The Jalili family's burger brainchild Black Sheep Burgers & Shakes is showing no signs of slowing down. A food truck just appeared on the scene and a drive-thru location on the east side of Springfield is anticipated to open this fall.
By Dayle Duggins | Photo courtesy Black Sheep Burgers & Shakes, By Brandon Alms
Wine & Cheese Tasting
Indulge your foodie side at Hy-Vee’s tasting night for two featuring a variety of vino paired with delicious cheeses. It’s $40 per couple to take part and also includes dinner. Call 417-881-1950 to reserve a spot.
The Mystery Hour is back! See interviews with guests like Mutemath drummer Darren King and Convoy of Hope’s Jason Streubel, AKA Dr. Dirt, at the first live taping of the show’s seventh season. Local musicians like Sabrina and The Howlers will also be on hand. Get tickets here.
Queen City Music Fest
Rock out to local live music all weekend long at Queen City Shout. The music festival lineup includes performances by 50 southwest Missouri bands and musicians at Commercial Street venues. Day passes are $10, and passes for the whole fest are $20.
Although Vespa Kitchen primarily focuses on breakfast and lunch offerings, the restaurant’s culinary pros adapted some of their signature items to create a gourmet evening meal for 417 Magazine's Cooking Class.
See City and Colour strum and sing acoustic, folksy tunes in what we assume will be a super chill concert at the Gillioz Theatre. Folk-bluegrass musician Marlon Williams and his band open the show. Pick up tickets here.
Don’t be left in the dark when the total solar eclipse is visible in 417-land. See the once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon at a free Missouri State event, or sip beer and admire the spectacle at Mother’s Brewing Company’s viewing party benefiting Care to Learn.
Find your zen at Yoga in the Park, an outdoor yoga class in Phelps Grove Park that’s open to all ages and skill levels. Make sure to bring your own mat and a donation for the teacher of the week.
Charity Bike Ride
Cycle for a good cause at The Rainbow Network’s JoyRide, which benefits the group’s efforts to fight poverty in Nicaragua. Choose between 10-, 20-, 32- or 58-mile treks along the Frisco Highline Trail. Register here or call 417-889-8088.
You look like you could use a date night. Get cooking with your sweetie at this Italian cooking class. Learn to roll pasta by hand, make pasta, shape bread and more before sitting down to an outdoor candlelight dinner. Pick up tickets here.
Parties at Farmers Park
Get a jump-start on the weekend at Farmers Park’s Parties at the Park. Stop by Houlihan’s beer garden, chow down on FireLight Pizza Company fare, play yard games and rock out to live tunes from Brookline Station.
Boozy Quiz Night
Sip craft beer and test your smarts at Lost Signal Brewing’s free Geeks Who Drink Pub Quiz. Compete for prizes like brewery gift cards as you and your crew work your way through 70 multimedia questions about all sorts of topics.
Kids explore their stage style at Springfield Little Theatre’s Inside Out-themed theater workshop. Ages 5 and older sing, dance, perform and participate in other activities inspired the beloved movie. Register your kiddo here.
Springfield Bicycle Tour
Take a Sunday spin through with Springfield Bicycle Tours. Head to spots like Phelps Grove and Rountree on the Homeland Tour, or cruise along Ozark Greenways trails on the Parks and Recreation excursion. Book a spot here, or call 417-421-8313.
Taste the tropics at Brown Derby’s tiki-themed cocktail dinner. Chow down on fare from Hula Hawaiian Kitchen while learning to craft summery drinks from Golden Girl Rum Club’s Rogan Howitt. Call 417-883-4066 to RSVP.
Route 66 Festival
Drool over muscle cars and antique vehicles as they cruise through downtown Springfield during the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival parade. Afterward, rock out at an outdoor concert featuring Big & Rich. See the full festival rundown here.
10 for the Next 10
Hear from four changemakers who are carving out a new identity for 417-land at Biz 417’s B-School. Network over breakfast and meet panelists like The Mystery Hour’s Jeff Houghton and Scotch & Soda’s Joshua Widner. Get tickets here.
Float Trip for Teens
Teens explore 417-land waterways on this educational float trip. Perfect for ages 12 to 17, the outing includes drinks, lunch and transportation. Call 417-888-4237 to sign up your outdoors lover.
Play with Clay
Sculpt all kinds of creations at Play with Clay Day. The artsy event is $10 per person and drop-ins are welcome. Rosette Studios: Arts & Letters will pop your piece in the kiln, then you can come back later in the month to put your glaze on.
Sip craft beer and play ball at 417 Taphouse’s Skee Ball Tournament. Your $5 entry fee goes straight into the winner’s prize pool. The night’s champ will face off against victors of other tournies in a year-end contest. Call 417-942-0958 for more info.
Mystery Movie Month
Take in iconic Alfred Hitchcock flicks all month long during Moxie Cinema’s Essentials Series. Sunday’s screenings feature Rebecca, an Academy Award–winning thriller. See showtimes and upcoming films here.
Go with the flow on this overnight paddle trip on the Eleven Point River. The expedition is open to ages 16 and older. Bonus: transportation and gear is provided. Call 417-833-8647 for more info, and register by August 2.
417 Magazine’s 31 Days of Giveaways Grand Prize Party randomly awarded the winner of Adelman Travel's Caribbean cruise getaway. Presented and hosted by Adelman Travel Springfield Vacation Center. August 3, 2017. Photos by Khaley Watts.
Kick off the weekend at First Friday Art Walk in downtown Springfield. Walk around to 21 participating locations for live music, hands-on activities, face painting and more. If you’re feeling extra energetic, catch the Springfield Cardinals as they take on the Northwest Arkansas Naturals.
Harry Potter Trivia Night
Wizards and muggles alike are welcome at this trivia night celebrating Harry Potter’s birthday. There’s also a costume contest, so head to Patton Alley Pub dressed as your favorite character. Sign up for the magical event here.
Ozark Empire Fair
Take a spin on carnival rides and feast on indulgent fair foods all weekend at the Ozark Empire Fair. The fun runs through August 5 and features classic concessions, concerts, a demolition derby and rodeo. Admission is $9 for adults, $4 for kids and free for ages 5 and younger.
Craft Beer Bash
Quench your weekend thirst and sample more than 100 beers at Springfield Springfield Craft Beer Bash. Hit the photobooth, see brewing demonstrations and catch new beer releases between sipping suds from local and regional brewers. Pick up tickets here.
See local couples go head-to-head at the Not So Newlywed Game benefitting the Ozarks Counseling Center. Snack on appetizers, sip complimentary beer and find out which sweethearts know the most about each other. Get tickets here.
Sip Sparkling Wines
Try more than 20 bubbles at Macadoodles’ free sparkling wine tasting night. Grab some pals and gain knowledge about different styles and flavor profiles. Call 417-883-9000 for more info.
WEDNESDAY, July 26
Chakra & Cheers
Top off your hump day with headstands, humbled warrior poses, happy baby and hops at yoga in Mother’s Brewing Company’s backyard. Sanga Studio leads the hour-long class, then you get to sip your favorite craft beers. Donations are encouraged.
Youngsters see what lies beneath 417-land during guided nighttime tour of Giboney Cave. While exploring the cave, they’ll learn about rock formations, wildlife and more. Call 417-888-4237 to reserve a spot.
Known for beef tamales and barbaric steaks, Mississippi chain Doe’s Eat Place has returned to Springfield. Marketing manager Trevor Collins sat down, fork in hand, with co-owner Jim Rogers to get a true taste of what the newly opened joint is all about.
Take a spin on your favorite Silver Dollar City coasters late into the night at Moonlight Madness. The fun runs through July 30 and also includes street dancers, nightly musical entertainment and a brand-new fireworks show. Get tickets or season passes here.
Unwind at Phelps Grove Park during the True You Yoga Fest. Meet local instructors and try out various yoga styles at free sessions. Plus, fuel up with fresh fare from The Wheelhouse while scoping out goodies from local vendors.
WEDNESDAY, July 19
Put your palate to the test at Vino Cellar’s Wine Wars dinner. Sample two carefully paired wines with each of the meal’s three courses and then decide which vino variety reigns supreme. Get tickets here.
Little ones sing, dance and play musical instruments while learning social skills at Itty Bitty City’s Music Makers Club. The class is perfect for ages 2 and older. Book a spot for your youngster here or call 417-202-2025.
Dreaming about the beach? Enter to win a Caribbean cruise plus $20,000 in other local goodies during 417 Magazine’s 31 Days of Giveaways. There a new prize every day in July including food, fitness, clothing, beauty and more. Enter here!
Golden Grove Farms’ inaugural sunflower festival kicks off July 15. Family-friendly atmosphere meets beautiful venue as attendees cut their own flowers, participate in games and crafts, and listen to live music nightly.
Escape summer’s scorching temps with a road trip to some of the coolest swimming holes around. For awesome eats along the way, check out our guide to 25 delectable spots serving up mouthwatering barbecue.
Admire local artists’ vibrant chalk creations at ideaXfactory’s free Chalk & Arts Festival. Check out their work and listen to live music while your youngsters try their hand at activities like making origami hats and playing mini instruments.
This year’s free Movies at Founders Park kicks off with the classic adventure Jumanji. The film is screened outdoors starting at dusk and concessions are available. Don’t forget to bring along blankets and lawn chairs!
Take a spin on classic carnival rides and feast on grub like fried catfish at the Webster County Fair. The fun runs through Saturday and includes festivities like a demolition derby, rodeo and fireworks. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids and free for little ones 5 and younger.
Fourth of July Fun
Celebrate the USA at Big Cedar Lodge’s annual Independence Day celebration featuring a picnic, family activities and a spectacular fireworks show. Learn about this and other nearby Fourth of July events here.
Fourth of July Celebration
Celebrate America at Chateau on the Lake’s Fourth of July bash. Fill up on all-you-can-eat barbecue, listen to live tunes and watch fireworks light up the sky over Table Rock Lake. The dinner is $32 for adults, $16 for kids and free for ages five and younger.
Family Camp at Bass Pro
Kids try out skills like archery and fishing at Bass Pro Shop’s free family summer camp. Themed around outdoor recreation and education, the mini expo also offers hands-on crafts, games and educational outdoors workshops.
Chill out with a brewski at Mother’s Brewing Company’s Friday Flix featuring an outdoor screening of the cult classic Clue. It’s $6 at the gate and open to ages 21 and up. A portion of the night’s proceeds will go to Moxie Cinema. Don’t forget to bring a blanket or lawn chair!
The Three Musketeers
Watch D’Artagnan and the legendary Three Musketeers as they fight the villainous schemes of Cardinal Richelieu. Presented by Missouri State’s Tent Theatre, the action-packed show features intrigue, swashbuckling and swordfighting galore. Get tickets here.
Escape summer’s toasty temps with a jeep tour of Fantastic Caverns. Explore what lies beneath 417-land while viewing rock formations and learning about the cave’s history and geology. Tickets are $24 for adults, $17 for kids and free for ages 5 and younger.
MONDAY, June 26
Paint Night at Hotel V
Sip cocktails while painting a sunset scene at The Social Easel’s paint night at Hotel Vandivort. It’s $40 per person, and supplies are included. Register for the artsy affair here.
Get artsy at this family friendly collage class. Materials are provided at the free workshop, but you’ll want to bring your own photos, keepsakes and other collage materials to personalize your project.
Flutter over to the Butterfly Festival at Springfield Botanical Gardens. Admire the insects up close in the butterfly house, stop by the day lily flower show and take your little ones to see a magic show, the caterpillar petting zoo, a face painter and more.
Colorful hot air balloons light up the skies during the Hot Air Balloon Glow at Finley River Park. Held in conjunction with the Sertoma Duck Race, the event features live music, inflatables, a fleet of food trucks and a beer garden.
After you conquer hump day, head downtown to socialize at the In Party. Listen to Jessamyn Orchard’s folk tunes and admire art created by those affected by Alzheimer's disease. Partial proceeds from the night’s specialty cocktail benefit the local chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.
TUESDAY, June 20
Lavender Farm Visit
Sip lavender champagne, nibble on snacks like meat and cheese trays and shop for lavender products at Lavender Falls Farm. Just south of Nixa, the farm is open every day in June except Father’s Day. Check out the spot’s Facebook for more info.
Experience some serious home envy at the Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield’s Parade of Homes. Admire gorgeous new houses around 417-land and pick up inspiration for your own home improvement projects. Buy tickets here.
Play yard games and listen to live music at Farmers Park’s free Parties at the Park. Let your little ones frolic in the splash fountain between visits to the beer garden and lemonade stand. Plus, FireLight Pizza Company and Great American Taco Company will be on deck.
Kids discover how animals make their homes in the wild at the Fair Grove library’s Up in the Sky, Down in the Ground event. Dickerson Park Zoo staff talk about animal habitats and bring along critters for little ones to see up close.
Learn to craft fruity, summery drinks at the Macadoodles’ Summer Cocktail Clinic. Sample the tasty concoctions as you discover the best ingredients and flavor combos. You’ll leave with recipe cards for all of the cocktails. It’s $10 per person.