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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – Check out these events happening in the area! Do you have an event going on you would like people to know about? Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Include what the event is, where and when it is happening and who is sponsoring the event. Don’t forget to include if there is a charge.
Saturday, Sept. 11-18
SEMO District Fair at Arena Park in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Monday, September 13 – Friday, September 17 – 1 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 18 – 9 am. – 10:30 p.m.
Gate Specials – Two for Tuesday (2 for $5) and Thrifty Thursday ($3 single entry). See semofair.com for details.
Gate Prices – Adults & Children (12 & Over) – $5
Weekly Individual Pass – $30
Parking – Free General Public Parking
Wednesday, Sept. 15 – Saturday, Sept. 18
2021 Eldorado Town & Country Days – “Here Comes The Sun”
All entertainment is free to the public. Lawn chairs are welcome.
Thursday, Sept. 16
SEMO District Fair
Thrifty Thursday – All entry gate admissions only $3.
Activities Tent Schedule
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.: Name That Tune game
8 p.m.: Whiskey Myers (Click here for tickets.)
Ken Jennings, Greatest ‘Jeopardy!’ Player of All Time, will speak at SIU Sept. 16
The world’s all-time top television game show winner, best-selling author, game show host and “Greatest Jeopardy! Player of All Time,” Ken Jennings, is coming to Southern Illinois University Carbondale on Sept. 16. Jennings will speak at Shryock Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. about “Importance of Education: Artificial Intelligence and Knowledge in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, the role of higher education shaping the next 150 years.” The public is welcome and admission is free and available on a first-come, first-served basis with no advance seating reservations. Masks will be required. Afterward the “King of Trivia Nation” will sign copies of his book “Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs,” which will be available for sale in the lobby. Jennings was originally set to speak at SIU in March 2020, in conjunction with the University’s 150th anniversary celebration, but the event had to be postponed due to the pandemic. Click for more information.
The Freemans – Gospel Night at Eldorado Town & Country Days in Eldorado, Ill.
Family harmony, powerful presence, and a timeless message made forever new. These are only a few of the rich gifts one can expect to experience when attending a concert or church service with The Freemans.
Virtual event: Homeschool: Insect Intrigue – Insects are everywhere and help to shape the world as we know it. Learn the importance of insects and discover their amazing diversity as you take a close up look at special features that help them survive. Click to register for this virtual event on Sept. 16 from 10 – 10:30 a.m.
In person event: Homeschool: Insect Intrigue – Insects are everywhere and help to shape the world as we know it. Learn the importance of insects and discover their amazing diversity as we take a close up look at special features that help them survive. You will grab nets and head outside to capture and observe some of the insects that live in the nature center gardens. This is from 2 – 3:30 p.m. You must cancel your registration before Thursday, September 16, 2021. All registrants for this event must be between 6 and 15 years of age by 9/16/2021. Click here to register.
Patrons of the Arts presents a performance of “Jeff and Sheri Easter” at 7 p.m. September 16 at the Tinnin Fine Arts Center on the Three Rivers College campus. The Easters deliver family harmonies and a message of hope in dynamic performances of southern and country/bluegrass gospel music. “The Easters are award-winning performers of gospel music,” said Robert Abney, Director of the Tinnin Fine Arts Center. “This will be a wonderful show for gospel lovers, and very affordable compared to other similar concerts in our area.” Tickets are $15 each and are available online at trcc.edu/tinnin (online fee may be charged) and in person at the Three Rivers Student Accounts Office and the Tinnin Center Art Gallery. Tickets will be sold at the door, if any remain. All seats reserved.
Game Night at the Museum
518 S Fountain Street
Cape Girardeau, MO
It’s a fun evening with classic games at the Crisp Museum. Explore the Museum’s exhibits and have some fun. Popcorn and light snacks will be provided. 573-651-2260
Friday, Sept. 17
SEMO District Fair
Activities Tent Schedule
- 9 a.m.: 4H & FFA Public Speaking competition
- 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Veteran appreciation
- 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Dueling Pianos (Chas Watkins & Brandon Bates)
- 7 p.m.: Hot Rod Truck and Tractor Pull (Buy tickets.)
Livestock Competitions and Judging
- 8 a.m.: Angus judging – Livestock Show Arena
- 9:30 a.m.: mini mules judging – Ballfield #7
- 1 p.m.: other breeds beef cattle with commercial heifers to follow – Livestock show arena
- 1:30 p.m.: Draft ponies judging – Ballfield #7
- 3:30 p.m.: 4H draft horse, draft mule, mini mule and draft pony judging – Ballfield #7
- 7:30 p.m.: Draft ponies and mini mule hitches judging – Ballfield #7
Competitions and Contests
- 10 a.m.: 4H & FFA Tractor Rodeo – Grandstand area infield (Ballfield #4)
- 6:30 p.m.: Cross-cut saw competition – Antique Tractor display area
SoutheastHEALTH is holding its 27th annual golf tournament on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 at Dalhousie Golf Club in Cape Girardeau. The annual golf tournament is held every fall at Dalhousie Golf Club. Morning and afternoon sessions are available. Event proceeds benefit SoutheastHEALTH patients most in need. Donations support programs such as transportation for hospice patients, medications for low income patients, bereavement and counseling services, and much more. Learn more information and register.
The Shipyard Music Festival will be September 17-18, 2021 in downtown Cape Girardeau. It is a curated event for people who love music, the outdoors and discovering something new. The annual festival is a blend of genres, food, drinks, and a unique experience for the entire family. Check out shipyardfest.com for full information about the more than a dozen acts set to perform on two stages.
The 30th annual Old Greenville Days will by September 17-19 at the Greenville Recreation Area in Greenville, Mo. This free, three day event is packed with a ton of arts, crafts, history, and music! Gather lawn chairs and tell your friends! Call the Wappapello Lake Management Office at 573-222-8562 with questions for visit the Facebook event page. *Schedule subject to change
Liverpool Legends at Eldorado Town & Country Days in Eldorado, Ill.
7 p.m. – Pat Abell Live
8 p.m. – Historical Marker Dedication
8:30 p.m. – Liverpool Legends (free show)
The Saline County Tourism Board and Eldorado Town & Country Days teamed up to commemorate the first Beatle on American turf. In September 1963, pre-Beatle mania, George Harrison, lead guitarist for the British rock band The Beatles, visited Eldorado. That evening he sat in with a local group to thrill the crowd at the Eldorado VFW Post 3479. This was the first public performance in North America by a member of The Beatles. There will be a dedication by the Saline County Tourism Board and the Illinois Historical Society of a state historical marker honoring Harrison’s appearance. To celebrate this rare moment, the Liverpool Legends, a world-renowned Beatles Tribute Band will perform. Liverpool Legends “The Complete Beatles Experience!” are four incredibly talented musicians and actors hand-picked by Louise Harrison- sister of the late George Harrison.
Missouri Vietnam Wall Run 2021 – Perryville, Mo.
The third annual Vietnam Wall Run in honor of Vietnam veterans and POW/MIA is held on National POW/MIA Recognition weekend. It is free to participate in and everyone is welcome. On Friday night, attend the candlelight vigil at Missouri National Vietnam Wall Memorial in Perryville. Motorcyclists will drive by it during the Parade of Honor. It is a full-scale black granite Vietnam Veterans Memorial identical to that in Washington D.C. Saturday will be the Parade of Honor and ceremony with special guests Patrick Henry Brady, Medal of Honor recipient who served as a helicopter pilot in the Vietnam War, and also The Saluting Marine, Tim Chambers. Veterans Salute at dusk with a beautiful lantern release at Bikers on the Square.
Saturday, Sept. 18
SEMO District Fair
Activities Tent Schedule
- Noon – 1 p.m.: Sunny Hill Garden Center planting demonstrations and orchid planting
- 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Free Bingo
- 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.: Open Mic Karaoke (presented by You’re The Star Karaoke)
- 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Head 1st (band; classic rock/80s/dance)
- 6 p.m.: Hot Rod Truck and Tractor Pull (Get tickets.)
Competitions and Contests
- 8:30 a.m.: 4H Clover Kids’ small animal show
- 10:30 a.m.: Quarter scramble – Livestock show arena
- 11 a.m.: Cornhole/Bags tournament team singles event – American Legion pavilion
- 1 p.m.: Cornhole/Bags tournament doubles event – American Legion pavilion
- 2 p.m.: Pee Wee showmanship – Livestock show arena
Music Night at the Cape Girardeau County History Center is Sept. 18. This popular event has musicians sit in a circle and take turns making song selections, while the audience sits back and enjoys, preserving this porch singing culture of southeast Missouri.
The St. Louis Iron Mountain & Southern Railway has an On Track with the Classics Music train ride scheduled for 1 p.m. and an Evening – Murder Mystery Dinner Train at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18 in Jackson, Mo. View the full schedule and more information here.
Jackson Touch-a-truck at the Jackson Civic Center located at 381 Deerwood Drive in Jackson, Mo. from 9-11 a.m. (9-10 a.m. is reserved as quiet time.) Get up close to trucks, cars, and vehicles of all shapes and sizes! Including the Riverside Regional Library van! There will be a bouncy house and food trucks. Sponsored by Jackson Community Outreach Board and held at the Jackson Civic Center.
Strollin’ Through The Colon – Colorectal Cancer Awareness Event
Saturday, Sept. 18
9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Golconda, IL 62938
Join Southern Seven Health Department, Hope Light Foundation and University of Chicago Medicine Center for Asian Health Equity to learn about the prevention of colorectal cancer. Pick up your at-home screening test (FIT kit), tour the giant, inflatable walk-through colon, and learn about colon cancer prevention. Register for your chance to win $50 Amazon gift card and other freebies.
Here’s your chance to walk through a giant colon. 😊 To help slow the spread of COVID-19 masks are recommended at this event even though it will be outside. There will be plenty of room to social distance safely.
EAA Chapter 807 Fly-In/Drive-In Breakfast at The One-Niner Diner
Saturday, Sept. 18, the EAA Chapter 807 hosts its Monthly Fly-In/Drive-In Breakfast at the One Niner Diner located at 227 Airport Road in Mayfield, Ky. Hop in the airplane and fly on over to the Mayfield Graves County Airport (m25). No airplane, no problem we love our locals who drive in for our events too. The breakfasts are totally supported by your generous donations which make these events possible. No cash, no problem, credit/debit card donations are accepted as well.
Asleep at the Wheel with special guests Jason Eady & Ron Gidcumb at Eldorado Town & Country Days in Eldorado, Ill.
Free show – music starts at 6:45 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 18 – Sunday, Sept. 19
2021 Manifolds on Mainstreet will be in historic downtown Cape Girardeau, Mo. on Saturday, Sept. 18 through Sunday, Sept. 19. This 43rd annual car show features more than 25 vehicle classes. It is the largest show between Memphis and St. Louis. Trophies will be awarded for Best Engine, Best Paint, Best Interior and more. All participants are eligible for cash and door prizes.
Saturday, Sept. 18 – 4-7 p.m. – Cruisin’ Cape
Join fellow car enthusiasts at Capaha Park in Cape Girardeau for free barbecue, chips, beverages, music, door prizes and more. Purchase souvenir t-shirts. Learn more about the River City Rodders and how to become a member.
Sunday, Sept. 19 – 8 a.m. – noon
Car Show Registration – $15 entry fee. Proceeds benefit Women’s Safe House and other local non-profit organizations.
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Free Spectator Car Show
1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Virtual (Missouri Department of Conservation)
Snakes Alive! Snakes are often feared because they’re misunderstood. Do you wish you knew more about these secretive reptiles? Here’s your chance! Come meet some of the nature center snakes, learn to identify common snakes, and how to tell venomous from nonvenomous. They will also talk about the ecological benefits of having snakes around. Learn more.
Sunday, Sept. 19
The Manifolds on Mainstreet 43rd Annual Car Show will be held on Sunday, Sept. 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Cape Girardeau. See cars dating all the way back to 1900! Plenty of fun can be had viewing the cars and participating in 50/50 drawings! It’s free! Contact
573-388-6536 for more info.
Sunday, Sept. 19 – Friday, Oct. 1
The City of Cape Girardeau Corporate Games is an annual event developed to promote healthier lifestyles, teamwork, participation, and fun for Cape Girardeau area businesses and employee-based organizations. The competition consists of diverse team events, encouraging participation from individuals of all interests and abilities. Your team is encouraged to enter as many different events as possible. Points are awarded to each team for participating and placing in events. Plaques are awarded to the top teams in each of two divisions. The company or organization earning the most points at the end the of competition will be awarded the “Corporate Cup” for their division. Contact Chris at email@example.com or 573.339.6606 for more information or to register. View the downloadable flyer. Download the event packet. Register by August 20 at 5:00 p.m. at the Osage Centre.
Division 1 (100+ Employees): $360 entry fee
Division 2 (26-99 Employees): $310 entry fee
Sponsored by: Applebee’s, Dogwood Social House, IHOP, River Eagle Distributing, Lanzotti & Rau LLC Attorneys at Law, Southern Convenience Stores, Pepsi Mid-America, Laurel Adkisson American Family Insurance Agent and Saint Francis Healthcare System
Tuesday, Sept. 21 – Saturday, Sept. 25
Stoddard County Fair – 500 Fairgrounds Drive in Dexter, Mo.
Tuesday, Sept. 21
- 5:30 p.m. – parade in downtown Dexter
- 7-8 p.m. – Arena A-Youth Games for ages 12 & under
- 7 p.m. – Entertainment – Main Stage – Karaoke contest – Top 3 transfer to Saturday finals
Wednesday, Sept. 22
- 6 p.m. – Sheep and Goats Judging
- 7 p.m. – Entertainment-Main Stage-Youth Worship
Thursday, Sept. 23
- 6 p.m. – Cattle and Hog Judging, Arena A
- 7 p.m. – FFA Tractor Rodeo, Arena A
- 7 p.m. – Entertainment – Main Stage – Karaoke contest top 3 transfer to Saturday finals
- 7 p.m. – ground act- Maritka Daniels
Friday, Sept. 24
- 7 p.m. – Todd Woods Rodeo – Arena A
- $5 (ages 6 and under free)
- 7 p.m. – Entertainment – Main Stage – Karaoke – Top 3 transfer to Saturday Finals
- Walking ground act – Marikta Daniels
Saturday, Sept. 25
- 8 a.m. – Buyers Breakfast
- 9 a.m. – 4H & FFA Livestock Auction, Livestock Barns
- noon – 4 p.m. Free admission
- 11 a.m. Main Stage – Public Speech Contest – 4H/FFA/Open
- 1 – 3 p.m. – Youth Games – Ages 12 & under
- 2 – 4 p.m. Karaoke Finals – Main Stage
- 7 p.m. – Thunder Valley Demo Derby – Arena A ($5 Additional Grandstand Adm.)
- 7 p.m. Maggie Thorn – Main Stage (guest singer – winner of karaoke contest)
- Walking ground act- Maritka Daniels
Thursday, Sept. 23 – Friday, Sept. 24
The 2021 Balloon Glow will be at Chaumette Vineyards & Winery on Thursday, Sept. 23 and Friday, Sept. 24 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., weather permitting.
Watch the balloons inflate and add to the relaxing scenery of lush, green landscapes. Gather with friends and family and take memorable photos in the daytime or after sunset. You can also sit on the patio or front lawn and enjoy delicious food and our award-winning wine.
Sunset is at 7:30 p.m., and this is when the balloons truly glow. The cost is free, and children and pets are welcome!
For those not dining at the Grapevine Grill, there will be food available for purchase at a food tent. The menu includes hamburgers, hot dogs, jambalaya, chicken salad wraps, chips and cookies. To eat at the Grapevine Grill, make a reservation by calling 573-747-1000. Wine tastings will be available at the Tasting Room bar until 5 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 23
Discover Nature: The Mighty Mississippi (Virtual) from 2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
The “Mighty Mississippi” is a focal point for our state, but where are the best places in Southeast Missouri to enjoy the river views? Join us as we take a virtual look at three great options: Tower Rock Conservation Area, Trail of Tears State Park (managed by DNR), and the Cape River Walk (managed by City of Cape). Discuss a few of the plants and animals you may see while visiting these areas. This program is open to all ages; however it is most suitable for ages 15 and up. Click here to register.
Learn more about the Mississippi River through several exciting virtual programs presented by Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center staff during Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) annual Day on the River event Sept. 23 – 25.
MDC Naturalist Angela Pierce said although the event is not being presented in-person, it’s still “a prime opportunity to learn about the Mississippi River.”
“The Mississippi River and surrounding wetlands are a huge part of Cape Girardeau heritage and they’re important for wildlife habitat, as well as recreational hunting, and fishing opportunities” she said. “We hope lots of people will join us for this unique take on our yearly event to find out what the river has to offer.”
Below are four virtual events that will be taking the place of MDC’s annual Day on the River event:
• Catfishing the Mighty Mississippi (Virtual) | 11 a.m. – noon on Thursday, Sept. 23
Catfishing can be a fun and relaxing activity year-round. And who doesn’t like to eat catfish? Join MDC Discover Nature-Fishing instructor Colt Wahl to learn about the mighty-sized fish in the Mighty Mississippi, as well as how and where to find them, different methods to try, gear that you may need, and different baits for different circumstances. This program is geared toward ages 12 and older, but anyone is welcome to join in! Register here.
• Discover Nature: The Mighty Mississippi (Virtual) | 2 – 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23
The “Mighty Mississippi” is a focal point for our state, but where are the best places in southeast Missouri to enjoy the river views? Join MDC staff as we take a virtual look at three great options: Tower Rock Conservation Area, Trail of Tears State Park (managed by Missouri Department of Natural Resources), and the Cape River Walk (managed by City of Cape). You’ll also learn about a few of the plants and animals you may see while visiting these areas. This program is open to all ages; however, it is geared toward ages 15 and older. Register here.
Friday, Sept. 24
East Perry Community Fair in Altenburg, Mo. – “The Best Little Fair in the Land”
- 8 a.m. – Judging of poultry & small animals
- 10 a.m. – Judging of hall exhibits
- 1:30 p.m. – Parade
- 2:30 p.m. – Opening cermonies
- 4 p.m. – 4H & FFA Barrow weigh-in
- 5 p.m. – 4H & FFA Steer weigh-in
- 6:30 p.m. – Music by White Lightning Band
- 7 p.m. – 4X4 Truck Pull
Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring: Level 1 VWQM, Part 2 (Stream-side certification)
Friday, September 24, 2021 from noon – 3 p.m.
This event is the stream-side certification to become a Level 1 water quality monitor with Missouri Stream Team.
**You must complete the Level 1 VWQM, Part 1 (virtual) prior to attending this event**
For more information on the VWQM program, please visit www.mostreamteam.org/water-quality-monitoring.html. For any questions, please email StreamTeam@mdc.mo.gov.
River Creatures (Virtual) | 2–3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 24
Mysterious creatures inhabit the murky waters of the Mississippi River. From eels that lay up to four million eggs to turtles that weigh over 200 pounds! Discover these fascinating animals and more as we investigate the unique lives of river creatures. Register here.
Friday, Sept. 24 to Sunday, Sept. 26
The Missouri Gun and Knife Show will be Friday, Sept. 24 through Sunday, Sept. 26 at the Show Me Center at 1333 North Sprigg Street. Show vendors will be looking to buy, sell and trade. The show will also boast over 450 tables filled with a variety of items for you to browse. All firearm regulations will be enforced. Masks will be required for entry and inside the Show Me Center. Admission is $7. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Friday: 4 p.m.–8 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday: 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 25
East Perry Community Fair in Altenburg, Mo. – “The Best Little Fair in the Land”
- 8 a.m. – 4H & FFA Steer Show
- 8:30 a.m. – Judging of the sheep, goats & swine
- 9 a.m. – Judging of beef cattle
- 10 a.m. – Judging of draft horses & mules
- 10 a.m. – Pedal Tractor Pull
- 10:30 a.m. – Dairy cattle show
- 1 p.m. Music by Back Street Cruisers
- 4 p.m. – Jumping mules competition
- 5 p.m. – 4H & FFA Sale
- 6:30 p.m. – Music by Generation
- 7 p.m. – Hot Rod & Out-of-Field Tractor Pull
Dogs and humans can take a dip in the zero depth entry and lap pools at Cape Splash for Doggy Swim Day! All dogs must be on a leash when entering the facility, and vaccinations are required. A private session will be held from 11 a.m. – Noon (limit to 20 dogs and cost is $20). Must pre-register for private session by calling 573-339-6342. Dogs under 25 pounds are invited from 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m., dogs 25-75 pounds from 2 p.m.-3 p.m., and dogs 75+ pounds from 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Humans are admitted free with a dog’s paid admission! Limit of two dogs per human & small dogs can attend a larger dog session, but large dogs must attend designated session. Aggressive dogs will be asked to leave. Sessions (except private session) have a limit of 75 dogs, and participants can pre-register at the Osage Centre or online here.
Private Session: 11 a.m. – Noon | Limit of 20 dogs | $20 per dog | Must pre-register by calling 573-339-6342
Dogs Under 25 Pounds: 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Limit of 75 dogs | $10 per dog
Dogs 25-75 Pounds: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. | Limit of 75 dogs | $10 per dog
Dogs 75+ Pounds: 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Limit of 75 dogs | $10 per dog
Also on Saturday, Sept. 25, kiddos can explore trucks, tractors, machines and more at the free Touch-A-Truck event held at the Shawnee Park Center (835 S. West End Blvd.) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. No pre-registration necessary. Interested in providing a vehicle or machine for this event? Contact Nathan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Movie Trivia Night at Jackson Civic Center in Jackson, Mo. on Saturday, Sept. 25. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Trivia begins at 7 p.m. Must be 18 or older to participate. Snack will be provided. Bring your own beverage. There will be a silent auction. Movie themed costumes are encourages. Prizes will be award for first, second and third place teams, best dressed teams and best dressed individual. Tickets are $25 or $150 for a team of six.
The Third Annual Pet Expo and Fall Festival is Saturday, Sept. 25 at the A.C. Brase Arena Building and Arena Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is a $5 donation. Ages 10 and under are free. This is a large mobile adoption event with pets from multiple rescues. It is also a fundraiser for the pets at the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri. More than 20 vendors will be there with lots of items. Games for kids include cornhole, washers, ladders golf and face paint.
The St. Louis Iron Mountain & Southern Railway has Chocolate Express train scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25 in Jackson, Mo. View the full schedule and more information here.
John A. Logan’s Hunting and Fishing Days is Saturday, Sept. 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be activities for the entire family! The parking fee is $5 or a bag of non-perishable goods. Featuring Discovery Channel star Lacey Jones from the show “Naked and Afraid” and Twiggy, the water skiing squirrel. Contact Hunting and Fishing Days at 618-985-2828, ext. 8343 or email@example.com if you have any questions. Visit https://sihfd.org/ for more information.
Tales of the River (Virtual) | 10-10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25
Everyone loves a good story, and there are plenty of them at the Cape Nature Center! You and your little one can watch and listen as an MDC Naturalist reads a couple river stories. This program is designed for children 6 years old and younger, but it’s open to all ages. Register here.
Registration is required for most programs. Please ensure your MDC account includes an accurate email address so that you can receive a link to the virtual program. Questions about these events and all others can be emailed to MDC Cape Nature Center Manager Laci Prucinsky at Laci.Prucinsky@mdc.mo.gov.
Tuesday, Sept. 28 – Saturday, Oct. 25
The 77th Annual Cotton Carnival in Sikeston, Mo. will be held Sept 28-Oct 2.
Wednesday, Sept. 29
Creature Feature: Eastern Milksnake (Virtual) from 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Meet one of Missouri’s most beautiful snakes, the eastern milksnake. Find out how they got their name and how they help us as we uncover the mysteries of this secretive snake. Click here to register.
Thursday, Sept. 30
Relax, socialize, and dance to some great classic music at the community dance and social at the Arena Building in Cape Girardeau located at 410 Kiwanis Drive. There will be a big dance floor, plenty of seating and concessions available. The $8 meal is served at 4:30 p.m. Hear Bob Dolle & Variety Band perform from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Primitive Skills Class: Making a Longbow
Thursday, Sept. 30 – Saturday, Oct. 2
Cape Girardeau Nature Center
2289 County Park Drive
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
Instructor Arron J Hendershott
Explore the history of archery in North America from raw material harvest to bow design and performance. Then, using only hand tools and patience, craft your own hickory longbow work of art. Cost for materials is $110.
To ensure the safety of all, this program requires participants to observe social distancing and to wear a face covering. Woodworking skills recommended. This program requires stamina and upper arm strength. Interested individuals will be provided with a registration form and detailed supply list. Checks should be made to MCHF. Lists of references and resources for making future bows on your own will be provided.
You must cancel your registration before Thursday, September 30, 2021 – Saturday, October 2, 2021.
All registrants for this event must be between 15 and 100 years of age by September 30, 2021. Click here for more information and to register.
Friday, Oct. 1
Nature Center at Night: Show Me Strange Plants from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
A carnivorous swamp monster, exploding seed bombs, and vampires that suck the life from the forest around them, Missouri is home to some unusual plants! Join us for fun look at the peculiar ways that some of Missouri’s flora make a living. While this program is open to all ages, it has been designed for ages 12 and up. This program is part of our “Nature Center at Night” series and exhibits will be open until 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 1 – Saturday, Oct. 2
Uptown Jackson Oktoberfest is back! October 1 & 2, 2021.
- Friday, Oct. 1 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
- Saturday, Oct. 2 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Oktoberfest features an open Biergarten, live music, family activities, German style food, and more. There are plenty of activities for all ages. Want to be a part of this incredible event? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org out the vendor letter and application here.
Saturday, Oct. 2
2021 River City Rodders will be at Krispy Kreme Doughnuts at 2130 William Street in Cape Girardeau for Cars and Coffee on Oct. 2 from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
77th Annual Cotton Carnival Parade in Sikeston, Mo. Missouri Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe will serve as Grand Marshall of the parade on Saturday, Oct. 2. Parade starts at 10 a.m.
Roadkill & Rosé is a wild game cook-off and local wine and craft beer tasting that marries the ruggedness of the grill with the refinement of the winery resulting in a whole lot of delicious fun! Live music, a lovely outdoor location overlooking the Mississippi River, and a lively atmosphere, set the stage for Roadkill & Rosé. Guests leisurely stroll from tasting to tasting, enjoying the food, drink and music to support the programs of Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri. The event begins at 3 p.m.
Saint Francis Foundation will host the Color Dash 5K and Fun Walk on Saturday, October 2 at Arena Park in Cape Girardeau. Proceeds will benefit the Dig for Life program at Saint Francis, which provides free cancer screenings for the four major cancers in the area: Lung, Prostate, Colon and Breast.
Registration: 9-9:45 a.m.
Race warm up: 9:45 a.m.
Start time: 10 a.m.
Race Packet Pick Up Day is Thursday, September 30 at Saint Francis Healthcare System – Wellness Conference Rooms (Entrance 8), from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Laura Propst at email@example.com | 573-331-5791
Tour de Cape
The 22nd Annual Tour de Cape is a charity ride originating in historic downtown Cape Girardeau, Mo. The goal is to promote bicycling for health, recreation and transportation. The majority of the proceeds are used to help the Mississippi Valley Therapeutic Horsemanship program provide services to children with disabilities. ridemvth.org
Bikers will travel 25 miles across Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge into Illinois. The Cape Girardeau County Rotary Club and the Cape Girardeau Evening Optimist Club join forces again to bring The Tour de Cape Girardeau charity bike ride to downtown Cape
Girardeau Saturday, October 2. This year the ride will include a partial gravel route as one of the options. The gravel route will take riders across the Bill Emerson Memorial bridge and onto the gravel levee road. The total mileage for the route is 25 miles. A rest stop will be provided at The Spark Ministries on the corner of Grapevine Trail and Route 3 in McClure, Ill.
This is the largest fundraiser for the Cape Girardeau County Rotary. To participate go to www.tourdecapegirardeau.com and register online for your preferred route.
Mass Start at 8:30 a.m. for the 15, 30, & 60 mile routes and new 25 mile gravel loop
Downtown Cape Girardeau, Missouri (by Art Van Furniture)
Flats and Hills
$30 if postmarked by Sept. 22 (Guarantees commemorative t-shirt)
$35 after Sept. 22 (Everyone gets a T-shirt, but with late registration your T-shirt may be mailed to you)
Saturday, Oct. 9
The SoutheastHEALTH Foundation will hold the 2021 Share Walk will take place at Cape County Park North, Pavilion #4 on Saturday, October 9. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the Walk begins at 10 a.m. The Share program supports families that have experienced the loss of a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth or in the first few months of life. This Walk gives families and friends the opportunity to honor their baby.
Proceeds from t-shirt sales for the Walk help the Share program provide mementos and grief support for families that are experiencing the loss of their baby. This year’s shirt is a white baseball style shirt with gray sleeves. The toddler shirts are not available in the baseball style. A white t-shirt with the same logo is available in 2 and 3 toddler. The youth and adult shirts are the baseball style. Toddler and youth shirts are $15 and adult shirts are $20.
Children can participate in a pumpkin dive at Central Municipal Pool located at 1920 Whitener Street in Cape Girardeau. Pumpkin divers will search for pumpkins in the shallow end of the pool! Children up to five years old will dive at 10 a.m., and children ages 6-10 will dive at 11 a.m. (maximum of 50 per age group). One parent can be in the water with his/her child. Pumpkins will be numbered and correspond with candy and prizes. Don’t forget goggles and a mesh or plastic bag that can get wet to collect pumpkins. Register online here.
Time: Under 5 years old 10 a.m. | 6-10 years old 11 a.m.
Where: Central Municipal Pool
Cost: $5 Per Child
VintageNow 11 “A Tale of Time” is Saturday, October 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Show Me Center at 1333 North Sprigg Street in Cape Girardeau.
Experience Time Travel as the VintageNOW presents “A Tale of Time” (1920-2021). Join in on a journey through 100 years of fashion, music, world news and entertainment! ROARING 20’s to current day. Buckle up as you venture into uncharted territory. This interactive show will be like no other they have presented. You’re encouraged to get a group of your friends together to support a great cause and dress in attire from your favorite decade. What will yours be?
Doors: 6:30 pm
Event: 7:30 pm
General Admission: $25
Runway Seats: $50
Banquet Tables for 10: $500
Visit vintagenow.org for more information and to buy tickets.
Castor River Kayaking from 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Registration is closed. A waiting list is available.)
The Castor River is a minor stream that runs through the famous “pink rocks” near Fredericktown all the way to the lowlands of the Mississippi plains. During that trip it crosses beautiful hills passing eagles, mink, and smallmouth bass. Join us for a trip down this river-less-traveled for a wonderful day of adventure. The six mile float ( approx. 5 hour) requires a moderate level of fitness, as shallow gravel bars requires paddlers to enter and exit the kayak with some frequency. Skilled guides will provide instruction, and no previous experience is necessary. Kayaks (rated to 275lbs), life jackets, paddles, and duffle sized dry bags will also be provided. Participants will meet at the Cape Girardeau Nature Center and either ride with us, masked, or drive separately to the put in location (1 hour). Participants will receive a welcome email with detailed instructions and packing list prior to the trip. Please email the instructor with any questions you have about this exciting program. Learn more.
13th Annual Lions Club of Sikeston Cotton Ramble Bicycle Ride. Choose from mostly flat routes of 15, 30, 65 miles. Day of event on-site registration is at 7 a.m. with the ride starting at 8 a.m.
Youth ages 17 and younger – $15
Adults ages 18 and older – $25
Online registration encouraged. Register here.
Big Muddy Monster Brewfest at Riverside Park in Murphysboro, Ill. is a craft beer lovers dream. Taste from more than 25 craft breweries. There is a sanctioned home brew contest, live music, local food and much much more. Come join us for excellent craft brews, live music, and great food.
Tickets available online at BigMuddyMonsterBrewfest.com.
- Advanced Admission: $35
- Day of $45
- Non drinker: $5
Thursday, Oct. 14
Women’s Impact Network (WIN) Luncheon
Join a Panel of Champions which includes Southeast Missouri State University Women’s Sports Coaches discussing leadership, teamwork and motivation. Speakers include Rekha Patterson (women’s basketball), Ashley Lawson (gymnastics), Mark Redburn (softball), Heather Nelson (soccer), Mary Beth Gunn (tennis) and Jule Yanks (volleyball). Wear your SEMO gear! This luncheon is Thursday, Oct. 14 at the Jackson Civic Center in Jackson, Mo. from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets are $20. RSVP by Oct. 1. Click here to purchase tickets.
Thursday, Oct. 14 – Saturday, Oct. 16
Three Rivers College & Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo presents the Championship College Rodeo. Held at the Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo Grounds. Events include; Bareback Bronc Riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, and bull riding. Contact information 877-879-8722.
Saturday, Oct. 16
Princess Tea at the Osage Centre. Ticket information will be available soon. Individuals who purchased tickets for the 2020 Princess Tea and did not request a refund will be able to use their 2020 table/tickets and will be contacted personally by the SoutheastHEATLH Foundation.
Friday, Oct. 29 – Saturday, Oct. 30
Have you ever wanted to stay the night at the Glenn House and experience what happens when the lights go out? Now you can! The Glenn House is doing a raffle for a chance to stay in the Glenn House. One lucky winner and three of his/her closest friends/family will get the chance to stay the night.
Bring your sleeping bags, flashlights, and experience this exclusive night. The Glenn House will supply the food, refreshments, a haunted history tour or historic tour, and much more. You won’t want to miss out on this! Each ticket is a donation of $50. Only 100 tickets will be sold. Buy tickets here.
Saturday, Oct. 30
A Haunting at the Hope Center
7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
2019 E. Harvest Circle
Perryville, MO 63755
Join the fun at the Hope Center in Perryville, Mo. The Hope Therapeutic Horsemanship Center is a non-profit serving counties across southeast Missouri. They provide life changing equine-assisted therapy, activities and horseback riding for everyone.
- Guided haunted forest tour
- Face painting
- Hay rides
- Outdoor movie
- Concession stand
Saturday, Nov. 6
School House Trivia Night hosted by The Friends of Saint Francis will be Saturday, Nov. 6 at the A.C. Brase Arena Building located at 410 Kiwanis Drive in Cape Girardeau. Proceeds benefit community outreach programs for children. Doors open at 6 p.m. Trivia begins at 7 p.m.
Table Sponsorship: $250 (includes recognition on table signage and media presentation)
Table Registration (8 people per table): $200Sponsor/registration fee must be paid prior to night of event.
In addition to trivia, there will be a Heads or Tails (50/50 raffle), cash prizes, and lots of fun! Bring your own snacks and beverages. Alcoholic beverages allowed for guests 21 and older.
Old Town Cape, Inc’s annual fundraiser, Revivify, was postponed to Saturday, Nov. 6 due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases within the community. Executive Director, Liz Haynes states, “This was not a decision that was made lightly, however, we remain committed to prioritizing the health and well-being of our community during this unpredictable time. The Old Town Cape board of directors ultimately came to an agreement that the event will be postponed, and hopefully we will be able to safely host our fundraiser in person in November.” The new date for the event will be Saturday, November 6 from 6:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. at the Century Casino Event Center in Cape Girardeau. A limited number of tickets are still available for the event. Tickets are $100 each or $1,000 for a table sponsorship, which includes a business logo on the table, signage at the event, and eight tickets. Please call the Old Town Cape office at 573.334.8085 to purchase tickets. The event will feature a dinner, cash bar, the Charles L. Hutson live and silent auctions, a wine pull, a diamond necklace raffle, a Gucci handbag raffle, and a Smokin’ Brothers smoker raffle. To compensate for some of the silent auction items that will expire before the November date, Old Town Cape will open a mini silent auction starting on Monday September 6, 2021, at 6 a.m. and will close on Sunday, September 12, at 11:59 p.m. Go to charityauction.bid/revivify to bid on these incredible experiences. Several tickets to upcoming local events will be auctioned off next week! The winners will be contacted the following week and will be able to stop by the Old Town Cape office to claim their prizes. Check out the website for further information about this event: charityauction.bid/revivify.
The Second Annual Spirit of Democracy Silent Auction & Banquet will be held on Saturday, November 6 in Cape Girardeau, Mo. As we commemorate the 160th Anniversary of the founding of the Stars and Stripes, you are invited to join us in celebrating commitment and service. During this year’s event, the Museum has partnered with the Congressional Medal of Honor Society to celebrate our nation’s Medal of Honor Recipients. They will feature their heroic stories and celebrate the bravery of a group of Americans whose actions have defined the words “courage” and “selfless service.” Major General Cassie Strom will be the host for the evening; Medal of Honor Recipient, James McCloughan will be our keynote speaker; and the Jerry Ford Orchestra will be playing patriotic and big band music. Click here for more information on Medal of Honor Recipient, James McCloughan. The region of Southeast Missouri played a large role at the beginning of the Stars and Stripes. During the Civil War, ten soldiers used the Bloomfield Herald offices to print the first Stars and Stripes publication. The mission of the National Stars and Stripes Museum & Library is the documentation, preservation, and communication of the iconic story of the Stars and Stripes newspaper and the commitment and service of the Stars and Stripers, our servicemen and women, and everyday citizens. As a $1000 table sponsor of this event, you and your guests will receive a Stars and Stripes Commitment and Service pin, a commemorative certificate, membership to the National Stars and Stripes Museum & Library, your choice of a veteran or servicemember being honored on our Facebook page, and an ad in the Southeast Missourian listing all the table sponsors. You are invited to partner with the National Stars and Stripes Museum/Library by sponsoring a table of 8 for $1,000. Individual seats are also available for $100. Click here for more information.
Thursday, Nov. 11 to Sunday, Nov. 14
Fort D located at 920 Fort Street in Cape Girardeau will salute all the men and women who have served to protect America, home of the free and the brave!
Saturday, Dec. 11
The Mary Mingle 5K will start at Mary Janes Smokehouse at 1107 Broadway Street in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Registration is $25 prior to race day and $30 on race day. Awards in the form of Christmas ornaments will be given to the first, second and third place in separate age groups. Cape West Laundry present the Mary Mingle 5K benefitting the Community Counseling Center Foundation. This walker and runner-friendly event supports the Community Counseling Center to restore, bring hope, motivate, and inspire healing to regional mental health clients living with challenges of mental illnesses and mental health disorders in a five-county area. Click here for more information and to register.
Saturday, March 5, 2022
The Friends of Saint Francis Gala will be held Saturday, March 5, 2022 and feature live entertainment, dancing, a delicious plated dinner, an open bar, a fabulous live auction and other fun activities!