2013 Missouri Fall Festivals

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Festivals , Family Fun , family activities , outdoors
Discover the Delight
Author: H&L Partners
Throughout Missouri, towns and cities host festivals as diverse as our great state itself. No matter your interests, you’re destined to find a festival that sparks the imagination and provides hours of fun.

Don’t worry about booking that pricey ticket to Düsseldorf. Because German settlers founded many Missouri towns, our Oktoberfest celebrations offer plenty of authentic good cheer. Every Saturday and Sunday this October, be part of Oktoberfest 2013 in Hermann. Immerse yourself in German culture during these four fun-filled weekends. In the picturesque town of Hermann, find shopping specials, listen to oompah bands and other music, peruse handcrafted wares from a variety of vendors, and savor lots of delicious food (especially the grilled wurst, piled high with sauerkraut). You will definitely see why Rural Missouri Magazine named Hermann’s Oktoberfest “Missouri’s Best Festival.”

Here in Missouri, we’re pretty proud of our state. Can you blame us? With everything from beautiful bluffs to world-class museums to top universities, the Show-Me State offers it all. Celebrate Missouri’s magic at the 2013 Missouri Day Festival, October 19 and 20 in Trenton. A perfect destination for the whole family, this fun fest boasts plenty of entertainment. Kids can whirl and twirl on carnival rides and try their luck at midway games. Everyone can shop the booths of more than 150 vendors, selling everything from food items to handmade crafts. Don’t miss the Missouri Day Marching Band Festival, a competition among nearly 50 high school bands.  

Traveling to Branson to enjoy some of the nation’s best live-music shows? Make sure to be in town September 19 thru 21 and attend the 40th Annual Autumn Daze Arts, Crafts & Music Festival. For four decades, this wonderful festival has treated visitors to food, live entertainment, homemade crafts and plenty of fun activities. Kick-start your holiday shopping courtesy of the on-site crafters, who offer, among many other items: jewelry; toys; collectibles; quilts; clothing; and ceramics. Live tunes from some of Branson’s great entertainers provide the perfect soundtrack to your day.

Satisfy your appetite for great music (and extraordinary food) at the Roots n Blues n BBQ Festival  in Columbia. This deservedly popular festival brings together some of the best roots, blues, gospel, folk, soul and country artists from around the nation. This year’s lineup includes Blues Traveler, Steve Earle, Alejandro Escovedo, Mavis Staples and Phosphorescent. Sample delicious BBQ from local and national teams – and burn off those calories in the half-marathon or 10k. The Roots n Blues n BBQ Festival runs September 20 through 22, in Stephens Lake Park.   

Many world-famous people called Missouri home, including none other than Walt Disney. At Toonfest 2013, in Walt’s hometown of Marceline, participate in celebrating the cartooning world. September 21 brings a full day of activities and demonstrations. At the Cartoonist Symposiums, held in the Uptown Theatre (which opened in 1930 and has never been closed since), meet top cartoon artists and hear them discuss their work. Explore the Walt Disney Hometown Museum, containing more than 3,000 artifacts received from Disney family members. The festival includes a fairy princess party for girls, a pirate adventure for guys, a parade, live entertainment, craft booths and food.

Prepare to tap your toes when the HOBA (Heart of the Ozarks Bluegrass Association) Fall Bluegrass Festival returns for its 21st year, September 26 thru 28 in West Plains. Hear live gospel and bluegrass music from top performers, including: Cash & More; Signal Hill; Lost Hill; and The Bakers. Join in the musical merriment at one of the “everyone-is-welcome” jam sessions. Make a full weekend of it by camping at the HOBA Bluegrass Park and enjoying communal meals with your fellow festival-goers.

Take your appetite to the deservedly popular Budweiser Taste of St. Louis, held September 27 thru 29. In addition to art, music and culture, chow-down on tons of excellent food including selections from, but by no means limited to, such St. Louis favorites as Hank’s Cheesecakes; Bogart’s Smokehouse; Vito’s Sicilian Ristorante; and Tortillaria Mexican Kitchen. Get up-to-the-minute details by following @TasteStL on Twitter. You’ll soon see why St. Louis Magazine readers voted the Budweiser Taste of St. Louis the city’s “Best Food Event.”

Travel around the world (minus the jet lag) at the Celebration of Nations in Rolla. On September 28, experience the region’s multicultural diversity with a variety of ethnic foods, arts and crafts, live music and dance performances, displays, and many fun activities for adults and the younger set.

Honor the service and sacrifices of our nation’s military by attending The American Royal Parade: A Star-Spangled Salute, September 28 in Kansas City. Nearly 4,000 people march in this meaningful parade, including active-duty military members and veterans from every conflict. Parade participants include Boy Scouts, a variety of Kansas City’s best marching bands and drill teams, civic groups, and a number of beautifully decorated parade floats.


 Walt Disney Hometown Museum
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 HOBA's 22nd Annual Fall Bluegrass Festival
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