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Weekend Outlook September 7-9, 2018

Springfield Sister Cities Association

The 23rd annual Japanese Fall Festival is Friday (9/7) from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday (9/8) from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday (9/9) from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden, 2400 S. Scenic in Springfield.  The festival will include folk dancing, traditional music, games, storytelling, Taiko drumming, tea ceremonies, food vendors and more.  Admission Friday night is $7 for adults and $3 for 12 and under.  Admission Saturday is $10 for adults and $3 for 12 and under.  Kids two and under get in free. 

The Arkansas State Hot Air Balloon Championship Races have been canceled due to weather, but a concert by Jason Pritchett and the Steel Horses will go on.  It starts Friday night (9/7) at 8 at the Boone County Regional Airport. 

Meet a staff horticulturalist for a walking/talking tour of the Springfield Botanical Gardens, 2400 S. Scenic in Springfield, Friday mornings at 9.  The walk September 7 will be a color walk.

Celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day early at the Morris Center, 301 S. Jefferson in downtown Springfield, Friday night (9/7) from 6 to 9.  The free event will include traditional art, clothing, games and snacks. 

First Friday Art Walk is Friday night (9/7) from 6 to 10 at 27 venues in downtown Springfield.

Tours of the Springfield Police Museum, 409 W. McDaniel in downtown Springfield, will be offered Friday night (9/7) from 6 to 9.  The museum is in the old calaboose. 

The 16th annual Southwest Missouri Celtic Festival and Highland Games are being held Friday and Saturday (9/7-9/8) in Buffalo.  Activities include a clan parade, Calling of the Clans ceremony and more. 

An Evening with Poets is Friday night (9/7) at the Library Center with poets, Marcus Cafagna, David Harrison and guests.  The program for adults starts at 7. 

The Missouri State University women’s soccer team will host SIU Edwardsville Friday night (9/7) at 7 at the Allison South Stadium on the Springfield campus.   For ticket information, (417) 836-7678 or

The 2018 HBA Home Remodeling Show is Friday (9/7) from 1 to 6 p.m., Saturday (9/8) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday (9/9) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Springfield Expo Center, 635 E. St. Louis.  Admission is $5 for adults and free for kids 12 and younger. 

The 46th annual Seymour Apple Festival continues through Saturday (9/8) in downtown Seymour, MO.  The event includes over 100 craft and other vendors, a 5K race, parade and more. 

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 2200 W. Republic Rd. in Springfield, will host the Harvest Home Festival Friday (9/7) from 5 to 11 p.m. and Saturday (9/8) from 2 p.m. to midnight.  The event includes live bands, a beer and margarita garden, silent and live auctions, games and rides for kids, bingo, a washers tournament and more. 

St. Thomas the Apostle Orthodox Church, 4200 S. Holiday in Springfield, will host the Greek Festival Friday through Sunday (9/7-9/9).  The event will include a chariot ride for kids, Greek dancing, a Greek for a Day photo booth, Greek food, Greek memorabilia and more. 

Conway Community Days is Friday (9/7) through Saturday (9/8) from in downtown Conway, Missouri.  The festival will offer fine art, crafts, a flea market, a parade, turtle races, hot dog eating contest and more. 

The 48th annual Eureka Spring Antique Auto Festival is Friday through Sunday (9/7-9/9) at the Great Passion Play grounds in Eureka Springs, Arkansas with a parade downtown at 4 p.m. Saturday (9/8). 

The Yellow House Community Arts Center in West Plains will host the 23rd annual Back Yard Concert Saturday (9/8) from 4 to 11 p.m.  Bands include Creek Stink, Van Colbert, Renee Wood’s Jazz Combo, Markley and Vano and the Ozark Acoustic Ensemble.  There will also be a silent auction and food for purchase. 

An Affair of the Heart 2018 is at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds Friday through Sunday (9/7-9/9).  The event allows shoppers to browse retailers from across the nation.  Admission is $5.  Kids 12 and under get in free. 

Bolivar will host Country Days Saturday (9/8) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Bolivar square.  The event will feature a car show, kids’ activities, arts and crafts, food and more. 

The Day at the Range and Outdoor Adventure Fair will be held Saturday (9/8) from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Andy Dalton Shooting Range, 4897 N. Farm Rd. 61 in Ash Grove.  The event is for people with disabilities.  Registration is required. 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold a Stockton Lake Cleanup Saturday (9/8).  Volunteers are needed to help clean up Stockton Lake’s shoreline and beaches. 

The 16th annual Stockton Car Show and Burnout will be held Saturday (9/8) from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Stockton City Park.  There will also be a chili cook-off. 

Geezer Fest is Saturday night (9/8) at 6:45 on the Library Center patio.  In case of rain, the concert will move to the auditorium. 

George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond, MO will host Prairie Day Saturday (9/8) with storytelling, musical performances, nature exhibits, a junior ranger station and living history demonstrations.  Visitors will be able to dip candles, churn butter and more. 

A Bison Hike will start Saturday morning (9/8) at 10 at Prairie State Park in Mindenmines, MO.  Take sunscreen, water, snacks and wear sturdy shoes for the two-mile hike over uneven terrain. 

Brew at the Zoo is Saturday night (9/8) from 6 to 9 at Dickerson Park Zoo with a variety of brews, animals and music.  Tickets are $45. 

The Christian County Lions Club will host the 4.417K Walk/Fun Run Saturday morning (9/8) starting at 802 W. Jackson. 

“Start the Conversation” will be held Saturday (9/8) starting at noon at the Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central East in downtown Springfield.  The event is designed to promote awareness and prevention of teen and young adult suicide.  There will be live music and the showing of the documentary, “Suicide:  The Ripple Effect.” 

Adults can weave friendship bracelets during the program, “Second Saturday Crafts,” Saturday (9/8) at 1 at the Park Central Branch Library. 

Grandparent’s Day at the Zoo is Sunday (9/9) at Dickerson Park Zoo, 1400 W. Norton Rd. in Springfield.  Grandparents will get into the zoo free that day.

The Sunday Concert Series continues Sunday afternoon (9/9) at 2 at the Library Center with Phillip and the Flatheads, a six piece bluegrass band. 

The Jane A. Meyer Carillon Series at Missouri State will feature MSU graduate student, Joe Dias, Sunday night (9/9) at 7 outside Meyer Library.  Take blankets or lawn chairs.  Tours of the carillon will be available after the concert.