The Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival, held in Sedalia, Missouri, is a weeklong celebration of the genre of music created by Scott Joplin. More than 6,000 people attend the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival each June, turning downtown Sedalia into a 1920’s-era party for a week. There are a wide variety of events and acts that are free of charge as well as some ticketed events. The festival brings world-renowned performers at the height of their talent to Sedalia to perform ragtime music that brings joy to thousands of people.
The events of the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival extend beyond musical performances. You can take lessons to learn the steps to the dances of the day like the Grizzly Bear, Turkey Trot, Bunny Hug, the Camel Walk, and many more. There’s even opportunities for you to show off your own skills tickling the ivories!
The Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival is an opportunity to rediscover one of the most exciting periods in American history; the Turn of the Century. Ragtime was the soundtrack for this amazing era. Songs like the Maple Leaf Rag, Frog Legs Rag, Great Scott Rag, and the Honey Moon Rag played while men and women drank in speakeasies and danced the night away.
The Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival is a family friendly event with shows and attractions suitable for all ages. Introduce your kids to the soundtrack of their great-grandparents and give them a taste of what life in the early 20th century was like.
The Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival is held in downtown Sedalia, Missouri the first week of June each year. Make your plans now to attend the 2016 festival and book your rooms at the Bothwell Hotel early so you guarantee yourself a seat at the center of it all. While you’re here, explore everything that downtown Sedalia has to offer including bars, restaurants, shopping, and much more. Have questions? Call us at 660-826-2271 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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