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Pickleball - Hannibal, MO
Spring Pickleball
Sign up now for Spring Pickleball! Play begins March 7 in the Admiral Coontz Recreation Center, check out our website for more information.

Aquatic Center - Lifeguards - Hannibal, MO

Job Fair
Learn more about jobs at the Hannibal Aquatic Center and in the parks at a Job Fair! 5-6:30 p.m. Feb. 28 in the City Council chambers at City Hall, 320 Broadway.

Farmers Market - Hannibal, MO

Hannibal Central Park Farmers Market Vendors Meeting 5:30 p.m. March 6 at HOMEBANK, 3817 McMaster’s Ave. Managers Steve Huse and Jimmy Large will be announcing changes in the Farmers Market. Vendor applications and hold harmless agreements will be available. Central Park Farmers Market Opening Day will be May 4 and will be every Saturday through Oct. 26.

Night Hike - Hannibal, MO
First Night Hike of 2019
The first Night Hike of the year will be March 22 at Sodalis Nature Preserve . The Night Hike will celebrate the Vernal Equinox, which indicates the beginning of Spring.

The Night Hike will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the parking lot of Sodalis Nature Preserve.
Participants will hike to the bat caves, exploring nature signs along the way. There will be information and story-telling at the top then participants will return to the parking lot with sensory awareness activities. The hike will be on paved paths, about 2 miles. Participants are welcome to stay with the group or return to the parking lot on their own.
Gale Rublee, nature educator, will lead the hike. She has previously been a naturalist and teacher at Shaw Nature Reserve in St. Louis and has been a storyteller and actor. She is the coordinator and teacher for the Bluff City Theater Youth Education Theater Initiative.
The Night Hike is free but reservations must be made by calling Hannibal Parks & Recreation at 221-0154 or emailing

Dance Classes - Hannibal, MO

Dance the Night Away at the Rec Center!
Partner dancing will be taught starting March 20 at the Admiral Coontz Recreation Center

7-7:45 p.m. for beginners, intermediate
7:45-8:30 p.m. for Open Dance Time
The types of dances taught will include Swing, Fox Trot or Waltz.
The classes will be March 20, April 3 and April 10. More dates will be added if participation is sufficient.
The cost is $5 per person per night payable at the door.

Veterans - Brick

Veterans Memorial and Freedom Bell
Help us honor the veterans

The Veterans Memorial and Freedom Bell will be located in Cardiff Hill Overlook, surrounded by memorial bricks with the names of veterans. Honor veterans by purchasing a brick for $125.

Adopt-A-Bench - Hannibal, MO Parks
The Adopt-A-Bench program is designed to allow Hannibal residents and visitors to support Hannibal Parks by having a bench installed along the Hannibal riverfront. Participants can use the program to remember a loved one, celebrate a joyous occasion or promote a business or organization. Participation in this program includes the purchase and installation of the bench, as well as a memorial plaque.

The riverfront will feature benches on the sidewalk promenade along the riverfront.
Check out the bench at the Admiral Coontz Recreation Center to see what the bench looks like!
Census at Sodalis - Hannibal, MO

Census at Sodalis

About 50 biologists and volunteers were in Hannibal to conduct a census at Sodalis Nature Preserve, that happens every two years to check the population of the endangered bats. The results of the census should be available in a few months. Here’s the Courier-Post article about the census.

Hannibal Bicentennial

It’s our story, let’s Celebrate! We’re making big plans for 2019, our Bicentennial! Bookmark now to find out everything!

Chili Cookoff - Hannibal, MO

Chili Cookoff
Chili cookoff at the Admiral Coontz Recreation Center raised money for AVENUES, about 600 people attended.

About 425 people attended the Holy Family Auction at the Admiral Coontz Recreation Center, raising money for needs at the school.
Special Olympic Planning - Hannibal, MO Special Olympic Practice - Hannibal, MO Special Olympics 2019 - Hannibal, MO
Special Olympic practice is every Wednesday 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Admiral Coontz Recreation Center. Hannibal Parks & Recreation partners with Marion County Services for Developmentally Disabled to provide a clean, safe place for practice.

What else is going on?


  • A Never Told Story in Art, History and Music ongoing to March 15 at Hannibal-LaGrange University, a Black History Month Celebration art exhibit held in collaboration with the Hannibal Bicentennial Committee and hosted by the Hannibal-LaGrange University Art Department.
  • Trivia Night 7 p.m. March 1 at Mark Twain Dinette, sponsored by Hannibal History Museum, More information available here.
  • Lester Gaba exhibit opening reception 5-7 p.m. March 2 at Hannibal Arts Council, 105 S. Main St., collection of Don Metcalf and Nora Creason
  • Chocolate Extravaganza March 8-10 in downtown Hannibal. Check here for details.
  • Spring Vendor and Craft Show 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 9 at Admiral Coontz Recreation Center.
  • Steve Chou Book Talk and Signing 2 p.m. March 9 at Mark Twain Museum Gallery, 206 Hill St., as part of Hannibal’s Bicentennial Celebration, Chou has released a special book, “Bicentennial Edition, Hannibal: Bluff City Memories 1819 – 2019,” it’s a pictorial chronicle of Hannibal’s past with the great steamboats, a Union Depot, picnics at the cave, and the old Mark Twain Bridge.
  • Dr. Paul Griggsby in Concert 6 p.m. March 15 at Hannibal-LaGrange University
  • Shamrock Shuffle 5K 9 a.m. March 15 at American Legion Golf Course, sponsored by YMCA and James O’Donnell Funeral Home, more information here.
  • BounceFest 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 16 at Admiral Coontz Recreation Center, sponsored by Mr. Wizard’s Bouncing Castles.
  • Battle at Bear Creek 7 p.m. March 23 at Admiral Coontz Recreation Center, more information here.
  • Ragtime Revue 7 p.m. March 30 at Star Theater. A family friendly, live-action “Silent Film” featuring some of the top vaudeville, comedic, circus, musical and sideshow performers from the Midwest. Get tickets here!
  • Big River Steampunk Spring Faire March 30-31 Admiral Coontz Recreation Center. Check out the website here!
  • Big River Comic Convention 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 13 at Admiral Coontz Recreation Center, one-day extravaganza features the best in comic books, as well as fantasy, science fiction and superhero television and film. More information here.
  • Mayday for Mutts 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.April 27 at Finn’s Food and Spirits, 214 N. Main St., sponsored by Northeast Missouri Humane Society and 2 Besties Biscuits.


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Snowman - Hannibal Parks Facebook

Do you want to build a snowman?
Looking for something to do on your snow day ? Build a snowman and post it on Hannibal Parks & Recreation Facebook page.Whoever has the most likes/shares will win a prize package.
Contest will happen after each snow.
Check out our Facebook for more details!


Indoor Archery - Hannibal, MO


Indoor Archery
6:30-9 p.m. Wednesdays at Admiral Coontz Recreation Center
Participants must bring their own bow and arrows. This program is not instructional – it is a place for participants to practice.
$5 per visit or $50 season pass. For more information, contact Aron Lee at  at 573-221-0154

Admiral Coontz Recreation Center - Hannibal, MO
Admiral Coontz Recreation Center
7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday
7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday
The Rec Center will close at 10 a.m. Feb. 15 and all day Feb. 22 for event setups.
Games, puzzles and Imagination Playground blocks for all-inclusive indoor play for adults and children at Admiral Coontz Recreation Center.

Senior Dancers - Hannibal, MO

Senior Dances
Senior Adult Dances Noon to 3 p.m. Wednesdays at Admiral Coontz Recreation Center.
Music provided by Uptown Strings. There are NO recreational activities allowed during the senior dance (except dancing).