Summer will be here before we know it and with it comes festival season! There are always tons of festivals, fairs and ceremonies to mark on your calendar during summer in the Ozarks. We took a look ahead and selected some of the coolest festivals we could find. It’s gonna be a great summer. Start your planning now!
Historic Walnut Street
This is the largest fine arts festival in Southwest Missouri and it happens right here in SGF! Artsfest starts May 5th at 10am and goes until May 6th at 5pm on Historic Walnut Street. Artsfest is one of the biggest and best events in Southwest Missouri–patrons come back year after year to browse the work of many talented artists, enjoy one of the first outdoor festivals of the spring, and take in the fantastic atmosphere. This year they are featuring 140 artists from 21 states, over 75 performance groups, delicious food from some of Springfield’s favorite restaurants and food vendors, and a hands-on kids area with activities including Chalk-It-Up and the Claymobile, a mobile ceramic arts workshop. Tickets are $5 the day of the event, but you can find $3 tickets at Springfield McDonald’s locations leading up to Artsfest! #artsfestonwalnut
Outdoor field next to the Expo Center
The Humane Society of Southwest Missouri and E.W. Scripps Company are coming together for the 3rd Annual Woofstock, Springfield’s grooviest pet adoption event! Woofstock starts on Saturday, May 5th at 10 am and goes until to 2 pm. The event is located on the lawn next to the Springfield Expo Center and is completely free! Some activities during the event include adoptable pets from animal rescue organizations and shelters, ‘The Mutt March’– a walk to help homeless pets find their forever home, pet contests, pet related vendors and businesses, food trucks, a puppy run/play area and live music! You are invited to bring your own pets to enjoy a day filled with fun activities, music, and food.
2278 Baker Creek Rd. – Mansfield, MO 65704
IF you’ve been thinking about starting a garden or shoring up the one you’ve got already, this is the festival for you. Thousands of plants will be showcased and plenty of experts will join them. You can learn how to take care of different kinds of plants in your own backyard! Plus, the festivals will have live music, speakers, craft makers and plenty more!
Central Christian Church
The Mid-Town Concert Series, a ministry of Central Christian Church, will present the Local Composer Festival on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. featured works by Springfield-based composers John Akins, Vicky Claborn, Edward L. Good, Will James, Susan LaBarr, Michael Payne, Pat Pennel, and Carlyle Sharpe. Performers include The Chancel and Handbell Choirs of Central Christian Church, Vicky Claborn, Lisa Christenson, Betsy Nace, Pat Pennel, Kristen Walker, and more.
Executive Conference Center
910 West Battlefield, Springfield, MO 65897
From noon to 8:00 p.m. on May 11th and 12th, you can check out all things metaphysical at the Executive Conference Center. Enjoy energy work, psychics, astrologers, healers, dream interpretation, tarot, dowsing, gem and crystal healing, massage, and so much more.
Main Street between Mo Hwy 14 (Mt. Vernon) and South Street
You didn’t think we’d forget about the festival that Nixa is famous for, did you? Sucker Days is one of the biggest events in Nixa every year. Started by a local barber named Finis Gold in 1957, Sucker Days is a celebration of the culture and lifestyle that Nixa residents have come to love over the past few decades. Gold orchestrated the festival based on the tradition of folks grabbing sucker fish and saving them up until there was enough for a community fish fry. Now, Sucker Days has grown into a wide variety of activity. Each year, vendors set up booths to show off their wares, sell food and invite musicians to perform for the city. There’s always lots to do with kids, including free inflatables and other fun stuff like face painting and games!
Jordan Valley Park
Come out to Jordan Valley Park to support the Springfield Dream Center with ATO’s Dream Fest! ATO’s Dream Fest is a community-wide, family-friendly fundraiser festival with food trucks, live music, carnival games, a craft fair, vendors, raffles, a silent auction, and giveaways.
A festival about coffee?! Yes! Coffee Fest is a charitable event to benefit Safe and Sober. All your favorite coffee shops in town will have samples of prime brews and they’ll compete for awards! This is the third annual Coffee Fest and it’ll be bigger and better than ever!
Legion Post 639
2660 S. Scenic
This is the first annual Honoring Our Heroes Remembrance Day Festival. The event was designed to pay tribute to our military, veterans, law enforcement, fire and 1st responders. Activities include grilling competition, Kid Zone, live music and crafts. Come on out and celebrate the sacrifices of our bravest citizens.
Mother’s Brewing Company
215 S. Grant Ave.
Mother’s Brewing Company is back at it again with their Mother’s Day Festival. Every year, Mother’s celebrates the birthday of its brewery. They’ll be featuring a new batch of tasty brews that you can purchase with tokens. They’ll have plenty of live music with the talents of Barefoot Revolution, The Creek Rocks, Shaun Munday, the lowdown fancy, Steve Ames, Dallas Jones and Barak Hill. They’ll also be partnering up with local eateries FireLight Pizza Company, Horrmann Meat Company and Cecil’s To Go.
Echo Bluff State Park
34489 Echo Bluff Drive, Eminence, MO 65466
Tons of experts teachers will be sharing their knowledge with yoga enthusiasts in beautiful Echo State Park in Eminence, Missouri. You’ll learn everything from the foundations of vinyasa to the proper techniques of sitting! Springfield musician and all around talented guy Patrick Mureithi will be there performing his brand of folk music and some really interesting vendors will be on hand too!
Mark your calendars now!!!
We’re celebrating all things local at our 2nd Annual Local Food Festival! We’ve got tons of fun planned for this family friendly event, and can’t wait to see you there! There will be lunch options, activities for kids, live music, BBQ contest, beer samples, and raffle prizes.
Be sure to follow along on our event page for all the details as the event approaches!
Ozark Empire Fairgrounds & Event Center
The area’s largest, most spectacular street rod event with more than 2,200 cars classified as a vehicles that are 30 years old and older. Enjoy kids’ and adult games, arts and crafts, an auto swap meet and a church service on Sunday.
1138 Bluegrass Lane
West Plains, MO 65775
Three days, four shows, Six bluegrass bands for a weekend of family fun in the beautiful Ozark hills of South Central Missouri near West Plains, MO. Bands performing: Buffalo City Ramblers, Borderline Bluegrass, Highway 32, Darby Hollow, The Roving Gamblers, and New Grass Attack. We have a wonderful music park with stage, concessions, bathroom/showerhouse and over 150 electric/water hookups for RVs. Primitive camping available. Jamming, stage shows, great food, shade trees, green grass and lots of fun and fellowship. Come join us for a great weekend of bluegrass music.
888-25-8835, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.hobabluegrass.wix.com/home
JUNE 15-17 & 22-24, 2018 – 1-6PM
Springfield Expo Center
Tour beautiful HBA Parade Homes built by Quality Insured Home Builders of the HBA of Greater Springfield. Tickets are $5 and will allow entrance into all 2018 HBA Parade Homes (12 & under no charge).
134 Park Central Square
The Greater Ozarks Pridefest will be held in the epicenter of Springfield’s downtown, Park Central Square Saturday June 16, 2018, starting with the march at 10 a.m., with live music, vendors, and activities until 10 p.m.
Pridefest is the largest LGBT event in Southwest Missouri that attracted over 4,000 people in 2017 and continues to grow every year. We are reaching out to you for your participation in this celebration of equality, diversity, and community.
Taste of Somo (formerly Taste of Springfield) is the largest foodie festival in town! The best restaurants in Southwest Missouri will be getting together to showcase their fare on the Square in downtown Springfield. It’s a great event to get out and try some new kinds of food and restaurants you haven’t been to yet. It’s also a great way to meet some fellow foodies! In addition to the smorgasbord of delicious foods, there will also be plenty to sip and lots of great live music to enjoy! If you’re a foodie, you can’t miss this one.
505 W Commercial St
Commercial Street favorite White River Brewing Company is doing it again this year. Summer Fest is back! Last year, they had live music, barbecued food, live painting from Christian Belotti and plenty of brews! It’s a street festival just outside the brewery and it looks like it’ll be another blast this year!
J.R. Martin Park
The Republic Parks & Recreation Department and City of Republic, Missouri invites you to join us on Friday, June 29 for our 22nd Annual Have-A-Blast Celebration! This event includes activities for all ages including an inflatable zone, a petting zoo, and a FREE concert by local 80’s cover band Members Only. Admission is free but there will be local vendors on site selling food and drinks.
Please visit www.republicmo.com for updated information as we near the event, and we hope to see you there!
Jul 26-Aug 4
Ozark Empire Fairgrounds & Event Center
O:nly a few months until it’s time to grab your wrist bands and rediscover your love for funnel cakes and ferris wheel rides. It’s the 82nd Anniversary of the Ozark Empire Fair! This year the fun kicks off on July 26th and goes until August 4th. You’ll be going back to the fairgrounds at least once or twice to catch everything that’s going on!
Park Central Square
Another celebration of what makes Springfield great, the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival is a huge draw every year. It’s a two day festival that gives a nod to the most famous street in America. If you love classic cars, motorcycles and Americana, this is an event you really don’t want to miss. There’s so much going on, we’d have to do a full blog article about just this festival. Hey wait, we did that last year! Here’s a little bit of what you can expect from the festival again this year!
Lodge of the Four Seasons
The 25th Annual Midwest Wine and Brew Festival will take place on Saturday, August 11th from 2-5 pm at The Lodge of Four Seasons Resort in Lake Ozark. Wineries and Breweries from across the Midwest will gather to provide guests with samples of some of their finest as well as giving attendees the opportunity to purchase their favorites before leaving the event. Additional vendors will also be at the event selling a variety of products related to the wine and beer industry. Visit LakeAreaChamber.com or call (573) 964-1008 for more information.