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Saline Creek Pioneer Village Blue Grass and BBQ Festival

Join us at Saline Creek Pioneer Village in Harrisburg 9:30 – 11:00 Blackberry Blossom Band 11:30 – 1:00 Cassie Andrews and Calico Creek 1:00 – 3:00 George Portz & The Friends of Bluegrass 3:00 - 5:00 The Bolins

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 Read more…

Glass Hill Hike, Cypress, IL

Cache River Wetland Center 8885 State Route 37 S, Cypress, Illinois

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 Read more…

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 Read more…

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 Read more…

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, Illinois

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:

Fall Festival, Golconda

Enjoy a bounty of crafts, food, music, bouncy houses and the changing of the seasons on our historic courthouse lawn. Come shop and visit with family and friends. Grab a bite to eat and stroll the Ohio Riverfront. Now taking vendor applications for crafts, food, and more! For vendor applications, Read more…

Flyway Fungi Festival

Camp Manitowa 1327 CAMP CEDAR POINT LN, Makanda, IL

Camp Manitowa - Cedar Point in Makanda, IL boasts a gorgeous backdrop for guided mushroom hikes, plant ID hikes, camping, mushroom foraging, educational workshops, mushroom and wellness workshops. Local mushroom and woodland-themed vendors will sell their goods on-site, and live music will play throughout Saturday. Day passes and weekend camping Read more…

Fat Tire Festival

Camp Ondessonk 3760 Ondessonk Rd, Ozark, IL

One of the best mountain bike festivals in the midwest. at Camp Ondessonk located in Ozark, Illinois right in the middle of the beautiful Shawnee National Forest. 618.622.1693

Vulture Fest

Each fall, vultures soar and glide over Makanda and the surrounding areas and signal the beginning of fall and the arrival of the incredible fall colors of Makanda and southern Illinois. Vulture Fest features live music, food, shopping, and art by local artists for purchase. (618) 457-0360