One of the best aspects about living in Edwardsville, Illinois and its surrounding communities is the many activities that “spring-up” during the spring and summer months. There is so much to do locally when the weather is nice you may not ever have to cross the river into downtown St. Louis! I thought it would be fun to share a sampling of the fun events in this great community. Start planning your weekends now and experience everything there is to love about livin’ la vida local!
Goshen Market, May-October. Love fresh produce and veggies, arts and crafts? Then you don’t want to miss the Goshen Market in Downtown Edwardsville on Saturdays, May through October. At the market, you’ll find fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables, farm fresh eggs, naturally raised meats – beef, pork and poultry – along with baked goods, pottery, jewelry, other fine arts, honey, soaps, seedlings, cut flowers and more. Located in green-space adjacent to the courthouse downtown, you’ll love the energy and the family-friendly fun that Goshen Market has to offer. The market fills downtown Edwardsville with a little something for everyone on Saturday mornings, rain or shine. Learn more by visiting there website at http://www.goshenmarket.org/.
9th Annual Taste of Edwardsville, Saturday, May 13. This great event is the biggest fundraiser for Edwardsville Neighbors in Need, an organization that raises funds to ease the financial burdens of local families with various needs. Over the years, Taste of Edwardsville has grown to include 20+ local eateries, live music, and a fantastic silent auction. Money raised goes to local families facing a medical or emergency hardship whether it’s an illness or an injury and helps pay for things like medical bills, mortgages, food or gas cards. Tickets for the event include unlimited food tasting and drink specials. Want to mix and mingle in the community? Don’t miss this delicious affair, with tickets going on sale April 13, 2017. Last year tickets sold out in 24 hours so don’t delay.
Next up, Bonifest! The St. Boniface Bonifest has been a Memorial Day Weekend tradition for over 30 years. Another family-friendly event, Bonifest is filled with carnival rides, food, music, raffles and fun. The 5k run is a favorite for the community and happens Saturday morning of the festival. A great 5k for all ages and abilities, it takes runners through historic Leclaire Park and many other wonderful, tree-lined streets in Edwardsville. The activities are located at the church at the intersection of Vandalia and Buchanan in downtown Edwardsville. It’s a great way to “kick off” the summer months in Edwardsville and Glen Carbon!
Get your “kicks” at Route 66. Celebrating its 20th year in 2017, the Edwardsville Route 66 Festival is one of the best ways to experience the community, offering a classic car show, great food, drinks, vendors and history. Headlining acts rock the stage at City Park, adjacent to the Edwardsville Public Library downtown. There are bounce houses for the kids, crafts in conjunction with the Edwardsville Art Center and more. This year will even be more exciting with 20th Anniversary “surprises” that will surely knock your socks off. Block of your calendar now for June 9-10, 2017 and learn more about the festival at http://www.edwardsvilleroute66.com/.
Glen Carbon Homecoming – Father’s Day Weekend. A great way to spend time with dad is at the Glen Carbon Homecoming that happens every Father’s Day Weekend. This year, June 16-17, Main Street in Glen Carbon, Illinois is blocked off and filled with food, carnival rides and fun. The homecoming parade kicks off the festivities on Friday night, with back-to-back activities to follow for all ages. Whether you enjoy local music or a night out to catch up with friends, the Glen Carbon Homecoming is another tradition you don’t want to miss. They also offer a 5K Covered Bridge Run on Saturday morning that people flock to.
There are so many fun things to do with friends and family in the Edwardsville and surrounding areas in the spring and summer, it’s difficult to list them all. The City of Edwardsville also offers the Edwardsville Municipal Band weekly summer series, a variety of movies shown outdoors at City Park as well as musical entertainment, great shows at the local Wildey Theater, and a vibrant downtown experience filled with top-notch restaurants, boutique shopping and more.
If you or a loved one is looking to relocate to the Edwardsville or Glen Carbon area, please contact me for all of your real estate needs at 618-978-2384. I’d be happy to share more information on the abundance of wonderful places to go and things to do in the area. Springtime brings with it even more to do in the thriving community of Edwardsville!
If you are thinking about moving to the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon area, there are many things to make you fall in love with it. Edwardsville/Glen Carbon has many restaurants, festivals, and fun things for you to enjoy.
Cleveland Heath, located on Main Street in downtown Edwardsville, was voted Readers’ Choice by Sauce Magazine. From the pork chop, to the chicken wings, to the BLT, you will be sure to find something that will keep you coming back for more.
Global Brew Tap House on North Buchanan is the place for craft beer lovers. They have 50 beers on tap and around 200 bottled brands from all over the world. They also have a hand-selected wine list for you to choose from.
Peel Wood Fired Pizza in Edwardsville is the place to enjoy gourmet wood fired pizza baked in a real wood burning oven. Everything is made fresh from scratch for an amazing taste experience. Your pizza can be pared with their large selection of craft beers or fine wines.
Stur Restaurant serves great seasonal and regional dishes with their own creative twist. It is a nice quiet place for a family dinner or to take your out- of -town guest for a treat.
1818 Chophouse is a comfortable and inviting place that will make you feel like you are a VIP. They focus on the finest steaks, chops, and seafood and highlight seasonal produce to create a unique dining experience.
Festivals and Events
The Edwardsville Route 66 Festival is fun for the entire family. Usually held in mid June, the festival is where you will find great food from several vendors and also local artists displaying their work. You don’t want to miss the Classic Car show where you can walk through the lot for a close-up look at the classic cars being displayed by the local residents. Edwardsville is one of the oldest communities along Route 66. You can visit the history tent and learn more from local historians. You can also enjoy a trolley ride to see the historic buildings in town.
The Glen Carbon Homecoming is usually held on Father’s Day weekend each year. There are games, food, rides, fireworks, a parade, and fun for the entire family during this two-day event.
Bonifest, which is put on by the St. Boniface Catholic Church, is fun for the entire family. It is a great weekend full of music, food, carnival rides and raffles. It is usually held in May each year on Memorial Day weekend.
Parks and Recreation
Yoga in the Park is held on Thursdays 7pm-8pm at Joe Glik Park on East Lake Drive. Another Session is held on Saturdays from 9am-10am at Leclaire Park on Hale Avenue. There is no fee and all you need to do is bring your yoga mat and water bottle.
Movies in the Park is a summer event where you can watch a movie outside under the stars. The family-friendly movies are shown after dusk at the bandstand in City Park. All movies are free. Just bring a lawn chair and enjoy the show.
The Annual Fishing Derby is held every June at Leclaire Park. Prizes are given or the biggest fish and the most fish caught. Kids must be 15 and younger to participate.
The Wildey Theatre is a historical landmark. It was opened in 1909 as an opera house. It later became a movie theater. The last movie shown was attended by over 400 people on March 8, 1994. The city has since acquired possession of the theater and extensive renovations have been made. It is now a venue for live performances and showing classic films.
Edison’s Entertainment Complex is fun for the whole family. They offer unlimited bowling, laser tag, and arcade games. They also have a great food menu. It’s a fun place to host a birthday party or a corporate event.
The Edwardsville Municipal Band has been a tradition since 1843. Along with its weekly summer concert series in City Park, Thursday nights at 8pm, they perform for civic events and march in our holiday parades.
This just scratches the surface too! There is a lot to see and do in Edwardsville/Glen Carbon. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me!