14 Fun Things To Do in Missouri in August 2023 (Plus best Sunflower fields)

Last updated on March 12th, 2024 at 12:20 pm.

Summers in Missouri are jam-packed with events for everyone, whether you are a fan of modern art, music, history, or food. From events held in St. Louis’ 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 our favorite things to do in Missouri in August of 2023.

Fun Things to do in Missouri in August

Most Popular Tours in Missouri This August

  • 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 August

Here are 14 great events and festivals you should attend in Missouri in August. We also have lists for the best things to do in Kansas City in August and the most fun things to do in St. Louis in August.

1. Whitaker Music Festival: Soulard Blues Band in St. Louis | Aug 2, 2023

oudoor concert venue in summer

Free evening outdoor concert featuring an eclectic and wide array of musical styles. Lawn seating; bring chairs or a blanket. Picnicking is permitted after 5 p.m.; pack a picnic or purchase food and beverages on-site.

Whitaker Music Festival begins at 7:00 p.m. Free admission after 5 p.m.; last entry at 8:30 p.m.

FYI: No pets, barbecue grills or smoking.

Location; Cohen Amphitheater lawn at 4344 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis, MO

2. Town & Country Fair in washington | AUG 2-6, 2023

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 2023 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 2nd to Sunday, August 6th and is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Address: 250 Grand Ave. Washington, MO 63090

3. The Terry Bradshaw Show in branson | AUG 2, 7, 21, 29, 31, 2023

Four time Super Bowl Champion, Terry 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.

Address: 3216 W. Hwy 76 Branson, MO 65616

4. Smokin’ Hot Harbor BBQ Competition in warsaw | AUG 5, 2023

Benton County BBQ Harbor Fest

If you love BBQ chicken, ribs, beef brisket, and hog this is the place you need to visit in August. This is the 2nd annual Taste of Warsaw BBQ Festival featuring Missouri’s finest BBQ prepared by KCBS Master Series BBQ teams. The event is on August 5 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. in Drake Harbor.

Live music in the amphitheater by Twisted Fate.  Beer garden provided by the Knights of Columbus.  Cornhole tournament by the Guardians of the Children.  Fireworks at dusk are sponsored by the City of Warsaw.

Location: Drake Harbor on W Harrison St.

5. 2022 Route 66 Car Show in Springfield | Aug 10-12, 2023

The Birthplace of Route 66 Festival car parade

The 2023 festival will kick off at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, at the Aaron Sachs Stage in Motorcycle Village (Jefferson Avenue and McDaniel Street) with the free Rockin’ the Route 66 Kickoff Concert.

The car and motorcycle shows will be on Aug. 11 and 12.

A full lineup of free entertainment is planned, including the Friday parade starting at 6 p.m. at Grant Avenue and College Street, traveling east through Park Central Square to St. Louis Street, and dispersing at National Avenue.

Address: 601 E St Louis St, Springfield, MO

6. Missouri State Fair in sedalia | Aug 10-20, 2023

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 Lainey Wilson, Tyler Hubbard, Nelly, Dirt Road Attraction and many more. 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

7. Jour de Fete Celebration in Ste. Genevieve | AUG 12-13, 2023

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

8. Parkville Days in Parkville | Aug 18-20, 2023

The quaint riverfront community of Parkville, MO, celebrates its history and future with this annual family-friendly festival, featuring crafts, carnival favorites, and more.

Parkville Days Festival is a free event and features a variety of family-friendly entertainment. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy live music along the Missouri River and on Main Street. The Evans Midland Empire Carnival is open all weekend, starting Friday at 6 pm. Browse and enjoy arts & crafts, retail, food, and specialty booths. Participating downtown shops will host their “end of summer” sales and specials…. and much more!

Friday, August 18 ∙ 6 – 10 pm; Saturday, August 19 ∙ 10 am – 10 pm: Sunday, August 20 ∙ 12-5 pm

Location: Downtown Parkville; 100 Main Street Parkville MO 64152

9. Kids Free Fishing Day in Cassville | aug 19, 2023

Kids fishing day in Cassville, MO

Come to historic Roaring River State Park on Aug. 19, 2023 for Kids Free Fishing Day. Youth have the opportunity to fish all day for free and connect with nature through participation in a variety of activities. There will be nature activities, bluegrass music and lunch.

A free lunch of hot dogs, chips and drink will be provided by the park concessionaire in the lower section of the CCC Lodge. Youth 15 and younger will be able to get tags from the park store for free the day of the event.

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.

Fishing hours are from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m

Address: 12716 Farm Road 2239, Cassville, MO

10. kc Air show in kansas city – August 19-20, 2023

This years KC Air Show will feature the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds for the U.S. Air Force’s 75th anniversary.

This is KC’s biggest end-of-summer party and will take place at the New Century AirCenter. The air show experience will again feature a world-class group of performers, top-shelf hospitality, and premium exhibitors.

Location: New Century AirCenter; 1 New Century Pkwy, Gardner, KS 66030

11. Basket Weaving Class in St. Charles | AUG 24-25, 2023

The public is invited to learn a unique skill at First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site in St. Charles. The class will cover the art of basket weaving, and participants will create a beautiful handmade item, perfect for giving as a gift or keeping as a treasured family heirloom.

Class participants will walk away from each class with a newly learned talent and a beautiful handcrafted basket. All materials will be supplied. Bring a drink and snacks if you wish. Registration is required. You must register for each class you wish to take. Class size is limited.

The event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please call the historic site at 636-940-3322 for more information and to register.

Address: 200 S. Main St., St. Charles, MO

12. Night Hike On Buteo Trail in Knob Noster, Mo – Aug 26, 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 Aug. 26 at 8:30 p.m.

Trailhead coordinates: 38.74975, -93.58163

13. Prison Break Run in Jefferson city | AUG 26, 2023

This isn’t your typical fun run! The Prison Break will challenge you with every step, but you’ll cross that finish line with a renewed sense of endurance. Runners will set out on a 3+ mile course that will test every facet of their athleticism. They will face wall climbs, mud pits, army crawls, and more. Breaking out of prison isn’t easy, and this course won’t be, either. Are you ready to be pushed beyond your limits?

This is not a timed event.

Location: Missouri State Penitentiary, 115 Lafayette St.

We hope the above list of 14 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.

14. 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 2023 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

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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 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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