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Speaking at the April 28 City Council meeting, Mayor Bill Hennessy announced the nationally-known entertainers set to perform, free, at O’Fallon, Missouri’s Heritage & Freedom Fest. Country music’s rising star Chris Bryant and Nashville’s acclaimed Love and Theft will take the Main stage on July 3 and the sensational KONGOS with special guest Sister Hazel will rock the festival on July 4. O’Fallon’s 2016 Heritage & Freedom Fest will be held July 2-4 at the Ozzie Smith Sports Complex, 900 T. R. Hughes Boulevard, O’Fallon, Missouri 63366.

“We’re proud to bring top-name talent to our City for everyone in the region to hear and see in person and celebrate our country’s independence,” said Hennessy. “In addition to free concerts by these great artists, we’ll have two nights of exceptional fireworks displays, free sideshows, kids’ activities, three days of thrilling carnival rides and the biggest Fourth of July parade in St. Charles County. I’m proud to say that O’Fallon’s Independence Day weekend celebration is one of the largest and most popular in the metro area.”


Sign up with your family for the RSC 5K Challenge Run, which will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 6, outside the Renaud Spirit Center (RSC) and stay afterwards for the free outdoor party with Batman and Elsa the Snow Queen. The Challenge Run features an obstacle course open to ages 8 and up. The Renaud Spirit Center is located at 2650 Tri Sports Circle, O’Fallon MO 63368.

Free post-race entertainment includes inflatables, a balloon artist, a bubble machine and an outdoor showing of the film Minions. Bring a blanket or lawn chair for movie seating. Pizza and other food and beverages will be available for purchase. As a bonus, get a 10% discount on a new RSC membership at any time over the weekend (May 6-8).


Enjoy two spring events in one at Founders’ Day and the Garden Expo in Fort Zumwalt Park, O’Fallon, Missouri. The festival will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, with free admission, parking and free activities for nearly everyone. Highlights include an Arbor Day Ceremony with Mayor Bill Hennessy at 10 a.m., storyteller Steve McPhail with tales of John Chapman, aka the legendary “Johnny Appleseed,” the Lewis and Clark Fife & Drum Corps, old-time acoustic music by Glenn Butterhorn, Jim Steitz, and Jason Ebinger, and the St. Charles Model Railroad Club open house. The park entrance is located at 1000 Jessup Drive (63366) off Veterans Memorial Parkway.

Demonstrations of heritage skills include letter-writing by the Daughters of the American Revolution, basket weaving, sheep-to-shawl wool spinning, rope-making, bee keeping, cornhusk doll-making and blacksmithing. Kids can try their hand at soap carving, playing checkers and simulated cow milking and cattle roping. Chinkapin oak and river birch tree seedlings – both native Missouri trees – will be given away while supplies last, one per family. Visitors can shop vendors’ booths for arts and crafts, live plants and flowers, garden art and yard décor. Food trucks and concessionaires will have food and beverages for sale.


For the first time, the Zumwalt’s Fort interpretive center will be open along with the Darius Heald Home for tours from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 7. The interpretive center’s Grand Opening is part of O’Fallon Founders’ Day & Garden Expo festivities in Fort Zumwalt Park. A $5 fee covers admittance to both attractions, with children 10 and under admitted free. Fort Zumwalt Park is located at 1000 Jessup Drive, O’Fallon, Missouri 63366.

A brief history of Zumwalt’s Fort and the Heald Home


If you’re looking for an eggstremely fun Friday evening for ages 21 and over, register in advance for O’Fallon’s Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt, which will be held from 7:30-10 p.m. on April 1 in Civic Park. Winning prizes include gift cards, RSC day passes, a one-month free membership to the RSC and sports and home movie items. Everyone gets a door prize. Participants should be sure to bring a flashlight and an Easter basket for collecting eggs. The cost is $12 per person for O’Fallon residents and $15 for non-residents. Hurry - registration ends Friday, March 25, and no tickets will be available at the gate.

Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt registration is available: