Metro East events calendar

The International Horseradish Festival will be held from June 3-5 at Woodland Park, 2 Pine Lake Road, Collinsville. (Photo courtesy of the International Horse Radish Festival)

The International Horseradish Festival will be held from June 3-5 at Woodland Park, 2 Pine Lake Road, Collinsville. (Photo courtesy of the International Horse Radish Festival)


Monroe County Farmer’s Market

Thursday, 3-6 p.m.

Schnucks Parking Lot, 1000 Columbia Centre Dr., Columbia


Shop local for plants, produce, baked goods, crafts and knife sharpening. For more information, call (618) 792-3596.


Lewis and Clark Handweavers Guild Meeting

Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Macoupin County Historical Society, 920 Breckenridge, Carlinville


Embroidered and decorative stitches as well as sewn on elements will be used to add detail and interest to your handwoven and other fiber projects. For more information, call (217) 854-2850.


Celebrate the Transformed St. Louis Riverfront

Thursday, 5-8:45 p.m.

50 Leonor K. Sullivan Blvd.


Event features the largest-ever community picnic, complete with a 2,016-foot-long picnic table. Attendees are invited to either bring their own picnic meal or purchase dinner from food trucks and other vendors. The event ends with a brief fireworks display. For more information, visit



Shriners Circus Parade

Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Downtown Belleville


One of Southern Illinois’ largest parades features floats, marching bands, local dignitaries and patrols of Shriners driving mini-cars and motorcycles. For more information, call (618) 874-1870.


Bike Ramble in Wood River

Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Round House, 633 N. Wood River Ave.

$3 per person

Family night bike ride begins and ends at the Round House. For more information, call (618) 251-3130.


JUNE 3-5

Brew & Cue in Belleville

Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m.

300 E. Main Street


Family friendly event featuring beer tastings on Friday night, and on Saturday a BBQ challenge and craft beer event. For more information, visit


International Horseradish Festival

Friday-Sunday, opens Friday at 5

Woodland Park, 2 Pine Lake Rd., Collinsville


Live music, food booths; root toss, golf, & sacking contests; craft fair, Bloody Mary contest, Little Miss Horseradish Pageant, horseradish recipe contest, children’s area, and the annual Horseradish Root Derby. For more information, call (618) 344-2884.


Jakey in June


St. Jacob Activity Center, 108 N. Douglas St.

Free admission

Professional BBQ teams will be competing for cash and trophies and selling their products to the public. For more information, call (618) 644-03377.



Belleville’s Museum Open House

Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

701 E. Washington St., Belleville

Free, but donations appreciated

Four museums are open to provide historical demonstrations, presentations and activities for the whole family. A Kids-Q BBQ Cook-Off will be held on Saturday at 4:30. For more information, call (618) 234-0600.


Raptor Awareness Day

Saturday, 2 p.m.

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


Learn about native birds of prey through a demonstration and flight show by the World Bird Sanctuary. For more information, call (618) 346-5160.


Fishing Derby at Maryville

Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon

Pavilion No. 1, Drost Park, No. 8 Schiber Court


Youngster 14 years or under may participate in this 16th annual fish-and-release event. Refreshments will be provided by Midwest Members Credit Union. For more information, visit


Bluegrass Gospel Program

Saturday, 7 p.m.

Bethalto Church of God, 800 E. Bethalto Dr., Bethalto

Suggested donation of $7 per person

“Barry Jones and Family” will entertain. For more information, call (618) 616-2815.


Plein Air Paint-out in Maeystown

Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Begins at Preservation Society Mill and Museum


Artists of all kinds are invited to come paint/draw in and around the historic village. They are free to sell their works between 3-4 the mill. For more information or to register, email


Public Antique Auction

Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-noon

Ahrens & Niemeier Auction Service, 8460 Hilltop Dr., Troy

Free admission

A wide variety of antiques will be auctioned off. For more information, call (618) 459-3445 or visit


Paws at the Plate Softball Tournament

Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Gordy Mac Fields, 401 Edwardsville Rd., Troy

Entry fee is $200 per team

Each team must have at least 9 players and at least 5 female players. $100 cash prize.


Movies in the Park: “Inside Out”

Saturday, 8:15-10 p.m.

Edwardsville City Park, 101 S. Buchanan


The movie will be shown at the Bandstand next to the public library at sunset. Bring your lawn chairs or blanket. For more information, visit


Tour De Cure Bike Ride

Saturday, begins at 6 a.m.

Liberty Bank of Alton, 1 Riverfront Dr.

$15 registration fee

Join over 1,000 cyclists in the fight to stop diabetes, at the Alton Riverfront Amphitheater. Choose to ride 10, 30, 50, 62 or 100 miles on routes that will take you through rural Illinois with various terrains, from flat to moderate rolling hills. For more information, call (800) 258-6645.


Adult Excavation Day

Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Center for American Archeology, 100 Broadway St., Kempsville

$50 per person

One-day archaeological experience for adults (18-plus). Tuition includes instruction and supplies. Field gear provided. Meals are not included. For more information, call (618) 653-4316.


Miles Davis Jazz Festival

Saturday, 6-10 p.m.

Jacoby Arts Center, 627 E. Broadway, Alton

Enjoy an evening of jazz celebrating the music and life Miles Davis. There will be entertainment by Fred Walker, Dilbert Caldwell Band, Me and Bob, and Phil Dunlap Nonet. The event benefits the Alton Museum of History and Art. For more information, call (618) 462-2763.


City Wide Yard Sale in Lebanon




More than 50 yard/garage sales throughout the area. Maps available. For more information, call (618) 537-8420.


Laker’s Car Club Cruise

Saturday, 6-9 p.m.

Downtown Lebanon


More than 100 classic cars and trucks will be on display. Music of the 50s and 60s provide entertainment. Sponsored by Wilken Insurance Agency. For more information, call (618) 537-8420.


Waterloo City-Wide Yard Sale

Saturday, 7 a.m.-2 p.m.



Maps of all locations are available on Great Ladies of Waterloo’s website ( and at the Waterloo City Hall. For more information, call (618) 939-8600.


JUNE 4-5

Visit the Era of Trappers and Soldiers

Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Fort de Chartres, near Prairie du Rocher

Free (Parking $5 per car)

Visitors will be transported back to the 1700s at the Rendezvous which is the largest gathering of its kind in the Midwest. Included will be demonstrations, period food and crafts. For more information, call (618) 284-7230.


Ainad Shriners Circus

Saturday, 2-7:30 p.m.

Belle Clair Expo Center, 200 S. Belt East, Belleville

$15 adults; $10 child

For more information, call (618) 874-1870.



Doll, Bear, Toy, Miniature and Doll House Show

Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Belle Clair Expo Center, 200 S. Belt East, Belleville


Event includes door prizes, doll stringing on site and special doll programs. For more information, call (618) 233-0940.


Bark in the Park, a Canine Carnival

Sunday, noon-4 p.m.

Glazebrook Park, 1401 Stamper Lane, Godfrey

The event raises money for the 5As Animal Rescue, a no-kill shelter. For more information, visit


Artists by the River

Sunday, noon-5 p.m.

Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower, 435 Confluence Tower Dr., Hartford


See the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers through the eyes of area artists. There will be a reception honoring Sculptor Sue Lowry who is donating her copper sculpture. For more information, call (618) 251-9101.


Waterloo Car Show Benefits Youth

Sunday, registration at 8 a.m.

Monroe County Courthouse, 100 S. Main St.

Free admission

Waterloo Optimist Club sponsors the car show to benefit youth activities. $20 registration fee for contest; $5 to display only. For more information, call (618) 410-2431.



Garden Walk at Willoughby

Wednesday, 7-8 p.m.

Willoughby Farm Gardens, 631 Willoughby Lane, Collinsville


Guided walk with the University of Illinois Master Gardeners. For more information, call (618) 346-7529.


Herbal Eye Health: a Discussion

Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Blum House, 414 W. Main St., Collinsville


Hands-on class taught by Community Herbalist Kristine Brown. For more information, call (618) 344-1112, Ext. 202.




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