Signature Events

Every year Downtown Washington INc. hosts dozens of events for people of all ages in various venues, in the historic streets, and on the riverfront. Our Signature Events bring thousands of guests from our town and surrounding areas, even from out of state.


BEST BBQ NATIONWIDE

BBQ, Bikes & Blues - April

Enjoy live Blues music and a full food court throughout the weekend. Saturday afternoon join us for our 11th annual BBQ competition, sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and enjoying BBQ, is the world’s largest organization of barbeque and grilling enthusiasts with over 8,000 members worldwide. 50 teams will compete for the title of Grand Champion, with trophies, ribbons and cash prizes for the winners.


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ART Fair & WIneFest - May

The Downtown Washington Fine Art Fair & Winefest will be held in historic downtown Washington. This unique festival in the heart of Missouri wine country draws visitors each spring from across the Midwest. Complimentary cheese and crackers are provided in the tasting area under the wine tent, with a variety of snacks and gourmet foods on sale in the festival area. Visitors to the wine tasting area will also have the opportunity to win a special wine basket prepared by a participating winery. Hours are: 5-10pm Friday and Noon-10pm Saturday.


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Fall Festival - September

September 27-29, Downtown Washington, Inc. welcomes artisans from all over! Each will be showing their finest wares in historic downtown Washington. As guests you will be able to purchase unique fine arts and crafts along Main and Elm Streets. Some of the many interesting items you will find are soaps, jewelry, original artwork, quilts, clothing, handmade wood furniture, and decorative items. There will also be live music all weekend long, along with a food court full of delicious choices! This event is fun for the whole family!


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Haunted history tours

This horse drawn wagon tour of downtown Washington features some of its most well known historic sites and the hauntings surrounding them. You will hear about bizarre accidents, strange murders, as well as the area’s recent paranormal activity.