Sunday, November 1, 2015 / by Brittney Newton
The Month of Being Thankful
Seems like just yesterday that we were welcoming 2015.
Now it's just a little over 60 days until we will be welcoming in 2016. With the holiday season just right around the corner, this usually means spending more time with those that you love. You may have children that will soon be on Winter Break or family coming to visit from out of town, you will probably need to find something to do.
Do you know what's going on locally?
You may be a Springfield native or a newcomer to the area, either way we would love to show you some events that are fast approaching. That way when you do need to entertain, you have an idea of what is going on near you!
Events Happening This Month!
School's Out Workshop!
Hosted by Springfield Little Theater, this event is for children ages 5 to 12. Here your children will enjoy playing games, learning improvisation, dance, tour the theater and learn a script by the end of the day! Held at Historic Landers Theatre, the cost is just $30 to entertain them from 8 am to 5 pm! For more infromation, please visit Springfield Little Theater's website here.
This event does reoccur on November 25th!
Jelly, Rags and Monk: Turtle Island Quartet with special guest Cyrus Chestnut!
This jazz concert starts at 7:30 pm sharp and will be hosted by Hammonds Hall. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit their website.
Marty Stuart with the Hillbenders!
Another concert for those country fans out there! The show begins at 8:00 pm which is hosted by Gillioz Theater. Purchase your tickets here.
Ozark Kennel Club Dog Show!
Begins on November 5th and ends on the 8th. This free event is hosted by Ozark Empire Fairgrounds and Event Center will start daily at 8 am and end by 6 pm. For more information about this show or other showings, visit their website.
7th Annual Springfield Sleepout!
Wesley United Methodist Church is helping the cause for Homeless Youth Awareness Month. The sleepout is encouraging everyone to join them by sleeping in your choice of sleeping bags, cardboard boxes, or tents to help raise awareness and understanding of what it is like to be homeless. Activities include a cardboard box home building competition, homeless trivia, homeless themed movies and more! Be at the church by 7 pm! For more details on admission prices or if you would like to volunteer, visit their website.
Arts and Letters Exhibition - for First Friday Art Walk!
"Vitals" exhibition work by Sarah Hebert will be featured at Arts & Letters for this first Friday. Doors will open at 7 pm at no cost to you! For more information about the artist and this specific event, visit Sarah's Facebook.
Arts & Letters First Friday Art Walk occurs every month. Visit their website to see which artists will be featured next!
Join Springfield's largest food festival at Springfield Exposition Center! Not only will you be able to judge the local restaurants wings, you will be able to join in on the fun of 5 wing eating contests before joining the main event. Enjoy the sounds of 4 local bands: The Mixtapes, The John Miner Band, Paralandra, & Funhouse, and have a blast! For tickets, visit their website.
Veteran's Day Parade!
Join your neighbors at Springfield's Annual Veteran's Day parade! Show respect to those who have fought for our country by taking your family to an event that everyone can enjoy. Route will begin downtown, but to join along or see the map, visit their website.
Women in Business Shopping Event!
Lets support our local business women by attending Fall 2015's truly one-stop shopping event! Springfield's Expo Center will open their doors at 10 am for you to join in on the activities and watch the Fashion Show. This event is absolutely free for you to show your support to these women. For more information, visit their Facebook page!
Springfield Ballet Children?s Workshop - The Nutcracker!
Introduce your children to the art of ballet! For children ages 3 to 8, they will be able to explore the world of ballet along with learning about the Nutcracker. Starts at 3:30 pm, with a show at 4:40 pm for parents to watch what their children learned. Location and cost details are on their website.
Free Entrance at Wilson's Creek National Battlefield!
In honor of Veteran's Day, Wilson's Creek National Battlefield is waiving all costs to visit this historic venue. The doors will open at 8 am and close at 5 pm. For more details, see their website.
Drury University Theatre Department Presents - the musical, Cabaret!
Opening night for Cabaret is November 7th, and the show will go on until the 14th. Don't miss this showing starting at 7:30 pm each night. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit their website.
Benise: Strings of Passion!
Don't miss this Emmy winning show with a new World Music and Dance Spectacular! Gillioz Theater is hosting the show that beings at 7:30 pm. Don't wait any longer to get tickets, purchase them here!
2 Friends & Junk
Just in time for Christmas, join this 2 day crafty show event to shop for handmade goods! Hosted by Ozark Empire Fairgrounds & Event Center, visit their website for details on times and costs!
Relics Antique Mall Holiday Open House!
This annual event is opening on November 13th and ending on the 15th! Don't miss the opportunity to join in on the fun for free at this one of a kind open house. The event is held at two different locations, with a wine tasting on Saturday. For more details on their locations, please visit their website!
Frolic Kids & Family Expo!
Parents!!! Don't miss out on this event to meet family related vendors and opportunity to show your kids a fun time! Activities for kids will include: bounce house, crafts, interactive booths & photo opts! Event is hosted by Springfield's Expo Center. For more information, visit here!
Monkey Baa Theatre Company - I AM JACK!
Hammon's Hall hosts Monkey Baa Theatre Company from Austraila to present this one of a kind play. Based on the novel written by Susanne Gervay, this play is about a boy with a great sense of humor and how he overcomes being bullied. Purchase tickets here today.
Wine Tasting Benefit for the Ozarks Literacy Council!
Sample wines from around the world, taste delicious appetizers and help the OLC's literacy fund! Event is hosted by Vino Cellars Wine Shop & Lounge, which starts at 6 pm. For more information on this benefit and for pricing, visit their website.
Aquila Theatre: SHERLOCK HOLMES!
Come see Aquila's Theatre as they present the new adaptation on such a thrilling play! Featuring actors from the top British & American theaters, this show will be hosted by Hammon's Hall. Visit their website to purchase tickets today!
Cup O'Cheer Holiday Homes Tour!
Please join in on this annual charity event to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House! Participants will be able to enjoy tea and elegant desserts, then tour 5 luxurious neighborhoods that will be decorated for the holiday season. For more information and tickets, please visit their website.
Meet at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds & Event Center with all of the belongings that you don't use anymore for any opportunity to swap with someone else! Everyone will be able to find something at this two day event. It's free to it in, but space is limited! Visit website for more information.
You don't want to miss this portrayal of the book written by Douglas Carter Beane, and based on Universal Pictures film with a screenplay by Richard Danus & Marc Rubel. This event is hosted by SCT's Center Stage until November 22nd. For tickets and showing time, visit their website
This event reoccurs November 27th to the 29th!
Sample over 200 beers from around the world! Beer tasting fun begins at 2 pm. For pricing information, please visit here.
Festival of Lights!
Come and enjoy the annual celebration of the winter season's arrival! Event starts at 6:30 pm and will feature a tree lighting ceremony, free ice skating, fireworks and more! For more information, please visit this website!
Ever wanted to learn the skill of archery? Well, here's your chance to try it for FREE! This is for anyone who is curious that is 8 years or older. Equipment will be provided, but you must register now! For registration, please visit their website.
Get ready to go with this half marathon and 10K trail run! This event is held at Two Rivers Bike Park in Highlandville, with the half marathon beginning at 9 am and 10K trail run at 9:30 am. Don't until it's too late, register today! Visit website for details how to sign up!
Harvest: Fall Dance Concert!
Come attend the 4th Annual Harvest: Fall Dance Concert in which all proceeds will go to Springfield Dance Alliance! Performances will include choreography by Missouri State University faculty, Springfield Ballet, Phenomenon Dance Ensemble, and many independent Alliance choreographers from the Springfield area. The show begins at 7:30 pm at Wilhoit Theater. Purchase tickets today here!
SOMO Toy Show!
Come and enjoy this free event that will surely bring the kid out in all of us! The show will be featuring vintage, collectible, and current toys antiques. Event begins at 9 am! For more details, visit their Facebook page!
Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot! Join the 21st annual Thanksgiving 5K fun run and walk! Proceeds benefit the Developmental Center of the Ozarks and the Park Board's Scholarship Fund. For more information, visit their website.
Springfield Little Theatre presents Miracle on 34th street - Musical!
With Christmas around the corner, take the opportunity to hear Kris Kringle tell us about his favorite holiday with the adaption of music! The show is hosted by Historic Landers Theater starting on November 27th, and will be recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday until December 13th. For more information on showings and tickets, visit their website
Ozark Whittlers & Woodcarvers!
Stop by to see members of the Ozark Whittlers & Woodcarvers transform wood into treasures! It won't cost you anything to show your support and visit the members starting at 1 pm at 4601 S. Nature Center Way. You can also follow them on Facebook.
Queen City Craft Show!
Be apart of the first ever indie craft show! There will be over 25 other local and regional makers, local vendors with food and beverages, and lots of handcrafted items. Show begins at 10 am, and half of the ticket sale proceeds will be donated to Rescue One. For more information, visit their website!