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Rated SGF Film Festival canceled for 2021

February 04, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancellation of the Rated SGF Film Festival for 2021. Rated SGF will return March 25-26, 2022. The difficult decision was made by the Downtown Springfield Association and the Film and Media Association of Springfield in the interests of public health concerns. The health and safety of guests, volunteers and staff,… Read More

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Kick off Black History Month with the History Museum on the Square

February 03, 2021

Celebrate Black History Month with the History Museum on the Square in Downtown Springfield! USA Today’s 2019 Best New Attraction hosts a free program Saturday, Feb. 6, at 2 p.m. in the historic Fox Theatre. Join them in person or virtually as they feature the newly-created African American Heritage Trunk. Registration is required. The trunk… Read More

Event poster for 'The Sound of Music' at Springfield Little Theatre
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Downtown is alive with ‘The Sound of Music.’ Thanks, SLT!

January 28, 2021

Downtown Springfield is coming to life for the next two weeks thanks to Springfield Little Theatre. The volunteer-driven, non-profit community theatre presents “The Sound of Music” Jan. 29-Feb. 14 at the Landers Theatre. The final collaboration between Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II was destined to become the world’s most beloved musical. Featuring a trove… Read More

Cast and crew record a scene from Fugitive Songs
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Springfield Contemporary Theatre launches Fugitive Songs with premiere event Feb. 11

January 20, 2021

Springfield Contemporary Theatre continues its tradition of innovative, immersive theatre with a special debut experience for Fugitive Songs. SCT’s latest MainStage production premieres online Feb. 11. The SCT team is thrilled to present the Southwest Missouri premiere of this off-Broadway musical. Current Grammy Award nominee and Missouri State University alumnus Nathan Tysen wrote the lyrics…. Read More

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Springfield NAACP moves forward with MLK Weekend

January 14, 2021

“If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl. But whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.” Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The COVID-19 pandemic won’t stop Springfield’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. March. The Springfield NAACP is hosting MLK Weekend instead, with… Read More

A Battle of Springfield historical marker at Park Central Square
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Remembering the Quinine Brigade and the Battle of Springfield

January 08, 2021

“The maimed, the half-deaf and the blind all made their way to the public square to aid in the defense of Springfield.” — Mills T. Chastain They must have been quite a sight as they marched toward what we now call Park Central Square. The date was Jan. 8, 1863, the Battle of Springfield. Ragged… Read More

Happy holidays from the Downtown Springfield Association
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A holiday message from DSA Executive Director Rusty Worley

December 24, 2020

The spirit of community is what drew many of us to Downtown Springfield and it has sustained us through an incredibly challenging year. The Downtown Springfield Association team is thankful for each of our members and the small businesses that continue to make us the regional hub for dining, entertainment, hospitality, education, services, community events… Read More

The Central Kilties Drum & Bugle Corps performs during the 2019 Downtown Springfield Christmas Parade
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Celebrate the season with marching bands on Park Central Square!

December 09, 2020

It broke our square-shaped heart we couldn’t put on a Christmas parade in 2020. But we weren’t going to let the pandemic completely cancel holiday fun in Downtown Springfield. Sounds of the season…on the Square We’ve invited bands from across the area to play for you on Park Central Square this Saturday, Dec. 12! Come… Read More

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The 2020 Holiday Shopping Guide is here. And say hello to our holiday app!

December 04, 2020

Gift giving is not everyone’s love language, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Picking out the right presents for the people you love isn’t always easy. Don’t feel bad. The Downtown Springfield Association is here to help. We’re proud to present the 2020 Holiday Shopping Guide, featuring some of Downtown’s greatest retailers, restaurants, coffee shops… Read More

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Big changes coming to Downtown Springfield Christmas Parade in 2020

November 13, 2020

The Downtown Springfield Christmas Parade, presented by Penmac, is taking a fresh new route in 2020, in more ways than one. The Downtown Springfield Association has changed up the plans for this treasured holiday event to keep the participants and the public safe during the COVID-19 epidemic. Instead of one afternoon event, the Parade will… Read More