Home of the annual Bagelfest festival held in Mattoon, Illinois each July.
Thursday May 26th 2016

Featured Events:

Bagelfest parade line up

The parade lineup will be posted a few days prior to the July 23rd parade day.  

Beautiful Bagel Baby signup May 14th 10am

For the past three years, we have held the contest over 2 nights… so, Bagelfest Beautiful Baby Contest is set for July 19 and 20, at 6:30pm, both nights at the Cross County Mall.  Parents will receive information at registration about the two nights.  Age groups will be split up based on how many kids register in each age group. Registration for this year’s baby contest will be Saturday, May 14th at 10am at the Cross County Mall (near the fountain)… and limited to the first 101 to sign up. To participate:  Your child(ren) must be newborn to 4 years old.  Your child cannot be 5 on or before July 19, 2015.   You must also live within the listening area of 101.3 WMCI, 92.1 the Axe or 104.3 the Party. To register your child(ren):  Bring a copy of his or her birth certificate (photocopy is fine.)  SBL also gives out a “live birth” record (or something like that), that is also okay to bring.  Children do not need to be present at registration. The Cross County Mall opens at 6am (for Mall Walkers) so, you can get in line that early if you want too.  You may have someone sign up your child(ren) for you, please send them with a copy of your child’s birth certificate. Once we start sign ups (10am), we can typically get people in and out in about 15 minutes.      

Citizen Way coming to Bagelfest July 21st

We are proud to announce our Christian Artist at this years Bagelfest is ....Citizen Way.  The group will be playing a free concert at Bagelfest on the Main Stage on July 21th. Check them out at their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/citizenway/?fref=ts.   CW PR 1 Rev

2016 Forms available

If you want to be a vendor or sponsor click on the documents below. Parade registrations will be released soon. 2016-Not-for-profit-vendor-application 2016-Food-vendor-application 2016-Craft-vendor-application 2016-Commercial-vendor-application '16 Sponsor package    

Main Stage Entertainment

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  • Thursday July 16, at 8:00 p.m. on the main stage we have a Contemporary Christian Artist PLUMB. This is a FREE Concert.
  • Friday July 17, at 8:00 p.m. on the main stage Country up n Comer, WATERLOO REVIVAL. Tickets are only $15 for reserved seating.
  • Saturday July 18, at 8:00 p.m. on the main stage we have Country Artist, FRANKIE BALLARD. Tickets are only $18 for reserved seating.
  • A Friday night/Saturday night reserved ticket combo can be purchased for only $30.00.
Click below to purchase tickets at Eventbrite. Or call Mattoon Tourism and Arts at 800-500-6286.  

29th Annual Bagelfest


This year's theme is Big Bang Bagelfest! (Think all things nerdy, comi-con, superheros.)

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