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Hakuna Matata: Sunset Wine Cruise
Jul 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Spend an evening taking in the breathtaking Mississippi sunset aboard the Hakuna Matata Tour Boat! Also enjoy wine and appetizers as you cruise the Mighty Mississippi in all its glory.

Boarding begins at 6:30 pm, 30 minutes prior to the cruise, at Grafton Harbor. For more information or to make a reservation, please call (618) 786-7678.

Alton Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market
Jul 19 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Offering an abundance of items, the Alton Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market features fresh produce, delicious baked goods, unique crafts, jewelry, other various handmade items, and much more.
Each Saturday, come check out all that Alton’s farmers and artisans have to offer at the weekly markets all summer long!

Desert Show: Plants of Southern Africa and Madagascar
Jul 19 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Get a glimpse of Southern Africa and Madagascar all without leaving St. Louis with Missouri Botanical Garden’s Desert Show: Plants of Southern Africa and Madagascar.

This exhibit highlights the rarely seen flora of the arid regions of South Africa and Madagascar and gives a look at the people of the region and how they utilize indigenous plant species.

Visitors can enjoy the diverse beauty of these fascinating ecosystems as well as learn about the work being done to preserve these habitats.

The Desert Show is open 9 am to 5 pm daily June 28 – July 27. Tickets are $5 in addition to regular garden admission, which runs $4 to $8.

For more information, please call (314) 577-5100 or visit

West County Daylily Club Sale
Jul 19 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Plants from the gardens of West County Daylily Club members will be available for sale to the public Saturday, July 19th from 9 am to 5 pm only

Single flowers, spiders, unusual forms, and doubles will be represented at the sale. Photos and plant descriptions will be provided to help visitors make plant choices

Growers will also be available to share plant care advice and information about their organization

Be sure to come early for the best selection!

Admission is included with Garden admission. For more information, please visit or

Apollo Moon Landing Celebration
Jul 19 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

In celebration of the 45th anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing, Alton Museum of History and Art is showcasing some very special photographs for a limited time only!

For just 2 weeks, 2 5-foot by 35-inch photographic negatives of the mission’s landing site and equipment will be on display in the Grace Monroe classroom at Loomis Hall.

Exhibit closes July 31st. The museum is open Wednesday – Saturday 10 am – 4 pm and Sunday 1 pm – 4 pm.

For more information, please call (618) 462-2763.

Alton All-Star Restaurant Week
Jul 19 @ 11:00 am

Friday, July 11 through Sunday, July 20, 16 of the region’s locally owned restaurants will join together to present Alton’s second annual All-Star Restaurant Week, just in time for the MLB All Star Game. No passes or coupons are needed, just pull up a chair at any participating restaurant and enjoy a great meal offered at a special fixed rate.

Participating Restaurants:

Team Lewis:
Amarillo Tex’s Steakhouse
Carver’s BBQ
Franco’s Restaurant
Grafton Winery & Brewhaus
Jimmy the Greek’s
My Just Desserts
Outfitters Grill
Rib City Alton

Team Clark:
Aerie’s Riverview Winery
Bluff City Grill
Castelli’s Restaurant at 255
Johnson’s Corner
Mississippi Half Step
Pere Marquette Lodge
State Street Market
Tony’s Restaurant

Stop by the Alton Visitors Center with a receipt from any participating restaurant, fill out a short survey, and receive a free souvenir All-Star Restaurant Week glass while supplies last. Monday – Friday 8:30-5 and Saturday – Sunday 9-3 July 11-21 only.

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Belgian Beer & Musselfest
Jul 19 @ 11:00 am – 11:15 am

Experience a taste of Belgian food culture with the Belgian Beer & Musselfest July 18th and 19th.

Sample fresh cold-water mussels served in classic styles and paired with intricate Belgian ales. The festival will feature mussels from Penn Cove, WA, along with Belgian Witbier, Belgian Golden Ale, and Schlafly Conditioned Belgian Series. There will also be Belgian waffles and live music.

For more information, please visit or call (314) 241-2337.

Grilling/BBQ Demo
Jul 19 @ 11:00 am

Olive Oil Marketplace is celebrating its 2nd anniversary with a series of FREE demonstrations all month long!

Join the Marketplace Saturday, July 19th at 11 am and 3 pm for a grilling/BBQ demo. Participants will learn new grilling techniques to enhance their dishes.

There will also be in-store specials, giveaways, and surprise tastings throughout the day. The first 5 shoppers will receive a gift certificate, so get there early!

Please RSVP to this event by calling (610) 304-3769.

Olive Oil Marketplace is open 10-6 each Saturday in July.

Annual Elsah Photography Exhibit
Jul 19 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Amateur and professional photographers come together to present this annual exhibit, displaying photographs of the Village of Elsah and immediate areas in all seasons.

The purpose of this year’s exhibit “Elsah: A Gem in our Midst” is to celebrate and cultivate an appreciation for the unique beauty found in the quaint village of Elsah, Illinois.

For more information, please visit

The Refinery Project: Images of Beauty and Industry
Jul 19 @ 6:00 pm – Jul 19 @ 8:00 pm

The Refinery Project: Images of Beauty and Industry is a series of industrial photographs taken at the Phillips 66 Wood River Refinery by Tom Atwood.

The exhibit explores different perceptions of beauty, featuring posed models in a contrasting industrial landscape. While many don’t like refineries – for whatever reasons – Atwood has created an undeniable artistry in this series.

This exhibit is definitely worth checking out! Come see the new and beautiful twist Atwood has given the refinery!

For more information, please contact Carolyn Tidball at (618) 655-0337 or

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