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The Month Ahead in Cape Girardeau: September 2014

Summer might be winding down, but all the fun of Fall is ahead of us! Mark your calendars for these happenings in Cape Girardeau throughout the month of September.

Cars, Bikes, Movies & More

See antique and vintage vehicles parked in downtown Cape Girardeau at the River Tales Classic Car Show on September 14.

The Motorcycle Cannonball Run will be making an overnight stop in Cape Girardeau on Tuesday, September 9.  This coast-to-coast endurance rally of pre-1938 motorcycles will also feature exhibits and demos plus a display of local vintage and contemporary cycles.  

Dr. Jim Dufek, professor of mass media at Southeast Missouri State University, and Chuck Martin, executive director of the Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, will talk about the filming of Gone Girl in Cape Girardeau at the Cape Public Library’s “Downtown to Tinsel Town: The Filming of Gone Girl.”

Don’t miss the 3rd Annual Craft Beer Festival, Saturday September 27 from noon – 4 p.m. in Arena Park.  Admission includes a souvenir pilsner glass, samples from 15 microbreweries and beer distributors, a home brew demonstration and music by the Jerry Ford German Band.  

Tour de Cape on September 27 in downtown Cape Girardeau is a bike ride for a good cause; proceeds benefit a therapeutic horsemanship program.  

Isle Casino Cape Girardeau features live entertainment throughout the month.  

On the River

See Cape Girardeau from the river – and not the other way around – at this year’s National Hunting and Fishing Day with “A Day on the River” on Saturday, September 20. Fun for the entire family, this free event features crafts, live animals, and boat rides on the Mississippi. Boat rides will take place every half hour (except from noon – 1pm) at Riverfront Park. 

The riverboats return to Cape Girardeau’s Riverfront Park in September.  The Queen of the Mississippi is scheduled to dock September 8,September 17 and September 24, and the American Queen is scheduled to dock September 11.  Dockings depend entirely on Old Man River, so stay tuned to VisitCape.com/Events for the latest updates.  

Back in Time

Local re-enactors will bring history to life at Labor Day at Fort D, Cape Girardeau’s remaining Civil War fort.  They’ll demonstrate rifle and cannon fire and dutch oven cooking.  Stop by anytime Monday, September 1 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. for this free event.  

Festival Fun

The 159th SEMO District Fair kicks off Saturday, September 6 at 9:30 a.m. with the Fair Parade.  The parade starts at Capaha Park and goes along Broadway to Kingshighway, ending at the Fairgrounds at Arena Park.  Get your fill of fair food, rides, agriculture exhibits, entertainment and much more at the SEMO District Fair, September 6 – 13.  

Enjoy a freedom ride, live bands and entertainment, celebrity bike builders, stunt riders, a wall of death, ride-in bike show and more at Lawless Harley Davidson’s Freedom Rally, September 19, 20 and 21.  

Farmers Markets

Pumpkins, squash & other fall goodies will start appearing at the Cape Farmer’s Market and the Cape Riverfront Market this month!  You’ll find the Cape Farmer’s Market behind West Park Mall every Thursday from noon – 5 p.m. until November, and the Cape Riverfront Market downtown at 35 S. Spanish Street on Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. – noon until October.  

Music

Tunes at Twilight rocks and rolls September 5 with Sabrina & Tony, September 12 with Michael Reno Harrell and September 19 with Allie Farris.  These free concerts take place under the stars at the Common Pleas Courthouse Gazebo at 6:30 p.m.  

Bollinger Mill is hosting a free Fall Folk Concert on September 14 at 2 p.m. Wil Maring will perform on the grounds of this pre-Civil War era mill and covered bridge.  

Jake Owens takes the stage at the Show Me Center on September 18 at 7 p.m. with his Days of Gold Tour with special guests the Eli Young Band & the Cadillac Three.

Southeast Speaker’s Series

The highest-ranking firefighter to survive the World Trade Center collapse and the last fireman to escape the devastation, Richard Picciotto will share his story at the first Southeast Speaker’s Series of the year on September 10.  

Anderson Cooper, the anchor of CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360°,” keeps politicians and policy makers honest with in-depth reporting and investigations.  He’ll speak on “A 360 Degree Look at World Events”  on September 21 as part of Southeast’s Speaker’s Series.

Also Open

Bollinger Mill State Historic Site
Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center
Cape River Heritage Museum
Crisp Museum
Discovery Playhouse
Fort D
Glenn House
Lazy L Safari Park
LeBounce
Lorimier Cemetery
Old St. Vincent’s Church
Orange Monkey
Red House Interpretive Center
Trail of Tears State Park
Wineries, Shops, Restaurants

Share your Cape Girardeau adventures, tag your pictures with #VisitCape! 

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