40 Fun Things to Do in Springfield this June

June 1, 2018

From craft shows to car shows and everything in between, June is chocked full of great events for you and your family to attend! There are some big performances coming to town too! There’s this couple who makes country music you might’ve heard of, their names are Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. They’ll be at JQH arena this month! The Phantom of the Opera is also starting its run this month at Juanita K. If you’re looking for some things to do, you’ve got plenty of choices! Here are some of our favorites.

First Friday Art Walk

When: Friday June 1, 6 p.m.

Where: Park Central Square, Park Central Square.

Photo courtesy of Springfield Conventions and Visitors Bureau

Photo courtesy of Springfield Conventions and Visitors Bureau

24+ participating venues in downtown Springfield. Original art, artist receptions, live art demonstrations, hands-on art activities and more. 417-862-2787, ext. 25; http://www.itsalldowntown.com/

9th Annual Night of Champions Trivia

When: Friday June 1, 6-9 p.m.

Where: Oasis Hotel & Convention Center, 2456 N. Glenstone Ave.

The night will consist of dinner, trivia, silent & live auction and our signature dessert & plant auctions. There will be unique auction items and lots of door prizes. A table of 8 is $250 and there is always room for individuals at $35. 417-890-1599

Old-Time Music Festival

When: Friday June 1, 2-8 p.m.

Where: West Plains Civic Center, West Plains.


The two-day festival seeks to celebrate, preserve, pass on and nurture an appreciation of the old-time music and folk life traditions distinctive to the Ozark Highlands. Admission is free. oldtimemusic.org

The Phantom Of The Opera

When: Friday June 1, 8 p.m.

Where: Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts, 525 S John Q Hammons Parkway.

Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s phenomenal musical success. Parking $10. $35-$135

SGF Chalk Art Festival

When: Friday June 1, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Where: ideaXfactory, 351 N. Boonville Ave.

Photo courtesy of the Springfield News-Leader

Photo courtesy of the Springfield News-Leader

Featured artists will begin drawing at 10 a.m. on the MSU Brick City parking lot behind the ideaXfactory, 351 N. Boonville Ave. The public is invited to find a spot and join our drawing community. The event is free, all ages are welcome, and we will provide the chalk.

Silver Dollar City Summer Concert Series Opens

When: All June

June opens with the return of the Summer Concert Series in Echo Hollow, featuring superstar bands from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s, including Three Dog Night, Exile, Atlanta Rhythm Section, The Buckinghams and Blood, Sweat & Tears, plus local favorite Members Only. Concerts are presented Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights June 1-3 and 8-10 in Echo Hollow Amphitheatre.* One-day tickets are $65 plus tax for adults, $54 plus tax for kids age 4-11, $63 for ages 62 and up, with 3 and under free. www.silverdollarcity.com800-831-4FUN(386).

14th Annual Rock House Music Festival

When: Saturday June 2, 1:30-11 p.m.

Where: Reeds Spring City Hall, 22601 Main St., Reeds Spring


Variety of vendors, arts and crafts, beer vendors and a variety of drinks (alcohol and non-alcohol) for purchase on site. No smoking, no glass will be permitted on the festival grounds. No alcohol can be brought onto the festival grounds. Bring your own lawn chairs and spend the day with us. $25 in advance $30 at the door 12 and under free. This is a rain or shine event. No refunds. For more information go towww.rockhousecenterforthearts.org or call 417-272-8386

2018 Springfield’s Annual Rock & Gem Fair

When: Saturday June 2, 10 a.m., Springfield’s Annual Gem Fair

Where: 2327 W Farm Road 190.

Vendors selling rocks, minerals, gems, fossils, unique jewelry, used lapidary equipment, etc. will be set up outdoors on the Missouri Institute of Natural Science grounds. 417-501-9690

37th Annual Kids Fishing Fun Day

When: Saturday June 2, 8 a.m.

Where: Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park, 3825 W. Farm Road 146.


A morning of learning and fishing in our stocked pond. Kids may catch and keep up to three fish. Kids weigh their fish and learn how to clean them with Mo. Dept. of Conservation. Bring your own bait and gear. Space is limited. Register by May 31 at ParkBoard.org. No event day registration. Free. 417-864-1049

CoxHealth Medical Mile & 5K Walk/Run

When: Saturday June 2, 7:30 a.m.

Where: The Meyer Center at CoxHealth, 3545 S. National Ave.

Rain or Shine (sorry no refunds it’s a fundraiser) Mile begins at 7:15 a.m. and 5K at 7:45 a.m. Proceeds benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Mile $20. 5K $25. https://runsignup.com/Race/MO/Springfield/MedicalMile5KWalkRun

Festival on the Edge

When: Saturday June 2, 8 a.m.-3, 4 a.m.

Where: Sky Eleven Building, 331 Park Central E.


A day of food, fun and activities that take place in the shadow of the Sky Eleven building. Food vendors, including Village Inn (pancake breakfast 8-10 a.m.) & Druff’s all day. Beer garden, bloody mary bar, festival games, baggo tournament, kid zone, raffle, face painting & balloon art. All to benefit Child Advocacy Center. 417-831-2327

Lunafest: a festival of short films by, for, about women

When: Saturday June 2, 3-6 p.m.

Where: Springfield Art Museum, 1111 E Brookside Drive.

A lovely afternoon of food, films, friends, and discussion, benefiting OACAC programs and projects along with Chicken & Egg Pictures. Not recommended for attendees under age 14. $13-$15. 417-862-4314.

Republic Food Truck Rodeo

When: Saturday June 2, 3-6 p.m.

Where: Calvary Baptist of Republic, 804 US Highway 60 W, Republic.


We will have several food trucks set up in the parking lot and food tickets will be $5 each with a portion of the proceeds going to the RPRC. One ticket = one sample from the food truck of your choice. repmofoodtruckrodeo@gmail.com

Rescue One Canine Classic Golf Tournament

When: Saturday June 2, 8 a.m.

Where: Rivercut Golf Course, 2850 W Farm Road 190.

Play in a four-person scramble at a beautiful golf course. Enjoy lunch on us. Win some cash/prizes and love on some adoptable dogs. Not a golfer? Not to worry! Rescue One has a multitude of sponsorship opportunities that don’t require you to chase that dimpled ball. Curious about how this event will help out so many dogs in/around Springfield? Feel free to contact the event coordinator, Ellen Dowdy, at (417) 425-3223 orRescueOneFosters@gmail.com

Picnic at The End of The Universe

When: Sunday June 3, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Where: Phelps Grove Park, 950 E Bennett St.


A once-a-year gathering of food, fun, fellowship and geeky fun. Our sponsors pay for hot dogs, hamburgers, buns, condiments, and grill materials. We ask everyone else to bring a side dish or some sort of snack to share with all. Also we have a “bring something / leave something” table. Clear out the closet of those old books, DVDs, games that you don’t want anymore. Bring them to the table and pick up something in exchange. 417-616-3101

Free Wednesday Concerts at Noon

When: Wednesday, June 6, noon

Where: Founders Park, 330 E Water St.

Chris Cory, folk blues. Free. www.parkboard.org

Pup Crawl on C-Street 2018

When: Thursday, June 7, 4:30-8:30 p.m.

Where: Historic Commercial Street District, 101 E Commercial St.


The entire family, including the fur-kids, are invited to spend the evening having fun on C-Street and/or take part in the Official Pup Crawl Mutt Mile. Come enjoy dinner, drinks and activities planned. Many participating patios and outdoor seating can be found along the route. For more event details, email connie@tamepetmag.com or call 417-830-8121.

Todd Glass

When: June 7-9,  7:30 p.m., Blue Room Comedy Club

Where: 541 E St Louis St.

This is our show celebrating our 2-year anniversary and we are pulling out all the stops for this show. Tickets purchased in April are $25 GA and $30 VIP. In May tickets go up to $30 GA and $35 VIP. 417-986-4866

All Shook Up: The Hits of Elvis

When: June 8-24

Where: Springfield Little Theatre at the Landers, 311 E Walnut.


Built around 24 songs made famous by Elvis Presley, All Shook Up tells the story of a small town girl with big dreams and the leather-jacketed, motorcycle-riding stud who changes everything. $16-$36. 417-869-3869

Family Fridays in the Garden

When: Friday June 8, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center, 2400 S Scenic Ave.

“Sunset Stroll” Bring the whole family out on select Friday nights this summer to discover the plants, animals, and history of the garden. Meet on the rooftop garden. Free. 417-891-1515 ext 2.

Queen City Riot 2018

When: Saturday June 9, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Where: American Legion Post 639, 2660 S Scenic Ave.


Huge outdoor car show with live music, food and vendors. A unique celebration of cars, history, art, culture and music that the whole family will enjoy. Spectators $5. Children 15 and under free. Register your car at knuckledraggerscc.comhttp://www.post639.com

Artist Reception for LaDonna Greiner

When: Saturday June 9, 3 p.m.

Where: Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library, 2214 S Brentwood Blvd.

Photographer LaDonna Greiner will share the stories behind “Barns, Backroads & Byways,” her collection of outdoor photos that pay homage to areas of the Ozarks that are rapidly changing, and in some cases, disappearing. Free. 417-883-1974.

Family Concert in the Park

When: Saturday June 9, 3 p.m.

Where: Jordan Valley Park, 735 E. Trafficway.


The Springfield Symphony Orchestra presents a free family concert at Jordan Valley Park. Activities begin at 3 p.m., including an instrument petting zoo and kids’ art with the Springfield Regional Art Council. Performance begins at 4 p.m. Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets for an afternoon of music! Free. 417-866-7444

The Sports Commission Awards

When: Monday June 11, 6-9 p.m.

Where: Oasis Hotel & Convention Center, 2456 N. Glenstone Ave.

The Springfield Sports Commission and the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame are teaming up to continue a grand awards show for the top high school athletes from across southwest Missouri. $30. 417-889-3100


When: Wednesday June 13, 8-10 p.m.

Where: Missouri State University’s Tent Theatre, 1147 E. Grand St.


1950’s Baltimore, the conservative squares face off against the leather-clad delinquents in this rockabilly musical based on John Waters’ cult film. Standard seats $15-$19. Premium seats $25-$28. 417-836-7678 or TentTheatre@MissouriState.edu

2nd Annual Summer Solstice Art Fair

When: Saturday June 16, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Where: Lafayette Park, 802 E. Atlantic.

The Moon City Creative District, in partnership with the Park Board, presents this white-tent, juried art show at Lafayette Park. Features 20 regional artists: jewelers, potters, wood turners, printmakers, painters, fiber artists, and more. Join us for fine art, food vendors and live music with a distinctly neighborhood feel. Free. mooncitycreativedistrict.com

Car and Bike Classic 2018 FAST

When: Saturday June 16, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Where: Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, 1001 E Primrose.


The Car and Bike Classic 2018 FAST event will help raise funds for our stroke patients.If you want to bring your car or bike to the show or sponsor the event please contact us at 269-4169. Free.

Greater Ozarks Pridefest 2018

When: Saturday June 16, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Where: Park Central Square.

A celebration of equality, diversity, and community with live music, vendors, and activities. Free. sgfpride.comhttp://www.itsalldowntown.com/

River Jam 2018

When: Saturday June 16, noon-9 p.m.

Where: Finley River Park, 891-961 N Riverside Road, Ozark.


We are gathering to celebrate local water through hands-on, interactive activities, live music, beer & food stands, a crawdad boil, with the help from water-loving businesses and organizational booths. Adults $5. Kids 7-15 $3. Kids 6 and under free. www.jamesriverbasin.com

Step Up For Downs Syndrome 2018

When: Saturday June 16, 3-5 p.m.

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

Our theme this year is “All-American.” There will be lots of games, a cake-walk, superheroes, inflatables and of course lots of music and dancing. Vendors/companies are invited to take part in our resource fair. For tickets, please go to:www.ds-stride.org/dsgostepup.

The Turnt Up Tour: Chingy, Ying Yang Twins and Petey Pablo

When: Saturday June 16, 8 p.m.

Where: Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central E.


$35-$75. 417-863-9491http://gillioz.org

Father’s Day at the Zoo

When: Sunday June 17, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: Dickerson Park Zoo, 3043 N Fort.

Fathers receive free admission all day. 471-833-1570

Free Wednesday Concerts at Noon

When: Sunday June 17, noon

Where: Founders Park, 330 E Water St.

Photo courtesy of 417 Magazine

Photo courtesy of 417 Magazine

Charlie Rosenbury, singer/guitarist. Free.www.parkboard.org

2 Hip Chicks Road Show

When: Friday June 22, noon-7 p.m.

Where: Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, 3001 N Grant Ave.

Tons of vendors with booths from boutiques, up-cycled, salvaged vintage, jewelry, shabby chic, kids, re-purposed furniture, antiques, good ol’ junk and lots more. $5. 12 and under free. 612-888-3002.

Ride On Bike Ride 2018

When: Saturday June 23, 7 a.m.-1 p.m.

Where: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 2200 W. Republic Road.


Ride On Third Annual Bike Ride is an exhilarating 13, 26, 53, and 64 mile bicycle riding event. Food courtesy of Nonna’s Italian Cafe, and beer provided by Mother’s Brewing. Small breakfast provided. Proceeds benefit Friends of Abilities First, a non-profit organization 501(c)(3) that assists with the growing needs and expenses of people with developmental disabilities in Greene County. Riders-preregistered: $30, Day of Event: $35. After Party only tickets: $10. 417-886-0404 or http://www.abilitiesfirst.net/

Summer SnowFest

When: Saturday June 23, noon-4 p.m.

Where: Jordan Valley Park, 735 E. Trafficway.

SnowFest features a mountain of snow from Mediacom Ice Park, as well as entertainment, interactive games, snowman building contests and bounce house. The Springfield Regional Arts Council partners to present Free Art Day, with interactive art projects. Bring the whole family, and your mittens, and play in the snow. Free. 417-866-7444

Taste of SoMo

When: Saturday June 23, 1-7 p.m.

Where: Park Central Square.


Your chance to sample and vote on southwest Missouri’s best flavors. Enjoy a day of delicious cuisine, beer sampling, learning stations, live music and more. Food sampling from 1-5 p.m. Live music, food truck dining and beer until 7 p.m. Free admission. Food sampling tickets $10 for 10.itsalldowntown.com/tasteofsomo

Peter and the Starcatcher

When: Thursday June 28, 8-10 p.m.

Where: Missouri State University’s Tent Theatre, 1147 E. Grand St.

The Tony-winning play, based on the best-selling novels, upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan boy becomes the legendary Peter Pan. Standard seats $15-$19. Premium seats $25-$28. 417-836-7678 orTentTheatre@MissouriState.edu

Tim McGraw & Faith Hill

When: Friday June 29, 7:30 p.m.

Where: JQH Arena, 901 S National Ave.


Soul2Soul World Tour. Ticket Prices: $119.50, $89.50, $69.50 plus fees. www.missouristatetix.comor 417-836-7678

Harry Potter Trivia

When: Saturday June 30, 1-3 p.m.

Where: Library Center, 4653 S Campbell.

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the U.S. release of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” by showing off your Harry Potter expertise as you compete in teams of 2-4 for your chance to win the house cup. Registration starts June 4; 417-616-0526 to register.

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