Each spring, Excelsior Springs travels back in time to its golden age, the Roaring ’20s. Gatsby Days is a celebration that explores the culture and history of the early 20th century with live music, original poetry, art, vintage cars and fashions. The annual festival is named for F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel “The Great Gatsby,” a famous story of the Gilded Age of the 1920s.
Preview our 2018 schedule below for an idea of the sort of events included in Gatsby Days! An * indicates a ticketed event. Information is tentative at this time.
Thursday, May 10 – Jazz at The Elms*
The Gatsby Days kickoff event features the Excelsior Springs High School Jazz Band PLUS a special set from an adult jazz group that includes Band Directors, Mr. Morris and Mr. Jones! This is a joint fundraiser between the Cultural Guild and the school bands. Tickets, which will go on sale in spring 2018, are $10 for adults and $5 for students. HALF of the proceeds will go to the school band program.
Friday, May 11 – Gin & Jazz: A Great Gatsby Affair*
Hosted by the Downtown Excelsior Springs Partnership and the Excelsior Springs Chamber of Commerce, the party will include live music, a cash bar with craft cocktails, gambling games, photo booth and more fun!
Friday, May 11 – Downtown Fashion Stroll, 7 p.m. – FREE
Dress in your Gatsby Days best and join us for a stroll around the Art Tour at downtown stores, beginning at the pocket park.
Friday, May 11 – Art Tour, Free, Downtown Shops, 4-8 p.m. Continues Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday, May 12 – Storytelling Workshop, 10:30 a.m.*
Features teaching by a storyteller at 10:30 a.m. and ticket includes lunch. The storytelling presentation at 1:00 is FREE and open to the public.
Saturday, May 12 – Antique Car Cruise, 10 a.m. (all day)
Bring your pre-WWII-built car to town to cruise around! Parking will be in the lot across from the Hall of Waters on Broadway.
Saturday, May 12 – Fashion Show*
Dresses and gentlemen’s attire will be modeled during the fashion show.
Saturday, May 12 – Vaudeville Revue*
Woods Memorial Christian Church, 417 Concourse Ave. in downtown Excelsior Springs. The Vaudeville Revue will feature area youth and adult performances.
May 11-12 – FREE Youth Art Show, The Oaks Hotel.
Art from area schools will be on display from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and 2-4 p.m. Sunday. Awards will be presented at 3:30 Sunday. Refreshments will be served Sunday.
2017 photos. See more on our Facebook page.