In addition to our year-round activities, Nauvoo is the location for many wonderful events and festivals your whole family will enjoy. Many of these events have become regional traditions and attract people from around the world.
On Saturday, September 30, Nauvoo will host the first annual Scarecrow Stroll. At 2 p.m. a ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on the lawn of Hotel Nauvoo, 1290 Mulholland Street. The Scarecrow Stroll event will take place from 2 pm. to 4 p.m. along the Mulholland Street business district. For the inaugural event, over twenty-five scarecrows will be on display and will be joined by Minions and “Strolling Scarecrows.” Following the stroll event, the scarecrows will remain on display through the annual “Boo-ti-ful” Nauvoo Pumpkin Walk, which will be held on October 28, 2017.
In the case of inclement weather on September 30, 2017, the event will be postponed to October 7, 2017.
The first annual Scarecrow Festival is sponsored by the Nauvoo Betterment Association, a group dedicated to promoting and encouraging improvements to the quality of life in 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.
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Hundreds of Pumpkins - FREE Candy for children - Great Food & Gifts fill the historic downtown street of Nauvoo each October for this 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 Christmas Walk will be held December 1st and 2nd with a tree lighting and concert by the Warsaw High School Jazz Band followed by an open house with wagon rides, caroling, and refreshments on December 2. On Saturday, December 2, the Nauvoo Fire Protection District will host its annual soup supper followed by the Nauvoo Orchestra's sing-along performance of "The Messiah" at 7 p.m. at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.
The City of Nauvoo, Nauvoo Tourism Office, Joseph Smith Historic Site and Historic Nauvoo sponsor an annual gathering to celebrate the full gamut of Nauvoo’s legacy - its Native American peoples, its origins as a river town, its role in the Latter-day Saints’ history, its place in the utopian Icarian movement, its appeal to German immigrants, its contribution to the Sisters of St. Benedict ministry, its significance in Midwest viticulture, its reflection of trends in American agriculture, and its rebirth as a point of heritage tourism. This gathering is a venue for sharing stories that have not yet entered into the standard narrative of the histories of Hancock and Lee counties. The 8th Annual Untold Nauvoo Stories symposium will be held Febuary 2-3 at various locations throughout Nauvoo. A full schedule of events will be posted online at www.UntoldNauvooStories.com.