Ozarks Fall Festivals in 2022, from Cider Days to Oktoberfest

Live music fills the fresh air, food vendors greet passers-by, and kids run around with new crafts in their hands. Fall festival season is upon us.

The News-Leader has compiled a list of 19 different festivals to visit in the Ozarks this fall.

Where: 123 W. Market St. in Seymour

When: September 8-10

Cost: Free

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Seymour Apple Festival, which is held about 30 miles east of Springfield. The family-friendly festival features over 100 arts and crafts vendors, live entertainment, a 5k run, and various contests.

The free contests include apple peeling; the longest and most continuous apple peel is the winner, baking apples (jam/jelly and cake/bread) and other children’s competitions.

The Apple Festival Parade begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 10 along Market Street.

Country days in Bolivar

Where: Downtown Bolivar

When: Saturday, September 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost: Free

Bolivar’s annual Country Days festival features art and food vendors, a car show and different competitions. Throughout the day you can enjoy performances by Tumbles, Pogo Fred, Lyle Strickland, Brother Zehr and Sunset to Burns.

Where: Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden inside the Springfield Botanical Gardens at 2400 S. Scenic Ave.

When: Friday, September 9 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 10 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday Sept. 11 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cost: $8 per adult on Friday and Sunday, $12 on Saturday; admission for children ages 3-12 is $3.

The 26th annual Japanese Autumn Festival is a celebration of Japanese culture highlighting the sister city of Springfield’s relationship with Isesaki, Japan. This year’s festival will include live performances from a variety of organizations.

The headliner is Samurai Sword Soul, a New York-based theater company, which presents choreographed sword fights, humanist-themed comedies and dramas.

After: Samurai Sword Soul to headline 26th Japan Autumn Festival in Springfield

Where: Downtown Springfield

When: 10-11 Sept.

Cost: $60 weekend pass, $160 VIP weekend pass

MIDXMIDWST is Springfield’s premier mural art and culture festival. Throughout the two-day festival, 10 muralists will perform eight live murals. Two music stages will be set up in downtown Springfield, featuring national, regional and local musicians.

Buy your tickets online at midxmidwst.com/tickets.

After: MIDXMIDWST Festival Comes to Springfield in September

Where: Mother’s Brewing Company at 215 S. Grant Ave.

When: Sept. 10, Sept. 17, Sept. 24 from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Cost: Free

This year, Oktoberfest in the Ozarks spans three Saturdays in September. Events for family friends will include a bouncy house, hosting mug contests, bocce ball, cornhole tournaments, yodelling competitions, Schuhplattler Bavarian dance lessons, pretzels, oompah music and drinking songs with a beer choir.

Food trucks will be available every weekend:

  • September 10: Lucco’s Pizza, Chameleon Cuisine, Sweet EMOtion
  • September 17: GirlDad BBQ, I Love Tacos, Sweet EMOtion
  • September 24: The Lunar Lunch Box, Greek Belly, SnoNut

Doors open at noon and the festivities begin at 1 p.m.

Where: Humansville Community Building at 202 W. Buffalo St.

When: 15-17 Sept.

Cost: Free admission, activity prices vary

The 75th annual Humansville Fall Festival will take place in September, celebrating the town’s 150th anniversary. The festival will feature craft and food vendors, carnival rides, live music, a talent show, parade and various contests. Pre-sale tickets for Carnival are $15 and $20 during the event.

Where: 30 Washington Street in Marionville

When: September 16-17

Cost: Free

Marionville’s Applefest includes live music, crafts, food, a parade, pony rides, and a kids’ zone. Every year there is also an Applefest Pageant, with categories such as Tiny Miss Appleseed (12-23 months), Miss Candy Apple (8-11 years), Miss Apple Blossom (12-14 years) and more.

Where: Ozark Empire Fairgrounds at 3001 N. Grant Ave.

When: Saturday September 17 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Cost: Free

The one-day food truck festival and competition is in its eighth year. Food trucks, carts and trailers from across the state of Missouri will be visiting. In addition to food, patrons can enjoy live music from Wesley Allen & Modern August, Isaac Kenneth, The Grasshopper Unit, and Bad Mojo.

For a full list of food trucks in attendance, visit mofoodtruckfest.com/.

Where: Historic Walnut Street in Springfield

When: September 17-18

Cost: $5 per adult, free for children under 10

Returning for its 24th year, Cider Days on Historic Walnut Street is a two-day outdoor fall festival. Cider Days features artists and artisans from across the country, live music and dance performances, and different food options.

Buy your tickets online at itsalldowntown.com/ciderdays/.

Where: silver dollar city

When: September 21 to October 29

Cost: $75 for a day pass, ticket prices vary

Silver Dollar City’s annual Harvest Festival features new artisans each week for Craft Days and thousands of lighted pumpkins at night for Pumpkins In The City. The Harvest Festival is one of many seasonal experiences at the theme park.

New to the festival this year is Foggy Hollow, which features over 300 strands of light suspended above a 40-foot pathway. The lights will be in sync with music playing as a haze of fog covers the path.

Where: Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum at 3060 Highway A in Mansfield

When: September 23-24

Cost: $18 per adult, $8 per child 6 to 7 years old and free for children under 5 years old

Wilder Days is the annual celebration of author Laura Ingalls Wilder, popularly known for the “Little House on the Prairie” children’s book series. During the event, guests can tour Wilder’s home, explore Rocky Ridge Farm, and digest the rich history. In addition, the seventh annual Fiddle Off will take place this weekend.

Where: C-Street City Market at 321 E. Commercial St.

When: Saturday, September 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost: Free

Springfield’s Culturefest features local musicians, dancers and artisans to showcase the city’s heritage.

Where: Fleet Feet Springfield at 1254 E. Republic Road

When: Friday, September 30 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Cost: Registration $45 until September 9, then $55

Fleet Fleet Springfield is hosting an 8k run and beer mug competition at the end of September. The beer mug contest starts at 7:15 p.m. with a $15 entry. The contestant who can hold a mug of beer in front of them the longest is the winner. After the race and competition, guests can enjoy polka music, beer and kids.

Where: JR Martin Park at 300 E. Hines St. in Republic.

When: Friday, Sept. 30 from noon to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 1 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Cost: Free

The Republic Pumpkin Daze has been a tradition since 1992, popularly known for its pumpkin growing contest. The event also features regional arts and crafts vendors.

cider festival at Big Cedar Lodge

Where: Big Cedar Lodge at 190 Top of the Rock Road in Ridgedale

When: Every Saturday in October

Cost: Prices vary by activity

Big Cedar Lodge’s annual Cider Fest features fall wreath making, fall centerpiece building, pumpkin decorating, fall trolley rides, buncos, black light scavenger hunts , tie-dye, family bingo, pottery painting, fishing for kids and more.

To make activity reservations, visit bigcedar.com/seasons/cedar-fest/

Where: Ozark Empire Fairgrounds at 3001 N. Grant Ave.

When: Friday October 7 and Saturday October 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday October 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost: Free

This year marks the 43rd annual Ozark Fall Farmfest. The festival features over 1,000 live agricultural exhibits and 600 registered cattle. It is considered the biggest farming event in the Ozarks.

Where: Lawrence County Courthouse Public Square in Mount Vernon

When: Friday Oct. 7 and Saturday Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday Oct. 9.

Cost: Free

Every year, people can learn how to make homemade apple butter on the lawn of the Lawrence County Courthouse during Apple Butter Making Days. In addition, more than 450 craft and food kiosks will be available. Throughout the weekend, guests can enter a variety of contests, including an apple pie eating contest, a gum blowing contest, and a beard and mustache contest on Friday.

For a full list of events, visit mtvchamber.com/apple-butter-making-days.

Where: Historic Downing Street in Hollister

When: Saturday, Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Hollister’s Grape & Fall Festival will feature arts and crafts vendors, food trucks, a 5K race, puppy contest and the annual grape stomping.

Where: Central square of the park

When: Saturday, Oct. 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost: $2 for all participants (adults, children and pets)

Springfield’s annual Pets & Pumpkins Family Festival features one of the longest running costume parades in Missouri. The parade begins at 2 p.m. on Park Central East near Civil Kitchen. Along with the parade, guests can enjoy different vendors.

Are we missing regional fall festivals? If there are any festivals worth listing, email [email protected]

Greta Cross is the current affairs reporter for the Springfield News-Leader. Follow her on Twitter and instagram @gretacrossphoto. Story idea? Email him at [email protected]

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