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.
Pat Duran and Chef Peter Tinson have opened a breakfast and lunch joint next to Metropolitan Grill. The menu includes Bulletproof Coffee, cashew chicken-inspired chicken and waffles, a Pedialyte cocktail and more.
THURSDAY, May 4
Handbag Happy Hour
Treat yourself at The Hamels Foundation’s Handbag Happy Hour, a glamorous night featuring a silent auction with designer purses, plenty of cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Plus, take part in a raffle for a Louis Vuitton handbag valued at more than $2,000. Register here.
Sing the blues at Buddy Guy’s concert at the Gillioz Theatre. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee is famous for songs like “First Time I Met the Blues” and “Ain’t No Sunshine.” Norman Jackson Band also joins the legendary guitarist. Get tickets here.
Sharpen your knife skills at Hy-Vee’s Chef Culinary Series that focuses on cutlery. Get tips from chefs on how to slice and dice like a pro. It’s $15 to take part, and you can reserve a spot by calling 417-881-1950.
Draw and paint designs on buttons at Rosette Studios: Arts & Letters’ button making class. It’s $8 to make 10 buttons, and all ages are welcome. Come with some designs in mind, and call 417-987-9155 to learn more.
Party with your pup at Bark in the Park benefiting Cruse Dog Park. The doggy-dedicated day includes a guided walk, canine yoga, demonstrations and more at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park. Call 864-1049 for more info.
Get your fashion fix while supporting Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks at A Time to Share. Enjoy dinner, drinks, a silent auction and a fashion show honoring models who have had or are living with breast cancer. Get tickets here.
Sip and socialize while you paint Springfield Little Theatre’s gargoyle emblem this RSVPaint night. There’s a cash bar or you can bring your own alcoholic beverage of choice. Register for the artsy evening here.
Little ones dance, play games, make crafts and more at Springfield Ballet’s workshop for 3- to 8-year-olds. Themed around Alice in Wonderland, the day also includes a reading of the classic story. Register your kids here.
Feast on ribs from 80 teams going head-to-head at the Rock'n Ribs BBQ Festival. Come back Saturday for more meaty fare, tons of live music and a kids play zone. It’s $10 at the gate, and youngsters 12 and younger get in for free.
Take in showstopping performances by acrobats, flamenco dancers, a lightening-fast painter and other acts at Silver Dollar City’s brand-new Festival of Wonder. Admission to the festival is included with SDC tickets or season passes.
Bass Pro Shops founder John L. Morris has made his mark in the Branson area. Find out what drew the Missouri magnate to Branson, what new developments are planned for the region and why he will always love the Ozarks.
By Stephanie Towne Benoit | Photos by Brandon Alms, Johnny Morris, courtesy Big Cedar Lodge, Bass Pro Shops
Celebrate Easter by brunching it up at spots like Houlihan’s and Fire & Ice Restaurant & Bar. Then head to High Street Baptist Church for its infamous Easter egg helicopter drop that scatters 15,000 eggs for little ones to track down.
THURSDAY, April 13
See the Springfield Cardinals take on the Frisco RoughRiders in this opening day match-up. Plus, munch on $1 brats and stick around for a fireworks show after the game. Buy tickets here.
Hit the town with your squad at 417 Magazine’s Fashionation. Springfield’s biggest night of glam features a massive fashion show, 20+ local retailers, live music, pop-up shops, dancing, an after party and much more. Purchase tickets here.
Make a night of it at First Friday Art Walk. Stop by the Springfield Art Museum for its new impressionism show, see History Museum on the Square’s World War I-themed exhibit, and check out local art and music at tons of downtown galleries.
Kids hunt down 25,000 glow-in-the-dark eggs stashed throughout Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park at this free Easter egg hunt. Be sure to bring cereal and peanut butter to donate to Ozarks Food Harvest. Register your youngster here.
Silver Strands Celebration honoring Michael White, March 25, 2017. Proceeds benefited the Michael Affleck White Endowment Fund. Hosted by Friends of Abilities First. Hickory Hills Country Club. Photos by Michael McConeghy.
Sample global flavors at this wine and coffee tasting event. Sip South African wines at Vino Cellars before walking over to Travellers House Coffee & Tea to try java made with African beans. Register here.