Festivals and Fall Events in the Ozarks

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Japanese Fall Festival | September 7-9
Set in the beautifully sculpted Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, this annual festival celebrates the cultural heritage of Springfield’s sister city Isesaki, Japan.

PFI Professional Bull Riders Invitational | September 7-9
Watch some of the country's toughest cowboys take on the toughest bulls at JQH Arena! The PFIWestern.com Invitational delivers heart-pounding action as daring riders vie for the No. 1 position in the world.

Annual Greek Festival | September 7-9
St. Thomas Apostle Orthodox Church hosts this family-friendly festival, now in its eleventh year. Indulge in authentic cuisine, beverages and traditional Greek dancing. Opa!

Bolivar's Country Days | September 8
Head to Bolivar for food, entertainment and shopping during one of the town's biggest events of the year.

Mother’s Oktoberfest in the Ozarks | September 8
One of the area’s largest Oktoberfest parties takes place in the backyard of Mother’s Brewing Co. Enjoy seasonal brews, tasty local food truck fare and live music from some of Springfield’s top musicians.

Silver Dollar City's National Crafts & Cowboy Festival | September 12-October 27
The Home of American Craftsmanship, Silver Dollar City, presents The Country's Premier Craft Festival and one of the best fall festivals around.

MO Food Truck Fest | September 15
Food trucks from across the country invade downtown Springfield next to the Expo Center for a day of unique dishes, cold beverages and live entertainment.

Wilder Days | September 15
Wilder Days is an annual celebration commemorating Laura Ingalls Wilder, America's favorite pioneer girl, and her cherished "Little House" books. Hear Pa's fiddle, take a tour of the home, & enjoy the grounds of Rocky Ridge Farm.

Cider Days on Historic Walnut Street | September 15-16
Celebrate the harvest season with a variety of fall-themed activities, performances, exhibits by regional artists and exquisite crafters and all of the apple cider you can drink.

Sertoma Oktoberfest | September 28-29
Sertoma Oktoberfest is a two-day event with games, beer and music next to the Springfield Expo Center. Get a taste of a traditional German Oktoberfest in Springfield!

9th annual Springfield Jazz Festival | September 29
Celebrate local jazz music at the 9th annual Springfield Jazz Festival on Park Central East in downtown Springfield. Visitors will enjoy seven hours of free live music at the Bear State Outdoor Stage starting at noon.

Harvest Fest at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park | September 28-October 28
This ongoing event lasts six weekends in the fall and includes a pumpkin patch, hay rides, haunted trails, free farming demonstrations and more fall fun at this unique farm park in west Springfield. The Haunted Trail is on Friday and Saturday nights only.

Smallin Civil War Cave Lantern Tours | September 29; October 6, 13, 20, 27; November 3
This mysterious and beautiful lantern-lit tour of the historic cave just south of Springfield in Ozark includes a traditional “on the trail” dinner around a campfire and stories and accounts of the Civil War era.

Ozark Arts & Crafts Show | October 5-7
Handmade arts and crafts of all types are on display at Finley River Park.

Republic's Pumpkin Daze | October 6
This event includes around 230 booths with multiple crafts, children's games, pet parade, kids tractor pull, pie eating contest and more.

Haunts of C-Street | October 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 31
This haunting adventure includes a dinner theater and history tour of Springfield’s Historic Commercial Street.

Ozarks Fall FarmFest | October 5-7
With livestock exhibitions, livestock equipment, tractors, trailers and balers, FarmFest has been bringing together everything in agriculture to the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds for more than 30 years.

Pythian Castle Ghost Tours | October
Hear ghostly tales while touring Springfield’s historic Pythian Castle. The 90-minute tour is for adventurers ages 8 and up. Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays with additional dates close to Halloween. Reservations required, online booking preferred.

Mt Vernon's Apple Butter Makin' Days | October 12-14
Witness the process of making apple butter along with arts and crafts, food, entertainment and more.

Pets & Pumpkins Festival | October 20
This annual festival will take place on Springfield’s Park Central Square this year and includes trick or treating (for both human and fur kids), a hay maze, inflatables, games, food, music and more.

Thriller on C-Street | October 27
Thriller on C-Street is a community-minded event and street performance that pays homage to the original spirit of music, dance, and art reflected and inspired by Michael Jackson's “Thriller.”

Wingapalooza 2018 | November 3
Springfield’s annual festival that features the best chicken wings in the city at the Springfield Expo Center. Enjoy saucy wings, delicious craft beer and rocking music.

Ozarks Beerfest | November 17
At the 10th Annual Ozarks Beerfest it's all about beer, food and fun!

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