Festivals and Events

Soulful Music and Food in the Heart of Missouri

It's that time of year again to get excited for the Roots n Blues n BBQ Festival in Columbia.

Roots n Blues n BBQ  is an outstanding annual festival featuring 27 internationally renowned musical “stars,” performing a variety of blues, country, bluegrass, gospel, folk and soul music on two main stages in Stephens Lake Park, the weekend of September 20-22. Plus, there is a half-marathon, a 10k run, scrumptious barbecue and other food items, a full service bar, and a ... Read More »

Tunes and Tales in Cape Girardeau

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Mark your calendars for Tunes and Tales on Friday, Sept. 6, at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus in Cape Girardeau. Michael Reno Harrell and the Reverend Robert Jones will present good ‘ol “Appalachian grit and wit” meets gutsy Detroit folk and blues for an evening of spirited storytelling paired with American roots music. Michael Reno Harrell is an award-winning ... Read More »

Join the Fun at Festival of the Little Hills

Festival of the Little Hills

The Fete des Petite Cotes, or Festival of the Little Hills, was founded in 1969 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the City of St. Charles.  The original festival featured summer picnics and community-wide, family friendly contests, covering a mere four-block area of South Main Street in the St. Charles historic district. Today, Festival of the Little Hills encompasses Main ... Read More »

We’re Dry and Ready for the Fourth of July!

Sounds of the Saint Charles Municipal Band billow through Missouri’s largest and oldest historic district.

Here in St. Charles, we’re all about events, especially given we played host in 2012 for more than 130 event days. By our last count, that breakdown comprised 18 parades, nine festivals, 29 sporting events and another 17 special events and activities of various shapes, sizes and duration. Recently we’ve been worried, as many folks have across the Midwest, about ... Read More »

Art Walks Showcase Missouri’s Best

Carthage is just one Missouri city to find an art walk. (Photo by Koral Martin, courtesy Missouri Arts Council)

It’s a balmy spring evening on Main Street, Missouri. Every storefront window is alight. As you stroll along, you see through the glass bright flashes of color from displays of paintings, photographs, jewelry, sculpture — and crowds of people admiring and talking about them. The door to a restaurant swings open to the sounds of conversation and laughter. On one ... Read More »

Free Travel Goodies at the Missouri State Fair

Missouri State Fair, Sedalia

The Missouri Division of Tourism will be ready to greet you with free travel goodies at the 111th Missouri State Fair. This year, the fair is August 8-18 in Sedalia, Mo. Stop by Booth 28-29 on the south side of the Agriculture Building to pick up a hard copy of the 2013 Official Missouri Travel Guide along with a gorgeous Missouri postcard, featuring ... Read More »

Happy Birthday, President Truman

Buck Stops Here on Truman Desk

President Harry Truman loved all things history and anything to do with his adopted hometown of Independence, Missouri. To honor his memory, the historic tourism attractions of Independence celebrate his birthday on Saturday, May 4 – which coincides with the start of National Travel and Tourism week. Echoing the famous slogan on a sign that sat on his desk which ... Read More »

Enjoy the Season: Spring is Festival Time in Springfield

ArtsFest is one of the spring season's most popular events in Springfield.

Spring means it’s time for festivals and other outdoor events in Springfield. First up is ArtsFiesta!, a celebration of Mexican arts and culture on May 3. This year, ArtsFiesta! takes place on Park Central Square and coincides with the popular First Friday Art Walk. The free event features authentic mariachi music, traditional Mexican dancing, live entertainment, bilingual storytelling and displays ... Read More »

Shopping, Dining and Fun in Parkville

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Are shopping and dining your secret pleasures? If so, you’ll fall in love with Historic Downtown Parkville’s eclectic collection of galleries, specialty shops, vintage boutiques, and unique eateries. Discover an interesting selection of merchandise, including handmade and personalized gifts; fine and fun art; one-of-a-kind crafts; jewelry; home décor; books; and collectibles not found in big-box retail stores. From antiques to ant ... Read More »

Charleston’s Dogwood-Azalea Festival: Fun in Full Bloom

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You could debate whether the Missouri bootheel is part of the South, but there’s no dispute that each spring, Charleston, located near the top of the bootheel where the Mississippi and Ohio rivers meet, embodies a distinctly Southern charm, appearance, and hospitality during the annual Dogwood-Azalea Festival. In its 45th year, the festival will be held April 18-21, 2013, in ... Read More »