SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The fall festival season has arrived in southwestern Missouri. Those looking to bring in and celebrate Autumn have ample opportunities to do so in the area.

Though these events are some of the most popular in the area, they’re by no means the only ones in the area. If you have a favorite go-to fall festival you enjoy visiting every year, let us know so we can add it to this list.

Below are some of the biggest and more exciting fall festivals coming up in southwest Missouri and the Ozarks.

September

Cedar Fest

  • Sept. 18-Oct. 31
  • Location: Big Cedar Lodge, Ridgedale
  • Admission: Varies by event

Big Cedar Lodge takes its fall festivities seriously by making its festival over a month long. You’ll find a pick-your-own-pumpkin patch for the kids, a fall foliage cruise on Table Rock Lake, a 5K run, and much more at Cedar Fest.

Harvest Festival at Silver Dollar City

  • Sept. 21-Oct. 29
  • Location: Silver Dollar City, Branson
  • Admission: $79 for park admission

Silver Dollar City ramps up its usual blast-from-the-past approach with its Harvest Festival adding events such as chuck wagon demonstrations, craftsmen, very large pumpkins, pumpkin carving art, and extended ride hours. Be sure to check out the new Foggy Hollow addition, which has synchronized lights and music and fog.

Stockton Black Walnut Festival

  • Sept. 22-24
  • Location: City Park Downtown/Spring Street, Stockton
  • Admission: Varies

The Stockton Black Walnut Festival is a popular event for the Ozarks. This is the festival’s 62nd year, and it’s expected to be one of the best in years. From live music from well-known area bands and beauty pageants to terrapin races and carnivals, there is no shortage of things to do and see at this festival.

Stone County Fair on the Square

  • Sept. 23-25
  • Location: Stone County Square, Galena
  • Admission: Free

The Stone County Fair stopped in 2007, but it’s back now for the second year in a row to bring people from all around to celebrate the Stone County community. This fair will have plenty of activities for people to enjoy, including a rock wall, camel rides, corn hole, inflatables, shopping at more than 40 vendors, and more. A beer garden and live music will be available for adults who want to celebrate.

Wilder Days

  • Sept. 23-24
  • Location: Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home & Museum, 3060 Highway A, Mansfield
  • Admission: $18 for adults 18 and over, $8 for children 6-17

Laura Ingalls Wilder, perhaps most well-known for her Little House novels that were turned into the Little House on the Prairie television show, is celebrated and immortalized at Wilder Days. Hear some great music at the 7th Annual Fiddle Contest. You’ll also be able to take a tour of the historic home.

SGF CultureFest

  • Sept. 24
  • Location: C-Street City Market, 321 E. Commercial St., Springfield
  • Admission: Free

Celebrate the many cultures of the people that call Springfield home at SGF CultureFest. Visitors will be able to explore plenty of ethnic food, watch traditional performances and demonstrations, and celebrate the diversity of the Springfield area.

Hillberry — The Harvest Moon Festival

  • Sept. 29-Oct. 2
  • Location: The Farm Campground & Events, Eureka Springs, AR
  • Admission: $70+

Hillberry 2022 — The Harvest Moon Festival is one of the largest music festivals in northwestern Arkansas. If you’re a fan of folk and indie music, you may want to clear your calendar for this multi-day event. Rent a campsite if you want to make a weekend out of your visit.

Republic Pumpkin Daze

  • Sept. 30-Oct. 1
  • Location: J.R. Martin Park, 300 E. Hines St., Republic
  • Admission: Free

Republic Pumpkin Daze is a community-focused event that is increasing the event to two days instead of the usual one this year. This decades-old tradition brings people from all around to compete with their giant fruits and vegetables.

Pioneer Heritage Festival of the Ozarks

  • Sept. 30-Oct. 1
  • Location: Fox Trotters Park, Ava
  • Admission: Free

History buffs should make their way to the Pioneer Heritage Festival of the Ozarks over in Ava. People in period costumes, old-timey crafters, and traditional musicians are just a few of the highlights of this community gathering.

October

Neosho Fall Festival

  • Oct. 1
  • Location: Historic Downtown Neosho
  • Admission: Free

The City of Neosho will be hosting the Neosho Fall Festival the first Saturday of October. This festival is focused on arts and crafts, but you’ll also find a coaster car race, a car show, games and activities for the kids, and plenty of food to enjoy.

Ozark Fall Farmfest

  • Oct. 7-9
  • Location: Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, Springfield
  • Admission: Free

The Ozark Fall Farmfest is one of Springfield’s largest fall festivals. This is the festival’s 43rd year, and this year’s iteration is scheduled to bring more than 1.000 agricultural and rural living exhibits, as well as hundreds of livestock.

Apple Butter Makin’ Days

  • Oct. 7-9
  • Location: Courthouse Square, Mt. Vernon
  • Admission: Free

The 56th Apple Butter Makin’ Days are coming up in Mt. Vernon. Live music, intense weiner dog races, plenty of food and craft booths, and enough apple butter to keep you satiated for a while, this event is a great family event worth checking out.

Hollister Grape and Fall Festival

  • Oct. 8
  • Location: Historic Downing Street, Hollister
  • Admission: Free

Whether or not you love wine, the Hollister Grape and Fall Festival is a great time. Join the grape-stomping competition, participate in the Color Me Grape 5K run, watch the puppy pageant, or just relax and enjoy a glass of your favorite varietal while listening to live music.

Carthage Maple Leaf Festival

  • Oct. 15
  • Location: Carthage
  • Admission: Free

The 56th Annual Carthage Maple Leaf Festival is scheduled to start off with a bang with one of the largest parades in southwest Missouri. The rest of the day will bring car and tractor shows, craft and food vengers, a chicken pageant, a beauty pageant, a 5K run, and much more.

Pets & Pumpkin Family Festival

  • Oct. 22
  • Location: Park Central Square, Downtown Springfield
  • Admission: $2 per person and pet

If you love dogs, the Pets & Pumpkin Family Festival is the hottest event of the year. This is a costume party and walking parade, but it’s also a great community-building event for dog-lovers.