Want to go on a day trip or weekend trip? Here are the upcoming gem and mineral shows within 600 miles of Kansas City. Most of these come from the Midwest Federation’s website, so if you live elsewhere in the United States, check with the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies to find a rock club or gem show near you.
JUNE 3-4: SPRINGFIELD, MO Ozark Mountain Gem & Mineral Society Rock Fair. Sat 10 am – 5 pm; Sun 10 am – 4 pm. Missouri Institute of Natural Science, 2327 W. Farm Rd. 190, Springfield.
JUNE 3-4: VIROQUA, WI Coulee Rock Club Annual Show. Sat 10 am – 5 pm; Sun 10 am – 4 pm. Viroqua Middle School, 100 Blackhawk Dr., Uiroqua.
JUNE 9-11: PARK HILLS, MO Mineral Area Gem Mineral Society Annual Show and Missouri Mines Rock Swap. Fri & Sat 9 am – 6 pm; Sun 9 am – 4 pm. Missouri Mines Historic Site at St. Joe State Park, 4000 State Highway 32, Farmington, MO 63640. FREE admission to the show and FREE admission to the museum for that weekend!
JUNE 10: FAIRFIELD, IA Sac & Fox Lapidary Club Rock Swap. 8 am – 1 pm. Fairfield’s Farmers Market, Howard Park – Grimes & Court, Fairfield.
JUNE 10: PERRY, MO Gem City Rock Club Annual Show. 10 am – 5 pm. MW Boudreaux Visitor Center, Mark Twain Lake 21629 State Highway J.
JUNE 10: SKOKIE, IL Chicago Rocks & Minerals Society Annual Rock Swap. Sat 11 am – 5 pm. St. Peter’s United Church of Christ gymnasium, 8013 Laramie (at Oakton).
JUNE 23-25: BEDFORD, IN Lawrence County Rock Club Annual Show. Fri 10 am – 6:30 pm; Sat 9 am – 6:30 pm; Sun 10 am – 4 pm. Lawrence County Fairgrounds, US Hwy 50, Bedford.
JUNE 23-25: ELDON, MO Osage Rock & Mineral Club Annual Show. Fri 2 – 6 pm; Sat 9 am – 6 pm; Sun 9 am – 3 pm. Eldon Community Center, 309 E 2nd S5t., Eldon.
JULY 9: LINCOLN, NE Lincoln Gem & Mineral Club Grinding Party. 1 pm – 4 pm. Pioneer Park, Coddington & West Van Dorn, Lincoln.
JULY 14-15: MINOEQUA, WI Lakeland Gem Club Annual Show. Fri 10 am – 6 pm; Sat 9 am – 5 pm. Lakeland Union High School, Highway 70, Minequa.
JULY 15-16: MOOSE LAKE, MN Carlton County Gem & Mineral Club Annual Show. Sat 9 am – 5 pm; Sun 9 am – 4 pm. Moose Lake High School, 413 Birch Ave, Moose Lake.
I made an exception for Colorado which is NOT within 500 miles of Kansas City, because some club members may be going to some of these Colorado shows.
AUGUST 10-13: BUENA VISTA, CO Annual show; Greg Tunnicliff, Buena Vista Rodeo Grounds 343 US 24, 81211, Near Rodeo Dr. & Gregg Dr. ; Thu. 9-5, Fri. 9-5, Sat. 9-5, Sun. 9-4. FREE Admission! Gemstones, mineral specimens, rough, slabs, jewelry, beads, cabochons, fossils, tools, petrified wood. Web site: http://abqfallshow.wix.com/contintail
AUGUST 12-13: RICE LAKE, WI Northwest Wisconsin Gem & Mineral Society Annual Show. Sat 10 am – 5 pm; Sun 10 am – 4 pm. Youth Expo Building, Barron County Fairgrounds, Hwy 48 North, Rice Lake.
AUGUST 17-20: WOODLAND PARK, CO Annual show; Rock Gypsies, Woodland Park Saddle Club grounds 19570 E. US HWY 24; Thu. 9-5, Fri. 9-5, Sat. 9-5, Sun. 9-5. FREE Admission! We have vendors with mineral specimens from all over the world. Many of the specimens are self collected. We also have faceted stones, with the faceter on site to talk to you about his craft if you are interested. Gold, silver, crystals, cabochons, fossils, petrified wood and local minerals can all be found! We have a kids area and lots of free rock for kids. Many of our vendors are artists, creating beautiful custom jewelry that you can’t find anywhere else. You can also talk to them and have them create something just for you. If you don’t get enough, there is another Mineral show just up the road in Lake George Colorado. Web site: woodlandparkrockandgemshow.com
AUGUST 18-20: ST. LOUIS, MO Greater St. Louis Association of Earth Science Clubs Show. 25th Annual Treasures of the Earth show. Fri 3-8pm, Sat 10-6, Sun 11-5. Adults $5 seniors $4 Children $2 scouts in uniform free. Machinists Hall Auditorium, 12365 St. Charles Rock Rd, St. Louis, MO 63043 (I-270 at St. Charles Rock Rd)
AUGUST 18-21: SOUTH BEND, IN Michiana Gem & Mineral Society Annual Show. Fri noon – 7 pm; Sat 10 am – 6 pm; Sun 11 am – 5 pm. St. Joseph County 4-H Fairgrounds, Esther Singer Building, 5117 S. Ironwood Rd., South Bend.
AUGUST 19: STEVENS POINT, WI Heart of Wisconsin Gem & Mineral Society Rock Swap. 10 am – 5 pm. Parking lot behind Applebees, 5609 Hwy 10, Steven Point.
AUGUST 25-26: MOUNTAIN HOME, AR Ozark Earth Science Club Annual Show. Sat 9 am – 6 pm; Sun 9 am – 4 pm. Baxter County Fairgrounds, Educational Building, 1507 Fairgrounds Dr., Mountain Home.
AUGUST 26: EAU CLAIRE, WI Chippewa Valley Gem & Mineral Society Rock Swap. 8 am – 5 pm. Eau Claire Expo Center, 5530 Fairview Dr., Eau Claire.
AUGUST 26: MT. PLEASANT, WI Racine Geological Society Rock Swap. 10 am – 5 pm. Bartlett Youth Foundation, 1120 N. Stuart Rd., Mt. Pleasant.
AUGUST 26-27: PEORIA, IL Peoria Academy of Science Geology Club Annual Show. Travelodge, 4400 N. Brandywine Dr. Sat 9 am – 5 pm; Sun 10 am – 5 pm.
SEPTEMBER 8-10: GREENFIELD, IN The 500 Earth Sciences Club Annual Show. Fri & Sat 10 am – 7 pm; Sun 10 am – 4 pm. Hancock County 4-H Fairgrounds, 620 N. Apple St., Greenfield.
SEPTEMBER 9-17: DENVER, CO Annual show; Eons Expos, Denver Coliseum; 4600 Humboldt Street; Daily 10-6; FREE admission! Public welcomed; Retail and wholesale; 9th Annual Denver Coliseum Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show is doubling in size in 2017. Still on both floors of the Denver Coliseum *and now* all three levels of the adjacent National Western Complex (NWC) + tents behind both historic buildings. (There are plenty of elevators in the NWC). Minerals, fossils, meteorites, beads, jewelry, cabochons, carvings, silver, gold, coins, findings, lapidary, related art, tools, equipment, rough, books, and more. Food trucks outside and cafe food inside. Web site: http://www.coliseumshow.com/
SEPTEMBER 15-17: DENVER, CO Annual show; The Original Denver Gem & Mineral Show, Expo Hall of the Denver Mart; 451 E 58th Ave; Fri. 9-6, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5; Adults $7, Seniors/Students $5, Children under 13 FREE; Come help us celebrate our 50th Anniversary at the Denver Gem & Mineral Show. It is fun for the whole family. The show theme is Gold and Silver, and we are expecting to have some fabulous educational exhibits. The Denver Gem & Mineral Show is proud to host mineral, gem, fossil, book, and jewelry dealers from across Colorado, the United States, and around the world. Drop in for one of our illustrated talks for a more in-depth look at the worlds of minerals, fossils, meteorites, and gemstones. Our slate of expert speakers share their knowledge on various aspects of the show theme and collecting in general. Web site: http://www.denvershow.org
SEPTEMBER 15-17: LINCOLN, MO Mozarkite Society of Lincoln Annual Show. 9 am – 5 pm. Lincoln City Park, Lincoln. www.mozarkite.com
SEPTEMBER 16: LOVES PARK, IL Rock River Valley Gem & Mineral Society Rock Swap. 10 am – 4 pm. Odd Fellows Hall, 6219 Forest Hills Rd., Loves Park.
SEPTEMBER 22-24: JOPLIN, MO Tri State Gem & Mineral Club Annual Show and Rock Swap. Fri 10 am – 6 pm; Sat 10 am – 6 pm; Sun 10 am – 3 pm. Joplin Historical & Mineral Museum, 504 Schifferdecker Ave, Joplin.
SEPTEMBER 23-24: AMANA, IA Cedar Valley Rocks & Mineral Club Rock Auction. Sat 8:30 am – 6 pm; Sun 8:30 am – 5 pm. Amana RV Park & Guest Center, 39 – 38th Ave, Amana.
SEPTEMBER 23-24: OSHKOSH, WI Oshkosh Earth Science Club 46th Annual Show. Sunnyview Expo Center, 500 E. County Rd. Y. Sat 9 am – 5 pm; Sun 10 am – 4 pm.
OCTOBER 2-3: COLUMBUS, NE Loup Valley Gem & Mineral Society Annual Show. 9 am – 5 pm each day. Knights of Columbus Hall, 3115 – 6th St., Columbus.
OCTOBER 7-8: JACKSONVILLE, AR Central Arkansas Gem, Mineral & Geology Society Annual Show. Sat & Sun 9 am – 5 pm. Jacksonville Community Center, 5 Municipal Dr., Jacksonville.
OCTOBER 7-8: SPRINGFIELD, IL Lincoln Orbit Earth Science Society Annual Show. Sat 10 am – 6 pm; Sun 10 am – 5 pm. Orr Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 E. Sangamon Ave, Springfield.
OCTOBER 14-15: SPRINGFIELD, MO Ozark Mountain Gem & Mineral Society Annual Show. Sat 10 am – 5 pm; Sun 10 am – 4:30 pm. Springfield Expo, 635 St. Louis, Springfield.
OCTOBER 14-15: COLUMBUS, NE Loup Valley Gem & Mineral Society Annual Show. Jefferson County Fair Park, Knights of Columbus Hall, 3115 – 6th St. Sat 9 am – 5 pm; Sun 10 am – 4 pm.
OCTOBER 20-22: SPENCERVILLE, IN Three Rivers Gem & Mineral Society Annual Show. Fri & Sat 10 am – 6 pm; Sun 11 am – 5 pm. Allen County Fairgrounds, 2726 Carroll Rd., Ft. Wayne
OCTOBER 20-22: FORT WAYNE, IN Three Rivers Gem & Mineral Society 55th Annual Show. Allen County Fairgrounds, 2726 Carroll Rd. Fri 10 am – 6 pm; Sat 10 am – 6 pm; Sun 11 am – 5 pm.
OCTOBER 21-22: DES MOINES, IA Des Moines Lapidary Society Annual Show. Sat 9 am – 5 pm; Sun 10 am – 4 pm. P. Knapp Animal Learning Center, Iowa State Fairgrounds, 3000 E. Grand Ave, Des Moines.
OCTOBER 21-22: COTTAGE GROVE, MN Minnesota Mineral Club Annual Show. National Guard Training & Community Center, 8180 Belden Blvd. Sat 10 am – 5 pm; Sun 10 am – 4 pm.
OCTOBER 28-29: CUYAHOGA FALLS, OH Summit Lapidary Club Semi Annual Show. Sat 10 am – 6 pm; Sun 10 am – 5 pm. Emidio and Sons Expo Center, 48 East Bath Rd., Cuyahoga Halls.
OCTOBER 28-29: CUYAHOGA FALLS, OH Akron Mineral Society Semi Annual Show. Sat 10 am – 6 pm; Sun 10 am – 5 pm. Emidio and Sons Expo Center, 48 East Bath Rd., Cuyahoga Halls.
OCTOBER 28-29: DAVENPORT, IA Black Hawk Gem & Mineral Club Fall Show. Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds, 2815 Locust St. Sat 10 am – 5 pm; Sun 10 am – 3:30 pm.
NOVEMBER 4-5: STURTEVANT, WI Racine Geological Society Annual Show, Sat 10 am – 5 pm; Sun 10 am – 4 pm. Fountain Hall, 8505 Durand Ave (Hwy 11), Sturtevant.
NOVEMBER 11: QUINCY, IL Gem City Rock Club Annual Show. 10 am – 5 pm. Quincy Mall Community Room, 32nd & Broadway, Quincy.
NOVEMBER 11-12: FREEPORT, IL North West Illinois Rock Club Annual Show. Sat 9 am – 5 pm; Sun 10 am – 4 pm. Highland Community College, 2998 W. Pearl City Rd., Freeport.
NOVEMBER 11-12: CRYSTAL, MN Anoka County Gem & Mineral Club Annual Show. Crystal Community Center, 4800 Douglas Dr. Sat 10 am – 5 pm; Sun 10 am – 4 pm.
NOVEMBER 17-19: ST. LOUIS, MO St. Louis Mineral and Gem Society Annual Show. Fri 3 – 7 pm; Sat 10 am – 7 pm; Sun 10 am – 5 pm. Affton White Rogers Community Center, 9801 Mackenzie Rd., St. Louis. www.stlrockclub.com
No shows in December.