Festivals & Events


First Sunday in May

May 3, 2020

Antique and Garden Show.

See the town as it springs into bloom. First Sunday in May of each year.

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 at Fruehlingsfest, including bratwurst, barbecue, potato pancakes, kettle corn, funnel cakes, pretzels and strawberry shortcake.


Second Sunday in October

October 13, 2019

Arts, Crafts and Antique Fair. 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, funnel cakes, 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.

An Old Fashioned German Christmas in Maeystown

First Sunday in December

December 1, 2019

Participate in a traditional German Christmas with music, carriage rides, shopping and more.
First Sunday in December each year.
Carriage rides and visits with Sankt Nikolaus will be available. This year’s even will feature the Band Room Brass ensemble strolling through town, as well as music from the Valmeyer High School chorus and band, Carl Seavers and Jim Abbott on hammered dulcimer, and Mardy Eisloeffel on accordion. There will be a German carol sing at 3 p.m. in the Corner George Inn ballroom, and a traditional carol sing and lighting of the village weinachtsbaum at 4:30 p.m. Food and refreshments will be available throughout the day. For more information, call 458-6660 or 458-7463.

St. John’s Church Fastnacht

Tuesday before Lent

February 25, 2020

Tuesday before Ash Wednesday each year.
The day before Ash Wednesday activity at the church hall starts with a German family style dinner of pancakes, sausage, applesauce and doughnuts from 5 to 8 p.m., and ends with German music by the New Hanover Deutschmeisters from 6 to 8 p.m. The cost for the evening is $8 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-12. Children under 6 are free. In keeping with German tradition, children will dress in costume and go “grebbling” door to door to collect dough-nuts, then come back to win votes in a costume contest. Grebbling starts at 5 p.m. in front of the church.

Spring Art Show

Date to be determined.

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 price for the show. The St. Joe Women’s Fellowship will be serving food at the Mill. The mission of the show is to feature the work of local artists. 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.

Fire Department BBQ & Car Show

Third Sunday in August

August 18, 2019

Show us you ride… Cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractors.

Apple Butter Making

Two weeks before Oktoberfest

September 27 & 28, 2019

Peeling: Friday,  Time: 8:00am-1:00pm
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 618-458-6660.

Frauenabend/Ladies Night Out

Friday before Thanksgiving

November 22, 2019

Enjoy an evening just for the ladies! Frauenabend, or Ladies Night Out, will feature unique dining, shopping and pampering for the holidays. Vici’s Front Porch and Tea Garden will be open for dinner during the event, with dining from 4:30-8:30 p.m. A variety of holiday shopping and pampering experiences will be offered or the evening. The Maeystown General Store will offer private label food samplings, the Village Kaffeehaus will feature its Smooth Brew and teas, the Sweet Shoppe will offer discounts on teapots, Georgia Mae’s Antiques will offer discounts on select items, and the Preservation Society Museum will be open for visitors.

Maeystown Paint Out

Date to be determined.

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 9:00a.m. and end at 3:00p.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 Vici’s Front Porch and Tea Garden, the Tavern at Maeystown, the Village Kaffeehaus, or the Sweet Shoppe. There are no registration fees charged for the event.  Come enjoy the beauty of Maeystown!