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SPRINGFIELD, MO — Organizers of Saturday's Earth Day Music and Sustainability Festival, presented by Kaleidoscope, have announced the festival moves indoors to Jordan Valley Ice Park, 635 E Trafficway, downtown Springfield, due to weather. The April 22 plastic-free festival, headlined by the Ozark Mountain Daredevils, had been planned for outdoors at Jordan Valley Park.
"Due to the unseasonably cold and windy forecast for Saturday, Earth Day Springfield has made the call to utilize our indoor backup space for the fest," said Molly Healey, festival founder and organizer. "All entertainment and vending will proceed as scheduled indoors at Jordan Valley Ice Park. The festival is still plastic-free, so guests are encouraged to bring empty refillable water bottles to the venue."
Festival hours remain 11 a.m.-8 p.m. The main stage will be in the East Rink, where the ice has been already removed for the season. The East Rink will also include the aerial performers, live painting and beer service. The acoustic stage, as well as booth space and the reading corner, will be outside the rink on level 2 of the Ice Park.
The legendary Ozark Mountain Daredevils, who celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2022, share the festival stage with regional and local acts including the Hillbenders, Sister Lucille, 83 Skidoo with the Shandies, Opal Agafia, Brandon and Annabelle Moore, Springfield Aerial Fitness and many more. A full lineup is available at earthdayspringfieldmo.org.
In addition to great music, the Earth Day Festival’s mission is to support, enrich and help the community connect with local environmental organizations, who work all year to help keep our environment clean and sustainable. Proceed from the festival benefit three organizations: The Ozark Society, dedicated to preservation of wild and scenic rivers, wilderness, and unique natural areas; Springfield Compost Collective, creating mindfulness around food waste and the recycling process via composting and soil education; and Springfield-Greene County Park Board, providing the very best in parks and recreation facilities, programs, events, and services to our community.
The Earth Day Festival also includes vendors and nonprofits representing environmental and educational efforts, as well as food trucks and beverage service. In keeping with the festival’s plastic-free commitment, beverages are served in commemorative stainless cups, sold to benefit the cause. Food will be served in compostable containers and food waste will be composted. Guests are encouraged to bring reusable water bottles to refill at hydration stations.
"If you have not yet gotten your ticket, be sure to go to earthdayspringfieldmo.org before end of day on Friday to secure your entry," said Healey. "Walkups will be welcome as space allows."
Advanced tickets to the Earth Day Festival are $35/Ages 13 and older. Walk-in admission the day of the event is $40. Admission is free for kids ages 12 and under, accompanied by a ticketed adult. This is a family-friendly event and includes kids’ activities. Guests may bring lawn chairs and blankets. No dogs or coolers are allowed.
Free festival parking is available nearby at Ozarks Technical Community College, 1001 E. Chestnut Expy., near the intersection of Sherman Avenue and Bob Barker Boulevard. A free shuttle will run from the free parking to the festival throughout the event. Parking is also available for a fee at Jordan Valley Car Park. Public parking at Jordan Valley Ice Park will be limited. Guests are encouraged to walk, bike or carpool to the event.
For tickets and more information, visit EarthDaySpringfieldMo.org or look for Earth Day Music Festival Springfield on Facebook.
For media inquiries, contact Jenny Fillmer Edwards, Public Information Administrator for the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, at 417-224-5510 (mobile).