Family Fun

Stretch your legs on scenic hiking trails, discover amazing museums and architecture, get to know the rescue tigers at the Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary, splash around at the River Rapids Waterpark and explore the nearby Challenger Playground, or take a ride across the mighty Mississippi River on the ferry! When you’re looking for fun that will appeal to all ages, bring your family to see the sights and attractions of Ste. Genevieve!

  • Baetje Farms

    8932 Jackson School Road
    Bloomsdale, MO 63627
    573-483-9021
    Check in advance for open hours.
    Baetje Farms
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    Visit Baetje Farms for a one of a kind wine and cheese tasting! Baetje Farms is open to the public Monday through Thursday and often on Sunday. Check the web link for updates. While you are there, feed the goats and then feed yourself award-winning goat cheese for a truly memorable experience! Their brand-new venue, The Artisan, is available to rent for your special occasion as well.

  • Masquerade on Main

    183 North Main
    Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
    573-535-9056
    Call for admittance
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    In Masquerade on Main, take a selfie in one of several cool scenes in which visitors can strike a pose!
    Currently there is an old-timey scene, a goth / Cathedral scene, a saloon, a pirate ship, steampunk, Day of the Dead /

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    Voodoo / Halloween, a sparkly Forest, a cemetery and a brick wall to take pictures in, on and around… Pose in either in your street clothes or in one of the hundreds of costumes for men women and children. There are no set hours yet, but call to get in at almost any time.

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    The Sainte Genevieve Museum Learning Center

    360 Market Street
    Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
    573-883-3466
    The Sainte Genevieve Museum Learning Center
    Open Friday-Sunday 11:00-4:00
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    The Sainte Genevieve Museum Learning Center has opened some of its galleries, including some of Guy Darrough’s impressive dinosaur replicas and evidence of the Missouri dinosaur currently being excavated. There are also displays of artifacts from various ancient cultures. Additions are being made with galleries focusing on local history. Native American, French, German and mining exhibits will feature unique artifacts from Ste. Genevieve’s past.

  • River Rapids Water Park

    1301 Progress Parkway
    Ste. Genevieve MO 63670
    573.883.5244
    RiverRapidsWaterPark.com
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    River Rapids Water Park has daily and seasonal memberships available. This amazing facility includes several tubular tall water slides. The lazy river offers a relaxing float around the park. A 6 lane lap pool features a zip line, climbing ropes, and a diving board. An exciting kids’ play area has 30 different activities to enjoy. Come for a splashing good time!

  • Harold’s Famous Bee Co

    150 Market Street
    Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
    800-748-9810
    Harold’s Famous Bee Co.
    Open 12:00-4:00 Thursday-Saturday
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    Harold’s Famous Bee Co. carries a line of honey for sampling and for purchase.  Different local honeys are also featured weekly.  They also carry several products using ingredients harvested from the honey bee. Their flagship product, Harold’s Famous Bee Cream, is the only

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    patent approved formulation that harnesses the healthy benefits of honey bee venom to effectively soothe joints, muscles, and dry, rough skin. Harold’s unique method of venom extraction causes no harm. Besides honeys and their signature cream, lip balm and facial creams are available.  Honey ice creams and meads have recently been added!

  • Iggy’s Pop Shop

    233 Merchant Street
    Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
    573-880-7075
    Iggy’s Pop Shop
    Monday, Wed, Thursday: 2:00-10:00
    Friday: 2:00-12:00
    Saturday: 12:00-12:00
    Sunday: 12:00-10:00
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    Comics, Gaming, Events, and Everything Pop Culture! Explore this gaming and comics center!

  • Ferry

    Ste. Genevieve-Modoc Ferry

    Ste.GenevieveModocFerry.com
    573-883-7097
    800-373-7007
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    Enjoy a ride across the Mississippi River to Modoc, IL, Fort de Charters, and access to Illinois Highway 3.  To reach the ferry go north on Main Street which ends at the ferry landing. Call ahead to make sure it is able to run. 

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    King’s Ball

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    When: 1st Saturday evening in February
    Where: VFW Hall, Memorial Drive
    800-373-7007
    573-883-7097

    The annual King’s Ball, originally held to celebrate twelfth-night, is just another of Ste Genevieve’s old French settlers’ traditions that has been celebrated annually for over 250 years.  Each year a king to represent Ste. Genevieve for the year is selected by finding

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    a secreted item hidden in the King’s Cake.  During Leap Years, ladies have the opportunity to be crowned queen.  Attendees are encouraged to dress in French Colonial attire and participate in the traditional music and dance. In addition, some guests dress their tables with a candelabrum, table clothes, wine glasses and buffets of food. Proceeds benefit the Foundation for the Restoration of Ste. Genevieve.
  • Rural Heritage Day

    When: October – Please see the Events Calendar for specifics
    Where: St. Mary’s Road and in the Historic District
    Admission: Donations appreciated
    800-373-7007
    573-883-7097

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    Rural Heritage Day is a celebration of history, reverie and reminiscence in dedication to the hard working forefathers and foremothers of Ste. Genevieve. Come see how it used to be done, whether it’s farming, cooking, spinning, lace making, leather working, soap making, wood carving, gardening, or good old-fashioned games.

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    In addition, watch demonstrations of handicrafts of yesteryear. Try the Lions Club’s vittles or bring a picnic. Stay the day and have a blast from the past!

  • Rustik Sand Kandles

    252 Merchant St.,
    Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
    573-517-3751
    Monday, Wednesday: 10:00-4:00
    Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 10:00-5:00
    Sunday Hours: 11:00-4:00
    Closed Tuesday
    RustikSandKandles.com
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    Candles, wax melts/tarts, country crafts, primitive items, hand painted drift wood, handmade! Now offering BIKE RENTALS!

Events

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    Ste. Genevieve County Fair

    Mid weekend in July
    County Fairgrounds, North Main St.
    Ste. Genevieve, MO
    Ste. Genevieve County Fair
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    The Ste. Genevieve County Fair includes a parade, livestock shows, demolition derby, horse show, truck pulls, tractor pulls, queen contest, 4H and FFA exhibits and live entertainment most nights. There is a lot to see and do for adults and children all weekend with plenty of good food and entertainment.

  • Holiday Christmas Festival

    When: First full weekend in December
    Where: Historic District, Ste. Genevieve, MO
    Admission: FREE!

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    Experience a wonderland of Christmas festivities in Ste. Genevieve during the annual Holiday Christmas Festival. A cultural celebration of 500 years of holiday music, performed by renowned musicians from across the region, is featured at free performances in historic churches and other downtown venues throughout the weekend. A Christmas parade, caroling, colonial

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    decorations, free pictures with Santa for the little ones, and so much more make this a truly memorable event. In addition, Ste. Genevieve Art Guild hosts an Art Show & Sale, downtown shops offer refreshments, some historic site offer open houses, and you can delight in an old-fashioned Christmas Tree lighting ceremony on Saturday evening at the Welcome Center – a truly marvelous event!

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    Le Reveillon
    French Christmas

    Felix Valle State Historic Site

    Merchant and 2nd Streets
    Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
    573-883-7102
    FelixValleStateHistoricSite.com
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    This annual holiday celebration highlights the music, customs, and crafts of early French Colonial Christmas in Ste. Genevieve.  The celebration, known as Le Reveillon, features costumed guides who explain the early 19th century customs of Christmas.  Traditional foods and music of the period are featured on the first Saturday in December.

  • Muny Band Concerts

    8:00 Thurs Evenings, June and July
    Valle School Parking Lot
    Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
    573-883-7097
    800-373-7007

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    Ste. Genevieve’s Municipal Band performs a variety of favorites each week polkas, marches, show tunes, kids’ tunes, and popular melodies.  Sit in your car or bring a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy one of the few municipal bands still around, a Ste. Genevieve tradition for over 70 years!

  • Spirit Reunion in Memorial Cemetery

    When: 5:00-8:00 pm
    4th Saturday in October
    Where: Memorial Cemetery
    Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
    800-373-7007
    573-883-7097

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    The spirits will again emerge from the crypts and tombs of historic old Ste. Genevieve’s Memorial Cemetery as the Foundation for Restoration of Ste. Genevieve hosts its annual Déjà vu Spirit Reunion.  Visitors will experience Missouri’s oldest town through the spirits of those buried in the town’s Memorial Cemetery. This cemetery,

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    established in 1787, includes the tombs and grave markers of the area’s earliest French pioneers as well as emigrants of German, Scottish and other heritages – slave, free and integrated spouses of black African and Native Americans.
    This living history program of stories, traditions and nostalgia highlights the lives and personalities of notables such as U.S. Senator Lewis F. Linn, Felix and Odile Vallé, Marie LaPorte, Joseph Bogy, Ferdinand Rozier (a one-time business partner of John James Audubon). This provides the visitor with an intimate taste of lifestyles and happenings in Missouri’s oldest town during the late 18th and 19th centuries. So tour the cemetery via lantern light and chat “face-to-face” with over 20 spirits clad in traditional dress and enjoy a hauntingly good time.
    In addition, all proceeds help to benefit the Foundation for Restoration’s activities and restoration efforts. The FRSG is a non-profit community organization formed to promote the preservation and restoration of Ste. Genevieve’s historic structures and traditions. And in 2007 the FRSG was awarded the distinguished Governor’s Humanities Award for the Déjà vu Spirit Reunion program.

     

     

  • Jour de Fete Arts & Crafts Festival

    When: 2nd full weekend in August
    Where: Historic District, Ste. Genevieve, MO
    800-373-7007
    573-883-7097

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    The annual Jour de Fête is southeast Missouri’s largest outdoor Crafts Fair. Held in the heart of Ste. Genevieve’s Historic District, visitors can browse through arts and crafts booths. Shop till you drop and enjoy live music, foods, living history demonstrations and other activities at this family-friendly event.

  • French Veillee’

    Second Weekend in June
    Felix Valle State Historic Site
    Merchant and Second Streets
    Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
    573-883-7102

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    Enjoy an evening in the garden of the Felix Valle House at this recreation of a La Veillee, a traditional French Colonial summer social gathering. Featured will be French folk dancing, folk tales, candlelight tours of the home, and refreshments.

     

  • French Heritage Festival

    Second Saturday in June
    Historic District
    Ste. Genevieve, MO
    800-373-7007
    573-883-7097

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    The French Festival is a living history event with live traditional music, folk dancing, French foods, wine tasting, re-enactors in period dress, historic home tours, street dancing, promenades (parades), children’s activities, walking tours, tea with ‘Marie Antoinette’ at the Guibourd and much more!

     

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