October 2018

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


Monday, Oct. 2steamboats image, American Queen and Mississippi Queen
Queen of the Mississippi at Port of Paducah
10 a.m.-8 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 more dates, visit website.


Thursday, Oct. 4
Miss Fluorspar Pageant

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

Thursday, Oct. 4receipt drop
Receipts for Charity: Breast Cancer
8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sissy’s Sweet Shoppe, 613 Market 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, Oct. 4
Tales from Bloody Breathitt – Ghosts of Appalachia
7 p.m.
McCracken County Library, 555 Washington St., Paducah, Ky.
Jerry Deaton always liked a good ghost story. Deaton also knows that Breathitt County, along with Eastern Kentucky and entire Appalachian region of America, is a hotbed of ghost stories. Deaton will share some of his stories and talk about folklore and literature from around Appalachia. For information, contact Bobbie Wrinkle at 270-442-2510 ext. 117 or bwrinkle@mclib.net.  Website.


Friday-Saturday, Oct. 5-6
Annual Fluorspar Festival
Rosiclare, Illinois
Events include parade, carnival, quilt show, pageant and food. Car show on Saturday. For information, visit website.


Friday-Sunday, Oct. 12-14
Union County Colorfest Celebration
Celebrate the fall season throughout Union County. Special Illinois Bi-Centennial events include a visit from Abe Lincoln, a marker dedication, a Cemetery Walk and, Driving Tour. For information, call 800-248-4373 or visit Website.


Saturday, Oct. 13
Buddy Bass Tournament
Lake Kinkaid, 52 Cinder Hill Dr., Murphysboro, IL
2 Man Fishing Tournament. Usually held the first Saturday in October.   $120 Team Entry. For details, visit Website.

Saturday, Oct. 13
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. 13
Pickin’ at the Patch: Fall Market Day
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Rendleman Orchards, 9680 State Hwy 127 N, Alto Pass, IL
http://www.rendlemanorchards.com   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 junkin’ atmosphere around the pumpkin patch. There will be an outdoor photo booth in the patch. Admission of $1 will be collected to help support Bald Knob Cross. Facebook. Website.

Saturday, Oct. 13
Big Muddy Brew Fest

Noon-4 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 live music and sip on some of the freshest beer in Southern Illinois.  Website.  Facebook.


Sunday, Oct. 14
Bass Tournament
Golconda, Illinois
Chamber of Commerce – Golconda Marina. For information, call 618-683-9006.

Sunday, Oct. 14
Golconda Fall Festival
9 a.m.-5 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.


Friday-Sunday, Oct. 19-21
7th Annual Maiden Alley Oktoberfest
Fri. 6 p.m. Beer Dinner at Freight House
Sat. time TBA, Beer, Sausage, Dance, Repeat at Maiden Alley
Sun. 11 a.m., Brunch at location TBA
Market House Square, Broadway & Kentucky Ave., Paducah
Funds raised will aid in generating much needed operating support for Maiden Alley Cinema. More details coming soon on Website.


Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 20-21
Annual Fort Massac Encampment
Sat. 10 a.m-5 p.m.
Sun. 9 a.m.-5 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-Sunday, Oct. 20-21
Annual Vulture Fest
Sat. 11 a.m,-7 p.m.
Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Downtown Makanda, IL
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.

Saturday, Oct. 20
Guided Hike at Cedar Bluff
Noon-2 p.m.
Fern Clyffe State Park, Cedar Bluff, IL
Enjoy a fall hike at Cedar Bluff Natural Area, an annex of Ferne Clyffe State Park that features bluffs more than 50 feet tall, rocky overhangs, a shelter cave and dramatic views of southern Illinois’ fall colors from the crest of the bluff. For directions and other information, call 618-657-2064. Website.


Tuesday,Oct. 23 – Wednesday, Oct. 31
Red Ribbon Week
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-Sunday, Oct. 25-28
The Wall That Heals, Vietnam Veterans Memorial replica
All day, all night
Carson Park, 300 N. 30th St., Paducah, Ky.
The Wall that Heals along with a mobile Education Center will be available 24 hours a day and is free to the public. Visitors will be able to do name rubbings of individual names on The Wall. Brought to the community by Milner and Orr Funeral Home. For details, visit website.


Friday, Oct. 26
Van Tour in Cache River Watershed
various departure times
Tunnel Hill State Trail Headquarters, Vienna, IL
Tour ios for senior citizens and persons with physical limitations to enjoy the wildlife, native plants and fall color and share stories about the history and hydrology of the Cache River Watershed. The tour will explore a section of the Tunnel Hill State Trail between Vienna and Tunnel Hill. For departure times and required reservation, call the Wetlands Center at 618-657-2064.  Website.


Saturday, Oct. 27
Tour de Seven Fall Into Fitness 5K Run/Walk
7 a.m. Registration
8 a.m. Run/Walk
Ferne Clyffe State Park, State Route 37, Goreville, IL
Park is located 1 mile south of Goreville. The course is moderately difficult and offers impressive vistas, rare plants and breathtaking fall foliage. It is a combination of blacktop, grass and dirt trail surfaces some of which are uneven around the lake area (not stroller or wheelchair friendly) with varied grates of inclines and declines. Pets on a leash are welcome and Hydration/First Aid Stations will be available. For information, visit websites at RunSignUp or Southern7.

Saturday, Oct. 27
6th Annual Shawnee Marathon
7:30 a.m. Marathon, 8:30 a.m. Half-marathon, 9:30 a.m. Shawnee 10K
An officially sanctioned Boston Marathon qualifying event. The scenic marathon route runs from the majestic Garden of the Gods and finishes in downtown Harrisburg. The Half-Marathon runs from Southeastern Illinois College and finishes in downtown Harrisburg. The Shawnee 10K will be an out and back starting and finishing in downtown Harrisburg. For details, visit website.

Saturday, Oct. 27
Paducah Farmer’s Market: Last Market Day
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 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. 27
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, 60 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 details, see our Post (coming soon).  For information, call 618-776-5893 or visit website.

Saturday, Oct. 27
Kincaid Mounds Archaeology Field Day
10 a.m.-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.


Sunday, Oct. 28
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. Valve cover racing returns this year. Free event. For information, call 618-683-5171.  Facebook.


Tuesday, Oct. 31
Trick or Treat Hours
5-8 p.m. Metropolis, Brookport, Joppa
5-9 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.

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