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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Sip & Shop
January 12, 2018
Imagine strolling through the streets of downtown Excelsior Springs, sipping wine, checking out local businesses you've never been to before and have an amazing ladies night out at the same time -- well now you can! Downtown businesses will serve wine samples while you shop around their stores. Read More



Chocolate Tour
February 3, 2018
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 10, 2018
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 17, 2018
Parade, beer garden, entertainment including a Fire Show and dancing. Food vendors and more. Read More




Piccadilly Gala
April 7, 2018
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 11 - 13, 2018
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


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 16, 2018
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, 2018
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




Mug Shots
September 8, 2018
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



Farm To Table Dinner
September 20, 2018
A new DEP recognition dinner with local award winners, wine toss event and prizes. Proceeds this year will benefit a new pocket park addition to Thompson Avenue. Read More


Zombie 5K Walk/Run
October 20, 2018
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 20, 2018
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 Waters. 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 festive, holiday decorations. Includes a guided passport to the homes and treats along the way. Sponsored by the Excelsior Springs Christmas Committee.




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 8, 2017
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 dinner fundraiser at the Montgomery Event Venue in support of our schools! Read More



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