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Grassy Lake Get Down Music Festival

Touch of Nature Environmental center 1206 Touch of Nature Road, Makanda

Get Down to Makanda, Illinois, in October for three days of live music, campfire jams, art, environmental and musical education, a barn dance, kids trick-or-treating, and a full service dining hall. The Get Down Music Festival is a family-friendly event where kids 15 and under attend free.  618-453-1121

Shawnee Sasquatch Festival

Enjoy the full forest vibes right Here in Harrisburg as we enjoy a day full of events including a Guided Hikes, vintage market, 5K, Boston-Qualifying Marathon, Family Activities, Local Shopping, and Live Music Entertainment right HERE in Harrisburg!  618-252-1937 

Color the Town – Anna

Anna Art Center 125 W Davie St, Anna

Everyone, kids and adults, is invited to Color the Town. Paint a masterpiece alone or with 100 friends/families. You will receive a 4 foot by 4 foot square on the sidewalks on East Davie Street and all the supplies needed to paint your square.  Play in the Bounce House!  Paint […]

Goat Yoga

The Ryder Family Farm welcomes yogis and animal lovers to their pastures for a Goat Yoga experience. Goat Yoga brings yogis and animal lovers in contact with goats for uplifting the spirit and relaxing the mind and body. Think this is a case of yoga gone too far? The masses […]

Glass Hill Hike, Cypress, IL

Cache River Wetland Center 8885 State Route 37 S, Cypress

Take a guided nature/history tour of Glass Hill in the Cache River State Natural Area with natural heritage biologist Mark Guetersloh. Glass Hill (also known as Cypress Citadel and Round Bluff) is a sandstone knob covered by upland wood and home to Woodland Indians for many years. Meet at IDNR […]

Guided Hike

the River-to-River Trail Society will once again offer a schedule of guided hikes in and near the Shawnee National Forest. All hikes are free and open to the public,  and typically average about four hours in length. Although the hikes vary in level of difficulty, all are intended for people […]

Colorfest at Annabelle Market

Annabelle Market 300 S Main St, Anna

Enjoy special sales, gourmet food tastings and fun activities in our store and all over Downtown Anna, Il!

Fall at The Ryder Family Farm

Come on out to our place for our Fall Open House to get everything you need for fall decorating! We will have pumpkins, mums, eggs, goat milk soap and possibly some produce for sale. We will also have farm animals out for visiting with. We're excited to share our farm […]

Farm Paint Party & Goat Mingle

This a fun outdoor event in the heart of the Shawnee National Forest. Afterwards, spend some time in our baby goat nursery. In Golconda, Illinois on The Ryder Family Farm (618) 615-0063


Big Muddy Monster Brew Fest – Murphysboro

Riverside Park 2640 W Riverside Park Rd, Murphysboro

The Big Muddy Monster Brewfest is an awesome day for celebrating music, craft beer, local folk lore and community and it’s not only a good time, but the proceeds go towards improving the town..  Must be 21, tickets on sale:

Thebes Courthouse – Living History

Court case reenactments at 2 PM More info here: or: