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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 on the third Wednesday of each month during May through September. Features music, special performances, art activities, bounce-houses, face painting and lots more.
First Fridays in the North Village Arts District
A free art crawl in the North Village Arts District on the first Friday of each month from 6pm to 9pm. Galleries, shops and business are open with music, art demonstrations, children’s activities, refreshments, and much 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.
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 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.