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Mississippi Earthtones Festival

Saturday, Sept. 19 2020

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The 14th Annual Mississippi Earthtones Festival will be held on

September 19th, 2020

Mississippi Earthtones Festival is always held on the 3rd Saturday of September.

The Mississippi Earthtones Festival, co-organized by Alton Main Street and the Sierra Club, is a celebration of our river through art, music, and conservation. This 14th Annual event falls on September 19th and promises to attract thousands of people to Broadway, where the street will be closed to traffic between Easton Street and Langdon Street from Noon until 10:00 p.m.

“At the MEF, we showcase our region’s environmental organizations, as well as local businesses that are working to help “green” residents’ lives,” said Sara McGibany, Executive Director of Alton Main Street . “We encourage the community to join us for this momentous occasion and spend the day exploring the wide variety of locally-owned businesses on Broadway.”

There will be several agencies on hand to teach consumers how to incorporate more sustainable practices into their daily lives, along with companies featuring Earth-friendly products and services. “Festival-goers will have many chances to have a positive effect on the environment that day,” said Christine Favilla, Three Rivers Project Coordinator for the Sierra Club. “They can get easy tips on things such as winterizing their homes and conserving water, or bring along the following materials to be recycled: plastic plant pots, cell phones, eyeglasses, hearing aids, old home & garden tools and clean plastic food containers to be made into percussion instruments for music-making at the event.”

A variety of fun and educational activities are planned for families. Dozens of local artisans will offer their nature-inspired, hand-made, and environmentally-friendly wares. You’ll find wearable art such as tie dyes, alpaca wool items, knit clothing, crocheted accessories, and upcycled jewelry. A variety of handcrafted body care products will be available, such as plant-based and goat milk soaps, all natural deodorants, lip balms and organic beard oils, and essential oils. Find unique home décor, such as: glass bottle wind chimes, nature themed artwork and photography. Vendor applications are still being accepted.

Come hungry because there will be a great selection of local food & beverages on site. Broadway businesses are preparing to roll out the red carpet for the crowd, and a number of shops will have displays and merchandise on the sidewalk.

There is ample parking for festival attendees in the Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market parking lot, located at 501 Landmarks Blvd.; guests can simply walk across the pedestrian bridge directly to the event.

Mississippi Earthtones Festival is held annually on the 3rd Saturday in September, as part of the State of Illinois’ “It’s Our River Day” initiative to celebrate Illinois watersheds through education, recreation and conservation. Alton’s free community river celebration would not be possible without the generosity of its sponsors. Alton Main Street and the Sierra Club express their sincere appreciation to local businesses and organizations for supporting the event.