Next top Must-Attend Events in Missouri

With its rolling hills and plentiful waterways, Missouri is a state filled with natural beauty and tempting environments. As the Gateway to the West, Missouri is also home to a rich history born from its position as an outpost of the American frontier. Travelers can find plenty of activities and adventures to keep them occupied, from festivals and events to museums, parks and more.

  • During the first weekend in August the popular community invites guests to enjoy a foot-stompin', hand-clappin' good time when a variety of entertainers take the stage and offer a taste of traditional Ozark Mountain music. Take part in a square dance, play one of the many games, or attend a live demonstration in addition to the number of concerts scheduled.

    August 26 – 28, 2016

    Where: Historic Downtown Branson, MO 65616 in Branson

  • The five-day event begins at the end of August and commemorates the pioneer days of the historic community. The California Trail, the Oregon Trail and the Santa Fe Trail all began here before venturing out west. Visit hundreds of vendors, enjoy dancing and music, and a carnival along with traditional contests that include root beer chugging and watermelon seed spitting.

    Sep 2-5, 2016

    Where: Historic Independence Square 210 W. Truman Road Independence, MO 64050 in Independence

  • Held at the Mizumoto Stroll Garden in the community, the event welcomes visitors to explore the Japanese culture during the first weekend in September. Watch authentic Japanese dance presented by costumed performers and gaze in awe at the martial arts demonstrations. Take in the laid back Oriental atmosphere that includes beautiful scenery and traditional food.

    September 9,10,11, 2016

    Where: Mizumoto Stroll Garden in Springfield

  • Celebrate fall with this mid-September weekend event that attracts hundreds of crafters along with the chance to see celebrities, hear live music and indulge in the food.

    September 15-17, 2016

    Where: Branson, Missouri in Branson

Top Things to Do in Missouri

The Gateway Arch is one of Missouri's most recognized icons. Located in St. Louis, the arch is made from stainless steel and is 630 feet tall and wide. Directly below the arch, guests can explore the visitor center to learn more about the monument, and they can also take a tram or elevator ride to the top of the arch.

The National World War I Museum, located in Kansas City, is housed underneath the Liberty Memorial and tells the story of America's involvement in the Great War. The museum is the second-largest museum dedicated to World War I in the world and houses a variety of interactive exhibits, period uniforms, weapons, tanks and more.

The city of Branson is a major destination for visitors of all ages. The city is home to many major theaters and is the permanent home of many famous singers, musicians, dancers, acrobats and other performers. While in Branson, visitors can also check out Silver Dollar City, a theme park with an 1880s theme. In addition to roller coasters, visitors can also explore fun houses and ride a train. Guests can also take a guided tour of Marvel Cave, located below the theme park.

The Bonne Terre Mines was once the largest lead mine in the world. Today, the site is home to a museum and guided tours. The lowest levels of the mines have been flooded with water, creating the world's largest freshwater dive resort. The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum, located in Hannibal, was the childhood home of famed author Mark Twain. Today, the site houses a museum dedicated to the American author and includes artifacts and exhibits from Twain's life.

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