Each year people flock to the Downtown Springfield area for the Artsfest celebration. Join more than 140 artists and thousands of art-lovers for all of the excitement. Artists come to Springfield from across the country to showcase all of their talent and share their passion. The festival features a variety of exciting entertainment attractions, including a short film contest, a dog parade and more. You won’t want to miss out on all of the fun.
After thirty-two years of art, food and fun-filled times, this year’s festival will take place May 5th and 6th on Historic Walnut Street in Downtown Springfield, not far from all of the excitement of Branson. On Saturday, the celebration will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Sunday, the fun happens from 10 to 5. More than 20,000 people every year head to Springfield for this favored event. Browse through the collections and shop for original art, sample food from some of the area’s most popular restaurants and enjoy dozens of performances.
This year, Artsfest is featuring a giant inflatable art attraction. This “Art of Space” project is utilized to engage the public in a unique and creative process. Volunteers came together to help create the inflatable artwork by using nothing but plastic sheeting and household irons in late April, and now you can see it on display on Historic Walnut Street. The attraction is an interactive and inflatable structure and is an exciting new addition to this long-running festival.
Don’t forget to bring the kids! The little ones will love the interactive kid’s area, filled with activities that inspire them to follow their artistic creativity. Chalk-It-Up and the Springfield Pottery’s Claymobile are both two activities your youngsters will love. The Claymobile is a ceramic arts workshop – on wheels! The kid’s area is called Art Town Downtown and is located at John Q. Hammons Parkway and Walnut. Come on Saturday and let your kids be surprised by a guest appearance from Ronald McDonald himself!
The five different stages will be packed with live entertainment all weekend. There will be performances by the Ozark Dance Academy and the Springfield Ballet on the “Dance Stage.” The “Bandstand Stage” presents the Missouri State University Jazz Symposium I & II and Jazz Studies Ensemble as well as the Community Flute Choir. Join the Springfield Little Theatre Youth Performance Troupes, The RetroGnomes and more on the “Showwagon Stage” and enjoy hours of endless fun and entertainment. The music goes on all day at “Music at the Inn,” where Rowan’s Crossing, Liberty and Justice and the Hamburger Cows take the stage. When you visit “The Coffeehouse Stage,” you will love the entertainment provided by the Live Oak Band, The Topangas and more.
This weekend, don’t miss your chance to explore a world of art unlike any you’ve seen before. Artsfest is always a favorite event within the art community, and Springfield residents and visitors love celebrating the festival each year. Finally find that one piece of art that will tie your room together, discover some new pieces in a style you’ve never seen, or simply enjoy the day as you walk up and down the streets. When you need to stay in Springfield, Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven is less than a mile away from Artsfest. A variety of other hotels aren’t far away either, including Best Western Coach House Inn, Sleep Inn Medical District and Quality Inn & Suites Springfield, MO.