Community Partner Events

Marigolden Garden Contest

Brought to you by the City of Pekin Beautification Committee

All Pekinites are encouraged to grow marigolds in pots, gardens, etc. Photo submissions and judging in late August! Winners to be announced and photos showcased at the Festival!

Taste of Pekin

Wednesday, September 4, 5-8 PM

Lip Sync/Karaoke Contest &
Dragon Dust Cook-Off

Come Downtown to sample some of Pekin’s restaurant specialties and enjoy the Lip Sync & Karaoke Contest. A Dragon Dust Cook-Off to submit your best recipe using Excalibur’s Bicentennial Special Spice, Dragon Dust. 

To register for the lip sync or karaoke, contact

Wine & Bourbon Tasting

Thursday, September 5, 4-9 PM

Join us for a wine and bourbon tasting at Sunset Hills Eatery, rain or shine.
Tickets will be available soon!

3 on 3 Basketball

Registration details will be posted soon!
Sign up your 3rd-8th graders in a double elimination tournament at the Pekin Park Basketball Courts. Each team MUST have at least 2 players from a PCHS feeder school, and must have 4 players at or below the grade level they are entering for.

JFL Football Game

Sunday, September 1, 1 PM & 3 PM

Join us for the “Kickoff to Marigold Week” on September 1st, 2024, at Pekin Memorial Stadium, marking the exciting start of the Pekin Marigold Festival Week! Witness the future stars of Pekin Football as the Pekin JFL 12U and 14U teams take the field for thrilling games at 1pm and 3pm. This family-friendly event promises action-packed entertainment, community spirit, and a perfect prelude to a week filled with festivities celebrating Pekin’s beloved Marigold Festival. Don’t miss the chance to support our young athletes!

Marigolden Breakfast

Miller Senior Center - Sunday, September 8

Before you hit up Mineral Springs Park on the morning of the Marigold Festival, stop by the Miller Center, 551 S. 14th Street in Pekin, across from the lagoon, between 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM on Sunday, September 8, 2024 for a breakfast fundraiser to support TCRC and Miller Center programs. The cost is $6.00 a plate, including pancakes, sausage, and cofee or juice.


Tuesday, September 3 - 5:00 PM

The calm before the storm. Join us on the grass near the pavilion as we relax and enjoy this outdoor yoga experience.