As Nauvoo is located right along the Mississippi River, fishing is an obvious pastime of many! On May 28, 2016, Twisted Cat Outdoors will operate a cat fishing tournament from the Nauvoo Boat Launch, which is located at 2420 N. Sycamore Have Drive in Nauvoo. Click on the details tab for a full list of tournaments along with the rules and regulations. The Nauvoo tournament is an added cash tournament. Download the tournament flyer here. The date and details for the 2017 tournament are currently TBA and will be updated as soon as possible.
Illinois oldest winery is right here in Historic Nauvoo. They are hosting their annual wine making contest at their vineyard 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 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Baxter's Vineyards has a marvelous history dating back over 155 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.
2017 details coming soon!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nauvoo will host the 4th Annual Cruisin’ for the Kids Cruise Night in Nauvoo. 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.
2017 details coming soon!
Nauvoo is home to the Nauvoo State Park, a 149-acre park located on the south end of Nauvoo. On May 7, 2016, the 4th 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. Click the details tab for tournament information. The date and details for the 2017 tournament are currently TBA and will be updated as soon as possible.
Hosted by Ancient American Magazine and the Friends of the River Sidon Peace with Justice Project. Conference packages are available as well as details by clicking the details tab at the right. Room packages are available through the Nauvoo Family Inn & Suites as well as Vacation Nauvoo.
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.
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.
2017 Even Information TBA!
Nauvoo will be hosting a fireworks display on Saturday, July 2, 2016 at approximately 9:30 p.m.
You'll love the 4th of July in the Nauvoo region. There are many firework displays that can be seen up and down the Mighty Mississippi and Hancock County's celebration is in Carthage, Illinois - just 25 minutes from Nauvoo!
2017 details coming soon!
The Nauvoo Pageant fills 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 pageant is a fun and enjoyable performance with a great story to tell. The pageant is held throughout the month of July with performances nearly every night. There are many other activities surrounding the pageant event so click more details to get all the information.
The first annual Mulholland Music Fest will be held in Nauvoo on Saturday, May 28 at the former Nauvoo Elementary School grounds. Performers will include Travis Walker, Brian Boyer, Cole Pezley, Living Water, The Lemmings, Ryan Dixon, Arthur Hartweg, Mike Boyer and Todd Boyer. More 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!
2017 details coming soon!
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. A dedication of the new plaques at the Veteran's Memorial will follow the picnic. 2017 details coming soon!
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.