Festivals and Events

St. Pat’s Rolla – Get Your Green On!

The St. Pat's Parade is one of the fun aspects of the annual holiday celebration in Rolla.

The 103rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, one of the oldest and most celebrated St. Pat’s Parades in the state of Missouri, will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, March 12, on Pine Street in downtown Rolla. Immediately following the parade, the 103rd Annual Best Ever St. Pat’s Concert will feature the band “Reel Big Fish,” at the Rolla Downtown Bandshell, ... Read More »

True/False Film Festival

The True/False Film Festival in Columbia is one of the nation's top film festival events.

Columbia is home to many spectacular festivals, and people can’t stop talking about the True/False Film Festival. Now in its eighth year, True/False is earning international attention as one of the best documentary film festivals in the world. From March 3-6, Columbia will be transformed into a film lover’s utopia with four days of films, musical performances, workshops and parties. ... Read More »

Christmas Past Comes to Life in Saint Charles

The Lewis & Clark Fife Drum Corps lead the Santa parade.

Imagine, for just a moment, you’re a kid again.  You wake up one morning and say to your parents, “Guess what guys?  Today I get to be in a parade with Santa and Mrs. Claus!  Wow… that’s so awesome … I can’t wait to ride in the carriage.  Oh, geez, I hope they’ll let me pet the horse!  Do you ... Read More »

Lighten Up: Kansas City Illuminates for the Holidays

The Mayor's Christmas Tree is displayed Crown Center.

I may be biased, but few things are as magical as Kansas City during the holidays. Check out these six luminous Kansas City traditions — some new, some old — that are sure to brighten your holiday season. A tradition for more than eight decades, the Country Club Plaza’s Season of Lights is a Kansas City winter trademark. The 15-block ... Read More »

It’s beginning to feel a lot like … Holiday Magic

A scene from last year's Holiday Magic event in St. Louis.

As autumn fades to winter, Holiday Magic is heating up.  St. Louis’ newest holiday tradition returns to America’s Center from Dec. 3-5, and it will feature new attractions in addition to last year’s favorites.   Produced by the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission (CVC), Holiday Magic is a unique shopping and entertainment destination for families seeking festive activities and ... Read More »

Springfield Falling into Fun

We’re so lucky in Springfield! Each season, we have the wonderful experience of a new time of year and the changes that result. Coming soon is one of the best seasons: autumn. That’s when the temperatures cool and we get the pleasure of watching the leaves change from green to brilliant reds, oranges and yellows. Along with the outdoor changes, ... Read More »

Who da thunk it?

Thousands of fans have visited Kansas City Chiefs Training Camp in St. Joseph.

As communications director for the St. Joseph Visitors Bureau, it’s often difficult to take the time to really appreciate what my community has to offer.  Even I take for granted all of the wonderful museums, restaurants and attractions we have here.  So, when Kansas City Chiefs Training Camp began in late July, I knew I just couldn’t miss this opportunity ... Read More »

To the Fair!

As the days of summer draw to an end and the kids get ready to go back to school, there’s still time to create some last minute summer memories. For starters, travelers can attend the Missouri State Fair which will take place Aug. 12-22, in Sedalia, Mo. There, guests can expect a wide range of tradition, family values and fun ... Read More »

Missouri State Kick-Off Party

The Missouri Division of Tourism is very excited for the 108th Missouri State Fair, which will be held Aug. 12-22 in Sedalia. On June 17, Missouri Division of Tourism Director Katie Steele Danner and I attended the Missouri State Fair Kick-Off Party, where state fair partners, such as the Division, were honored for supporting and contributing to the fair. Click ... Read More »

Springfield events for ‘Little Man’

Little Man

As a new mom, I find myself looking at and experiencing the world in a different way than I did before my son was born. Instead of attending events as a way to entertain myself and my husband, we attend to entertain, stimulate and educate our little man, Carson. Luckily, Springfield has plenty of events and activities that do just ... Read More »