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.

Alton Audubon Eagle Ice Festival

Saturday, January 8, 2022
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!

Winter on the River Photography Contest

Saturday, January 22, 2022
9:00 a.m.
National Great Rivers Museum

Share your creativity and ‘winter on the river’ moments for a chance to win a cash prize!

Meeting of the Rivers Foundation is set to host their inaugural Winter on the River Photography Contest at the National Great Rivers Museum in 2022.

For an entry fee of just $10.00, all participants will have their work displayed from January 22 – March 20, 2022 in the gallery room of the NGRM.

Register Your Photo Now

Lock and Dam 24
Eagle Day Tours

Saturday, January 29 and
Sunday, January 30, 2022
Lock and Dam 24

Join the Rivers Project at Lock and Dam 24 in Clarksville Missouri on January 29th and 30th to celebrate the return of the beloved annual event, Clarksville Eagle Days!

For this special event, Park Rangers and USACE volunteers will be leading free, public tours of Lock and Dam 24, a truly unique experience as this engineering feat is rarely open to the public! Visitors will be able to tour the historic structure, walk across the lock to the top of the tainter gates, and get a stunning view of the Mississippi River at the height of eagle season!

Ice Jam at the Dam

Saturday, February 19, 2022
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
National Great Rivers Museum

A new, winter event set along the Mississippi River. Enjoy a variety of winter-themed activities – from 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.

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.

REC Fest: Recreation, Exploration, Conservation

Saturday, May 21, 2022
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 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.

Paddlefest 2022

Saturday, June 4, 2022
Ellis Bay in Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary

In partnership with the Mississippi River Water Trail Association (MRWTA) the, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rivers Project hosts this outdoor experience at Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary each year.

This unique event allows its participants to gain knowledge in paddle safety, use of a paddle, proper lifejacket fitting, maneuvering a kayak, and much more related to paddling on the Mississippi River. Additional activities will be available on land for those hanging back from paddling, or for paddlers that want to explore the Sanctuary trails before or after their paddling session. This event is ticked with each session lasting 1-hour and kayaks, lifejackets, paddles, and all necessary gear provided. Pre-registration will be required and is overseen by another event partner the Audubon Center at Riverlands.  

Harvest Festival

November 6, 2022
National Great Rivers Museum

Each year the Mississippi River is responsible for the transportation of nearly 60% of agricultural products in the United States. Celebrate the harvest season in true fashion by viewing 15-barge tows lock through Melvin Price Locks and Dam, partake in numerous fall activities, and indulge in seasonal foods.

More details on this special occasion is to come!