Missouri State University will host Public Observing Night at Baker Observatory northwest of Marshfield Friday night (9/14) from 8 to 10:30.
“Great American Reads” with Wild Bob’s Musical Book Club is Friday night (9/14) from 6:30 to 8:30 at Lindberg’s Tavern, 318 W. Commercial. Musicians will perform songs they’ve written about titles from the PBS Great American Read list.
American Legion Post 13 will host Veterans Expo Friday (9/14) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 212 W. 8th St. in Joplin. Booths from veterans support services will be available.
The Kiwanis Club of Joplin will host the fourth annual Joplin Arts Fest Friday night (9/14) from 7 to 9 and Saturday (9/15) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Mercy Park in Joplin with fine art booths, children’s art activities and live performances.
KSMU presents Studio Live Social Hour featuring thumb-picking guitarist, Randy Buckner, Friday night (9/14) at 6 at the Backlot at Alamo Drafthouse. Buckner will perform on KSMU’s Studio Live Social Hour Friday at noon. Learn more here.
Steam-O-Rama continues through Sunday at the Ozarks Steam Engine Association grounds east of Republic. The event will include tractor pulls, sorghum making, gas engines, steam-traction engines, flea markets, a saw mill and more.
The Starvy Creek Fall Bluegrass Festival continues Friday and Saturday (9/14-9/15) at 1933 Bluegrass Rd. in Conway.
The Mystery Hour tapes Friday night (9/14) at 7:30 at the Gillioz, 325 Park Central East in Springfield, featuring New York Times bestselling writer, Cullen Bunn; Food Network celebrity chef, Simon Majumdar; and photographer, Julie Blackmon.
Autumn Daze Music, Arts & Crafts Festival continues Friday (9/14) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday (9/15) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Branson.
The 2018 Shakin’ in the Shell Fest is Friday night (9/14) from 5 to 10 and Saturday (9/15) from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Chamber Park in Shell Knob. The festival offers a car show, live music, games, booths, a beer and wine garden, activities for dogs and more.
The Theatre Company of the Ozarks’ production of “Play On” continues this weekend at the Lyric Theatre in Harrison, Arkansas. The show Friday night (9/14) at 7 is a benefit for Hope Cottages. Find out more here.
The Book House Cinema, 715 E. Broadway in Joplin, will host a Great American Read Trivia Contest Friday night (9/14) at 6.
The Pulaski County Library in Crocker will show “The Lord of the Rings” Friday afternoon (9/14) at 1:30 as part of the Great American Read series of events. Learn more here.
Springfield Little Theatre presents “Disney’s Newsies” Friday (9/14) through October 7 at the Landers Theatre, 311 E. Walnut in downtown Springfield.
The 11th annual Scooting the Ozarks 2018 is being held through Saturday (9/15) in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
The Gathering Mountain: Festival of Magick and Lore will be held Friday through Sunday (9/14-9/16) in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
Jazz Eureka continues Friday and Saturday (9/14-9/15) in Eureka Springs, Arkansas featuring a variety of jazz performances. The headliner is Larry Carlton, four-time Grammy Award winner, Saturday night (9/15) at 7:30 at The Auditorium.
Cider Days will be held Saturday and Sunday (9/15-9/16) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on historic Walnut St. in Springfield. The event will feature regional artists and crafters, three performance stages, fall-themed activities for kids, food and apple cider. Admission is $4 per person, and children 10 and under get in free.
Missouri State University’s football team will host Northern Arizona Saturday afternoon (9/15) at 2 at Plaster Stadium. For ticket information, (417) 836-7678 or missouristatetix.com.
The Missouri State University men’s soccer team will host UMKC Saturday night (9/15) at 7 at Allison South Stadium. For ticket information, (417) 836-7678 or missouristatetix.com.
Learn archery basics during a program Saturday morning (9/15) at 8 at the Andy Dalton Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center in Ash Grove. Registration is required at (417) 742-4361.
A Medicare Open Enrollment Information Session will be held Saturday (9/15) at 2 p.m. at the Library Center. The Cover Missouri Coalition will provide an overview of the different parts of Medicare (A, B, C, D and Medigaps) and how they work or don't work together.
Learn to fly fish during the program, “Introduction to Fly Fishing,” Saturday morning (9/15) from 10 to noon at the Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center, 483 Hatchery Rd. in Branson. Registration is required.
Wilder Day will be held Saturday (9/15) at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum in Mansfield. Hear Pa’s fiddle and tour the home, including the upstairs, which will be open on Saturday only.
The Missouri Food Truck Fest is Saturday (9/15) from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 735 E. St. Louis St. in Springfield.
A photo walk is planned for Saturday morning (9/15) at 9 at Bennett Spring State Park in Lebanon. Learn techniques for taking nature photos. Take cameras. The walk will be led by professional photographer, Al Griffin.
The Little Acorns program, “Mudbug Mystery,” for kids three to six-years-old will be held Saturday morning (9/15) at 11 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center, 4601 S. Nature Center Way. Registration is required at (417) 888-4237.
The 1860s Lifestyle Exposition will be held Saturday (9/15) from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday (9/16) at the Gray/Campbell Farmstead, 2400 S. Scenic in Springfield. The event will include demonstrations, music, crafts and tours. You’re invited to dress in period costume and take part in a parade Saturday at noon. An apple pie baking contest will be held Sunday. Admission is free.
The third annual Sunset Soiree to benefit James River Basin Partnership will be held Saturday night (9/15) from 5 to 8 at the corner of McCracken and 3rd in Ozark. The event will include a Mystery Whiskey and Wine Pull, silent auction, music and refreshments. Tickets are required.
Women in Need of the Ozarks will host their 15th anniversary celebration Saturday night (9/15) at 6 at the Elks Lodge, 2223 E. Bennett in Springfield, with a pig roast and music by M Dock Band. Learn more here.
Jo Dee Messina will headline Citizen Memorial Hospital’s Burgundy Ball Saturday night (9/15) at 6 at the University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center, 333. John Q. Hammons Parkway in Springfield.
The Fairbanks Community Fun Run will be held Saturday morning (9/15) at 8 starting at 1126 N. Broadway in Springfield. There will be a 5K and 10K, food, drinks, entertainment, games and tours of the Fairbanks Community Center.
The Recovery 5K Run/Walk will start Saturday morning (9/15) at 8 at 515 S. Pine St. in Harrison, Arkansas.
The Boys and Girls Club of Springfield will host the Partners in Education 12th annual Fun Walk and Day for Kids Saturday (9/15) with a breakfast at 8:30 and the walk at 9 at the Stalnaker Unit, 1410 N. Fremont. There will be giveaways, food, a pie walk, games, inflatables and more. Adult admission is $15. Kids 16 and younger get in free.
The Springfield-Greene County Park Board’s Outdoor Initiatives will be at Sequiota Park Cave Saturday evening (9/15) to share information about bats. Arrive 30 minutes before dark to watch endangered gray bats fly from the cave. Find out more here.
The program, “Epitaphs and Engravings,” will be held Saturday and Sunday (9/15 & 9/16) at 1 p.m. at the Carver Family Cemetery located at George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond. Learn about the symbols and engravings on the cemetery’s tombstones.
Yoga for Health is Saturday afternoon (9/15) at 2 at the Library Station for adults. Take a mat or towel.
Recycling Rendezoo is Saturday (9/15) at Dickerson Park Zoo, 1400 W. Norton Rd. in Springfield. Take five empty plastic bottles (per person) and receive $2 off admission.
See the film, “The Bourne Identity,” rated PG-13, Saturday afternoon (9/15) at 3 at the Fair Grove Branch Library. Learn more here.
Everyone is welcome to join the Bennett Spring State Park’s Stream Team Saturday (9/15) at 1 p.m. for a lesson on measurement and flow. Afterwards, the team will hold a trash clean up on the Bennett Spring Branch. Find more information here.
Try your hand at spinning cotton or operating a 19th Century barn frame loom during Third Saturdays at the Homestead Saturday (9/15) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site, 7850 N. State Highway V in Ash Grove.
The Primitive Skills Series at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center, 4601 S. Nature Center Way, continues Sunday (9/16) with “Outdoor Safety” Sunday (9/16) from 1 to 3. Drop by anytime. No registration is required.
Sunday Make & Play will be held Sunday (9/16) from 2 to 4 for families with infants through third graders at the Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library. It’s a hands-on interactive experience with a maker, play and art focus.
The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks will host the International Festival Sunday (9/16) from 2 to 7:30 p.m. at 4703 N. Crossover Rd. in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
The film, “Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution,” will be shown Sunday night (9/16) at 6:30 at the Moxie Cinema, 305 S. Campbell in downtown Springfield. James Owen with Renew Missouri will hold a Q & A after the film.