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Upcoming Events in Washington Missouri


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Sunset On The Riverfront - Beautiful sunset, melodious music, good friends, good food, doesn't get any better than this, right? Come and enjoy an evening of music, food and spirits on the banks of the Missouri River. Free entertainment, food and drinks available for purchase. 5-8 p.m.

Fourth Thursday, April through September

Address: Rennick Riverfront Park, #1 Elbert Drive , Washington, Missouri
Ph: 636-239-1743 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: tourism@washmo.org
Web: www.downtownwashmo.org
Fee: Free admission

April

3 - 4 Annual Main Street BBQ & Bluesfest - Downtown Washington, Inc. is proud to present the Annual Main Street BBQ & Bluesfest, to be held in the historic downtown district. This is a family-oriented event with a professional BBQ competition and live Blues music.

Enjoy music and a full food court throughout the weekend. Friday features the Kid’s Q competition! If your child is 5-15 years old and likes to grill, sign them up! It is open to both BBQ teams and to the public. The night also features the “Anything But” side competition for BBQ teams, in which they can enter any food item cooked on a grill that does not include meat as the main ingredient.

On Saturday, come to our annual BBQ competition, sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society. 50 teams will be competing for the title of Grand Champion, with trophies, ribbons and cash prizes for the winners. From 2-4pm, a BBQ tasting event will be open to the public, in which each team will be competing for the title of People’s Choice. Only $7 to sample BBQ from each team!

Address: Downtown , Washington, Missouri
Ph: 636-239-1743 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: events@downtownwashmo.org
Web: www.downtownwashmo.org/bluesfest
Fee: Free

May

8 - 10 Annual Art Fair & Winefest - The Annual Downtown Washington Fine Art Fair & Winefest will be held in historic downtown Washington. This unique festival in the heart of Missouri wine country draws visitors each spring from across the Midwest.

Over 60 wines from Missouri wineries will be poured for tasting, and knowledgeable winery representatives will be on hand to talk about their products at this, the largest all-Missouri winery tasting event. All wines poured in tasting will be available for sale, with a 10% discount on case purchases, mix or match. Participating wineries this year include Adam Puchta Winery, Augusta Winery, Bias Winery, Blumenhof Winery, Crown Valley Winery, La Dolce Vita Winery, Montelle Winery, Mount Pleasant Winery, Oak Glenn Winery, Robller Vineyards, St. James Winery, Stone Hill Winery, Summit Lake Winery and Tower Rock Winery.

Complimentary cheese and crackers are provided in the tasting area under the wine tent, with a variety of snacks and gourmet foods on sale in the park. Admission to the wine tasting is $15 in advance, $20 at the door, and includes a souvenir wineglass. Visitors to the wine tasting area will also have the opportunity to win a special wine basket prepared by a participating winery. Hours are: 5-10 PM Friday; Noon-10 PM Saturday; and Noon-5 PM Sunday.

There will be continuous entertainment throughout the weekend while patrons can sit under the rest tent to enjoy the atmosphere, the music and the wine.

Downtown Washington, Inc. also proudly presents the Annual Art Fair (formerly sponsored in part by the Mid-Missouri Fine Arts Society). Held adjacent to the wine tasting pavilion, the Art Fair is a juried selection of over 50 Mid-western artists featuring exhibitions and sales. Admission is free and hours are Friday 5-8 PM; Saturday 10-8 PM; and Sunday 11-4 PM.

Washington is an Amtrak stop! For tourist information, call 888-7WASHMO or visit the Downtown Washington, Inc. web site.

For more information about the Winefest or how to enter the Art Fair, contact Aimee Frey, Event Coordinator.

Address: Main & Elm Streets , Washington, Missouri
Ph: 636-239-1743 (Always call and confirm events)
Fax: 636-239-4832
Email: events@downtownwashmo.org
Web: www.downtownwashmo.org
Fee: $20 for wine area - other areas free

9 Gear Head Grape Stomp Classic Car and Truck Show - Enter your classic car or truck in the Gear Head Grape Stomp Classic Car and Motorcycle Show. Registration will be open from 9am - 12 noon with a cost of $20.00. The event will be held rain or shine at the SFB parking lot (corner of Cedar St. and Main St.) in beautiful Downtown Washington. Awards will be given at 4pm and this year we are hosting the Inaugural Ladies Choice Award presented by Mayor Sandy Lucy.

This event is held in conjunction with the Annual Art Fair and Wine Fest hosted by Downtown Washington, Inc. All proceeds benefit Grace's Place Franklin County Crisis Nursery. For more information or to print registration forms go to: www.gracesplacecrisisnursery.com under the "Events" tab. There is no pre-registration for this event. Registration forms will also be available the day of the event.

Address: Cedar & Main Street in Downtown Washington, MO , Washington, Missouri
Ph: 636-432-1313 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: amandajonesgp@gmail.com
Web: www.gracesplacecrisisnursery.com
Fee: Spectators Free

July

4 Annual 4th of July Fireworks - Come and join us in beautiful Washington for our annual 4th of July extravaganza.

Address: City Park , Washington, Missouri
Ph: 573-888-7WASHMO (Always call and confirm events)
Email: tourism@washmo.org
Web: www.visitwashmo.com/
Fee: Free

August

29 - 2 Washington Town & Country Fair and Parade - The third largest fair in Missouri, featuring big name entertainers, motor sport events, home economics, fine arts, midway rides, and livestock exhibits. Fun for all ages.
First Wednesday through Sunday in August.
Parade, Sunday before the fair.

Address: Washington Fairgrounds , Washington, Missouri
Ph: 636-239-1743 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: events@downtownwashmo.org
Web: www.washmofair.com/
Fee: One price for all entertainment.

September

18 Downtown Chili Cook-Off - Come vote for your "favorite" chili from over 30 different teams. Prizes awarded for best chili, hottest chili, best themed booth. "Classic TV Shows" this year's theme. Live entertainment, beer, wine & soda available for purchase. 5-10 p.m.

Address: Main and Elm Streets in historic downtown , Washington, Missouri
Ph: 636-239-1743 (Always call and confirm events)
Fax: 636-239-4832
Email: events@downtownwashmo.org
Web: www.downtownwashmo.org
Fee: $6 to taste chili

19 - 20 Fall Festival of the Arts and Crafts - The Fall Festival of the Arts and Crafts is a family-friendly event that features over 80 artists and crafters. Products they sell range from jewelry and soy candles to pottery and wood furniture. One factor that makes our event unique is that we only allow goods that are handmade by the artist/crafter selling them at the event. The event also features live entertainment, a full food court and a free children's area.

Address: Main and Elm Streets in historic downtown , Washington, Missouri
Ph: 636-239-1743 (Always call and confirm events)
Fax: 636-239-4832
Email: events@downtownwashmo.org
Web: www.downtownwashmo.org
Fee: Admission to public is free

October

26 Washington High School Band Festival - One of the largest band festivals in the state; parade and field competition for several classes of high schools. Parade Competition - 8:30 a.m.; Field competition begins at Noon.

Address: Downtown and Washington High School , Washington, Missouri
Ph: 636-239-2727 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.washington.k12.mo.us/whsband/bandfestival.htm
Fee: Free

3 - 4 St. Francis Borgia Craft Fair - Sausage dinner on Sunday caps two days of craft display and sales with over 50 booths.

Hours: Sat - 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sun - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Address: 2nd and Cedar Sts , Washington, Missouri
Ph: 636-239-6701 (Always call and confirm events)
Fee: Free admission

December

22 Olde Fashioned Christmas - Carolers, carriage and hay rides, refreshments, crafts for the kids. 4:00pm-6:00pm. Sunday after Thanksgiving.

Address: Washington Farmers' Market Facility , Washington, Missouri
Ph: 636-239-2715 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: tourism@washmo.org
Web: www.downtownwashmo.org
Fee: Free

Attractions and Upcoming Events


Thias House

Historic three-story Victorian home built in 1888 by Henry Thias as an "ornament to the city" of Washington. The home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Missouri. Now open to the public as a restaurant and Bed &

Washington, MO Historic Homes

Washington Historical Society Museum

Historic 1916 church building filled with artifacts of Washington'

Washington, MO Museums

La Dolce Vita Winery

Unique overnight stay by combining antiques and contemporary. Two bedroom, private bath overlooking the vineyard. Come enjoy the sweet life!

Washington, MO Wineries

Fort Charrette Historic Village and Museum

An authentic 1790 restored French fur trading post museum with associated village, containing antique furnishings and gardens, overlooking the Missouri River valley.

Washington, MO Museums

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