Calendar of Events

April, 2017

Easter Parade & Egg Hunt - April 16, 2017

Spring is here! Celebrate in style at the annual Arrow Rock Easter Parade. Don your most fabulous (or funny!) hat and parade down Main Street. Prizes will be awarded in multiple age categories for the most creative hats. Following the parade and hat-judging, we'll set the little ones loose for an egg hunt. The hunt is divided into four separate age categories so everyone will walk away with a basket full of goodies! This family-friendly event is free and begins at 2 p.m. on Easter Sunday. | Arrow Rock Boardwalk

Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre Special Show: Under the Streelamp - April 21, 2017

Visit for details and tickets. | Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre

May, 2017

First Saturday Lecture: Secrets Of A Preservationist - May 06, 2017

Friends of Arrow Rock Properties Manager Marty Selby, a certified inspector of historic properties, will share the secrets he's learned working with historic buildings over the years, including how to make paint jobs last, how to make old windows energy-efficient, and other ways to protect your biggest investment, no matter how new or old your house is. Afterward, we'll take a walking tour of the recently completed Jeffris Preservation Project, which accomplished major work on three of Arrow Rock's most historic buildings: The Odd Fellows Lodge Hall, John Sites Gunsmith Shop and the Sites House. The lecture begins at 10 a.m. with the tour immediately following. This event is free and open to the public. | Arrow Rock State Historic Site Visitor Center

Martial Law & Bushwhackers - May 06, 2017 through May 07, 2017

Arrow Rock, like most of Missouri, experienced extremely difficult times during the Civil War. No large scale battles occurred in town. but commerce, town government and daily life was disrupted by raiding Confederate bushwhackers (guerillas) and Union troops imposing marital law. Some Arrow Rock residents supported the Union but the vast majority were Confederate sympathizers. In 1864, the town was occupied by federal troops of the 1st Missouri State Militia. Residents suspected of harboring or otherwise aiding and supporting Confederate guerrillas were tried under military law and jailed and some were summarily executed. Historical re-enactors will portray small encampments of Union soldiers, Confederate bushwhackers and the civilians caught between the opposing sides. Military drill, arrests and tribunals demonstrating the hardships of the time will periodically be held throughout both days. Event times: Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Along Main Street near the J. Huston Tavern

Garden Market & Vintage Bazaar - May 13, 2017

Spruce up your garden or find the perfect gift for Mom at the annual Garden Market & Vintage Bazaar. Peruse through the beautiful live plants, visit with gardening experts, pick up some charming garden decor and find delightful vintage items. The event is free and runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Old Schoolhouse

"A Mile in Her Shoes" Walking Tour - May 14, 2017

Who were the visionaries responsible for sparking Arrow Rock's preservation movement? Can you name the Hollywood legend who ran a music camp in this village? Which Arrow Rock woman flexed powerful political muscle? Put on your walking shoes and come with us as we track down the answers to these questions and introduce you to some of the most fascinating women of 19th and 20th century Arrow Rock. Join us at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 25, 2017, (during Women's History Month), Sunday, May 14 (Mother's Day), or on the date of your group's choosing throughout the year. Tickets are $15 per person. Reservations should be made in advance by purchasing tickets online or by calling the Friends of Arrow Rock at 660-837-3231. There is a maximum of 50 people per tour. | Begins at Friends of Arrow Rock Office, 310 Main Street

June, 2017

Night At The Museum - June 03, 2017

Come and see the museum come to life as you have never seen it before. Interpreters will portray some of Arrow Rock’s most famous residents and some not so famous ones. You never know who you might meet as the museum comes to life at night. Lewis and Clark, a War of 1812 soldier and his wife, the old farmer from out yonder might have some tales about his tools to share, or even Jane Sappington might make an appearance, along with the guys who traveled the Santa Fe Trail and the Union and Confederate soldiers, who fought their way through the Civil War. This is a fun night for all ages. Refreshments will be served. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. | Arrow Rock State Historic Site Visitor Center

First Saturday Lecture: Hoosegows, Calabooses and Squirrel Cages - June 03, 2017

Standing in dozens of towns throughout Missouri are stone and iron reminders of frontier justice. From Arrow Rock's one-room calaboose to Jefferson City's eerie penitentiary, historian and author Paul Kirkman presents a snapshot of crime and punishment from Missouri's past. Stories both humorous and soulful are attached to many of these structures, reflecting Missouri's wild and difficult youth. The unsung and underpaid lawmen, who often lived with their families within the same walls as their charges, will be discussed as well. This one-hour lecture begins at 10 a.m. and is free and open to the public. | Arrow Rock State Historic Site Visitor Center

Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre Production: Beauty & The Beast - June 07, 2017 through June 18, 2017

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Arrow Rock Antiques & Collectibles Auction - June 24, 2017

This auction benefits the Friends of Arrow Rock's historic preservation and history education programs, and includes antique furnishings, glassware, textiles, and more. The auction is being conducted by Iman Auctions. To learn more or to make a tax-deductible donation of items, contact Friends of Arrow Rock at 660-837-3231, or visit | Miller-Bradford House, 6th & Main Streets

Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre Production: Oklahoma! - June 28, 2017 through July 08, 2017

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July, 2017

July 4th Impromptu Parade - July 04, 2017

Make plans to be spontaneous at the annual Arrow Rock Impromptu Parade. Celebrate our nation's independence at this festive hometown celebration. All are welcome to join the parade! Bring a decorated vehicle, join our kazoo band, dress up your dog, or just walk the parade route and soak in the patriotic spirit. Of course, we need spectators, too! The parade begins at 2 p.m. Line up beginning at 1:45 at the Old Schoolhouse. The parade will march the length of Main Street. Gather at the Boardwalk for a glorious grand finale by our kazoo band! | Along Main Street

Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre Production: Mamma Mia! - July 19, 2017 through July 30, 2017

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August, 2017

First Saturday Lecture: Historic Missouri Roadsides - August 05, 2017

Bill Hart, executive director of Missouri Preservation and author of the new book, Historic Missouri Roadsides, takes you for a visual adventure around the state as he shares the stories behind some of Missouri's most interesting roadside attractions. 10 a.m. This is a free event. | Arrow Rock State Historic Site Visitor Center

Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre Production: The Hound of the Baskervilles - August 05, 2017 through August 13, 2017

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Arrow Rock Writing Workshop - August 11, 2017 through August 12, 2017

Whether you're an amateur or a pro, you'll learn something valuable at the Arrow Rock Writing Workshop. This year's keynote speaker is R.M. Kinder, author of the acclaimed novels The Universe Playing Strings and An Absolute Gentleman. Learn more about this event and register at | Brown's Chapel & other locations in the village

Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre Production: Greater Tuna - August 19, 2017 through August 26, 2017

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Eclipse Weekend - August 19, 2017 through August 21, 2017

There will be a number of interesting events in the village this weekend to anticipate and celebrate the total solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21. Saturday, Aug. 17: Night Walk at 9 p.m. Learn more and make reservations at Sunday, Aug. 18: Free stargazing event near the picnic shelter in the Arrow Rock State Historic Site. 8:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19: Astronomy Lecture with Tresh Muro, free at 10 a.m. Space is limited and reservations are required. Call 660-837-3330. Join us for the eclipse on Monday, Aug. 19, beginning at 11:44 a.m. Restaurants will be serving and some food vendors will be on hand, but as we have no way to anticipate crowd size, we encourage you to plan your visit in advance, making reservations if possible. | Throughout the Village

September, 2017

First Saturday Lecture: The Harlem Renaissance -- 100 Years in Perspective - September 02, 2017

Lemuel Sheppard offers illuminating insights as to the who, what, where and when of the Harlem Renaissance. Blues, jazz, spirituals, poetry, social commentary, original arrangements and music from the African-American theater are the soundtrack to this journey through the middle of the 20th century. Lem will also include works from Kansas and Missouri artist who were active during the period in his presentation. | Arrow Rock State Historic Site Visitor Center

Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre Production: Guess Who's Coming To Dinner - September 02, 2017 through September 10, 2017

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Ice Cream Freeze-Off - September 02, 2017

It's the tastiest way we know to say so-long to summer. Join us for the annual Ice Cream Freeze Off. Your admission fee gets you a sampling privileges to all of this year's ice cream contest entries. Cast your vote for your favorite, then enjoy a heaping helping of homemade cake and even more ice cream! The event begins at 2 p.m. Admission is $4. Interested in bringing your homemade ice cream entry for the contest? Contact the event director. There are nifty prizes for the winners! | J. Huston Tavern Lawn

Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre Production: Beehive - September 16, 2017 through September 24, 2017

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October, 2017

Arrow Rock Night Walks - October 06, 2017 through October 28, 2017

Every Friday & Saturday Night in October! See the historic village of Arrow Rock, Missouri in a whole new light by exploring it in the dark! Your guide will lead you on a 90-minute walk around the village, recounting spine-tingling tales of daring adventures and dastardly deeds from days gone by. You'll walk in the footsteps of great American painter George Caleb Bingham, "Quinine Doctor" John Sappington, rowdy river men, weary pioneers, slaves, merchants and tradesmen who lived and died (and some say linger still) in the village. Tours are $15 per person if paid in advance ($20 if paid on the night of the walk) and begin a 8 p.m. every Friday and Saturday night in October at the Friends of Arrow Rock headquarters, 310 Main Street, on the boardwalk. Bring a camera and wear comfortable walking shoes. Some stories shared during the tour may be too intense for young children. Each tour is limited to 35 people. All walks sold out weeks in advance last year. Reservations are very strongly recommended. Sign up a or call 660-837-3231. Night Walk tours may be scheduled for groups of 5 or more throughout the year by calling the Friends of Arrow Rock at 660-837-3231. Private walks must be scheduled at least 1 week in advance. | Starting at 310 Main Street

First Saturday Lecture: The Marmadukes of Missouri: A Family Divided - October 07, 2017

Arrow Rock State Historic Site Administrator Mike Dickey will introduce you to this influential and politically important family who helped shape our regio and state. The one-hour lecture begins 10 a.m. and is free and open to the public. | Arrow Rock State Historic Site Visitor Center

49th Annual Heritage Festival - October 14, 2017 through October 15, 2017

Arrow Rock was one of the first town's to host a heritage craft festival, and its festival continues to draw thousands each year. This year's festival features lost-art crafts demonstrated and sold by costumed artisans, live music and entertainment, great food, and the historic ambiance you won't find anywhere else! Admission is $2 per day and includes parking. Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Join us at 8:45 a.m. on Sunday for an old-fashioned, non-denominational worship service at the historic Christian Church on Main Street. | Throughout the Village

Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre Special Event: Ghosts of Arrow Rock - A Murder Mystery Weekend - October 27, 2017 through October 29, 2017

Contact the box office at 660-837-3311 for more information. |

November, 2017

Merchants' Open House - November 04, 2017 through November 05, 2017

Get a great start on your holiday shopping at the charming shops in Arrow Rock. You'll find unique gifts here that you'll never see online or at the mall. Shops will be open according to their regular schedules. Most open by 10 a.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday. | Throughout the village

Hanging of the Greens - November 18, 2017

Santa makes Arrow Rock one of his first stops! He'll swing into town for an appearance following the annual Hanging of the Greens ceremony on the Arrow Rock Boardwalk. Join us for caroling, a few inspirational words, and Santa's arrival! Following the ceremony, we'll head to the J. Huston Tavern for complimentary photos with Santa, plus free cookies and cocoa! This free event begins at 2 p.m. | Arrow Rock Boardwalk

December, 2017

Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre Special Show: The Texas Tenors -- Deep in the Heart of Christmas - December 01, 2017

Call the box office at 660-837-3311 for more information. | Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre

41st Annual Christmas Folk Sing - December 03, 2017

Join us for a delightful afternoon of music and more with internationally acclaimed folk singers Cathy Barton and Dave Para. This charming program has been a holiday tradition in Arrow Rock for four decades! This is a free event. A freewill offering will be collected. 3:30 p.m. | Arrow Rock Federated Church

Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre Production: A Christmas Carol - December 13, 2017 through December 23, 2017

Visit for specific show dates, times and tickets. | Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre