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Happening This Weekend (August 29-31)

Summer may be winding down, but events around Alton certainly aren’t! There’s several events going on this weekend that you will not want to miss!

Get a taste of fall early this year with the opening of the 2014 Great Godfrey Corn Maze Friday, August 29! This year’s theme is Harry Potter. Have fun navigating your way through the 7-acre cornfield, cut in the shape of the Hogwarts castle from the story. The maze, located in Glazebrook Park, is open from 6 – 10 and costs $6 for adults and $4 for children under $12. The corn maze is also open each Saturday 11-10 and each Sunday 1-dusk.

If you’re feeling a little less adventurous, check out some of the many other fun events happening this weekend.

Learn about Japanese culture, including traditional art, music, and dancing, with the 37th annual Japanese Festival of St. Louis from 10-8 Saturday and Sunday at Missouri Botanical Garden.

Or, enjoy one – or both – of two exciting shuttle tours around town: the Underground Railroad Shuttle Tour from 10-12 and Eat Like a Local BBQ Shuttle Tour from 1-3.

The Underground Railroad Shuttle Tour will visit some local sites that were once part of the Underground Railroad, such as the Alton Museum of History and Art and the Rocky Fork Area. The tour is $25/person and departs from the Alton Visitors Center.

Satisfy your appetite with the Eat Like a Local BBQ Shuttle Tour. Savor some delicious BBQ from a few of the area’s favorite locally-owned restaurants, including Carver’s Southern-Style BBQ, Rib City, and Amarillo Tex’s Steakhouse. The tour is $35/person.

Enjoy an evening of live, outdoor jazz all for a good cause at Eco Music Festival, held at the Chesterfield Amphitheater in Chesterfield, Missouri August 30. The event will also feature “green” vendors, demonstrating eco-friendly practices. Tickets range from $28 to $48. Gates open at 2, and the music begins at 3.

For a Labor Day celebration like no other, check out Big Muddy Blues Festival on Laclede’s Landing in downtown St. Louis. The weekend-long festival features 30 bands, both local and national artists, on 3 stages and a total of 20 hours of music. Single-day tickets range from $10-$50, and a 2-day VIP pass is $90. The festival is open 3-midnight both Saturday and Sunday.

For more events or more information on any of the events listed above, please visit our Events Calendar.

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