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September 11 - September 14
The Murphysboro Apple Festival is the oldest and largest alcohol-free festival in southern Illinois! Over 45,000 people attend the festival each year. During the four-day festival, there are numerous activities and events drawing large crowds such as live music, a carnival with concessions, many contests featuring everything from apple pie eating to the crowning of Appletime Royalty, marching bands, arts & crafts fair, car show, 5K races and much more.
In addition, the festival’s Grand Parade is considered by many to be the largest parade in southern Illinois with an average of 160 total units that include marching bands, themed floats, dancers, and visiting royalty, among others.