The annual Twain on Main celebration returns to historic downtown Hannibal on Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 28 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 29 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. More than 175 booths of arts and crafts, merchandise and specialty foods will be featured on Main Street, and three entertainment areas will spotlight Mark Twain’s classic books: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Prince and the Pauper, and Roughing It. These novels will be brought to life through live music and performances, games, and demonstrations reflecting the story’s era. Adults may partake of locally produced wines and specialty craft beers in the Wine Garden which will also feature live music throughout the day. All stores, restaurants, museums and merchants on Main Street and throughout the historic district will also be open for business during this special festival weekend.

Twain published The Adventures of Tom Sawyer in 1876, recalling his childhood memories of antebellum Hannibal in the 1840s.

Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in Florida, Missouri in 1835. The Clemens family, with four-year-old Sammy in tow, moved to Hannibal in 1839. Clemens left Hannibal in 1853 to become a riverboat pilot, but became famous writing under the pseudonym of Mark Twain.

Today, he is a true American icon. His works are classics that have stood the test of time. Since being published in 1876, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer has never been out of print and has been translated into more than 70 languages with tens of millions of copies sold.

Here is your own chance to write your own story and make new memories with friends and family at the Twain On Main Festival. For the schedule of events and a list of entertainers and vendors, please visit

This annual event is produced by the Historic Hannibal Marketing Council and sponsored by the Hannibal Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Missouri Arts Council.

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