Spring fun: 2019 festivals and events in the Heartland

Spring has arrived in the Heartland!

That also means the spring festival season is here!

Across the area, you’ll find things to eat, drink, live music, and all sorts of entertainment, almost every weekend until Memorial Day.

Here is your guide to festivals and major events to mark on your calendar! Be sure to check back for updates as we get them.


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Spring Junkhop Outdoor Flea Market
March 23

Mount Vernon, IL
Join us for the first Flea Market at Finders Pickers Treasure Island featuring antiques, vintage salvage, primitives, unique and odd treasures, chippy old stuff, collectibles, handmade items, repurposed furniture, plants, flea market finds, yard metal art, rusty junk, novelties, home décor plus lunch and homemade baked goodies. Perfect spot for some PICKIN fun! FREE admission!

Spring Craft & Vendor Fair
March 23

Tamms, IL
Come to the annual craft and vendor fair held at the Tamms Community Center. Part of the collections will go towards the food pantry of Tamms, Il. This is a perfect time to shop for Easter and Mother’s Day. We will have a wide selection of crafters and vendors there.

Small Town Spring Festival 2019
March 30

Coulterville, IL
Come shop crafts, jewelry, Tupperware, baked goods, and all kinds of goodies at the VFW in Coulterville. All food proceeds will be donated to Coulterville PTT to help with field trip costs.


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Autism Spring Carnival
April 6

Cape Girardeau, MO
Come one, come all! Join Autism Awareness of Southeast Missouri for their annual Spring Carnival at the Cape Girardeau Eagles. It is completely FREE to the entire community. April is Autism Awareness month, therefore we like to kick it off by spreading some awareness!

17th Annual Family Fun Day
April 6

Pinckneyville, IL
This free event is for children and families. It aims to recognize April as child abuse prevention month and to help promote healthy children and families all across Perry County. There will be food and drinks, door prizes, and lots of activities. Family Fun Day will be held at the Pinckneyville Fair Grounds.

51st Annual Dogwood-Azalea Festival
April 11-14

Charleston, MO
We invite you to join us for the Dogwood-Azalea Festival!  Tour the 6 mile Dogwood-Azal6-mileil when Charleston glows with the beauty of magnificent dogwoods and azaleas at peak bloom.  Our dogwoods and azaleas are the stars of this festival but read on for a list of other exciting events! Here are just a few of the events you won’t want to miss:  home tours, candlelight tour, plant sale, arts and crafts bazaar, a parade (one of the area’s largest), an old-fashioned ice cream social, piano concerts (featuring 12 pianists), carriage rides, and more!

Heritage Days Annual Event
April 12-13

Doniphan, MO
This annual two-day festival is filled with live music, storytelling, living history exhibits and pioneer life demonstrations of rail splitting, fiddle making, blacksmithing, quilting, and other vintage crafts. It’s held at the Heritage Homestead.

Jackson in Bloom
April 13

Jackson, MO
Uptown Jackson Revitalization’s annual spring, family-oriented event will be held in uptown Jackson. Come uptown, buy plants from the Jackson High School Plant Sale, and enjoy all the activities, vendors, foods and merchant specials.

Taste of Rock ‘N Roll
April 13

Freidheim, Brazeau, & Perryville, MO
Taste great wines, enjoy delicious food and listen to live music at three wineries in southeast Missouri: Apple Creek Vineyard & Winery, Hemman Winery, and The Barrens Winery.

4th Annual Bloomfield Heritage Days
April 18-20

Bloomfield, MO
The 4th Annual Bloomfield Heritage Days will feature old-time time encampments, pageant, dog show, car show, music, food, crafts, antiques and so much more! The Easter Bunny will also make an appearance and there will be an egg hunt, candy cannon, hawk throwing and bow shooting.

Spring Quilter’s Week
April 24-27

Paducah, KY
Come have some fun with us and show off one of your quilts! It is fun to participate, but you can come and just watch too. We can’t wait to see what you have to share as we make QuiltWeek history with the first-ever AQS QuiltWeek Pop-Up Quilt Exhibit.

Cape Comic Con
April 26-28

Cape Girardeau, MO
The 14th annual Cape Comic Con will be held at the Osage Centre in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, April 26-28, 2019. Cape Comic Con features 3 days of professional comic book artists, publishers, cosplay, and over 130 tables of comics, art, toys, gaming merchandise, and more for fans of all genres to enjoy.

Bootheel Beer Fest
April 27

Poplar Bluff, MO
The Bootheel United Zymurgist will be hosting the 5th annual Bootheel Beerfest and homebrew competition!

46th Annual Great Cardboard Boat Regatta
April 27

Carbondale, IL
The 46th Annual Great Cardboard Boat Regatta will take place Saturday, April 27th on the Campus Lake at Southern Illinois University. Registration will begin at 10:00 am and races will start at 1:00 pm.

Oak Street Art Fair 2019
April 27

Murphysboro, IL
The 4th annual Oak Street Art Fair is an all-day art and music party! Come out to Murphysboro between 10 and 5 for free live music on the Oak Leaf Stage, great local art, and structured art activities for children. So far, we have artists working in ceramics, painting, sculpture, glass, metals, jewelry, prints, fibers, photography, leather, stained glass, wood, quilting, mixed media, and musical instruments.

Locally Grown 2019
April 27

Carbondale, IL
Locally Grown is Carbondale New School’s largest annual event. We will have games and art activities for kids, and music for everyone! Whether you want to sit in the sun and watch the kids play, or rock out and dance, it’s all going on at Turley Park, Saturday, April 27th, 2019 from 1 to 6 p.m.

Mississippi River Valley Scenic Drive
April 27-28

Southeast Missouri
The Mississippi River Valley Scenic Drive is an invitation from the rural communities of southeast Missouri for you to join them as they celebrate spring with good food, festivals, folk music, dancing, crafts, living history events, camping, scenic vistas and much more.

41st Annual Blackpowder Rendezvous
April 27-28

Wappapello, MO
The longest running rendezvous in the state of Missouri, this two-day event will feature living history encampments, black powder shooting competitions, vendors, children’s games and more. This is a fun, FREE, family-friendly event that offers something for all ages.

Blessing of the Bikes
April 29

Alto Pass, IL
Chaplains will be available for bike blessings between 8 am and 3 pm with a brief service at noon.


CarbondALE Brew Fest
May 3

Carbondale, IL
CarbondALE Brew Fest will be held in the Town Square Pavilion on Friday, May 3rd rain or shine from 6-9 p.m. with early entry for VIP and an after party at Hangar 9 beginning at 9 p.m. Advance tickets are $25 for General Admission and include a souvenir tasting glass and tastes, $45 for VIP, which includes a premium tasting glass, tastes, early entry to the Fest and more! Pricing will be $30 for General Admission and $50 VIP at the door!

Fredericktown Azalea Festival
May 3-5

Fredericktown, MO
The Fredericktown Azalea Festival is held the first Full weekend in May. It is a fun-filled weekend for all ages. This year’s theme is the best of the ’80s.

Cape PRIDE Festival
May 4

Cape Girardeau, MO
This event aims to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community of Southeast Missouri and the surrounding regions. It will be a family friendly event with entertainment, food, vendors, and activities for all ages.

Sikeston Jaycee Crawfish Boil & Music Festival
May 4

Sikeston, MO
The 10th Annual Sikeston Jaycee & Health Facilities Rehab Crawfish Boil & Music Festival at the Rodeo Grounds. Held rain or shine. Feast on more than 3,000 pounds of fresh Louisiana crawfish with all the fixings.  Enjoy live music and family activities.  Tickets are $10 presale, $12 at the gate.

Home Brew Block Party 6.0
May 4

Perryville, MO
Come out to sample all the beer you want from 12-4pm on the beautiful Perryville Downtown Square! All proceeds go to Perryville Downtown Revitalization Committee!

4th Annual Spring Flea Market in the Park
May 4

Goreville, IL
The Spring Flea Market proceeds go to Goreville’s Freedom Fest.

Vintage Market in the Ville
May 4

Pinckneyville, IL
Come on out to the Pinckneyville Fairgrounds and satisfy your vintage fix! Once again there will a huge variety of vendors on hand with all the vintage junk your little heart desires! Stay tuned for more updates and posts! This is a fundraising event to support the Perry County Historical Society Jail Museum and the Perry County Fair.

Downtown Tailgate Flea Market
May 5

Cape Girardeau, MO
There will be 150+ vendors assembled in two downtown parking lots (Broadway/Main and Independence/Main) as well as various restaurants, antique stores, art galleries, boutiques, artisans and many other local merchants opening their doors for this Sunday event. This is a unique shopping experience to thousands of visitors from all over the Midwest. An amazing day of treasure hunting with bargains galore, feasting on local food, antiquing and fun with family and friends.

Old King Coal Festival
May 9-11

West Frankfort, IL
This longstanding tradition includes the crowing of Old King Coal, Princess Flame and her court, a coal miner’s memorial service, job fair, parade, and a downtown festival filled with food, rides, games, vendors, and free nightly entertainment on the main stage.

Perryville Mayfest
May 10-11

Perryville, MO
There will be a parade, food, drinks, and a live band.

Lowertown Fine Arts Festival
May 17-18

Paducah, KY
The Lower Town Arts & Music Festival (LTAMF) is a regional two-day celebration of art, music, food, beer and wine all from a 350-mile radius of Paducah, Kentucky. LTAMF takes place in the Lower Town Historic Arts District near Downtown Paducah. With a commitment to honoring and presenting the culinary, artistic, and musical talent of the region, LTAMF is a growing premier festival that boasts a family-friendly environment with major economic impact right here at home.

Arcadia Valley Mountain Music Festival
May 17-19

Ironton, MO
This year’s Spring Mountain Music Festival features 3 great days of music and fun. You’ll enjoy food vendors, crafter,  and activities for the kids!  There will be areas set up for pickers, so be sure to bring your instruments!

Crawdaddy Farm Day Festival
May 18

Akin, IL
This all-day event includes lots of fun things to do for everyone of all ages. There will be crawfish, bbq, a petting zoo, flea market, music, car show, and much more entertainment. Luke Duke (Tom Wopat) will be here signing autographs and singing!

Lake of Egypt Paddle Fest
May 18

Marion, IL
Grab your paddle and register for Pyramid Acres Marina’s first ever PADDLE FEST! Bring your KAYAK, CANOE, PADDLE BOARD or even pedal boat and enjoy a day of water sports with friends and family on beautiful Lake of Egypt. The more spots you hit on the lake, such as Egyptian Hills Resort and Mack’s Marina, the more chances you will have to win cool prizes.

Spring into Summer Craft & Vendor Fair
May 18

Carbondale, IL
This is an outdoor event with over 50 vendors in attendance. You’ll enjoy numerous varieties of vendors, food and music!

Cape Girardeau Regional Air Festival
May 18-19

Cape Girardeau, MO
The Navy’s elite flying squadron will put on a show May 18 and 19 as part of the 2019 Cape Girardeau Regional Air Festival. You’ll also get to see the U.S. Golden Knights, Shockwave, Joe “Rifle” Shetterly, Skip Stewart Airshows, Angel 9 TransAM, and Dream Photo.

HerrinFesta Italiana
May 23-27

Herrin, IL
This annual event features great Italian food, family fun, an array of contests for every family member and a fine arts and crafts exhibit to spotlight the creative talents of regional artists and craftsmen.

100-mile Yard Sale
May 23-27

Jackson to Kennett, MO
Find your next treasure, knick-knack or piece of clothing at one of the many yard sales that will be set up along Highway 25.

Mississippi County MayFest
May 23-25

Bertrand, MO
Mississippi County is hosting its first-ever Mayfest. The whole family is invited to enjoy carnival rides, live music including a performance by the Justin Heskett Band, food, games, a parade and more. The event will kick off with a special meal sponsored by the Bertrand Volunteer Fire Department. All proceeds will be used for the fire department and city park improvement funds.

9th Annual Ballard County Wheels and Wings
May 25

LaCenter, KY
Ride headquarters remain in LaCenter, KY just off U.S. 60. All routes — 15-, 30- and 60-mile, as well as a FREE 5-mile family ride — will begin at 8 a.m. The 60-mile route goes from LaCenter to Wickliffe to Barlow, Kevil and beyond, so you’ll get to see just how beautiful it is down here.

Fort D Day
May 27

Cape Girardeau, MO
For the four years of the Civil War, Fort D protected the city of Cape Girardeau from attack. Now the old fort will come to life on Memorial Day. Local re-enactors will honor the memory of veterans past and present.

Farmington Country Days
May 31-June 2

Farmington, MO
Get ready to “shake things up” as we have a party in the park! Call your friends and take in the many awesome, free Farmington Country Days Concerts!

All dates and information are subject to change.
Contact us if there are changes in schedule.