We’re smack dab in the middle of summer and there are so many great events on the calendar for this month! Tons of concerts are coming to town this month. You’ve got everything from Allison Krauss to Band of Horses and some great local favorites like Members Only and Jake Wesley Rogers. There’s a lot to do with the little ones too! Whatever you like to do, there’s sure to be something for you in July!
PORTRAITS OF COURAGE
When: Through July 5, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Daily
Where: Wonders of Wildlife
Oil painting exhibit by former President George W. Bush at Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium. Free with with ticket purchase.
RED, WHITE & ZOO
When: July 4, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Dickerson Park Zoo
Celebrate the Fourth of July with the animals of Dickerson Park Zoo!
4TH OF JULY AT HAMMONS FIELD
When: July 4-6, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Hammons Field
Freedom Week Fireworks are back at Hammons Field for 2018. Following the game, fans will be allowed to come onto our award-winning field for a unique Freedom Week Fireworks experience on the Fourth of July. The celebration continues July 5–6 with more fireworks to enjoy from your seat.
33RD ANNUAL STARVY CREEK BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL
When: July 5-7, 11 a.m. to 10:40 p.m.
Where: 2229 Bluegrass Rd. Conway, MO
Thousands of people will descend on the bluegrass park for the three day event on July 5,6, & 7, 2018. The event will consist of the essentials: 500 RV electric hookups, concessions, restrooms, showers, and national award-winning bluegrass entertainers. This is an amazing event promoted by Don & Bobbie Day. Performing at this festival are: The Grascals, Flatt Lonesome, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Larry Stephenson and several other bands. Please see starvycreek.com for more information.
BrewCo Tie Dye Party
When: Jul 6 – 6:00 PM
Where: Springfield Brewing Company
Join us as we celebrate our newest beer release Clove Hitch Hefe Weizen and First Friday Artwalk with a Tie Dye party at Brew Co! Friday July 6, 2018 6pm-8pm in the parking lot of Springfield Brewing Co We will provide: – A limited run white soft-style SBC logo tee shirt for you to dye – All the colors of the rainbow for you to make your unique creation – Instructions and demonstrations on how to create your one-of-a-kind tee – A free draft beer or root beer Go wild or keep it mild we can’t wait to see the finished product! Bring the whole family for this fun and creative event. This is a rain or shine event. (will be moved indoors to 2nd floor if needed) There will be live music on the patio and delicious food truck fare from London Calling, Firelight Pizza, and Skully’s. Cheers!
First Friday Art Walk
When: Jul 6, 6:00 PM
Where: Park Central Square
24+ participating venues in downtown Springfield. Original art, artist receptions, live art demonstrations, hands-on art activities and more. 417-862-2787
2018 CHRISTIAN COUNTY FAIR
When: JUL 6-7, 1:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Finley River Park, 907 Riverside Road
If you’re looking for a summer activity suitable for the whole family, head to the Christian County Fair. Expect carnival rides; inflatables; mouthwatering food; a petting zoo; exhibits, contests and shows of all kinds, including an impressive livestock show; and more. The Danielle Downing Band, The A-Listers, Finley River Boys, Pride and Joy Cloggers and Back Road Story are all part of the packed live entertainment lineup.
Jake Wesley Rogers
When: Jul 7, 9:00 PM
Where: The Outland Ballroom
Jake Wesley Rogers is originally from Springfield, so this show is a bit of a homecoming for him. He’s since moved to Nashville while performing on America’s Got Talent and at venues across the country. He’ll be performing songs from his new EP called Evergreen. HE’ll be joined by Springfield bands D. Clea and Blue False Indigo.
2018 LEARN TO GROW IN THE GARDEN SERIES
When: Jul 9, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: The Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center, 2400 S Scenic
Linda Siler is the Water Garden Specialist at Wickman’s Garden Center. Linda will present a program about water gardening container style. Participants will come away with new ideas ideas on container types, plants, and fish for smaller water gardens. Linda’s programs are always very creative and full of new ideas.
RIB & WING FEST
When: July 13, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: The Fork and Spoon by Simply Delicious
Join us for a night of great food and family fun! Enjoy house-smoked meats, homemade sides and a sauce bar to top it off! Hang out at the bar and sip on local beers. Let your kids jump in the bounce house or play yard games while you enjoy the sounds of Treva and the Troublemakers. This is an event you don’t want to miss! Adult presale tickets $18, gate entry $20. Kids are $10.
ULTIMATE DATE NIGHT
Get excited for a night full of fun and laughter! Couples of all ages -married, engaged or dating- are invited to experience ULTIMATE DATE NIGHT!
Featuring comedian, best-selling author, and motivator, Kenn Kington! Enjoy dinner, friends around the table, a photo booth, and a night full of laughs.
BALL OF THE WILD RIO DE JANEIRO
When: July 13, 6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Where: White River Conference Center, 600 W. Sunshine St.
Party like an animal and join in on the fun of the zoo’s 18th annual fundraiser, the largest of the year benefiting Friends of the Zoo, a nonprofit dedicated to making Dickerson Park Zoo a first-class facility. The night features national bands with live music, dancing and a buffet-style dinner catered by various local restaurants.
Head to Lost Signal Brewery for a day filled with music, featuring five bands, a huge party, beer and delicious barbecue. Buffalo Gals, Blake Gardner and the Farmers, Bootleg Riot, The Royal Furs and Me Like Bees are all scheduled to perform. VIP tickets all include two drink tickets, seats in the first four rows and a gift bag.
WATERSHED SUMMER GALA
When: July 14, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Darr Agriculture Center, 2401 S Kansas Expy
This annual fundraiser features a whiskey pull, Brown Derby Wine Grab and bag toss. The night includes delicious local food and beer and wine throughout the evening, keeping bellies full and spirits light. Join in on the fun and put your wallet to good use as you support growing education and outreach programs and the Watershed Fellowship Programs.
MEMBERS ONLY AT SUMMERS AT THE RIVER
When: July 14, 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Where: Summers at the River, 2142 N Sports Complex Ln
$15 cover – All ages show – Doors open at 7:00 and show is from 9:00 to 12:30. Kids 10 and under are FREE! Tickets sold at the door on the day of the show only starting at 7:00. Food trucks will be available. You can bring your own lawn chairs. No outside coolers. This is an outdoor show.
SPRINGFIELD ROYAL PRINCESS BALL
When: July 15, 9 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.
Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Springfield, 2431 N. Glenstone Ave
Surprise your kids at this one-of-a-kind event where kids can meet and greet Disney princesses––Cinderella, Snow White, Ariel and more. This dreamy and magical night, called Dream Parties, is the recreation of a fairy tale princess ball with stage performances. Children ages 3 to 7 can dress up in costumes and get the chance to take part in princess games, story time and sing-alongs and learn ballroom dancing.
When: July 15, 2018 – 7:00 PM
Where: Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts, 525 South John Q Hammons Parkway
QUEEN CITY KICKBALL REGISTRATION
When: July 15, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m
Druff’s and Mother’s Brewery join together to present Queen City Kickball. Queen City Kickball is an age 21+ Kickball League beginning on Sunday, August 12th and running until October 14th, with a 2 week break for Oktoberfest and Labor Day in the Mother’s Brewery Backyard. The League consists of teams of 10 players. Games will start at 2:30 PM every Sunday afternoon and continue every hour after. The final Sunday will be a 4 team playoff between league leaders. Registration per team is $450 and is due before play begins. Each team will be outfitted in sweet team T-shirts to wear each Sunday. Mother’s beer will flow and Druff’s sandwiches will be available every Sunday in the backyard. Official League Rules, Player Releases and Registration can be found at the links above.
When: July 17, 7:00 PM
Where: The Complex
Eclectic rock band GWAR is coming back to Springfield. If you don’t know who GWAR is yet, you should probably google their shows before you head out to this concert. Their shows are pretty…intense.
Theory Of A Deadman
When: July 18, 8:00 PM
Where: Gillioz Theatre
The Canadian rock band Theory of a Deadman will be gracing the stage of the Gillioz on July 18. They’ve been around since 2001 and have had 3 number one singles.
MEET THE VOICE OF THE KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
When: July 19, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Fork and Spoon, 2340 West Grant St
Mitch Holthus, voice of the Kansas City Chiefs and host of the Hy-Vee Chiefs Insider is coming to visit fans in Springfield at the Fork and Spoon restaurant on West Grand Street.
BIZ 417’S LADIES WHO LAUNCH
When: July 19, 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Hickory Hills Country Club, 3909 E Cherry St
Designed to provide relevant content and engagement opportunities to women growing their careers in southwest Missouri, Biz 417’s Ladies Who Launch kicks off with a half-day leadership conference, a monthly e-newsletter and more, all guided by an advisory board from four local businesses that are at the forefront of championing women in leadership: Community Financial Credit Union; CoxHealth; Elliott, Robinson & Company; and Spencer Fane.
The half-day event features keynote conversations designed to engage, develop, grow and empower women leading 417-land into the future. Whether you are launching to the next stage of your career, launching a business, launching into leadership, or launching a side hustle, this day is for you.
PRICE CUTTER CHARITY CHAMPIONSHIP
When: July 20-30
Where: Highland Springs Country Club, 5400 S. Highland Springs Blvd.
Golf’s rising stars descend upon Highland Springs Country Club for the 29th Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper. Watch as some of the nation’s finest PGA Web.com Tour golfers compete to raise money for 48 children’s charities across 417-land. Events open to the community take place July 20 through 30, with the pros playing July 26 through 29.
SHREK THE MUSICAL JR.
When: July 20-31, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Springfield Little Theatre, 311 E Walnut St
If your kids love the big green ogre from the Oscar-winning DreamWorks animated movies, then they will love the Springfield Little Theatre’s performance of Shrek the Musical Jr. It’s a chance for kids to see a fairy tale world full of fantastical and familiar characters—like Shrek, Princess Fiona, Donkey, and Lord Farquaad, just to name a few—in an onstage adventure.
THE ELEPHANT MAN
When: July 20, 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Springfield Contemporary Theatre, 302 E Pershing St
In the Springfield area premiere of the Tony Award–winning play The Elephant Man, a lonely man suffers from facial deformity that leaves him no option for work other than to join a traveling sideshow as a freak attraction. Even after a doctor rescues him, he is unable to find comfort in his condition and never escapes the bondage of social injustice. Three additional shows are scheduled for August.
PINK RIBBON GALA
When: July 20, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Indigo Sky Casino Resort Grand Cedar Ballroom, 70220 Highway 60
The Pink Ribbon Gala is now in its seventh year, and it is celebrating with a “Seven Year Itch” theme. The event includes fun entertainment, a live auction and a delicious dinner.
When: July 21, 9:00 PM
When: July 26, 10:30 a.m. to noon
82ND ANNUAL OZARK EMPIRE FAIR
When: July 26, 1 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Where: Ozark Empire Fairgrounds
Sea Lions? Axe Women? Exotic Petting Zoo? Don’t miss your chance to Go Wild at the 82nd Annual Ozark Empire Fair! All the foods, rides, and games you love with dozens of new attractions to explore. On opening day gates and midway open at 4 o’clock. July 27-August 4 gates open at 11 am, Midway opens at 1 o’clock. Get your tickets now and Go Wild at the Ozark Empire Fair!
Band of Horses
When: July 31, 8:00 PM
Where: Gillioz Theatre
Band of Horses: For over a year now, indie rock band Band of Horses has been experiencing huge popularity thanks to three hit albums and popular tour dates. Led by the haunting vocals and emotional songwriting of guitarist Ben Bridwell, Band of Horses is putting their unique spin on indie music marked by subtle synth and keyboards. Band of Horses’ latest album, Infinite Arms, has continued the band’s rise to fame and sparked numerous tour dates in 2011; including those in support of Kings of Leon this summer.
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