CultureFest In The Ozarks

September Is The Biggest Month Of Cultural Festivals In The Ozarks

Springfield, MO—According to the Springfield CVB, our beloved city of Springfield, MO is a home to over 7,500 diverse people from around the world. That’s enough to pack out Hammons Field!
CultureFest, a new event planned for Springfield will be held on Sept. 14, 2019, on Commercial Street at the Farmers Market on Commercial Street.
CultureFest promises to bring together and celebrate the different cultures and ethnicities of those who live in Springfield, MO. Saehee Duran describes it as an event for “all nations and generations.” Duran is a lead pastor at Life360 Intercultural Campus and the Springfield Police chaplain.
This will be the very first city-wide CultureFest. The goal, Saehee says, is to showcase rich ethnic diversity through local restaurants, businesses, organizations and talents, so that locals can experience the world right in the backyard.
Duran says she hopes this event will positively change the narrative of ethnic diversity in Springfield.
For information go to: www.sgfculturefest.com Other festivals include:
The 22nd Annual Cider Days
is September 21 and 22.
This two-day fall festival will feature regional artists and crafters, three performance stages, fall-themed activities for kids, and, of course, delicious apple cider!
Artists and crafters from across the region exhibit at Cider Days, selling a variety of handmade products including jewelry, pottery, glass, wood, furniture and much more.
Come experience the first days of fall among the historic Victorian homes on picturesque, tree-lined Historic Walnut Street! Cider Days is presented by the Historic Walnut Street Association and managed by the Downtown Springfield Association.
Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm $4.00 Adults; Children 10 and under are free! For more information call: (417) 831-6200 or go to: ciderdaysonwalnut.com
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The Japanese Fall Festival is a celebration of authentic Japanese culture highlighting Springfield’s 32-year-old sister city relationship with Isesaki, Japan. Each year, a delegation of Isesaki citizens travels to Springfield to contribute to the festival through demonstrations and interactions with attendees.
In response, Springfield sends a local group to perform at Isesaki’s city festival each year.
Hours are, Fri., Sept. 6 from 5pm-10pm; Sat., Sept. 7 from 11am-10pm; Sun., Sept. 8 from 11am-6pm
Members of Springfield Sister Cities Association receive free entry all weekend. An annual membership ranges in price from $5 for a student to $50 for a family; view additional benefits and join at peacethroughpeople.org.
Pets are welcome! Standard park rules apply. Cost is $10 on Saturday, $7 on Friday & Sunday, $3 child admission.
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The twelveth annual Greek Festival, a traditional family-oriented celebration, will be held Friday through Sunday, September 6 -8 on the parking lot of St. Thomas the Apostle Orthodox Church, 4200 S. Holiday Avenue. Festival hours are 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday, noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free with plenty of free parking.
Spokesperson Jeanne Duffey says “it’s more like a party than a ‘festival’… We get a lot of repeat customers and visitors, so we add a lot of new things each year.”
Greek food is, of course, the event’s most popular draws each year. Other features of the festival include alcohol and non-alcoholic beverages, including a new Greek wine-tasting bar; a bounce house for the kids (Duffey jokes that they were “trying to find a Parthenon bounce house” but that didn’t work out!); Greek memorabilia and silent-auction items donated by local vendors; and brief but entertaining talks about the Orthodox faith by the church pastor, Father Andrew Moore. They’ve also produced a new visual backdrop for the popular “Greek For a Day” photo-op booth. “That’s highly popular,” says Jeanne Duffey. “We have costumes that (people) can drape around them.”
It wouldn’t be a Greek festival, though, without Greek music and dancing. Festival goers are invited to join in the native dances of Greece, featuring the rhythms of traditional music from the Greek mainland and the islands. For information visit www.facebook.com/opagreekfest/, or call 841-8586.
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The Latinx Heritage Month Banquet, formally known as the “Latino Banquet,” is part of the university’s celebration of Latinx Heritage Month. The banquet will take place at 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM, September 21, 2019 will include cultural performances, a fashion show, as well as authentic Latin American food prepared by students, and the campus and Springfield community members.
The Latinx Heritage Month Banquet is planned by Multicultural Programs in collaboration with students representing Latinx student organizations on campus.
Plaster Student Union, Robert W. Room Grand Ballroom (Third Floor) Admission for students: Free with BearPass (online RSVP required) Staff: $10 cash fee at door (online RSVP required) Faculty: $10 cash fee at door (online RSVP required) Administrators: $10 cash fee at door (online RSVP required) Community member: $10 cash fee at door (online RSVP required)
Open to public, alumni, current students, faculty, future students, and staff.