There’s certainly no shortage of events going on in Springfield through the year, every year! Below you’ll find the marquee events for 2018 and you can find a full schedule of events happening in the Queen City on our events calendar.
First Friday Art Walk offers original art, live music, art demonstrations, food, fun and more in 27 participating venues. Enjoy the art, meet the artists and experience Springfield’s favorite free arts event. Occurs the first Friday of every month.
This family-friendly celebration is not to be missed. Celebrate as the parade rolls, marches, dances and skips through Commercial Street and downtown Springfield. After taking in the parade, visit local merchants, bars and restaurants to get the full flavor of St. Patrick’s Day — Springfield-style.
Celebrate spring with the Springfield Sister Cities Association. Bring a kite to fly or build one on the Great Lawn of the Botanical Center. Also, children can create Japanese and Mexican crafts and all visitors are granted free admission to the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden as it reopens for the season.
What's delicious, mouthwatering and benefits seven local children's charities? The Annual Rock ‘N Ribs BBQ Festival! More than 75 teams compete for the best Barbecue in a 'Kansas City BBQ Society' sanctioned event.
Join 10,000 gardeners at Baker Creek’s annual Spring Planting Festival. It’s the largest event Baker Creek has each year at the pioneer village in Mansfield, Missouri. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. Come to spring's largest celebration of all things heirloom!
Artsfest is the largest fine arts festival in Southwest Missouri featuring 130 artists from 16 states, over 80 performances, food from some of Springfield’s favorite restaurants and a kids hands-on area with activities including Chalk-It-Up and the Claymobile, a mobile ceramic arts workshop.
Join in on the fun with all the great food, carnival rides, games, concerts and more. For more than 80 years, the Ozark Empire Fair has been a time for community celebration, and 2018 promises to carry on the tradition.
The Park Day Reunion takes place at Silver Springs Park every year on the first weekend of August, bringing together friends and family from Springfield and around the country. The event name dates back to 1952, when Gerald Brooks, a teacher at Springfield’s Lincoln School, started a day of games and sports for young black residents at Silver Springs.
Enjoy this popular festival featuring an awesome car and motorcycle show. Also enjoy the lively businesses along Route 66 during this festival celebrating the city where Route 66 was named.
Celebrate Springfield’s Sister City - Isesaki, Japan - with artists, performers, martial arts demonstrations, special guests, vendors and more!
An outdoor fall celebration featuring more than 100 juried artists and crafters. Activities include a free hands-on children’s area, scarecrow village, performance stages, food and more.
Downtown Springfield celebrates its 53rd Annual Christmas Parade. The parade route starts on South Avenue and heads north to Park Central Square. The parade continues to Jordan Valley Park.
In addition to the Rock ‘N Ribs BBQ Festival, Springfield has plenty of food and drink-centric events throughout the year that will bring out the foodie in anyone.
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