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Restaurants, Festivals and Fun Events in the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Area

1_Best_Cities_WebIf 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.

Restaurants

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.

Entertainment

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!