Upcoming Local Events: December 15-21, 2022

Check out these local events that are happening in the surrounding areas! 


Thursday, December 15th

Candy Cane Lane Holiday Lights Ride- Holiday Lights Trolley 

St. Louis, MO – Belleville, IL- Enjoy the holiday lights of the Candy Cane Lane neighborhood, Angel Way, and Snowflake Lane while riding aboard an authentic old-fashioned trolley. The trolley will be decorated, heated, and playing holiday music. Bring a lap blanket on those chilly nights and a warm cup of hot chocolate. Don’t forget your singing voices, we will have the carols playing and love to hear you sing along. Pickup will be from the Shrewsbury pool parking lot at 7407 Sutherland Ave, St. Louis Mo 63119. For tickets, click here.
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:45 PM

Santa With Special Guest The Grinch- Serra Honda O’Fallon

O’Fallon, IL – Visit our Winter Wonderland and take your picture with Santa and The Grinch! Then head on over to our Christmas Village for candy, crafts, letters to Santa, and more! If you can, we would love for you to bring a new/unwrapped toy for the Children at Glennon Children’s Hospital or a canned food item for our Food Drive! If not…we understand! This is a NO COST EVENT and welcomed to the public! We want the community to come have fun and leave with a photo that will have lasting memories for a lifetime!
Time: 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Meet The Grinch- Chicken Salad Chick

Edwardsville, IL – Kids Night at Chicken Salad Chick Edwardsville, Meet the Grinch! Join us for pictures with the Grinch, fun surprises, and kids eat for $2.99
Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Santa is Coming to Arnold- Jefferson College Arnold 

Arnold, MO – Join us for a free community event at the Jefferson College Arnold campus. There will be a variety of FREE activities, including pictures with Santa, Hot Cocoa, Letters to Santa Station and more! All ages and pets are welcome to attend. Donations will also be accepted for the Student Food Pantry, the Vikings’ Vault. Please invite your friends and family members and we ho, ho, hope to see you there!
Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Friday, December 16th

Winterfest- Kiener Plaza 

St. Louis, MO – Bring the kids and the whole family out to enjoy this year’s Winterfest, presented by Bank of America and World Wide Technology. Ice skating, s’mores stations and igloos underneath 70,000 twinkling lights in the shadow of the Gateway Arch. For more information, click here.
Time: 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Clayton Jones- Venue on Main

Belleville, IL – Stop by this Friday with your friends and enjoy the show performed by Clayton Jones!!
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

After Midnight- Columbia City Saloon 

Columbia, IL – Come out this Friday and have a fun night listening to the live show performed by After Midnight
Start Time: 7:00 PM

Saturday, December 17th 

Flea Market- Belle Clair Fairgrounds & Expo Center

Belleville, IL –  Southern Illinois’ Premier Indoor/Outdoor Market – Over 600 tables and 300-400 vendors selling antiques, collectibles, and merchandise – old and new. Indoor/ Outdoor Year Round. Admission: FREE. Click here to learn more!
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Winter Market 2022 – Gateway Convention Center

St. Louis, MO – Find the perfect last minute gift for that special someone! Come to Gateway Convention Center for this year’s Winter Market! Shop & Stroll 30,000 square feet of one of kind gifts, handmade crafts, boutique items, kid crafts & activities, family fun for everyone!
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
This event is from December 17th – December 18th

Pictures with Santa- Green Mount Road Harley Davidson

O’Fallon, IL – Ol’ St. Nick is coming to town! He will be at Green Mount Road Harley-Davidson & Motorsports. He will be set up in the customer lounge, ready to hear all of your Christmas wishes! Stop by for your FREE picture with Santa!
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Naughty and Nice Winter Festival- The Grove 

St. Louis, MO – The Grove’s first annual Naughty & Nice Winter Festival. Enjoy shopping, entertainment, dining, and drinks. With Naughty & Nice activities throughout the day there is something for everyone. Tickets are $20 or you can donate 5 items from the Little Bits Foundation and Operation Food Search. See list of requested items to donate on main event page. For Elf off the shelf charity bar crawl tickets, click here
Time: 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party- Corner Grill and Chill

Belleville, IL – Come to your favorite Corner in your ugliest Christmas sweater to celebrate the holiday season with us! New recruits are welcome to attend. Prizes will be awarded, drinks will be served, and we’ll all be rowdy and bright!
Start Time: 7:00 PM

Clark Solo – Pete’s Hard Stop

Smithton, IL- Stop by this Saturday with your friends and enjoy the live acoustic music performed by Clark Solo!!
Time: 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Sunday, December 18th

Winter Solstice Sunrise Observance – Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site

Collinsville, IL – Meet at the Woodhenge reconstruction. Atop a ladder at the center post, Bill Iseminger will discuss the discovery and significance of the ancient calendar. Welcome the rising sun with Bill as he has done four times a year, during each solstice and equinox. Out of respect for Native beliefs, no ceremonies will take place during this event. For more information, call 618-346-5160.
Time: 7:00 AM

Queen of Hearts- Millpond Brewing and Incubator

Millstadt, IL – Come by for the Queen of Hearts drawing benefiting St. James Athletic Association. The drawing will happen at 6:00pm, please arrive early to sign up.
Time: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Lanny and Julie Christmas Sunday Funday- Columbia City Saloon

Columbia, IL – Come hang out with friends or family for a great afternoon with live music.
Time: 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Garden Glow- Missouri Botanical Garden

St. Louis, MO- Bring friends and family and enjoy the exciting new displays, treasured family traditions, and nearly two million dazzling lights. The 10th anniversary of Garden Glow is the most spectacular way to experience the holiday season! For tickets, click here.
Time: 4:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Monday, December 19th

Winter Ready and Activity Wrapping Party- Millstadt Library

Millstadt, IL – Kick off the Winter Reading and Activity Program (WRAP) by wrapping presents with others! Love it or hate it, wrapping presents is one of those things on everyone’s Christmas task list. But, anything can be a little more fun with company, so wrap alongside others to kick off the Winter Reading and Activity Program. Bring in your presents that need wrapping, and we can provide paper, scissors, tape, and company. Of course, you’re also welcome to bring in your own wrapping paper if you’d like.
Time: 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Christmas “Elf” Workshop – The Secret Gardeners 

Edwardsville, IL – It’s our very first ever Christmas Elf Workshop!Calling all elves ages 4-11.

We need your help spreading holiday cheer! Groups of four elves per session will experience flower shop life in this bustling Holiday Season. They will create one holiday greenery project to give to a family member or friend as well as Christmas ornament & cookie decorating! There will also be a special story time during the experience and possibly some surprise friends. Get your group of elves together and message us to book your time slot!!!
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Tuesday, December 20th

Pop Culture Trivia Night – Bennies Pizza Pub

Belleville, IL – We are working with @chilltriviaco to provide a fun night filled with Pop Culture Trivia and prizes. No RSVP needed, no teams required, just show up, sign in and have fun.
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Crafternoon – Millstadt Library 

Millstadt, IL – Come craft and learn with us every Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. at the Library with Miss Penny! Children of ALL AGES are welcome!
Time: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Knitting and Crochet Night – Millstadt Library

Millstadt, IL – Whether you’re a pro, a beginner or anywhere in-between, come join us for Knitting and Crochet Night! We’ve got a wonderful mix of participants of varying skills and ages and we’ll supply the yarn and needles to get you started! If you’ve been wanting to learn or looking for others to do your handiwork with, then this is for you. Join us on Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83056945217  Meeting ID: 830 5694 5217
Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Wednesday. December 21st

Coffee Pot- The Truck Stop Columbia 

Columbia, IL – Stop by and grab a drink!! We’ll be parked at The Truck Stop in Columbia, IL.
Time: 7:30 AM – 12:30 PM 

Birds of Prey – Millstadt Library

Millstadt, IL – Join us for a Special Wild Explorer’s Club for our Winter Reading Program! Learn about Wild Explorers Club, a monthly activity and learning club that emphasizes the outdoors and practical learning AND, get up close with live birds of prey and learn about them with some of the folks from the Wild Bird Sanctuary! Space is limited, click here to reserve your spot! For more information about Wild Explorers Club, click here. For more information about the Wild Bird Sanctuary, click here.
Start Time: 4:00 PM

Upcoming Local Events: December 8-14, 2022

Check out these local events that are happening in the surrounding areas! 


Thursday, December 8th

Gingerbread House Making & Cocktail Sipping Date Night – Eckert’s Country Store & Farms

Belleville, IL – Get in the holiday spirit with us as we decorate our own Gingerbread House while sipping on a flight of hard cider and munching on a holiday snack pack. Building a gingerbread house isn’t just for kids, this is your chance to create a beautiful display for the holidays. We provide all of the supplies and guidance. You provide the creativity! $33/person. Must be 21 or older.
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Christmas Doormats DIY Workshop – Hammer & Stain Fairview

Fairview Heights, IL – Customize your project in studio or at home with your choice of paints. YOB wine or drink of choice to sip and snacks to enjoy during the workshop. Several designs to choose from. The mat measures 23″ x 35″.
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 PM

Luke Hays- Sunset Overlook 

Columbia, IL – Come out this Thursday with your friends and enjoy live music by Luke Hays as you watch the sunset.
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Alexander Ruwe- VENUE on Main 

Belleville, IL – We finally have Alex Ruwe, an amazing musician, back in the Venue. Don’t miss this chance to hear him play!
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Friday, December 9th

Candy Cane Lane Holiday Lights Ride- Holiday Lights Trolley 

St. Louis, MO –  Enjoy the holiday lights of the Candy Cane Lane neighborhood, Angel Way, and Snowflake Lane while riding aboard an authentic old-fashioned trolley. The trolley will be decorated, heated, and playing holiday music.Bring a lap blanket on those chilly nights and a warm cup of hot chocolate. Don’t forget your singing voices, we will have the carols playing and love to hear you sing along. Pickup will be from the Shrewsbury pool parking lot at 7407 Sutherland Ave, St. Louis Mo 63119. For tickets, click here.
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:45 PM

3rd Annual Frosted Flick Fest- Columbia Turner Hall 

Columbia, IL – A fun, family event, for all ages and groups. Reserve a fire pit and get your own warm fire, a s’mores kit, a hot dog grilling kit, roasting sticks, complimentary hot chocolate, AND a photo w/ Santa himself!! Chair, blanket, and wagon drop off points also make it easier than ever to get to your fire pit easily.
This years viewings are: The Elf (Fri 12/9 7p), Christmas Vacation (Sat 12/10 7p), Home Alone (Sun 12/11 5p)
For tickets, click here

This event is from December 9th – December 11th
Start Time: 7:00 PM

Forever Vintage Christmas Market – Belle Clair Fairgrounds & Expo Center

Belleville, IL – A Forever Vintage Christmas Market Powered By Forever Vintage Market is A Family Tradition! Held at The BELLE-CLAIR FAIRGROUNDS in Belleville, IL. A buying weekend to Find the most perfect CHRISTMAS gifts! Vendors from all around the Country vending Repurposed, Industrial, Vintage, Architectural Salvage, Antiques, Primitives, Handmade, Furniture, Boutique & More!
Friday, December 9th, 3 pm-8 pm
Saturday December 10th 10 am-5 pm
Sunday, December 11th, 10 am-4 pm

Journey to Bethlehem- First Baptist Church of Columbia 

Columbia, IL – What better way to begin the Christmas season, than a journey back to the night that changed the world. First Baptist Church of Columbia Illinois invites you to our 5th season of bringing Journey to Bethlehem to the community. This FREE event is a live, interactive outdoor telling of the Christmas story complete with the sights and sounds of the first century. You’ll be immersed in the story and celebrate the birth of Jesus as you encounter live animals, shepherds, angels, Roman soldiers, and Magi on your way to Bethlehem.
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Saturday, December 10th 

Breakfast With Santa- Sip and Chew Express 

Belleville, IL – Bring the kids and the whole family out, for breakfast with Santa! It includes breakfast, a photo with Santa with your own camera or phone and goodies for the kids.
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Holiday Markets 2022- Tower Grove Farmers’ Market 

St. Louis, MO – Join us for the best collection of farmers & artisans in St. Louis at our outdoor market. The very best of local!
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Holiday Market Craft and Vendor Fair – Sts. Peter and Paul PTO

Waterloo, IL – The Annual SPPCS PTO Holiday Market Vendor and Craft Fair is a great event to wrap up all of your holiday shopping. Hosted on the same day as the Mary & Martha Cookie Walk in downtown Waterloo IL.
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Adult Holiday Cookie Decorating Class- Makers On Main Street 

Columbia, IL – Josie from Josie’s Cookie Jar will be teaching you how to decorate sugar cookies with royal icing. No experience is needed. Each student will take home 6 cookies that they decorated. Students will learn to outline and flood their cookies. All supplies are included.
Intended for adults ages 13 and up. Class is $50. Stop by MOMS or give us a call to reserve your spot (618) 281-241
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Winter Celebrations 2022- St. Louis Art Museum 

St. Louis, MO – Inspired by holiday traditions from around the world, Winter Celebrations is a free, family-friendly festival that features different performances and family art activities each day. Drop in for performances by community groups and art activities with your little one. No tickets or reservations are required to attend Winter Celebrations
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Sunday, December 11th

Breakfast with Santa Claus – Cafe on the Abbey

Columbia, IL – Bring the kids and the whole family out for a fabulous breakfast with Santa. We heard that Clarice will be here too (Rudolph the red nose reindeer’s girlfriend) ❤️
Time: 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM

P-Nut and The Shells- Columbia City Saloon

Columbia, IL – P-Nut and The Shells return to Columbia City Saloon. Stop by with friends and enjoy their live music.
Start Time: 3:00 PM

Holiday Ice Skating Show- Kennedy Recreation Complex

St. Louis, MO – Kennedy Recreation Center presents their annual Holiday Ice Skating Show! Featuring: Blade Brigade Synchronized Skating teams and local Kennedy solo skaters. Come and delight in the fun of the season while enjoying the hard work of our skaters. After the Holiday Show we invite you to stay for Skating With Santa. (3:30 PM – 5:30 PM)  This is a free event and open to the community.
Show Time: 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

Monday, December 12th

Beginner Buttercream Cake- Toot’s Cake & Candy Supplies

Belleville, IL -Dress up your Christmas table with this darling 6” cake . Holly leaves and braided buttercream are the stars of this cutie . Don’t wait to grab your spot for this class . $48.00 includes all supplies necessary to complete this project. All the basic techniques will be taught, stacking, filling, icing & smoothing.
Call Toots 618-277-7373 to reserve your spot.
Start Time: 6:00 PM

Photos With Santa- St. Clair Square

Fairview Heights, IL – Visit Santa for a special holiday memory, Nov. 23 through Christmas Eve! Santa’s Workshop is located in Center Court. Visits are always free, and photo packages & frames are available for purchase. For full details on photo pricing and Santa break times, click here
Time: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Wednesday. December 14th

U.S Bank Wild Lights- St. Louis Zoo 

St. Louis, MO – ‘Tis the season for holiday lights and sweaters! Escape to a wonderland unlike any other at U.S. Bank Wild Lights.Our dazzling holiday event features brand-new light displays and themed areas such as Meet Me in St. Louie, Holly Jolly Hangout, Cozy Cove and more! Warm up with winter-themed treats, and say hello to the animals at Penguin & Puffin Coast and the Insectarium. The 4D Theater featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is open nightly and included with WildLights admission.
For more event and ticket information, visit stlzoo.org/wildlights.
Time 5:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Bobby Rolens Acoustic with Jimmy Rolens- Copper Fire 

Belleville, IL- Come out this Wednesday with friends to enjoy live music by Bobby Rolens and an awesome menu!
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Xtreme Bingo- Xtreme Bar Bingo 

Fairview Heights, IL- Come out and join us for a fun night of FREE Bingo. Lots of prizes to be won!
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM 

Upcoming Local Events: December 1-7, 2022

Check out these local events that are happening in the surrounding areas! 


Thursday, December 1st

Photos with Santa – Century 21 Advantage

Columbia, IL – Join us Thursday, December 1st, from 4:30-7:00pm. The kiddos can take pictures with the “Big Guy” and enjoy snacks, cookies, and hot cocoa! Sign up on Eventbrite today!
Time: 4:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Candy Cane Lane Holiday Lights Ride- Holiday Lights Trolley 

St. Louis, MO – Belleville, IL- Enjoy the holiday lights of the Candy Cane Lane neighborhood, Angel Way, and Snowflake Lane while riding aboard an authentic old-fashioned trolley. The trolley will be decorated, heated, and playing holiday music. Bring a lap blanket on those chilly nights and a warm cup of hot chocolate. Don’t forget your singing voices, we will have the carols playing and love to hear you sing along. Pickup will be from the Shrewsbury pool parking lot at 7407 Sutherland Ave, St. Louis Mo 63119. For tickets, click here.
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:45 PM

The Simpletons- Venue on Main

Belleville, IL The Simpletons are back for another First Thursday show. Stop by and listen to live music by this feisty vocal trio of background singers.
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Friday, December 2nd

 First Friday: Harry Potter- St. Louis Science Center

St. Louis, MO – Return to Hogwarts once more and explore the science of our favorite wizarding world. Shop from local artists and crafters, test your knowledge at trivia, journey through the building on a special mission, and attend a feature presentation all about how the fans have shaped the series. Wrap up the evening with screenings of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in the OMNIMAX theater. $5 preferred parking is available at the Oakland Lot. Science Center members get free parking at the Oakland Lot.
Full schedule: https://www.slsc.org/event/first-friday-harry-potter/
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Designer Bag Bingo- Columbia Turner Hall 

Columbia, IL – Come on by with friends and have a good night playing bingo. Proceeds fund the Historic Main Street Columbia Association for all your favorite annual events! For tickets, click here. $35 for Individual Tickets and $320 Reserved Table of 8
Start Time: 6PM

Saturday, December 3rd

Holiday House Tour & Weekend Festivities – Lafayette Square Historic District

Belleville, IL – House Tour Tickets now available – click here for tickets. Mark your calendars for a weekend of holiday festivities including:
– Holiday Market (Sat & Sun – 10:00AM – 6:00PM)
– Pet Parade (Sat)
– Light Up the Square (Sat)
– Holiday House Tour (Sun 10:00AM-5:00PM)

Holiday Markets 2022- Tower Grove Farmers’ Market 

St. Louis, MO – Join us for the best collection of farmers & artisans in St. Louis at our outdoor market. The very best of local!
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Grinchmas and Cocoa Crawl- Apotheosis Cosmics and Lounge 

St. Louis, MO – The Grinch will be arriving in the South Grand neighborhood in the city of St. Louis with an unusual motive: to spread holiday cheer and joy and to raise funds for Shriners Hospitals for Children. For a $7 donation to the hospital, participants can get their photo taken with the Grinch. Those who bring a toy donation for the children at Shriners Hospitals for Children can get a photo taken for only $5. Street parking is available, as well as a free parking lot located at 3500 Hartford provided by the business district.
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Stompbox and The Mixtapes- Columbia City Saloon

Columbia, IL – Stop by this Saturday with your friends and enjoy the live music performed by Stompbox and The Mixtapes as they debut!!
Start Time: 3:00 PM

Winterfest and Lighted Parade- Smithton Turner Hall 

Smithton, IL –  Join us with friends and family to enjoy activities for the kids, Santa will make his appearance, music and more! There will also be the pageant this year. Little Miss/Mr/Queen Christmas contestants will have the opportunity to participate in the lighted parade and be crowned after the parade.
Time: 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Turner Hall Social- Columbia Turner Hall 

Columbia, IL –  After the Bright Light Christmas Parade, visit with Santa and enjoy food, signature beverages, and many activities including children’s choir, balloon animals, face painting, and games!
Start Time: 4:00 PM 

Sunday, December 4th

Visit With Santa- Selfie Studio A

Columbia, IL –  The City of Columbia invites you to the Selfie Studio to visit with Santa. He will visit with children and pose for pictures. Bring your camera to capture the joy!
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Sip, Shop, and Santa- Rcasa Tex Mex 

Columbia, IL –  Come see Santa and get a picture with him. Then sip and shop with our local vendors in the back! We will have food specials, drink specials and plenty of cheer!!
Time: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Winterfest- Lindenwood University

St. Charles, MO – Come out to Lindenwood University’s annual winter celebration. Stroll through the historic campus past more than 3,000 luminaries while you enjoy hot chocolate, cookie decorating, and crafts to keep the holiday spirit alive. Santa will be there taking holiday wishes. Guests will have a chance to carol with Lindenwood’s acapella group, Voices Only, decorate holiday cookies, create holiday crafts, listen to holiday stories read by Mrs. Claus, take family photos in a real sleigh, and tell Santa their Christmas wishes. Guests are invited to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to the Salvation Army, and will receive an event t-shirt while supplies last. Admission is free.
Time: 4:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Garden Glow- Missouri Botanical Garden

St. Louis, MOBring friends and family and enjoy the exciting new displays, treasured family traditions, and nearly two million dazzling lights. The 10th anniversary of Garden Glow is the most spectacular way to experience the holiday season! For tickets, click here.
Time: 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Weirldy Wonderful Holidays – City Museum

St. Louis, MO – A whole month of Winter Holiday fun including larger-than-life light displays on MonstroCity and Architecture Hall, appearances by Steampunk Santa, Tacky Christmas in Beatniks, and more. All Free for Members and Free with General Admission.
Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Monday, December 5th

Story Hour- Columbia Public Library 

Columbia, ILChildren build early literacy skills in a themed story time with songs, stories, craft, and free play with new friends. Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Sign up at https://columbialibrary.evanced.info/signup
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Tuesday, December 6th

Children’s Holiday Party- Scott AFB Library 

Belleville, ILCelebrate the holidays at the Scott AFB Library! This open house will include crafts, cookie decorating, story time and snacks! There will also be a winter scene photo op with Santa and Mrs. Claus!
Start Time: 5:00 PM

Wednesday, December 7th

Open Sew- Warm N Cozy Quilting 

Columbia, ILLooking to finish some project or just a day of sewing with a few friends? Come join us for a day and sew on your current project or start a new project. We’ll be here to help if you need it. You can also use all of our tools, including our steam press if you’re working on a t-shirt quilt. We have some shared resources available like a rotary cutter and cutting mat, ironing surface and iron, and individual desks for each sewist. For tickets, click here. Tickets are $10 a piece.
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Hot Cocoa Bombs – Toot’s Cake & Candy Supplies

Belleville, IL – Take home finished bombs and your mold to make your own at home! Call 618-277-7373 to reserve your spot. Cost is $45.
Start Time: 6:00 PM

Upcoming Events for November 10th – November 16th


Thursday, November 10th

Explore Waterloo Shop & Dine Day – Downtown Waterloo

Waterloo, IL –Come explore, shop and dine in beautiful historic Waterloo, IL! We have a gorgeous walkable downtown and so many options to fill your day. Bring your besties and spend the day with us! To see the list of participants, click the link above.
Start Time- 10:00 AM

Roaming Home- Bennie’s Pizza Pub

Belleville, IL –Stop by Bennies Pizza Pub and enjoy a live show of your favorite tunes from Joey and Alex. Grab your favorite pizza slice and drink and enjoy the show!
Time-6:00 PM -10:00 PM

Friendsgiving – Eckert’s Country Store & Farms

Belleville, IL – Join us for our first-ever Friendsgiving celebration in our NEW! Cider Shed. Grab your friends and head out to enjoy a mini Thanksgiving Feast featuring oven-roasted turkey, sweet potatoes, green beans, freshly baked dinner roll, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and a slice of our home-baked pumpkin pie. It’s not Thanksgiving without drinks – this delicious tasting will include our original hard cider flight featuring our blackberry, apple, strawberry, and peach hard cider. It’s the perfect way to get in the holiday spirit. $25. No reservations required.
Time: 11am – 9PM

Friday, November 11th

DJ & Karaoke – Mikey’s Pub

Smithton, IL – First Responder Entertainment is making their debut at Mikey’s Pub in Smithton come out and have a good time with us. Bring your dancing shoes and your singing voices. We will bring the party.
Start Time: 8:00 PM

Lil Sister Band – Triple Lakes Tavern

Dupo, IL – Enjoy your favorite drink at Triple Lakes Tavern with friends and family while listening to the band, Lil Sister Band! It will be the last day to enjoy the beautiful weather!
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Veterans Day Parade – O’Fallon Park

O’Fallon, IL – Join us as we celebrate the veterans who have selfishly defended our country! The walk will start at O’Fallon Park then will head West on E 3rd St, North on S Lincoln, West on W 1st St, and the end at VFW Post 805. If you are interested in walking, riding, skipping or however you want, please email us at [email protected].
Start Time: 2:00 PM

Thankful for you PARTNER PAINT & DATE Night – The Weingarten

Belleville, IL – Grab your partner & join us for an evening of bonding through creativity! A glass of Sangria/beer/soda is included in your ticket! All supplies needed will be provided, along with 2 hours of step by step instruction as the artist paints along with the group. This is an acrylic painting class. Each painter will paint their own canvas. ONE TICKET NEEDED PER PAIR! Completed paintings will fit together with your painting partners painting.  You are welcome to customize this however you choose. Additional color options will be available. Food/beverages available for additional purchase & welcome during paint time!
Tickets are $55 – click here to reserve now! 
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 PM


Saturday, November 12th

Brewery Collectibles Show and Antique Bottle & Jar Show – Belle Clair Fairgrounds

Belleville, IL  – There will be 275 tables and 500 walk-ins for your viewing. There will also be a Large Raffle, Free Parking, and Food & Drink available on premises. For more information contact Kevin Kious at 618-346-2634 or via email at [email protected].
Time: 9:00 am – 2:00 PM

Jefferson Barracks 100 Years Celebration – Jefferson Barracks Medical Center

St. Louis, MO – The Jefferson Barrack VA hospital is celebrating 100 years of world class service to our nation’s heroes. There will be food trucks, a car show, Veterans Village, and more! This is a Family Friendly Event, and everyone is welcome! For more information, click the title above.
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Fall Craft Fair & Makers Market – Swansea Improvement Center

Swansea, IL – Come check out all your local artists and shop with some small shops from RIGHT HERE! Support local! Come check out the event! The bar will open at 10:00 AM and the fish stand will open at 11:00 AM. This is a family friendly event.
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Paint and Sip – Grappa Growlers

Belleville, IL – Paint a fun Christmas masterpiece while enjoying some great beverages! Pick your piece below and join us at 1pm at Grappa Growlers in Belleville, IL. All materials will be provided and the bar will be open! Contact Grappa Growlers for tickets – Thursday is the last day to choose your painting choice. To see the choices, click the title above.
Start Time: 12:00 PM

Thanksgiving Farmers Markets

University City, MO – The Celebration of the Season continues. Enjoy live Music with friends and family around Toasty Fires. Vendors with Seasonal Farm Goods & Fresh Produce, Local Artisan Foods & Hand-Crafted Wares. Plenty of Good Eats & Saucy Drinks. A great time to stock-up the pantry. Everyone’s Invited!
Time: 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM


Rock Show with Broken Blind – Pete’s Hard Stop

Smithton, IL – Stop by Pete’s Hard Stop and enjoy the live show with Broken Blind!
Start Time: 8:00 PM

Edwardsville Craft Fair 2022

Edwardsville, IL – The Tiger Band Art & Craft Fair is an annual arts and craft fair with handcrafted items from over 200 vendors and is sponsored by the Edwardsville Band Boosters. All proceeds from this show benefit the Edwardsville High School band program. Concessions – breakfast & lunch and Bake sale.
Reminder – NO strollers are allowed

$5 general admission
$4 seniors (60 plus) and military
Children under 12 free
Time: Saturday 9:00AM – 4:00PM and Sunday 10:00AM – 4:00PM

Sunday, November 13th

Queen of Hearts – Millpond Brewing Company

Millstadt, IL – Queen of Hearts drawing benefiting St. James Athletic Association. Drawing at 6:00pm, please arrive early to sign up.
Time: 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Monday, November 14th

Queen of Hearts for HSS Drawing- Pair of Dice

Columbia, IL – Join us every Monday at Pair of Dice for the Queen of Hearts for HSS Drawing. The Queen of Hearts drawing is at 7 PM and ticket sales will end at 6:30. The 50/50 drawing is immediately after Queen of Hearts drawing.
Time- 5:30 PM -8:00 PM

Tuesday, November 15th

Giving Tuesday – Eckert’s Country Store & Farms

Belleville, IL – When you dine in with us at our Country Restaurant on Tuesdays in November and order our Famous Fried Chicken Dinner, we will then donate a Fried Chicken Dinner to Operation Food Search in an effort to provide for those in need. Help us give back to our community one fried chicken dinner at a time!
Time: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Crafternoon- Millstadt Library

Millstadt, IL – Come craft and learn every Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. at the Library with Miss Penny! Children of ALL AGES are welcome!
Time- 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Wednesday, November 16th

Dine and Discover – St. John the Baptist Catholic School

Smithton, IL – We are inviting all preschool parents to come and dine with their child for lunch. The day will begin at 11:00AM in the preschool classrooms. The preschool teachers will discuss what the students have been learning about so far. Then, we will offer a tour of the Kindergarten-eighth grade classrooms and highlight some special projects and activities. You then will head over to the Munier Center at 11:30AM to enjoy a pizza and salad lunch with your child. You will also be able to ask questions about our Kindergarten through eighth grade program and be treated to lunch with your favorite little preschooler! It will be a fun morning!
Start Time: 11:00 AM

Upcoming Local Events: April 22-26, 2021

Check out these local events that are happening in the surrounding areas! 

Thursday, April 22

Danny Kalaher Acoustic – Bennies Pizza Pub!

Belleville, IL – Stop by Bennies Pizza Pub and enjoy a live acoustic show of your favorite tunes from Danny Kalaher.
Time – 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Earth Week at the Park – Pere Marquette State Park

Grafton, IL –Let’s all try to leave Earth a better place than when we arrived. Cue Pere Marquette State Park’s Earth Day Week! April 22nd (Thu), April 23rd (Fri), and April 24th (Sat) we invite you and yours to help assist us on this mission! Each day from 8am-4pm we will be planting native plants in a selected area of the State Park. We ask that you bring gloves if desired. Gardening tools are not needed but a plus! We will have live feathered friends (hawks, owls, & more) from The Treehouse Wildlife Center, guided nature hikes, a symbolic tree planting, and live music by Rockabilly Revival!
Time – 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Friday, April 23

Live Music from David Graham & the Eskimo Brothers – Mikey’s Pub

Smithton, IL – David Graham has become known as one of Nashville’s can’t miss live entertainers over the past 8 years as frontman of the Eskimo Brothers. The honky tonk trio has honed their stage show and sound from nearly 300 shows per year and thousands of gig hours in the Music City honky tonks in a variation of high energy ensembles. When not playing their usual residencies in Nashville and Memphis, David has a steady lineup that tours throughout the United States. Stop by Mikey’s Pub to have a honky-tonk good time! (21+ SHOW)
Start Time: 8:00 PM

Saturday, April 24

Trails for Tails at Tanglewood

Collinsville, IL – Come walk your dog for a cause! Entry Fee for 1st dog $25 & $5 for each additional dog. There will also be a free food truck, Doggie Macs, and swag bags with special offers from local pet vendors.
Time – 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

5th Anniversary Party/Schoppe-Fest! – Stubborn German

Waterloo, IL – Stubborn German Brewing is 5 years old, help us celebrate! We’re not doing our annual “Sausagefest” at this time, but we WILL be celebrating with “Shoppe-fest”, pronounced shoppy-fest! Chris is brewing 5 different historical beers for the occasion and they will be the only beers on tap that day…we’ll have a beer for everyone (in addition to our bourbon and mixed drinks)! We’ll be sharing fun facts about the beer Chris is brewing, Mr. Schoppe’s brewing ledger, and info about the party. We’ll have music from White Stone Revival from 7-10pm, too!
Start Time – 12:00 PM

SWIC Annual Plant Sale and Family Fun Day

Belleville, IL – To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow! Come by the annual plant sale this Thursday-Saturday (see link for sale hours) and enjoy Family Fun Saturday. Enjoy food and drinks available from Ollie’s Eatery Food Truck, free flower pot decorating, carnival games, and explore SWIC’s CNC mobile truck , helicopter and more!
Time – 10 AM – 2 PM

Belleville Recycling Drive

Belleville, IL – Join us for a scrap metal & electronics recycling drive benefitting the International Kiwanis Club of Belleville, IL. Free event, no appointment needed. **Fees applied to all CRT/Tube/Box big screens based on size ($20-$40).
Time – 9 AM – 12 PM


Sunday, April 25

Baby Shark Little Leapers – Sky Zone

Fairview Heights, IL – Join us for Baby Shark Little Leapers for $12.99 per kid! Kids walking to age 7 can jump for 120 minutes, create a special craft, get a temporary tattoo, and meet & take pictures with Baby Shark! To reserve your spot and for more information, click the link above!
Time – 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Yoga Poses & Plants – Eckert’s Country Store & Farms

Belleville, IL – Enjoy a 45 minute stretch yoga class (perfect for beginners) at Belleville Eckert’s farm. Arrive 15 minutes early to get settled for the yoga class. We request that you wear a mask or face covering while making your way to your yoga mat.  Social distance guidelines will be practiced. Admission is $25. Once booked, reservations can be transferred and not refunded.
Time – 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Sunday Funday – Triple Lakes

Dupo, IL – Come party with The Saloonatics and close out the weekend, this Sunday afternoon!
Time – 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Monday, April 26

St. Louis Riverfront Cruise

St. Louis, IL – Relive the days when steamboats ruled the river on this one-hour cruise along St. Louis’ diverse riverfront. Narrated by the captain or a National Park Service ranger, this cruise highlights the Mississippi River’s important role in St. Louis history and the significance of the working river today. On board concessions are available. Time – 12:00 – 1:30 PM

Tuesday, April 27

Kids Workshop – Hammer & Stain

Fairview Heights, IL – Join us for a kids workshop. Customize your project in studio or at home with your choice of stain & paint. Several projects to choose from.
Time – 6:00 – 9:00 PM


Upcoming Local Events: April 1-4, 2021

Spring has arrived and it is time for the Easter Bunny to make his rounds! Check out local events that we have found and have a hopping good time! 

Thursday, April 1

Drive-Thru Easter Egg Hunt – Aperion Care Mascoutah

Mascoutah, IL – Hop on over to Aperion Care Mascoutah for a Drive-Thru Easter Egg Hunt on Thursday, April 1st!
Time – 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

MLB Opening Day – Drake’s

O’Fallon, IL – Life’s a pitch! Refuel and come play at Drake’s for MLB Opening Day on April 1! $3 Coors Light in a souvenir cup (keep the glass while supplies last) $3 Hot Dogs w/ toppings + a box of Cracker Jacks.
Start Time – 11 AM

Spring Gardening & Planning Your Growing Space

Online Event – This virtual class is hosted by the St. Louis County Library and will be taught by Gateway Greening staff. Learn how to prepare your garden for the growing season and create a plan to keep your garden producing all year. Adults. Registration required. Participants will receive Zoom information via email immediately after registering. Click this link to registerStart Time – 2 PM

Friday, April 2

Easter Egg Drive-Thru – Century 21 Advantage

Columbia, IL – C21 is hosting a FREE Easter Drive Thru event this year!  This is a family-friendly, fun Easter opportunity for the community while social distancing. Attendees can stay in their car while seeing the Easter Bunny, blow ups, kids will receive a free goodie bag and have the option to snap a selfie with the Easter Bunny! We know this year has looked different for everyone and wanted to create a safe way for kids to celebrate Easter!
Time – 10 AM – 2 PM

Saturday, April 3

Easter Egg-Citement – Eckert’s Country Store and Farms

Belleville, IL – Hop on down the bunny trail and fill your basket with fun! Eckert’s Annual Egg Hunt, animals for viewing, tractor ride around the farm, plant a seed to take home and a free photo scene with the Easter Bunny. Join in on the fun & continue making memories at our farm. Please remember to wear a mask while visiting our farm and don’t forget to bring an Easter Basket for the Egg Hunt. Time – 9 AM – 4:20 PM

Spring Craft Fair – Skyview Drive-In 

Belleville, IL – We’re doing it again! Come out to Skyview Drive-In in Belleville, IL. We will have crafters, vendors, and food trucks. The event has no entry fee. Do not buy tickets to attend this event. Masks are required for all customers and vendors. Time – 9 AM – 3 PM

SCC Easter Egg Hunt – Smithton Village Park

Smithton, IL – Stop by Smithton Village Park and participate in their annual Easter Egg Hunt. The Easter Bunny will be hopping by for pictures. Bring your phone or camera to snap a photo! Sign-in begins at 12:30 PM and the egg hunt will begin at 1 PM.

Easter Egg Hunt – Freeburg Care Center

Freeburg, IL – Freeburg Care Center will be holding an Easter Egg Hunt in 3 separate areas for ages 1-3, 4-7, and 8-12. We will have Golden Eggs with money prizes in them! Bring your cameras to take pictures with the Easter Bunny. BYOB (Bring your own baskets) Start Time – 10 AM

Dark Hollow Bluegrass Festival 

Waterloo, IL – Come out for a day of bluegrass, spread out on a the three acre property, bring your own everything. There will be a few vendors selling some food and crafts, all well behaved dogs are allowed and we hope to see everyone there and please be kind and respectful and drive slow on the private road. We kindly ask for a $25 donation per person kids are free, we understand that times are tough lately so give what you can and come enjoy some live music spread out on a beautiful property! Start time is 11 AM. Address: 6518 Brand Lake Dr., Waterloo, IL 62298

Sunday, April 4

Xtreme Bar Bingo – Sunset Overlook

Columbia, IL – Xtreme Bar Bingo is back! Xtreme Bar Bingo is a NO COST, NO COVER bingo consisting of 9 games! Winners could win awesome prizes such as: cash prizes, TVs, gift cards, and more! Xtreme Bar Bingo has a progressive cash Jackpot that increases a ball every week until its hit! Since 2018 Xtreme Bar Bingo has given away over $190,000 in cash and prizes! Join us to be our next big winner! Time – 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM