High School Art Show
Mar 22 @ 8:00 am – Apr 1 @ 4:30 pm

This show will feature a variety of art from area high school students. Awards will be given.

State Checkers Tournament
Mar 28 – Mar 29 all-day

The 110th Annual Illinois State Checker Tournament pits players against each other at the center court of the Illinois Star Centre Mall. The American Checker Federation requires a membership for all participants at the ACF sanctioned tournaments. There will be four rounds played on Saturday and three rounds on Sunday. This is a 3-move restriction with pairing by a modified Swiss system.

Underground Railroad Shuttle Tours
Mar 28 all-day

This two-hour guided shuttle tour stops at some of the sites that were part of the Underground Railroad including the Old Rock House, Rocky Fork Church and more. Alton’s riverfront location along the Mississippi played a vital role in helping slaves make connections to freedom. For more info or to make advance registrations, contact the Alton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-258-6645

Movie Night
Apr 2 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Movies about nature provide viewers of all ages with an opportunity to learn about the outside world. This month’s showing will be “Leave It To Beavers” from 6-8p.m. There will be a short discussion by AmeriCorps members following the showing. 618-634-2231.

Easter Sunrise Service
Apr 5 @ 6:30 am – 8:00 am

Annual Easter Service held at the 111-foot Bald Knob Cross, music & refreshments. Contact 618-893-2344 or

Galena to Commemorate Sesquicentennial of Surrender at Appomattox
Apr 9 all-day

Beginning April 9, the Galena & U.S. Grant Museum have events planned throughout the month to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Gen. Robert E. Lee’s surrender to Gen. U. S. Grant, marking the end of the Civil War. Activities include theatrical performances, walking tours and exhibits, a Civil War fashion show, concerts and more. Go to the website for full details.

Antique Tractor Show
Apr 11 all-day

Tractors from several surrounding states line Main Street. Enjoy tractor driving contests, trophies, food, and much more. For more information call 618-683-5637 or visit

Gem and Mineral Show
Apr 11 – Apr 12 all-day

Join in the Annual Gem and Mineral Show at The Pavilion of the City of Marion; showing off Indian artifacts, fossils, lapidary displays, shell crafts and much more. For more information call 618-993-2657

Birding at Wolff Wetland Guided Hike
Apr 11 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Join Master Naturalist Anne Parmley on a birding walk at Cache River State Natural Area, Michael Wolff Memorial Wetland. Binoculars are recommended. Meet at Marshall Ridge Access, located ¾ of a mile north of the Cache River State Natural Area headquarters, 930 Sunflower Lane, Belknap, IL 9-11a.m., contact 618-657-2064 for more information.

Morel Mushroom Festival
Apr 18 – Apr 19 all-day

Registration information can be found online at Advanced registration is $10/day and registration after March 31st is $15/day.