Napoleonic War Encampment, Sibley

On March 28, the Fort Osage National Historic Landmark in Sibley will perform a unique Napoleonic War Encampment. Interpreters will recreate an encampment of French soldiers and show how the wars impacted Fort Osage between 1803 and 1815. See musket firings, historic cooking demonstrations, and hear military music. The Fort Osage Education Center also offers a year-round museum gift store and special exhibits. Visit to plan your trip.

Rated SGF Film Festival, Springfield

Each year, five to twelve exclusive films are shown to ticket holders in the Queen City. The ones chosen for the festival are deemed “Rated SGF” or “Rated Springfield.” The annual celebration of art, films, and local talent was founded in 2018 and will be held on March 27–28 at the Historic Fox Theatre in downtown Springfield. In addition to the showings, local musicians perform original songs that are inspired by the film, and lead actors and directors also make an appearance. After the credits roll, an exclusive after party is held at Hotel Vandivort where there will be live music, local food and drinks, and the filmmakers themselves. Learn more at

Oz-Con, West Plains

You can find the ultimate gaming, cosplay, and anime convention nestled in the Ozarks. With less than ten conventions in the state, cosplayers and fans alike won’t want to miss this event. Oz-Con, a non-profit event, will be held at the West Plains Civic Center April 24–26. The event offers role playing games, anime, visits from celebrities, and much more. Guests like John Gremillion, a stage, film, and voice actor who has been working in anime for over twenty years, and Linda Young, best known for her role as Frieza in the anime series Dragon Ball Z, will make an appearance at the convention. Learn more at

Photos // Jeff Kessinger, Jackson County, Missouri