Pekin Marigold Festival

Held in the Marigold Capital of the World, don't miss this annual festival to honor Pekin’s favorite son, Senator Everett Dirksen. Enjoy the yearly parade, crowning of Miss Marigold, carnival and more! Purchase a floating lantern to honor your heroes at Lagoon Glow, held at the Mineral Spring Park Lagoon.

Insider tip: Get a map and wear your walking shoes, there’s way more to see and do than you would expect!

The 2021 Pekin Marigold Festival- 'Marigolds Shine On'

The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce announces the 49th annual Marigold Festival 'Marigolds Shine On' will be held September 9-12th in Mineral Springs Park. The Pekin Marigold Festival is one of the largest community festivals in Central Illinois. Each year, thousands of people gather in Pekin to shop small and support local causes through a huge line up of events and vendor opportunities. The festival committee aims to have events for anyone from artists and music lovers to food connoisseurs, to sport fanatics, and more. Discover this year’s festival and all Pekin has to offer by visiting the Pekin Chamber's Marigold Festival Webpage

'Marigolds Shine On' Schedule

Saturday, July 31
Marigold Garden Contest- Applications due to the Pekin Public Library by July 31!
Saturday, August 7- Miss Marigold Pageant
Held at the Avanti’s Dome beginning at 7:00 p.m. Watch six incredible young women compete for the honor of Miss Marigold.
Tuesday, August 31- Pepsi Marigold Medallion Hunt
Put on your thinking caps! The first clue releases at 10:00 a.m. on the Marigold blog and Facebook page! Clues are released daily until the Medallion is found. 
Thursday, September 2- Marigold Golf Outing

Shotgun start at 12:00 p.m. Registration is now available. A great opportunity to network with area business leaders, the golf outing will be held at Lick Creek Golf Course. Sponsorship opportunities are available!

Thursday, September 9

4:00 pm- Cross Town Classic Broadmoor v Edison- Diamond 2 Mineral Springs Park

5:00 pm- Wine Tasting Event- Pekin Country Club- 310 Country Club Drive

5:30 pm- 9:30 pm- Carnival- Baseball Fields West of the Arena

Friday, September 10

5:00 pm- 11:00 pm- Carnival- Baseball Fields West of the Arena

7:30pm- Football Game- Pekin Memorial Stadium- Join us for opening ceremonies and a post-game fireworks display!

Saturday, September 11

9:00 am - 6:00 pm - Art in the Park- With over 200+ vendors showcasing their hand-crafted items, you're sure to find something to love!

9:00 am- 6:00 pm- Pekin Insurance Festive Foods- All of our Festive Foods booths are community non-for-profit organizations! This event offers one of the largest fund raising opportunities of the year for many of the participants. 

10:00 am- Marigold Mile- A one mile dash down our parade route just before the parade begins. Register online!

10:00 am - Marigold Parade- Seating begins at Vonderheide Floor Coverings on Broadway and stretches all the way to the Court House where our panel of judges will vote on their favorite float from 100+ entrants! Don't forget your chair and grocery bag. There's candy galore!

11:00 am- 11:00 pm- Carnival- Baseball Fields West of the Arena

Sunday, September 12

9:00 am - 5:00 pm – Art in the Park- With over 200+ vendors showcasing their hand-crafted items, you're sure to find something to love!

11:00 am- 5:00 pm- Carnival- Baseball Fields West of the Arena

12:00 pm- 4:00 pm-Chalk Walk- Artists are invited to the NE side of the Pekin Lagoon's perimeter to transform the concrete sidewalk into their very own canvas!

Pekin Marigold


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