Meeting of the Great Rivers Region Events Calendar Index

    Visitors Guide to Events
in the
Meeting of the Great Rivers
Scenic Byway Area
Madison, Jersey & Calhoun Counties, Illinois
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We regularly update this calendar to provide you with up to date information on a variety of events that take place in the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway Area. Changes are made when we gather more information or when we learn of an event. If you know of an event that you would like to see posted contact the webmaster. We hope you enjoy the events you choose to attend.
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December  2019 January  2020 February  2020
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June  2020 July  2020 August  2020
Events Listed By Location
including Alton, Illinois and West Alton, Missouri
Alton is the home of special events throughout the year. The Jacoby Arts Center has rotating art exhibits featuring local and regional artists. The riverfront area is where to gather to watch the popular Fourth of July fireworks display. Vintage Voices is a unique cemetery tour in October. Drive through Rock Springs Park around the winter holidays to see more 2.5 million lights adorning trees and lighting displays throughout the park.
The centerpiece of the events that the City of Godfrey holds throughout the year is the Great Godfrey Maze, a giant maze made of corn that is designed using a different theme every year. Other events held by the city are Family Fun Day in July and the Snowflake Festival in December. The Nature Institute offers a number of programs on their property on the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River.
  Wood River Area
including Wood River, Hartford, East Alton, and Bethalto

The Lewis and Clark State Historic Site is the venue for a number of historical events that explores the time when the Corps of Discovery camped in the area prior to setting off on their epic journey. Wood River is the site of the Wood River Rendezvous where visitors can interact with reenactors portraying fur trappers, mountain men and pioneers. The National Great Rivers Museum has a number of programs that focus on different aspects of America’s most prominent river.
  Grafton and Elsah, including Pere Marquette State Park
The city of Grafton holds popular events throughout the year such as the Great Rivers Towboat Festival and the Grafton Rendezvous. Elsah has a variety of events, most notably the annual Photography Exhibit of photos of the area and the Home for the Holidays event in December. Five miles north of Grafton is Pere Marquette Park which has an extensive schedule of activities in the summer and fall and its popular Bald Eagle watching programs during the winter months.
  Jerseyville Area
including Jerseyville, Dow, and Otterville

Warm weather months are when things start happening in the Jerseyville area. July features the classic Jersey County Fair with agricultural competitions, grand stand shows, and a carnival. Fall brings festivals like the Hamilton Primary School Festival and the Jersey County Apple Festival. The Treehouse Wildlife Center hosts open houses where visitors can see bald eagles, other raptors, a variety of wildlife. The Treehouse Wildlife Center also hosts other special events throughout the year.
  Calhoun County
including Kampsville, Brussels, Hamburg and Batchtown

Warm weather is also when the organizations in Calhoun County hold their events. The annual Archeology Day is held in Kampsville in July and explores the prehistoric life of humans in the area as far back as 10,000 years ago. A number of churches hold their annual picnics beginning in late July and extending into August. Old Settlers Days is held every October on the banks of the Illinois River and is part rendezvous and part Civil War reenactment.
  Southern & Eastern Madison County
including Collinsville, Edwardsville, Glen Carbon, Granite City & Highland

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site holds a variety of events throughout the year including Archeology Day in August. Other programs at the site include the equinox and solstice observances and nature and culture hikes. Festivals that focus on unique aspects of local culture include the Route 66 Festival in Edwardsville, the Catsup Bottle Summerfest in Collinsville and Schweitzerfest in Highland. Edwardsville is one of the sites of the annual ArtEast event featuring the work of a number of talented artists of Madison County.
  Pere Marquette State Park
Pere Marquette Park which has an extensive schedule of activities in the summer and fall including nature hikes, wildlife programs, fall color tours, and the nighttime owl hikes. During the winter months the Park holds its popular Bald Eagle watching programs where park naturalists take visitors on a tour of the area to find the favorite spots of our national symbol.

This Calendar of Events provides listings free of charge for events that are of interest to visitors to the area and that are organized or sponsored by Non-Profit or community based organizations. To have your event listed here contact the webmaster. We reserve the right to limit content. We also willing to provide a web page free of charge for these types of events to provide more details for our readers.

Jacoby Arts Center
Alton, Illinois
Cahokia Mounds
State Historic Site
Pere Marquette
State Park
Heritage Project