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

Events Schedule

Monday, August 23, 2021 10:00AM - Wednesday, September 15, 2021 5:00PM

Apple Blossom Contest

The little sibling to the Prince & Princess Contest, it's open to children ages newborn (0) to four (4) years old.
Winners will be announced at the Opening Ceremony.
Monday, September 13, 2021 11:00AM - 12:00PM

Storytime with Captain Applesauce

Local children are invited to this special storytime at Sallie Logan Library with the one and only, Captain Applesauce. The Captain and his friends will be reading an Apple Festival-themed story. This event is open to the public.
Monday, September 13, 2021 5:00PM - Saturday, September 18, 2021 11:00PM

Curb-A-Peel and Window Display Contests

Homes and Businesses have the opportunity to show their Apple Festival spirit in the Window Display Contest.
Wednesday, September 15, 2021 6:45AM - 10:00AM

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.
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.
Wednesday, September 15, 2021 6:00PM - Thursday, September 16, 2021 9:00PM

From Tree to Table

Meet the Jackson County Apple Growers, ask questions, and experience firsthand how they do their job.
Wednesday, September 15, 2021 6:00PM - 9:00PM

Appletime Gospel Sing

Gospel Night at the Apple Festival is a lively evening of Christian Music featuring a wide variety of performers of all ages.
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.
Thursday, September 16, 2021 5:30PM - 9:00PM

Thursday Appletime Stage Entertainment

5:30pm // Apple Pie & Apple Butter Contest Champion Auction
5:30pm - 9pm // Lewis Creek
Thursday, September 16, 2021 6:30PM - 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 8:30AM - 1:00PM

Appletime Golf Classic

4-Person Golf Scramble with multiple chances to win prizes. Breakfast and lunch will be served.
Friday, September 17, 2021 10:00AM - 10:00PM

Friday Appletime Stage Entertainment

10am - 1pm // Senior Day Events
5pm - 6:30pm // Bill Harper
7pm - 10pm // We Got It Covered
Friday, September 17, 2021 10:00AM - 1:00PM

Senior Day

An event for area Senior Citizens to mingle, play bingo, and meet with various businesses and services that cater to their needs.
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 7:00AM - 10:00AM

Appletime 5K Walk/Run & Captain and Me Fun Run

Register online now! Registration Booth opens at 7:00 AM 5K Race steps off at 8:00 AM Fun Run Time and Course TBA
Saturday, September 18, 2021 11:00AM - 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.
Saturday, September 18, 2021 1:00PM - 10:00PM

Saturday Appletime Stage Entertainment

1pm - 3pm // Chad Harris
4pm - 6pm // NINE88
7pm - 10pm // Downstate Music Company
Saturday, September 18, 2021 3:00PM - 5:00PM

Kids Free Fair

Free games and activities available just for kids to enjoy.
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 5:00PM - 9:00PM

Appletime Fiddle & Banjo Contest

An Appletime staple for many years, the Fiddle & Banjo Contest showcases the best of the best in Bluegrass, Traditional, and Americana music.
Saturday, September 18, 2021 6:00PM - 7:30PM

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 8:00PM - 10:00PM

Miss Apple Festival Scholarship Pageant

Open to young ladies 17 to 20, the Miss Apple Festival Scholarship Pageant awards hundreds of dollars each year to our winner. Miss Apple Festival reigns over the entire Festival.
Saturday, October 02, 2021 5:00PM - 9:00PM

Appletime Show & Shine

The Appletime Show & Shine is teaming up with Murphysboro Cruise Nights in 2021! Held on Saturday, September 4th, the Show & Shine Crew will be on hand to award our favorite vehicles in addition to the monthly Cruise Night awards.
Wednesday, September 14, 2022 5:30PM - Saturday, September 17, 2022 10:30PM

Festival Funland

The Apple Festival Funland offers children and adults alike the opportunity to enjoy a traditional hometown carnival, including all the rides, food, and games you have come to know and love.
Friday, September 16, 2022 10:00AM - Saturday, September 17, 2022 9:00PM

Arts and Crafts Fair

Handmade items such as seasonal decorations, jewelry, and personal and household accessories are among the many items that will catch your eye.
Also on North 13th Street, the Arts & Crafts Music Jam, featuring local acoustic artists to entertain while you shop.
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