Weekend Events: See what’s happening around the Ozarks

Published: Aug. 12, 2022 at 1:26 PM CDT|Updated: Feb. 3, 2023 at 4:10 PM CST
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Donkey Basketball

Conway High School is hosting a unique event featuring basketball and...donkeys. Watch several teams play basketball while riding donkeys, with a special guest player KY3′s Brandon Beck! During intermission, a kiss-the-donkey contest will take place. Tickets are $7 in advance, or $10 at the door. This event runs February 4. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the game starts at 7. Food will be available for purchase.

Address: 726 W Jefferson Ave, Conway

More information: https://www.facebook.com/ConwayBears/

Galentine’s Gala

Gather the gals, it’s time to celebrate! Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation, an organization that empowers individuals and families to make smart choices and attain self-sufficiency, is hosting a fun night featuring music, dancing, a waffle bar, and fun Valentine’s Day themed activities. Tickets are $25 which includes everything except items in the silent auction. Dress up or down Friday February 3 from 7-10 p.m. at the Relics Event Center.

Address: 2015 W. Battlefield, Suite E

More information/Tickets: https://ozarks-area-community-action-corporation-oacac.snwbll.com/ticketing/galentine-s-gal

35th Annual Ozarks Area Racers Reunion & Hall of Fame Induction

The Ozarks Area Racers Foundation is hosting their annual event honoring the racing past of the Ozarks. This event runs Friday and Saturday February 3 and 4. Tickets cost $20 at the door and includes all of the exhibits and activities featured at the event. Kids 12 and under are free.

Address: 3001 N Grant Ave, Springfield

More information: https://www.facebook.com/OzarkAreaRacersFoundation

Draft & Craft Fair

417 Taphouse and Boulevard Brewing Company are bringing crafts and beer together on February 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Paintings, candles, cards, and much more will be paired with various brews for $5-6 dollars per person. Admission includes a free pint of Boulevard beer, Boulevard swag, and Valentine’s Day candy. If you decide not to drink, entry is free.

Address: 431 S Jefferson Ave #160, Springfield

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1928282240843729/?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22surface%22%3A%22home%22%7D%2C%7B%22mechanism%22%3A%22discovery_top_tab%22%2C%22surface%22%3A%22bookmark%22%7D]%2C%22ref_notif_type%22%3Anull%7D

FUTURE WEEKEND EVENTS:

10th Annual Beer Wine Cheese & Chocolate Festival

Bring your appetite to the Ozark Empire Fairground to enjoy decadent selections of wine, cheese, and chocolate. This event has sold out in years prior, so save your spot now! February 11, from noon to 4 p.m., this event will feature live music, educational seminars, and taste testing. This event is for 21+ ONLY.

Address: 3001 N Grant Ave, Springfield

More information: www.stubwire.com/t/ntab2y4hzz

33rd Annual Lawn & Garden Show

Do you have a green thumb? Check out more than 100 vendors selling all things lawn and garden! Seeds, plants, and other gardening tools will be available for purchase. Advance tickets are available to purchase for $4 at Price Cutter, King Cash Saver, Country Mart, Ramey and Summer Fresh. Tickets are $5 at the door and kids 6 and under are free. This event runs February 24-26 at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Address: 3001 N Grant Ave, Springfield

More information: https://www.ozarkempirefair.com/p/events/ozark-empire-fairgrounds-produced-events/lawnandgarden

2nd Annual Running From Freddie the Yeti

Freddie the Yeti is traveling from the Himalayas to (playfully) chase down runners in the Ozarks. At Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park on February 25 starting at 8 a.m., a 5k, 10k, half and full marathon will kick off with Freddie not far behind. Enjoy music, free food, and even win a medal following the race. Sign-up fees vary by the race, which can be found at the link below.

Address: 3825 W Farm Rd 146, Springfield

More information: https://www.heartlandracingco.com/running-from-yeti.html

Indoor Garage Sale

Nixa Parks & Recreation is hosting a free event for locals to shop from locals. This event begins February 25 from 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at The X Center. If you would like to register, do so quickly, space is limited.

Address: 701 N Taylor Way, Nixa

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/684390736593368?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22mechanism%22%3A%22discovery_top_tab%22%2C%22surface%22%3A%22bookmark%22%7D]%2C%22ref_notif_type%22%3Anull%7D

4th Annual Police vs. Fire Charity Hockey Game

The puck drops on a charity game challenging some of the first responders in the 417 area. General admission is $10 and benefits the Greene County 100 Club, which supports any spouse and dependent children of police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty. The game will begin at 5:30 p.m. Saturday March 4 at Jordan Valley Ice Park.

Address: 635 E Trafficway St, Springfield

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/886238286032860?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22mechanism%22%3A%22discovery_top_tab%22%2C%22surface%22%3A%22bookmark%22%7D]%2C%22ref_notif_type%22%3Anull%7D

12th Annual Seuss Science Day

Ozarks Public Television and the Ozarks Regional YMCA are coming together to host the 12th Annual “Seuss Science Day” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 4. This event is free and all ages are welcome to attend. This event will feature Dr. Seuss-themed activities, story times, appearances by The Cat in the Hat, and much more.

Address: 1901 E Republic Rd Springfield

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/3503343956602660?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22mechanism%22%3A%22discovery_top_tab%22%2C%22surface%22%3A%22bookmark%22%7D]%2C%22ref_notif_type%22%3Anull%7D

Shamrock Shuffle ‘23

Formerly Shamrock & Shenanigans, this new and improved race will be filled with the luck of the Irish and green. Join in on a 5k, 15k, or Beer Mile March 18 at 8 a.m. in Downtown Springfield. You must sign up by February 25 to ensure your t-shirt order is processed. Registration can be done with the link below.

Address: Downtown Springfield

More information: runsignup.com/Race/MO/Springfield/ShamrocksandShenanigansFleetFeetSpringfield

Springfield Farmers Market Spring Kick-Off

Saturday March 25 will begin the Farmers Market season in Springfield. It’s always free to attend but organizers recommend bringing cash or a card to purchase from local vendors. Find fresh produce, locally made goods, and immerse yourself with farmers from the Ozarks from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

Address: 2144 E Republic Rd, Springfield

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/3614249782183794?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22mechanism%22%3A%22discovery_top_tab%22%2C%22surface%22%3A%22bookmark%22%7D]%2C%22ref_notif_type%22%3Anull%7D

Vintage Market Days of NW Arkansas

More than 120 vendors from 15 states will bring plenty of things to shop for March 31-April 2 at the Benton County Fairgrounds. You’ll be able to shop for unique antique finds, handmade goods, and the latest fashion trends from the cutest trendy boutiques. Food and drink vendors will also be featured at this event.

Address: 7640 SW Regional Airport Blvd, Bentonville

More information: https://www.vintagemarketdays.com/market/nw-arkansas/

Ozarks Beerfest 2023

The region’s largest beer festival is returning to the Ozarks. Tickets are $35 in advance or $45 at the door which includes unlimited beer and food samples and a tasting glass. This event runs Saturday April 1 from 1-4 p.m. at the Springfield Expo Center. Besides beer and food, games, contests, a raffle, cornhole, and live music will also be featured.

Address: 635 E Saint Louis St, Springfield

More information: https://ozarksbeerfest.com/home

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