Find a Missouri fall festival to attend in 2022. Our events calendar for September, October and November 2022 has things to do across Missouri including activities in St. Louis, Kansas City, and Columbia. Our list includes festivals celebrating the local harvest, food, music, beer, Oktoberfest and more.
We're gearing up for another year of awesome events! Check back closer to fall to see what we've found so far.
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Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Show - Springfield, MO - Sep 29 to Oct 1, 2022
Hundreds of quilts on display, including judged quilts, display quilts, quilts of valor, opportunity quilt, plus vendor mall, guild boutique, silent auction, appraisals, lectures, door prizes and more.
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St. Louis Scottish Games - Chesterfield, MO - Sep 28 to Sep 29, 2018
Will be back in 2021 with a new location after a break in 2019 and 2020. Masters World Championships featuring more than 150 highland athletes from around the world. Bagpipes, celtic rock and folk music, crafts, goods, food, Scotch and other drinks, highland dancing, sheepdog trials, sword fighting, birds of prey, kids activities and much more.
New Madrid Fall Festival - New Madrid, MO - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2018
Festival is held in historic downtown New Madrid, Missouri. There will be a youth fishing rodeo, beauty pageant, car truck & bike show, washers tournament, petting zoo, bouncy house, vendors, food, and of course the big catfish weigh-in.
River City Fall Festival - Jefferson City, MO - Oct 20, 2018
Family fun with craft and food vendors, live entertainment, wagon rides, pony rides and pumpkins.
Big Muddy Blues Festival - St. Louis, MO - Aug 30 to Sep 1, 2019
Join over 60,000 and come on down to the 3 outdoor stages and 4 indoor stages at Laclede’s Landing, to enjoy 19 hours of music over three days from more than 65 St Louis Bands, with proceeds going to the St Louis Blues Society.
Singletrack Mind Festival - Highlandville, MO - Aug 31 to Sep 2, 2019
An epic three day event with dozens of bike races and trail runs, plus kids zones, live music, camping, bonfires, and more.
Brasil Day STL - St Louis, MO - Sep 7, 2019
Brazilian street festival featuring food, performing arts, music, and cultural experiences.
Mother’s Brewing Oktoberfest - Springfield, MO - Sep 7, 2019
Mother’s Brewing Company sponsors this annual Oktoberfest. Event features local music, food, and lots of local craft beer. Costumes are encouraged. Tickets are $10 (pre-purchased, $12 at the door) with kids under 15 free. Enjoy foods by FireLight Pizza Company, Horrmann Meat Company, and Black Sheep Burgers & Shakes. They are selling glass boots and steins adorned with their logo, or feel free to bring a glass stein from years past. One token is good for one beer OR worth $5 at the merchandise station. If you want to fill that liter stein it’ll cost 2 tokens.
Fast & Furry Glow 5k - Jefferson City, MO - Sep 21, 2019
Enjoy an evening of party music and fun on the Greenway Trail at this family and dog-friendly 5K! Walk or run, this is not a timed event. There will be prizes for best dog costumes and first place overall for human and dog finishers.
Aired Out Festival and Show - Neosha, MO - Sep 28 to Sep 29, 2019
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021. Normally: This two-day event will include two nights of camping, live music each night, food trucks, a swap meet, and, of course, the city’s largest variety of classic and classy Volkswagens. This is a family-friendly event, and a portion of all proceeds will be donated to the Cornell-Beshore Cancer Institute.
Bootheel Annual Juried Art Show - Sikeston, MO - Oct 1 to Oct 31, 2019
View the works of established and up-and-coming artists from throughout the region at the Sikeston Depot Museum.
Pumpkins & Mums Fall Festival - Excelsior Springs, MO - Oct 5, 2019
Lots of crafters, vendors, kids activities, pumpkin painting, carnival games and rides, pony rides, petting zoo, and of course great food. (Don’t miss the Zombie 5K the same day!)
Parson Family Fall Festival - Jefferson City, MO - Oct 5, 2019
Partake in the fall festivities this year at the Parson Family Fall Festival event on the Mansion lawn! There will be a straw bale maze, live music and entertainment, freebies and activities for the kids, caramel apple, kettle corn, apple cider, photo booth and much more.
Old Miners Day - Viburnum, MO - Oct 5 to Oct 6, 2019
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. Normally: Mine tours on Saturday, plus carnival rides, rock wall, bounce house, live music, and more.
Rotary Club Oktoberfest Fundraiser - Kansas City, MO - Oct 10, 2019
Rotary Club of Johnson County Charitable Foundation. Food, drink, and fellowship. In addition to a silent auction, there will be a famous wine bucket drawing.
Hispanic Heritage Festival - Diamond, MO - Oct 12, 2019
National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates and recognizes the contributions that Hispanic Americans have made to American society and honors various Central American countries that celebrate their independence. Enjoy a day of music, food and more!
7Cs Oktoberfest - Walnut Grove, MO - Oct 13, 2019
Enjoy an Oktoberfest at 7Cs Winery
Louisiana Country Colorfest - Louisiana, MO - Oct 19 to Oct 20, 2019
Many activities to watch or participate in at this Colorfest. Watch the fireman’s challenge. Enjoy the Baby Show or Pageants like the Jr. Miss, Little Mr. & Miss, and Miss Louisiana show. Also they host a Louisana’s Got Talent contest. Oh did we mention the Car Show and the separate Motorcycle Show?
Capital Arts Chalk Art Fair - Jefferson City, MO - Sep 12, 2020
A street art festival with stunning images in chalk by local artists, plus music and other fun
Celebrate St. Peters - St. Peters, MO - Sep 18 to Sep 19, 2020
Enjoy the carnival, vendors, food, live entertainment, rides, fireworks, and game booth.
Blues, Brews and Barbecue - Branson, MO - Sep 19, 2020
Experience finger-licking barbecue samples and a blues concert from 5-10 p.m. at the Branson Landing. Then head to Andy B’s Bowl Social for an after party full of games and refreshments. Blues, Brews & Barbecue is a festival with a cause – a portion of the festival’s proceeds will benefit The Boys & Girls Club of the Ozarks.
Public House Oktoberfest - Rolla, MO - Sep 26, 2020
Join them for the annual Public House Oktoberfest on Saturday. They will have a beer and wine tasting tent with many Missouri breweries and wineries. Plus, food vendors and live music too!
Wilder Days - Mansfield, MO - Oct 9 to Oct 10, 2020
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. Normally: Celebration commemorating the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder, who authored the Little House books on American pioneer life. Complete with fiddle music, and lots of vendors.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Jefferson City - Jefferson City, MO - Oct 11, 2020
Take the first step to a world without Alzheimer’s by participating in this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
Lantern Parade - Hermann, MO - Nov 14, 2020
Canceled for 2021. Hermann’s Christmas season officially opens with a Lantern Parade through the historic district, beginning at First and Gutenberg and ending at the Gerald Engemann Memorial Park, where Pelze Nichol will arrive.
Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting - Gladstone, MO - Nov 24, 2020
Virtual event in 2020
Hungry Turkey 5K Run - St. Louis, MO - Nov 26, 2020
The Hungry Turkey is St Louis’ Thanksgiving Day Parade 5k. It’s a family friendly event that welcomes walkers, runners, strollers and racers!
Ernte Fest - Friestatt, MO - Aug 21, 2021
5 PM to Midnight. Has up to 10,000 visitors on a Saturday night. Hosted by the Freistatt Lion’s Club. Small cover charge for Bier Garten for ages 18 and over. Food and entertainment including bingo, chicken dance contest, bratwurst eating contest and anvil shooting. Credit cards not accepted (ATM on site). Children welcome inside Bier Garten with parent or legal guardian.
Prison Break Race - Jefferson City, MO - Aug 28, 2021
Take your chance to break out of a real dungeon under a 180 year old abandoned prison! Emerge from the dungeon, sprint through the prison, and set off on a 4+ mile course that will test your skills
Jefferson City Labor Day Parade - Jefferson City, MO - Aug 28, 2021
A free parade downtown
Benton Neighbor Days Festival - Benton, MO - Sep 2 to Sep 4, 2021
This annual event hosts a parade, pageants, tournaments, live music, great food, mud races and greased pole climb.
Kansas City Irish Fest - Kansas City, MO - Sep 3 to Sep 5, 2021
One of the three largest irish festivals in the nation. 30 Celtic rock and traditional Irish bands on 7 stages. Massive children’s area, plus heritage workshops and displays, geneology, comedy, and more!
Japanese Festival - St Louis, MO - Sep 4 to Sep 6, 2021
One of the oldest and largest festivals of its kind in America. Celebrates the culture, history and people of Japan with art, food, dance, and entertainment. Produced by the Missouri Botanical Garden and local Japanese-American organizations, since 1977.
Concordia Fall Festival - Concordia, MO - Sep 7 to Sep 11, 2021
Thousands visit this themed festival every year held the first week after Labor Day, which started as a public Market Day in 1898. Queen contest, three parades, exhibits, bake sales and contests plus carnival rides like a carousel, ferris wheel, giant slide and more.
Still Waters Resort Harvest Festival - Branson, MO - Sep 9 to Oct 31, 2021
Look forward to giant inflatables, live music, great food and drinks, pumpkin chunkin, pumpkin bowling, a magic pumpkin patch, crafts for the kids and so much more!
Seymour Apple Festival - Seymour, MO - Sep 9 to Sep 11, 2021
Join over 15,000 visitors to this free event which includes a parade, music, 5K run, food, over 100 craft and various vendors, plus apple contests, auction, and so much more.
Calhoun Colt Show - Calhoun, MO - Sep 10 to Sep 12, 2021
It features 3 days of events from art, farm, orchard, flowers, baby show, car show, pet parade and more. Also Equine events, beer garden, carnival, church services, contests, night time music and lots of vendors. Since 1909.
Saint Louis Art Fair - Clayton, MO - Sep 10 to Sep 12, 2021
Created in 1994, the art fair aims to showcase high-end visual art and stimulating live performances, and has since been ranked as on of the top art fairs and festivals to visit by Art Fair Sourcebook. Enjoy this free festival!
Country Music Days - Branson, MO - Sep 10 to Sep 19, 2021
Enjoy 13 days of country music performances featuring talented voices and Saturday night celebrity concerts in Echo Hollow
Jesse James Festival - Kearney, MO - Sep 10 to Sep 19, 2021
Carnival, barbeque cook-out, craft fair, fishing tournament, demolition derby, rodeo, mud volleyball, 5K/10K, Little Miss and Mr. contest and more.
Maysville Country Harvest - Maysville, MO - Sep 10 to Sep 11, 2021
An annual event first held in 1996 after residents responded to a community survey requesting a weekend festival. Festivities include a homemade scarecrow contest, panty hose bowling, several eating contests, lip sync battle, pancake breakfast, 5K, kids’ activities, parade, pumpkin bowline, dance demonstration, live entertainment and more.
Japanese Fall Festival - Springfield, MO - Sep 10 to Sep 12, 2021
Enjoy Japanese food and concessions. Explore crafts and arts, souvenir tents, a children’s activity area, tea cafe, folk dance, and live music performances, all in the charmingly scenic Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden
Fall into Arts Festival - Kennett, MO - Sep 11, 2021
Located in downtown Kennett the festival has art, food vendors, competitions, art related games, live theater and more.
St. Louis German Cultural Society Oktoberfest - House Springs, MO - Sep 11 to Sep 12, 2021
The German Cultural Society hosts their annual Oktoberfest over two weekends in September! So, gather your friends & join them for German food, folk dancing & live music at Donau Park in St. Louis. Admission is free.
Kansas City Chalk & Walk Festival - Kansas City, MO - Sep 11 to Sep 12, 2021
A multi-cultural celebration of the arts and Crown Center Square. Street performers, paintings, workshops, Children’s Creative Corridor. Free admission.
Gem City Days - Diamond, MO - Sep 11 to Sep 12, 2021
Bike MS Ozarks - Republic, MO - Sep 11, 2021
Bike MS is more than a ride. It’s an experience grounded in camaraderie and marked by passion, inspiration, determination and pure enjoyment. It will be an experience you’ll never forget, shared with new friends and old.
Cole County Extension Fall Festival - Jefferson City, MO - Sep 11, 2021
Come support small businesses and the MU Cole County Extension Center at this year’s festival. There will be more than 150 vendors from across the Midwest selling their crafts.
Mo Jazz Festival - Columbia, MO - Sep 11, 2021
A free music festival with fun for all ages, formerly the Capital JazzFest in Jefferson City. The music lineup begins at 3pm.
Sikeston Wine Festival - Sikeston, MO - Sep 11, 2021
Historic Downtown Sikeston hosts an outdoor festival featuring regional wines, hor d’oeuvres, and live music all day.
Country Days - Bolivar, MO - Sep 11, 2021
Fun includes the annual car show plus a kiddie tractor pull, kids games, live entertainment, street performances and so much more.
Lake of the Ozarks BikeFest - Osage Beach, MO - Sep 15 to Sep 19, 2021
Activities include over 200 bars and restaurants, 50 live music events, vending areas, motorcycle ride tours, and tons of bike builders demonstrating their skills. One of the country’s great motorcycle gatherings.
Autumn Daze Arts, Crafts and Music Festival - Branson, MO - Sep 16 to Sep 18, 2021
A free, family-friendly event where you can celebrate autumn’s arrival. Beginning at 9 a.m. each festival day, you’ll be able to explore downtown Branson while seeing hands-on demonstrations from artisans across the country, with over 80 craft vendors plus food trucks and refreshment stands, live entertainment, children’s activities, contests and more.
Clark County Mule Festival - Kahoka, MO - Sep 16 to Sep 18, 2021
Experience the trail ride, lots of live events like the Dotty Pardon race, mule jumps, musical tires, cloggers performance and plenty of great foods. See over 100 mules and horses perform. Admission is only $5 per person
Hootin an Hollarin Festival - Gainesville, MO - Sep 16 to Sep 18, 2021
Parades, bed races, outhouse races, horseshoe pitching, calling contests, queen pageant, children’s pageants, terrapin races, pet show, quilt show, gun and archery shoot, pie contest, and musical entertainment all day and night.
Greentree Festival - Kirkwood, MO - Sep 17 to Sep 19, 2021
Annual festival in Kirkwood Park. Parade, arts & crafts, book fair, car show, sailboat regatta, Kids’ dog show and canine frisbee contest.
Great Forest Park Balloon Race - St Louis, MO - Sep 17 to Sep 18, 2021
The oldest and most well-attended FREE Hot-Air Balloon Event in the World. Since 1973.
Blue Springs Fall Festival - Blue Springs, MO - Sep 17 to Sep 19, 2021
Feast on turkey legs, funnel cakes, BBQ Sunday, kettle corn, shaved ice, resh lemonade and more whie enjoying a carnival, parade, petting zoo, and two stages of entertainment. Shuttles are available from parking areas.
Southside Fall Festival - Saint Joseph, MO - Sep 17 to Sep 19, 2021
Enjoy fun for the whole family with parades, fireworks, rides, contests, food, crafts, music and more!
Wine & Whiskey Walk - Springfield, MO - Sep 17, 2021
Over 100 wines and 50 whiskeys to taste, plus local food. Benefit for the Developmental Center of the Ozarks (DCO).
Marionville Applefest - Marionville, MO - Sep 17 to Sep 18, 2021
Features a parade, garage sale, pageant, car show, fireworks, live music, lots of various vendors, food, contests and lots more fun activities for the family.
HOP in the City Beer Festival - St Louis, MO - Sep 18, 2021
Food, live music and unlimited beer samples of most of the more than 40 different Schlafly Beer styles.
State of the Ozarks Festival - Hollister, MO - Sep 18, 2021
This festival celebrates the hardworking people of the Ozarks hills, with fine arts, dancing, a kids quarter, yoga, a strong-man exhibition, ozark music, super heros and villains cosplay and more!
Augusta’s Annual Harvest Festival - Augusta, MO - Sep 18, 2021
Have fun with a live concert, gourmet picnic, wine sampling and fine arts at this festival which has been held for over 100 years! Friday night features a concert and picnic in the vineyard, Saturday continues the fun with activities for the whole family, including a parade!
Heritage Festival & Craft Show - Columbia, MO - Sep 18 to Sep 19, 2021
Three stages of live music and dance performances, crafts, artisan demonstrations, chuckwagons, Ghost stories, museum and village tours, and Fun for Young’uns Area with paper pumpkins, rope making and more.
Waldo Fall Festival - Kansas City, MO - Sep 18, 2021
Free family-friendly event with kids’ rides, games, food trucks, live & local music, vendors, face painting and more. The festival is located in the CVS parking lot at 75th Street and Wornall Road.
MO Food Truck Fest - Springfield, MO - Sep 18, 2021
Food trucks, live music, cold drinks and more! Admission is free, but bring cash/card for the food trucks, and something cozy to sit on if you want to hang and listen to the music!
Cider Days - Springfield, MO - Sep 18 to Sep 19, 2021
Held outdoors, this event includes over 100 regional artists and crafters, a free children’s activity area with fall themed activities, scarecrow village, food, and three live performance stages.
HOBA Bluegrass Festival - West Plains, MO - Sep 23 to Sep 25, 2021
Three days bringing bluegrass music to life with plenty of camping and facilities.
Black Walnut Festival - Stockton, MO - Sep 23 to Sep 25, 2021
Vendors, live entertainment, parade and more!
Taste of St. Louis - Chesterfield, MO - Sep 24 to Sep 26, 2021
An ultimate food experience with art, live music, a Chef Battle Royale, guest cooking demonstrations, a restaurant row, kids activities, and main stage shows, held at Soldier Memorial Park.
Roots N Blues Festival - Columbia, MO - Sep 24 to Sep 26, 2021
Over 40 musicians representing genres of blues, roots, gospel, folk, country, and soul, plus a 1/2 marathon and 10K, and more at Stephens Lake Park. Since 2007.
Liberty Fall Festival - Liberty, MO - Sep 24 to Sep 26, 2021
Carnival, parade, vendors selling everything from food, arts & crafts, and farmer’s market, plus music, dancing and entertainment. They have a mobile app again this year with a map and schedule (Palaroo). Since 1934.
Harvest Festival at Silver Dollar City - Branson, MO - Sep 24 to Oct 30, 2021
Experience Silver Dollar City’s Harvest Festival featuring Craft Days filled with NEW artisans each week and Pumpkins In The City by night with thousands of illuminated pumpkins with non-frightful fun for the entire family!
Saint Charles Oktoberfest - Saint Charles, MO - Sep 24 to Sep 26, 2021
A family friendly festival to celebrate the community and German heritage. Local bands and German bands on the entertainment schedule. Wiener dog races, brat eating contest, parade, 5K and one mile fun run, and kids zone. No admission fee. The event is held at Frontier Park off Riverside Drive, located between the Historic Downtown District and the Missouri River. Location: 500 S Riverside Dr, Saint Charles, MO 63301. Since 1986.
Lee’s Summit Oktoberfest - Lee's Summit, MO - Sep 24 to Sep 26, 2021
70,000 are expected in Downtown Lee’s Summit for Oktoberfest to enjoy the German meals, three stages of entertainment, dancers, biergarten, carnival, arts and crafts. It has been held for more than 20 years. Contests include a home brew beer competition, wiener dog race and baby contest. Kids street has contests for kids, crafts such as pumpkin decorating, and free activities.
Harvest Festival – Craft Days and Pumpkin Nights - Branson, MO - Sep 24 to Oct 30, 2021
Experience a new Harvest Festival featuring craft days filled with new artisans each week and pumpkin nights, a glowing event with thrilling rides into the night, thousands of illuminated pumpkins and non-frightful fun for the entire family!
Turkey Festival - Eldon, MO - Sep 25, 2021
Vendors with homemade crafts, food, direct sales and commercial offerings and information on non profits. Held rain or shine.
Heritage Reunion Craft Show - Fair Grove, MO - Sep 25, 2021
Plenty of demonstrations, great bands, lots of crafts, great food, tractor antics, and even a big parade are but a few of the highlights at this years event.
Sky Wars - Wright City, MO - Sep 25, 2021
Enjoy family friendly activities before a two-hour long, giant fireworks show aka “a concert in the sky” at the Village of Innsbrook Fireworks Field.
Jefferson City Oktoberfest - Jefferson City, MO - Sep 25, 2021
Celebrate Jefferson City’s German heritage with this fall festival. The annual Oktoberfest hosted by the Old Munichburg Association includes live music, dancers, beer/wine garden serving authentic food, demonstrations, kids games, hot rod/classic car show, dachshund costume contest and derby. They have expanded it to include Friday evening, with a German dinner hosted by the Central United Church of Christ and live music & beer garden on Washington Street. Location: West Dunklin, Washington, and Broadway streets
Excelsior Springs Oktoberfest - Excelsior Springs, MO - Sep 25, 2021
Crafters, vendors, and artists. Craft beers, barrel roll, bed racing competition, live entertainment and more!
Oktoberfest in Cole Camp - Cole Camp, MO - Sep 25, 2021
Cole Camp, a historic town on the National Register of Historic Places, has been holding this event for more than ten years. It includes traditional German food and beer, gun show, bicycle tour and antique farm machinery displays (tractors and old engines). They also have a wine and beer tasting. The Prairie Day event, held at the same time, includes hayrides, nature exhibits, kids games, banjo concerts and star gazing in the evening.
O’Fallon Fall Into the Arts Fest - O'Fallon, MO - Sep 26, 2021
Held at City of O’Fallon’s newest park, O’Day Park (opened Spring 2019), up to 30 artists will be on-hand to exhibit and sell their work. Also featured is craft beer and wine tastings, artisan food vendors and live music at O’Day Ampitheater. This event is free and open to the public.
7C’s Meadfest - Walnut Grove, MO - Sep 26, 2021
Live music, medieval demonstrations. BBQ and more
Cotton Carnival - Sikeston, MO - Sep 28 to Oct 2, 2021
Celebrated since 1945, the American Legion’s Cotton Carnival is held at the Sikeston Rodeo Grounds and is a 5 day festival honoring military veterans and the cotton harvest. Enjoy carnival rides, games, pageants, and entertainment, plus a parade down Malone Ave starting at 10am Saturday.
Hermann Oktoberfest - Hermann, MO - Sep 29 to Oct 30, 2021
Weekends in Hermann have been packed with events for Missouri Oktoberfest seekers. The Hermannhof Festhalle on East First Street has wine, beer and brats. The German Bier Garten at Sesquicentennial Park on Gutenberg Street has food, beer and live music. Breweries, wineries and other clubs/locations have special events planned as well. The Arts & Crafts festival is on the second weekend of October. See the extensive schedule for details on their website as it is too detailed to list here completely and not all events are open every day. Location: Many locations throughout Hermann.
Old West Octoberfest - Lexington, MO - Sep 30 to Oct 2, 2021
Enjoy a new twist on the Old West, with music, food, vendors, and entertainment on Main Street. Formerly the Apples, Arts & Antiques Festival. Don’t forget to attend the Apple Auction at the LEX and the Fine Arts & Photography Show at P&H Event Center!
Eureka Days - Eureka, MO - Oct 1 to Oct 3, 2021
Lots of carnival rides, children’s activities, over 80 vendors, a beer garden, and a parade. Saturday ends with fireworks.
Q in the Lou - St Louis, MO - Oct 1 to Oct 3, 2021
A BBQ pitmasters event featuring legendary pitmasters, great bbq, cooking tutorials, cooking expo, and live local music. Entry is free – BBQ, beer, VIP experiences and more available to purchase.
Burg Fest - Warrensburg, MO - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2021
A car show, KCBS BBQ contest and entertainment on the Main Stage plus craft vendors, children’s area, food vendors, live music, home brew competition and more.
KC Oktoberfest - Kansas City, MO - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2021
KC Bier Co and Grünauer Restaurant’s Oktoberfest host. Come celebrate authentic Bavarian-style beer, food, and entertainment at the Crown Center.
Gladfest - Gladstone, MO - Oct 1 to Oct 3, 2021
Carnival, bands, crafters, market, pageant, parade, and more!
Maple Leaf Festival - Carthage, MO - Oct 1 to Oct 30, 2021
Annual event with 80,000+ visitors throughout the month. The premiere event, a parade, is one of the largest parades of the region, and takes place the 3rd Saturday of October. Other events occur throughout the month – see the event website for the brochure or interactive calender. Enjoy vendors, carnival, 5K/10K, pageants, dog show, lip-syncing competition, band festival, wine tasting, quilt show, live entertainment and more. Started as a Marching Band competition in 1966.
Applefest Celebration - Weston, MO - Oct 2 to Oct 3, 2021
Parade (including antique tractors, classic cars, fire trucks and bands), arts & crafts, apple dumplings and other food products from local churches. Children’s activities include pumpkin painting, pony rides, face painting and carnival games. Adult admission is $1. Kids under 15 are free. Free parking.
Ozark Beerfest - Springfield, MO - Oct 2, 2021
Beer fest with unlimited food and beer samples for all attendees, plus extended time and other perks for VIP ticket holders.
Pumpkin Daze - Republic, MO - Oct 2, 2021
Come to downtown Republic and view the giant 400 pound pumpkins, meet the growers, shop the craft booths, enjoy the foods such as hamburgers, ice cream, hot dogs, and cotton candy. A fun event for all since 1992.
Neosho Fall Festival - Neosho, MO - Oct 2, 2021
Enjoy family activities including live music, scarecrow contest, art expo, chalk art contest, coaster car derby, free inflatable rides for kids and more.
Pecan Festival - Brunswick, MO - Oct 2, 2021
Features a queen contest, Coach E 5k/10K Race, window decorating contest, food, kids activities, parade and more. Since 1980.
Missouri Town 1855 Fall Festival - Lee's Summit, MO - Oct 2, 2021
1850’s music, skilled interpreters, dance, buggy rides, hot spiced sider, arts & carfts, hay rides and children’s game, all held at Missouri Town 1855, a living history museum with year-round programming focused on 1800s farm life. Cost is $10 per car/van, $20 per bus.
Versailles Olde Tyme Apple Festival - Versailles, MO - Oct 2 to Oct 3, 2021
Annual downtown event with pancake breakfast, apple pie baking, sock hop dance, parade, car show, live band entertainment, live play at the Royal Theatre, fun zone for the kids and even a golf tournament.
PorchFest JCMO - Jefferson City, MO - Oct 3, 2021
Come out for some afternoon fun, music and art as you stroll down Forest Hill. The porches will be filled with music and art while the street is full of activities, food, and just plain fun for the whole family
Florissant Old Town Fall Festival - Florissant, MO - Oct 3, 2021
Enjoy a chili cook-off, live entertainment on every block, children’s activities, flower show/competition, cultural activities, craft fair, flea market, food booths and more!
Lake Area Fiber Arts Festival - Camdenton, MO - Oct 9, 2021
Annual event in the Lake of the Ozarks area with workshop, fiber arts display and vendor booths. Free admission. Held at Community Christian Church and sponsored by the Lake Area Fiber Artists.
Art in the Park - Springfield, MO - Oct 9 to Oct 10, 2021
Hosted by the Southwest Missouri Arts and Crafts Guild, this fine arts and craft show and sale happens at Sequiota Park on the second weekend in October each year. Free admission.
Hollister’s Grape and Fall Festival - Hollister, MO - Oct 9, 2021
Enjoy live entertainment, a grape stomp, a Color Me Grape 5K, petting zoo, street dance and more, all in Historic Downtown Hollister.
Oktoberfest in the Ozarks - Jacket, MO - Oct 9, 2021
Munich-style Oktoberfest at Whistling Springs Brewing Co
Arcadia Valley Mountain Fall Festival & Music Festival - Ironton, MO - Oct 15 to Oct 16, 2021
A twice yearly celebration of old time music with bluegrass, mountain and americana. The parade is the longest running parade in the state of Missouri at almost 90 years. Free admission.
Missouri Day Festival - Trenton, MO - Oct 15 to Oct 16, 2021
The Missouri Day Festival is the largest festival of the year for Trenton. Sponsored by the Trenton Area Chamber of Commerce, it is held the third weekend in October each year. This event draws thousands of people to the Trenton area. This is a family-friendly event that hosts activities for persons of every age. Adults and children alike can shop with nearly 120 different vendors who come from all over the United States. Many vendors return year after year for this well-attended event. Come on out to play, eat and just have fun. In conjunction with the festival, there is also a marching band competition for high schools throughout Missouri. Offers, high school band competitions, parade, over 120 craft/ product vendors, 15-20 food vendors, children amusements, and much more!!
Humansville Fall Festival - Humansville, MO - Oct 16 to Oct 18, 2021
Features a parade, live entertainment, talented artisans, fun carnival rides and more.
Kaysinger Bluff Pioneer Heritage Days - Warsaw, MO - Oct 16 to Oct 17, 2021
The Kaysinger Bluff Pioneer Heritage Association presents a living history experience through the demonstration of more than seventy 17th to 19th century crafts, trades and lifestyles of the early pioneers. At Harry S. Truman Visitor Center and throughout the wooded trails of Kaysinger Bluff in Warsaw, Missouri you’ll visit the Hooper House, the Concord School House and an 1850’s pioneer homestead and discover which dwelling once housed Frank and Jesse James for a night. Be sure to spend some time at the Civil War and Mountain Man Camps. As you stroll the trails you will find a variety of entertainment on the stage of the Trailside Theater and on the porches of the early American homes. There is lots of bluegrass singin’, fiddlin’ and storytellin’. Throughout the village you will smell the aroma of foods cooking on open fires. Satisfy your hunger at several spots along the trail that feature foods from back in the day as well as kid friendly foods. Take your pick from biscuits and sausage gravy, beef or pork sandwiches, roasted corn, fried pies, turkey legs, shaved ice, hamburgers, hot dogs and much more. This celebration has two primary locations; Kaysinger Bluff (Harry S Truman Visitor Center) and Drake Harbor in Downtown Warsaw. The modern celebration downtown is brought to you by the Warsaw Chamber of Commerce and the City of Warsaw. The event fee is $7.00 for adults, $4.00 for ages 6-12 and children 5 and under are free. Buses will transport guests to Kaysinger Bluff for the Pioneer demonstrations and crafts and to Drake Harbor for modern crafts.
Dogtober Fest - Blue Springs, MO - Oct 17, 2021
Free admission (with donation of canned or dry dog food) to this event with trail dog-walks, contests and games, workshops, demonstrations, and many more canine events. Don’t forget to bring your pup!
Faith Lutheran Church Oktoberfest - Branson, MO - Oct 24, 2021
Three days of authentic German food, live polka and dancing, and more!
Kimmswick Applebutter Festival - Imperial, MO - Oct 30 to Oct 31, 2021
More than 100,000 visitors annually. Help stir the apple butter, live musical entertainment in the par, more than 500 food, drink & craft vendors line the streets plus, for kids, a miniature train, petting zoo and pony rides. Park at the Windsor School and catch the bus downtown, as streets will be closed during festival hours.
St. Louis International Film Festival - St. Louis, MO - Nov 4 to Nov 21, 2021
Going virtual for 2020, see event website for details. Normally: Annual event with almost 400 screenings and programs at more than 10 venues.
Laura Ingalls Wilder Children’s Literature Festival - Mansfield, MO - Nov 4 to Nov 5, 2021
Veterans Homecoming Week - Branson, MO - Nov 5 to Nov 10, 2021
A week long celebration of our veterans complete with parade, live music, vendor village, tributes, and so much more.
Wingapalooza - Springfield, MO - Nov 6, 2021
It’s all about buffalo wings at this festival! Live music, sample over 30 of the region’s best wings, and more, all for the price of admission!
Festival of Lights – Kansas City - Kingsville, MO - Nov 11 to Dec 30, 2021
This family-favorite festival is a breath of fresh air during a hectic holiday season. Bundle up and wander a lighted outdoor path featuring immersive, botanically-inspired installations that celebrate the natural joy of the most festive season. More than 20 miles of lights highlight the natural forms of Powell Gardens’ tree collection, show off the exceptional architecture and landscape elements in the Gardens, and create paths through Instagram and holiday card-worthy photo moments.
Garden Glow - St. Louis, MO - Nov 12 to Jan 8, 2022
Over one million lights, new experiences and traditional favorites, plus s’mores, festive drinks, and photo opportunities. At Missouri Botanical Gardens. Member preview night on the first night. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas.
Christmas Holiday Throwback Series at Union Station - Kansas City, MO - Nov 19 to Dec 21, 2021
Watch classic and retro holiday movies including National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Elf, and the Polar Express, all at Regnier Extreme Screen, the largest movie theater screen in the region. Each movie will screen for a few days, check the website for the schedule and tickets.
A Christmas Carol at KC Reperatory Theater - Kansas City, MO - Nov 19 to Nov 21, 2021
For over 40 years, Kansas City’s beloved tradition has created holiday memories for families all around our community, with all the heart and spectacle you’ve come to love… start your family tradition this year and create memories that will last for many Christmas’s to come! Join Ebenezer Scrooge on his redemptive journey with Christmas Past, Present, and Future, and rediscover the true meaning of the holidays.
Joy at Union Station - St. Louis, MO - Nov 19 to Dec 24, 2021
New to St. Louis Union Station this year, the Joy Winter Wonderland is open to the public on the Purina Performance Plaza. Guests will find games, craft stations, retail and a unique photo opportunity with Santa Claus, plus some of St. Louis’s favorite vendors all while enjoying festive food and beverage offerings!
The Polar Express Train Ride - St. Louis, MO - Nov 19 to Dec 30, 2021
Santa and his elves are full steam ahead for a trip to the North Pole on the Polar Express train from St Louis Union Station.
Northern Lights Holiday Lighting Ceremony at Zona Rosa Town Center - Kansas City, MO - Nov 20, 2021
Zona Rosa will kick off the 2021 holiday season with the annual lighting ceremony featuring the historic holiday crowns and majestic 55′ Christmas tree! North Park near Dillards
Festival of Lights - St. Louis, MO - Nov 20, 2021
Family friendly and free event in Kiener Plaza with local holiday themed talent performances, new vendors booths and exhibits, photo ops with mascos, including fredbird, real live reindeer and a magical fireworks finale.
Thanksgiving Eve at Howl at the Moon Kansas City - Kansas City, MO - Nov 24, 2021
Turkey is good, but booze is better! Celebrate the long holiday weekend with some live music, dancing and drinks, with featured drinks, games, dancing and a great night out!
Christmas in the Park at Longview Lake - Lee's Summit, MO - Nov 24 to Dec 31, 2021
Now in its 34th year, this magical winter wonderland features more than half million lights and 175 animated displays, all designed and built entirely in-house by our talented crews! Your drive to the Longview Lake Campground begins at the Frank White Jr., Softball Complex. Admission is free. Voluntary exit donations benefit more than 35 local charities. Since its inception, Christmas in the Park has donated more than 1 million dollars to charities right here in our community. Weeknights earlier in the season are more likely to have shorter lines!
Winter Wonderland - St. Louis, MO - Nov 24 to Jan 1, 2022
Slowly meander through over a million glimmering lights fashioned into over 100 displays of festive characters and winter scenes. Enjoy the canopy of lights glistening throughout seventy-five acres of park land in St. Louis County. Held at Tilles Park. Select nights to experience the wonder by walking, vehicle or carriage.
Ward Parkway Thanksgiving Day Run - Kansas City, MO - Nov 25, 2021
10K and 5K on Thanksgiving – Don your turkey hat, pose for pics and earn your pumpkin pie by running along beautiful Ward Parkway!
Turkey Trot STL - St. Louis, MO - Nov 25, 2021
Start a new Thanksgiving tradition by running or walking in your local, family-friendly Turkey Trot STL 5K. An active morning will help balance the afternoon’s calorie intake and your participation will benefit those less fortunate by supporting local food pantries. For participants 12 years and under there is a free 1/2 mile youth-run.
Ameren Thanks For Giving Parade - St. Louis, MO - Nov 25, 2021
Starts at 8:45 in downtown St Louis. Parade goers can expect over 130 parade units, including musical floats and displays, giant helium balloon figures, restored antique cars and firetrucks, and marching bands from around the St. Louis region. As always, Santa Claus will be present to wish everyone a Happy Holiday Season at the conclusion of the parade.
Hyde Park Pilgrim Run - Kansas City, MO - Nov 25, 2021
5k on Thanksigiving morning
KCP&L Plaza Lighting Ceremony - Kansas City, MO - Nov 25 to Jan 9, 2022
Kick off the holiday season in style and join us for this beloved Thanksgiving tradition in Kansas City. In addition to the time-honored flipping of the switch, the show will feature performances, in addition to fireworks. The lights will be lit for the rest of the season
Holidays Alive at Union Station - Kansas City, MO - Nov 26 to Dec 10, 2021
Various events. Check out different events in the weeks leading up to the New Year!
Meet Santa at Zona Rosa - Kansas City, MO - Nov 26 to Dec 24, 2021
It’s that magical time of year for some of your holiday traditions, including meeting Santa in his Winter Wonderland at Zona Rosa.
Scuba Claus - St. Louis, MO - Nov 26 to Dec 24, 2021
This holiday season, enjoy a special Dive Chat featuring Scuba Claus and his trusty Elf and have all of your questions answered. They will be in Shark Canyon on select dates.
Celebration of Lights - O'Fallon, MO - Nov 26 to Dec 30, 2021
O’Fallon’s most historic park, Fort Zumwalt, is set to come alive with the area’s largest holiday light display. Each scene is designed and funded by local organizations, churches and businesses. Started in 1991, the event attracts more than 12,000 vehicles each year and more than 10,000 individuals during the Old-Fashioned Holiday Stroll.
U. S. Bank Wild Lights at the St Louis Zoo - St. Louis, MO - Nov 26 to Dec 30, 2021
This holiday season, escape to a wonderland unlike any other at U.S. Bank Wild Lights. This dazzling holiday event features brand-new light displays and themed areas. In addition to brilliant light displays, warm up with winter-themed treats, and say hello to the animals at Penguin & Puffin Coast and the Insectarium.
EBT Santa’s Countdown to Christmas at Crown Center - Kansas City, MO - Nov 26 to Jan 3, 2022
EBT Laughing Santa, who first appeared at KC’s Emery, Bird, Thayer department store in the early 1900s, has been providing memories for new generations at Crown Center since 1979. Children of all ages will marvel at this Jolly Ol’ Soul as he chuckles his way through the holiday season while counting down the days until Christmas.
Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Crown Center - Kansas City, MO - Nov 26 to Jan 3, 2022
The 100-foot-tall Mayor’s Christmas Tree, one of the nation’s tallest, is the centerpiece for an illuminating holiday celebration. Kansas City’s Mayor and a celebrity guest will flip the switch to light the tree. Members of the Kansas City Chorale will perform during the ceremony.
Santa’s Arrival at Crown Center - Kansas City, MO - Nov 26 to Dec 24, 2021
Santa Claus arrives in a horse-drawn carriage to kick off the holiday season. Join Santa as he makes his way to Santa’s Gingerbread Station, where he resides through December 24. No admission fee
Santa’s Gingerbread Station at Crown Center - Kansas City, MO - Nov 26 to Dec 24, 2021
Santa Claus will welcome the public throughout the holiday season for visits, wish lists and photos. A photographer will be on-site to take photos for a fee, or you may take your own.
Holiday Choirs at Crown Center - Kansas City, MO - Nov 29 to Dec 19, 2021
Beautiful music fills the halls of Crown Center, as nearly 70 area school, church and community choirs perform everyday. See the scheduled choirs La href=”https://www.crowncenter.com/sites/default/files/inline-files/2021%20Holiday%20Choirs%20NOV4.pdf”>here
Christmas Tree Lighting – Jefferson City - Jefferson City, MO - Dec 2, 2021
Entertainment, refreshment, a visit from Santa and Mrs Claus, with tree lighting at 6:30pm.
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