Springfield’s culinary scene is known for its vibrant regional flavors, farm-fresh ingredients and talented chefs. One of the best ways to sample the city’s offerings is to explore the local food festivals. Here are some tasty food and drink events coming up in 2024 you won’t want to miss!

Ozarks Beerfest

Ozarks Beerfest 2024

Ozarks Beerfest is the region’s largest beer festival, featuring unlimited samples of over 200 craft brews and seltzers, ciders, and non-alcoholic beers. Games, food, music, raffles, and much more will be going on, and all proceeds will support Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Ozarks!

When: 12–4 p.m. April 27, 2024

Where: 3001 N. Grant Ave., Springfield

International Food Carnaval

Hispanic Networking Group in The Ozarks will be showcasing diverse culinary delights from around the world at the C-Street City Market for International Food Carnaval. Admission is free!

When: 12–6 p.m., April 28, 2024

Where: 321 E. Commercial St., Springfield

Taco De SoMo

Southern Missouri's premiere taco competition, taco lovers gather to share their universal love for tacos as well as raise money to help local families caring for loved ones with developmental disabilities. Enjoy margaritas, Mexican cuisine and music.

When: 6–9 p.m. May 2, 2024

Where: 2144 E. Republic Road, Springfield

Corndog Kickoff

Corndog Kickoff

Enjoy all your fair food favorites at the 9th Annual Corndog Kickoff at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds. One price will get you endless fair food and beverage tasting plus live entertainment by local artists.

When: May 4, 2024

Where: 3001 N. Grant Ave., Springfield

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: 118122 Park Central Square, Springfield

MO Food Truck Fest

The MO Food Truck Fest is one of Missouri's largest food truck gatherings each year. Dozens of food trucks line up at the fairgrounds, ready to serve hungry patrons, plus there’s live music.

When: Sept. 14, 2024

Where: 3001 N. Grant Ave., Springfield

Cider Days

Cider Days 2023

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 at all kinds of vendors and enjoy live music. You can’t leave without trying some homemade apple cider.

When: September 21–22, 2024

Where: Historic Walnut Street, Springfield


Sample thousands of wings with live music from some of the Midwest’s best bands performing all day long at Wingapalooza. All wing samples are free with paid admission.

When: 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Nov. 2–3, 2024

Where: 635 E. St. Louis St., Springfield

Honorable Mentions

Missouri Beef Days

Missouri Beef Days 2024

A week long celebration just a short drive from Springfield, Missouri Beef Days is a celebration of all things beef in Bolivar, Missouri. Attend several tasting events throughout the week such as beef and wine pairings and beef and bourbon pairings.

When: May 4–11, 2024

Where: Bolivar, Missouri

Japanese Fall Festival

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 artisan booths featuring wares authentic to Japanese culture, many Japanese restaurants and vendors will share their cuisine at the festival.

When: Sept. 6–8, 2024

Where: 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield

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