Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive
Oct 10 – Oct 11 all-day
Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive @ Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive | Illinois | United States

Join us for our 48th Annual Fall Festival during the first two weekends in October. The Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive is a 140-mile driving route with more than 24 sites on it. Enjoy visiting the historic sites and traveling through the Spoon River Valley to see visitor attractions. Taste the foods at specific destinations that have become a tradition during the Fall Festival.

Cancer Awareness Event
Oct 10 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Lucky Duck game, silent auction, great gifts and more!

Octoberfest Dinner in Metropolis IL
Oct 10 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Octoberfest Dinner in Metropolis IL @ First Christian Church | Metropolis | Illinois | United States

Join us for food, fellowship and Fetessen (feast). Menu will include Brats, Wiener Schnitzel, Sauerkraut, German Potato Salad, Green Bean Salad (German Bohnesalat, Pickled Beets and Dill Pickles, Homemade White and Rye Breads, and for dessert, Pretzels, Black Forest Cake and Bread Pudding.
Tea, Lemonade, and Coffee will be available for dine-in orders only.
Carryout orders will be available. Free will donations will be accepted. All proceeds will help recover the cost to repair the brickwork of the church building.

Lecture Series #6 (Normal 1-5-0)
Oct 11 @ 2:00 pm

2 PM: Lecture Series #6 (Uptown Station 4th Floor)
Panel Discussion: Normal Blossoms: Growth, Redevelopment, and Planning for Sustainability 1993-2015.
Panelists: Mark Peterson, Chris Koos, Dottie Bushnell, Alan Chapman
Moderator: Dan Irvin

Balloons Over Mt. Vernon and Fly-in
Oct 16 – Oct 18 all-day
Balloons Over Mt. Vernon and Fly-in @ Mt. Vernon Outland Airport | Mount Vernon | Illinois | United States

Balloons Over Mt. Vernon & Fly-in October 16-18, 2015 will feature18 hot air balloons and warbirds. Friday evening will kick off with the United Way Balloon Glow. Saturday will begin with the “Run with the Balloons” sponsored by the YMCA of Jefferson County. The US Bank Duck Drop hot air balloon flight will take place Saturday morning. The United Way of South Central Illinois will host a Pancake breakfast. P51 Mustang rides will be for sale all weekend. Tri-County Electric Co-op is sponsoring an aviation education zone. Come check out a remote control hot air balloon, flight simulators, and much more. Other events occurring through out the day will be a PV2 Harpoon on display, Waco rides, remote control boats, Veterans Reunion, and other family friendly activities. You never know what will be on the flight line. To finish out the day, Crossroads Hospital is sponsoring a “Survivor” hot air balloon flight. This will recognize “Survivors” who have faced diversity and survived. The weekend will wrap on Sunday morning with a fun Hot Air Balloon flight. There is so much to list, we are sure you won’t want to miss it!

Makanda Boardwalk Vulture Fest
Oct 17 – Oct 18 all-day

Makanda Vulture Fest will be held Saturday, October 17 and Sunday, October 18, 2015 in downtown Makanda.

Each fall, vultures fly over Makanda and the surrounding areas and signal the beginning of fall and the arrival of the incredible fall colors of Makanda and southern Illinois. Vulture Fest features live music, food, shopping, and art by local artists for purchase.

For questions and additional information please email or check it out on Facebook at makandaboardwalkevents

Beta Sigma Phi 37th Annual Craft Show
Oct 17 @ 12:00 pm – 12:00 pm

Craftsmenfrom Midwest will offer variety of handcrafted items. Apples, pumpkina, kettle corn, and mums will be offered. Food will be served in cafeteria. No pets and strollers alowed inside. Proceeds from the show are used for community projects.

Evergreen Cemetery Comes Alive
Oct 18 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Come join us for a free walking tour featuring a live portrayal of people from Chester’s interesting historic past. Including, but not limited to: political figures, comic book inspirations, and individuals providing glimpses into days long gone. Tours will last approximately one hour, and the last tour leaves at five PM. This event is rain or shine, however in event of heavy rain or severe weather it will be cancelled. Donations are appreciated and will go towards goals set by Chester’s Tourism Commission. For questions contact Lauren, 618-615-2747.

Oak Hill Cemetery Walk
Oct 20 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Christian County Genealogical Society will hold their annual Cemetery Walk at Oak Hill Cemetery, South Cherokee, Taylorville, IL with tours at 1, 2 and 3 pm.

Lecture Series #3 (Normal 1-5-0)
Oct 20 @ 2:00 pm

Mike Matejka and Terri Tyburn – Growing from the Junction: The Evolution of Transportation in Normal.