Sun Stone Nauvoo Retreat

Sunstone is a magazine published by the Suntone Education Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that discusses Mormonism through scholarship, art, short fiction, and poetry. The 2017 retreat's theme is: "An Elect Lady: A Tribute to Emma Smith." This event will be held October 13-15 in Nauvoo, Illinois. Please click the Details tab for more information. 

Mulholland Music Fest

The second annual Mulholland Music Fest will be held in Nauvoo on Saturday, May 27 at the former Nauvoo Elementary School grounds. Performing acts are still being added. Activities and food starting at 4 p.m., music will start at 5 p.m. and will last as long as we have performers!

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Martyrdom Memorial Service 

Memorial services will be held on the anniversary of the June 27, 1844 assassinations of Joseph Smith and his brother, Hyrum.  Joseph Smith organized The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was a Nauvoo founder and early mayor. Services will be held at the Smith family cemetery in Nauvoo on the corner of Water and Main streets at 12:15 p.m. and later at 5:00 p.m. in Carthage at the Historic Carthage Jail Visitor’s Center, 310 Buchanan Street. 

5th Annual Cruisin' for the Kids Cruise Night

​​Nauvoo will host the 5th Annual Cruisin’ for the Kids Cruise Night in Nauvoo on June 30, 2017. This event is free and open to all ages with a special area for those under 21 years of age and includes an optional cruise through town, specialty awards and prize giveaways. The cruise night is open to all makes and modes an all age groups. 
This event is to help promote the sport of hot rodding and the Festival on Wheels / Tom Ciolek Memorial Scholarship that is available to an area senior heading into an accredited automotive program after high school. 

Road to Carthage Marathon

The inaugural Road to Carthage Marathon will be held on May 27, 2017 and will begin in Nauvoo and end in Carthage, Illinois. The race offers a full marathon, 5-team relay, along with a half marathon. This will be a friendly, scenic run with a historical perspective. The marathon course will be USATF certified and can be run as a Boston Marathon qualified. Prize money is offered in the full marathon for both men and women. 

5th Annual Nauvoo Open Disc Golf Tournament

Nauvoo is home to the Nauvoo State Park, a 149-acre park located on the south end of Nauvoo. On May 13, 2017, the 5th Annual Nauvoo Open Disc Golf Tournament, presented by Mtn. Dew Kickstart will be held in the Nauvoo State Park on a temporary course. This is a P.D.G.A. B-tier tournament with a 100% payout. Sign-up is from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. with tee-off at 10 a.m. 

Baxter's Vineyards Wine Making Contest 

Nauvoo is home to the oldest winery in Illinois. Baxter's has been making wine in Nauvoo for 160 years. The annual wine making contest will be held at Baxter's on Parley street on June 24, 2017.  Awards will be announced a 4:30 p.m., followed by a Seafood Boil from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and live entertainment by the Icarians from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Baxter's Vineyards has a marvelous history dating back over 160 years. This popular yearly contest has become a regional tradition with a global reach. Come enjoy the wine tasting, delicious food, and embracing warmth of an authentic family run vineyard. 

Untold Nauvoo Stories Symposium

This annual gathering has become a meaningful event for sharing untold and little known stories of the histories of Hancock and Lee counties. It covers the full legacy of Nauvoo’s rich history including: Native American peoples, the Latter-day Saint saga, the utopian Icarian movement, the German immigrants, the Sisters of St. Benedict ministry, and Nauvoo rebirth as a point of heritage tourism for all the above. The 2017 Untold Nauvoo Stories Symposium will be held February 3 - 4, 2017 and will include two keynote speakers along with twenty-four additional speakers. 2018 Dates: February 2-3

Great River Road Run - Half Marathon

Run to Nauvoo and enjoy the fall leaves & Mississippi River scenery while you help the Hancock County Food Bank in the Great River Road Run.  This annual half marathon event benefits the Hancock County Food bank and is a great way to see more of Nauvoo. The 2017 event will be held on October 7, 2017. Check with Nauvoo Hotels & Lodging for special lodging packages.

Christmas Walk in Old Nauvoo

The Nauvoo Christmas Walk will be held December 2 & 3 with a tree lighting and concert by the Warsaw High School band followed by an open house with wagon rides, caroling and refreshments on December 2. On Saturday, December 3, the Nauvoo Fire Protection District will host its annual soup supper followed by a the Nauvoo Orchestra's sing-along performance of "The Messiah" at 7 p.m. at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. 

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Nauvoo Community Picnic - Memorial Day  

Come to beautiful Nauvoo on Memorial Day weekend for a special community picnic with great food for a free-will offering, music performances  and a patriotic flag ceremony honoring our heroic service men & women.  The special celebration will be held on May 29, 2017 at the Nauvoo City Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and has become a great tradition for those who both visit and live in Nauvoo. Sponsored by the Nauvoo Betterment Association.

Festival on Wheels Car Show

Nauvoo is plays host to one of the largest and most impressive car shows in the region.  The Festival on Wheels Car Show is an open air showcase of classic cars from all stages of automobile history.  Come see this amazing collection of cars and stay for the great food & live music.

Bootiful Nauvoo Pumpkin Walk

Hundreds of Pumpkins - FREE Candy for children - Great Food & Gifts fill the historic downtown street of Nauvoo

each October for this very popular event.  You'll love the Bootiful Nauvoo Pumpkin Walk.  Bring your friends and family to Nauvoo on October 28, 2017 for a night of great food, fun, and celebration.  

80th Annual Nauvoo Grape Festival

The Nauvoo Grape Festival is an annual celebration, held the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day Weekend in the Nauvoo State Park and surrounding areas of Nauvoo. This long-running festival is packed with activities including competitive events, parades, live entertainment and more! The weekend also features the Festival on Wheels Car Show, one of the region's largest open air car shows. 

Celebration of Freedom & Fireworks

Montrose, Iowa will be hosting a fireworks display on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at approximately 9:30 p.m. This is a joint display between Nauvoo and our neighbors directly across the river. 

There are also many firework displays that can be seen up and down the Mighty Mississippi on July 4 and Hancock County's celebration is in Carthage, Illinois - just 25 minutes from Nauvoo! 

The Nauvoo and British Pageants

The Nauvoo and British Pageants fill the summer evenings of Nauvoo with authentic hymns and folksongs, lively dances and tender moments that share the joy and tell the stories the early days of Nauvoo. Inspired by journals, sermons and historic records of the period, the pageants are a fun and enjoyable performances with a great story to tell. The pageants are held from July 11 through August 5 with performances nearly every night. There are many other activities surrounding the pageant event so click more details to get all the information.

Nauvoo Mormon Exodus Re-enactment

The largest human migration in American history began on the end of Parley street in Nauvoo, IL.  Mormon pioneers were making peaceful preparations to leave west in the spring of 1846.  But when mob violence increased they were forced to leave early despite the freezing cold weather.  This meaningful re-enactment includes great food, wagons, and a celebration with the days events.  Come see this great event unfold as it did in 1846. The 2017 Nauvoo Mormon Exodus Walk/Re-enactment will be held February 4, 2017.      2018 Date: February 3

Eagle Days & Appreciation Events  

One of Americas largest gathering of Bald Eagles happens each winter right here in the beautiful Nauvoo area. Thousands of these majestic birds make this area of the Mississippi River their winter home which makes experiencing them, watching them, and photographing them very easy and enjoyable. Bald Eagle appreciation events will be held in nearby Keokuk and Quincy on January 21-22, 2017.

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Annual Nauvoo Event Schedule

Great reasons to visit Nauvoo all year 'round! 

Below is a list of wonderful events and festivals in Nauvoo for your whole family to enjoy.  Many of these events have become regional traditions and attract people from around the world.  Browse the list below and click on the "more details" ​icon for dates and times or click on the calendar to the left for the Nauvoo Regional Events Google calendar.