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Summer Events in Northwest Missouri

Northwestern Missouri has a lot to offer in the summer months. Take the whole family or a few friends to the best best fairs, markets, and festivals all over the Northland.


52nd Jesse James Festival

September 8 and 9 and 15 through 17, 2023
Held over two weekends in September, the festival features a variety of activities for all ages. Prices vary, but many events are free. Some popular events include a parade, BBQ cookoff, dance, carnival, and a youth fishing tournament. Check out the schedule at

St. Joseph

Chiefs Training Camp

July 23 through August 17
Our reigning Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs are holding Training Camp at Missouri Western State University again this summer. Most practices are free and open to the public, but tickets must be reserved online. Attendance is expected to be large and special events and autograph sessions will be held on different dates, so plan ahead. Visit the website to reserve tickets:


Smithville Community Festi-ville

August 19
Festi-Ville is a free annual community event that aims to bring people together for a day of fun, food, and festivities. This event is held in Downtown Smithville with many vendors and bands, including Chris Cagle, Dolewite, and Hudson Drive.

Platte City

Platte County Fair

July 19 through 22
The Platte County Fair has been held in Platte City, Mo. since 1863. The fair boasts a variety of contests and entertainment for guests of all ages. Some of the highlights include a rodeo, demolition derby, outlaw truck and tractor pull, and carnival. Visit their website at


Nodaway County Fair

July 13 through 15
This Northwest Missouri fair has something for everyone! The fair includes a baby contest, checkers tournament, kids barbecue competition, ice cream social, pancake breakfast, parade, pedal pull, carnival and more. Visit their website at

Excelsior Springs

Mug Shots

September 30
Roam the streets of Downtown Excelsior Springs with fellow craft beer lovers! You’ll sample a different craft beer at each participating location throughout the eateries, drinkeries, shops, boutiques and galleries of downtown! For just $20 you can sample over 20 great craft beers! Become a VIP Ticket Holder for $35 and receive early check in with a ‘Kegs & Eggs’ brunch at Atlas Saloon Brewery at 11:00 AM before the event (gratuity not included in brunch price). Visit the website at

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