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.
The annual Kirksville St. Patrick’s Day celebration features a 5K run and walk, and live
entertainment in downtown Kirksville.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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).
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!
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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!
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.
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!
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.