14 Fun Things To Do in Missouri in April 2022

Last updated on September 20th, 2022 at 09:33 am.

Spring in Missouri is beautiful with blooming flowers, warming weather, and enjoyable days for outdoor activities. If you are looking for fun things to do in Missouri in April 2022, we’ve got the lowdown with 14 fun things to do throughout the state during the month.

April is a perfect time to travel in Missouri, so take a moment to check out our handpicked events and festivals below and start planning your Missouri travels and day trips for April.

(Article updated February 15, 2022 for events in April 2022)

Our Favorite Things to do in Missouri in April

9 Fun Things to do In Missouri in April 2022

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April is warm and can be wet in Missouri, but the days are wonderfully warm at an average of 62°F.

Here are our picks for 14 best things to do in Missouri during the month of April.

1. First Friday Art Walk in Springfield – April 1

Come to downtown Springfield 6-10 p.m. on the First Friday of each month for First Friday Art Walk. This is a feast for the senses that includes 24+ locations.

This FREE, self-guided tour of gallery and art venues features original artworks, live art demonstrations, live music, local history, international culture, plus all the dining, shopping, and entertainment that the heart of the city is known for.

Location: 411 N Sherman Pkwy, Springfield, MO 65802

2. KC Mystic Fair in Independence – April 1-3

KC Mystic Fair in Missouri

This is a three-day event featuring everything spiritual and metaphysical. The KC Mystic Fair features Reiki Master teachers, get Tarot & Oracle readings and find information on intuitive channeling & soul guidance. Other experts in enneagram & astrology will be at the event as well as business coaches and energy experts.

Additional readers, healers, food vendors and artists will be at the event.

$8 Single Day Admission | $15 Two Day Pass | $20 Weekend Pass

Location: Stoney Creek Hotel Kansas City – Independence, MO 64055

3. Legends Festival in Kearney – April 2

Come to the first-ever Legends Festival celebrating the Rails & Tails of Kearney over the past 200 years with Clay County for their Bi-Centennial. This is a great chance to enjoy a whole day of festivities including live music, history elements, kid’s activities, a live train, and more! The fun starts at 10 am and goes on until 10 pm!

Bands: KC Groove Therapy, Tanner Foulk, Silver Bullets, Michael Neal Band We appreciate Nelson Home Group: Kearney Strong for being the main sponsor of this event.

Location: Downtown Kearney MO

4. Bass Pro Shops Kevin VanDam Big Bass Classic in Branson – April 8-10

The Big Bass Tour in Branson, MO
Photo Credit: The Big Bass Tour

Bass Pro Shops/Cabela’s Big Bass Tour powered by Mercury. The Big Bass Tour is the nation’s premier big bass tournament series. The Tablerock tour stop is the Kevin VanDam Big Bass Classic Presented by Visit Branson and will have $136,525 Guaranteed Prizes & Payouts.

Location: Long Creek Marina. 1368 Long Creek Road, Ridgedale, MO 65739

5. KC Film Fest in Kansas City – April 6-10

The 2022 Kansas City FilmFest showcases more than 100 local, regional, national and international films during this annual juried film festival. Since its humble beginnings in 1997, the FilmFest has received thousands of entries from all over the world.

The festival also hosts filmmaker panels, seminars, opening receptions, and nightly after-parties

For more information, visit the KC Film Fest website.

6. Farmer’s Table Wine Trail in Hermann – April 9

Meet the local farmers behind the food as you taste your way through seven delectable wine and food pairings along the Hermann Wine Trail. The Farmer’s Table Wine Trail takes place from 10 am to 5 pm

Tickets: $35 per person and includes a souvenir wine glass.

Participating wineries:

  • Curling Vine Winery, located on I-70 at the Highway 19 exit, (485 Booneslick Rd, New Florence, MO 63363)
  • G. Husmann Wine Co., located in The Hofgarten, (302 E 1st St., Hermann, MO 65041)
  • Adam Puchta Winery (1947 Frene Creek Rd, Hermann, MO 65041)
  • Bias Winery (3166 Hwy B, Berger, MO 63014)
  • Dierberg Star Lane Tasting Room (338 E 1st St, Hermann, MO 65041)
  • Hermannhof Winery (330 E 1st St, Hermann, MO 65041)
  • Röbller Winery (275 Robller Vineyard Rd, New Haven, MO 63068)

7. Dogwood‑Azalea Festival in Charleston – April 21-24


Fodor’s Travel selected Charleston’s Dogwood-Azalea Festival to be amongst America’s Best Spring Flower Festivals in America. This year’s theme is “Springtime in Wonderland” and will be the 54th year celebrating the Dogwood-Azalea festival in Charleston.

The stars of the festival appear on a 6-mile Dogwood-Azalea Trail. In addition, there is a seemingly endless list of events and activities taking place during the festival.

Kids will love the parade and carnival, but other events include home and candlelight tours, an arts and crafts bazaar, an old-fashioned ice cream social, and an art show. Piano concerts feature 16 pianists. Carriage rides provide a perfect view of the festival and tour guides are available by reservation for groups. There is even a 5K run. 

Find out more at Charlestonmo.org

Location: 6-mile Dogwood-Azalea Trail. The tail is a loop with no true beginning or end. It includes Main Street, Commercial Street, and Cypress Street.

8. Unbound Book Festival in Columbia – Apr 21-24

Unbound is a book festival in Columbia, Missouri, which celebrates literature of all kinds. Nationally-recognized and bestselling authors across many different genres will come to Columbia to discuss their work and participate in a variety of events and talks.

Viet Thanh Nguyen is the 2022 Unbound keynote author. Viet Thanh Nguyen’s novel The Sympathizer won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and numerous other awards. His most recent publication is the sequel to The Sympathizer, The Committed.

This is one of the most fun things to do in Columbia, MO in April.

Location: Missouri Theatre; 203 S 9th St Columbia, MO 65201

9. Ozarks BBQ Fest – April 22 – 23

Ozarks BBQ Fest

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

10. 3rd Annual Taco & Tequila Crawl in St. Louis – April 23

Taco and tequila crawl in St. Louis

The spring Taco & Tequila Crawl is here! Come stroll through Soulard eating the BEST taco’s, enjoying exclusive margaritas, tequila, and beer specials. The event starts at noon and runs until 5pm.

Location: Llywelyn’s Pub 1732 S 9th St, St. Louis, MO

11. Moonshiners Car Club Cruise in Weston – April 23

The Moonshiners Car Club Cruise takes place every fourth Saturday from March through October. Everyone is invited to come see the cars and meet up with other auto enthusiasts.

The event is Saturday, April 23, 2022 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Location: Market and Main St in Weston, MO.

12. 2022 Parkville Microbrew Festival – April 30

Parkville Microbrew Fest
Photo courtesy of Parkville Microbrew Fest

The Parkville Microbrew Fest is one of KC’s largest beer festivals. Come to Historic Downtown Parkville, Missouri for festival and enjoy live music, handcrafted ales, and great food. Festival admission includes a commemorative logo tasting glass, live music, and all the beer you care to sample from 1-5pm!

Over 300 beers, 75 breweries, and 12 homebrew clubs come together to make this one of the most memorable beer festivals in Missouri.

This event will be outdoors and will take place rain or shine.

Address: 8701 McAfee St, Parkville, MO 64152 @ English Landing Park

13. Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos in St. Louis – April 30

Bach Society concerts in St. Louis
Photo Credit: Bach Society

Concertmaster Lenora-Marya Anop will lead the Bach Society Orchestra in a rare performance of all six instrumental masterpieces presented in one afternoon. This brilliant Baroque orchestral music performance of intimate and virtuosic chamber music will be a highlight of the 2022 St. Louis Bach Festival.

Location: Salem United Methodist Church, 1200 S Lindbergh Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63131

14. Wildflowers in March in St. Louis – Throughout the Month

Wildflowers in March in Missouri

The Meramec Greenway has some of the most beautiful views in the River Ring. Beyond the soaring limestone bluffs, the wildflowers in springtime will appear on the forest floor and along the banks of creeks and streams.

daffodil field

Come see honeysuckle, bluebells, Dutchman’s Breeches, Blue-eyed Mary, and other “spring ephemeral”  wildflowers. The best stretch to find the Missouri wildflowers are from Sherman Beach in southwest St. Louis County along the river to Glencoe and Rock Hollow.

For more information visit greatriversgreenway.org

What is your favorite event or festival for April? We’d also love to know what you are looking forward to in May.

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Still wondering what to do in Missouri? Check out our list for what’s coming up in May and June. Where will your next trip or excursion be in Missouri?

If you know of other fun things to do in Missouri in April, please share in the comments!

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