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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

Event poster for the 2021 Downtown Springfield Christmas Parade
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Dec. 11 will be a big day of holiday fun in Downtown Springfield

December 09, 2021

Businesses dressed up with beautiful window displays. A Christmas market serenaded with carols from a choir. A parade, featuring floats, marching bands and Santa Claus. The magic of the holiday season is taking over Downtown Springfield Saturday, Dec. 11. There are three free, family-friendly events scheduled for that day, providing something for everyone. You can… Read More

Art hangs on a wall inside Fresh Gallery
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A stunning forecast in store for December’s First Friday Art Walk

December 02, 2021

The weather hasn’t been too frightful this December. That’s good news for art lovers. Dec. 3 is First Friday Art Walk and the forecast is phenomenal. Sunny skies are expected, with a high temperature of 74 and an unseasonably warm low of 48. Don’t let this great weather go to waste! Check out the 19… Read More

Event poster for Marvelous Discovery Halloween @ Discovery Center
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Enjoy trick-or-treating and other MARVELous fun activities at the Discovery Center Oct. 30

October 28, 2021

You might expect to find an invasion of monsters or a horde of zombies this Halloween. But a group of silver screen superheroes, the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile and the Ghostbusters are swooping in and taking over the Discovery Center. They’re ready to meet some of their biggest fans, help teach a little science and bring… Read More

A restaurant worker serves a sample to a guest at Taste of SoMo
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Here it is, your Taste of SoMo guide for 2021

October 22, 2021

Taste of SoMo, presented by SGC Foodservice, is back! After a cancellation in 2020 and multiple postponements in 2021, you can once again sample some of the finest restaurants and food trucks in Southwest Missouri on Park Central Square. Admission is free. This year’s festival is noon-4:30 p.m. Oct. 23. Before you visit us, here… Read More

Animatronic dinosaurs on display at the Discovery Center
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Life-size dinosaurs invade the Discovery Center

October 07, 2021

Imagine a time when dinosaurs walked the Earth. These creatures roamed all seven continents by land, sea, and air for millions of years. Whether feathered or scaly, small or towering, these creatures could be as large as semi-trucks and weigh as much as 23 elephants. It’s almost impossible to imagine such enormous creatures, but thanks… Read More

Paintings hanging on a brick wall inside The Coffee Ethic
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New venues highlight October’s First Friday  Art Walk

October 01, 2021

First Friday Art Walk welcomes fall with some new venues on the tour in Downtown Springfield. Joining the rookies are 18 other galleries ready to show off the works of some of the area’s most talented artists. Artistic Photography (600 West College Street, Suite 112) is one of those new venues, next door to Lost… Read More

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23rd Cider Days on Historic Walnut Street to proceed as planned

August 20, 2021

Four weeks from today artists, crafters, and vendors will be setting up their booths on Historic Walnut Street for Cider Days, presented by Simmons Bank. The event is Sept. 18-19. The decision to hold Cider Days, hosted by the Historic Walnut Street Association and managed by the Downtown Springfield Association, was not an easy one…. Read More

A photo collage of winners in the Feast 50 Awards
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Downtown Springfield dominates 2021 Feast 50 awards

August 06, 2021

Every year Feast Magazine asks its readers to vote for their favorite chefs, restaurants, bars, brewers and more across the Springfield area. And, every year, Downtown Springfield is everywhere in the Feast 50 winners list. This year is no different as more winners call Downtown home than any other neighborhood in the region. Here’s a… Read More