Get in touch with the great outdoors this weekend at the Missouri Outdoor Expo. The three-day hunting, fishing and outdoors show features 3D archery shooting, a casting pond, trout fishing pond, vendors, informational seminars and more.
Grab your workout buddy, and head to 417 Magazine Live Well Fitness Fest & Expo. Sample workout classes, enjoy wellness and nutrition seminars and chat with health-focused vendors. Use promo code “417FAN” for BOGO tickets here.
Relive your glory days this Friday as Mother’s Brewing Company, The Moxie Cinema and The Gillioz Theatre present Old School. Watch as Will Ferrell, Luke Wilson and Vince Vaughn return to college while you nostalgically sip on Mother’s suds.
Get your creative juices flowing at the Springfield Creatives event Draplin Design Co. Does The Queen City. Design expert Aaron Draplin hosts a two events covering graphic design, entrepreneurship and more. Get all the deets here.
See Sam Hunt and RaeLynn live this hump day at the KTTS St. Jude Jam benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The Gillioz Theatre's tickets are sold out, but if you search hard enough, we bet you can get your paws on some tickets!
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Sharpen your scissors, and head to the coupon class at Habitat for Humanity. Learn how to use coupons in a real-world setting and how to combine them to get the most out of your money. It’s an art, really! RSVP here.
Treat yourself March 21 through 28 during 417 Magazine Spa & Salon Week. You get three services for only $99 from 417-land’s best spas and salons! See the menus here, and book you appointment now for a new spring look.
Ladies, brush up on your entrepreneurship skills this Saturday at the Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium. Learn practical leadership tips, and boost your confidence and charisma with guest speaker Catherine Johns. Register here.
Pick out a killer outfit, and head to 417 Magazine’s Fashionation, 417-land’s biggest fashion show. The super-funky PearlNation gets the party started with your favorite hits as the area’s best retailers, and salons work the runway. Snag tickets here!
Let your creative juices flow this Thursday at Ladies’ Crafty Night Out. Create your own initial wall hanger while enjoying light refreshments and step-by-step instruction. Grab a friend and a bottle of wine (or two!), and register here.
Put on your best maroon and white, and wish Missouri State University a happy 110th birthday this Tuesday. The Alumni Association celebrates the big day with activities, a birthday card signing, cake, photo opportunities and more. Go Bears!
Cut a rug this Monday, and brush up on your ballroom dancing. The ballroom dance class at the Chesterfield Family Center caters to all levels of dancers. Grab your dancing partner, and call 417-894-2531 to register.
Celebrate St. Patty's Day downtown this Saturday with tons of activities including the Springfield St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Dublin’s Pass’ ShamRox Run, and the Humane Society of Southwest Missouri’s Lucky Paws fundraiser.
Roam with dinos this weekend at Jurassic Quest! The exhibit features more than 50 super-realistic, life-size, animatronic dinosaurs that you interact with, learn about and can even ride. Fossil digging, mazes, face painting and a bounce house make the day even more dino-mite! Get tickets here.
Dive into the world of real diapers this Thursday with the SWMO Real Diaper Association. Join the group at Loehr Chiropractic & Acupuncture, and learn all you need to know about cloth diapers and their benefits.
Kids out of school this week or next? Head to Discovery Center Springfield’s Spring Break Messtival, and beat the boredom with awesome art and science activities! Kids paint, sculpt with playdough, sew and more for a day full of messy fun.
Pick up a new hobby this Monday, and give home winemaking a shot. Potting Shed University gives you the inside scoop on choosing the appropriate fruit, the fermenting process and more. We're always available for taste testing.
Treat yourself to some retail therapy this Sunday at Relics Antique Mall’s Great American Garage Sale. With more than 100 garage sale booths in addition to the 400-plus regular antiques booths, pickers are sure to be in hog heaven. We hope you find some treasures!
Grab your boots, and dosey doe on over to The Lucky Hoedown presented by Springfield Metro Rotary. Fittingly, the Boot Daddy Saloon plays host to the event featuring live music, casino games, food, drinks and more. Yeehaw!
Take your talents downtown for some fun at First Friday Art Walk. Work your way through 23 venues featuring live music, live art demonstrations and more. Other highlights include Kids Night Out at the Downtown Ward YMCA and Raiders of the Lost Ark at The Gillioz Theatre.
Get your fashion fix while supporting Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks at the annual A Time to Share Dinner & Fashion Show. Enjoy an inspiring fashion show featuring models diagnosed with breast cancer, drinks, dinner, silent auction items and more.
Support Drury University’s Theatre Department as students take on Wit. The Pulitzer Prize-winning play celebrates life and the exploration of human dignity as a literature scholar confronts her inevitable death. Purchase tickets here.
Brighten up your grin with Innovative Dental, and enter to win a teeth whitening kit. One lucky winner receives custom whitening trays along with a six-month supply of whitening gel. Enter to win here through March 31.
Gear up for St. Patty’s Day with Irish Monday at Galloway Station. Feast on Irish dishes, enjoy drink specials on Irish imbibements and listen to live music by the Galloway Irish Session Group. Start the week on a high note!
Catch some spring fever this weekend at the Lawn & Garden Show. The Ozark Empire Fairground E*Plex fills up with 100+ exhibitors offering every lawn and garden goodie you could ever imagine. Then, start counting down the days 'til spring!
Roll up your sleeves and come hungry to the Sertoma Chili Cook-Off. Treat yourself to 80 different chilis, cold beverages, live music, casino games and more to raise money for local youth charities. Buy tickets here for a day full of fun.
Listen to the tunes of talented local musicians at Playing and Praying for 1641 at The Gillioz Theatre. Dallas Jones, Jody Bilyeu, Barak Hill and others perform. Profits from the event benefit injured Springfield police officer Aaron Pearson.
See some of Shakespeare’s best work come to life as The Tempest hits Springfield Contemporary Theatre. The enchanted, adventurous tale tells the story of a man stranded on a deserted island seeking revenge on his enemies. Call 417-831-8001 for tickets.
Gather up the family for a night of comedy featuring furry performers, jugglers, clowns and more at the Popovich Comedy Pet Theater. Cats, dogs, geese and birds take the stage to perform stunts and skits. Click here to buy tickets.
Pull on your best pair of boots, and see Merle Haggard and Marty Stuart live at the O’Reilly Family Event Center. Haggard, a Country Music Hall of Famer headlines the show for the first time in more than 40 years. Snag tickets here.
Get in touch with Mother Nature, and learn how to create a worm composting bin at Potting Shed University. Turn a plastic storage bin into a composter for converting kitchen scraps into fertilizer. Trust us, your garden will thank you.
Wind down with the family this Sunday, and see Disney’s My Son Pinocchio Jr. at Springfield Little Theatre. The production mixes favorite songs like “When You Wish Upon a Star” with new music for a fresh take on the classic tale. Snag tickets here.
Grab your gal pals, and head to the KGBX Women’s Show for a day of fun, pampering, sampling, fashion, shopping, food and more. The fashion show begins at 2:30 p.m. Stop by local McDonald’s locations to get a coupon for $2 off admission!
Twirl your little girl around on the dance floor this Friday night at the Daddy Daughter Dance. Get all snazzed up for dancing, flowers, prizes, photos and a delicious meal. Think of it as a belated Valentine’s Day date!
Fellas, gather up your group of gents and join GYNCA for Men’s Night Out. The evening includes test drives of the Audi R8, casino games, food, shoe shines, hot shaves, a cigar lounge, Scotch tasting and more! Call 417-869-2220 to purchase tickets.
Reward yourself for surviving yet another winter, and primp for spring during 417 Magazine Spa & Salon Week. You get three fabulous services for just $99 at 417-land’s best spas and salons! See the menus here, and book your appointment now.
Jam out with fellow acoustic musicians this Tuesday at Springfield Music’s Acoustic Jam. Sue DuBois, an acoustic performance artist, leads the jam session. Grab your instrument, and let the music flow.
Bond with your little one during their day off this President’s Day at Discovery Center Springfield. Learn about the Chinese Year of the Sheep with hands-on activities and demonstrations that enhance their understanding of Chinese culture. Yay, learning!
Turtles, snakes and lizards, oh my! Head to the Shrine Mosque this weekend to check out the scaly, slimy creatures at Repticon, a reptile and exotic animal show. Your little ones are sure to fascinated by tons of vendors with critters, live animal seminars, raffles and more.
Party it up this Saturday at the Queen City Mardi Gras Pub Crawl! Venues on Commercial Street and downtown team up to offer live music, dancing, beer, burlesque and more. Fisk Limousine is there to shuttle you from spot to spot, too. Put on your purple, green and gold and have a grand old time!
Gear up for Mardi Gras and help raise money for The Kitchen, Inc. at Eyes in Disguise. Treat your taste buds to delicious Cajun food by Louisian Chef Robert “Roc” Cannon, enjoy live ‘70s music by Boogie Wonderland and bid on auction items. Call 417-837-1500 to reserve your seat!
Get warmed up for the holiday of love at Hy-Vee’s annual Valentine’s Day wine dinner. Chef Marty Lowry prepares an exquisite four-course dinner complete with wine pairings. Call 417-881-1950 to make reservations for you and your honey.
Tap into your artistic abilities this hump day at the Springfield Greene-County Botanical Center’s Oil Painting Demonstration Series. Peter Longley shows you how to paint landscapes using light and shadows. You’ll be an oil painting pro in no-time!
Brush up on useless information while enjoying a night out at Galloway Station Bar & Grill’s Tuesday Night Trivia. Grab your sharpest friends for six rounds of trivia, lots of prizes, drink specials and plenty of fun.
Indulge in top-notch retail therapy all week at Harem & Company, as the store celebrates the grand opening of its new Republic Road location. The week kicks off with reflexology sessions, followed by sales, giveaways and more that you don't want to miss!
Switch gears into lake mode for the weekend, and check out the Lake Life Expo. The lake lifestyle event features recreational watercrafts, home décor, real estate, outdoor living accessories and more. Head to the Springfield Expo Center, and start counting down the days until summer.
Does your little girl love to dance? Join Springfield Ballet for a fairytale evening of fun at the fifth annual Daddy Daughter Dance. Little dancers and dads learn dance moves, play games, shop and take photos. Call 417-862-1343 to make your reservation today.
Put your navigating skills to the test during Eric’s Super Sweet Urban Orienteering Race. Team up to find checkpoints scattered about downtown Springfield using a provided map and clues. Pop culture trivia and mystery challenges add an extra-fun twist. Download the registration form here.
Fellas, show off your hunting skills this Thursday at the sixth annual Men’s Wild Game Supper. Cook and bring in any wild game you recently shot or trapped for a chance to win a trophy. Also enjoy a meal catered by Rib Crib and guest speaker Chad Schearer, host of Shoot Straight TV.
Root the Missouri State University Basketball Bears on to victory as they take on the Loyola Chicago Ramblers at JQH Arena. Slap on your best maroon gear, snag tickets here and catch one of the last home games of the year.
Treat your sweet tooth to a night of indulgence at Hy-Vee’s Chocolate and Desserts cooking class. Chef Marty Lowry shares his secrets of working with chocolate and how to make decadent desserts in time for Valentine’s Day. Reserve your spot for date night by calling 417-881-1950.
Expand your art collection while helping raise funds for the Springfield Regional Arts Council during Hearts For The Arts: I See Red. Browse red and heart-themed pieces created by local artists in the online silent auction and place your bid here!
Find inspiration for your next home improvement or building project this weekend at the HBA Home Show. Visit with more than 200 exhibitors at the Springfield Expo Center. You won’t believe all of your options!
Get creative with your little ones this Saturday at Moxie Mornings. The day kicks off with innovative short films, and then moves into art activities suitable for kids ages 2 to 6. It’s the perfect opportunity to bond with your youngster.
Kick off the weekend at The Gillioz Theatre with a showing of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. See the shenanigans that unfold as a high school wise guy skips school for the day. Grab a beverage from Mother’s Brewing Company on your way into the theater, and enjoy the show.
Witness mind-boggling ball-handling skills this Thursday as the Harlem Globetrotters take over JQH Arena. From crazy slam dunks to high-flying stunts, the hilarious show is a fit for basketball fans of all ages. Call 417-836-7678 to snag tickets for the whole family.
Brighten up your hump day, and enter to win a full-face rejuvenation, a non-surgical liquid facelift and a full skin care system from Swann Dermatology & Esthetics! Valued at $4,000 to $6,000, depending on the lucky winner’s needs, it’s a no-brainer. Enter to win here through February 28.
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
Sit on stage at Juanita K. Hammons Hall this Tuesday as Ji, a popular solo pianist performs some of his best work. The show is part of the Don and Betty Wessel Emerging Concert Artist Series that features upcoming artists in an intimate recital setting. Call 417-836-7678 for tickets.
Shake your moneymaker this Monday at Take The Lead’s free adult tap class. Instructor Amy Mitchell introduces you to tap dancing in the beginner-friendly dance class. It’s time to try something new! Grab a friend, and call 417-234-7511 to register.
Enjoy a dino-mite Saturday with your little one at The Library Center’s Colossal Dinosaur Extravaganza. Kids in kindergarten through grade five dig for dinos, solve prehistoric puzzles and more. The best part? It’s free!
Get your geeky juices flowing this weekend at Startup Weekend Springfield. The 54-hour event provides education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Receive feedback on your wild ideas, network, learn additional skill sets and more. Purchase tickets here.
Cook up a storm with MaMa Jean’s Natural Market at the Roasted Winter Vegetables cooking class. Chef Geoff Underwood teaches basic techniques for making hearty and delicious cold-weather meals. Samples are provided. Register by calling 417-862-0135.
Treat yourself to the tastiest pizza in 417-land during 417 Magazine Pizza Wars. Eat at participating restaurants, and vote for your favorite pizza pie before January 31. Don’t forget to wash it down with an ice-cold Michelob Ultra! Cast your vote here.
Learn about the transgender experience this Tuesday with Laverne Cox from Orange is the New Black. The critically acclaimed transgender actress comes to Missouri State University telling her story of overcoming challenges to pursue an acting career. Snag free tickets at any of the MSU Tix vendors on campus.
Commemorate the life and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this Monday with the Springfield NAACP. The celebration begins at Mediacom Ice Park with a march through the city followed by a program at The Gillioz Theatre. Grab a friend, and celebrate all of King’s accomplishments.
Lace up those bowling shoes, grab the family and hit the lanes for an afternoon of fun benefiting The Kitchen, Inc. In its 20th year, the Knights Striking Out For The Kitchen bowl-a-thon hits four local bowling alleys. Bring along a non-perishable food item, and you’ll be bowling strikes in no time!
Put your drinking pants on, grab your friends and head to 417 Magazine Whiskey Fest. Featuring more than 200 spirits from all over the world, educational seminars, live music, food and more, it’s a night you don’t want to miss. Snag tickets here.
Give your little learner a chance to have fun with science at Discovery Center of Springfield’s Science Sprout Day. Kids explore the five senses through science demonstrations, story times and hands-on learning. Science has never been cooler.
Tap into your artistic side, and get to painting at Art Inspired’s Love Birds studio session. It’s the perfect opportunity to paint a beautiful picture for your lovebird just in time for Valentine’s Day. Grab a painting pal, and register here.
Treat your ears to the magical bluegrass sounds of Bela Fleck and Abigal Washburn this hump day at The Gillioz Theatre. The married couple takes to the stage, banjos in hand, playing traditional bluegrass with sprinkles of funk and jazz. Purchase tickets here.
Dive into life in space this Tuesday at Park Central Branch Library’s Under-an-Hour-Reading Club. Read the TIME Magazine article “Meet the Twins Unlocking the Secrets of Space,” and then share your thoughts with fellow readers. Enjoy some enlightening, educational conversation!
Learn how to get the most value out of your home this Monday with Habitat for Humanity and Century 21 Integrity Group. The free Maintaining Your Home for Resale class explains the do’s and don’ts of preserving your home for resale. RSVP here!
Giggle your glutes off this Saturday at the live taping of The Mystery Hour. Host Jeff Houghton chats with the creators of A Beautiful Mess, the owner of Mother’s Brewing Company and battle rapper Mega Def. Reserve your spot in the crowd here.
Start your weekend on a spooky note at Springfield Contemporary Theatre’s opening night production of Shining City. The modern Irish story follows a man through therapy after seeing the ghost of his deceased wife. Purchase tickets, and see what happens here.
Let your little ones practice their reading skills on an loveable pup this Thursday at the Republic Branch Library. The Reading Pals program incorporates furry friends from Pet Therapy of the Ozarks (usually an Alaskan Husky) into story time. Reading rocks!