Events



15th Annual DogFest


A canine extravaganza! Everyone, including the family dog, is invited for free fun and activities. DogFest features dog agility demonstrations, expert seminars, local celebrities, police K-9s, therapy dogs, a dog fashion show, canine related vendors and non-profits and a dog-themed bounce house for kids. All proceeds benefit Cruse Dog Park, Springfield’s first off-leash dog park.
Chesterfield Park 864-1049

Age: All ages
Date: Sat., Sept. 23 (rain date: Sept. 24)
Time:  10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Fee: Free, $1/Bounce house, $50/Vendor, $25/Non-Profit, $10/t-shirt


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Concert at the Cave


Four bands, Elwood Crossing, Canto 17, Patrick Mureithi and Friends and The Creek Rocks, perform outside Doling Park’s Giboney Cave. Event also includes cave tours, kids interactive art, games and a bounce house. The Doling History Museum is open for tours 1-4 p.m. Play it Forward collects musical instruments for students. Concessions available. Presented by the Doling Neighborhood Association, Moon City Creative District and the Park Board. Sponsored by Missouri Arts Council, Bass Pro Shops and Springfield First Community Bank. Doling Park 864-1049

Age: All ages
Date: Sun., Sept. 24
Time:  Noon-6 p.m.
Fee: Free
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Harvest Fest


Five weekends of fall-themed fun at the farm! Meander through the corn maze, take a hayride, pick your own pumpkin from our pumpkin patch, ride the Cow Train or Grain Train, try your luck at carnival games, bounce on inflatables and much more as you enjoy this Midwest fall tradition! Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park 837-5949

Age: All ages
Date: Sept. 30-Oct. 29
Time:  Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sun., Noon-6 p.m.
Fee: Free admission, most activities have a small fee
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McDonald's Day at the Zoo


Half-price zoo admission for all.
Dickerson Park Zoo 833-1570

Age: All ages
Date: Sat., Sept. 30
Time:  9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Fee: Half-price general admission for all
$12/Adults and teens
$8/Children 3-12 yrs.
Seniors 60 yrs. and up

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Training for the Trot


Get ready for the 23rd Annual Turkey Trot 5K by training with a group at Dan Kinney Park. Designed for individuals who want to run a 5K race for the first time, get back to running or who want to train with a group. Program fee includes registration for Turkey Trot and a Training for the Trot t-shirt. Register by Sept. 30. Dan Kinney Family Center 891-1500

Age: 16 yrs. and up
Date: Oct. 6-Nov. 16
Time:  Thurs., 6 p.m.
Fee: $45, includes Turkey Trot registration


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Trail of Honor Dedication


Ozark Greenways, the Missouri Veterans Commission, and the C.W. Titus Foundation are thrilled to dedicate the newest trail section of the James River Greenway, the Trail of Honor, located in the Missouri Veterans Cemetery. This is the first recreational trail in the country spanning a veteran’s cemetery. Winding along the serene James River valley, this portion of greenway will be a contemplative place through which to honor veterans who served in all our nation’s military branches. Come to this patriotic celebration by bike or on foot, if possible. Ozark Greenways 864-2014

Age: All ages
Date: Thurs., Oct. 12
Time:  2-3 p.m.
Fee: Free
Junior Golf

Stroll-A-Thon and Bike It!


Dress for Halloween and decorate your ride for a parade. We'll have games, snacks, and prizes for best costumes and decorations. We'll also focus on safe riding in driveways, roads, and neighborhoods. Dan Kinney Family Center 891-1500

Age: All ages
Date: Saturday, Oct. 14
Time:  9-11:30 a.m.
Fee:  Free to attend


Junior Golf

CODP Golf Tournament


Four-person scramble benefiting athletes with the Greater Springfield Community Olympic Development Program. Door prizes, silent auction, and prizes for longest drive and closest to the pin. Entry includes range balls and lunch. Juniors may play with adults. Rivercut Golf Course 891-1639

Registration Form

Age: Juniors grade 7-12 and adults
Date: Sat., Oct. 14
Time:  Check-in 11-11:45 a.m.
Shotgun start at noon
Fee: $25/Junior or $100/Junior team
$85/Adult or $340/Adult team

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: Sun., Oct. 22 - Patrick Mureithi, 3 p.m.
Time:  (see above)
Fee: Free admission, $10

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Veterans Appreciation Day


Free zoo admission for military veteran with ID and their immediate family.
Dickerson Park Zoo 833-1570

Age: All ages
Date: Sat., Nov. 11
Time:  Zoo hours, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Fee: Free for military veterans and their immediate family
$12/Adults and teens
$8/Children 3-12 yrs.
Seniors 60 yrs. and up



Turkey Trot Events

23rd Annual Turkey Trot


Build up your Thanksgiving appetite while benefiting the Park Board Scholarship Fund and the Developmental Center of the Ozarks. Bring five items or five pounds of food to donate to Ozarks Food Harvest. Register online at ParkBoard.org/TurkeyTrotDowntown Springfield 837-5817

Age: All ages
Date: Thurs., Nov. 23
Time:  8 a.m.
Fee: Early-bird registration by Fri., Nov. 17 (postmarked by Mon., Nov.13): $20/Adult, $15/Child

Registration Nov. 22-23, in person only at Springfield Expo Center: $30/Adult, $25/Child

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PGA Annual Golf Sale

 


Save up to 75-percent off new and used golf products, as nine area golf courses (including three Park Board courses) collaborate for their annual holiday PGA sale. Sale location to be announced, check ParkBoard.org. Rivercut Golf Course 891-1645
Horton Smith Golf Course 891-1639
Bill & Payne Stewart Golf Course 833-9962


Age: All ages
Date: Nov. 30-Dec. 2
Time:  Thurs. and Fri., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sat., 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Fee: Prices vary
Candy Cane Lane

Candy Cane Lane


Drive through the farm and enjoy dazzling farm-themed holiday displays and more than 10,000 lights. Friday- Sunday nights only.
Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park 837-5949

Age: All ages
Date: Fri.-Sun., Dec. 1-17
Time:  5-8 p.m.
Fee: $5/Vehicle
  1. Sat Sep. 23

    15th Annual DogFest A canine extravaganza! Everyone, including the family dog, is invited for free fun and activities. DogFest features dog agility demonstrations, expert seminars, local celebrities, police K-9s, therapy dogs, a dog fashion show, canine related vendors and non-profits and a dog-themed bounce house for kids.
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  2. Sun Sep. 24

    Concert at the Cave Four bands, Elwood Crossing, Canto 17, Patrick Mureithi and Friends and The Creek Rocks, perform outside Doling Park’s Giboney Cave. Event also includes cave tours, kids interactive art, games and a bounce house.
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  3. Sat Sep. 30

    Training for the Trot Registration Deadline Be a part of Springfield’s Thanksgiving Day Tradition! Get ready for the 23rd Annual Turkey Trot 5K by training with a group at Dan Kinney Park.
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