SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) — The Birthplace of Route 66 festival may be over, but there are still plenty of fall festivals in the Ozarks, and a new website will help you keep track of these events and more.
It’s called Celebrate Springfield (celebratesgf.com), where the homepage title explains the website’s goal: “Bringing together the best our city has to offer.”
The website is the brainchild of Erin Danastasio, who has lived in Springfield most of her life and was familiar with Queen City’s beautiful outdoor trails, lakes and parks. However, she rarely used them until she became part of a Springfield Chamber of Commerce program that usually takes its members to other cities to see what they offer. But because of the pandemic, the members stayed in their hometowns and found that Springfield had a lot to offer.
“There were opportunities for hiking and kayaking, and that’s something I hadn’t taken advantage of,” she explained. “I realized it was intimidation and lack of know-how. I wouldn’t know where to rent a kayak, where to put it in and take it out, or if it’s safe to take my kids. And so one of the things that inspired Celebrate Springfield was that if I didn’t take the opportunity, who else didn’t? And why aren’t they taking full advantage of Springfield? »
So Erin and the community-oriented family organization she works for, the Hatch Foundation, enlisted many other civic and business organizations (including KY3) to launch the Celebrate Springfield website which offers a one-stop shop for finding activities and events available locally.
“The real concept behind Celebrate Springfield is to package all of these things in a way that makes them very accessible and digestible for families who may not be familiar with all of these choices,” said Rusty Worley, executive director of Downtown. Springfield Association. “Things like Cider Days, which has been around for almost 25 years. They may not have visited the zoo or attended a Springfield Cardinals game. All this information is now on one site.
“And in a week or two we will be launching a second part of our website,” Danastasio added. “When it’s up and running, someone can use a filter and say things like, ‘I have three hours of free time on this date,’ and the site will show pop-up activities in Springfield that they can go to anytime. what day given. .”
Celebrate Springfield will also be offering its special activities throughout September, culminating with a general celebration on Sunday, October 2 at Jordan Valley Park.
The schedule includes:
September 1 – 500 community members can attend the Springfield Cardinals game for free at Hammons Field, and attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about Celebrate Springfield.
September 2 – First Friday Art Walk featuring original artwork, live music, hands-on activities and live art demonstrations.
All September – Dickerson Park Zoo offers family packages ($20 will get up to eight family members during the month of September) through the Celebrate Springfield website.
September 9-11 – The Japanese Fall Festival at Japanese Stroll Gardens in Nathaniel Greene Park is also offering a family package ($10 for up to eight people) on the Celebrate Springfield website.
September 10-11 – A new event, the MidXMidwst Art and Culture Festival, will bring artists from around the country to downtown to paint murals and include bands, food and more. $30 tickets are discounted if you use code CELEBRATESGF.
September 17-18 – Cider Days on Historic Walnut Street is Springfield’s local arts and crafts festival, and you can use code CELEBRATESSGF to get $2 off each ticket.
September 24 – Springfield Jazz Festival at Park Central Square and Park Central East… a free event.
September 25 – Fellows Lake Fun Day is a new event featuring kayaking, fishing, boat rides, mountain biking, and more.
October 2 – Celebrate Springfield at Jordan Valley Park will feature live music, food trucks, games, arts and science projects, and giveaways.
“I envision this being an annual event,” Danastasio said of Celebrate Springfield’s future offerings. “I think at this point we have a different theme every year (this year’s theme is the great outdoors).”
“There’s a lot of stuff in our backyard,” Worley added. “Sometimes we all get caught up in our own routines, and this is a great way to get out of that and have some very affordable fun.”
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