Music, Art, and Reading Abound in Marshall, Illinois

Oh, Marshall, it’s summer, the kids are out of school, and we look forward to a sweet summer of fun and activities in our wonderful town. So many things keep us busy, happy, and active. Of course, we have a great town pool and awesome parks for boating, hiking, camping, and fishing, but there are fun summer activities for everyone – music at the bandstand, our weekly Farmer’s market, walking tours, art events, and so many offerings from our fantastic library. You can spend time in the great outdoors or have fun indoors if that’s your jam.


Here are some of the many things happening this month for our townies and visitors alike.


Farmer’s Market and Marshall Fun – Friday Evenings all Summer Long

It’s that time again, and we are upping the experiences, starting with the Farmer’s Market at 4 PM every Friday evening. Of course, great vendors will share their wares for sale all around the town square. JB’s Twisted Catfish Food Truck will also be on hand for good eats. As the market closes, the Marshall City Band will take the stage and perform their weekly concert. There will be Ice cream socials, and the popular antique popcorn wagon will be popping corn for the crowds during the concerts. Everyone is invited, and it’s totally free to attend.

The market’s opening night is Saturday, June 7, 2024, and the theme is Strawberries! Zac Edington will play music while you shop and set up your space for the band concert. Something new and super fun this year is goat Yoga. Participate or watch as goats and people interact in their poses. There are still some vendor spots available. Contact the Marshall Chamber of Commerce for info.

This Friday also marks the first Historical Walking Tour. Starting at 6:30 PM, different walking tours will be offered every Friday evening. The first tour will take you through the downtown storefronts of Marshall.


The remaining weekly walking tours are such:


June 14 – The Marshall Cemetery and the Story of Mattie Tingley Chaplin

June 21 – Marshall High School today and through the years

June 28 – Historic 6th Street

July 5 – Hometown History, the City of Marshall

July 12 – Footsteps of Marshall Medicine – Dr. Tim Turner

July 19 – The Marshall Quilting Bee

July 26 – Second Floors and More –A Bird’s Eye View of Marshall



Some events for the Ladies and the Moms


Tatum’s 3rd Annual Summer Soiree & Activities

June 15 – 9 AM to 3 PM


Sisterly fellowship will abound at this event, which will be held at Tatum’s Place Boutique, 524 Archer Ave, Marshall, IL. The event promises to transport ladies to a world of genteel pleasures.

A shopping bazaar will offer fine wares, live florals, beautiful fabrics, and various trinkets and treasures for purchase. Our own Gypsy Queen Coffee Bar will be on hand with a selection of culinary delights, including pastries and specialty coffees.


Participating vendors include:

Ever Haute Co. – permanent Jewelry

Greenbriar Cottage

Simply Sarah Creations

Tatum’s Place Boutique

Willow Lane Boutique


The event aims to give the attendees an enchanting day of sophistication and charm.


Mommy play dates offered by The Pentecostals of Marshall

Every Wednesday in June

These are free to attend for moms and kiddos, and yes, ladies, there will be free iced coffee. Join us every Wednesday in June.


Wednesday, June 5 @ Power Plant Park | 9:30–11 AM – Flower Planting Class

Wednesday, June 12 @ The Pentecostals of Marshall | 18885 East National Road | 9:30-11 AM

Wednesday, June 19 @ Power Plant Park | 9:30-11 AM

Wednesday, June 26 @ Power Plant Park | 9:30-11 AM


Something for the Art Lovers
Picnic in the Art at the Gaslight Art Colony

Wednesday, June 15. 11 AM to 1 PM

$15 gets you a lovely snack box to enjoy while checking out the “Side by Side” art show. Something different and while you are there, ask about the art classes being offered this summer.


Reading Fun and Library Summer Activities 

Every Tuesday at 2 PM from June until July 9, bring the kids to Smokey Bear’s Storytime. Kids will learn about fire safety in a fun and entertaining way.