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Sep
10

Birding Tour
September 10, 2017

Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge | 08:15 am
 
Come and join us for a birding tour guided by Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge Volunteers.  Experienced birders will lead the tour.  Binoculars are available at the Refuge Visitor center for check-out.  Reservations are required.
 
8588 Route 148- Marion, IL 62959
618-997-3344

Sep
10

Family Fun Day
September 10, 2017

Herrin Park District | 12:00 pm - 06:00 pm
 
The Herrin House of Hope presents their annual Family Fun Day Benefit!  Celebrating 5 years of service, this family-oriented event honors the Herrin community and their commitment to helping people in need.  Bands, Worship Teams, Choruses and music from local churches and community members will perform at the Herrin Park band shelter.
 
There is no admission or parking fees.  Food court will open at 12pm and everyone is invited to come after church and enjoy lunch and dinner on the grounds from our various vendors.  Prices will be affordable and all vendor proceeds will benefit the Herrin House of Hope feeding those in need through their organization.  The main stage program will begin at 12:30pm with the national anthem, presentation of the colors, and an opening prayer.  There will be a variety of music on the main stage throughout the afternoon.  The silent auction and famous cake-walk is always an exciting way to raise funds for the House of Hope.  As always, this year will feature a Children’s Fun Zone including games, pony rides, bounce houses, activities for adults to participate in and more!
 
1010 North 5th Street- Herrin, IL 62948
618-942-8500
https://www.facebook.com/events/286922438454248

Sep
10

Texas Flood Relief
September 10, 2017

The Frenchman's Widow | 12:00 pm
 
Houston and surrounding areas in Texas have suffered the wrath of the wettest tropical cyclone in US history.  The Frenchman's Widow is compelled to help, and it turns out that a lot of local artists feel the same.  So, they are opening on the one day a week that they are normally closed, Sunday September 10th, to host a fundraiser for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.  The employees have volunteered their time to work this event.  There are 11 bands (currently) scheduled to play in the garden, but word is spreading, and more artists are reaching out wanting to help.  It is a $10 donation to enter the garden.  Thanks to the local artists who will be playing, 100% of your $10 will go to the relief fund, and a portion of their sales will be donated to the fund as well. Check Facebook for a final line-up of bands; some of the artists scheduled include: Mike McClusky, Deanna Freeman, Chris McGee, Bill Harper, the Magnatones, Eli Tellor, Kali Lynn, Cat Daddy ‘O, Tim Crosby, Matt Basler and Dave Clark.
 
201 North 16th Street- Herrin, IL 62948
(618) 942-6088
https://www.facebook.com/events/1035829859885591/

Sep
10

Fall Open House at The General Store
September 08, 2017 - September 10, 2017

Walker's Bluff General Store | 10:00 am - 05:00 pm

 

Come out to the General Store from September 8th-10th for our fall open house! Enjoy smoked cider on the house while you shop! All of the fall merchandise will be 25% off and there will also be 50% off of all Moonstock products! There will also be complimentary gourmet food samples and there will be homemade cake tastings for sale. Business hours are from 10am-5pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. This is a free event and open to all ages. Additional food and beverage will be available for purchase.

 

326 Vermont Rd Carterville, Illinois, IL 62918
(618) 956-9900
https://www.facebook.com/events/742140829323030

Sep
11

Tai Chi
Weekly on Mondays
April 17, 2017 - April 16, 2018

Marion Carnegie Library | 09:00 am - 10:00 am
 
Beginner level Tai Chi Class.  Free and open to the public of all ages.
 
206 South Market Street- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-5935
https://www.facebook.com/events/1741624636128454

Sep
12

Story Hour
Weekly on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
July 04, 2017 - November 02, 2017

Marion Carnegie Library | 10:00 am - 11:00 am
 
Stories, snacks and activities for pre-school age children.
 
206 South Market Street- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-5935

Sep
13

Lunch at the Library
September 13, 2017

Johnston City Public Library | 10:30 am - 11:30 am
 
The Johnston City Library is starting a monthly Lunch at the Library program in September!  A book has not been decided on yet, but storytime and lunch will be provided!  Generally geared towards pre-school age children but all are welcome.  Free and open to the public.
 
506 Washington Avenue- Johnston City, IL 62951
(618) 983-6359
https://www.facebook.com/events/1787040784921317

Sep
13

Marion Farmers Market
Weekly on Saturdays and Wednesdays
April 05, 2017 - October 28, 2017

Senior Center parking lot | 06:00 am - 10:00 am
 
Marion Farmers Market, located in the Marion Senior's Center parking lot, offers fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables as well as delicious baked goods.  Come out Wednesdays from 6am to 10am, and Saturdays from 6am to 12pm to shop fresh!
 
507 West Main Street- Marion, IL 62959
618-614-2874

Sep
13

Cannon Park Community Market
Weekly on Wednesdays
April 05, 2017 - September 27, 2017

Cannon Park | 02:30 pm - 06:00 pm
 
Cannon Park Community Market is a producer-only market featuring Southern Illinois' farmers, growers, and artisans.  Open Wednesdays from 2:30pm to 6pm - April through September at the Carterville Community Center in Cannon Park, this market provides the Tri-C area with fresh local foods, artisan crafts, and family-friendly activities.
 
102 North Greenbriar Road- Carterville, IL 62918
805-323-6676

Sep
13

Teen Crafts
Weekly on Wednesdays
August 02, 2017 - November 03, 2017

Marion Carnegie Library | 04:00 pm
 
Fun crafts for ages 12-19.
 
206 South Market Street- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-5935

Sep
14

Master Sculptor: Hal Stewart
September 14, 2017

Little Egypt Arts Centre | 01:00 pm
 
Free event!
 
601 Tower Square- Marion IL 62959
618-998-8530
618-937-3455
leaa601@frontier.com

Sep
14

Date Night in the Cave
Weekly on Thursdays
June 29, 2017 - October 01, 2017

Walker's Bluff | 04:00 pm - 09:00 pm
 
DATE NIGHT In the Cave - $45 Per Couple
 
Bring that special someone out to the Tasting Room to enjoy the unique atmosphere and a lovely dinner for two!
 
The Menu *Includes a Bottle of Walker's Bluff Wine*
 
Course #1:
Shrimp Cocktail - Poached Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce
or House Salad - Artisan Mixed, Fresh Tomatoes & Choice of Dressing (House, Ranch, or Blue Cheese)
 
Course #2:
Seared Salmon - Served with Lemon Butter Sauce & Creamy Mashed Potatoes
 
Chicken Florentine - Grilled Boneless Chicken Breast on a Bed of Sauteed Spinach, Topped with Creamy Mornay Sauce
 
Prime Rib - Hand-Cut, Slow-Smoked Beef with Creamy Mashed Potatoes & Au Jus
 
Course #3:
Walker’s Bluff Cheese Cake or Fudgy Nut Brownie
 
14250 Meridian Road- Carterville, IL 62918
618-956-9900
https://www.facebook.com/events/1888461994738417

Sep
15

Pat Hazell's The Wonderbread Years
September 15, 2017

Marion Cultural and Civic Center | 07:30 pm
 
A fresh and funny salute to Americana, The Wonder Bread Years starring Pat Hazell (former Seinfeld writer), is a fast-paced, hilarious production that gracefully walks the line between standup and theater.  Audiences across the country are enjoying a show that not only restores a much-needed sense of wonder, but leaves audiences laughing and savoring the past like never before.  From sitting at the kids table to riding in the way back of the Country Squire Wagon, The Wonder Bread Years is a comic bullseye for Baby Boomers everywhere.
 
Doors at 6:30pm, show begins at 7:30pm.  Tickets range from $25-$35.
 
800 Tower Square Plaza- Marion IL, 62959
618-997-4030

Sep
15

Open Board Party
September 15, 2017

Wit and Wisdom | 06:00 pm - 08:00 pm

 

Enjoy a fun night with friends creating your own personalized board! Once you book on their Facebook page, be on the lookout for an email confirming your booking and how to choose your board. Everything will be ready for guests on that night!

 

1400 West Main Street, Marion, Illinois 62959
(618) 364-0467
https://www.facebook.com/events/1861229824194622

Sep
15

Veterans Honor Flight of Southern Illinois Fundraiser
September 15, 2017

Marion VFW Post 1301 | 06:00 pm - 10:00 pm
 
The next group of Veterans will take flight on October 17th!  These are exciting times for our veterans and we want to invite you to join in an upcoming fundraiser on Friday, September 15th at the Marion VFW.  Doors open at 6pm and the auction begins at 7pm.  This fundraiser is a Quarter Auction. T ickets are $5 and can be purchase at the door.  Food and drink are available for purchase.  Remember to bring your bag of quarters!
 
201 West Longstreet Road- Marion, IL 62959
(618) 997-5190
https://www.facebook.com/events/1464858230259742

Sep
15

Regional Producers Farmers Market - Johnston City
Weekly on Fridays
April 07, 2017 - October 27, 2017

Downtown Johnston City | 03:00 pm - 07:00 pm
 
Regional Producers Farmers Market in Downtown Johnston City (across from Indian Video) will run Fridays from 3pm to 7pm April through October.  Featuring fresh, local/regional produce, pork, eggs, poultry, herbs, baked goods, jellies, jams and a variety of crafts.
 
137 East Broadway Boulevard- Johnston City, IL 62951
618-308-0917

Sep
16

Heartland Pet Fest
September 16, 2017 - September 17, 2017

The Pavilion | 09:00 am - 04:00 pm
 
Heartland Pet Fest is an event for all pet lovers and their pets that promote education, innovations and information about pets and pet products.  Proceeds will benefit Wilderwood Service Dogs, a 501c3 organization that trains service dogs for autistic children.
 
1602 Sioux Drive- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-2657
(618) 998-0039 - heartlandpetfest@gmail.com

Sep
16

Southern Illinois Women's Health Conference
September 16, 2017

John A. Logan College | 07:00 am - 02:00 pm
 
Women for Heatlh and Wellness present the 31st Annual Southern Illinois Women's Health Conference.  This year's Keynote Speaker will be Marzia Prince, an award-winning international health and wellness expert with over thirteen years of experience.  She is the go-to health & fitness expert for numerous TV and radio stations that include Fox News radio, iHeart Radio, CW33, and WFFA's Channel 8 news in Dallas.  She was named D Magazine's Top Trainer to follow on Instagram for 2016 and Dallas's top 10 Most Influential Women in 2015.  She credits her success to healthy lifestyle behaviors, from Hot Mess to Healthinista.  Her healthy lifestyle behaviors have changed thousands of lives to be their best selves. 
 
In addition, enjoy a day of:
- Health Screenings
- Exhibits
- Breakout Sessions
- Lunch
- Awards
- Raffle Drawings
- Swag Bag for each those who complete the evaluation.
 
Registration Fee: $45
Online Registration available: July 25th
Registration Deadline: September 8th
 
700 Logan College Drive- Carterville, IL 62918
(618) 985-2828 ext. 8469
Women for Health and Wellness, Inc. 618-985-2828, ext. 8604 or 8469

womenforhealthandwellness@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/events/1929841007303903

Sep
16

Erica's Doggie Stylez Wiener Dog Race
September 16, 2017

The Pavilion | 01:00 pm - 04:00 pm
 
Doggies Stylez will be holding their 2nd Annual Wiener Dog Races and Wiener Wanna Be Race!  Sign-ups start at 1pm, Races start at 2pm.  If you don't have a wiener but still want to race, then the Wiener Wanna Be Race is for you!  Bring your non-wiener and sign-up to race against other non-wieners.  Just let us know when you register that you are a Wiener or a Wiener Wanna Be!
 
1602 Sioux Drive- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-2657
Erica's Doggie Styles (618) 889-4712
http://www.doggiestylezinc.com/

Sep
16

Annual Golf Scramble
September 16, 2017

Crab Orchard Golf Club | 07:00 pm
 
Come out to the Annual Golf Scramble hosted by the Carterville Fire Department.  Lunch served at noon with golf and games to follow.  Contact the fire station for details and how to sign-up (618) 985-8060.
 
901 West Grand Avenue- Carterville, IL 62918
618-985-2321
https://www.facebook.com/events/515538188835752

Sep
16

Vendor Fair at the Dragonfly
September 16, 2017

Dragonfly Wedding Venue | 09:00 am - 02:00 pm
 
Come out to the Dragonfly and shop at one of these vendors: Lipsense, Lularoe, Scentsy, Paparazzi, Perfectly Posh and more!
 
1801 West Oak Street- Herrin, IL 62948
(800) 942-5395
https://www.facebook.com/dragonflyherrin/

Sep
16

Day of Hope: Join In the Fun
September 16, 2017

Ray Fosse Park | 12:00 pm - 08:00 pm
 
"Join in the Fun" at the 3rd annual Day of Hope, hosted by Southern Illinois Advance and The OutLet.  There will beLive entertainemnt, free food and drinks along with games and prizes!  Donations are apprectiated.
 
1907 South Fosse Road- Marion, IL 62959
Greg Portee (618) 528-3228

Sep
16

Bocce Ball Tournament
September 16, 2017

Pookie's Beer, Burgers & Bocce | 12:00 pm
 
Party with a purpose at the 7th Annual Bocce Ball Tournament!  Register early for $120 a team which includes lunch.  Register after September 14th, and the day of the event, and pay $140 a team.  This fun event benefits the St. Francis Community Animal Rescue and Education.
 
109 North Madison Street- Marion, IL 62959
(618) 440-5100
spork9838@yahoo.com

Sep
16

Painting Rocks at the Library
September 16, 2017

Anne West Lindsey District Library | 11:00 am - 03:00 pm
 
Join the Anne West Lindesy District Library for a special rock painting event.  The library will supply the rocks and materials for patrons to design their own rocks.  This event is Free to the public, all ages are welcome.
 
* Attendance at programs & activities constitutes consent to be photographed for use in library publicity & publications.
* Children under the age of eight must be directly supervised by a parent.
* Parents or guardians are responsible for the behavior of their children whether or not they are present with their children.
* Children whose behavior causes a problem for staff or other patrons may be asked to leave the program.
 
600 North Division Street- Carterville, IL 62918
(618) 985-3298
https://www.facebook.com/events/385426685193534

Sep
16

Herrin Farmers Market
The Weekends on Saturdays
May 06, 2017 - October 15, 2017

Herrin Farmers Market | 08:00 am - 11:00 am
 
Herrin Farmers Market is open for the season.  Enjoy food products, flowers, artisan creations and more.  Every Saturday, 8am-Noon from May 21st through October 15th.
 
1020 South Park Avenue- Herrin, IL 62948
618-525-9253

Sep
16

Teen Games
The Weekends on Saturdays
April 15, 2017 - April 14, 2018

Marion Carnegie Library | 10:00 am - 04:00 pm
 
Free gaming open to all 12-19 year olds.
 
206 South Market Street- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-5935
https://www.facebook.com/events/1976725895892270

Sep
17

Fall Wreath Workshop
September 17, 2017

Dotty Event Center | 02:30 pm - 04:30 pm
 
Are you ready for pumpkin EVERYTHING?!  Are you looking for a night out with your girls, adult beverages and a fun wreath to make a great addition to your front door?  Join the fun for our Fall Wreath Workshop where you can learn how to handcraft your own wreath with a variety of details and color palettes to choose from.
 
Tickets are $35 and will include all supplies needed, tutorial and tips on how to incorporate this piece into your home or next event.  It will be held at Dotty Event Center in Herrin where guests can purchase beverages from the bar on site and bring their own snacks to munch on (must be store bought).  Tickets, from Eventbrite, must be purchased by September 14th.
 
210 North Park Avenue- Herrin, IL 62948
(618) 988-2192

Sep
17

Official Opening of Sowels Hill Pumpkin Patch
September 17, 2017

Sowels Hill Pumpkin Patch | 09:00 am - 03:00 pm
 
Grand Opening September 17th!
Monday-Friday - 9a.m. To 3:00 p.m. 
Evenings by appointment.
Saturday- appointments only.
Sunday- 10 a.m. - dark.
 
209 Burden Falls Rd, Stonefort, Illinois 62987
(618) 922-1985
https://www.facebook.com/events/126180218117531

Sep
18

Grand Opening: Roots & Wings Flower Company
September 18, 2017

Roots & Wings Flower Company | 09:00 am - 05:00 pm
 
Come out to the grand opening of Roots & Wings Flower Company and enter the giveaway drawing; an autumn wreath for your front door!  There will be hot cider and refreshments.
 
140 West Broadway Boulevard- Johnston City, IL 62951
(618) 922-0808
https://www.facebook.com/events/101782037231595

Sep
18

Lego Club
The First Monday and The Third Monday of the Month
April 17, 2017 - April 16, 2018

Marion Carnegie Library | 05:30 pm - 06:00 pm
 
Come to the Children’s Department for a fun-filled evening of Legos for all children up to 12 years.
 
206 South Market Street- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-5935
https://www.facebook.com/events/392501397787142

Sep
20

British Invasion: Debate on Beatles-vs-Rolling Stones
September 20, 2017

The Crisp Room at JALC | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
 
The JALC Continuing Education Department will host two leading Rock & Roll / Beatles experts: Jude Southerland-Kessler and Lanea Stagg, for a presentation titled "The British Invasion: Debate on Beatles-vs-Rolling Stones" in the Crisp Room from 11am-12pm.  The event is Free and open to the public!
 
700 Logan College Drive- Carterville, IL 62918
(618) 985-2828

Sep
20

Yoga at Mandala Gardens
Weekly on Wednesdays
September 20, 2017 - October 31, 2017

Mandala Gardens | 05:30 pm - 06:30 pm
 
Come out for yoga at Mandala Gardens! Every Wednesday 5:30-6:30 pm! All levels welcome. Drop-in rate $10. Instructor: Diana Tigerlily, RYT 200. The yoga practice will be outdoors atop the beautiful terrace overlooking the pond, moongate, and gardens. As the Great Blue Heron often visits Mandala Gardens, we have named our new Yoga addition to the gardens "Blue Heron Yoga"! 
 
1704 North State Street, Marion, IL 62959
(618) 889-9228
https://www.facebook.com/events/117892548909686

Sep
21

Quilted Cards Session 2
September 21, 2017

Marion Carnegie Library | 03:00 pm - 04:00 pm
 
Join the Shawnee Quilters and create your own custom greeting cards with a sewing machine. Space is limited. Registration is required and can be completed on the Main Floor starting on Thursday, September 7th. Free and open for ages 18 and up.
 
206 South Market Street- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-5935

Sep
22

Yoga & Wine in the Vineyard
September 22, 2017

Walker's Bluff | 05:30 pm - 07:00 pm
 
Join Walker's Bluff for Vinyasa in the Vineyard!  This one-hour, all-levels yoga class is a great excuse to drink wine in yoga pants on a Friday evening with a beautiful view of a sunset in the vineyard.  Yoga instructor, Joan Sherwood will guide you through a fun, light-hearted class designed for movement and laughter!  No matter what your level of experience, Wine and Yoga is a fun way to return to the practice or try something new.  Men and women are encouraged to join us.
 
The class will take place outside in the vineyard in good weather, or in the wine production room in case of rain.  Please bring your own yoga mat and arrive 10-15 minutes early to get settled in.  Don't forget to wear comfortable clothing that you can move in.
 
The cost for the yoga class is $20/person and includes a glass of wine or beer.  Other beverages can be purchased at the bar.  After the class, continue the fun at the Tasting Room where there is a full menu of food and drinks.  There will be Free Live music as well!  Pre-registration/payment is required, and tickets can be purchased online.
 
326 Vermont Road- Carterville, IL 62918
618-956-9900
https://www.facebook.com/events/2352116461681235/

Sep
22

Bandy's Pumpkin Patch
September 22, 2017 - October 31, 2017

Bandy's Pumpkin Patch | 09:00 am - 06:00 pm
 
Open annually from late September through October 30th, Bandy's Pumpkin Patch has a wide variey of activities for the whole family to enjoy.  Walk the famous everchanging corn maze or join a group for a hayride.  Children can get their face painted or enjoy high-energy activities inside the play barn.  If you think you’re a sure shot, take aim with the corn cannon or just relax by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate.
 
Bandy's also has a vibrant selection of corn stalks, gourds, pumpkins, fall decorations and everything you need for that special holiday with the family.  School and Church tours are available by appointment during the day.
 
15020 Pumpkim Patch Road- Johnston City, IL 62951
618-983-8676
www.facebook.com/pages/Bandys-Pumpkin-Patch/254655957910436?fref=ts

Sep
23

Southern Illinois Hunting and Fishing Days
September 23, 2017 - September 24, 2017

John A. Logan College | 08:00 am - 05:00 pm
 
Held on the 4th weekend of September at John A. Logan College, this 2-day show includes bass fishing seminars, Buck-skinners Village, High School Bass Classic, Dock Dogs, goose calling cometitions, kids shooting and archery, kids fishing hole, Outdoor Art and Heritage show, retriever demonstrations, and much more.
 
700 Logan College Road- Carterville, IL 62918
618-985-2828
www.SIHFD.edu

Sep
23

Youth Waterfowl Calling Contests
September 23, 2017 - September 24, 2017

John A. Logan College | 09:00 am
 
Southern Illinois Hunting and Fishing Days will host 3 Waterfowl Calling contests.
 
Tru-Tone Custom Calls Youth Duck Meat Calling Championship: Saturday September 23rd, 2016
- No Entry Fee, Participation Prizes
   Registration from 9am - 9:45am, Contest begins at 10am
   Divisions:
         Junior: 12 Years and Under - 1st through 3rd place prizes
         Intermediate: 13-16 Years - 1st through 3rd place prizes
         Lady Youth Callers Welcome
 
Illinois State Open Duck Meat Calling Championship: Saturday September 24th, 2016
- $40 Entry Fee, 1st Place $1000, 2nd Place $500, 3rd Place $250
   Registration from 12pm - 12:45pm, Contest begins at 1pm
         Lady Callers Welcome
 
Don Gasaway Youth Goose Calling Championship: Sunday September 24th, 2016
- No Entry Fee, Participation Prizes
   Registration from 7:30am - 8:15am, Contest begins at 8:30am
   Divisions:
         Junior: 12 Years and Under - 1st through 3rd place prizes
         Intermediate: 13-16 Years - 1st through 3rd place prizes
         Lady Youth Callers Welcome
 
700 Logan College Road- Carterville, IL 62918
618-985-3741
www.SIHFD.org

Sep
23

Southern Illinois World Open Goose Calling Championship
September 23, 2017 - September 24, 2017

John A. Logan College | 09:00 am - 02:00 pm
 
The Southern Illinois World Open Goose Calling Championship will be held on Sunday, September 28th at Southern Illinois Hunting and Fishing Days.  Registration is $40 and runs from 12-12:45pm with the contest beginning at 1pm.
 
Prizes:
1st Place - $1,250
2nd Place - $750
3rd Place - $250
 
700 Logan College Road- Carterville, IL 62918
618-985-2828
www.SIHFD.edu

Sep
23

Troy Dishner Novice Goose Calling Championship
September 23, 2017

John A. Logan College | 09:00 am - 11:00 am
 
The Troy Dishner Novice Goose Calling Championship will be held Sunday, September 28th at Southern illinois Hunting and Fishing Days.  Registration is $25 and runs from 9- 9:45am with the contest beginning at 10am.
 
Prizes:
1st Place - $500
2nd and 3rd Place - Prizes
 
700 Logan College Road- Carterville, IL 62918
618-985-3741
www.SIHFD.org

Sep
23

HUB Fest 2017
September 23, 2017

Downtown Marion | 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
 
Marion Main Street presents HUB Fest Saturday, September 23rd on Marion Square from 12pm to 10:15pm.  The event will feature food and merchandise vendors, bags tournament, games and bounce houses, photo contest, dunk tank benefiting Marion High School Athletics Program, end-of-the-year Car Show from 5pm-8pm, eating competitions, beer gardens and live music from:
 
The Holden Trio 2pm-3:45pm
Jenny Johnson Band 4pm-5:45pm
Ivas John Band 6pm-8pm
The Great Affairs 8:15pm-10:15pm
 
Tower Square Plaza- Marion, IL 62959
618-997-5094
Vendor Form: hubfestvendors@gmail.com

Sep
23

Fall Open House at Wit and Wisdom
September 23, 2017

Wit and Wisdom | 10:00 am - 03:00 pm
 
Come and check-out all of Wit & Wisdom's Fall offerings at their first Open House!  Create a tee, book a board party, paint pottery and enjoy some tasty treats!
 
1400 West Main Street- Marion, IL 62959
(618) 364-0467
https://www.facebook.com/events/1725938784368100

Sep
24

Unity Picnic and Potluck
September 24, 2017

John W. Jones Park | 02:00 pm - 05:00 pm
 
Bring your friends and join-in for an afternoon of fellowship, games and great food.  This is the 2nd annual Unity Picnic and Potluck to be held at John W. Jones Park in Marion.  Please bring a favorite dish to share with your friends. Everyone it welcome!
 
401-499 West Gent Street- Marion, IL 62959
(618) 997-5190
https://www.facebook.com/events/114608849209875

Sep
28

Marion Chamber Golf Scramble
September 28, 2017

Kokopelli Golf Club & Clubhouse Restaurant | 06:30 am - 06:30 pm
 
The Marion Chamber of Commerce will hold its 33rd Annual Golf Scramble on Thursday, September 28.
 
There are two flights. The first flight’s registration will be 6:30am - 7am with a 7:30am shotgun start. Coffee and donuts will be served during registration. 
 
The second flight’s registration will be 11am - 12:30pm with a 1pm shotgun start.
 
Lunch will be served from 11am to 1pm and will include hotdogs and burgers. Each golfer will get 1 lunch ticket, however you can invite guests to join you for $10 for each person. 
 
Register your four-person teams today! This event has always drawn a big turnout, and team slots will go fast!
 
Individual golfers are $125 and a four-person team is $500. The event includes a 50/50 drawing, prizes, and more! Registration includes use of the range, green fees, golf cart rental, 1 lunch per golfer, and a chance at great prizes and more!
 
The drawing for the Million Dollar Hole-in-One shot will take place at 12:45pm. Every golfer from the first flight and all golfers from the afternoon flight who have registered by 12:30pm will be entered in the drawing to take the shot. 
 
Sponsorships are also available. These, too, will go fast!
 
1527 Champions Drive- Marion, IL 62959
618-997-6311
https://www.facebook.com/events/1403155649800732

Sep
28

Monarch Butterflies
September 28, 2017

Johnston City Public Library | 06:00 pm - 07:00 pm
 
Miss Michelle will be telling guests all about Monarch butterflies!  She'll tell guests all about the Monarch life cycle and the great journey they make.  There will also be a craft to do.  Free and open to the public!
 
506 Washington Avenue- Johnston City, IL 62951
(618) 983-6359
https://www.facebook.com/events/1473362802753594

Sep
28

Andreas Kapsalis Live
September 28, 2017

20's Hideout Steakhouse | 05:30 pm - 08:30 pm

 

Come out to 20's Hideout Steakhouse for a free live performance by Andreas Kapsalis!

 

2602 Wanda Marion, Illinois, IL 62959
(618) 997-8325

Sep
29

Southern Illinois Irish Festival
September 29, 2017 - October 01, 2017

Walker's Bluff Winery | 11:00 am - 07:00 pm
 
The Celtic Fair will feature two outdoor stages both days, with performances by Saint Louis-area Irish and Scottish groups like The Wee Heavies, The Brianna Brown Band, Buckley & Walsh, and Celtica, along with Southern Illinois Celtic bands The Dorians and Roisín Dubh, and the local ensemble Heart Strings.  The Sunday lineup also includes some popular regional Americana bands.  The Festival includes food and drink for sale, merchandise vendors, Scottish Highland Games, bouncy houses for children, an Irish children’s village, piper Sean Folsom, Magic Storyteller Chris McBrien, and Liam the Extra-Large Leprechaun.
 
Admission is $10 for adults and Free for children under 18.  Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.
 
326 Vermont Road- Carterville, IL 62918
618-956-9900

Sep
30

Refuge Clean-Up
September 30, 2017

Prairie Creek Recreation Area | 08:00 am - 01:00 pm
 
The Friends of Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge will be hosting the Annual Crab Orchard Clean-Up at the Prairie Creek Recreation Area.  Spend the day outdoors and help keep Crab Orchard beautiful.
 
South of Route 13- Marion, IL 62959
618-997-3344

Sep
30

Next Level RC CA$H Money Summer
September 30, 2017 - October 01, 2017

Next Level RC | 12:00 pm - 07:00 pm
 
Guaranteed CASH payout, TQ Awards, and Top 10 Trophies for Every Class! Wide, forgiving lanes and jumps with serious airtime!  An exciting heads-up racing format, fun elevation changes, 2-level track design.  Real podium and Free event pictures taken of YOU all weekend!
 
1320 Downey Crossing- Cambria, IL 62915
618-925-3711

Sep
30

Pink Out Party
September 30, 2017

Herrin Civic Center | 07:00 pm - 11:00 pm
 
The Pink Out Party is an event to help raise awareness with 100% of funds raised going back to individuals battling breast cancer in Herrin.  Now in it's 2nd year, we will have food, drinks, and entertainment. Tickets are 1/$35 Or 2/$50 and can be purchased at the Herrin Chamber of Commerce (618) 942-5163.
 
101 South 16th Street- Herrin, IL 62948
(618) 942-6115
https://www.facebook.com/events/266674183817739

Sep
30

Oktoberfest
September 30, 2017

Zion United Church of Christ | 11:00 am - 03:00 pm
 
Join Zion United Church of Christ for an amazing afternoon of German Music, Food and Fellowship at the 2nd annual Oktoberfest!
 
930 West Cherry Street- Marion, IL 62959
(618) 997-5190
https://www.facebook.com/events/901316570019629

Sep
30

Magpie Market House Fall Open House
September 30, 2017

Magpie Market House | 04:00 pm - 07:00 pm

 

Come out to Magpie Market House for a Fall Open House on Saturday, September 30th! There will be food, sales, and giveaways all day! Enjoy 10% off the entire store!

 

 

1300 E Main St, Marion, IL 62959
(618) 767-5341
https://www.facebook.com/events/115598115789741

Sep
30

Free Pancake and Sausage Breakfast
September 30, 2017

Herrin Masonic Lodge | 07:00 am - 11:00 am

 

The Herrin Masonic Lodge will be hosting a free Pancake and Sausage Breakfast on Saturday morning, September 30th from 7-11am. Sponsored by Raised & Riding Widow Sons Chapter. Donations accepted! 

North 14th Street, Herrin, IL 62948
(618) 942-2359

Oct
01

David Phelps Live
October 01, 2017

Marion Cultural and Civic Center | 06:00 pm
 
David Phelps was part of the Gaither Vocal Band from 1997–2005 and again from 2009–2017. He shared the tenor part with Wes Hampton from 2009–2017. In early 2017, he left the group to focus on his solo career. He was replaced by Reggie Smith. Phelps has received Grammy and Dove Awards and has had several platinum-selling projects. His recent Classic has aired on PBS. Doors at 5pm, concert starts at 6pm. Tickets range from $25-$50. All ages welcome!
 
800 Tower Square Plaza- Marion IL, 62959
618-997-4030

Oct
01

HHS Cartoberfest 2017
October 01, 2017

Herrin Park District | 10:00 am - 03:00 pm
 
Herrin High School's Drama Club is gearing-up for their FIFTH ANNUAL CARTOBERFEST!  Bring your classic cars, classic trucks, hot rods, rat rods, muscle cars, new cars & trucks and motorcycles to this unique fundraiser!  Registration is $15 and begins at 10am.  The first 30 entries receive a Cartoberfest t-shirt!  Awards are announced at 2pm.  Family-friendly event bringing two worlds together.  All proceeds benefit the Drama Club.  Come-out and support the theatre arts kiddos!
 
1010 North 5th Street- Herrin, IL 62948
(618) 942-3548
https://www.facebook.com/events/494489657581828/

Oct
03

Leaps and Bounds Kidsignment
October 03, 2017 - October 07, 2017

The Pavilion | 10:00 am - 07:00 pm
 
KidsignmentExpo.com's semi-annual seasonal sales event offers great quality clothing for your children at a fraction of the new cost.  At our kidsignment sales, you can buy & sell gently worn children's clothing, toys, baby beds, maternity clothes, shoes, boots, children's furniture, games, and much more.  Each consignor keeps 70% of the sale price.
 
Come out and enjoy the fun Thurday-Friday (10am-7pm) and Saturday (8am-11:30am).
 
1602 Sioux Drive- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-2657
Cheryl Cummins (618) 524-1522

Oct
05

Coloring and Coffee
October 05, 2017

Marion Carnegie Library | 09:30 am - 11:30 am
 
Come and enjoy socializing, coloring and coffee. For ages 18 and up.
 
206 South Market Street- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-5935
https://www.facebook.com/events/1957851864460853

Oct
05

Finding Your Photo Style
October 05, 2017

Marion Carnegie Library | 05:00 am - 06:00 pm
 
Join Joanne Gray, from Little Egypt Art Association, for this fun event. Free and open to the public.
 
206 South Market Street- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-5935
https://www.facebook.com/events/1238630126282430

Oct
06

The Southern Illinois Gospel Sing
October 06, 2017

Marion Cultural and Civic Center | 07:00 pm
 
Featuring Gospel Messengers, The Redeptions, and The Wanda Mountain Boys.
Doors open at 6pm.
Tickets $8 in advance, $10 at door.
All ages welcome!
 
800 Tower Square Plaza- Marion IL, 62959
618-997-4030
https://www.facebook.com/Marionccc

Oct
06

Live2Lead
October 06, 2017

John A. Logan College Theater | 08:00 am - 02:30 pm

 

Live2Lead will be presented in Southern Illinois on October 6, 2017 at John A. Logan College in the theater. The worldwide leadership simulcast event will be hosted by Marion Chamber of Commerce and is sponsored by Heartland Regional Medical Center. Doors open at 7 am for registration. Live2Lead begins at 8 am and concludes at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $99 per person (for members of participating Chambers) plus group discount tickets are available and can be purchased online and mailing/delivering to the Marion Chamber of Commerce (2305 West Main, PO Box 307, Marion, IL 62959). Live2Lead is being presented to the Southern Illinois area by Marion Chamber of Commerce and Russell Williams certified leadership and personal growth coach, speaker, and teacher. The entire day is designed to deliver the very best leadership content to inspire and motivate you and your team. Plus, you can connect with other influencers in your community and expand your business network with relationships that produce tangible results.”

 Simulcast speakers include:

  • John C. Maxwell, leadership expert, bestselling author and coach. John C. Maxwell is a #1 New York Timesbestselling author, coach and speaker, and was identified as the #1 leader in business by the AMA and the world’s most influential leadership expert by Inc. in 2014.
  • Dave Ramsey, personal money-management expert, best-selling author. America’s trusted voice on money and business, Dave Ramsey is a personal money-management expert and extremely popular national radio personality. His seven best-selling books—Financial Peace, More Than Enough, The Total Money Makeover, EntreLeadership, The Complete Guide to Money, Smart Money Smart Kids and The Legacy Journey—have sold more than 10 million copies combined.
  • Cheryl Bachelder, Former CEO, Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. A passionate restaurant industry executive who most recently served as the CEO of Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen, Inc., Cheryl is known for her crisp strategic thinking, franchisee-focused approach, development of outstanding leaders and teams and superior financial performance. Cheryl also most recently ranked #1 by Inc. Magazine in a Top Ten List of the World’s Best CEOs.
  • Warrick Dunn, former NFL Running Back, Partner of the Atlanta Falcons.  After a 12-year career in the NFL, Dunn retired and in 2009 was approved by the NFL owners to become a limited partner of the Atlanta Falcons. Through Homes for the Holidays, Dunn honors his mother, Better Smothers. Betty was a Baton Rouge police officer who, as a single-mother of six, strived for the American dream of homeownership. While working, she was killed and was never able to realize that dream. The program has assisted over 152 single parents and 409 dependents nationwide with achieving first-time homeownership. In 2002, Dunn founded Warrick Dunn Charities to improve lives through innovative programming inspired by his journey.                 

After registration from 7-7:50 a.m., the event will begin at 8 a.m. sharp in John A. Logan’s theater. Seating is limited, so attendees are encouraged to arrive early to get their seats. All tickets are open seating; only sponsors will have reserved seating.
 
Below is a run of show that is subject to change:

  • 7:50 am – Welcome message from Russell Williams and Dalus Ben Avi
  • 7:55 am – Live feed from Atlanta begins
  • 8 am – John C. Maxwell - No Limits: Blow the CAP off your Capacity
  • 8:35 am – Dave Ramsey - EntreLeadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches
  • 9:15 am – Break
  • 9:45 am – Cheryl Bachelder - Dare to Serve: How to Drive Superior Results by Serving Others
  • 10:20 am – Warrick Dunn - Running for My Life: My Journey in the Game of Football and Beyond
  • 11 am – John C. Maxwell
  • 11:45 am – 12:30 pm – Lunch (included in registration fee)
  • 12:30 – 2 pm – Leadership discussion with Russell Williams
  • 2-2:30 pm – Networking and close of program

The event will also include the bestowing of the first Marion Chamber of Commerce Transformational Leadership Award. Nominations for the honor are now being accepted by email (director@marionillinois.com), phone at (618) 997-6311 or online at bit.ly/MCCtransform. The criteria for the award are:

  • Go above and beyond what is required in service of others
  • Are committed to lifting and building people
  • Enroll other people in her/his vision
  • Lead right where they are – at home, at work or in their community
  • Are making a difference and inspiring others to make a difference
  • Does not have to be a member of the Marion Chamber of Commerce

“These nominations can be your child’s teacher or principal, your employer, your pastor, a director or executive of a nonprofit organization, a government official, a military leader, a media personality – or even someone you don’t know personally, but you respect them for being an exceptional leader,” said Williams.

Tickets went on sale June 1. Ticket prices are as follows:

  • For members of a participating Chamber of Commerce:
    • 1-9 tickets - $99/each 
    • 10+ tickets - $80/each
  • For those who are not members of a participating Chamber of Commerce:
    • 1-9 tickets: $109/each
    • 10+ tickets - $88/each

There are no refunds or exchanges with tickets or sponsorship packages.
 

700 Logan College Drive- Carterville, IL 62918
(618) 985-2828
(618) 997-6311

Oct
06

Karaoke Night
October 06, 2017

Walker's Bluff | 07:00 pm - 10:00 pm
 
Come on out to the Tasting Room for a Karaoke Night with Mystify Music!
 
326 Vermont Road- Carterville, IL 62918
618-956-9900
info@walkersbluff.com

Oct
07

Etta May Live
October 07, 2017

Marion Cultural and Civic Center | 07:00 pm
 
Winner of the prestigious American Comedy Awards "Comic of the Year," this Kentucky woman is a comedy icon!  Hailed as the "Polyester Princess," the reigning Queen of Southern Sass delivers a high powered, take no prisoners, performance full of truth, irony, humor, and wisdom.
 
This trailer park goddess has appeared on Oprah, Showtime, CMT, CBS Sunday Morning, ABC, Columbia Pictures, and NBC.  She headlines the Hugely successful Southern Fried Chicks Comedy Tour and touts a huge fan base on SiriusXM comedy Channels.  Etta May is a seasoned performer with national appeal.  Doors at 6pm, concert starts at 7pm.  Tickets range from $21-$44.  All ages welcome!
 
800 Tower Square Plaza- Marion IL, 62959
618-997-4030

Oct
07

Rocky Horror Night with Cast from Skyline Creek Productions
October 07, 2017

Tiff's Saloon | 09:00 pm
 
The cast of the hit show Rocky Horror put on by Skyline Creek Productions at the Marion Cultural and Civic Center will be at Tiff's Saloon for a special night of Rocky Horror fun!  This night will include performance numbers and lots of dancing! Time warp contest and costume contests!  Special drinks at the bar made just for this night so don't miss it!
 
112 Bush Avenue- Hurst, IL 62949
(618) 987-2770

Oct
07

Bocce Fun Day
October 07, 2017

Herrin Bocce Courts | 09:00 am - 01:00 pm
 
Fundraiser for the Night's Shield.  Individuals or teams, sponsors are welcomed and acknowledged, food & beverages provided, raffle prizes, pre-registration is encouraged by Octover 1st, walk-ups accepted.
 
306 West Walnut Street- Herrin, IL 62948
https://www.facebook.com/events/113000236070853

Oct
07

Southern Illinois Heart Walk
October 07, 2017

Walker's Bluff Winery | 08:00 am - 11:00 am
 
Celebrate being "Healthy for Good" at the 2017 Southern Illinois Heart Walk!  Staying active is one of the best ways to stay healthy, look and feel better, and live longer.  Come Heartwalk on October 7th to lower your risk of heart disease and stroke!
 
Heart Walk is a fundraising event for the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.  Companies and individuals build teams to raise funds and walk together.  Admission is Free, and walkers who raise at least $100 will receive a t-shirt and are eligible for other prizes.  Register your team today!  For corporate sponsorship information, please contact Leah Barr at 618-559-5538 or leah.barr@heart.org.  The 2017 Southern Illinois Heart Walk is locally sponsored by Heartland Regional Medical Center and chaired by Kay Dosier.
 
326 Vermont Road- Carterville, IL 62918
(618) 956-9900
https://www.facebook.com/events/1947340948875078

Oct
07

Southern Illinois Irish Festival
October 07, 2017 - October 08, 2017

Walker's Bluff | 11:00 am - 06:00 pm

 

The 21st annual Southern Illinios Irish Festival is coming back the weekend of October 7th and 8th!  The outdoor Celtic fair will be on Saturday from 11am-6pm and Sunday 12pm-6pm.  There will be live music both days including: the Heart Strings, Brianna Brown Band, The Dorians, Roisin Dubh, and the Wee Heavies!  There will be food and drink available for purchase, a variety of merchandise vendors, the Scottish Highland Games (they will be doing a demo on Saturday and the games will take place on Sunday), Irish Children's Village, piper Sean Folsom, a balloon artist, and a face painter. Admission to the festival grounds will be $10 per adult, and free for children under 18.  Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

Live Music Lineup:
 
Saturday, October 7th:
  12:00pm  - 12:30pm Heart Strings
  12:50pm  -  1:50pm  Brianna Brown Band
    2:10pm  -  3:10pm  The Dorians
    3:30pm  -  4:30pm  Brianna Brown Band
    4:50pm  -  6:00pm  The Dorians
 
Sunday, October 8th:
    1:00pm  -  2:00pm  Roisin Dubh
    2:20pm  -  3:20pm  The Wee Heavies
    3:40pm  -  4:40pm  Roisin Dubh
    5:00pm  -  6:00pm  The Wee Heavies
 
326 Vermont Road- Carterville, IL 62918
(618) 956-9900
https://www.facebook.com/events/1910092539243104

Oct
08

Birding Tour
October 08, 2017

Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge | 08:15 am
 
Come and join us for a birding tour guided by Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge Volunteers.  Experienced birders will lead the tour.  Binoculars are available at the Refuge Visitor center for check-out.  Reservations are required.
 
8588 Route 148- Marion, IL 62959
618-997-3344

Oct
08

Herrin Kiwanis BBQ Fundraiser
October 08, 2017

Herrin Elks Lodge | 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
 
The Kiwanis Club of Herrin is hosting a BBQ Fundraiser!  $15 includes entrée and sides.  Live Music from Kali Lynn!  There will be a cash bar.  Proceeds go to future projects for children in need in the Herrin area.
 
221 East Monroe Street- Herrin, IL 62948
(618) 942-5653
Cale Newlin newlin66@gmail.com

Oct
09

Are You Smarter than a Librarian?
October 09, 2017

Marion Carnegie Library | 01:00 pm - 03:00 pm
 
Are you smarter than a librarian? Come and find out with this fun game! For ages 9-19.
 
206 South Market Street- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-5935
https://www.facebook.com/events/128568751118035