May Events

Sunday, May 19 from 7pm - 10pm

Sunday is perfect for an early show and we're having one! Come out and enjoy a Sunday Funday at Cristaudo's.


With Iowa In Between (Minneapolis, MN)

Moondbuds (Carbondale)-New buds who are old buds and are from the moon

Shitty Mickey (Carbondale)-The shittiest Mickey in town.

$5 suggested donation, All ages welcome, 21+ to drink

-$4.99 Snack Menu- Grilled Chz -Tiny Taco Melt -Artichoke Dip -Hummus Plate

-Drink Special- $1 off all Schlafly beer

May 19 show

May 25 Brunch

Come out and enjoy brunch while local favorite Jenny Johnson performs!

Weekend Specials:

Eggs Benedict or Gardens Benedict $8.95, Cajun Benedict $11.95, Farmer's Plate with choice of Steak or Salmon $13.95

Drink Specials:

Blood Moon $5 , Pitcher of Mimosa $16

Saturday, May 25 from 7pm – 10pm

Crime of Passing: (Cincinnati, OH)

Lonely Suit (Marion, IL)

Dursn't (Rural Murphysboro, IL)

$5 suggested donation

All ages, 21+ to drink

Doors 6:00

Music 7:00

May 25 show

Easter Bakery Specials

Our freshly baked Easter items are available to order!  We make a variety of specialties including coffeecakes, stollen, panettone, hot cross buns, butterflake rolls, and a variety of Easter themed cookies and pastries.  

In addition we love offering traditional lamb, chicken and egg shaped pound cakes like you remember from childhood.  And this year we are offering Easter baskets and paint-it-yourself cookie sets as well!

Take a look at our Menu and give us a call at (618) 529-4303 to order your delicious Easter baked goods today!

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Article in Life & Style - Decorated Sugar Cookies

We were privileged to recently have an article written in Life & Style Magazine about one of our favorite things—our decorated sugar cookies! Click HERE to be taken to the article, where you can read more about the iconic cookies and how they can be customized for any event!

And did you know, we can ship pink cookies? If you are like us and sometimes just need to get your hands on the nostalgic, classic sugar cookie, give us a call at (618) 529-4303 and we can send them to your town.

And if you’re local, CarGo can bring pink cookies to your door during our business hours! Click HERE to download their app!

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2019 Feb/March Happenings

We have a lot going on this month, from bakery, drink and brunch specials to live music and an art show! We have specials for Valentine’s Day, an open call for art for Palentine’s Day (drop off your art here Sunday, Feb. 10th or Monday, Feb. 11th), great music lined up, March holiday specials, and more! All the information is contained in our newsletter. If you want to look at it click on the button below:

2018 Winter Holiday Specials

We have a lot of holiday happenings this year! Make sure you scroll down to find about our freshly made treats, meals, gifts, events and activities to help make this holiday season festive, fun and yummy!

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Holiday Hours

Open on Monday, December 24th from 8:00-3:00

Closed from Tuesday, December 25th – Monday, January 7th

Re-Open on Tuesday, January 8th at 7:30 am

Enjoy your winter holiday!

Holiday baked goods, dinners and more!

Cookie and Pastry Trays

If you are looking for a special gift or something to bring to a gathering, we make seasonal cookie and pastry trays that are perfect for parties, thank-you presents, and other festive occasions.

Turkey Dinners

We take orders for Turkey Dinners all the way until December 21st! If you’re having a party, let us do the cooking! Just give us a call at (618)529-4303 to place an order.

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Cakes, Pies, Breads, Coffeecakes, Cheesecakes, and Pastries

Click the button for a menu of our other holiday specialties.



Hanukkah is here, and we have a variety of fun cards and yummy decorated cookies in stock for the holiday!

Buche de Noel

Our Buche de Noel (Yule Log Cake) is made of chocolate cake rolled with regular or mocha butterfluff, covered with chocolate ganache, and decorated with homemade meringue mushrooms. It makes both a great treat and centerpiece! 

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Krampusnacht Winter Market Auction

Not your usual auction! A little bit Krampus a little bit winter market. Join us as we auction off a variety of odd and quirky, interesting and beautiful items. A smidgen of everything that will add to your holiday gift giving

Saturday, December 8

7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Live music after the auction! Refreshments served and libations available for purchase!

Entry Fee is a canned food item for the Good Samaritan House in Carbondale

If you have items you would like to sell in our auction, e-mail us at Items will be posted and online bidding accepted ahead of the auction on our facebook event.

For more details about this unique event, click on the button below.

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Also, come out in the morning, because we will have live piano music during brunch by Kevin Ohlau! Free from 11:00-1:00

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Holiday Cookie Fun!

We have a number of options for family members to get in on the cookie decorating fun!

We are hosting our gingerbread house decorating event on Dec. 22, and we are making to order: gingerbread house kits in two sizes, decorated gingerbread houses in two sizes, and paint-it-yourself cookie kits. Click the button and check out the menu of options!

Decorate Your Own Gingerbread House!

Back by popular demand: Our Gingerbread House Decorating Event on December 22nd.  We provide the homemade assembled house, you provide the creativity!  $35/person includes one house, supplies, mentoring, coffee, cocoa and cookies.  Additional decorators for $6.00 per person.  Cash bar will be open. Space is limited, so check out the flyer below and call us at (618)529-4303 to reserve your spot!

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Paint-it-yourself Sugar Cookies

We are making paint-it yourself sugar cookie kits again this year. Our set of iced sugar cookies come packaged with edible "paint", a paintbrush, and instructions.

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Thanksgiving Specials


Thanksgiving needs? We got you covered! Give us a call at (618) 529-4303 to place your order!

We don't just bake for the holidays either.

We make Turkey Dinners with all the fixins too!

You can order your Turkey, Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Corn O'Brian, Green Beans Almondine, Orange-Cranberry Sauce, Sage Dressing and more, and pick it up hot or cold, ready to go!

We are taking orders through Monday, Nov. 19th!

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Live Music!

Tim Crosby and the Lightning Strikes will be performing live at Cristaudo's with Matt Garrison!

Friday, November 16th

Doors open at 7, music at 7:30

All ages

Suggested Donation $5

Cash bar available for folks 21+

Tim Crosby is a southern Illinois-based songwriter and performer in the Americana/country rock genre. He released a CD titled "Resurrection Mule Farm" with his band, the Lightning Strikes, in 2017 and currently is recording another CD. He performs more than 100 shows a year, including nearly every weekend at venues in Illinois, Missouri and Kentucky, playing all original music that explores the trials and triumphs of everyday people. His influences include Steve Earle, Tom Petty, Todd Snider, John Prine, Chris Knight and others. Tim is joined by James Ricks on bass and Daniel Tejada on guitar. Matt Garrison kicks off the night at 7:30.


Halloween Event

On Saturday Oct. 27, please join us as Cristaudo’s and 6Present

The Unveiling of our Cabinet of Curiosities!!

A performance to introduce to you our prized possessions of the odd, curious, strange and mysterious and the stories of how they came to be. Tarot readings from Madam Zoltar through out the evening. Refreshments and drinks served, cash bar will be open!

Live Music Provided by



covers of the Mummies!

Doors Open at 7 & Show Starts at 8


$5 At the door or $8 for a wristband to get into this event and Skihaus of Horrors.


Online Herb Fink Art Auction through September


Cristaudo’s Café and 6Pence Gifts is proud to host the sale of the Lorenzo Cristaudo Collection of renowned artist Herbert L. Fink (1921-2006), the first Distinguished Professor of Art of SIUC.

The works offered include Mr. Fink’s original ink drawings that were used for his etchings, original ink wash and watercolor studies, and signed and numbered prints. Nearly three dozen posters from his past shows round out the offerings. All of Mr. Fink’s prints and drawings are accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.

All of the remaining work is currently available through online auction. The entire collection will be hanging in the store and for sale online through the end of September.

10% of all proceeds from sales will go to benefit The Women’s Center of Carbondale who provide comprehensive services for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence.

To directly access the online auction on ebay, click on the “AUCTION” button above. For questions, call us at (618)529-4303


August and September Events

More than a bakery, Cristaudo's is now also one of the Strip's music venues

Article about our nighttime events, published in The Southern Illinoisan, August 15, 2018

August 18th

If you didn't already know, Cristaudo's is having shows.  Come check out this one!  It's an early show, SO COME EARLY. 

With members from No Empathy, Traitors and Guided By Voices            
Local Support from  SKYRATS  and  TROPHY SHOP

Suggested Donation $5
MUSIC 7:30     DOOR 7:00


August 24th

Lauren Diaz Young is a local artist and abstract painter.

Pop in to Cristaudo's between August 6th and September 2nd to see her recent works. 
Reception is from 7-9 PM              

Light refreshments and a cash bar will be available.


September 4th

Nashville’s outer blues brothers create dynamic psychedelia that seeps through minimal grooves and expands as revelatory croons

With Local Support from HANS PREDATOR
Here's their bandcamp but, honestly, if you haven't checked them out by now, you're not trying hard enough!
Suggested Donation $5
MUSIC 7:30     DOOR 7:00
This is an early show! I repeat this is an early show! Please come early! 


September 8th

We are excited to host the sale of the Lorenzo Cristaudo Collection of renowned artist Herbert L. Fink (1921-2006), first Distinguished University Professor of SIUC. 

The works offered include Herb’s original ink drawings used for etchings, original ink wash and watercolor studies, and signed and numbered prints. Nearly three dozen posters from Mr. Fink’s shows round out the offerings.  All the prints and drawings are accompanied with a certificate of authenticity.

Lorenzo Cristaudo will be present at the show's opening reception on September 8 from 6-8 PM. 

The works will be for sale in person at the reception and will be available in online auction starting September 9th.
10% of the proceeds go to support the Women’s Center of Carbondale. 


July Events

Harvey McLaughlin coming through from San Antonio

Wednesday, July 11th

DOOR: 7:00     MUSIC 7:30

Another night of music for you fine folks!
"A Hare. A Sandworm. A Bottomfeeder. A Red Leg. From the deepest reaches of the South side, Harvey McLaughlin's trick bag of mysterious sounds stretches throughout the dimensions of folk, punk, r&b, honky tonk, soul, garage rock, surf, and the blues."
With local support from Topple and Space Fossils!!

$5 suggested donation


Inspiration Station: A Self Taught Collective

Reception Friday August 3rd 7-9 PM

Light snacks provided.
Art is available for purchase.

Check out great art hanging at Cristaudo's now through August 5th. 
Featuring Local Artists:
Palwasha Ali
Ashley Atterberry
Whitney Beaver
Kendall Bell
Blake Bramlett
Travis Coates
Alex Davenport
Kenny Joseph
Evan Neuman
Josh Murphy
Colin Whitworth


June Events


Father's Day is right around the corner!

We have cookies, sweets, cards and gifts for your favorite father figure! Don't forget to treat him on his special day!


Order ahead for your 4th of July festivities!

We make hamburger and hot dog buns, pasta and potato salads, holiday cookies, we cater, and more!  Call us at (618) 529-4303 to reserve our food for your event!

PS. We will be closed on the 4th to celebrate with friends and family.


The Minks with Acumen

Saturday June 16th 8-10pm, doors open at 7

 Light eats and alcoholic beverages available for purchase. $5 suggested donation.

The Minks are a bluesy psychedelic explosion from Nashville, TN. "Psychedelic bloos for an easy mind in these hard times...Let's Boogie!"


Midwest Dirt, Photography by Nathan Pearce

Artist Reception Friday June 22, 7-9pm

Music provided by Alexandra Bolus. 
Light refreshments will be available as well as a cash bar.

Midwest Dirt will run from June 5 - June 29. Stop by during regular hours to see the show.

Nathan Pearce is a photographer and book and zine maker based in Southern Illinois. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. "This project is about a time in my life when I can feel the tension between home and away."