MV Mississippi Open House

Saturday, August 7, 2021
2:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Melvin Price Locks and Dam

Bring family and friends to Melvin Price Locks and Dam to view and board the largest towboat in the region. Operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the MV Mississippi mainly serves the bank stabilization efforts on the lower Mississippi River. On Saturday, August 7, it will serve you! Learn about the vessel itself, its crew members, and the importance of the work it is currently doing for the Mississippi River.

All members of the public will be required to wear facial masks. Fully vaccinated or not. This is for the safety of the vessel staff, volunteers, and you.

Mississippi Monsters

Saturday, August 14, 2021
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
National Great Rivers Musuem

We invite you to join us at the National Great Rivers Museum and learn about lake sturgeon research while enjoying a variety of fishy festivities! The Illinois Natural History Survey will be onsite with their portable tank, giving you an up close and personal look at some of the fish that call the Mississippi home.

Kids can make Lake Sturgeon buttons to wear for the event, and they can also make a stop at our pledge wall, where their pledges to help endangered species will fill our new exhibit wall!

Mississippi Earthtones Festival

Saturday, September 18, 2021
12:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Downtown Alton, Illinois

Co-organized by Alton Main Street and the Sierra Club, the Mississippi Earthtones Festival is an annual celebration of our river through art, music, and conservation. Enjoy live music, earth-friendly products, educational activities, and art and food vendors all located at the heart of historic downtown Alton, Illinois.

Two Rivers Family Fishing Fair

Saturday, October 2, 2021
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Pere Marquette State Park

Hosted by Pere Marquette State Park, National Great Rivers Museum, and several other local community partners, this annual event introduces the entire family to fishing. From catching live trout to enjoying a fried fish meal, kids and families learn the entire process and valuable experiences that come from learning to fish.

Eagle Ice Festival

Saturday, January 8, 2021
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The Audubon Center at Riverlands

This annual event is a wonderful introduction to the return of the American bald eagle to the region.

Free to the public, the family-friendly event provides fun activities and experiences for all ages. Take a shuttle tour to popular bald eagle areas, view eagles and swans in their natural habitat, and see an American bald eagle up close!

Ice Jam at the Dam

Saturday, February 19, 2021
Time TBA
National Great Rivers Museum

A new, winter event set along the Mississippi River. Enjoy a variety of winter-themed activities – from ice sculpture demonstrations and wildlife presentations to live music and open tours of Melvin Price Locks and Dam.

This free, event is sure to be a unique, enjoyable experience for the entire family.

Outdoor Adventure & Safety Fair

Saturday, May 21, 2021
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
National Great Rivers Museum

Enjoy an introduction to the many ways you can explore the outdoors! While you are at it become acquainted with the many occupations that work hard to make sure outdoor recreators stay safe.

This free, event is a wonderful way to get the family out and get exposed to outdoor activities and the people who assist in making recreation possible.

Great Rivers Festival

Date and Time TBA
National Great Rivers Museum

In celebration of the confluence of the Missouri, Mississippi, and Illinois Rivers comes the return of the Great Rivers Festival. This event presents the many forms of culture tied to the great rivers system. From economy and trade to music and art – all vendors influenced by river culture will be in attendance.

Join us for this free, family friendly event and immerse yourself in the river lifestyle.