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Event Series Event Series: Thursday Night Live

Thursday Night Live

June 13 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm



Between Memorial Day and Labor Day – Cedarhurst stays open late until 8 pm every Thursday. The museum converts the back patio and lawn into a third space, giving the community members a place to gather, network, and enjoy the beautiful southern Illinois summer and scenery. Thursday Night Live is a no-pressure way to engage first time visitors (Including “non-art folks”) to gain appreciation for the arts and learn about the many different programs that we offer year-round.


Live Music – Entertainment is a staple of Thursday Night Live, as local and regional musicians are hired to perform each week on the back patio from 5-8 pm.

Art Programs & Activities – Museum staff and volunteers design and facilitate special art experiences and activities from week to week to encourage visitors to become more involved with the arts, e.g. – artist demonstrations, DIY craft nights, art chats, games, pottery firings, community art projects, and more.

Beer & Wine Cash Bar – The museum welcomes annual sponsors to serve as volunteer bartenders and network with attendees.

Food Concessions – Cedarhurst schedules local food vendors to set up and sell concessions each week, creating community partnerships that help local businesses and enhance the TNL atmosphere.


  • May 30 – SUMMER KICKOFF celebrating Cedarhurst’s 50th Anniversary! Music: Smoke Rings – 70’s tribute band | Complimentary Snacks | Cash Bar

PLUS you’re invited to the public debut of the newly renovated Mitchell House! Arrive early for the Ribbon Cutting (4:45 pm) by the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce. Guided tours of the house will continue through 6:30pm

  • June 6 – Music by Taylor Steele & Garrett Burris | Food by El Ranchero + Cash Bar | Membership Night – Yard Games
  • June 13 – Music by Edwin Linson | Food by Chef Adam – Food is Life + Cash Bar | Artist Workshop: Letterpress “Make-and-Take” with Marie Oberkirsch – Central Print, St. Louis
  • June 20 – Music by Mat Kuhlig | Food by The Frosty Mug + Cash Bar | Art Demo by the Cedarhurst Basketeers
  • June 27 – Music by The Hoot N Holler Band | Food by Ringside Buffet + Cash Bar | DIY Art Night – Clay Pendants
  • July 11 – Music by Just for Spite | Food by JJ’s Bar & Grill + Cash Bar | Art Chat with artist Jeremy Crawford at Shrode Art Center
  • July 18 – Music by Nick Dittmeier & the Sawdusters | Food by MJ’s Kingdom Catering & All Shook Up Lemonade + Cash Bar | Join the Membership “Pooch Parade”!
  • July 25 – Music by Ian Presswood | Food by Elk’s Lodge #819 + Cash Bar | Christmas in July – “The Lights” kicks off in just 113 days!
  • August 1 – Music by Jive | Food by Joe’s Pizza + Cash Bar | Art Demo by the Cedarhurst Quilters
  • August 8 – Music by Jimmy DeTalente | Food by Mt. Vernon Gun & Sportsman + Cash Bar | DIY Art Night – Colorful Wooden Mushrooms
  • August 15 – Music by The Cattails | Food by MJ’s Kingdom Catering + Cash Bar | Gallery Talk – Cedarhurst’s Permanent Collection Gallery with Rusty Freeman
  • August 22 – Music by The Clyde | Food by Ringside Buffet + Cash Bar | Membership Night – Celebrating 50 Years!
  • August 29 – TNL Summer Finale: Music by RBR Trio + 1 | Food by Joe’s Pizza + Cash Bar | DIY Art Night – Nautical Magnets

~ All art galleries are open and free of charge during Thursday Night Live. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent or authorized adult in the galleries and on the museum grounds. Full calendar can be found at

2024 SPONSORS: Crossroads Community Hospital | Continental Tire of the Americas, LLC | Kitty Irvin – Tanglewood Apartments | Tony and Julie Wielt – State Farm Insurance | Michael and Tami Kroeschen – Edward Jones


June 13
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Cedarhurst Center for the Arts
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Cedarhurst Center for the Arts
2600 Richview Road
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 United States
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(618) 242-1236
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