Fall in Mt. Vernon!


It’s that time. You feel the first chill breeze in the air, notice a few leaves are starting to change, and taste pumpkin spice everywhere you go. Fall is here! The season of crunchy leaf piles, endless corn mazes, pumpkin patch picking, cozy bonfires, and apple cider. There are so many fall activities in and around Mt. Vernon. Check below and start planning your fall outings!



Cedarhurst Art & Craft Fair

September 7-8th 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Cedarhurst Center for the Arts

2600 E Richview Rd.

Mt. Vernon, IL 62864

Come celebrate the 43rd Cedarhurst Art & Craft Fair! During Craft Fair weekend, a portion of the Cedarhurst Scuplture Park transforms into a unique blend of art, music, brews, and food. Visit and shop over 100 artists and enjoy the interspersed acoustic music, refreshments, and seating areas amongst the artist booths. The Children’s Area plus the wood turning and ceramic artist demonstrations round out the weekend experience. Find more information at cedarhurst.org and on Facebook. $5 General Admission. Children 10 and under free.


Marlow’s Pumpkin Patch

14003 N. Harmony Ln.

Opdyke, IL 62872


Opening for its 21st season on September 14th, Marlow’s is a family owned farm selling pumpkins, squash, gourds, mums, and more. At Marlow’s, you can pick your perfect pumpkin, slide down the silo slide, or make your way through their haunted barn and corn maze. The pirate ship hayride is their most popular attraction. As it takes you through the beautiful country, you’ll meet a few unique characters!

A great time to visit Marlow’s would be on their two vendor fair weekends, Marlow’s Fall Fest and Fall into Winter Fest. Browse dozens of craft, food, and other vendors as you enjoy the regular festivities at Marlow’s!

September 21st- 22nd and October 19th- 20th

9 a.m.- 6 p.m. Saturdays, 12 p.m.- 6 p.m. Sundays




Fall Fest presented by SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital

September 27th- 29th  

9th St. in Downtown Mt. Vernon

The 8th Annual Fall Festival presented by SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital brings a 3-day weekend packed with festivities! The vendors marketplace featuring dozens of food, craft, and information booths, as well as the Beer and Wine Tent, will be open all three days throughout the festival beginning Friday at 5 p.m. An extensive kids zone area will be open all weekend, as well, with several free activities for children of all ages including inflatables, R & J Tactical Lazer Tag, and more. Pay-to-play Nature Climbing Wall, Monster Spider Jump, and face painting will all return to the kids’ zone.

The weekend’s musical entertainment kicks off at 5:15 p.m., Friday with local group, The Eli Tellor Band. At 8 p.m We Got it Covered will rock the stage with cover songs of multiple genres.

The 4th Annual 5K for Special Olympics sponsored by Sean Featherstun for States Attorney will start at 8 a.m., Saturday, the 28th. The Downtown Mt. Vernon Cruise-In featuring nearly 100 cars, trucks, and motorcycles will take place from 8 a.m.- 1 p.m. The Crossroads Community Hospital Parade will begin at 1 p.m. celebrating Mt. Vernon and Jefferson County’s Bicentennial with the theme, “Growth. Progress. Pride.” The Mt. Vernon Business Women’s Club will once again host the Great Pumpkin Contest from 8- 11 a.m. The top three pumpkins in both adult and child categories will be awarded. Local artist, Angela French will perform on the main stage at 11 a.m. Saturday. Musical entertainment will continue after the parade around 3 p.m. with the Pack Ratz. Saturday evening’s entertainment will get underway with rock band Throw the Horns at 5:15 p.m. Fall Fest’s headliner, Cowboy Mouth will perform at 8:15 p.m.

Blues Day returns on Sunday the 29th with blues entertainment beginning at 12:15 p.m. with the Soulard Blues Band. Then, at 3 p.m., listen to the sounds of the Jeremiah Johnson Band.




Woodlawn Haunted Woods

Oct. 4-5th, 11-12th, 18-19th, and 23rd-26th  

12701 N Hall Ln

Woodlawn, IL 62898

Dare to take a walk through the swamp man’s revenge! An outdoor walk through the woods for all ages. Kids can enjoy a scare-free walk from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The frightening walk is from 7:30- 11p.m. $15/person. For more information visit www.rjtacticallazertag.com.




Heritage Festival

October 5-6th 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Jefferson County Historical Village

1411 N. 27th St.

Mt. Vernon, IL 62864

The wooded village will take you back in time as you explore buildings of the past including a one room school house, calaboose jail, log cabins, general store, and more. Enjoy crafts, entertainment, demonstrations, exhibits, and food. The menu for both days includes ham and beans, BBQ Sandwiches, hot dogs, and desserts. Embark on a guided tour of the historic Old Union Cemetery. Free musical entertainment both days. A service will be held in the Mt. Olive Church at 10 am. on Sunday.



Witches Brew

October 13th 6:30 p.m.

Cedarhurst Center for the Arts

2600 E Richview Rd.

Mt. Vernon, IL 62864

Everyone loves a good ghost story! Join one of the best storytellers in the country as he scares, delights and frightens audiences of all ages with spellbinding tales of the macabre. Brian “Fox” Ellis will entertain different age groups on the back porch of the “spooky” Mitchell House, building quiet suspense before attendees participate in a collective jump as he takes them on a spooky rollercoaster ride with storytelling. Nominal admission fee. Visit cedarhurst.org for more information.


Downtown Trick or Treat

Oct. 23rd 5- 7 p.m.

Downtown Mt. Vernon, IL Businesses

Get an early start on trick-or-treating! Dress the kids up and head downtown to several area businesses open for little trick-or-treaters! A list of participating business will be released closer to time. For more information call (618) 242-6866.




Pumpkin Spice Latte

Hours: Mon.- Fri. 7 a.m.- 6 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.

King City Books

104 N. 9th St.

Mt. Vernon, IL 62864

Every year, the PSL gains wild popularity. Try our local coffee shop’s spin on this famous drink. Or, try a different pumpkin drink such as the hot pumpkin chai or caramel pumpkin latte. Ask the baristas for recommendations for the perfect fall coffee!




Baked Fall Treats

Hours: 7 a.m.- 7 p.m. Mon.-Sat.

Farmhouse Bakery & Café

1812 Broadway

Mt. Vernon, IL 62864

Pumpkin muffins, pumpkin rolls, pumpkin pie, OH MY! Pumpkin pie isn’t just for Thanksgiving. At Farmhouse Bakery & Café, fresh goods are baked daily. Seasonal sweets include pumpkin muffins, pumpkin pie, pumpkin rolls, pumpkin cupcakes, apple cinnamon rolls, apple crisp, apple pie, and more! Go ahead and sugar up that sweet tooth.





Fall in love with Mt. Vernon!