Calendar of Upcoming Folklore and Folk Arts Events:

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Wyatt Fiddle Shop in Independence maintains a fiddle events calendar, with lots of information on upcoming contests:


For regular, recurring and ongoing events, click here.


A note on Native American Events: we post notices of pow-wows which are open to the general public. It’s a worthwhile experience. However, if you have never attended a powwow before, please click here.




For the current list of horseshoe tournaments sponsored by the Missouri Horseshoe Pitchers Association, click here.

March 1-31

Sikeston: National Quilt Month Exhibition at the Sikeston Depot Museum and Gallery. For more information call (573) 481-9967 or visit



April 1-2

Big Muddy Festival in Boonville -- tickets on sale now.





April 1-2

Hannibal: Piecemakers Quilt Guild Quilt Show at the Admiral Coontz Recreation Center, 301 Warren Barrett Drive.


(the Missouri Star block)


For more info, call 217.248.0038 or visit


April 1-10

Blackwater: “Divided Loyalties” – Civil War documents exhibit on Main Street.

For more info call 417.770.7714 or visit


April 2

Kingsville (Kansas City area): How to Grow Strawberries. Powell Gardens.

For more info call 816.697.2600

April 2

Rolla: Growing Green: A Day of Gardening Classes at the Havener Center on the MS&T campus.

For more info call 573.458.6260 or visit


April 2

Hermann: Wurst-Making 101 at the Hermann Wurst Haus.

For more info call 573.486.2266


April 3

Kingsville (KC area). Growing Asparagus class. Powell Gardens.

For more info call 816.697.2600


April 8

Jackson: 15th Annual Wine Festival at the Bavarian Halle.

For more info call 573.332.2795 or visit

April 9

Des Arc: Quilt Show at the Des Arc Museum.

For more info, call 573.358.7520


April 9

MDC offers frontier arts at Lake City Rendezvous

The Rendezvous will feature black powder shooters, fur pelt displays, blacksmith iron working demonstrations, campfire cooking and many more primitive outdoor and camping skills. This free event for all ages will also include pioneer era games for children. Activities will include tomahawk and knife throwing, atlatl, archery, broom making, knife making, Native American teepee, flint knapping and other skills from a bygone era.



April 15-16

Doniphan: Civil War Days.

For more info call 573.996.5298 or visit


April 22-23

West Plains: Mid America Gospel Music Festival at the WP Civic Center.

For more info call 417.256.7176

April 23

Sikeston: Jaycee Crawfish Boil & Music Festival at the Sikeston Rodeo Grounds.

For more info call573.620.2399


April 23

Winona: Wild Edibles class at the Twin Pines Conservation Education Center.

For more info call 573.325.1381


April 23

Defiance: Journey West at the Historic Daniel Boone Home and Heritage Center.

For more info call 636.798.2005 or visit


April 23

Savannah: Dawn to Dusk – Historical Women’s Clothing Exhibition at the Andrew County Museum.

For more info call 816.324.4720 or visit 


April 30

Dixon: Mountain Man Rendezvous with  Black Powder Fun & Trade Event, Kickapoo Trace Muzzleloaders Club.

For more info call 636.734.2693


April 30-May 1

Columbia: Quilt Show at VFW Post 280.

For more info call 573.474.5564


April 30

Hermann: Wurst-Making 101 at the Hermann Wurst Haus.

For more info call 573.486.2266


April 30

Chillicothe: All Missouri Spin-In at the Mervyn O. Jenkins Expo Center.

For more info call 660.247.2192 or visit



April 30

April 30


Kirksville: Spring Round Barn Blues

Grammy Nominated JOHN PRIMER

9 piece band out of St. Louis, MO AL HOLIDAY AND THE EAST SIDE RYTHYM BAND

Local Blues Band BLUE WIRE with Thad Daniels, Dustin Thomas, Lorn Billington and Willie Newell

Gates open at 3 Music STARTS at 4.
$20 at the Gate
Food and Bar provided by Wooden Nickel Restaurant and Woodys Bar





May 4-7

St. Louis Storytelling Festival


The St. Louis Storytelling Festival, now in its 37th year, renews and celebrates an ancient art. It is the largest free storytelling festival in the world.


Storytelling is an evolving, dynamic art form that allows families and communities to pass on their history and experiences to succeeding generations. This University of Missouri Extension Community Arts Program event is a four-day extravaganza featuring storytellers from across the nation and around the region. Storytellers perform at different venues across St. Louis, with educational outreach activities in schools and libraries; specialized workshops for educators, families, community members and aspiring tellers; and dynamic, entertaining public telling sessions at some of St. Louis’ most well-known sites and attractions. Festival events are suitable for all ages, and most are offered FREE to the public.


This year's lineup to include Andy Offutt Irwin, Kevin Locke, Kenya Ajanaku and Adam Irwin, Chalotte Blake-Alston and Kim Weitkamp:


Grand Finale

May 7, 2016- 7:30 pm

Touhill Performing Arts Center
University of Missouri–St. Louis

Join the Featured Storytellers of the 2016 Festival in a grand showcase performance!

Open to the public; $10 suggested donation.


Details unfolding even as we speak! Go here for the latest:



May 28


9th Annual "For the People" Pow Wow
May 28-29, 2016
Jefferson City Jaycees Fairgrounds
1445 Fairgrounds Road - Jefferson City, Missouri


(if you have never attended a powwow before, please click here.)


Honored Guest: Larry Sellers (Cloud Dancing) from “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman”

Comfortable Indoor Facility
Native American Art Vendors – Native Food – Raffles
Fun for the entire family

Admission: Adults - $3 – School Age $1 -- Elders & Preschool - Free
12-2 Gourd Dancing
2:30 Grand Entry
2:45-5 Intertribal
5-5:45 Dinner Break
5:45-6:45 Gourd Dancing
6:45 Grand Entry
7-10 Intertribal
12-2 Gourd Dancing
2-5 Intertribal

Head Man: Nathan Hooton – Knob Knoster, Missouri
Head Lady: Marrina Stabler – Gladstone, Missouri
Head Gourd: Bob LaRoussa – Clinton, Missouri
Host Southern Drum: Young Bucks – Alex Esau – Independence, Missouri (All Drums Welcome)
Master of Ceremonies: Ed Smith – Kansas City, Kansas
Arena Director: Art Ryan – Spavinaw, Oklahoma

Saturday evening meal provided for Singers, Dancers and Vendors

Bring your own chairs – Limited Seating Available

Sponsored by: The Society for the Preservation of Traditional Values
Jefferson City Jaycees


From Highway 50, take the South Country Club Drive exit and follow South Country Club Drive west for 1.2 miles. The road changes to Fairgrounds Road and you will see the fairgrounds on the left, there will be pow wow signs.

Camping: $10.00 per family camp for the weekend

EVENT & VENDOR QUESTIONS: Dona McKinney (816) 679-0695

No guns, alcohol or drugs allowed - Pets must be on a leash at all times
Not responsible for Accidents, Theft or Damage of any kind




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