Whether you’re a local looking to explore new events or a visitor eager to experience the heart of the Ozarks, Springfield’s summer calendar offers something for everyone. Many events are even free or cheap to attend. To see our full event calendar, click here.

Millsap Farm Pizza Nights

Millsap Farm Pizza Night Springfield, Missouri

If you love farm-to-table dishes, Millsap Farm located north of Springfield is serving up wood-fired pizzas every Thursday night from May-October. Their delicious wood-fired pizzas are cooked in their handmade New Mexico style horno wood-fired earthen oven at 800 degrees taking less than two minutes to cook. The pizzas are served buffet style where they offer four types of pizza every week; three pizzas topped with their seasonal produce, plus a cheese option. Grab some pizza slices, set up a picnic blanket and relax under the trees while listening to some live music. Tickets are $17 a person for all you can eat pizza. Kids 4-12 are $6.50 and children under 3 are free.

When: Thursdays May–October, 2024

Where: 6593 Emu Lane, Springfield 

Pickwick Street Fair

Pickwick Street Fair

Come and enjoy over 50 local artists, crafters, musicians, eateries and more benefiting the Rountree PTA and Rountree Corner at Pickwick Street Fair. The event will showcase local talented artisans and art demonstrations. Admission is free!

When: 10 a.m.–5 p.m., June 8, 2024

Where: Pickwick & Cherry Street

Ozarks Pridefest

Ozarks Pridefest 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! Daya Betty, a Season 14 performer on RuPaul’s Drag Race, will make an appearance. This event is free to attend!

When: June 8, 2024

Where: Park Central Square, Springfield

Juneteenth Citywide Celebration

Juneteenth 2024

Join us in Springfield, Missouri, this year to commemorate Juneteenth with multiple citywide events. Unite and celebrate delicious cuisine, awe-inspiring live performances, vibrant concerts and our thriving black-owned businesses in Southwest Missouri.

When: June 14–16, 2024

Where: Multiple Locations

Taste of SoMo

Taste of SoMo

Taste of SoMo is an outdoor food sampling event in the downtown square that showcases the diverse restaurant scene in Southwest Missouri. Patrons can vote for their favorite restaurants in several categories. Award winners will receive bragging rights and an award to display at their restaurant. Food samples will be complemented by tastes of the region’s beer, live music, market vendors and more.

When: 11 a.m.–3 p.m., June 22, 2024

Where: Park Central Square, Springfield

White Hart Renaissance Festival

White Hart Renaissance Faire

Step back in time and experience the Renaissance come to life at the White Hart Renaissance Faire. Journey into a world of armored combat battles, captivating dance performances, majestic Birds of Prey displays, and live music from seven diverse musical groups. Discover unique treasures and one-of-a-kind handmade crafts from over 50 skilled artisans and vendors, offering everything from jewelry and clothing to swords and pottery. Tickets are $5–$10. Children 5 and under are free.

When: June 8–9, 15–16, 22–23

Where: 5651 State Hwy F, Hartville

18th Annual Ozark Balloon Glow

Ozark Balloon Glow

See the 18th Annual Ozark Balloon Glow at the Finley River Park in downtown Ozark. Several hot air balloons will inflate just after dark, providing a fantastic light display against the night sky. Balloons are tethered to the ground and do not take flight, so attendees can enjoy a 60 to 90-minute light show, pending weather and wind speeds. All attendees can see the very large and exquisite balloons close up, visit with the pilots and get in the basket to help keep the balloons inflated. This event is free to attend.

When: 8:45 p.m. June 21, 2024

Where: 891-961 N. Riverside Road, Ozark

Free Movies at Jordan Valley Park

Jordan Valley Park Movies

A great evening family activity happening this summer is the free, family-friendly movie screenings at Jordan Valley Park! Each movie will have themed concessions and crafts available, so all you have to worry about is bringing your own seating. Movies begin at dusk.

When: June 21, July 19, Aug. 16

Where: 635 E. Trafficway St., Springfield

Moe’s Tavern Pop-Up

The Famous Moe’s Tavern from The Simpson’s is popping up near Springfield, Missouri. Come on into your favorite fictional bar from the cartoon. Grab a seat at the bar and have a beer, catch a crank call, play some pool or try your hand at the Love Tester.

When: July 22, 2024

Where: 9003 Sawgrass Ave., Nixa

RubleCon Comic, Toy & Collectibles Convention

Attend RubleCon at Relics Event Center! RubleCon is a yearly comic book, games and toys convention in Springfield. Admission is $4, children ten and under are free!

When: 9 a.m.–4 p.m., July 20, 2024

Where: 2015 W. Battlefield Road Suite E., Springfield

Tent Theatre

Tent Theatre

Tent Theatre has been a Missouri State University tradition for over 60 years. See various shows and performances throughout the summer at the new John Goodman Amphitheater, all while snacking on concessions of locally made treats. The theater is open and accessible to everyone, so your whole group of friends or family can enjoy it. Upcoming shows include:

Cardinals Games

Springfield Cardinals Game

Springfield Cardinals games are a classic Springfield pastime. Game days can have fun themes to go along with them, adding another layer of immersive entertainment. On top of the themes, Friday games have fireworks to end the night, dazzling the summer night sky and viewers alike. Here are all the dates of home games you can attend this summer.

  • June 11–16

  • June 25–30

  • July 4–6

  • July 9–14

  • July 23–28

  • Aug. 6–11

  • Aug. 20–25

Farmers Markets

Farmers Markets

Southwest Missouri is home to several different farmers’ markets. Visit the markets below during the summertime.

C-Street Market

  • Saturdays 9 a.m.–2 p.m.

  • Thursdays 4–8 p.m.

Farmers Market of the Ozarks

  • Saturdays 8 a.m.–1 p.m. (Spring-Fall)

Greater Springfield Farmers’ Market 

  • Saturdays 8 a.m.–noon (year–round)

  • Tuesday & Thursday 8 a.m.–noon (April–Oct.)

Metro Eats

  • Saturdays 9 a.m.–2 p.m.

Ozarks Farmers Market

  • Thursdays 3–7 p.m. (May-September)

Ozark Empire Fair

Ozark Empire Fairgrounds

For the event of the summer, head to the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds for fair food, amusement rides, concerts and more for the 88th Annual Ozark Empire Fair. Adult general admission is $15, and children general admission (ages 6-11) is $5. 

When: July 25–Aug. 3

Where: 3001 N. Grant Ave., Springfield

Summer Nights at Silver Dollar City

Summer ends with a party during Summer Nights at Silver Dollar City. Summer Nights features limited-time entertainment, rides into the night during extended ride hours and more!

When: July 13–Aug. 4

Where: 399 Silver Dollar City Pkwy, Branson

Blue Room Comedy Club

Blue Room Comedy Club Ad

See national touring comedians perform on the Blue Room Comedy Club stage every Friday and Saturday night this summer. See a full performance schedule here.

Where: 420 W. College St., Springfield

Birthplace of Route 66 Festival

Birthplace of Route 66 Festival Springfield, Missouri

Head to downtown Springfield to celebrate the birthplace of Route 66 with live music, a Route 66 parade, a car show, history exhibits, and shopping and dining opportunities. This event is free for everyone to attend!

When: Aug. 8–10, 2024

Where: Downtown Springfield

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