Events




  1. Concert at the Cave


    A family-friendly afternoon in Doling Park, presented by the Doling Neighborhood Association and the Park Board. Live music includes Shaun Munday, 83 Skidoo, Kevin and Mike and more, performing just outside Doling Park’s Giboney Cave. Cave tours, kid’s interactive art, games and bounce house. Play It Forward collects musical instruments for students. Concessions available. Doling Park 864-1049

    Age: All Ages
    Date: Sat., Aug. 18
    Time: Noon-6 p.m.
    Fee: Free



  2. True You Yoga Festival


    Ravianayoga Teachers present a day of free yoga and other activities in the park. Bring your yoga mat and water bottle and find a teacher and style that’s right for you. Includes food, vendors and prizes.Phelps Grove Park 864-1049

    Age: All Ages
    Date: Sat., Aug. 25
    Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Fee: Free



  3. Back to School Movie at Founders Park


    Saturday, August 25, Live music starts at 7 p.m. Movie begins around 8:30 p.m. Join us for a FREE back to school celebration screening of School of Rock. Enjoy live music from a local band at 7 p.m. Movie will begin at dusk (about 8:30 p.m.) Concessions available. Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets. Founders Park, 330 E. Water St.

    Age: All Ages
    Date: Sat., Aug. 25
    Time: Music starts at 7 p.m.
    Movie starts at 8:30 p.m.
    Fee: Free



  4. Dog Swim


    Dogs get to swim at Fassnight Pool. (No humans in the pool.) All proceeds benefit Cruse Dog Park. Registration and proof of vaccination required. View registration formFassnight Pool 864-2099

    Age: All Ages
    Date: Tues., Sept. 4
    Time: 4-7 p.m.
    Fee: $8 for 1 dog and 1 person
    $3 each additional person



  5. 23rd Annual Japanese Fall Festival


    Three days of Japanese culture in the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden, celebrating Springfield’s sister city, Isesaki, Japan. Includes Taiko drumming, Japanese storytelling, top spinning, folk dancing, martial arts, origami and other hands-on crafts, tea ceremonies, a tent-top market with gifts, a visiting delegation from Isesaki and more. Presented by the Springfield Sister Cities Association, peacethroughpeople.org. Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden 891-1515

    Age: All Ages
    Date: Fri., Sept. 7-Sun., Sept. 9
    Time: Fri., 5-10 p.m.
    Sat., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
    Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
    Fee: $8 for 1 dog and 1 person
    $3 each additional person



  6. Bat Flights


    Basic information on Gray Bats, Tri-Colored Bats, and the potential to observe the twilight flight of Endangered Gray Bats from Sequiota Cave. Arrive 30 minutes before darkness. Outdoor Initiatives

    Age: All Ages
    Date: Sat., Sept. 1 or Sept. 15
    Time: Sunset
    Fee: Free



  7. Giboney Cave Tours


    Explore the myths, facts, and history of Giboney Cave at Doling Park. Shoes will get muddy on Walking Tours. Cavers will get very muddy and wet on the in-depth Tunnel Tours. Bring your own headlamp or flashlight, if you have one. Dates are subject to weather and bat activity. Register by Fri. prior to each tour date. Outdoor Initiatives

    Age: All Ages
    Date: Sept. 1, Oct. 6
    Time: Sat., 1, 2, and 3 p.m. (tunnel)
    Fee: Walking tour: $4/Person, $12/Family of 4
    Tunnel tour: $6/Person, $20/Family of 4



  8. Ritter Springs Camping Weekend


    A fun overnight campout at beautiful Ritter Springs Park. Includes canoeing, catch & release fishing, hiking, archery and more. Dinner provided Saturday evening, and breakfast provided Sunday morning. Some equipment available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Scholarships may be available to youth 18 years and under. Register by Oct. 5. Outdoor Initiatives

    Age: All Ages
    Date: Oct. 6-7
    Time: Sat. Noon-Sun. Noon
    Fee: $10/Person



  9. The Ultimate Springfield Cave Tour


    A full day of caving adventure in the Springfield area, including a hiking tour that highlights the caves of Ritter Springs Park, a walking tour through Giboney Cave in Doling Park, and a boat tour through Sequiota Cave in Sequiota Park. Bring your own snacks and water. Transportation provided. Life jackets available for all, minimum weight 30 lbs. Register by Nov. 15. Outdoor Initiatives

    Age: 5 yrs. and up
    Date: Nov. 17-18
    Time: Sat. Tour 1: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Sat. Tour 2: 12 p.m.-4 p.m.
    Sun. Tour 1: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Sun. Tour 2: 12 p.m.-4 p.m.
    Fee: $15/Person
  1. Fri Aug. 17

    Family Fridays in the Garden Bring the whole family for an evening to discover plants, animals and the history of the garden. Meet on the Rooftop Plaza.
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  2. Sat Aug. 18

    Concert at the Cave A family-friendly afternoon in Doling Park, presented by the Doling Neighborhood Association and the Park Board.
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  3. Sat Aug. 25

    True You Yoga Festival Ravianayoga Teachers present a day of free yoga and other activities in the park. Bring your yoga mat and water bottle and find a teacher and style that’s right for you. Includes food, vendors and prizes.
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