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Classic cars driving down Route 66 in Springfield
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2021 Birthplace of Route 66 Festival canceled due to COVID-19 concerns

July 15, 2021

As a partner in the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival, the City of Springfield is canceling the 2021 Birthplace of Route 66 Festival due to COVID-19 concerns. The 2021 festival was planned for Aug. 13-14. A surprise kick-off concert that would have been announced for Aug. 12 is also canceled. The festival steering committee unanimously… Read More


A blue Downtown Superfan T-shirt hangs on the Tumbler in Park Central Square
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Are you a Downtown Superfan? Get the swag to prove it with our new Downtowner Loyalty Program

July 01, 2021

The Downtown Springfield Association is calling on its Superfans to aid the neighborhood’s locally-owned small businesses on the road to recovery. Today the DSA launched a revamped Downtowner Loyalty Program. And, for the first time, it’s open to the general public. Anyone can be a Downtown Superfan and earn prizes for visiting the neighborhood and dining, drinking… Read More


A father eats lunch with his children at Springfield Brewing Company
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Find Father’s Day Fun in Downtown Springfield

June 17, 2021

Don’t forget about Dad this weekend. Sunday, June 20, is Father’s Day. There’s plenty to do in Downtown Springfield, no matter what your Dad loves, including brunch, sports, arts and live music. Here are some of your best bets. Brunch All the usual Downtown brunch spots will be open and ready to serve you, of… Read More


A crowd watches a movie at Founders Park in Downtown Springfield
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Find some fun in Founders Park this June

June 03, 2021

Founders Park is hidden away from Downtown Springfield’s main thoroughfares. If you haven’t spent much time in this .7-acre park at 330 East Water St., this June is a great chance to fix that.  Three regular events are scheduled for Founders Park, all of them free and all of them packed with family-friendly fun. Here… Read More


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Hurts Donut Company announces National Donut Day charity partnership

May 28, 2021

Hurts Donut Company is partnering with The Warrior’s Journey for National Donut Day. The charity will receive 10% of National Donut Day sales from each Hurts Donut location on June 4. “National Donut Day was established in 1938 by The Salvation Army,” Tim Clegg, Founder and CEO of Hurts Donut Company, said. “The original intent… Read More


A Homemade Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit from Lost Signal Brewing Company
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Make Mother’s Day memorable in Downtown Springfield

May 06, 2021

It’s impossible to repay mothers for everything they do for us. We should at least try, though. Want to make your mom feel special this Mother’s Day? Take her to Downtown Springfield! The calendar is packed with fun events all weekend long, including several mom-centric events Sunday, May 9. Here are some highlights. Brunch Not… Read More


A man wearing a tan hat paints a picture at Artsfest
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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


Exterior photo of SBC's The Cellar, with a sunset visible behind the building's sign
Downtown Business Spotlight

SBC’s The Cellar is the Queen City’s newest gem

March 24, 2021

Trust us when we tell you Springfield Brewing Company has some real gems in The Cellar. SBC has been a cornerstone of Downtown for more than 20 years, with award-winning craft beer, great food and live music. Now, just three months after opening, The Cellar has also become a vital part of our neighborhood. Here’s… 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