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October is one of the busiest months of the year in the Ozarks! So many great,
family-friendly events and activities all month long. We will be adding additional
events to our web calendar and to our Facebook page all month long, so be sure to
like us on Facebook and check out springfieldkids.com. HAPPY FALL, FAMILIES!

Sunday, Sept. 2
Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company celebrates the growing season with Heritage Days Festivals through October, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Produce, music, handmade crafts, and garden speakers. For information, call 417-924-8917 or rareseeds.com. Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, 2278 Baker Creek Rd., Mansfield.

Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 6-8
Seymour Apple Festival featuring entertainment, crafts, vendors, contests, parade, and a 5K. Admission is free. For hours, event schedule, and information, visit seymourapplefestival.com.

Friday and Saturday, Sept. 7-8
Conway Community Days features a parade, entertainment, vendors, food, and turtle races. For hours and information, visit conwaycommunitydays.org.

Friday and Saturday, Sept. 7-8
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Harvest Home festival includes games, rides, entertainment, and food. Friday, 5 p.m.-midnight; Saturday, 2 p.m.-midnight. For information, call 417-887-6472 or visit seaschurch.org. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton church, 2200 W. Republic Rd., Springfield.

Friday-Sunday, Sept. 7-9
Japanese Fall Festival explores Japanese culture in the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden celebrating Springfield’s Sister City, Isesaki, Japan. Enjoy Japanese storytelling, top spinning, folk dancing, martial arts, origami and other hands-on crafts, and tea ceremonies. Friday 5-10 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Cost for Friday and Sunday is $7 per adult and $3 per child 12 and younger. Cost for Saturday is $10 per adult and $3 per child 12 and younger. For information, visit peacethroughpeople.org. Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield. See ad on page 25.

Saturday, Sept. 8
Bolivar Country Days includes Little Miss Country Days, kiddie tractor pulls, car show, entertainment, kids’ games and activities, and cupcake contest. For information, visit downtownbolivar.org.

Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 13-15
Autumn Daze Arts, Crafts and Musical Festival in downtown Branson. Crafts, food, and live entertainment. Event is free and open to the public. Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For information, call 417-334-1548 or visit downtownbranson.org.

Friday and Saturday, Sept. 14-15
Joplin Arts Fest features artists, live music, kids’ art activities, face painting, and food. Friday, 7-9 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For information, visit joplinartsfest.com. Mercy Park, 3002 St. Johns Blvd., Joplin.

Friday and Saturday, Sept. 14-15
Marshfield Harvest Days on the square in Marshfield. Vendors, live music, activities for children of all ages, and punkin chuckin' on Saturday. Friday, noon-7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For information, search for Marshfield Harvest Days on Facebook.

Friday and Saturday, Sept. 14-15
Shakin’ in the Shell Fest two-day festival includes a car show, contests, concerts, entertainment, tournaments, shopping, and amusements. Friday, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m. For information, visit shellknob.com. Chamber Park, 25364 MO-39, Shell Knob.

Saturday, Sept. 15
Wilder Day is the annual celebration of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Fiddle contest, tours, and vendors at the Laura Ingalls Wilder homestead. For information, visit lauraingallswilderhome.com. Wilder Historic Home and Museum, 3060 Hwy. A, Mansfield

Saturday, Sept. 15
MO Food Truck Fest features many of the area’s food trucks, carts, and trailers serving hot dogs, sandwiches, creole, BBQ, Mexican and Tex Mex, American, Italian, Asian, Latin, Mediterranean, and sweets. Live entertainment, vendors and family fun. Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Free admission. For information, visit mofoodtruckfest.com. Outside the Springfield Expo Center, 635 St. Louis St., Springfield.

Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15-16
Cider Days is a two-day arts and crafts festival on Historic Walnut Street. Cider Days is one of the largest fall festivals in southwest Missouri. Artists and crafters, performances, fall-themed activities for kids, and apple cider. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., both days. Admission is $4 per person; children age 10 and younger are free. For information, visit ciderdaysonwalnut.com. Historic Walnut Street in downtown Springfield.

Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15-16
1860's Lifestyle Exposition at The Gray-Campbell Farmstead. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Visit the oldest house in Springfield and enjoy living history demonstrations, a children's costume parade on Saturday at noon, and an apple pie contest on Sunday at 3 p.m. For information, call 417-833-2352 or visit graycampbellfarmstead.org. The Gray-Campbell Farmstead, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield, in Nathanael Greene Park.

Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 20-22
Hootin an Hollarin is a three-day festival in Gainsville. Entertainment, crafts, food, games, demonstrations, and square dancing. For hours and information, visit hootinanhollarin.com

Friday and Saturday, Sept. 21-22
Marionville Applefest is a two-day festival crafts, shopping, food booths, live music, a free carnival on both days, car show, kids’ zone, and contests. Friday, noon-10 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. For information, visit facebook.com/MarionvilleAppleFest. In downtown Marionville.  

Saturday, Sept. 22
Fall on the Frisco, hosted by Willard Chamber of Commerce, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Enjoy arts and crafts vendors, food trucks, a dog costume contest, bounce houses, and live music. For information, visit willardchamber.org. On Jackson Street in downtown Willard.

Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 27-29
Black Walnut Festival is a three-day festival in Stockton. Crafts and produce booths, bands, a parade and carnival, and kiddie tractor pull. For more information, search for The Black Walnut Festival on Facebook. Stockton City Park, 206-214 Spring St., Stockton.

Friday, Sept. 28 through Oct. 28
Harvest Fest at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park. Pumpkin patch, corn maze, hayrides, and cow train. Free admission to the park, but some activities include a nominal fee. For information, visit parkboard.org/harvestfest. Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park, 3825 W. Farm Road 146, Springfield. See ad on page 25.

Saturday, Sept. 29
Pumkin Chunkin Palooza is a family-friendly event with live music, food, artisans, face painting, petting zoo, bounce houses, and pumpkin decorating, 10 a.m-5 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults 13 and older and $5 children ages 5-12. Children age 4 and younger are free. Family passes for $20 (maximum of six family members). Free parking. For information, visit pumpkinchunkinpalooza.com. Ozarks Amphitheater, 2629 N. Bus. Route 5, Camdenton.

Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29-30
Fair Grove Heritage Reunion features crafters, bands, food, and. For information on hours and a schedule of event, visit fghps.org. On south Main Street in Fair Grove.

 

 

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