16 Super Fun Things To Do in Missouri in June

Last updated on February 15th, 2024 at 12:43 pm.

June is a beautiful time to explore Missouri. As we inch closer to the summer season, it’s never too early to start planning. The weather hasn’t hit full summer heat or humidity, so it’s a great time to enjoy the outdoors.

If you are looking for fun things to do in Missouri in June 2023, we’ve got the inside information with 16 of the best things to do throughout the state this month.

We also have lists for the best things to do in Kansas City in June and the most fun things to do in St. Louis in June.

things to do in Missouri in June

Thanks to its rich culture, great foods and beautiful scenery, Missouri is a top summer destination offering a lot for locals and visitors. It’s a great place to visit for music lovers, kayaking enthusiasts, avid shoppers, and hikers among others.

Late spring and early summer can be hot and humid in Missouri making it ideal for a wide range of outdoor activities. You can enjoy summer kayaking, attending a music concert, hiking, or attending a beer tasting event in the state. Either way, you have diverse options to enjoy everything Missouri has to offer in June.

Most Popular Tours in Missouri This June

  • 2 Mile Tube Float in Galena, MO: James River Outfitters offers a perfect summer adventure with a 2-mile tube float in Galena, MO, complete with shuttlebus drop off and pick up. Float along the river and take in the beautiful scenery at a leisurely pace. Choose from 1-3 hour floats at only $20 per tube, this is an affordable way to have fun with friends and family.
  • Ozarks Off-Road Adventure Tour: Experience a unique guided off-road adventure through the stunning Ozarks on a 1100-acre cattle ranch. Witness breathtaking views of the scenery and potentially encounter wildlife along the way. The terrain varies from ridges to valleys, and even includes a creek running through the property. Learn more about this unforgettable tour of the Ozarks!
  • Kansas City Craft Brewery Tour: An exclusive 4-hour guided tour of Kansas City’s best craft brew hotspots! Get a behind-the-scenes look at the brewing process while enjoying complimentary snacks and drinks and of course beer. Meet the passionate people behind the beer scene in KC.


Fun things to do in Missouri in June

Here are 14 great events and festivals you should attend in Missouri in June:

1. One Team Scavenger Hunt in St. Louis | June 1, 2023

 One Team Scavenger Hunt in St. Louis

Tickets for the One Team Scavenger Hunt go for $19.99. It will encompass an informative self-guided tour, an adventure race, and a scavenger hunt. Each adventure features a series of locations that you must unlock by solving puzzles or answering questions. All you need to participate in the scavenger hunt is an internet-connected mobile device.

The event is open for individuals, friends, or families who want to participate individually, as a couple, or in a group. All activities are stroller and wheelchair friendly. They are also informative, entertaining, and appealing to all ages.

2. Jacob’s Cave Summer Swapping Days in Versailles – June 1-4, 2023

The Jacob’s Cave Summer Swapping Days is on of the best things to do in Missouri in June! It will take place at Jacob’s Cave Meadowlands in Versailles, MO. It will run from 7 AM to 10 PM on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th June and 7 AM to 4 PM on the 5th June.

As one of Missouri’s largest swap meet, the event will feature fishing tackles, guns, and antiques. Other highlights of the event include flea market items, fowl, small animals, and crafts.

Location: Jacob’s Cave Meadowlands, 23114 Hwy TT, Versailles, MO 65084

3. Amazing Race Style Challenge in Trenton | June 3, 2023

Do you like a challenge? Do you like to hike or run trails? Do you kayak? Are you able to complete mental challenges quickly and accurately? Join the 2023 National Trails Day at Crowder State Park for an Amazing Race Style Challenge on portions of the trails and on the lake.

Registration will begin at 8:00 am at the Lake Parking Lot and the challenge will begin at 8:30 am. Spectators are welcome to cheer on the racers.

Address: 8598, 76 MO-128, Trenton, MO 64683

4. Vaile Strawberry Festival | June 3, 2023

strawberry festival

This annual Vaile Strawberry Festival centers around everyone’s favorite summer fruit, strawberries!

It takes place in the beautiful, historic Vaile Mansion. From 9am – 4pm on Saturday, June 3, patrons can enjoy dozens of craft, food and antique booths that will be set up throughout the mansion.

The Vaile Society will be selling strawberry treats to enjoy as you walk through and shop. Mansions tours will be offered throughout the day for $10 for adults and $5 for children.

Location: Vaile Mansion. 1500 N. Liberty Street. Independence, MO 64050

5. Weston Roots Music Festival – June 3, 2023

The Weston community, along with visitors to the area, can enjoy a day of Americana, Folk, and Bluegrass music at the first-ever Weston Roots Music Fest. With 10 bands playing across seven venues, the festival aims to bring people together through authentic music, delicious food, and fun activities.

Children aged 12 and under are free and families are encouraged to attend. There are several family-friendly venues, including Pirtle Winery, City Park, Jeff’s Architectural Salvage/Coal House Saloon, and Weston Wine Company.

Those over 21 can enjoy the Whiskey Snug, The Royal DeLuxe, and O’Malley’s Pub.

6. Kayaking Ellis Bay in West Alton | June 6, 2023

Kayaking Ellis Bay event

Tickets for the Kayaking Ellis Bay event go for $25 while the group size limit is 7 people per session. The boat rides will take place at the Audubon Center, Riverlands, West Alton. In the 90-minute class, paddlers will get informative content from expert kayakers. The organizers will provide paddles, life jackets, and kayaks.

The event will cover three sessions (9 AM, 11 AM, and 1 PM) in one day. You’ll first attend a class that runs for 90 minutes. Once the class is over, guides will help you and your friends launch boats and paddle around Ellis Bay. There will be a Riverlands environmental educator present to highlight and interpret the diverse wildlife and scenery along the Mississippi River.

Location: meet at the Picnic Pavilion on Riverlands Way (just down the road/past the Audubon Center at Riverlands)

7. Guided Bison Saunter in Mindenmines | June 8, 2023

The Guided Bison-Tennial Hike in Prairie State Park

The Guided Bison Saunter (walk) offers hiking enthusiasts a unique chance to explore birds and wildflowers. It begins at 10 AM on 8th June (and ends at noon) and will cover a 2-mile distance. The organizers encourage you to wear sturdy shoes and carry sunscreen, a hat, snacks, and water. You may also want to bring binoculars to the hike for enhanced visibility.

The event caters to up to 25 participants. Unless it’s a service animal prescribed for a disability, you shouldn’t bring any pet to the park. The event organizers aim to preserve the unique and rare biodiversity at the Prairie State Park.

Location: Prairie State Park; 128 NW 150th Lane, Mindenmines, MO

8. Ozarks BBQ Fest | June 9-10, 2023

BBQ Festival

Friday evening will kick off the Ozarks BBQ Fest with a Steak Cook-Off competition, BBQ sampling, and great local Live music. The Friday event is for those 21 years of age and older.

Saturday is open to all ages and will feature a KCBS Sanctioned BBQ Competition & Awards Ceremony, Live Music, BBQ Samples, a Kids Que Contest, and drink tents! Ticket pricing and more event details will be updated closer to the event.

Location: Ozark Empire Fairgrounds; 3001 N. Grant Ave. Springfield, MO 65803

9. KC PrideFest in Kansas City, Mo | June 9-11, 2023

2023 Kansas City Pride
Photo Credit: KC Pride Alliance

Named one of the top 10 LBGTQ festivals in the nation, Kansas City PrideFest 2023 offers an inclusive way to celebrate and embrace diversity!

Hosted by the Kansas City Pride Community Alliance, this festival invites the LGBTQ community and its supporters to this annual event.

A parade will take place on Saturday, June 10 at 11am through downtown Kansas City with a kickoff party in Westport just before the parade from 8:30-10:30.

Live music and performances from local and national headlines will follow! (Free)

Location: Westport area. Kansas City, MO.

10. Heart of America Shakespeare Festival in Kansas City | June 13- July 2, 2023

The Tempest in Kansas City
Photo Credit: Heart of America Shakespeare Festival

If the theatre is more your speed, consider attending the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. This festival celebrates its 31st anniversary season with the Tempest featuring Bruce Roach as Prospero. Get ready for magic, mayhem, music and unforgettable memories is this timeless Shakespeare classic.

The production will show daily Tuesday-Sunday for the duration of the festival. The city park is transformed into a theater by the Good Will Society to bring together people of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy this classic production.

Location: Southmoreland Park. 4600 Oak Street. Kansas City, MO 64111.

11. National Pony Express Re-Ride in St. Joseph | June 17, 2023

The National Pony Express Re-Ride is an annual 1966-mile re-enactment of mail delivery between Sacramento, California to St. Joseph, Missouri by horseback.

The Commemorative Re-Ride takes place over a 10 days period and over 750 riders participate and deliver about 1,000 letters each year.

The 2023 Pony Express rides will start in Sacramento on June 7th and end in St. Joseph, MO. If you’re traveling to Missouri this June, you can catch the ride end on the 17th of June at approximately 7:30pm.

Location: 12th and Penn, St. Joseph, MO 64503

12. Hermann Whiskey Trail Tour | June 17-18, 2023

Embark on the first-ever Hermann Whiskey Trail, a two-day adventure visiting six stops and enjoying a tasting at each. The $75 tickets include free rides on the Hermann Trolley between stops on both days and a commemorative glass upon visiting all six stops.

Snacks will be available at each location, and there are plenty of restaurants and eateries nearby to enjoy as well. Extend your trip and visit other nearby distilleries and tasting rooms on the Missouri Expedition map.

Address: Start at the Hermann Trolley station at the corner of 1st and Schiller Street for your wristband and passport. 

Related Article: Stone Hill Winery Tour, Tasting and Restaurant Review

13. Sawdust Fest 2023 in King City | JUNe 17, 2023

Sawdust Fest

Millers Rustic Sawmill is hosting the first-ever SAWDUST FEST. They are a small business located in Northwest Missouri specializing in kiln dried, hardwood, live edge slabs.

The event brings artisans to King City to demonstrate the creative skills they use as well as inspire others who might want to try a creative form of making something with wood.

SAWDUST FEST will be a celebration of Missouri makers who use their hands to create a little sawdust while making beautiful, unique pieces of art.

There will be several guest demonstrators from Missouri such TJ Jenkins, a chainsaw artist from Weston, MO, a scroll saw artist, a luthier, a raku firing demonstration, a pyrographer, a hand painting artist, a knife maker and more.

The event will include their first-ever Belt Sander race where racers will have the chance to run their belt sander down a 100ft track to beat their competition. The event will feature a best and worst beard contest and some family-friendly sawdust fest games. The local shops on our Main Street have collaborated to be open on the third Saturday of each month along with street vendors!

It’s a great day trip and a unique event for Fathers Day weekend. Stanberry, MO sits just up the road and will hold an incredible Fathers Day Car Show on Sunday, June 18!

The sawdust festival starts at 8am on the 18th.

Location: 111 E. Vermont St., King City, MO 64463

14. Kansas City BBQ Festival – June 23-24, 2023

Kansas City BBQ Festival
Photo Credit: Kansas City BBQ Festival

Come meet the biggest names in BBQ from Kansas City & across the country at the Kansas City BBQ Festival. The event takes place at GEHA Field at Arrowhead on May 6th, 7th, and 8th and features BBQ, Bands and Beer. BBQ is back! The 2nd annual KC BBQ Fest is June 23-24, 2023 at Arrowhead Stadium.

Don’t miss this chance to sample pure smoked bliss from award-winning pitmasters from across the country.

Entry is free. BBQ, beer, & more will be available for purchase.

Friday, June 23: Times TBD | Saturday, June 24: Times TBD

Location: 1 Arrowhead Drive, Kansas City, MO 64106; Parking Lot C & D

15. Powerboat Nationals – Branson Grand Prix of Missouri | June 24-25, 2023

Don’t miss the Powerboat National’s Branson Grand Prix of Missouri on Lake Taneycomo at Branson Landing.

Powerboat Nationals is a thrilling and action-packed championship event showcasing some of the world’s most advanced and fastest inshore powerboats. With at least 10 sleek and powerful watercrafts competing, spectators can witness these boats effortlessly glide over the water like fighter jets, maintaining incredible speeds as they navigate the oval course.

The skilled pilots expertly maneuver around sharp turns, pushing their boats to the limit while fiercely battling for the win. This adrenaline-fueled event is not to be missed by anyone who loves speed and excitement on the water.

Address: 100 Branson Landing Blvd, Branson, MO 65616

16. National Tom Sawyer Days in Hannibal (June 30- July 4)

National Tom Sawyer Days is a yearly celebration held in Hannibal, the historic city that inspired Mark Twain’s tales. This event, sponsored by the Hannibal Jaycees since 1956, draws visitors from around the world. The festival offers a wide range of family-friendly activities, including frog jumping, mud volleyball, the Tom and Becky Contest, a captivating parade, the Tomboy Sawyer Contest, a thrilling 10-kilometer run, an arts and crafts show, and a magnificent fireworks display along the Mississippi River.

Attendees can also enjoy live entertainment featuring renowned national acts, indulge in the excitement of a carnival, and watch the renowned National Fence Painting Contest. While many activities are free, admission fees apply for the musical performances and the carnival. National Tom Sawyer Days promises an unforgettable experience, blending history, entertainment, and the spirit of Mark Twain’s beloved characters.

Location: 320 South 3rd Street, Hannibal, MO, 63401

Missouri Events for Every Month

There are plenty of activities in Missouri every month and we have lists of the best things to do in Missouri for every month of the year! Just click any month to plan your next MO adventure! January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December

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