WHAT:  Multiple Fall, Family-friendly Festivals

WHEN:  Throughout the Month of October

WHERE:  Various Lake of the Ozarks Communities


Lake of the Ozarks, MO - Celebrate the autumn season and the stunning scenery at the "Best Recreational Lake" in the Nation, Central Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks, this fall. Numerous fairs, festivals and events take place in various communities around the Lake throughout the month of October that the entire family can enjoy. Below is a highlight of a few events to look forward to this month:

39th Annual Olde Tyme Apple Festival
The Olde Tyme Apple Festival in Versailles is one of the Lake of the Ozarks' longest running autumn traditions.
One of the Lake of the Ozarks' longest-running fall festivals, the   Olde Tyme Apple Festival, returns to Versailles, Friday, Oct. 6 and Saturday, Oct. 7.

Recently voted the best annual festival in the state by readers of Rural Missouri magazine, this award-winning festival celebrates its 39th year this autumn and brings in nearly 30,000 visitors for festivities celebrating the traditional fall apple harvest.

Festivities get underway on Friday evening and last until Saturday evening. Activities include pageants, a sock hop, parade, live musical entertainment, car and tractor shows and much more. Numerous food vendors will offer sweet apple treats like apple dumplings, caramel apples and apple butter, as well as other favorite festival foods. 

For more information on this autumn tradition, visit

Thunder Mountain Fall Festival at Bridal Cave
The Thunder Mountain Fall Festival at Bridal Cave in Camdenton is another family-friendly festival taking place at the Lake of the Ozarks throughout October.
Each Fall Thunder Mountain comes alive for the autumn season. All visitors that tour Bridal Cave can participate in the fun weekend activities taking place during the Thunder Mountain Fall Festival. The festival takes place on the Bridal Cave grounds, 526 Bridal Cave Road in Camdenton, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays throughout October. 

Free festival activities include live bluegrass music, sarsaparilla making, pumpkin painting, pumpkin chunkin' range, hay bale mountain, fire pits for s'mores, bat bag toss, face painting, pumpkin tic-tac-toe and pedal tractor races. Additional activities available for a small fee include hiking the Pumpkin Trail, where visitors can choose their own pumpkin from the 1,000 that line the trail and panning for gemstones in the Bridal Cave gem chute. There also will be hundreds of mums on sale as well as rock candy, hot chocolate, apple cider, coffee, pumpkin fudge and caramel apples. It's fun for the whole family. 

For more details on the Thunder Mountain Fall Festival and/or touring one of the most spectacular show caves in Missouri, call 573-346-2676 or visit

33rd Annual Fall Harbor Hop
The Lake of the Ozarks Harbor Hop is another popular fall event.
Saturday, Oct.13 offers vacationers the opportunity to enjoy three festive events around the Lake of the Ozarks.

Visitors and locals alike will have an opportunity to win prizes and  view the spectacular fall colors from the water while cruising the Lake of the Ozarks during the landmark 33rd  anniversary of the Fall Harbor Hop  poker "hop" on Saturday, Oct. 13. 
The goal of this semi-annual event is for participants to complete the best poker hand (or hands) by traveling on the Lake or on land to their choice of waterfront checkpoints across the Lake of the Ozarks. There are over 40 businesses consisting primarily of restaurants, bars and marinas on the Hop.  Harbor Hop hours vary from location to location, with venues opening between  9:00 and 11:00 a.m.  and closing from  5:00 to 7:00 p.m. All poker hands must be turned in at the participants' last stop to qualify for prizes.  "Hoppers" arrive at the participating Harbor Hop establishment of their choice to register and pick up their first card(s) before traveling, either by boat or by car, to their next locations to collect the remaining six cards to complete their hand(s). There also is the option of purchasing an eighth card at the last stop in hopes of improving their final poker hand.

For complete details and a full list of participating venues, visit
18th Annual Osage Beach Fall Festival
A petting zoo and pony rides are only two of the many child-friendly activities on offer at the Osage Beach Fall Festival on October 13.
At Osage Beach City Park, 950 Hatchery Road in Osage Beach, there will be no shortage of fun activities on offer during the 18th Annual Osage Beach Fall Festival. Festivities begin at 10 a.m. and include chainsaw carving demonstrations, dance performances, pie-eating contests, trivia games and live music from 3-5 p.m.

For the children, there are multiple free activities including bounce houses, pumpkin decorating stations, a petting zoo and pony rides.

There also will be many arts and crafts booths, food vendors, a Missouri State Parks' Be Bear Aware exhibit,  police, fire, and EMS displays, and other fun and interesting activities. 

For a full list of events during the Osage Beach Fall Festival, visit

Westlake Street Machine Fall Follies Car Show
Classic cars, trucks, motorcycles and drag boats will be on display during the Westlake Street Machine Fall Follies car show in Laurie on Saturday, Oct. 13.
Classic cars shine on Saturday, Oct. 13 during the Westlake Street Machine Fall Follies car show at the Laurie Fairgrounds, 269 Fairgrounds Road in Laurie.

On display will be numerous classic cars, trucks and motorcycles from all over the Midwest. Highlights of the car show include a classic car parade through Laurie, many food and craft vendor booths and tents, a beer garden, an "engine blow" contest and golden oldies from the '50s and '60s until the evening concludes around 6 p.m.

Awards will be given to 32 classes of show vehicles. Proceeds from the event go to various charity and community projects around the area. For more details, visit

Apple Butter Days and Fall Festival
Apple Butter is hand-crafted for purchase and enjoyment during the Apple Butter Days festival at the Camden County Historical Museum in Linn Creek. This is another apple-focused fall event at the Lake of the Ozarks.
Apples are the centerpiece of another Lake of the Ozarks area hometown festival the weekend of Oct. 19-20, as Linn Creek celebrates  Apple Butter Days  at the Camden County Museum.  The festival is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with local artists and crafters showcasing their creativity in the arts and crafts show each day.
Apple Butter Days is the ideal place to take a break from colorful "leaf-peeping" to enjoy a warm bowl of soup or chili for lunch, topped off by a slice of apple pie.  If one slice is not enough, the hot-from-the-oven apple desserts will be available to take home, by the slice or whole pie.

The air will be filled with the scent of apples as apple butter is also prepared on-site in the museum's certified kitchen. Attendees will be able to buy jars of apple butter while it is still warm from the kitchen kettles where it is cooked. For more information about the festival, call the Camden County Museum at  573-346-7191 or visit their website at

For other attractions, events, as well as all dining and lodging options available at the Lake of the Ozarks, visit  the  Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitor Bureau 's award-winning website,  Or, call   800-FUN-LAKE (386-5253).

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