After months of sizzling temperatures we happily welcome the brisk chill in the air, leaves changing color and the scent of all things pumpkin – all exciting signs of the fun activities fall brings. Whether cozying up for a hayride, admiring fall foliage or attending a festival, you’ll find lots of exciting fall festivities in Jefferson City!
Here are the top 10 fall festivities you shouldn’t miss in the state capital:
Looking for a truly unique and unforgettable experience? Tours of the Missouri State Penitentiary come highly recommended. This iconic landmark, a staple attraction for every visitor, opened its doors in 1836 and decommissioned in 2004 as the oldest continually operating prison west of the Mississippi. Explore behind “the walls” with a history or ghost tour from March to November.
Fall wouldn’t be complete without visiting a pumpkin patch. Fischer Farms Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze offers 40 plus acres of activities. Bundle up for a hayride, get lost in the giant corn box, pet farm animals and choose from fresh produce including pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. Stroll through their famous corn maze featuring a new design each season. Open late September through early November.
What’s better than enjoying live country music with good friends? Throw on some cowboy boots and your favorite flannel and join us for the second annual So Long Summer Music Fest featuring Bostyx, Montgomery Gentry and Rodney Atkins at the Jefferson City Jaycees Fairgrounds, Sept. 16-17.
One of our favorite fall pastimes is watching the lush green landscape transform into shades of red, orange and yellow. Enjoy breathtaking views at the 7th Annual Mayor’s Cup Regatta as participants set sail on the sparkling waters of Binder Park Lake surrounded by colorful foliage, Sept. 17.
Jefferson City’s historic Old Munichburg district maintains its German culture with special events such as Oktoberfest. Celebrate the capital city’s strong German heritage with traditional dinners, music, dancing, Dachshund Derby and more! Expect plenty of grape stomping, wine tasting, crafts, car shows and of course, beer, Sept. 23-24.
Partying for a good cause? Yes please! Angiepalooza is a family friendly event created in memory of Angie Capps-Tinnin, in support of the ACT Project for cancer treatment relief. The event kicks off with a Color 4 Cancer Fun Run followed by a street party featuring a concert put on by local talent,. Sept. 24.
As the saying goes, “The beauty of the world lies in the diversity of its people.” The Multicultural Fall Festival promises a great day of entertainment, food, vendors and a special children’s activity area embracing and celebrating the diverse cultures found in mid-Missouri. Experience the community’s diversity downtown Oct. 1.
The 6th Annual Missouri American Water Race to the Dome offers visitors the chance to enjoy gorgeous river views while cheering on participants. This charity canoe/kayak race is the perfect opportunity for novice paddlers to gain experience while enjoying the beauty of the fall foliage lining the Missouri River bluffs, Oct. 8.
Join the Central Missouri Master Gardeners and Jefferson City Parks and Recreation for exciting activities celebrating the change in seasons. The festival offers a day of family fun with craft and food vendors, live entertainment, a petting zoo, wagon rides, pony rides and pumpkins, Oct. 22.
With Halloween near, get in the spirit by attending Thursday Night Live’s ZombieNightLive. This event includes live entertainment and the family friendly atmosphere one would expect from Thursday Night Live, with a spooktacular twist. Visitors are encouraged to dress in zombie attire. Join us downtown for this free event Oct. 27.
For additional events and trip ideas, go to VisitJeffersonCity.com or call 800-769-4183.
Written by Jordan Rowles.