This Week in 417-Land

The very best things to do this weekend and beyond in 417-land. Updated every Thursday.

by Jamie Thomas

Jun 17 2021 at 8 a.m.

Branson Ferris Wheel at night
Photo courtesy The Track Family Fun ParksCelebrate 40 years of fun with the Track Family Fun Parks on June 23.

When you’re heading out, please make sure to stick to all rules about physical distancing, hygiene and mask-wearing for your own health and the health of our community. All events are highly subject to change right now, so please make sure you double check event pages for dates and times. If you know about anything that isn’t on this page, please let us know.

June 17–24

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Choose Your Outdoor Adventure

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Through June 27: Matilda the Musical

Springfield Little Theatre/Landers Theatre, 1–4 p.m.

Springfield Little Theatre brings Matilda: The Musical to the stage at Landers Theatre starting this week through June 27. Based on the classic book by Roald Dahl, this musical adaptation brings the book to life on stage with a cast of talented 417-land performers.

June 23: Branson Track’s 40th Birthday Bash

The Track Family Fun Parks, Branson, 7 p.m.

Celebrate 40 years of thrill rides with The Track Family Fun Parks in Branson on June 23. Enjoy live music from The Rosy Hips and Mile Zero, grab food from a food truck, enjoy the all new 80’s Electrify show on the Branson Ferris Wheel and end the night with a fireworks display.

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Through June 19: Beehive The Musical

MSU’s Tent Theatre, times vary

Missouri State University’s Tent Theatre presents Beehive: The Musical, a jukebox-style live music collection of classic hits from the 1960s.

Through June 20: Heroes of the Fourth Turning

Springfield Contemporary Theatre, 4–7 p.m.

Springfield Contemporary Theatre reopens with the Midwest premiere of Heroes of the Fourth Turning by Will Arbery. The production is directed by Artistic Director Rick Dines and features local actors Clayton Avery, Annie Crumbaugh, Beth Lambeth, Logan Lee and Ali Oldweiler.

June 17–18: Struggle for Statehood Exhibit

History Museum on the Square, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Find out more about Missouri’s Struggle for Statehood in a traveling exhibit commemorating the bicentennial of our state as it stops at the History Museum on the Square.

June 18: Lost Spanish Treasure Hunt and Fair

Château Charmant, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.

Enjoy an arts and crafts fair, tournaments, games for all and feasting all rolled up into one non-stop, day-long adventure like no other at Chateau Charmant.

June 18: 15th Annual Hot Air Balloon Glow

Finley River Park, 5–11 p.m.

The annual Hot Air Balloon Glow returns to Finley River Park for its 15th year! Enjoy a night-time balloon glow show, duck race, games, drinks, food and more. Check back closer to the event for safety details and weather updates.

June 19: Butterfly Festival

Springfield Botanical Gardens, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

Celebrate gardening, nature and butterflies at the Roston Native Butterfly House and Caterpillar Petting Zoo at Springfield Botanical Gardens. Enter the pollinator costume contest, enjoy magic shows, visit vendors and more.

June 19: Second Annual Ales & Tails

Mother’s Brewing Company, 4–8 p.m.

Celebrate Father’s Day a day early by heading to Mother’s Brewing Company for a traditional crawdad boil. A tent will be up so you can enjoy brews and eats come rain or shine.

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June 24–27: BubbleFest

Discovery Center Springfield, 10 a.m.

Pop into the Discovery Center for a weekend of bubbles with BubbleFest. Stand in a giant bubble, create monster bubbles, and learn all about rainbows at this community event for all ages.

July 10: Summer Antique and Vintage Market

Schofield + Gray, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

Schofield + Gray celebrates summer with a line up of antique, vintage, garden, home decor and gift vendors, along with fresh food and a one of a kind atmosphere.

July 31: Sunflower Festival

Country Roads Family Fun Farm, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.

Stroll the sunflowers at Country Roads Family Fun Farm from July 31.

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