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Festivals and family events in Missouri

Celebrate Missouri

It’s always a party in Missouri because this state simply has much to celebrate! Food and wine, arts and literature -- all are represented at festivals and events throughout the state during the fair-weather season.

Crawfish Festival

Crawfish Boil and Music Festival

Like many festivals, this one features live music, food and beverages in a casual, outdoor atmosphere. The big difference? More than 1,500 pounds of crawfish brought in directly from a supplier in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Not into Cajun food? Not to worry -- the Jaycees will be cooking hot dogs and hamburgers as well. A petting zoo and horseshoe tournament round out the family-friendly festival fun. There's even a child care station complete with a bounce house.

Location: Sikeston

Website: visitmo.com

National Tom Sawyer Days

Where can you find the National Fence Painting Championships? In Mark Twain's hometown of Hannibal, Missouri, of course! A Hannibal tradition for 57 years, this festival is all about wholesome family fun celebrating Samuel Clemens. Pack up the kids and come see for yourself the quaint river town that captivated and inspired an American legend's most famous literary works.

Location: Hannibal

Website: hannibaljaycees.org

Heritage Festival and Craft Show

Transport yourself to the days of yore as history comes alive with a full-fledged historic festival complete with re-enactors in full 19th-century attire. Enjoy music, dancing and storytelling on two stages and browse a wide variety of contemporary handmade crafts to find a memento of your cultural excursion to take home. Picturesque Nifong Park is the perfect backdrop for this time-honored family tradition in the college town of Columbia.

Location: Columbia

Website: visitmo.com

Festival of Nations

Can you even name 81 ethnicities? That's how many are featured at the now-famous Festival of Nations in St. Louis. The annual event serves up an opportunity to experience music, cuisine and cultures from all over the globe, with nonstop dancing and food, and an international bazaar. What more could you ask for? It's impossible not to find something to love. Hosted in picturesque Tower Grove Park in south St. Louis, the event highlights the city's now-famous international district.

Location: St. Louis

Website: festivalofnationsstl.org

Augusta's Harvest Festival

Augusta's Harvest Festival is the perfect reason to plan an excursion to this breathtaking region of Missouri. Celebrate 157 years of culture and tradition with live music, family festivities, and, of course, lots of wine. Pumpkin wagon rides, wine sampling in a 130-year-old vaulted cellar at Augusta's Mount Pleasant Winery, and an old-fashioned Pie Walk are just a few of the festival highlights. Oenophiles in particular won't want to miss the Meet the Winemaker's Social, where owners of several local wineries will discuss their award-winning wines.

Location: Augusta

Website: augusta-chamber.org

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