Here's what you should know about the 2021 Pedaler's Jamboree, a Labor Day bike-and-music fest

Aarik Danielsen
Columbia Daily Tribune
Cowboy Mouth

Each Labor Day weekend, mid-Missourians let off a little steam — and build up a sweat — in a fitting farewell to summer.

Pedaler's Jamboree leads cyclists down along the MKT and Katy trails, the ride soundtracked by live music. The event celebrates the communities that make up our area, providing a glorious definition of the scenic route.

As music-lovers stretch themselves and tune up their bikes, here's what you need to know to prep for this year's Jamboree. 

When is this year's Jamboree?

The ride begins Saturday morning, Sept. 4 in Flat Branch Park. A culminating concert — with fireworks — begins at 8 p.m. in Jefferson City. Riders will return along the trail Sunday after breakfast served at 7:15 a.m.

How long is the ride? 

The ride from Columbia's Flat Branch Park to Ellis-Porter Park in Jefferson City is 40.2 miles one-way. Riders will travel back the same distance Sunday. 

Where will it stop? What is there to see and hear along the way?

Riders will make stops at McBaine, Cooper's Landing, Hartsburg and the North Jefferson Recreation Area in Jefferson City before finishing up at Ellis-Porter Park. 

There will be bands playing along the way in each location. Riders can also take Missouri State Penitentiary history tours from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday; each tour lasts around 45 minutes and entry is $10 cash per person. 

Who is part of this year's music lineup?

New Orleans stalwarts Cowboy Mouth lead a roster stacked with quality regional and local acts. The band, which broke through with its tinted, groove-oriented 1996 single "Jenny Says," is approaching 30 years in the recording industry. 

Other standouts include Southwest Missouri folk-rockers Dawson Hollow, St. Louis trio Hounds and Nashville-based songwriter Andrew Leahey and his band, The Homestead. 

Mid-Missouri is well-represented by the likes of Molly Healey Band, The Flood Brothers, Mobile Funk Unit, OK Samaritan and Don't Mind Dying. 

Dawson Hollow

What are the camping options?

Camping is available and included for registered riders at Ellis-Porter Park. Event staff will transport bags to and from Columbia to Jefferson City. Camper and RV options are sold out. 

How much are tickets?

Advance tickets are $65, $50 for riders age 7 to 16. Walk-up passes range from $55 to $70. Non-rider passes can be purchased: Trailside Passes are $20 and include access to music at trailside stops, but not the Saturday-evening concert; Jefferson City-only passes are $25 in advance, $20 to $30 walk-up. 

What else is happening that weekend? 

A kickoff event takes place at 6 p.m. Friday at the Rocheport headquarters of organizers Off-Track Events. It will feature music by Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy, fireworks and more; tickets are $15. 

Where can you find more info?

Find details about this year's musicians, the route, shuttle options and more at

Aarik Danielsen is the features and culture editor for the Tribune. Contact him at or by calling 573-815-1731.