Events in Excelsior Springs are on-going with many of the City's biggest events recurring annually. From Christmas, to Gatsby Days, to Waterfest, to Barbeque on the River, you are invited to experience the excitement of concerts, parades, festivals, food and fireworks year after year!

There is always something going on in Excelsior Springs. Check out our full activities calendar for year-round fun events.

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Chocolate Tour
February 4, 2017
Sample chocolates and shop at businesses in the downtown historic district. Tickets go on sale January 2nd at noon, available online or at the Hall of Waters Visitor Center. There are only 400 tickets printed for this event and it sold out last year. Plan to get your tickets early! Read More



Mardi Gras Murder Mystery
February 18, 2017
Come celebrate Mardi Gras in Excelsior Springs! Join us in your best Mardi Gras attire and help solve a murder mystery. Read More


Mardi Gras Irish Festival
March 11, 2017
Parade, beer garden, entertainment including a Fire Show and dancing. Food vendors and more. Read More


Piccadilly Gala
March 25, 2017
Ladies only penny auction event that features great items for a great cause. Dinner, photo booth, dress up gala! Montgomery Event Venue, South Thompson Ave. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; dinner at 6 p.m. Read More




Gatsby Days
May 12 - 14, 2017
Gatsby Days is held in honor of Excelsior Springs' Golden Era, the last weekend in April. A variety of events are featured throughout the weekend that explore culture and history in and around the 1920s, through music, art, dance, fashion, theatre and educational programs. New this year: Gin and Jazz! Read More


Farmer's Market
May 24 - September 27
Find great food products from all over the area, ranging from vegetables, to honey, to breads, to fruits, to jams and more! Support your local farm produce industry. Read More


Wine Festival
June 17, 2017
This annual event places the wines of Missouri on display in the beautiful outdoor setting of Lover's Lane in East Valley Park. Sample local wines and great food. Browse the artists and crafts booths. Live music throughout the event. Read More


Waterfest
June 23, 24 and 25, 2017
A celebration of Excelsior's past, present and future, Waterfest is one of the largest festivals of the year. This three-day festival with vendors, live music, celebrity guests, contests, kids games, fireworks, food, a beer garden and so much more. Read More




Annual Pancake Breakfast
June 23, 2017
Fundraising breakfast is held prior to the Waterfest Parade. Due to replacement of bridges in the downtown area, the parade will not take place this year, however, pancake breakfast will still be held at Ventana Gourmet Grill. Read More



Gregg Williams Tiger Classic Golf Tournament
July 14, 2017
The annual Gregg Williams Tiger Classic Golf Tournament is a 3-day event which includes the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, a Tiger Class Reception and Dinner for all golfers, the Tiger Golf Classic with various auctions and raffles. Read More


BBQ & Fly-in on the River
August 18-19, 2017
From all across the Midwest, over 60 competitive smoke-cooking teams turn out for Excelsior Springs' sanctioned BBQ & Fly-In on the River competition. On Saturday at the Excelsior Springs Memorial Airport there will be breakfast and lunch, with vintage and small planes landing throughout the day. Free rides and demonstrations! Read More


SPECIAL 2017 ONLY!
Solar Eclipse Festival!

August 20-21, 2017
Excelsior Springs, Missouri is in the Solar Eclipse path of totality! This event will be celebrated back-to-back with the annual BBQ & Fly-in on the River for four days of get-away fun! Read More




Pride Celebration
August 2017
Kicks off with a free concert in the park. Bring your lawn chairs and join Excelsior Springs for a celebration of its successes and accomplishments through the past year. PRIDE editions featuring community history, events, people and businesses will be online.



"E" Town Scavenger Saturday
September - Watch for 2017 Date
Sidewalk sales, garage sales, open houses and more. A shoppers paradise!



Mug Shots
September 9, 2017
Premier breweries, food vendors and musicians are brought together in our beautiful historic downtown to allow event attendees to sample quality brews, food and music. Watch for more information!


Farm To Table Dinner
September 21, 2017
A new DEP recognition dinner with local award winners, wine toss event and prizes. Proceeds this year will benefit the mural in the Carolyn Schutte Pocket Park. Read More




Tombstone Tours
October - Watch for 2017 Date
A self-guided tour through three cemeteries that stops at selected gravesites where you will meet actors portraying legendary people from Excelsior Springs' past. Read More



Zombie 5K Walk/Run
October 21, 2017
The course is laid out through Fishing River Linear Park and East Valley Park. There will be designated zombie zones where zombies will try and take runners' three life flags. Sponsored by Parks & Rec. Read More


Pumpkins & Mums
Fall Festival

October 21, 2017
Crafters, vendors, and artists. Childrens activities include face painting, pumpkin painting, carnival games, pony rides, scarecrow decorating contest and petting zoo. Read More


Bill Payne Halloween
October 31, 2017
Downtown merchants provide goodies to Trick-or-Treaters starting at 4 p.m. up until costume judging at the Hall of Waters for the Bill Payne Halloween costume awards, 6:15 p.m. Children march in a parade following the Excelsior Springs fire truck to the Clay-Ray Veterans Hall and are treated with hot dogs and drinks to end the safe trick-or-treat evening. Read More




Christmas in Excelsior Springs Kickoff
November 18, 2017
Lane of Lights opens at East Valley Park. Hall of Trees opens at the Hall of Wates. Head downtown in the evening for the Lighted Christmas Parade, Mayor's Tree Lighting, Santa's Workshop, Carolers, pictures with Santa and more. Read More


Small Business Saturday
November 25, 2017
For every $100 spent on local small businesses, $68 returns to the community
-- Civic Economics

Please support your small businesses. They are an investment in your community.


"E" Town Christmas
Homes Tour

December 2, 2017
Five local residents open their homes to the public for a tour of their feative, holiday decorations. Includes a guided passport to the homes and treats along the way. Sponsored by the Excelsior Springs Christmas Committee. Read More


Mineral Water Bowl
December 2, 2017
For more than 60 years, football fans have gathered for the annual Mineral Water Bowl. The Mineral Water Bowl is now one of two Division II bowl games affiliated with the MIAA. There is a meet and greet for the teams, plenty of tailgating and an influx of fans from the competing team towns as well as die-hard Excelsior Springs football fans. Read More




Murder Mystery Masquerade
December 9, 2016
There's been a murder in Excelsior Springs and it is up to the "suspects" attending the Murder Mystery Masquerade to figure out who it is! Join the Excelsior Springs Educational Foundation for a holiday themed dinner fundraiser at the Elms Hotel in support of our schools! Read More



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