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Appletime Stage Entertainment

Wednesday, September 11, 2024 5:00PM - Saturday, September 14, 2024 10:00PM

The Appletime Stage is the focal point of the downtown event area during the Apple Festival.

In the spirit of a true street festival, all Appletime Stage events are provided free of charge to all festival visitors. Bench seating is available or bring your lawn chair to really sit back and enjoy the entertainment. With a wide variety of music, you are sure to enjoy an evening at the Murphysboro Apple Festival.

All concessions will be open, as well as the Kiwanis General Store and the Appletime Bakery.

2023 Entertainment Schedule

Brought to you by our Appletime Stage Partners, The First Bank & Trust Co. of Murphysboro


5:15pm / Opening Ceremony
Apple Blossom Contest Winners Announced
Window Display Contest Winners Announced

6pm - 10pm / Faith & Family Night feat. Renee
Event Partners: WXAN, Crain Funeral Home,
Vic Koenig Chevrolet, Murphysboro Ministerial Alliance
Hospitality Provided by: I AM Java


5:30pm - 6pm / Apple Pie & Apple Butter Champion Auction
Event Partners: Silkworm, Inc.
Auctioneers: Canning Auctions

6pm - 10pm / NINE88
Event Partners: Smile Doctors


4pm - 6pm / Tim Crosby
Event Partners: Prairie Living at Chautauqua

7pm - 10pm / Lewis Creek
Event Partners: TBA


2pm - 3pm / T-Lex

4pm - 6pm / Honey & Tar

7pm - 10pm / The Swamp Tigers
Event Partners: Jackson County Abstract & Title Guarantee Co.

About the 2023 Headlining Artists

NINE88 has been performing in and around Murphysboro for many years, including multiple appearances on the Appletime Stage. This group of Knights of Columbus Council 988 members play an acoustic mix of Americana, Bluegrass, Country, Irish, Gospel, and everything in between. You'll be singing and dancing along in no time!

Lewis Creek made their Apple Festival debut in 2021 and drew our largest Thursday night crowd ever! We're pleased to have them return, this year on Friday night! Covering great Classic Country with voice and soul like Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, and Johnny Cash, you won't hear many bands play like this anymore! Make sure to wear your dancing shoes and brush up on your two-step. Photo courtesy of Lewis Creek

The Swamp Tigers are infamous in Southern Illinois, playing Rock-a-Billy, Honky-Tonk, and traditional Country Music. When this talented trio takes the Appletime Stage Saturday night, you'll be transported back to the days of jukeboxes, white-walled tires, and greased-back hair, when the Apple Festival was something new. Dust off those saddle shoes, practice your swing moves and don't miss this amazing group. Photo courtesy of The Swamp Tigers

WHERE: The Appletime Stage
located in the main concessions area, South 13th & South Streets



Bleacher seating available - lawn chairs strongly encouraged

  • No outside food or alcohol
  • No animals in the concessions or Funland areas
  • No skateboards or bicycles
  • Please do not park in or block business or private residence driveways
  • Handicapped parking is available after 4pm Wed-Fri and all day Saturday in the Regions Bank parking lot

The Murphysboro Apple Festival has implemented enhanced cleaning and sanitizing procedures and has added additional handwashing stations and sanitizing stations throughout the Festival grounds. Please follow all recommended guidelines while attending the Festival in order to keep it fun and safe for everyone!

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