River Bend Bluegrass
River Bend Bluegrass
The Punches
The Punches

2019 Fall Mountain Music Festival

Join us for our Arcadia Valley Mountain Music Festival now held every May and October!  We are conveniently located only 80 miles from St. Louis in the outdoor recreation capital of Missouri’s Arcadia Valley and Black River Recreation Area. 

freeAdmission is FREE for these wonderful family events!  Activities center around the historic Iron County Courthouse square on Main Street in Ironton in the beautiful Arcadia Valley.

You’ll find old time Music, Music, Music everywhere you turn!   Be sure to make your lodging reservations early! Check out camping opportunities as well.  

So, if you’re looking for Missouri bluegrass festivals and old time mountain and Americana music, make your plans now to attend our Arcadia Valley Mountain Music Festivals this year.

Arcadia Valley Mountain Music Festival Missouri CampingThis year’s Fall Mountain Music Festival features three great days of music. Both in Spring and Fall you’ll enjoy Vendors, Crafters and activities for the kids!  There’ll be an area set up for pickers, so be sure to bring your instruments! The Fall Mountain Music Festival features the Annual Arcadia Valley Fall Festival parade, the longest running parade in the state of Missouri. . . . 93 years and counting!

Come and experience the best Fall music festival in Missouri!



Friday, October 18, 2019

  • 6:00 PM Pickers at the gazebo & around the courthouse

Saturday, October 19, 2019

  • 10:00 AM River Bend Bluegrass AVHS Fall Festival Parade
  • 11:00 AM “Fiddle Contest” with George Portz & Friends of Bluegrass
  • 1:45 PM Claddagh Irish Dance Group
  • 2:00 PM The Punches
  • 3:00 PM Mound City Slickers
  • 3:45 PM Claddagh Irish Dance Group
  • 4:00 PM River Bend Bluegrass
  • 5:00 PM The Punches
  • 6:00 PM Barn Dance with music by Mound City Slickers

Sunday, October 20, 2019

  • Noon River Bend Bluegrass
  • 1:15 PM Dave Black Band
  • 2:30 PM The Punches

Check out our…

  • “Family Activity Area”
  • Special areas for “Pickers”
  • Iron County 4H Dog Show
  • Artisan demonstrators
  • Food and craft vendors
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Fiddler Flyer

Arcadia Valley Mountain Music FestivalNothing is better than a spring or fall vacation in Missouri!  

Plan to come for the weekend, or stay longer to experience three of the most beautiful Missouri State Parks; Taum Sauk MountainJohnson’s Shut-ins and Elephant Rocks

Enjoy float trips in canoes, rafts or tubes on the crystal clear Black River, Missouri’s cleanest river for floating.  Go hiking, biking, hunting, fishing, horseback riding or birdwatching. You’ll find the Ozark Trail, the Mark Twain National Forest and many other wilderness and conservation areas in our beautiful St. Francois Mountains here in the Ozarks.  

BATTLE OF PILOT KNOB STATE HISTORIC SITEExplore our historic towns and villages where footprints of the past will come alive.  Go antiquing and explore our many charming antique, gift and collectible shops.  Visit Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site and museum, scene of the Civil War Battle of Pilot Knob.

Explore this website to learn about everything our spectacular area has to offer.  Whether you enjoy camping or prefer one of our fine hotels, motels, bed and breakfast inns, cabins, charming cottages or vacation rentals, you’ll find the perfect Missouri campground or lodging facility to make your trip to the Arcadia Valley Mountain Music Festival a memorable and wonderful experience for you and the whole family!

See how incredible our region is!  Watch our videos about all the things to see and do while attending the Mountain Music Festivals!
Arcadia Valley Spring Mountain Music Festival 2019
And throughout the season every Friday!
“Pickin’ on the Square” begins at 6:00

Every Friday night, May – October

Friday night kicks off the Arcadia Valley Mountain Music Festival with Pickin’ on the Square. Amateur musicians join professionals to perform everything from bluegrass to gospel to Cajun. Bring your guitar, fiddle or banjo and join in.

Clapping, dancing, singing along – crowds gather to enjoy the tunes of musicians at Pickin’ on the Square on the courthouse lawn every Friday night through the summer. It starts with the Spring Mountain Music Festival, May 17-19 and ends with the Fall Mountain Music Festival, October 18-20. On banjo, harmonica, dobro, bass, fiddle and guitar, musicians from as far as 60 miles away gather to perform rockabilly, country ballads, gospel and original compositions.

Anyone is welcome to come up to the microphone and sing. Some Fridays have guest appearances by experienced vocalists or by a very young one who wants to make their professional debut.

Expect to see our regulars at Pickin’ on the Square: Jimmy Randolph, Kevin Province, Tyler Sappington, Kevin Pewitt, Phil Wadlow, Mike Keith, “Leftie” Lowell Reeves, Eric Thompson, Bobby Powell, Taylor Price, Wayne Taylor, Preston and Connie Browers, Mark Browers, Frank Hinson, Kenny Albert, Guy Stevenson, Merlin Grigsby, Calvin Jones and many, many others.

For more information, contact Tim Sappington by phone at 
573-546-7418 or by email at tim@fortdavidson.com

Check out our photos from the 2018 Fall Mountain Music Festival


We thank everyone for their Sponsorship of the Mountain Music Festival & Pickin’ on the Square every Friday evening during the season.  Click logos to visit the platinum sponsors who are supporting our community!


Arcadian Academy of Music

Great Southern Bank

First State Community Bank

Missouri Highlands Healthcare

Ozarks Federal

Mountain Echo

Shepherd Mountain Inn

Arcadia Valley Chamber of Commerce

Missouri Arts Council

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