Enjoy the Season: Spring is Festival Time in Springfield

Artsfest is one of the spring season's most popular events in Springfield.

Artsfest is one of the spring season’s most popular events in Springfield.

Spring means it’s time for festivals and other outdoor events in Springfield.

First up is ArtsFiesta!, a celebration of Mexican arts and culture on May 3. This year, ArtsFiesta! takes place on Park Central Square and coincides with the popular First Friday Art Walk. The free event features authentic mariachi music, traditional Mexican dancing, live entertainment, bilingual storytelling and displays of art from Tlaquepaque, Springfield’s sister city in Mexico.

ArtsFiesta! is followed by the 33rd annual Artsfest on Walnut Street; it runs May 4-5. This festival draws thousands of people to shop and features more than 140 juried artists from across the country. Enjoy food from some of the city’s favorite restaurants, see dozens of performances, and play in the interactive children’s area. Artsfest tickets are $3 in advance and can be purchased at area McDonald’s restaurants beginning April 22; tickets are $5 at the gate. Children ages 5 and younger are admitted free.

History and the performing arts go hand-in-hand the next few weeks at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield, the site of the first major Civil War battle fought west of the Mississippi River. Each spring, the battlefield presents Arts in the Park, a concert series taking place May 4, 11, 18 and 25 and June 1. Authentic historical music, gospel, bluegrass and other types of music are presented at the concerts, all of which are free except the June 1 program, when regular admission of $5 per person or $10 per car will apply.

Check out hundreds of sweet cars at the Mid-America Street Rod Nationals.

Another popular event is the Mid-America Street Rod Nationals, held May 24-26 at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds. Hundreds of street rods will be on display. The event includes a swap meet, craft fair and entertainment. Tickets are $14 for ages 13-59; $5 for ages 6-12; and free for children 5 and younger (with regular adult admission purchase). Cost is $12 for military personnel with identification, NSRA members with a current membership card and anyone age 60 or older.

While you’re in Springfield, show your team spirit by attending a Springfield Cardinals AA baseball game at Hammons Field; visit the incredible Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World; check out the Dickerson Park Zoo; and enjoy the many other attractions, activities and amenities available in Springfield.

To learn more about these and other things to see and do in Springfield, visit SpringfieldAdventures.com or call the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-678-8767.

Written by Susan Wade, public relations manager at the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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