Weekend Events: See what’s happening around the Ozarks

Published: Aug. 12, 2022 at 1:26 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 24, 2023 at 5:12 PM CDT
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Springfield Farmers Market Spring Kick-Off

Saturday, March 25, will begin the Farmers Market season in Springfield. It’s always free to attend but organizers recommend bringing cash or a card to purchase from local vendors. Find fresh produce, and locally made goods, and immerse yourself with farmers from the Ozarks from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

Address: 2144 E Republic Rd, Springfield

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/3614249782183794?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22mechanism%22%3A%22discovery_top_tab%22%2C%22surface%22%3A%22bookmark%22%7D]%2C%22ref_notif_type%22%3Anull%7D

Route 66 Record Show

Check out the largest record show in Southwest Missouri Sunday March 26 at the Relics Event Center. More than 50 vendors will feature thousands of LPs, CDs, 45s, 78s, music memorabilia and more. Admission is $5 which admits you for the entire event, running from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Address: 2015 W Battlefield Rd, Springfield

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1261926687747343?ref=newsfeed

HBA Home & Outdoor Living Show 2023

Whether you’re a new homeowner or fixing up your own, this show will host home professionals to make the process easier. This event will run March 24-26 at the Springfield Expo Center. Cost of admission is $7, and $6 for those age 65 and older. Children under twelve are admitted free. Tickets are currently available for purchase at HBASpringfield.com.

Address: 635 E St Louis St, Springfield

More information: HBASpringfield.com

Stone Valley Vintage Market

Several local vendors are selling vintage, shabby chic, farmhouse, antiques, boutiques, handmade and more items April 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event will be held at The Barn at Stone Valley Plantation. Admission is $5 per person 16 and older.

Address: 2131 E 530th Rd, Pleasant Hope

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1090121354978301/?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22surface%22%3A%22external_search_engine%22%7D%2C%7B%22mechanism%22%3A%22discovery_local_tab%22%2C%22surface%22%3A%22bookmark%22%7D]%2C%22ref_notif_type%22%3Anull%7D


Vintage Market Days of NW Arkansas

More than 120 vendors from 15 states will bring plenty of things to shop for March 31-April 2 at the Benton County Fairgrounds. You’ll be able to shop for unique antique finds, handmade goods, and the latest fashion trends from the cutest trendy boutiques. Food and drink vendors will also be featured at this event.

Address: 7640 SW Regional Airport Blvd, Bentonville

More information: https://www.vintagemarketdays.com/market/nw-arkansas/

Kite and Piñata Festival

Get a dose of spring at this fun event at the Springfield Botanical Gardens! Bring a kite to fly on the great lawn or purchase a kite kit to build and decorate one at the event. Kids can line up to whack a piñata nearby. Browse vendors and a mini market featuring Japanese and Mexican snacks, candies, beverages, and souvenirs. This event highlights Springfield’s sister city relationship with Isesaki, Japan, and Tlaquepaque, Mexico. This event runs all day on April 1.

Address: 2400 S Scenic Ave, Springfield

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/3185324235092415?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22mechanism%22%3A%22discovery_top_tab%22%2C%22surface%22%3A%22bookmark%22%7D]%2C%22ref_notif_type%22%3Anull%7D

Ozarks Beerfest 2023

The region’s largest beer festival is returning to the Ozarks. Tickets are $35 in advance or $45 at the door, which includes unlimited beer and food samples and a tasting glass. This event runs Saturday, April 1, from 1-4 p.m. at the Springfield Expo Center. Besides beer and food, games, contests, a raffle, cornhole, and live music will also be featured.

Address: 635 E Saint Louis St, Springfield

More information: https://ozarksbeerfest.com/home

Easter at the Farm

Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park is hosting a free family event to celebrate Easter! Expect arts and crafts, games, a visit with the Easter Bunny, and an Easter Egg Hunt with candy for kids ages 12 and under. Bring your own baskets, but please, no cellophane basket filler – it’s bad for farm animals. This event kicks off on April 1 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Address: 3825 W Farm Road 146, Springfield

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/6052104038188095?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22mechanism%22%3A%22discovery_top_tab%22%2C%22surface%22%3A%22bookmark%22%7D]%2C%22ref_notif_type%22%3Anull%7D

Springfield Conservation Nature Center’s Native Plant Sale

The annual native plant sale will be on Saturday April 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Nature Center. A large selection of native annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs and vines will be available to purchase. Gardening demonstrations will be hosted through the event, including: Gardening for Birds, Shade Plants, Rain Gardening and Best Bugs. Bring all concerns and questions for gardening experts to answer.

Address: 4601 S Nature Center Way, Springfield

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1262630651130039/?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22surface%22%3A%22home%22%7D%2C%7B%22mechanism%22%3A%22discovery_top_tab%22%2C%22surface%22%3A%22bookmark%22%7D]%2C%22ref_notif_type%22%3Anull%7D

11th Annual Easter Egg-stravaganza

Finley River Park in Ozark is celebrating Easter with a free family-fun event. Saturday April 1 from 9:45 to 11:15 a.m., crafts, face painting, several inflatables, yard games, and egg hunts for all age groups will be featured. Parking will be located at the 4H Center, in designated grass areas, and along the thoroughfare in the park.

Egg Hunt Times:

10:00 AM: ages 6 mo. – 2 yr.

10:20 AM: ages 3-5

10:40 AM: ages 6 – 8

11:00 AM: ages 9-12

Address: 891-961 N Riverside Rd, Ozark

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1269798093744842/?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22mechanism%22%3A%22discovery_top_tab%22%2C%22surface%22%3A%22bookmark%22%7D]%2C%22ref_notif_type%22%3Anull%7D

Spring Tulip Festival

Immerse yourself in spring at the tulip gardens at Baker Creek in Mansfield. Admission is free but parking is $15 per car. Expert speakers, unique vendors, greenhouse and garden tours, and old-fashioned entertainment will be featured April 9-10. Join thousands of gardeners, farmers, and craftspeople to celebrate heirloom gardening.

Address: 2278 Baker Creek Rd, Mansfield

More information: https://www.rareseeds.com/tulip-festival-april9-10-2023

Arkansas State Chili Cook-Off

The 7th annual Arkansas State Chili Championship is being held at the Holiday Island Country Club on Saturday, April 22. Numerous chili cooks from around the country will compete for $3,000 in 4 categories: Red Chili, Chili Verde, Homestyle, and People’s Choice. The winners will get to compete in the World Chili Championship in Myrtle Beach, S.C. in September, where the Red Chili Champion wins $15,000! Spectators at the AR State Chili Championship can taste as much chili as they want and vote for their favorite. The chili cook with the most votes will be crowned the People’s Choice Champion. Admission to the event is $8 and a can of soup. The public tasting is from 12:30 to 4 PM. proceeds benefit A Cup of Love Ministry, which feeds the hungry in Eureka Springs. In the past 6 years, this event has raised over $25,000 for local charities.

Address: #1 Country Club Dr, Holiday Island, AR

More information: http://www.eurekaspringschamber.com/events/details/7th-annual-arkansas-state-chili-championship-4873

Annual Earth Day Cleanup at Lake Springfield

The James River Basin Partnership will be hosting their annual Earth Day cleanup on Saturday April 22 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Lake Springfield. This event is free and will include cleaning of the shoreline, lake, and river. Pre-registration is required and will officially open March 1. Trash bags and gloves will be provided. Volunteers are welcome to enjoy lake activities following the event.

Register: https://www.jamesriverbasin.com/earth-day-2023-registration

Address: 5324 S Kissick Ave, Springfield

Christian County Plant Sale

Master Gardeners of Christian County are hosting a plant sale to get you in the gardening season. Flowers, vegetables, trees, and everything in between will be available Saturday May 6 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the X Center in Nixa. Organizers recommend you come early for the best selection.

Address: 701 Taylor Way, Nixa

More information: http://mgchristian.org/

2023 Corndog Kickoff

Get your Fair Food Fix at the 2023 Corndog Kickoff! Enjoy fair food samples plus get two beverages and a full-sized corndog with your ticket, which costs $20 for attendees 13+, and $15 for attendees 6-12 years old. This event begins at 6 p.m. on Saturday May 13 at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds in the new Central Buildings Event Center.

Address: 3001 N Grant Ave, Springfield

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/3464796753780540?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22mechanism%22%3A%22discovery_top_tab%22%2C%22surface%22%3A%22bookmark%22%7D]%2C%22ref_notif_type%22%3Anull%7D

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