Festivals and Events

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 »

Christmas Spirit on Display in Hermann

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If there was an award for Christmas decorations inside a home, Father Bill’s residence in Hermann, Mo., would win hands-down. The Rev. William Debo lives in the rectory adjoining St. George Catholic Church, whose bell tower stands high above this quaint river town in the hills of the Missouri River Valley. Every Christmas, the 21 rooms inside the three-story red ... Read More »

Step Back, Step Out with Holiday Events at State Parks, Historic Sites

Here is a recipe for a delicious Christmas celebration – a French feast with 13 different desserts. That’s the menu at the Felix Valle House State Historic Site in Ste. Genevieve from 1 p.m.-6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 9. The free event, called Le Reveillon, re-creates the customs of a French Christmas from the 1830s, when Felix Valle and his wife, ... Read More »

Las Posadas Procession Reenacts the Story of Mary and Joseph

Among the dozens of activities and performances filling the 30-day Christmas Traditions festival in St. Charles is the Spanish heritage jewel entitled “Las Posadas.” The traditional story of the journey of Mary and Joseph, and their search for lodging, is reenacted in a 10-block procession of carolers, historic characters, the Lewis & Clark Fife and Drum Corps and hundreds of ... Read More »