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

Friday-Sunday, Sept. 8-10
Heritage Foundation’s 4th Annual Blues Festival
On Historic 8th Street  in Cairo, Illinois
Festival features 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, Sept. 9
Cache River Days
Ullin ball park, Ullin, Illinois
This year, for the first time ever, Nautre Fest and Cache River Days will be joining forces. Festivities include special displays at the Cache River Wetlands Center and guided tours at various points of interest throughout the Cache River Wetlands. There will be 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. Limited space on tours, register in advance by calling 618-634-2231.  Website

Saturday, Sept. 9     
Riverside Art, Wine & Blues Festival
Riverside Park, Murphysboro, Illinois
Always the first Saturday after Labor Day, multiple Illinois wineries, Dozens of Fine Arts Vendors, Food , Music.  Facebook

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, Sept. 13-16  
Murphysboro Apple Festival  
Murphysboro, Illinois
Daily Entertainment, Food, Music, Parade, Carnival, car show and arts and craft fair.  618-684-3200.

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.

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., 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, Sept. 23
Monarch Phenomenon
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cache River Wetlands Center, Cypress.
The magnificent monarch butterfly migrates up to 2,500 miles from North America to central Mexico for the winter. Monarch Watch Association has been tagging and monitoring migrating monarchs since 1992. Join us 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. 618-657-2064.

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.

Thursday, Sept. 29
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, Sept. 30-Oct. 1
Annual Fluorspar Festival
Rosiclare, Illinois
Events include a Miss Fluorspar Pageant, 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.


Every Friday through Sept. 2
Fridays @ 5
5:00 p.m. – Sunset
Carson Center, 100 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Enjoy the view, have a drink at the cash bar and listen to live music on the Williams Family Terrace overlooking the river before going off to dinner or other Friday night festivity. This is free to the public. There is no cover charge. Outside drinks are not allowed. The terrace will be open until the sun goes down. Anyone under 21 years old must be accompanied by an adult..  Facebook Event.

Select Fridays
Movies in the Park
Dusk: movie begins
Fort Massac State Park picnic area, across from Sonic
Come early and bring your blanket and/or lawn chairs. In case of rain, they will be held inside the Visitor Center. Concessions will be available for purchase. No alcohol is allowed and pets must be on leashes. Free Admission. For more information, call 618-524-4712.

Pepper Fest     
11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Darn Hot Peppers, Rancho Bella Vista,  827 Vines Rd Cobden
A favorite gathering for all chile heads and hot pepper fans. Walk the pepper field and see many varieties of hot peppers in bloom, meet the vendors and see who makes the best hot/spicy food, visit the Pepper Farm Store and select your favorite salsa, jellies, spices and pepper products, relax, visit with friends, enjoy great local music and soak in great southern Illinois pepper heat. 618-893-1443

Monday, Sept. 4    
Labor Day Celebration & Parade
From Superman Square to Fort Massac State Park.Metropolis
Parade starts at the courthouse 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.

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.

16th Annual Corvettes on the River Charity Show
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Riverfront at 2nd & Jefferson, Paducah, Ky.
There will be trophies, club competitions, 50/50 drawing, vendors, door prizes, silent auction and food. The show will benefit Cassidy’s Cause Therapeutic Riding Academy, which offers those with disabilities the opportunity to grow and develop through activities while on a horse.

Friday-Saturday, TBA
Antique Gas & Steam Engine Show
Carson Park, 300 N. 30th St., 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 270-564-0227.

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

Saturday, TBA
Kiwanis Peanut Days Roadblock
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
12th & North Ave. and 12th & Metropolis streets, Metropolis
Members of the Kiwanis and MCHS Key Club will be distributing peanuts and soliciting donations. Money raised will be used to help fund academic scholarships for Massac County students and other local projects.  Visit Kiwanis Website.