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The BIG list: Where to celebrate the eclipse, southern Illinois style

  • The charming boardwalk and shops in Makanda will host a sea of people on Monday.

    The charming boardwalk and shops in Makanda will host a sea of people on Monday.
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updated: 8/15/2017 10:39 AM

Regional fests/events

Alto Vineyard Solar Celebration: Aug. 18-21, Alto Vineyard, 8515 Route 127, Alto Pass. Live music, yard games and BBQ plates. Admission free Friday-Sunday; $20 Monday. Friday stage: Tim Whiteford, 1-4 p.m. Saturday stage: Annie Kennedy & Friends, 1-5 p.m.; Jenny Johnson Band, 5-9 p.m. Sunday stage: Uncle Pecos, 1-5 p.m.; Ivas John Band, 5-9 p.m. Monday stage: Towne, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Till the Morning Comes, 1-5 p.m.; King Juba, 5-9 p.m. Rooftop Rendezvous: $150 for VIP reserved seating on upstairs wine deck, with appetizers and meal. (618) 893-4898.

Blue Sky Vineyard Total Eclipse 2017: Aug. 18-21, at the vineyard, 3150 S. Rocky Comfort Road, Makanda. Live music, food and a special-label release wine. Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Sunday; 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday. Music stage Friday: Carlos Alberto, classical flamenco; Tie Dye Two Piece, original/folk/rock. Saturday stage: Mason Lee & Zami de Vette, pop/country; Dave Clark Trio, classic rock/country; Carlos Alberto, classical flamenco. Sunday stage: Carlos Alberto, classical flamenco; Dave Clark Trio, classic rock/country; Beattie Rhodes, acoustic folk/rock. Monday stage: Travelin' Kind, Americana/folk/rock; Carlos Alberto, classical flamenco; Zola Road, acoustic country/rock/folk. All camping sites sold out. (618) 995-9463 ext. 28.

Busted Knuckles Stunt Tour: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 19-21, Black Diamond Harley-Davidson, 2400 Williamson County Parkway, Marion. A V-Twin thrill show performed solely on Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Three shows a day for the Eclipse weekend. Free admission. (618) 997-4577;

Carbondale Eclipse Marketplace: Aug. 19-20, First Mid-Illinois Bank, 509 S. University Ave., Carbondale. Live music, food, drinks, at least 20 vendors. Bands: The Spiritual Travelers; The Swamp Tigers; Jason Ringenberg; Ivas John Band; DJ Nodsc; The Phonics; Jenny Johnson Band; Cat Daddy'O. Free admission.

Crossroads Arts & Crafts Fest: Aug. 20-21, north of the SIU Arena, Carbondale. More than 50 art and craft vendors sell original handmade pottery, glass, jewelry, wood, fiber arts, eclipse-related items, more. Hours: 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Aug. 20; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 21. Free admission.

Crossroads Astronomy, Science and Technology Expo: Aug. 20-21, SIU Arena, 1400 Arena Drive, Carbondale. Organizations and businesses that specialize in solar, astronomy, science and new technology, plus the NASA Village, science and technology talks, indoor planetariums. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. both days. Free.

Crossroads Festival: Aug. 18-21, SIU Arena Parking Lot 18, south of the SIU Arena, Carbondale. Carnival, food, lots of music. Hours: 4 p.m.-midnight Friday; 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday and Sunday; 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday. Carnival hours: 4-11:30 p.m. Friday; 5-11 p.m. Saturday; 2-9 p.m. Sunday and 2-7 p.m. Monday. Main stage Friday: Stage music, 4-8 p.m.; Party Pants, 8:30-11:30 p.m. Main stage Saturday (country night): Kali Lynn Band, 5-6 p.m.; Daniel Johnson, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; We've Got It Covered, 8-9:30 p.m.; Adam Doleac, 10-11:15 p.m. Main Stage Sunday (rock n' roll night): Holman, 2-3:30 p.m.; Blood Red Boots, 4:15-5:15 p.m.; For the City, 6-7 p.m.; Downstate Music Company, 7:45-9:15 p.m.; Hello Weekend, 10 p.m.-midnight. Main stage Monday: The Boat Drunks and Here Come The Mummies, 2-7 p.m. More than a dozen food and beverage vendors. Free admission.

Eclipse Comic Con: Aug. 19-20, SIU Center Ballrooms, Carbondale. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fifty vendors, a VIP Autograph area with special guests, costume competition with cash prizes and trophies, gaming zone for board and video gamers. Tickets: $10, 1-day pass; $15 2-day pass; $20 VIP Maroon pass.

Family Fun Zone: Aug. 19-21, Town Square Pavilion, 120 N. Illinois Ave., Carbondale. Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday & Sunday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday. Variety of food booths, Family Fun Zone, live music, kids' midway & crafts, vendors. Misting station, information booth and porta-potties! Admission free, Midway is $5 per person.

Galaxy Ride: Adler Planetarium astronomers tour southern Illinois. Observe the Sun or night time objects through a telescope, touch a piece of the Moon, talk to an astronomer, learn how eclipses work, discover the size and scale of the Sun, Earth, and Moon, more. Free. Scheduled stops: 7:30-9 p.m. Aug. 15, St. Nicholas Brewing Company, 12 S. Oak St., Du Quoin; 8-9:30 p.m. Aug. 16, Bottoms Up Family Bar & Grill, 3683 Neunert Road, Jacob; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 17, Cache River Wetlands Center, 8885 Route 37, near Cypress; 3:30-5 p.m. Aug. 17, Shawnee Community College, 8364 Shawnee College Road, Ullin; 7-10 p.m. Aug. 18, World Shooting & Recreational Complex, 1 Main Event Lane #510, Sparta; 1-3 p.m. Aug. 19, The Science Center, inside University Mall, 1237 E Main St., Carbondale; 6:30-10 p.m. Aug. 19, Big Muddy Brewing, 1430 N 7th St., Murphysboro.

Honker Hill Winery Eclipse Fest: Aug. 18-21, 4861 Spillway Road, Carbondale. Hours: noon-midnight Aug. 18; 10 a.m. to midnight Aug. 19; 12:30 p.m.-midnight Aug. 20; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Aug. 21. Sugar Lime Blue on stage 5 p.m. Aug. 20 and noon Aug. 21. (618) 549-5517.

Johnston City Eclipse Weekend: Aug. 19-21, Arrowhead Lake & Campground amphitheater, 1600 Petersen Ave., Johnston City. Vendors, food and drink, silent auction all day Monday. Saturday: The Good Ole Boys Band, 6-8 p.m.; Family Movie Night, "Chicken Little," at 9 p.m. Sunday: Car show, 1-5 p.m.; Southern Illinois Concert Band, 2 p.m.; Activities for kids, 5-8 p.m.; Terry Brooks Live DJ, 5-6 p.m.; Venture Worship Bank, 6-7 p.m.; Terry Brooks Live DJ, 7-8 p.m.; Savannah Rose Live Band, 8-10 p.m. Monday: Corn Hole tournament, 8 a.m.; silent auction, all day; kids activities, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Terry Brooks Live DJ, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Eclipse, 11:52 a.m.-2:14 p.m. (totality at 1:20 p.m.)

Native American Indian Festival: Aug. 19-21, Little Grassy United Methodist Camp, 189 Campground Road, Makanda. Two stages of live entertainment and demonstrations, Native ceremonies, drums, flutes, storytellers, a spirit fire, kids crafts, Native American craft fair. Hours: noon to dark, Aug. 19; 9 a.m. to dark, Aug. 20 and 8-11 a.m. Aug. 21. Single-day tickets $10-$20 (under 5 free); weekend passes $20-$45. Limited tent camping is available for those buying weekend passes. or To make arrangements for tent camping, call (618) 457-6030, 9:30 a.m.-noon, weekdays.

Moonstock Music Fest: Aug. 18-21 at Walker's Bluff, 14250 Meridian Road, Carterville. Four days of live music, headlined by Ozzy Osbourne on Eclipse Day. Friday main stage: Doc & The Practice, 4 p.m.; American Lion, 5 p.m.; Kyng, 6:30 p.m.; Saliva, 8:15 p.m.; Black Stone Cherry, 10 p.m. Saturday main stage: Wilson, 3 p.m.; Texas Hippie Coalition, 4:15 p.m.; Pop Evil, 6 p.m.; Theory of a Dead Man, 8 p.m.; Halestorm, 10 p.m. Saturday side stage: Cause of Ruin, noon; Four Deep, 2 p.m.; Isabella, 3:30 p.m.; Lori's Puppets, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.; Metal Toyz, 11:30 p.m. Saturday Tasting Room stage: Phillips Band, noon; Whiskey Grit, 1:30 p.m. Sunday main stage: Failure Anthem, 3 p.m.; Otherwise, 4:15 p.m.; All That Remains, 6 p.m.; Hell Yeah, 8 p.m.; Five Finger Death Punch, 10 p.m. Sunday side stage: Teeze, noon; System Slave, 2 p.m.; Skydweller, 3:30 and 5:30 p.m.; Emaciation, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Betty Whitesnake, 11:30 p.m. Sunday Tasting Room stage: A Stellar Goodbye, noon; Danetta Mason, 1:30 p.m. Monday main stage: Ozzy Osbourne, 1:20-2:50 p.m. (kicks off at totality with "Bark at the Moon"). Monday side stage: Aquanet, 11 a.m.; Psychedelic Love Machine, 3 p.m.; Pump, 5 p.m. Tickets: Single-day tickets; 4-day passes; lawn seating.

Shadowfest: Aug. 19-21, Washington Street between Walnut and Main street, Carbondale. Main stage Saturday: American Idiot (Green Day tribute), 5:30-7 p.m.; Big Love (Fleetwood Mac tribute), 7:30-9 p.m.; Elevation (U2 tribute) 9:30-11 p.m. Sunday stage: Johnny Rock-itt, 80s rock, 5:30-7 p.m.; That '80s Band, 7:30-9 p.m.; SuperJam, classic arena rock, 9:30-11 p.m. Monday stage: Local bands TBA, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission.

Southern Illinois Junkfest: Aug. 19-20 at Pickers Outlet Mall, 9764 Herrin Road, Johnston City. Ten acres of flea market, live music, barbecue. Free admission. Hours: 6 a.m.-3 p.m. both days. (618) 983-5151.

Starview Vineyards Total Solar Eclipse: Aug. 18-21, 5100 Wing Hill Road, Cobden. Live music, bring lawn chairs. Concessions, restaurant menu, wine tastings. Makers Market at noon Saturday; Splash and Dash Paint Party 1-4 p.m. Sunday is $35, must register with Lisa at (618) 697-2029. Friday music stage: Adam Williams, 4-7 p.m. Saturday stage: Lone Howl, 1-4 p.m.; The Swamp Tigers, 5-8 p.m. Sunday stage: Sarah Lannom, noon-3 p.m.; Kristin Kearns Duo, 4-7 p.m. Monday stage: South of 70, noon-3 p.m. (618) 893-9463.

Local fests/events


Tribute to Eclipse 2017: 7-9 p.m. Aug. 19, Benton Civic Center, 414 W. Hudelson St., Benton. 60-piece Southern Illinois Concert Band with a musical tribute to the Sun and Moon. $5 at the door.

Chester/Randolph County

"Growing Up At the Dawn of the Space Age, A Personal Odyssey": 6:30 p.m. Aug. 18, at the Chester Public Library, 733 State St., Chester. With David Linton of Eastern Illinois University. Free.

Cole Park concert: 8-11 p.m. Aug. 18, in Cole Park, 800 Opdyke St., Chester. Featuring The OG's, classic rock and blues. Bring lawn chairs and coolers. Free.

Solar Eclipse Kickoff: Noon, Aug. 19, Sparta Fairgrounds, 424 W. Belmont St., Sparta. Dunk tank, watermelon-eating contest, relay obstacle race, bounce houses, games, human foosball, kickball, food, fireworks. Free admission.

Dancing The Light Away: 8 p.m.-midnight Aug. 19, Chester Eagles, 402 Hacker St., Chester. Featuring the band Fertile Soil, playing new, classic and country rock. Free admission.

Handcrafted arts and crafts sale: Aug. 20-21 at the Cohen Complex, 3401-3545 Bodes Lane, Chester. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 20; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 21. Free admission.

Chester Under the Dome: 1-9 p.m. Aug. 20, Chester Public Library, 733 State St. Portable planetarium holding continuous shows inside the library. Four shows: Earth's Wild Ride; The Dinosaur Prophecy; Moons and Passport to the Universe. $2 advance ticket will guarantee a spot in the dome; tickets are free the day of. Everyone gets a free pair of solar eclipse glasses.

Mississippi Moon Fest: 5-11 p.m. Aug. 20, First Baptist Church, 719 State St. Chester. Inflatables, waterslides, car show, live music, food and drink. Main stages: Hearts of Zion, 5-6:15 p.m.; Bill Forness & One More Round (Johnny Cash tribute band), 6:30-9 p.m. Bring blankets or lawn chairs; free shuttle from Randolph County courthouse parking to the church. Free admission.

Party in the Dark: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 21, Lincoln Park in Red Bud. Red Bud will enjoy a full 2 minutes and 20 seconds of total darkness during the peak of the eclipse. Free eclipse glasses, music, food; and T-shirts for purchase.

Eclipse Monday Concert: 7 p.m. Aug. 21, Sparta Community Theater, inside Showtime Cinema, 1351 N. Market St. in Sparta. With The Gordons & Ivas John. Advance tickets $15, $17 at the door. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Buy tickets online at

Post-eclipse discussion: 6:30-8 p.m. Aug. 22, Chester Public Library, 733 State St., Chester. With Professor Susanne Huttemeister, director of Planetarium Bochum, in Bochum, Germany. Free, advance registration appreciated but not required.

Carbondale/Jackson County

Planetary Radio Live: 5-6:30 p.m. Aug. 20, Shryock Auditorium at SIU, 1050 S. Normal Ave, Carbondale. Live radio taping of Mat Kaplan's "Planetary Radio" show. Free.

NASA Edge Eclipse Megacast: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 21; anchor site outside Saluki Stadium, Carbondale.

Elkville Civic Center: 10 a.m. until food is gone, 405 S. 6th St., Elkville. Hosted by God's House of Worship; free hamburgers, hot dogs and trimmings.

Du Quoin area

Southern Thunder: Live concert, Aug. 20, Ashgrove Pavilion, Du Quoin State Fairgrounds, routes 51 and 14.

Du Quoin Eclipse Party: Noon to 1:45 p.m. Aug. 21, Du Quoin Public Library, 28 S. Washington St. (618) 542-5045.


Total Eclipse Cookout: 8 a.m. Aug. 19, Sloan Street Market, 628 W. Sloan St., Harrisburg. Details, (618) 252-3333.

Total Eclipse of the Heartland: 2-10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20 downtown Harrisburg between Main Street and Mill Street. Bands: Chris Sloan, 2-4 p.m.; Last Call, 4-6 p.m.; Murphy 500, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Food and drinks available at Morello's and Wooded Hills Bar and Grill. $10, tickets at Saline County Chamber of Commerce, 110 E. Locust St. Suite 203, Harrisburg, (618) 252-4192 or online at

Eclipse Swap Meet: Aug. 18-20, Jacquie's Iron Closed LLC and Speed Shop, 1005 N. Main, Harrisburg. New and used car parts. Opens each day at 9 a.m.


Eclipse Party on the Patio: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 21, Jack's Meat Market & Deli, 1842 Walnut St., Murphysboro. Free admission.

Sallie Logan Public Library: free eclipse glasses available at the library, 1808 Walnut St., Murphysboro.

Big Muddy Brewing: Aug. 16-21, 1430 N. 7th St., Murphysboro. Fiddle Rick & The Bourbon Boys, 7 p.m. Aug. 16. Ivas John Band, 7 p.m. Aug. 17. Friday: The People vs. Hugh DeNeal, 6 p.m.; Brent Stewart & Dan Tejada, 8 p.m. Saturday: Galaxy Ride (Adler Planetarium), 7 p.m.; Kevin Lucas Orchestra, 8 p.m. Sunday: Nine88, 4 p.m.; The Bankesters, 7 p.m. On Aug. 21, opens at 10 a.m.

Brews Brothers Taproom: Aug. 18-19, 1105 Chestnut St., Murphysboro. Friday: The Deciders, 5-7 p.m.; Downstate Music Company, 8 p.m.-midnight. Saturday: Honey & Tar, 3-5 p.m.; Bill Carr, 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Ethan Stephenson, 8-10 p.m.; Aaron Loveless, 10:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Food available.

Williamson County

Cambria Flea Market: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 19, James Mohan Memorial Park, 535 S. Maple St., Cambria. Free admission. (618) 269-7797;

Southern Illinois Opry Eclipse Show: 7:30-9:30 p.m. Aug. 19, Herrin Civic Center, 101 S. 16th St., Herrin. Bluegrass by Cassie Andrews & Calico Creek; gospel group Judah; a tribute to Minnie Pearl; a country set from Arview on Country. Tickets: $15, available at the Herrin Civic Center, the Pawn Mart in Herrin, or at the door. Group discounts. Food, refreshments and adult beverages available. (618) 942-6115; email

I Blacked Out Just Add Water: Aug. 21, at 12092 Lake of Egypt Road, Marion. Party and solar eclipse viewing from Lake of Egypt. Details TBA.

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