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Friday, August 18:  5:00 p.m. - end of concert
Saturday, August 19:  10:00 a.m. - end of concert
Sunday, August 20:  12:00 p.m. - end of concert
Monday, August 21:  10 a.m. - 4:00 pm



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:

Pets and animals are not allowed in the Festival.

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.

Please do not bring food or drink 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 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.


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 located at Civic Center Park is adjacent to City Hall,1100 Frederick Ave. Downtown St. Joseph has several free parking garages and parking lots. The closest parking lot to the festival is at 10th & Felix.  On-street parking is allowed on most streets near the festival.

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.

CLICK on the MAP below to open a larger / printable version of the downtown parking map.


Help us kick off the 25th Trails West!® festival with the Trails West!® Patrons’ Party. Please join us August 17 at 6:00 p.m. for an evening full of entertainment and a delicious meal.

Held in Civic Center Park, the Patrons’ Party includes a sneak peak of this year’s festival for only $70. To register please call the Allied Arts Council at 816-233-0231.

The evening of fun hosted by Michelle and Todd Meierhoffer features a beef brisket dinner catered by Consentino’s Price Chopper and dessert by Pronto Cafe’. Following dinner, entertainment will be provided by the “Mark Marek Trio” emceed by Meagen Miller with News Press Now TV. There will even be a photo booth by Memory Makers Productions. Each guest receives a limited edition 2017 Trails West! ® poster.  Your attendance at the Patrons’ Party helps ensure a quality festival each year. Click here to purchase tickets


A wide variety of accommodations are available in St. Joseph.  To compare current rates, and a list of motel and hotel accommodations please visit here.


Our goal is to provide access to all our guests for all of Trails West!®

All entrances are handicapped accessible.

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

Large-print and Braille festival schedules are available at the merchandise tent.

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.


Trails West!® has provided affordable family entertainment for twenty-five years. The purchase of a Trails West!® Button or T-Shirt is required for admission. Children 10 and younger are free when accompanied by an adult.

Since the festival is held regardless of weather conditions there are no refunds on buttons or t-shirts.


Want to join in on the fun of Trails West! 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.

• Committee service requires a larger time commitment both during the festival and through the year.

• 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 12 years and older are asked to purchase their own button. However, volunteers receive a one-day entrance wristband at check-in.

CLICK HERE for a complete list of volunteer opportunities and the volunteer form. Email the form HERE, or drop it by the Council office, 118 South 8 Street.



Trails West!®

Allied Arts Council of St. Joseph 

118 South 8th Street ~ St. Joseph, Missouri  64501  
Phone:  816.233.0231 ~ Fax:  816.233.6704

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