Thespian Hall

Missouri River Festival of the Arts

The Missouri River Festival of the Arts will be held August 26-28 at historic Thespian Hall in Boonville, Missouri. This is the oldest performing arts festival in the state of Missouri and is held in the oldest theater in continuous use west of the Allegheny Mountains.

Under the artistic direction of David Halen, Concertmaster of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra as well as the Aspen Music Festival. Mr. Halen has planned the following outstanding lineup of performances:

Thursday, August 26 – Jazz Speaks…Peter Martin at the Piano

Friday, August 27 – Magical, Musical Masterpieces

Saturday, August 28 – The Festival Orchestra in a Triple Header

All performances begin at 7:30 pm. Doors open at 7:00 pm each evening.

Series Tickets: $75 (all 3 nights)

Thursday: $30
Friday: $30
Saturday: $30

Purchase by phone: 660-882-7977 or 888-588-1477

Or on-line at:

(performances are subject to last minutes changes or additions as necessary to provide the finest quality programming).

Visual Arts Display

Hain House
412 Fourth Street

The Visual Art Exhibit and Reception is held on on Wednesday, August 25. This year the festival welcomes Jeanne Pascale, who specializes in oil paintings, at the Artists’ Reception from 6-8:00 p.m. at the Hain House Gardens, 412 Fourth Street. The exhibit hours are 6:30-7:15 p.m. prior to each evening’s performance and Saturday 12:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. at the historic Hain House.

Festival Bike Tour

Thespian Hall
522 Main Street

The Festival Ride is held in conjunction with the Missouri River Festival of the Arts and is sponsored by the Friends of Historic Boonville, a group dedicated to the arts and the preservation of our historic structures. The ride takes place the weekend before the festival begins.

Your ride will begin (and end) at the historic Thespian Hall in Downtown Boonville. From there, you will head out on the 42 mile “Wooldridge Route”. Once you arrive in Prairie Home (2nd Rest Stop) you will roll on to Wooldridge… or take the optional “Loop to Lupus” (Lupus is a small community right on the Missouri River). The “Loop” adds 10 very challenging (hilly) miles to the original 42-mile route for a total of 52 miles. All miles are some of the more scenic in Missouri with decent road surfaces and relatively little traffic. (22 mile option is an out and back to the 1st rest stop on HWY U).

The ride is well supported with rest stops and support vehicles. When you finish, Free Ice Cream is served on the front steps of Thespian Hall.