Founders' Day & Garden Expo
Saturday, May 7, 2016, Fort Zumwalt Park
Two simultaneous events, one fun-filled day! Celebrate the “good old days” of the late 1800s and bask in O’Fallon’s rich heritage at the City’s annual Founders’ Day. Demonstrations and skills such as basket weaving, rope making, beekeeping and blacksmithing are a main feature of the day. Free hands-on kids’ activities and games include cow milking and cow roping (both simulated), cornhusk doll making and playing checkers.
Zumwalt's Fort and Heald Home tours will be available for a nominal fee. Event admission and parking are free, and concessions and handmade goods will be available for purchase.
At the Garden Expo, experts will provide tips for growing a garden full of veggies and flowers that bloom all season. Boost your home’s curb appeal with 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 gardening presentations.
For kids, the event offers creative fun with an upcycled craft and a chance to work off some energy playing games. Other attractions include the St. Charles Model Railroad Club, which will have its scenic, radio-controlled layout on display, free.
Tree Lighting Ceremony
Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 6–8 p.m. O'Fallon Municipal Centre
Get in the spirit of the holidays at this family-oriented event! Join the Mayor in counting down to the illumination of a huge, decorated tree in the City Hall rotunda. Hear live choral music, visit Santa, play holiday games, make holiday crafts and more. Vendors will sell holiday-themed decorations and gifts. Concessions will be available for a nominal fee. Admission and kids activities are free.
Old-Fashioned Holiday Stroll
Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 6–9 p.m., Fort Zumwalt Park
Stroll through the Celebration of Lights display at your own pace and enjoy fireworks, holiday caroling, pictures with Santa, vendors selling holiday crafts and unique gifts, and festival food and beverages. Admission is $3 for ages 3 and older. Watch for signs to parking and shuttle service. No vehicles or carriage rides will be allowed. Learn more.
Many additional events are hosted throughout the year by O'Fallon Parks and Recreation (Family Fishing Day, Movie in the Park, Alligator's Creek Triathlon) and Renaud Spirit Center (RSC Fitness Festival, RSC 5K, RSC Family Fun Fair & Art Expo). Please visit the Events Calendar or refer to the corresponding website.