Summer is officially here, which means it’s time to grab your sunglasses, throw on some sunscreen, and hit the streets for some summertime fun. Luckily for you, our fair city is ready and eager to celebrate the season. No matter what your age, you’re sure to enjoy some of the exciting summer events in downtown Springfield this year. Let’s explore a few of your options . . .
Summer Events in Downtown Springfield
Independence Day is just around the corner. Are you ready to celebrate? You might want to head down to Fireworks at the Field at Hammons Field on July 4th. The baseball game will start at 5:10pm, but don’t forget that the event also includes access to the Mediacom Ice Park (from 2-5pm), art activities and face painting at the Creamery Arts Center (from 2-5pm), a postgame concert by Sequel Dose, and the region’s largest fireworks show at 9:45pm.
Every Friday in June and July, YMCA instructors Rod Buckner and Miranda Dusenberry lead an outdoor session of yoga within Park Central Square at noon. Whether you’re an experienced yogi or a novice, you’ll enjoy the beauty and serenity of practicing yoga outside. Yoga on the Square is free and open to the public, but you are asked to bring your own mat and water. In the event of rain or 100-degree temperatures, the class will be held at the Downtown YMCA.
Although Art Walk is held year-round, it draws a bigger crowd in the summertime due to the warm and welcoming weather. This cultural community event is celebrated on the first Friday evening of each month. Galleries open their doors, refreshments are served, artists and musicians line the sidewalks, and guests are invited to assist with hands-on art projects. Be sure to check out The U in Park East, which participates in the event each month with a featured artist or a “Garage Session.” And for a more laid-back, family-friendly version of First Friday Art Walk, stop by during Second Saturday, which occurs on the second Saturday afternoon of each month from noon until 5pm.
For any avid filmgoers out there, Cinema Friday Flix should be essential viewing. Presented by Mother’s Brewing Company and the Moxie Cinema, this event combines local beers and fantastic movies. This summer you can check out Back to the Future (July 10), Blazing Saddles (July 31), and Jaws (August 28). The show starts at 8pm in Mother’s Backyard, and you must be 21 years or older to attend.
If you’re fancying a flick on a Saturday night, check out the Weekend Walk-In Theater at the Park Central Branch Library. The event is free (with complimentary popcorn included!) and begins at 6:30pm. This summer’s upcoming shows include Yankee Doodle Dandy (July 11),1776 (July 18), How the West Was Won (July 25), and The Fifth Element (August 1). You must be 13 years or older to attend.
EAT, DRINK, & BE LOCAL FOOD TOUR AND POKER RUN
To promote local businesses and charities, the Eat, Drink, & Be Local event will combine scrumptious food, delicious drinks, and 7-card draw poker on July 25. Guests are invited to feast on samples from participating restaurants and vote for their favorites from 12-4pm. After that, a free after-party featuring live music and drink specials will be held at the University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center. The 20+ winners of the 7-Card Draw Poker Run will share amongst $3,000 in prizes. Tickets cost $20 online, $25 at the door.
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Are you ready to have a truly awesome summer? There’s no better place to start than downtown Springfield. Check out some of these exciting events before sizzling summer morphs into fall.
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