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Excelsior Springs’ Biggest Events For 2020

Events in Excelsior Springs are on-going with many of the City’s biggest events happening every year! From Gatsby Days, to Wine Fest, the Waterfest and BBQ & Fly-In on the River, you are invited to experience the excitement of concerts, parades, festivals, food, wine, beer and fireworks year after year! There is always something fun happening in Excelsior Springs! Make 2020 the year you check Downtown Excelsior Springs off your bucket list!

Second Weekends
Year Round/Every Month/Beginning With Second Friday
Art Lovers Unite!
There is no better time to experience the magic of downtown that during Second Weekends! Shops open late, featured artists, happy hours, live musicians, great eats and live demonstrations!

Chocolate Tour
February 8th
Chocolate, Caramels and Wine, Oh My!
Nothing says Valentine’s Day quite like chocolate! When you purchase a ticket you can sample scrumptious sweet treats at over 25 participating locations and have all day access to the trolley!
You can expect to enjoy taste of Chocolate Caramel, Glorious Fudge, Gourmet Hot Chocolate, Butterscotch, Coconut, Chocolate Butter, Dipped Chocolate, White Chocolate, Cherry, Chocolate Amaretto, Smores and more!

Sippin’ Into Springtime
Saturday, March 28th
Celebrate Spring With Wine Sampling!
Out with winter and in with spring! Let’s celebrate by sampling wine throughout the eateries, drinkeries, shops, boutiques and galleries of Downtown Excelsior Springs! Tickets allow you to sample 25 great wines! Wine, Food, Shopping & Fun! You can’t go wrong!

Gatsby Days
April 30th – May 2nd
The Roarin’ 20’s Are Back Again!
Each year we travel back in time to its golden age, the Roarin’ 20’s! Come experience a celebration that explores the culture and history of the early years through street artists, demonstrations, live music, original poetry, vintage cars, fashion and more!

Wine Festival
June 13th
Uncork & Unwind At The 14th Annual Wine Festival
Whether you are a seasoned wineaux or still figuring out the different between Moscato and Merlot, the Wine Festival is for you! This premier destination event places Missouri wineries and their famous wines on display in the beautiful outdoor setting of Lover’s Lane.
Tickets include access to sampling wines from 25 different Missouri Wineries, all day access to the trolley, live music and entertainment and so much more!

June 26th & 27th
The Waterfest Celebration is an annual event that celebrates the city’s mineral water heritage with a weekend full of music, activities, food and fun!
Downtown transforms into a festival grounds. In the air are the sounds of kids laughing as they slide and bounce around the inflatable playground or take a pony ride. The smell of funnel cake and BBQ waft through the air. Vendors line the streets. A community parade. Live music entertains and as the sun settles, you’ll paus for a spectacular fireworks display.

BBQ & Fly-In on the River
August 14th & 15th
Smoke Em’ If You Got Em’
Whether you spell it BBQ, Barbeque or Barbecue, it’s the taste of American and the BBQ & Fly-In on the River is coming back to the streets of Historic Downtown Excelsior Springs for it’s 20th year!
Mark your calendars and join us while 72 Competition BBQ Teams compete to take home the trophy! This competition will feature some of the top pitmasters in the nation battling it out in the rugged competition. The aromas of meat filling the air, great music, food, beer, cornhole tournaments, a BBQ Calcutta, the City’s largest fireworks display and so much more! It’s promising fun for the entire family!

September 26th
Come see what’s brewing at the Excelsior Springs Oktoberfest! Join in the celebration and you can expect to experience a day full of bed racing, barrel rolls, live entertainment, street vendors and a variety of craft beers!
Get a team together and be a part of the bed racing tradition! Cash prizes and custom made trophies go home with the top three fast and furious teams! We promise it will be absolutely “fablehaft”!

Mug Shots
September 26th
Hops & Barley…Craft Beer Lovers Unite
Just as the breeze of fall weather begins to set in, join us in roaming the streets of Downtown Excelsior Springs with fellow craft beer lovers! You’ll sample a different craft beer at each participating locations throughout the eateries, drinkeries, shops, boutiques and galleries! You can even test your luck and try your hand during the poker run!

Christmas In Excelsior Springs
Christmas in Excelsior Springs is a series of holiday events and attractions in the heart of downtown! It’s a one-of-a-kind winter experience that features a tree lighting festival, a parade, visits with Santa, gift and craft making, tours, shopping and parties, all surrounding by twinkling Christmas lights!

You can enjoy so many different events throughout the Holiday in Downtown Excelsior Springs! Make sure to check them all out and make it a very special Christmas Season for you and yours!
Downtown Holiday Open Houses
November 21st
It’s one of the most wonderful times of the year! Get ahead of the hustle and bustle and find the perfectly unique gifts in Downtown Excelsior Springs!
Mistletoe Market
November 21st
Enjoy sipping a glass of wine while shopping unique vendor booths and get your holiday shopping done right!
Elf Factory
November 21st
Arts and crafts for children of all ages! Come enjoy the holiday and let your little make their handmade gifts!
Downtown Christmas Kick Off and Lighting Ceremony
November 21st
Gather through the streets for the unveiling of the thousands of holiday lights that can be enjoyed from anywhere downtown!
Lighted Christmas Parade
November 21st
It’s Excelsior Springs’ greatest parade! Floats, walkers, bands and thousands of lights!
Hall of Trees
November 21st – December 31st
View the beauty of Christmas as you tour the Hall of Waters that is decorated with 30 beautiful trees!
Lane of Lights
November 21st – December 31st
Don’t miss out on taking a trip through the Lane of Lights! This spirit of Christmas will take you away!
Breakfast With Santa
December 5th
Enjoy a delicious breakfast with Santa and get your pictures taken, too!
Candy Cane Hunt
December 5th
Come one, come all! Bring the kiddos for the annual Candy Cane Hunt!
PAWS for a Picture
December 5th
Grab your four legged pooch and snap some pictures with Santa!
Holiday Homes Tour
December 5th
The joy and magic of the season is brought to life as your tour 5 stunningly decorated homes for the holiday season!
Santa’s Polar Express
December 11th
Santa Claus is coming to town and so is the Polar Express! Come get your free pictures with Santa and take a ride on the Polar Express through the Lane of Lights!
Taste of Christmas
December 12th
Gather inspiration for your own holiday spread and enjoy sampling Christmas treats from multiple participating locations!

Paranormal Ghost Tours
Every 3rd Saturday
Don’t be afraid … Well, maybe a little!
Prepare yourself for an evening of fun, scares and paranormal activity as you are guided through the Historic Hall of Waters! You will heart history and tales that you won’t hear before the sun goes down. Experience the unseen spirits, lost souls and more that linger around every corner. Expect the unexpected at the abandoned swimming pool and this 1940’s spa of healing. Anomalies have been seen in photos, such as shadows and figures when no one else is in sight!