St. Joseph's official rite of Spring - May 2-3

Apple Blossom Festival Weekend

The Apple Blossom Festival is the official St. Joseph rite of Spring. The festival began 89 years ago and each year continues to grow, having evolved into a weekend-long celebration including a national barbecue contest, live music, great food, unique downtown shopping experiences, and of course, the spotlight event: The Annual Apple Blossom Parade, Saturday, May 3rd. It is also the third oldest Apple Blossom Festival in the United States.

Apple Blossom Barbecue Contest

The "barbecued" fun kicks off on Friday, May 2nd at Civic Center Park, on City Hall grounds in downtown St. Joseph. Now part of the Kansas City Barbecue Society's "Great American BBQ Tour", the 8th annual Apple Blossom Barbecue Contestis one of only 22 events across the county to bear that distinction. This year's contest is once again sponsored by the Northwest Missouri Children's Advocacy Center.

In addition to the 50-team barbecue competition, consisting of some of the best competitive barbecue teams in the Midwest, the contest will again include the ever popular People's Choice category that allows the public to sample and vote on their favorite barbecue Friday evening.  Triumph Peoples Choice contest is Friday from 6-8 pm.  Sample barbecue from all the competition for $5. Live music from 8-11pm (Lyin' Eyes - Eagles Tribute Band), food tents, beer garden, vendors, family entertainment and kids games will also be available.  Saturday, May 3, the hours are noon-6pm.

Apple Blossom Parade

Saturday, May 3rd, the annual Apple Blossom Parade will begin at Noyes Boulevard and Frederick Avenue at 9:30 am and proceed West down Frederick into downtown. The theme this year for the Apple Blossom Festival is "Celebrating 90 Years." Find a comfortable spot along Frederick and watch the numerous parade floats and entries pass by, and be sure to bring a bag to collect all that candy. The festival has been the St. Joseph News Press Readers Choice as best parade/festival for the past 13 years.

Better Block and St. Joseph Passport

Another event in St. Joseph May 2-3, is the return of Better Block St. Joe.  During the event downtown pop-up businesses will be selling everything from goats milk soap to children's clothing to art. New this year is "St. Joseph Passport" ethnic festival, featuring cultural performances such as Bollywood, Bagpipes, Salsa and more, but also great Korean, Ethiopian, Cuban, Swiss and Mexican Food. This event is held at Coleman Hawkins Park, 8th & Felix Streets. 

FRIDAY, MAY 2ND 11am-2pm:
Meet the K-State design students and view their downtown landscaping plans @ 111 S. 7th St. Support Local Business and Eat Lunch Downtown on Friday!

SATURDAY, MAY 3RD 9am-6pm:

Local Pop-Up Businesses, Wine Garden featuring Tipple Hill winery & Windy Wine co., Live Music, Bike Tours, Kid's Act ivity Area featuring canvas painting, story telling, juggling, hula hooping, balloon animals, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, and more! Block Walk St Joe; NEW! walking app tour w/ free WiFi.