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 10-11, 2022. 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 works of art. Watch as their original art 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 regional vendors 

The festival is a quarter mile walkable experience, activating the under-utilitzed Robberson Alley in unexpected ways. As you stroll from wall to wall to watch the mammoth paintings unfold, check out a number of local and regional vendors showcasing some of the best the Ozark region has to offer. Food vendors, apparel, furniture, digital arts, and community organizations abound, you’re sure to find something you love. Watch performances from aerial dancers, check out their pop up skate park, and 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 stages just for festival-goers.

6. Enjoy MXtended hours for a Nighttime Fest Experience

When the sun sets, MIDxMIDWST heats up. This year, all festival passes provide entry to the MXtended Festival hours from 6-10 p.m. Saturday in the eFactory village area of the festival. The MXtended hours will host 2 headlining bands performing with an epic backdrop: an MXMW exclusive Silo Light Show by Denver-based 3D artists Waveform.exp. Watch dancers perform, dance to your heart’s content, enjoy the beer garden and cocktail bar inside the VIP Lounge area and have a chance to hang with the visual artists behind the murals.

7. Get access to VIP lounges

For the full exclusive experience, VIP Experience pass holders get access to select VIP lounges and areas to chill out in style. Only a limited amount of VIP 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 support fair pay for the artists and bands performing and creating art over the weekend.

10. Become part of the MXperience

A ticket to MXMW is an experience from start to finish. Immersive, front row, intimate, and original. Watch large scale art transform space in real time, immerse yourself in live indie, experimental, hip hop and EDM music with up-front staging tucked in alleyways and corridors of downtown buildings, sit back and relax in a custom VIP lounge and immerse yourself in 3D image mapping art and a one of a kind Silo Light Show. Carefully curated to integrate ticket holders into the experience, MIDxMIDWST will become a can't-miss event.

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

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