2015 Fall Events Guide For the Quincy / Hannibal Area
The summer of 2015 is coming to a close. Here's a look ahead at upcoming area events in September, October and November.
Big River Steampunk Festival
This one qualifies as both a summer event, and a fall event, as it happens at Labor Day. This year, the Big River Steampunk Festival is expanding to cover the entire holiday weekend. Dates for the Big River Steampunk Festival are September 5-7 in downtown Hannibal.
Nauvoo Grape Festival
Another Labor Day event. The Nauvoo Grape Festival has been taking place for almost 80 years! The main location is Nauvoo State Park. Activities include competitive events, parades, entertainment and the Festival on Wheels Car Show. The Nauvoo Grape Festival is September 4-6.
Ft. Madison's Tri-State Rodeo is an annual tradition that dates back to the 1940s! This year's rodeo will take place September 9-12. Country music's Chase Rice will perform at the rodeo on Friday, September 11. Brett Eldredge will be the entertainer on Saturday, September 12.
Concert in the Cornfield
South Jacksonville, Illinois' Concert in the Cornfield will be bringing the Charlie Daniels Band to central Illinois on Saturday, September 12. Showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets are available online. The price is $20.
Mid-America Military Salute
Country artist Mo Pitney will headline the 2015 Mid-America Military Salute on September, 12. The event will take place at the Adams County Fairgrounds from 12:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. The theme for the day is "Honoring Our Military, Our Veterans & Their Families." The event is free to attend and open for all ages. Patrons will have to purchase their own food and drink. Beer will be available.
Endless Summer Car Show
September 13 is the date for the 2015 Endless Summer Car Show at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event, presented by the Tri-State Lugnuts Car Club, is always much appreciated by area car enthusiasts, as well as the veterans that reside at the home. The Lugnuts will also host their monthly car cruise at the Quincy Mall on the night before the car show, beginning at 6:30.
Quincy Classic Boat & Outboard Show
The 15th annual Quincy Classic Boat & Outboard Show is September 18-20. Over the weekend there will be in-water and static boat displays, a swap meet, and a River Run from Hannibal to Quincy.
Lend Me a Tenor
Quincy Community Theatre will produce Lend Me a Tenor September 10-13 and September 18-20. "Lend Me a Tenor is a zany farce, complete with mistaken identities, misunderstandings, mixed signals, and doors…lots of doors! This raucous comedy, set in the 1930s, follows the fiery-tempered, world famous Italian superstar Tito Merelli as he arrives in Cleveland, OH to make his debut with the local opera company; then promptly goes missing. When the show’s producer conspires to cover for Tito’s absence, placate his hot-blooded wife, and distract his most passionate fans, these unsuspecting Ohioans realize just how many things can go wrong in one brief but action-packed evening!"
Great River Grape Escape
Clat Adams Park along Quincy's riverfront is the setting of the annual Great River Grape Escape, which features 12 Illinois wineries complimented by local chefs' pairings. There will also be live music throughout the weekend, September 26-27. Entry into the wine festival is $10.00. A commemorative Great River Grape Escape wine glass and 5 tasting tickets are included in your entry fee. Tasting tickets are redeemable for a one ounce taste of wine. Additional tasting tickets can be purchased for $1.00 each.
Barry Apple Festival
The 2015 Barry Apple Festival kicks off on Thursday, October 1 and continues through Sunday, October 4. The Barry Apple Festival is always one of the more popular area events. “Barry’s Got Talent,” pageants, a 5K run/walk, arts & crafts, a carnival, and, of course, plenty of apple-themed food and an apple pie contest, are all parts of this annual tradition in western Illinois. A complete schedule for the Barry Apple Festival can be found online.
Quincy's Oktoberfest will be presented by the Rotary Club of Quincy on October 10 at the former Dick Brothers Brewery at 9th and York. Hours are noon-10. Admission is free. Attendees will have the opportunity to sample fall brews from local beer distributors and one-of-a-kind beer made by home brewers, in addition to traditional German foods. Contests and live performances will also be part of Oktoberfest.
Early Tin Dusters Fall Color Run
The Early Tin Dusters Fall Color Run in Quincy will take place October 16-18. This year will be the fortieth annual event! Tin Dusters weekend activities include nearly 900 pre-1949 vehicles driving through the streets of Quincy. A free admission show and the event is Saturday 8-4 p.m. in downtown Quincy, and Sunday the show moves to Moorman Park from 10-2 p.m.
Autumn Historic Folklife Festival
The Autumn Historic Folk Life Festival, October 17-18, is one of the most anticipated events of the year. The Hannibal Arts Council has been presenting this annual tradition for almost four decades, as this year marks the 39th event. Main Street in downtown Hannibal will be closed to traffic, as arts & craft, food and cultural booths are set up down each side of the street. The Folk Life Festival is presented to educate and celebrate cultural heritage by showcasing historic crafts, food, music, performing arts and culture of the past.
Pike County Fall Color Drive
The Pike County Color Drive, the premiere, county-wide tourism event in Pike County, IL is always on the third weekend in October. From Pikecolordrive.com:
"Every fall, the Pike County Color Drive provides an opportunity for anyone with an interest to do so to see the beauty of rural Pike County bathed in the splendor of autumn. Each community provides a unique roster of events, activities, vendors, crafts, food, and exhibits for the general public to take part in." The Fall Color Drive is October 17-18 in 2015.
Louisiana Country Colorfest
The 31st annual Louisiana Country Colorfest in Louisiana, Missouri will be October 17-18. The Colorfest festival area is Georgia Street from 7th Street to Riverfront Park. The main stage is at the corner of Georgia and 7th. Elks BBQ and Beer Garden are at the corner of Georgia and 5th Streets. The Kid's Korner is on the corner of Georgia and Main. Saturday's car show and Sunday's motorcycle show will be at Riverfront Park.
Quincy Community Theatre's production of Treasure Island will take the stage October 22-25. Tickets are only $9. They go on sale September 28. "Jim Hawkins lives a quiet life in his mother’s inn. That is, until the sudden death of Billy Bones, an old tenant concealing a history of piracy and betrayal. Narrowly escaping his own demise, Jim manages to snatch a careworn map from Bones’ possessions—a map that will change his life forever. In a matter of moments, this ordinary young boy is thrust into the adventure of a lifetime. From a harrowing voyage on the high seas to plotting pirates, heart-stopping escapes to the legendary Captain Long John Silver himself, this thrilling adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island will take audiences on a timeless journey of unimaginable proportions!"
50 Miles of Art
Twice each year, artists and craftsmen who live and work along the 50 mile stretch from Clarksville to Hannibal open their studios and galleries for the 50 Miles of Art tours. Those participating will have a chance to visit with the talented artists of Clarksville, Louisiana and Hannibal. In 2015, the fall studio and gallery tours will take place November 7-8.