Summer 2020 Festivals and Events in Springfield

Looking for something to do this summer? Springfield is hot with festivals, concerts, plays, and more! Use this guide to find fun activities throughout Summer 2020.

Shakespeare in the Park
Do you love Shakespeare? If so, you'll enjoy Much Ado About Nothing under the big sky at Jordan Valley Park. It's a comedy, but probably not the best choice for children under 12. The performances are scheduled Wednesdays-Sundays at 8:15, from May 27-June 7. Admission is free, parking is available downtown in one of the open lots or parking garages. Jordan Valley Park is located at 735 E. Trafficway. For more information, contact them by phone at (417) 831-5233, by email at jeff@theskinnyimprov.com, or check out the website at http://www.theskinnyimprov.com.

Wine tasting at OOVVDA Winery
Are you a wine connoisseur or just enjoy the taste of something new? Check out this free wine tasting event being held from May 29th to June 1st at the OOVVDA Winery. This is a small, family-owned winery with fresh, fruity wines. The Overboe family comes from a long line of Nordic winemakers. Wine-tasting begins at noon and continues until dusk. The winery is located on 5448 N. Berry Lane in Springfield. For more information, please contact them by phone at 417-833-4896, by email info@oovvda.com, or visit their website at http://www.oovvda.com.

IDEA Expo, Innovation at Discovery Center
Are you interested in science or have an idea? Come share your interest with innovation experts from the Jorday Valley Innovation Center and JVIC partners at this free event in downtown Springfield on June 2 from 6 PM until 8 PM. This is a free family outing at the Discovery Center with something for everyone. The Discovery Center has activity centers and hands-on exhibits for all ages. Parking is free in the Discovery Center parking lot at 438 E. St. Louis Street. For more information, contact them by phone at (417) 862-9910, by email at cmccoy@discoverycenter.org, or visit their website at http://www.discoverycenter.org.

Noon Concert Series at Founders Park
Enjoy your lunch with some of Springfield's best entertainers! This musical event is free, just bring your lunch and a chair or blanket for a family picnic with live entertainment. The event is scheduled at 12 PM on June 3rd at Founder's Park at 330 E. Water Street in Springfield. For more information, please call (417) 865-0450, or visit the website at http://www.springfieldmo.gov/founders. Parking is free in the park parking lot.

Bartender Flair Competition Benefit
Not just a bartending competition, but a benefit for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks organization. Bring your friends to Quincy Magoo's at 900 E. Battlefield Street on June 4th for an evening of flashy mixing and great drinks from 8 PM to 11 PM. Admission is $5 barstool or $25 for table of 5. Must be 21 to attend the event. For more information, please contact them by phone at (417) 773-0219 or visit the website at http://www.bigbro.com. Parking is free and available at Quincy Magoo's.

28th Annual Kids Fishing Fun Day
Looking for a kid's event? This sporting event on June 6th is open to kid's ages 3 to 13 at Sportsman Park Center at 2500 E. Kearney St. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The event is free, but children must supply their own fishing gear and bait. There are two start times, one at 8:30 AM and another at 9:30 AM. For more information, contact them at (417) 864-1332 or visit the Springfield/Greene County parks website at http://www.parkboard.org for registration forms.

Summer Solstice Solar-bration
Don't miss this sunny event at the Discovery Center on Friday, June 19 (9 AM to 8 PM) and Saturday, June 20 (10 AM to 5 PM). This event focuses on how cultures throughout the world celebrate the sun with story-tellers, special activities, exhibits, and information about sun safety and solar power. Admission prices are $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $7 for children ages 3 through 15. The Discover Center is located at 438 E. St. Louis Street and parking is free. For more information, please visit their website at http://www.discoverycenter.org or call (417) 862-9910.

8th Annual SnowFest
Snow in summer? You betcha! Bring your kids to this free winter wonderland festival at Jordan Valley Park in downtown. SnowFest is scheduled June 20 from 4 PM until 9 PM. There will be live music, games, and giveaways. Jordan Valley Park is located at 635 E. Trafficway St. Parking is available nearby in one of the open lots or parking garages. For additional information, please call (417) 866-7444 or visit the website at http://www.icepark.org.

FOG The Greater Ozarks Butterfly Festival
Do you like butterflies? You won't want to miss this festival in honor of the new Butterfly House at Nathanael Greene Park/Close Memorial Park. The event is free and will take place on Saturday, July 11 (10 AM to 4 PM) and Sunday, July 12, 2020 (11 AM to 4 PM). There will be garden tours and activities. Kids will love interacting with the butterflies at this event. The park is located at 2400 S. Scenic and offers plenty of free parking. Visit their website at http://www.parkboard.org or call (417) 864-1049.

Ozark Empire Fair
This annual event is a must! The largest annual fair in the Ozarks, it offers everything from rides, concerts, motor sports, livestock shows and competitions, exhibits, food, and special performances. The fair is scheduled from July 31 through August 9 at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds located at 3001 N. Grant Avenue.

Admission prices at the gate are $6 for adults, $2 for children ages 6 to 12, and children 5 and under are free. Parking is available at the fairgrounds for $4. Fair hours are from 11 AM to 11 PM, the midway opens at 1 PM. Concert headliners include The Beach Boys (July 31), Raven Symone (August 1), Little River Band (August 4), and Montgomery Gentry (August 6). Discounts on tickets are typically offered by local businesses in July. For more information call (417) 833-2660 or visit the website at http://www.ozarkempirefair.com.

6th Annual Moonlight Bike Ride
Would you like to bike under the stars? If so, be sure to attend this starry cycling event in downtown Springfield. Cyclists will meet at the Discovery Center on August 22 for a tour of downtown, then return to the Center for food and music. Pre-registration is $15 per adult and $10 per children under 12. Registration on the night of the event is $20 for adults and $15 for children under 12. The event starts at 9:30 PM, but be sure to arrive a few minutes early to get your position. The Discovery Center is located at 438 E. St. Louis Street and parking is free. Please call (417) 862-9910 or visit the website at http://www.discoverycenter.org for registration forms.

Southwest Missouri Cattle Baron's Ball
See you at the ball? This special event will be held at the William H. Darr Agricultural Center, located at 2401 S. Kansas Expressway, on Saturday, August 22 from 6:30 PM to 1 AM on Sunday. Come dine, dance, and meet new friends at this special event being held this year in Springfield. There will be Vegas-style gaming, a mechanical bull, quick draw, and more. Tickets range from $300 (pair of tickets) to $10,000 (Oil Baron Table for 10). This event benefits the American Cancer Society. For more ticket information, please visit this website or the main website at http://www.cattlebaronsballswmo.org. You may also contact them by phone at (417) 447-1483.

Source:
Springfield Event Calendar
http://www.springfieldmo.org/calendar_page.asp