95 Things to do Labor Day Weekend in Southwest MO

Make your Labor Day celebrations worth remembering with the great outdoors, free local events and weekend getaways.

By Abigail Blaes

Aug 15 2019 at 9 a.m.

Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to let off a little steam after the school year has begun and the summer weather begins to change. Soak up these last weeks of sun with some fabulous local events perfect for you! 

Weekend Getaways and Road Trips

There’s no better way to break up the monotonous tone of summer than with a road trip and weekend spent away from your typical stomping grounds. Whether it’s cross-country, a 417-land small town, or a drop off I-44, it’s an easy way to keep things fresh and exciting!

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We've rounded up nine of our favorite nearby small towns that offer big fun without extensive travel. Pack an overnight bag and see what area towns have to offer for a weekend getaway. Your next big (little) adventure awaits.

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Already on your way to St. Louis for a Cardinals game, a concert or a weekend away with friends? Don’t rush through that drive down I-44. We found seven stops that will make the Route 66 journey as much fun as the destination.

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Weekend Getaway Adventures
Feeling adventurous? There’s plenty of adventure to be found nearby, and lucky for you, we’ve planned out 52 amazing trips ready for you to take. From a taste of the South, embracing farm tradition, art focused, or a Route 66 journey, you can find something suitable for you.

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Music and the Outdoors in Mountain View
Get a big helping of Ozark Mountain folk music with your outdoor adventure when you stay in Mountain View, Arkansas, a great central location for hiking, floating, fishing and—bonus—cavern exploring.

Lake Lovin’

Southwest Missouri boasts some of the best waterway activities in the country. We may be landlocked, but that doesn't mean we don't know how to enjoy water-filled adventures. 

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Best Coves in Southwest Missouri and Northern Arkansas
417-land and our close neighbor, Arkansas, are home to tons of amazing lakes, and within them are spots to cool off, hang out and waste the day away. Hop from Table Rock to Bull Shoals to Lake Taneycomo.

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Paddle Into a New Adventure This Summer
The sun is setting on lake season, and you’ve lazed the dog days away on a boat. But before the summer’s up, test your paddling prowess with these different ways to hit the water. Give your biceps a hearty workout and round out that tan with these paddle-powered experiences!

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Getaway to the Lake of the Ozarks
Ready for summer's last hurrah? Take a quick trek up to Lake of the Ozarks to get the job done right. Boat, play and eat in the best lake getaway southwest Missouri has to offer.

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The Best Floats & Springs
Summer isn’t just for lake life! A float trip down the rivers of southwest Missouri is a summer staple for many of us. From deep swimming holes and roiling falls to icy springs and first-rate trout fishing, these pristine streams offer something for every type of outdoorsy personality.

Looking for a nearby event? We’ve got you covered.