About us

The Friends of Murphysboro is a not for profit community group with several ongoing projects that range from annual events, such as our Shawnee Hills Wine Trail Arts Festival and our Ladies’ Night Out, to community renovation projects like our memorial walkway initiative and dog park. We are a diverse group of volunteers that work together to improve life in Murphysboro and Southern Illinois by facilitating economic and social growth through community involvement and fundraising events.

For the last three years on Memorial Day weekend, our Shawnee Hills Wine Trail Arts Festival has attracted hundreds of visitors to Murphysboro’s Riverside Park, located two hours east of St. Louis and an hour north of Paducah, Ky. It’s been an opportunity for Southern Illinoisans to enjoy local wine, music and artisans, on a leisurely afternoon.