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Nine fall events you won’t want to miss in 2019

August 22, 2019


The school year is underway and it’s time to fill out your calendar for the first semester. Make sure you schedule in plenty of time for some fun.

Downtown Springfield is a great place to do that! There are more than 10 major events scheduled before Christmas break. Some of them are free, all of them are affordable. Here are nine parties you don’t want to miss this fall.

Once Upon A Time in the Ozarks — Mother’s Oktoberfest, Sept. 7

The Backyard at Mother’s Brewing Company is always a great place to hang out. It’s even better when they’re hosting one of their big parties. This year’s Oktoberfest celebration is from 1:30-8 p.m. Get your tickets in advance for $10, or $12 at the gate. Kids 15 and under are free. There will be live music, headlined by the incredible JM Buttermilk’s Hot Soul ‘n’ R&B Revue. Firelight Pizza Company, Horrmann Meat Company and Black Sheep Burgers will be dishing out grub and Mother’s will be serving up delicious beer.

22nd Annual Cider Days, Sept. 21-22

Is it really fall until you’ve strolled down Historic Walnut Street, cider in hand, and browsed 80 booths from some of the finest artists and crafters in the region? Cider Days, presented by CoxHealth, always features live music and food trucks. This year’s event adds a free Friday-night kickoff concert at Jordan Valley Park, presented by the College of Arts & Letters at Missouri State University. Admission to the festival is just $4. Children 10 and under are free.

Springfield Jazz Festival, Sept. 28

Free live music on two stages makes the Jazz Festival, presented by Systematic Savings Bank, a can’t-miss event. College bands take up residence on Park Central Square, while the best regional acts perform on Park Central East, right next to the Historic Gillioz Theatre. Headlining this year’s festival is Grammy Award-winning guitarist Lee Ritenour . Tickets for the headliner concert are $35-$50.

Downtown Open, Oct. 5

Springfield’s first pop-up mini golf course is the Downtown Open, now in its second year. Play the family-friendly Front Nine, visit downtown’s hottest bars and restaurants on the Back Nine, or play them both! Systematic Savings Bank is the presenting sponsor for the Downtown Open.

Pets and Pumpkins, Oct. 19

This fall festival is fun for the whole family — including the fur babies. Your $2 admission fee gets you into Pets & Pumpkins and gets you access to games, activities, the costume parade and contest, and more!

Christmas On Campbell and Holiday Open Houses, Nov. 9

The holiday season starts with great deals, snacks, entertainment and more. Stroll down Campbell to check out holiday displays and bargains, then head down Walnut and South streets to enjoy open houses from all your favorite retailers!

Festival Of Lights Kickoff and Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony, Nov. 23

The holiday spirit will nearly be palpable on Park Central Square for the annual Festival Of Lights Kickoff and Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony. The City of Springfield puts on a big show, with live musical performances, dance numbers, costumed characters and a visit from Santa Claus. You’ll be able to sip hot chocolate as you wait for the lights to come on. Don’t forget to take a selfie with the Mayor’s Christmas Tree before you leave!

Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30

Make your (Christmas shopping) list and check it twice. Downtown’s retailers will be offering all kinds of specials throughout the day as you find the perfect gift for the people in your life, or just treat yourself! There might be a few surprises, but we’re keeping those quiet for now.

Downtown Springfield Christmas Parade, Dec. 14

This event is technically still in the fall! Join the crowd for a festive afternoon parade, including floats, marching bands and, of course, Santa Claus himself! This year’s parade theme is coming soon, so stay connected to us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the reveal.