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.
- 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.
- Branson, Missouri in Branson, MO
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.
- Kansas City, Missouri in Kansas City, MO
Over 200 artists attend this annual September weekend event that commemorates the visual arts. Explore the many genres of art and sample foods prepared by local restaurants. Kids also have the chance to participate in various hands-on activities.
Step back in time and visit medieval England anytime on a weekend from Labor Day through Columbus Day. Each weekend features a different theme and features the character recreations of hundreds of costumed participants. See live shows, meet the royal family, watch knights joust and enjoy a variety of traditional and modern day cuisine samplings along with a unique marketplace filled with craftsman.