29th Annual Big Muddy Folk Festival – Boonville, MO

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Don’t miss the 29th annual Big Muddy Folk Festival in Boonville!

The Friends of Historic Boonville were forced to cancel the Big Muddy this year due to COVID-19. They released the following statement on their website:

“Due to the current health situation in the United States, the 29th Annual Big Muddy Folk Festival has been canceled.  This decision was not made lightly but we feel it is in the best interest of public safety, given that a large portion of our audience and musicians travel a great distance to come to Boonville. 

To request a refund for purchased tickets, please contact our office at (660) 882-7977 or by emailing at: #ob#sbuobbaivyyr#at#tznvy.pbz#ob#.  Or, if you would like to donate your ticket fee, we will send you a receipt for your tax-deductible donation to our organization.”

Place: Thespian Hall
522 Main Street
Boonville, MO 65233
Contact: www.bigmuddy.org

The Friends of Historic Boonville is proud to sponsor the Big Muddy Folk Festival, held in April each year.  This two-day nationally-recognized folk festival focuses on traditional, ethnic and folk music with concerts, workshops, jam sessions, demonstrations, masterclasses, exhibits, a dance, and barbeque.  The Festival has been under the artistic direction of Dave Para & the late Cathy Barton since its inception in 1992.  Under Dave and Cathy’s direction, nationally known artists have performed on the stage of historic Thespian Hall for the past 28 years!

Click here for the 2020 Big Muddy Folk Festival Lineup


 Concerts are held on Friday and Saturday nights at historic Thespian Hall (522 Main Street), the oldest continuing operating theater West of the Allegheny Mountains.  Concerts begin at 7:00 pm and feature multiple different artists each evening.  Click here to purchase tickets or call 888-588-1477.


Vocal, instrumental, and dance instructional workshops are offered on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm.  Workshops are located within walking distance of Thespian Hall and are lead by various festival performing artists.  Workshops change every hour offering a variety to satisfy everyone’s interest.  The workshop fee is just $5.00 for the day or free with a purchase of a festival series tickets.  A schedule will be posted to this website closer to festival time. Reservations for the workshops are not required.

Contra Dance

There is a contra dance on Friday night immediately following the performance.  The dance is held in historic Turner Hall, directly across the street from Thespian Hall.  The dance is free and open to the public.

Jam Session

Jam sessions are held at various times through the festival.  Bring your instrument and join in!


A fundraising barbecue is held at historic Turner Hall on Friday and Saturday from 11 am – 7 pm each day.  All proceeds go towards supporting the Friends’ organization.  Come and enjoy mouthwatering BBQ prepared by Terry Smith and his BBQ team awhile helping support our organization!

In January The Friends of Historic Boonville will be sending out “The Soundings”, a newsletter with all the programming details for the upcoming festival.  If you would like to be added to their mailing list please email #ob#sbuobbaivyyr#at#tznvy.pbz#ob# with your name and mailing address.

For More Information About Past Festivals Go to http://www.bigmuddy.org