Festivals and Events

St. Pat’s Day Celebrations in Rolla

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Get your green on! Join us for a century-old tradition; a celebration that pays homage to St. Patrick, the patron saint of engineers. St. Pat’s celebrations in Rolla is a festival of music, games and off-the-wall activities. The streets are painted green, a royal court is crowned and university students flaunt the creations of homemade wooden shillelaghs; it’s a celebration ... Read More »

PGA Champions Tour Coming to Southwest Missouri

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The PGA Champions Tour event that will be held this summer at Big Cedar Lodge’s Top of the Rock golf course is expected to introduce the scenic beauty and outdoor recreational opportunities of Southwest Missouri to a worldwide audience. Gov. Jay Nixon joined PGA TOUR officials at a news conference broadcast live on the Golf Channel to announce that the ... Read More »

History Heats Up Winter in St. Joseph

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While the weather in January and February in St. Joseph might keep many at home on a cold winter’s night, The Pony Express National Museum is preparing its 16th year of sponsoring Tuesday Night Talks. The program has become an incredibly popular and educational. Last year the museum had record-breaking numbers in attendance, and one Tuesday Talk drew 255 people. ... Read More »

Enjoy Nature During Eagle Days

Enjoy eagle sightings all over the state of Missouri during December through February.

From December through February, Missouri’s winter eagle watching is spectacular. Discover nature with Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Eagle Days events around the state, or enjoy eagle-viewing on your own. Because of its big rivers, many lakes and wetlands, Missouri is one of the leading lower 48 states for bald eagle viewing. Each fall, thousands of these great birds migrate ... Read More »

Enjoy a ‘Christmas Castle’ in Independence

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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 »

Missouri Winter Events

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Across Missouri, seasonal celebrations take place in large cities and small towns, offering visitors an array of choices, from parades and drive-through light parks to live music and regional cuisine. Here’s a look at Missouri winter events designed to get you in the mood for this splendid season.   Read More »

Step Into Fall Fun in Springfield

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The air is turning brisk, the leaves are transitioning to beautiful shades of red and gold, the scents of bonfires and pumpkin pie fill the air and fall festivals are plentiful. It’s my absolute favorite time of year. It is a wonderful time for fall fun in Springfield. It is also a great time to draw closer together and enjoy ... Read More »

Enjoy the Art on Missouri Day

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The Eagleville Missouri Welcome Center will be celebrating Missouri Day on Wednesday, October 16. Missouri Day is a time to celebrate the achievements of all Missourians. This year we will be promoting art in Missouri, by welcoming local artists Peggy and Dennis Hansen. Peggy specializes in jewelry and glass work, and Dennis creates pottery. They will be arriving between 9 ... Read More »

Fall Festivals of Missouri

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Autumn: crisp weather, colorful leaves, fall festivals.  Lots of fall festivals.  If you were to throw a dart at the state of Missouri, just about wherever it landed, you’d likely find a celebration of some kind.  But don’t let yourself be misled by a picture in your head: Show-Me State fall festivals come in all shapes, sizes, themes and flavors. ... Read More »

It’s a Celebration of Nations

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Preparations are under way for Rolla’s fourth annual Celebration of Nations, which will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28.  Downtown Rolla comes alive for this area’s largest multicultural event, featuring live music and dance; ethnic foods, arts, crafts and displays; and plenty of fun for the kids! Celebration of Nations gives area residents and Missouri S&T students a chance to ... Read More »