45th Annual Missouri River Festival of the ArtsMRFA logo

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday,

August 27, 28, & 29 2020

7:30 p.m.

Historic Thespian Hall
(522 Main Street Boonville, MO)

Ticket prices:

$75 series or $30 single night

Click here to buy tickets or call 1-888-588-1477

Patron memberships are available (view more).

The Friends of Historic Boonville is pleased to announce that the 45th Annual Missouri River Festival of the Arts will be held August 27-29 at historic Thespian Hall c. 1857 in Boonville, Missouri. The Missouri River Festival of the Arts is the oldest performing arts festival in the state of Missouri and is held in the oldest theatre in continuous use west of the Allegheny Mountains.

Under the artistic direction of David Halen, Concertmaster of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra as well as the Aspen Music Festival, we have the best of both symphonies to create a one of a kind festival! Mr. Halen has planned the following outstanding lineup of performances: (performances are subject to last minutes changes or additions as necessary to provide the finest quality programming).

Thursday, August 27 – To Be Announced

Friday, August 28 – To Be Announced

Saturday, August 29 – To Be Announced

All performances begin at 7:30 pm. Doors open at 7:00 pm each evening.

SERIES TICKETS: $75 (all 3 nights)

Thursday:  $30
Friday: $30
Saturday: $30

Purchase by phone: 660-882-7977 or 888-588-1477

Or on-line at: www.friendsofhistoricboonvillemo.org

Patron memberships are also available. If you are interested in becoming a Patron of the Festival, please call the Friends office at 660-882-7977. Patron information can be found here.


Visual Art Exhibit

Historic Hain House (c.1836)
412 Fourth Street

The Missouri River Festival of the Arts Visual Art Exhibit opens on Wednesday, August 26 at 6:00 p.m. with an Opening Reception at the historic Hain House, c. 1836, 412 Fourth Street in Boonville.

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet this year’s featured artist, Jeanne Pascale, as well as be the first to view the exhibition. Art will be available for purchase.

Opening Reception (sponsored by Edward Jones)
Wednesday, August 26 at 6:00 p.m.

Art Show Hours:
Thursday, August 27; 6:00 – 7:15 p.m.
Friday, August 28; 6:00 – 7:15 p.m.
Saturday, August 29; 12:00 – 7:15 p.m.


Festival Bike Tour

Thespian Hall
522 Main Street

The Festival Ride is held in conjunction with the Missouri River Festival of the Arts and is sponsored by the Friends of Historic Boonville, a group dedicated to the arts and the preservation of our historic structures.  The ride takes place the weekend before the festival begins.

Your ride will begin (and end) at the historic Thespian Hall in Downtown Boonville.  From there, you will head out on the 42 mile “Wooldridge Route”. Once you arrive in Prairie Home (2nd Rest Stop) you will roll on to Wooldridge… or take the optional “Loop to Lupus” (Lupus is a small community right on the Missouri River). The “Loop” adds 10 very challenging (hilly) miles to the original 42-mile route for a total of 52 miles. All miles are some of the more scenic in Missouri with decent road surfaces and relatively little traffic. (22 mile option is an out and back to the 1st rest stop on HWY U).

As always, it is the people who make it a great ride!  Please join us and bring your friends! The ride is well supported with rest stops and support vehicles. When you finish, we will be serving FREE ICE CREAM on the front steps of Thespian Hall.

Registration may be done online at www.bikereg.com


Thank you

None of this would be possible without the help of a dedicated group of individuals.  We want to thank each and everyone of them for their assistance in making this event a success.

Art Exhibit ~ Linda & Ken Askren; Mary Barile; Pete Christus; Denise Haskamp; Nancy Hoff; Pam Jaeger; Sharon Korte; Gerry Kronk; Susan Lenz; Debbie Litwiller; Susan Meadows; Jeff Oberhaus; Gin O’Keefe; Jeanne Pascale; Marlene Ridgway; Brenda Snoddy; Andrea Thacher.

House Committee ~ Ed Scrivner; Myrna Bruce; Judy Rodman; Jackie Hickam; Bob & Coletta Eichenberger; Dan & Lari Anne Crawford; Sam & Katy Giroux; Ani Wiemholt; Johanna Johns; Marlene & Darren Ridgway; Jayme & Kyle Prenger.

Bike Tour ~ Dan & Sharlene Kammerich; Jasen Matyas; Keith & Cathy Bail; Kathleen Conway; Gary Bridgewater; Matt Rowlett; Andrea Thacher, Isle of Capri Casino; Unlimited Opportunities.

Turner Hall Parties ~ Cathy Bail; Megan Thiemann; Andrea Thacher.

Special Thanks ~ Matt Davis, Davis Muffler; David & Lesley Oswald, Turner Hall; Isle of Capri Hotel and Casino; Hotel Fredrick; Jeff Oberhaus, Vintage Hills Nursery; Edward Jones Investments; Matt & Robin Billings, KWRT;  Boonville Daily News; Boonville Police Department; City of Boonville, Boonville Tourism Commission; Boonville R-1 School District; Central Methodist University; Kim Pirtle; LSE Band students; UMB Bank; Marilyn Humiston; Glenn Langston; Kyle Thacher; Brent Bozarth; Julie Thacher.