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Rated SGF Film Festival returns with strong lineup in 2020

February 27, 2020

Three feature-length films and a handful of shorts from a Missouri filmmaker highlight the Rated SGF Film Festival lineup in 2020. Rated SGF, March 27-28, is presented by Simmons Bank and Hotel Vandivort. The  Downtown Springfield Association and the Film & Media Association of Springfield manage the festival. The full schedule for the festival will… Read More


Logo for the MIDxMidwst Mural Festival
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MIDxMIDWST coming to Downtown Springfield in Fall 2020

February 21, 2020

MIDxMIDWST Arts & Culture Initiative, a newly-founded, women-led organization, is bringing something awesome to Downtown Springfield this fall. The MIDxMIDWST Mural Festival is coming in September 2020. It will boast an intentional balance of local and external artists performing live mural art. The two-day event is aimed at bolstering community identity and beautification efforts for… Read More


Craig Wagoner poses with his Tom Billionis lifetime achievement award, standing between Michelle Billionis and Vance Hall.
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Big surprises make 2020 Downtown Awards a night to remember

February 07, 2020

The 2020 Downtown Awards, the Downtown Springfield Association’s night of celebration, included a pair of big surprises. The biggest came courtesy of Central Bank President and CEO Russ Marquart. After Craig Wagoner, of Brentwood Management, received the Tom Billionis Lifetime Achievement Award, Marquart took the microphone in the Hotel Vandivort ballroom to say a few… Read More


A Santa mug sits on a counter with Santa Claus toys
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Pop-up events bring holiday cheer for grownups to Downtown Springfield

December 05, 2019

The holiday season is a great time to be a child. There are Christmas lists to make, visits to Santa, classroom parties, delicious treats and so much more. Don’t grownups deserve a little fun? Spoiler alert: they do. The good news is there are some great pop-up holiday events in Downtown Springfield to help you… Read More


Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus pose for a picture with a young child
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Ready to kick off the holiday season? Downtown Springfield is the place to be this weekend!

November 21, 2019

Do you need a little Christmas, right this very minute? Downtown Springfield is ready to get you in the spirit this weekend! Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker It starts Friday evening when the Historic Gillioz Theatre hosts Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. The show starts at 7 p.m. The Moscow Ballet puts on a fantastic… Read More


Park Central Square fountain
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$21 million dollar BUILD grant will help connect Downtown to Wonders of Wildlife

November 06, 2019

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt’s office announced today that the City of Springfield will receive $20,960,822 to create the Grant Avenue Parkway. The major multi-modal transportation improvements will run along Grant Avenue in the heart of Springfield. Funding is from a BUILD Transportation Grant. BUILD stands for “Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development.” These are Transportation… Read More


A scene from the play "Death Valley: A Love Story."
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The curtain rises on can’t-miss theatre in Downtown Springfield

October 24, 2019

Theatre lovers across the Ozarks know Downtown Springfield is the place to go for the best shows. This weekend is the perfect example. Both Springfield Contemporary Theatre and Springfield Little Theatre will raise the curtain on fantastic new performances. Seriously. This is can’t-miss theatre. Here are the details. A world premiere at SCT Award-winning playwright… Read More


Chef vito chops vegetables on a wooden cutting board
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Feast 50 honors many Downtown Springfield restaurants

October 17, 2019

We like to brag on the food scene in Downtown Springfield. Clearly we have a bias, but we think the quality and variety of places to eat and drink are second to none in the whole 417 area code. Today, though, we’d like to offer up some evidence to support our argument. Feast Magazine has… Read More


A man and woman look at a holiday window display.
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Team A.N.A. 417 challenges Downtown Springfield businesses to dress up for the holidays

October 10, 2019

Longtime Springfieldians can tell you all about the magic of Christmas in Downtown Springfield. A big part of that magic is coming back, thanks to Team A.N.A. 417. The Springfield-area non-profit is putting on the first-ever Team A.N.A. 417 Downtown Springfield Holiday Window Challenge. The competition is meant to be unique, just like Downtown Springfield’s… Read More


Crowds walk down Walnut Street during Cider Days
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Go away, Summer! We’re ready for Fall and Cider Days!

September 20, 2019

On Thursday, Sept. 19, the National Weather Service reported that Springfield reached a high of 90 degrees. Again. It was the 15th time the Queen City of the Ozarks hit 90 degrees this month. We’re over it. Bring on fall. Are you as ready for the next season as we are? Perfect. Come encourage fall… Read More