A Complete Guide to Fall Festivals in the Ozarks!

September 13, 2017

Can you believe it’s already September? This year has flown by so far.  Pretty soon, the weather will start to cool off and the leaves will begin to change color. It’s one of the most beautiful seasons in the Ozarks for sure, but it’s also a season for festivals! Plan your schedule early for this fall’s festivals and celebrations with this handy list from KY3 and our list below!

Mo Food Truck Fest 2017


When: Saturday, September 16th, at 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Where: 735 E. St. Louis Street, Springfield Mo

If you love trying new food and pigging out on some of your old favorites, this is the festival for you! There are 26 different food trucks scheduled to appear from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday with everything from gourmet hot dogs to gourmet coffee and wood-fired pizza to authentic English pasties.  The foodies of Springfield will be out in full force.  Don’t miss it this FREE event!


56th Annual Steam-O-Rama


When: Thursday, September 14th at 7:00 AM to September 17th at 4:00 PM

Where: 7175 W Farm Road 170, Republic, Missouri
This is the 56th year of the Ozark Steam Engine Association‘s Steam-O-Rama in Republic.  It’s a three day festival celebrating everything steam engine.  There’s tons to do for kids and adults alike.  Some super-cool steam powered engines and other machines. Just a few of the things you can expect to see at Steam-O-Rama: Good old fashioned country music, tractor basketball, a steam powered bubble machine, vintage trucks and tractors, and of course, plenty of amazing steam engines!



When: September 16 & 17

Where:  Historic Walnut Street, Springfield, Missouri

Arts and crafts, hands on activities for kids, stage performances and real apple cider–this is a famous fall Springfield event! The 19th Annual Cider Days on Historic Walnut Street will be held on September 17th and 18th from 10am-5pm on both days. Admission is $4 and kids under 10 are free. Historic Walnut Street is lined with artists and creators from all over the Ozarks selling works including jewelry, pottery, glass, wood-work, furniture and much more!

Iron Chef 2017 at Farmer’s Park

Saturday, September 23 at 9 AM – 1 PM

Farmer’s Market of the Ozarks is putting on an Iron Chef inspired event at Farmer’s Park in which market-goers will be able to try the competing chefs’ dishes! They’ll be tasked with creating three dishes with an ingredient from right there in the market! They’ll also be benefitting Ozarks Food Harvest. Every $1 donated provides four meals.
Saturday, September 23 at 12 PM – 11 PM
With six acts in one day, the Heart of America Music Festival is one of the bigger country music events this year in Springfield. Local favorites like Justice Adams Band and Lyal Strickland will surely draw a large crowd at Harrison Stadium on the campus of Drury University.  Cody Jinks, Whitey Morgan, The Statesboro Revue and the Mark Chapman Band will all grace the stage as well in a full day of country music appreciation!

57th Annual Black Walnut Festival


When: Sep 27 at 6 PM to Sep 30 at 11:55 PM

This longstanding festival in Stockton, Missouri is not one to overlook. It’s got live music, featuring performances from two local stars Laura Ashley and Ryan Collins. It’s got a cutest baby competition. It’s got a carnival. It’s got a parade. It’s got everything! Also, check out the competition between culinary students at OTC and MSU squaring off in a black walnut-themed, Chopped-style bake off.

Springfield Jazz Festival



When: Saturday, September 30, 2017

Where: Downtown Springfield, Park Central Square, Gillioz Theater

Downtown Springfield will host the 8th annual Jazz Festival this September! It’s a free event, celebrating the beauty of jazz.  More than a dozen performers will grace the stages in Park Central, culminating with performances by Herb Alpert and Lani Hall at the Gillioz!



When: September 30th, October 1st

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

Where else can you find German style brats & pretzels, hear live music and sample tons of different beers, all in downtown SGF? None other than Oktoberfest! On October 1st, gates open at 11am on Park Central Square for beer sampling and live music throughout the day in celebration of the 7th Annual Oktoberfest Village. Grab a couple friends and head out for this awesome event to kick off the fall season.


Smokin’ the Ozarks EGGfest 2017


When: Saturday , September 30, 2017 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Where: 882 W Tracker Road, Nixa, MO 65714

An entire festival held in honor of the Big Green Egg? Count us in. You can pretty much put anything on a Big Green Egg and it’ll turn out delicious.  This festival also benefits the Abou Ben Adhem Shriners and their Keystone Kops Unit in Springfield. This group of shriners provides transportation and lodging to families during their care at Shriner hospitals.

44th Annual Ozark Arts & Crafts Show

The potter on a potter's circle makes a vase

When: October 6th, 7th & 8th, 2017

Where: Finley River Park, 600 N 3rd St, Finley, Missouri

Every year since 1974, the GFWC Utopia Club of Ozark puts on its Arts & Crafts show. It features as many as 350 different vendors showing off their wares and sees thousands of visitors. The items for sale vary widely from western decor to pottery and plenty more!


2017 Ozark Fall Farmfest

When: October 6th, 7th & 8th, 2017

Where: Ozark Empire Fairgrounds

The 38th annual Fall Farmfest will be held at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds in October and it will huge! Word on the street is that there will be 800 booths and more than 500 head of cattle on the grounds! According to Brittany Gillig, Ozark Empire Fair agricultural director, there will be all sorts of vendors, including home décor, lawn furniture, cosmetics, clothing and apparel.


Republic Pumpkin Daze

When: Saturday, October 7

Where: North & Main, Republic, Missouri

It all started with a 400-lb pumpkin.  A Canadian man submitted a giant pumpkin to the world fair in 1900 and the nation was amazed. Ninety-two years later Republic, Missouri became the home of the World Pumpkin Federation Weigh-Off in which growers from all over would compete for the title of largest pumpkin.  Pumpkin Daze still honors the legacy of giant pumpkin growing, but it has also become a much-loved local event.  People from all over the Ozarks get together for hamburgers, hot dogs, ice cream and of course, to check out some huge pumpkins!




When: Saturday, October 14 at 11 AM – 3 PM

Where: Ozark Empire Fairgrounds
Join us for the 5th Annual Ozarks Bacon Fest – A salute to Bacon, Beer & Bourbon!
It’s a 4 HOUR bacon-infused wonderland where attendees samples amazing creative bacon inspired appetizers (some folks just hand out stips of bacon!) from the Ozark’s best restautants and enjoy craft and micro beers, and spirits to wash it all down, along with live music and vendors on hand offering cool items for sale make this an awesome day celebrating all things BACON!

23rd Annual Art in the Park

When: October 14, 15

Where: Sequiota Park, Springfield, Missouri

This free-to-the-public event is put on by the Springfield Park Board and has been a big hit in the area for more than two decades. Contemporary arts and crafts will be on display at Sequiota Park the second weekend of October this year. You’ll see all sorts of different works including painting, drawing, and printmaking, fine jewelry, woodworking, pottery and ceramics, fiber and textiles, sculpture, and glass.  If you love art, this is a great one to attend!


Willard’s Our Town Fall Festival & Country Show

When: Saturday, October 21, 2017

Where: Willard Intermediate Schoolgrounds

Willard is an awesome town, located just north of Springfield. The people there have great pride in their community and this festival is a celebration of their town. This year marks the fourth time they’ve held the festival and this year, they’ll have a special addition, a vintage camper expo! You’ll also find all sorts of shopping and even a stage for entertainment!




When: October 21


Dogs and little kids in costumes?! What gets better than that? On October 21 of this year is Springfield’s pet-themed extravaganza! Two blocks of Historic Commercial Street (between Robberson and Campbell) will be sectioned off for the event which includes trick or treating for both kids and pups, marshmallow roasting, inflatables, games, food, music and more. Bring your chairs and enjoy the day!



Nixa Chili Cook-Off & Fall Fest

When: October 21st | 12:00 PM – 9PM
Where: 1528 N Main Street Nixa MO

This all day event figures to be a big draw in Nixa this October. First things first, it’s a chili cookoff, so you’ll want to come with an empty stomach.  It’s also a seven hour long chili cook off, so you’ll have lots of chances to try different varieties. There’s also a craft festival on the premises and live music by Splinter Middleton. Adults can also enjoy a beer and wine garden after a few bowls of chili! All the proceeds raised from the Nixa American Legion.


Wingapalooza 17

photo by Guillermo Hernandez-Martinez for the Springfield News-Leader

photo by Guillermo Hernandez-Martinez for the Springfield News-Leader

When: Saturday, November 4 at 11 AM – 5 Pm

Where: Springfield Expo Center,  635 E St Louis St, Springfield, MO 65806

America’s oldest wing festival returns to Springfield this Saturday for it’s 17th year!  Springfield Sertoma and Youngblood Auto are proud to present one of the biggest food festivals in the area.  An estimated 100,000 wings will be given out at the Springfield Expo Center from more than 30 local bars and restaurants.  This is not something you’ll want to miss!


Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk


When: Thursday Nov. 23 at 8 a.m.

Where: Springfield Expo Center 635 E St. Louis Street

Every year thousands of people get together for the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. It’s one of the largest 5Ks in the state!  Last year, more than 7,000 people participated. Proceeds from the event benefit the Springfield-Greene County Park Board Scholarship Fund and the Developmental Center of the Ozarks. The event also provides food to people in need via Ozarks Food Harvest.  It’s an all around great way to help out on a day that is dedicated to giving thanks for what we have.




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