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Things To Do In Southern Illinois Posted on July 10, 2019 by

Often times we say that there isn’t anything to do in Southern Illinois. It’s a common phrase down here. While it may be true that compared to large metropolitan areas there aren’t as many options in rural southern Illinois, there is far from “nothing to do”. 

So, in the spirit of celebrating Southern Illinois and enjoying the summer and fall, check out the list of attractions and events that we put together. By no means is the following list exhaustive; so make sure to check out other event calendars online as well!

Local Attractions

Mermet Springs – Scuba Diving

Bell Smith Springs

Dixon Springs State Park

Ferne Clyffe State Park

Southern Illinois Miners Baseball

Metropolis – Home of Superman

Wineries – Click for a complete list 

Breweries – Click for a complete list 

Fall & Summer Events

Country 4 Country Kickoff Concert – July 21

Peach Festival Cobden – August 3 & 4

DuQuoin State Fair – August 23 – September 2

Riverside Art, Wine, & Blues Festival – September 7

Popeye Picnic Chester – September 7 – September 9

Popcorn Day Celebration – September 12 – September 14

Apple Fest Murphysboro – September 18 – September 21

Pope County Deer Festival Golconda – November 15 – November 17

Other Ongoing Events

Carbondale Community Friday Night Fair – July 26, Aug 23, Sept 20, Oct 25 from 6 pm – 9 pm

Murphysboro Farmers Market – June 22 – Sept 7 every Saturday from 8 am – Noon 

Marion Farmers Market – Every Wednesday 6 – 10 am and Saturdays 6 am – Noon

Active Sporting Events

Sweltering Sangria Half Marathon & 5K – July 20

Shawnee Hills 100mi, 110k, & 50k – August 24-25

Carterville Chamber Twilight 5K Glow Run/Walk – September 6

The Last Boyscout (Running Race) – September 14

For Kid’s Sake Superhero 5K – September 28

Rock Climbing – Jackson Falls, Giant City, Cedar Bluff

Discovering Fun For Everyone In Southern Illinois

If there’s nothing on this list that is of interest to you, discover even more opportunities by searching online, grabbing a local newspaper, or checking in with your local chamber of commerce. 

Start taking advantage of all that Southern Illinois has to offer!