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Volunteers needed for Artsfest, May 1 & 2, 2021

April 05, 2021

Artsfest is returning to Historic Walnut Street May 1 & 2, 2021!  Once again, we’ll be relying on a team of wonderful volunteers to truly make this festival possible. While the heart and soul of Artsfest remains the same, there will be a few changes. The safety and security of all artists, vendors, patrons and… Read More

Logos for the 40th Artsfest on Historic Walnut Street
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Tickets for Artsfest are on sale now!

April 02, 2021

Limited capacity means a limited amount of tickets will be available for the 40th Artsfest on Historic Walnut Street, presented by Great Southern Bank, May 1 & 2. Want to go? Get your tickets today! Artsfest will look different in 2021 as festival organizers work to keep the community safe from COVID-19. In the past,… Read More

Event poster for 40th Artsfest on Historic Walnut Street
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40th Artsfest on Historic Walnut Street set for May 1 & 2

March 19, 2021

For the first time since 2019, Artsfest, presented by Great Southern Bank, is returning to Historic Walnut Street in Downtown Springfield! The Springfield Regional Arts Council and Downtown Springfield Association announced Friday morning that plans are moving forward to host southwest Missouri’s largest outdoor arts festival May 1-2. The festival will be open 10 a.m.-6… Read More

Event poster for Give Ozarks 2021: Rally For Recovery
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We’re ready to Rally For Recovery on #GiveOzarks Day. And we need your help.

March 17, 2021

Park Central Square has been far too quiet in the last year. We’re ready for that to change. As our community emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Downtown Springfield Association is ready to emerge from its events hibernation. But we can’t do it without your help. With that in mind, the DSA is participating in… Read More

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Grassroots organization MIDxMIDWST launches Kickstarter campaign

March 16, 2021

MIDxMIDWST Mural Art & Festival, is seeking community support through the launch of a Kickstarter Campaign beginning today, March 16, 2021. A community backing through this Kickstarter is an opportunity for Springfield residents and businesses to help bring a new and exciting public art and music festival to life. The Kickstarter is the first opportunity… Read More

A man and three women pose for a photo at the ShamRox 5K
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We’ve got more St. Patrick’s fun than one day can handle

March 10, 2021

St. Patrick’s Day is always a big day for revelry in Downtown Springfield. March 17 falls smack dab in the middle of the week in 2021, but there’s no way that’s going to stop the fun. Instead, we’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Days, with festivities starting March 13 and running through the big day. Looking for… Read More

Logo for First Friday Art Walk's 20th Year
Downtown Business Spotlight   |   News Stories

First Friday Art Walk: Something old, something new, something stamped, something brewed

March 03, 2021

Itching for some fresh air? Get yourself Downtown on March 5 for First Friday Artwalk! This Springfield institution is celebrating its 20th year of great art and great memories, and it’s all free! Check out FFAW’s website for a map of participating venues and read this month’s Art Walk News. Come to our neighborhood Friday… Read More

Black and white photo of the singing group The Philharmonics
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The Philharmonics made history in Downtown Springfield

February 25, 2021

The Philharmonics took the stage at The Grand Ole Opry, shared a tour poster with Elvis Presley, sang with famed gospel singer Mahalia Jackson and dined with President Harry S. Truman. They were also the first Black castmembers to appear regularly on a nationally-broadcast TV show in the United States. And they got their start… Read More

Event poster for Ujima's Black History Month Concert
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Ujima’s Black History Month Concert features MSU Gospel Choir and The Milly Project

February 17, 2021

Support Ujima Language and Literacy, the Missouri State University Gospel Choir and The Milly Project from the comfort of your own home this weekend by streaming the Ujimia Benefit Concert for Black History Month 2021. Donations will be accepted for the event, which will be streamed on Facebook Live. The concert itself, which is sold… Read More

A historic marker on Park Central Square, part of the Springfield-Greene County African American Heritage Trail
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Springfield’s African American Heritage Trail winds through Downtown

February 10, 2021

Want to explore Black history in Downtown Springfield? Just look for the signs. The Springfield-Greene County African American Heritage Trail has placed three descriptive plaques in our neighborhood dedicated to the formerly unrecognized contributions made by people of African descent to the history of the Queen City. It also aims to involve the Springfield community… Read More