Looking for your excuse to visit Kirksville? Then mark your calendars because Kirksville hosts a festival for just about anything you’d want to celebrate! Foodie? Music Lover? Artisan or Craftsman? Look no further than Missouri’s North Star!

May 30-June 2, 2013

SPBGMA Blue Grass Festival
NEMO Fairgrounds, 2700 East Illinois Street      
Join the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) and enjoy days of Bluegrass music from many of your favorite bluegrass bands and artists!
Click here for the flier! 

July 4-6, 2013

All American Red, White and Blue Festival
Downtown Kirksville, 304 South Franklin Street
This festival is in its 9th year and brings service clubs, businesses, and locals together for a great Independence Day Celebration! Join us for an Apple Pie Contest, Red, White and Blue Pancake Breakfast, Bicycle Ride, Cemetery Theater, and of course- a Fireworks Display!

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July 15-20, 2013
65th Annual NEMO Fair
NEMO Fairgrounds, 2700 East Illinois Street
This week long event includes grand stand entertainment: Dustin Lynch, Neal McCoy, and Jerrod Neimann. There will be fun for everyone with the Lowery carnival, FFA Exhibits, Truck and Tractor Pull, Livestock shows, Demolition Derby, Fair Queen pageant, Bull Rides and a Butterfly House.


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August 31, 2013
Harvest Fest for DELTA

Jacob’s Vineyard and Winery, 26078 Eagle Lane
This event is a fundraiser for Developing Essential Learning Through Agriculture. There is a grape stomp, live music, entertainment, food, and of course- plenty of locally produced wine!



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September 8, 2013

Kirksville Air Festival
Kirksville Regional Airport, 27161 Airport Trail 
The Kirksville Air Festival features stunt flying as well as parachute jumps and helicopter rides available to the public! Come out the Regional Airport with the whole family to enjoy food, live music, and stunning in-air performances!



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September 8, 2013
Northeast Missouri Triathlon
Thousand Hills State Park, 20431 State Highway
2013 marks the 29th year of this annual athletic event. Participants swim .75 miles in Forest Lake, run 5 miles, and bike 18 at the State Park.




September 21, 2013
Red Barn Arts and Crafts Festival
Downtown Kirksville, 117 South Franklin Street  
This juried festival attracts more than 9,000 people to more than 100 artisan booths to Downtown Kirksville. It brings together individuals involved in visual art, performing arts and crafts. Artisans from many around the US participate! Enjoy Red Barn with food, arts, awards, and entertainment all day long!
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September 21, 2013
Adair County Young Farmers Truck and Tractor Pull
NEMO Fairgrounds, 2700 East Illinois Street
Join the Adair County Young Farmers and the Kirksville FFA Chapter for their annual Truck and Tractor Pull. The event features pulls in a variety of classes for both truck and tractors and serves as a fundraiser for scholarships for area youth.

September 28, 2013
Round Barn Blues
Round Barn, Route P
Round Barn Blues is a bi-annual blues fest which features Royal Southern Brotherhood as the Headliner this year! Blues legends and newcomers from across the country converge to perform at the historic round barn built in 1913. Barbeque, burgers and refreshments are available in the concession area on the lower floor of the barn.


September 28, 2013

Kirksville Bacon Festival
Downtown Kirksville, 106 West Washington Street

The Kirksville Bacon Festival is back for the 3rd year! This year will bring back the fan favorite- Free BLTs for lunch!  A cooking contest with bacon as the prize-winning ingredient, a pageant to choose a new Miss Sizzle and Young Miss Sizzle and Little Miss Bacon Bits, live music, a food drive for the local food pantries, will round out the event bringing fun for the whole family!




October 5, 2013
Scottish Highland Games
Faith Lutheran Church, 1820 South Baltimore Street 
These annual games feature competitions in Scotland’s traditional feats of strength, such as tossing the caber and the Braemar stone. Bring your whole family out to enjoy the kilts and the bagpipes!



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October 5, 2013
ARTober Fest Wine Tasting
Kirksville Arts Association, 117 South Franklin
Help support this Kirksville Arts Association with this special wine tasting event.




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December 6-7, 2013
Missouri Livestock Symposium
Kirksville Middle School, 1515 South Cottage Grove Avenue

The Missouri Livestock Symposium is an agriculture education event that is free to the public. The event features a trade show, free dinners, and speakers and educators from across the country and the globe.