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, we’ve got the lowdown with 9 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.
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First Friday Art Walk in Springfield – April 2
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. If you know of other fun things to do near Springfield, MO in April, please share in the comments!
Shepherd’s Junk Fair in Branson – April 9-11
You’ll find one-of-a-kind rusty junk, painted furniture, repurposed items, vintage décor, & antiques. It’s a must-go-to weekend for thrifters! $5 entry fee at the gate and kids are free! There will be live music and food trucks.
For kids 12 & under the entry includes a self-tour through the Historic farm and Lil’ Pete’s Kid’s Playland!
Location: 5586 W 76 Country Boulevard, 5586 W 76 Country Boulevard, Branson, MO 65616
Find out more at theshepherdofthehills.com/
KC Mystic Fair in Independence – April 10-11
Two day event featuring any & everything spiritual and metaphysical. Reiki Master Teacher. Tarot & Oracle Readings. Intuitive Channel & Soul Guidance. Enneagram & Astrology Guide. Business Coaching. Energy Worker.
Find out more here.
KC Film Fest in Kansas City – April 12-18
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. For more information, visit the KC Film Fest website. https://kcfilmfest.org/
Bach in the Garden in St. Louis (virtual concert at Missouri Botanical Garden) – April 15
Henry Shaw’s newly renovated and acoustically stunning museum is the perfect setting for a virtual concert of Bach chamber music featuring: Lenora-Marya Anop, violin; Catherine Edwards, flute; Ken Kulosa, cello; Charles Metz, harpsichord.
For more information, visit the event’s website.
Dogwood‑Azalea Festival, Charleston – April 15-18
Fodor’s Travel selected Charleston’s Dogwood-Azalea Festival to be amongst America’s Best Spring Flower Festivals. 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
Unbound Book Festival in Columbia – Apr 22-25
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. This is one of the most fun things to do in Columbia, MO in April.
Find out more here. http://www.unboundbookfestival.com/
Ozarks BBQ Fest – April 23 – 24
Friday evening will kick off the festival with great local live music and 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.
For more information, visit the Ozark Empire website.
Wildflowers in March in St. Louis – Throughout the Month
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. 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
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 9 super fun things to do in Missouri during the month of April. What is your favorite event or festival for April? We’d also love to know what you are looking forward to in May.