Noon Friday, Sept. 29, is the deadline to appear in next week’s What’s Happening. We must receive your event in writing with a contact phone number for questions.
Due to the number of submissions received, events may run only one time in print. Submitted event info will be edited and run the week before the event date.
Send event info via email to email@example.com. Questions, call Jennifer Green at 618-239-2643.
▪ 15th annual Metro East PrideFest: Celebrating Diversity, Equity and Inclusion — Noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30. East Main Street, Downtown Belleville. Metro East PrideFest 2023 promises a day of love, laughter and unity. Festivities include live music (on two stages!) and dancing, drag shows, a doggie drag show, a high heel drag race and a lot more fun. This event is about embracing diversity, spreading love, and standing together in PRIDE. metroeastpride.org
▪ Three-Day Book Sale — 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30. Millstadt Library, 115 W. Laurel St., Millstadt. The library is selling books to make room for a remodel. Items will cost what you want to donate. 618-476-1887 or facebook.com/MillstadtLibrary.
▪ Autism and Our Community Classes Meeting — 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28. Millstadt Library, 115 W. Laurel St., Millstadt. Millstadt Library was awarded a $20,000 grant to help better meet the needs of minority audiences and is teaming up with Trinity Services to host classes on Autism for families. Join the Millstadt Library and Trinity Services for a community meeting to set the types of classes, times and dates, and let us know what you hope to get out of these classes. 618-476-1887.
▪ Book Signing: Ed Wheatley and St. Louis Sports History — 4-6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29. Field House Museum, 634 S. Broadway, St. Louis. Local sports historian, author, and documentarian Ed Wheatley joins the Field House Museum to sign copies of his books on St. Louis sports history, including “The St. Louis Cardinals: Everything You Need to Know” (2023); “St. Louis Sports Memories: Forgotten Teams and Moments from America’s Best Sports Town” (2022); “Baseball in St. Louis: From Little Leagues to Major Leagues” (2020); “Incredible Cardinals” (2018); and “St. Louis Browns: The Story of a Beloved Team” (2017). Stop by before the Cardinals take on the Cincinnati Reds down the street at Busch Stadium and pick up a personalized piece of sports history. fieldhousemuseum.org
▪ Harvest Festival — 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29. Belleville Heart Garden, 806 S. High St., Belleville. Join the harvest celebration and enjoy live music, games, Heart Garden tours, fire pits, and food & beverages from LongStory Coffee, Clara B’s and Grafted Wine Bar. facebook.com/BellevilleHeartGarden
▪ Leaps of Love 24-Hour Laps for Leaps — 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29 through 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30. HIghland Speedway, Highland. A family-friendly fundraising event with activities in the grandstands, food trucks, a Kids Zone (with bounce houses, crafts, games), a cornhole tournament Saturday afternoon, a vendor fair Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., spectator camping on the south side of the track, and a whole lot of entertainment on the track with the 40 Team during the Challenge Hours. For admission and other info: leapsoflove.org.
▪ Canine Carnival at the Alton Farmers & Artisans Market — 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 30. Corner of Landmarks Boulevard and Henry Street, Alton. The free event will offer many activities to enjoy and pet-related vendor booths to browse. Plus, you can learn about many local animal welfare charities and services for your pets. Pet parade at 10 a.m. and a costume contest. There will be face painting, balloon animals, activities for pets and families, vendors selling pet-related products, info on local veterinarians and much more. downtownalton.com/events
▪ Caffeine and Chrome — 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 30. Gateway Classic Cars, 1237 Central Park Drive #1, O’Fallon. Cruise in with your collectible car or daily driver and bring your appetite. Indulge in pastries and coffee (while supplies last). All makes and models are welcome, with plenty of parking space. This is a family and pet friendly event. Free and open to the public. facebook.com/events/1467388670415073
▪ 9th annual Touch-A-Truck Event — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30. Edwardsville Township Community Park, 6368 Center Grove Road, Edwardsville. Featuring nearly 50 vehicles on-site for kids to explore. Kid-centric activities include face painting, decorating wood cars and trucks, martial arts interactive activities and courses, free merchandise and more. Lunch and snack items available for purchase.
▪ Zootoberfest at the Saint Louis Zoo — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 30-Oct. 1. Saint Louis Zoo, One Government Drive, St. Louis. Enjoy a Zoo-themed, family-friendly Oktoberfest. Take advantage of the cooler weather and visit the Zoo’s animals, exhibits and attractions. Kids can participate in fun activities, including an obstacle course and arts and crafts. German-inspired food, including beer brats, giant Bavarian pretzels, turkey legs and more, is available for purchase, along with apple cider, root beer and other soft drinks. Beer trailers throughout the Zoo offer a variety of local and craft brews (ages 21 and older) for purchase. An exclusive Zootoberfest beer stein with discounts for refills is available for purchase (while supplies last). Free admission. Additional dates: Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 7-8. stlzoo.org/zootoberfest
▪ Fourth annual Bulgarian Festival — 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30. Holy Trinity Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Church, 1300 Grand Ave., Madison. There is a fairly sizable Bulgarian population in the Greater St. Louis Area, and all members of the community are invited to come experience the richness of our culture and traditions first-hand. The annual festival will feature authentic food, live music by “Bulgarika” (a renowned Chicago-based folk group), performances by three folk dance ensembles (“Zhiv Ogun” and “BG Spirit,” which are both based in St. Louis, and “Zagora,” which is based in Chicago), inflatables and more. Free and open to the public. bulfest.org
▪ Third annual Fears Market — 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30. The Old Bakery Beer Co., 400 Landmarks Blvd., Alton. Holiday Fears Market is back again to celebrate the release of Spooky Scary Stout. In addition to releasing the delicious BBA Stout with Peanut Butter and Chocolate, there will be food and drink specials, tarot card reading, and a great selection of vendors selling their spooky wares. facebook.com/OldBakeryBeer
▪ Metro East Coin & Currency Club 41st annual Fall Coin Show — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1. American Legion Post 365, 1022 Vandalia (Route 159), Collinsville. The show offers a wide variety of U.S. and World coins, paper money, tokens, medals, books and collecting supplies. Free hourly door prizes, free attendance, free parking, free appraisals of coins, currency, medals, tokens, gold, silver and jewelry. Show Me Big Raffle that includes Gold and Silver coins. Open to the public. Full-service BBQ meals are available through the American Legion. For updates and more information go to MetroEastCoinCurrencyClub.com.
▪ Fifth annual St. Louis VegFest — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1. World’s Fair Pavilion, Forest Park, St. Louis. This family-friendly festival is 100% vegan with guests traveling from all over the country. St. Louis VegFest features a wide variety of presentations and activities including around 80 food and merchandise vendors, yoga classes, inspiring guest speakers, kids corner, and music. For a full schedule of events, visit stlouisvegfest.org.
▪ Grow Solar Metro East: Virtual Power Hour — Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4. Online via Zoom. Learn the basics of solar, its financial implications for your property and how the program works. Free and open to the public. growsolar.org/metro-east
▪ Dandy Dancers Square Dance — 7-9:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29. Caseyville Township Senior Center, 10001 Bunkum Road, Fairview Heights. Come out for an evening of fun. Next dance will be the anniversary dance on Friday, Oct. 6. Want to learn? Ask about lessons. 618-234-1311.
▪ 22nd annual Vintage Voices Walking Tours — Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 7-8, & 14-15. Alton Cemetery, 5th and Vine streets, Alton. The hour-long walking tours will begin at noon all four days and leave from the main gate on Vine Street in Alton every 15-20 minutes. Tickets are on sale now online at vintagevoices.eventbrite.com. Pricing is $15 for adults and $10 for students with ID. A non-walking performance returns 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at Lovejoy Event Center, 401 Piasa St., Alton. Seating is limited to 60 people. Tickers are $15 and can be purchased online at vintagevoices.eventbrite.com.
Worth the Drive
▪ Route 66 UFO Festival & 5K Alien Chase Run — 5-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1. The Pink Elephant Antique Mall, 908 Veterans Memorial Drive, Livingston. The family-fun event will have games for the whole family including a cornhole tournament, costume contest (judging daily), inflatable obstacle course, kids dash, and more. There will be a vendor fair each day on the grounds, and the antique mall will be open (until 5 p.m. daily). There will be a variety of delicious foods available for purchase at the festival from The Twistee Treat Diner and Toast of the Town food truck. Free admission, free parking. Charges for some events. route66ufofestival.hytix.com
▪ River-to-River Trail Society Fall Hike: Millstone Lake Trail #32 (Johnson County) — 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7. Meet at intersection of Highway 147 and Cedar Grove Church Road. This will be a hike of moderate difficulty, 5.2 miles in length, 4 hours hiking time. This will be a loop hike. The event is intended for people in good health who have done some hiking. Hiking sticks and sturdy shoes are recommended. Hikers should bring their own water and a snack. No dogs, please. Free and open to the public. This hike will be led by Bill Gilmour, 270-331-1553. rivertorivertrail.net
▪ GLO Bingo — 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30. Tribout’s BelleVegas Bingo Hall, 517 S. Illinois St., Belleville. Doors open at 6 p.m. GLO Box raffle, 50/50, wagon of booze, prize for best table centerpiece and more. Cost: $30 in advance, $35 at the door includes six bingo cards for 10 games, glow hat and glow dauber. Sponsored by Zonta Club of Mascoutah. Proceeds benefit scholarships, VPC and local charities. glo-bingo.com/events
▪ Granite City Senior Social Club Bingo — 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1. Granite City Township Hall, 2060 Delmar Ave., Granite City. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Cost: $1 admission and $1 for four cards. 618-444-6771.
▪ Belleville/Swansea Moose Lodge Sunday Night Bingo — 6:30 p.m. Sundays. Belleville/Swansea Moose Lodge, 2425 N. Illinois St., Swansea. Games start at 6:30 p.m. Early Bird at 6:15 p.m. Cards sold at 5 p.m. Open to the public. Bring a canned good for one free card.
▪ Metro Cribbage Club — 12:30 p.m. Mondays. American Legion Post 365, 1022 Vandalia St., Collinsville. For more information, contact Yvonne Bright, 618-344-1521 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
▪ Troy Senior Center Bingo — 12:30 p.m. Mondays. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 112 N. Border, Troy. Includes light snack, cash prizes. No cost to play, no RSVP required. 618-667-2022.
▪ The Saint Louis Chamber Chorus: ‘The Baltic States’ — 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1. Second Baptist Church, 9030 Clayton Road, Richmond Heights, Missouri. The Chorus opens its 68th season with the series, “A Choral Atlas,” starting at the Baltic region, selecting music from the countries that border that sea. Classical masters like Brahms, Grieg and Nielsen are complemented with less familiar but equally worthy composers like Jussi Chydenius & Fanny Hensel, and the Chorus’ commitment to women composers is evident as it gives the North American premiere of Marian cycle by Lithuanian composer, Raminta Serksnyte. Free parking. For tickets and info: 636-458-4343 or chamberchorus.org.
▪ Third annual Haunted Garage Horror Festival — Thursday, Oct. 5 through Saturday, Oct. 7. Hi-Pointe Theatre, 1005 McCausland Ave., St. Louis. The event kicks off 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, with a horror-themed cocktail meet-and-greet with festival guests and a classic car Trunk-or-Treat event for families benefiting Stray Rescue of St. Louis. The weekend promises to thrill and excite with film submissions from all around the globe, presentations by horror experts and the opportunity to meet and connect with other passionate artists. For tickets, schedule and other info: hauntedgaragehorrorfest.com.
▪ Wayne E. Lanter Lecture Series: Major General John Bartrum ‘90 — 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5. Hettenhausen Center for the Arts, 400 N. Alton St., Lebanon. Doors open 6:30 p.m. Major General John J. Bartrum, Chief Executive Officer of Brightstar Innovation Group, LLC, and the mobilization assistant to the surgeon general of the Air Force and Space Force, will be speaking as part of the university’s annual Wayne E. Lanter Lecture Series, which invites influential business leaders and entrepreneurs to share their insight and strategies for success. Admission is free and open to both students and the general public. thehett.com
▪ Prison Performing Arts Alumni Theatre Company presents ‘A Chilling Night of One Acts’ — 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5 through Saturday, Oct. 7, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8. Rehearsal Studio of Prison Performing Arts and St. Louis Shakespeare Festival, 3333 Washington Ave., St. Louis. Performances of “Waiting for Hecate,” written by E.K. Doolin, and “The Privilege of Being Second,” written by Eric Satterfield and David Nonemaker. For info and reservations: prisonperformingarts.org.
▪ St. Louis Symphony Orchestra: ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ in Concert — 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8. Stifel Theatre, 1400 Market St., St. Louis. The SLSO revisits one of Tim Burton’s most adored films, “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” bringing Danny Elfman’s hauntingly charming score to life as the movie plays on Stifel Theatre’s big screen. “The Nightmare Before Christmas” follows Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, on his quest to seize Christmas with the help of some mischievous trick-or-treaters. slso.org
▪ McKendree presents The Wee Heavies — 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6. Hettenhausen Center for the Arts, 400 N. Alton St., Lebanon. Back by popular demand, The Wee Heavies have won a following with their eclectic mix of Scottish, Irish, and American folk music, which combines tradition, innovative and original arrangements, and moving interpretation. For tickets and info: thehett.com
▪ Philharmonic Society of Belleville Stars of Tomorrow Concerto Competition — 9 a.m to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14. Belleville Philharmonic Hall, 116 N. Jackson St., Belleville. All skilled instrumentalists or vocalists ages 10-22 are encouraged to audition. Application and video submission deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1. For details and application: bellevillephilharmonic.org.
Community & Farmers Markets
▪ Swansea Farmers Market — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays. Rural King parking lot, 2801 N. Illinois St., Swansea. Fresh local produce, baked goods, unique handmade crafts and more. Rain or shine. 618-520-5107 or facebook.com/SwanseaFarmersMarketInc.
▪ Monroe County Farmers Market - Columbia — 4-7 p.m. Thursdays. Turner Hall, 211 E. Cherry St., Columbia. Local vendors offering plants and produce, baked treats and more. facebook.com/monroecountyfarmersmarket
▪ Millstadt Township Farmers Market — 3-6 p.m. Fridays. Millstadt VFW, 200 Veterans Drive, Millstadt. Fresh produce, baked goods, unique crafts, plants, honey, jams, jellies, flowers, jewelry, handmade soaps, eggs and vintage antiques. VFW also open for food, drinks and restrooms. Help support the veterans. 618-476-3037. Call, text or facebook.com/MillstadtFarmersMarket.
▪ Carlyle Farmers Market — 5 p.m. until dusk Friday, Sept. 29. Carlyle VFW, 1250 Franklin St., Carlyle. Fresh produce, meat, eggs and bread. Freshly cut flowers, plants, fudge, syrup … you never know what you’ll find at the Market. Rain or shine; canceled only if serious thunderstorms are in the area. carlylelake.com/carlyle-courthouse-square-farmers-market
▪ Monroe County Farmers Market - Waterloo — 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Monroe County Annex, 901 Illinois Ave., Waterloo. Produce, plants, baked goods, coffee vendors and so much more. Live entertainment and activities for the kids too. facebook.com/monroecountyfarmersmarket
▪ Belleville Old Town Farmers Market — 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Northwest corner of East Washington and South Charles streets, Belleville. Fresh produce, grass fed beef and other meats, plants, honeys, jams and jellies, crafters, and more.
▪ Alton Farmers & Artisans Market — 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Corner of Landmarks Boulevard and Henry Street, Alton. An abundance of fresh produce, crafts, baked goods, plants and flowers, locally-raised, hormone-free meat, handmade soaps, jewelry, artwork, and much more. 618-463-1016 or facebook.com/AltonFarmersMarket.
▪ Land of Goshen Community Market — 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays. 100 St. Louis St., Edwardsville. Open rain or shine. Fresh, locally grown produce, baked goods, crafts, live music and so much more. 618-307-6045 or facebook.com/goshenmarket.
▪ Vine Street Market at O’Fallon Station — 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays. O’Fallon Station, 212 E. 1st St., O’Fallon. Locally grown vegetables, flowers, fruits, eggs, cheese and meats. A selection of bakers and sweet treats along with coffee, craft brew beverages and artisans. Live music, patio seating, food truck on site. Bicycle and pet friendly. 618-624-0139 or ofallonvinestreetmarket.com.
Clubs & Support Groups
▪ O’Fallon Woman’s Club — 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 28. St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 111 O’Fallon Troy Road, O’Fallon. Guest speaker: Norma Mccandless, Metro East Diaper Bank. The organization distributes diapers and wipes to different organizations that help low-income families. Please bring donations to the meeting. Regular meetings are held at noon on the fourth Thursday of the month, unless otherwise specified. Guests are welcome. ofallonwomansclub.org or facebook.com/OFallonWomansClubInc
▪ Metro-East Women’s Cancer Support Group — 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28. The Rec Complex, 9950 Bunkum Road, Fairview Heights. The intent is to build a supportive community for local women affected by any type of cancer. Through education, advocacy, and empowerment, the care team aims to improve the quality of life for those who are facing the challenges of cancer, during or post treatments. It will be a safe and inclusive space where women can find comfort, resources, and inspiration, as well as the opportunity to connect with others who understand what they are going through. Sessions will be facilitated by Kareen Egerson, RN, and Dr. Camille Williams, medical director of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital Radiation Oncology Services. Fourth Thursday of the month (excluding July and December). There is no charge to attend. RSVPs are not required but are helpful. facebook.com/stelizhshs
▪ National Alliance on Mental Illness: Family Support Group — 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28. Online via Zoom. These support meetings are for family members, significant others and/or friends of persons with a mental health condition. Facilitators: Pat Rudloff and Beverly Churchill. Held the fourth Thursday of the month. For information: email@example.com or 618-798-9788.
▪ Square Dance Lessons — 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays. Caseyville Township Senior Center, 10001 Bunkum Road, Fairview Heights. Dandy Dancers Square Dance Club is still accepting students for square dance lessons. If interested, stop by or contact Rick at 618-234-1311 for more information.
▪ Grief Share Seminar/Group — 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays thru Dec. 5. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Fellowship Hall, lower level, 1300 Beltline Road, Collinsville. Grief Share is for people grieving the death of a loved one. The seminar features practical suggestions and reassurance through video interviews with counselors, grief experts and others who have experienced the death of a loved one. Can start at any session. Cost: $20 for the workbook. 618-344-3151 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
▪ International Women’s Organization Speaker Series: Uzbekistan Today with Maktuba Ravshanova — 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3. Eden Village, 200 S. Station Road, Glen Carbon. Maktuba Ravshanova is studying International Finance at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville through the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program, which provides one-semester scholarships to outstanding undergraduate students from around the world. She will speak about the beauty of Uzbekistan, its rich history, unique culture and how women’s roles in society have changed over time. For more information: Esther 618-406-0259, Barbara 618-830-5804 or Joyce 618-791-3341.
▪ St. Clair County Genealogical Society — 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5. Online via Zoom. Program: “The Booker T. Washington Cemetery Project.” Kris Wade, SCCGS Project Coordinator, shares the progress of transcribing the records of this cemetery, challenges and interesting facts discovered along the way. The Booker T. Washington Cemetery has approximately 12,000 burials of many African American residents, some of whom were born into slavery. Though the cemetery is now abandoned, each one of the individuals buried there has a story and a history that is important to share with not only the surrounding area, but also with the people of Illinois. Efforts by community members hope to secure National Historic Register status for this burial ground in the future. The meeting is open to the public, but space is limited. Reservation information is at stclair-ilgs.org/events or facebook.com/STCCGSIL.
▪ Waterloo VFW Post #6504 Fish Fry — 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays. Waterloo VFW Post #6504, 406 Veterans Drive, Waterloo. Traditional Menu of cod, walleye, catfish, shrimp, chicken, chicken strips, hamburgers, fries, slaw, hush puppies, onion rings, fried green beans and fried mushrooms. Cash bar available. Dine-in or carryout. Credit/debit cards accepted. Orders can be called in at 618-939-7999.
▪ O’Fallon Knights of Columbus & Ladies Auxiliary Fish Fry — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. Fridays. Knights of Columbus Hall, 402 E. U.S. 50, O’Fallon. Traditional menu of cod, tilapia, catfish, hamburgers, hot dogs, pork steaks and several side dishes. Dine-in and carryout. Credit cards accepted. Orders can be called in at 618-632-6229. facebook.com/KnightsOfColumbus4239
▪ Swansea Fish Stand — 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays. KC Club & Event Center, 5420 Old Collinsville Road, O’Fallon. Cod, walleye, catfish, shrimp and more. Open for carryout, call-in and dine-in orders. 618-222-7171. facebook.com/KCClubEastStLouis
▪ Aviston Legion Fish Fry — 4:30-7 p.m. Fridays. American Legion Post 1239, 601 S. Clinton, Aviston. Cod (baked or fried), catfish, shrimp, hush puppies, chicken strips, fries, baked potato, slaw, applesauce. Dine-in and carryout. 618-228-7311. avistonlegion.com
▪ Okawville American Legion Fish Fry — 5-8 p.m. Fridays. American Legion Post 233, 205 N. Hanover St., Okawville. Dine in or carryout. Also serving lunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday with a salad bar. Pizza made fresh and served every day. facebook.com/OkawvilleLegion
▪ Free Workshop: Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) for Healthy Aging — 12:30-2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 3 thru Nov. 7. AgeSmart, 801 W. State St., O’Fallon. WRAP for Healthy Aging is a free workshop that anyone can use to feel less isolated and more in control of their life. Connect with peers and develop your personal Wellness Toolbox and Plan for improved well-being, physical health, and quality of life! Healthy aging involves changing along with our challenges as life circumstances change (e.g., heart issues, declining strength, all of the physical changes that go with healthy aging and the many losses that go with it). In this evidence-based program, you will collaborate with peers to address these challenges and make a plan for the future. Participants will receive a free workbook to keep. Registration closes Oct. 2. st-louis.oasiseverywhere.org
▪ Farm-to-Table Dinner — 5:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12. Eckert’s Farm, 951 S. Green Mount Road, Belleville. This exclusive, multi-course dinner in partnership with Chef Loryn Nalic of Balkan Treat Box and her team will be hosted under the pavilion of Eckert’s Cider Shed. Included are four courses of apple-inspired dishes, a welcome drink, a tractor ride around the farm, and a Pick-Your-Own apple experience. Each course will be paired with one of Eckert’s signature hard ciders. Cost: $60 per ticket. For tickets: belleville.eckerts.com
▪ Howlin’ Hayride Moonlight Movie — 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13. Laderman Park, 1105 Mascoutah Ave., Belleville. Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. Movie starts at 7:15 p.m. Event includes hayride, bonfire, s’mores, costume contest and Scooby snack. Each paid participant will receive one entry bracelet for the hayride and movie, plus one Boo Bucket of goodies. Movie: Scooby-Doo: The Movie. Cost: $10 per person. Concessions open for purchases. Bring chairs or blankets for movie. No alcohol permitted. Registration deadline is Oct. 9. Register: belleville.net/currentactivities, 618-233-1416 or at 510 W. Main St., Belleville.