Friday, August 17:  5:00 p.m. - end of concert
Saturday, August 18:  10:00 a.m. - end of concert
Sunday, August 19:  11:00 p.m. - 4:00



Trails West!® takes place in scenic Civic Center Park, immediately adjacent to City Hall at 1100 Frederick in downtown St. Joseph. To lessen the impact of over 30,000 festival goers, and to provide a comfortable experience for everyone, the Festival is asking for cooperation with the following:

For the saftey and comfort of our guests and your pets, leave your fur babies at home.

If you use a service animal please have the the service animal marked so people know it is a working animal.   

Due to obvious hazards, glass, rollerblades, skateboards, scooters, and bicycles are prohibited.

No large bags allowed in the festival. All bags are subject to search.

Food and drink are not allowed on to the grounds - food vendors on the grounds offer a wide variety of tasty options.

No Firearms allowed on festival grounds. A valid concealed carry permit does NOT authorize you to carry a concealed weapon onto the grounds.

Please recycle. Place your aluminum cans in the recycling containers.

Please don't drop trash on the ground or in our neighbors' streets!

All guests who purchase alcohol must wear a festival-supplied wrist band.

Cans or bottles may not be brought into the park.

City ordinances prohibit guests from leaving the park (or any liquor-by-the-drink establishment) with an open container of alcohol.

Trails West! ® is the largest arts and music festival in northwest Missouri.  Formed in 1993 to celebrate St. Joseph’s sesquicentennial, the mission of the festival is to bring arts and music together and to celebrate St. Joseph’s unique cultural heritage. This year the festival celebrates St. Joseph's Uncommon Character.


Directions: The festival located at Civic Center Park, is adjacent to City Hall, 1100 Frederick Ave. If you're coming from out of town, take Interstate 29 or US 36 to Interstate 229 to downtown St. Joseph. If you are on I-229 South, exit at Felix Street, follow Felix to 10th street, turn 3 blocks north and you're there. If you are on I-229 North, exit at Edmond Street, follow Edmond to 10th street, turn 3 blocks north and you're there! If you should happen to miss the I-229 exits off Interstate 29, you can also exit Interstate 29 at Frederick Boulevard and go west on Frederick to 11th Street to the festival.

Parking: Downtown St. Joseph has several free parking garages and parking lots. The closest parking lot to the festival is at 8th & Felix.  On-street parking is allowed on most streets near the festival. 



Seating at the festival is NOT reserved. Be aware that arriving early for the headline entertainment doesn't guarantee a front row seat.

Also, note that most audience members prefer to stand during the concert.

BRING YOUR BAG CHAIRS! Seating is limited, and there are so many different venues to see, you'll want the mobility that having your own chair will bring.

Remove your blankets and chairs at the end of the evening. Following each night's closing act, Festival staff removes all blankets, chairs, etc., from the park.

The festival is held regardless of weather conditions, there are no refunds on ticket purchase


All entrances are handicapped accessible.

Handicapped parking is located in the City Hall parking lot near the 12th and Jules entrance, and on Francis between 9th and 10th Street near the 10th and Francis entrance.

Large-print festival schedules are available in the fine art and fold art areas.

American Sign Language interpreters will be available for virtually all performances on Saturday.

First Aid is located on the southwest portion of the grounds.

ADA accessible portable restrooms are located in each of the two porta-potty locations.


Want to join in on the fun by volunteering? 
We would love to have you!

The Trails West!® Festival requires many volunteers on many different scales. Subcommittee volunteers work with Steering Committee chairs throughout the year and meet several times to plan and execute various parts of the festival and typically require several hundred hours of service annually. Volunteers run areas of the festival for short shifts usually several hours in length.

General Requirements

• Volunteer shifts typically last a couple of hours.

• Work takes place outside in a variety of temperatures and working conditions.

• Good listening and communication skills

• Ability to work in a variety of environments individually or in small groups.

NOTE: All festival committee members and volunteers 10 years and older are asked to purchase their own button. However, volunteers receive a one-day entrance wristband at check-in. 

To inquire about volunteer opportunities click HERE