Fall Events in the Ozarks

Your Guide to Activities and Fall-Themed Events in the Springfield Area
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Fall has become one of the busiest events seasons in the Ozarks and there are plenty of fun events and fall-themed activities happening this year. The arts & entertainment calendar is also packed with top-notch stage shows and concerts!

Bass Pro Outdoor Fitness Festival | April-November
This series of outdoor events for every age and ability, sponsored by Bass Pro Shops, is an ongoing festival celebrating health and wellness with the beauty of the Ozarks as a backdrop. 

Japanese Fall Festival | September 6-8
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. 

Annual Greek Festival | September 6-8
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!

Once Upon a Time in the Ozarks — Oktoberfest at Mother’s Brewing Company | September 7
Mother’s is changing it up a little this year and going with a Medieval theme! Think Grimm’s fairy tale Oktoberfest style. Gates open at 1:30 p.m. and the good times continue until 8 p.m.

PFI Professional Bull Riders Invitational — Unleash the Beast | September 13-15
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.

Springfield Culturefest | September 14
This new event showcases ethnic talents, foods and businesses to celebrate diversity, collaborate with global-minded Springfield residents and cultivate a welcoming city for people from around the world. 

MO Food Truck Fest | September 21
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.

Cider Days on Historic Walnut Street | September 21-22
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.

HBA Remodeling Expo | September 20-22
he HBA Remodeling Expo gives homeowners an opportunity to get ideas for future projects for updating or renovating their homes. 

Wilder Days | September 21
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 and enjoy the grounds of Rocky Ridge Farm.

Harvest Fest at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park | September 28-October 7 (Fri, Sat Sun)
This ongoing event lasts six weekends in the fall and includes a pumpkin patch, hayrides, haunted trails, free farming demonstrations and more fall fun at this unique farm park in west Springfield.

Smallin Civil War Cave Lantern Tours | Late September-Early November
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. Call for dates and reservations. 

Ozarks Fall FarmFest | October 4-6
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.

Republic Pumpkin Daze | October 5
This fall event evolves around weighing produce. Includes pumpkins, gourds, watermelon, tomatoes and all grown produce. The event is free and features activities, a corn maze, food, entertainment and more.

Greater Ozarks Pridefest | October 12
The Greater Ozarks Pridefest will be in the epicenter of Springfield’s downtown, Park Central Square, starting with a march at 10 a.m. with live music, vendors and activities until 10 p.m.

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. Tuesday, Friday and Saturday with additional dates close to Halloween. Reservations required, online booking preferred. 

Pets & Pumpkins Festival | October 19
This annual festival will take place on Park Central Square and includes trick or treating for human and fur kids, a hay maze, inflatables, games, food, music and more.

Thriller on C-Street | October 26
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 2019 | November 2
Springfield’s annual festival that features the best chicken wings in the city is at the Springfield Expo Center. Enjoy saucy wings, delicious craft beer and rocking music.

Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops | Late November-December 
Santa's arrival welcomes families back to the massive Christmas village transformation inside Bass Pro Shops featuring free photos with Santa and free family holiday activities. 

Downtown Tree Lighting | November 16
Join Mayor Ken McClure and special guests at the annual Downtown Tree Lighting on Park Central Square. Enjoy free hot chocolate, a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and live holiday entertainment. 

Turkey Trot | November 28
The Turkey Trot is Springfield’s largest timed 5K run/walk of the year and the largest Thanksgiving Day 5K in Missouri, attracting more than 7,000 participants a year. The race begins in downtown Springfield. 

Gardens Aglow at Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden | November 29-December 28 (Thurs., Fri., Sat. nights)
The Japanese Stroll Garden at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park will come alive in the evening with a beautiful lighted walking display. 

Candy Cane Lane | December 6-22 (Fri., Sat., Sun. nights)
Stay warm in your car as you sing along to Christmas carols and see all the lights at this drive-through light display at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park. 

Memorial Luminary Driving Tour at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield | December 14
This annual event features over 2,500 luminaries, representing those killed, wounded or missing at the Battle of Wilson's Creek, August 10, 1861.

Springfield Christmas Parade | December 14
The community comes together every year to celebrate the holidays with the Christmas Parade through the heart of downtown Springfield.

Arts & Entertainment Calendar


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time | September 6-22
Springfield Contemporary Theatre

Springfield Little Theatre Presents: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat | September 13-29
The Historic Landers Theatre

Springfield Symphony Orchestra Presents: New York Night | September 21
Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts


A Very Special Evening with Vince Gill | October 17
Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts

Springfield Symphony Orchestra Presents: From the New World | October 19
Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts

Springfield Little Theatre Presents: Little House on the Prairie | October 25-November 10
The Historic Landers Theatre

Death Valley: A Love Story | October 22-November 10
Springfield Contemporary Theatre

Jimmy Buffet’s Escape to Margaritaville | October 29-31
Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts


Springfield Regional Opera Presents: 2Naughty2Handle | November 1
Hotel Vandivort Ballroom

Springfield Symphony Orchestra Presents: Broadway in Concert — Oklahoma! | November 9
Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker | November 22
Gillioz Theatre

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