Muggles and wizards alike are welcome at the Harry Potter Roast featuring comedy troupe 5Shot Jackson. As movie characters, members of the group take turns roasting J.K. Rowling, who gets her say at the end of the night. Snag tickets here.
During Macadoodles’ easy-sipping evening, try high-end rums like one that’s bourbon barrel aged and learn about the history and flavor profile of the spirit. Light appetizers will also be served. Stop by the store or call 417-883-9000 to reserve tickets.
Kids grades six through 12 embrace their Bourne identity at Bourne to Be a Spy. Budding agents try to beat a simulated laser security obstacle course and crack tough codes, plus other impossible missions.
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.
The roaring ‘20s come to life in this Springfield Little Theatre show. Thoroughly Modern Millie is a jazzy Tony Award-winning tale about a midwestern woman who moves to Manhattan to land a wealthy husband. Buy tickets here or call the Box Office at 417-869-1334.
Go for a spin on the Galloway Creek trail during Sunshine Bike Shop’s monthly ride for beginners. Springfield Bicycle Club guides lead the leisurely outing and Pits N Grills rewards riders with barbecue after the two-wheel trek.
Get your om on at White River Brewing Company’s WRoga. Start the night with a yoga class and top it off with a pint of beer afterward. This month’s WRoga is hosted outside on the patio. It’s $10 at the door.
Comedians use every trick in the book in this Springfield Improv show. Attendees are encouraged to bring a book; performers pick pages from those books at random and create scenes inspired by what was read.
Be wined and dined at Vino Cellar’s dinner series featuring a battle to see whether Old World or New World wines have sipping supremacy. There are six wines to taste during this multicourse, educational meal. Register here or call 417-883-8466.
Kids ages three and up make colorful, Lego-inspired treats at this Candy House Springfield class. Little ones dip and decorate Lego marshmallow pops and build tasty structures with edible blocks. Call 417-883-3900 to register.
Enjoy Blackberry Lane Farms’ bountiful berries at its Blackberry Festival. On top of picking ripe berries by the pound, take a tour of the farm, hear educational talks and treat yourself to sweets like blackberry cobbler with homemade ice cream.
Watch flicks under the stars at Founders Park’s Movies in the Park series. This Friday is a screening of Minions, which features the mayhem and mischief of those goofy, goggle-wearing creatures. Don’t forget to bring a blanket or chairs!
Amp up your grill skills with this cooking class taught by Cox College dietetic interns and Hy-Vee dietitians. Learn to make delicious, healthy barbecue and grilled eats. Call 417-881-1950 to register.
Wouldn’t it be loverly to see My Fair Lady at Missouri State University's Tent Theatre? In this classic musical, a phonetics professor bets he can transform the speech of rough-around-the-edges Eliza Doolittle. Get tickets here.
Celebrate the USA at Big Cedar Lodge’s Patriotic Picnic. Star-spangled festivities include live entertainment, pony rides, mechanical bull rides, barbecue and fireworks over Table Rock Lake. Check out more local fireworks here.
If you love Journey, you can hold on to that feeling at Branson Landing's Liberty Light Up. Rock out to Journey tribute band Resurrection and watch a spectacular fireworks show blast off above Lake Taneycomo. For more local fireworks, click here.
Miss out on the Palace Theatre’s screenings of The Sandlot? You’re killin’ us, Smalls! The coming-of-age classic about baseball, Babe Ruth and a great big dog is showing all weekend. It’s the perfect air conditioned date night.
Cruise with fellow pedal pushers at Tour de Loop to celebrate Mother’s Brewing Company’s new Loopty Loop beer. The free, leisurely bike ride starts at Galloway Grill, heads to Creek Side Pub and ends at Sequiota Bike Shop. Register here.
Kids learn the call of the wild at Walk with the Animals, Talk with the Animals. Dickerson Park Zoo experts discuss how animals communicate through noises, body language and other means. Youngsters may even get to meet a few zoo critters!
Kids take center stage at Springfield Little Theatre’s Summer Sampler Series. Youngsters play, dance, sing, craft and perform for parents at the end of the day. Register your kiddo here or keep an eye out for the next one on August 1.
Don your stars and stripes for College of the Ozark’s Honor America Celebration. Little ones can have their faces painted and make thank you cards for veterans. A fireworks display accompanied by a patriotic College of the Ozarks Concert Band performance ends the night.
Enjoy summer fun at Farmers Park’s weekly Parties at the Park. Rock out to The Queen City Trio, score local goods at the open market, sip on suds in the beer garden and feast on eats like Firelight Pizza pies and Korean pancakes from Caffébene.
Come together to support the families of victims of last week’s tragedy in Orlando at Sing Love, Speak Love, Send Love. The fundraiser features a silent auction, beer from Mother’s Brewing Company and live music from the likes of Josh Mhire, Rachael Snow, Brett Johnston, LUX and Violet. More details are available here.
It’s a zoo this summer at the Springfield-Greene County Library. That’s because Dickerson Park Zoo experts will be on hand to teach kids about the call of the wild at various programs. At Animal Communication, fourth-graders through 12th-graders can explore how animals communicate through noises, body language and other means. There’s also Walk with the Animals, Talk with the Animals, which focuses on similar subjects but is geared toward preschoolers through fourth-graders. The best part: Kids may even get to meet a few critters from the zoo.
Animal Communication takes place June 22 at the Fair Grove Branch Library. Walk with the Animals, Talk with the Animals comes to Strafford Branch Library on June 21, Fair Grove Branch Library on June 29 and the Midtown Carnegie and Republic branches on July 18.
Celebrate Dad at the annual Father’s Day Brunch and Car Show at The Keeter Center. The bountiful brunch features everything from breaded catfish and hand-carved meats to delectable desserts. Call 417-690-2146 to reserve a spot.
Feast on Firelight Pizza Company pies, sip Mother’s Brewing Company suds and rock out to Smokey Folk at the Pediatric Brain Foundation Summer Gala. Plus, bid on hot-ticket items like a Tracker boat and fun cooking classes at a silent auction. Tickets are available here.
Get to the art of the matter at Third Thursday in downtown Joplin. Find unique treasures at an artisan market, dine on food-truck fare, groove to tunes by local musicians and much more. While you soak up culture, youngsters can play the night away in the kid's zone.
Bring a picnic lunch and relax as Springfield Community Jazz Ensemble plays a mini-concert. Downtown Springfield Association’s Wednesday Noon in Founders Park series features free lunchtime performances on Wednesdays through June 29.
Develop your flower power at Master Gardeners of Greene County’s Grow in the Garden Series. Becky Nicholas of Wickman’s Garden Village shares her hydrangea-growing expertise. Call 417-891-1515 to register.
Feast on boiled crawdads, fried catfish and more at the James River Basin Partnership’s River Jam on the Finley. Taking place at Finley River Park in Ozark, the event is a full day of food, live music and family fun including inflatables, fishing activities and paddling around a 15,000-gallon kayak pool.
Embrace your adventurous side at Geocaching 101. Held at The Library Station, this free event is a beginner's guide to geocaching and is open to all ages. Be sure to bring a smartphone or GPS-enabled device if you have one. Call 417-865-1340 for more information.
Meet and pick the brains of Top Innovators over breakfast at Biz 417's B-School Breakfast Series. Network before asking panelists your most burning questions. Purchase tickets and learn more about the Top Innovators here.
Strap on your blue suede shoes and enjoy songs by the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll at Missouri State’s Tent Theatre. All Shook Up is a heartwarming jukebox musical based on Shakespeare’s comedy Twelfth Night. Get tickets here.
Dip and decorate Rice Krispies and marshmallow pops with your kiddo at Candy House Springfield. The American Girl Candy Making Class is perfect for kids ages three and older. Call 417-883-3900 to reserve your spot.
Fish Saturday away with your little one at Kids Fishing Fun Day at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park. The 35th annual event is free and teaches kids how to fish while catching Channel Catfish and Bluegill. Call 417-864-1332 to register.
Do the downtown thing this Friday at First Friday Art Walk. Highlights of June’s event include Watercolor USA at Springfield Art Museum, the 2nd Annual Chalk Walk, Paint Yo Pizza at BYOPizza and more. Gather your squad and soak it all up!
Set your summer menu at Hy-Vee’s Fast, Fresh & Delicious class. Cox College dietetic interns demonstrate and discuss the health benefits of four delicious recipes that are perfect for weekend fun with the family. Call 417-881-1950 to register.
Kick off the perfect summer with 417 Magazine and Leinenkugel’s at our Summer Launch Party at Sequiota Bike Shop. Eat, drink, socialize and enter to win a metal fire pit, outdoor table, umbrella and more here.
Do a little good this Tuesday and place a bid at Obelisk Home and Drury University’s 10th Annual Birdhouse Auction. The auction includes birdhouses decorated by local artists, and 100 percent of funds benefit Habitat for Humanity.
Take the family to see the Springfield Cardinals take on the Frisco RoughRiders. Get your little ones all sugared up with free ice cream from Hiland Dairy, then let them run the bases to ensure an early bedtime. Get tickets here.
Make it a movie night, and watch A Hard Day’s Night in Mother’s Brewing Company’s backyard. London Calling Pasty Company provides the munchies while you enjoy the show. Bring blankets, chairs and $5 cash to get in.
Step up your bartending skills in time for summer at Cocktails on the Farm. The women’s workshop teaches you how to craft three fancy cocktails while learning about ingredients and socializing with fellow libation-loving gals. Get tickets here.
Learn how to eat like a chiseled caveman at the Paelo Cooking Class. Chef Geoff Underwood discusses how to incorporate a paleolithic diet into your life, its reported health benefits and recipes. Call 417-882-0714 to register.
Get tipsy this Tuesday while listening to the dreamy tunes of Bella Donna. The gypsy-jazz band plays at Scotch & Soda, covering Neutral Milk Hotel’s In the Aeroplane Over the Sea from front to back. Get there early for great seats.
Treat yourself to a little Sunday funday and see Flogging Molly at the Gillioz Theatre. The Celtic punk band performs tunes off their new record Speed of Darkness along with classics. Buy tickets here.
Chow down on all the Chinese food you can handle at Cashew Craze. The event celebrates more than 50 years of Springfield-style cashew chicken with all-you-can-sample dishes and sides. Get tickets here.
Farmers Park fills up with coffee this Saturday for Springfield Coffee Fest. Local coffee shops provide samples of their best coffee to earn awards in six categories. Try them all for a great cause—benefiting Safe and Sober. See a list of participating coffee shops here.
Cuddle with cats under the moonlight at National Tiger Sanctuary. The Tigers By Twilight event lets you tour the sanctuary as big cats stalk by the light of the moon. Call 417-587-3633 ext. 0 for reservations.
Let a blood-loving plant entertain your evening at Springfield Little Theatre’s Little Shop of Horrors. See what happens when a floral assistant gets in over his head tending to the foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore’s every need. Call 417-869-1334 for tickets.
Bust out your beer-drinking britches and sip the night away at MaMa Jean’s American Craft Beer Festival. The event features hundreds of brewskis including pale ales, lagers, IPAs, fruited beers and so much more along with food and live music. The best part? It’s free for those 21 and older.
Leash up your furry friend and head to Pints for Paws benefiting the Humane Society of Southwest Missouri. Eat, drink and mingle with pet-friendly vendors while enjoying live music. Get your paws on tickets here.
Pedal your heart out during Bike to Work Week. Leave your car behind at least one day this week, and ride to work, take the bus, walk, carpool or telecommute. Do a little good for yourself and the environment and register here.