After a hot summer, there is something so special about the beginning of autumn when the leaves start to turn; there is a subtle chill in the air, and everything becomes just a bit cozier. While it might be tempting to curl up in your loft with a cup of coffee from a neighborhood coffee shop, there’s no better way to jump into the fall season than with some local festivals.
Looking for some great fall festivals in the Ozarks? Downtown Springfield and our neighboring communities are home to several annual fall events that will get you filled with the autumn spirit.
Festivals in Downtown Springfield
Oktoberfest in the Ozarks
September 8, 2018, at Mother’s Brewing Company
Event starts at 10:00 a.m. Admission is $10, and kids 15 & under are free.
Oktoberfest in the Ozarks is back for its 8th year! This family-friendly event is chock full of fun, live music, local food offerings from pizza to BBQ and, of course, a huge selection of Mother’s craft beer. Oktoberfest will take place rain or shine (this is the Ozarks after all). Pack your lawn chairs and blankets for a full day of fun!
21st Annual Cider Days
September 15-16, 2018 on Historic Walnut Street
Event starts at 10:00 a.m. Admission is $5, and kids 10 & under are free.
Walk down Historic Walnut Street with a cup of cider in hand while perusing locally-made arts & crafts, listening to live music and eating delicious fall treats. Cider Days is a Springfield fall staple and will get you excited for the start of the new season. There will be a wide variety of local vendors and plenty of fun fall activities for the kiddos.
15th Annual Fall Train Show
September 22, 2018, at the Springfield Expo Center
Event starts at 9:00 a.m. Admission is $7, and kids 12 & under are free.
Get the fall season chugging along and come to the 15th Annual Fall Train Show, presented by the Ozarks Model Railroad Association. If you are a train enthusiast or have one in your life, this is the event for you. There will be dozens of operating model railroads and 100+ tables of railroad related items. All aboard!
5th Annual Sertoma Oktoberfest
September 28 – 29 at The Expo Center Field
Event starts at 11:00 a.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students w/ valid school ID, and kids 12 and under are free.
Celebrate Oktoberfest and raise money for two great causes! The proceeds from the Sertoma Oktoberfest benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Springfield, as well as the Humane Society. This is a two-day party jam-packed with music, food, drinks and even a wiener dog race! If you want to really get in the spirit of Oktoberfest, dress in traditional Bavarian attire and get free admission.
Pets and Pumpkins
October 20, 2018, at Park Central Square
Event starts at 12:00 p.m. Tickets are $2 for adults, kids, & pets
Bring your family, friends, and fur-babies to Pets and Pumpkins, a day pawsitively full of fall fun! This event includes one of the largest costume parades in Missouri, and parade participation is included in the cost of admission. Proceeds go to organizations that help children in foster care and homeless animals.
Fall Festivals in the Ozarks
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Harvest Home Fall Festival
September 7-8, 2018 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church
Event starts at 5:00 p.m. Admission is free
The Harvest Home Fall Festival is overflowing with fun events for individuals of all ages. From rides and games for the kids to poker, bingo and a beer garden for the adults, there is truly something for everyone! There will be a BBQ dinner and live music both nights. Bring your family & friends for a night of fall fun!
Japanese Fall Festival
September 7-9 at the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden
Event starts at 5:00 p.m on Friday, & 11:00 a.m. on Saturday & Sunday
Admission is $7 for adults on Friday & Sunday, and $10 on Saturday. $3 admission for children all days.
Come take a stroll through the beautiful Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden, and celebrate authentic Japanese culture and Springfield’s sister city, Isesaki, Japan! Each year, citizens of Isesaki travel to Springfield for the Japanese Fall Festival to share Japanese culture and tradition. There will be performances by The Japanese Folk Dance Institute of New York, Inc., storytelling, martial arts demonstrations, a cosplay night and more! Half of the proceeds benefit the maintenance and development of the stroll garden and the other half will benefit cultural programs to further the Springfield Sister Cities Association’s mission.
September 29 – October 29 (Saturdays & Sundays) at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park
Event starts at 11:00 a.m. on Saturdays & 12:00 p.m. on Sundays, Admission is free
Harvest Fest at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park has everything that you could want in a fall festival! There is a corn maze, hay-ride, crafts, games and so much more, all set under the picturesque backdrop of the Rutledge-Wilson farm. Get in the fall spirit, come to pick a pumpkin, and get lost in the corn maze! Admission is free and activities range from $1 to $5.
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