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Don’t let the rain wash away your Memorial Day Weekend fun!

May 22, 2020

The forecast for Memorial Day Weekend 2020 looks very gray. And rainy. Not an ideal weekend for the lake or grilling out. But you can still relax and enjoy the holiday in Downtown Springfield. Here are a few options.


More and more Downtown restaurants have returned to dine-in seating, respectively distanced of course. Get out of the house and let someone else do the cooking. There are plenty of options for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. Just check out our Resource page to see who’s open and who isn’t.

Still not ready to venture out to a restaurant? Curbside and delivery service are still available from many places. (That information, too, can be found on our resource page.) One of the nice things about to-go food? You can get appetizers, entrees and dessert from different restaurants and spread your money around several of our locally-owned small businesses!

And don’t forget, Missouri has extended to-go beer and alcohol into June! You can get cocktails from The Golden Girl Rum Club; margaritas and mixed drinks from places like Civil Kitchen, Finnegan’s Wake and Tinga Tacos; wine from Bruno’s and Nonna’s; and more!


Downtown’s retailers are open again, and taking special precautions to make sure everyone stays safe and healthy. That includes A Cricket in the House, BookMarx, Crystalline Velvet, Heavy Heads Records, The Merry Moore Boutique and several more. Check out 5 Pound Apparel’s Memorial Day Weekend sale, too!

Online shopping is, of course, still available if you’re not ready to visit Downtown in person just yet.

Family Fun

Our comedy clubs, live music venues and theaters remain closed, but there’s still family fun to be found Downtown! 1984 Arcade is open, as is Craft Axe Throwing. Check out our Resources page for more details. Both places are running on limited capacity, and children under 10 are not allowed in Craft Axe Throwing after 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Fresh Air

Hopefully it won’t rain every minute of every day this weekend. Need to get out of the house? Come check out the beautiful flowers on Park Central Square, or view the beautiful works of art along Sculpture Walk. And don’t forget to get a picture with the murals and pieces of public art Downtown, including the butterfly wings near the intersection of South and Walnut.