50 Things to Do In Springfield This September

August 31, 2018

 We’ve got festivals, concerts, plays and plenty more coming up this month in Springfield and the surrounding area! Don’t ever let anyone tell you there’s nothing to do! Check out all this month’s events thank to the events calendar from the Springfield News-Leader!

Adam Hunter Live at the Blue Room

When: Saturday September 1, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Blue Room Comedy Club, 541 E St Louis St.

Photo courtesy of Penguin's Comedy Club

Photo courtesy of Penguin’s Comedy Club

7:30 and 9:30 p.m. shows, Come on out for a night of stand-up comedy and great drink specials. Tickets $10-$15. 417-986-4866

Fun Home at Springfield Contemporary Theatre

When: Saturday September 1, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Springfield Contemporary Theatre, 302 E. Pershing St.

When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life.Tickets $30 adults, $27 seniors/students, $12 student rush. 417-831-8001.

Singletrack Mind Festival 2018

When: Saturday September 1,  6 a.m.-11 p.m.

Where: Two Rivers Mountain Bike Park, 5055 2 Rivers Road, Highlandville.


Get ready to relax, race, and immerse yourself in the vibrant, engaging culture of 1990’s America. Over a dozen bike races, trail runs, kid’s zones, live music, camping, bonfires and a nonstop immersion in the culture of natural surface trails. Vendors, awesome music, beer, food and fun for the whole family. $5. http://www.singletrackmindfestival.com/

Mahler 9

When: Thursday September 6, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

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

Gustav Mahler’s final completed work, the astounding Symphony No. 9. Widely regarded as one of the greatest symphonies ever written, the 9th remains a source of continual inspiration for all of humanity. $15. 417-836-7678.

Seek Equality SGF Scavenger Hunt Presented by Hotel Vandivort

When: Thursday September 6, 6 p.m.

Where: Missouri Spirits, 507 W Walnut St.


$125 for a Team of Five or $30 for each team member all including admission to the after party. After party only tickets are $15. 417-521-4834.


My World-My Wonderful World

When: Thursday September 6-15, 7 p.m.

Where: Stained Glass Theatre, 1996 W Evangel St., Ozark.

Founder Ron Boutwell gives us a glimpse into his childhood and youth, taking us back to the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s with scenes that are sometimes poignant and sometimes humorous. Tickets $12 adults, $10 children. 417-581-9192.

2018 HBA Home Remodeling Show

When: Friday-Sunday September 7-9, 1-6 p.m.

Where: Springfield Expo, 635 East Saint Louis St., Springfield.


Find inspiration for your next home project. $5. Children 12 & under free. http://springfieldhba.com/shows/home-remodeling-expo/

An Affair of the Heart

When: Friday September 7, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

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

Handmade, boutiques and gourmet show. $5. Kids 12 and under free.

First Friday Art Walk

When: Friday September 7, 6 p.m.

Where: Downtown Springfield.


This self-guided tour of gallery and art venues features original artworks, live art demonstrations, live music, local history, international culture, plus all the dining, shopping and entertainment that the heart of the city is known for. Free. ffaw.org

Greek Festival

When: Friday September 7, 5-10 p.m.

Where: St. Thomas the Apostle Orthodox Church, 4200 S Holiday Ave.

Admission is free and there is plenty of free parking. 417-841-8586.

PBR: Unleash the Beast

When: Friday September 7, 7:45 p.m.

Where: JQH Arena, 685 South John Q. Hammonds Parkway, Springfield.

Scenes from the PBR - Buckin' In The Ozarks. Parsons Stadium, Springdale, AR August 03, 2013.

$15-$110. Parking $10. missouristatetix.com

Fall Bazaar Craft And Vendor Show

When: Saturday September 8, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: Rogersville City Park.

Family friendly fun at the park. Previously known as “fall bazaar at the farm”. Everyone is welcome! Crafts, direct sales, antiques, and much much more. Free admission. 417-860-7647.

Brew at the Zoo

When: Saturday September 8, 6-9 p.m.

Where: Dickerson Park Zoo, 3043 N Fort.


One exotic night of good brews, good music and amazing animals. After-hours event; guests must be 21 years or older to attend. $45. 417-833-1570.

Japanese Fall Festival

When: Saturday September 8, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Where: Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center, 2400 S Scenic Ave.

Celebrate Springfield’s Sister City – Isesaki, Japan – with artists, performers, martial art demonstrations, special guests, vendors and more. $10. 417-891-1515 or http://www.peacethroughpeople.org

Oktoberfest in the Ozarks

When: Saturday September 8, 12:30 p.m.-10 p.m.

Where: Mother’s Brewery, 215 S Grant Ave.


Time to dust off the ol’ lederhosen and dirndls. Live music, local food, local beer, $10. Kids 15 and under free. 417-862-0423.

Start The Conversation

When: Saturday September 8, 7 p.m.

Where: Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central E.

An all-day event intended to promote awareness, education, and prevention of youth suicide. This event will unite leaders in faith-based fields and Springfield area youth with mental health professionals in order to achieve a day of learning and fun. Free. 417-863-9491 gillioz.org.

2018 Learn to Grow in the Garden Series: Twilight Gardens

When: Monday September 10,  6-7 p.m.

Where: Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center, 2400 S Scenic Ave.


Learn about plants that are most fragrant and vibrant near sunrise and sunset. Learn about garden accessories and building materials that will help you maximize the use of your great outdoor room! Katie Keith, coordinator of the Springfield Botanical Gardens will present on this exciting topic. $5.

13th Annual Handbags of Hope

When: Thursday September 13, 10:30 a.m.

Where: White River Conference Center, 600 West Sunshine St.

Enjoy lunch, browse and bid on a variety of handbags and with a winning bid you’ll take home a beautiful bag (or two). $40. 417-983-7673

Tim Hawkins

When: Thursday September 13, 7 p.m.

Where: Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central E.


$25 – $75. $25-$75. 417-863-9491 gillioz.org.

Suicide Awareness Series: Understanding the Why

When: Thursday September 13, 7-9 p.m.

Where: Springfield Art Museum, 1111 E. Brookside Dr.

For adults. Suicide leaves family members and friends wondering what they could have done. Communities across the country are asking this question as they deal with the climbing suicide rate. Area mental health experts will discuss the crisis in our community as they dispel myths and address the realities of suicide and its effects. 417-882-0714.

Carmen Morales

When: Friday September 14, 8 p.m.

Where: Blue Room Comedy Club, 541 E St Louis St.

Photo courtesy of carmenmorales.com

Photo courtesy of carmenmorales.com

Tickets $10-$15.

Disney’s Newsies

When: Friday September 14, 7:30-10 p.m.

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

$16-$36. Set in turn-of-the century New York City, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged “newsies.” Tickets $12-$36. 417-869-1334

Marshfield Harvest Days

When: Friday September 14, noon-7 p.m.

Where: Marshfield Square.

Photo courtesy of the Marshfield Mail

Photo courtesy of the Marshfield Mail

Vendors lined up around the Square, as well as live music and activities for kids of all ages. Free admission. 417-880-8984

15th Annual Live and Silent Auction to Benefit Fair Haven Children’s Home

When: Saturday September 15, 9 a.m.

Where: Fair Haven Gymnasium, 3132 N Fair Haven Loop (Farm Road 209), Strafford.

Antiques, automobiles, lawn and farm equipment, furniture and appliances, gift cards and certificates, quilts and much more all up for bid. Concessions including hot dogs, hamburgers, Frito pie, chili, desserts and more. To donate items contact Brad Fox or Barney Crawford ar 417-862-6675.

4th Annual MO Food Truck Fest 2018

When: Saturday September 15, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Where: Downtown Springfield


This is a one-day event featuring the best gourmet food trucks, carts and trailers from around the state. Featuring the brightest and most inspired street chefs bringing everything from gourmet hot dogs, sandwiches, Creole, BBQ, Mexican & TexMex, American, Italian, American, Asian, Latin, Mediterranean, and sweets, plus live entertainment, and vendors galore. Free admission.www.mofoodtruckfest.com

BGCS Day for Kids and Fun Walk

When: Saturday September 15, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Where: Boys and Girls Club – Stalnaker Unit, 1410 N Fremont Ave.

Festivities will include giveaways, food, games, inflatables, costumed characters and more. Walk registration and breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m., with the walk itself kicking off at 9 a.m. Kids 16 and under are free to participate, and adults are $15. 100% of proceeds go towards college scholarships for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield. 417-862-9249.

21st Annual Cider Days

When: Saturday September 15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: Historic Walnut Street, 900 E Walnut St.


Artists and crafters from across the region exhibit, selling a variety of handmade products including jewelry, pottery, glass, wood, furniture and much more. $4.00 adults; Children 10 and under are free. 417-831-6200

Family Day 4×4

When: Saturday September 15, 10 a.m.-noon

Where: Springfield Art Museum, 1111 E Brookside Dr.

Family Days are designed to help kids and grown-ups explore the Museum’s exhibits together. This Family Day features hands-on gallery activities and art-making focused on our 4×4 exhibit. This drop-in event is free, and everyone is welcome. 417-837-5700.

Greater Ozarks Music Festival

When: Saturday September 15, 2-11 p.m.

Where: Summers at the River, Nixa


$15 in advance, available at Kalediscope and Brown Bag Tickets online, $20 at the door. 316-210-7720 or ozarksblues.com for more information.

What Is The Meaning of Life?

When: Saturday September 15, 7:30 p.m.

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

Enjoy Bernstein’s rousing and wild Candide Overture from his opera based on Voltaire’s comic philosophical novel and more with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. $10-$40. 417-836-7678.

Wilder Days

When: Saturday September 15, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum, 3068 Highway A, Mansfield.


Wilder Days is an annual celebration commemorating Laura Ingalls Wilder, America’s favorite pioneer girl, and her cherished “Little House” books. Hear Pa’s fiddle, take a tour of the home, & enjoy the grounds of Rocky Ridge Farm. 877-924-7126.

1860’s Lifestyle

When: Sunday September 16, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Where: Springfield Greene County Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic.

Step back in time to learn and appreciate living in the 1860’s. Costumed crafters will demonstrate apple butter making, hearth cooking, fiber arts, music, dancing, seed spitting and more. Free. 417-833-2352 or 417-838-4965.

Application Session

 When: Sunday September 17, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Where: Habitat for Humanity of Springfield, 2410 S. Scenic Ave.


Come find out how to buy a home with a 0% interest loan through Habitat for Humanity of Springfield. Free. Registration required by calling 417-829-4001, ext. 105.

Todd Rundgren

When: Tuesday September 18, 8 p.m.

Where: The Complex, 307 Park Central East, Springfield.

$29.50 + fees. 417-238-4474


When: Thursday September 20, 7 p.m.

Where: Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central E.

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$49.50 – $124.50. Stephen Still and Judy Collins. $49.50-$124.50. 417-863-9491. gillioz.org.

VFW Post 3404’s Annual POW/MIA Remembrance Ceremony

When: Friday September 21, 6 p.m.

Where: 1136 E. Atlantic St. Includes inside and outside services.

The Veterans Memorial Team will provide a 3-volley rifle salute to these fallen veterans. The public is cordially invited to attend this special ceremony for all veterans who are unable to return home to their families, who are still waiting for them. 417-865-6929.

15th Annual Wine & Whiskey Walk

When: Friday September 21, 7-10 p.m.

Where: Farmers Park, 4139 S Nature Center Way.


Wine and whiskey tasting along with bites of local fare. Over 100 wines and 50 different whiskeys.$35-$45. 417-829-0804.

Vladimir Caamano

When: Friday September 21, 8 p.m.

Where: Blue Room Comedy Club, 541 E St Louis St.

Tickets $10-$15.

Fall on the Frisco

When: Saturday September 22, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Where: Downtown Jackson Street, Willard.


Arts/crafts vendors, food trucks, bounce houses, live music, dog costume contest, ComicCon hero and villain walk, beer garden, and more. Free admission. 417-742-2442.

Reptile Day at the Fairbanks

When: Saturday September 22, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Where: The Fairbanks Community Center, 1126 N. Broadway Ave.

Love reptiles? Curious about them? Want to overcome your fear of them? Reptile Day is the place to go! Free. 417-834-9807.

St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer

When: Saturday September 22, 8 a.m.-noon

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


$10 for the Fun Run. 314-365-7533. parkboard.org/rutledge_wilson.

Verona Corn Maze Opening Day

When: Saturday September 22,  3-10 p.m.

Where: Verona Corn Maze, 23298 Lawrence 1150, Verona.

There will be no haunting on our opening day. 417-498-6191.

9th Annual Meadfest

When: Sunday September 23,  noon-6 p.m.

Where: 7Cs Winery, 502 East 560th Road, Walnut Grove.


This Medieval celebration will include competitions, recreations and living history. Bring the family and enjoy the fun. Free wine and mead tasting. Free admission. Souvenir Mead tasting glasses are $5. 417-788-2263.

Gordon Lightfoot

When: Monday September 24, 8 p.m.

Where: Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central E.

$35-$129.50. 417-863-9491. gillioz.org.

Home Mortgage Escrow Accounts

When: Tuesday September 25, 6-7:30 p.m.

Where: Habitat for Humanity of Springfield 2410 S Scenic Ave. Free.


What is an escrow account? Why do I need one? How does it work? Why does it have a, “cushion”? Felicia Morgan and Mitch Wilkins from Arvest Bank will answer these questions and demystify the home mortgage escrow account. To RSVP, call Morgan at: 417-829-4001.


When: Friday September 28, 8 p.m.

Where: Blue Room Comedy Club, 541 E St Louis St.

Tickets $10-$15.

5th Annual Sertoma Oktoberfest

When: Saturday September 29, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Where: Springfield Expo, 635 E St Louis St.


Jam-packed with bands, the Alpine Good Will Games, Brat Eating Contest and the popular Running of the Wieners. Food and drink vendors. $10 adults, $5 students w/ID, kids 12 and under are free. Come in traditional Bavarian dress for free entry. 417-886-8606 ext102

99 X Cirque Americana

When: Saturday September 29, 7 p.m.

Where: Springfield Art Museum, 1111 E Brookside Drive.

Your Art Museum transformed into a fantastical fairground of living art tableaux and magical performances – from the hottest local artists, tastemakers, and trendsetters – all inspired by classic American circus acts and attractions. $35 advance/$45 at the door. 417-874-2859.

Dream Time Princess Ball

When: Saturday September 29, 10 a.m.

Where: Pythian Castle, 1451 E Pythian St.

Photo courtesy of allevents.in

Photo courtesy of allevents.in

Have a magical day at a castle with your little princesses and princes. Crafts, snacks, dancing, photos, and, of course, princesses. Reservations required. $40 child. $20 adult. 314-640-4855.

Ramsey Lewis

When: Saturday September 29, 8 p.m.

Where: Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central E.

$36.50 – $50. $36.50-$50. 417-863-9491 gillioz.org.

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