18 Fun Things To Do in Missouri in September

Last updated on February 2nd, 2024 at 09:00 am.

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 various events and festivals during this time of the year such as art festivals, food and wine festivals, and cycling expeditions. Below is a list of our favorite things to do in Missouri in September of 2023.

Below you’ll find our list of our favorite things to do in Missouri in September. These events have been updated for 2023.

Fun Things to do in Missouri in September

Most Popular Tours in Missouri This September

  • 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!
  • Zipline Canopy Tour Branson: Zoom through the air on a zipline course that does not require climbing stairs or hiking. Choose between the 4-cable tour or 8-cable tour that gets longer as you go. Perfect summer adventure!

Fun Things To Do in Missouri in September

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

1. Kansas City Irish Fest – September 1-3, 2023

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.

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 some delicious Irish cuisine. In addition, 150+ of the top Irish entertainers, performers, and dancers in the world will be featured across 7 different entertainment stages.

Location: Kansas City Irish Fest 1607 Oak Street Kansas City, MO 64108

2. Big River Steampunk Festival in Hannibal – September 1-3, 2023

Steampunk Festival

Don your goggles and celebrate the Victorian inventions, industry & architecture of Hannibal’s Gilded Age at the Big River Steampunk Festival. The festival is held every year over the four-day Labor Day Weekend.

Over 20,000 people attend this festival each year. Cosplay, costume contests, Illusionists, live music, vaudeville shows, high and low tea and more! Enjoy the fun and fantasy of this unique festival taking place in Hannibal, MO!

Open Ceremonies will begin on Broadway and Main with an opening parade and a blessing of the Festival. For a full schedule and event locations, check the website.

3. SantaCaliGon Days in Independence | September 1-4, 2023

The first SantaCaliGon Days Festival was held in 1940 and the festival commemorates Independence as the starting point of the Santa Fe, California and Oregon Trails.

2023 marks the 51stcelebration of the festival (as they didn’t start again until 1973). 

This event is held over Labor Day weekend and draws more than 300,000 people annually as it has become a well-known festival in the United States over the past 50 years.

Main Stage Headliners include musical acts Boogie Nights KC, M-80’s, Trea Landon, Eddie Montgomery, A Jimmy Buffet tribute band and much more!. All shows are free to attend.

Enjoy browsing through booths of many local vendors offering crafts, food and more as well as a carnival with live entertainment and a 5k run.

Location: 210 W. Truman Road. Independence, MO 64050

4. 9th Annual Salem Chamber Rodeo in Salem | Sept 2-3, 2023

The Salem Chamber Rodeo starts at 7:30 nightly. The gates open Saturday night at 2 PM with a Goat Roping Jackpot show at 3 PM and on Sunday night gates open at 5 PM.

Vendors, food, kids carnival, games, and more will be available on rodeo grounds. 
Admission at the gate: $10 Adult $5 Children under 12 years old.

Location: 162 County Road 2300-P.O. Box 2369, Salem, MO 65560

5. The 8th Annual Tennessee Williams Festival in St. Louis | Sept 7-17, 2023

The Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis (TWStL) returns for its eighth year, giving center stage to a newly reimagined and sensual Williams’ “Suddenly Last Summer” directed by Tim Ocel.

Like A Streetcar Named Desire before it – is drenched in Southern Gothic humidity, sex, passion, and insanity. It threatens tyranny and lobotomy. It talks of God and man; is man’s selfish nature an imitation of a cruel God? Tennessee Williams’ poetic-prose is working at an extremely high level in this play, revealing tormented souls and aching hearts the way great music reveals the unspeakable.

Suddenly Last Summer” focuses on the life and death of closeted gay poet Sebastian Venable, whose mysterious death occurs while on a trip to Italy with his cousin Catharine. After the recent tragedy, Mrs. Venable will stop at nothing to keep her son’s (and her own) secrets safe.

Location: Catherine B. Berges Theatre at Center of Creative Arts

6. Seymour Apple Festival in Seymour – Septermber 7-9, 2023

The 50th Annual Seymour Apple Festival is located in Seymour, Missouri; 30 miles east of Springfield on US 60 highway. The Apple Festival is sponsored by the Seymour Merchants Association. Come have a great time at the apple festival September 7-9, 2023.

Admission is totally FREE. The festival is an outside event, with family entertainment daily & bringing in 30,000+ people from surrounding communities. Some families even make this their family reunions.

During the festival you can visit 100+ craft & various vendors, enjoy free live entertainment, 5K run, parade, Johnny Appleseed contest, and so much more.

Address: 123 West Market Street, Seymour, Missouri

7. Night Hike On Buteo Trail in Knob Noster, Mo – Sept 9, 2023

Knob Noster State Park is hosting five night hikes on Buteo Trail during the spring and summer of 2023. These are guided hikes to explore how to preserve the night sky.

Each hike will be a moderately difficult mile-long loop and will last about an hour. Be prepared by bringing water, snacks and a personal flashlight; wearing sturdy shoes and weather-appropriate clothing; and using insect repellent.

Meet at the trailhead by Lake Buteo, the shelter house and the kayak hut on Sept. 9 at 8 p.m.

Trailhead coordinates: 38.74975, -93.58163

8. Super Hero Bocce Ball Tournament in Jefferson City – September 9, 2023

bocce ball

Join the 9th annual Super Hero Bocce Ball Tournament on Saturday, September 9, 2023. The Super Hero Bocce Tournament, held at the Special Olympics Missouri Training for Life Campus pairs SOMO athletes with intellectual disabilities and members of the community without disabilities as teammates.

All proceeds will benefit the Special Olympics Missouri State Outdoor Games. 

Address: Training for Life Campus, 305 Special Olympics Drive

9. Bikefest in Osage Beach – Sept 13-17, 2023

Lake of the Ozarks Harley-Davidson Bikefest

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 16th 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

10. Dutch Oven Cooking Contest in Trenton – September 15-17, 2023

dutch oven camping recipe

Make your reservations now for the 2023 Dutch Oven Cooking Contest Weekend! This is a weekend of camping and cooking in Trenton, MO.

The Dutch oven cooking content will have two judges who will walk through the campground, taste testing the entries and the winners will be announced at the campground amphitheater.

Locations: Crowder State Park: 76 NW Highway 128, Trenton, MO

11. Halloween Haunt at Worlds of fun in Kansas city – September 15- October 28, 2023

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. Halloween Haunt is even more frightening after 6:30pm. During the Halloween event, no re-entry is allowed after 8PM, even with a hand stamp.

New for 2023: This year Halloween Haunt will now be a stand alone event with separate tickets and policies. Admission during fall daytime operating hours and Halloween Haunt require separate tickets. You can purchase a combo ticket with admission to daytime and Halloween Haunt.

Note: this is not recommended for children under 14.

Address: 4545 Worlds of Fun Ave., Kansas City, MO

12. Uncorked: KC Wine Festival in Kansas City – September 16, 2023

Uncorked KC Wine Festival in Kansas City

The 7th annual Uncorked: KC Wine Festival is Saturday, September 16th at Union Station from 5-9pm. 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

13. Annual Meadfest at 7 c’s Winery in Walnut Grove – September 16, 2023

7Cs Meadfest

7Cs Meadfest is is a free event that takes place from noon until 5pm on September 16th.

2023 marks the 14th year of this festival taking place in Walnut Grove. 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

14. Jewels Of St. Joseph: Annual Tour Of Historic Homes | September 17, 2023

Shakespeare Chateau Inn

St. Joseph’s annual tour of historic homes returns on September 17 from 10:00am until 5:00pm.  This wildly popular event sells out every year, so be sure to get your tickets early.

On tour day, come to The Shakespeare Chateau after 9:30am to pick up your ticket(s), where your name and number of tickets purchased will be on a ‘will call’ list.  After you pick up your ticket you may tour the locations in any order at your own pace.

All proceeds benefit the Historic St. Joseph Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to protecting, preserving, and promoting St. Joseph’s historic architecture.  

10:00am – 5:00pm | Advance tickets $25

Location: 809 Hall Street, St Joseph, MO 64501

15. Fall Festival of Arts and crafts in Washington – September 22-24, 2023

The 22nd 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.

Event Hours: Friday: 4-7 PM | Saturday: 10 AM- 6 PM | Sunday: 10 AM- 4 PM

The Farmers’ Market is open all weekend long during festival hours.

Address: 317 W. Main St. Washington, MO 63090

16. Cole Camp Oktoberfest – September 23, 2023

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

17. Culturefest in Springfield – September 30, 2023

Springfield Culturefest features 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!

Culturefest will take place from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

Location: C Street City Market @ 321 E Commercial St., Springfield, MO

We hope the above list of 17 things to do in Missouri in September helps you plan your September calendar. If you are looking for more fun in Missouri in September, check out some of our favorite sunflower fields below.

18. PLUS best sunflower fields in Missouri!

sunflower field

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!

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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