Storytelling is often underrated as a
performing art. In fact, it is a creative discipline that unites acting, entertainment and
history. In Jefferson City, Missouri State
Penitentiary (MSP) offers live guides that
entertain while educating visitors about its
“They really bring you into it,” Thies said.
“We have one tour guide on our history
tours who has been referred to as a master
storyteller, Bill Green. He has a way of telling the stories that just fascinates people.
He was a corrections officer at MSP for over
Planners can request Bill Green as their
tour guide for group history tours at MSP.
Private history tours require at least 20, and
extra guides are necessary for groups larger
than 50. The prison also offers ghost tours
for 20 to 40.
Groups can add an element of storytelling to any meeting with a novel complimentary service from the Jefferson City
CVB. With advance notice, planners can
book Thomas Jefferson to appear at meetings. President Jefferson—portrayed by
actor Patrick Lee—ties his inspiring tales of
leadership and innovation seamlessly into
No matter when groups visit Jefferson
City, seasonal entertainment options can
bring a special spark into a meeting.
Summer brings free Thursday night band
concerts downtown and at Jefferson Landing State Historic Site. Located behind the
Missouri State Museum, Jefferson Landing
offers group tours for 10 or more.
In September, Capital Jazz Fest makes
the city sizzle. Later that same month,
check out Oktoberfest in Old Munichburg
(a neighborhood on the south side of
Jefferson City) for polka music and blacksmithing demonstrations. Jefferson City
Multicultural Fall Festival features performances of dance and music representative
of many diverse cultures.
Groups meeting in Jefferson City
around the holidays are in for a treat. Each
year, Jefferson City Cantorum presents
choir performances of
favorite carols. On select
weekends in Decem-
ber, visitors to the
Capitol can enjoy
tours of the
sion. In January,
planners can get
groups’ juices flowing
via live gospel music at
the Capitol and the Annual
Bluegrass Music Awards and
Count on a college town to support a wide
range of performing arts companies and
venues. From classic to hip, groups won’t
spend a boring evening in Columbia.
For groups with refined taste, book a performance of the Columbia Civic Orchestra.
If your attendees are more pop-oriented,
Columbia Entertainment Company puts on
productions of popular musicals and plays.
Group discounts for tickets are available.
Bring your blankets or comfy folding
chairs. Now in its 44th year, Maplewood
Barn Community Theatre claims the distinction of being Missouri’s only live outdoor theater company. From Shakespeare
to classic musicals, Maplewood is a local
entertainment favorite. There are group
discounts for 10 or more. The barn itself,
suitable for 80, is available for event rentals
through the city’s Parks and Recreation
The department also administers Stephens Lake Park Amphitheater, a 500-seat
outdoor venue that hosts concerts by the
Missouri State Symphony, local bands,
magician performances and more during
Rose Music Hall presents free and ticketed live performance events throughout the
year. Kid-friendly events, grownups-only
happy hour concerts and screenings of beloved cinema favorites are just a taste of its
offerings. The venue can welcome indoor
events of 150, and combined outdoor space
in adjacent Forrest Rose Park increases its
capacity to 1,000. Sister property the Blue
Note is a restored historic theater with
The Bridge is another hip spot for live
local and national mu-
sic acts. The intimate,
200-person venue has
a full bar.
home to Missouri
that offers classes
in a wide range of
The company puts
year at the University
of Missouri’s Missouri
Lake of the Ozarks
During the summer months, the resorts
and watering holes around Lake of the
Ozarks liven up the days and nights with a
wide array of concerts.
Ozarks Amphitheater in Camdenton
hosts nationally touring acts such as Willie
Nelson, Blues Traveler and Foreigner. The
venue boasts 10,000 seats plus expansive
An entertainment destination for more
than 20 years, Main Street Music Hall
in Osage Beach presents Main Street
Opry shows with group ticket rates for 20
Shawnee Bluff Winery & Vineyard offers
live music on weekends. The vineyard can
host events of 200, while the winery has
nine overnight guest rooms, a 30-person
tasting room and tented events with a
Waterfront nightlife favorite Dog Days
Bar & Grill hosts live music nearly every
night plus a huge musical event called
Aquapalooza each July.
Picklehead’s Roadhouse is one of the
newest venues on the scene. The four-level
entertainment center offers live concerts
and event space.
H. Toad’s in Lake Ozark is another hot
spot for music and dancing.
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