Pekin marigold festival


The 2018 Marigold Festival is coming together! There are lots of fun events planned for all! Can't wait to see you there!!

Marigold Festival Wine Tasting

Presented by Pekin Country Club

Pekin Country Club will host the 2018 Marigold Festival Wine Tasting on Thursday, September 6th from 5pm until 8pm, the cost is $10 for entry. Tickets will be available at the Chamber office, 402 Court St.

Pekin's Next Top Dog

Sponsored by the Grafelman Farms and TAiLS

Pekin's Next Top Dog will be held at the Dog Park at Mineral Springs Park, Thursday, September 6th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. You can enter your dog to win such prizes as cutest dog, ugliest dog, and best dog trick. Congratulations to the 2017 Top Dog, Molly and owner Micaylan!!!

Friday Night Family Fun Fest

Sponsored by the City of Pekin

Visit downtown Court Street on Friday, September 7th to enjoy Friday Night Family Fun Fest. There will be a lip sync contest, music, food vendors and much more to enjoy!

Friday Night on the Lawn

Sponsored by First United Methodist Church Men's Club

Visit First United Methodist Church Friday, Septmeber 7th, from 5pm - 8pm and enjoy hot dogs, ice cream, silent auction, and games on the lawn. If it rains it will be moved to the church basement. This is a free event for the public.

Run with the Saints 5K Run/Walk

Sponsored by St. Joseph Catholic School

5K Run and Fun Run for all ages. The race will begin at 7:30am on Saturday, September 8th, at Coal Miner's Park. Download the application here!

Sand Volleyball Tournament

Presented by Illinois River Valley Special Recreation Association

The tournament will be held at the Sand Volleyball Court in Mineral Springs Park on Saturday, September 8th, 8:00am - Dusk/Finish. Download your application here!

Ritchhart's Mobile Zoo

Presented by Ritchhart's Farm

The Mobile Petting Zoo will be open Saturday, September 8th, from 9:00am - 6:00pm, and Sunday, September 9th, from 9:00am - 5:00pm.


Garden Contest

Presented by Pekin Public Library

Good luck to all of the contestants in the 2018 Pekin Marigold Festival Garden Contest!

Rock Climbing Wall

Presented by Upper Limits

The Rock Climbing Wall will be open on Saturday, September 8th from 9pm - 6pm and Sunday, September 9am - 5am. The rock climbing wall will be located on Diamond 1 in the Jimmy John's Game Zone.

Little Mr. & Miss Marigold

Under the direction of Jackie Montgomery

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Little Mr. & Miss Marigold! We look forward to seeing you in the parade!

You can also see the latest news on the Pekin Marigold Festival blog at

General Information

We're here to help you enjoy your Marigold Experience!

Hold n' Load

For a donation, they hold your packages while you continue to shop. Great for those large items or when your hands get full! Look for Hold n' Load in the Handicap Parking Lot (see festival map). This will take place Saturday & Sunday during Art in the Park hours. Thank you to Illinois River Valley Special Recreation Association for adding this service to the Marigold Festival attendees.

Nursing Mothers/Changing Station Tent

UnityPoint Health - Pekin is sponsoring a nursing mothers/changing station tent on September 8th & 9th. The tent will afford privacy to nurse or to change our littlest festival attendees.

Free Parking

First United Methodist Church will be opening their parking lot at 1315 Court St. for Marigold Festival patrons. They will also have free bottled water and a hospitality tent.

Thanks To Our Additional Festival Supporters

Excalibur Seasoning
East Court Village
Homefield Energy
i3 Broadband
Illinois American Water
Liberty Village of Pekin
Preston Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory
OX Paperboard Illinois

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