Arts & Theater
Hermann has been endowed with an abundance of talented artists, from painters and sculptors to musicians and actors. Many venues feature live performances, and the Hermann Arts Council sponsors and supports a wide variety of visual and performing arts programs.
Hermann is home to a vibrant community of working artists who find inspiration in the ever-changing beauty of Missouri Wine Country. These local artists create a wide variety of work, ranging from paintings, music, photography, sculpture, illustrations, and more. The Hermann Arts Council hosts First Friday Art Walks on the first Friday of each month from April through December. The Council also sponsors guest musicians, as well as many events for children and adults throughout the year.
Clara Eitmann Messmer Amphitheater
Gutenberg Street between Fourth and Fifth Streets
The Clara Eitmann Messmer Amphitheater hosts a wide range of open-air performances. The area includes lawn chair or picnic blanket seating, a concession stand, and a fenced-in park. The Amphitheater is available to individuals, organizations, and businesses (including to those from outside Hermann) to rent for concerts, movies, corporate and organization events, picnics, etc. Contact the city office at 573-486-5400 to reserve.
112 East Fourth Street
From movies and theatre performances to concerts and influential speakers, the Showboat Community Theatre hosts an array of events year-round. If the lights are blinking and the smell of popcorn is wafting, then something is happening at the Showboat! This historic theatre space is also available to rent for business meetings, lectures, seminars, concerts, theater performances, fundraisers, film premieres, receptions, and private events.
Hermann has several indoor and outdoor murals. Murals in the Gasconade County Courthouse on First Street depict the history of Gasconade County, and several businesses have indoor murals as well. Outdoor murals transport viewers back in time to the early to mid-1900s.
Missouri Valley Ice Cream – First Street
In the 1950s, Berlener’s Pharmacy was the favorite Hermann spot for ice cream, shakes, and malts. The vintage-style sign was painted on the side of Berlener’s Healthmart and Pharmacy, located on First Street, evoking memories of a simpler time.
George Husmann – First Street
On the alley side of Hermann’s Antique Attic Mall, which fronts on First Street, is a large portrait painting of George Husmann. Husmann is known for his active role in founding the Missouri wine industry. This painting recognizes Mr. Husmann for his efforts in putting Hermann on the map as an important wine-producing town in the 1840s.
Kibe’s Shoes – Schiller Street
This mural brings memories of old-fashioned shoe companies, with their shoe-fitting and repair services. Visitors will be reminded of handcrafted shoes and the cobblers that made them. This mural can be found on the side of The General Store at TypeStyles on Schiller Street.
Ewald Bakery – Market Street
In 1927, Nis Ewald, who had learned the bakery business in Germany, moved to Hermann. In 1938, Ewald Bakery was first opened to the public, offering “special bargains on pastries” to all in attendance. Ewald Bakery quickly became a cherished asset in the community. This mural, commemorating Ewald Bakery, is on the side of Sugar Momma’s on Market Street.
Hermann Municipal Band
Made up of over 40 local musicians, ranging from talented high school students to professional musicians, the city band brings the community together to listen to classic band music. Selections include traditional band music, patriotic songs, and marches. The director usually selects a piece or two to surprise the audience and challenge the musicians. The City Band performs on Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, and the first Sunday in August. Performances are at the Clara Eitmann Messmer Amphitheater. In case of inclement weather, performances move to the Hermann High School Auditorium.