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Crowds walk down Walnut Street during Cider Days
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Go away, Summer! We’re ready for Fall and Cider Days!

September 20, 2019


On Thursday, Sept. 19, the National Weather Service reported that Springfield reached a high of 90 degrees. Again. It was the 15th time the Queen City of the Ozarks hit 90 degrees this month.

We’re over it. Bring on fall.

Are you as ready for the next season as we are? Perfect. Come encourage fall to (finally) show up at the 22nd Annual Cider Days, presented by CoxHealth, Sept. 21-22 on Historic Walnut Street in Downtown Springfield.

Actually, let’s get an early start this year. How does a free Friday-night concert sound? The College of Arts & Letters at Missouri State University is proud to present the first ever Cider Days Kickoff Concert. It starts at 6 p.m. Sept. 20 at Jordan Valley Park. There are two great local acts on the schedule: Shaun Munday and Grant Williams & The Formula.

The Springfield-Greene County Park Board will offer concessions. Bring a blanket, spread out in the amphitheater and enjoy the show!

The 22nd Annual Cider Days festival will be open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days. The admission fee is just $4 per person. Children 10 and under are free. That’s a fantastic value. Even better? Your wristband is good for both days, so pay once and come and go as often as you please.

What will you find at Cider Days? Lots and lots of regional artists and crafters. They’ll be selling their incredible works of art. You can see paintings and photographs, pottery and woodworking, clothing and jewelry, and so much more. Check out our official list to see if your favorite artists will be at this year’s festival.

There will also be lots of live performances. Cider Days features four stages this year. The Reliable Toyota Show Wagon Stage and the College of Arts & Letters West End Stage will feature singing and dancing acts. The DeLong Plumbing Center Stage will entertain you with acoustic acts.

We’ve also added a Storytelling at the Inn Stage, right in front of the Walnut Street Inn. There you will hear some of the finest storytellers in the area weave tales of Ozarks history.

Speaking of Ozarks history, take a trip into the past when you visit the Scarecrow Village and Artist Demonstration Area. There will be traditional Ozarks artisans demonstrating their trades, including a blacksmith!

No doubt you’ll get hungry at Cider Days. The Food Tent will be serving up Crosstown BBQ, Chef Nellie’s Peruvian and South American Food and Greek Belly. The Food Truck Court, at the intersection of John Q. Hammons Parkway and Walnut Street, includes Smokin’ Pig, Persimmon Hill Farm and Springfield favorite Pineapple Whip. Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr. Pepper Bottling Company will be serving up soft drinks and bottled water. There will be several other food vendors along the festival grounds, serving everything from pizza to kettle corn to root beer floats.

And, of course, there’s the cider. It is Cider Days, after all. The Ozark Empire Fair Foundation will once again be offering up delicious cider, both hot and cold. Now matter what temperature you prefer, your visit to Cider Days isn’t complete without a little apple cider.

Join us from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 21-22 on Historic Walnut Street. Summer may not be ready to go, but we’ll kiss it goodbye and say hello to fall at the 22nd Annual Cider Days.