Last updated on July 1st, 2022 at 02:17 pm.
May 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 2022, we’ve got the inside information with 14 of the best things to do throughout the state this month.
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.
14 FUN THINGS TO DO IN MISSOURI IN JUNE 2022
Here are 14 great events and festivals you should attend in Missouri in June:
1. One Team Scavenger Hunt in St. Louis – June 2
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 2-5
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 4
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 2022 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 4)
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 4, 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. Guided Bison Saunter in Mindenmines – June 4
The Guided Bison Saunter (walk) offers hiking enthusiasts a unique chance to explore birds and wildflowers. It begins at 10 AM on 4th 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
6. National Pony Express Re-Ride in St. Joseph – June 6
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 2022 Pony Express rides will start from St. Joseph, MO and end in Sacramento, CA. If you’re traveling to Missouri this June, you can catch the ride start on the 6th of June at approximately 3pm.
Location: 12th and Penn, St. Joseph, MO 64503
7. Kayaking Ellis Bay in West Alton – June 7
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)
8. KC PrideFest in Kansas City, Mo – June 10-12
Named one of the top 10 LBGTQ festivals in the nation, Kansas City PrideFest 2022 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 11 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.
9. Stone Hill Winery 175th Anniversary Jubilee in Herman – June 11
Founded in 1847, Stone Hill is Missouri’s oldest and most historic winery. A 175th Jubilee Celebration is being held on June 11th. Free live music by the Loehnig German Band will be from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm with the Silver Creek Bluegrass Band playing from 1 – 5 pm.
Barbeque, cake, wine, beer, and wine slushies will be available starting at 11 am.
Barrel making demonstrations by Independent Stave Company will start at 12 pm and continue throughout the afternoon allowing people to see firsthand how wine barrels are made.
Free guided tours of the winery and cellars will run on the hour. Never before seen historic winery artifacts will also be on display in the museum room. A special limited edition Cream Sherry, aged for 21 years in the barrel, will be released to commemorate the anniversary with only 912 bottles available.
Address: 1110 Stone Hill Hwy, Hermann MO 65041
Related Article: Stone Hill Winery Tour, Tasting and Restaurant Review
10. Ben Holladay Bourbon Bash in Weston – June 11
The Ben Holladay Bourbon Bash is celebrating the amazing “Bottled in Bond” Bourbon. There will be a street party on Main Street in Weston with live music plus an outdoor bar and great photo ops!
It will take place from 6:00 PM 9:00 PM
11. Heart of America Shakespeare Festival in Kansas City – June 14- July 3
If the theatre is more your speed, consider attending the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. This festival celebrates its 30th anniversary season with the timeless Romeo and Juliet.
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.
The production will show daily Tuesday-Sunday for the duration of the festival.
Location: Southmoreland Park. 4600 Oak Street. Kansas City, MO 64111.
12. Sawdust Fest 2022 in King City – JUN 18
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 19! We have planned a private VIP Kick Off party for June 17 with a catered dinner and live music (tickets are required and must be purchased by June 1, 2022). If you are looking for a weekend full of small town fun you can find it June 17, 18 and 19 in rural Northwest Missouri.
The sawdust festival starts at 8am on the 18th.
Location: 111 E. Vermont St., King City, MO 64463
13. Back Roads and Tailgate’s Country Music Festival in Warrensburg – June 23-25
The 3-day Country Music Festival takes place at the Johnson County Fairgrounds in Warrensburg MO. Come see 17 bands in 3 days. There will be music, camping, games, vendors, food trucks, and plenty to drink.
Artist Line Up
Thursday, June 23: Aaron Goodvin, Stephanie Quayle, Cowboy Troy, Josh Gracin, Thompson Square
Friday, June 24: Presley and Taylor, Jenny Tolman, Tony Jackson, Chuck Wicks, Cheval Shepherd, Frontmen of Country
Saturday, June 25: Mitch Rossell, Scott Stevens, Jay Allen, Allie Colleen, Mark Wills, Jerrod Niemann
Location: Johnson County Fairgrounds; 386 NW 145 Rd, Warrensburg, MO 64093
14. 50 Years of Kenny Rogers in Branson – Throughout June
The 50 Years of Kenny Rogers concert will take place at the God and Country Theatre in Branson, MO. You can catch the shows on June 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28 & 30. Tickets start at $39.70 per adult. Children up to 12 years old are free.
The concert will feature performances from the Band of Gamblers, Heather Gentry and Shane and Dave of Brother South. Each set will cover the decades of amazing music performed by the legendary Kenny Rogers. Expect the headliners to perform songs such as Islands in the Stream, Lady, The Gambler, Lucille, and Coward of the Country among many others.
Address: Jerry Presley’s God and Country Theaters; 1840 76 Country Blvd, Branson, MO 65616