Join us in October to celebrate 51 years of Maple Leaf Festival!
Maple Leaf Parade Day is October 21!
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 festival starter, Everything Chocolate through the Decades, a gourmet tasting experience, a 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 a Bicycle Tour with Joplin Trails Coalition, a Safety Fair with the Carthage Fire Department, Latino Festival, Carthage History Sampler Program & Mini-Walk, Dog Show, and Pageants for all ages. The fun runs all week with the Kelly-Miller Brothers Circus, Plein Aire Paint Out & Auction, Carnival, Gospel Sing, Three Minutes of Fame Lip Sync Competition, Brats on the Square, Pie Contest & Bake Sale, races with Fair Acres YMCA, 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, Quilt Show, Vendors & Entertainment continue on the Square, and the 52nd Annual Marching Band Festival continues into the night.
The Maple Leaf Festival closes with the Charity Costume Ball on Saturday, October 28.
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.