Bringing the arts and people together since 1963

Trails West!�
August 21-23, 2015

Northwest Missouri's Largest Arts Festival

Festival Details

Hours of Operation

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

 Directions, & Parking

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 garage closest to the festival is at 9th and Felix. Click here for a map of the downtown parking options.

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.  

From Kansas City, MO:

From Omaha, NE:

Parking:   Downtown St. Joseph has several free parking garages and parking lots. The garage closest to the festival is at 9th and Felix.  Downtown St. Joseph parking map.



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.

Good Neighbor Park Policy and Rules

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.  If you wish to bring your own food, a picnic area is available for your use on the grounds of  Pony Express Monument between Frederick and Francis

 Blankets and chairs must be removed each evening of the Festival.  Following each night's closing act, Festival staff removes all blankets, chairs, etc., from the park. These items are turned in to the lost & found located in the Merchandise Tent.

Just a tip- 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.

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

One last request - when packing for the Festival, drop in your own trash bag, and help us to leave the festival grounds in great shape! Please don't drop trash on the ground or in our neighbors' streets!

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.

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

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. 

Guest Services & Handicap Access

Our goal is to provide access to all our guests for all of Trails West!� Here are some of the ways we work to make your visit enjoyable. 

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 Volunteer Check IN.

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

First Aid is located on the south west portion of the grounds.  

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

A picnic area has been established for guests wishing to bring a picnic lunch.  The green space at the Pony Express statue at 10th and Frederick will have picnic tables set up for your use. Food baskets and coolers are not permitted on the grounds of Civic Center Park.

Buttons, T-shirts  and Souvenirs

Trails West!� has provided affordable family entertainment for twenty two 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.

Allied Arts Council

118 S 8th, St. Joseph, MO 64501

phone 816-233-0231

2015 Sponsors:

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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