Jefferson City: Festivals, paddling and pumpkins!

This article is presented in partnership with Jefferson City CVB. 


The leaves are changing and crunching under your feet, mums line the streets, and pumpkin spice is everywhere you look. Fall has finally arrived, and it’s time to plan your next adventure. Whether you’re in the mood for a historical festival, a paddle down the Missouri River, or finding a colossal pumpkin, JCMO has the perfect day in store.

How long can you hold a beer stein? Photo courtesy of Old Munichburg Association.

Oktoberfest in Old Munichburg – September 24, 2022

Commemorate the German heritage of Southside JCMO at the annual Oktoberfest in Old Munichburg. Expect plenty of dancing, traditional foods, crafts, car shows, a Dachshund Derby, and beer!

Participants complete the Race to the Dome at Jefferson City’s iconic bridge. Photo courtesy of Race to the Dome.

Race to the Dome – October 1, 2022

Paddlers, assemble! This canoe/kayak race on the Big Muddy has two race length options and is excellent for both seasoned and novice rowers. Take in the beauty of the Missouri River as you add a unique experience to your waterway repertoire!

Musicians perform on the porch of a historic home. Photo courtesy of JC Parks.

Porchfest JCMO – October 2, 2022

Take a stroll down one of Jefferson City’s historic neighborhoods as the porches come alive with music during Porchfest JCMO. This family-friendly event centers around talented musicians, art, and activities, so grab your lawn chair and enjoy the live entertainment (tips appreciated!).

Bright-colored mums and pumpkins are in abundance at Fischer Farms! Photo courtesy of Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Fischer Farms Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze – Weekends October-November 

What better place to celebrate fall than a pumpkin patch? Head to Fischer Farms Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze for a family day of fun chock full of hayrides, a corn maze, and pumpkins galore along with your favorite farm animals.

Kick off the holiday season with Jefferson City’s Holiday Mart. Photo courtesy of Holiday Mart JC.

Holiday Mart JC – November 10, 2022

Knock out some of that holiday shopping at the annual Holiday Mart JC! Vendors from all over mid-Missouri will be decked out and stocked with the season’s best gifts. This event showcases local businesses while also benefitting the community. You won’t want to miss it!

Looking for even more fall coziness in JCMO? Check out for more events and explore all that the Capital City has to offer!