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Tour De Cure
Join over 1,000 cyclists, in the fight to stop diabetes at the Alton Riverfront Amphitheater. Choose to ride 10, 30, 50, 62, or 100 miles on routes that will take you through beautiful rural Illinois with various terrains, from flat to moderate rolling hills. Cyclists of all ages can find a route in this well-supported ride. Rest stops are located approximately every 10 miles and are stocked with water, snacks, beverages and first aid. Support vehicles patrol the routes for you assistance and safety. Following your ride enjoy an extraordinary post-event party that includes live music, great food and free admission into Raging Rivers Water Park in Grafton! The race starts at 6:00 a.m. Registration fee is $15. For more information, call (888)-Diabetes.
Owl Prowl at The Nature Institute
Meet at The Nature Institute to learn about owls and then head on a hike to search for them within the Olin Nature Preserve. Treehouse Wildlife Center will be on site with live owls in Talahi Lodge. See the beautiful creatures up-close and personal while the experts and handlers give information about these nocturnal friends. Then follow TNI education director Patti Brown on the trails of the Olin Nature Preserve to listen and see native owls in their own territory. The prowl starts at 7:00 p.m. Admission: $10/person; $8/TNI Members. Pre-registration is highly encouraged!
Annual Alton Half Marathon & 5K
Jog or walk into spring by participating in the Annual Alton Half Marathon. Enjoy the scenic views of the Mississippi River and historic areas of Alton. Route also includes crossing the famed- Clark Bridge. The race is from 8:00 a.m. til noon. For more information, email email@example.com. Admission: $60/ Half Marathon; $25/ 5K run or walk.
Riverbend Earth Day Festival
The Nature Institute is excited to host the annual Riverbend Earth Day Festival. The event will be held, rain or shine, at Piasa Harbor in Godfrey, IL. Let's celebrate Earth Day together for this celebration of nature, music, food and the arts. Guests can participate in organized hiking, paddling, enjoy fresh, local foods, and peruse unique goods by local vendors and artists. Other features will include live music, children activities, hands-on informational booths, and more!
Mushroom Festival at Pere Marquette
It's back! The Mushroom Festival is returning to Pere Marquette Lodge and will be bigger than ever before. Come listen to live music, browse vendors, grab lunch in the restaurant, taste local wines and learn all there is to know about mushrooms. The Great Morel Hunt will be held at 1:00 p.m. (weather and morel permitting). Join fellow hunters from all over the areas as they scan the grounds for these delicious delicacies. Then bring your finds back to The Lodge and you can win a great prize! Find the smallest morel, the largest morel or the most morels and you just might go home with a free nights stay. Festival is from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Big Truck Day at Glazebrook Park
Join the Godfrey Park & Rec Department for its annual Big Truck Day 2016. They will have a grand array of trucks for children to climb on, climb in and explore. There will be a fire truck, a dump truck, a bucket truck, huge tractors and much more. This event will be from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Black & Blues at Old Bakery Beer Co.
Celebrate 1 year of being in business with Old Bakery Beer Co. by enjoying black beer tastings from 20+ local breweries, BBQ specials, and old school blues spinning all day by the Funky Brew Crew. The celebration starts at 2:00 p.m. Admission is $30/person; $35/person day of event.
The Hummingbird Festival at Pere Marquette has been a crowd pleaser for years, and this year will be no exception. Join the Lodge in celebrating a creature full of mystery and beauty – the hummingbird. Live entertainment, presentations from naturalists on the hummingbird, catching and banding, plus craft vendors and activities. The event is free.
A Celebration of Girl Scouts
In honor of National Girl Scouts Day, the Lewis and Clark Confluence Tower will offer half price tours to all active Girl Scouts and their troop leaders! Local Girl Scouts will also be on hand showcasing their projects and greeting visitors. Admission is $1 for Active Girl Scouts; $2 for Troop Leaders.
Confluence Tower Wind Festival
Bring your kites to the Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower and experience the thrill of kite flying. The Gateway Kite Club of St. Louis will bring a variety of kites and showcase their skills. The public is also invited to bring kites and join in the fun! This event is free and starts at 10:00 a.m. View the kite flying from from the Tower's three levels for great views. There is a charge to tour the Tower.
Haunted America Conference
America's Original Ghost Conference (Founded in 1997 and often imitated, but never equaled) is back for our 20th year and will be held over the weekend of June 24-25, 2016, at the Atrium Hotel in Haunted Alton, Illinois. Join us as we return to "one of the most haunted small towns in America" and present new and returning favorite speakers on ghosts, hauntings, monsters, the supernatural, and the unexplained. The 2016 event will include lectures and presentations, a speaker's panel, haunted tours, ghost hunts, "strange stuff", the Haunted America Masquerade Party and much more! Admission is $50/person for General Admission.
Four Rivers Art Fair
Explore the history and culture of the area and Pere Marquette State Park at this special art exhibition. Peruse and purchase original works from local artists, enjoy live music, wine tasting and restaurant favorites. There will be no booth fee for participating artists with a $200 cash prize being awarded the Best in Show. Artists who are interested in being a part of this event should email firstname.lastname@example.org with images of their work. The fair starts at 11:00 a.m. and will end at 4:00 p.m.
Alton Cracker Factory Great Rivers Lodging
The Cracker Factory is nestled in the scenic Mississippi River town of Alton, Illinois. Guests can stay in the luxury and comfort of the Cracker Factory while visiting Alton for business or leisure. While there, they find easy access to many historic sites and the renowned Antique District. A variety of restaurants, entertainment venues, and cultural events are waiting to be enjoyed.
International SUNday Festival
Get a good look at the sun through special solar telescopes during the first-ever International SUNday Festival at the Confluence Tower. Members of several local astronomical organizations will be on hand to celebrate the Summer Solstice (which falls on Father's Day this year) from Noon to 5 p.m. The first 100 families to visit will receive a pair of free Solar Glasses. There will be food vendors, including "Good Looking Kettle Corn", Eppel's Pantry and Princivalli's Cafe on hand. Representatives will also share information about the sun, our nearest star in the Solar System. Amateur astronomers will provide their own optical equipment to safely view the sun including hydrogen, alpha, calcium and white light views. This event is free, although there is a charge to tour the Tower.
Here is your chance to be a part of a real paranormal investigative team as they explore the paranormal claims associated with Pere Marquette Lodge. Enjoy appetizers and one free drink while the team walks you through the process of hunting for the paranormal. Then join the professionals as they investigate the Lodge through the night. If evidence is found, a reveal will be held during breakfast the following morning. Warning, this is a real paranormal investigation and guests should be prepared to witness possible paranormal activity. Add this paranormal investigation package for two people to your room reservation for an additional $65. Does not include taxes or room reservations. Investigations will be held on April 22nd and November 4th from 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
All Wheels Drive In Car Show
Classic cars, hot rods and motorcycles will be displayed on West 3rd, State and Belle streets for the 16th Annual All-Wheels Drive-In Car Show. Come out for the autos and stay for the music. There will be a great DJ all morning and a live blues band in the afternoon. You won’t want to miss the incredible food, merchant sidewalk sale and 50-50 drawing.
Annual Wood River Triathlon
Are you physically fit and up for a challenge? Be a part of the annual Wood River Triathlon. The event will begin with a swim at the Aquatic Center, followed by a bike ride and run through the streets of Wood River.
Blue Carpet Corridor Route 66 Celebration
Enjoy this multi-town scavenger hunt, complete with stops at many famous Route 66 locations. Start your adventure and pick up your passport at the Litchfield Museum & Route 66 Welcome Center.
RC Jet Rally
This remote control jet rally gathers some of the best scale model jets in the country. Live stunts and performances will be available to the public.
Route 66 Half Marathon, 5K, Mile Dash
Run down Historic Route 66 in this race down memory lane. On this flat course, you will have the opportunity to set a personal best. Plus, its filled with some of the oldest landmarks on Historic Route 66.
5K Freedom Fun Run
Celebrate the 4th of July with the 5K Freedom Fun Run through the picturesque scenery of Litchfield’s Lake Lou Yaeger. Show your patriotic side at this festive 5K.
Try your hand at the Litchfield TriathLou at Lake Lou Yaeger. Swimming in Lake Lou Yaeger is the best open water swim you will have in the Midwest. There really is no comparison to this large beach with pristine flat racing water. The bike course is flat and fast with some great curves to keep you entertained the whole ride. Both the 5k and 10k runs see very honest mile paces with plenty of flats, and a couple hills throughout. Sprint and Olympic distances are available.
West Fork Encampment
This event will take you back in time with a historic re-enactment of military life from 1750-1820. Military and camping demonstrations will be provided daily. Both campers and public are welcome.
Big Dawg Dare
Are you a Big Dawg? Try this extreme 5K run through mud, mud, and more mud. Don’t forget, there are 30 obstacles too.