• Dancers with colorful skirts
  • Wood carving
  • Kids petting lamb
  • Group of dancers
  • Heritage festival dancers
  • Heritage Festival drumming
  • Musicians playing guitar and
  • Face painting
  • Handmade jewelry
  • Kids milking simulation cow

Annual Heritage Festival & Craft Show

Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 18-19, 2021
10 am – 5 pm
Historic Nifong Park, 3700 Ponderosa St.
(Hwy 63 S & AC/Grindstone Parkway exit west)
Columbia, Missouri
For weather-related cancellations, please call our hotline at 573-874-7663.

Heritage Festival features tons of fun and informative activities for all ages: 

  • Traditional tradesmen & artisans demonstrating “lost arts”
  • Live entertainment on three stages a variety of genres including Celtic, Blues, Cajun, Folk, Western, Bluegrass, traditional storytellers and magicians.
  • Cowboys with their chuckwagons
  • Mountain Man Camp
  • Fun for Young’uns Area (stilts, paper pumpkins, milk the “cow,” rope making, candle dipping, candy in the haystack, hayrides, and much more!)
  • Handmade craft show including over 70 vendors
  • Saturday evening ghost stories from 8-9:30 pm
  • Tours of the Boone County History & Culture Center, Maplewood House and Village at Boone Junction
  • Great food, including local food trucks and festival favorites such as funnel cakes and turkey legs!

Visitors will be taken back to the traditions of the past. Listen, learn, and see history as it comes alive. See artisans and tradesmen dressed in 19th century attire demonstrating their trades and selling their wares. A large contemporary handmade craft area will also be featured.

Helpful tips for Festival-goers:
Parking: On site parking is limited. Just south of the park, on Ponderosa, past the Blue Acres Trailer Park, is Discovery Office Park development. Parking will be allowed in these lots. Although these lots are within walking distance to the park, a shuttle will be available. One shuttle is equipped with a lift for wheelchairs.  Please do not park in the Blue Acres Trailer Park. 
Ride the Shuttle! The shuttles will run from Discovery Office Park to the front of the museum both days. This is an easy way to park and ride with a convenient drop off and pick up location. One shuttle bus will have a lift. 

Handicapped Parking: Located in the parking lots south of the museum and the lot off Nifong Road behind the Maplewood Barn. You must have a handicapped parking tag. If these lots fill, one of the shuttles is equipped with a lift. There are some sidewalks at the park but they are not interconnecting. The grounds can be difficult for wheelchairs. Use the sidewalk north of the museum for the best access to the park from the museum and the sidewalk from the Nifong Lot that goes to the Maplewood Barn Stage then through the children’s area. 

ATM – Some of the vendors are cash only. The Eagle Scoop concession vendor will provide ATM service for a convenience fee. 

Pets – We discourage bringing pets to the festival but if you do choose to bring your dog, they must be on a 4-foot leash. 



Heritage Festival map


Stay overnight during the Heritage Festival! For more information on overnight accommodations, visit the Columbia Convention & Visitors Bureau Web site.

The Heritage Festival is coordinated by Columbia Parks and Recreation.

Call 573-874-7460 for more information or email Festival Coordinator at Cassie.Brandt@como.govcreate new email