May is a great time to explore Missouri. The weather hasn’t hit it’s summer heat or humidity, so it’s a great time to enjoy the outdoors.

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 Missouri in May getaway or day trip, here are 11 fun things to choose from!

1. Bloom Fest: Play Outside in kansas city – April 15 to May 9

Powell Gardens presents Bloom Fest

Powell Gardens’ Bloom Fest: is located at Kansas City’s Botanical Garden. It features family-friendly activities, inventive floral design, and botanical displays. Locally acclaimed interior designer, John Rufenacht, will be reimagining a whimsical spring painting (known as Birthday Bouquet) originally painted by artist Florine Stetheimer.

This spectacular display will combine both art and plants. It will also feature interpretations of six regional artists who try to merge art through natural materials and plants. Their final pieces will be on display at the Millstone near the Fountain Garden.

Location: 1609 N.W. U.S. Highway 50 | Kingsville, MO 64061

2. rosé Day in St. Louis – May 1

Rosé Day is a walking wine festival that celebrates women and raises awareness for nonprofit organizations that empower girls and women. The event will take place from about 12 PM to 6 PM on May 1, 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.

3. One Team Scavenger Hunt in St. Louis – May 1

Tickets for this event (which feature an informative self-guided tour, an adventure race, and a scavenger hunt) go for $19. All you need for the event is an internet-connected mobile device. You can participate individually, as a couple, or in a group with all of the adventures designed to be stroller and wheelchair-friendly. This is one of the most fun things to do in Missouri in May!

4. Drag Brunch: Welcome to the Jungle in St. Louis – May 1

The Drag Brunch will take place on May 1, 2021, at the Ballpark village, with tickets starting at $20 per person. It will feature performances from queens, themed cocktails, flavored mimosa towers, bottomless mimosas, and a themed photo op. You also get to enjoy a specialty brunch menu. The recommended dress code is animal print wear.

5. Wildflower Hike on Tall Oaks Trail in trenton – May 1 to 2

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 repellents, comfortable hiking shoes, and water to the hike.

6. Virtual Landing After Hours: The 1849 Cholera Outbreak in Jefferson City – May 5 – 6

The Virtual Landing After Hours will feature details of the 1849 cholera outbreak in Jefferson City from the steamship named after President James Monroe that headed from St. Louis to Council Bluffs, Iowa. As a virtual event, it will air live on the Missouri State Museum Facebook Page. The program time is from 7 PM to 8 PM.

Location: 201 W. Capitol Ave., Jefferson City, MO

7. Florissant Valley of Flowers Festival 2021 in Florissant – May 7-9

This spring will mark the 59th celebration of the nationally renowned Valley of Flowers Festival. The festival will take place from May 7 to May 9, 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: 1 James J. Eagan Dr, Florissant, MO

8. Kids Free Fishing Day in Cassville – May 15 – 16

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

9. Old Ozark’s Settlers Days in Branson – May 15-16

Old Ozark's Settlers Days
Photo Courtesy of Old Ozark’s Settlers Days

The 2021-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 historians, musicians, primitive arts, speakers, and demonstrating artisans. It will take place at the Shepherd of the Hills in Branson, MO.

Location: 5586 W 76 Country Boulevard, 5586 W 76 Country Boulevard, Branson, MO 65616

10. rosé DAY IN springfield – MAY 22

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 29 – 30

The Twain on Main Festival celebrates renowned author Mark Twain through great food, arts, and crafts. This is one of 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 29 (from 10 AM to 6 PM) andMay 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 sold by the table start at $20 per person and come with a complimentary themed cocktail.

7 Best 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 the ideal 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. Still curious about what to do in Missouri?

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