Fall into Fun at Our Festivals


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Festival , Festivals , family activities , family entertainment , Family Fun , outdoors
Missouri Offers Many Family Activities
Author: Barb Brueggeman
Autumn is perhaps the best time of year in Missouri: the air is crisp; brilliant color is blazing from the forests; geese are calling goodbye on their way south. The days are getting shorter, harvest is finished: it’s time to celebrate.

Branson’s Silver Dollar City has always known how to throw a wholesome family party, and their National Harvest and Cowboy Festival, Sept. 12-Oct. 25, 2014, really delivers. More than 125 visiting craftsmen are joined by Western and Bluegrass Music, the Pinkerton Man Western Stunt Show, a Western Barn Dance a Wild West Show and authentic chuck wagon cooking served with a side of cowboy stories.

Much of the credit for the vivid crimson splashes across Missouri’s fall landscape goes to the maple trees, so Carthage celebrates the season with their Maple Leaf Festival, Oct. 10-19, 2014. More than 80,000 people attend the event, which features live entertainment, a gospel sing, dog skill competition, quilt show and an arts and crafts festival.

During the weekend of Oct. 25-26, 2014, there may be no better-smelling place on earth than a small town in eastern Missouri, where the air is filled with wood smoke and the fragrance of apples cooking at the Kimmswick Apple Butter Festival. The cooking continues for seven or eight hours until it’s thick enough to jar, but in the meantime the kids enjoy the miniature train, petting zoo and pony rides; and you’ll be serenaded by dulcimer and bluegrass music while you browse the 500-600 food, drink and craft vendors.

There are a lot more celebrations where these came from, so load the family into the car – it won’t be a long drive to the next festival.

We’d love to see your kids in the festival parade, you in lederhosen and everyone enjoying great harvest treats: share your photos on VisitMO's Facebook page.

 Silver Dollar City's National Harvest & Cowboy Festival
Silver Dollar City, the Home of American Craftsmanship, welcomes more than 125 visiting craftsmen, including ...

 Kimmswick Apple Butter Festival 2014
This is Kimmswick's largest celebration, drawing nearly 100,000 visitors. Experience small town ambiance; ...