Festivals and Events

Holiday Cheer in Missouri: Things to do in the Central Region

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The holidays are coming and there’s so much to be done. It’s easy to get caught up in the preparations and forget to enjoy all the season has to offer.  We have some solutions that let you do both. Whether you love to shop or just want to get it done, shopping in Central Missouri is full of fun and …

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Fall in Love with Jefferson City

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Summer has officially ended, but you can still enjoy the outdoors! Fall is the perfect time to break out the sweaters, grab a group of friends or family and venture to Jefferson City for an unforgettable time. Whether cozying up for a hayride, carving pumpkins, admiring fall foliage, or looking for a festival to attend, Missouri’s capital has something for …

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National Churchill Museum’s Launch of Art Exhibitions

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This fall is an exciting time for the National Churchill Museum as we launch two exhibitions showcasing the diverse artistic talents of the Churchill family. Starting in October, we’re pleased to announce an exhibition of the artwork of three members of the Churchill family; Churchill Family Artists.  Winston Churchill (1874–1965) is one of the most renowned statesmen of the 20th …

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Oktoberfest in Missouri

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It’s that time of the year again; Oktoberfest! This joyous occasion calls for a celebration of bier, brats and everything Bavarian. From oversized pretzels to gingerbread hearts, Oktoberfest traditions and festivities help you enjoy this season in the Show-Me State! Oktoberfest, “Wiesn,” is a 205-year-old tradition that debuted in 1810 in Munich, Germany.  The legacy began as a royal wedding between Crown Prince Ludwig, later King Ludwig …

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Visit a True Missouri Landscape

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All are welcome to Prairie Day and Evening on the Prairie, hosted by the Missouri Prairie Foundation’s and the Cole Camp Chapter of Missouri Master Naturalists • October 10, 2015 • Cole Camp, MO, 20 miles south of Sedalia. Up until the time of statehood, tallgrass prairie once covered more than 15 million acres of Missouri. It is as much …

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4 Columbia Fall Festivals You Can’t Miss

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Autumn just might be the best time of year in CoMo: the cooler weather is perfect for patio dining, our parks and college campuses become gorgeous scenes of fall colors, and of course, we have the return of four great festivals. 38th Annual Heritage Festival and Craft Show September 19-20 | Nifong Park, 3700 Ponderosa Step back in time at …

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Bacon and Blues in Kirksville

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What is it about bacon? Everyone loves it. The Kirksville Bacon Fest gives everyone an opportunity to taste crispy, flavorful bacon. On September 26, 2015, the 5th annual Kirksville Bacon Fest begins at 9 a.m. with a bacon-cooking contest and a Miss Sizzle and little Miss Bacon Bits pageant.  At noon, the local Oscar Mayer plant employees hand out free …

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Missouri Fall Festivals 2015

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You could spend almost every autumn day at a fall festival here in the Show-Me State. In fact, there is such an abundance and variety of fun activities available, I’m going to give you a short tour of some my favorite things (and be sure to check out the tabs at the bottom): ANIMALS: I love critters, so I’d check …

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The Toughest Race in America: MR340

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Believed to be the longest continuous canoe marathon in the world, we are a day away from the 10th Annual Missouri American Water MR340, a 340-mile endurance race across Missouri via the Missouri River. The MR 340 starts in Kansas City and ends in St. Charles, and this year’s competition is expected to bring paddlers from across the U.S. (at …

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Ozark Empire Fair: Summer’s Biggest Party

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For 79 years, the Ozark Empire Fair has been a time for community celebration, and 2015 promises to carry on the tradition. With opening day slated for Thursday, July 30, the ten day run of the Ozark Empire Fair is packed full of FREE thrilling entertainment ranging from musical performers, to fast racing pigs – yes, pigs, to a shark …

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