Festival Friday 4-20-12

Oh boy, oh boy. It’s Friday. TGIF. Who’s ready for the weekend? I actually have quite the assortment of Missouri activities on the list this weekend. So, no excuses! I want you out there exploring. And next week, I want you telling me all about it too!
Branson Area:
Well it’s one for the money, two for the show! Branson Elvis Festival hits the Dick Clark (RIP) Bandstand Theater all weekend from 9a-9p. Live impersonators and all things Elvis. Perfect for the Branson vacationers. Tickets are $25 for regular seating. The theater is located at 1600 W Hwy 76. Visit bransonelvisfestival.com or call 800-374-SHOW for more info.
Springfield Area:
You like music? You like ribs? You like BBQ? Then what are you waiting for? Head to the Community Blood Center (event held in the parking lot) at 220 W Plainview (corner of Plainview Rd and Campbell Ave). Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the gate. On Friday event is from 5p-11p or you can spend your whole Saturday up there as the event goes from 10a-11p. Visit rocknribs.com or call 417-840-7463 for more info.
Columbia Area:
Bass Pro is hosting the Bass Pro Kids Challenge Weekend on Saturday and Sunday from Noon-4. Bring out the kiddos to participate in activities like the sleeping bag challenge, the casting challenge, or the life jacket challenge. Also, from 1p-4p they will have an area for crafting. Best part of all? This event is totally FREE!!
St Louis Area:
Calling all Jazz fans! The Greater St Louis Jazz Festival is Friday and Saturday at the Blanche M Towhill Performing Arts Center on the MU-STL campus. Visit towhill.org or call 314-516-4949 for the list of performers as there are way too many to list here.
St Louis Earth Day Festival will be held at the Muny Grounds in Forest Park on Sunday from 11a-6p. Activities include live music, food, tons of vendors, and lots of information. Perfect for the whole family. Visit stlouisearthday.org or call 314-616-7354.
The St Louis International Indian Dance Festival will be held at the Clayton High School Auditorium Friday through Sunday and features cultural performances and seminars. The auditorium is located at #1 Mark Twain Circle in St Louis. Visit sooryadance.com or call 314-397-5278 to purchase tickets and learn more.

Everybody, enjoy your weekend to the fullest! The Gravel-Roadin’ Guru, Pan