12 Fun Things To Do in Missouri in October

From rolling hills to natural springs and heartwarming events all throughout fall, Missouri never disappoints locals or tourists. Our list of things to do in October in Missouri includes festivals celebrating the local harvest, food, music, beer, Oktoberfest and more.

We’ve got you covered from From St. Louis to Kansas City and from Columbia to the Ozark Mountains. Whether you enjoy a great corn maze, love visiting pumpkin patches or looking for the best fall festivals, here are 12 things to do in Missouri this October.

Things to do in Missouri in October

Fun Things to do in Missouri in October

Here are 12 fun fall activities to keep you and the whole family occupied in October. We’ve included the best places to visit for pumpkin picking, special events, where to find the best haunted house and so much more!

Burg Fest in Warrensburg – October 1-2

Burg Fest takes place the first weekend in October. Hosted in the streets of downtown Warrensburg, this two-day festival features a variety of activities. Lots of fun for the kids, including a bounce zone with new and exciting additions this year, are sure to entertain. There will also be a performance stage with live performances and entertainment, classic car show, street vendors and much more. For the adults, a beer garden and the annual cornhole tournament.

Address: 300 N Holden St., Warrensburg, MO 64093

Q in the Lou – The St. Louis BBQ Festival – October 1-3

Q in the Lou is happening October 1-3, 2021 in Kiener Plaza
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If you are a barbecue lover this is the #1 event you should attend in Missouri this month. The 6th annual Q in the Lou is happening October 1-3, 2021 in Kiener Plaza. Don’t miss this chance to grab an ice-cold brew and sample pure smoked bliss from award-winning pitmasters from across the country. You will enjoy a wide range of barbecue during this annual event plus BBQ demos, live music, great beer and free admission.

Address: Kiener Plaza @500 Chestnut St, St Louis, MO

Ozark Arts and Crafts Show – October 1-3

Ozark Craft Show
Photo courtesy of the Ozark Craft Show

Missouri is home to some renowned artists and the Ozark Arts & Crafts Show are the perfect place for visitors to experience the 40+-year-old culture, where residents and local businesses come together to showcase their homemade art.

With more than 250 craft vendors, you get to experience crafted gifts, soaps, pastries, and other crafts on the serene and calm Finley River Park. This is a free event.

Address: Finley River Park, 600 N 3rd St, Finley, Missouri 65721

Republic Pumpkin Daze in Republic – October 2

Republic Pumpkin Daze
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No one expects October to pass by without seeing pumpkins. The Republic Pumpkin Daze is no ordinary pumpkin event; it celebrates and showcases GIANT pumpkins. Beyond the pumpkins, vendors gather to show off fall arts and crafts, and families from all over Missouri and beyond gather to celebrate the harvest season. Get into the fall spirit of Ozark by visiting the pumpkin daze on the first Saturday of October.

At this family event, you have all the best treats; from cotton candy to burgers. If you want to go home with a gourd or squash, the vendors lining up the streets will make it possible.

Address: 300 E Hines St., Republic MO

Cackle Hatchery Chicken Festival in Lebanon – October 4-5

The Hatchery Chicken Festival is the official “Fall in Love with Chicks” Annual Festival.

Held in Lebanon, visitors enjoy informative lessons from guest speakers on poultry and hatchery while enjoying refreshments and participating in games and contests to win presents and drawings. Activities planned include seminars on chicken health, grown chickens on display, limited hatchery tours, games and activities for children and adults. There will be displays, video presentations, contests, prize drawings, and much more. All activities will take place indoors rain or shine.

Address: 411W. Commercial Street, Lebanon, MO

Pony Express Pumpkin Fest in St. Joseph – October 8-10

Pony Express PumpkinFest
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Join in the pumpkin carving competition alongside more than 15000 others and enjoy the spirit of Ozark in St. Joseph, Missouri, this October.

There are no admission fees, yet you get three stages for national, regional, and local entertainment. More than 35 exhibitors put their work out there for you to see, as you enjoy food from over ten different booths and food trucks..

The festival takes place on Friday, from 5 pm to 10 pm, Saturday, 10 am to 10 pm, or the closing day (Sunday) from noon to 5 pm. Visit Pony Express Pumpkin Fest Facebook page for more information.

Location: 914 Penn Street @ the Pony Express Museum in St. Joseph MO

Brett’s Bands 5K in Parkville – October 9

Brett’s Bands 2nd Annual 5K run/walk for SUDEP Awareness takes place in Parkville on October 9th. The run was created to make a difference for those who suffer from epilepsy. Registration begins at 9am. After the race/walk there will be entertainment in the park.

Apple Butter Makin’ Days in Mt. Vernon – October 11-13

Apple Butter Makin Days

Apple Butter Makin’ Days is one of Missouri’s most popular festivals and has been held on the courthouse square in Mt. Vernon every October since 1967. The main attraction is apple butter, cooked using century-old methods in huge copper kettles over open fires. That craft is demonstrated on the southeast corner of the courthouse lawn starting shortly after dawn until early to mid-afternoon each day of the festival.

Beyond the main attraction of apple butter, there is a full schedule of fun each day including music from live performers, parades, contests, games, food booths, and craft wares from artisans from all across the country.

Address: 425 E. Mount Vernon Blvd. @ the Lawrence County Courthouse lawn

Parkville Microbrew Fest in Parkville – October 16

Parkville Microbrew Fest
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Downtown Parkville is the place to be on 16th October for the Parkville Microbrew Fest.

Parkville Microbrew Fest is one of KC’s largest festivals focused on beer. In addition, the festival features with live music, handcrafted ales, and great food in Historic Downtown Parkville, Missouri. Festival admission includes a commemorative logo tasting glass, live music, and all the beer you care to sample from 1-5pm.

Over 300 beers, 75 breweries, and 12 homebrew clubs come together to make this one of the most memorable beer festivals in Missouri.

Address: 8701 McAfee St, Parkville, MO 64152 @ English Landing Park

Maple leaf Festival Parade in Carthage – October 16

Every year, on the 3rd Saturday of October, is the Maple Leaf Festival Parade in Carthage. While the Maple Leaf Festival is celebrated throughout the month in the city, the 16th is the biggest celebration. The day begins at 9am with the largest parade in Southwest Missouri. The parade begins on the Historic Square and ends at the Carthage Jr. High.

Additional events are scheduled throughout the day including the band festival, art & crafts vendors, car and tractor shows, wine tasting, quilt show, food vendors, and live entertainment.

Downtown Architectural Walking Tours in St. Louis, MO – Thru October 30

St. Louis has beautiful landmarks and visiting all the famous spots on a tour is the best way to learn about the city, it’s history and architecture.

Explore the fascinating rich history, culture, and architectural legacy of Downtown St. Louis from the city’s founding through its current development. Experienced guides will discuss famous landmarks as well as hidden gems, stunning architectural details, and the art of historic preservation.

The Landmarks Association of St. Louis offers two different tours at 10 am every
Saturday through the end of October.

Randolph Country Raceway Races in Moberly- thru October 29

The Randolph county races are dirt track racing for 4 Cylinders, Late Models, Powri Super Stock, USRA A Mods, USRA B-Mods. Ending on the 29th of October these races are held in Moberly and give you a rare chance to witness speed races among drivers of all ages.

Address: 4081 US-24, Moberly, MO 65270

Halloween, Haunted HOtels & Haunted Places across Missouri

No matter your state or city in Missouri, Halloween is a big deal. There are plenty of locations for haunted houses. From Fear Factory to Labyrinth of fear and field of terror, there is so much you can do on this day.

For family fun-packed events (with less screams and terror), you can explore the Great Godfrey maze, Eckert’s Orchards, and Boo at the St. Louis zoo.

October is also the best time of year to explore the haunted side of Missouri!

Missouri pumpkin patches

pumpkin patch farm near kansas city

If you are looking for more fun things to do in MO this October, pumpkin patches should be at the top of your list. Check out the best pumpkin patches throughout Missouri!

Below are a few of additional favorites pumpkin patches in Missouri!

Lloyd’s Pumpkin patch in Ashland, every weekend of October

Uncle Buck’s pumpkin patch in Dixon

Pete’s Pumpkin Patch in Rolla

Peachtree Farm pumpkin patch in Boonville, every day of October

McKenna Family pumpkin patch held in Branson, open every day in October

Missouri Weather in October

Temperatures in Missouri in October are a bit chillier than September, but still quite comfortable. Mornings and evenings tend to drop a bit more this month with a daily low temperature average of 44°F (rarely falling below 32°F or exceeding 65°F). The daily high in October is about 63°F (rarely falling below 49°F or exceeding 85°F). September does bring rain and on average about 3.0 inches. 8 days of rain are normal. When you head out to the above October festivals and events, make sure to bring an umbrella or rain jacket!

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! Missouri for every month of the year! Make sure to see our list for September and November as well!

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