Celebrate Springfield is an effort to help our community have fun without going far. There are so many incredible opportunities in Springfield, Missouri right at our fingertips, but there are often barriers that stand in the way and prevent us from enjoying them. Through a variety of efforts, Celebrate Springfield is helping our community love where they live.
Breaking Down Barriers
There are many reasons that may prevent someone from trying something new: intimidation, the cost, lack of know-how or even time. Celebrate Springfield helps remove these barriers to make it easier for our community to enjoy all our hometown has to offer. For example, if you visit our website, you’ll find a page called, “Things To Do.” Here you can complete a filter that will populate opportunities for you based on the criteria you’ve entered, such as the amount of time you have, if it needs to be family-friendly, a free activity, etc.
When selecting an option, you’ll find answers to a number of questions you may have about that activity, like where to park, if there are restrooms, what all you can enjoy at that venue and more. We also partner with local businesses to help reduce the cost for experiences, like the Dickerson Park Zoo. On our website and social media, you’ll also find local events happening all over town that you may not be aware of if you aren’t already involved with that organization.
Helping Locals Love Their City
While there are so many great potential experiences one could enjoy in Springfield, we have decided to have themes each year. Last year our focus was on the outdoors, and this year we’re celebrating our incredible arts and culture programs.
Falling In Love With Arts & Culture
With a theme of arts and culture this year, we’ve worked hard to partner with a wide variety of organizations within those fields. On both our website and social media you’ll find information about special showings at Gillioz Theatre, exhibitions at the Springfield Art Museum, performances at Springfield Little Theatre, how to find Sculpture Walk pieces, information on the Japanese Fall Festival and more. There are also a lot of questions surrounding the performing arts, so Celebrate Springfield had videos created that will answer a lot of those questions, like what to wear, when to clap and where to purchase tickets to attend the Ozarks Lyric Opera, a performance at Juanita K. Hammons Hall, Springfield Ballet, or a show at The Moxie.
October 1st Event
On October 1st, Celebrate Springfield will host its second annual celebration! This free, family friendly event will showcase over 30 local art and culture groups at the Springfield Art Museum from 12-4 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from three local musical groups while watching aerialists, enjoy performances from five live performing arts groups, try a large variety of hands-on activities, and so much more! We will also have a special activity that, if completed, you will be entered into a number of drawings to win prizes so you can continue to experience the arts and culture in Springfield throughout the year.
All new this year, we will also be revealing interactive art pieces for our community to enjoy for years to come! Celebrate Springfield partnered with local artists to create these special pieces that will encourage individuals to enjoy the arts, the outdoors, Springfield culture and community members at the same time. We hope to see you there!
How You Can Get Involved
There are a number of ways you can get involved with Celebrate Springfield! Of course the most obvious one is to come to our celebration—don’t forget to bring your family and friends! Take advantage of the resources we’ve put together for you—check out our website and follow up on Instagram and Facebook. Another easy way to get involved is to simply share our mission and information on social media and with your friends. Perhaps you’d like to volunteer for our celebration on October 1st? We have a sign up, with the link below! Finally, if you or the company you work for would like to support our mission, consider becoming a sponsor of Celebrate Springfield.