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Fall means fun in Downtown Springfield

September 20, 2018

The forecast calls for cooler temperatures to come to the Ozarks, but Downtown Springfield isn’t ready to hibernate. Not by a longshot. This week kicks off a busy autumn on Park Central Square and it all starts tonight, Thursday, Sept. 20.

Patio Parties

92.9 The Beat is throwing a free Thursday-night Patio Party on Park Central Square. The series runs through Oct. 4.

This week Luna Jamboree plays from 5-5:45 p.m., with Hudson Freeman following from 6-7. Other musical guests scheduled are Trak Masta Tom and JOED (Sept. 27) and Shaun Munday and Kaizen (Oct. 4).

Patios around Park Central Square will be open — and some will offer specials — during the Patio Party and 92.9 The Beat will be broadcasting live. Don’t miss out on the fun!

Showstoppers at the Gillioz

Tonight also includes an incredible show at the historic Gillioz Theatre, on Park Central East. Singer-songwriters and folk icons Judy Collins and Stephen Stills will perform together. It’s part of their tour to mark the golden anniversary of their formative time together.

It’s the first of 18 shows on the Gillioz stage between now and the end of November. The busy run includes live music, stand-up comedy, dance and film.

That run also includes a special Gillioz 92nd Anniversary Event Oct. 13, which combines music and film. The evening features a Master of Silent Film Festival, with scores performed live by the Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra.

Upcoming shows at the Gillioz Theatre also include:

  • Sept. 24 – Gordon Lightfoot
  • Sept. 29 – Ramsey Lewis and Urban Knights (part of Springfield Jazz Festival 2018)
  • Oct. 5 – An Evening With Tommy Emmanuel
  • Oct. 6 – Henry Rollins: Travel Slideshow Tour
  • Oct. 10 – The Breeders
  • Oct. 18 – A Knight’s Tale
  • Oct. 19 – The Mystery Hour
  • Oct. 26 – Rocky Horror Picture Show 2018
  • Nov. 2 – Jaron Myers
  • Nov. 3 – Rodney Carrington
  • Nov. 4 – Blues Traveler
  • Nov. 8 – The Gallery Concert Series Aubrey Logan
  • Nov. 16 – Brothers Osborne
  • Nov. 17 – Lewis & Tolkien: Of wardrobes and rings
  • Nov. 20 – Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
  • Nov. 25 – Jewel’s Handmade Holiday Tour



Little Theatre, big shows

Also happening tonight is Springfield Little Theatre’s production of “Disney’s Newsies.” Tickets for the Tony Award-winning musical are on sale now. The show runs through Oct. 7.

It’s a busy fall, as always, on the Landers Theatre stage. SLT will present “Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps” Oct. 19-28 and “A Christmas Story” Nov. 23-Dec. 9.

Contemporary Fun

Just a few blocks away from Springfield Little Theatre is Springfield Contemporary Theatre. That group concludes its run of “Fun Home,” featuring Springfield’s own Kim Crosby, this weekend. Tonight is one of the last performances, with the final performance set for 2 p.m. Sept. 23.

The theatre will be dark for a few weeks, when the curtain goes up on “Frankenstein,” slated to run Oct. 18-Nov. 4. Springfield Contemporary Theatre will present “The Legend of Georgia McBride” Nov. 30-Dec. 16.

Actors perform a scene from the play Fun Home

Celebrate on the Square

Park Central Square remains the hub of activity in Downtown Springfield, with four events scheduled in the next five Saturdays. It all starts Sept. 22 with the return of the Craft Beer Bash, a fundraiser for HOPE Foundation. Springfield Jazz Festival, presented by Systematic Savings, brings live music to two stages Sept. 29. It also concludes with a headlining concert by Ramsey Lewis and Urban Knights at the Gillioz.

Downtown Springfield will turn into a mini-golf course Oct. 13 for the inaugural Downtown Open, presented by Central Bank and Wil Fischer. Tee times are available now. Even if you’re not playing, head to Park Central Square for live music and fun golf-themed activities.

Tame Magazine brings the Pets and Pumpkins Festival to the Square Oct. 20. The family-friendly day includes a parade/costume contest!

But wait, there’s more!

Lost Signal Brewing Company will host Rock-Toberfest Oct. 5-6. The Springfield MO Reggae Festival is Oct. 6 at Outland Ballroom.

Wingapalooza, billed as “America’s Oldest Buffalo Wing Festival” will be Nov. 3 at the Springfield Expo Center.

It really is all downtown! For a more-complete listing of events, check out our constantly-updated calendar page.