CARBONDALE — The city’s annual fall celebration of wine and art is coming today to downtown Carbondale.

The Downtown Art & Wine Fair, presented by Carbondale Main Street, runs from 3 to 9 p.m. at the city’s historic Town Square. Located between Washington and Jackson streets, this year’s fair boasts more than 30 artists and crafters, as well as several local wineries and live music. Admission with wine tasting is $10 and $2 without the tasting.

Alto Vineyards, Lincoln Heritage Winery, Lynita Vineyards, Rustle Hill Winery and Trail’s End Lodge will pour samples and sell by the glass or bottle.

Big Muddy Brewing will also pour samples and sell cups of its craft brews, including the recently released Pumpkin Smasher.

Carbondale Main Street Director Meghan Cole said the event is a natural fit for downtown Carbondale.

“This event is a great blend of local and regional success stories — the wine trail, the local art scene and a thriving town square,” she said. “The same crowd that likes to visit the wine trail probably also likes to visit The Longbranch Coffeehouse, The Global Gourmet, Tres Hombres, The Blue Martin, and The Newell House.

“This is a way to have both worlds in the same location.”

Music begins at 3 p.m. and runs throughout the evening. Cole said she was excited about the scheduled performers.

“The bands are another great reason to visit,” she said. “Mr. Swamp Fox is a young band, the winner of our 19 and under Battle of the Bands. The Jewels are pretty hip right now and play really cool jazz. White Gold Centerfold plays classic rock and has developed a following. We’re really happy with the line up this year.”

For more information about the Downtown Art & Wine Fair, call Carbondale Main Street at 618-529-8040.


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