What to do this Heartland Weekend

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Tradition, family-fun, live music, local brews... sounds like the makings for a perfect Heartland Weekend.
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Here are five events worthy of filling your weekend schedule.

Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo

Grab your boots! A ropin’ good time has officially returned to Sikeston for the 66th year. We’re of course talking about the annual Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo. This Heartland Weekend cowboys and cowgirls will kick up some dust in events like bull riding and barrel racing starting Wednesday, August 8 through Saturday, August 11. That’s not all! Some of hottest stars in country music will put on a show each night. Here’s the lineup:

  • Wednesday: Chris Janson
  • Thursday: Bullfighting and Brett Young
  • Friday: Bullfighting and Justin Moore
  • Saturday: Travis Tritt

CLICK HERE to plan your visit to the rodeo.

WHEN: Wednesday, Aug. 9 to Saturday, Aug. 11

WHERE: Sikeston, Missouri


Tunes at Twilight

Get your lawn chairs and blankets ready! Cape Girardeau’s free outdoor concert series, Tunes at Twilight, is back for the fall. This Friday, you’ll want to get to Ivers Square early for Brews at Tunes. Treat yourself to craft beer and cider samples from the Southeast Missouri Craft Beer Week participants from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Then enjoy a musical performance from Baylor Wilson!

WHEN: Friday, Aug. 10

WHERE: Cape Girardeau, Missouri

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Jour de Fete

Ste. Genevieve has been welcoming travelers, traders and artists for more than 275 years. You can join in the fun and shop for treasures at the annual Jour de Fete arts and crafts festival. With over 250 arts and crafts booths, plus hands-on exhibits and special attractions, Ste. Genevieve’s annual Jour de Fete celebration has been described as “the premier arts and crafts fair in the Midwest” and a weekend you don’t want to miss. As the first European settlement in Missouri, the French Colonial setting of Ste. Genevieve provides a perfect setting for this annual event.

WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 11 and Sunday, Aug. 12

WHERE: Historic District Downtown Ste. Genevieve, MO

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Marketeers Day

In celebration of National #FarmersMarketWeek, the Cape Riverfront Market will be dedicating Saturday, August 11, to the children who attend the market each week, the Marketeers! Enjoy live music from the Steel Drum Band, and treat your kiddos to three different activities that will earn them market tokens. The tokens are each worth $1.00, and can then be used to buy fruits or vegetables from any of our produce vendors. Children can earn up to $3.00 in tokens during Marketeers Day. The Marketeers Day activities will include making a seed necklace, a market scavenger hunt, a produce-themed rock painting activity. Marketeers Day will take place from 8 a.m. – noon.

WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 11 starting at 8 a.m.

WHERE: Cape Girardeau, MO

Guide to farmers markets in the Heartland

Vonjakobville Tropical FEST

Grab your grass skirts and leis for the 12th summer Vonjakobville Tropical Festival featuring The Boat Drunks! The Boat Drunks, who play a “tangy tropical rock” style of music, will be performing some of Jimmy Buffett’s greatest hits as well as many of their own tangy originals. After performing together for over 15 years The Boat Drunks really know how to bring the party, island style! Doors open at 10 a.m., fill up on a plate of food starting at noon. The music will begin at 3 p.m. Tickets are $13 in advance and $16 at the door.

WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 11

WHERE: Alto Pass, IL

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