Compiled by Andy Waterman –

The fall brings a TON of different events to southern Illinois. One of the more impressive occasions is the Du Quoin State Fair, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary! There are plenty of reasons to make a visit as they have acts such as Cole Swindell and Jeff Foxworthy headlining the grandstands on different nights. The festivities fire up on August 26th and run through September 5th!

Another popular concert-based event can be found in Columbia, Illinois. Songs4Soldiers is a benefit concert that has helped raise more than $800,000 since 2013. All of those proceeds go towards combat veterans and their families! This year’s lineup on Friday, September 9th features Everclear, Tonic, Stir, and Feel – while Saturday’s entertainment is LoCash, Alexandra Kay, and the Mighty Pines. Enjoy some awesome music while knowing it’s all for an AMAZING cause.