Annual Artsfest in Springfield near Branson

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.

25 thoughts on “Annual Artsfest in Springfield near Branson”

  1. I have a friend who always displays her work there, but I haven’t gone as of yet. I think I will definitely make the trip this weekend!

  2. I have never been to the artfest but it sounds like fun and I’m a big art fan so i would like to go.

  3. I have been going to Artsfest ever since I was a little girl, and it has been awesome every time! I love taking my little girl; there are so many fun things for kids to do that she loves!

  4. The Artsfest sounds exactly up my alley, especially the Topangas at the Coffeehouse. Can’t wait to see them!

  5. I would love to go to Artfest, sounds like a lot of fun ive never been but i will for sure be checking it out.

  6. I love this! I went last year with the family. So many interesting things to look at, I’m def. going this weekend!

  7. I live in Springfield and have never been here or even knew this was happening. It sounds like a great time. May just have to check it out this year!

  8. I’ve lived in the Springfield area for 2yrs now, and never heard of this. I’m totally bummed that I missed out. Sounds like fun.

  9. I went yesterday with my daughter and my parents. The kids section seems to get better every year!! It almost made up for how hot it was. At least,it wasn’t raining!!!

  10. I love going to Artfests. I have not been to one in a long time. I can’t wait for it to come by again. I will be more perpared next time!

  11. Sorry i missed out this year. i will be sure to plan one of my trips next year so that i can attend, love to see local artists.

  12. I love Artsfest! My children love it too! It is really a good time for the whole family, if you have not been you should definitely check it out!

  13. I’m definately not missing this next year! It sounds like so much fun. I love live jazz, I hope they do that next year.

  14. I missed Artsfest this year, but I’ve made it to the Springfield Art Walk events a few times. The Ozarks have so many impressive artists.

  15. I’m probably more interested in the jazz than the actual “art.” The whole thing looked like a good time even though I missed out.

  16. I should check this out next time that it is in town. I’ve gone to the art walks that happen each month and those are fun, plus I have a few friends that always participate in this sort of thing, it would be nice to support the local artists.

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