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Events & Festivals Guide
Local Event Calendars
- Callaway County Chamber of Commerce Calendar
- City of Ashland Upcoming Events
- City of Columbia Events Calendar
- City of Fulton Events Calendar
- Columbia College Events Calendar
- Columbia Parks & Recreation Special Events
- Discover the District – Columbia
- MU Events Calendar
- Stephens College Events Calendar
- University Concert Series Calendar
- Westminster College Events Calendar
- William Woods University Events Calendar
Regional Event Calendars
- Boonville Events
- Jefferson City Events
- Kansas City Events
- Lake of the Ozarks Events
- St. Louis Events
Boone County Events
- Boone County Fair
The annual Boone County Fair is held every July at the Boone County Fairgrounds.
- Cattlemen Days Rodeo – Ashland
Annual two-day rodeo and festival held in August.
- EcoArtFest – McBaine
This annual fall environmental and art festival supports the work of the non-profit Missouri River Conservancy.
- Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival
Annual fall festival at pumpkin harvesting time with crafts and food booths.
- Artrageous Weekends
Twice a year, art galleries and retail locations in downtown Columbia host an art-filled weekend, with a gallery walk on Friday, interactive and educational activities on Saturday, and musical or artistic brunches on Sunday.
- Art in the Park – Columbia
Each June the Columbia Art League sponsors the oldest and largest fine arts festival in mid-Missouri with over 100 visual artists in a variety of media.
- Citizen Jane Film Festival
Annual festival in October celebrating female filmmakers and their works.
- Columbia Eve Fest (formerly First Night Festival)
Celebrate the New Year in downtown Columbia with an array of musical performers, storytellers and special events for teens and children.
- Earth Day Festival
Annual spring Earth Day Festival with an emphasis on learning sustainable ways of living to protect and preserve the environment.
- Family Fun Fest – Columbia Parks & Recreation
A free family event at Flat Branch Park every third Wednesday of the month April through September. Features music, special performances, art activities, bounce-houses, face painting and lots more.
- Heritage Festival & Craft Show
Annual fall festival featuring artisans and tradesmen, many dressed in 19th century costume, demonstrating and selling their merchandise; contemporary crafts are featured as well. Entertainment includes storytelling, traditional music and dancing.
- Living Windows Festival
First Friday in December, downtown merchants compete for best “living window” displays. Shoppers can enjoy carol singing, carriage rides, hot treats and the city’s holiday lights.
- Memorial Day Weekend Salute to Veterans
Annual Salute to Veterans Airshow at the Columbia Regional Airport with parade and ceremony in downtown Columbia on Memorial Day.
- Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival
A three-day celebration of music and BBQ at Stephens Lake Park each September, attracting a line-up of major roots, blues, bluegrass, soul, gospel, folk, rock and country performers.
- True/False Film Festival
This four-day festival features a wide range of innovative nonfiction films, discussions with filmmakers and workshops on filmmaking and production.
- We Always Swing Jazz Series
A series of year-round jazz concerts at different venues in Columbia featuring some of the world’s biggest names in jazz music.
Fulton & Callaway County Events
- Kingdom of Callaway County Fair
The annual Callaway County Fair is held every August at the Callaway County Fairgrounds.
- Fulton Street Fair
Annual summer two-day fair with art and craft vendors, musical entertainment, carnival and a variety of competitions and awards for best entries in the Grand Parade.
- Missouri State Fair
The annual state fair is held every August at the Sedalia Fairgrounds with 10 days of contests, exhibits, rodeo and concerts by well-known performers.
Search the events calendar by keyword, city, region or date at the official tourism site for the state of Missouri.
Regional & National
Maintained by a management and PR agency for artists and exhibitors, this site also has information for visitors on outdoor art & craft festivals.
- Festival Network Online
Primarily for artists, performers and vendors. There is a free search by state or month for craft shows, music festivals, craft fairs and fine art fairs. Membership is required for full show details.
Local Arts Guide
- Americans for the Arts
The nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America.
- City of Columbia Office of Cultural Affairs
Find out about local public art as well as the city’s Percent for Art program.
- Columbia Art League
Art exhibitions, classes, information for artists and sponsors.
- The Best of Missouri Hands (Missouri Artisans Association)
Represents Missouri artisans. Provides details about events and artisans’ contact information.
- Mid-America Arts Alliance
Supports regional, national, and international performing and visual arts programming.
- Missouri Arts Council
Provides funding to nonprofit organizations through grants to encourage the growth, development, and appreciation of the arts in Missouri.
- National Endowment for the Arts
A federal agency which provides financial support for the arts.
- Art in the Park – Columbia Art League
The oldest fine arts festival in mid-Missouri; takes place in June at Stephens Lake Park, Columbia, MO.
- Art Fair – St. Louis
An annual three-day celebration of the visual and performing arts; takes place each September.
- Brookside Art Annual – Kansas City
An annual event held each May.
- Fall Into Art
An annual weekend event blending art, music and education; takes place in November at Parkade Center in Columbia, MO.
- Heritage Festival & Craft Show – City of Columbia Office of Cultural Affairs
An annual fall event featuring artisans and tradesmen, many dressed in 19th century costume, demonstrating and selling their merchandise; contemporary crafts are featured as well; takes place at historic Nifong Park.
- Capital Arts Gallery – Jefferson City
- Champ Art Gallery – Westminster College, Fulton, MO
- Guide to Art in Columbia
An online guide to museums and galleries in Columbia and nearby cities; also lists performing arts and events and festivals and a Google map of locations
- Mildred M. Cox Gallery – William Woods University, Fulton, MO
- Access Arts – School of Service
A teaching program offering classes in pottery, weaving, drawing, sculpture, music, photography and mixed media.
- Columbia Area Career Center
Offers Art and Craft classes for adults during the school year.
- Columbia Art League
Information about art classes and summer art camps.
- Leisure Times – Columbia’s Parks and Recreation
Schedules of Art and Craft classes for adults.
- Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Classes for 50+; may include art classes.
- Boone County Historical Museum
- City Museum – St. Louis
- Contemporary Art Museum – St. Louis
- George Caleb Bingham Gallery – UMC
- Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art – Kansas City
- Missouri Art Museums
Directory of art museums, non-profit art organizations and art centers in Missouri.
- Museum of Anthropology – UMC
- Museum of Art and Archaeology – UMC
- Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art – Kansas City
- St. Louis Art Museum
- State Historical Society of Missouri