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Logo for First Friday Art Walk's 20th Year
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First Friday Art Walk: Something old, something new, something stamped, something brewed

March 03, 2021

Itching for some fresh air? Get yourself Downtown on March 5 for First Friday Artwalk! This Springfield institution is celebrating its 20th year of great art and great memories, and it’s all free! Check out FFAW’s website for a map of participating venues and read this month’s Art Walk News. Come to our neighborhood Friday… Read More


Black and white photo of the singing group The Philharmonics
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The Philharmonics made history in Downtown Springfield

February 25, 2021

The Philharmonics took the stage at The Grand Ole Opry, shared a tour poster with Elvis Presley, sang with famed gospel singer Mahalia Jackson and dined with President Harry S. Truman. They were also the first Black castmembers to appear regularly on a nationally-broadcast TV show in the United States. And they got their start… Read More


Event poster for Ujima's Black History Month Concert
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Ujima’s Black History Month Concert features MSU Gospel Choir and The Milly Project

February 17, 2021

Support Ujima Language and Literacy, the Missouri State University Gospel Choir and The Milly Project from the comfort of your own home this weekend by streaming the Ujimia Benefit Concert for Black History Month 2021. Donations will be accepted for the event, which will be streamed on Facebook Live. The concert itself, which is sold… Read More


A historic marker on Park Central Square, part of the Springfield-Greene County African American Heritage Trail
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Springfield’s African American Heritage Trail winds through Downtown

February 10, 2021

Want to explore Black history in Downtown Springfield? Just look for the signs. The Springfield-Greene County African American Heritage Trail has placed three descriptive plaques in our neighborhood dedicated to the formerly unrecognized contributions made by people of African descent to the history of the Queen City. It also aims to involve the Springfield community… Read More


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Rated SGF Film Festival canceled for 2021

February 04, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancellation of the Rated SGF Film Festival for 2021. Rated SGF will return March 25-26, 2022. The difficult decision was made by the Downtown Springfield Association and the Film and Media Association of Springfield in the interests of public health concerns. The health and safety of guests, volunteers and staff,… Read More


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Kick off Black History Month with the History Museum on the Square

February 03, 2021

Celebrate Black History Month with the History Museum on the Square in Downtown Springfield! USA Today’s 2019 Best New Attraction hosts a free program Saturday, Feb. 6, at 2 p.m. in the historic Fox Theatre. Join them in person or virtually as they feature the newly-created African American Heritage Trunk. Registration is required. The trunk… Read More


Event poster for 'The Sound of Music' at Springfield Little Theatre
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Downtown is alive with ‘The Sound of Music.’ Thanks, SLT!

January 28, 2021

Downtown Springfield is coming to life for the next two weeks thanks to Springfield Little Theatre. The volunteer-driven, non-profit community theatre presents “The Sound of Music” Jan. 29-Feb. 14 at the Landers Theatre. The final collaboration between Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II was destined to become the world’s most beloved musical. Featuring a trove… Read More


Cast and crew record a scene from Fugitive Songs
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Springfield Contemporary Theatre launches Fugitive Songs with premiere event Feb. 11

January 20, 2021

Springfield Contemporary Theatre continues its tradition of innovative, immersive theatre with a special debut experience for Fugitive Songs. SCT’s latest MainStage production premieres online Feb. 11. The SCT team is thrilled to present the Southwest Missouri premiere of this off-Broadway musical. Current Grammy Award nominee and Missouri State University alumnus Nathan Tysen wrote the lyrics…. Read More


Event poster for MLK Weekend 2021
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Springfield NAACP moves forward with MLK Weekend

January 14, 2021

“If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl. But whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.” Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The COVID-19 pandemic won’t stop Springfield’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. March. The Springfield NAACP is hosting MLK Weekend instead, with… Read More


A Battle of Springfield historical marker at Park Central Square
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Remembering the Quinine Brigade and the Battle of Springfield

January 08, 2021

“The maimed, the half-deaf and the blind all made their way to the public square to aid in the defense of Springfield.” — Mills T. Chastain They must have been quite a sight as they marched toward what we now call Park Central Square. The date was Jan. 8, 1863, the Battle of Springfield. Ragged… Read More