Metro East events calendar



Enjoy the beauty of twilight at Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower in Hartford on May 26.  (Photo courtesy Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower)

Enjoy the beauty of twilight at Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower in Hartford on May 26. (Photo courtesy Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower)

MAY 26

Twilight Thursday at the Tower

Thursday, Open 7 – 9 p.m.

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

$5 per person

Catch the best view of the sunset by visiting the Tower. Check to see when sunset occurs.  For more information, call (618) 251-9101.


MAY 27 – JUNE 5

Nina & Pinta Replica Tours

9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The Loading Dock Bar & Grill, 401 Front St., Grafton

Adults $8; seniors $7; ages 5-16 $6

The Nina and Pinta, replicas of Christopher Columbus’ ships, will be open to the public for self-guided tours through June 5. For more information, visit or call The Loading Dock at (618) 786-3494.


MAY 28

Nature Hike at Cahokia

Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Interpreter’s Center, Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, 30 Ramey St., Collinsville


Guides will lead hikers through the fields, marshes and woods of Cahokia Mounds with an archaeologist and a naturalist. For more information, call (618) 346-5160.


Angry Birds Celebration

Saturday, noon

Collinsville Memorial Library Center, 408 W. Main St.

Free, registration required

Children ages 6 – 12 will enjoy playing a life-sized version of “Angry Birds,” making some bird-themed crafts, and watching “Angry Birds” cartoons. Register by calling (618) 344-1112.


Saddle Club Horse Show

Saturday, 6 – 11 p.m.

Illinois Boots and Saddle Club, 3043 Harris Lane, Alton


Horse show will include western pleasure classes and speed events. For more information, visit

Grafton Harbor Celebration

Saturday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Grafton Harbor, 215 W. Water St.


Event includes Boat Part Swap Meet in the parking lot, followed by Blessing of the Boats and Marina. Pirate’s Love Potion Sunset Cruise begins at 6 p.m. For more information, call (618) 786-7678.

Ste. Marie Village-Wide Garage Sale


Ste. Marie, Ill.


Nearly everyone in the village participates in this annual event. Maps available at all sales. For more information, call (618) 455-3173.


MAY 28-30

Memorial Day Festival

Saturday – Monday

Eckert’s Farm, 951 S. Green Mount Road, Belleville

Free admission

Enjoy outdoor festival foods and live entertainment. Free wagon rides, kids’ activities, petting farm and inflatables. For more information, call (618) 233-0513.

MAY 29

‘Sofa Kings’ Perform at Metter Park

Sunday, all day

206 E. Legion, Columbia


Outdoor concert featuring music and fun by the Sofa Kings (an acoustic mix of blues, country and rock sounds). Food and beverages available for purchase. For more information, call (618) 281-7144, Ext. 134.

MAY 30

Great Pizza Bike Ride

Monday, 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Begins at Millstadt Village Park

$16 for non-members at the event

Ride along the Mississippi River bluffs and through the Illinois countryside. Enjoy fresh pizza afterwards in the town park. For more information, visit


MAY 31

Lego Club at the Library

Tuesday, 4 – 5 p.m.

Edwardsville Public Library, 112 S. Kansas St.


Youths aged 5 – 12 will enjoy using the library’s Lego blocks to make things from their imagination. For more information, visit


Courthouse Band Concert

Tuesday, evening

100 S. Main St., Waterloo


Bring a lawn chair to enjoy live music every Tuesday night during the summer. For more information, call (618) 939-8600.


Wildey Theater’s $2 Movie

Tuesday, May 31

Wildey Theater, 252 N. Main St., Edwardsville


The feature for this date is the movie ‘Animal House.’ For more information, call (618) 307-2053.


Glen Carbon Trekkin’ Tuesday

Tuesday, 9:45 a.m.

Casey’s, 70 S. Main St.


5K and 10K options. Pets are welcome as long as you pick up after your pet. For more information, call (618) 416-5533.


St. Louis History Club Studies Area Architecture

Wednesday, 6 p.m.

Blum House, 414 W. Main St., Collinsville


The new monthly St. Louis history club will learn about St. Louis Architecture at this meeting. For more information, visit





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