Below are 16 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 2021 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 my 16 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 this November in Missouri
Day of the Dead in Kansas City – November 1st-15th
Visit the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art for the El Día de los Muertos altar display.
One of the top things to do in Kansas City this month is to experience the Day of the Dead altar featuring traditional elements within an elaborately decorated house structure–created in collaboration with local artists, students, and Mattie Rhodes Center and the Mexican Consulate in Kansas City.
Add your own remembrance and take home a special art activity sheet.
Location: 4525 Oak Street Kansas City, MO
Daniel O’Donnell Live in Branson- November 3rd
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
First Friday Art Walk in Springfield-November 5th
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
First Saturday in St. Joseph – November 6th
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
Whiskey Fest in Weston – November 6th
Explore whiskies from all around the world with hundreds of whiskey aficionados and those who just like to sip the good stuff at the 2021 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 $45.
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
Spirit of Democracy Celebrations in Cape Girardeau-November 6th
The Spirit of Democracy Celebration will be held 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
Veterans Day Parade in Lake of the Ozarks – November 6th
The Veterans Day parade begins at Osage Beach City Hall and ends at the Lake of the Ozarks Elks Lodge #2517.
Following the parade, the lodge will open its doors for some free chili and hot dogs
Location: 1000 City Pkwy, Osage Beach, MO 65065
American Melody River Docking in Hannibal – November 10th
The large Riverboats are back in Hannibal for 2021! Come check out the beautiful riverboats and welcoming passengers as they disembark from the boat at the newly revitalized riverfront for a fun day in downtown Hannibal!
The backdrop of the new riverfront will make for great holiday photos. Those looking to capture the majesty of the riverboats on the Mighty Mississippi will love it.
Location: Hannibal City Hall 320 Broadway Hannibal, MO 63401
Full Moon Float Event in St. Louis – November 19th & 21st
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
Holiday Fare Wine Trail in Hermann – November 20th
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.
Purchase tickets online or call the Hermann Area Chamber of Commerce 573-486-2313. A limited number of tickets are available and advance purchase is required.
The ticket price includes a souvenir wine glass, but don’t forget to visit the gift shop at each winery for fun holiday shopping.
Location: Hermann Wine Trail, 150A Market St, Hermann, MO 65041
Christmas Market Fairs in Warrensburg-November – 20-21
this festival is a major celebration where you can find dazzling Christmas Markets & Warrensburg fairs that are all decked with lights, decor, and everything nice.
The Christmas markets in Warrensburg give you extensive choices for exchanging gifts during this festival. Not just that, bringing you delish food, music and entertainment in all the ways possible.
Discover the best of the best Holiday Craft Shows in Warrensburg to take a glance of handmade craft pieces, a wide range of gifting options, and of course yummy food.
Annual Turkey Trot in St. Louis-November 25th
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 welcomed 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.
Kansas City Plaza Lights – November 25-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.
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.
Location: 2405 Grand Blvd. Ste 200 Kansas City
Holiday Night Lights Display at Rotary Park in Wentzville – November 26 – 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!
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.
Mark Twain’s Annual Birthday Bash – December 27
Children are invited to an old-fashioned Birthday Party in celebration of Mark Twain’s 186th 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.
Still wondering what to do in Missouri? Check out our list for October or what’s coming up in December. Where will your next trip or excursion be in Missouri?