Beautiful Nauvoo Calendar

Events in Nauvoo

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.

May
10

Welcome to Nauvoo and Meet the Chamber Night

Location:
Nauvoo Pageant Headquarters Building, Nauvoo, IL
Date
May 10 2018 6:30 pm - May 10 2018 8:00 pm

The Nauvoo Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a "Welcome to Nauvoo and Meet the Chamber" night on Thursday, May 10 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Nauvoo Pageant Headquarters Building.  All new residents, visitors, missionaries, museum docents, tourism volunteers and any other interested individuals are invited.  This is an opportunity to learn more about the many businesses in Nauvoo. 

 

May
14

I Dig Nauvoo

Location:
Main and Water Streets, Nauvoo IL
Date
May 14 2018 - Jun 15 2018

Participate in a real archeological dig in Nauvoo this summer.  This will be the sixth year of digging in Nauvoo.  We will be digging from May 14 to June 15.  Visit idignauvoo.com for more information.

May
26

Historic Nauvoo Summer Shows

Location:
Historic Nauvoo Visitors Center
Date
May 26 2018 10:30 am - Aug 11 2018 8:00 pm

Historic Nauvoo presents a variety of shows during the summer from May 26 through August 11 watch "Sunset by the Mississippi", "Just Plain Anna Amanda", "The Promise" and many others.  Click here for more information.

May
26

Mulholland Music Fest

Location:
1400 Mulholland Street, Nauvoo IL
Date
May 26 2018

The third annual Mulholland Music Fest will be held in Nauvoo on Saturday, May 26 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!

May
28

Nauvoo Memorial Day Community Picnic

Location:
Nauvoo City Park, Nauvoo IL
Date
May 28 2018

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 28, 2018, 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. A dedication of the new plaques at the Veteran's Memorial will follow the picnic this year. Sponsored by the Nauvoo Betterment Association. 

Jun
27

Martyrdom Memorial Service

Location:
Smith Family Cemetery, Nauvoo IL and Historic Carthage Jail Visitor’s Center, Carthage IL
Date
Jun 27 2018 11:50 am

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 and later in Carthage at the Historic Carthage Jail Visitors Center, 310 Buchanan Street.

More Details to Follow

Jul
06

6th Annual Cruisin' for the Kids Cruise Night

Location:
Downtown, Nauvoo, IL
Date
Jul 06 2018 4:00 pm

Nauvoo will host the 6th 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, models, and 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.

Jul
07

Fourth of July Celebration & Fireworks

Location:
Downtown, Nauvoo, IL
Date
Jul 07 2018 9:30 pm

Nauvoo will be hosting a band concert and fireworks display on Saturday, July 7, 2018, 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! 

Jul
10

The Nauvoo and British Pageants

Location:
Pageant Stage, Nauvoo, IL 8:30 p.m.
Date
Jul 10 2018 8:30 pm - Aug 04 2018 9:30 pm

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 July 10th - August 4th, with performances nearly every night.

Learn more about the Nauvoo and British Pageant and other activities. 

 

Aug
31

81st Annual Nauvoo Grape Festival

Location:
Nauvoo State Park
Date
Aug 31 2018 - Sep 02 2018

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.

Learn More! See the Festival Calendar!

 

Sep
01

42nd Festival on Wheels Car Show

Location:
Nauvoo State Park
Date
Sep 01 2018 - Sep 02 2018

Nauvoo is 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 great food & live music.
Learn More! See the Festival Calendar!

 

Sep
29

2nd Annual Scarecrow Festival

Location:
1290 Mulholland Street, Nauvoo, IL
Date
Sep 29 2018 - Oct 27 2018

On Saturday, September 29, Nauvoo will host the second 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. 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 27, 2018.

 In the case of inclement weather on September 29, 2018, the event will be postponed to October 6, 2018.

 The second 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.

Oct
06

7th Annual Great River Road Run/Walk/Ride

Location:
Hamilton, IL - Nauvoo, IL
Date
Oct 06 2018

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 2018 event will be held on October 6, 2018. Check with Nauvoo Hotels & Lodging for special lodging packages.

Learn More! Register Online! 

 

Oct
27

Bootiful Nauvoo Pumpkin Walk

Location:
Historic Downtown Nauvoo, IL
Date
Oct 27 2018

The city of Nauvoo is again coming alive in the Halloween Spirit hosting its annual Pumpkin Walk on Saturday, October 27, 2017. This year’s event will again feature hundreds of hand-carved jack-o’-lanterns that will be lit and displayed along Mulholland Street. Many of the Nauvoo merchants will operate on extended hours with specials, treats and entertainment throughout the day. The 2018 event organizers have made several logistical changes to the event in order to ease some of the traffic congestion of the event. There will be two shuttles to and from designated parking areas as well as a centralized food court. New this year, is a pumpkin chucker!

2017 Boo-ti-ful Nauvoo Event Schedule

2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Pumpkin Chucking Cannon will shoot every 30 minutes from the hillside west of Wells Street

2:30 p.m. Tim Burton's “Corpse Bride” showing at the Kraus’ Theater located inside Grandpa John’s Café. Sponsored by the Nauvoo Public Library & Grandpa John’s Café

5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Food vendors set up at various locations along Mulholland Street and on N. Barnett Street

5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Haunted House at the former N-C Elementary School (enter through Motley Fitness)

Dusk to 9 p.m. Over 500 hand-carved jack-o-lanterns on display along Mulholland Street

6 p.m. Halloween Parade begins at N-C Elementary School and ends in the Nauvoo City Park - come in costume and join in the fun!!

6:15 p.m. to 8 p.m. Haunted Virtual Forest at the former M&K parking lot (Mulholland and Robinson Street)

6:15 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fortune telling - various locations in the 1200 block of Mulholland

6:15 p.m. to 8 p.m. Face painting in the former Nauvoo Market building

Dec
07

Christmas Walk in Old Nauvoo

Location:
Historic Downtown Nauvoo, IL
Date
Dec 07 2018 - Dec 08 2018

The Nauvoo Christmas Walk will be held December 7th and 8th 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 Friday, December 7. On Saturday, December 8, 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. 

 

Feb
01

Untold Nauvoo Stories

Location:
Joseph Smith Historic Site
Date
Feb 01 2019 - Feb 02 2019

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 9th Annual Untold Nauvoo Stories symposium will be held February 1-2 at various locations throughout Nauvoo. 

Click here to view the Symposium schedule.   Click here for additional events.  If you plan to attend the 2019 event, please complete the registration form below. 

There is a $35 registration fee which includes the Friday evening banquet. If you are not able to attend the dinner on Friday, the sessions-only registration fee is $20.

If you only want to attend the dinner on Friday, the cost is $25.  The deadline for reserving a place at the Friday evening banquet is January 28, 2019  You may pay at the registration table at the Symposium or mail your payment to: Nauvoo Tourism Office, P.O. Box 85, Nauvoo, IL 62354. Please make checks payable to Nauvoo Area Chamber of Commerce. 

If you are not able to participate in this event but would like to receive email notices of future gatherings, we invite you to complete a registration form.

 

Feb
02

Nauvoo Exodus Re-enactment

Location:
Family History Center
Date
Feb 02 2019 10:00 am

Join with others to honor the Pioneers who left Nauvoo in the winter of 1846.  There will be a light breakfast at the Family Living Center and then a walk down Parley Street with members of the Nauvoo Legion.  There will be a brief program at the end of Parley Street.  Click here for more information