Great 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 2019

  1. FREE -Great exhibits at artCentral. http://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. http://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 Carthage Golf Course features a beautiful 18 Hole Championship course and driving range located on Route 66.  www.carthagegolfcourse.com
  7. FREE – Hike on the historic Ruby Jack Trail or a bike ride at Walnut Bottoms Trail.
  8. Find a game at The Venue. https://www.facebook.com/thevenue64836/
  9. FREE - Stroll through the gardens at the Stations of the Cross & the Congregation of the Mother of the Redeemer.
  10. Join the 5th Annual Lobster Boil with Carthage Historic Preservation on October 5
  11. 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.
  12. FREE – Visit the exhibits at the Powers Museum. www.powersmuseum.com
  13. Brunch at the Woodshed Burger House.
  14. Cool down with a sweet treat –  Braum’s, Peck & Jen’s, Sonic or McDonald’s.
  15. Heat things up at Mother Road Coffee or Tin Cup.  
  16. Ultimate Date Night – Book a room at the Grand Avenue Bed & Breakfast Or Boots Court.
  17. Taco Tuesday & Margaritas at Dos Arcos or El Charro!
  18. Lucky J Steakhouse and Arena has a variety of fun events. Check out their calendar – www.luckyjarena.com
  19. Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre has great dinner theatre shows!
  20. MAPLE LEAF FESTIVAL
  21. A bag of burgers from ole reliable on Route 66 – Whisler’s .
  22. Support the Carthage Rotary Club with Brats on the Square on October 18 & 19
  23. FREE – MAPLE LEAF FESTIVAL PARADE DAY starts at 9 am on October 19.
  24. FREE – Precious Moments Chapel & Gardens features the life and work of Precious Moments artist, Sam Butcher. www.preciousmomentschapel.org
  25. FREE – Watch the leaves fall in Central Park.
  26. FREE – Catch a few rounds of Disc Golf at the Disc Golf Course at Kellogg Lake!
  27. FREE – Shred some rails at the Carthage Skateboard Park. Or watch.
  28. Hit the south side – shopping at Revel Boutique & Chandelier Barn Antiquesand lunch with Taco 66 or Big Ben’s BBQ Station.
  29. Charity Costume Ball on October 26.
  30. FREE – Cruise Historic Route 66 throughout Jasper County.
  31. Browse at an Art Gallery: artCentral, Cherry’s Art Emporium on the Square, and Koka Art Gallery
  32. FREE - Treats on the Square October 31st from 3 pm to 5 pm.
  33. Antique shopping on the Historic Carthage Square at Goad’s, McBride’s and The Screen Door.
  34. Enjoy a classic Root Beer Float in a frosty mug at Cave Gang Pizza.
  35. Go bowling at Grace Lanes Bowling Alley.
  36. Grab sodas & ice cream and catch up with an old friend at the Carthage Deli.
  37. Fill a basket with goodies from the Carthage Farmers Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays on the Historic Carthage Square.
  38. FREE-Make sure the kids throw their hands in the air as you cruise over the Whee Bridge.
  39. FREE - People watch on the square; listen to the fun accents of all the Courthouse photographers. Smile & welcome someone to town.
  40. FREE – PHOTOBOMB a Carthage statue and share #visitbeautifulcarthage on Facebook and Instagram!

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