Cave-in-Rock is located in the southeasternmost part of the state, near the Kentucky border in Hardin County. The town is surrounded by the Shawnee National Forest and sits atop the banks of the Ohio River. In addition, nearby Cave-in-Rock State Park offers outdoor lovers a variety of facilities with which to enjoy their open-air experience. The wooded park is named for the 55-foot-wide cave that was carved out of the limestone rock by natural forces several thousand years ago.
Cave-in-Rock was the notorious hangout of some ruthless bandits and river pirates in the early 1800's including the Mason Gang and the Harpe Brothers. By the 1830's, however, the massive immigration of settlers into Illinois eventually drove out the "river rats".
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International Bar-B-Q Festival Owensboro KY May10-11 The Owensboro riverfront becomes a hub of activity when cooking teams gather to compete with their secret recipes for barbecue.
A Toast to Tennessee Wine Festival Mt. Juliet TN May11 Visitors will stroll from tent to tent sipping the rich heritage of Tennessee vines, savoring gourmet specialty foods, shopping for handcrafted items from local artisans, enjoying music, and attending wine & food experience seminars.
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.