The fall in Missouri marks the start of some of the most fun events of the year. September is still an ideal time to visit lakes, caverns and discover more about the cities throughout Missouri. Spend memorable time in Missouri by sampling the various events and festivals during this time of the year such as art festivals, food and wine festivals, and cycling expeditions.
Fun Things To Do in Missouri in September
Below are 12 great events and festivals you should attend in Missouri in September. These events are updated for 2021.
Kansas City Irish Fest – September 3-5
The Kansas City Irish Fest is dedicated to promoting the culture, music, character and history of Ireland and of the Irish people who call Kansas City home. Kansas City Irish Fest offers attendees the chance to see some of the top Irish entertainment in the world and taste something delicous Irish cuisine.
Location: Kansas City Irish Fest 1607 Oak Street Kansas City, MO 64108
Culturefest in Springfield – September 4
Springfield Culturefest featuring local musicians, dancers, and craftsmen showcasing their rich ethnic heritage and legacy of Springfield, Missouri! This event is family-friendly and includes live performances, and delicious foods. Come on to the best diversity appreciation event that Springfield has to offer!
Location: C Street City Market @ 321 E Commercial St., Springfield, MO
Uncorked: KC Wine Festival in Kansas City – September 4
The 6th annual Uncorked: KC Wine Festival is Saturday, September 4th at Union Station. Enjoy more than 100 wines and champagnes from across the globe, gourmet local food trucks, live DJ, and photo booth at this day-long wine event.
Location: Union Station @ 30 W Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO
Twain on Main Festival in Hannibal – September 5-7
Mark Twain’s hometown of Hannibal celebrates its beloved author with arts, crafts, and food throughout the weekend. Entertainment includes street magicians and storytellers and more. There are also lots of games for kids to games.
The Twain on Main Festival is free and includes 100 + popup art, craft, and merchandise vendors.
Missouri Patriot Day in Jefferson City – September 10-11
Missouri Patriot Day is an occasion in remembrance of those attacked on September 11, 2001. Missouri’s Patriot Day is a two-day event to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Events begin at 7 pm on Friday evening with an opening ceremony followed by a reading of the names of those who lost their lives on 9/11. The reading will occur on the South Lawn of the Missouri State Capitol.
Saturday’s events begin at 8:30 am with the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers 5k run/walk on the South Steps of the Capitol. Members of the public are invited to run or walk alongside first responders, veterans, and active military service personnel.
The Missouri Patriots Day parade is on September 11th and will begin at noon and go through downtown Jefferson City, beginning at the corner of Broadway and High Streets. The parade will include bands, first responders, and military units. During the parade, the Missouri Division of Fire Safety will conduct its 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb inside the Capitol.
Address: 201 West Capitol Avenue Jefferson City, MO
Guided “Bisson-Tennial” Hike at Prairie State Park in Mindenmines – September 11
The prairie is reaching its full height at Prarie State Park with some grasses and wildflowers reaching more than 8 feet tall. The asters and goldenrods are beautiful this time of year and don’t forget the chance to spot Bison!
Come out on Sept. 11 for a guided bison hike at 10 a.m. Don’t forget your cameras! Be prepared for a 2-mile hike over uneven terrain. Bring water, snacks, a hat and sunscreen and wear sturdy shoes. Binoculars will be useful in looking at bison as well as other wildlife. Shorts are not recommended.
Address: 128 Northwest 150th Line Mindenmines, MO 64769
Bikefest in Osage Beach – Sept 15-19
Lake of the Ozarks Harley-Davidson provides the ultimate Bikefest experience. Join motorcyclists from all over the United States as they ride to and around the Lake of the Ozarks area for the 15th annual Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest.
During the Bikefest, there will be a vendor village, beer garden, food, limited edition Bikefest poker chips, Bikefest t-shirts, and other fun event-related merchandise!
Address: 6482 Osage Beach Parkway, Osage Beach, MO
Halloween Haunt at Worlds of fun in Kansas city – September 17- October 31
The Halloween Haunt at Worlds of Fun event allows you to experience the thrills of your favorite rides and the chills of extreme haunted attractions as you navigate the fog-filled midways where over 400 monsters lurk to feed off your screams. All you fear is here select nights in the Fall. Not recommended for children under 14, Halloween Haunt is frightening after 6:30pm. During the Halloween event, no re-entry is allowed after 8PM, even with a hand stamp.
Address: 4545 Worlds of Fun Ave., Kansas City, MO
Veterans Free Fishing Day in Cassville – September 18
Roaring River State Park will hold its annual Veterans Free Fishing Day. Any individual with a veteran’s status will be able to fish inside the park for free all day.
Fishing Times: 7:30 A.M. – 7:15 P.M.
Address: 12716 Farm Lane 2239 Cassville, MO
Fall Festival of Arts and crafts in Washington – September 24-26
The 21st annual Fall Festival of the Arts Crafts in Washington, Missouri takes place on Main and Elm Streets Friday through Sunday.
Vendors sell soaps, jewelry, original artwork, clothing, handmade wood furniture, home décor, leather, seasonal items and much more! There is live music and a food court full of delicious treats all weekend long.
Address: 317 W. Main St. Washington, MO 63090
Cole Camp Oktoberfest – September 25
Cole Camp Oktoberfest includes exhibitions, vendors, and JC gun exhibitions. Also available are traditional German meals, and alcohol. Different artists entertain the guest with music performances.
Location: Main St. Cole Camp, MO 65325
12th Annual Meadfest at 7 c’s Winery in Walnut Grove – September 26
7Cs Meadfest is is a free event that takes place from noon until 5pm on September 26.
There will be live music By Rowans Crossing as well as Medieval Demonstrations, Belly Dancers, and Bird of Prey Demonstrations from Dickerson Park Zoo. Costumes encouraged!
Bring a Picnic and Enjoy Some Wine and Mead.
Address: 502 E. 560TH Road Walnut Grove, MO 65770
add in: Most famous and elaborate festivals hosted in Columbia are- Salute to Veterans Memorial Day Weekend Celebration in May, Art in the Park in June, Show-Me State Games in June and July, Heritage Festival & Craft Show in September, Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival in September, and Mizzou Homecoming in October.
We hope the above list of 13 things to do in Missouri in August helps you plan your August calendar. If you are looking for more fun in Missouri in August, check out some of our favorite sunflower fields below.
best sunflower fields in missouri
If you are looking for more fun things to do in MO this September, sunflower fields should be at the top of your list. Below are a few of our favorites sunflower fields in Missouri!
Sunflower blooming can vary, so make sure to check with each location for the 2021 prime time for full bloom!
The Columbia Bottom Conservation Area
Columbia Bottom Conservation Area is located in North St. Louis County and is just 25 minutes from downtown St. Louis. It is a great option to see some big, beautiful sunflowers. The beautiful field of sunflowers pop up starting in late July and stretch as far as you can see.
Address: 801 Strodtman Road, St. Louis, MO
The Atkins-Johnson Farm
The Atkins-Johnson farm has u-pick sunflowers in late summer and early fall. They also offer other produce including corn and many fun activities.
Address: 4109 NE Pleasant Valley Rd, Gladstone, MO
Brookdale Farms Sunflower Maze in Eureka, MO
Sunflowers are expected to be in peak bloom at the end of August. You can sign-up for notifications to alert you on the sunflower bloom status and so you can plan the perfect day for your visit. The peak bloom lasts for about two weeks.
The farm is open from 10 am – 6 pm daily during the peak sunflower bloom. The admission fee is $5 per person and is cash only, but they do have an ATM onsite.
Address: 8004 Twin Rivers Road. Eureka, MO
Russell Sunflower Patch
Their most recent sunflower update on Facebook shared that the sunflowers were planted in mid-June. For a prime sunflower experience, mark your calendar for the second week in August for the start of blooming. Don’t forget they only bloom for approximately two weeks.
Address: 18220 Highway B, Richmond Mo
7Cs Winery Sunflower Experience
7C’s Winery Sunflower Experience allows you to stroll through the 2.5-acre field and take pictures at several open spaces. It is not a maze, but rather a path cut straight through the field to make the walk a little easier.
Tickets are $5 per adult (13 and older) and children 12 and under are free! Dates range from August 20-September 7. Later in the year, they will offer a U-Pick season where you’ll be able to take home even more sunflowers!
After you walk, head inside to enjoy a glass of wine or mead that suits your taste palette.
Address: 502 E 560th Rd, Walnut Grove MO
We have lists of the best things to do in Missouri for every month of the year! Make sure to see our list for July and September as well!
Missouri Weather in September
Temperatures in Missouri in September are comfortable with an average low of 59°F and and high of up to 78°F. September does bring rain and 8 to 15 days of rain are normal. When you head out to the above September festivals and events, make sure to bring an umbrella or rain jacket!