annual carl junction bluegrass festival

The largest, longest running Bluegrass festival in the region! Always held on the 4th Saturday in September – the annual Carl Junction Bluegrass festival is a family friendly weekend with LIVE music, craft booths, car & bike show, food trucks, kids area, and more.

Bike/Car Show

Cars and bikes from all over gather to win Best in Show and other top awards! 

Arts & Crafts Booths

Great shopping from area crafters. You’ll find items like jewelry, plants, health products, clothes, quilts, home decor, and more!

LIVE Music

Get ready to jam out with 8 live concerts with Bluegrass Bands from all over the four state area!

Food Vendors

Yummy food throughout the festival on Saturday. From funnel cakes, burgers, tacos, ice cream, and kettle corn – just to name a few!

Kids Only Area

Attractions for kiddos of all ages! Petting zoo, bounce houses, and face painting. An area just for your little ones!

Raffle & Giveaway

Enter to win prizes that we’ll give away on Saturday! 


Where? Stark Auditorium, 206 Broadway in Carl Junction

When? Friday, September 24th from 5:00-8:00 PM

How Much? FREE admission and FREE parking

Who’s Playing? Circle S Boys (5:00), Ripplin’ Creek (6:00), and Po’Anna (7:00)

Where? Center Creek Park, 201 Valley Lane in Carl Junction

When? Saturday, September 25th from 9:00-7:00 PM

How Much? FREE admission. FREE general parking. $5 VIP parking available. Donations Welcome.

Who’s Playing? Pickers’ Post (9:00), Flyin’ Buzzards (10:00), Spillwater Drive (11:00), Route 3 (12:00), Berry Wynn & Fly By Nite (1:00), Red Bridge (2:00), Borderline (3:00), Redings Mill Road (4:00), Finley River Boys (5:00), and No Apparent Reason (6:00).

Can I bring my pet? Please no pets allowed, only service animals.

Will you have any food vendors? Yes! We have 15+ different food trucks and vendors present. From tacos, burgers, funnel cakes, cinnamon rolls, fries, kettle corn, and more. 

What other type of vendors? We have 45+ craft and boutique vendors selling anything from home decor, quilts, clothing, local honey, wallets, and a lot more. Plus many amazing non-profit organizations and businesses bringing awareness to the services they offer. 

Anything for the kids to do? There will be 5 different bounce houses, yard games, petting zoo, facepainter, and other kid vendors in their own area of the park! 

I hear there is a car show?! Yes! There is a car and motorcycle show with registration starting at 9:00-11:00 AM on Saturday. Judging starts at Noon and awards are given at 2:00 PM. 

What are the rules for the beer & wine garden? The beer & wine garden will be open from 11:00-5:00 PM on Saturday featuring Chaos Brewery in Joplin, Flag City from Webb City, and Christine’s Vineyard in Webb City. No admission to get in the garden, you will pay the vendor directly. You MUST be 21 years or old to enter the garden. No exceptions. Beverages must be consumed inside the tent. 

205 N. Main Street

P.O. Box 301 

Carl Junction, MO 64834

Hours of Operation

Monday to Friday 9:00-4:00


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