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.
Participate in a real archeological dig in Nauvoo this summer. This will be the eighth year of digging in Nauvoo. We will be digging from May 19 to June 26. Visit idignauvoo for more information.
Historic Nauvoo presents a variety of shows during the summer from May 23 through August 7 watch "Sunset by the Mississippi", "Just Plain Anna Amanda", "The Promise" and many others. Click here for more information.
Nauvoo will host the 8th Annual Cruisin’ for the Kids Cruise Night in Nauvoo on Friday, July 3re at Outlaw Tees, 85 North Iowa Street, from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. 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.
Covid-19 Health Guidelines will be implemented where applicable.
Nauvoo will be hosting a band concert and fireworks display on Friday, July 3rd. The band concert will be at 8:30 pm on the plaza west of the Nauvoo Temple, a great location to view the fireworks. The fireworks will start at dusk, 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!
The Nauvoo Pageant will not be held in 2020. It will be held July 6th thru July 31st, 2021, and will continue in future years.
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 6th thru July 31st, 2021 with performances Tuesday through Saturday night.
Come early and enjoy the Country Fair starting at 7:00 p.m. Join in a variety of pioneer games and activities. Enjoy some toe tapping music while learning pioneer dances.
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!
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 on Wheels Calendar!
Nauvoo is hosting the fourth annual Scarecrow Festival. Over twenty-five scarecrows will be on display along the Mulholland Street business district from September 26th through the annual “Boo-ti-ful” Nauvoo Pumpkin Walk, which will be held on October 24th. Awards will be given to the top 3 entries during the Scarecrow Stroll held on October 3rd.
Take advantage of the "Photo Frame" opportunity to have memories captured using your cell phone or camera.
The fourth 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.
On Saturday, October 3rd, Nauvoo will host the fourth annual Scarecrow Stroll. At 2 p.m. a ribbon cutting ceremony and award 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 Saturday, October 24th.
The fourth annual Scarecrow Stroll is sponsored by the Nauvoo Betterment Association, a group dedicated to promoting and encouraging improvements to the quality of life in Nauvoo.
The city of Nauvoo is again coming alive in the Halloween Spirit as it hosts its annual Pumpkin Walk on Saturday, October 24, 2020. 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 pumpkin chucker will return as a favorite activity!