Experience the Midwest

Events and Festivals in the Midwest



Jackson & the Roaring 20s Exhibition

Jackson, MI

The 1920s was a decade driven by prosperity, shifting social norm, and new technology. This exhibit explores some of the major individuals and events which made Jackson, Michigan roar during the 1920s. The exhibit was developed by Ella Sharp Museum as a supplement to the traveling exhibit Spirited: Prohibition in America.


MARCH 1 - MAY 3, 2021

Michigan Lighthouse Tour — Virtual Run/Walk

Detroit, MI

The Michigan Lighthouse Tour is a virtual team run/walk that will take you on the sightseeing journey of a lifetime. Assemble your crew of up to 6, 12, or 24 people and enjoy the 2,021-mile journey around Michigan while seeing 28 lighthouses. Collectively the team will be running/walking 2,021 miles together over the course of 63 days. The event will kick off right in front of the Milliken State Park Lighthouse in Detroit, MI, and will take you around Lake Huron, crossing the Mackinaw Bridge, through the Upper Peninsula, next to Lake Michigan and ending the journey at the St. Joseph North Pier Lighthouse in St. Joseph, MI.

MARCH 10 - 13, 2021

Big XII Men's Basketball Championship

Kansas City, MO

The 2021 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Championship will be held at the T-Mobile Center, March 10 - 13, 2021, in Kansas City.


APRIL 1, 2021

Kansas City Royals Home Opener

Kansas City, MO

The Royals will open the 2021 season on April 1 at home against the Texas Rangers. It will be the first time they have began the season against a non-American League Central Division opponent since 2016, when they opened with a World Series rematch with the Mets.


APRIL 1, 2021

Cubs Home Opener

Chicago, IL

The home opener is set for April 1 for the Chicago Cubs.

APRIL 8, 2021

St. Louis Cardinals Home Opener

St. Louis, MO

The 2021 season home opener is set for Thursday, April 8, against Milwaukee.


APRIL 8, 2021

White Sox Home Opener

Chicago, IL

The Chicago White Sox will open the 2021 season on April 8.


MAY 1 - 8, 2021

Tulip Time

Holland, MI

Few places can match the beauty of Holland in the spring when millions of tulips burst forth with amazing color in local parks, fill attractions and line the streets. Holland will be beautiful and our Tulip Time celebration will continue — albeit with a twist. Full details on all of these happenings, including on-sale dates for ticketed events, will be available attuliptime.com.


MAY 15 & 16, 2021

Art Fair

Springfield, IL

Set against the backdrop of the Illinois Old State Capitol building, art lovers find the Springfield Old Capitol Art Fair to be the jewel of the Midwest. This tradition of fine art has brought artists and shoppers from across the country flocking to downtown Springfield’s two-day outdoor art gallery for over 50 years.


MAY 14 - 16, 2021

Spring Mountain Music Festival

Arcadia Valley, MO

Join the Arcadia Valley Mountain Music Festival now held every May and October. Admission is free for these wonderful family events. Activities center around the historic Iron County Courthouse square on Main Street in Ironton in the beautiful Arcadia Valley Region. You'll find old time music everywhere you turn, whether you're looking for Missouri bluegrass or old time mountain and Americana music. This year’s Spring Mountain Music Festival features two great days of music, crafters and activities for the kids, and there’ll be an area set up for pickers, so be sure to bring your instruments.

MAY 29 & 30, 2021

Sheffield Music Fest

Chicago, IL

Held at the busy Lakeview intersection over Memorial Day weekend, this 36th annual event unofficially kicks off Chicago’s summer street fest season with top local tribute bands on the main stage, a second community entertainment stage at Belmont, food/libations and artisans.


MAY 29 & 30, 2021

Twain on Main Festival

Hannibal, MO

A festival celebrating Hannibal’s beloved author, full of fun, art, crafts and great food. Celebrated in Historic Downtown Hannibal.

The Twain on Main Festival is a free admission street festival, celebrating the works of Hannibal’s Hometown Hero, Mark Twain. We have 100 + popup art, craft and merchandise vendors from across the country for your shopping enjoyment.


JUNE 12, 2021

Old Drum Day

Warrensburg, MO

Old Drum Day is an annual event held on the original 1842 courthouse square in Warrensburg, Mo. Among the festivities are reenactments of the Old Drum Trial in the building where it occurred in 1870, food and merchandise vendors, a dog show and fair, classic car show, live music and more.

JUNE 14 - 18, 2021

Big BAM (Bicycle Across Missouri) Finale

Poplar Bluff, MO

Missouri Life Magazine's Big BAM (Bicycle Across Missouri) will culminate in Ste. Genevieve in 2021.  For the first time, bicyclists will ride in Southeast Missouri beginning June 14 from Poplar Bluff to Sikeston, Cape Girardeau, Perryville, Farmington, and finishing in Ste. Genevieve.  Riders will be sampling local foods and spirits along the way.  On June 18, 2021, the public is welcome to celebrate the finale of this ride with live music, food booths and a beer garden in the evening.


JULY 15 - SEPTEMBER 5, 2021

Bridging the Gender Gap: Toys That Build STEM Skills

Kansas City, MO

From chemistry to construction, toys have prepared generations of kids to pursue careers in STEM fields. Discover how these toys, once marketed primarily to boys, have evolved to encourage all children through play to explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.


AUGUST 12 - 22, 2021

Illinois State Fair

Springfield, IL

The Illinois State Fair is legendary to Springfield and the State of Illinois. It has provided many memories to the hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Roaming through the beauty of the fairgrounds and experiencing the historic essence, visitors will make their own history at the Illinois State Fair.

AUGUST 20 - 22, 2021

Planet ComiCon Kansas City

Kansas City, MO

Planet Comicon Kansas City is the region's largest and longest-running pop culture and comic book convention. Held annually at Bartle Hall, Kansas City’s Downtown Convention Center, Planet Comicon is an awe-inspiring pop culture extravaganza spanning nearly eight football fields and featuring more than 90 celebrity, cosplayer and comic creator guests. PCKC also features a wide range of pop culture merchandise, crafts, art and collectibles from more than 650 vendors, hundreds of hours of programming, an exciting cosplay showcase and a family-friendly interactive activity area called the Planet Entertainment Zone. It’s a galaxy of fun and adventure spread over three days.


SEPTEMBER 3 - 6, 2021

Taste of Polonia Festival

Jefferson City, MO

The Copernicus Center and grounds are filled with non-stop LIVE MUSIC, food, and activities for all ages over Labor Day weekend. The Taste of Polonia has been a festival in Jefferson Park since 1979. It is the largest and oldest Polish festival in the U.S.

SEPTEMBER 11 & 12, 2021

36th Printers Row Lit Fest

Chicago, IL

Printers Row Lit Fest, the largest free outdoor literary showcase in the Midwest, returns for its 36th year with 100% free programming for book lovers the weekend after Labor Day, Saturday, September 11 and Sunday, September 12 from 10 am - 6 pm daily in Chicago’s historic Printers Row neighborhood.