Calendar of Events

January, 2016

First Day Hike - January 01, 2016

Show that fitness resolution you mean business and connect with nature at the same time with a First Day Hike at the Arrow Rock State Historic Site on Friday, Jan. 1. The hike is free and open to the public. Hike leaders from the Missouri River Bird Observatory will help you spot and identify birds and other wildlife. The 2.5-mile hike will start at the state historic site visitor’s center and continue through town, down the Historic River Landing Trail to the Lewis and Clark Trail of Discovery on the Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge. If there is enough interest and time following the trail hike, we will hike over to Big Soldier Lake and do some birding around there. The trails are of easy to moderate slope but steep inclines may be encountered in areas of town. Dogs on leashes are welcome. This hike is not recommended for children in strollers or children under 5. Bring water, snacks, cameras and binoculars. Make sure everyone in the family has sturdy footwear and weather-appropriate clothing. In the event of inclement weather (snow or ice covered roads), the hike will be canceled. The hike runs from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Meet at the historic site visitor's center, 39521 Visitor Center Drive. This hike is being held in conjunction with the national First Day Hike event sponsored by America's State Parks. | Arrow Rock State Historic Site and throughout the village

Lecture: Genealogy Sleuthing: Clues On How To Research Your Family History - January 09, 2016

THIS EVENT WAS POSTPONED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED LATER IN THE YEAR. Because of the New Year’s holiday weekend, the Friends of Arrow Rock will begin its annual First Saturday Lecture Series on the second Saturday in January — Jan. 9 — at 10 a.m. in the auditorium of the Arrow Rock State Historic Site Visitor Center. The hour-long presentation is free and open to the public. “Genealogy Sleuthing: Clues On How To Research Your Family History,” will be presented by Arrow Rock’s own Karen Avery Miller, an avid genealogist who is a sought-after lecturer and consultant on the topic. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and an alumnus of the National Institute on Genealogical Research. She has lectured and conducted many workshops on genealogy and also offers private consulting services. Her interest in genealogy has been expanded to include membership and dedicated volunteer work in hereditary societies. She belongs to Daughters of the American Revolution and more than 50 other lineage groups. In 2004 she founded the Guild of Colonial Artisans and Tradesmens 1607-1783, a lineage based nonprofit organization devoted to recognizing and preserving historical data, and honoring colonial ancestors in the trades in America. She has served in many society offices and as the national president of several, including the Guild of Colonial Artisans, the First Families of Maine, the Order of Americans of Armorial Ancestry, The First Families of Connecticut, The Plymouth Hereditary Society, the National Society Sons and Daughters of Antebellum Planters and is currently the president general of The First Families of New Hampshire. Her personal research has led her to chase her ancestors from New England down to Virginia, through the upper and central Midwest, as well as dipping into the lower Southern states. All signs, through many generations, led her to Missouri where they appeared to have stayed put. She is proud to count farmers, blacksmiths, colonial governors, clergy, tailors, fishmongers, state representatives, Quakers, Huguenots, Puritans, Mayflower pilgrims, carpenters, innkeepers, Indian War victims, Revolutionary War POWs, Civil War spies and many other trades, military service and religious preferences as her direct ancestors. Miller can trace her roots back to England, Scotland, Ulster Scots in Ireland, the Shetland Islands, Germany and France. The 2016 Lecture Series is funded by a special gift from Pamela Parsons, former Friends of Arrow Rock Education Director. If inclement weather necessitates a lecture postponement or cancellation, that information will be announced online at, on the Friends of Arrow Rock Facebook page, and on Marshall, Missouri-based radio station KMMO FM 102.9. | Arrow Rock State Historic Site

February, 2016

Lecture: "George Caleb Bingham's General Order No. 11: A Focus On The Women In The Painting." - February 06, 2016

Dr. Joan Stack, Curator of Art Collections at the State Historical Society of Missouri, and a recognized authority on the work of Arrow Rock's most famous son, George Caleb Bingham, will analyze his most noted work, paying particular attention to the women depicted in the painting. This one-hour lecture begins at 10 a.m. It is free and open to the public. | Arrow Rock State Historic Site

March, 2016

Easter Parade & Egg Hunt - March 27, 2016

Don your fanciest (or funniest!) hat and bring the entire family for this fun annual event. We'll gather in front of the Arrow Rock Craft Club at the corner of 5th and Main, then parade down Main Street to the Boardwalk. There, our astute panel of hat contest judges will pick prize-winners in multiple categories and age groups. Following the hat judging, we set the kids loose for an Easter Egg Hunt. We'll hide eggs in four separate areas to accommodate four different age groups, from toddlers to teens. This is a free event! 2 p.m. | Arrow Rock Boardwalk

May, 2016

Garden Market & Vintage Bazaar - May 07, 2016

Whether you're cultivating a new interest in gardening, or your gardening roots run deep, you'll enjoy Arrow Rock's annual Garden Market & Vintage Bazaar. Leading nurseries from around the area will bring in a wide variety of beautiful, healthy plants. You'll find colorful hanging baskets, vegetable plants, annual and perennial bloomers, and outdoor decor. Plus, there will be wonderful antique and vintage items available, too! Admission is free. This event run from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. | Old Schoolhouse (8th & Main Streets)

June, 2016

Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre Production: Funny Girl - June 01, 2016 through June 11, 2016

Visit for specific show dates, times and tickets. | Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre

Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre Production: Oliver! - June 18, 2016 through June 26, 2016

Visit for specific show dates, times and tickets. | Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre

July, 2016

Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre Production: 1776 The Musical - July 04, 2016 through July 16, 2016

Visit for specific show dates, times and tickets. | Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre

4th of July Impromptu Parade - July 04, 2016

You never know what you'll see at Arrow Rock's annual 4th of July Impromptu Parade. Anyone who wants to participate is welcome to bring their antique car, old tractor, motorcycle, decorated bicycle, horse, dog, gorilla costume ... we've seen it all! If you're musically inclined, or even if you're not, you're a candidate for Arrow Rock's ought-to-be-famous Kazoo Band. Bring your own kazoo or we can provide one for you. We'll gather at the Old Schoolhouse at 10:45. This year's parade begins at 11 a.m. and travels the length of Main Street. And what is a parade without spectators. Don't feel like parading? Find a comfortable spot along the parade route to watch this old-fashioned salute to America! This is a free event. Parade begins at 11 a.m. | Old Schoolhouse and along Main Street

Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre Production: Agatha Christie's Murder On The Nile - July 23, 2016 through July 30, 2016

Visit for specific show dates, times and tickets. | Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre

August, 2016

Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre Production: The Fox On The Fairway - August 06, 2016 through August 13, 2016

Visit for specific show dates, times and tickets. | Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre

Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre Production: The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial - August 20, 2016 through August 28, 2016

Visit for specific show dates, times and tickets. | Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre

September, 2016

Ice Cream Freeze-Off - September 03, 2016

It's the tastiest way we know to say so-long to summer. Join us for the annual Ice Cream Freeze Off. Your admission fee gets you a sampling privileges to all of this year's ice cream contest entries. Cast your vote for your favorite, then enjoy a heaping helping of homemade cake and even more ice cream! This year, we'll feature live music during the event. The event begins at 2 p.m. Admission is $4. Interested in bringing your homemade ice cream entry for the contest? Contact the event director. There are nifty prizes for the winners! | J. Huston Tavern Lawn

Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre Production: To Be Announced - September 07, 2016 through September 18, 2016

Visit for specific show dates, times and tickets. | Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre

October, 2016

48th Annual Heritage Festival - October 08, 2016 through October 09, 2016

Arrow Rock was one of the first town's to host a heritage craft festival, and its festival continues to draw thousands each year. This year's festival features lost-art crafts demonstrated and sold by costumed artisans, live music and entertainment, great food, and the historic ambiance you won't find anywhere else! Admission is $2 per day and includes parking. Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Join us at 8:45 a.m. on Sunday for an old-fashioned, non-denominational worship service at the historic Christian Church on Main Street. | Throughout the Village

November, 2016

Merchant's Open House - November 05, 2016 through November 06, 2016

Arrow Rock's merchants kick off the holiday season with festive decor and special sales for their annual open house. Store hours may vary, but most will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m on Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. | At shops throughout the village

Hanging of the Greens - November 19, 2016

Santa makes Arrow Rock one of his first stops! He'll swing into town for an appearance following the annual Hanging of the Greens ceremony on the Arrow Rock Boardwalk. Join us for caroling, a few inspirational words, and Santa's arrival! Following the ceremony, we'll head to the J. Huston Tavern for complimentary photos with Santa, plus free cookies and cocoa! This free event begins at 2 p.m. | Arrow Rock Boardwalk

December, 2016

Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre Production: A Christmas Carol - December 14, 2016 through December 23, 2016

Visit for specific show dates, times and tickets. | Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre