Blessing Offor

Thursday, July 18

This year’s Christian Artist, Blessing Offor will take the stage Thursday July 18th. This is a FREE concert with donations taken for local charity One Stop Community Christmas.

Montgomery Gentry Featuring Eddie Montgomery

Friday, July 19

Friday night will begin with opening act Confederate Railroad to be followed by Montgomery Gentry Featuring Eddie Montgomery. The night will be filled with Country music and a whole lotta fun.

Resurrection: A Journey Tribute

Saturday, July 20

We end the weekend with Resurrection: A Journey Tribute Band playing the hits of Journey. Young or old you know all these songs. Get ready to end the weekend with a party.

Experience Bagelfest

Get ready to indulge in a celebration of all things bagel at Bagelfest in Mattoon, Illinois. This annual festival offers a variety of opportunities to enjoy this delicious baked good, from a parade, carnival rides, concerts and experiencing the local community spirit. Don’t miss out on the chance to experience the fun and festivities that Bagelfest has to offer!


Armband Pre-sale Begings July 1st and Ends at Noon on July 17th

Call to purchase (217) 258-6286 or purchase in person at the Peterson House in Peterson Park

Click Here For Carnival Schedule/Armband Days and Nights

History of Bagelfest

For over 30 years, the town of Mattoon, Illinois has been celebrating its love for bagels with an annual festival called Bagelfest. The festival first began in 1986 as a way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Lenders Bagels, a popular brand of bagels that has been produced in Mattoon since 1980s. Lenders Bagels quickly became a staple in households across America, known for their delicious taste and unique square shape. Today, Bagelfest continues to attract visitors from far and wide who come to enjoy the various bagel-themed events, including the famous bagel eating contest. For lovers of bagels, there’s no better place to be than Mattoon, the home of Lenders Bagels and Bagelfest.

Bagel Bow Wow

Get ready for a tail-wagging good time at Bagelfest 2024’s Bow Wow dog contest, proudly hosted by local business, The Doggie Depot! This fun-filled event celebrates the furry friends in our community, inviting pups of all shapes and sizes to showcase their charm and talent. From adorable costume competitions to impressive tricks, there’s something for every canine companion to strut their stuff. Join us for a paw-some day of festivities, prizes, and plenty of woofs and wags!

Register Here

More to Enjoy at Bagelfest

Bingo at the DeMars Center

Bingo at Bagelfest is the ultimate game-day experience you won’t want to miss! Locatd at the DeMars Center in Peterson Park. Bring your friends and family for a game full of laughs, camaraderie, and friendly competition. Hosted by Alpha Upsilon Chapter of ESA.

Click Here For Bingo Schedule

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