Festivals & Fun

Please visit our Events Calendar to find more information on the events listed below, including dates & times, location, contact information, and current details.

Spring (March, April, May)

Miss Northeast Counties Scholarship Pageant

Miss Northeast Counties Scholarship Pageant

The “Miss Northeast Counties” Scholarship Pageant is a preliminary competition to the Miss Missouri title and part of the Miss America program. The competition features divisions for girls of all ages, highlighting style, service, scholarship and success.

St. Patrick’s Day Festival Parade

St. Patrick’s Day Festival

The annual Kirksville St. Patrick’s Day celebration features a green and gold parade, a baby show and Little Miss and Mister Leprechaun contest, games, a 5K run and walk, and live entertainment in downtown Kirksville.

SPBGMA Bluegrass Festival

Join the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) and enjoy days of Bluegrass music from many of your favorite bluegrass bands and artists! (Twice a year at the NEMO fairgrounds, May and October.)

Summer (June, July, August)

Summer on the Square Concert Series

The “Summer on the Square” Concert Series runs every Friday night from June through August, and is held on the lawn of the Adair County Courthouse in downtown Kirksville. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets and let local artists entertain you!

Flag, Fourth of July

All American Red, White and Blue Festival

This festival brings the community together for a great Independence Day Celebration! Join us for an Apple Pie Contest, Red, White & Blue Pancake Breakfast, Bicycle Ride, Cemetery Theater, Independence Parade and of course – a Fireworks Display!

Annual NEMO Fair

Annual NEMO Fair

This week-long event in mid-July includes nationally known grandstand entertainment! Enjoy the Lowery carnival, FFA exhibits, truck and tractor pull, livestock shows, demolition derby, fair queen pageant, bull rides and a butterfly house.

Grape Stomp Jacob's Winery

Harvest Fest for DELTA

This late-summer event at Jacob’s Vineyard & Winery is a fundraiser for Developing Essential Learning Through Agriculture. There is a grape-stomp, live music, entertainment, food, and of course, plenty of locally produced wine!

Fall (September, October, November)

Airplane Air Show

Kirksville Air Festival

The Kirksville Air Festival features many fun activities, including stunt flying, parachute jumps, and helicopter rides! Come out to the Kirksville Regional Airport with the whole family to enjoy food, live music, and stunning in-air performances!

NEMO Triathlon Forest Lake Start

Northeast Missouri (NEMO) Triathlon

A.T.Still University sponsors this popular annual athletic event! Taking place in Thousand Hills State Park, participants swim .75 miles, run 5 miles, and bike 18 miles around Forest Lake and through the beautiful park landscape.

Red Barn Arts & Crafts Festival

Red Barn Arts & Crafts Festival

This juried festival attracts nearly 10,000 people to more than 100 booths in downtown Kirksville. Artisans from around the country come together for this one-day event. Enjoy Red Barn with food, arts, awards, and entertainment all day long!

Adair County Young Farmers Truck & Tractor Pull

Join the Adair County Young Farmers and the Kirksville FFA Chapter for their annual Truck and Tractor Pull. The event features pulls in a variety of classes for both truck and tractors and serves as a scholarship fundraiser for area youth.

Bacon Fest

Kirksville Bacon Festival

The annual Kirksville Bacon Festival includes a cooking contest with bacon as the prize-winning ingredient, a pageant to choose a new Miss Sizzle, live music, a food drive for the local food pantries, and a fan favorite – free BLTs for lunch!

Scottish Highland Games

The Scottish Highland Games feature contests in Scotland’s traditional feats of strength, such as tossing the caber and the Braemar stone. Bring your family and friends out to enjoy the kilts and bagpipes at this annual competition!

Round Barn Blues

Round Barn Blues

Round Barn Blues is a bi-annual blues fest featuring legends and newcomers from across the country, all converging to perform at the historic “Round Barn” built in 1913. Famous BBQ, burgers and refreshments are available in the concession area.

ARTober Fest Wine Tasting

Help support the Kirksville Arts Association at this special wine tasting event! Held annually in October at the Arts Center, you’ll enjoy fine wine and good company while sampling a variety of art.

SPBGMA Bluegrass Festival

Join the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) and enjoy days of Bluegrass music from many of your favorite bluegrass bands and artists! (Twice a year at the NEMO fairgrounds, May and October.)

“The Chili Bowl” Chili Cook-Off

The annual Chili Bowl benefits Share the Harvest and area food banks, in partnership with the Missouri Department of Conservation and the National Wild Turkey Federation. Delicious samplings include categories such as Wild Game Chili and more!


Kirksville Homecoming

Welcome (Back) to Kirksville!

Homecoming events for Truman State University, A.T. Still University (Founder’s Day), and Kirksville High School take place each fall. The largest event, Truman’s homecoming parade, is a popular with many visitors! Festivities also include football games, music performances, fireworks, and the Rotary “Taste of the World” event.

Winter (December, January, February)

Missouri Livestock Symposium

The Missouri Livestock Symposium agriculture education event is held each December and features keynote speakers, a free beef dinner, a tractor contest, and educator and livestock award presentations throughout a 2-day tradeshow.

Santa Visit

Kirksville Kiwanis Christmas Parade

Celebrate the season and enjoy quaint downtown Kirksville with the Christmas Parade and annual holiday festivities on the Courthouse Square. Bring the little ones to meet Santa, and enjoy the local shops and seasonal decor!

Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival

Held in February on the campus of Truman State University, the Jazz Fest brings in nationally renowned artists for workshops and performances. The highlight of the Jazz Fest is an evening concert featuring guest artists and the Truman Jazz Ensembles.

Please visit our Events Calendar to find more information on the events listed above, including dates, location, contact information, and current details.