Festivals and Events

Carbondale is known for a number of yearly festivals and events including:

  • Big Muddy Film Festival (February/March)
  • Brown Bag Concerts (a spring and fall series of free outdoor concerts in the Town Square Pavilion)
  • Great Cardboard Boat Regatta (April)
  • Indian celebration of Diwali (December)
  • Lights Fantastic parade in December
  • Sunset Concerts (a summer series of free outdoor concerts on the Southern Illinois University campus and in city parks)
  • Taste of Chocolate (February)
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Farmers Markets

Surrounded by farm land, Carbondale is home of several outdoor farmer’s markets. Recently named by Midwest Living as the 3rd pick for the Best of 2016 summer trips, the Farmers Market of Carbondale, in its 41st year, host area farmers to show and sell their wares on every Saturday, April through November.