A Pow Wow for the People

The For the People Pow Wow is an intertribal celebration of Indigenous culture in Missouri. This two-day event has been described as a cross between a family reunion and a music festival with dancing, singing, and colorful regalia.

Bug Appétit

They're noisy. They're everywhere. They're ... surprisingly delicious? For entomologists at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, this spring's cicada emergence is the perfect opportunity to try out some new recipes. Cicada scampi, anyone?

Put on Your Lederhosen

Grab a wurst and a beer and get ready for Hermann's Maifest. One of Missouri's oldest German festivals, this three-day event gives a nod to the area’s German heritage while also celebrating the start of the summer months.

Pickers and Grinners

The Arcadia Valley Mountain Music Festival in Ironton has become a beloved annual tradition for fans of bluegrass, gospel, and country music. In addition to performances by professional groups, the festival offers ample opportunities for jam sessions.

Big (Sucker) fish to Fry

For more than 60 years, the small town of Nixa has been hosting a big sucker fish fry. Over the decades, the event has grown to become a three-day festival that includes a parade, carnival, live music, vendors, food trucks, and more.

Gardens, Gourmands, and Guitars

The Spring Planting Festival is the perfect opportunity to take in Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co.'s picturesque Mansfield farm while learning about plants, enjoying a great meal, and listening to the sweet sounds of traditional folk music.

Arts and Drafts

The Beer Walk for the Arts is an afternoon of historic homes, art demonstrations, live music, samples from local restaurants, and—of course—craft beer. There's plenty of fun to be had, and money raised benefits St. Joseph's arts scene.

Bring the Heat

Those who just can't get enough chips and dip won't want to miss the 417 Salsa Fest in Springfield. A celebration of all things salsa, the event features a salsa taste-off, a hot-pepper-eating contest, live music, Latin dancing, and more.

On the Watch for Sasquatch

Think you've got what it takes to track down one of North America's most famous cryptids? The third annual Weston Bigfoot Search is your chance to bring home the glory—and perhaps a special trophy. Pro tip: Start practicing your Bigfoot call now.

Experience India Through Music and Dance

The American Natya Festival, now in its fifteenth year, is a three-day celebration of Indian artistic tradition. Performers from around the United States and India will dazzle audiences with spirited song and dance and elaborate costumes.