Memorial Day Weekend 2020

SATURDAY, MAY 23RD, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

SUNDAY, MAY 24TH, 10:00 am - 5:00 PM

Historic Downtown Hannibal

The annual Twain on Main Festival is heading to the Wild West! This celebration of the life and works of Hannibal’s native son, Mark Twain, sponsored by the Historic Hannibal Marketing Council, returns to historic downtown Hannibal on Memorial Day weekend, May 23rd-24th, 2020. This year’s festival will center around Mark Twain’s, Roughing It.

Roughing It, originally published in 1872, is Mark Twain’s semi-autobiographical travelogue of his adventures in the Wild West of the 1860’s. This hilarious record details young Twain’s attempt to make his way in the Wild West, working as a civil servant, silver prospector, mill worker, and finally a reporter and traveling lecturer. And as Twain brought the Wild West to life in Roughing It, Twain on Main will bring to West to downtown Hannibal.

        Festival-goers are strongly-encouraged to dress in western attire, but it is not required. Pull out those cowboy boots and cowboy hats! Costume suggestions and links can be found here. The Festival and entertainment are free and great for families. There may be a small charge for some of the rides and activities.

All Day:

  • Free Arts and Craft Festival

  • Great Food and Drink, from hand crafted sodas to the best barbecue

  • See Mark Twain perform.

  • Local street music up and down main street.

  • Explore local wineries and beers at the Wine & Beer Garden

  • Saturday Evening: Entertainment at Main Street Restaurants and Drinking Establishments


Examples of 2019 Live Performances:

  • Jim Waddell as Mark Twain

  • Osage Nation Dancers and Singers

  • Professor Farquar and Polecat Annie’s Magic, Medicine and Music Show,

  • LA Seuss - strolling banjo player

  • The Quincy Concert Band Low Ensemble

  • Wild West Saloon Show

  • Western Shoot Outs by The South fork Regulators

  • Stories of Buffalo Soldiers as told by WT

  • Strolling Street Musicians

  • Western Costume Contest

Examples of 2019 Lessons, Demonstrations, & Exhibits:

  • Cowboy College: Quick Draw, Yodeling, Rope Making, Learn how to lasso

  • Western Merchant Window Displays

  • Western Themed Vendors

  • Live Blacksmith Demonstration

  • Construction of a Log Hewn Cabin

  • Stage Coach Display

  • Trails West Exhibit

Examples of 2019 Children’s Entertainment:

  • Petting Zoo

  • Pony Rides

  • Games with Tom & Becky

  • Bouncy House

  • Have your little one be deputized and save our Wild West from a bank robbery!

As in year’s past, those attending the festival will find booths of arts, craft, and music stretching up and down Main Street from Broadway to the Tom & Huck statue. Over a hundred vendor spaces have been made available this year. Enjoy a wide variety of the many wonderful food vendors to enjoy during your festival experience, and this year, adults may also partake of locally-produced wines and specialty craft beers in the Wine & Beer Garden.

       Main Street museums, stores and specialty shops will also be open for business during Twain On Main, and the party continues Saturday night with music and merriment at many downtown establishments.

The western theme featured in this year’s Twain On Main will carry over to next year’s festival with the hope that as time goes by, the western atmosphere will grow. “Mark Twain is an American icon,” explained Linda Studer, owner of Mississippi Marketplace on Main Street and chair of the Twain On Main festival committee. “His works are classic that have stood the test of time. We hope to capture the magic and fun of these stories and share it with families as they make their own memories at the Twain On Main Festival.”

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Explore Historic Hannibal's main street featuring over 100 pop up vendors.

Stroll along Main Street just one block from the Mississippi River and shop from more than 100 booths on Main Street as well as the boutiques and shops in the Historic District. Enjoy delicious foods and desserts from both the temporary booths and the restaurants and pubs along Main Street.

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Relax and enjoy live entertainment, strolling characters, and more. There's something for everyone.

From unique creations at over 100 vendors, fantastic food and beverages, and live entertainment there is plenty going on at Twain on Main! Plan to spend the day taking in the sights and enjoying everything Hannibal, Missouri has to offer.

There's fun for the whole family and something for everyone at the Twain On Main Festival!