Last updated on December 7th, 2022 at 12:05 pm.
Below are 15 great events and festivals the entire family will enjoy this November in Missouri. If you are looking for fun fall activities to keep the whole family occupied in November, this 2022 list is the best place to start.
Best Events & Festivals in Missouri in November
November is here and we are inching closer to colder weather and the holiday season. But do not let the weather transition deter a good time in Missouri!
There are a lot of things to do in Missouri in November. Whether you want to enjoy music events, art festivals, live performances, interactive exhibits, nature trails or a magical evening paddling under the full moon; there’s something for everyone to do (many with free admission).
November is a unique month to visit Missouri, so take a moment to check out these 15 handpicked things to do this month in Missouri, and start planning your excursions around the state.
Here are some of our recommendations for the best things to do in Missouri in November 2022.
1. Daniel O’Donnell Live in Branson – Dates Throughout November
Branson, Missouri is a great choice for a mini-vacation this month. Daniel O’Donnell’s live event is the perfect place for the whole family.
The show is a blend of country and western music infused with Irish tradition. The experience will leave you and your family humming tunes for days.
Daniel O’Donnell is a famous musician in Ireland and the U.K. The live show guarantees an extraordinary treat during your trip to Branson and Lake of the Ozarks.
Location: 1984 St Hwy 165 Branson, MO 65616
2. Day of the Dead in Kansas City – November 4
El Día de los Muertos is A unique Mexican celebration of dead ancestors observed on 2nd November.
This indoor/outdoor event Join us for a traditional Day of the Dead Celebration for the entire family! Come learn the history of this colorful Latino holiday. Enjoy traditional food and drinks. Come see an altar remembering our loved ones that have passed on, crafts for all ages, live entertainment, face painting and much more!
This is a free event.
Location: Guadalupe Centers; 1015 Avenida Cesar E Chavez, Kansas City, MO 64108
3. First Friday Art Walk in Springfield – November 4
Come to downtown Springfield on the first Friday of November to enjoy original art, live music, hands-on activities, and live art demonstrations in more than 20 participating galleries, as well as fine and casual dining establishments, cutting-edge fashion, one-of-a-kind retail and vibrant nightlife throughout the historic heart of Springfield.
Location: 411 N Sherman Pkwy, Springfield, MO
4. First Saturday in St. Joseph – November 5
Downtown St. Joseph is the place to be on the first Saturday of November. The area will be buzzing with live music, drinks, and food.
This monthly celebration of arts, music, and culture in the beautiful historic downtown is one of the best places to be the first Saturday of each month.
This is a fun event for both families and adults. So, bring the family to explore and discover the locally-owned shops, cafes, and restaurants.
Location: St. Joseph, MO 64501
5. Whiskey Fest in Weston – November 5
Explore whiskies from all around the world with hundreds of whiskey aficionados and those who just like to sip the good stuff at the 2022 Weston Whiskey Festival. There will be whiskey and cigar pairings available from Weston Tobacco. Advance ticket sales end Nov 1st, ticket price at the door on the day of the event are $40.
The first 600 ticket holders at the door receive a commemorative whiskey glass and whiskey samples from all attending distilleries and vendors.
The event is from 2-5PM and you are welcome to bring a non-drinking companion for free.
Location: Weston Burley House Inc; 357 Main Street Weston, MO 64098
6. Spirit of Democracy Celebrations in Cape Girardeau – November 5
The Spirit of Democracy Celebration will be held on November 6th, 2021 to honor brave Americans whose actions define selfless service and courage in the year.
The event usually partners with the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. It is a huge event that attracts thousands of people to the State of Missouri.
You will also have an opportunity to witness documentation of Stars and Stripes’ iconic story of military service personnel and everyday citizens.
The celebration is open to all ages and ideal for instilling incredible ethics to young boys or girls.
Location: 1625 North Kingshighway Street Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
7. Full Moon Float Event in St. Louis – November 6 & 8
Come and join the famous world full moon float event. The magical evening padding along the Mississippi River and fine dining is perfect for any nature lover.
The unparalleled natural setting is worth coming along with your family or friends. You’ll be given everything needed for the 29-foot voyageur canoes.
No need of having padding experience since you’ll be guided by a professional along the way to an island. You can watch the sunset during the magic hour.
Fun activities also include a campfire, searching for arrowheads, and exploring the beach.
Location: 539 Scranton Avenue St. Louis, MO 63137
8. Veterans Day Parade in Branson – November 11
The Veterans Day parade begins at 11am in Downtown Branson
This is part of Veterans Homecoming Week in Branson; an annual celebration to revere and remember the brave men and women who served our nation. Check here to see a full list of events.
Location: Commercial St, Branson, MO 65616
9. 2022 Four States Beekeeping Conference in Joplin – November 12
The MSSU Pollinator Club & Joplin Area Beekeepers Association are hosting the 2022 Four States Beekeeping Conference on Saturday, November 12th from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. The cost is $45.
Learn from a variety of knowledgeable speakers, including:
- Kamon Reynolds, Tennessee’s Bees & Hive Life Conference Founder
- Dr. Katie Kilmer, Assistant Professor of Biology & Environmental Health
- Randy Oliver (presenting via Zoom), Scientificbeekeeping.com
- Lisa Pluth, Master Herbalist & Beekeeper
Sessions will cover everything from feeding for better bees to successful & simple queen rearing and all kinds of beekeeping subjects.
Location: Billingsly Student Center, Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, MO
10. Holiday Fare Wine Trail in Hermann – November 19-20
The Holiday Fare Wine Trail in Hermann is an annual celebration of great food and even better wine. Sample wine and food pairings at seven wineries on the Hermann Wine Trail. Tickets are $30 per person.
The ticket price includes a souvenir wine glass, but don’t forget to visit the gift shop at each winery for fun holiday shopping.
Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm & Sunday, 11 am – 4 pm
Location: Hermann Wine Trail, 150A Market St, Hermann, MO 65041
11. Annual Turkey Trot in St. Louis – November 24
The Turkey Trot STL 5K course in Downtown St. Louis runs along the route of the 2nd largest Thanksgiving parade in the nation. Participants will pass many landmarks and popular attractions including, Stifel Opera House, Busch Stadium, City Garden, through Purina’s campus and of course many views of the Gateway Arch and finish in front of the newly renovated Soldier’s Memorial.
Wheelchair athletes are welcome to compete at our St. Charles and Downtown locations. Wheelchairs will begin two minutes before the 5K start. Children in courteously driven strollers are welcome.
12. Kansas City Plaza Lights – November 24 Thru mid January
It takes more than 200,000 bulbs to create the holiday light winter wonderland at the Plaza each year. When the switch is flipped on Thanksgiving day, it’s officially Christmas time in KCMO!
Plaza Lights starts with a pre-show around 5 p.m. The main stage is usually set up along the Plaza’s main strip of 47th Street, and musical guests perform. In past years, this has included bands and a Plaza Lighting Ceremony orchestra.
Then, around 7, the special guest is introduced, who will flip the switch for the holiday lights. With the flip of a switch, the KC Plaza lights spark to life and illuminate the chilly November night.
The Evergy Plaza Lights shine daily from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m., Thanksgiving through mid-January.
Location: Ward Parkway and Jefferson Street.
13. Holiday Night Lights Display at Rotary Park in Wentzville – November 25 – Dec 30
The annual “Holiday Night Lights” drive-thru display at Rotary Park in Wentzville will begin on Thanksgiving Friday, November 26th and runs through Thursday, December 30th. Enjoy visits with Santa, horse-drawn carriage and sleigh rides, a walk-thru tour, and more!
The annual Wentzville Holiday Night Lights display opens on Friday, Nov. 25. Enjoy a one-mile light display that features large illuminated commercial scenes and tunnels of twinkling lights.
Holiday Night Lights Hours: 5:30-9:30pm
Directions: Located off of W. Meyer Road, just north of Interstate 70 from either Highway W or Wentzville Parkway.
14. Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Kansas City-November 26th
Join Kansas city residents to witness the lighting ceremony of the 100-foot-tall mayor’s Christmas tree. The magnificent Mayor’s Christmas Tree is illuminated by more than 7,200 white bulbs, the Crown Center centerpiece proves a proud showcase of Kansas City’s winter spirit.
Attend the lighting ceremony the day after Thanksgiving to officially kick off the yuletide season. You’ll also enjoy long-standing traditions like silent night caroling at this annual festival celebrating the holidays.
The 2022 ornament, “Celebrating 50 Years,” was designed by Hallmark Artist Sheyda Best. The laser-cut design features the Mayor’s Christmas Tree in green with some of Crown Center’s iconic holiday decorations in gold, silver and white. This ornament celebrates the 50th year that the Mayor’s Christmas Tree will stand in Crown Center Square.
Location: 2405 Grand Blvd. Ste 200 Kansas City
15. Mark Twain’s Annual Birthday Bash – November 26
Children are invited to an old-fashioned Birthday Party in celebration of Mark Twain’s 187th Birthday.
The party includes crafts like decorating party hats and wooden ornaments, beaded necklaces, and old-fashioned games with a twist like Pin the Stache on Twain and Musical Mustaches.
Twain’s Old-fashioned Birthday Party is sponsored by the Mark Twain Museum and the Tom and Becky Program and is Free for children ages 2 through age 10, accompanied by an adult.
Two sessions will be held – 11:00AM-noon and 1 PM – 2 PM on the main floor of the Museum Gallery at 120 N. Main.
Missouri Weather in November
Temperatures in Missouri in November are cooler than in October. Mornings and evenings tend to drop about 10°F compared to the previous month. A daily low temperature average is 34°F (rarely falling below 22°F or exceeding 57°F). The daily high in November is about 50°F (rarely falling below 36°F or exceeding 76°F). November brings less rain than October in general and on average about 3.6 inches. 4 days of rain are normal. When you head out to the above November festivals and events, it’s time to pull out mittens, hats, and a warmer jacket!
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