Maple Syrup Festival

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SIU pancake breakfast at the Maple Syrup Festival

Maple Syrup Festival on March 22-23, 2024

Enjoy two full days of family fun including maple syrup demonstrations, pancake breakfast, nature hikes, lumberjack demonstrations, children's activities, vendors and artisans, and much more.

The Festival takes place at our Camp 2 location. This event is free and welcome to all ages, except for the Pancake Breakfast.

Volunteer Opportunities

Interested in volunteering? Volunteer opportunities will be available in early 2025.

toddler at siu pancake breakfast

Maple Syrup Festival Pancake Breakfast

What would a Maple Syrup Festival be without a delicious pancake breakfast? Enjoy a home-cooked pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. topped with maple syrup harvested from trees on our own grounds. While the festival is free, there is some cost for the pancake breakfast. Tickets for the breakfast can be purchased in Freeberg Hall. 

Free - ages 3 and under

$8 - ages 4-10

$15 - ages 11 and up



Each year, the Maple Syrup Festival includes opportunities to participate in interactive programs, learn about arts and crafts, and purchase items from artisans from all over the Midwest and beyond.

Activities and Demonstrations

  • Maple Syrup Demos
  • Lumberjack Demos
  • Aerial Silks Demos (weather permitting)

Artisan Vendors

  • Handmade soaps
  • Pottery
  • Spices
  • Jewelry 
  • Paintings & art
  • And more!


SIU pancake breakfast

SIU lumberjack demonstration
SIU maple syrup demonstration


Pancake Breakfast
9 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Maple Syrup Process
On-going daily

Maple Syrup Demos

Meet at Freeberg Patio for hourly demos both days. (10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.)

Lumberjack Games

Saturday and Sunday, shows at 11a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.

Climbing Wall (weather permitting)
9 a.m.-12 p.m., 1-3 p.m.

Lunch Available
12-3:30 p.m.

Open Cash Bar
11 a.m.-2:45 p.m. 

Live Music
Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Children's Activities

9 a.m-3:30 p.m.

Thanks to our sponsors!

We would like to extend a very special thank you to our community partners and sponsors for helping to make this event a success.


SIU Credit Union

River Radio

Triple C Meats Special thanks to Triple C Meats for supplying local sausage for the Pancake Breakfast.   

Interested in sponsoring this event?

Event Sponsors