This Week in Springfield, Missouri

Find the best things to do this weekend in Springfield and around southwest Missouri.

by Kali Salazar

Apr 18 2024 at 8 a.m.

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Photo courtesy Springfield Little TheatreCatch the talented cast from Springfield Little Theatre performing Mary Poppins Jr. through April 21.

April 18–25

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April 19: Ozarks Lyric Opera Presents: The Black Rider: The Casting of the Magic Bullets

Gillioz Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Join Ozarks Lyric Opera for a haunting night of unbelievable opera with The Black Rider: The Casting of the Magic Bullets. With music and lyrics by Tom Waits and words by William S. Burroughs, experience the story of a clerk in love with a huntsman’s daughter unfolds. This musical fable is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat as you see if the clerk can win the approval of his love’s father by using magic bullets for the perfect shot!

April 20: David Archuleta

Aetos Center for the Performing Arts, 7 p.m.

David Archuleta is no stranger to the spotlight after being the runner-up in season seven of American Idol. Since his debut in 2008, Archulet has begun releasing his own music, sold out two domestic tours a year, and made nine studio albums.

April 23–25: Pretty Woman: The Musical

Juanita K Hammons Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Based on one of Hollywood’s favorite love stories, Pretty Woman: The Musical is full of amazing music, dynamic characters and a story you’ll want to hear over and over again. This modern romantic musical is sure to be a hit in 417-land!

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This Week

April 11–21: Disney’s Mary Poppins Jr.

Landers Theatre, times vary

Join Springfield Little Theatre for a magical trip down memory lane with Disney’s Mary Poppins Jr.! Follow the Banks family in 1910 as they find the perfect new nanny and learn to love each other again. Full of magical and memorable adventures, this show is a classic you don’t want to miss!

April 20: Springfield Prom

Shrine Mosque, 7 p.m.

There's nothing more exciting than a city-wide prom! Head to Shrine Mosque for an epic dance party just for adults at Springfield Prom. Dance the night away with your best friends or partner under the lights of the disco without even having to go back to high school!

April 21: Celtic Woman 20th Anniversary Tour

Juanita K Hammons Hall, 3 p.m.

After 20 years, Celtic Woman continues to stun listeners with beautiful harmonies and breathtaking instrumentals. They plan to bring a brand new show full of traditional and contemporary Irish tunes that tell of Irieland’s rich heritage.

April 23: Curtains & Corks

Springfield Little Theatre, 6:30 p.m.

Help others step into the spotlight at Curtains & Corks, a theatrical wine-tasting event benefiting Springfield Little Theatre. Taste a variety of wines and savor delicious cuisine from local restaurants as you help raise funds for the theatre. Don't forget to browse the silent auction items and prepare to be entertained by theatrical flair woven into the evening.

April 24–28: Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale

Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, 10 a.m.

Find the perfect book to read at the lake this summer at the Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale! The sale features new and used hardback and paperback books, CDs, movies, vinyl records, audiobooks, games, puzzles and artwork. Adult, young adult and children’s books are $1 or less, and better books are priced $2 and up.

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Coming Up

April 27: Party Planting

Kelby Creek, 10 a.m.

Have you always wanted a cutting garden but have no idea where to begin? Katie Hoesch is opening her backyard garden in Nixa for a personalized workshop along with friends from Alps, Nixa Hardware & Seed Company and Found Farm. Learn the ins and outs of a cutting garden and leave with seedlings to get you on your way. You'll also be treated to a craft cocktail paired with a selection of easy yet delectable brunch appetizers to tantalize your taste buds.

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Kali Salazar, Engagement Editor

About the Writer

Kali Salazar is the Engagement Editor at 417 Magazine. Kali has been working at 417 since June 2023. She manages 417 Magazine’s social media accounts, writes the weekly Datebook newsletter and blog, updates the calendar and looks for new things for 417-landers to get excited about. Read more about Kali here.