Fall is Prime Festival Time in the Show-Me State

August 14, 2019

Missouri hosts a multitude of festivals throughout the year, but when fall rolls around, the Show-Me State turns it up a notch. Dozens of communities across the state celebrate the season with food and drink, art, music, history, entertainment and more.

Here is a sampling of the many celebrations coming to Missouri in the months ahead:

  • The Art Fair at Queeny Park, Aug. 30-Sept. 1, St. Louis: View the work of 130 artists from more than 20 states at the longest-running art fair in the St. Louis area. Paintings, sculpture, jewelry, weaving, photography and other creative works will be on display and for sale. A special children's area invites budding young artists to draw, paint and create with clay.
  • Hermann Wine & Jazz Festival, Sept. 6-8, Hermann: Enjoy jazz in the heart of Missouri wine country. More than 30 regional musicians will perform at indoor and outdoor venues throughout the picturesque river town.
  • Japanese Fall Festival, Sept. 6-9, Springfield – Experience Japanese culture as Springfield celebrates its sister city, Isesaki, Japan. Performers, martial arts demonstrations and vendors will fill the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden in Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park.
  • Wilder Day, Sept. 21, Mansfield – Celebrate the beloved "Little House" books and author Laura Ingalls Wilder, who lived most of her adult life in Missouri. The annual event at Laura and husband Almanzo's Rocky Ridge Farm will include tours of the Wilder's home and a fiddling contest.
  • Pumpkin Nights, Sept. 25-Oct. 26, Branson – Surround yourself with thousands of glowing pumpkins at Silver Dollar City's newest festival. In addition to fall's favorite squash, the event will feature giant scarecrows, seasonal food, a woodland hike, arts and crafts, entertainment and a makers' market.
  • Roots N Blues N BBQ, Sept. 27-29, Columbia – Indulge in two of Missouri's richest traditions – blues and barbecue – at one of the state's premier music festivals. More than 30 national, regional and local musicians representing all genres of American roots music are on tap to perform. Award-winning barbecue and interactive art will add to the experience.
  • PumpkinFest, Oct. 11-13, St. Joseph – Watch hundreds of jack 'o lanterns come to life with the lighting of the Great Pumpkin Mountain. The arts festival will also include a children's costume parade, rides, games, crafts and food.
  • Autumn Historic Folklife Festival, Oct. 19-20, Hannibal – Explore the famous Mississippi River town – celebrating its 200th anniversary this year – amid artists, craftsmen, street musicians and entertainers. The festival will also offer a children's crafts area and wine garden.
  • Pig and Swig, Nov. 9, Kansas City – Sample some of the best barbecue, bacon, bourbon, whiskey and craft beer in Missouri. Live music, mechanical bull riding, life-size games and more will round out the event at Kansas City's popular Power & Light District.

Written by Liz Coleman 

Check out the following list to find more fall festivals in the Show-Me State:

Date

City

Event

August/September

8/30-9/1

Hannibal

Big River Steampunk Festival

8/30-9/1

St. Louis

Big Muddy Blues Festival

8/30-9/1

St. Louis

The Art Fair at Queeny Park

8/30-9/2

Independence

SantaCaliGon Days Festival

8/30-9/2

St. Louis

St. Louis Greek Festival

8/31-9/2

Kansas City

Kansas City Irishfest

8/31-9/2

St. Louis

Japanese Festival

9/2

Cape Girardeau

Fort D Living History Demonstrations Fall Muster

9/3-7

St. James

St. James Grape & Fall Festival

9/4

Lake Ozark

Hot Summer Nights

9/5-8

Seymour

Bash in the Grass

9/6-7

Fordland

Wild West Days

9/6-8

Clayton

Saint Louis Art Fair

9/6-8

Eureka

Eureka Days

9/6-8

Hermann

Hermann Wine & Jazz Festival

9/6-8

Kansas City

Art Westport

9/6-8

Kennett

Fall Into Arts Festival

9/6-8

Springfield

Japanese Fall Festival

9/6-8

St. Joseph

Coleman Hawkins Blues Festival

9/7

Bolivar

Country Days

9/7

Moberly

Omar N. Bradley Fly-In

9/7

Springfield

Ozarks Model Railroad Association Annual Fall Train Show

9/7-8

Chesterfield

Spirit of St. Louis Air Show & STEM Expo

9/7-8

Chillicothe

Chautauqua in the Park

9/7-8

Waynesville

Bronzefest 2K19

9/7-14

Cape Girardeau

SEMO District Fair

9/8

Jefferson City

Cole County Extension Fall Festival

9/11-15

Lake of the Ozarks

Lake of the Ozarks Bike Fest

9/12-14

Holden

Holden Fall Fair

9/12-14

Seymour

Seymour Apple Festival

9/13-14, 19-22

Kearney

Jesse James Festival

9/13-14

St. Joseph

St. Joe Pride Fest

9/13-15

Kirkwood

Kirkwood Greentree Festival

9/13-15

Saint Charles

MOSAICS Fine Art Festival

9/13-15

St. Louis

Taste of St. Louis

9/13-10/31

Branson

Harvest Festival

9/14

Gladstone

Fiesta on the Square

9/14

Huntsville

Randolph County Old Settlers Reunion and Fall Fair

9/14

Lincoln

Lincoln Fall Market

9/14

Richland

City of Richland Sesquicentennial Celebration

9/14

Rolla

Downtown Dishes and Drinks

9/14

Sikeston

Downtown Sikeston Wine Festival

9/14

Springfield

Brew at the Zoo II

9/14

Springfield

Springfield CultureFest

9/14

St. Louis

Taste of Black St. Louis

9/14-10/13

weekends

Wentzville

St. Louis Renaissance Festival

9/14-10/26

Kansas City

Halloween Haunt

9/14-10/27

Kansas City

The Great Pumpkin Fest

9/14-11/10

Springfield

Outdoor Fitness Festival

9/15

Hannibal

Taste of Twain

9/15

Kansas City

American Indian Cultural Celebration

9/19-21

Branson

Autumn Daze Arts, Crafts & Music Festival

9/19-21

Gainesville

Hootin an Hollarin

9/19-21

Conway

Starvy Creek Bluegrass Fall Festival

9/19-21

Raymore

Raymore Festival in the Park

9/20

Marshfield

Marshfield Harvest Days

9/20-21

Altenburg

East Perry Community Fair

9/20-21

Augusta

Augusta Harvest Festival

9/20-21

Dixon

Cow Days

9/20-21

Farmington

Farmington Fall Fest: Blues, Brews, & BBQ

9/20-21

Hannibal

Harvest Hootenanny Festival

9/20-21

Joplin

Joplin Arts Fest

9/20-21

Kirksville

Midwest Antique Fest & Flea Market

9/20-21

Marionville

Marionville Applefest

9/20-21

St. Louis

Great Forest Park Balloon Glow and Race

9/20-21

Warrensburg

Johnson County Rodeo

9/20-21

Wentzville

Wentzville Fall Festival

9/20-22

Camdenton

Crossover Christian Music Festival

9/20-22

St. Joseph

Southside Fall Festival

9/20-22

St. Louis

Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival

9/21

Kirksville

Red Barn Arts & Crafts Festival

9/21

Mansfield

Wilder Days

9/21

Springfield

MO Food Truck Fest

9/21

St. Louis

South Grand Fall Fest

9/21

St. Louis

Life Outside Festival

9/21

Webster Groves

Old Webster Jazz and Blues Festival

9/21

West Plains

Ozarktoberfest

9/21-22

Columbia

Annual Heritage Festival & Craft Show

9/21-22

Festus

Traditional Music Festival

9/21-22

Springfield

Cider Days

9/21-10/20

Kansas City

Fall Fling: Through the Looking Glass

9/24-28

Sikeston

American Legion Cotton Carnival

9/25-10/26

Branson

Pumpkin Nights at Silver Dollar City

9/27-28

Cape Girardeau

Shipyard Music Festival

9/27-28

Chillicothe

Old Time Harvest Days

9/27-28

Jamesport

Heritage Days

9/27-28

Jefferson City

Oktoberfest in Old Munichberg

9/27-28

Lee's Summit

Oktoberfest 2019

9/27-28

Warrensburg

Burg Fest

9/27-29

Carl Junction

Carl Junction Bluegrass Festival

9/27-29

Columbia

Roots N Blues N BBQ

9/27-29

Hannibal

Hannibal Oktoberfest

9/27-29

Liberty

Liberty Fall Festival

9/27-29

Saint Charles

Oktoberfest

9/27-29

St. Louis

Q in the Lou

9/27-29

St. Louis

Strange Folk Festival

9/27-29

Washington

Fall Festival of the Arts & Crafts

9/28

Cape Girardeau

Bollinger Mill Fall Festival

9/28

Cole Camp

Cole Camp Oktoberfest

9/28

Eldon

Eldon Turkey Festival

9/28

Kansas City

Deaf Cultural Festival

9/28

Moberly

Junk Junktion Vintage Market & Sip & Stroll

9/28

Rogersville

Rockin Rogersville

9/28

Ste. Genevieve

Sainte Genevieve Encampment

9/29

St. Louis

St. Louis Hills Art in the Park

October

10/1-10/27

Carthage

Maple Leaf Festival

10/4-6

Gladstone

Gladfest

10/4-6         

Ozark

Ozark Arts & Crafts Show

10/4-6

St. Louis

Best of Missouri Market

10/5

Brunswick

Brunswick Pecan Festival

10/5

Excelsior Springs

Oktoberfest Fall Festival

10/5

Kansas City

WaterFire Kansas City

10/5

Lexington

Old West Octoberfest

10/5

Lebanon

Guts-Glory BBQ Throwdown Fall Fest

10/5

Moberly

Fall Festival

10/5

Republic

Republic Pumpkin Daze

10/5

Rolla

Arts & Crafts Festival

10/5

Sikeston

Fall Fun Day

10/5

St. Louis

Grove Fest

10/5-6

Ava

Pioneer Heritage Festival of the Ozarks

10/5-6

St. Louis

Historic Shaw Art Fair

10/5-6

Versailles

Versailles Olde Tyme Apple Festival

10/5-6

Weston

AppleFest Celebration

10/5-28

weekends

Hermann

Hermann Oktoberfest

10/11-12

St. Louis

Soulard Oktoberfest

10/11-13

Mt. Vernon

Apple Butter Makin' Days

10/11-13

St. Joseph

Pony Express PumpkinFest

10/11-13

Weston

Irishfest

10/12

Caledonia

Caledonia Pumpkin Festival

10/12

Frohna

Saxon Fall Festival

10/12

Hollister

Hollister Grape & Fall Festival

10/12

Lake of the Ozarks

Harbor Hop

10/12

North Kansas City

Pint Path

10/12

St. Louis

Brew in the Lou

10/12-13

Arrow Rock

Heritage Festival

10/12-13

Clarksville

Clarksville Applefest

10/12-13

Hartsburg

Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival

10/12-13

Hermann

Arts & Crafts Festival

10/12-13, 19-20, 25-27

Saint Charles

Legends & Lanterns

10/13

St. Louis

Harvest Festival

10/18-20

Ironton

Arcadia Valley Mountain Music Festival

10/18-19, 25-26

Weston

Ghost Tales of Weston

10/19

Defiance

Spirits of the Past

10/19

Hartville

Hartville Fall Fest

10/19

Kansas City

Brew at the Zoo & Wine Too

10/19

Parkville

Downtown Parkville Wine & Cheese Walk

10/19

Rogersville

Dragonfest Renaissance Faire

10/19

Springfield

Ozarks Bacon Fest

10/19-20

Hannibal

Autumn Historic Folklife Festival

10/19-20

Louisiana

Louisiana Colorfest

10/19-20

Warsaw

Warsaw Heritage Days & Pioneer Heritage Days

10/25-26

Hannibal

Haunted Hannibal's Halloween Festival

10/26

Ste. Genevieve

Rural Heritage Day

10/26

Ste. Genevieve

Déjà vu Spirit Reunion

10/26-27

Kimmswick

Apple Butter Festival

November

11/2

St. Joseph

Downtown First Art & Wine Walk

11/3

Kansas City

Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

11/9

Kansas City

Pig and Swig KC

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