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May in Mt. Vernon

Summer is almost here, which means even more exciting events to attend in Mt. Vernon! Mark your calendar for these May events below. There is something for the entire family!

After School Art Time

After School Art Time

May 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 3:30 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Strode Art Center at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts

Take your kindergarten or first grader to Cedarhurst every Tuesday, after school in May, for hands-on, art time! Students may bring a snack and drink to enjoy during the first 15 minutes of class. This month, students will learn all about clay and explore their artistic skills. Cost is $60 for all four classes.

Child creates caterpillar

ABCs & Art Fine Art for Little Fingers

May 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 10 a.m.- 10:45 a.m.

Schweinfurth House at Cedarhurst

Toddlers ages 1 ½ to 3 years old can expect a fun-filled morning with an educational story time and different art activity each week. May’s theme is “Colors of the Garden”. Cost is $60 for all four classes.

Cinco de Mayo illustration

Cinco de Mayo

May 5th

Mt. Vernon is home to several spectacular Mexican restaurants! On Cinco de Mayo, many of these restaurants offer food and drink specials, live music, and more to celebrate the holiday. Find the following Mexican restaurants under our “Restaurant” tab and check out their facebook pages for Cinco de Mayo specials: AgaveCasa RayaEl RancheritoLa Fiesta, and La Fuente.

Tribute to Pink Floyd

Echoes of Pompeii- A Tribute to Pink Floyd

May 6th, 8 p.m.

The Granada Theatre

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” with Echoes of Pompeii at The Granada Theatre. Playing all eras of Pink Floyd, Echoes of Pompeii is an 11 piece band with synthesizers, delayed vocals, slide guitars, and female backup singers. Doors open at 7 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online here

Mother's Day Market Days in Mt. Vernon Illinois

Market Days- Mother’s Day

May 13th, 8 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Veterans Memorial Park

Come out and shop at the first Market Days of the season, sponsored by Continental Tire. Vendors will be set up both inside and outside. The first 200 people in attendance will receive a free, collectible tote bag. The first 200 ladies will also receive a free, special gift for Mother’s Day. Find a wide variety of crafts, jewelry, collectibles, flea market items, and more. Admission is free. To sign up as a vendor, please email or call (618) 242-3151.

Mining Photo showcasing mining history in southern Illinois.

Mining and Mining Disasters

May 13th, 2 p.m.

Jefferson County Historical Village

Southern Illinois was once home to numerous, productive coal mines. The area has unfortunately also seen its share of mining tragedies. Local teacher and historian, Kari A. Dillingham will speak about the history of coal mining in Southern Illinois, including the Centralia Mine Disaster of 1947. Admission is free. Donations to the Jefferson County Historical Society are appreciated.

Cars & Coffee at Granada Theatre

Cars and Coffee

May 20th, 7 a.m.- 9:30 a.m.

The Granada Theatre

Car lovers, come on out for a morning filled with classic cars and coffee. Showcase your own vehicle, meet other car enthusiasts, and enjoy a nice, warm cup of coffee with friends. Admission is free.

The Doorz Tribute Band

The Doorz

May 20th, 8 p.m.

The Granada Theatre

The Doorz, a Doors tribute band like no other, will bring the ultimate tribute to one of the most iconic bands in history. Led by the talented Billy Cherry, The Doorz will perform all of their greatest hits including, “Light my Fire” and “Riders on the Storm”. Doors open at 7 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at

Run for the Wall annual motorcycle ride.

Run for the Wall

May 23rd, 12- 1p.m.

Mt. Vernon Outland Airport

Run For The Wall is an annual motorcycle ride that calls for an accounting of all Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action (POW/MIA), honors the memory of those Killed in Action (KIA), and supports veterans and military personnel all over the world. Hundreds of riders will stop in Mt. Vernon at 12:30 p.m. to refuel and then proceed to the Mt. Vernon Airport for a donated lunch. Onlookers are welcome to line Broadway to watch the parade of motorcycles and give honor as they pass through on the way to their next destination.

Strawberry Festival and Plant Sale

Strawberry Festival and Plant Sale

May 27th, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Jefferson County Historical Village

Strawberry season is here! A wide variety of plants and gardening materials will be available for purchase. Fresh strawberry shortcake and pulled pork sandwiches will also be available. New this year, come view classic cars at the Cruise-In at the Village. Cars will be parked at the red barn at the back of the village.

Pride kick off

Pride Kick-Off: OUT Mt. Vernon

May 27th, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

Rolland Lewis Building 

Kick Off Pride right in your own community with vendors, feod, and fun!
40 LGBTQIA and allied vendors and organizations are signed up to participate in this family friendly event! 
The event will also have music, food truck, an awesome door prize to register for, goodie bags for the first 100 people through the doors and most of all a chance to get together and show our pride in being part of the LGBTQIA+ community!