2017 Fall Festival Season In Missouri

From the dawn of man, autumn has been a season of celebration. The heat has started to diminish, the harvest is in, there’s a break in the rhythm of farm life and the winter has yet to isolate one homestead from another.  It was a time of plenty, feasting, music and camaraderie.

Although the world has changed and most people are no longer tied to the farming season, autumn has retained its favorite-season status for festivals that celebrate the same things that brought our forebears together. Sometimes, those celebrations come with traditional crafts, music and costume. Sometimes the festivals celebrate a particular food or beverage. Most gatherings have something for everyone in the family. And in the Show-Me State, fall festivals are as plentiful and colorful as autumn leaves in Missouri’s forests.  Here’s just a sampling:

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  • November 

SEPTEMBER

9/1-2 Benton Benton Neighbor Days Festival
9/1-2 Kansas City American Royal World Series of Barbecue
9/1-3 Highlandville Singletrack Mind Festival
9/1-3 Kansas City Kansas City Irish Fest
9/1-3 St. Joseph Joestock Music Festival
9/1-4 Independence Santa-Cali-Gon Days 2017
9/2 Crocker Railroad Days
9/2-3 Salem 3rd Annual Chamber Rodeo
9/2-3 St. Louis Big Muddy Blues Festival
9/2-4 Hannibal 4th Annual Big River Steampunk Festival
9/2-4 St. Louis Japanese Festival
9/4 Boonesboro Boonslick Folk Festival at Boone’s Lick State Historic Site
9/4 Cape Girardeau Labor Day at Fort D
9/7-9 Cole Camp Cole Camp Fair
9/7-10 Kansas City Paris of the Plains Cocktail Festival
9/7-10 Sugar Creek Dancefestopia
9/8-9 St. Joseph Coleman Hawkins Blues Festival
9/8-9, 14-15, 16-17 Kearney Jesse James Festival
9/8-10 Clayton Saint Louis Art Fair
9/9-10 Kansas City 38th Annual Art Westport
9/8-10 Springfield Japanese Fall Festival
9/9 Columbia The Third Annual Berlin Bazaar
9/9 Hannibal 3rd Annual Ribfest
9/9 Independence Independence Uncorked Wine Festival
9/9 Jefferson City Capital Jazzfest and Capital Arts Chalk Art Fair
9/9 Laurie Westlake Street Machine Fall Follies Car Show
9/9 Washington Washington Brewfest
9/9-10 Dixon Shrimp Festival and Fly In
9/9-10 Hermann Hermann Heritage Days
9/9-10 Joplin Alpha Airfest 2017
9/9-10 Kansas  City Kansas City Chalk & Walk Festival
9/9-10 Kansas City Lost Arts Fair
9/9-10 Kennett Fall Into Arts Festival
9/9-10 St. Louis Lou Fest
9/9-16 Cape Girardeau SEMO District Fair
9/13-17 Lake Ozark area 11th Annual Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest
9/13-10/28 Branson Silver Dollar City’s National Crafts & Cowboy Festival
9/14-16 Branson 44th Annual Autumn Daze Arts, Crafts and Music Festival
9/14-16 Huntsville Randolph County Old Settlers Reunion and Fall Fair
9/14-17 Osage Beach 11th Annual Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest
9/15-16 Augusta Augusta Harvest Festival
9/15-16 Dixon Cow Days
9/15-16 Laurie Laurie Hillbilly Fair
9/15-16 St. Louis Great Forest Park Balloon Glow and Race
9/15-17 Chesterfield Budweiser Taste of St. Louis
9/15-17 Hannibal Diversity Days
9/15-17 Kahoka Clark County Mule Festival
9/15-17 Lincoln Lincoln Rock & Gem Festival
9/15-17 St. Joseph St. Joe Southside Fall Festival
9/16 Bland Harvest Home Festival
9/16 Hannibal Taste of Twain
9/16 Joplin Joplin Arts Fest
9/16 Kansas City Waldo Fall Festival
9/16 Leeton Leeton Fall Festival
9/16 Riverside Riverside Music Fest
9/16-17 Chesterfield Faust Heritage Festival
9/16-17 Columbia Heritage Festival & Craft Show
9/16-17 Kansas City Miniature Masterworks
9/16-17 Kimberling City Boats and Bones
9/16-17 Springfield Cider Days
9/16-17 Springfield MO Food Truck Fest
9/16-18 Kansas City Fiesta Hispana
9/17 Cape Girardeau 40th Annual River Tales Classic
9/17 Springfield Oktoberfest in the Ozarks
9/20-24 Ste. Genevieve Plein Air Art Show
9/22-23 Hannibal Harvest Hootenanny Festival
9/21-23 West Plains HOBA’s Annual Fall Bluegrass Festival 2017
9/22-23 Chilhowee Chilhowee Antique Farm Machinery Collectors Organization Show
9/22-23 Hannibal Harvest Hootenanny Festival
9/22-23 Jamesport Step Back in Time Heritage Days
9/22-23 Jefferson City So Long Summer Music Fest
9/22-23 Joplin Guilty By Association Truck Show
9/22-23 Lee’s Summit Lee’s Summit Chamber’s Oktoberfest 2017
9/22-23 Warrensburg Burg Fest
9/22-23 Warrensburg Johnson County Rodeo
9/22-24 Carl Junction 2017 Carl Junction Bluegrass Festival
9/22-24 Kansas City The 86th Annual Plaza Art Fair
9/22-24 Liberty Liberty Fall Fest
9/22-24 St. Louis Hispanic Festival StL 2017
9/22-24 St. Louis Strange Folk Festival
9/23 Sikeston 8th Annual Downtown Sikeston Wine Festival
9/23 Camdenton Lake of the Ozarks Air Show
9/23-24 Fair Grove Fair Grove Heritage Reunion 2017
9/23-24 Festus Festus Missouri Traditional Music Festival
9/23-24 Washington Washington’s Arts & Crafts Festival
9/26 Eldon Eldon Turkey Festival
9/26-30 Kennett Delta Fair
9/26-30 Sikeston Sikeston Cotton Carnival and Parade
9/27-30 Stockton 57th Annual Black Walnut Festival
9/29-30 Jefferson City Oktoberfest in Old Munichburg
9/29-30 St. Louis St. Louis Scottish Games and Cultural Festival
9/29-10/1 Columbia Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival
9/29-10/1 Gladstone Gladfest
9/29-10/1 St. Louis Q in the Lou
9/29-10/2 Cape Girardeau The Pinta and the Nina in Cape Girardeau
9/30 Belton Oktoberfest
9/30 Camdenton Pumkin Chunkin’ Palooza
9/30 Cape Girardeau Sixth Annual Cape Girardeau Beer Festival
9/30 Eldon 32nd Annual Turkey Festival
9/30 Lake Ozark Oyster Fest
9/30 Riverside Dustbowl Jamboree
9/30-10/2 Chilhowee Chilhowee Community Fair

OCTOBER

10/1-28 Branson Silver Dollar City’s National Crafts & Cowboy Festival
10/1-31 Hannibal Haunted Hannibal’s Halloween Festival
10/5-8 Versailles Jacob’s Cave Fall Swapping Days
10/6-7 Lebanon Cackle Hatchery’s Annual Chicken Festival
10/6-8 Springfield Ozarks Fall Farm Fest
10/7 Elsberry 66th Annual Elsberry Fall Festival
10/7 Jefferson City Jefferson City Multicultural Fall Festival
10/7 Lawson Fall on the Farm at Watkins Woolen Mill State Historic Site
10/7 Stockton SACC Art Fair on the Square
10/7 Versailles Versailles Old Tyme Apple Festival
10/7-8 Lee’s Summit 42nd Annual Missouri Town 1855 Festival of Arts, Crafts and Music
10/7-8 New Madrid New Madrid Fall Festival/Bass Pro Big Cat Quest
10/7-8 Osage Beach Fall Big Bass Bash
10/7-8 Weston 29th Annual Weston Apple Fest Celebration
10/13-14 Cabool 2017 OOIC Show and Tractor Pull
10/13-14 Fulton Autumn on the Bricks
10/13-14 Joplin Joplin History and Mineral Museum Chautauqua: Thomas Hart Benton
10/13-15 St. Joseph Pony Express Pumpkinfest
10/13-1 Weston 18th Annual Weston Irish Festival
10/14 Cole Camp 1st Annual Monarch Butterfly Festival
10/14 De Soto Fall Harvest Festival at Washington State Park
10/14 Osage Beach 17th Annual Osage Beach Fall Festival
10/14 Osage Beach  Fall Harbor Hop
10/14 Sikeston Cotton Ramble Bike Ride & Downtown Cotton Festival
10/14-15 Arrow Rock 49th Annual Heritage Festival
10/14-15 Florida 2nd Annual Salt River Quilt Show at Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site
10/14-15 Hartsburg Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival
10/14-15 Springfield 23rd Annual Art in the Park
10/14-15 Springfield 50th Annual Springfield Rock, Gem & Mineral Show
10/17 Springfield Pets & Pumpkins Festival Parade
10/18-19 Carthage Maple Leaf Plein Air Paint Out
10/18-21 Stanton Fall Festival of Gospel Music
10/20-21 Bloomfield Liberty Days 2017 Military Living History Events
10/20-21 Linn Creek Fall Festival / Apple Butter Days
10/20-22 Ironton Arcadia Valley Fall Mountain Music Festival
10/20-22 Trenton Missouri Day Festival
10/21 Ash Grove Homestead Nights Festival at Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site
10/21 Jefferson City 4th Annual River City Fall Festival
10/21 Ste. Genevieve Boo! Silliage Festival & Werewolf Hunt
10/21-22 Cuba Route 66 Cuba Fest
10/21-22 Hannibal 41st Annual Autumn Historic Folklife Festival
10/21-22 Kingdom City Central Missouri Renaissance Festival
10/21-22 Louisiana 33rd Annual Louisiana Country Colorfest
10/21-22 Warsaw Heritage Days
10/22 Blue Springs Dogtober Fest
10/22 Warsaw Fall Kids Art Fest at Harry S Truman State Park
10/24 Washington Pumpkin Palooza
10/26-29 Columbia Citizen Jane Film Festival
10/27-29 St. Louis Flavored Nation: A Taste of Every State
10/28 Ste. Genevieve Rural Heritage Day
10/28 Washington Pumpkin Palooza
10/28-29 Kansas City Boo at the Zoo
10/28-29 Sibley Annual Fall Muster at Fort Osage

NOVEMBER

11/3-4 Springfield 2nd Annual Springfield Metaphysical Fair
11/4 Cape Girardeau Taste of the Holidays
11/4 Perryville Taste of the Holidays Wine Trail Event
11/4 Springfield Wingapalooza ‘17
11/4-5 Hannibal/Louisiana/Clarksville 50 Miles of Art
11/4-12/30 Branson Silver Dollar City’s An Old Time Christmas
11/10 Fulton 11th Annual Bluegrass and BBQ
11/10-11 Sikeston Downtown Sikeston Holiday Open House
11/17-18 Joplin The Hip Handmade Market
11/17-18 Linn Creek Holiday Marketplace
11/18 Ste. Genevieve Harvest Celebration on the Route du Vin
11/18-19 Hermann Holiday Fare Wine Trail
11/18-19 & 24-26 Manchester Fair Trade Market

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