Five weekends of fall-themed fun at the farm! Meander through the corn maze, take a hayride, pick your own pumpkin from our pumpkin patch, ride the Cow Train or Grain Train, try your luck at carnival games, bounce on inflatables and much more as you enjoy this Midwest fall tradition! Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park 837-5949
All agesSept. 28-Oct. 27
Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sun., Noon-6 p.m.Free admission, most activities have a small fee
Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch
Corn has never been so ear-resistible! Get lost in our corn maze (may take an hour), then pick your own pumpkin from the pumpkin patch. Open during Harvest Fest and Friday and Saturday nights. Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park 837-5949
All agesSept. 27-Oct. 27
Fri., 6:30-10 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
(closed 6-6:30 p.m.); Sun., Noon-6 p.m.Pumpkin prices based on weight
Corn Maze $4/adults, $3/kids 5-11 yrs.,
kids 4 and under free.
Do you dare enter the woods after dark? Walk our one-third mile paved path on the Haunted Trail for a frighteningly awesome experience. Includes hayride and bonfire time. No photo or video please. Open Fri. and Sat. nights. Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park 837-5949
8 yrs.-adult. Kids 8-12 must be with an adult; no kids under 8 admitted.Sept. 27-Oct. 26
Fri. and Sat., 6:30-10 p.m.$7/person
Training for the Trot
Be a part of Springfield’s Thanksgiving Day Tradition! Get ready for the 25th Annual Turkey Trot 5K by training with a group at Dan Kinney Park. Designed for individuals who want to run a 5K race for the first time, get back to running or who want to train with a group. Program fee includes registration for Turkey Trot and a Training for the Trot t-shirt. Register by Oct. 4. Dan Kinney Family Center 891-1500
16 yrs. and upTues., 6. p.m.
Oct. 8-Nov. 26$45, includes Turkey Trot registration
Gigs in the Garden Concert Series
Musical guests perform outdoors each Sunday in October. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. Donations to Friends of the Garden benefit garden projects. Peace Through People Pavilion 891-1515
All agesSun., 2 p.m.
Oct. 6: The Singer and the Songwriter
Oct. 13: Springfield Community Jazz Ensemble
Oct. 20: Claude Bourbon
Oct. 27: The LacewingsFree admission, $10 suggested donation
Moms, step-moms, aunts, grandmas, big sisters: bring your boys ages 5-12 for a wild night of laser tag games, plus indoor swimming and dinner. Bring your own athletic shoes, swim attire, towels, and a change of clothes. All other equipment provided. Dress as your favorite action hero! Space is limited. Register at Family Centers (Doling, Chesterfield or Dan Kinney) or by phone at 417-837-5900.Doling Family Center 837-5900
Boys 5-12 years, with adultSat., Oct. 19, 6-8:30 p.m.$20/Mother-Son duo,
Celebrate the season with Halloween-themed activities at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park. Wear a costume and join in the family scavenger hunt, games and crafts in the classroom. Everyone is a winner, with prizes and candy at each activity. The Pumpkin Patch, Corn Maze and hayride are open for an additional fee. (Hayride may be canceled in rain, but all other activities will proceed.) Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park 837-5949
All agesSat., Oct. 26, 11 a.m. -6 p.m.Free, some activities have a small fee
Veteran's Appreciation Day
Free zoo admission for military veterans with ID, and their immediate family. Dickerson Park Zoo 833-1570
All agesMon, Nov. 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.Free for military veterans (with ID) and their immediate family
$15/Adults and teens,
$10/Children 3-12 yrs.
$12/Seniors 60 yrs. and up
25th Annual Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk
Springfield’s Thanksgiving tradition and the largest Thanksgiving Day 5K in Missouri! Turkey Trot takes place in downtown Springfield Thanksgiving morning, with four race categories: Elite, Runner, Walker and Family/Pet. Trophies for overall winners and medals for each age group. Build up your Thanksgiving appetite while benefiting the Park Board Youth Recreation Scholarship Fund and the Developmental Center of the Ozarks. Bring five items or five pounds of food to donate to Ozarks Food Harvest. Register online here. Downtown Springfield 837-5817
All agesThurs., Nov. 28, 8 a.m.Early-bird registration by Fri., Nov. 22
(postmarked by Tues., Nov. 19):
Registration in person only,
at Springfield Expo Center, Nov. 27-28:
Festival of Lights
A flurry of downtown events, including carriage rides, holiday shows and concerts, free ice skating, the Downtown Springfield Christmas Parade, and of course, festive lights. Check out the displays at Park Central Square, opening Nov. 17 with the Mayor’s Tree Lighting, and at Jordan Valley Park, where light shows are programed to music for an enchanting stroll. Details and schedules at itsalldowntown.com. Downtown Springfield 864-1049
All agesSat., Nov. 23: Mayor’s Tree Lighting
Nov. 23-Jan. 1: Light displays
Sat., Dec. 14: Christmas Parade
Time ongoing, lights run 5:30-11 p.m.Light displays are free,
check venues for admission
PGA Annual Golf Sale
Save up to 75-percent off new and used golf products, as several area golf courses (including three Park Board courses) collaborate for their annual holiday PGA sale.
Rivercut Golf Course 891-1645
Horton Smith Golf Course 891-1639
Bill & Payne Stewart Golf Course 833-9962
All agesDec. 5-7
Thurs. and Fri., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.;
Sat., 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Enjoy a serene evening stroll through the Mizumoto Japanese Garden, sparkling with festive lights! Campfires and hot cocoa available to keep you warm. Limited wheelchairs available. Springfield Botanical Gardens 891-1515
All agesThurs.-Sat., Nov. 28-Dec. 28
5-8:30 p.m.$5/adult; FOG and SSCA members and children 12 yrs. and under free
Holiday Train Garden Display
The magic of miniature landscapes and moving model trains transforms the Botanical Center atrium into a holiday wonderland. Presented by the Ozarks Garden Railway Society. Donations accepted. Botanical Center 891-1515
All agesDec. 1-31, Mon.-Sat.
8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.Free