Events




  1. Party for the Planet


    Celebrate Earth Day at Dickerson Park Zoo with hands-on conservation learning stations and zookeeper chats. Activities free with paid zoo admission. Dickerson Park Zoo 833-1570

    Age: All Ages
    Date: Sun., April 22
    Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Fee: $12/adults and teens,
    $8 /children ages 3-12 and seniors
    Free/Children 2 and under, and FOZ members

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    Celebrate Arbor Day!

     


    Parks partners with Tree City USA, Mo. Department of Conservation and the City of Springfield for an Arbor Day celebration 7 p.m. at the Peace Through People Pavilion. Stay for the free 8 p.m. screening of the 2012 animated film, The Lorax. Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets.

    Age: All ages
    Date: Fri., April 27
    Time:  7 p.m.
    Fee: Free



  3. World Tai Chi Day


    Join us at the Springfield Art Museum’s outdoor amphitheater to explore the ancient art of Taijiquan (Taiji, Tai Chi) with a variety of FREE demonstrations and interactive Tai Chi and meditation classes. Please bring your own blanket or yoga mat, water and (optional) chair. For more information email Dee Ogilvy at white.metal.rabbit@gmail.com

    Age: All Ages
    Date: April 28
    Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m.
    Fee: Free



  4. Master Gardener and Garden Society Plant Sale


    Presented by the Master Gardeners of Greene County and other garden societies. Sale includes annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, bulbs, grasses, vines, ground covers, shrubs and trees. Master Gardeners accept credit cards. Other societies accept cash or check only. Botanical Center 891-1515

    Age: All Ages
    Date: Sat., April 28
    Time: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Fee: Free admission, prices vary per plant



  5. Bark in the Park


    A fun and exciting day in Phelps Grove Park with your family and beloved canine. We’ll kick off the day with demonstrations, live music, and other activities at the Canine Vendor Village. All ages welcome! Vendors must register by April 20. Proceeds benefit Cruse Dog Park. Phelps Grove Park 864-1332

    Age: All Ages
    Date: Sat., April 28
    Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Fee: Free



  6. Community Wide Play Day


    The Community Partnership of the Ozarks and the Park Board present the 20th annual Community Wide Play Day at Fassnight Park. Includes free books for kids age 12 and under, with activities designed to enhance motor skills, literacy, science, dramatic play, construction, expressive arts and more. More information at cpozarks.org
    Fassnight Park 864-1049

    Age: Kids age 12 and under and their families
    Date: Sat., April 28
    Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Fee: Free



  7. Native Plant Market


    Discover plants native to our region and strong performers for home landscapes. Meet with a variety of vendors and experts about native plants, which attract wildlife and encourage living lighter on the Earth. Visit Facebook for more info. Botanical Center 891-1515

    Age: All Ages
    Date: Sat., May 5
    Time: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Fee: Free admission, price varies per plant




  8. Artsfest on Historic Walnut Street


    The largest fine arts festival in southwest Missouri, featuring original art from more than 120 juried artists from across the country. Includes live music, dance and theater on multiple stages, food from some of the area’s favorite restaurants and food trucks, and hands-on art activities for all ages. Proceeds benefit Springfield Regional Arts Council. Historic Walnut Street 864-1049

    Age: All ages
    Date: Sat. and Sun., May 5-6
    Time: May 5, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
    After-hours activities 6-8 p.m.
    May 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Fee: $5, Kids 5 and under free



  9. Sounds of Summer Concert Series


    Musical guests perform at the new Peace Through People Pavilion. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. Donations benefit garden projects. Springfield Botanical Gardens 891-1515

    Age: All Ages
    Date: Fri., May 11, 6:30 p.m. - Melinda Mullins
    Sun., June 3, 2 p.m. - Auntie Em & the Tornadoes
    Sun., June 10, 2 p.m. - Liz Moriondo
    Sun., June 17, 2 p.m. - CRS
    Sat., June 23, 7:30 p.m. - Izabel Crane
    Sun., June 24, 2 p.m. - Bill Haymes
    Fee: Free



  10. Mother's Day at the Zoo


    Free zoo admission for moms. Dickerson Park Zoo 833-1570

    Age: All Ages
    Date: Sun., May 13
    Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Fee: $14/ Adults and teens, $11/Seniors 60+, $9/Children 3-12 yrs.



  11. Bike, Walk and Wheel Week


    Presented by Hy-Vee. Use Springfield’s active transportation options at least once this week to get around town. Where does your route take you? Any active trip counts: walk to lunch, bike to work, skate to school, carpool to a meeting, or any combination! Register yourself or your team at ozarkgreenways.org and compete for a prize. Ozark Greenways 864-2015

    Age: All Ages
    Date: May 14-18
    Time: Schedule at your own pace
    Fee: Free




  12. Summer Junior Golf Membership


    Juniors golf members enjoy unlimited summer weekday golf, noon to close at Horton Smith, Bill & Payne Stewart and Rivercut. Does not include range balls, carts or amenities. Membership requires golf staff or instructor approval, letter from golf coach or an orientation clinic. 
    Bill & Payne Stewart Golf Course 833-9962
    Horton Smith Golf Course 891-1639
    Rivercut Golf Course 891-1645


    Age: All Ages
    Date: May 14-Aug. 14
    Time: Mon-Fri., Noon to close
    Fee: $99



  13. Endangered Species Day/Art Gone Wild


    Educational animal presentations plus, hands on art activities provided by Friends of the Zoo and Springfield Regional Arts Council. Dickerson Park Zoo 833-1570

    Age: All Ages
    Date: Sat., May 19
    Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Fee: $14/ Adults and teens, $11/Seniors 60+, $9/Children 3-12 yrs.




  14. Outdoor Pools Open


    Fassnight, Grant Beach, Silver Springs, Meador and Westport outdoor pools and McGee/McGregor Wading Pool all open Memorial Day weekend. Enjoy discount Splash & Sizzle admission daily after 5:30 p.m., and all day on holidays and special weekends (select locations.) Pool maintenance (closed) days are staggered throughout the week. Check parkboard.org/aquatics for schedule. Summer schedule also includes Chesterfield and Doling indoor aquatics admission for outdoor pool prices, Mon.-Thurs. only.
    Aquatics Hotline 864-2099

    Age: All Ages
    Date: Open daily Sat., May 26- Sun., Aug. 12
    (Fassnight and Grant Beach reopen
    weekends only through Sept. 3)
    Time: 1-6:30 p.m. (McGee-McGregor Wading Pool hours 9 a.m.-Noon and 1-4 p.m.)
    Fee: $2.50/ages 3-17 and seniors, $3/adults.
    All ages are $1/per person or free admission with canned food donation
    every day after 5:30 p.m., and during
    Splash & Sizzle events.
    (McGee-McGregor Wading Pool is free for kids 6 and under only, with adults.)



  15. Southwest Missouri Senior Games


    For athletes age 50 years and up. Events include track and field, bowling, golf, swimming, Pickleball, basketball skills, table tennis, washers, baggo, horseshoes, bocce, archery, 8-ball and more. May serve as preparation for the Missouri State Senior Games. Register by May 15, events may have space to register day-of. Northview Center 837-5808

    Age: 50 yrs. and up
    Date: May 30-June 2
    Time: Varies, call for details
    Fee: $10/Athlete (some events have additional facility fee)



  16. Dirt Day at Lafayette Park


    Get your hands dirty at the 6th Annual Dirt Day in historic Lafayette Park. The Woodland Heights Neighborhood presents this garden-themed event with activities and demonstrations from garden professionals and clubs, plant exchange, green living, interactive garden art, kids’ dinosaur dig and birdhouse painting. Lafayette Park 864-1049

    Age: All Ages
    Date: Sat., June 2
    Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Fee: Free



  17. 37th Annual Kids Fishing Fun Day


    A morning of learning and fishing in our stocked pond. Kids may catch and keep up to three fish. Kids weigh their fish and learn how to clean them with the Mo. Dept. of Conservation. Bring your own bait and gear. Space is limited. Register by May 31 at ParkBoard.org. No event day registration. Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park 864-1049

    Age: All Ages
    Date: Sat., June 2
    Rain date: Sat., June 9
    Time: 8 a.m., 9:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m., or 11:45 a.m.
    Fee: Free



  18. Run for Fun Club


    Hop into summer with free kid-friendly creative exercise activities, promoting healthy lifestyles and getting kids running. The Run for Fun Club takes place every Saturday in June and July at Westport School-Park. Water and snacks provided. Register by June 1 at ParkBoard.org/RunForFun
    Westport School-Park Track 864-1049

    Age: All Ages
    Date: Saturdays June 2-July 28
    Time: 10-10:45 a.m.
    Fee: Free



  19. 3rd Annual Tennis Under the Lights


    Come play tennis at night at Lafayette Park! Tennis courts will be all aglow with lights everywhere. Participants shine with glow necklaces and bracelets! Grab your family and friends and get on the court with music, snacks and fun. All equipment is provided. Sponsored by USTA. Lafayette Park 837-5826

    Age: All Ages
    Date: Fri., June 8
    Time: 7-9:30 p.m.
    Fee: Free



  20. Dirt Day at Lafayette Park


    Get your hands dirty at the 6th Annual Dirt Day in historic Lafayette Park. The Woodland Heights Neighborhood presents this garden-themed event with activities and demonstrations from garden professionals and clubs, plant exchange, green living, interactive garden art, kids’ dinosaur dig and birdhouse painting. Lafayette Park 864-1049

    Age: All Ages
    Date: Sat., June 2
    Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Fee: Free



  21. Movies at Founders Park


    A contemporary version of the drive-in theater at Springfield’s founding site. Enjoy new release and classic movies in an outdoor setting. Fridays are Family Night; Saturdays are Date Night. All movies are G, PG, or PG-13. Concessions available, bring your own lawn chairs or blankets. Movie titles and details at ParkBoard.org/Movies
    Founders Park 866-7444

    Age: All Ages
    Date: Fri. and Sat., June 8-July 28
    Time: Movies begin at dusk
    Fee: Free



  22. Family Concert in the Park


    The Springfield Symphony Orchestra presents a free family concert at Jordan Valley Park. Activities begin at 3 p.m., including an instrument petting zoo and kids’ art with the Springfield Regional Art Council. Performance begins at 4 p.m. Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets for an afternoon of music! Jordan Valley Park 866-7444

    Age: All Ages
    Date: Sat., June 9
    Time: 3 p.m. activities, 4 p.m. performance
    Fee: Free



  23. 2nd Annual Summer Solstice Art Fair


    The Moon City Creative District, in partnership with the Park Board, presents this white-tent, juried art show at Lafayette Park. Features 20 regional artists: jewelers, potters, wood turners, printmakers, painters, fiber artists, and more. Join us for fine art, food vendors and live music with a distinctly neighborhood feel. Info at mooncitycreativedistrict.com
    Lafayette Park 864-1049

    Age: All Ages
    Date: Sat., June 16
    Time: 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
    Fee: Free



  24. Father's Day at the Zoo


    Free zoo admission for dads. Dickerson Park Zoo 833-1570

    Age: All Ages
    Date: Sun., June 17
    Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Fee: $14/ Adults and teens, $11/Seniors 60+, $9/Children 3-12 yrs.



  25. Go Skateboarding Day


    Grab your board and celebrate Go Skateboarding Day, established in 2004 by the International Association of Skateboard Companies, with thousands of participants all over the world. Free admission to all skateboarders, beginners to pros (Sorry, no bikes, scooters or rollerblades during the event.) Contests throughout the day, with prizes and all-around shredding! Springfield Skate Park 868-8758

    Age: All Ages
    Date: Thurs., June 21
    Time: 3-9 p.m.
    Fee: Free



  26. Butterfly Festival with Young Sprouts in the Garden


    Celebrate gardening, nature and butterflies. Visit the Dr. Bill Roston Native Butterfly House and caterpillar petting zoo, enter the pollinator costume contest, “pollinate” flowers, see the Fishin’ Magicians, observe ladybugs and more. Gray-Campbell Farmstead and Liberty School open for tours. Springfield Botanical Gardens 891-1515

    Age: All Ages
    Date: Sat., June 23
    Time: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Fee: Free



  27. Summer SnowFest


    Who says summer can’t have snow? SnowFest features a mountain of snow from Mediacom Ice Park, as well as entertainment, interactive games, snowman building contests and bounce house. The Springfield Regional Arts Council partners to present Free Art Day, with interactive art projects. Bring the whole family, and your mittens, and play in the snow. Jordan Valley Park 866-7444

    Age: All Ages
    Date: Sat., June 23
    Time: Noon-4 p.m.
    Fee: Free



  28. Red, White and Zoo


    Free admission all day for active military personnel (with military ID) and veterans and their immediate family members. Dickerson Park Zoo 833-1570

    Age: All Ages
    Date: Wed., July 4
    Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Fee: $14/ Adults and teens, $11/Seniors 60+, $9/Children 3-12 yrs.



  29. Racquet, White and Blue


    Come play tennis at Tom Watkins Park! Grab your family and friends and join in on a celebration on the court with music, snacks and having fun playing tennis. All equipment is provided. Sponsored by USTA. Tom Watkins Park 837-5826

    Age: All Ages
    Date: Fri., July 6
    Time: 6-8 p.m.
    Fee: Free



  30. National Teddy Bear Picnic


    Bring your favorite stuffed toy for an evening at the Springfield Botanical Gardens celebrating National Teddy Bear Picnic Day. Pack a picnic supper and blanket, and enjoy music, games and popsicles. We’ll sing the Teddy Bears’ Picnic song at 7 p.m. Free, but registration is requested at ParkBoard.org Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park864-1049

    Age: All Ages
    Date: Tues., July 10
    Time: 6-8 p.m.
    Fee: Free




  31. Springfield Lasers Pro Tennis Season


    The Springfield Lasers professional tennis team brings rising international stars and familiar faces to Cooper Tennis Complex this summer for the 23rd season of World TeamTennis. Jack Sock returns to Springfield for a second season. Don’t miss your chance to see worldclass tennis in a family-friendly setting — right here in Springfield.
    Cooper Tennis Complex 837-5800

    Age: All Ages
    Date: Home season:
    Wed., July 18, Thurs., July 19, Fri., July 20 with Jack Sock, Sun., July 22, Sat., July 28
    Mon., July 30, Tues., July 31
    Time: 7 p.m. except Sundays, Jully 22: 6 p.m.
    Fee: $10 grandstand, $20 box seats, except July 20. Season tickets and VIP packages available.



  32. World Tiger Day


    Educational animal presentations highlighting tigers. Wear your stripes for $2 off general admission. Dickerson Park Zoo 833-1570

    Age: All Ages
    Date: Sun., July 29
    Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Fee: $14/ Adults and teens, $11/Seniors 60+, $9/Children 3-12 yrs.



  33. 15th Annual Kid'Athlon


    A mini-triathlon for kids. Swim, bike, and run your way to victory in events designed for your age group, and take home a medal, t-shirt, giveaways and the pride that comes with finishing a triathlon. Registration required by Aug. 2. Discount early registration closes July 20. For kids 5-12 yrs. Meador Park 891-1500

    Age: All Ages
    Date: Sat., Aug. 4
    Time: 8 a.m.
    Fee: By July 20: $25/child, $15/addl. child same household
    July 21-Aug. 2: $35/child, $25/addl. child same household



  34. National Night Out


    An annual community-building campaign promoting police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie, making our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. Visit with local police officers, firefighters and park rangers, and enjoy tennis and other games and special activities. A kick-off to individual Neighborhood Nights Out. Nichols Park 864-1049

    Age: All Ages
    Date: Tues., Aug. 7
    Time: 5-:30-8 p.m.
    Fee: Free



  35. Concert at the Cave


    A family-friendly afternoon in Doling Park, presented by the Doling Neighborhood Association and the Park Board. Live music includes Shaun Munday, 83 Skidoo, Kevin and Mike and more, performing just outside Doling Park’s Giboney Cave. Cave tours, kid’s interactive art, games and bounce house. Play It Forward collects musical instruments for students. Concessions available. Doling Park 864-1049

    Age: All Ages
    Date: Sat., Aug. 18
    Time: Noon-6 p.m.
    Fee: Free
  1. Sun Apr. 22

    Party for the Planet Celebrate Earth Day at Dickerson Park Zoo with hands-on conservation learning stations and zookeeper chats. Activities free with paid zoo admission.
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  2. Sun Apr. 22

    Zoo Explorers Class II Grades 4 & 5, join us each month as we focus on a different topic, from learning about a new animal, to “visiting” a different part of the world, to even trying out a new art technique.
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  3. Sat Apr. 28

    Society Plant Sale Presented by the Master Gardeners of Greene County and other garden societies. Sale includes annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, bulbs, grasses, vines, ground covers, shrubs and trees. Master Gardeners accept credit cards. Other societies accept cash or check only.
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