Sip Sparkling Wines
Try more than 20 bubbles at Macadoodles’ free sparkling wine tasting night. Grab some pals and gain knowledge about different styles and flavor profiles. Call 417-883-9000 for more info.
WEDNESDAY, July 26
Chakra & Cheers
Top off your hump day with headstands, humbled warrior poses, happy baby and hops at yoga in Mother’s Brewing Company’s backyard. Sanga Studio leads the hour-long class, then you get to sip your favorite craft beers. Donations are encouraged.
Youngsters see what lies beneath 417-land during guided nighttime tour of Giboney Cave. While exploring the cave, they’ll learn about rock formations, wildlife and more. Call 417-888-4237 to reserve a spot.
Known for beef tamales and barbaric steaks, Mississippi chain Doe’s Eat Place has returned to Springfield. Marketing manager Trevor Collins sat down, fork in hand, with co-owner Jim Rogers to get a true taste of what the newly opened joint is all about.
Take a spin on your favorite Silver Dollar City coasters late into the night at Moonlight Madness. The fun runs through July 30 and also includes street dancers, nightly musical entertainment and a brand-new fireworks show. Get tickets or season passes here.
Unwind at Phelps Grove Park during the True You Yoga Fest. Meet local instructors and try out various yoga styles at free sessions. Plus, fuel up with fresh fare from The Wheelhouse while scoping out goodies from local vendors.
WEDNESDAY, July 19
Put your palate to the test at Vino Cellar’s Wine Wars dinner. Sample two carefully paired wines with each of the meal’s three courses and then decide which vino variety reigns supreme. Get tickets here.
Little ones sing, dance and play musical instruments while learning social skills at Itty Bitty City’s Music Makers Club. The class is perfect for ages 2 and older. Book a spot for your youngster here or call 417-202-2025.
Dreaming about the beach? Enter to win a Caribbean cruise plus $20,000 in other local goodies during 417 Magazine’s 31 Days of Giveaways. There a new prize every day in July including food, fitness, clothing, beauty and more. Enter here!
Golden Grove Farms’ inaugural sunflower festival kicks off July 15. Family-friendly atmosphere meets beautiful venue as attendees cut their own flowers, participate in games and crafts, and listen to live music nightly.
Escape summer’s scorching temps with a road trip to some of the coolest swimming holes around. For awesome eats along the way, check out our guide to 25 delectable spots serving up mouthwatering barbecue.
Admire local artists’ vibrant chalk creations at ideaXfactory’s free Chalk & Arts Festival. Check out their work and listen to live music while your youngsters try their hand at activities like making origami hats and playing mini instruments.
This year’s free Movies at Founders Park kicks off with the classic adventure Jumanji. The film is screened outdoors starting at dusk and concessions are available. Don’t forget to bring along blankets and lawn chairs!
Take a spin on classic carnival rides and feast on grub like fried catfish at the Webster County Fair. The fun runs through Saturday and includes festivities like a demolition derby, rodeo and fireworks. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids and free for little ones 5 and younger.
Fourth of July Fun
Celebrate the USA at Big Cedar Lodge’s annual Independence Day celebration featuring a picnic, family activities and a spectacular fireworks show. Learn about this and other nearby Fourth of July events here.
Fourth of July Celebration
Celebrate America at Chateau on the Lake’s Fourth of July bash. Fill up on all-you-can-eat barbecue, listen to live tunes and watch fireworks light up the sky over Table Rock Lake. The dinner is $32 for adults, $16 for kids and free for ages five and younger.
Family Camp at Bass Pro
Kids try out skills like archery and fishing at Bass Pro Shop’s free family summer camp. Themed around outdoor recreation and education, the mini expo also offers hands-on crafts, games and educational outdoors workshops.
Chill out with a brewski at Mother’s Brewing Company’s Friday Flix featuring an outdoor screening of the cult classic Clue. It’s $6 at the gate and open to ages 21 and up. A portion of the night’s proceeds will go to Moxie Cinema. Don’t forget to bring a blanket or lawn chair!
The Three Musketeers
Watch D’Artagnan and the legendary Three Musketeers as they fight the villainous schemes of Cardinal Richelieu. Presented by Missouri State’s Tent Theatre, the action-packed show features intrigue, swashbuckling and swordfighting galore. Get tickets here.
Escape summer’s toasty temps with a jeep tour of Fantastic Caverns. Explore what lies beneath 417-land while viewing rock formations and learning about the cave’s history and geology. Tickets are $24 for adults, $17 for kids and free for ages 5 and younger.
MONDAY, June 26
Paint Night at Hotel V
Sip cocktails while painting a sunset scene at The Social Easel’s paint night at Hotel Vandivort. It’s $40 per person, and supplies are included. Register for the artsy affair here.
Get artsy at this family friendly collage class. Materials are provided at the free workshop, but you’ll want to bring your own photos, keepsakes and other collage materials to personalize your project.
Flutter over to the Butterfly Festival at Springfield Botanical Gardens. Admire the insects up close in the butterfly house, stop by the day lily flower show and take your little ones to see a magic show, the caterpillar petting zoo, a face painter and more.
Colorful hot air balloons light up the skies during the Hot Air Balloon Glow at Finley River Park. Held in conjunction with the Sertoma Duck Race, the event features live music, inflatables, a fleet of food trucks and a beer garden.
After you conquer hump day, head downtown to socialize at the In Party. Listen to Jessamyn Orchard’s folk tunes and admire art created by those affected by Alzheimer's disease. Partial proceeds from the night’s specialty cocktail benefit the local chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.
TUESDAY, June 20
Lavender Farm Visit
Sip lavender champagne, nibble on snacks like meat and cheese trays and shop for lavender products at Lavender Falls Farm. Just south of Nixa, the farm is open every day in June except Father’s Day. Check out the spot’s Facebook for more info.
Experience some serious home envy at the Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield’s Parade of Homes. Admire gorgeous new houses around 417-land and pick up inspiration for your own home improvement projects. Buy tickets here.
Play yard games and listen to live music at Farmers Park’s free Parties at the Park. Let your little ones frolic in the splash fountain between visits to the beer garden and lemonade stand. Plus, FireLight Pizza Company and Great American Taco Company will be on deck.
Kids discover how animals make their homes in the wild at the Fair Grove library’s Up in the Sky, Down in the Ground event. Dickerson Park Zoo staff talk about animal habitats and bring along critters for little ones to see up close.
Learn to craft fruity, summery drinks at the Macadoodles’ Summer Cocktail Clinic. Sample the tasty concoctions as you discover the best ingredients and flavor combos. You’ll leave with recipe cards for all of the cocktails. It’s $10 per person.
Learn all about hummingbirds at Springfield Nature Conservation Center’s educational Summer Hummers excursion. Follow a birder as she attempts to capture and band birds for research and conservation purposes. Call 417-888-4237 to register.
Celebrate 417-land’s waterways at James River Basin Partnership’s River Jam. Finley River Park fills up for a full day of live music, fishing, live animals and a crawdad boil. Bring cash to get in along with your favorite blankets and chairs to relax by the river.
Head downtown to see Springfield Little Theatre’s rendition of everyone’s favorite creepy clan, The Addams Family. Watch as Wednesday Addams’ love interest pays a humorous visit the family of misfits. Call 417-869-1334 for tickets.
Give thirsty Thursday the attention it deserves at Vino Cellar’s Tasting & Tapas. Maritime Wine Trading Collective talks about its wineries while you sip vino and snack on tapas. Reserve your spot here.
Vote for the 10 Most Beautiful Women
Every year, we ask readers to nominate women who embody true beauty through their personalities, huge hearts and community involvement for 417 Magazine’s 10 Most Beautiful Women. Read about the finalists, then vote for your favorites!
Tomato season is here, and the freshest way to get a bite out of summer’s best fruit (sorry, watermelon) is to pick it straight from the stem. With a few simple tips, you, too, can grow the rubiest red tomatoes right in your backyard.
By Claire Porter | Photos by Abby Gust, courtesy Shutterstock
Wizards and muggles face off at 417 Taphouse’s free Harry Potter trivia night. The contest draws on the magical series along with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. There’s also a costume competition, so come dressed as your favorite character.
Try rosé wines from around the world at Cherry Picker Package x Fare’s tasting event celebrating the summery drink. Play yard games and snack on tacos while sampling the vino. It’s $6 for full-glass servings or $3 for half-glass servings.
Pedal for a purpose at the annual Ride On bike race benefiting Abilities First, which aids those with developmental disabilities in Greene County. Stop by the after party for food, beer and live entertainment. Register for the race here.
Beat the summer heat and treat yourself to one of life’s simplest and most satisfying pleasures—ice cream. These homemade recipes from Edgewood Creamery, Elle's Patisserie and the Keeter Center are a sweet addition to any summertime soiree.
Julianne and Derek Hough of Dancing with the Stars strut their stuff at the Springfield stop of their tour. The superstar siblings’ show incorporates hip-hop, jazz, salsa, ballroom and other dance styles. Pick up tickets here.
Mix and mingle with the in crowd at Hotel Vandivort’s In Party. Enjoy discounted drinks and appetizers from The Order as you listen to 83 Skidoo perform and admire works by local artist Natalie Wiseman.
Kids taste the tropics at Bon Bon’s Candy House’s Moana-themed candy-making class. They’ll learn to craft tasty treats like gummy fruit kabobs and a Maui necklace. Call 417-883-3900 to register your youngster.
Come hungry for smoked meats and music at Silver Dollar City’s Bluegrass & BBQ. Watch demos by barbecue pros and browse a variety of sauces between bluegrass shows. Day passes or season passes get you into the festival.
The British are coming to London Calling Pasty Company’s British Street Party featuring bagpipers, Irish dancers, a Beatles tribute band and more. The day benefits Diaper Bank of the Ozarks, so bring a pack of diapers to donate.
Check out hundreds of sweet rides at the Mid-America Street Rod Nationals. Festivities run all weekend and also include kids’ games, arts and crafts, Autocross and more. Tickets are $15 for adults, $6 for kids ages 6 to 12, and free for 6-year-olds and younger.
Kids hit the trails in search of bats at Springfield Conservation Nature Center’s Acro-Bats event. Perfect for 7- to 12-year-olds, the educational excursion teaches youngsters about the flying mammals’ habits and importance to the ecosystem. Register by calling 417-888-4237.
Learn to craft a soy citronella candle at this hands-on Art Inspired class. The finished product will help keep pesky bugs away this summer. Materials are included, but don’t forget to BYOB! Call 417-868-8084 to reserve a spot.
Go nuts at Price Cutter’s All About Almonds cooking class. Learn to whip up items like blueberry almond overnight oats and gluten-free chocolate chunk cookies. Plus, go home with almond samples. Register for the free class here.
Chow down on 417-land’s signature dish and other Asian fare at Springfield Sertoma Club’s Cashew Craze. After feasting, vote for which restaurant made your favorite dishes. There’s also live music, plus face painting and inflatables for little ones. Snag tickets here.
Sip beer, listen to live local bands and munch on fare from spots like FireLight Pizza Company and Twisted Mike’s at Mother’s Brewing Company’s annual Mother’s Day Festival. It’s $10 at the gate and free for kids ages 15 and younger.
Kiddos race through crazy obstacles at Cherish Kids’ glow run and dance party. The fun also includes bounce houses, a rock climbing wall, a dunk tank, marshmallow roasting and a fireworks finale. Register here.
Celebrate Askinosie Chocolate’s sweet success at its free 10th birthday bash. Sample chocolates, sip Mother’s Brewing Company beer, make your own Andy’s Frozen Custard ice cream bars, listen to live music and more.
Pick up recipes, techniques and tips for crafting killer cocktails at Cellar + Plate’s hands-on mixology class. It’s $20 to take part and light appetizers are included. Call 417-894-2003 to reserve a spot.
Shift to gears and commute on two wheels during Bike to Work Week. Log your rides throughout the week for a chance to win prizes like a stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Houlihan’s gift cards and more.
Springfield Symphony Orchestra's ninth annual gala benefiting Springfield Symphony's performances, education series and outreach programs. May 13, 2017. Oasis Hotel and Convention Center. Photos by Ryan Kowalski.
Wake up and smell the coffee at Springfield Coffee Fest benefitting Missouri Safe and Sober. Listen to live music and sip on samples from The Coffee Ethic, Heroes Coffee Company and others in 417-land’s bean scene. Buy tickets here.
417 Magazine's Top Doctors Reception 2017 presented by Lawing Financial. May 11, 2017. Hosted by Springfield Art Museum. Sponsored by Reliable Superstore, Will Fischer Distribution, Simply Delicious and Ski Shak. Photos by Brad Zweerink.
Admire migratory birds at Springfield Conservation Nature Center’s free educational excursion. Learn about the species that come to 417-land before hitting the trails to find them. Don’t forget your binoculars! Call 417-888-4237 to RSVP.
Show your love for 417-land by giving back during Give Ozarks, which raises funds for local nonprofits. Be sure to donate at 4:17 p.m. because 417 Magazine will give $2,000 to one randomly selected charity that receives a donation at that time.
Browse thousands of seed varieties at Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company’s annual Spring Planting Festival featuring live music, kids activities, educational talks and more. It’s $5 for adults and free for kids 16 and younger.
Revel in 417-land’s art scene at Artsfest, southwest Missouri’s largest fine arts festival featuring works from 145 artists, more than 80 performances, food from local hot spots and hands-on kids activities. The festivities continue on Sunday. Get tickets here.
Party it up at one of the Cinco De Mayo celebrations happening around town. Listen to live music aboard The Paddlewheel in Branson, head to Maria’s Mexican Restaurant for a new featured tequila every hour, salsa dance at Cantina Laredo and more.