Festivals and Events

Enjoy a ‘Christmas Castle’ in Independence

The holiday kitchen inside the Vaile Mansion.

Maybe you don’t have the time or money to travel to Disneyworld to see the famous Sleeping Beauty castle or even King Ludwig’s Neuschwanstein fantasy palace in Germany, the inspiration for the famous Orlando symbol of Mickey’s kingdom. Happily, I’ve been lucky enough to do both in my lifetime. But the next best thing to be found in Missouri is, ... Read More »

5 Perfect Holiday Events in St. Joseph

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Celebrate the holiday season in St. Joseph this year. With a variety of one-of-a-kind shops, such as the Glass Eye Art Gallery at Tobiason Stained Glass Studio, Mod Podge, The Lucky Tiger vintage store, St. Joseph Avenue Antiques, and Jamie’s Secret Garden, St. Joseph is brimming with unique shopping opportunities. Couple this with our local accommodations decorated for the holidays, ... Read More »

Missouri Winter Events 2014-’15

Christmas at Crown Center, Kansas City

I love the holiday season.  Seriously – I love everything about the it: the decorating, the baking, the wrapping, the giving.  I love the carolers – sacred and secular, the Santas, the light shows, the parades, the ballet and symphony performances, the nativities, the arts and crafts markets … well, you get the picture. Luckily, I live in Missouri so ... Read More »

Eagle Days Help You Discover Nature Around the State

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Join thousands of wildlife watchers around the state to view our nation’s symbol in action. December through February, Missouri’s winter eagle watching is spectacular. Discover nature with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) through Eagle Days events around the state and enjoy eagle-viewing on your own. Because of our big rivers, many lakes and expansive wetlands, Missouri is one of ... Read More »

Celebrate Mizzou’s 103rd Homecoming

The Columns, Columbia

The University of Missouri hosts its 103rd Homecoming game this weekend, continuing a tradition that began in 1911 at Old Mizzou. Yes, the University of Missouri invented Homecoming! The first homecoming at MU was designed to spark some excitement in the rivalry between Kansas and Missouri. Chester L. Brewer, MU’s athletic director at the time, felt alumni should be invited ... Read More »

Find Festive Fun This Fall in Columbia

Citizen Jane Film Festival in Columbia.

It’s hard to believe summer is already over, but the return of students, football games, tailgating and all things pumpkin-spiced have made it very apparent fall is back in Columbia. With shorter days, cooler weather and crunching leaves, it’s the perfect time of year to enjoy the great outdoors one last time before the real cold sets in. During fall ... Read More »

Fall into Missouri Wine Country

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The rustle of brightly colored leaves in the crisp fall breeze; the sound of laughter and contented conversation; glasses filled with a delicious Missouri wine…. What do all of these things inevitably mean? Fall in Missouri Wine Country. Don’t miss one of the most breathtaking and comforting experiences you can have in the Show-Me State. Fall in Missouri’s rich countryside ... Read More »

This October Promises to be Hoppy, Happy and Haunting in Hannibal

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October is a wonderful time in Missouri – the leaves are changing, fall festivals are in full swing, zombies are waiting to be shot with paintballs. Maybe you should read on; it will make sense, I promise. The festive month of October kicks off with the Annual Harvest Hootenanny, Oct. 10-12, at the Mark Twain Cave Complex. Craft beer tasting, ... Read More »

Last Minute How To: Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival 2014

Roots 'n Blues 'n BBQ comp

We’re only a few hours away from the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival! This annual festival showcases over 30 artists in genres including blues, folk, gospel, and more. There will also be plenty of food vendors on hand including, of course, a lot of BBQ and the Ozark Mountain Biscuit Co. For the second year in a row, Roots N Blues ... Read More »