Fall Festivals in Missouri

August 23, 2018

As the air turns crisp and the trees take on shades of crimson and gold, communities across Missouri play host to more than a hundred festivals that celebrate autumn's arrival – and much more.

Here is a sampling of a celebrations you'll find this fall in the Show-Me State:

Music

Music as varied as Missouri's landscape will be featured at fall festivals throughout the state, including the JoeStock Music Festival, Aug. 31-Sept. 2 in St. Joseph; the Big Muddy Blues Festival, Sept. 1-2 in St. Louis; the HOBA Bluegrass Festival, Sept. 20-22 in West Plains; and the Arcadia Valley Mountain Music Festival, Oct. 19-21 in Ironton. A variety of genres – blues, bluegrass, jazz, folk, roots and rock – provide a perfect soundtrack for the season.

Art

Fall art festivals flourish in some of Missouri's most picturesque places. Dozens of artists will display their work during Art on the Bricks, Sept. 21-22 in Fulton. Enjoy live music, craft beers and tasty treats in the town's Brick District. At Kansas City's Crown Center Square, artists will demonstrate their talent with pastels on pavement and brick during the Chalk & Walk Festival, Sept. 8-9. The oldest town west of the Mississippi River is the backdrop for the Plein Air Painting Event, Sept. 26-30 in Ste. Genevieve, where painters set up their easels to capture images of the town's early French architecture and surrounding sites.

Harvest

Communities large and small carry on the centuries-old tradition of celebrating the fall harvest. During Apple Butter Makin' Days, Oct. 12-14 in Mount Vernon, the spicy apple spread is made the old-fashioned way – in huge copper kettles over open fires on the courthouse square. Stockton, the black walnut capital of the world, will celebrate Missouri's abundant crop during the Black Walnut Festival, Sept. 27-29. Festivalgoers can sample cookies, candy, ice cream and other culinary creations bursting with black walnut flavor. Plenty of pumpkins will be on display at the Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival, Oct. 13-14; Pets and Pumpkins, Oct. 20 in Springfield; and Pumpkin Palooza, Oct. 27 in Washington.

Heritage

It's no surprise that Arrow Rock was one of the first places in Missouri to host a heritage festival – the entire village is a National Historic Landmark. Arrow Rock's 50th annual Heritage Festival, Oct. 13-14, will feature demonstrations by costumed artisans, live music and historic reenactments. In Warsaw, visitors to Heritage Days, Oct. 21-22, will experience 19th century life in the Ozark highlands, including a mountain man camp and Northern Cherokee powwow.

Costumed characters

Fall brings out some of Missouri's most interesting costumed characters – long before Halloween arrives. The Big River Steampunk Festival, Aug. 31-Sept. 3 in Hannibal, invites visitors to arrive in costume and adopt a "steam persona," to relive the days of steamboats, steam trains and the romance of the Victorian era. The Central Missouri Renaissance Festival, Oct. 20-21 in Kingdom City, will take festivalgoers back to the 16th century with revelry featuring kings and queens, singing bards, brigands and buccaneers.

These fall festivals and many more are coming to Missouri in the months ahead. The list below can help you find a familiar favorite or a new one to explore.

August/September

Date

City

Event

8/23-9/3

Branson

Silver Dollar City's Southern Gospel Picnic

8/25-10/28

Kansas City

Open Spaces

8/31-9/1

Benton

Benton Neighbor Days

8/31-9/1

Chilhowee

Chilhowee Community Fair

8/31-9/2

Kansas City

Kansas City Irish Fest

8/31-9/2

St. Joseph

Joestock Music Festival

8/31-9/3

Hannibal

Big River Steampunk Festival

8/31-9/3

Independence

SantaCaliGon Days Festival

8/31-9/3

La Plata

La Plata Soybean Festival

9/1

Crocker

Railroad Days

9/1

Hermann

Harvest Festival

9/1-2

St. Louis

Big Muddy Blues Festival

9/1-3

Highlandville

Singletrack Mind Festival

9/1-3

St. Louis

Japanese Festival

9/2

Boonesboro

Boonslick Folk Festival

9/2

Branson

Chateau on the Lake Labor Day Celebration

9/2

Columbia

MO Jazz Music Festival

9/2

Mansfield

Heritage Days Festival

9/2

Ridgedale

Labor Day Celebration at Big Cedar Lodge

9/5-8

St. James

Grape & Fall Festival

9/6-8

Cole Camp

Cole Camp Fair

9/6-8

Seymour

Seymour Apple Festival

9/6-9

Kansas City

Paris of the Plains Cocktail Festival

9/7-8, 13-16

Kearney

Jesse James Festival

9/7-8

St. Joseph

2018 Coleman Hawkins Blues Festival

9/7-9

Clayton

Saint Louis Art Fair

9/7-9

Edina

Knox County Corn Fest

9/7-9

Kansas City

Art Westport

9/7-9

Springfield

Japanese Fall Festival

9/8

Boliver

Boliver Country Days

9/8

Diamond

Prairie Day

9/8

Dixon

Shrimpfestival

9/8

Hannibal

Rib & Wing Festival

9/8

Independence

Independence Uncorked Wine Festival

9/8

Jefferson City

Cole County Extension Fall Festival

9/8

Louisiana

Golden Hills of Louisiana, MO Plein Air

9/8

Springfield

Oktoberfest in the Ozarks

9/8

Ste. Genevieve

Civil War Interpretive Event

9/8

Washington

Washington Jaycees' Brewfest

9/8-9

Chillicothe

Chillicothe Chautaqua in the Park

9/8-9

Kansas City

Kansas City Chalk and Walk Festival

9/8-9

Kennett

Fall Into Arts Festival

9/8-9   

St. Louis

LouFest

9/8-15

Cape Girardeau

SEMO District Fair

9/12-16

Lake Ozark area

Lake of the Ozarks Bike Fest

9/12-10/27

Branson

Silver Dollar City's National Crafts & Cowboy Festival

9/13-15

Branson

Autumn Daze Arts, Crafts, and Music Festival

9/13-16

Kansas City

American Royal World Series of Barbecue

9/14-15

Dixon

Cow Days

9/14-15

Hannibal

Diversity Days

9/14-15

Joplin

Joplin Arts Fest

9/14-15

Laurie

Laurie Hillbilly Fair

9/14-15

Lincoln

Lincoln Fall Market

9/14-15

St. Louis

Great Forest Park Balloon Race

9/14-16

Hermann

Hermann Heritage Days

9/14-16

Kahoka

Clark County Mule Festival

9/14-16

Kansas City

Fiesta Hispana

9/14-16

St. Charles

MOSAICS Fine Art Festival

9/14-16

St. Joseph

Southside Fall Festival

9/14-16

St. Joseph

St. Joe Pride

9/14-16

Chesterfield

Budweiser Taste of St. Louis

9/15

Bland

Harvest Home Festival

9/15

Hannibal

Taste of Twain

9/15

Kansas City

Waldo Fall Festival

9/15

Leeton

Leeton Fall Festival

9/15

Lincoln

Lincoln Bikes & Brews

9/15

Sikeston

Downtown Sikeston Wine Festival

9/15

Springfield

MO Food Truck Fest

9/15-16

Columbia

Heritage Festival & Craft Show

9/15-16

Carthage

Pickin on the Ranch – Autumn Pickers Market

9/15-16

Springfield

Annual Cider Days

9/15-10/27 Fri. & Sat. nights

Kansas City

Halloween Haunt at Worlds of Fun

9/15-10/28 Weekends

Kansas City

Great Pumpkin Fest at Worlds of Fun

9/20-22

Raymore

Raymore Festival in the Park

9/20-22

West Plains

HOBA Bluegrass Festival

9/21-22

Altenburg

East Perry Community Fair

9/21-22

Fulton

Art on the Bricks

9/21-22

Hannibal

Harvest Hootenanny Festival

9/21-22

Kirksville

Midwest Antique Fest & Flea Market

9/21-22

Warrensburg

Johnson County Rodeo

9/21-23

Augusta

Augusta Harvest Festival

9/21-23

Carl Junction

Carl Junction Bluegrass Festival

9/21-23

Kansas City

Plaza Art Fair

9/21-23

Lincoln

Lincoln Rock & Gem Festival

9/21-23

St. Louis

Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival

9/21-23

St. Louis

Q in the Lou

9/21-23

Washington

Fall Festival of Arts & Crafts

9/22   

Camdenton

Lake of the Ozarks Air Show

9/22

Cape Girardeau

Shipyard Music Festival

9/22

Independence

Square Table – A Farm to Market Event

9/22

Kirksville

Shrimp Boil

9/22

Kirksville

Round Barn Blues

9/22

West Plains

Greater Ozarks Blues Bash Festival

9/22-23

Chilhowee

Chilhowee Antique Farm Machinery Collectors Organization Show

9/22-23

Festus

Traditional Music Festival

9/25-29

Sikeston

American Legion Cotton Carnival

9/26-30

Ste. Genevieve

Plein Air Painting Event

9/27-29

Stockton

Black Walnut Festival

9/28-29

Chesterfield

St. Louis Scottish Games and Cultural Festival

9/28-29

Jamesport

Step Back in Time Heritage Days

9/28-29

Jefferson City

Oktoberfest in Old Munichburg

9/28-29

Joplin

Guilty by Association Truck Show

9/28-29

Lee's Summit

Lee's Summit Chamber Oktoberfest

9/28-29

Springfield

Sertoma Oktoberfest

9/28-29

Warrensburg

Burg Fest

9/28-30

Columbia

Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival

9/28-30

Liberty

Liberty Fall Festival

9/28-30

Mexico

Walk Back in Time

9/28-30

St. Charles

St. Charles Oktoberfest

9/28-30

St. Louis

Strange Folk Festival

9/29

Camdenton

Pumkin Chunkin Palooza

9/29

Cape Girardeau

Craft Beer Festival

9/29

Eldon

Turkey Festival                     

9/29

Elsberry

Elsberry Fall Festival

9/29

Hermann

Harvest Dinner & Dance at Lost Creek Vineyard

9/29

Kirksville

Red Barn Arts & Crafts Festival

9/29

Moberly

Junk Junktion – Moberly's Vintage Vendor Market

9/29

Parkville

Dust Bowl Jamboree

9/29

Ste. Genevieve

Oktoberfest in Ste. Genevieve

October

Date

City

Event

10/1-10/31

Carthage

Maple Leaf Festival

10/5-6

Lebanon

Cackle Hatchery's Annual Chicken Festival

10/5-7

Gladstone

Gladfest

10/5-7

Rocheport

Rocheport Doughnut Festival

10/5-7

Springfield

Ozark Fall Farmfest

10/5-7

St. Louis

Best of Missouri Market

10/6

Brunswick

Brunswick Pecan Festival

10/6

Kansas City

WaterFire KC

10/6

Kirksville

Scottish Highland Games

10/6

New Madrid

Fall Festival and Twisted Cat Tournament

10/6         

Perryville

Rocktoberfest and Cruise-In

10/6

St. Louis

Grove Fest

10/6

Versailles

Versailles Olde Tyme Apple Festival

10/6-7

Florida

Salt River Quilt Show at Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site

10/6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28

Hermann

Hermann Oktoberfest

10/6-7

Lee's Summit

Missouri Town 1855 Festival of Arts, Crafts, and Music

10/6-7

Rocheport

Crush Festival

10/6-7

St. Louis

Historic Shaw Art Fair

10/6-7

Weston

Weston Applefest Celebration

10/7

Mansfield

Heritage Days Festival

10/12-14

Mt. Vernon

Apple Butter Makin' Days

10/12-14

St. Joseph

PumpkinFest

10/12-14

Weston

Weston Irish Festival

10/13

Caledonia

Caledonia Pumpkin Festival

10/13

Cole Camp

Cole Camp Oktoberfest, Antique Bike Show and Prairie Day

10/13

De Soto

Fall Harvest Festival at Washington State Park

10/13

Frohna

Saxon Fall Festival

10/13

Joplin

North Heights Porch Fest

10/13

Kansas City

Harvest Festival

10/13

Osage Beach

Osage Beach Fall Festival

10/13

Osage Beach

Fall Harbor Hop

10/13

Parkville

Wine & Spirit Fest

10/13

Springfield

Wine & Food Celebration

10/13

West Plains

Ozarktoberfest

10/13-14

Arrow Rock

Heritage Festival

10/13-14

Hartsburg

Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival

10/17-20

Stanton

The Lesters Fall Festival of Gospel Music

10/19-20

Linn Creek

Apple Butter Days & Fall Festival

10/19-21

Ironton

Arcadia Valley Mountain Music Festival

10/19-21

Trenton

Missouri Day Festival

10/20

Excelsior Springs

Pumpkins & Mums Fall Festival

10/20

Jefferson City

River City Fall Festival

10/20

Rogersville

Dragonfest Renaissance Faire

10/20

Springfield

Pets & Pumpkins

10/20-21, 26-28

St. Charles

Legends & Lanterns

10/20

Ste. Genevieve

Night of the Werewolf

10/20-21

Cuba

Route 66 Cuba Fest and Cuban Gravel Crisis Cycling Race

10/20-21

Hannibal

Hannibal Folklife Festival

10/20-21

Kingdom City

Central Missouri Renaissance Festival

10/20-21

Louisiana

Louisiana Colorfest

10/20-21

Warsaw

Pioneer Heritage Days

10/21

Blue Springs

Dogtober Fest

10/26-28

Hannibal

Hannibal's Halloween Festival

10/27

Ste. Genevieve

Rural Heritage Day

10/27

Ste. Genevieve

Déjà vu Spirit Reunion

10/27

Washington

Pumpkin Palooza

10/27-28

Kansas City

Boo at the Zoo

10/27-28

Kimmswick

Apple Butter Festival

10/27-28

Sibley

Fall Muster at Fort Osage

November

Date

City

Event

11/1-4

Columbia

Citizen Jane Film Festival

11/3

Springfield

Wingapalooza

11/3-4

Hannibal/Louisiana/

Clarksville

50 Miles of Art

11/4

Kansas City

Day of the Dead Festival

11/10

Joplin

The Hip Handmade Market

11/16-17

Independence

Best Little Arts & Crafts Show in Independence

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