makanda events calendar


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Makanda hosts two major events each year:

MAKANDA SPRING FEST: in Downtown Makanda (Makanda Boardwalk).

Makanda Spring Fest is usually the first weekend in May. Artists from the surrounding area will have on display their finest works for viewing and purchase. Live music is scheduled to take place at the Makanda pavilion and in the Rainmaker’s Garden with Bluegrass, Jazz, Blues and various other music by local bands for the duration of the two-day event.

MAKANDA VULTURE FEST: in Downtown Makanda (Makanda Boardwalk).

Vulture Fest 2017, October 21st and 22nd.

Black vultures and turkey vultures fly and swoop in the skies surrounding Makanda each fall. Local residents await their return each fall as an end to the hot summer and the beginning of cooler fall weather. This event is a celebration or the Vulture’s annual migration with live music and displays by local artists for purchase.


These events end at the scheduled time and camping, alcoholic beverages, and fires or fireworks are strictly prohibited.


Blue Sky winery located in Makanda Township is the host to numberous events thoughtout the year. VIEW BLUE SKY WINERYS EVENTS PAGE.

Located near Downtown Makanda, the B.C. Ross Community Center is available for meetings, events, reunions, and other functions. Rental is available for a fee. Contact President Tina Shingleton at 618.457.7739.