Missouri Summer Festivals 2017

With celebrations of everything from food, music and regional heritage to the arts, the nation’s founding and international cultures, Missouri has a variety of fairs and festivals to enjoy this summer.

Your summer travels in the Show-Me State might lead to the El Dorado Springs Picnic (July 20-22), a community tradition that includes nightly performances by the El Dorado Springs Municipal Band – said to be the oldest municipal band in Missouri.

If you’re looking for something that’s food-focused, we’ve got you covered. Head to Plattsburg on June 3 for its annual BBQ Bash on Main Street, then go to Chillicothe for a new event, the Grillin’ and Chillin’ BBQ Contest, June 30-July 1.

For festivals with international flair, visit the St. Louis African Arts Festival (May 27-29) at the World’s Fair Pavilion in Forest Park and check out the art, jewelry, clothing, food and demonstrations. Then, make your way to Missouri’s largest city June 16-18 for Fiesta Kansas City, a celebration of Hispanic culture featuring music, food, dancing and exhibits.

One of Missouri’s largest annual events, the Missouri State Fair, runs from Aug. 10-20 in Sedalia. A celebration of the state’s agricultural heritage, the fair includes livestock exhibits and shows, along with concerts, carnival rides, truck and tractor pulls and a generous helping of fair food. Headline performers include country music legend Alan Jackson, with Lee Ann Womack, on Aug. 12, and Little Big Town on Aug. 19.

Oh, and don’t forget all the festival fun shaping up around the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse. Cities from St. Joseph to Ste. Genevieve are celebrating the phenomenon with events leading up to and on the day of the eclipse. Learn more about eclipse events in Missouri by clicking here.

No matter which kinds of events you enjoy, one thing is sure: it’s going to be a fun summer in the Show-Me State. Check out the list of events below and use VisitMO.com to plan your Missouri adventure this year.

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  • July 
  • August 
  • Labor Day Weekend 
Event City Dates
Pulaski County Pride Week Multiple cities June 1-4
Gladstone Summertime Bluesfest Gladstone June 2-3
5th Annual Poker Run and BBQ Cookoff Sikeston June 2-3
St. Louis Uncorked St. Louis June 2-3
Old Time Music Ozark Heritage Festival West Plains June 2-3
Farmington Country Days Farmington June 2-4
KC Pridefest Kansas City June 2-4
Festa Italiana Kansas City June 2-4
Downtown Days Festival Lee’s Summit June 2-4
Northend Festival St. Joseph June 2-4
Webster Arts Fest Webster Groves June 2-4
BBQ Bash on Main Street Plattsburg June 3
22nd Annual Oran Car Show Oran June 3
St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival St. Louis June 3
Vaile Mansion Strawberry Festival Independence June 3
Art in the Park Columbia June 3-4
Coleman Hawkins Jazz Festival St. Joseph June 9-10
Brew Skies Music Festival Hannibal June 10
French Heritage Festival Ste. Genevieve June 10
Crown Center Antique Festival Kansas City June 10-11
Kearney Summer Jubilee Kearney June 10-11
Ride the Fault Line Bike Tour Sikeston June 10-17
Pulaski County Regional Fair Saint Robert June 14-17
Sturgeon Summerfest Sturgeon June 15-18
St. Joe Pride Festival St. Joseph June 16-17
Fiesta Kansas City Kansas City June 16-18
Boulevardia Kansas City June 16-18
Juneteenth Celebration St. Joseph June 16-18
River Campus Summer Arts Festival Cape Girardeau June 17
Food.Art.Drink Gladstone June 17
3rd Annual Lone Wolf Bike Show Hannibal June 17
Juneteenth Celebration at Jim’s Journey: The Huck Finn Freedom Center Hannibal June 17
Sliced Bread Jam and Bluegrass Festival Chillicothe June 17-18
Extremicon Saint Robert June 17-18
Meramec Community Fair Sullivan June 20-24
43rd Annual Sweet Corn Festival East Prairie June 23-24
Celtic Street Faire St. Joseph June 23-24
Waterfest Excelsior Springs June 23-25
Pridefest St. Louis June 23-25
Fiesta Del Sol Hannibal June 24
Wine and Jazz Festival Chesterfield June 24
Maker Faire: Kansas City Kansas City June 24-25
Cave State Cruisers 30th Annual Car Show Waynesville June 24-25
Fiesta in Florrisant Florrisant June 24-25
Tri-County Fair Richland June 27-July 1
Grillin and Chillin BBQ Contest and Freedom Festival Chillicothe June 30-July 1
62nd Annual National Tom Sawyer Days Hannibal June 30-July 4
Event City Dates
Butterfly Festival at Jefferson Farm and Garden Columbia Weekends in July
Salute to America Celebration Jefferson City July 1-4
Riverfest St. Charles July 1-4
Fair St. Louis St. Louis July 2-4
Fourth at the Fort! Cape Girardeau July 4
CarrollTon’s of Fun 4th of July Carrollton July 4
Family Fun and Fireworks Higginsville July 4
KC Riverfest Kansas City July 4
138th Annual Independence Day Celebration Marshfield July 4
July 4 Celebration Parkville July 4
Fire in the Sky Columbia July 4
Fourth of July Freedom Celebration Ste. Genevieve July 4
Celebrate America Sullivan July 4
Carroll County Fair Carrollton July 6-9
Grille It Up Dexter July 8
Ste. Genevieve County Fair Ste. Genevieve July 14-16
Taste of Wine and Countries Cape Girardeau July 15
El Dorado Springs Picnic El Dorado Springs July 20-22
Traditional Artisans Showcase and Sale Ste. Genevieve July 22-23
81st Annual Ozark Empire Fair Springfield July 27-Aug. 5
Old Fashioned Agency Picnic Agency July 28-30
Old Settlers Day Waynesville July 29-30
Event City Dates
Festival of Butterflies Kingsville Aug. 4-6, 11-13
Sliced Bread Saturday Chillicothe Aug. 5
Corvette Club All-Corvette Show Hannibal Aug. 5
Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo and Concert Series Sikeston Aug. 9-12
German Days Festival Chaffee Aug. 11-12
7th Annual Birthplace of Route 66 Festival Springfield Aug. 11-12
St. Patrick’s Fiesta St. Joseph Aug. 11-13
3rd Annual Bear Creek Rendezvous Hannibal Aug. 12-13
Bootheel Quilters Guild Quilt Show Miner Aug. 12-13
Jour de Fete Celebration Ste. Genevieve Aug. 12-13
Parkville Days Parkville Aug. 18-20
Festival of the Little Hills St. Charles Aug. 18-20
St. Louis World’s Fare Heritage Festival St. Louis Aug. 18-20
Trails West! Festival St. Joseph Aug. 18-21
SEC Beerfest Columbia Aug. 26
Race for the Rivers St. Charles Aug. 26
Festival of Nations St. Louis Aug. 26-27
Event City Dates
Benton Neighbor Days Festival Benton Sept. 1-2
Kansas City Irish Fest Kansas City Sept. 1-3
JoeStock Music Festival St. Joseph Sept. 1-3
The Art Fair at Queeny Park St. Louis Sept. 1-3
Labor Day Picnic Desloge Sept. 1-4
Santa-Cali-Gon Days Independence Sept. 1-4
St. Nicholas Greek Festival St. Louis Sept. 1-4
Railroad Days Crocker Sept. 2
22nd Annual Big Muddy Blues Festival St. Louis Sept. 2-3
40th Annual Japanese Festival St. Louis Sept. 2-3
4th Annual Big River Steampunk Festival Hannibal Sept. 2-4
Labor Day at Fort D Cape Girardeau Sept. 4

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