21st Annual Golconda Shrimp Festival
Come join us at the 21st Annual Shrimp Festival on Saturday, September 17th, 2022.
A “Shrimp Festival” may sound like a crazy celebration in a quaint river town in Southern Illinois but it is one you DO NOT want to miss! While the Mississippi grass shrimp calls several rivers in southern Illinois its home, at only two inches long it’s not going to fill your belly.
Luckily more succulent and meaty shrimp from the U.S. Gulf Coast aren’t too far away! Believe it or not, the surrounding area in southern Illinois also shares a history of sustainably farmed shrimp.
The Golconda Shrimp Festival was named the #1 Food Festival in the state of Illinois by National Geographic Traveler magazine and has become the premiere event showcasing the natural beauty of rural Pope County and the vibrant history of one of Illinois’ first river towns.
Along with the fantastic foods that begin cooking at 10am, we also have a beer garden that opens at 11am.
As always there will be plenty to do from an import auto show, bounce houses for the kiddos, a ride in the sky aboard a helicopter, to shopping the vendor village.
Please don’t forget to visit our local shops and restaurants dotted along historic Main Street too!
You can always just sit back and relax with family and friends to enjoy one of the live bands that will be performing throughout the day.
Every year the Shrimp Festival has continued to grow and this is a direct result of the many hours of work by our non-profit organization Main Street Golconda and the countless
vendors, sponsors, entertainers, and many volunteers. Each year we have exceeded our expectations
and hope that this year will be no different.
In 2016 the festival was named the #1 Food Festival in the State of Illinois by National Geographic Traveler Magazine!
Please enjoy the day in Golconda and don’t overlook its many attributes such as our 19th Century buildings, self-guided audio tour of the historic sites and buildings in our town,
or the gorgeous walking bridge taking you from the rivers edge across historic Lusk Creek to the beautiful Golconda Marina.
It is the hope of Main Street Golconda that each person attending the Annual Shrimp Festival
leaves with a wonderful memory to take with them and plans of returning again.