Metro East Calendar of Events May 16 – May 21

Art on the Square returns to downtown Belleville this weekend, Friday through Sunday. (Photo courtesy of Art on the Square)

MAY 17-20

Bethalto Jaycee Carnival
Thursday, begins at 5 p.m.
Bethalto Central Park, 213 N. Prairie St.
Free admission

Four-day event features carnival games, rides, food vendors and music. For more information, call 618-377-8051.

Alton Little Theater: Camelot
Thur.-Sat. 7:30 p.m.; Sun. 2 p.m.
627 E. Broadway, Alton
$17, students with ID $10

A classic tale to inspire a new generation and once again embrace the magic of King Arthur’s days in his mystical kingdom. For more information, call 618-462-5222.

MAY 18

Documentary on Being a Back-Up Singer
Friday, 7-10 p.m.
Afterwards Books, 441 E. Vandalia St., Edwardsville

The Documentary Club (21+) will view the movie, “20 Feet From Stardom” which explores the experiences of the singers who support stars in their performances. For more information, call 618-655-0355.

Friday, 6-9 p.m.
Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, Mo.

Join the Young Friends of the Garden for the annual Fest-of-Ale and celebrate local beer with tastings from more than 20 of the region’s best microbreweries. Ticket price includes a commemorative tasting glass, beer sampling, and live music. Must be 21 to attend. For more information, call 314-577-5100.

Free Movie in Columbia
Friday, dusk
Metter Park 124 S. Metter Ave.

Bring a lawn chair or blanket to see the movie ‘Moana.’ For more information, call 618-281-7144.

MAY 18-20

Art on the Square in Belleville
Fri. 5-9 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Downtown Belleville
Free admission

Artists from around the world will be displaying their work. Event includes a children’s area, high school art competition, vendor foods, and music. For more information, call 618-233-6769.

MAY 19

Pup Crawl in Downtown Alton (Pub Crawl with Dogs)
Sat., Downtown Alton
Alton Main Street, 219 Piasa St. #2B

A $10 ticket gains you a bandana for your pet, food & beverage specials and a chance to win great prizes, including a pair of Cardinals tickets. Pet-related vendors and activities will be set up. For more information, call 618-463-1016.

Vaccine & Microchip Clinic in Edwardsville
Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon
Metro East Humane Society, 8495 State Rte. 143

The Clinic is open to everyone and offers shots for rabies, distemper, and FVRCP. Microchips cost $15. For more information, call 618-656-4405.

Canoeing Adventure
Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Begins at Grafton Harbor, 215 W. Water St.
$60, plus $15 river picnic lunch (optional)

Alton Visitors’ Center and Big Muddy Adventures combine to offer a day-long tour of the channels and river islands in voyageur canoes. All equipment provided. For more information, visit

JAC Offers Slime-A-Palooza
Saturday, 10-11 a.m.
627 N. Broadway, Alton

Youth aged 6-10 can learn the art and science of making ‘slime.’ For more information, call 618-462-5222.

MAY 19-20

Elsah Spring Festival
Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Green Tree Inn, Elsah

In addition to the local talent, artisans, and craftsmen there will be walking history tours of the village which start at the Green Tree Inn. For more information, call 618-374-2821.

A Walk Down Broadway
Sat. 7-9 p.m.; Sun. 2-4 p.m.
Jacoby Arts Center, 627 N. Broadway, Alton

Program by local community actors and artists will offer favorite Broadway hits across the generations of musicals. For more information, call 618-462-5222.

MAY 20

Strawberry Fest in St. Jacob
Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Saint Jacob Township Park, 239 W. Main St.
Free admission

Everything strawberry to eat plus entertainment, amusement rides and other child-favorite activities. Presented by St. Jacob United Church of Christ. For more information, call 618-644-2142.

Kids’ Day at Cahokia
Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cahokia Mounds World Heritage Site, 30 Ramey Drive, Collinsville

Event offers hands-on activities, crafts and games for kids of all ages. For more information, call 618-346-5160.

St. Paul Fine Arts Presents Gary Humphrey and Friends
Sunday, 2-4 p.m.
St. Paul UCC, 200 N. Main, Waterloo

Take a journey through the Great American Songbook. For more information, call 618-939-7123.

MAY 21

Car 101 for Teens in Wood River
Monday, 10-11 a.m.
Wood River Library, 326 E. Ferguson Ave.

The Wood River Library teams with Trickey’s Service to give teens a lesson in car basics. For more information, email lindsey@woodriverlibrar


–Metro East Calendar of Events May 16 – May 21–