If you love the arts, live music and entertainment, MIDxMIDWST may be your next favorite festival. MIDxMIDWST is an art and music festival premiering September 11-12, 2021. If you’re wondering why you should attend, here are 10 reasons this event is a must-see.

1. Watch eight muralists transform blank walls in real-time for an unreal experience

Muralists from around the country will be in downtown Springfield transforming several building walls into masterpieces. Watch as their anonymous creations take on life after months of planning. You can find the list of featured artists here.

2. Jam to more than 15 bands and DJs all weekend long

If you love music, you’re in for a treat. Hear genres ranging from indie and alternative to hip-hop, funk, soul, electronic dance music and more on two different stages.

3. Sip brews from two beer gardens

Love beer and local brews? Two pop-up beer gardens will emerge in the heart of the festival with some local favorite labels.

4. Check out interactive art installments and vendors 

While viewing the artists’ work, check out food, beverage, and art vendors to purchase snacks and unique goodies from creators in the Springfield area. Participate in interactive art installments between painting sessions to immerse yourself in the arts.

5. Feed your face at local restaurants and food trucks

The festival runs through the charming downtown of Springfield where you’ll find a ton of great venues for lunch, or you can grab tasty grub from select food trucks near the main stage. When the lights come down, downtown Springfield comes to life with bustling nightlife activities, restaurants and things to do, making it the perfect hub for creators and art-lovers. Dine at local restaurants, coffee shops, and breweries while you attend the festival for delicious sustenance. To stay near the action, grab an item or two from the selection of food trucks near the main stage just for festival-goers.

6. Attend The After Party presented by 417 Magazine

When the sun sets, MIDxMIDWST heats up. Silver- and gold-level tickets get you entry to The After Party Experience. From 7-10 p.m. Saturday, you’ll get to listen to the headlining band, view an epic custom light show, and have a chance to hang with the visual artists behind the murals.

7. Get access to VIP lounges

For the full exclusive experience, gold pass holders get access to select VIP lounges and areas to chill out in style. Only a limited amount of gold passes will be available so get yours while you can! 

8. Amazing hotels and accommodations close to the festival

Springfield is home to amazing hotels with several within just a mile or two of the festival. For more fun outside the festival, the Springfield area is home to several award-winning attractions such as Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium, The History Museum on the Square, Dickerson Park Zoo, Fantastic Caverns and others.

9. Directly support the arts

When you purchase a ticket to MIDxMIDWST, proceeds go directly to support the artists and bands performing and creating art over the weekend.

10. MIDxMIDWST is taking public health seriously

People in Springfield are taking the pandemic seriously. Safety protocols recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and the Springfield-Greene County Health Department will be followed throughout the event. You can check out their public health protocols here.

Learn more about the festival at midxmidwst.com for more information and where to purchase tickets.