Festivals and Events

Celebrating Small Town America

The Charleston Chamber of Commerce is busy making preparations for the 44th Annual Dogwood-Azalea Festival.  This festival, held the third weekend of April, is one of the premier springtime events in Southeast Missouri. An inferno of pinks, whites, and purples blaze throughout the springtime landscape of Charleston, reminding visitors to the small town located between the confluence of the Mississippi ... Read More »

Experience St. Pat’s Day in Rolla

Get your green on and 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 ... Read More »

Seasonal Celebrations Abound in Missouri

Christmas is 10 days away, which means you need to do two things: 1) Finish your shopping; 2) Enjoy the fun events happening around Missouri during this season of celebration. In every corner of the Show-Me State, celebrations of all sorts take place as 2011 winds to a close and 2012 draws near. Whether you’re interested in drive-thru light parks, ... Read More »

Ride up to Pony Express PumpkinFest

I’ve always been a fan of fall.  My Irish skin doesn’t fare well in the hot summer months, so when the temperatures begin to dip around 70, my soul lets out a sigh of relief. I don’t know what I like more … the beautiful fall colors, the crisp morning air, the warm smells of comfort food, or just getting ... Read More »

Enjoying the Madison County Fair

Is there a place other than Missouri where you can find tractor shows, truck shows, cow-milking contests, greased-pig contests, turtle races, tug of war, pumpkin-seed spitting, goat milking, and carnival rides all in one place?  I doubt it, because Missouri has some of the best county fairs around, and, fortunately for Missourians, we have entered county-fair season. Madison County Fair ... Read More »

Fun Five at the Missouri State Fair

The Missouri State Fair officially is underway in Sedalia. For the next 11 days, people will flock to the Missouri State Fairgrounds for fun, food, carnival rides and games, food, concerts, food, livestock shows, car races, truck and tractor pulls, and, in case I didn’t mention it, food. There are countless reasons to plan your trip to the Missouri State ... Read More »

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 »