13 Fun Things To Do in Missouri in August (Plus best Sunflower fields)

Summers in Missouri is jam-packed with events for everyone, whether you are a fan of modern art, music, history, or food. From events held in St. Louis’s picturesque Forest Park to open-air dinners held at the botanical garden grounds, Missouri offers summer activities that allow you to see the state’s breathtaking surroundings. Below is a list of what to do in Missouri in August.

Fun Things To Do in Missouri in August

Here are 13 great events and festivals you should attend in Missouri in August.

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The Terry Bradshaw Show in branson – AUG 1-6

Bradshaw will bring his electrifying singing skills, engaging charm, and passion to the Clay Cooper Theatre in a play that will recount his life through comedy, song, and narrative.

NFL Films and HBO will also be in town recording a documentary about Terry Bradshaw’s life that will be out soon. Make sure you don’t miss it! Tickets are currently on sale.

The Sound of Music at the Muny in St. Louis – AUG 3- 9

Considered by many as the world’s most loved musical, The Sound of Music teaches us that life’s mountains can always be conquered with high spirits, sincere compassion, and steadfast persistence. The hills of Forest Park come alive once more with its Tony, Grammy, and Award-winning Academy score, which includes “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,”

Come sing along to “Edelweiss,” and the legendary title tune “The Sound of Music.” this August in St. Louis.

Town & Country Fair in washington – AUG 4-8

Washington Town & Country Fair funnel cake

The third-biggest fair in Missouri offers a single admission price that includes access to all events. The whole family will enjoy the day at the Washington Town & Country Fair. It consists of a queen competition, live entertainment on the main stage, livestock exhibits, carnival attractions, monster trucks, motocross racing, tractor and truck pulls, bull riding, and UTV racing, among other activities.

Shuttle bus service is available from the parking lot to the fair and of course there will lots of crazy fair food and beverages. The Washington fair runs from Wednesday, August 4th to Sunday, August 8th and is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Address: 250 Grand Ave. Washington, MO 63090

Missouri Bicentennial Pictionary in Bonne Terre – AUG 6

Bring your competitive spirit and artistic abilities to the campground playground for a game of Missouri Pictionary to commemorate the state’s bicentennial. Please remember to carry your own blanket or lawn chair . As is customary, this event is free and open to the general public. Call the park office for additional information about this event.

Venue: St. Francois State Park

Ozark Cigar Box Guitar Music Festival in Warsaw – AUG 7- 8

Ozark Cigar Box Guitar Festival in Warsaw, Mo.
Photo Courtesy of Ozark Cigar Box Guitar Festival

The two-day family-friendly Ozark Cigar Box Music Festival at Drake Harbor will feature national-level musicians performing on their custom-made instruments, showcasing various musical styles! The music festival will occur at the Drake Harbor outdoor amphitheater facing the gorgeous Lake of the Ozarks on Saturday and Sunday.

Brain Teaser Bash in St. Louis – AUG 7

Celebrate the inaugural Brain Teaser Bash with Gateway to the Great Outdoors! Through Tower Grove Park, race through a series of STEAM-themed puzzles and obstacles. Meet at the Stone Shelter; the first three teams to complete the race will get awards! While the puzzles are ideally suited for those aged 16 and up, there will be fun for all ages. All contributions from this event will benefit GGO’s aim of empowering low-income kids via outdoor experiences, environmental scientific literacy, and the promotion of healthy lives.

Address: 128 Northwest 150th Lane, Branson

Guided “Bison”-tennial Hike

Prepare yourself for a two-mile journey through challenging terrain with this guided Bison-Tennial Hike. We recommended that you bring water, snacks, a hat, and sunscreen, as well as sturdy shoes. Binoculars will be beneficial for observing bison and other animals that you may encounter. Dress appropriately for the weather. However, avoid wearing shorts. Remember to bring your cameras! The Hike requires registration and is restricted to 25 participants.

Venue: Prairie State Park

Statehood Day in Jefferson city – AUG 10

Celebrate Missouri’s Bicentennial at the Missouri State Capitol. The official acknowledgment of Missouri’s bicentennial, the unveiling of the Missouri Bicentennial stamp, displays at the Capitol, a US Naturalization Ceremony, and an ice cream social at Central Dairy are among the events planned.

Address: 201 West Capitol Avenue Jefferson City

Missouri State Fair in sedalia- Aug 12-22

The Missouri State Fair

The Missouri State Fair dates back to 1901 and has always been held in Sedalia. The Fair features livestock shows in cattle, swine, sheep, goat, llamas, poultry, rabbits, mules and donkeys, and horses. There are also a wide variety of kiddie, family and thrill rides as well as games in the Carnival Midway.

There is loads of entertainment options including free shows to the grandstand featuring acts such as Trace Adkins, Russell Dickerson, Boyz II Men, The Beach Boys and many others. Don’t forget about all the weird and wonderful fair food as well! Grounds are open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Address: 2503 W 16th Street Sedalia MO, 65301

Jour de Fete Celebration in Ste. Genevieve – AUG 14-15

For almost 275 years, Ste. Genevieve has welcomed visitors, merchants, and artists. Attend the Jour de Fete Annual Crafts and Arts Fair to join in on the festivities and browse for treasures. With over 200 crafts and arts booths, interactive displays, and special events, Ste. Genevieve’s Jour de Fete annual celebration is “the Midwest’s best crafts and arts fair” and is a weekend not to be missed.

Location: Historic District Downtown Ste. Genevieve, MO

Heritage Festival and Bicentennial Celebration -AUG 14

Mountain Grove, Missouri, Heritage Festival will commemorate the bicentennial of the state of Missouri on Saturday, August 14, 2021, in its historic town square. This outdoor celebration will feature demonstrations, speakers, and displays depicting life, work, and recreation from 200 years ago. The Museum of the American Indians of the Ozark Plateau will also be on hand to educate us about life in the Ozarks before Europeans’ arrival. Hundreds of American Indian tribes populated this area. Discover how they survived and adapted to the Ozark Plateau’s beauty.

Address: 114 N. Union Mountain Grove, MO 65711

Smokin’ on the Harbor BBQ Competition in warsaw – AUG 20

Taste of Warsaw BBQ Festival

If you love BBQ chicken, ribs, beef brisket, and hog this is the place you need to visit in August. This is the inaugural Taste of Warsaw BBQ Festival featuring Missouri’s finest BBQ prepared by KCBS Master Series BBQ teams. The event is on August 20 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. in Drake Harbor. Live music in the amphitheater by Suthern Justus out of Ashland, MO. Beer garden provided by the Knights of Columbus.

Location: Drake Harbor on W Harrison St.

Summer Kids Free Fishing Day in Cassville – AUG 21

Roaring River State Park will regale its annual Kids Free Fishing Day on August 21. Youth will be able to fish for free all day and enjoy nature and participate in various activities. Throughout the day, a variety of programs and activities will be accessible to both parents and children. Fish cooking, fly fishing, fish casting, knot tying, watersheds, fly tying, and a hatchery tour will be among the programs.

Address: Roaring River State Park; 12716 Farm Road 2239, Cassville, MO

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

sunflower fields in Missouri

If you are looking for more fun things to do in MO this August, visiting a sunflower field should be at the top of your list. Below are a few of our favorites! It’s true Kansas may be more famous for sunflowers, but Missouri has several sunflower fields that are truly worth a visit! 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 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 last 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!

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