50 Ideas for Fall Family Fun in Carthage


Visit the Maple Leaf City in it's most glorious time of year packed with family events. With traditional opportunities available as well as special events, the Maple Leaf City offers tourists and families a variety of fun as the season changes. Celebrate a cool and colorful fall in Carthage!


September 1, 2018

  1. FREE -Four State Photography Enthusiasts exhibit at artCentral. https://www.artcentralcarthage.org/ 
  2. FREE -Red Oak II has a range of classic buildings that will take you back to yesteryear; wander aimlessly anytime from sun up to sun set.
  3. FREE -Route 66 Museum located inside the Jasper County Courthouse. The Museum display features timeline highlights of the history of the automobile in America and Route 66. www.jaspercounty.org
  4. Stop in the Historic Phelps House for a tour on Wednesdays. https://www.phelpshouse.org/ 
  5. FREE – Stop by the CVB office to pick up a Visitor’s Guide featuring a Historic Driving Tour of the homes of Carthage.
  6. The last Food Truck Friday of 2018 – catch it in Central Park on September 14. https://foodtruckfridaycarthage.com/ 
  7. The Carthage Golf Course features a beautiful 18 Hole Championship course and driving range located on Route 66.  www.carthagegolfcourse.com
  8. Pickin' on the Ranch at the Civil War Arena on September 15 & 16. https://www.facebook.com/events/557075088000077/ 
  9. FREE – Hike on the historic Ruby Jack Trail or a bike ride at Walnut Bottoms Trail.
  10. The 66 Drive In Theatre is open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. www.66drivein.com 
  11. FREE – Carthage Historic Downtown Art Walk on September 28. www.carthageartwalk.org
  12. Find a game at The Venue. https://www.facebook.com/thevenue64836/
  13. FREE - Stroll through the gardens at the Stations of the Cross & the Congregation of the Mother Co-Redemptrix.
  14. Join the 4th Annual Lobster Boil with Carthage Historic Preservation on September 29th. https://www.carthagehistoricpreservation.org/4th-annual-lobster-boil 
  15. FREE – The Civil War Museum features exhibits from the Civil War in Missouri including correspondence from families in the area as well as several works featuring the Civil War in Carthage by Andy Thomas.
  16. FREE – Commemorate the centennial year of WW1 with an exhibit at Powers Museum. www.powersmuseum.com
  17. Brunch at the Woodshed Burger House.
  18. Cool down with a sweet treat –  Braum’s, Peck & Jen’s, Sonic or McDonald’s.
  19. Heat things up at Mother Road Coffee. Read a whole book in one day and eat a brownie too.
  20. Ultimate Date Night – Book a room at the Grand Avenue Bed & Breakfast Or Boots Court.
  21. Taco Tuesday & Margaritas at Dos Arcos.
  22. Lucky J Steakhouse and Arena has a variety of fun events. Check out their calendar – www.luckyjarena.com
  23. Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre presents The Savannah Sipping Society.
  24. FREE – artCentral presents "The Art of Quilting" Fiber Exhibition.
  25. MAPLE LEAF FESTIVAL
  26. A bag of burgers from ole reliable on Route 66 – Whisler’s .
  27. FREE – Latino Festival on October 13 in Central Park.
  28. Kendrick House Haunted History Tour on October 13.
  29. Support the Carthage Rotary Club with Brats on the Square on October 19 & 20.
  30. NEW – Cruise Night has moved to the Square. Preview the Big Car Show on Friday, October 19.
  31. FREE – MAPLE LEAF FESTIVAL PARADE DAY starts at 9 am on October 20.
  32. FREE – Precious Moments Chapel & Gardens features the life and work of Precious Moments artist, Sam Butcher. www.preciousmomentschapel.org
  33. Turkey Tacos at Taco Town.
  34. FREE – Watch the leaves fall in Central Park.
  35. FREE – Catch a few rounds of Disc Golf at the Disc Golf Course at Kellogg Lake!
  36. FREE – Shred some rails at the Carthage Skateboard Park. Or watch.
  37. Hit the south side – shopping at Repurpose Boutique & Chandelier Barn Antiquesand lunch with Taco 66 or Big Ben’s BBQ Station.
  38. Charity Costume Ball on October 27.
  39. FREE – Cruise Historic Route 66 throughout Jasper County.
  40. Browse at an Art Gallery: artCentral, Cherry’s Art Emporium on the Square, and Koka Art Gallery
  41. FREE - Treats on the Square October 31st from 3 pm to 5 pm.
  42. Antique shopping on the Historic Carthage Square at Goad’s, McBride’s and The Screen Door.
  43. Enjoy a classic Root Beer Float in a frosty mug at Cave Gang Pizza.
  44. Go bowling at Grace Lanes Bowling Alley.
  45. Grab sodas & ice cream and catch up with an old friend at the Carthage Deli.
  46. Fill a basket with goodies from the Carthage Farmers Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays on the Historic Carthage Square.
  47. FREE-Make sure the kids throw their hands in the air as you cruise over the Whee Bridge.
  48. Treat an excellent host to a customized fall basket from Annie’s.
  49. FREE - People watch on the square; listen to the fun accents of all the Courthouse photographers. Smile & welcome someone to town.
  50. FREE – PHOTOBOMB a Carthage statue and share #CarthageMO on Twitter and Instagram!

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Wendi Douglas