Join us October 1-29 to celebrate 50 years of Maple Leaf Festival!
Maple Leaf Parade Day is October 15!
An annual celebration of the Maple Leaf City with all your traditional town spirit and fall festivities, the Maple Leaf Festival offers a full month of hometown activities including a Designer Showcase Home Tour, Lobster Boil at the Historic Phelps House, Live Theatre at Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre, and art exhibitions at artCentral and Cherry’s Art Emporium on the Square.
The festival hits it’s stride in the second weekend in October with races with Fair Acres YMCA, a Bicycle Tour with Joplin Trails Coalition, a Safety Fair with the Carthage Fire Department, Dogs in the Park, and Pageants for all ages. The fun runs all week with Plein Aire Paint Out & Auction, Movie Night, Gospel Sing, Latino Festival, Wine Tastings, Three Minutes of Fame Lip Sync Competition, Brats on the Square and Car Show Cruise Night.
The third Saturday in October is the peak of the festival starting with the Pancake Feed at the Fire Station and leading to the largest Parade in Southwest Missouri on the Historic Carthage Square. The Saturday afternoon schedule continues with an Antique Tractor Show, THE Maple Leaf Car Show, Model Railroad Show & Swap Meet, Battle of Carthage Civil War Demonstrations, Celtic Wine Festival at White Rose Winery, Vendors & Entertainment continue on the Square with Willie Arthur Smith’s Marching Cobras, and the Marching Band Festival continues into the night.
Started in the late 1960’s as a marching band competition, the annual Maple Leaf Festival received its name thanks to Mother Nature. Every year, surrounded by an array of glorious fall colors, the city of Carthage proudly welcomes 80,000+ visitors to this wonderful fall celebration.