21 Things to do in Springfield in November

November 1, 2018

Holiday season is nigh! People are getting their parties planned and their family gatherings scheduled, but there’s still tons of cool stuff to do when you’re not focused on the logistics of your Thanksgiving dinner! We’ve got big shows, festivals and plenty more on the docket in Springfield. Check out some of the coolest events this month!

Main Photo courtesy of the Springfield, MO Convention and Visitors Bureau



When: November 1-3, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Ellecor Design and Gifts

Get those Christmas shopping lists started with an open house at Ellecor. They’ve got tons of stuff for home decor lovers!


When: November 2-4 from 3 p.m.-7 p.m. each day

Where: The eFactory – 405 N Jefferson Ave

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Hack 4 Good Springfield connects designers and developers with community projects. Use your skills to help an area non-profit achieve greater impact through technology.


When: November 2nd and 13th from noon to 2 p.m.

Where: Springfield Art Museum – 1111 E Brookside Dr.

Join Museum Director Nick Nelson in the Museum’s Community Room for a lunch and learn informational session about the Museum’s 30 Year Master Plan. Hear all about the development of the plan and ask your questions about its potential impact on our community. Bring a brown bag lunch. The Museum will provide coffee/tea service. Free and open to the public.


When: November 2nd 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Where: Downtown Springfield

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The first Friday of each month brings hundreds of people to historic downtown Springfield for First Friday Art Walk, a Springfield cultural happening. Art lovers “Walk the Walk” throughout the Downtown Arts District, enjoying original art, music, demonstrations and performances in 28 gallery venues.


When: November 2nd, 5 p.m. to midnight

Where: The Riff

The competition will follow and it includes a nail tech, make-up artist competition. The hairshow will follow including an exciting student competition. The live barber battle will end the competition. Party into the night with the contestants.


When: November 2nd, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m

Where: Samuel Cedars Event Center – 5124 S Farm Rd 213

Want to be able to help a great non profit that trains service dogs for Veterans AND have a great time? Join us at our first annual CamoLot Ball Nov. 2nd 6pm-11pm at Samuel Cedars Event Center (5124 S Farm Rd 213, Rogersville, MO 65742) We will be having great guest speakers, including a Veteran speaker on how his dog changed his life, one of our offender trainers on how our prison program helped rehabilitate and transform his life and our keynote speaker SSgt Johnny Joey Jones. You will also get to witness one of our dogs seeing his offender trainer for the first time since being adopted! We will have dinner, dancing and silent disco!


When: November 2nd, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m

Where: 411 N Sherman Pkwy

This year we will lose an estimated 1 million of our loved ones to suicide – that’s 1 person every 40 seconds. In response to this rapidly growing epidemic, we are honored to announce ‘It Knows No Face – Portraits of Suicide Survivors’ by Randy Bacon. It Knows No Face — because suicide doesn’t discriminate — has a mission to bring hope and healing to the many people affected; a topic that for too long has been avoided, misjudged and misunderstood.


When: November 2nd, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m

Where: eFactory – 405 North Jefferson Avenue

Bright Ideas is a free evening of fast-paced presentations focused on sharing innovations relevant for the Springfield business community. It’s like TED Talks, only faster, more engaging, and with innovations that you can immediately use.


When: November 2nd, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m

Where: The Gillioz Theatre – 325 Park Central East

Jaron Myers is a powerhouse of unique and witty humor, combined with musical talent! His joy-filled, hilariously fun show has kept him busy with a tour calendar of over 200 shows last year! After leaving college in 2013, he began pursuing a dream of bringing a comedy show that would not only bring laughs, but also hope, to as many people possible. From his journey of weight loss, to his thoughts on Waffle House, dating, and baby talk, Jaron’s comedy is sure to have you rolling!



When: November 3rd, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where:  Springfield Expo Center – 635 East St Louis Street

Wingapalooza is the premier wing competition in the Midwest. Area restaurants and corporate teams compete for honor and prestige as they seek to earn the title “Best Wings in Springfield”

4500 Wing eating patrons from all over the area flock to Wingapalooza to receive samples from participating restaurants, food trucks and local while watching entertainment by the area’s best bands

In addition to great bands, Springfield Sertoma keeps the party going with concessions, a wing eating contest, raffles, silent auction items and a premium selection of mixed drinks and beer!


When: November 3rd – Jan. 1st

Where: Silver Dollar City

Christmas in Midtown takes holiday lighting to a new level, filling over an acre with 1.5 million LED lights — 145 miles of lights covering 70,000 square feet — in the Midtown area alone. Huge light tunnels and wreath portals lead into the area, which includes light displays 9 stories high, flying angels, running reindeer, moving trains, a 90-foot tree, musical trees with moving lights, dozens of stars and snowflakes, and a giant turning globe, all created at Silver Dollar City.



When: November 3rd 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Where:Downtown Ozark Square

Come celebrate Ozark’s 130th birthday! The block party will be held on the Ozark downtown square from 4:00-7:00pm. Festivities include music, games, an art walk, kids’ activities, food, a beer garden, car show, and more!

Do you have a classic car you love to show off? Bring it out to the Ozark Block Party! The People’s Choice Award winner will receive a $100 Signal gift card.



When: November 4th, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Where: Gillioz Theater – 325 Park Central East.

The Historic Gillioz Theatre is proud to present Blues Traveler – Accelerated Nation Tour on November 4th, 2018 at 8:00PM. Tickets start at $38 and go on sale Friday, June 29th at 10AM. 26 Club Members will have a pre-sale opportunity Thursday, June 28th from 10AM – 10PM.



When: November 9th, 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Where: Savoy Ballroom – 224 E Commercial St

“Join us on November 9th as we host our 3rd annual Double Dare fundraiser! Our interactive trivia night, based off the iconic American television game show, raises funds for local nonprofit Empowering Youth at Great Circle. Proceeds from the event help the organization provide counseling, crisis programs, support and care to southwest Missouri children and families in times of need.
Expect nothing but laughs and fun throughout each round including themed trivia rounds and minute-to-win-it style games that get teams up and moving around. Grab yourself and up to 10 of your friends and come have a blast with us all while supporting the kids of Great Circle!”


When: November 11th, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Hickory Hills Country Club – 3909 E Cherry St

Guests will enjoy festive finger foods and sweet treats to accompany their hot cocoa, a special abridged performance of The Nutcracker, a holiday boutique to kick off holiday shopping and raffle baskets including an American Girl doll, a family basket and something just for boys!


When: November 15th, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: Missouri Spirits – 507 West Walnut Street

Have you ever wondered what the idea behind the “unofficial” Springfield flag is? Us too! Join The Network to learn about the Springfield Identity Project and what sparked the idea to create this new icon for our community. John McQueary, owner of Hotel Vandivort, and Jeff Houghton, host/creator of The Mystery Hour, will be joining us to share about this cool and unique Springfield gem. Come ready to learn and ask questions!




When: November 15th, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Where:Reliable Lexus – 3521 E Sunshine St

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Toast to the Biz 100, a collection of the most influential business leaders in southwest Missouri and celebrate Biz 417’s Person of the Year over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Missed last year’s event? See photos here.


Springfield Creatives presents Remotely Possible

When: November 15th, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Departika – 210 W Commercial St

From hustling writers who help local businesses fill in the gaps to programmers whose work attire consists of sweatpants and their favorite anime slippers, this panel discussion will give you a peek inside the world of freelancers and remote workers.


When: November 22nd,  8 a.m. to 11 a.m.


Where:Springfield Expo Center – 635 East St Louis Street

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Turkey Trot is Springfield’s largest timed 5K run/walk of the year and the largest Thanksgiving Day 5K in Missouri, attracting more than 8,000 participants in 2017. Turkey Trot is held rain, snow or shine.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Springfield-Greene County Park Board Youth Recreation Scholarship Fund and the Developmental Center of the Ozarks. Turkey Trot also serves as one of the largest one-day food drives for Ozarks Food Harvest, which collected more than 10,000 pounds of food at the event in 2017.



When: November 23rd and every Thursday-Saturday until December

Where:Springfield Expo Center – 635 East St Louis Street

Based on the perennial holiday movie favorite,  A Christmas Story – The Musical chronicles young and bespectacled Ralphie Parker as he schemes his way toward the holiday gift of his dreams, an official Red Ryder® Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle (“You’ll shoot your eye out kid!”).  An infamous leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a maniacal department store Santa, and a triple-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the distractions that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas wish.




When: November 30th, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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

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