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Arts and Entertainment

Art exhibits, entertainment venues and local festivals are available to residents and guests throughout the year.



The Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre
796 South Stone Lane
Presented by the Community Theatre of Southwest Missouri, this dinner theater produces a number of shows throughout the year. Each show features local talent both on stage and off as guests enjoy a home-cooked dinner before the theatrical production.

Midwest Gathering of the Arts
Held in September, this gathering presents the fine art works of artists from across the country. The show consists of a public exhibit of the works of art, as well as a silent auction, with proceeds going toward future events in the community.

Maze Creek Studio featuring Andy Thomas
1495 East 13th Street
Andy Thomas, a Carthage native, is known for his Trans-Mississippi Civil War Series, as well as his large collection of diverse oil paintings. Many of his paintings and prints are available through the Maze Creek Studio.


1110 East 13th Street
Visual arts seminars, workshops, classes and exhibits, as well as the artCamp for kids are all offered by this not-for-profit organization in Carthage. The public is welcome to walk through its extensive gallery and view the variety of exhibitions presented throughout the year.


The Woodshed – Emporium on the Square
2311 South Main Street
The Woodshed, located in the back of Emporium on the Square, provides an array of live bluegrass music the first and third Friday of the month. Shows feature local and regional bands and begin at 7:30 p.m.


66 Drive-In Theatre
17231 Old 66 Boulevard
This drive-in theater stands as the last of only six named after the famed Route 66. The family-owned theater plays only kid-friendly films (G, PG or PG-13 ratings) and offers double-features every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from April through September.

The White Rose Winery, Restaurant, Bed and Breakfast
13001 Journey Road
Tours and wine tasting are available at this extensive vineyard. The winery is open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. After touring the grounds, enjoy traditional Irish cuisine at the White Rose Restaurant or stay the night in this Victorian-style home set near the countryside of Carthage.

The Marian Days Festival
Every August, close to 60,000 Vietnamese Catholics come together at the Congregation of the Mother CoRedemptrix for a celebration like no other. A number of activities are held during the religious festival, welcoming the public to partake in all it has to offer.


The Maple Leaf Festival
Preceded by a week’s worth of nightly activities, the one-day celebration of the Annual Maple Leaf Festival brings in more than 50,000 visitors from all over the region to the community of Carthage on the third Saturday of October. The festival, featuring the largest parade in Southwest Missouri, includes a number of fun, family-friendly events and nearly 100 food and craft vendors.

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