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Summer weekend at the Shawnee Cave

Shawnee Cave Amphitheater 3747 IL-127, Murphysboror, IL

Tucked into the Beautiful Shawnee National Forest; a magical venue. Limited show tickets, primitive camping & RV spots, glamping & lodging packages - details coming soon.

Wild Summer Mushrooms

Giant City Visitor center 235 Giant City Road, Makanda, IL

Join Alex Holmes, educator and wild edibles enthusiast, for a beginners guide to southern Illinois’ summer edible mushrooms. During this program participants will learn how to safely, ethically and legally harvest the forest’s fungal bounty. After an indoor presentation, join Alex outdoors for a cooking demonstration to learn how to Read more…

Bell Ringing Ceremony at Rendleman Orchards

Rendleman Orchards 9680 State Highway 127 N., Alto Pass, IL, United States

Join us in Alto Pass for a fun day celebrating ‘ONE OF ILLINOIS’ GREAT AGRICULTURE ACHIEVEMENTS’RENDLEMAN ORCHARDS TURNS 150 YEARS OLD.   The Bell Ringing Ceremony will take place at 3 PM at Rendleman Orchards.   The orchard — known primarily for its delicious apples and peaches — was established in 1873 Read more…

ASA Pro/Am Archery Tournament

Mermet Lake Fish & Wildlife Area, off US Hwy. 45, 11 miles north of Metropolis.  3-D archery tournament for men, women and children.  Spectators free.  Mermet Lake Fish & Wildlife Area (618) 524-4712

Food Fun & Fireworks in Metropolis

Harrah's Metropolis 100 E Front St., Metropolis, IL, United States

  Bounce houses for the kids, adult beverages for the adults, and fireworks for all beginning at approximately 9:15 pm. $5 cover per person will benefit the local school supply drive.

Night Sky Viewing with the Astronomical Association of Southern Illinois

Giant City Visitor center 235 Giant City Road, Makanda, IL

Giant City State Park is a great place to do a little night sky viewing and what better people to view the sky with than the Astronomical Association of Southern Illinois! Join the Park Naturalist as we take a very short evening hike to the viewing field where AASI will Read more…

Freedom Fest – Goreville

Goreville park. Freedom Run/Walk 5K Race, Parade at 4pm music & other entertainment, BBQ and other food, fireworks at 9pm  618-995-2157 

Sunup Hikes at Giant City

Giant City Visitor center 235 Giant City Road, Makanda, IL

It’s summer in southern Illinois and even though it’s hot and humid, that’s no reason to stop hiking! Roll out of bed and join the Park Naturalist as we get some exercise and take in the early morning woods on one of the 8 park trails. Trails will vary from […]

Outdoor Photography for Beginners

Giant City Visitor center 235 Giant City Road, Makanda, IL

Break out that camera that is “too complicated to use,” or your smartphone that you wish could take better photos, and let’s unleash its potential! Local outdoor photographer, John O’ Connell, will discuss camera settings and composition tips that will help you better capture the beauty of Giant City State […]

Full Thunder Moon Paddle on the Cache

Join us as we paddled through the ancient wetlands of the Cache River at night and hear the call of this ancient wild place. We will be paddling under the first full moon of the summer sometimes referred to as the Thunder Moon. The guides will share their knowledge of […]

Long Hot September -play at the Anna Art Center

Anna Art Center 125 W Davie St, Anna, IL

a romantic comedy by Vincent Rhomberg. A recalcitrant widow becomes the object of small town gossip when she accompanies her dead sister's husband on a day trip. Will she leave her grief behind and begin a new life journey? The Long Hot September will be directed by Lee Hackney  Read more…