Metro East Calendar of Events April 18 – April 25

Pere Marquette Lodge in Grafton hosts its Mushroom Festival on Sunday, April 15. (Photo courtesy of Mushroom Festival)

APRIL 19-20

KC Hall Concert
Thursday, 6:30-10 p.m.
Knights of Columbus, 7132 Marine Road, Edwardsville

Swing City Music and Jimmy G Productions host concert featuring Joe Wehner, Earth Dad, and Birds of Squalor. For more information, call 618-656-4985.

APRIL 19-21

Bankside Repertory Theatre Presents ‘Falling’
Thur.-Sat., 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Jacoby Arts Center, 627 E. Broadway, Alton
$15 on Thursday; $20 on Friday & Saturday

The play by Deanna Jent, “Falling” is the exploration of the dynamic and complicated reality of a family with an autistic, young son. For more information, call 618-462-5222.

APRIL 20-22

Curtain’s Ups Theater Company Presents ‘Little Miss Sunshine’
Fri. & Sat., 7:30; matinee Sat. & Sun., 2 p.m.
The Wildey Theatre, 252 N. Main St., Edwardsville
$18; seniors $15

When the youngest Hoover… energetic Olive, enters a regional children’s beauty pageant, the family thinks that their luck could change and embarks on a cross-country trek. Adult content and strobe lights. For more information, call 618-307-1750.

Astronomy Month Star Party
Friday, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Edwardsville Children’s Museum

Children accompanied by a caregiver will learn about stars and get a glimpse through a telescope. For more information, call 618-692-2094.

Spring Hymn Sing
Friday, 7 p.m.
Calvary Baptist Church, 1422 Washington Ave., Alton

Join in a night of singing favorite hymns, including some by request. For more information, call 618-462-8816.

Comedy Hypnosis Live
Friday, 8-10 p.m.
The Command Post at the American Legion, 104 N Main St., Troy

Must be 18 to enter, 21 to drink. For more information, visit

MASC Presents ‘An Inspector Calls’
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Capitol Theater, 202 S. Main St., Waterloo

Live theatre performance of “An Inspector Calls” by the Monroe Actors Stage Company at the historic Capitol Theatre in downtown Waterloo. For more information, call 618-939-7469.


Small Town-Big World Cultural Celebration
Saturday, noon-8 p.m.
Downtown Alton

A passport will direct attendees to venues that feature ethnic cuisine, traditional clothing, world music, folk art, dance performances, martial arts, sports, and information from faith communities. Sponsored by Alton Main Street. For more information, call 618-463-1016.

Progressive Taste of Edwardsville/Glen Carbon
Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Various locations in Edwardsville and Glen Carbon
$20; children 12 and under $10

Sample offerings from 23 participating restaurants. Silent auction begins at 1:30 p.m. For more information, call 618-514-5588.

Craft Bazaar & Vendor Fair
Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Granite City Township Hall, 2060 Delmar Ave.

For more information, call 618-877-0513.

Community Work Day
Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon

The Collinsville Junior Service Club is hosting a day of service. Volunteers will be helping with projects at Glidden Park, Miner’s Theatre and Willoughby Farm. For more information, email

Future Soldier Mega Event
Saturday, 10 a.m.
US Army Career Center, 4115 Humbert Road, Alton

Company-wide Future Soldier Competition. For more information, email

Healthy Kids Day
Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon
East Belleville YMCA, 2627 Carlyle Ave.

Activities and Community Partners include the Belleville Fire Department, Water Safety Games, Associated Pediatric Dentistry, Sun Safety Games, and Healthy Snacks from the U of I Extension. For more information, call 618-236-9983.

ASO Presents “A Foreign Flavor”
Saturday, 7 p.m.
Hatheway Cultural Center, Lewis & Clark Community College, Godfrey
$10; seniors $5; children under 13 free

The 73d season of the Alton Symphony Orchestra will conclude with overtures from around the world. For more information, call 618-792-4002.

Wildflower Hike at The Nature Institute
Saturday, 1-3 p.m.
2213 S. Levis Lane, Godfrey

Come on a guided hike around the TNI preserve to see spring wildflowers. For more information, visit

APRIL 21-22

Belleville Antiques & Collectibles Flea Market
Saturday & Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Belle-Clair County Fairgrounds, 200 South Belt East
Free admission

Over 600 tables and 300-400 vendors. For more information, call 68-233-0052.


Mushroom Festival
Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Pere Marquette Lodge, 13653 Lodge Blvd., Grafton

Listen to live music, browse vendors, taste local wines and learn all there is to know about mushrooms. The Great Morel Hunt will begin at 1 p.m. (weather and morel permitting.) For more information, call 618-786-2331.


Family Movie Night in East Alton
Monday, 4:15-6 p.m.
East Alton Public Library, 250 Washington Ave.

The movie shown will be ‘Ferdinand.’ For more information, call 618-259-0787.


New Movie Release Night in Wood River
Tuesday, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Wood River Public Library, 326 E. Ferguson Ave.

The movie to be shown will be ‘Paddington 2.’ For more information, call 618-254-4832.

Spring Pinterest Part in Roxana
Tuesday, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Roxana Public Library, 200 N. Central Ave.
$10 per person

Learn all about chalk paint in the class ‘Chalk Paint 101.’ Supplies will be provided. Register by calling 618-254-6713.


RunWell Poker Run
Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
RunWell, 142 N. Main St., Edwardsville

Get a map at the start and decide which businesses to hit and in which order to get the most cards and get back to RunWell before 8 p.m. Hands will be evaluated to find the winners. For more information, call 618-659-9903.


–Metro East Calendar of Events April 18 – April 25–