Farm Fest 2012 at Ozark Empire Fairgrounds

Springfield, MO Events and Festivals

Art fairs, harvest festivals, music, or just the pleasure of living in the Ozarks--there are festivals celebrating it all, and you're invited.

 

Year Round

First Friday Art Walk

Stroll the Downtown Arts District on the first Friday of each month and see what's new in the galleries. Enjoy music, fun and food from 6-10 p.m.


Free Art Days at the Creamery Arts Center

One day in December, one in June and one in July feature free hands-on activity times; enjoy art-making and storytelling with your kids. 411 N. Sherman Pkwy. For dates and times, call 417-862-2787. Click here for more about the Creamery. 

 

Special Events

Feb-March

Bass Pro Shops Springfield Spring Fishing Classic

Anglers, this one's for you. Special sales on fishing merchandise, seminars by professionals, and more fishy fun. 1935 S. Campbell. 317-887-7334 for dates and more info.


Valentine Cabaret Dinner & Show

Bring your sweetie for dinner and entertainment, or just come see the show. Singing, dancing and other performances. Date and details online or by phone. 1451 E. Pythian St. 417-865-1464.


The Lawn & Garden Show

The traditional show anticipating spring. See the latest trends in gardening and outdoor living. Ozark Empire Fairgrounds. 3001 N. Grant. 417-833-2660 for dates.


April

St. Louis Cardinals Exhibition Game

Kick off baseball season at Hammonds Field with the Cards! 955 E. Trafficway St. Call for date. 417-863-2143.


Nixa Annual Azalea Fair

A tour of azalea gardens in and around Nixa, classes on growing azaleas, and Art in the Garden. 417-725-3223 for more information.

 

Springfield Botanical Gardens Cherry Blossom Kite Festival

Celebrate Spring amid the cherry blossoms in the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden. Fly or build kites, learn origami and other traditional Japanese crafts. Click here to learn more. 


Marshfield Cherry Blossom Festival

Celebrate the city and state with food, craft and book vendors, and fun activities for everyone. Entertaining and educational speakers; descendants of US presidents invited to come and share their stories. Click here for more info.


Rhythm on the Rails

Celebrates the railroad coming to Springfield in 1870 with music, dance and merriment. Commercial St. shops, eateries and merchants hold open houses. Also the season opening day for the C-Street Farmers Market. 417-864-7015 for details, date.


May

Artsfest on Walnut Street

Artists and artisans from the Midwest and beyond. Music and performances all weekend on five stages. Children's activities, too. 417-862-2787 for dates and details.


Nixa Sucker Days 

Suckers are a type of catfish. Celebrate Nixa's historic day when town closed down so everyone could go fishing for the ultimate town-wide fish fry. Parade, pageants, contests, a 5K race, and a noon meal of - what else? - fried suckers and sides. (You can also choose BBQ beef.)The whole town still turns out for this event. More info here.


NSRA Mid-America Street Rod Nationals

Street rods are modernized pre-1949 vehicles. This is the area's largest street rod event--more than 2,200 vehicles are on hand. Adult and kids games, arts and crafts, and an auto swap meet. Ozark Empire Fairgrounds. 417-833-2660 for dates.


July

July 4th Celebrations

You'll find Independence Day celebrations around Springfield. Springfield's festivities are the largest and most heavily attended; if small town celebration suits you better, try one of the surrounding towns for a fun July 4th. Check the dates: you may be able to take in several nights of fireworks and fun.


Springfield makes a day of it on July 4th. Tickets ice skating, playing on inflatables in the Mediacom Ice Park, arts and crafts fun at The Creamery Arts Center, and hands-on activities at the Discovery Center, followed by Fireworks at the Field after a Springfield Cardinal's game. Live entertainment and the region's largest fireworks display. 417- 831-6200 for details and ticket info.


Springfield also turns out for a July 4th Parade, starting 10 am at Central H. S. on Central Ave, ending at Washington Park, where the celebration continues with music, snacks, and games for all ages.


The city of Battlefield throws a 4th of July celebration on Independence Day, too. Starting at 5 pm with fun activities for all ages, food and music. At dusk, the fireworks blast off. At Cherokee Trail of Tears Park, 5434 S. Tower Dr.


Republic celebrates a few evenings earlier with a 6 pm start time for fun and fireworks at J.R. Martin Park, 300 E. Hines St.


Thirty miles north of Springfield, the city of Marshfield presents the longest-running Independence Day Parade West of the Mississippi, starting 10 am around the square, where art and crafts, food, and other vendors are set up. Music, contests and family fun. The days around and including July 4th are also Rodeo Days at the Webster County Fairgrounds; IPRA sactioned rodeo action adds extra excitement to our nation's birthday. 417-859-3925 for more info.


Ozark Empire Fair

There's nothing like a big county fair to bring back the good ol' days. Rides, midway, fun food, live shows, displays and exhibits. Family fun. Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, Springfield.  417-833-2660


Ozark Booster Club Annual Rodeo

Professional rodeo with cowboys and cowgirls from the International Professional Rodeo Association competing for prize money and a shot at the International Finals Rodeo. All your favorite rodeo riding competitions. At the Ozark Booster Club Arena in Finley River Park. 417-581-6139 for times and ticket info.


Christian County Fair

If you just can't get enough county fairs, here's another one to enjoy! Carnival, livestock shows, entertainment and kids' activities. Held at  907 Riverside Rd, Ozark. More info, click here.


August

Bass Pro Shops Fall Hunting Classic

Huge 9-day sale for hunting supplies and merchandise. Local hunting professionals on hand. 1935 S. Campbell Ave. 417-887-7334 for details.


Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper

Nearly a quarter century old, this championship is a premier stop on the PGA's Nationwide Tour. The tournament raises money to help improve the lives of children in the Ozarks. Highland Springs Country Club, 5400 Highland Springs Blvd. 417-887-3400 or  click here for more info and to learn about the charities that benefit from the event.


September

Ozark Mule Days

Enjoy horse shows? Give Mule Days a try. The long-eared lovelies come to Finley River Park in Ozark for a weekend of competitive riding, showing and sales. 417-343-9142


Annual Japanese Fall Festival

One of the most interesting and colorful events of the year. Celebrate Japanese culture in honor of Springfield's Sister City, Isesaki, Japan. Japanese performances and entertainment. The authentic Japanese Tea House, located on the grounds, is open for tea ceremonies, and Japanese food and merchandise is available at vendors' stands. In the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden. Click here for more info.


Outdoor Days at Lake Springfield
Bass Pro Shops Outdoor Fitness Festival

Visit this real Mountain Men Rendezvous, demonstrating life in the 1800s. Kids won't be bored--they can participate in archery, paintball, casting, and geocaching. Outdoor cooking demonstrations, tent villages, canoe and kayak races. Boat rides on Lake Springfield, as well. The event is held in conjunction with the Springfield-Greene County Park Board.


Civil War Lantern Tours

Living history with storytelling and Southern food around a campfire, plus a lantern-lit trip through the cave. Smallin Civil War Cave, 3575 N. Smallin Rd, Ozark, MO. 417-551-4545 for reservations.


Cider Days

Fall arts festival on Historic Walnut Street, with juried artists and craftsmen. Hands-on activities for the kids, a scarecrow village, live performances and food. 417-831-6200 for more info.


Annual ANPAC Car Show for Kids

A gearhead's dream -- hundreds of cool cars. Games for kids, entertainment, vendors, more. Proceeds benefit United Way of the Ozarks. 1949 E. Sunshine St. 417-887-4990.


Annual Loftwalk and Sidewalk Sale

When Historic Commercial Street was renovated, many of the upper floors of buildings were converted to modern lofts. This is your chance to tour the living spaces of artists, trendsetters, and enviromentalists. At street level, the Sidewalk Sale offers bargains. Historic Commercial St. 417-864-7015.


October

Ozarks Fall Farmfest

Choice livestock for sale, agricultural implements, vendors. Come purchase things for your farm, or just celebrate the agrarian lifestyle. Ozark Empire Fairground. 3001 N. Grant Ave. 417-833-2660


Taste of Springfield

Springfield's favorite restaurants prepare tastes from their menus. Admission is free; buy purchase sampling books on site. Live music and a beer garden add to the fun; kids activities available. Downtown, noon-4 p.m. 417-831-6200


7C's Winery October Fest

Family fun day at the Winery, with traditional games for all ages, -- boot toss, stick horse races, and hay find. Live music. Wine and mead available. 2-6 pm 502 E. 560th Rd, Walnut Grove. 417-788-2262


Apple Butter Makin' Days

The harvest is in, and you can watch apple butter being made the old-fashioned way in large copper kettles on the Courthouse lawn. The aroma is heavenly! Crafts, games, a car show, parade and food. Town square in Mt. Vernon. 417-466-7654.


Marshfield Harvest Days

The historic town square sets the stage for bluegrass music, story telling, arts and crafts, food and contests. A feel-good time for everyone. 417-859-2998


Antiques Festival of the Ozarks

Vendors from several states bring their antiques, primitives and collectibles to this market at the Ozark Empire Fair Grounds. 918-619-2875 for info.


Art in the Park

A beautiful fall day in the park only gets better when there's a fine art and contemporary craft show to browse. Held at Sequiota Park, 3500 S. Lone Pine Ave. 417-859-4532


November

Springfield Festival of Lights

From he Saturday before Thanksgiving to Dec 31. Head downtown for free musical performances, holiday shopping and free fun for kids and adults. Ends on New Year's Eve with First Night Springfield. (see below)


Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot 5 K Run/Walk

Work up an appetite for the bird and all the fixins! 8 a.m. start time; more than 6500 participants raising money for the Development Center of the Ozarks and the Park Board's Scholarship Fund. Race begins at 635 E. St. Louis St. Register online here.


WinterFest 

The annual theater and arts festival at Juanita K. Hammons Hall, usually held the last weekend of November. Local performers entertain in the lobby where dozens of artists exibit their work. In the auditorium, large-scale performances light up the stage. A local favorite, and a wonderful place to buy your very special Christmas gifts. 525 S. John Q. Hammons Pwky.


December

Nixa Xtreme Christmas Lights Tour

Dec. 1-Christmas Eve, Nixa invites you to Go Xtreme with their Christmas Lights Tour. Starts at dusk. 3825 W. Farm Rd 146. Click here for details. 417-725-1545


Christmas at the Farm

What's it like during the winter on a farm? Find out at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park December weekends. Kids can make holiday crafts, take a photo with Santa and enjoy hot cocoa. 3825 W. Farm Rd. 146. Click here for more info.


Springfield Christmas Parade

Join in the holiday merriment downtown. Parade rolls at 1 p.m. with floats, bands and Santa himself. Info: 417-831-6200


First Night Springfield

Family-friendly alcohol-free New Year’s Eve celebration. More than 20 groups perform music, theatre, dance, comedy, magic and more at a number of venues. The grand finale:fireworks at midnight in Jordan Valley Park. 5:30- midnight. Info and ticket prices: 417-831-6200

 

Do You Know?

There are 38 Springfields in the United States. Wisconsin has four Springfield cities in four different counties; Michigan has two, and in Pennsylvania you can visit a whopping total of nine Springfield townships.

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Guitarist Les Paul was here early in his career, playing his music live on radio station KWTO.

I had the honor of meeting him once in person, and he told me he played here under the name Rhubarb Red—a reference to his humble country beginnings and his flaming red hair. 

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The popular cashew chicken you find in restaurants around the Ozarks originated in Springfield in 1963, created by a local Chinese chef.

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You probably know Brad Pitt called Springfield home for some of his life. So did Bob Barker of the Price is Right, country singer Brenda Lee, golf great Payne Stewart, and members of the musical group,  The Ozark Mountain Daredevils.

Actors Kathleen Turner and John Goodman, and Phillies' baseball player Ryan Howard were all residents of the town while they attended MSU.

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Springfield National Cemetery, created after the Civil War ended, is the resting place of both Union and Confederate troops.

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