Festivals & Events

St. John’s Church Fastnacht

Tuesday February 21, 2023

Tuesday before Ash Wednesday each year.
The day before Ash Wednesday activity at the church hall starts with a German style dinner of pancakes, sausage, applesauce and doughnuts from 4:30 to 9 p.m., and is accompanied by live entertainers providing German music. In keeping with German tradition, children will dress in costume and go “grebbling” door to door to collect dough-nuts, then come back for a costume contest. Grebbling starts at 5 p.m. in front of the church.

Spring Art Show

Saturday & Sunday March 25 & 26, 2023

Featuring the work of local artists. Held in March of each year on varying weekends. The show is sponsored by Historic Maeystown. Its mission is to highlight and recognize the works of local artists in the Monroe and Randolph County area. Art will be displayed from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m in the ballroom of Corner George Inn and at the Preservation Society Mill and Museum both days. There is no admission charge to the public and there is no fee for participating artists. Artists are chosen each year by Historic Maeystown for the two day event.


Sunday May 7, 2023

See the town as it springs into bloom.

The Fruehlingsfest will feature unique antiques from some of the finest dealers in the Midwest. In addition, various local nurseries will be selling annuals, perennials and herbs. This show, held rain or shine on the first Sunday in May, has rapidly become one of the best and most highly anticipated antique shows in the Midwest. The event is free, so attendees can check out the show as often as they like. A variety of food will be offered including bratwurst, barbecue, kettle corn, strawberry shortcake, and of course always more.

Maeystown Paint Out

Saturday June 10, 2023

Historic Maeystown invites all artists who love to paint in the open air–plein air–to come to Maeystown for our annual Plein Air Paint Out.  Registration begins at the Rock Mill at 8:30 a.m. with coffee, tea and donuts provided.  Painting time will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 2:30 p.m.  A display of the day’s work will be held at the mill from 3:00-4:00p.m. for the public. The public is also invited to come watch the artists paint at any time throughout the day.  Lunch will be on your own at Hank & Lilly’s Creekside or the Sweet Shoppe. There are no registration fees charged for the event.  Come enjoy the beauty of Maeystown!

Fire Department BBQ & Car Show

Sunday August 20, 2023

Show Us You Ride Car show takes place at the Maeystown Civic Association Park. Cars, trucks, motorcycles, and tractors will be on display and their BBQ will be available.

Apple Butter Making

Friday & Saturday September 22 & 23, 2023

Peeling: Friday,  Time: 8:00am-2:00pm
Stirring: Saturday, Time: 6:00am-3:00pm

Instruction in the art of making apple butter will be provided at the restored 1859 rock mill in Maeystown. Members of the Maeystown Preservation Society will demonstrate various apple peeling and stirring methods in preparation for the annual Oktoberfest in October. Apple peeling will take place at the mill between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday. Apple stirring will begin at 6 a.m. and go until 3 p.m. on Saturday. Friends of Maeystown willing to help peel apples or donate two hours of stirring time are asked to contact David Braswell at 618-580-5875.


Sunday October 8, 2023

Arts, Crafts and Antique Show. Experience the sounds and smells of Autumn. Second Sunday in October each year Featuring arts, crafts, antiques and food from 9:00-4:00 p.m. at the area around the stone mill and bridge. More than 60 artisans, crafters, dealers, and numerous food stands will be featured. Arts and crafts will include rug weaving, felting, blacksmithing, photography, woodworking, and a country store. Food will include turtle soup, potato pancakes and popcorn cooked in old-fashioned kettles. Bratwurst, apple butter, and pies will be some of the other choices available. The village specialty shops, bed & breakfast, restaurants and museum will be open throughout the day.

Damen Tag/Ladies Day

Saturday November 18, 2023

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Ladies, this day is just for you.  Enjoy holiday shopping, chair massages and pampering, carriage rides, eats, drinks and just plain fun! Local shops will be offering unique gifts, specials, samples & more…Please check out our FB page (Maeystown IL) for details.

An Old Fashioned German Christmas in Maeystown

Sunday December 3, 2023

This event centers on the celebration of our German heritage. Join us for a German Christmas carol sing, Christkindlmarkt and quilt show, carriage rides, German paper star folding and Weihnachtshaustour (mini house tour). Enjoy hammered dulcimers and strolling musicians, visiting with Sankt Nikolaus, antique goose feather and sassafras wrapped trees, Glühwein, Kinderpunsch, and lighting of the village Weihnachtsbaum. A detailed schedule of all activities will be posted on our Facebook page.