Events

Bald Knob Cross to host annual Blessing of the Bikes

Bald Knob Cross of Peace will host the annual Blessing of the Bikes on Sunday, May 23.

Grappling 4 Good event raises money for Special Olympics Mo.

Jackson’s Independence Day celebration on for 2021

  3rd Shipyard Music Festival to be held Sept. 17-18

  Cape Catfish to hold summer band series this season

Mobile Food Pantry event in Sikeston

  Cobden Peach Festival returns in August

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100-mile Yard Sale on schedule for Memorial Day weekend

  Chris Janson to perform live at Perry County, Mo. Bicentennial Concert

Giant City State Park releases May program schedule

“Beards and Bonnets” Golf Scramble set for July 3 & 4

  Murphysboro Main Street raising money to restore century-old train depot

  Chaffee area welcomes two new farmer’s markets

  Busting the running myth: Is it bad on your body?

When one hears of running, there might be an assortment of thoughts that come to mind such as: fatigue, exhaustion, taxing, boring and even pain.

  Southeast Missouri State University hosts 10th annual Power of Women Summit

Some successful Southeast graduates will speak at the virtual event.

Car, truck show to feature vehicles entered by young adults only

The 3rd Annual Car and Truck Show in Puxico is scheduled for Saturday, June 12.

Cape Comic Con scheduled for Oct. 1-3

The Cape Comic Con is scheduled for October 1-3, 2021 at the Drury Conference Center.

“Kites Over Calvert” taking off on May 1

  Sunset Concert Series at SIUC canceled for 2021

Trivia night to benefit injured Ste. Genevieve officer

  Charleston Dogwood-Azalea Festival returns

  Runner prepares for Muddy River Marathon

  Perryville offers new cave tours to public

  Heartland plans for next solar eclipse

The solar eclipse will not take place for another three years.

  85th annual Easter Sunday service to be held at Bald Knob Cross

This Sunday marks the 85th consecutive year Easter service will be held on top of Bald Knob in southern Illinois.

  Summer camp organizers expect big turnout

Some families in the Heartland plan their summer around kids camps. Most were shut down last year due to COVID-19, and some parents and camp organizers in the Heartland are ready to get back.

  Carbondale Main Street receives national grant to help spice up Downtown

Carbondale Main Street will get $8,500 from the Main Street Resiliency Grant Program.

  Project Cape expungement clinic, job fair to be held on Thursday

The ‘Project Cape’ expungement clinic will be held at the Shawnee Park Center from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. for anyone in the Heartland.

  Touch of Nature camps are returning this summer

SIU’s touch of nature is back offering a variety of summer camps.

  Sikeston rodeo organizers announce entertainment lineup

Sikeston rodeo organizers announced the entertainment lineup at noon on Friday, March 19.

  Metropolis works to boost tourism after a slow year in the pandemic

Superman’s hometown is gearing up for the summer season and bringing tourists back.

  Stars and Stripes Museum to host weekend of WWII reenactments called ‘March on Germany’

The Stars and Stripes Museum in Bloomfield is having a weekend of World War II reenactments called the March on Germany.

Metropolis, Ill. to open Superman-themed water splash park

A Superman-themed splash park will open near the City of Metropolis swimming pool.

43rd annual Big Muddy Film Festival kicks off on Wed.

The Big Muddy Film Festival is virtual this year and lasts March 17-31.

  Lions Club holds 83rd annual Pancake Day in Cape Girardeau

The club estimated they will serve about 3,000 people on Wednesday.

  Superman Celebration scheduled for 2021

The Superman Celebration is scheduled for July 30 through August 1.

  Prescribed burns scheduled in Shawnee National Forest

U.S. Forest Service crews were deep in the woods for something that happens every year, depending on the weather.

  2021 Great Race route announced

The route for the 2021 Great Race has been announced.

  HerrinFesta Italiana to return in 2021 for 30th year

HerrinFesta Italiana will celebrate the milestone May 24-31 with some of its popular events, while prioritizing attendees’ health and safety.

Holiday World set to open May 15 for its 75th season

While the park opens May 15, Splashin Safari does not open until Friday, May 21.

  Southern Ill. art fundraiser for kids changed to virtual event

Bidding is going on now through March 29.

  Warrant amnesty initiative open for current Jackson Co., Ill. traffic warrants

This new program is aimed at allowing citizens to get rid of their traffic warrants throughout Jackson County.

SIU’s 2021 Maple Syrup Festival canceled due to pandemic

The Maple Syrup Festival is held each February at the Touch of Nature Environmental Center.

  Southern Illinois group gears up to feed families impacted by pandemic

The food distribution event will be held at the Banterra Center Arena at Southern Illinois University.

‘For Kids’ Sake’ receives grant to host art workshops for students

Participating students created original stained glass and watercolor projects.

  SIU students return to campus for the Spring semester

Southern Illinois University welcomed students back onto campus Tuesday.

Pies in the face, ice buckets part of 4 hour fundraising event for Humane Society of Southeast Missouri

The fundraiser will be held live on the shelter’s Facebook page on Tuesday, January 19 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

  Heartland town carries on MLK Day Ceremony tradition

One Heartland city carried its Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration tradition alive.

SIU students to observe MLK Day with community service

Students will be volunteering to help community organizations, while following social distancing guidelines and other COVID-19 safety protocols.

SIU sets dates for 2021 Family Weekend, Homecoming

Organizers of both events said planning is still in the early stages.

  Mega Millions reaches 4th largest jackpot ever

The Mega Millions jackpot has reached the fourth highest jackpot ever.

Carbondale NAACP to host Annual MLK program virtually

The Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Breakfast hosted by the Carbondale NAACP is going to be held in a new way this year.

  Carbondale business ticketed for indoor dining

The City of Carbondale ticketed Mary Lou’s grill for indoor dining just before the New Year, but Marilynn Martin, the owner of the downtown restaurant, said its not fair.

  New Year’s impacts liquor sales

With the pandemic curving almost all of New Year’s eve biggest parties, bars will either be closed or closing at 11 p.m. in Illinois, but services are outdoors only.

  Heartland catering companies impacted by COVID restrictions

Catering businesses are having a tough time right now.

  Heartland police department receives donation from Marion businesses

Some Heartland businesses stepped up to help the Royalton’s Police Department receive some much needed equipment.

  Carbondale church keeps Christmas dinner tradition alive

St Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Carbondale is keeping a tradition alive, for more than 20 years they have held an annual Christmas dinner.

  SI AIDS Coalition looking for donations and sponsors

This Holiday Season the Southern Illinois Aids Coalition is looking for donations and sponsors to support ten more households across ten Southern Illinois counties.

  Caldwell Co. government spreads holiday joy through elf competition

The right answer on the County’s Facebook page gets you a gift card to a local restaurant.

  Footsteps Medical Mission provides medical care to southeast Missouri

For one local non-profit group, the cancelation of their international mission trip inspired a new idea closer to home.

  Local church gives out Thanksgiving Day meals to those in need

Steve Reynolds has been organizing this meal for the Mount Vernon community and surrounding area for the last 24 years. It is served at Central Christian Church.

  Small Business Saturday kicks off 10th year in Illinois

This is year ten for Small Business Saturday, this year it falls on November 28.

  Southern Illinois church holds Thanksgiving meal giveaway

Whiteash Free Will Baptist church is one of 10 locations that gave away free meals on Tuesday.

  More southern Ill. counties to be covered by 10th annual New Coats, New Hopes Campaign

The Southern Seven Health and WIBH Radio station out of Anna are continuing with their 10th annual New Coats, New Hopes Campaign.

  New initiative aims to help southern Illinois businesses

Fowler said local businesses are the backbone of our economy.

Carbondale winter indoor farmers market to open Dec. 5, online option now available

The winter farmers market will have an in-person and online option this year.

  Parade held for Cape Girardeau school counselor who’s one of five finalists for National Counselor of the Year

She’s one of only five finalists from across the country.

  Veterans Day ceremony held at Capaha Park

A Veterans Day ceremony was held at Freedom Corner on Wednesday afternoon, November 11.

Veterans Day events in the Heartland 2020

Here’s your guide to Veterans Day events in the Heartland, whether they’re virtual or in-person.

Heartland businesses offer free services for veterans on Veterans Day

Some businesses in the Heartland are offering free services for service members on Veterans Day.

  Public meeting set for Carbondale’s Southern Illinois Multi-Modal Station

The meeting will be on November 9th from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Zoom.

SIU’s holiday craft sale goes virtual for 2020

The 42nd annual Holiday Craft Sale will go virtual for 2020.

  Veterans Day parade scheduled in Jackson, Mo.

The American Legion Post #158 will hold its Veterans Day parade on Wednesday, November 11.

UT Martin to host virtual Veterans Day ceremony

The University of Tennessee at Martin Office of Veterans Affairs will host a virtual Veterans Day ceremony.

  ’Dukes of Hazard’ star John Schneider performs at Rock ‘N’ Roll Drive-In

Schneider said this will be his first time in southeast Missouri, and hoped it won’t be his last.

  Saluki fans eager to watch the War for the Wheel

Safety right now is the top thing on people's minds. Oasis has that covered.

Murray to hold reverse Christmas parade

The traditional Christmas parade will be a reverse parade this year.

Du Quoin, Ill. Trunk-or-Treat event canceled

The mayor announced the Trunk-or-Treat event was canceled due to a lack of interest.

  Rock ‘N’ Roll Drive-In opens gates for double feature

Each night the theater will screen a double feature for the public’s entertainment.

  Monster Mash Car Bash in Cape Girardeau rescheduled

The Monster Mash Car Bash has been rescheduled for Sunday, October 25.

  House-to-house trick-or-treating discouraged in Puxico, city offers alternative

The City of Puxico is encouraging trick-or-treaters to attend trunk-or-treating events instead of going home-to-home.