Special Events

Special Events

Haunted Carlinville Tours
Various dates

According to ghost hunter Troy Taylor and other sensitives, Carlinville is extremely haunted! Join American Hauntings for the Haunted Carlinville Tours. Check out the official Haunted Carlinville website for details of September and October events.

Lion's Carnival
September 8-10

The 70th Lion's Carnival was held in 2014. It's surely one of the most unique town festivals around! Featuring small-town charm, it offers custom-made rides for the kids that include a spin around town on a fire truck, the purple train, and Red Flyer wagon rides around the square, as well as wee carnival rides for the tots. Adults will enjoy bingo, cake walk, queen contest, fish sandwiches, and lots of opportunities to connect with neighbors and friends.

Fall Festival - Macoupin County Historical Society
September 17-18

The smell of kettle corn forms a pleasant backdrop for the museum's fall festival, which typically draws huge crowds. Many of the attractions offered in the spring return, including tours of the restored Anderson Mansion museum, a large craft show, live music performances, food vendors, toy show, antique tractors and cars display, garden tractor pullers competition, tractor parade, horse-drawn machinery, 1-room country schoolhouse, country store, blacksmith shop, and print shop, hymn sings at the country church, and other attractions. Admission to the outside events and parking are both free. A $3 donation for adults and $1 for children ages 6-11 is requested for museum tours. A hot breakfast is served in the red barn (including biscuits and gravy), with the society's famous chicken and noodles and homemade pie served there at lunch. Pork sandwiches and other fare are served under the pavilion.

Broom Orchard Apple Festival
September 23-24

Broom Orchard, one of the largest fruit orchards in the area, brings out crowds for its annual apple festival. Petting zoo, straw fort, corn maze, live music, food, and of course apples and every treat that goes with them are offered both days.

Tombstone Tales

Since 2013, colorful characters buried in the old Carlinville City Cemetery have been brought to life through dramatic presentations by local actors from the Summer Repertory Theater. Characters have included Governor John Palmer, a close friend of Abraham Lincoln; Judge Thaddeus Loomis, the man at the center of the courthouse scandal; the glamorous Frieda Paul, credited with bringing Hollywood to Carlinville; and Civil War Generals John Rinaker and Richard Rowett, who is believed to have introduced the beagle to America. Mark your calendar and plan to meet nine distinguished citizens who helped shape the town and left their indelible mark on history. Tours are held from 1 to 3:30 pm, with new tours departing every 15 minutes. $5 admission; children 12 & under free. Rain date: ?

Carlinville Christmas Market
Friday-Saturday, December 1-2

The first Friday and Saturday of December, the Carlinville square is transformed into a holiday wonderland of strolling performers, artists and craftsmen selling their wares, children’s activities, narrated tours, a shimmering display of Christmas lights and decorations, and the heady aroma of seasonal fare prepared outdoors. A variety of entertainment off the square includes bell choirs, drama, dance, and concerts, as well as the traditional Christmas festival at the Macoupin County Historical Society.