Looking around Missouri, it doesn’t take long to notice the state is home to cities of all sizes.
While those cities differ greatly in terms of population, one thing they have in common is, when it comes to fairs and festivals, they know how to put on a good show.
With that in mind, here’s a look at 10 festivals – five in small towns, five in large cities – shaping up during the Show-Me State’s fall festival season for 2016:
Santa-Cali-Gon Days, Sept. 2-5, Independence: This festival in and around Independence Square celebrates the area’s history as the starting point of the Santa Fe, California and Oregon trails.
Missouri Day Fall Festival, Oct. 14-16, Trenton: Enjoy crafts, food, fun and shopping with more than 150 vendors during this festival, which features a marching band competition on Saturday – nearly 50 bands will compete!
Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest, Sept. 15-18, Osage Beach: The Lake of the Ozarks area welcomes thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts for a weekend of poker runs, scenic rides, contests and concerts.
So Long Summer Music Fest, Sept. 16-17, Jefferson City: Missouri’s capital hosts two days of music with performances by Bostyx (featuring David Victor formerly of the rock group Boston) on Sept. 16, and Montgomery Gentry (with special guest Rodney Atkins) on Sept. 17.
Japanese Fall Festival, Sept. 9-11, Springfield: Join in a celebration of Springfield’s sister city, Isesaki, Japan. This event includes artists, performers, martial arts demonstrations and a variety of vendors.
Apple Butter Makin’ Days, Oct. 7-9, Mount Vernon: Enjoy crafts, food, a parade, a car show, and, of course, apple butter made the old-fashioned way – in large copper kettles.
Fall Into Arts Festival, Sept. 10-11, Kennett: A true celebration of the arts, this festival features local talent and includes live music, theatrical performances, art and photo competitions and a film festival. Food, a craft fair and an activity zone for kids are included.
Cape Girardeau Heritage Days, Oct. 1-2, Cape Girardeau: Historic attractions around this Mississippi River city come together for a free weekend highlighting their sites; a kickoff concert takes you on a musical trip through history.
Budweiser’s Taste of St. Louis, Sept. 16-18, Chesterfield: Food and drink are the highlights of this popular festival, which features the area’s top restaurants, the Chef Battle Royale Culinary Competition, the Goose Island School of Cooking Stage, a Kids’ Kitchen and activities aplenty.
Louisiana Country Colorfest, Oct. 15-16, Louisiana: The streets of downtown Louisiana are lined with more than 100 craft and food vendors; activities include car and motorcycle shows, special events for kids and live entertainment.
Again, this is just a sampling of the fun you’ll find in Missouri, in cities large and small, during the fall festival season in 2016. Keep exploring VisitMO.com to learn more.