Heritage Festival is Back at SIC with New Dates

October 1, 2021

After a one-year hiatus, the annual Heritage Festival at Southeastern Illinois College is back. The date has been moved up a few weeks and will now be held Saturday, Oct. 16, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 17, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

This year marks the 43rd year of the festival, which focuses on locally handcrafted items and delicious food. Over 90 vendors will have wares to sell, kicking off the holiday shopping season a little earlier than usual. Items include dog clothing, handmade jewelry, fall and holiday décor and signs, boutique clothing, primitives, antiques and collectibles, specialty blends for dips and more, screen-printed tees, hair bows, Matilda Jane Clothing, scarves, blankets, hand crafted soaps and other skincare items, candles, iron artistry and signs, embroidered hats, laser engravings, wood crafts, folded book art, historical books, and the list goes on.

“After taking a year off, we decided to make some big changes,” explained event director Lori Cox. “We have updated marketing, moved the date to October (allowing us the weather to host vendors outside) and re-configured the indoor spaces. After hosting this event for 43 years, SIC has earned the reputation from vendors and visitors alike that this is a show not to be missed.”

Of course, no festival is complete without food.  Vendors will have homemade candies, fresh pork rinds, spiced nuts, fresh vegetables, and much more.  The Falcon Pointe Bistro will serve fried chicken, chicken & dumplings, salads, sandwiches, pizza, and dessert.

Admission to the event and parking are both free, and handicapped parking is available.  For questions about Heritage Festival, call Lori Cox at 618-252-5400, ext. 2300 or email