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The Discovery Center provides STEM based education to Springfield students

May 10, 2022

As COVID-19 struck the Springfield, Missouri community and changed our way of life, The Discovery Center stepped up to fill the educational gap with their Discovery School. Amidst lockdowns, working from home and the closure of in-person learning at Springfield Public Schools in March 2020, The Discovery Center offered free childcare to healthcare workers and… Read More


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Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day 2022 at BookMarx

April 29, 2022

  Independent Bookstore Day is this Saturday, April 30. What better way is there to celebrate than by visiting BookMarx on Walnut street in Downtown Springfield?   BookMarx is a used bookstore specializing in classic literature, contemporary and postmodern fiction, science fiction, children’s books and more. Located near the heart of downtown Springfield, they specialize… Read More


Things to do

Easter events in Downtown Springfield

April 15, 2022

Looking for something to this Easter weekend? Well then hop on downtown for egg hunts, peep & beer tastings, and Sunday services — it’s all downtown! Peep Flights at Lost Signal Enjoy this fun beer & food pairing April 12-17. Get in the Easter candy mood by pairing four different Peeps and four different Lost… Read More


Business Resources

ASCEND program: Advancing Springfield’s Commitment to Entrepreneurship, Networking and Diversity

April 12, 2022

The West Central Neighborhood, which is comprised of Springfield’s Downtown Community Improvement District (CID) and the residential neighborhood to the west and south of Downtown, is one of southwest Missouri’s most diverse areas with a 21% black, indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) population. However, that number goes down to 10% when looking across the… Read More


Job Postings

We’re hiring! Could you be our next Events Manager?

April 04, 2022

Are you events manager extrordinaire? The Downtown Springfield Association seeks qualified applicants for its Events Manager position. The successful candidate will demonstrate competency and experience in the following areas: Top-notch organizational skills and hospitality-first mindset Basic PR writing know-how Creative problem solver Research and data driven Experience managing a team and leading committee meetings Familiar… Read More


Standup comedian Justin Smith
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Justin Smith to tape special at Blue Room Comedy Club

January 12, 2022

Have you checked out a show at Blue Room Comedy Club’s new location (420 West College)? This weekend is the perfect opportunity! Road comedian Justin Smith is back in the Queen City Jan. 14-15. He’ll perform four sets — 7 and 9:30 p.m. each night — as he records a one-hour special. And he needs… Read More


Event poster for The Great Ozarks Care-a-Van
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The Mystery Hour Launches The Great Ozarks Care-a-Van to Support Afghan Refugees Settling in Springfield

January 06, 2022

In what has become an annual tradition, The Mystery Hour has launched a new holiday season fundraiser called The Great Ozarks Care-a-Van. Though the holiday season is over, our neighbors are still raising money for the purchase of a large van for the International Institute of Southwest Missouri. The vehicle will support the institute’s work… Read More


A woman celebrates New Year's Eve with red confetti
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5 ways to celebrate the end of 2021 in Downtown Springfield

December 30, 2021

We do not know what days of auld lang syne are, but we know a lot of people will be singing that song when the clock strikes midnight on Jan. 1, 2022. Looking for some fun things to do on New Year’s Eve? By our count there are more than 10 special events happening in… Read More


Christmas card from the Downtown Springfield Association
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A holiday message from the Downtown Springfield Association

December 25, 2021

The 2021 holiday season embodies the progress Downtown Springfield made over the past 21 months. Children lined up for free train rides and hot chocolate for the Mayor’s Tree Lighting. Sidewalks bustled with shoppers on Small Business Saturday. Restaurants and event venues are hosting holiday parties. Springfield Little Theatre and the Gillioz Theatre are buzzing… Read More


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Discovery Center wins transformative prize from Janine Yass, Center for Education Reform and Forbes

December 16, 2021

Downtown Springfield’s eyes were on New York City Dec. 14. While the big event of the evening was the Forbes 30 Under 30 list launch party, we were interested in something else. Specifically, the Center for Education Reform and media partner Forbes announced the winner of the $1 million STOP Award. The winner was our… Read More