With countless small towns nearby, the Springfield area is never short on seasonal festivals. You can bob for apples, enter a pie contest, two-step like a pro, fly kites and see hot air balloons… you name it. Here’s a roundup of some of the best area festivals. To see a full calendar, click here.


Bass Pro's Tournament of Champions

Bass Pro Tournament of Champions

January 11-13, 2024

Bass Pro's Tournament of Champions is at Great Southern Bank Arena this year. The 2024 tournament is scheduled to feature some of the top names in high school basketball, including players ranked No. 3, 5 and 10 in their respective classes.

Address: 685 S. John Q Hammons Pkwy, Springfield


Beer, Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Festival

Beer Wine Cheese Chocolate Festival

Feb. 9-10, 2024

Sample beer, wine, cheese and chocolate from all over Springfield at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.

Address: 1009 W. Smith St., Springfield

Missouri Comic Con

Missouri Comic Con

Feb. 10-11, 2024

Missouri Comic Con brings together a diverse list of guests, vendors, artists, and fan groups all under one roof! Meet and greet your favorite stars, check out different vendor booths and more.

Address: 635 E. St. Louis St, Springfield

KY3 Women’s Show

Feb. 17, 2024

Explore your own personal style and uncover passions at the KY3 Women’s Show. Purchase great finds at one of the fabulous exhibitors and connect with other popular brands. Take part in make-up and hair demonstrations, cooking demonstrations and sample sweet treats while supplies last.

Address: 1009 W. Smith St., Springfield

Lawn & Garden Show

Lawn & Garden Show 2024

Feb. 23-25, 2024

Visit over 100 exhibitors in one place for all your lawn and garden needs. Products and services include trees, seeds, other plants; landscape design and installation services, patio furniture and grills, yard accessories, fences and much more.

Address: 1009 W. Smith St., Springfield


Ozark Spring Roundup Farm Show & Rodeo

March 22-24, 2024

Exhibitors at the Spring Roundup will showcase various livestock, agricultural products and services in specialized halls during this three day event.

Address: 1009 W. Smith St., Springfield


Kite & Piñata Festival

Kite & Piñata Festival

April 2024

Bring a kite to fly on the great lawn at the Springfield Botanical Gardens or purchase a kite kit to build and decorate your own. Take a swing at a piñata nearby and enjoy live cultural performances and browse a mini market featuring Japanese and Mexican snacks, candies, beverages and souvenirs.

Address: 2400 S. Scenic Ave. Springfield

Ozarks Beerfest

April 24, 2024

With more than 200 craft brews and samples of each, this festival is a hoppin’ place to be. Plus, cornhole, raffles, live music and more give you more than enough entertainment. Proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks.

Address: 3001 N. Grant Ave., Springfield

Art in Bloom

Art In Bloom

April 24-28, 2024

A signature event celebrating fine art, flowers, and fashion, this three day festival invites floral and fashion designers to imaginatively interpret works of art on view in the museum’s galleries.

Address: 1111 E. Brookside Dr., Springfield



Artsfest in Springfield, Missouri

May 4-5, 2024

Artsfest is a showcase of all the creative talents of the Ozarks. Live performances from talented community thespians, original pieces and more are on display and on sale, and it’s a great time to check out all the artisan booths.

Address: Historic Walnut Street

Corndog Kickoff

May 4, 2024

If you love fair food, you’ll love the Corndog Kickoff. Sample fair favorites at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds to kickoff the summer season.

Address: 3001 N. Grant Ave., Springfield

Mid-America Street Rod Nationals

May 23-25, 2024

Vehicles will be driven from all parts of the United States to make this a truly unique gathering of vintage automobiles featuring nearly every make, model and style. In addition to street rods this event includes all vehicles from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, adding to the automotive excitement created by the past events. Spectators will be treated to the sights and sounds of some of the best constructed, most beautiful vintage automobiles ever to gather in one place.

Address: 3001 N. Grant Ave., Springfield


Ozarks Pridefest

June 2024

Celebrate Pride Month in Springfield, MO with a parade, drag and musical performances, as well as an array of vendors set up on the downtown square!

Address: Downtown Springfield

18th Annual Hot Air Balloon Glow

Ozarks Hot Air Balloon Glow

June 2024

See gorgeous hot air balloons illuminate the Ozark sky this summer. Listen to live music, ride carnival rides and check out the local food truck scene.

Address: 891-961 N. Riverside Road, Ozark

Pickwick Street Fair

June 8, 2024

This festival launched in 2022, and it’s basically a celebration of community. The Pickwick Street Fair showcases the best of this charming Springfield neighborhood. There are art demonstrations, live music, a kids zone and more.

Address: The corner of Pickwick & Cherry Street 

Taste of SoMo

Taste of SoMo

June 24, 2024

Sample delicious local food at Taste of SoMo. Complement your samples with the region’s finest beer and wine available. Vote for your favorite restaurants and booths for various awards or crown them Best of Fest!

Address: Downtown Springfield


Ozark Empire Fair

Annual Events - Ferris Wheel at the Fair

July 25-Aug. 3, 2024

This is summer’s biggest party. The Ozark Empire Fair is a classic carnival experience that combines family fun and agricultural experiences. Ride a coaster or grab a corn dog for a full day of fun.

Address: 3001 N. Grant Ave., Springfield


Birthplace of Route 66 Festival

Birthplace of Route 66 Festival Springfield, Missouri

Aug. 8-10, 2024

Along with the classic car show, revelers can enjoy live music and the Rockin’ the Route Concert & Street Party, with hours of fun in between honoring the Mother Road.

Address: Downtown Springfield


Japanese Fall Festival

Japanese Fall Festival 2023

Sept. 6-8, 2024

A multicultural extravaganza of music, food and family fun. The stroll garden explodes in colorful decorations, with a Nihon bunka taiken tent full of Japanese cultural experiences for guests of all ages.

Address: 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield

MO Food Truck Fest

Route 66 Food Truck Park, photo by Rhianon Brown

Sept. 14, 2024

The MO Food Truck Fest is one of the largest gatherings of food trucks in Missouri each year, plus there’s live music.

Address: 3001 N. Grant Ave., Springfield

Cider Days

Cider Days 2023

September 2024

The Ozarks’ premier autumnal craft fair, Cider Days is a walking showcase of artisans. Buy a locally-made candle or homemade toy before slowing down to eat and enjoy live music.

Address: Historic Walnut Street, Springfield


Republic Pumpkin Daze

Oct. 4-5, 2024

Check out the state champion pumpkins grown to massive scale surrounded by fall fun. Shop the craft fair, compete in a tractor race or create a pumpkin craft, all coated in orange.

Address: 300 E. Hines St., Republic

Ozark Craft Fair

October 4-6, 2024

For nearly half a century, crafters have displayed their wares at the Ozark Craft Fair. More than 350 vendors showcase their best creations each fall to shoppers of all kinds.

Address: 891-961 N. Riverside Road, Ozark

Apple Butter Makin’ Days

Apple Butter Makin Days

Oct. 11-13, 2024

This beloved festival has been going strong for 55 years. There are more than 400 artisan booths and live music, but the real draw is the apple butter-making demonstration. 

Address: Mount Vernon Square


The Mayor's Tree Lighting Holiday Show

Mayor's Tree Lighting 2023

November 2024

Each November, Mayor Ken McClure kicks off the holiday season with the annual tree lighting ceremony. Get a selfie with Santa. Enjoy the reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.

Address: Downtown Springfield


Springfield Annual Christmas Parade

Springfield Christmas Parade 2023

December 2024

See parade floats and musical performances fill the street of downtown Springfield during their annual Christmas Parade.

Address: Downtown Springfield

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