It’s that time of year again. You’re getting back from vacation and the kids are dreading going back to school…but before all of that, you really want to squeeze every last drop of fun and excitement out of your summer. August is a busy time in ILLINOISouth! We’ve put together a list of 11 great, family friendly, events to help you create a few more summer memories!
1. Ag Days
August 6 – 9
Mt. Carmel, IL
Ag Days is a community event hosted each year by the Wabash County Chamber of Commerce. There are games, rides, food booths, live entertainment, and many other activities. Famous for Little Miss Ag Days & the Lemon-ShakeUp
2. ATA Grand American World Trap Shooting Championships
August 6 – 16
World Shooting and Recreational Complex • Sparta, IL
The Grand American World Trapshooting Championship is the largest shooting event of its kind. Watch as thousands of shooters from around the world compete in 20 different events in hopes of claiming one of a prestigious title.
3. Crusin’ the Dam
Mariner’s Village • Carlyle, IL
Come out and enjoy a late summer car show that will feature vintage cars, live entertainment, food, games and plenty of fun.
4. American Therhserman Show
August 13 – 17
Perry County Fairgrounds • Pinckneyville, IL
This steam and antique tractor show features 5 days of great events such as antique tractor pulls, ITPA & Illinois Hot Farm Stock sanctioned tractor pulls, music, parade and more!
5. Party at the Beach
August 15 – 16
Veterans Park • Pontoon Beach, IL
Visit the 3rd annual Party at the Beach featuring vendor booths, fire/police displays, carnival rides, children activities, bands/entertainment, food and drinks and a 5K run/walk.
6. Balloon Fest
August 15 – 17
Foundation Park • Centralia, IL
The Annual Hot Air Balloon Festival featuring 40 hot air balloons, races, glows, tethered balloon rides, main stage entertainment, craft fair, free children’s activity area and games, cardboard boat races, car show, fireworks and much more.
7. White Squirell Cruiser Car Club Annual Car Show
Olney City Park • Olney, IL
Come out to Olney, the home of the White Squirells, to enjoy a variety of classic cars. Meet the owners and hear their stories about restoring these beauties.
8. Midwest Salute to the Arts
August 22 – 24
Moody Park at Longacre • Fairview Heights, IL
This metro-east festival is a juried art show with more than 100 artists displaying and selling their work in eleven different mediums. While your there enjoy children’s activities, music, and food in a fun and casual environment.
9. Du Quoin State Fair
August 22 – September 1
Du Quoin State Fairgrounds • Du Quoin , IL
The impressive Midway brings families together, livestock competitions for beef and dairy cattle along with 4-H and FFA entries, a full-fledged Big Top with circus animals and acts, and grandstand entertainment are just a few of the offerings at the Fair.
10. Midwest Wingfest
August 29 – 30
St. Clair Square Mall • Fairview Heights, IL
Bring the whole family! There will be a 5K run, wing eating contest, best wing contest (you vote), music and more! This hot, spicy and gourmet wings festival will feature 25-30 vendors!
11. Grayville Days
August 29 – 31
Downtown Grayville, IL
Grayville Days will have free live band entertainment, food vendors, craft vendors, big parade, activities for all ages and spectacular fireworks show.
Click here to view our online calendar for information on these and other fantastic outings.