1. Wednesday Noon Concerts

    Enjoy free performances in downtown Springfield’s Founders Park Wednesdays at noon, May-June. Bring your lunch or enjoy gourmet sandwiches and treats from Maritime Gourmet Coffee and Pastries available for purchase. Presented in partnership with Downtown Springfield Community Improvement District.

    Age: All Ages
    Date: Wed., May 9 Joni Lemons Singer/Guitar
    Wed., May 16 Anthony and The Clarkey Rock-N-Roll Band
    Wed., May 23 Springfield Little Theatre Musical Theatre Performance
    Wed., May 30 US Air Force Band Acoustic Rock Band
    Wed., June 6 Chris & Cory Folk Blues Music
    Wed., June 13 Springfield Community Jazz Ensemble Big Band Jazz
    Wed., June 20 Charlie Rosenbury Singer/Guitar
    Wed., June 27 Sarah M. Smith Vocal and acoustic guitar
    Time: Wednesdays at Noon
    Fee: Free

  2. Sounds of Summer Concert Series

    Musical guests perform at the new Peace Through People Pavilion. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. Donations benefit garden projects. Springfield Botanical Gardens 891-1515

    Age: All Ages
    Date: Fri., May 11, 6:30 p.m. - Melinda Mullins
    Sun., May 20, 2 p.m. - Community Jazz Ensemble
    Sun., June 3, 2 p.m. - Auntie Em & the Tornadoes
    Sun., June 10, 2 p.m. - Liz Moriondo
    Sun., June 17, 2 p.m. - CRS
    Sat., June 23, 7:30 p.m. - Izabel Crane
    Sun., June 24, 2 p.m. - Bill Haymes
    Fee: Free

  3. Summer Junior Golf Membership

    Juniors golf members enjoy unlimited summer weekday golf, noon to close at Horton Smith, Bill & Payne Stewart and Rivercut. Does not include range balls, carts or amenities. Membership requires golf staff or instructor approval, letter from golf coach or an orientation clinic. 
    Bill & Payne Stewart Golf Course 833-9962
    Horton Smith Golf Course 891-1639
    Rivercut Golf Course 891-1645

    Age: All Ages
    Date: May 14-Aug. 14
    Time: Mon-Fri., Noon to close
    Fee: $99

  4. Outdoor Pools Open

    Fassnight, Grant Beach, Silver Springs, Meador and Westport outdoor pools and McGee/McGregor Wading Pool all open Memorial Day weekend. Enjoy discount Splash & Sizzle admission daily after 5:30 p.m., and all day on holidays and special weekends (select locations.) Pool maintenance (closed) days are staggered throughout the week. Check for schedule. Summer schedule also includes Chesterfield and Doling indoor aquatics admission for outdoor pool prices, Mon.-Thurs. only.
    Aquatics Hotline 864-2099

    Age: All Ages
    Date: Open daily Sat., May 26- Sun., Aug. 12
    (Fassnight and Grant Beach reopen
    weekends only through Sept. 3)
    Time: 1-6:30 p.m. (McGee-McGregor Wading Pool hours 9 a.m.-Noon and 1-4 p.m.)
    Fee: $2.50/ages 3-17 and seniors, $3/adults.
    All ages are $1/per person or free admission with canned food donation
    every day after 5:30 p.m., and during
    Splash & Sizzle events.
    (McGee-McGregor Wading Pool is free for kids 6 and under only, with adults.)

  5. Run for Fun Club

    Hop into summer with free kid-friendly creative exercise activities, promoting healthy lifestyles and getting kids running. The Run for Fun Club takes place every Saturday in June and July at Westport School-Park. Water and snacks provided. Register by June 1 at
    Westport School-Park Track 864-1049

    Age: All Ages
    Date: Saturdays June 2-July 28
    Time: 10-10:45 a.m.
    Fee: Free

  6. Movies at Founders Park

    A contemporary version of the drive-in theater at Springfield’s founding site. Enjoy new release and classic movies in an outdoor setting. Fridays are Family Night; Saturdays are Date Night. All movies are G, PG, or PG-13. Concessions available, bring your own lawn chairs or blankets. Movie titles and details at
    Founders Park 866-7444

    Age: All Ages
    Date: Fri. and Sat., June 8-July 28
    Time: Movies begin at dusk
    Fee: Free

  7. Butterfly Festival with Young Sprouts in the Garden

    Celebrate gardening, nature and butterflies. Visit the Dr. Bill Roston Native Butterfly House and caterpillar petting zoo, enter the pollinator costume contest, “pollinate” flowers, see the Fishin’ Magicians, observe ladybugs and more. Gray-Campbell Farmstead and Liberty School open for tours. Springfield Botanical Gardens 891-1515

    Age: All Ages
    Date: Sat., June 23
    Time: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Fee: Free

  8. Summer SnowFest

    Who says summer can’t have snow? SnowFest features a mountain of snow from Mediacom Ice Park, as well as entertainment, interactive games, snowman building contests and bounce house. The Springfield Regional Arts Council partners to present Free Art Day, with interactive art projects. Bring the whole family, and your mittens, and play in the snow. Jordan Valley Park 866-7444

    Age: All Ages
    Date: Sat., June 23
    Time: Noon-4 p.m.
    Fee: Free

  9. Red, White and Zoo

    Free admission all day for active military personnel (with military ID) and veterans and their immediate family members. Dickerson Park Zoo 833-1570

    Age: All Ages
    Date: Wed., July 4
    Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Fee: $14/ Adults and teens, $11/Seniors 60+, $9/Children 3-12 yrs.

  10. Racquet, White and Blue

    Come play tennis at Tom Watkins Park! Grab your family and friends and join in on a celebration on the court with music, snacks and having fun playing tennis. All equipment is provided. Sponsored by USTA. Tom Watkins Park 837-5826

    Age: All Ages
    Date: Fri., July 6
    Time: 6-8 p.m.
    Fee: Free

  11. National Teddy Bear Picnic

    Bring your favorite stuffed toy for an evening at the Peace Through People Pavilion at the Springfield Botanical Gardens celebrating National Teddy Bear Picnic Day. Bring your own picnic or purchase sandwiches from Parks Concessions and enjoy music, games and crafts. Join us in reading "The Bear Ate Your Sandwich," followed by singing the Teddy Bears' Picnic song at 7 p.m. Stay for a free screening of Paddington at 9 p.m. Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park864-1049

    Age: All Ages
    Date: Tues., July 10
    Time: 6-8 p.m.
    Fee: Free, but registration requested

  12. Music and Art Camp

    Join Heart Academy of Music at Tom Watkins Park for Summer Music Camp in the mornings and Find Your Wings Neighborhood Art Camp in the afternoons. Register online at the Heart Academy of Music website for both programs. Tom Watkins Park

    Age: All Ages
    Date: July 16-21
    Time: Music Camp 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Art Camp 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
    Fee: Free

  13. Springfield Lasers Pro Tennis Season

    The Springfield Lasers professional tennis team brings rising international stars and familiar faces to Cooper Tennis Complex this summer for the 23rd season of World TeamTennis. Jack Sock returns to Springfield for a second season. Don’t miss your chance to see worldclass tennis in a family-friendly setting — right here in Springfield.
    Cooper Tennis Complex 837-5800

    Age: All Ages
    Date: Home season:
    Wed., July 18, Thurs., July 19, Fri., July 20 with Jack Sock, Sun., July 22, Sat., July 28
    Mon., July 30, Tues., July 31
    Time: 7 p.m. except Sundays, Jully 22: 6 p.m.
    Fee: $10 grandstand, $20 box seats, except July 20. Season tickets and VIP packages available.

  14. World Tiger Day

    Educational animal presentations highlighting tigers. Wear your stripes for $2 off general admission. Dickerson Park Zoo 833-1570

    Age: All Ages
    Date: Sun., July 29
    Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Fee: $14/ Adults and teens, $11/Seniors 60+, $9/Children 3-12 yrs.

  15. 15th Annual Kid'Athlon

    A mini-triathlon for kids. Swim, bike, and run your way to victory in events designed for your age group, and take home a medal, t-shirt, giveaways and the pride that comes with finishing a triathlon. Registration required by Aug. 2. Discount early registration closes July 20. Visit for more information. 
    Meador Park 891-1500

    Age: 5-12 yrs.
    Date: Sat., Aug. 4
    Time: 8 a.m.
    Fee: By July 20: $25/child, $15/addl. child same household
    July 21-Aug. 2: $35/child, $25/addl. child same household

  16. National Night Out

    An annual community-building campaign promoting police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie, making our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. Visit with local police officers, firefighters and park rangers, and enjoy tennis and other games and special activities. A kick-off to individual Neighborhood Nights Out. Nichols Park 864-1049

    Age: All Ages
    Date: Tues., Aug. 7
    Time: 5-:30-8 p.m.
    Fee: Free

  17. 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
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