Events


Master Gardener and
Plant 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. Event is held at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial ParkNathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park 891-1515

Age: All Ages
Date: Sat., April 29
Time:  8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Fee: Free admission, prices vary per plant



Bark in the Park


Due to rain in the forecast and wet park conditions, Bark in the Park is canceled Saturday, April 29, and will not be rescheduled. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to see our dog friends soon at Cruse Dog Park.



38th Annual Artsfest on Historic Walnut Street


The largest fine arts festival in southwest Missouri, featuring original art from 145 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. It’s Springfield’s springtime tradition! Proceeds benefit Springfield Regional Arts Council. Historic Walnut Street 864-1049

Age: All Ages
Date: Sat. and Sun. May 6-7
Time:  May 6, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
After Hours Party at Kentwood Green 6-8 p.m.
 May 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Fee: $5, Kids 5 and under free

Romance in the Garden


Enjoy the full moon and serene landscape of the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden at dusk. Tiki torches and lanterns light the pathway. Wishing lanterns for floating on the ponds available for purchase. A special experience for graduation or Mother's Day weekend! Springfield Botanical Gardens 891-1515

Age: 17 yrs. and up
Date: Fri., May 12 & Sat., May 13
Time:  7:30-9:30 p.m.
Fee: $10/person or $15/couple

Bike to Work Week


Join this fun annual Ozark Greenways challenge to leave your car behind at least one day and bike, walk, bus or carpool to work or school. Register your workplace or school at ozarkgreenways.org. Ozark Greenways 864-2015

Age: All ages
Date: May 15-19
Time:  Schedule at your own pace
Fee: Free


Bill & Payne Stewart Golf Course 833-9962
Horton Smith Golf Course 891-1639
Rivercut Golf Course 891-1645

Summer Junior Golf Membership


Juniors age 17 and under may purchase a Summer Junior Golf Membership, good for unlimited free weekday golf after 12 p.m. at Horton Smith and Bill & Payne Stewart Golf Courses, as well as unlimited Monday golf at Rivercut Golf Course. after 12 p.m. Membership is good for golf only and does not include range balls, carts or amenities. Eligibility may require golf staff approval, golf instructor approval, letter from school golf coach, or passing of an orientation clinic arranged with golf staff. Call for details or visit parkboard.org/golf. 

Age: 17 yrs. and under
Date: May 15-Aug. 15
Time:  Mon.-Fri., Noon to close (Mon. only at Rivercut)
Fee: $99


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 27-Sun., Aug. 13 (Fassnight and Grant Beach reopen weekends only through Sept. 4)
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, including Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day (select locations only).
McGee-McGregor Wading Pool is free, but allows kids 6 and under only, with adults.

Southwest Missouri Senior Games


For athletes age 50 years and up. Events include track and field, bowling, golf, swimming, basketball skill events, table tennis, washers, baggo, card games, horseshoes, bocce, archery, 8-ball and electronic darts. Serves as preparation for the 2017 Missouri State Senior Games. Register by May 15, although some events may have space to register day-of. Northview Center 837-5808

Age: 50 yrs. and up
Date: May 31-June 4
Time:  Varies, call for details
Fee: $10/Athlete (some events have additional facility fee)

Dirt Day at Lafayette Park


Get your hands dirty at the 4th 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 3
Time:  10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Fee: Free

36th Annual Kids Fishing Fun Day


A morning of learning and fishing for bluegill and catfish from the stocked pond. Participants must provide their own bait and pole. Kids may catch and keep up to three fish. After the catch, kids weigh their fish and learn how to clean them from the Mo. Dept. of Conservation. Space is limited. Preregister here for one of four sessions by May 31. No event day registration. Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park 864-1049

Age: 3-15 yrs.
Date: Sat., June 3; Rain Date Sat., June 10
Time:  8, 9:15, 10:30 or 11:45 a.m.
Fee: Free

Run for Fun Club


Hop into summer with FREE kid-friendly exercise activities, promoting healthy lifestyles! The Run for Fun Club will get children out and running in creative ways, including: Tic-Tac-To Relay Run, Hula Hoop Challenge, Don't Drop the Cake Relay and more! Sign up by May 31 here3100 W. Mt. Vernon St.

Age: All Ages
Date: Saturdays, June 3-July 29
Time:  10-10:45 a.m.
Fee: Free

2nd Annual Tennis Under the Lights


Come play tennis at night at Lafayette Park! Tennis courts will be all aglow with lights everywhere. Participants will also 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 9
Time:  8-10 p.m.
Fee: Free

Summer Snow Fest


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 17
Time:  Noon-4 p.m.
Fee: Free

Summer Solstice Art Show


North Springfield’s Moon City Creative District presents a juried art show, representing 20 regional artists, who gather under white tents to showcase and sell their work in Lafayette Park. Come enjoy this event, complete with art, music, and food. Lafayette Park 864-1049

Age: All ages
Date: Sat., June 17
Time:  10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Fee: Free

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: Wed., June 21
Time:  3-9 p.m.
Fee: Free admission, $1/Helmet rental, $5/skateboard rental

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 24
Time:  9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fee: Free

Garden Concert Series


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

Age: All ages
Date: Sat., June 24 -The Shortleaf Band, 7:30 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 22 - Patrick Mureithi, 3 p.m.
Time:  (see above)
Fee: Free admission, $10

Aquathon Series


A four-week series of timed biathlon-style races, including a 150-meter swim and one-mile run. Bring your running shoes and swimsuit. Participants earn points each week. Top three in each age group are recognized following the event. Free t-shirt with registration for two or more weeks. Doling and Meador Parks 837-5900

Age: 5 yrs. and up
Date: July 6 and 13 at Doling
Time:  Tues., 7 p.m., check-in 6-6:45 p.m.
Fee: $10/Week or $35/All four weeks


Racquet, White and Blue


Come play tennis at Tom Watkins Park! Grab your family and friends and join in on the celebration out 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: Friday, July 7
Time:  6-8 p.m.
Fee: Free

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. Special screening Fri., Aug. 11 during Birthplace of Route 66 Festival. All movies are G, PG, or PG-13. Concessions available, bring your own lawn chairs or blankets. Movie titles and details at ParkBoard.org/Founders Founders Park 866-7444

Age: All ages
Date: Fri. and Sat., July 7-Aug. 26
Time:  Movies begin at dusk
Fee: Free

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 Park 864-1049

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

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. 1
Time:  5:30-8 p.m.
Fee: Free

14th 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. Pre-registration required. Discount early registration closes July 21. Meador Park 891-1500

Age: 5-12 yrs.
Date: Sat., Aug. 5
Time:  8 a.m.
Fee: By July 21: $25/child, $15/addl. child same household
July 22-Aug. 3: $25/child, $25/addl. child same household
  1. Sat May 6

    38th Annual Artsfest on Historic Walnut Street The largest fine arts festival in southwest Missouri, featuring original art from 145 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.
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  2. Sun May 7

    38th Annual Artsfest on Historic Walnut Street The largest fine arts festival in southwest Missouri, featuring original art from 145 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.
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  3. Fri May 12

    Romance in the Garden Enjoy the full moon and serene landscape of the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden at dusk. Tiki torches and lanterns light the pathway. Wishing lanterns for floating on the ponds available for purchase.
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