Metro East Calendar of Events Sept. 12 – Sept. 19

Downtown Alton will host the Mississippi Earthtones Festival on Sept. 15.

SEPT.  14

Riot on the River Wrestling Match
Friday, 8-10 p.m.
The Loading Dock, 401 Front St., Grafton
$10; youth 6-12 $5

The event will feature the semifinal matches of the 2018 Riot on the River elimination tournament. Tickets available at the door.

SEPT.   14-15

Beer Tasting and Art Festival
Fri. 7 p.m.-midnight;
Sat. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Downtown Square, Highland

The Highland Jaycees Hops & Color features an art festival, craft beer tasting, food offerings from The Picnic Basket, and live and DJ music. For more information, visit

SEPT.   14-16

Neil Simon’s ‘God’s Favorite’
Fri. & Sat. 7:30-9 p.m.;
Sun. 1 p.m.
2450 N. Henry St., Alton
$20; youth $12

Simon’s comedy based on the Biblical Book of Job. For more information, call 618-462-3205.

Scout Weekend Eckert’s Millstadt Fun Farm
Fri. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
951 Green Mount Road, Belleville
Scouts admitted free

Activities include picking apples and visiting farm animals. All scouts in uniform will be admitted free. There are fees charged for some activities. For more information, call 618-233-0513.

Opening Reception for New JAC Exhibit
Friday, 6-8 p.m.
Jacoby Arts Center, 627 E. Broadway, Alton

The new Jacoby Arts Center exhibit titled Architecture Meets Sculpture by Brad Eilering will be on display through the month of September. For more information, call 618-462-5222.

SEPT.   15

Atlatl Competition
Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, 130 Ramey St., Collinsville

Primitive weapon enthusiasts demonstrate the use of the ancient weapon, the atlatl. For more information, call 618-346-5160.

Paint History Plein Air Art Auction
Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Downtown Belleville

Come see local artists painting in the open air, and then stay to bid on your favorite painting. For more information, call 618-531-7753.

Mississippi Earthtones Festival
Saturday, noon-10 p.m.
300-500 E. Broadway, Alton

With an emphasis on sustainable practices, the festival will include educational activities, wind-powered music, artisans offering their nature-inspired wares, food and beverages. For more information, visit festival.

Arts and Artisans on Main
Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Main Street, Columbia

View and purchase local hand-crafted items while listening to live music. For more information, call 618-281-7144.

Metro East Vaccine Microchip Clinic
Saturday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
8495 State Rte. 143, Edwardsville
Prices vary

No appointment necessary to have your pet vaccinated and chipped. Prices for each service range from $10-$15. For more information, call 618-656-4405.

Street Art Festival in Highland
Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Downtown Square

Come see artists create chalk masterpieces on the city streets. Event also includes a bags tournament, local artists’ expo, fun run for children, and other children’s activities. For more information, call 618-654-3721.

Fish Festival at Grafton
Sat. noon-9 p.m.;
Sun. noon-8 p.m.
Grafton Oyster Bar, 215 W. Water St.
Free admission

The Oyster Bar offers 9 different fish specials. For more information, call 618-786-3000.

Collinsville Culvers Car Show
Saturday, 5-8 p.m.
100 United Drive

See over 200 of the finest in classic automobiles. For more information, call 618-344-8780.

SEPT.   16

Artifact Identification Day
Sunday, noon-4 p.m.
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, 130 Ramey St.

Bring your artifacts to be evaluated by archaeologists. No monetary appraisals will be given. For more information, call 618-346-5160.

Historical Open House
Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Creole House, 270 Market St., Prairie du Rocher
Free, donations appreciated

Tour the 19th century French American home that has been restored by the Randolph County Historical Society. For more information, call 618-284-7396.

Election Day 1818
Sunday, 2-5 p.m.
Kaskaskia Bell State Memorial, 302 1st St., Chester

Witness the reenactment of the first election to make Illinois a state that was held in Kaskaskia in 1818. Listen to the speeches, weigh the issues, and cast your vote. Event includes, music and games. For more information, call 312-422-5583.

Carillon Concert Features Linda Allen
Sunday, 5 p.m.
Gordon Moore Community Park, 4550 College Ave., Alton

Bring your own seating to enjoy the bells in the rose garden. For more information, call 618-463-3580.

Chicken Dinner & Fall Festival
Sunday, noon-5 p.m.
St. Cecilia Church, 155 N. Main, Glen Carbon
$10; ages 6-12 $6; 5 and under free

Annual community festival features a complete chicken dinner as well as entertainment, raffle, games, face painting, and bounce house. For more information, call 618-288-3200.

SEPT.   18

$2 Movie at The Wildey Theatre
Tuesday, 7 p.m.
252 N. Main St., Edwardsville

The movie ‘Meet the Parents’ will be shown. For more information, call 618-307-1750.

SEPT.   19

Spirit of Peoria Riverboat Cruises
Wednesday, 9:30, 12:30, 4, & 7 p.m.
The Loading Dock, 400 Front St., Grafton
Prices vary for each cruise

Enjoy 4 cruises: Morning Sightseeing, Lunch, Afternoon Sightseeing, and Murder Mystery Dinner Theater. For more information or tickets, visit

Music at Blum House
Wednesday, 7-9 p.m.
Collinsville Memorial Library, 408 W. Main

Come out to enjoy the music of Mr. T and the Houseshakers. Food trucks will be on hand. For more information, call 618-344-1112.



–Metro East Calendar of Events Sept. 12 – Sept. 19–