th Annual Diabetes Expo
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
Presentations begin at 9:00 a.m.
Baptist Health Paducah
Free health screenings will include blood pressure, hemoglobin A1C, blood sugar, foot screenings and Vision Van provided by Aetna, Inc. The featured speakers will be Zonya Foco, RD, author of “DIET FREE: Eight habits that can change your life.” She will speak on the diet-free secret to managing diabetes and provide a cooking demo. Health screenings, food samplings and exhibits will be available 8:30 to 9:00 a.m. and also at 10:30 a.m. to noon. There will be a free gift for the first 100 attendees (1 per household). For more information, contact DeAnna Leonard, RN, BSN, Licensed Diabetes Educator, at the Purchase District Health Department at 270.444.9625, ext. 107.

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