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.
2017 Schedule – An asterisk (*) indicates a ticketed event. All seats are General Admission.
Thursday, May 11 – Jazz at The Elms, 7:30 p.m.*
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 are $10 for adults and $5 for students. HALF of the proceeds will go to the school band program. Get tickets online below or from a Band Booster (after April 24). *PayPal adds a $1 convenience fee to each ticket. Tickets also are available at the Hall of Waters or by calling 816-630-6801. Need a place to stay the night or the weekend? Visit www.elmshotelandspa.com.
Friday, May 12 – Gin & Jazz: A Great Gatsby Affair, 6 p.m.*
Hosted by the Downtown Excelsior Springs Partnership and the Excelsior Springs Chamber of Commerce, the party will include live jazz in the pocket park 6-8 p.m. before moving the party to the Hall of Waters from 8-11:30 p.m. There will be live music, a cash bar with craft cocktails featuring Pinckney Bend Distillery, gambling games, photo booth and more fun! Advance tickets are just $5 ($10 at the door). A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $20 and include 2 drink tickets and access to a VIP only area with appetizers. Tickets available here. For more information, visit the Gin&Jazz page on Facebook.
Friday, May 12 – 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. Meet by the information table at Gin & Jazz and state that you are there for the Fashion Stroll.
Friday, May 12 – Art Tour, Free, Downtown Shops, 4-8 p.m. Continues Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday, May 13 – Storytelling Workshop, 10:30 a.m.*
(A storytelling presentation at 1 p.m. is free and open to the public.)
Features teaching by Master Storyteller Jim Two Crows Wallen at 10:30 a.m. and ticket includes lunch. The storytelling presentation at 1:00 is FREE and open to the public. Located at the Excelsior Springs Museum & Archives. See details and register here. Tickets are $26 (includes $1 PayPal fee).
Saturday, May 13 – Antique Car Cruise, 10 a.m. (all day), FREE – Downtown
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 13 – Fashion Show: A 1920s Wedding Reception, 3 p.m.*
Dresses and gentlemen’s attire will be modeled during the fashion show at the historic Episcopal Church in Excelsior Springs on Saturday, May 13, 3-5 p.m. The theme of the show is a 1920s wedding, featuring a wedding party and guests from Excelsior Springs’ past! Cake and punch will be served.*PayPal adds a $1 convenience fee to each ticket. Tickets also are available at the Hall of Waters or by calling 816-630-6801.
Saturday, May 13 – Vaudeville Revue, 7 p.m.*
Woods Memorial Christian Church, 417 Concourse Ave. in downtown Excelsior Springs. The Vaudeville Revue will feature area youth and adult performances. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students. *PayPal adds a $1 convenience fee to each ticket. Tickets also are available at the Hall of Waters or by calling 816-630-6801.
May 13-14 – 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.
Sunday, May 14 – FREE Gospel Music Concert, 2 p.m.
Features Sacred & Secular: Jim McGrane and Shawn Roney will perform a mix of secular songs with faith tradition references, with some sacred music from the Christian tradition included. Stop by, listen and be inspired! Woods Memorial Christian Church, 417 Concourse Ave., Excelsior Springs. Free will donation.
An asterisk (*) indicates a ticketed event.
Need a place to stay during Gatsby Days? Visit The Elms Hotel & Spa.