Looking for Affordable Family Fun This Fall?

Looking for Affordable Family Fun This Fall?

Although school has started and cooler temperatures are just around the corner, there are still plenty of exciting things to do in the Springfield area -- without breaking your budget.


Check out our fall community events calendar below for fall festivals and other fun family activities!


Fall Kickoff Carnival

Friday, September 9, 6 to 8 p.m., at the Dan Kinney Family Center


Springfield Greek Festival

September 9-11, 12 to 10 p.m., at St. Thomas the Apostle Orthodox Church


21st Annual Japanese Fall Festival

September 9, from 5 to 10 p.m.

Saturday, September 10, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Sunday, September 11, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park

  • Admission:

    • September 9: $7 adults/$3 kids 12 and under

    • September 10: $10 adults/$3 kids 12 and under

    • September 11: $7 adults/$3 kids 12 and under

  • Enjoy Shoji Tabuchi, Osuwa Takio Drumming, Seiran Japanese Calligraphy, Samurai Sword Soul, Hiroshi Tada Top Spinner, Springfield Aikido & Tracy's Karate, and a performing delegation from Springfield sister city Isesaki, Japan.

  • Savor authentic Japanese foods, teas, and gifts, including a tea ceremony.

  • The festival also features interactive folk dancing with Kizuna, fish printing, origami, and other crafts, children's crafts and activities, and a candlelight stroll.

  • To learn more visit http://www.parkboard.org/DocumentCenter/View/969.


Springfield Little Theatre presents Peter Pan

September 16-October 9, Springfield Little Theater


Cider Days

September 17 and 18, Walnut Street


Family Days at the Springfield Art Museum

September 17, 10 a.m., to 12 p.m., Springfield Art Museum


Missouri Food Truck Fest

September 17, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., 735 East St. Louis Street

  • Admission: FREE!

  • Get a taste of the best gourmet food trucks, carts, and trailers from Missouri and beyond.

  • Enjoy hot dogs, sandwiches, Creole, BBQ, Mexican, Tex Mex, American, Vegan, Italian, seafood, Asian, Latin, Mediterranean, and sweets.

  • The festival also includes live entertainment, crafts, and vendors.

  • To learn more visit http://mofoodtruckfest.com/.



September 17, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Nixa Junior High


Songs About Animals

September 17, 6 to 7 p.m., Springfield Conservation Nature Center


14th Annual Dogfest and Dachshund Dash

September 24, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Chesterfield Park

  • Admission: FREE!

  • Everyone, including the family dog is invited to this event featuring canine-related vendors and nonprofits, dog-themed bounce houses, and other attractions.

  • To learn more visit http://www.parkboard.org/DocumentCenter/View/1105.


Harvest Fest

September 30-October 30, Rutledge Wilson Farm Park

  • Admission: FREE! Some activities have a small fee.

  • Enjoy fun fall activities including a corn maze, hay rides, pumpkin patch, and more!

  • Haunted Trail on Fridays and Saturdays, 6-10 p.m.

  • To learn more visit http://www.parkboard.org/150/Events.


Apple Butter Makin' Days

October 7-9, Town Square in Mount Vernon


Ozarks Fall FarmFest

October 7-9, Ozark Empire Fairgrounds


Pets & Pumpkins Festival and Parade

October 15, 12 p.m., Commercial Street Historic District



Saturday, October 15, 9 to 11:30 a.m., Dan Kinney Family Center


Nature and the Arts -- Songs and Birds

October 20, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Springfield Conservation Nature Center


Thriller on C-Street

October 22, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., Historic Commercial Street


Halloween Happening: Into the Woods with Red Riding Hood

October 27 and 28, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Springfield Conservation Nature Center

  • Admission: FREE!

  • This annual event features Halloween guided hikes, and also includes indoor activities and games.

  • Enjoy free popcorn and soda, and fun for all ages!

  • To learn more visit http://mdc.mo.gov/events/view/1047396.


Halloween Spooktacular

October 28, 2016, 6-9 p.m., The X Center in Nixa



October 29, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Springfield Art Museum

  • Admission: FREE!!!

  • This special Family Days event lets kids and grown-ups explore the museum together.

  • Take part in hands-on gallery activities and art-making for the whole family!

  • To learn more visit http://www.sgfmuseum.org/163/Family-Learning.


Family Art Workshops

November 5, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Springfield Art Museum

  • Admission: FREE!

  • Led by teaching artists, this one-session workshop lets kids and grown-ups explore exhibits and create art together!

  • Best for kids 5-10 and their parents.

  • Pre-registration is required, and space is limited.

  • To learn more visit http://www.sgfmuseum.org/163/Family-Learning.

Festival of Lights

November 19-December 31, Downtown Springfield, Various Locations


Queen City Craft Show

November 26, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Old Glass Place

  • Admission: $4 for adults; FREE for kids 12 and under.

  • Coinciding with Small Business Saturday, come enjoy an indie craft market featuring local and regional artisans, makers and crafters. Free non-alcoholic beverages will be available, and half the proceeds go to Rescue One.

  • To learn more visit https://www.springfieldmo.org/events/39449/queen-city-craft-show.


We hope you enjoy these and other local events this fall. At BluCurrent, we are proud to serve our neighbors in such a vibrant and growing community!


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