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Summer will be over soon, but there’s still time to enjoy it in Downtown Springfield.

July 25, 2019

Don’t look now, but it’s almost time to flip the calendar to August. Feel like summer is slipping away from you? There’s still time to enjoy yourself in Downtown Springfield before the kids head back to school and life resumes its typical chaos.

Here are seven picks, including some free and family-friendly options!

Springfield Cardinals playoff chase 

As we type this story, the Springfield Cardinals are in first place in the Texas League’s North Division. That means there’s going to be some important games played in August as the Cardinals chase their first playoff berth since 2016. A total of 21 games are still on the schedule at Hammons Field, including 13 in the August. And don’t forget about Fireworks Fridays and Hiland Dairy Ice Cream Sundays!

Catch a movie under the stars

Cinephiles rejoice! You still have four chances to catch a movie outdoors in Downtown Springfield. The totally free Movies At Founders Park series wraps up this weekend. Friday night’s family film is “Incredibles 2,” while the Saturday date night show is “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”

Mother’s Brewing Company will host a pair of screenings in its Backyard as part of its Friday Flix series. Catch ‘80s classic “Big Trouble In Little China” this Friday night. On Aug. 16 Mother’s will host its 50th Anniversary Woodstock Aquarian Exposition. They have lots of fun activities planned, including a screening of the landmark 1970 documentary “Woodstock.” Tickets for Friday Flix are $6. Proceeds benefit Moxie Cinema.

First Friday Art Walk and Tumble Aug. 2

Don’t miss out on the big party that is First Friday Art Walk in Downtown Springfield! This free and family-friendly event is a self-guided tour of 18 venues featuring all kinds of art. Visit Park Central Square while you’re out for Tumble 2019, featuring food trucks, vendors and live music. Performing in August are Joe Dillstrom & The C-Street Band, Trak Masta Tom and Jin J.X.

Birthplace of Route 66 Festival

This is the big one! Organizers expect more than 50,000 people will visit Downtown Springfield Aug. 9-10 for the 9th Annual Birthplace of Route 66 Festival & Car Show. There will be a car show, live music, a parade and more. The event is free for the public. Visit  the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival website for more information!

Jim Gaffigan at JQH Arena

Downtown Springfield has a vibrant comedy culture. The Blue Room Comedy Club hosts touring standup comedians every weekend. Springfield Improv puts on shows of all kind and for all ages. Now it’s JQH Arena’s turn to get in on the act. Missouri State University’s arena hosts Jim Gaffigan’s Secrets & Pies Tour Aug. 15. Gaffigan is a four-time Grammy nominated comedian, two-time New York Times best-selling author and Emmy winning top touring performer. He’s known around the world for his unique brand of humor, which largely revolves around his observations on life. Tickets are still available and start at $32.75.

Craft Beer Bash

Downtown is the epicenter of Springfield’s craft beer scene. That’s why Park Central Square is the perfect location for the Craft Beer Bash Aug. 24. The event benefits the HOPE Foundation. Enjoy all-you-can-drink samples of more than 100 beers from local breweries.  along with food from great local food trucks like Trips & Weiner’s. Downtown favorites Springfield Brewing Company, Mother’s Brewing Company and Lost Signal Brewing Company are all participating.

Frozen Sing-a-Long at the Gillioz

This is a can’t miss event for the whole family. “Frozen,” the top selling animated feature of all time, will play at the historic Gillioz Theatre Aug. 25. Its award-winning soundtrack is perfect for a sing-a-long. The Gillioz is partnering with Springfield Little Theatre and Discovery Center Springfield to make it a special event.

There will be special cold-themed experiments in the lobby and you’ll have the opportunity to take a photo with a princess! Tickets go on sale tomorrow, July 26.

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