Metro East region events

Willoughby Farms in Collinsville will host a Garden Walk on the evening of Thursday, July 7. (Photo courtesy Willoughby Farms)

Willoughby Farms in Collinsville will host a Garden Walk on the evening of Thursday, July 7. (Photo courtesy Willoughby Farms)


Learn About Ice Dyeing

Thursday, 3 p.m.

Macoupin County Historical Society, 920 Breckenridge, Carlinville


Learn about using ice to make interesting dye patterns on your fabric. Hosted by the Lewis and Clark Handweavers Guild. For more information, email


Grafton’s Music in the Park

Thursday, 7 p.m.

Grove Memorial Park, Market St.


Bring your lawn chair to enjoy the high-energy rock music of ‘Mars Needs Guitars.’ For more information, call (618) 535-9922.


Willoughby Farms Garden Walk

Thursday, 7-8 p.m.

631 Willoughby Ln., Collinsville

Admission free but donations welcome

Explore the gardens at Willoughby with a master gardener. For more information, call (618) 346-7529.



Gospel Quartet at Bethalto

Friday, 7 p.m.

Bethalto Church of God, 800 E. Bethalto Drive


‘Keepers of the Faith,’ a quartet from Hawaii, will perform at the Church of God. For more information, call (618) 616-2815.


Dello Thedford & the Gospel Symphonic Choir

Friday, 8 p.m.

Jacoby Arts Center, 627 E. Broadway, Alton


Opening event in the series Social Justice: Both Sides of the River. For more information, visit


Coloring & Coffee

Friday, 10-11 a.m.

Six Mile Regional Library, 2145 Johnson Road, Granite City


Have a relaxing morning coloring, chatting and drinking coffee at the library. For more information, call (618) 452-6422.


Movie Night in Godfrey

Friday, dusk

Glazebrook Park, 1401 Stamper Lane


The Minions movie ‘Scarlet Overkill’ will be shown by the Godfrey Parks and Recreation Department. Bring your own chairs and blankets. First 50 visitors will receive a free giveaway. For more information, visit


Tour de Belleville

Friday, 8:30 p.m.

Union United Methodist Church, 721 E. Main St.

$25 registration fee

Family friendly, noncompetitive trek over a relatively easy course to give riders a scenic view of the city at night. For everyone’s safety, helmets are required and lights are requested. For more information, call (618) 233-1416.


JULY 8-17

All-Star Restaurant Week

Restaurants throughout the Alton downtown region

Lunch $10; dinner specials $25.

Local, family-owned restaurants in Alton, Godfrey, Grafton and more will be participating in the fourth annual All-Star Restaurant Week July 8 – 17. Diners will be able to enjoy menu items ($10 lunch/$25 dinner) all week long by visiting one of the participating restaurants. For more information, call (800) 258-6645.


Randolph County Fair

JULY 8-17

Sparta, Ill.

Admission charged for special events

Food, livestock, tractors and other agricultural displays. For more information, call (618) 443-2916.




Indian Princess Storytelling

Saturday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Lewis and Clark Confluence Tower, 435 Confluence Tower Drive, Hartford


Pocahontas and Sacajawea will be on hand for a storytelling session and a meet and greet. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Admission is free, although there is a charge to tour the tower. For more information, call (618) 251-9101.


UMP Summer Nationals

Saturday, Grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m.

Highland Speedway, 202 Park St.

2nd Annual Todd & Colleen Penrod Memorial Race sponsored by SnapOn features late models, modifieds and BMods. For more information, call (618) 654-6656.


Movie at the Library

Saturday, 2 p.m.

Collinsville Memorial Library, 408 W. Main St.


The movie ‘Tomorrowland’ will be shown in the children’s library. For more information, call (618) 344-1112.


JULY 9-10

Contemporary Indian Art Show

Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

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

Free admission

American Indian artists will display and sell their works of fine art, sculpture, jewelry, beadwork, pottery. For more information, call (618) 346-5160.


Rubber Stamp Show

Sat. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Gateway Center, 1 Gateway Drive, Collinsville


All tickets are for 2 days. If your name is Janis (or Janice), show proper ID and get a free ticket at the door. For more information, call (618) 345-8998.



World’s Largest Catsup Bottle Festival

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

Woodland Park, off Vandalia and Rt. 159, Collinsville


Celebration includes car, truck and motorcycle show, Ronald McDonald show, kids’ games, Brooks Ketchup tasting, and eating contests. For more information, call (618) 344-8775.


Jersey County Fair begins

Sunday, 6-9 p.m.

300 Veterans Memorial Parkway, Jerseyville

Begins with a Christian Music Celebration & Sunday Go to Meetin’ Hat Parade. Sponsored by the Jersey County Business Association. For more information, call (618) 498-5848.


Wood River Ice Cream Social

Sunday, noon

Central Park, Wood River

Free admission

The Ice Cream Social  is co-sponsored by the Wood River Parks & Recreation Department & the Wood River Women’s Club. For more information, call (618) 251-3130.


Music at the Metter: Fanfare

Sunday, 6-8 p.m.

Metter Park, 206 E. Legion St., Columbia


Fanfare plays a variety of styles of music from Motown to Big Band. For more information, visit


JULY 12  

Wildey Theater $2 Movie: Jaws

Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Wildey Theater, 252 N. Main St., Edwardsville


Enjoy the movie on the big screen. For more information, call (618) 307-2053.



Kids in the Kitchen

Wednesday, 1-3 p.m.

Edwardsville Children’s Museum, 722 Holyoake Road

$19 non-members

Kids aged 6 and up will learn how to chop, stir and knead. Drop-off program. For more information, email





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