Springfield, MO – September 11-12, 2015, the Annual Greater Ozarks Blues Festival will be presented by the Blues Society of the Ozarks. The festival will be held at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds in Springfield, MO.
For more information, check out their website HERE.
Springfield, MO – The Cherry Blossom Kite Festival will be held April 11, 2015, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Botanical Center at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield, MO.
This event involves kite making and flying from the Botanical Center’s roof plaza and great lawn. Admission to the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden is free that day. Various activities will celebrate Springfield’s Sister Ciity, Isesaki, Japan. Origami and other crafts will be available.
For more information, please call 417-891-1515, or click here for the website.
Springfield, MO – April 25, 2015. The Annual Rock and Ribs Barbeque Festival is a delicious, mouthwatering event that benefits 6 local Children’s Charities! 60 teams from all over come together to compete for the best Barbeque in a ‘Kansas City BBQ Society’ Sanctioned event. Come to the Bass Pro Shops Headquarters, in Springfield, MO, at the corner of Sunshine & Campbell, and be one of the thousands of samplers who enjoy chicken, pork and beef starting at 1:00. There’s 11 hours of Live music, a Kids Play Zone, Motorcycle Show and of course: plenty of Food and Drinks. And yes, it’s ok to wear a bib!
For more information, visit the Rock’n Ribs website by clicking this link.
Springfield, MO – Antique dealers from across the Midwest present thousands of nostalgic items for shoppers to peruse. You’ll find antiques, books, toys, primitives, pottery, furniture, art, decor, glass, jewelry, and other vintage collectibles and and repurposed items. Located at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, E-Plex West.
February 7 & 8, 2015
October 24 & 25, 2015
Saturday – 9 am to 5 pm
Sunday – 10 am to 5 pm
Admission for Adults is $5; children under 12 are admitted free. Parking is free.
Click here for more information.
Springfield, MO – December 12, 2015. The Downtown Springfield Christmas Parade starts at 2 p.m., and will feature many floats, marching bands, and Santa himself! It will wind around the Park Central Square and end at Jordan Valley Park.
For more information, please click here.
Springfield, MO – September 21-22, 2013, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy one of the area’s largest fall arts and crafts festivals! This fall festival takes place at 900 E. Walnut, Springfield, MO, and features regional artists and crafters, three performance stages, a free children’s area with inflatables, and of course – real apple cider! Admission is $4 per person; children 10 and under are free.
Cider Days features more than 65 artists and crafters from the region, and includes jewelry, clay, painting, woodwork, glass, and photography. All arts and crafts are hand-made.
The festival also includes more than 25 different performances each day from some of the area’s most talented groups, including the Springfield Little Theatre Youth Performance Troupes and the Skinny Improv.
In addition to great crafts and performances, Cider Days features fun and free kid’s activities, including face painting, inflatables and real apple cider. The Coffee Ethic will provide hot and cold varieties of fall’s favorite drink at the festival.
For more information, please call 417-831-6200.
Bass Pro Shops, headquartered in Springfield, Missouri, also has stores in Branson and Columbia.
Springfield, MO – October 19-31, 2013, 6:30-9:00 p.m. Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield, MO, is having a Halloween SPOOKTACULAR! This is a family-friendly Halloween event, after-hours at the zoo. Journey along pathways lit by hundreds of jack-o-lanterns, hand-carved by area school children. Collect candy at treat stations while viewing child-friendly scenes. Halloween SPOOKTACULAR is a fundraising event for Friends of the Zoo, with proceeds benefiting the zoo’s conservation education programs.
Some things to look forward to:
Creepy Castle • Owl Hollow • Monster Mash Dance Party
Vintage Carnival • Giant Jack o’Lanterns • Alien Crash Landing
Hand-carved jack o’lanterns • Hometown Heroes • Candy treats for kids ages 12 and younger!
Admission: $7/ person at the gate; $6 advance tickets available in mid-October at area McDonald’s restaurants; $3/ person for FOZ members.
For more information, CLICK HERE.
Springfield, MO – The Southwest Farmers’ Market is located on Glenstone, two blocks south of Chestnut Expressway in the Great Southern Bank Operations Center parking lot. It is held Wednesday evenings, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday mornings, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
For more information, please call 417-759-2483.
Springfield, MO – Famous Dave’s BBQ, 4406 S. Campbell Avenue.
As we entered Famous Dave’s BBQ Restaurant in Springfield, MO, I wondered if we’d made a good choice. We had to compete with some children for a space in the revolving front door, and once inside, we saw a crowd of people apparently all waiting for a table. The noise was loud enough to be heard all the way out to the parking lot. But then I thought – this is a bbq restaurant, after all. And, we’re in the Missouri Ozarks! Why not expect a place like this to be popular and fun?
We were told we’d have about a 20 minute wait for a table. So I resigned myself to finding a space to stand by the wall to wait. I was standing near the menu slot, so I pulled one out to read while passing the time. The menu got my mouth to watering, as if the smell of the smoked meat hadn’t already. Our wait was only about 10 minutes. I was then afraid we would be led to the upstairs dining area (too many stairs for these arthritic knees), or worse – we would be seated next to a table full of screaming kids. But to my pleasant surprise, we were taken to a nice booth that was semi-secluded.
The waitress came promptly and introduced herself as “Famous Nancy.” She was very pleasant and eager to please. Then we were presented with a bowl of home-made potato chips and a plate. The waitress proceeded take each bottle of bbq sauce and squirt the initial of each on the plate while describing the differences in tastes. The sauces ranged from very mild all the way to the hottest Devil’s Spit. While we waited for our order, we munched on the chips and tried out the various sauces so we would know just the one we wanted to put on our ribs when they came. I kept going back to the Devil’s Spit, while my husband had more of a taste for the Texas Pit sauce.
We thought we were ordering light when we ordered the rib tips. This meal came with 6 large rib tips, corn bread, and corn on the cob – then we were told to choose two more sides! Wow! Needless to say, we could not even eat half of what we were brought, so got to take home enough for another meal the following day (which, I might add, was every bit as good as the first one).
This was one of the best BBQ restaurants I’ve eaten at in a long time, and we whole-heartedly recommend it to anyone else.
Visit their website; it says it all.