Check out the events happening this weekend in the Ozarks below. But first, learn about a major arts and crafts show south of Springfield taking place through Sunday.
It’s going to be a beautiful weekend—perfect weather to be outside. One way to enjoy the fall temperatures is to browse the 42nd annual Ozark Arts and Crafts Show at Finley River Park.
The event’s coordinator, Linda Inman, says the show will feature 335 arts and crafts vendors this year. As she talked with me on her cell phone as she walked around the site, Inman shared just a few of the many items that will be for sale.
"It's such an array. There is a man that makes drums, and it's going to be a good booth, and we've got people that make--well, we've got Halloween, Christmas, all kinds of art work. There's so many here that it's hard to say," she said.
She said the show covers much of Finley River Park. And, like any fall festival, there will be food. Inman say they try to offer out-of-the-ordinary fare. She listed a few dishes that will be available.
"We have barbecue. We have homemade root beer. We've got the man that has buffalo burgers and buffalo chili and we've got a lady from--I can't remember what country she's from--but the thing that she makes, everybody's always just crowded around her booth, and corn dogs. We have woks, ovens, pizzas that, you know, you cook it on an open fire--quite a few things. And it's all out here on one row where everyone can sit out and visit," she said.
Hours for the Ozark Arts and Crafts Show are 9 am to 6 pm today and tomorrow and 9 to 4 on Sunday. Click here to learn more.
Springfield will host the 6th annual Jazz Festival tonight (10/2) from 6 to 10 on Park Central Square. Take lawn chairs and listen to jazz performed on two stages. The headlining act will be Grammy-nominated jazz trombonist Conrad Herwig and the Latin Side All-Stars.
The 1st Friday Downtown Stroll is tonight (10/2) from 5:30 to 8 in downtown West Plains.
The Smokin’ Hot Trivia Night will be held tonight (10/2) at 7 at 910 Ballroom, 910 W. Battlefield. Proceeds will benefit Greene County area fire departments. For information, code3sertoma.org
The Friends of the Library’s Fall Book Sale continues today (10/2) from 9 to 5 and tomorrow (10/3) from9 to 3 at the Boone County Library in Harrison, AR.
Friends of the Garden’s anniversary celebration, Growing Strong, is tonight (10/2) at 5:30 at the Darr Agricultural Center in Springfield. For more information, friendsofthegarden.org
Ozarks Fall FarmFest is today through Sunday (10/2-10/4) at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds. For details, ozarkempirefair.com
The Convoy of Hope Lights Run 5K will be held tonight (10/2) at 7 around Evangel University. For more information, click here.
Harvest Fest at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park continues tonight and tomorrow night (10/2-10/3) from 6 to 10. The event features a Haunted Trail of Horrors, a Halloween Fun Field, hay rides, a pumpkin patch, corn maze and more. For details, parkboard.org
The Harvest Moon Festival and Car Show is tomorrow (10/3) at Shadow Rock Park in Forsyth. For details, click here.
The 31st Houn Dawg Auto Fest will be held tomorrow (10/3) at Oak Park in Aurora. Click here to find out more.
The Bear City Fall Festival is planned tomorrow (10/3) in Willow Springs with a pie contest and garden produce contest. For details, click here.
Friends of the Garden will host a Garden Symposium tomorrow (10/3) from 8:30 am to 3 pm featuring guest speakers, vendors, butterfly tagging, garden tours and more. That will be at the Springfield County Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic. For more information, friendsofthegarden.org
The West Plains Elks Lodge will host its annual Hoop Shoot tomorrow morning (10/3) from 9 to noon at the West Plains Civic Center.
Rescue One’s 1st annual The Fast and the Furriest 5K Run/Walk is tomorrow morning (10/3) at 8 at Ewing Park in Springfield. To register, click here.
The Calico Cabin Sew-ciety of West Plains will host a quilt show tomorrow (10/3) from 10 to 3 at the West Plains Public Library.
The Springfield Art Museum will host a Family Day tomorrow morning (10/3) from 10 to noon. For more information, 837-5700.
The Conservation TEEN Club at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center will learn archery during a meeting tomorrow morning (10/3) from 9 to noon. To register, 888-4237.
“Beginner Archery for Women” is planned tomorrow (10/3) at 1 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center. To register, 888-4237.
Missouri State Libraries will present “Magna Carta @ the Moxie” tomorrow morning (10/3) at 11 at the Moxie, 305 S. Campbell. See the 1967 film, “Marketa Lazarova.” The event is free, and the public is invited.
The 2015 Manhattan Short Film Festival will be held tomorrow night (10/3) at 7 in the Plaster Student Union Theatre. Admission is $10. Unite with audiences around the world as you view and vote on the “Best of Festival Winner.” Doors open at 6:30.
OTC will host a Car and Motorcycle Show tomorrow (10/3) from 9 am to 1 pm at the corner of Chestnut and National on the Springfield campus. Proceeds will support Skills USA student activities. For more information, 447-8133.
The United Way Poker Run is tomorrow (10/3) starting at the Hub in Marble Falls, Arkansas. For details, click here.
The Missouri State Football Bears will face Indiana State tomorrow afternoon (10/3) at 2 at Plaster Sports Complex. For ticket information, missouristatetix.com
Birds, Bluegrass and BBQ will be held tomorrow night (10/3) at 6 at the Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center in Joplin. The event includes dinner, s’mores, live music and a silent auction under the stars. To learn more, click here.
Taste of Springfield and Oktoberfest is planned for tomorrow (10/3) on Park Central Square. It will include food sampling from area restaurants, beer samples, live music and more. For details, itsalldowntown.com
The Pregnancy Care Center will hold a Walk for Life and 5K Run tomorrow (10/3) at Jordan Valley Park. To learn more, www.417pcc.org/events
The free class, “How to Write Your Memoir or Life Story” will be held tomorrow morning (10/3) from 10 to 11:30 at the Library Center. To find out more, 987-6008.
Crafty DIY is set for tomorrow (10/3) at 2 for adults at the Library Station. This month’s craft is candy corn ombre wine bottles for fall decorating. To register, 865-1340.
The 31st annual Harvest Homecoming will be held today and tomorrow (10/2-10/3) in downtown Harrison, Arkansas. There will be arts and crafts vendors, live music, car shows and more. For details, click here.
Anyone 13 and older is invited to see the Alfred Hitchcock film, “To Catch a Thief,” rated PG, tomorrow night (10/3) at 6:30 at the Park Central Branch Library.
The class, “Campfire Cooking for Kids,” will be held tomorrow (10/3) from 3 to 5 pm at the Walter Woods Conservation Area in Joplin. Registration is required. For more information, mdc.mo.gov/node/292
The documentary, “George Washington Carver: an Uncommon Way,” will be shown tomorrow and Sunday (10/3-10/4) at 1 at George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond, MO. For more details, nps.gov/gwca
The True/False documentary series, featuring films from the True/False Film Festival, will be held at the Moxie Cinema, 305 S. Campbell, October 4th through November 2nd. The film, “Finders Keepers” will be shown Sunday (10/4) at noon and Monday (10/5) at 6 pm. A $25 passport gets you into all the movies in the series. For more information, click here.
The program, “How England Gave Rise to the Magna Carta,” is planned for Sunday afternoon (10/4) at 2 at the Library Center. Take a trip back in time to 1215. Listen to harpist Drew Holt perform at 2 followed by a talk by Dr. Thomas Russo, Drury associate dean of international relations and art history professor.
The Springfield Chamber Chorus Fall Concert will be Sunday (10/4) at 2:30 at First & Calvary Presbyterian Church, 820 E. Cherry. Admission is free.
Primitive Skills Day will be held Sunday (10/4) from 1 to 5 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center. See demonstrations in flint knapping, bow and arrow construction, making cordage out of plant fibers, beadwork and fire making, and watch Dutch oven cooking demonstrations. Drop by anytime.
The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra will present a free concert Sunday afternoon (10/4) at 3 at the Bill Baker Amphitheatre on the North Arkansas College Campus in Harrison.
The MO State field hockey team will take host Saint Louis Sunday (10/4) at 1 at the Betty and Bobby Allison North Stadium. For ticket information, missouristatetix.com