Mark your calendar for the following annual festivals and more! October events to be posted soon.

14th Fire Factor and Room Burn at MU Lowry Mall & Speaker’s Circle
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 (rain date Sep 18), 10:30 am-2:30 pm with 11:50 am simulated room burn
What’s cool: They build a dorm/apartment room, put it in Speaker’s Circle, start a simulated small “accidental” fire, and you can see what happens in a real fire situation. Note: This can be too scary for young kids.
Plus there’s free pizza, event t-shirts, and other activities.

9th MU Art-i-Fact Gallery & Museum Crawl
Thursday, September 18, 2014, 4-8 pm
Enjoy an evening of art, music, food, and fun as you visit the nine participating galleries and museums and stroll through the Mizzou Botanic Garden serenaded by students from the MU School of Music. View contemporary and historical artworks, artifacts, and even insects from around the world. End your evening gazing at the stars at the Laws Observatory. Discover the rich and varied experiences available and free to all. Get your Crawl map at, or pick one up at any of the Crawl venues.
* George Caleb Bingham Gallery (MU Art Dept gallery)
* Craft Studio Gallery
* Enns Entomology Museum
* Angus and Betty McDougall Center for Photojournalism Studies
* Gaines-Oldham Black Culture Center
* Laws Observatory
* Missouri Historic Costume & Textile Collection
* School of Music
* Mizzou Botanic Garden
* Reynolds Journalism Institute
* The State Historical Society of Missouri (SHSMO) and Museum of Anthropology
Temporarily closed for the move to Mizzou North:
* Museum of Anthropology
* Museum of Art & Archeology (Cast Gallery is open in Mizzou North, but not part of the Crawl)

37th Heritage Festival & Craft Show in Nifong Park
Saturday & Sunday, September 20 & 21, 2014, 10 am – 5 pm each day

  • Traditional tradesmen & artisans demonstrating “lost arts”
  • Entertainment on two stages
  • Cowboys with their chuckwagons
  • Lewis & Clark outpost
  • Fun for Young’uns Area (stilts, paper pumpkins, milk the “cow,” rope making, candle dipping, candy in the haystack, hayrides, and much more!)
  • Handmade crafts
  • Saturday evening ghost stories from 8-9:30 pm
  • Museum and village tours & great food!

Autumnal Equinox (first day of fall)
Monday, September 22, 2014, 9:29 pm CDT

Learn how to milk a cow at MU South Farm Showcase

Learn how to milk a cow at MU South Farm Showcase

8th South Farm Showcase at MU South Farm Research Ctr
Saturday, September 27, 2014, 10 am – 4 pm
Each year, South Farm Research Center (east of AC/Grindstone Exit off Hwy 63) hosts a day of science and discovery, free for all ages, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (rain or shine). Enjoy the fish and wildlife exhibit, drone demonstration, tomato and wine tastings (adults), mule rides, trained hawks, and more (see list below)! There will be live music and food and ice cream for purchase, a foal parade, and kids will love catching insects with MU experts. The day also offers opportunities to learn about forestry, energy saving and fire safety. Bring a sample from your lawn/garden for a $15 soil health analysis. For more info, visit the South Farm website.
Other featured activities:

  • corn maze, and hay bale maze for the little ones
  • interaction with animals: milking cows, pet a goat or pig, see reptiles, parade of horses, mule team, and more
  • tractor rides to the sections and activities
  • grass and turf education plus a baseball field and golf green
  • MU Master Gardeners and MU forestry specialists available for questions and discussion
  • booths, including hissing cockroaches, and face painting

Happy Hour at the Alpine Towers
Thursday, September 25, 2014, 4-7 pm (rain or shine), near MU Epple Field
Grab free food and drinks before or after you climb Venture Out’s ropes course. No experience necessary. Venture Out provides trained facilitators to help you climb like a champion. Transportation will be available in front of the MU Student Center. Or you can go straight to the Alpine Tower facility, but parking is limited, or available for free in the nearby faculty/staff lot after 5 pm. The facility is located on Epple Field just off of Providence Road next to The Green Tennis Center and Reactor Field.