You don’t want to miss these fall festivals and events. Here are a few fall events happening in Springfield, Missouri and surrounding areas.
The 49th Annual Seymour Apple Festival is an outside event that brings in 15,000 people from surrounding communities. During the festival, you can see 100+ craft vendors, free live entertainment, a 5K run, parade, Johnny Appleseed contest, and more.
When: 4-10 p.m., Sept. 9-12, 2021. Free.
In addition to numerous vendor and artisan booths featuring wares authentic to Japanese culture, guests will enjoy the Nihon bunka taiken tent (Japanese culture experience tent), the omiyage and dagashi tent (souvenirs and snacks tent), and concessions.
The festival offers cultural opportunities geared toward children, including an activity area featuring traditional Japanese games and crafts led by Japanese language students from Kickapoo High School and Japanese art activities led by the Springfield Regional Arts Council.
When: 5-10 p.m. Sept. 10, 2021, 11 a.m-10 p.m. Sept. 11, 2021, 11 a.m-6 p.m. Sept. 12, 2021. Adults $7-$10. Children $3.
Where: Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield, Missouri 65807
This festival is packed with everything from a parade and pageant to a carnival and craft show. Bakers can enter the Marionville pie contests where judges vote on the best slice of pie from apple to pumpkin.
When: 11 a.m-10 p.m. Sept. 17-18, 2021. Free.
You can start your exploration of the eerie with the Haunted History Walking tours available from the History Museum on the Square in Springfield. Get to know the city’s history and some of the spooky stories connected to it.
When: 5:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 17-Oct. 30, 2021. $15-$25.
Enjoy food and drinks from dozens of food trucks at the 7th Annual Food Truck Festival. Dine at your favorite truck and enjoy live music from local bands.
When: 11 a.m-7 p.m. Sept. 18, 2021. Free.
Where: Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, 3001 N. Grant Ave., Springfield, Missouri
The two-day fall festival features regional artists and crafters, live music and performances, incredible food and, of course, delicious apple cider.
When: 10 a.m-5 p.m., Sept. 18-19, 2021. $5.
Where: Walnut Street Historic District in Springfield
Groups will be escorted through dark hallways and secret spaces that have been hidden from the public for decades at the Landers Theatre. Experience the real-life encounters and bone-chilling past of the Historic Landers Theatre.
When: 6-11 p.m., Oct. 1-2, 2021. $30-$45.
The Ozarks Arts & Crafts Show attracts more than 350 vendors and thousands of visitors from many states each year. Purchase homemade goodies, crafts, home decor and more.
When: 9 a.m-6 p.m. Oct. 1-2, 2021, 9 a.m-4 p.m. Oct. 3, 2021. Free.
With over 1,000 agricultural and rural living exhibits and more than 500 livestock on display, the Ozarks Fall Farmfest has become the Ozarks’ largest agricultural event.
When: 9 a.m-5 p.m. Oct. 1-2, 2021, 9 a.m-4 p.m. Oct. 3. 2021. Free.
On the first Saturday in October everyone is welcome to compete in the largest pumpkin contest or other categories like largest watermelons, tomatoes and sunflowers. View giant fruits and vegetables, meet the growers, shop over 350 booths and munch on delicious snacks first seen at the 1904 World’s Fair.
When: 9 a.m-12 p.m. Oct. 2, 2021. Free.
Enjoy 400+ booths of crafts, fair food, live music, KidZone areas, wiener dog races, a car show and apple butter making.
When: 9 a.m-6 p.m. Oct. 8-9, 2021, 10 a.m-4 p.m. Oct. 10. Free.
Photo by Ethan Ruhland
Walk through Sequiota Park in Springfield, Missouri and view art by several local and out-of-town artists. Representation of artistic mediums, include painting, drawing, printmaking, fine jewelry, woodworking and woodturning, pottery and ceramics, fiber and textiles, sculpture, and glass.
When: 10 a.m-4:30 p.m., Oct. 9-10, 2021. Free.