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Activities Near Belleville, IL This Summer

summer events belleville illinois

Being active, physically, socially, and intellectually has a myriad of benefits for those of any age. It keeps your brain from getting rusty, helps you to connect with others, and aids your overall physical and emotional health. Research suggests staying intellectually stimulated, socially involved, and physically active can help maintain cognitive function, boost your immune system, and even potentially reduce your risk of developing certain health conditions, including high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and more.

Fortunately, there are a number of events near Belleville, IL this summer to keep you active and engaged, including the following.

1. June 4 - June 5, 2016

Ainad Shrine Circus

Belleville, IL

Come enjoy the Ainad Shrine Circus with tigers and ponies and the dazzling performance of Ringmaster, Ian Garden. The Shriners of Southern Illinois are no strangers to public entertainment.

2. June 3-5, 2016

International Horseradish Festival

Collinsville, IL

Come make your own horseradish and join in the recipe contest. Sample the food, run in the 5k, or listen to some great music.

3. June 11-12, 2016

Antique Glass & Pottery Show & Sale

Belleville, IL

Here you get more than 25 dealers from 10 different states selling their antique glass from the 1940s and 1950s.

4. June 2016 - Specific dates TBA

Annual Picnic & Homecoming

Smithton, IL

Enjoy two days of Smithton fish sandwiches and plates, cash/quilt bingo, basket raffles, fruit stands, poker, beer garden, kids games, the big 6 wheel raffle (1st Prize--$750), live entertainment, and more.

5. June 2016 - Specific dates TBA

No Holds Barred BBQ Competition

Swansea, IL

Here you can enjoy games, carnival rides, food, live music, refreshments, and definitely BBQ.

6. July 4, 2016

Old Fashioned July 4th Celebration

Mascoutah, IL

At this 4th of July celebration, you can enjoy food, drinks, music, pony rides, kids games and much more.

7. July 23-25, 2016

Great Train Expo

Belleville, IL

A fantastic show that features train dealers, operating model railroads, hands-on exhibits, workshops, demonstrations, collectors and more.

8. July 2016 - Specific dates TBA

Smithton Turner Picnic

Smithton, IL

Enjoy 2 days of beer garden, quilt/cash bingo, kids inflatables and games, sausage stand, basket raffle, cake raffle, cookbooks, fruit stand, silent auction, live entertainment, and more.

9. July 29-30, 2016

Smithton Homecoming

Smithton, IL

Though similar to the Smithton Turner Picnic, Smithton Homecoming is a separate entity of fun. Enjoy a silent auction, fruit stand, fanny quilts, pillowcase stand basket raffle, and your other Smithton community favorites--beer garden, quilt/cash bingo, children’s inflatables and games, live entertainment, and more.

10. August 5-7, 2016

Mascoutah Homecoming und Augustfest

Mascoutah, IL

This year the theme will be “Service to the Community.” It will feature parades on both days with marching bands from grade schools and high schools, decorated floats, class reunion attendees, and more.

11. August 11-14, 2016

Gateway Dulcimer Music Festival

Belleville, IL

Have fun with evening concerts, workshops, vendors, an open stage, the Big Blue Jam Tent, raffles, both indoor and outdoor music, and much more.

12. August 12-13, 2016

Ceramic & Fired Arts Show

Belleville, IL

Featuring a group of vendors, manufacturers, teachers, and artists who display their finest Ceramic Fired Arts. Come join in for education, demonstrations, new molds, new ideas, and so much more.

13. August 2016 - Specific dates TBA

St. Clair County Fair

Belleville, IL

This fair features livestock showing in barns, a carnival, vendors, exhibits, beer garden, nightly stage entertainment and fair food.  You can also enjoy midget car races, demo derby, stock car racing, motorcycle races and more.

Besides all of these events, The Esquiline provides a multitude of activities for our residents to enjoy, including bus trips, card games, volunteer opportunities and so much more.  Call The Esquiline at 800-533-6279 to find out more.


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