Our state’s breathtaking scenery lends itself wonderfully to festivals. Our lovely venues provide great space for indoor celebrations. Yes, no matter where you go in Missouri, you’ll find the perfect setting for fun.
The Raspberry Meadows Craft Show brings together more than 90 vendors offering a wide variety of items. The show, held in The Pavilion at John Knox Village, in Lee’s Summit, March 8 and 9, welcomes crafters from throughout the Midwest. No matter what type of handmade treasure you seek, you’ll likely find it at Raspberry Meadows. Explore more than 100 booths, selling baked goods, home decor, bath products, jewelry, dog treats, quilts, clothing, furniture and many other handmade items.
March 16 and 17, the Rotary Club’s Spring Arts and Crafts Fair is held at Lindbergh High School, in St. Louis. The fair offers beautiful artisan-made objects. Wear your comfy shopping shoes because you won’t want to miss any of the great vendor booths – there are more than 240. Concession stands sell food and beverages both days. Proceeds benefit local and international charities.
The Art Fair at Queeny Park enjoys a reputation as one of the most popular art fairs in the region. More than 130 artists, from 20 states, are on hand, April 5 through 7, in Ballwin. Rainy afternoon? Cold morning? No problem – this event is held inside a climate-controlled recreation center. Meet dozens of talented artists and purchase works directly from them.
Springtime in Missouri means hundreds of gorgeous trees are in full bloom. See for yourself at the Dogwood-Azalea Festival, April 18 thru 21, in Charleston, Missouri. This celebration of nature’s beauty provides the perfect way to welcome spring. The entire town is filled with special activities throughout the festival. April 20, grab your spot along the curb to watch the Dogwood-Azalea Parade at 11 a.m.
Many Missouri towns possess a rich culinary history, including Springfield, where a Chinese chef created the classic Chinese-American dish known as cashew chicken. Taste for yourself at Cashew Craze, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the invention of this delicious dish. In a head-to-head competition, April 3, Springfield restaurants vie to determine who serves the best cashew chicken. The best part? You get to sample the entries. Proceeds from the fun and tasty day go to local children’s charities.