Springfield’s 2018 Featured Events

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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 Walks | First Friday of every month

First Friday Art Walk in downtown Springfield, Missouri.

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.

Springfield’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade | March 17

St. Patrick's Day Parade in Springfield, Missouri.

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.

Cherry Blossom Kite and Piñata Festival: April 7

Cherry Blossom Kite & Pinata Festival in Springfield, Missouri.

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.

Rock ’N Ribs BBQ Festival | April 20-21

Barbecue samples at the Rock 'N Ribs BBQ Festival in Springfield, Missouri.

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.

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds Spring Planting Festival | May 6-7

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds Spring Planting Festival in Mansfield, Missouri.

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 on Walnut Street | May 5-6

Artsfest in Springfield, Missouri.

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.

82nd Annual Ozark Empire Fair | July 26-August 4

Ozark Empire Fair in Springfield, Missouri.

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.

Park Day Reunion | August 3-5

Park Day Reunion in Springfield, Missouri.

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. 

Birthplace of Route 66 Festival & Car Show | August 10-11

Birthplace of Route 66 Festival & Car Show in Springfield, Missouri.

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.

Japanese Fall Festival | September 7-9

Japanese Fall Festival in Springfield, Missouri.

Celebrate Springfield’s Sister City - Isesaki, Japan - with artists, performers, martial arts demonstrations, special guests, vendors and more!

Cider Days | September 15-16

Cider Days in Springfield, Missouri.

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 Christmas Parade | December 8

Downtown Springfield Christmas Parade in Springfield, Missouri.

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.

  • Whiskey Fest | January 20
  • Sertoma Chili Cook Off | February 23-24
  • Pizza and Pasta Bowl | March 6
  • Cajun Cookoff | April 13-14
  • Mother’s Day Festival at Mother’s Brewing Company | May 19
  • Taste of SOMO | June 23 (SOMO Restaurant Week June 16-23)
  • MO Food Truck Fest | September 15-16
  • Wingapalooza | November 3

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