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Carbondale is located in southern Illinois in Jackson County about 40 miles south-southwest of Mt. Vernon along U.S. 51 5 miles northeast of Cedar Lake and 5 miles west of Crab Orchard Lake & NWR. In addition, the Shawnee National Forest can be accessed in minutes in three directions.

Carbondale is the home of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. The campus features the McLeod Theater where 6 major productions are staged each year. The 488-seat theater is the attactive venue for the Summer Playhouse which produces 4 shows in an 8-week season. Venerable Shryock Auditorium, constructed in 1918, is a 1,200-seat theater hosting all performing arts genres. It features a 58-rank Reuter Pipe Organ.

West Walnut St. is Carbondale's Historic District displaying homes constucted in Italianate, Queen Anne and Victorian architectural styles.

The population estimate for July 1, 1998 was 26,454, a decrease of 579 since 1990.

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12/07 Coming to The area
Historic Newburgh Wine, Art and Jazz Festival Newburgh IN May17-18 There will be non stop jazz, wonderful wines, great food, and the opportunity to browse and purchase local art. All of this overlooking the beautiful Ohio River at the Old Lock & Dam Park.
Belleville Art on the Square Belleville IL May17-19
Lower Town Arts and Music Festival Paducah KY May17-19 The Lower Town Arts and Music Festival in Paducah, Kentucky is THE regional Festival for Western Kentucky and the surrounding area. The Festival's mission is to celebrate the cultural richness of this part of the country.
International Horseradish Festival Collinsville IL May31-June2 Admission is always free, parking is always free and musical entertainment is always free at the Horseradish Festival.
Handy Blues and Barbecue Festival Henderson KY June12-15 The W.C. Handy Blues and Barbecue Festival has become one of the largest free music festivals in the nation, drawing attendants from just about every state and many countries. The festival is a celebration of the life and legacy of Henderson resident and 'Father of the Blues', William Christopher Handy.
Bluegrass in the Park Music and Folklife Festival Henderson KY August8-10 Invite all your friends and family. There will be something for everyone.