13 Fun Things to do in Missouri in May

Last updated on August 22nd, 2022 at 06:10 am.

May is a great time to explore Missouri. The weather hasn’t hit its summer heat or humidity, so it’s a great time to enjoy the outdoors. If you are looking for fun things to do in Missouri in May 2022, we’ve got the lowdown with 13 fun things to do throughout the state during the month.

Start planning a visit to one of Missouri’s beautiful cities, gorgeous gardens, wineries, parks or a fun day trip to experience a fun festival or event.

May is also a great month to find wildflowers and see flowers in bloom throughout the state.

As you plan for a May Missouri getaway or day trip, here are 13 fun things to choose from!

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Fun things to do in Missouri in May

1. Wildflower Hike on Tall Oaks Trail in trenton – May 1, 2022

This guided wildflower hike on the Tall Oaks Trail in Trenton, MO will cover about 3.2 miles. During the trek, expect the park staff to point out interesting features such as wildflowers along the way.

The organizers recommend participants to carry weather-appropriate clothing, insect repellent, comfortable hiking shoes, and water to the hike.

Meet at shelter 3 parking lot on Saturday, May 1 at 10 a.m.

Location: 76 NW Highway 128, Trenton, MO

2. St. Louis Microfest Beer Festival in St. Louis – May 7

Come to the Muny in beautiful Forest Park to enjoy craft beer tastings at the St. Louis Microfest Beer Festival. Your general admission tickets will give you access to taste more than 600 craft beers from 125 different breweries, both national and international, and a commemorative tasting glass.

The VIP ticket will allow you to enjoy culinary foods from local restaurants, a collectible pub glass, and access to the VIP tent. There will be live music and food available for purchase at this event as well.

Ticket prices range from $10.00 – $65.00. May 7th, 12:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Location: 1 Theatre Dr, St. Louis, 63112

3. Kansas City BBQ Festival – May 6 -8

Kansas City BBQ Festival
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Come meet the biggest names in BBQ from Kansas City & across the country at the Kansas City BBQ Festival. The event takes place at GEHA Field at Arrowhead on May 6th, 7th, and 8th and features BBQ, Bands and Beer. BBQ is back! The 2nd annual KC BBQ Fest is May 6 – 8, 2022 at Arrowhead Stadium.

Don’t miss this chance to sample pure smoked bliss from award-winning pitmasters from across the country.

Entry is free. BBQ, beer, & more will be available for purchase.

Friday: 5:00pm-10:00pm | Saturday: 11:00am-8:00pm | Sunday: 10:30am-5:00pm

Location: 1 Arrowhead Drive, Kansas City, MO 64106; Parking Lot C & D

4. Truman Day 2022 in Lamar – May 7

Join Harry S Truman Birthplace State Historic Site and the Barton County Chamber of Commerce to celebrate Truman’s Birthday. Truman Day is a commemorative holiday to celebrate the birth of Harry S. Truman, the 33rd President of the United States.

Activities will be held throughout the day including historic demonstrators, WWI and WWII re-enactors, music entertainment, a baby and toddler show, kids’ historic games, craft and food vendors, Hot Air Balloon (purchase tethered rides, weather depending) and wagon rides.

All events are free to attend. Parking is free.

Location: 1009 Truman Lamar, MO 64759-1543

5. Florissant Valley of Flowers Festival 2022 in Florissant – May 6-8

This spring will mark the 59th celebration of the nationally renowned Valley of Flowers Festival. The festival will take place from May 6 to May 8, and feature attractions focused on the crowning of Florissant’s Queen and Court and Grand Parade. It will also include exciting rides for younger fans at the Duchesne Home Association Fairgrounds. The parade’s floats and decorations reflect this year’s theme.

Location: The Duchesne Home Association Grounds (formerly Knights of Columbus Grounds) and the Eagan Center.

6. rosé Day in St. Louis – May 7

Rosé Day is a walking wine festival that celebrates women and raises awareness for nonprofit organizations that empower girls and women. The pop-up wine event will take place from about 12 PM to 6 PM on May 7, 2022, and each ticket purchased will support a nonprofit of your choosing. You get to sample hand-selected wines at more than ten designated tasting stations.

At each stop, ticket holders will learn more about the nonprofits empowering and supporting women in St. Louis, MO. The entertainment set will feature shopping experiences at popup stores, street arts, and performances by local musicians. This event will kick off at Maryland Plaza’s Fountain.

Tickets are $35.

Location: Fountain at Maryland Plaza 50 Maryland Plaza St. Louis, MO 63108

7. Kids Free Fishing Day in Cassville – May 14

Kids fishing day in Cassville, MO

Scheduled to occur at the Roaring River State Park, Cassville, MO, the annual Kids Free Fishing Day is open for children aged 15 and below. The organizers expect children to bring their own fishing equipment and pole. Through programs such as fish cooking, knot tying, fly fishing, and fish casting are open to the entire family, the draws will only feature children.

Location: 12716 Farm Road 2239, Cassville, MO

8. Old Ozark’s Settlers Days in Branson – May 14-15

Old Ozark's Settlers Days
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The 2022-season of the Shepherd of the Hills play titled “The Society of Ozarkian Hillcrofters,” will celebrate the heritage and history of Old Ozarks Settlers. The event will feature demonstrating artisans & crafts booths, musicians, historians, plus lectures in the Historic Morgan Chapel Church. Food Trucks and Live Music Daily!

It will take place at the Shepherd of the Hills in Branson, MO.

Days/­Hours: Sat 10am‑7:30pm | Sun 10am‑5pm

Location: 5586 W 76, Branson, MO 65616

9. Blood Moon Total Eclipse Viewing at Elephant Rocks State Park in Belleview – May 15

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Elephant Rocks State Park will host an after-hours astronomy event on May 15, 2022. This year, a rare blood moon total eclipse will be visible at Elephant Rocks State Park.

On May 15, the eclipse will start at 8:30 p.m., peak at 11:11 p.m., and end at 12:50 a.m.

The lack of city lights and the clear field of view from the rocks combine to create a great astronomical observation spot.  

As the eclipse starts, the moon will turn a shade of red, giving it the name “Blood Moon.” Park staff will be on hand to assist visitors. Please remember it is May and you should dress in layers for spring conditions.

It is recommended to bring and use insect spray for mosquitoes and ticks such as DEET-free Herbal Armor.

You are also encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets, but no tents or other camping equipment, such as lanterns, will be allowed.

Event Time: 8 P.M. – 1 A.M.

Location: 7406 Highway 21, Belleview, MO | 573-546-3454

10. rosé DAY IN springfield – MAY 21

A walking wine festival celebrating rosé wine and raising awareness for non-profits empowering women and girls. Each ticket includes a walkable RD wine glass and a passport to 10+ designated rose wine tasting stations where you’ll get a two-ounce sample of hand-selected rosé wines. ​

This fun event will include local musicians and artists, pop-up vendors and storefronts with special sales and local art galleries. It’s bound to be an Instagram-worthy event! Find out more about Rosé Day.

11. Twain on Main Festival in Hannibal – May 27 – 29

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Mark Twain’s hometown of Hannibal celebrates its beloved author with arts, crafts, and food throughout the weekend. Entertainment includes street magicians and storytellers and more. There are also lots of games for kids to games.

The Twain on Main Festival celebrates renowned author Mark Twain through great food, arts, and crafts. This is one of the best things to do in Missouri in May for anyone who loves history or literature.

Check out pieces from over 100 merchandise, craft, and popup art vendors across the country. The festival will take place during the Memorial Day Weekend on May 27 (from 10 AM to 6 PM) and May 30th (from 10 AM to 5 PM) at the Historic Downtown Hannibal.

The event will revolve around Mark Twain’s internationally acclaimed book titled “Roughing it.” Western attire (which includes cowboy hats and cowboy boots) is the preferred dress code. Tickets start at $20 per person and come with a complimentary themed cocktail.

Location: Historic Downtown Hannibal

12. Weston Red Barn Farm In Weston – May 27-30

Memorial Day weekend marks the annual opening of the Weston Red Barn Farm to the public. Spring means baby farm animals (baby goats, lambs and the occasional foal).

During the spring season the country store and barnyard are the focal points of the farm. Produce available in the country store includes peaches, sweet corn, tomatoes, melons and cucumbers (and varies as to planting and harvesting).

Address: 16300 Wilkerson Road Weston, Missouri 64098

13. Best 7 Place to See Flowers Bloom in Missouri in may

blooming flowers in may in missouri

Are you still looking for what to do in Missouri besides the recommendations shared above? You can find flowers blooming in different cities throughout the state and seeing the wildflowers in bloom is truly one of the best things to do in Missouri in May.

Did you know the state flower of Missouri is the flower that blooms on the Hawthorn tree?

Here are seven of our favorite locations to see flowers bloom in the state during May.

1. Branson

At the Branson Petal Pushers Flowers and Gifts located at 209 West Pacific Street, Branson, MO.

2. Ozark Lakes

Visit the Mark Twain National Forest or the banks of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways for spectacular views of flowers blossoming. You can also visit the Big Buffalo Creek Conservation Area in Morgan and Benton counties for spring wildflowers.

3. St. Joseph

At the Butchart Flowers Inc and Greenhouse located on 3321 S. Belt Highway or the Garden Gate located at 3002 Lafayette Street.

4. Kansas City

Blooming flowers can be found at Jacob L. Loose Park at 5200 Wornall Road. Jacob Loose Park is one of Kansas City’s most popular, beautiful and historical​ parks. There are about 3,000 roses of nearly 130 varieties in the 1.5-acre garden.

5. St. Louis

Missouri Botanical Garden at 4344 Shaw Boulevard is one of the best places in the city for spring flowers. Particularly beautiful in May are common hyacinth (Hyacinthus orientalis) also known as ‘City of Haarlem’.

6. Weston

At Weston Bend State Park the most popular wildflower trails are the Harpst Trail and the West Ridge Trail. Weston Bend State Park offers secluded picnic sites, a campground and sweeping views of the Missouri River from trails and a scenic overlook.

7. Springfield

Beautiful blooming flowers can be found at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park at the Springfield Botanical Garden. While you are there, don’t forget to visit the Butterfly House.

Whether you want to explore the Ozark lakes and mountains or enjoy one of Missouri’s quaint historic towns, there are numerous options for you to explore.

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

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

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