Drop Your Anchor At The Towboat Festival
Roll your way down the river to where the mighty Mississippi and Illinois rivers meet and celebrate the Shiver Me Timbers Towboat Festival on Saturday and Sunday, July 27 – 28 on the riverfront in Grafton.
Enjoy a little music, a little bit of barbeque and a whole lot of fun touring working towboats and experiencing life on the Mississippi River. The festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Admission is free.
The river will take center stage as a towboat will pull into the riverfront for the festival. Have you ever wondered what it is like living on the river? The towboat will be on display and visitors will be able to tour the inside. Take a glimpse into the day-to-day life for the crew working and living on both boats with free tours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, weather permitting.
To learn more about the river, there will be environmentalists and historians at booths to give the public an insight into the towboats on the rivers. There will be plenty of live music entertainment and food both days. There will also be special promotions and events provided by local businesses over the weekend including wine and lodging specials.
For more information on this event, call 618-786-7678 or 1-800-ALTON-IL.
List of Specials
Captain Andy’s Parasail
$10 off Parasailing for all Pirates and Wenches who dress the part!
Jersey State Bank
The Great Graft on Treasure Hunt for Families and Adults!
Pick-up your treasure map at the Chamber Tent Located at Graft on Harbor. Treasures will be hidden throughout town. Prizes will be awarded at the Jersey State Bank!! 12-3 Sat. and Sun.
Grafton Harbor Gift Shop and Winery
Adult Special: A Pirate’s Wine for Me! $6.50 Children’s Special – Send Out Your “Message in a Bottle” but first enjoy the magic of making and enjoying your own fruity fizzy drink or root beer. $4.50 (While they last.) Check out our huge selection of pirate toys including puzzles, boomerangs, games, yoyos, candy and more!!
Big Kahuna Bar and Grill
Pirate Party with Live Music and Costume Contest on Saturday beginning at 7 p.m. Grub and Grog Specials All Day including $4 Rum Runners and $4 Wiki Waki Wenches
Book N Barber Coffee House
Bring your Lassie’s in dressed like a Pirate and get a free kids book.
Mississippi Half Step
Hula Hoop Making Workshop Sat. & Sun from 12-3 for a little booty of $15!
Smoked Gouda & Bacon Stuff ed Mushrooms • Featured Urban Chestnut Brewery 16oz bt. $5.
Fin Inn Restaurant
20% off your Grub!!
Check out our “Treasure Chest” of Googies ½ off! Don’t forget to grab a Pirate Patch with purchase while they last!
Buena Vista Jewelry
10% off anyone shopping for Loot, buy one pair earrings get 2nd ½ price (excludes Steampunk)
The Whole Scoop
Our Grub special, “Homemade River Salsa & Chips” or Get your Towboat Float – Blueberry and Marshmallow with Soft Serve Ice Cream!!Yummy! $3 Each
Grafton Winery & Brewhaus
Ahoy, enjoy a Brat Burger and chips for $8.95 while enjoying Robert Perry Review 3-7 Saturday and Three Pedros 2-6 Sunday
Lucy Maes Guest House
Our special is No Two night minimum for your crew!
Jeni J’s Gift s & Guest House
Yo-ho-ho, Wine in Souvenir Glass $5. Wine by the glass $3. Sale on Select Clothing & Accessories!!
Gypsy Rose Pirate Ship
Set Sail on a Pirate Ship: $10 cruises
Saturday Departures: 11 and 12:30
Sunday Departures: 11, 1 and 3
Contact Information: 618-786-7678
All bottled wine $20 along with Live Music by Jason “Gordo” on the deck from 7-10 Saturday. Enter drawing for a FREE NIGHT’S stay with purchase.
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