27th annual Starvy Creek Fall Bluegrass Festival, Conway
6:30 p.m. Sept. 13-15, Starvy Creek Park, 1933 Bluegrass Road, Conway. Lineup: Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out, Feller and Hill, Lonesome Road, Volume Five, Finley River Boys. Tickets $20 per day or $45 for a three-day pass; children age 12-16 half price with adult, children under 12 free with adult. Camping available. Coolers allowed. No alcohol or drugs allowed. www.starvycreek.com or 417-589-2013
45th Autumn Daze Arts, Crafts & Music Festival, Branson
9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 13-15, historic downtown Branson. Demonstrating crafters and artists, live music and more. Free admission.
Marshfield Harvest Days
Noon-7 p.m. Sept. 14-15, Marshfield square. Vendors lined up around the square, as well as live music and activities for kids of all ages. Free admission. 417-880-8984
Wilder Days on the Square, Mansfield
Sept. 14-15, 105 W. Parksquare, Mansfield. Schedule details are still in development. Free. This annual celebration typically features Little Laura and Farmer Boy contests, bed races and a parade. Keep an eye on “Wilder Days – Mansfield, Missouri” on Facebook for schedule updates.
4th Annual MO Food Truck Fest 2018
11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 15, field next to Springfield Expo Center, 635 E. St. Louis St. This is a one-day event featuring gourmet food trucks, carts and trailers from around the state. Featuring the brightest and most inspired street chefs bringing everything from gourmet hot dogs, sandwiches, Creole, barbecue, Mexican and Tex-Mex, American, Italian, American, Asian, Latin, Mediterranean, and sweets, plus live entertainment and vendors galore. Free admission. www.mofoodtruckfest.com
Wilder Day, Mansfield
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 15, Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum, 3068 Highway A, Mansfield. Wilder Days is an annual celebration commemorating Laura Ingalls Wilder and her “Little House” books. Hear Pa’s fiddle, enjoy a fiddle contest, take a tour of the home and enjoy the grounds of Rocky Ridge Farm. 877-924-7126
State of the Ozarks Fall Festival, Hollister
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 15, Downing Street, Hollister. Music, crafts, art and more featured at this celebration of Ozarks heritage then and now. Free. Search for “SOTO Fest ‘18’” on Facebook.
September Days, Lockwood
7 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Sept. 15, Lockwood. Free. This massive daylong party features everything from a pancake breakfast to an evening street party. Throughout the day, look for a parade, recliner races, baby show, turtle races, 50/50 drawing, contests and much more. At 7 p.m., there will be a 4-H Glow Run. lockwoodseptemberdays.com or 417-576-5517
21st Annual Cider Days
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 15-16, historic Walnut Street west of National Avenue. Artists and crafters from across the region selling handmade products including jewelry, pottery, glass, wood, furniture and much more. Admission $4 adults, children 10 and under are free. 417-831-6200.
1860s Lifestyle Expo
11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sept. 16, Springfield Greene County Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic Ave. Step back in time to learn and appreciate living in the 1860s. Costumed crafters will demonstrate apple butter making, hearth cooking, fiber arts, music, dancing, seed spitting and more. Free. 417-833-2352 or 417-838-4965
Hootin’ an Hollarin' Days, Gainesville
6 p.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 20; 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 21; 8 a.m.-10 p.m. on the Gainesville Square. Don’t miss this annual three-day event that features everything from turtle races to outhouse races and everything that makes celebrating the Ozarks fun. There will be plenty of live music, crafts, food, contests and games. Go to hootinanhollarin.com or search for it on Facebook.
Noon-10 p.m. Sept. 21 and 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 22, downtown Marionville. There will be crafts, food, retail booths, live music and a free carnival for kids. A parade starts at 10 a.m. Sept. 22, followed by a car show, a slew of contests including a husband-calling contest and fireworks. www.marionvilleapplefest.com or search for “AppleFest Festival” on Facebook
Billings Fall Harvest
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 22, throughout Billings. A day of shopping, food, music, antiques and more, hosted by Billings Merchants Association.
Fall on the Frisco
8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sept. 22, downtown Jackson Street, Willard. Arts/crafts vendors, food trucks, bounce houses, live music, dog costume contest, ComicCon hero and villain walk, beer garden and more. Free admission. 417-742-2442
9th Annual Meadfest, 7C's Winery
Noon-6 p.m. Sept. 23, 7Cs Winery, 502 E. 560th Road, Walnut Grove. This medieval celebration will include competitions, recreations and living history. Bring the family and enjoy the fun. Free wine and mead tasting. Free admission. Souvenir mead tasting glasses are $5. 417-788-2263
Black Walnut Festival, Stockton
Sept. 27-29. Free. This huge festival is in its 58th year and will feature loads of booths, bands, a parade and much more. For information: stocktonlakesertoma.com/black-walnut-festival or search for “2018 Black Walnut Festival” on Facebook.
5th Annual Sertoma Oktoberfest
11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 29, Springfield Expo Center, 635 E. St. Louis St. Jam-packed with bands, the Alpine Good Will Games, Brat Eating Contest and the popular Running of the Wieners. Food and drink vendors. Tickets $10 adults, $5 students w/ID, kids 12 and under are free. Come in traditional Bavarian dress for free entry. 417-886-8606, ext. 102
Pioneer Day Festival, Mountain View
8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 29, downtown Mountain View. Kick off the day with quilt, tractor and car shows, enjoy a costume contest and dancers and listen to live music before the parade starts at 4 p.m. Free. mountainviewmo.com or 417-934-2601
2018 EGGfest — Smokin’ the Ozarks
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 29, Outdoor Home, 882 W. Tracker Road, Nixa. Celebrate the versatility of the Big Green Egg and taste what the cooking teams come up with. Through Sept. 9, tickets are $20 per person or $35 per couple. Free T-shirts are included. Outdoorhome.com or 417-761-7611
Norwood Farmer’s Day Festival
8 a.m. Sept. 29, downtown Norwood. The celebration includes a 5K fun run/walk, parades, pie and cobbler contests, live music, raffles, a home-run derby and an annual alumni baseball game. Free. Search for “Norwood Farmer’s Day” on Facebook or call 417-746-4613
4-10 p.m. Sept. 29 on Constitution Boulevard, in the Jamestown subdivision, Rogersville. This outdoor music festival features Machine Gun Symphony and benefits the community of Rogersville. Tickets are 10 in advance or $15 at the gate; children ages 8 and younger get in free. For tickets, go to rockinrogersville.com or pick them up at Citizens Bank of Rogersville or Legacy Bank.
Fair Grove Heritage Reunion
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 29-30, grounds of historic Wommack Mill, 38 S. Main St., Fair Grove. Arts and crafts, period entertainment, music, dancing, demonstrations and parade on Saturday. 417-833-3467
52nd Annual Maple Leaf Festival, Carthage
Oct. 1-27: Don’t miss the monthlong festival held in the heart of Carthage featuring exhibitions, pageants, live music, a parade, tons of food and art, a carnival, dodgeball, a bike tour and 5k run, car show, tractor show and so much more. The parade kicks off at 9 a.m. Oct. 20, but be sure to go to www.carthagechamber.com for the very full calendar of events.
Republic Pumpkin Daze
8 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 6, Main Street, Republic. Celebrate the season of all the great pumpkins at this annual celebration. republicpumpkindaze.com or 417-732-6210
Pioneer Heritage Festival of the Ozarks, Ava
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 6; 10 a.m. service and festival resumes 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 7, Ava. Celebrate the pioneer spirit with this festival, which features demonstrations of weaving, spinning, blacksmithing, flint knapping and much more. Entertainment includes live bands, and folks are encouraged to bring a musical instrument and a lawn chair. Parking is free, but donations of $5 are suggested at the gate. www.heritage417.com or search for “Pioneer Heritage Festival of the Ozarks” on Facebook.
Ozarks Older Iron Club Fall Tractor Show and Pull, Cabool
10 a.m.-close Oct. 12-13; 310 Cannaday, Cabool. Step back in time with demonstrations of old-fashioned equipment, including gas engines, sawmills, blacksmithing, cider pressing and more. Concessions are available. A parade of tractors will be held at 11 a.m. both days as will tractor pulls. Free, with free parking. Search for “OOIC Fall Tractor Show and Pull” on Facebook.
52nd Annual Apple Butter Makin’ Days, Mount Vernon
9 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 12; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 13; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 14. 101 S. Hickory, Mount Vernon. More than 400 booth spaces will be filled with handmade crafts and loads of food. Also on the schedule are a parade, wiener dog races and a car show. Free. www.mountvernonchamber.com or 417-466-7654
Hollister Grape and Fall Festival
10 a.m.-10 p.m. Oct. 13, Downing Street, Hollister. Celebrate the grape harvest and Hollister’s history at this event that features a 5K fun run, live entertainment, food and craft vendors and a beer and wine garden. Live music and a street dance kick off at 7 p.m. Free. Hollisterchamber.net or 417-334-3050
5th Annual Ozarktoberfest, West Plains
11 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 13, 1368 Bill Virdon Blvd., West Plains. This beer fest features homebrew competitions, live music and German fare. Proceeds benefit Boys and Girls Club of the Greater West Plains Area. Ozarktoberfest.org or search “Ozarktoberfest” on Facebook.
24th annual Art in the Park
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Oct. 13-14, Sequiota Park, 3500 S. Lone Pine. Enjoy and be inspired by some of the best art in the Ozarks in the beauty of the park. Free. Artcraftguild.org or search for “SW MO Art & Craft Guild” on Facebook.
Sparta Persimmon Days Festival
Noon-8 p.m. Oct. 19 and 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Oct. 20, Roller Park, 837 Division St., Sparta. The schedule for this annual two-day event has not yet been posted, but it promises live entertainment throughout both days, arts and crafts and, almost without question, food. Search for “2018 Sparta Persimmon Days Festival” on Facebook or call or text 417-838-1854.
Pets & Pumpkins Festival 2018
Pets & Pumpkins, noon-5 p.m. Oct. 20, Park Central Square. A fall festival for the entire family, including games, activities and a costume parade/contests. Admission is $2 for each attendee (adult, child or pet). www.petsandpumpkins.com or 417-830-8121
Warsaw Heritage Days
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 20; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 21; Drake Harbor, West Harrison Street, Warsaw. Visit more than 200 vendors offering everything from handcrafted items to food and enjoy a 19th century Ozark Highlands at Kaysinger Bluff. There will be period clothing demonstrations and other displays. warsawchamberofcommerce.com or 660-438-5922
Glade Top Trail Flaming Fall Revue Music and BBQ Festival
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 21 Caney Picnic Area, Ava. This event celebrates the colors of fall with food, dessert auction, pumpkin and face painting, live music and breathtaking views. Dinner will be served 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Choices are pulled pork and sides, $6; ham and beans with cornbread, $4; or hot dog and chips, $3. Directions: From Ava, take Missouri 5 south, turn right on Highway A and follow the signs to the picnic area on Glade Top Trail. avachamber.org or 417-683-4594
Cassville Chili Cook Off
Oct. 27. Schedule in development. Main Street, Cassville. This annual event historically features live music, craft booths and pet parade and, of course, chili and salsa tasting. www.cassville.com or 417-847-2814