Get ready to think big at Biz 417’s first-ever Think Summit. Hear 16 bold ideas for improving our region from dynamic speakers like Randy Bacon, Jeff and Michelle Houghton, Uber representatives and others. Get tickets here.
WEDNESDAY, January 11
Learn to craft cute soy candles in stylish mason jars at Art Inspired’s Sip & Create class. It’s $25 and materials are included, but don’t forget to BYOB. Call 417-868-8084 to reserve a spot.
Get your kids out of the house to embrace their inner artist at the library’s free Snow Day Crafts event. Attendees sip hot cocoa and whip up creations like sock snowmen, beaded snowflakes and snow globes.
Snag Some Coffee
Check out 417 Magazine’s guide to the region’s buzzing coffee scene. Then, grab a cup of java and pick up a punch card for DreamIT MakeIT’s Coffee Crawl so you can earn free and discounted java and treats.
SATURDAY, January 7
Flock to free bird-watching outing for kids 7 and up at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center. Little ones learn how to spy fine feathered friends before setting off to find them on a nature trek. The day ends with games and a meal. Call 417-782-6287 to register.
FRIDAY, January 6
Have a hoot at the Springfield Nature Conservation Center’s free Owl Prowl and Evening Stroll. Bring a buddy and a flashlight and hit the trails to see nesting owls. Then, stop by the nature center to see a live owl from the Dickerson Park Zoo.
WEDNESDAY, January 4
Sample sudsy offerings from top-notch breweries during Beer 101 at Macadoodles’ new store in north Springfield. It’s free and the bevy of beers includes takes on classic wintery brews.
TUESDAY, January 3
School's Out Workshop
All the world’s a stage at Springfield Little Theatre’s School's Out Workshop featuring games, dancing, crafts and a stage show for pint-sized performers. Call 417-869-3869 to reserve a spot.
Kids craft colorful treats at Bon Bon's Candy House’s Trolls-themed candy-making class and learn how to make goodies like rainbow candies, gummy kabobs and chocolate suckers. Call 417-883-3900 to get in on the sugary action.
Toast 2017 in style at Savoy Ballroom’s NYE Masquerade Ball featuring hors d’oeuvres, decadent desserts, a champagne toast and balloon drop. Call 417-865-2255 for tickets. Or check out other 417-land shindigs.
FRIDAY, December 30
Slither over to Springfield Conservation Nature Center’s free Missouri Snakes event for ages 5 and up. Learn about the fascinating reptiles, see local species up close and feel their scaly skin. No registration is required.
Explore what lies beneath 417-land in Smallin Civil War Cave’s Winter Solstice Tours. Enter the cave through its massive 55-foot-tall entrance, see eye-popping rock formations and a Native American petroglyph. Hump day is the last day to get in on the fun.
The weather outside is frightful, so sneak away to The Butterfly Palace to admire thousands of snow-white butterflies and explore a mirror maze along with a rainforest science center. Get tickets here.
Restaurateur Mike Jalili is sharing the recipes behind some of the most popular dishes at his three restaurants: Touch Restaurant & Oyster House, Flame Steakhouse and Black Sheep Burgers and Shakes. Grab your apron, and prepare to be delighted by culinary creations such as bacon-wrapped dates, the Cowboy Carl Burger, scallop pasta and more. Not a fan of cooking? Join us for 417 Magazine’s Cooking Class on January 17, and let Jalili do the work for you.
Make merry Italian style at Vito’s Kitchen’s Feast of the Seven Fishes. The lineup features seven seafood dishes and an authentic Italian dessert. Hurry and call 417-569-7555 to reserve a spot for $50 per person.
Pick up last-minute gifts at Farmers Market of the Ozarks’ pre-Christmas market. Browse goodies from local vendors under a heated pavilion, sip hot cocoa, listen to jolly holiday tunes and visit with Santa Claus.
Youngsters party with their favorite princesses at Springfield Little Theatre’s A Frozen Frenzy. Little ones strut their stuff in a costume contest, take part in a Frozen sing-along, get their faces painted and more. Buy tickets here or call 417-869-1334.
Craft gorgeous glass ornaments during this open studio session at Creative Escape Glass. It’s $15 to make one ornament, $27 to make two and $38 to make three. Come ready with some ideas for your design or follow a provided pattern.
Sneak a peek at Springfield Ballet’s new staging of The Nutcracker at this affair featuring an exclusive dress rehearsal of the show and a swanky Hotel Vandivort reception, plus dinner and activities for your kiddos. Pick up tickets to the party here. Get tickets to the The Nutcracker, which runs Friday through Monday, here.
Bring your little ones to the Gingerbread Build-Off featuring a reading of the classic “Gingerbread Man” story and activities like decorating a life-sized gingerbread playhouse and creating Christmas ornaments. The free event is perfect for ages 6 and under.
Get in the holiday spirit at Springfield Little Theatre’s presentation of A Christmas Story, a wacky yuletide classic about a little boy’s quest to get a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. Pick up tickets here or call 417-869-1334.
Get to the art of the matter at Missouri State’s free WinterFest Visual and Performing Arts Festival. Check out creations in all mediums by regional artists and listen to performances of cheery seasonal tunes by local ensembles.
Sport your tackiest Christmas jumper at the Strike Zone’s Ugly Sweater Party. Bowl a few frames and have festive refreshments like Grinch Punch and S'mores Shots. It’s free to attend, but bring a few bucks for bowling, snacks and drinks.
Winter is coming, but you don’t have to be a seasonal scrooge. Check out our guide to having the Best Winter Ever in 417-land, then take our Santa-themed quiz to find out if you made the nice list this year.
Shop small at the Pickwick Place Holiday Bazaar. Peruse locally made goodies like jewelry, holiday decor, housewares and yummy bath products from vendors like Serindipology and Moon City Goods. Plus, take a pic with jolly old Saint Nick.
Feeling lucky? Bet big for a good cause at The Hamels Foundation’s Chips for Charity. The event combines the glamour of ritzy Las Vegas casinos with the allure of Hotel Vandivort, and proceeds benefit local schools and students. Get tickets here.
Show some local love and shop 'til you drop during Small Business Saturday. If you subscribe to 417 Magazine you'll find an AMAZING savings pass in your December magazine. Not a subscriber? Head to Simmons Banks starting Wednesday to snag a pass with exclusive local deals.
Kick off the most wonderful time of the year at Farmers Park’s free Lights and Flights Holiday Festival. Stop by the marshmallow bar, sip whiskey flights and marvel at the lighting of a 20-foot-tall holiday installation.
Cocktails and canvases combine at The Social Easel’s paint night at Hotel Vandivort. Embrace your inner artist as you paint Frosty and his corn-cob pipe, button nose and two eyes made of coal. Get tickets here.
Sips local suds and listen to live music at Ozarks Beerfest, which raises money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks. Take part in competitions like a keg walk and a pretzel-eating contest between brewskis. Scoop up tickets here.
Delve into the life and work of Mark Twain in Springfield Contemporary Theatre’s The Gospel According To Mark. Learn about the famous author’s experiences and writings, some of which will be read. Buy tickets here or call the Box Office at 417-831-8001.
Pumped about Gilmore Girls returning this fall? Head to Finnegan's Wake’s Gilmore Girls-themed trivia night benefiting Ozarks Food Harvest. To compete, bring $2 or donate two non-perishable food items.
In case you haven’t heard, the south side location of Nonna’s Italian-American Cafe has tranformed into a little slice of Italy. Mangia! A Nonna’s Italian Kitchen shares ownership with the downtown Nonna’s location, and it’s quickly becoming our go-to spot for classic Italian fare. Want a peek inside the kitchen? Executive Chef Branden Bentley’s Instagram feed oozes yummy goodness. Follow him at @intheweeds81 for major culinary inspiration. For now, check out our list of the five dishes we’re dying to dig into, pulled straight from Bentley’s delicious feed. Some of these dishes were specials on the chef’s menu, but we’re crossing our fingers that they come back around.
Spice up your life at Farmers Market of the Ozarks’ Chili Cook-Off, which raises money for Wilson's Creek Boys Home. Sample tasty recipes from regional chefs and vendors while perusing booths of fresh local fruits, veggies and other goodies.
Kick off the holiday season at Run to the Lights, a nighttime 5K winding through SDC and its spectacular Christmas display. Register for the race here. Silver Dollar City’s An Old Time Christmas will be making spirits bright through December 30.
Whether you’re making a cozy weeknight meal or cooking up a storm to feed the masses during a Sunday football game, chili is the perfect go-to winter dish. It’s hearty, easy to make and always a crowd pleaser. But it can also be easy to fall into a chili rut, making the same recipe time and time again. To help shake things up, we asked three local chefs to share their take on this timeless classic. So, grab your apron and your biggest pot and try something new this season.
By Vivian Wheeler | Styled by Abby Gust | Photographed by Brandon Alms
Learn to craft fun fall cocktails like spiced apple cider at Patton Alley Pub’s Whiskey 101. Plus, snack on tasty appetizers, taste Copper Run Distillery spirits and talk with distillery owner Jim Blansit. Buy $10 advance tickets here.
Know someone whose style stands out from the pack? Nominate them for 417 Magazine’s Best Dressed through November 30. The winners will be featured in the magazine and strut their stuff on the runway at #417Fashionation. Check out last year’s winners here.
Little ones dance up a storm at Springfield Ballet's workshop featuring The Nutcracker. Tiny dancers ages 3 to 8 hear a synopsis of the classic tale, make Nutcracker-themed crafts, play games and learn choreography. Register here or call 417-862-1343.
Wing it for a good cause at Springfield Sertoma’s Wingapalooza. Munch on wings from dozens of 417-land eateries and vote for your favorites. Wash it all down with beer and listen to tunes from local bands throughout the day. Pick up tickets here.
Make a night of it downtown at First Friday Art Walk. See art exhibits at spots like Obelisk Home and the Springfield Art Museum. Then, stop by Anvil Fest on the square or laugh out loud at Springfield Improv’s Improvable Causes comedy show.
Sample fine tequila and feast on dishes like chicken in adobo sauce or ribeye steak with huitlacoche salsa at Cantina Laredo’s Siete Lequas Tequila Dinner. Call 417-334-6062 to reserve a spot at this agave extravaganza.
Costumed kiddos trick-or-treat around haunted Landers Theatre at Gargoyles & Ghouls. The Halloween-themed fun also includes performances by Springfield Little Theatre troupes and spooky art activities. Buy tickets here.
Hankering to see some fall color? Check out our guide to the region’s best fall drives and take our quiz to see which of the seven road trips matches your traveling tastes. Then gather up your gang and hit the road this weekend.
Indulge in salty, finger-licking goodness at this celebration of all things bacon. Sip beer and bourbon and snack on pork-packed fare from local eateries. Don’t forget to save room for the bacon-eating contest! Scoop up tickets here.