Missouri offers visitors a seemingly endless line-up of unique vacation experiences. From the riverboat casinos, breweries and historical neighborhoods in St. Louis and fabulous fountains and barbeque in Kansas City to the “Live Music Show Capital of the World, Branson, to the awesome outdoor lifestyle in the Lake of the Ozarks region.
Visit a state park or historic site as there are 85 of them throughout the state. There are 840 miles of trail for hikers, backpackers, bicycle riders, off-road vehicle users and horseback riders.
Some of the state’s top attractions include the Gateway Arch and St. Louis Zoo in St. Louis, Cameron Cave in Hannibal, and the American Jazz Museum and Worlds of Fun amusement park in Kansas City.
Wine lovers can select from 96 wineries in the state where you can sample wines and take tours. For golfers, the picturesque Lake Ozark region offers play on gems like the Tan-Tar-A Resort Oaks Course and Old Kinderhook. Why not introduce your children to the real world of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn? Visit Hannibal, where your kids can immerse themselves in the world of Mark Twain with a tour of the author’s home, a cruise on the Mississippi River, an exploration excursion of the caves in his books and visits to various historic homes. Other great family-oriented activities throughout the state include hiking the Ozark Trail, splashing at a water park in Branson and visiting the Harry S. Truman home and presidential library in Independence.
02 Sep 22Partner News
Fall Festivals in MissouriCooler temperatures, colorful leaves and pumpkins galore – fall is here and communities across ...Read moreFall Festivals in Missouri - News & announcementsCooler temperatures, colorful leaves and pumpkins galore – fall is here and communities across the state are ready to celebrate. Seasonal festivals and events featuring mouthwatering treats, entertaining performances, fascinating history and beautiful art are held across the Show-Me State. Augusta Harvest Festival, Sept. 16-17, Augusta. Savor a gourmet picnic at Honey Bee Vineyard to kick off the Augusta Harvest Festival. On Saturday you can participate in a 5K run, watch the parade and sample the wine. Catch the live music and children’s activities, too. Great Forest Park Balloon Race, Sept. 16-17, St. Louis. Bask in the glow of brightly colored hot air balloons during the evening balloon glow as the festival celebrates its 50th anniversary in Forest Park. During the day, pack a picnic and enjoy live music, parachute team performances and the balloon race launch. Junk Junktion, Sept. 17-18, Moberly. Peruse the massive vintage market with more than 100 booths to find one-of-a-kind items. If you get hungry while shopping, stop by a food truck for a pick-me-up. This year, the 3 on 3 Gus Macker basketball tournament will also take place during the event. Shepherd’s PumpkinFest, Sept. 23-Oct. 30, Branson. The squash of the season takes center stage at Shepherd’s PumpkinFest. Pick a pumpkin straight from the patch, hop on a hayride, and try your hand at pumpkin bowling and fall-themed yard games. Applefest, Oct. 1-2, Weston. Celebrate the season in historic downtown Weston. Applefest starts with a parade filled with antique tractors, classic cars and bands. Art and craft booths showcase homemade items, and several vendors serve up apple pies and dumplings. Cedar Fest at Big Cedar Lodge, select days Oct. 1-29, Ridgedale. Festive fun awaits at Big Cedar Lodge every Saturday in October. Decorate pumpkins or pottery, ride a mechanical bull, and watch the singin’ jack-o-lanterns come to life after dark. 54th Annual Heritage Festival, Oct. 8-9, Arrow Rock. Take a trip back in time at one of Missouri’s oldest heritage festivals. Historic reenactments and living history presenters give you a glimpse into what life was like during the town’s early days. Voices of the Past, Oct. 13-14, St. Joseph. Learn about the fascinating history of St. Joseph through storytelling. Living history characters share the lives of some of the city’s most interesting residents from the past and lead the way to historic Mount Mora Cemetery to see their final resting places. Sikeston Skelebration, Oct. 15, Sikeston. Ghouls and goblins are welcome at Sikeston’s very first Skelebration. This trunk-or-treat event is taken to the next level with a bounce house, s’more station, pumpkin painting and a hay ride. Riverfront Fall Festival, Oct. 22, Cape Girardeau. Families flock to Cape Girardeau’s Riverfront Fall Festival each year for the perfect mix of kid-friendly activities, live entertainment, food and shopping. Don’t miss the theatrical storytelling performance that will wrap up the festival. Legends & Lanterns, Every Saturday and Sunday in October, St. Charles. Get inspired by Halloweens of years gone by. Part macabre, part fairytale, this popular event has something for everyone. Don’t miss the ghostly guests meandering down Main Street. Check out the following list to find more fall festivals and events in the Show-Me State:
NortheastFright Fest at Six Flags, St. Louis – Sept. – Oct. Annual Sip and Savor St. Charles County, St. Charles – Sept. 1 Annual Big River Steampunk Festival, Hannibal – Sept. 2-5 Music at the Market, Washington – Sept. 8, Oct. 13 Sunset on the Rails, Pacific – Sept. 9 Saint Louis Art Fair, Clayton – Sept. 9-11 Music at the Intersection, St. Louis – Sept. 10-11 12th Annual Doe Camp, Hermann – Sept. 16 Harvest Hootenanny, Hannibal – Sept. 16-17 Wentzville’s Fall Festival, Wentzville – Sept. 16-17 MOSAICS Fine Art Festival, St. Charles – Sept. 16-18 Polocrosse Horse Event, Harris – Sept. 16-18 SmokeFest, Hermann – Sept. 17 Renaissance Festival, Wentzville – Sept. 17-Oct. 23 Sunset on the Riverfront, Washington – Sept. 22 Fall Festival of the Arts & Crafts, Washington – Sept. 23-25 Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival, Florissant – Sept. 23-25 Saint Charles Oktoberfest, St. Charles – Sept. 23-25 Taste of St. Louis, St. Louis – Sept. 23-25 5th Annual Pumpkin Fest, Maryland Heights – Oct. 1 Augusta Bottoms Beer Festival, Augusta – Oct. 1 Boo at the Zoo, St. Louis – Oct. 14-30 Seltzerland, St. Louis – Oct. 15 Annual Autumn Historic Folklife Festival, Hannibal – Oct. 15-16 St. Louis Beer Fest, St. Louis – Oct. 22 Boo Bash!, Union – Oct. 28 Pumpkin Glow, St. Charles – Oct. 28-30 Pumpkin Palooza, Washington – Oct. 29 Monster-Fest, Pacific – Oct. 29 Apple Butter Festival, Kimmswick – Oct. 29-30 Booterfly House, Chesterfield – Daily through Oct. 30 Schlafly Full Moon Festival, Maplewood – Nov. 5
NorthwestGloWild Lantern Festival, Kansas City – Sept. 1-Dec. 9 Kansas City Irish Fest, Kansas City – Sept. 2-4 Hatch Chile Fest, Kansas City – Sept. 3 Santa-Cali-Gon Days, Independence – Sept. 3-5 Liberty Fall Festival, Liberty – Sept. 23-25 Mug Shots, Excelsior Springs – Sept. 24 Smithville’s Backyard BBQ Bash and Junkville Market, Smithville – Sept. 24 91st Annual Plaza Art Fair, Kansas City – Sept. 24-25 Lee’s Summit Chamber Oktoberfest, Lee’s Summit – Sept. 24-25 Missouri Town 1855 Fall Festival of Arts, Crafts and Music, Lee’s Summit – Oct. 1 Oktoberfest Live!, Kansas City – Oct. 8 Annual Gumbo Festival, Kansas City – Oct. 9 Ghost Tales of Weston, Weston – Oct. 14-15, 21-22, 28-29 Cornucopia, Kansas City – Oct. 14-16 Brew at the Zoo, Kansas City – Oct. 15 AKMA After Hours: Witches Brew Edition, St. Joseph – Oct. 25 Tricks and Treats, Kansas City – Oct. 29 Witch Way to the Wine, Excelsior Springs – Oct. 29 Weston Whiskey Festival, Weston – Nov. 5 Weston Hospitality Showcase, Weston – Nov. 19
CentralRailroad Day Celebration, Crocker – Sept. 3 2nd Annual Wiener Nationals, Moberly – Sept. 4 Randolph County Old Settlers Reunion, Huntsville – Sept. 8-10 Hillbilly Daze, Richland – Sept. 10 Lake of the Ozarks Air Show, Camdenton – Sept. 10 Patriot Day Festival, Waynesville – Sept. 10 16th Annual Lake of the Ozarks BikeFest, Lake of the Ozarks – Sept. 14-18 Dixon Cow Days, Dixon – Sept. 16-17 Warsaw Junk Market, Warsaw – Sept. 17 Annual Heritage Festival & Craft Show, Columbia – Sept. 17-18 Extremicon, St. Robert – Sept. 17-18 Historic Homes Tour, Jefferson City – Sept. 17-18 Lincoln Balloon Glow, Lincoln – Sept. 17-18 Hogs & Frogs Festival, Waynesville – Sept. 23-25 Tebbetts Picnic & Muttonfest, Tebbetts – Sept. 23-25 Cole Camp Oktoberfest, Cole Camp – Sept. 24 Harvest Hootenanny, Columbia – Sept. 24 Oktoberfest in Old Munichberg , Jefferson City – Sept. 24 Sip & Stroll, Arrow Rock – Sept. 24 Porchfest JCMO, Jefferson City – Oct. 2 Roots N Blues Festival, Columbia – Oct. 7-9 Annual Fall Craft Fair, St. Robert – Oct. 8 Battle of the Bands, Waynesville – Oct. 8 Fall Harbor Hop, Lake of the Ozarks area – Oct. 8 Osage Beach Fall Festival, Osage Beach – Oct. 8 Big BAM (Bicycle Across Missouri), Clinton – Oct. 9-14 Route 66 Challenge, Pulaski County – Oct. 15 Fall Food Truck Festival, Laurie – Oct. 15-16 Warsaw/Kaysinger Heritage Days, Warsaw – Oct. 15-16 Wine Stroll, Clinton – Oct. 22 Central Missouri Renaissance Festival, Kingdom City – Oct. 22-23 Halloween Spooktacular Event, Arrow Rock – Oct. 28 Peace, Love and Halloween, Sedalia – Oct. 29 Warsaw Halloween Hoopla, Warsaw – Oct. 29 Cole Camp Pumpkin Fest, Cole Camp – Oct. 29-30 Frightfully Fun Family Night, Lincoln – Oct. 31 Military History Appreciation Weekend, Jefferson City – Nov. 5-6
SoutheastFall Muster: Living Demonstration, Cape Girardeau – Sept. 3-5 2022 SEMO District Fair, Cape Girardeau – Sept. 10-17 Sainte Genevieve Oktoberfest, Ste. Genevieve – Sept. 17-18 East Perry Fair, Altenburg – Sept. 23-24 Cape Comic Con, Cape Girardeau – Sept. 30-Oct. 2 23rd Annual Tour de Cape Girardeau, Cape Girardeau – Oct. 1 Cotton Ramble Bike Ride, Sikeston – Oct. 8 Oktoberfest, Sikeston – Oct. 8 Old Iron Works Festival, St. James – Oct. 8 Saxon Fall Festival, Frohna – Oct. 8 Hafftoberfest, Poplar Bluff – Oct. 9 Van Buren Fall Festival, Van Buren – Oct. 9-10 Three Rivers Championship College Rodeo, Sikeston – Oct. 13-15 Butler County Fair, Poplar Bluff – Oct. 28-30 Pecanapalooza, Ste. Genevieve – Nov. 5 Veteran’s Day: Living Demonstration, Cape Girardeau – Nov. 11-12
SouthwestSeymour Apple Festival, Seymour – Sept. 8-10 Harvest Festival at Still Waters Resort, Branson – Sept. 8-Oct. 31 14th Annual Greek Festival, Springfield – Sept. 10 MIDxMidwst, Springfield – Sept. 10-11 Japanese Fall Festival, Springfield – Sept. 9-11 Shepherd of the Hills Fall Craft Festival, Branson – Sept. 9-11 Autumn Daze Arts, Crafts & Music Festival, Branson – Sept. 15-17 8th Annual MO Food Truck Festival, Springfield – Sept. 17 31st Annual 1860s Lifestyles Event, Springfield – Sept. 17 Sixth Annual Sunset Soiree, Ozark – Sept. 17 State of the Ozarks Festival, Hollister – Sept. 17 Cider Days, Springfield – Sept. 17-18 13th Annual Mead Fest, Walnut Grove – Sept. 18 Fiesta Hispana, Springfield – Sept. 18 Silver Dollar City Harvest Festival, Branson – Sept. 21-Oct. 27 2022 Springfield Culturefest, Springfield – Sept. 24 48th Annual Ozark Arts & Crafts, Ozark – Sept. 30-Oct. 2 The Fall Roundup, Branson – Sept. 30-Oct. 30 Carthage Maple Leaf Festival, Carthage – Weekends in October Rockin’ Roll Bike & Music Fest, Springfield – Oct. 8 Downtown West Plains Fall Block Party, West Plains – Oct. 15 Pets and Pumpkins Family Festival, Springfield – Oct. 22