Festivals and Events

7 Water Events at Lake of the Ozarks

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Whether you bring your own boat or rent one, there is always plenty to do on the water at the Lake of the Ozarks, with 1,150 miles of shoreline, covering 92 miles and 54,000 acres. I think it is safe to say you will not be bored, but just in case you may run out of things to do between …

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National Travel and Tourism Week in Missouri


Your next visit to an Official Missouri Welcome Center might net you a sweet treat, a quick bite for lunch and possibly a prize to show off your Show-Me State spirit. In honor of National Travel and Tourism Week 2015, Missouri’s nine Official Welcome Centers are hosting a variety of special activities designed to highlight the importance – and fun …

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Go Green in Rolla for St. Pats Day


Get your green on! Join us for the 107th Best Ever St. Pat’s Celebration in Rolla; a celebration that pays homage to St. Patrick, the patron saint of engineers. St. Pat’s 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 …

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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, …

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5 Perfect Holiday Events in St. Joseph


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, …

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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 …

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Eagle Days Help You Discover Nature Around the State


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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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