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Visiting Western Missouri

The colors of springtime return to western Missouri, and with them come warmer weather and a wealth of things to see and do. It’s a great time of year for explorations of state parks and outdoor destinations like Table Rock State Park and Mark Twain National Forest. From Kansas City to Springfield, visitors are welcomed with a variety of one-time events, annual fairs and festivals, and all sorts of other activities everyone in the family can enjoy.

Before it gets too warm, explore western Missouri’s lush landscape by embarking on a scenic driving tour. Towns like Branson and Joplin make ideal destinations, and countless historic sites and attractions can be found throughout the region. Pay respects at the Liberty Memorial and the National World War I Museum at Penn Valley Park in Kansas City, or check out Missouri State University’s Historic Quadrangle on the school’s campus in Springfield.

Sports fans visiting Springfield won’t want to miss a MSU Bears baseball game – head to Dudy Noble Field at Polk-DeMent Stadium. The season continues through late May, with the last home game coming May 21st against the Illinois State University Redbirds.

If you work up an appetite, there’s the 17th Annual Rock ’N Ribs BBQ Festival, April 22nd and 23rd. It’s a day of great music and better barbecue at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds in Springfield. More than 70 teams compete in a variety of categories while attendees enjoy sweet and savory samples, live music, and other entertainment.

In the meantime, fans of fine fermentation flock to Union Station in Kansas City for the 2016 Uncorked: KC Wine Festival. This annual event, a favorite among locals, is set to draw big crowds with samples from more than 50 wineries, as well as live music and local food trucks. Get your tickets today – the pours start at 1 p.m. on March 27th.

Then, on May 21st, it’s beer lovers’ turn. The 2016 Waldo Hopfest is held at KC’s Waldo Outdoor Pavilion, boasting the beers of nearly 50 regional craft breweries, along with food and other festivities. Come thirsty – the kegs are tapped at 2 p.m.

The 2016 Middle of the Map Fest is a culture explosion claiming the Country Club Plaza area of KC, May 4th through 7th. The four days of fun promise everything from film premiers to art shows, tech expos, live music, and more. Get your tickets early – many festival events are guaranteed sell-outs.

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    Kansas City

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    Kansas City

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