The Greater Alton area’s fourth annual Riverbend Earth Day Festival will be from noon until 6 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at Piasa Harbor, just off the Greater River Road in Godfrey. Activities include artist displays, live entertainment, children’s crafts, a clothing swap and more.
GODFREY — Artisans’ market. Fifty vendors selling gifts, crafts and delicious food. Live music. Reptiles.
Sound like a good afternoon?
Rain or shine, the fourth annual Riverbend Earth Day Festival will be from noon until 6 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at Piasa Harbor, along the Great River Road in Godfrey.
“This is our second year at Piasa Harbor,” The Nature Institute Outreach Coordinator Amy Curry said. “We had outgrown our space at The Nature Institute, and it also really makes sense to have the event close to the river.”
The rustic location also allows the opportunity to provide additional events such as canoeing, paddling and fishing.
The Nature Institute, in partnership with the Sierra Club, the Great Rivers Land Trust, The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center/Lewis and Clark Community College and the Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau is presenting the event, sponsored by St. Clair Beekeepers Association, The Gateway Gardener, Pearl Pro Audio, Madison County Planning and Development and River Bend Yoga.
Live entertainment also is an added attraction, including music from local bands DreamCatcher, bluegrass band The Lodge Brothers and the Buckhannon Brothers.
Serengeti Steve’s Reptile Experience (as seen on “America’s Got Talent”) will have a show beginning at 1 p.m.
“It was important to us to highlight local entertainment but also stay true to the event itself with educational and informational attractions,” Curry said.
Vendor booths are still available. For more information on reserving space, volunteering or attending the festival, call (618) 466-9930 or visit the website at www.thenatureinstitute.org.