September 9 - 12, 2021


The Pekin Marigold Festival is always held the weekend after Labor Day in the Marigold Capital of the World - Pekin, Illinois.

Marigold Parade

Sat Sept 11th at 10:00 a.m. 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!

Sponsored by Busey Bank

Marigold Golf Outing

Thur Sept 2nd 12:00 p.m. A great opportunity to network with area business leaders, the golf outing will be held at Lick Creek Golf Course with a shotgun start at noon!

Sponsorship opportunities are available!

Art in the Park Vendors

Sat Sept 11th 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sun Sept 12th 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Art in the Park is back! With over 200+ vendors showcasing their hand-crafted items, you're sure to find something to love!

Sponsored by Vonderheide Floor Coverings

Get your Busey Bank Parade Application

Parade applications are now available

Are you a community organization or business in the city of Pekin? What about the surrounding Pekin area? We’d like to invite you to participate in our Saturday morning parade sponsored by Busey Bank! With a parade route approximately a mile long, your organization or business has an opportunity to be seen by thousands of Pekin area residents. 

Meet your Grand Marshals...

Congratuations Greg and Gloria Ranney

The Pekin Marigold Festival is proud to announce Greg and Gloria Ranney as the 2021 Grand Marshals. Greg and Gloria truly represent the best of our community. In-line with this year’s theme of “Marigolds Shine On”, Greg and Gloria have been a bright spot within Pekin for a number of years with their intense commitments to community programs.

Greg and Gloria Ranney, Pekin Marigold Festival Grand Marshals


Can't wait for September 9th through 12th to let your marigolds shine?
Don't worry, we have events happening before the festival too!

Hosted by the Pekin Public Library and the Tazewell County Farm Bureau. 

Our Marigold Garden Contest will showcase beautiful residential gardens throughout Pekin! Show your civic pride by featuring Pekin’s special flower in your garden displays. Prizes will be awarded! 

Applications are available at the Pekin Public Library and are due by July 31st, 2021. All gardens must contain marigolds. 

For more information, contact Phyllis at the Tazewell County Farm Bureau at 309-347-3165, or Beth at the Pekin Public Library at 309-347-7111. 

Held at the Avanti’s Dome beginning at 7:00 p.m. Watch six incredible young women compete for the honor of Miss Marigold.

Put on your thinking caps! The first clue releases 10:00 a.m. on the Marigold blog and and Facebook page! Clues are released daily until the Medallion is found. 

Wondering if the Medallion has been found yet? Call 309-346-HUNT for the most up to date status on its recovery!

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!


Art in the Park

Likely the most anticipated event of the Marigold Festival, Art in the Park returns this year with a vendor line up that is sure to keep you excited through every turn! Please note dogs are not permitted into Art in the Park. Shopping opens Saturday Sept 11th from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and returns Sunday Sept 12th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


That's right! The carnival is also returning for all four days of the festival with a bracelet night kick-off. The carnival is located at the baseball fields West of the Arena.

Thurs Sept 9th 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Fri Sept 10th 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Sat Sept 11th 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Sun Sept 12th 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Chalk Walk

Walk along the Mineral Springs Lagoon and see our area artists at work! This newer event has chalk drawings from all age groups and boasts a not-to-miss display of talent.
Want to participate? Click the link below and pre-register for your own slice of sidewalk! There's even multiple award categories for participants to complete within.

Festive Food Court

Did you know Festival Foods is actually a fundraising event? All our Festive Food workers are registered non-for-profits in the Pekin community. We're returning this event to the grassy area near the Royal Ave Shelter and will be coordinating a drive-thru option as well!

Sponsored by Pekin Insurance

Family Movie Night

Hey you guys! Dan Pfeifer of State Farm is sponsoring our Family Movie Nigh hosted in Pekin Memorial Stadium. Grab your blankets and your lawn chairs and meet us for the iconic film: The Goonies! #gooniesneversaydie

More information to come including admission and snack vendors!


There's so much more to love about the Marigold Festival!
Check out these events happening September 9th-12th!

The ultimate rivalry: Broadmoor v Edison! Watch these two schools face-off in a baseball game that is sure to keep you on your feet. Cheer on our junior high students as they take play at Diamond 2 in Mineral Springs Park beginning at 4:00 p.m. 

Sponsored by Pekin Country Club! Taste a variety of locally produced wines at your Pekin Country Club located at 310 Country Club Drive in Pekin. The event begins at 5:00 p.m. and you do not need to be a member of the club to participate!

The Commerce Bank Carnival will be located at the baseball fields West of the arena. Bracelet night kicks off the carnival with rides operating from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 

Join as at Pekin Memorial Stadium for our opening ceremonies! Cheer on your Dragons during the football game and stick around for the post-game fireworks display! Nothing says Pekin like a firework show! 

It didn’t move from Thursday… Still located at the baseball diamonds West of the arena! However this carnival is running well after dusk this night! Hours are 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Come get your cotton candy and lemon shakeups! 

Sponsored by Vonderheide Floor Coverings. Vendors begin sales at 9:00 a.m. and close at 6:00 p.m. There is no bulk item or large item holding area for pick-up this year.

Please do not bring animals into Art in the Park. Due to numerously voiced community concerns, the Marigold Festival no longer allows dogs or other animals within Art in the Park. ADA compliant service animals are welcome and encouraged to be identified with a vest or harness. 

This is it! The race of your dreams! A one mile dash down our parade route just before the parade begins. Imagine being cheered on by thousands of spectators as you hit that PR you’ve worked all summer at achieving. 

Registration for Marigold Mile will open when once a race listing is completed with a formal registrar. 

Directly following the Marigold Mile runners is the largest parade event Pekin has to offer. With over 100 floats and community organization participants, the parade offers an insight into the creativity, talent and dedication that can be found throughout Central IL. 

The parade will begin just after 10:00 am at the intersection of 14th and Broadway. For the safety of our parade participants, please do not spectate East of 14th Street. Seating begins at Vonderheide Floor Coverings and continues all the way to the Court House! 

Want to hear special commentary and see our judges reactions to floats? Hang out close to the Court House to have an even more exciting parade experience! Oh- and don’t forget your candy bag. 

Say what? Even more time to ride rides? Count us in! The Commerce Bank Carnival will be open from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm. Rides, funnel cakes, cotton candy and fun await you at the baseball fields West of the arena! 

Did you know 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. Check out all they have to offer from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. 

Standing alongside Art in the Park, Community Spotlight showcases services and groups within the Pekin area that offer outreach initiatives, non-for-profit services and more. Check out how these business and organizations serve our communities!

Now accepting credit and debit through Square! Grab your cold Pepsi Co. beverage and pour it over ice in your annual Marigold Mug. Pepsi carts are located throughout the park!

Meet the Marigold Festival Executive Committee

Charles Robertson, Brandon Burling, Chairman Josh Hafliger, and Baylee Gambetti

Did you know...

The first Marigold Festival was held in 1973 to honor Pekin's favorite son, Everett McKinley Dirksen.

Marigold Festival News

Medallion Hunt

The official 2021 Pekin Marigold Festival - Pepsi Marigold Medallion has been selected! Special thanks to recent PCHS graduate, Savanna Schultz, for her creative design!

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Miss Marigold Pageant

Applications are due Friday. There is still time to apply.

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Grand Marshal

This annual honor is presented by the Marigold Festival Committee to recognize a local resident (or couple) who has given freely to the betterment of our community.

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