Get Those Tickets Right Now!
October is a big month for foodie events in Springfield. For some you can pop in day-of, but for others, you’ll want to snag your tickets asap to make sure you get a seat. Get your calendar ready, because here’s what’s coming up.
October 5: Ozarks Ghost Stories & S’mores
Okay, how stinkin’ cute is this? At this kid-friendly event, you get to make s’mores and sip cocoa around a bonfire at The Workshop while you listen to some not-too-scary and totally kid-appropriate ghost stories told by Ozarks resident Todd Wilkinson. Some of the stories even have a 417-land connection. What a way to start spooky season! Register online.
October 8: Oktoberfest on the Square
Head to Ozark’s downtown Square for a fun event put on by the Historic River District. You can hear live music from 2–10 p.m., sip beers from 11 local breweries, taste the wares from local food trucks, shop the vendor booths, take part in a corn hole tournament, let the kids run off some energy in the Kid Zone and more. If you’re a runner, there’s also the Oktoberfest 5K that afternoon at 1 p.m. and a Beer Run at 5:30 p.m. No registration is needed, but check here for more event details.
October 6–8: Masters of Bourbon
The Masters of Bourbon series is returning to Big Cedar Lodge. The event runs for three days, with the Angel’s Envy Dinner on October 6, and tasting seminars and the Masters Dinner on October 7.
On October 8 at noon, you can participate in clay shooting for all skill levels, with all gear supplied. At 3 p.m. is the Science of Distilling event where you’ll learn from Ben Holladay Bourbon’s master distiller Kyle Merklein about bourbon’s flavor compounds, history and composition. There’s exclusive sampling too of course. Then there’s the Signature Event that evening from 5:30–9:30 p.m. There you can hear live music, taste signature cocktails, try hand-crafted cigars and enjoy a stellar dining experience. Bonus for animal-lovers: The famous Budweiser Clydesdales will be there too!
Tickets for each event are sold separately, and you can register online.
October 12: Progress Turns Four
This event isn’t until next week, but you might want to get your tickets now because two of the seatings are already sold out. It’s Progress’s fourth birthday party, and it features a four-course meal plus amuse bouche and bread service for $125. The menu looks incredible, with things like short ribs in a smoked bone marrow bordelaise and for dessert a chocolate tart with orange and rosemary. Yum! Get tickets here.
October 22: Wine & Food Celebration
This one's also happening later this month, but you might want to snag those tickets soon. This annual event presented by Ozarks Public Television and Brown Derby International Wine Center lets guests sample wines from around the world and flavors from local restaurants. If wine's not your thing, there are cocktails and craft beers on hand too. This is a fundraiser too, so the proceeds go to children's broadcasting in the Ozarks.