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Fun, free and family-friendly. Don’t miss the incredibly-growing Birthplace of Route 66 Festival this weekend!

August 08, 2019

When you plant a seed in Downtown Springfield, there’s no telling how much fruit will grow. The first Birthplace of Route 66 Festival, back in 2011, was a “glorified block party” when it started, Downtown Springfield Association executive director Rusty Worley told the Springfield News-Leader. The 9th Annual Birthplace of Route 66 Festival, Aug. 9-10,… Read More

A woman wearing glasses stands in front of an NPR backdrop
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Are you the next incredible DSA intern?

July 11, 2019

Last fall we introduced you to Rachel McGrath, our events intern for Rated SGF. She’s an intern this summer, too, but not with us. And we’re OK with that. That’s because McGrath is currently an intern at National Public Radio in Washington, D.C. She’s working with the NPR team on events and having an incredible… Read More

A painting of a woman with short hair and glasses
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July’s First Friday Art Walk features expressive art

July 03, 2019

Summer is here and in high gear! Experience arts this month with interactive activities like a live Raku firing at Millet & Hammer, or an audio/visual media artspace with Here are four featured galleries in Downtown Springfield. MILLET & HAMMER WITH KADEN MEYERS, A RAKU FIRING FOR THE WALK Millet and Hammer come watch… Read More

A sign listing walking times to various Downtown Springfield locations
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I saw the sign, and it helped me navigate Downtown Springfield

June 27, 2019

Your day in Downtown Springfield is going great. The food you just ate near Park Central Square was fantastic. You decide to walk down to the shops on Walnut Street while your food digests. Or maybe you want to check out the Brewery District. Now you have a dilemma. Do you drive your car to… Read More

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Don’t feel guilty for filling your belly at Taste of SoMo

June 20, 2019

Do not feel guilty about filling your belly at Taste of SoMo this Saturday, June 22, from 1-5 p.m. You’ll be helping fill someone else’s belly, too. Go ahead and stroll around Park Central Square for a while. Listen to the music. Spend your tasting tickets at your favorite restaurants, or check out some new… Read More

A crowd watches a movie at Founders Park in Downtown Springfield
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Founders Park is the place to be for free fun in June and July

June 06, 2019

Tucked away on Water Street, between Jefferson and Boonville, is Founders Park. The average Downtown Springfield visitor might not even see it. But during June and July it becomes a hot spot of activity in the heart of the Queen City. The Wednesday Concerts at Noon bring a lunchtime crowd in May and June. A… Read More

A long line of people wait to sample food at the Black Sheep Food Truck at Taste of SoMo 2018
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It’s time to make your Downtown Springfield Summer Bucket List

May 23, 2019

Memorial Day Weekend is here! It started as a day to remember and honor people who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. It has become the unofficial kickoff for summer. That means it’s time to get your Summer Bucket List ready.   A Summer Bucket List is a great way to… Read More

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Minor leagues, major fun with the Springfield Cardinals

May 16, 2019

There was a time when summers in Springfield were, sadly, without baseball. But in 2005 the Cardinals landed at Hammons Field, bringing Texas League baseball and 70 games filled with family fun to Downtown Springfield. The 2019 season opened in early April, but there are still plenty of home games left this summer — plenty… Read More

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Artsfest A to Z

May 02, 2019

Artsfest on Historic Walnut Street returns for its 39th year May 4-5. The festival has grown and evolved over time, so you can always expect to see something new. Here’s an A-to-Z rundown on what to expect in 2019. A Art, and lots of it. You can buy it, watch it being made, listen to… Read More

Logo for Ozark Greenways' Bike Walk & Wheel Week 2019
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Get active and win stuff with Ozark Greenways’ Bike Walk & Wheel Week, May 12-17

April 25, 2019

We’ve got sidewalks, bus stops and bike racks in Downtown Springfield, and they’re not just there for decoration. In fact, they could help you win some prizes. Bike Walk & Wheel Week is May 12-17. Ozark Greenways puts on this celebration of active modes of transportation. Your participation will get you a free smoothie from… Read More