Wondering what to do this fall in Springfield? Check out our Springfield, Missouri fall bucket list for ideas to make this season the best ever.
Pick Pumpkins At A Pumpkin Patch
Fall means pumpkin season! One of the most authentic experiences you can have with the whole family is picking pumpkins from a pumpkin patch. Several patches around the Ozarks are a great weeknight or weekend adventure. Check out our post Visit These Pumpkin Patches Around Springfield for a complete list.
Visit An Apple Orchard
If you love apple pie or caramel apples, you can pick your own for all your delicious fall recipes this year. Here are some orchards just a few miles outside of Springfield:
Take A Haunted History Tour
If you love history and spooky spots, consider taking a haunted history tour at Pythian Castle.
Pythian Castle was built as an orphanage and retirement home for members of the Knights of Pythias and was later owned by the military and served as a prisoner of war camp. People report seeing, sensing and hearing spirits of the young and aged, especially in the basement.
This certified haunted castle offers ghost tours year-round. It’s been featured on several TV shows about haunted places, including “Ghost Adventures” on The Travel Channel.
Schedule your ghost tour at https://pythiancastle.com/ghosts-events.html.
Visit A Winery Or Brewery
Nothing says fall quite like fall brews. Visit several local wineries, breweries and distilleries to try their new cocktails, wines and other creations.
If you’re wondering where to go next, check out our Tap and Pour Craft Beverage Tour. Embark on a self-guided journey around the Ozarks to experience the region’s growing brewery, winery, and distillery scene. Download the pass to your phone and begin your journey.
Once you’ve collected 150 points on Ozarks Tap and Pour Tour (must include at least one brewery, one winery and one distillery), you’ll earn yourself a free Ozarks Tap and Pour collector T-shirt. Check out the pass for more information.
Take A Fall Foliage Tour
Photo by Allin Sorenson
Fall is a beautiful time to see the ranging colors of autumn. If you’re looking for a fun activity this year, check out breathtaking autumn colors at these parks and attractions around the Ozarks.
Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield
Smallin Civil War Cave
The Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden
The Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park
Dogwood Canyon Nature Park
Jordan Valley Park
Lost Hill Park
Ritter Springs Park
Top Of The Rock
Maple Park Cemetery
Attend A Fall Event
There are several fall events coming up in the Ozarks that you don’t want to miss. Here are a few noteworthy events you should try to attend around Springfield. Check out our fall festival guide for a more complete list.
Japanese Fall Festival
Attend the Japanese Fall Festival at the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden to celebrate Springfield’s sister city relationship with Isesaki, Japan. 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), concessions, live music and a candlelight walk.
When: Sept. 8-10, 2023
Head to Springfield’s Historic Walnut Street to celebrate the fall season at Cider Days. The two-day festival features live performances, delicious food, arts and crafts, and of course, apple cider.
When: Sept. 16-17, 2023
Where: Walnut Street Historic District in Springfield
Ozark Fall Farmfest
The Ozark Fall Farmfest is held annually on the first weekend of October at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds in Springfield, Missouri. With over 1,000 agricultural and rural living exhibits and more than 600 head of registered livestock on display, it has become the Ozarks’ largest agricultural event.
When: Oct. 6-8, 2023
Make A New Fall Decor Piece
Photo courtesy of AR Workshop
Instead of buying new fall decorations, make a one-of-a-kind piece! There are several spots in Springfield that allow you to make a custom piece to take home with you. Some include:
See A Scary Movie
Several locations in Springfield will show some new and nostalgic Halloween movies in September and October. Check out these theaters to see some of your favorite scary showings:
Throw Some Axes
Axe throwing is about as historical of a pastime as you can get. Test your aim and practice throwing a few tomahawks with your friends to see who is the better shot. Here are two places to throw axes:
Stay At A Cozy Bed & Breakfast
Photo courtesy of The Mansion at Elfindale
If you’re staying in Springfield, consider staying in one of Springfield’s cozy bed and breakfast locations: