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Stay at home and help the History Museum on the Square write history

March 26, 2020

The History Museum on the Square is in the storytelling business. And the history business, for that matter. The team at the museum is putting those skills to good use as Springfield goes under a stay-at-home virus to help stop the spread of COVID-19. “Most of the stories we tell are made possible because someone… Read More

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Support Downtown Springfield and you could win the grand prize in Downtown Curbside Bingo!

March 24, 2020

The Downtown Springfield Association has been inspired by the strong community support for its restaurants, retailers, theatres and more during this challenging, ever-evolving time. To say thank you, the DSA is launching Downtown Curbside Bingo March 24. Players can make purchases at any Downtown business to cover up squares on their downloadable bingo card. The… Read More

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The Discovery Center is helping the helpers

March 19, 2020

One downtown institution of more than 20 years is closing its doors to the public to begin offering emergency educational and childcare assistance for healthcare workers at places like CoxHealth and Mercy Springfield with displaced school aged children. With at least 12 area school districts now remaining closed until April 6, the Discovery Center —… Read More

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How to stay safe and support Downtown Springfield businesses

March 17, 2020

The safety of Downtown’s residents, workers, and patrons is of the utmost importance to us here at Downtown Springfield Association. We want you to know that we are monitoring all recommendations and updates from government officials surrounding COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), and we will inform our stakeholders of relevant changes. The first priority for everyone is… Read More

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Rated SGF Film Festival postponed

March 16, 2020

After continued monitoring of national Centers for Disease Control and local health department guidance, the Downtown Springfield Association and the Film and Media Association of Springfield today announced that the Rated SGF Film Festival has been postponed. Organizers will work with the film industry special guests, Fox Theatre and other stakeholders to identify a new… Read More

Vintage cars parade down Historic Route 66 in Springfield
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Get ready to rock along the Mother Road Aug. 14-15

March 05, 2020

The Birthplace of Route 66 Festival returns Aug. 14-15 and brings a rocking lineup with it. The festival drew 65,000 people to Downtown Springfield last year and entertained them with an all-free musical lineup. This year’s event will feature live musical acts on two stages. The KY3/KSPR stage is in Park Central Square. Local and… Read More

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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

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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

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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