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Celebrating an era when Britain’s Queen Victoria reigned, women’s bonnets were lavishly decorated and gentlemen wore top hats, the Victorian Festival will be held from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, in Fort Zumwalt Park, 1000 Jessup Drive, O’Fallon, Missouri 63366.

The new festival offers free admission, free parking and free activities, with food trucks providing food and beverages for purchase. Activities include a Victorian Hat Contest, a Mustache Contest and kids’ crafts. Contestants are welcome to wear their own hat (or mustache) in the contests, or make a hat at the festival.


Get your yard blooming early this spring with items from O’Fallon’s Garden Expo on Saturday, April 11 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Fort Zumwalt Park, O’Fallon, Missouri 63366. Admission and parking are free.

At the Garden Expo, get tips on growing a garden full of veggies or flowers that bloom all season, shop for live plants and trendy outdoor décor, take home a free shrub or tree sapling while supplies last (one per family), find out all about bees and honey from local beekeepers and get motivated by the O’Fallon Garden Club presentation, “Grow It: A Family-Friendly Presentation on Beginning Gardening.” The Garden Club presentations will be held at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. At 9:15 a.m., join in the annual Arbor Day Ceremony led by Mayor Bill Hennessy in planting a maple tree with the assistance of the Twin Chimneys Elementary School Earth Club.


For an egg-ceptional Friday night of fun for ages 21 and older, register for O’Fallon’s Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt. Popular with couples, friends and co-workers, the event will be held from 7:30-10 p.m. on Friday, April 10, in Civic Park. Everyone will receive a door prize and additional prizes will be awarded after the eggs are collected. Participants should be sure to bring a flashlight and an Easter basket. The cost is $12 per person for O’Fallon residents and $15 for non-residents. Registration ends Sunday, April 5; no tickets will be available at the gate.

“Last year’s event filled up with 200 participants, so we encourage everyone to get cracking and sign up soon,” said Tyler Landreth, Recreation Specialist for the City.


O’FallonTheatreWorks will hold open auditions on two dates for Beauty and the Beast, Jr., a show based on the classic Disney musical. Starting at noon on Saturday, April 4, and Saturday, April 11, auditions will be held on the stage at the O’Fallon Municipal Centre (City Hall), 100 North Main Street, O’Fallon MO 63366. Performances are scheduled for June 19-20 and 26–27.

The musical calls for a cast of more than 30, both children and adults, including male and female starring roles which require singing and dancing ability, and a large chorus. Auditioners will be asked to learn a song and a dance, and should bring a headshot or school photo to leave with the director.


Tickets are available for the O’FallonTheatreWorks’ production of Bill W. and Dr. Bobon March 20-22 and 27-29. Based on the true story of two alcoholics who founded Alcoholics Anonymous, the play will be performed on the stage at the O’Fallon Municipal Centre (City Hall), 100 North Main Street, O’Fallon, Missouri 63366. Curtain times are 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays.

Written by Sam Shem and Janet Surrey, the award-winning drama opens in 1929 with New York stockbroker William Wilson riding high on money and booze. But when the stock market goes under, he crashes with it, becoming an incurable drunk. An accidental meeting with Dr. Robert Smith, an alcoholic surgeon with a history of operating with a hangover, changes the game for both men when they become friends and agree to help each other stay sober.