Festivals and Events

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

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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

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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 »

Enjoy the Tradition: St. Pat’s 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 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 like ... Read More »

Hail to the Chief!

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With President’s Day fast approaching, why not resolve to learn about former president Harry S. Truman and his many ties to Independence? You might be surprised to discover Truman and his family had more connections throughout this fascinating city than you might imagine. The obvious first choice on your journey of exploration should be the Harry S Truman Home National Historic ... Read More »

The Gift of Storytelling

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If you want to hear someone define the art of storytelling, asking a storyteller is a great place to start. “I’m an oral filmmaker. In telling stories, I’m taking the pictures that I see in my mind and moving them to your mind. I’ll use anything I have to move those pictures … my body, my voice, my attitude, my emotion, ... Read More »