Annual Events

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 run events.

2020 Events


Second Weekends
January 10-12, 2020
New stores and art galleries are opening in downtown. Come stay and play with us on one of these weekends with featured artists, live music and expanded shopping hours! Read More

Chocolate Tour
February 8, 2020
Sample chocolates and shop at businesses in the downtown historic district. There are only 400 tickets printed for this event and it sold out last year. Plan to get your tickets early! Read More

Second Weekends
February 14-16, 2020
New stores and art galleries are opening in downtown. Come stay and play with us on one of these weekends with featured artists, live music and expanded shopping hours! Read More

Mardi Gras Murder Mystery
February 22-23, 2020

Come celebrate Mardi Gras in Excelsior Springs! Join us in your best Mardi Gras attire and help solve a murder mystery. Live mask auction of masks designed by local artists, 50/50 raffle and silent auction. Read More

Second Weekends
March 13-15, 2020
New stores and art galleries are opening in downtown. Come stay and play with us on one of these weekends with featured artists, live music and expanded shopping hours! Read More

Sippin’ Into Springtime
March 28, 2020
Imagine strolling through the streets of Downtown Excelsior Springs, sipping wine, checking out local businesses and having an amazing time – well now you can! Read More

Piccadilly Gala
April 18, 2020

Ladies only penny auction event that features great items for a great cause. Dinner, photo booth, dress up gala! Ticket Pre-Sale Event Friday, January 10, 5:30 p.m. Read More

Second Weekends
April 10-12, 2020
Spring has Sprung!
New stores and art galleries are opening in downtown. Come stay and play with us on one of these weekends with featured artists, live music and expanded shopping hours! Read More

Spring Sidewalk Sales
April 11, 2020

Shop our downtown merchants for great savings on merchandise and check out the new spring offerings!

Gatsby Days
April 30 – May 3, 2020

Each year Excelsior Springs travels back in time to its golden age, the Roaring ’20s. Sponsored by the Excelsior Springs Area Cultural Guild, it is a celebration that explores the culture and history of the early 20th century through streets artists, demonstrations, live music, original poetry, vintage cars, fashion and more. Read More

Second Weekends
May 8-10, 2020
Mom’s Just Wanna Have Fun!
New stores and art galleries are opening in downtown. Come stay and play with us on one of these weekends with featured artists, live music and expanded shopping hours! Read More

Second Weekends
June 12-14, 2020
Girlfriend’s Getaway!
New stores and art galleries are opening in downtown. Come stay and play with us on one of these weekends with featured artists, live music and expanded shopping hours! Read More

Wine Festival
June 13, 2020

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 26-27, 2020

A celebration of Excelsior’s past, present and future, Waterfest is one of the largest festivals of the year. This festival features vendors, live music, celebrity guests, contests, kids games, fireworks, food, a beer garden and so much more. Read More

Annual Pancake Breakfast
June 27, 2019

Fundraising breakfast is held prior to the Waterfest Parade. Pancake breakfast will be held at Ventana Gourmet Grill. Read More

Gregg Williams Tiger Classic Golf Tournament
July 10, 2020
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

Second Weekends
July 10-12, 2020
New stores and art galleries are opening in downtown. Come stay and play with us on one of these weekends with featured artists, live music and expanded shopping hours! Read More

Second Weekends
August 14-15, 2020
New stores and art galleries are opening in downtown. Come stay and play with us on one of these weekends with featured artists, live music and expanded shopping hours! Read More

BBQ & Fly-in on the River
August 14-15, 2020

From all across the Midwest, over 60 competitive smoke-cooking teams turn out for Excelsior Springs’ sanctioned BBQ competition & Fly-In on the River at Excelsior Springs Memorial Airport (Saturday). Vintage and small planes landing throughout the day. Free rides and demonstrations! Read More

Mug Shots
September 26, 2020

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. Read More

Second Weekends
September 11-13, 2020
New stores and art galleries are opening in downtown. Come stay and play with us on one of these weekends with featured artists, live music and expanded shopping hours! Read More

DEP Annual Dinner
September 18, 2020

A DEP recognition dinner with local award winners, wine toss event and prizes. Proceeds this year will help light up Broadway! Read More

Oktoberfest Fall Festival
September 26, 2020
Crafters, vendors, and artists. Craft beers and Barrel Roll. Bed Racing competition new this year! Read More

Pups & Pumpkins 5K
September 26, 2020

New this year! Held in conjunction with the Pumpkins & Mums Fall Festival. Read More

Second Weekends
October 9-11, 2020
New stores and art galleries are opening in downtown. Come stay and play with us on one of these weekends with featured artists, live music and expanded shopping hours! Read More

Bill Payne Halloween
October 31, 2020

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.Read More

Second Weekends
November 13-15, 2020
New stores and art galleries are opening in downtown. Come stay and play with us on one of these weekends with featured artists, live music and expanded shopping hours! Read More

Christmas in Excelsior Springs
November 21- December 31, 2020

Head downtown on November 23 for lots of holiday activities including the Lighted Christmas Parade, Mayor’s Tree Lighting, Elf Factory, Carolers, Santa and more. Opening night for the Lane of Lights and Hall of Trees. Check out our page of Christmas events now! Read More

Small Business Saturday
November 28, 2020

For every $100 spent on local small businesses, $68 returns to the community — Civic Economics
Meet DEPO the Downtown Elf. DEPO is really into #ShoppingSmall, especially in Downtown Excelsior Springs! Read More

Mineral Water Bowl
December 5, 2020

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

Second Weekends
December 11-13, 2020
New stores and art galleries are opening in downtown. Come stay and play with us on one of these weekends with featured artists, live music and expanded shopping hours! Read More