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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


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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


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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


Logo for 417 Magazine's Great 417-Land Scavenger Hunt
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Want to win 417 Magazine’s Great 417-Land Scavenger Hunt? You’ve got to come downtown!

September 05, 2019

Our friends at 417 Magazine know how to have a great time. They throw incredible parties, honor fantastic people and spotlight the restaurants, retailers and attractions that make the Ozarks a Midwestern treasure. Now they’ve created their first-ever Great 417-Land Scavenger Hunt and Downtown Springfield is part of the fun! The basics The 417 Magazine… Read More


Crowds walk down Walnut Street during Cider Days
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Nine fall events you won’t want to miss in 2019

August 22, 2019

The school year is underway and it’s time to fill out your calendar for the first semester. Make sure you schedule in plenty of time for some fun. Downtown Springfield is a great place to do that! There are more than 10 major events scheduled before Christmas break. Some of them are free, all of… Read More


Classic cars driving down Route 66 in Springfield
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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


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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


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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 u.school. 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