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.
- Hannibal, Missouri in Hannibal, MO.
This local tradition has a 50 year history and offers family fun by commemorating Mark Twain's fictional character. Events include frog jumping, fence painting and volleyball competitions along with live entertainment, food, a parade and a dazzling fireworks display during the July 4 weekend.
- St. Louis, Missouri in Saint louis, MO.
Learn about the cultures of various countries around the planet while watching live entertainment or participating in any number of events. Try belly dancing, hula dancing, or join in on one of the traditional Highland Scottish games during this annual August weekend event that includes a vast selection of foods and fun for all.
- Kansas City, Missouri in Kansas City, MO.
Beginning at the end of August and spanning a few days, hundreds of teams of all ages arrive to compete in the barbecue to end all barbecues. Enjoy the food, watch the competitions and the live entertainment.
- Historic Independence Square 210 W. Truman Road Independence, MO 64050 in Independence, MO.
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.
- Mizumoto Stroll Garden in Springfield, MO.
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.