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.
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 10th Annual Untold Nauvoo Stories symposium will be held January 31 - February 1 at various locations throughout Nauvoo.
Join with others to honor the Pioneers who left Nauvoo in the winter of 1846. There will be a free continental breakfast at the Family Living Center (located on White Street, between Main and Granger) at 10:00 a.m. 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
The Red Skelton Tribute honors one of the best comedians with family friendly humor. They will perform at the Legacy Theater in Carthage on Saturday, February 8th at 2:00 pm.
Todd Oliver and Friends bring a great sense of humor and talking dogs for an entertaining evening. They have performed in Branson, Nashville and around the country. They will be performing at the Legacy Theater in Carthage on Friday, February 28th at 7:00 pm.
The public is invited to the annual Chili Cook-off event at the Sts, Peter and Paul School, 1115 Young Street from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. to taste and vote on the entries. The public is welcome to test all of the entries and go back for seconds for their favorites! Prizes are awarded for Best Chili and Best Theme. Entrants may be teams or individuals and the teams have been encouraged to have fun with their theme!
The Nauvoo Orchestra Spring Symphonic Concert and Nauvoo Area Singers will be held March 14th at 7:00 p.m (location to be determined). There is no cost to attend the event but free will donations will benefit the orchestra.
Nauvoo's City-Wide Curbside Cleanup will be April 22nd. Look for a flyer in the mail that will be specific regarding acceptable items to be picked up curbside. Curbside pickup will be most smaller items that are of manageable sizes. Appliances and metal will be accepted at the uptown city parking lot behind the public restrooms from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Some items will NOT be accepted at any locations. Please check the flyer carefully.
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.
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 25, 2019, 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 group dedicated to promoting and encouraging improvements to the quality of life in Nauvoo.
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 7h thru August 1st, 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!