30 Things to Do in Springfield this April

April 2, 2018

There’s no way you’ll end up bored this month in Springfield! There are so many awesome things going on and we’re hoping for weather to match! From fashion shows to festivals, April has something for everyone! Some big names are coming through too! Comedian Lewis Black, legendary rock band Bush, country music icon Clint Black and the incomparable Weird Al Yankovic will all be in town this month! Check out the full list below for fun ideas of things to do in Springfield, Missouri!




”Heathers, the Musical”

When: Thursday April 5, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Missouri State University, Craig Hall- Coger Theatre, 1147 E Grand St.

The dark comedy about popularity, love and angst. $18 for adults, $16 for students, $12 in advance with BearPass ID. 417-836-7678


Madagascar: A Musical Adventure Jr.

When: Thursday April 5, 7:30 p.m.

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

Featuring a talented youth cast and filled with outlandish characters, adventure galore, and an upbeat score. $11-$17. 417-869-3869


Bass Pro Paint the Run/Walk

When: Friday April 6, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Harrison Elementary School, 3055 West Kildee Lane.


Registration for this event will close Tuesday, April 3 at 11:59 PM. $15-$25.

First Friday Art Walk

When: Friday April 6, 6 p.m.

When: Park Central Square

19 participating venues featuring original art, artist receptions, live art demonstrations, hands-on art activities and more. 417-862-2787 Ext. 25 http://www.itsalldowntown.com/


4th Annual Four-State Guitar Show

When: Saturday April 7, 10 a.m.

Where: Shrine Mosque, 601 E St Louis St.


Buy, sell or trade new, used and vintage instruments with vendors from all over the country. $12. 417-499-2833



10th Annual 104.7 The Cave Bike Show

When: Saturday April 7, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: The Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, 3001 N Grant Ave.

Bikini contest. Bike giveaway. Register your bike(s) today for $15 – Day of event registration is $20 at the door. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place given in all classes in addition to Judges Choice and People’s Choice awards. www.1047thecave.com. Admission $5.


417 Fashionation 2018

When: Saturday April 7,  7 p.m.

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


Fashionation is much more than a show: Featuring a VIP pre-party, fashion show, runway seats, live music, pop-up shops and more. http://www.springfieldexpo.com/home.aspx


Animals of Harry Potter

When: Saturday April 7, 10:30 a.m.

Where: Library Center, 4653 S Campbell.

Join our friends from the Dickerson Park Zoo to meet and talk about animals that you might have read about in the Harry Potter stories, Then get creative with animal crafts and activities. Materials will be provided. All ages welcome. Free. 417-882-0714.


Blockbusters at the Library

When: Saturday April 7, 3 p.m.

Where: Fair Grove Branch Library, 81 S Orchard Blvd., Fair Grove.

For ages 13 and older. Hook. Rated PG. Free. 417-759-2637


National Zoo Lovers Day/Enrichment Eggstravaganza


When: Sunday April 8, 10 a.m.

Where: Dickerson Park Zoo, 3043 N Fort.

Watch the zoo animals “hunt” when zookeepers hide papier-mache eggs filled with treats. $8-$12. 417-833-1570


Show-Me Gourd Art Festival

When: Sunday April 8, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Where: The Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, 3001 N Grant Ave.

Open to the public. Gourd workshops are scheduled all weekend. A host of vendors will sell their wares. $5. Children under 12 free. 417-833-2660

Josh Turner

When: Thursday April 12, 7:30 p.m.

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

One of country music’s most recognizable hit-makers, with a rich deep voice and distinctive style, Turner has sold more than 8 million units. $39 to $72. HammonsHall.com or 417-836-7678.


Springfield Cardinals’ Home Opener

When: Thursday April 12, 7 p.m.

Where: Hammons Field, 955 E Trafficway.

20 (Springfield Cardinals at Hammons Field)

Gates open at 6:10 p.m. First Pitch at 7:10 p.m. After the game stick around for opening night fireworks.


2018 Carnival Of Ink

When: Friday April 13, 2-8 p.m.

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

$10-$25. 417-864-7333


SRO Presents: The Magic Flute

When: Friday April 13, 7:30 p.m.

Where:  Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central E.

The Gillioz is a historic venue built in 1926. As a result of this, the seating in the balcony is closer together than the seating in the orchestra section. If you or a member of your party is tall and require more leg room, we would advise purchasing tickets in the orchestra section. $28-$38. 417-863-9491 http://gillioz.org



Go Girl Run Half Marathon & 5K

When: Friday April 13, 7 a.m.-1 p.m.,

Where: 157 Park Central Square


Go Girl Run is an all women’s half marathon and 5k running series that celebrates women, health and fitness and local charitable organizations. Every participant gets a custom racer shirt, finisher medal, finisher wine glass, finisher certificates, delicious smoothies and more! Visit http://gogirlrun.com/ for more information


International Food Festival

When: Friday April 13, 6-9 p.m.

Where: Drury University, 900 N Benton Ave.

Hosted by Drury International Student Association. Food and cultural exhibitions by Drury students from more than 50 countries around the world. Join us in the Findlay Student Center Commons. $10 for any student. $15 for general public. http://www.drury.edu/


Stronger Men’s Conference

When: Friday April 13, 8 a.m.

Where: JQH Arena, 685 S John Q Hammons Parkway.

To register for this event, please visit www.strongermen.org. $99-$125.


Lewis Black

When: Friday April 13, 7 p.m.

Where: Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central E.


$49.50 – $59.50 Grammy Award-winning, stand-up comedian, is one of the most prolific and popular performers working today. His live performances provide a cathartic release of anger and disillusionment for his audience. $49.50-$59.50. 417-863-9491 http://gillioz.org


When: Monday April 16, 7 p.m.

Where: Shrine Mosque Auditorium, 601 St. Louis St.



$39.50-$59.50. 417-869-9164.

Clint Black

When: Thursday April 19, 6 p.m.

Where: Shrine Mosque Auditorium, 601 St. Louis St.


$34.50-$74.50. 417-869-9164


Springfield in the 50’s

When: Thursday April 19, 6 p.m.

Where: Midtown Carnegie Branch, 397 E Central St.

Learn about Springfield when it was an emerging city in the 1950’s from Local History Associate John Rutherford. Free. 417-882-0714


Weird Al Yankovic

When: Thursday April 19, 8 p.m.

Where: Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central E.


“Weird Al” Yankovic burst onto the scene over three decades ago and never looked back. For the first time in his storied career, the world’s foremost musical satirist foregoes his usual high-octane, big-production show for an intimate evening of music, focusing on original (non-parody) songs from his 14-album catalog. $49.50-$89.50 417-863-9491 http://gillioz.org


19th Annual Rock’n Ribs BBQ Festival

When: April 20-21, 5-11 p.m.

Where: The Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, 3001 N Grant Ave.

80 teams from all over come together to compete for the best Barbeque in a ‘Kansas City BBQ Society’ Sanctioned event. Be one of the thousands of samplers who enjoy chicken, pork and beef starting at 1 p.m. $10. Kids 12 and under free. rocknribs.com



Sock and Undie Rundie 5K Walk/Run

When: Saturday April 21, 7 a.m.

Where: FosterAdopt Connect, 509 S Cavalier


This chip-timed 5K run/walk supports one of the biggest needs at FosterAdopt Connect’s Sammy’s Window clothing closet: new socks and underwear for foster youth. Be an everyday superhero by donating new socks and undies as part of your registration fee. Then come to the 5K sporting your undies any way you want – on the inside, on the outside, or even by all themselves (modesty please, this is a pet and family-friendly event)! Longjohns and all superhero costumes are welcome too! $25+ Race day donation of new socks or underwear for foster and adopted youth. 417-866-3672


Springfield Symphony Presents: Revolutionary Beauty

When: Saturday April 21, 7:30-9 p.m.

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



We join forces with the choirs of Drury, Evangel, and Missouri State to perform some of the most beautiful pieces for choir and orchestra. $17-$36. 417-836-7678 or go online to www.missouristatetix.com

4th Annual Amazingly ME Self Esteem Conference

When: Thursday April 26,  6-8:30 p.m.

Where: Veridian Event Center, 309 South Ave

“Amazingly ME” is a pink carpet empowerment experience catered to young girls between the ages of 8 to 18. *All ages are welcomed* Our goal is to increase healthy self esteem, leadership skills, community and friendship. This one day event is inspiring, fun, interactive, educational and memorable. A full day of entertainment, speakers, gifts, vendors and refreshments. 417-501-1077

Bark in the Park

When: Thursday April 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Where: Phelps Grove Park, 950 E Bennett St.


Demonstrations, live music and other activities at the Canine Vendor Village. Proceeds benefit Cruse Dog Park. $10. parkboard.org/dog_park


2018 SW Missouri Heart Walk

When: Thursday April 269 a.m.-noon

Where: Hammons Field, 955 E Trafficway St.

Designed to promote physical activity and heart-healthy living, the Heart Walk creates an environment that’s fun and rewarding for the entire family. 417-881-1121


Sculpture Reveal Festival

When: Saturday April 282:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Where: Mother’s Brewing Company



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