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October 5-6, 2024
Big Bass Bash Tournament
Fall Classic

Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri
The Fall Classic gives anglers the chance to enjoy fantastic fall fishing at the Lake of the Ozarks.  Weigh-in sites at: Alhonna Resort; Red Oak Resort; Public Beach No. 2; and Red Fox.  More than $250,000 in cash prizes are given Sunday at Public Beach No. 2.

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October 6-7, 2023 - 32nd Annual Republic Pumpkin Daze
Republic, Missouri
Activities include weigh-in and awards for produce, pet parade, kids' tractor pull, pumpkin' chuckin', and musical entertainment.

October 6-8, 2023  Ozark Fall FarmFest - Springfield, Missouri
One of the largest agricultural trade shows in the Midwest, the annual Farmfest offers over 750 booths of products and services for the farm and ranch as well as more than 500 head of purebred livestock on display.

October 7, 2023  21st Annual Augusta Bottoms Bier Festival
Augusta, Missouri
The festival seeks to promote Microbreweries by creating a great afternoon of beer tasting, live music and food.

October 14, 2023  Grape & Fall Festival - Hollister, Missouri
The Grape Carnival, as it was first known, had a renaissance in 1998 as the Grape & Fall Festival. The event originated to celebrate the annual grape harvest and features food, crafters—and the highlight of the Festival—the Grape Stomping Contest.


October 14-15, 2023  32nd Annual Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival
Hartsburg, Missouri
The Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival began in 1991 as a celebration of the pumpkin and the promotion for the village of Hartsburg. In those days, and to the present, Hartsburg was known as “The Garden Spot of Boone County.” That rich Missouri River bottom soil produces unique and bountiful harvests of grains, grasses, fruits, and vegetables.

October 20-21, 2023  Sparta Persimmon Days Festival - Sparta, Missouri
Lots of activities over the 2 days- from BBQ cook off, car shows, parade, yummy food to different booths!!!

October 22, 2023  Annual Wine & Food Celebration
Springfield, Missouri
The Wine & Food Celebration returns to the White River Conference Center this year from 2 to 5 pm. Over the past 30 years, this event has expanded to now include hundreds of wines, delicious food from Springfield’s finest restaurants, craft beer and specialty cocktails. Attending the Wine & Food Celebration is a great way to have a memorable, fun-filled, delicious day and support Ozarks Public Television at the same time! All proceeds benefit educational children’s programming.

October 28-29, 2023  Kimmswick Apple Butter Festival
Kimmswick, Missouri
Come enjoy the small town ambience and stroll through our streets lined with 500 to 600 food, drink and craft vendors. Visitors are encouraged to help members of the Historical Society stir the apple butter cooking over a woodburning fire. Apple butter is for sale each day. Also enjoy lots of live entertainment throughout the town.  Attendance: 100,000.

October 31, 2023  Halloween Open House - Augusta, Missouri
Halloween Open House at the Augusta Visitor’s Center 5577 Walnut Street in down town Augusta MO. All are welcome!  For further information please contact the Greater Augusta Chamber of Commerce at (636) 228-4005.

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October 1, 2022  Annual Missouri Chestnut Roast Festival
New Franklin, Missouri
Thousands of festival visitors each year enjoy samples of roasted chestnuts. Hosted by the MU Horticulture & Agroforestry Research Center, the event is an opportunity to introduce landowners to the benefits of implementing agroforestry practices on their land. There are cooking demonstrations, musical entertainment and chestnut products available to buy.

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October , 2021 - Annual Ozarks Bacon Fest - Springfield, Missouri
EVENT CANCELED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS.  A Salute to Bacon, Bourbon & Beer.  A bacon-infused wonderland where the Ozark’s best chefs prepare amazing creative bacon snacks. National brands, artisan bacon-makers, and bacon purveyors display, sample, and sell a multitude of bacon and bacon inspired products. The best mixologists and brewers hand out bacon-inspired cocktails, beer and wine. And in honoring bacon in all its glory, Ozarks Bacon Fest will be holding a Bacon Eating Contest, a Best Bacon Recipe contest and a Bacon Art contest. (also: )

October 16, 2021  KC Grilled Cheese & Mac Festival
Kansas City, Missouri
Due to the rescheduling, we've decided to combine The Great Grilled Cheese and Beer Festival of KC with the KC Mac and Cheese Festival to create what absolutely must be the cheesiest and most incredible carb and gluten overload on the planet!

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October 5, 2019 - Fall Festival – Pumpkins & Mums
Excelsior Springs, Missouri
Crafters, vendors, and artists. Childrens activities include face painting, pumpkin painting, carnival games, pony rides, scarecrow decorating contest and petting zoo.

October 19, 2019  Kansas City Mac & Cheese Festival
Kansas City, Missouri
No doubt at some point you've wondered where in Kansas City you can find the best mac & cheese. Now's your chance to find out, as more than 20 restaurants show-down at KCMO’s only mac & cheese festival and competition!  Come sample new twists on a staple comfort food and vote for your favorite at Kansas City’s Mac & Cheese Festival. This won't be your standard Kraft, as each restaurant will be offering creative recipes with gourmet ingredients. In addition to as much mac & cheese as you can eat, each person will enjoy an all-inclusive bar as well as a stainless steel commemorative spork for tasting and to bring home! Early-entry tickets are available for those who want first bites.


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October 8, 2016  Taste of SoMo & Oktoberfest Village
Springfield, Missouri
Springfield's premier culinary event features local restaurants, beer sampling, booths for specialty vendors and local music. This event is in the heart of Springfield’s entertainment district with more than 40 restaurants and 20 nightclubs within walking distance.



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