14 Super Fun Things To Do In Missouri In January

Last updated on January 14th, 2023 at 09:09 am.

All around the world, January is a month for parties, festivals, and winter celebrations, and cities all over Missouri are in on the action. Here are 14 fun events that you can only experience in Missouri in January 2023, so don’t miss out!

15 Fun Things to do in Missouri in January

best Things To Do in Missouri in January 2023

Below are our favorite things to do throughout Missouri in January.

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1. First Day Hike at Table Rock State Park in Branson – January 1, 2023

river hike in Ozarks

Celebrate the first day of the year with a guided 2.9-mile hike in Branson’s state park. Registration is required for First Day Hike at Table Rock, and don’t forget to bring a water bottle, dress warm, and wear sturdy shoes.

The hike will begin at the Lakeshore Trailhead at State Park Marina, located at 380 State Park Marina Road in Branson. Refreshments will be offered at the end of the hike.

The hike takes place Sunday, January 1st from 1-3 pm

Location: Table Rock State Park. 5272 State Highway 165, Branson, MO

2. Annual New Years Stampede Rodeo in Kansas City – January 1

Stampede Rodeo

Kick off the new year with the family-friendly and affordable Stampede Rodeo featuring standard rodeo activities as well as arts and crafts, music, and a variety of food vendors. Tickets are $10-$20 and the rodeo hours are 9:00am – 11:00pm.

Location: 1701 American Royal Drive, Kansas City, MO 64102

3. Self-Guided Winter Trail Butterfly Trail in Independence – January 1 – 31, 2023

Outdoor enthusiasts will love the decorated Butterfly Trail in Independence. This year’s trail will feature holiday trees. Each tree along the paved path is decorated by local families, businesses, and organizations in support of Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity. Let your holiday trail lead you to the holiday trail at George Owens Nature Park!

The trail is open Tue-Sat 8:30am – 5:00pm.

Location: George Owens Nature Park; 1601 S Speck Rd, Independence, MO 64057

4. Tour of Askinosie Chocolate Factory in Springfield – January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 of 2023

Askinosie Chocolate Factory

Weekly Monday tours of the Askinosie Chocolate Factory happen at 3pm and offer a behind-the-scenes look into what it takes to craft bean-to-bar chocolate, that’s made by hand from rare cocoa beans sourced directly from farmers across the globe.

Tours last approximately 45 minutes and include LOTS of samples.

Tickets cost $10.00 for adults and $8.00 for children and students. 100% of your ticket price supports Chocolate University programs.

Reservations are strongly encouraged. 

5. 40th Annual Pat Strawhun Memorial Winter Bluegrass Festival in Eureka – January 6-7, 2023

Pat Strawhun Memorial Winter Bluegrass Festival

The Winter Bluesgrass Festival is indoors and a perfect way to get a music fix in January. Friday night is a fiddle/banjo contest and Saturday music from 1 p.m. – 5p.m plus a Saturday night concert.

Special Guitar Workshop on Sat at 11 AM.

A weekend pass is $30, and children under 18 enter free with a paying adult, which makes this a fun and affordable event for the whole family. Stay at the Holiday Inn Six Flags and get a reduced rate for attending the festival.

 Friday, January 7, 8:00pm through Saturday, January 8, 11:00pm

Location: Holiday Inn Six Flags, 4901 Six Flags Rd, Eureka, MO

6. Farmers Market of the Ozarks in Springfield – January 7, 14, 21, & 28, 2023

It may not be prime growing season, but you can still buy sustainable produce and local art in Springfield. The Farmers Market of the Ozarks an open-air and admission is free.

The market is open every Saturday in January from 9:00am – 1:00pm

Location: Farmers Park Pavilion, 2144 E Republic Rd, Springfield, MO 65804

7. St. Louis Auto Show in St. Louis – January 13-16, 2023

See over 500 new vehicles at the largest auto event in the St. Louis area. Preview a supercar while the kiddos enjoy the bouncy house, and then gather to watch expert drifters do their stuff. Admission for the 2022 STL Louis Auto Show is $12 for adults, and kids 12 and under enter FREE.

Fri: 12 PM – 9 PM, Sat & Sun: 11 AM – 9 PM, Mon: 10 AM – 5 PM

Location: America’s Center and The Dome, 701 Convention Plaza, St. Louis, MO, 63101

8. Second Saturday Gallery Night in Hannibal – January 14, 2023

1st Friday art gallery

View work by local artists in a variety of mediums while enjoying food, drinks, and conversation with other art lovers at the Second Saturday Gallery Night. Admission is FREE!

Saturday, January 14th, 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Location: Alliance Art Gallery, 112 North Main Street, Hannibal, MO 63401

9. Family Winter Carnival in St. Louis – January 14, 2023

This family-friendly annual event is FREE! Hosted by St. Louis community members, the Winter Carnival has a Mardi Gras vibe with plenty of activities for kiddos. Be sure to have your masks on and your faces painted.

Shoebox Float Corral: children from across St. Louis are invited to design their own Mardi Gras float using shoe boxes. This one-of-a-kind competition will challenge everyone’s creativity and craftiness, and get the experience of being the Mardi Gras parade director. 

Location: Lift For Life Elementary School Gym: 1920 S 7th St., (Entrance will be on Broadway, one block East)

10. Hermann Wedding Trail 2023 – Sunday January 15

Held three times a year, the 2023 Wedding Trail showcases all Hermann has to offer for a beautiful Wine Country wedding.

During the Wedding Trail, engaged couples and their families have an opportunity to tour wedding and reception venues at their own pace. Along the way, they can meet with wedding vendors and explore lodging options.

Wedding Trail Hours 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. This event is free.

Location: Engaged couples can register at the Visitor Information Center at Amtrak, where they will get the Wedding Trail map, and a list of wedding vendors.

11. Mid-Missouri Brewery Collectibles Show in Osage Beach – January 27-28, 2023

beer caps

This is the Show for you if you collect: Anything to do with beer, you’ll find it here! The Missouri Brewery Collectibles Show features; cans, bottles, openers, tap knobs, all manner of beer and brewery advertising items: mirrors and tin signs, neon and lighted signs, trays, steins, beer glasses, mugs, labels, coasters, craft/micro-brewery, and more

The event takes place from 6:00pm – 8:00pm.

Location: Inn at Grand Glaize; 5142 Osage Beach Pkwy, Osage Beach, MO

12. Maplewood Sweet Tooth Tour – January 21, 2023

A family event that focuses on what’s important — homemade sweets! Restaurants and shops will be handing out samples all afternoon throughout the historic downtown of Maplewood. Get your $21 tickets soon! Ticket sales end at 6 PM CST Thursday, January 19, 2023 and will not be sold at the Sweet Tooth Tour event.

The event runs from 12:00pm – 5:00pm.

Location: Historic Downtown Maplewood, MO

13. Missouri AAG Pageant in Lake Ozark – January 28, 2023

Come out and find out who will be crowned 2023 Missouri All American Goddess & Gent. This is an official preliminary to National AAG in Louisville, Kentucky. This is an Nclusion Plus event hosted by reigning All American Goddess, Kamaree Williams and All American Gent Jovan Cardin IV. The Missouri All American pageant takes place on 1/28/2023.

Location: Regalia Hotel and Conference Center, 250 Racquet Club Dr, Lake Ozark, MO 65049

14. Fete de Glace … Ice Carving Competition in St. Charles – January 28, 2023

Fete de Glace, Ice Carving Competition in St. Charles
Photo Credit: Discover St Charles

This Fete de Glace ice festival is the perfect family activity. Ice carvers fill two blocks of North Main Street in St. Charles, MO. You can watch carvers bring the ephemeral art of ice carving to life with chainsaws, chisels, grinders and knives, as well as hot irons and cold spray. Each carver starts with a single block of ice weighing 260 lbs. and dissects it and reassembles it into wondrous sparkling creations.

There are outdoor fire pits, restaurants serving breakfast or lunch and shops to wander in to help you stay warm. Plan to stay for a few hours so you can watch the sculptures develop from a block of ice.

Location: 100 N. Main St. Saint Charles, MO 63301

Missouri Weather in January

Temperatures in Missouri in January continue to get colder. A daily low-temperature average is 26°F (rarely falling below 9°F or exceeding 40°F). The daily high in January is about 41°F (rarely falling below 25°F or exceeding 59°F). January brings the chance of 1-4 days of snow, but the good news is, with an average annual snowfall of 12.9 inches, Missouri is one of the least snowy states in the United States. Obviously, depending on where you visit in Missouri, there will be variations to the averages.

When you head out to the above December festivals and events, make sure to bundle up with mittens, a hat, scarf, and a warm jacket!

Missouri Events for Every Month

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! Just click any month to plan your next MO adventure! January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December

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