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2018: The Year of More in Downtown Springfield

January 03, 2019

Quick! Pick one word to describe your 2018! Not easy, is it? We did this exercise ourselves and came up with one word to describe this past year: more. Here are five things that made this a year of growth for Downtown Springfield. 1. More construction It started early. January 16 to be exact. That’s… Read More

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Have a New Year’s health resolution? Head Downtown to make it a reality.

December 27, 2018

New Year, who dis? A study by Statista found that 45 percent of Americans who made New Year’s resolutions for 2018 wanted to lose weight or get in shape. Is that on your list for 2019? There are plenty of great resources in Downtown Springfield to help you get on track in the new year…. Read More

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Give the unexpected this Christmas

December 20, 2018

You could get your favorite movie lover a gift card to their favorite theater, and that would be a pretty swell gift. But what if they wanted a more immersive movie experience? And, no, we don’t mean like 3D, IMAX or Smell-O-Vision. We’re talking about the Rated SGF Film Festival, a uniquely Springfield experienced, dedicated… Read More

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Countdown of the top 10 ways to ring in 2019 in Downtown Springfield

December 13, 2018

It’s almost time for the final countdown of 2018. Looking for a festive way to ring in 2019? There are plenty of places to take a cup of kindness for auld lang syne. So in keeping with the spirit of the night, here’s a countdown — from 10 to 1 — of ways to celebrate… Read More

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We’re Hiring a Member Relations Coordinator!

December 11, 2018

Do you have top-notch organizational skills? Are you a creative problem solver who loves working with people? You might be just the person we’re looking for! The Downtown Springfield Association seeks qualified applicants for its Member Relations Coordinator position. It’s a part-time, contract position that runs from early January through June 30, 2019. The successful… Read More

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The 2018 Downtown Springfield Christmas Parade: Behind the numbers.

December 06, 2018

A holiday tradition returns at 2 p.m. Dec. 8 when the 2018 Downtown Springfield Christmas Parade marches through Park Central Square. The parade is presented by Penmac Staffing. This year’s parade theme is “Wonders of Christmas.” It honors the incredible accomplishments of Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium. That venue drew 1.6… Read More

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Downtown Springfield is thankful

November 21, 2018

The Downtown Springfield Association would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. We hope you’re taking time today to be with friends and family for good food and good fellowship. We’re thankful for each and everyone of you who chooses to live, play and work in Downtown Springfield. We asked some downtowners what they are… Read More

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Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony: An Insider’s Guide

November 15, 2018

The most wonderful time of the year arrives a little early in Downtown Springfield.   Five days before families gather for Thanksgiving feasts, the Festival Of Lights kicks off with the Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony in Park Central Square Nov. 17. The show starts at 6:30 p.m. The tree will glow at 7:30.   But… Read More

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Calling all artists: Apply now for Artsfest 2019!

November 01, 2018

Imagine a beautiful, tree-lined street. On either side sit historic Victorian homes. Roaming the sun-splashed asphalt are more than 20,000 art lovers of all ages. And there you are showing off your art at Southwest Missouri’s best art festival. Now quit imagining! Head to and submit your application for Artsfest on Historic Walnut Street,… Read More

New Downtown Springfield Association intern Rachel McGrath
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McGrath joins DSA team, more internship opportunities available

October 25, 2018

Rachel McGrath is like a lot of students who move to Springfield for college. She learned about the Downtown Springfield Association thanks to a fantastic fall festival. “My first experiences with DSA was attending Cider Days with a few girls from my dorm, who are now my roomates,” McGrath, a St. Louis native, said. “I’ve… Read More