12 Fun Things To Do in Missouri in October

Last updated on September 20th, 2022 at 10:11 am.

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 in October 2022.

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!

1. Republic Pumpkin Daze – in Republic – September 30 – October 1

Republic Pumpkin Daze
Photo courtesy of Republic Pumpkin Daze

No one expects October to pass by without seeing pumpkins. The Republic Pumpkin Daze has expanded to a two-day event for 2022. This 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

2. Ozark Arts and Crafts Show – September 30 – October 2

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.

The 2022 craft show will have 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

3. Brett’s Bands 5K in Parkville – October 1

Brett’s Bands 3nd Annual 5K run/walk for SUDEP Awareness takes place in Parkville on October 1st. 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 fun entertainment and food! Bring your lawn chair and plan to spend some time relaxing in the park!

Location: English Landing Park in Parkville, Missouri

4. Burg Fest in Warrensburg – October 7-8

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

5. Cackle Hatchery Chicken Festival in Lebanon – October 7-8

Baby Chick

The 2022 Hatchery Chicken Festival is back! The official “Fall in Love with Chicks” Annual Festival is held in Lebanon, MO.

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

6. Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival in Columbia – October 7-9

The 2022 Roots N Blues Festival will take place October 7-9 at Stephens Lake Park in Columbia, Missouri. The 2022 Roots N Blues Festival is the only American music festival owned by women.

The festival includes 3 days of music on two stages with nearly 50 food & retail vendors.

Location: Address: 2001 E Broadway, Columbia, MO 65201

7. Pony Express Pumpkin Fest in St. Joseph – October 7-9

Pony Express PumpkinFest
Photo courtesy of Pony Express PumpkinFest

It’s time for Pumpkinfest 2022 in St. Joseph, Missouri. This is a family-focused festival sponsored by the Pony Express Museum in St. Joseph, MO. It starts Friday night at 5pm and runs on Saturday from 10am to 9pm, and Sunday from noon to 5pm.

The lighting of Pumpkin Mountain is always a highlight! Watch they light over 500 hand-carved pumpkins on the Mountain in front of the Museum at 8pm both Friday and Saturday nights!

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.

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

8. Apple Butter Makin’ Days in Mt. Vernon – October 7-9

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.

The free festival features 450+ booths of handmade crafts and food and draws nearly 90,000 visitors each year.

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.

Hours: 9-6 Friday and Saturday. 10-4 Sunday

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

9. Brew in the Lou (In St. Louis) – October 8

beer tasting
Photo courtesy of Q in the Lou

Local, regional and national craft breweries, distilleries and wineries will come together for the 10th annual Brew in the Lou; the St. Louis Home Brewing Competition. Hosted by Lutheran Elementary School Association (LESA), the festival in Francis Park also boasts food tastings, live music and local vendors.

Admission includes unlimited beer, wine, spirits and food (while supplies last), along with a commemorative tasting glass, and proceeds benefit LESA’s 35 member schools, which serve approximately 9,000 students

Address: Francis Park, The Lily Pond, 5399 Donovan Ave., St. Louis, MO 63109

10. Cornucopia in Kansas City – October 14-16

Cornucopia Festival in KCMO
Photo Credit: Cornucopia Festival

Prepared for the ultimate fall festival? Or perhaps want to ride Downtown KC’s first Ferris Wheel? The Cornucopia festival is one of the best free things to do in Kansas City, Missouri AND fun things to do in Kansas City. Cornucopia hosts a variety of vendors serving delicious fall treats, rides and games, and musical festivities.

This is a must-see!

Price: Free!

Location: Grand Boulevard, Walnut Street and 14th Street, Kansas City MO 64106

11. Maple leaf Festival Parade in Carthage – October 15

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.

Parade Route: The parade will start on corner of 4th and Main, Go Main down to 3rd, 3rd to Grant. It will then follow Grant down to Grand, Grand to Centennial and over to River.

12. Downtown Architectural Walking Tours in St. Louis, MO – Thru October 29

St. Louis has beautiful landmarks and visiting all the famous spots on a tour is the best way to learn about the city, its 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.

Tours are $10 per person. Children under 12 are free. Tours run between 2 and 2 1/2 hours long and cover about two miles at a leisurely pace.

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 favorite 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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