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.

St. Patrick's Day Festival

The annual Kirksville St. Patrick’s Day celebration features a 5K run and walk, and live

 entertainment in downtown Kirksville.

A man and child dressed up in green for St Patrick's Day, in a small yellow car. Celebrating the holiday in Kirksville, Missouri

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 beside the

 Sue Ross Arts Center in downtown Kirksville. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets and let local artists entertain you!

Kirksville's 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, All-American Car Show, Independence Parade and of course – a Fireworks Display!

  See the Red, White, and Blue Festival Schedule for more details.

Annual NEMO Fair

This week-long event in mid-July includes nationally known grandstand entertainment! Enjoy the carnival, FFA exhibits, truck

 and tractor pull, livestock shows, demolition derby, fair queen pageant, bull rides and a butterfly house.

Kiwanis Farmers’ Market

The Kirksville Kiwanis Farmers’ Market is your source for local foods and handcrafts in the Kirksville, Missouri area, every Saturday,

May through October from 7:00 am to 12:00 pm!

A photograph showcasing the booths and grounds of the farmers' market

August Family Fun Weekend

A photograph of a smiling child crawling through the mud, participating in the 'mud mile' at kirksville's family fun weekend

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!

A photograph of the crows and booths at the red barn arts and crafts festival

FLATS Trail Half Marathon

This annual 13.1 mile race takes runners through miles of beautiful single trail around Forest Lake in Thousand Hills State Park with a

finish line at West Winery at Jackson Stables. All profits support the the Forest Lake Area Trail System (FLATS).

A photograph of a marathon contestant running on a forested trail

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 popular with many visitors! Festivities also include football games, music

 performances, and fireworks!

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.

Kirksville Hometown Holiday Event & 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 décor!

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.

A photograph of a musician performing on a brass instrument at the Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival.

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