20th Annual Jasper County Strawberryfest
May 30 – May 31 all-day

This two day festival celebrates strawberries in Jasper County. Free family entertainment, music, games, food and crafts provide fun for everyone on the square in Newton. 618-783-3399.

4th Annual Country Quilts and Memories Show @ Egyptian School
May 31 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Quilts on display will showcase the skills of local quilters. Tables with special memories, vendors, door prizes and demos. Presented by the Alexander County Tourism Group. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission $10, includes lunch. or 618-776-5893.

Be Old-fashioned, Eat Organic @ Rock Springs Conservation Area
Jun 1 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Gardeners in the past relied upon hard work, knowledge and nature to produce a successful garden without modern help. Garden volunteer Marge Evans will show how to grow an heirloom vegetable garden using organic methods. Located at the Homestead Prairie Farm Stage. 2 p.m. Free.

53rd Annual International Carillon Festival @ Washington Park
Jun 4 @ 1:15 pm – Jun 8 @ 2:15 pm

Longest running carillon festival in the world! Carillonneurs from several countries will perform on this world class instrument. Individuals and families are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner and lawn chairs or a blanket and enjoy the beautiful music of the bells at this free family event. Check the website for daily schedules or 217-753-6219.

Annual Rhubarb Festival
Jun 6 @ 9:00 am – Jun 7 @ 5:00 pm

Bake sale features more than 2,000 rhubarb pies and other delicious desserts. In addition a huge craft show (Saturday only) and flea market, music, food, trolley tours and shopping in the historic district. If you want to be guaranteed an opportunity to sample the rhubarb be there by noon. Free admission. 309-277-0937

Heritage Days Festival
Jun 7 @ 10:00 am – Jun 8 @ 9:00 pm

An old-fashioned weekend of fun. The festival begins with an all equine parade at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Events following the parade will include artist/artisan vendors (all products are required to be handmade), quilt show, demonstrations from various artists, Native American impersonators, old-fashioned games for adults and children, music, carriage rides, barrel train rides for children, food vendors and more. Sat. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. 12-6 p.m. For more information call 217-382-3033 or email

Patriot Day “Americana” at Lincoln’s New Salem @ Lincoln's New Salem
Jun 7 @ 10:00 am – Jun 8 @ 4:00 pm

A look into the daily life of residents of Lincoln’s New Salem village and patriotism in the 1830s. Activities to be performed include candle making, coopering, blacksmithing, spinning, cooking, gardening, shooting of black powder rifles and more.

Bluegrass Music Jam @ Rock Springs Nature Center
Jun 8 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Bring your instrument and play, or just come to enjoy the music. 1-4 p.m. Free.

Superman Celebration
Jun 12 – Jun 15 all-day

Metropolis, home of Superman, holds a celebration the second weekend in June celebrating the “Man of Steel.” A Superman Drama kicks off the weekend of contests, music, food and fun, as well as a comic book and artist show, fan films, street vendors, carnival, costume contest and a Super Car Show. For a schedule of events go to or 800-248-4373.

Music Fest @ City Park
Jun 13 – Jun 15 all-day

Great family weekend, Friday evening includes the Rotary Club Supper and queen contest. Saturday features the Maple City 4, arts and crafts and other family activities in the park, food and music. Sunday music and arts and crafts continue, along with a parade. 309-944-2686 or