Celebrating the Ozarks

About the festival

The Ozarks Celebration Festival is an entertaining and educational look at the region's culture and heritage featuring dozens of artists and craftspeople plus four stages of traditional music and dance, storytelling, historical characters, exhibits, kids' area, and much more.

Missouri State University launched the festival in 1998 with the hope that it will foster a sense of place and understanding of place for both natives of the Ozarks and visitors as well. This year's festival will feature dozens of traditional artists and craftspeople with three entertainment stages featuring music (which will include traditional, bluegrass, and gospel music), storytelling, traditional dance (including square, jig, contra and clogging), films, historical characters, exhibits, and much more. Many of the finest artists and craftspeople in the region will be on hand to demonstrate and display their creations, offering a number of items for sale.