You won’t believe your eyes when you see the Acrobats of China featuring the New Shanghai Circus this Monday in Branson! The fast-paced, exciting production showcases amazing human performance art. Think: A circus on steroids. Grab the family for a show to remember.
Treat yourself to some pampering in the New Year during 417 Magazine Medical Spa Month. With exclusive discounts on laser hair removal, BOTOX and more at 417-land’s best medical spas, it’s an opportunity you don’t want to pass up! See the menus here.
See Santa and Mrs. Claus this Saturday at the Downtown Springfield Christmas Parade. The fun starts on South Avenue at 2 p.m. Afterward, the North Pole’s most famous couple set up for a meet and greet in front of the Park Central Square Christmas tree. Happy holidays!
Let your little one release all of that holiday excitement this Friday at Kids Night Out. Pat Jones YMCA Family Center transforms into a fun-filled play land featuring inflatables, arts and crafts, pizza and more for kids ages 1 to 12. Call 417-881-1599 to register today.
Help MaMa Jean’s Natural Market give a warm welcome to Oskar Blues Brewing Company this Thursday. The introduction of the oh-so-delicious canned craft beer is the perfect excuse to start your weekend early. Grab a pal, and enjoy tastings and yummy food.
Bundle up, and head to Mediacom Ice Park this hump day to watch the Springfield Express take on the Tulsa Oilers. The Express is leading the Western States Hockey League in wins, so it’s sure to be an exciting match. Maybe you’ll get lucky and see a brawl on the ice!
Prepare to be impressed this Tuesday as the So You Think You Can Dance tour hits 417-land. The Primetime Emmy Award-winning show features dancers performing original pieces created specifically for the tour. Purchase tickets here.
Get festive this Monday, and see Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at The Gillioz Theatre. Forty world-class Russian artists along with larger-than-life puppets and a growing Christmas tree bring the classic to life. Snag tickets here, and start a new family holiday tradition.
Get some giggles in this Sunday, and see The Littlest Angel at Springfield Little Theatre. Watch as a little angel is transformed from a celestial pest to the toast of the Heavenly Host. Snag tickets for the charming holiday favorite here.
Say hello to Santa this Saturday at Breakfast with Santa & The Nutcracker. Little believers enjoy a breakfast with Santa Claus, special performances of The Nutcracker by Springfield Ballet, crafts and more.
Sneak a peek inside some of Springfield’s coolest lofts during the Downtown Holiday Loft Walk. Check out festively decorated spaces while enjoying holiday treats. With First Friday Art Walk going on at the same time, it’s sure to be a great night downtown.
Get crafty this Thursday, and create a living wreath with guidance from Botanical Center staffer Angela Keith. Using air plants (super-low maintenance flowering plants), you’ll design a beautiful wreath that is truly alive. Register today by calling 417-891-1515.
Stuff yourself silly this Hump Day at The Keeter Center’s Yuletide Feast Dinner Theatre. Watch a Renaissance comedy performed by the College of the Ozarks Corale while enjoying a four-course meal. Enjoy the show!
Conspiracy theorists, has the Park Central Branch Library got a treat for you! This Tuesday’s Under-An-Hour-Reading-Club explores three articles related to hoaxes and conspiracy theories. Let your imagination run wild while enjoying some intelligent conversation.
Help out 417-land’s furry friends this Monday, and donate to the Rescue One annual holiday food and supply drive. Gather up dog and cat food, treats, collars and hygiene products for the abused, neglected and homeless animals Rescue One cares for.
Prepare for a serious smackdown this Sunday at WWE Live at JQH Arena. See 20 of your favorite WWE superstars under one roof including Kane, Big Show and Dolph Ziggler. Purchase tickets here for the whole family!
Fellas, get your fly fishing on this Saturday at Iron Fly. The event, based around the same concept as Iron Chef, incorporates competition and socializing as fly tiers compete to create the best fly possible using mystery materials. Enjoy drinks by Missouri Spirits House, food, door prizes and much more!
Avoid the Black Friday madness, and head downtown to watch Springfield Contemporary Theatre take on Around the World in 80 Days. See the craziness that unfolds after the main character agrees to an outrageous wager that puts his life at risk. Hint: It involves stampeding elephants, runaway trains, typhoons and more. Purchase tickets here.
Get on your feet before you eat this Thanksgiving morning at the 20th annual Turkey Trot. Along with being the perfect excuse for a guilt-free Thanksgiving feast, the 5K run/walk benefits multiple 417-land charities. Register for the race here. Happy Thanksgiving!
Make it the best Thanksgiving Eve ever at Lights & Flights at Farmers Park! Be a part of 417-land’s newest Wild Turkey Wednesday tradition, and kick off the holiday season with shopping, family festivities, a tree lighting, custom whiskey flights and more.
Before you head to Lights & Flights, stop by Women In Need of the Ozarks’ bake sale at Uncle Bently's. Get your paws on pumpkin rolls, pies, cakes and tons of other delicious desserts just in time for Thanksgiving dinner. Yum!
Spend a night in luxury at Downstream Casino Resort! Enter to win an all-inclusive prize pack including a one-night stay in a junior suite, a $150 food and beverage credit, $100 in Nee Spa credit and $50 Q Play for two. Enter to win here now through November 30.
Head downtown this Monday, and pay the historic Fox Theatre a visit. The museum’s two holiday exhibits, feature a look at Springfield’s history along with Cruiser, Santa’s Route 66 reindeer, and his friends. There’s nothing better than a night on the square during the holidays!
Let your tiny dancer dance their heart out this Sunday at Springfield Ballet’s The Nutcracker Workshop. Youngsters engage in an afternoon of fun and culture through crafts, story time, dancing and games. Enrollment is limited! Call 417-862-1343 to register today.
Put on your drinking pants, and head to Ozarks Beerfest benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks. Sample more than 100 beers and tasty foods from local restaurants. It's southwest Missouri’s largest craft beer fest! Purchase tickets here.
Tour 417-land’s most beautiful homes all decked out for the holidays during the Cup O’Cheer Homes Tour benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ozarks. The event also features a holiday tea, silent auction and elegant desserts. Purchase tickets today by calling 417-875-3505. It’s the perfect gal pal outing!
Take a trip down to New Orleans with Springfield Little Theatre as they take on Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire. The famous 20th-century drama tells the tale of a fading southern belle, her sister and her sister’s crude husband. See what happens between the trio, and purchase tickets by calling 417-869-1334.
The temperatures outside are dipping lower, and a piping hot bowl of soup is a warm and welcoming sight. The next time you’re looking to create a pot of the wintertime favorite, kick the cans to the curb and check out these recipes, all among the most popular choices at some of 417-land’s favorite restaurants.
By Savannah Waszczuk | Photographed by Brandon Alms | Styled by Abby Gust
Treat your taste buds to some local flavor this hump day at Mother’s Brewing Company’s Tasting Room Hang Out. Celebrate the return of the infamous Winter Grind coffee stout while escaping the cold weather. Tell your beer-loving friends, and make it a party!
Get in the holiday spirit at the second annual Deck the Halls at the Springfield Art Museum. The Springfield Symphony Orchestra Guild’s holiday tradition features designer-decorated trees and wreathes, performances by local children’s groups, a raffle and crafting. There's fun to be had for the whole family!
Kiss those Monday blues goodbye, and treat yourself to a little happy hour action at Vino Cellars. Happy hour runs from 4–6 p.m., and features select $5 glasses and $5 social plates. Grab your co-workers, best friends or lover for some after-work fun.
Hang out with the Sesame Street gang this Sunday at Hammons Hall! Sing and dance along with your favorite furry monsters while they teach lessons about culture and friendship. For some extra fun, take the whole family to the pre-show meet-and-greet with Elmo and other Sesame Street characters.
Slither on over to the Park Central Branch Library with your little critter for a reptile-filled Saturday. Dickerson Park Zoo staffers teach kiddos all about reptiles and answer burning questions, like ³Does a milk snake drink milk?² Grab the whole family, and make some new scaly friends!
Head to JQH Arena, and watch the Missouri State University Basketball Bears as they tip off the 201415 season against Eastern Illinois. Put on your best maroon, and cheer on the Bears to another winning season.
Travel back in time to the height of the Jazz Age in New York City at Logan-Rogersville High School¹s production of Thoroughly Modern Millie. Watch as ³moderns² rewrite the rules of love, enter the workforce, raise their hemlines and more in the musical that¹s won six Tony Awards. Call 417-753-2813 or purchase tickets at the door.
Treat your ears to some live music this hump day, and check out One More Time: A Tribute to Daft Punk at The Gillioz Theatre. The band¹s Alive 2007 tour comes to life on stage as One More Time rocks chrome helmets in front of a full-scale pyramid stage. Enjoy the show!
Perfect your culinary skills this Tuesday at the Taste of Home Cooking School at the Ozark Empire Fair Grounds. Shop, sample food and enter to win giveaways starting at 4:30 p.m. before the cooking demonstrations begin. Bon appétit!
Love dogs? Check out the best of the best this weekend at the American Kennel Club Dog Show put on by the Ozarks Kennel Club. Sunday's showing includes the all breed and junior showmanship divisions. Your little one will love seeing all of the talented canines!
Bring your appetite to the Springfield Expo Center this Saturday for Wingapalooza. The Springfield Sertoma event raises funds for children’s charities in the Ozarks. Grab your friends for a Saturday filled with wings, bands, beer and plenty of fun.
Take a walk downtown, and enjoy the culture of First Friday Artwalk. Highlights include Discovery Center of Springfield’s interactive art and sustainability event for kids, a printmaking revival, outstanding outdoor photography and more. Enjoy a night out on the town with the family!
Get the VIP treatment this Thursday at Museum 101. Take a behind-the-scenes look at the Springfield Art Museum’s collection, exhibitions and interpretive programs while learning about the museum’s role in 417-land. Soak up some culture, why don’t ya.
Fellas, get your 'stache game right, and join 425 Downtown and Hudson Hawk Barber & Shop for the 417 Area MOVember Party. The event, designed to raise funds for MOvember, features games, $1 select drinks, raffles and clinics on styling and maintaining a mustache. Stay sharp, sirs!
Rock the vote this Tuesday, and head to your assigned polling place for the Missouri General Election. Do some research, and then exercise your constitutional right to vote for our state auditor, senators, amendments and more. Happy voting!
Embrace your inner Irish, and head to Irish Mondays at Galloway Station. Munch on the featured Irish dish, and wash it all down with drink specials on Irish spirits, porters and stouts all day. Stick around 'til 7 p.m. to catch the Galloway Irish Session Group perform live.
Get fit at the Bass Pro Marathon Weekend. Pick your poison and run, walk or relay through a variety of races including a camo color run, The Mercy Marathon Relay, a 5K, a half-marathon and The Bass Pro Conservation Marathon. Good luck!
It’s sure to be a scaly Saturday at ReptiDay! See live animals from around the world including snakes, lizards and other slithering species. Grab the whole family for a fun-filled day of learning about reptiles, educational seminars and more. You might just go home with a new pet!
Party it up this Halloween at Galloway Station’s Halloween Ball with Sequel Dose. Galloway Station’s parties are always awesome, and combined with Halloween costumes, it’s sure to be a blast. Bonus: There will be Fireball specials and tons of other promotions.
Soak up some Springfield culture this Thursday at the Springfield Symphony Orchestra’s Spooky Symphony performance. The whole family will love the orchestra’s take on hits from Harry Potter, Star Wars and other Halloween favorites. Don’t forget to dress up! Costumes are encouraged.
Head downtown this hump day, and watch country star David Nail perform live at The Gillioz Theatre. His hit singles include “Let It Rain,” “Red Light” and more. Snag your tickets, bust out those cowboy boots, and enjoy the show.
Grab your co-workers or meet up with your pals for 417 Magazine Lunch Break! This week only, you get two-course lunches for less from some of 417-land’s best spots. From sushi and pasta to burgers and barbecue, we’ve got it all starting at just $7. See the menus here!
Pick for treasures this weekend at the Antique Festival of the Ozarks. The two-day event features 80 antiques dealers from across the country showing off collections of jewelry, art, vintage goodies, pottery, sports memorabilia and more. It’s an antiquer’s paradise!
Stuff yourself silly this Saturday at Ozarks Public Television’s Wine & Food Celebration. Enjoy hundreds of wines, delicious food from Springfield’s finest restaurants, craft beer and specialty cocktails. All proceeds benefit educational children’s programming on Ozarks Public Television. Get your tickets here.
Bust out the Halloween costumes a week early, and head to Halloween Night at the Museum. Costumed little ones explore the Springfield Discovery Center while visiting a variety of interactive science activity stations. From floating and flaming to sparking and sliming, the whole family will see all kinds of scientific fun!
Do you have questions about the wonderful world of juicing? Let Loehr Chiropractic & Acupuncture give you all of the answers at its free Juicing 2.0 Class. Sip and savor fresh fruit and veggie juices, and learn how to heal your body naturally with the Loehr doctors.
Join forces with your fellow gardeners this Wednesday at the Springfield Organic Gardening Club Meeting, and learn what you can do now to have the best garden ever next year. Learn basic techniques, and discuss best tips among attendees. Don’t leave your green thumb at home!
Brave the Halloween spirits this Tuesday, and head to the Clara Thompson Haunted Attraction at Drury University. Built in 1923, the hall memorializes a young lady who died after giving birth to her child. Today, students report a variety of mysterious happenings. Grab the family or your group of friends, and come face-to-face with the spirits!
Harvest Moon Festival 2014 benefiting the Children’s Charities for the 25th Anniversary of the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr. Pepper.. October 19, 2014. Highland Springs Country Club. Photos by Christie Lee and Sofia Caito.
Take your lunch game to the next level with 417 Magazine Lunch Break. You get two deliciously discounted courses at some of 417-land’s tastiest lunch spots October 27 through 31. Check out the menus, and plan the best Lunch Break–filled week of your life!
Travel to a world filled with wonder with Springfield Little Theatre at The Phantom Tollbooth Jr. The performance, based on the book by Norton Juster, follows a young boy named Milo as he explores a brand new, imaginative world. Call 417-869-1334 to purchase tickets.
Watch the Missouri Tigers take on the Florida Gators this Saturday at Lost & Found Game Day. Springfield Brewing Company’s upper level turns into a tailgate mecca with delicious food, live music, games, raffle drawings and, of course, football! Call 417-865-9998 to snag your ticket.
Wrangle up the family, get in the Halloween spirit, and brave a frightening walk through the Haunted Trail at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park’s Fall Fest. If you survive the spooky wooded journey, make sure to check out the pumpkin patch, corn maze, cow train, hayrides, corn cannon, inflatables and more.
Calling all creatives! Head to the Moxie Cinema, and join Springfield Creatives for a special screening of Linotype: The Film. The documentary tells the story of the Linotype, which is now nearly extinct in our age of new technology. Enjoy the show!
Show your local favorites some love, and cast your vote in the Best of 417 awards. From restaurants and salons to people and parks, it’s up to you to decide who is the best of the best in 417-land. Hurry, voting ends at 5 p.m.!
Put your best foot forward, and get to stompin’ this Tuesday at Whispering Oaks Vineyard and Winery’s annual grape stomp. Grab the whole family for food, music, grape stomping and hayrides through the vineyard. Try not to end up like this news reporter.
Shoot to thrill this Monday, and cut a rug at Savoy Ballroom’s Thriller on C-Street dance class. Grab your dancing partner for a fun date night, and learn the dance to Michael Jackson’s "Thriller." If you love it, make sure to join the Zombie Corps so you can showcase your moves in the annual performance on Commercial Street.
Get your sports fix this Sunday, and watch the Springfield Express take on the El Paso Rhinos at Mediacom Ice Park. Root the Western States Hockey League team on to a home victory as they look to continue their winning record.
Work on your fitness this Saturday morning at the 35th annual Mercy Sunshine Run. The race features a 1-mile, 5K and 10K walk/run starting at Hammons Field. Fill up after your walk or run at the pancake party featuring flapjacks from world-famous Chris Cakes, Inc., music and more!
Celebrate the harvest season at Farmers Market of the Ozarks' Harvest Dinner under the Farmers Park pavilion. Local farmers, artisans, restaurants and bakers come together to create a top-notch farm-to-table menu and dessert bar. Don’t forget about the wine pull, photo booth and live auction!
Visit Springfield’s beloved furry friends at Dickerson Park Zoo this Thursday, and help kick off the Halloween Spooktacular. Visit magically themed zoo exhibits, check out sideshow scientists and participate in a variety of games and activities. Grab the whole family, put on your best costume, and enjoy a night at the zoo.
Get artsy this hump day, and learn botanical drawing techniques with Peter Longley. Amateur artist? No worries! No previous experience is necessary. Your home will be filled with beautiful botanical artwork in no time.
Nerd out, and engage in some enlightening conversation this Tuesday at the Park Central Branch Library’s Under-an-Hour Reading Club. Discuss "Dignity: Fast Food Workers and a New Form of Labor Activism" from the September 15 issue of The New Yorker with fellow 417-landers. Tap into your inner bookworm, and get your current events fill.