Winner of the Best Festival in Southern Illinois
Get ready for a wholesome time (and all things apple) at the Murphysboro Apple Festival!
The theme this year shows the connection the festival has to the surrounding area.
“These Roots Run Deep” was chosen by Mr. Todd’s class at Carruthers Elementary School.
The festival kicks off on Wednesday, September 12 and runs through Saturday, September 15.
67 years and counting
Over four days, 45,000 people will flock to Murphysboro for the activities and events.
The days draw large crowds and live music. There is a carnival with concessions, contests featuring everything from apple pie eating to the crowning of Appletime Royalty, marching bands, arts and crafts fair, car show, 5K races and much more.
The souvenir Appletime Booklet is published annually and is available free of charge from the Apple Festival offices and many other area businesses.
Things to Do
- Festival Funland: head to the middle of downtown Murphysboro for all the fun you can handle! Funland is open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, 4:00 to 10:30 p.m. on Friday, and 11:00 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. on Saturday.
- Big Muddy Obstacle Fun Run: this messy race is held at Riverside Park along the banks of the Big Muddy River. It features 15 obstacles that include plenty of apples and tons of mud. It’s held on Saturday.
- Apple Pie Eating Contest: It wouldn’t be a real apple festival without people eating anything and everything apple! The annual pie eating contest takes place at Appletime Stage on Thursday night.
- Appletime Grand Parade: This is one of the longest parades in the state of Illinois! It includes marching bands, floats, visiting royalty, horses and plenty of fire engines. The parade steps off at 11 a.m.
- Drums at Appletime: The annual marching band competition features area schools of all sizes. Enjoy the musical talents of hundreds of high school students with snacks and concessions at Murphysboro High School.
- A Taste of Murphysboro: Eat your heart out on all things local! This tasty event features items from locally owned restaurants. The Taste of Murphysboro kicks off at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday.
- Children’s Pet & Hobby Parade: Kids of all ages will strut their stuff in the “kiddie parade” on Friday. You’ll see decorated bicycles, tricycles, and wagons along with pets dressed in costume. You may also see family built floats that will align with the festival’s theme. The parade begins at 4 p.m. on Friday.
The annual Apple Festival is just one of many events in the Heartland this fall.