Summer has been great, don’t get us wrong. Every season has it’s perks. But Autumn brings us so many great things: crisp cool air, flannels, beautifully colored tree leaves, good food, hot chocolate, apple cider… we could go on for days. As the new season approaches, there are plenty of opportunities to take advantage of all the great events SGF has to offer. So with the cooler weather just around the corner, here are 10 reasons we can’t wait for fall in the Ozarks.
Corn mazes are a blast and the Ozarks have plenty of places to find some! Rutledge Wilson Farm is a great family friendly place to go with a 10 acre corn maze, pumpkin patch and a hay maze for the little guys. Campbell’s Maze Daze in Clever has a haunted corn maze, a 4 acre kids corn maze and tons of other activities. The MAiZE in Verona, Missouri is a human labyrinth corn maze carved into a 7-acre field, designed to challenge the wits of those attempting to find one exit from more than two miles of twists, turns and dead ends!
Picking out the perfect pumpkin and dreaming up of how you’re going to carve it is one of the great things we love about fall. Not to mention roasting the pumpkin seeds! As we mentioned earlier, Rutledge Wilson and Campbell’s Maze Daze and the Maize all have pumpkin patches, as well as Fieth Family Farm in Bolivar, MO. Keep on the lookout for small pumpkin patches springing up around town as fall approaches!
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!
Three words: pumpkin flavored everything. We can’t wait to see what our local business come up with this fall season! We can’t forget the deliciousness of the Andy’s Pumpkin Pie concrete and the Andy’s Apple Pie Sundae. And we’re sure that Hurts Donut has got a few autumn themed donuts up their sleeve. Restaurants will be rolling out their seasonal menus in the next couple of weeks, so be sure to keep up with your favorites.
Nothing says the fall season is here quite like football. As your favorite high school, college, or professional teams get ready to embark on the season-long journey, it’s time to stock up on those tickets! Whether you attend the games and sit in the stands, or watch from the comfort of your own home, there really isn’t a wrong way to enjoy football. Check out the MSU football schedule and the Evangel football schedule, as well as the local high school schedules for your favorite games.
Autumn in the Ozarks is truly beautiful. Taking a stroll down Pickwick Street, picnicking at Nathanael Greene Park, or walking around Lake Springfield when the leaves are changing should definitely be on your “to-do” list during this time of year. The colorful scenery makes for an awesome photo-op, and it may be a great time get some updated family photos!
On September 9th through the 11th of this year, the Japanese Fall Festival celebrates the 30th anniversary of our Sister Cities relationship with the people of Isesaki, Japan! This is another memorable and beautiful weekend in the Ozarks with events like the candlelight walk and tea ceremony. There will be several special performers, including Shoji Tabuchi who has been featured in Branson since the 80’s! You can find the complete schedule here.
The costumes, the candy, the traditions; we love it all! You’re never too old for a great halloween costume or a good halloween party. Some of us have been dreaming up our costume for this year since LAST halloween. We can’t forget about watching all of the Halloween movie specials, like “The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” or “Hocus Pocus,” too. Also, that discount candy you can buy on the day after halloween isn’t so bad, either.
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.
Dogs and little kids in costumes?! What gets better than that? On October 15th 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!
Ky3 also put together an awesome list of all the fall festivals going on in the Ozarks. We can’t wait for fall!