September 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.

Saturday – Monday, Sept. 2-4
Annual Kentucky Western Waterland Arts & Crafts Festival
Little Lake Park, Grand Rivers, Ky.
Over 100 different artisan and craftsman booths. Food, and live musical entertainment available while you watch artist demonstrations. $1 admission for walk-ins or $3 per car if parking in park’s lot.  Website

Saturday, Sept. 2
MCHS Class of ’77 40-year Reunion
6:00 p.m.
Fat Edd’s, 323 Ferry St., Metropolis
Appetizers served at 6 pm, dinner served at 7 pm, and socializing and dancing follow at 8 pm. If attending for both food and socializing, the cost is $35 per person. If you skip the meal and attend only after dinner the cost is $15. Reunion will be in upstairs room. Dinner reservations required before Aug. 15th. Registration form and more information available on Facebook Group page.

Monday, September 4
Labor Day Celebration and Parade
10:00 a.m.
County Court House, 1 Superman Sq., Metropolis
Parade starts at the court house at 10 a.m. All units should be in position between 9-9:30 a.m. The parade will proceed down 5th Street to Fort Massac.  Free musical entertainment at the park. Concessions will be available for purchase an attendees are asked to bring their lawn chairs. For information, visit website

Friday-Saturday, Sept. 8-9
Annual Corvettes on the River Charity Show
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Paducah Convention & Expo Center, 415 Park Ave., Paducah, Ky.
There will be trophies, club competitions, 50/50 drawing, vendors, door prizes, silent auction and food. Benefit charities are Cassidy’s Cause, Martha’s Vinyard, and Project CARAT For information, visit website.

Friday-Sunday, September 8-10
4th Annual Free Blues and Gospel Festival
Historic 8th Street, Cairo, IL
Heritage Foundation is hosting the event featuring Chris Canas, Sweet Angel, The Phonics, parades, food, fun, vendors, and more. The festival ends on Sunday with the Gospel Celebration from 3-6 p.m. at Cairo City Hall. For information, call 618- 734-4127.

Friday, Sept. 8
Movies in the Park: The Jungle Book
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, September 9
Cache River Days
All day
Ball Park and Cache River Wetlands, Ullin, IL
Festivities will be headquartered at the Ullin Ball Park, but will also include special displays at the Cache River Wetlands Center and guided tours at various points of interest throughout the Cache River Wetlands. Come for live wildlife exhibits, nature activities, arts & crafts, live music, food and more. Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge will provide free canoe tours throughout the day. To sign up for limited-space free canoe tours, call 618-634-2231. Website

Saturday, September 9
Riverside Art, Wine & Blues Festival
Noon – 8:00 p.m.
Riverside Park, 2640 W. Riverside Park Rd., Murphysboro, IL
Always the first Saturday after Labor Day, featuring multiple Illinois wineries, fine arts vendors, food, and music. For more information, visit  Facebook page or website.

Saturday, Sep. 9
Haircuts for BarkAID 50 States Tour 
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Headlines Salon, 718 E 5th St., Ste. 200, Metropolis
Hairstylist Patrick Lomantini brings his BarkAID 50 State Tour to help homeless animals. For a $20 minimum donation, you can get a haircut and the proceeds will benefit Project Hope No-Kill Animal Shelter. Two stylists will be available, and prizes will be given away. To reserve your appointment time, call Headlines Salon at 618-524-4245. Walk-ins welcome.  Project Hope will have animals to adopt, and local restaurants will offer specials and donate a portion of their sales.  Post with details coming soon.

Wednesday-Saturday, September 13-16
Murphysboro Apple Festival
Activities include live music, a carnival with concessions, many contests featuring everything from apple pie eating to the crowning of Appletime Royalty, marching bands, arts & crafts fair, car show, 5K races and much more. The Grand Parade has an average of 160 total units that include marching bands, themed floats, dancers, and visting royalty, among others. For information, call 618-684-3200 or visit website.

Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 14-16
Antique Gas & Steam Engine Show
Carson Park, Joe Clifton Dr. & Madison Dr., Paducah, Ky.
Antique steam engines highlight this annual event, complete with tractor pulls, pulling teams, arts and crafts, wheat threshing, parade, pony rides, petting zoo, flea market,  and barbecue. Admission is $4 for adults, and children under 12 are free when accompanied with an adult. For information, call 270-832-1167 or visit website.

Saturday, Sept. 16
Frontier Day
Banks of the Ohio River, Cave In Rock, Il.
Celebration includes a parade, carnival, various entertainment held in the Old Opry House, food and craft vendors. A Little Miss and Mister Frontier Days and Frontier Queen pageant is a highlight as well as various other activities. Annual event held the 3rd Saturday in September. Website

Saturday, Sept. 16
Annual Shrimp Festival
12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Downtown Golconda
Farmer’s market starts at 7 a.m. Live music, maybe a helicopter ride, horse & carriage rides, Corn Hole Tournament, Little Miss Shrimp Pageant, and lots of fun all day and night.  Shrimp cooked more ways than you can imagine, beer and wine tent, local food vendors, crafts and more.  For more information, call  618-683-6246.   Website

Friday-Saturday, Sept. 22-23
Fall Fiber Festival
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… all about FIBER. Sign up for workshops and plan to pop in for engaging talks. Get more info here.

Friday, Sept. 22
Movies in the Park: Beauty and The Beast
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, Sept. 23
Praise the Lard Murphysboro Barbecue Cook-off
The Warehouse, 214 N. 17th Street, Murphysboro, Illinois
Watch 90 teams from around the world vie for top awards at the 29th annual cook-off. Events include a Steak Cook-off,  Kids’ Que, fish fry, grand champion buffet, and live music each night, as well as a market area with a variety of vendors. Website. 618-684-8902.

Saturday, Sept. 23
Annual Paducah Dragon Boat Festival
9:00 a.m.
Paducah Riverfront, at the foot of Broadway behind the floodwall murals
Over 30 local teams from area organizations and businesses will vie for the Grand Prize in the ancient Chinese sport of Dragon Boat Racing. In 40-foot long canoe style boats with colorful Dragon heads and tails, the teams will race on a 250 meter course at Paducah’s riverfront. For details, visit website.

Saturday, Sept. 23
Coffee 101
10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
McCracken County Library, 555 Washington St., Paducah KY
Allen Rhodes, owner of Etcetera Coffeehouse, will provide the knowledge and tools to aid you in becoming a wise consumer of coffee.

Saturday, September 23
Monarch Phenomenon
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cache River Wetlands Center, 8885 IL-37, Cypress, IL
The magnificent monarch butterfly migrates up to 2,500 miles from North America to central Mexico for the winter. Come for a program from 10-11 a.m. to learn all about monarchs, and then spend the rest of the day capturing, tagging and releasing butterflies. For information, call 618-657-2064 or visit Website

Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 28-30
Annual Barbecue on the River
11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Downtown Riverfront at Broadway, Paducah, Ky.
There will be 35 BBQ teams that will cook up over 80,000 pounds of pork and chicken, all of whom compete for charity and for the Grand Champions trophy. Includes hog calling and chicken clucking contests, free outdoor concerts, food, and arts and crafts. For schedule of events and music line up, visit website.


Monday, Sept. 4
Labor Day Celebration Weekend
9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Downtown by Broadway, Paducah, Ky.
The parade will follow Broadway starting at 14th Street and head toward downtown and turn left at 2nd Street until it disbands at Madison Street. Picnic, barbecue, arts and crafts, flea market and live music will be at various locations. For information, call 800-PADUCAH.

Friday,  TBA
MCHS Patriot Football & Homecoming
7:00 p.m.
Patriots vs. …, at Patriot Stadium

Friday, TBA
Massac County 4th, 5th and 6th Grade Homecoming Dance
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Metropolis Community Center, 900 W. 10th St.
This homecoming event is planned especially for the younger fans of the Massac County High School Patriots. Show your Patriot spirit and join us at the Metropolis Community Center for a great night for our middle school students. There will be a DJ, dancing and concessions. Admission is $6 at the door. The event is sponsored by the parents of Cub Scout Pack 101. For more information, contact Roger Pugh,