Frequently Asked Questions
Where is the Festival located?
Historic Independence Square, Independence, Mo 64050. (Osage to Memorial Drive, between Truman and Walnut streets)
What are the Festival hours of operation?
Friday, September 2nd - 12:00pm-11:00pm
Saturday, September 3rd - 10:00am-11:00pm
Sunday, September 4th - 10:00am-11:00pm
Monday, September 5th - 10:00am-5:00pm
What are the Carnival hours of operation?
Thursday, September 1st - 5:00pm-Midnight
Friday, September 2nd - 12:00pm-Midnight
Saturday, September 3rd - 10:00am-Midnight
Sunday, September 4th - 10:00am-Midnight
Monday, September 5th - 10:00am-5:00pm
Festival guests will notice some changes this year and moving forward when they visit the carnival during the SantaCaliGon® Days Festival. One substantial change is you will now need to purchase a carnival wristband or ticket to enter the carnival area, unless you are an adult attending with children who will not be riding the amusement rides. Adult chaperons are required for those under 18 but chaperons do not have to have a wristband if they are not riding the rides. The carnival will be completely fenced with access restricted to the corner of Kansas and Liberty where the Wade Shows ticket booth will be located. Another change implemented this year will include prohibiting backpacks or large bags in the carnival area.
Is there a cost to get into the Festival?
SantaCaliGon prides itself on being a free festival so there is NO ADMISSION FEE. You'll have full access to all the vendor booths and entertainment on both the main stage and community stage.
Who is the organizer of the Festival?
SantaCaliGon is presented annually by the Independence Chamber of Commerce. In addition to staff, more than 400 volunteers work to make the successful an incredible experience for all attendees.
Where can I park?
Free parking is available at the Community of Christ Auditorium parking lot located at 1001 W. Walnut. The auditorium has four entrances: west, east, south, and north. The west entrance is the main parking area (off Crysler Street) of the auditorium. Shuttles are available for $1 per person for shuttle ride to the festival grounds. Shuttles run every 15 minutes. Handicap accessible shuttles are available.
Are there any restrictions we should be aware of during the festival?
The SantaCaliGon Festival is following all public health guidelines as provided by the City of Independence. At this time, no restrictions (NO mask requirements) are in place for festival attendees. Although no Covid restrictions are currently in place, we encourage all attendees to take personal responsibility for keeping themselves safe based on their own circumstances.
For the safety of all our guests, we ask that festival attendees be aware of the following things which are prohibited.
NO smoking on festival grounds
NO weapons allowed on the festival grounds
NO animals allowed on the festival grounds.
NO cycling, skateboarding, or other recreational transportation allowed on festival grounds.
Alcohol purchased at the festival beer gardens may be carried around the festival grounds but is not allowed in the carnival area, vendor tents or allowed beyond posted festival area boundaries.
How can I search for vendors and products?
An interactive map is now available and can be accessed from your phone or desktop web browser. Just use the search feature to find your favorite food, merchandise or specific vendor.
Can I rent a wheelchair or motorized scooter?
We do not have anyone on site who can provide this service so please plan to bring your own personal assistance equipment.
Contact the Chamber of Commerce at 816.252.4745 or chat with us on our website for additional information. The Chamber offices are located at 210 W. Truman Road and serves as the central headquarters during the event.