The MEF, presented by Alton Main Street and the Sierra Club, is a celebration of our river through art, music, and conservation! This year’s event falls on Sept 17th and will be held at Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater from Noon until 10pm. Dozens of local artists and upcyclers will offer their nature-inspired, hand-made, and environmentally-friendly wares, and several agencies will be teaching consumers how to incorporate more sustainable practices into their daily lives. Wind-powered music will fill the air, and our entertainment line-up features:
Jake’s Leg – Grateful Dead Tribute (7-10pm)
Nonstop Reggae Band (3-6pm)
Loftys Comet – Alternative Indie Jazz (12-2pm)
Jason “Gordo” Gordon 1-Man, 10-Piece Band (2-3pm & 6-7pm).
Jacoby Arts Center has lined up an amazing arts playground, featuring live painting, dance & flag performances, aerial arts, pole acrobatics, hoop spinning, stilt walkers, hydro dipping, free body painting, and a community ceramics project. There will be a huge selection of local food & beverages on site! This year’s theme of “Amplify the River” will be present throughout the grounds. Local artists will fill Riverfront Park with beauty and creativity, enhancing the festival atmosphere for visitors. Street artists will be decorating the pathways with colorful chalk creations. The Riverbend Yarn Bombers have been busy creating a giant colorful cozy for the fountain! Would you like to get in on the creativity? Kooliverse artist Michael Snider is seeking volunteers to help tie 1,000+ pieces of upcycled ribbon to a piece of fencing for a major artwork installation for the festival. Supplies and instructions will be available at the back entrance of Jacoby Arts Center (627 E. Broadway) on Mon 9/5, Tues 9/6 and Wed 9/7 from 6-8 pm or Sun 9/11 from 10am-4pm. Enjoy a free meal at FLOCK on us as a thanks for your help!
Register today as an eco-friendly vendor or sponsor, and sign up as a volunteer at the festival or the river litter clean-up on 9/24 to receive a free festival t-shirt! CLICK HERE for full details.
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