As “The Middle of Everywhere”, Springfield, Missouri is the perfect location for festivals of all sorts. This September, Springfield will host festivals celebrating everything from blues to literature.
The Greater Ozarks Blues Festival from September 9 to 12, one of the biggest celebrations of music in the Ozarks area, is at Chesterfield Village just off Kansas Expressway and US 60 in Springfield. The music festival began in 1996 and has been an annual celebration of Blues and Ozarks fun ever since.
Traditional Japanese Culture will be on display for all to experience at the 16th Annual Japanese Fall Festival from September 9 to 11. This festival attracts nearly 10,000 attendees and is an annual celebration of Springfield’s sister city of Isesaki, Japan. Local and national artisans will provide items authentic to Japanese culture and tradition.
Outdoor Days at Lake Springfield on September 9 will include the Mountain Men Rendezvous, a demonstration of life in the 1800s. Activities range from old-time to modern, and include casting, archery, paintball and geocaching. Also enjoy cooking demonstrations, tent villages, canoe and kayak races and boat rides on Lake Springfield.
The annual Cider Days celebration on September 17 and 18 takes place on Walnut Street each year and draws thousands of attendees craving delicious cider, tours of historic homes, great food, more than 25 live entertainers each day and more than 65 demonstrating craftsmen and artisans.
The 2011 Missouri Literary Festival on September 23 and 24 will have a Civil War theme. Enjoy readings, lectures, panel discussions, book signings and book sales. Also included is a cavalry demonstration, cannon firing, Civil War medical tent, a music tent, a period photos tent and a nake-and-take art tent.
For information about other events, festivals and things to do in Springfield, check out www.SpringfieldAdventures.com
For more information about top events in Missouri take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Missouri.