Events


  1. Park Partners Plant Sale


    Parks partner groups offer plants and other items for sale at Springfield Botanical Gardens. This is a smaller event than usual, due to COVID prevention. All ages, free admission.

    AGE
    All ages
    DATE
    Sat., April 24
    TIME
    8 a.m.-2 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Springfield Botanical Gardens
    FEE
    Free admission, prices vary per plant

     


  2. Earth Fair & Movie Night


    Free screening of "Over the Hedge", a family movie with an environmental message. Come early for tree activities and takeaways. Movie begins at dusk at the Peace Through People Pavilion at Springfield Botanical Gardens.

    AGE
    All ages
    DATE
    Sat., April 24
    TIME
    7 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Springfield Botanical Center
    FEE
    Free admission, prices vary per plant

     


  3. Artsfest on Historic Walnut Street


    It’s Springfield’s springtime tradition! The largest fine arts festival in southwest Missouri, featuring original art from more than 100 juried artists from across the country. Includes live music, dance and theater on multiple stages, food vendors and socially distanced art activities for all ages. Face coverings and social distancing required, with limited timed entries. Advanced tickets recommended, visit Springfieldarts.org/Artsfest. Proceeds benefit Springfield Regional Arts Council.

    AGE
    All ages
    DATE
    Sat., May 1-Sun., May 2
    TIME
    May 1, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; May 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.,
    LOCATION
    Historic Walnut Street
    FEE
    $5, Kids 5 and under free, advanced tickets recommended

     


  4. Summer Junior Golf Pass


    Junior Golf Pass holders enjoy unlimited golf every day all summer, noon to close, at Horton Smith, Bill & Payne Stewart and Rivercut. Available to ages 17 and under, with approval of a Park Board Golf Course Pro. Does not include range balls, carts or amenities. Details at ParkBoardGolf.org.

    AGE
    17 yrs. and under
    DATE
    May 1-Aug. 15
    TIME
    Daily, Noon to close
    LOCATION
    Bill & Payne Stewart, Horton Smith and Rivercut Golf Courses
    FEE
    $149

     


  5. Frisco Highline Trail IronHorse Gravel Grind


    Bike the Frisco Highline Trail and scenic backroads of Polk and Dade Counties in this annual race. Three distances available: the 26-mile Grinder, the 43-mile Grinder and the 84-mile Grindest. All rides start and finish at Willard Trailhead. Gravel-worthy bikes recommended. Bring your own water, food and supplies. Registration includes a post-race meal. Proceeds benefit the Frisco Highline. Learn more at OzarkGreenways.org.

    AGE
    12 yrs. and up for the Grinder; 18 yrs. and up for the Grinder and the Grindest
    DATE
    Sun., May 2
    TIME
    7 a.m. registration and checking, staggered starts
    LOCATION
    Frisco Highline Trail
    FEE
    $40/Grindy, $55/Grinder and Grindest

     


  6. Gigs in the Garden Concerts


    Enjoy live music at the Peace Through People Pavilion. Bring your own lawnchairs or blankets. Concerts may move indoors if it rains. Presented by Friends of the Garden and Springfield Sister Cities Association, and sponsored by Central Bank and Central Trust.

    AGE
    All ages
    DATE
    May 2, 9, 16, 23
    TIME
    Sun., 2 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Springfield Botanical Gardens
    FEE
    Free, $10 suggested donation

     


  7. Wednesday Concerts at Noon at Founders Park


    Enjoy free half-hour lunchtime concerts Wednesdays at Founders Park, in partnership with Downtown Springfield CID. Bring your lunch and enjoy area performers on stage at the site where Springfield was founded. Performance schedule at ParkBoard.org/Founders.

    AGE
    All ages
    DATE
    Wed., May 5- June 30
    TIME
    12:15-12:45 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Founders Park
    FEE
    Free

     


  8. First Fridays at Founders Park


    Visit Founders Park during Downtown Springfield’s First Friday ArtWalk May-July for live music and live art, in a festive, socially-distanced atmosphere.

    AGE
    All ages
    DATE
    May 7, June 4, July 2
    TIME
    Fri., 6-9 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Founders Park
    FEE
    Free

     


  9. Bike, Walk & Wheel Week


    Which mode of active transportation will you choose to get out of the house, go to the store, visit a park or explore a trail? Plan to use an active mode at least once that week, whether it's biking, walking, rolling, taking the bus or any combination. Tag photos with #BikeWalkWheelWeekSGF and #OzarkGreenways to be entered into prize drawings. Learn more at OzarkGreenways.org.

    AGE
    All ages
    DATE
    May 8-16
    TIME
    Schedule at your own pace
    LOCATION
    Your choice
    FEE
    Free

     


  10. Bark in the Park


    A fun and relaxing day in Phelps Grove Park with your family and beloved canine. Enjoy live music, interactive crafts, and enjoy activities at the Canine Vendor Village. Cruse Dog Park t-shirts and concessions available. Vendors must register by May 14. Proceeds benefit Cruse Dog Park.

    AGE
    All ages
    DATE
    Sat., May 22
    TIME
    10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Your choice
    FEE
    Free

     


  11. Outdoor Pools open


    Fassnight, Grant Beach, Silver Springs and McGee-McGregor outdoor pools are open Memorial Day weekend through mid-August. 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.

    AGE
    All ages
    DATE
    Open daily Sat., May 29- Sun., Aug. 15; (Fassnight reopens weekends only: Aug. 21-Sept. 6)
    TIME
    1-6:30 p.m. (McGee-McGregor Wading Pool hours 10 a.m.-Noon and 3-6 p.m.)
    LOCATION
    Fassnight, Grant Beach, Silver Springs and McGee-McGregor outdoor pools
    FEE
    $3/ages 3-17 and seniors (60+), $4/adults. All ages are $1/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.)

     


  12. Southwest Missouri Senior Games


    Olympic-style events for athletes age 50 years and up. Events include Archery, Golf, Pickleball and Track and Field. Some events offered previous years not available this year due to COVID prevention. Games may serve as preparation for the Missouri State Senior Games and the National Senior Games. Register by May 14 at ParkBoard.org/SeniorGames, some games may allow onsite registration.

    AGE
    50 yrs. and up
    DATE
    June 2-5
    TIME
    Wed., June 2, 9 a.m., Golf Two-Person Scramble; Thurs., June 3, 8 a.m., Pickleball Mixed Doubles; Fri., June 4, 8 a.m., Pickleball Men’s and Women’s Doubles; 12:30 p.m. Archery; Sat., June 5, 8 a.m., Track and Field
    LOCATION
    Varies
    FEE
    Golf: $120/two-person scramble; Pickleball: $15/Person, per event; Archery: $15/person; Track and Field: $10/person

     


  13. 6th Annual Tennis Under the Lights


    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. Presented by USTA.

    AGE
    All ages
    DATE
    Fri., June 4
    TIME
    7-9 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Lafayete Park
    FEE
    Free

     


  14. 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. A mix of family favorites and action thrillers, rated G, PG, or PG-13. Concessions available, bring your own lawn chairs or blankets. No movies the weekend of July 2-3. Movie titles and details at ParkBoard.org/Movies

    AGE
    All ages
    DATE
    Fri. and Sat., June 4-July 31
    TIME
    Movies begin at dusk
    LOCATION
    Founders Park
    FEE
    Free

     


  15. 40th Annual Kids’ Fishing Fun Day


    A day of learning and fishing in our stocked pond. Kids may catch and keep up to three fish, or catch and release unlimited fish! Take your picture at our photo station. Bring your own bait and gear, limited fishing pole rentals available. Space is limited. Register by May 31 at ParkBoard.org. No event day registration. Rain date June 12.

    AGE
    3-15 yrs.
    DATE
    Sat., June 5
    TIME
    8, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m. or 12 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park
    FEE
    Free

     


  16. 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 May 31 at ParkBoard.org/RunForFun.

    AGE
    Grades 2-6
    DATE
    Sat., June 5-31
    TIME
    10-10:45 a.m.
    LOCATION
    Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park
    FEE
    Free

     


  17. 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

    AGE
    All ages
    DATE
    Sat., June 12
    TIME
    10 a.m.-6 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Lafayette Park
    FEE
    Free

     


  18. Timmons Hall Brown Bag Lunch Series


    The Brown Bag Lunch Series honors local, regional and national history makers through the topics of education, agency, entrepreneurship and reconciliation. Each series features a brief spotlight on a history maker, opening up a wider conversation. Registration required by two days before, and don’t forget to bring your lunch!

    AGE
    All ages
    DATE
    June 19: Agency, Herman Doc Horn; Aug. 21: Entrepreneurs, Mrs. Alberta Ellis; Oct. 16: Reconciliation, Bryan Stevenson
    TIME
    11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Timmons Hall
    FEE
    $5

     


  19. Butterfly Festival


    Celebrate gardening, nature and butterflies. Visit the Roston Native Butterfly House and Caterpillar Petting Zoo. Enter the pollinator costume contest, enjoy magic shows, visit vendors, and more. Presented by Friends of the Garden. Children may pick up a packet of take-home crafts, presented by Young Sprouts in the Garden. Free admission to Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden.

    AGE
    All ages
    DATE
    Sat., June 19
    TIME
    9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Springfield Botanical Center
    FEE
    Free

     


  20. 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! Capacity may be limited.

    AGE
    All ages
    DATE
    Mon., June 21
    TIME
    Varies, call for details
    LOCATION
    Springfield Skate Park
    FEE
    Free

     


  21. Timmons Hall Day


    Enjoy a tour of Timmons Hall and Silver Springs Park, and a presentation by Bob Kendrick, Executive Director of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City. Concessions available onsite. Register by June 18.

    AGE
    All ages
    DATE
    Sun., June 27
    TIME
    12-3:30 p.m., presentation at 2 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Springfield Skate Park
    FEE
    $10

     


  22. Racquet, White and Blue


    Play tennis at Tom Watkins Park! Grab your family and friends and join the celebration on court with music, snacks and having fun playing tennis. All equipment is provided. Presented by USTA.

    AGE
    All ages
    DATE
    Fri., July 2
    TIME
    6-8 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Tom Watkins Park
    FEE
    Free

     


  23. National Teddy Bear Picnic


    Bring your favorite stuffed bear or toy and celebrate National Teddy Bear Picnic Day! Pack a picnic lunch and blanket or purchase lunch from Park Concessions. Event includes craft, games, story time, a teddy bear parade and frozen treat. Free, but registration is required for a timeslot below at ParkBoard.org by July 5.

    AGE
    2-10 yrs.
    DATE
    Sat., July 10
    TIME
    10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m. or 1 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Peace Through People Pavilion
    FEE
    Free

     


  24. 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.

    AGE
    All ages
    DATE
    Tues., Aug. 3
    TIME
    5-7 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Meador Park
    FEE
    Free

     


  25. 17th Annual Kid’Athlon


    Kids swim, bike, and run their way to victory, taking home medals, t-shirts, goodies and the pride of finishing a triathlon! Event distances are customized per age group. Registration required by Aug. 5.

    AGE
    5-12 yrs.
    DATE
    Sat., Aug. 7
    TIME
    8 a.m.
    LOCATION
    Meador Park
    FEE
    $35/child, $25/ addl. child same household