2020 Events Postponed. Join us September 15-18, 2021. Click here to view the announcement.


Saturday, September 18, 2021 8:00PM - 10:00PM

Prince & Princess Contest

Open to children ages Five (5) to Nine (9) years old.
Winners will be announced before the Queen Pageant
Saturday, September 18, 2021 4:15PM - 4:15PM

Drums at Appletime®

No one can resist the lure of a marching band and Drums at Appletime® continues as one of Murphysboro Apple Festival's most popular events, drawing sell-out crowds year after year.
Saturday, September 18, 2021 1:00PM - 9:30PM

Saturday Stage Entertainment

1pm - 3:30pm // TBA
4pm - 6:30pm // TBA
7pm - 9:30pm // TBA
Friday, September 17, 2021 12:00PM - 10:30PM

Friday Stage Entertainment

12pm - 1:30pm // TBAr
7pm - 8:30pm // TBA
9pm - 10:30pm // TBA
Thursday, September 16, 2021 6:00PM - 9:00PM

A Taste of Murphysboro

A Taste of Murphysboro dinner event, featuring a menu of fine food and drinks from locally-owned restaurants.
Proceeds from the event fund a scholarship awarded to a Murphysboro High School Senior.
Friday, September 17, 2021 3:30PM - 4:30PM

Children's Pet & Hobby Parade

Affectionately known as the "Kiddie Parade", children may participate in variety of ways.
Saturday, September 18, 2021 9:30AM - 1:00PM

Grand Parade

The Apple Festival Grand Parade is one of the longest in Illinois with fire engines, marching bands, floats, visiting royalty, horses, and many other unique entries. Over 100 units make this parade truly GRAND and enjoyed by thousands of residents and visitors each year.
Wednesday, September 15, 2021 8:00AM - 11:00AM

Appletime Prayer Breakfast

Serving as the Apple Festival's unofficial opening event, the Appletime Prayer Event brings together area church leaders in fellowship with the community to bless the festivities with words of prayer and song.
Thursday, September 16, 2021 7:00AM - 6:00PM

Apple Pie & Apple Butter Contest

Non-winning apple pies and apple butter entries will be available for purchase and winning Apple Pies and Apple Butter entries will be auctioned off.
Wednesday, September 15, 2021 6:00PM - Saturday, September 18, 2021 9:00PM

Civic & Non-Profit Booths

A variety of local Civic and Non-Profit organizations will have booths set up in Smysor Plaza.
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