Metro East Calendar of Events

Chronicle Media Staff

Chester will host its annual Popeye Picnic this weekend, Friday through Sunday, Sept. 8-10.



Deadline for Reservations for 2017 Government Officials’ BBQ

Dinner on Wednesday, 5-7 p.m.

St. Clair County Courthouse


The price covers the cost of dinner and drinks for you and one government official. Presented by the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee in thanking our city, county & state officials for their public service. RSVP by calling (618) 233-2015.


Steppin’ & Ballroom Line Dance Classes

Thursday, 6 p.m.

Alton YWCA, 304 E. 3rd St.


Learn Chicago Style line dancing from Spec and Stilettos instructors. For more information, call (618) 465-7774.




Maryville Community Yard Sales

Fri., 7 a.m.-2 p.m.

Throughout the village



SEPT. 8-10


38th Annual Popeye Picnic

Fri. & Sat., 8 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Downtown Chester


Celebrate Popeye the Sailor Man with a statue unveiling, pet show, wiener dog race, inflatables, festival food, a flea market and 160 bands. The parade will begin at 11 a.m. For more information, call (618) 826-4567.


SEPT. 8-17


BINGO the Musical Presented at ALT

7:30 p.m.; Sun. matinee 2:00.

Alton Little Theater, 2450 Henry St.

$22; students $10

Kevin Frakes, President of the Alton Little Theater, directs a play about women forming bonds while playing BINGO. For more information, call (618) 462-3205.




Lewis & Clark Music Festival

Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

L&C State Historic Site, 1 Lewis and Clark Trail, Hartford


Musicians gather to perform bluegrass and other traditional styles of music. The Harmans will perform from 11 a.m.-noon. For more information, call (618) 251-5811.


Atlatl Competition

Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, 30 Ramey St., Collinsville


Learn to use an atlatl, a prehistoric weapon that allowed early humans to hunt big game. For more information, call (618) 346-5160.


Freedom Fest Car Show

Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Dream Center of Alton, 3401 Fosterburg Rd.


Event features car show, live music, and food. For more information, call (618) 433-8850.


Ben’s Bluegrass, BBQ, & Beer Bash

Saturday, 3:30-7 p.m.

409 S. Buchanan, Edwardsville

$25 adults; youths 12 and under $10

The Friends of the Col. Benjamin Stephenson House is sponsoring this family-friendly event which includes a buffet of pulled pork, turkey breast with cranberry BBQ sauce, potato salad, macaroni and cheese, and bread. Drinks available at extra charge. For more information, call (618) 692-1818.


Edwardsville Police Department Auction

Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

400 N. Main St.


Three years of items have been collected by the public works department, parks department, police department and library. Included are 21 motor vehicles and over 60 bicycles. For more information, visit


Kiwanis Fishing Derby

Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Columbia Sportsman’s Club, AA Road, Columbia


Youths through grade 5 fish for prizes and trophies. Free lunch for children and parents. For more information, call (618) 660-6217.


Alton Jazz & Wine Festival

Saturday, 4-10:30 p.m.

Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater, 1 Riverfront Dr.


Celebration of Miles Davis with jazz, wine, original art, and festival food. For more information, call (800) 258-6645.


Pere Marquette Rendezvous

Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Pere Marquette Lodge, 13653 Lodge Blvd., Grafton


Step back in time to interact with buck-skinned campers portraying primitive traders. Included will be demonstration, period music, and food common to the period. For more information, call (618) 786-3323.


Kids, Cars and Trucks at Edison’s

Saturday, 10 .m.-1 p.m.

Edison’s Entertainment Center, 2477 S. State Rte. 157, Edwardsville


Bring the kids to Edison’s so they can explore police cruisers, fire trucks, EMS trucks, a tow truck, a dump truck, a military Humvee, an 18-wheeler, a lineman’s bucket truck and the Edwardsville PD’s D.A.R.E. Camaro. For more information, call (618)307-9020.


Woofstock in Edwardsville

Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Triangle H Farm, 2082 S. Moreland Rd.

$10; $30 for a family

Metro East Humane Society will benefit from the event which will include doggie demos, small dog races, pet contests, adoptable dogs, and Paul Jarvis and the Tailgate Troubadours. For more information, visit


Land of Goshen Community Market

Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon

Corner of N. Main and St. Louis streets, Edwardsville


Locally grown farm products, baked goods arts and crafts, live entertainment and demonstrations. For more information, call (618) 307-6045.


Historic Tours of D.D. Collins House

Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

703 W. Main St., Collinsville


The historic 1845 home of Judge Daniel Dove Collins is open for tours. For more information, call (618) 420-0288.


SEPT. 9-10


American Indian Education Days

Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, 30 Ramey St., Collinsville

Free; donations appreciated

Displays and booths with crafts, clothing, explanations of

American Indian customs, culture and beliefs, flute playing and dance performances. For more information, call (618) 346-5160.


Homestead Harvest Days

Saturday & Sunday, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Latzer Memorial Park Library, 1001 9th St., Highland


Three-day event packed with activities including threshing, old-time crafts, gas and steam engines, and a tour of a modern house in the early 1900s. For more information, call (618) 654-6781.

Free; donations appreciated


Fort De Chartres Cannon School

Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-noon

Cannon Firing Demonstration

Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-noon

Fort de Chartres, 1350 State Rte. 155, Prairie du Rocher


Artillery re-enactors participate in yearly safety training and demonstrate live cannon firing. For more information, call (618) 284-7230.


SEPT. 10


Apple Festival at Pere Marquette

Sunday, 11:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

13653 Lodge Blvd., Grafton


Event includes apple pie, caramel apples, handmade crafts, live music and fresh produce. For more information, call (618) 786-2331.


Gary Gaines to Speak on Steelmaking in Granite City

Sunday, 2-4 p.m.

Madison Co. Historical Museum & Archival Library, 801 N. Main St., Edwardsville


Gaines will explain how the Niedrinhaus brothers moved their steelmaking business across the river from St. Louis and founded the famous graniteware business. For more information, call (618) 656-7569.


SEPT. 13


Alton Expo

Wednesday, 5-10 p.m.

Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater, 1 Riverfront Dr.

Join the fun that features local food vendors, carnival rides and local bands. For more information, call (800) 258-6645.


–Metro East Calendar of Events–