The program, Birdwatching for Beginners, will be held Friday night (6/11) at 5:30 starting at the Lake Springfield Boathouse. Take a camera or binoculars and a guide book if you have one. The cost is $5 per person.
Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park in Springfield is hosting Family Fishing Nights one night each month through August. An event will be held Friday night (6/11) from 6 to 9. Families can try catch-and-release fishing. There will also be cow train rides, a bounce house, and a camp fire. You can take your own fishing gear or rent some from the park.
Ha Ha Tonka State Park in Camdenton will host an Owl Prowl Friday night (6/11) at 8:45. Learn about owls and try to call some in. Meet at the Post Office Shelter on State Road D off of Highway 54.
Children’s Ballet of the Ozarks will present the nontraditional ballet, “Chitty, The Flying Car Ballet,” at the West Plains Civic Center through June 19. Performances this weekend are Friday night (6/11) at 7 and Saturday (6/12) at 2.
The program, Pioneers and Founding of Springfield, will be held both online and in person at the Fox Theatre on Park Central Square Friday morning (6/11) at 10. Staff from the History Museum on the Square will examine the city’s origins and incorporation in a journey through time. Registration is required.
The bicentennial exhibit: Struggle for Statehood,” is on display at the History Museum on the Square through July 4. It was developed by the Missouri State Historical Society.
Bluegrass music concerts are held on various weekend evenings at Roaring River State Park in Cassville. The Ozark Mountain Five will perform Friday night (6/11) at 7 at the River Shelter.
Buffalo National River is hosting the Friday 5k Friday nights at 6 through September 3. Walk and talk with a ranger to log three miles for the Iron Ranger Challenge. Meet at the Steel Creek Boat Launch.
The Springfield Cardinals will host the Arkansas Travelers Friday through Sunday (6/11-6/13) at Hammons Field.
Unity of Springfield will hold their annual indoor church yard sale Friday (6/11) from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday (6/12) from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2214 E. Seminole in Springfield.
The Movies at Founders Park series continues this weekend at Founders Park in downtown Springfield. See “Jumanji: The Next Level,” rated PG-13, Friday night (6/11) and “Frozen 2,” rated PG, Saturday night (6/12) at dusk. Take blankets and lawn chairs. Admission is free, and concessions will be available for purchase.
Battlefield Parks will host Movies in the Park Friday night (6/11) at 8:35. The film, Finding Nemo, will be shown at Battlefield City Park. Take blankets or lawn chairs.
Springfield Little Theatre presents Matlida the Musical through June 27 at the Landers Theatre.
The 10th Annual Stomp the Blues Out of Homelessness Festival is Saturday (6/12) starting at noon at Community Blood Center of the Ozarks, 220 W. Plainview Rd. in Springfield. Bands start at 1:30 and will include Samantha Fish, Jeremiah Johnson, Ben Miller Band and The Sister Lucille Band. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
The Missouri Department of Conservation will host Kids Fishing Day Saturday (6/12) from 9 a.m. to noon at Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery in Branson. Kids 15 and younger will learn the basics of fishing. Take your own equipment if you have it. A limited supply will be available for use.
The Moon City Creative District will host the Summer Solstice Art Fair Saturday (6/12) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Lafayette Park, 202 E. Atlantic in Springfield. The juried show will feature up to 25 artists selling their work as well as live music.
The Springfield Conservation Nature Center’s Conservation TEENS Club will learn wildlife photography tips during a program Saturday (6/12) from 10 a.m. The program is for kids 12 to 17-years-old. Registration is required.
The Missouri Department of Conservation will present the online Little Acorns program, “Magical Fireflies,” Saturday morning (6/12) at 10:30 for kids three to seven-years-old. Registration is required.
The Grow Native program and the Missouri Department of Conservation will present a self-guided tour of three professionally-designed, native landscapes in Springfield Saturday (6/12). A map of the tour stops is available at www.grownative.org
Prairie State Park in Mindenmines, MO will host Hug a Herp Day Saturday (6/12) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. See various reptiles and amphibians, learn about them and make a craft to take home.
Parents can learn about the various types of assistive technology available to families and caregivers of children and adults with disabilities during a virtual program tomorrow morning (6/12) at 10. Registration is required.
Tae Keller will talk about what it’s like to be a writer, where she gets her ideas for her books and more during the virtual program, “Tae Talk: A Conversation with Newbery Award Winner Tae Keller,” Saturday afternoon (6/12) at 2. Registration is required for the program designed for third grade to adults.
The Yellow House Community Arts Center, 209 W. Trish Knight in West Plains, will present D. Clinton Cochran in a yard concert Saturday (6/12) at 5. Admission is a suggested donation of $5, and chili and fixings will be available for purchase for $5. Proceeds will go toward ongoing plumbing repairs at the center.
The Humane Society of Southwest Missouri will host a low-cost rabies vaccination clinic Saturday (6/12) from 10 .m. to 2 p.m. for both cats and dogs.
The Buffalo National River is hosting Tailgate Talks every Saturday and Sunday through July 10 at Upper River boat launches from 9 a.m. to noon.
A guided tour of Beaver Jim’s Farmstead at the Buffalo National River will begin Saturday afternoon (6/12) at 1. Meet at the Ponca Low-Water Bridge.
Rescue One will host an adoption event Saturday (6/12) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 3840 W. Washita in Springfield.
George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond, MO will present “Agricultural School on Wheels” Saturday and Sunday (6/12-6/13) at 1. Learn about the innovative solution for farm outreach education that Carver helped design.
The North Springfield Betterment Association will host a 50th Anniversary Celebration Saturday (6/12) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Silver Springs Park and Pool. The free event will include food, games, music and the reveal of a time capsule from 2010.
Dickerson Park Zoo will host March of the Reptiles Saturday morning (6/12) from 10 a.m. to noon. Meet the zoo’s reptile keepers and get an up-close look at the critters they care for. Zoo admission applies.
The Missouri Department of Conservation’s Free Fishing Days are Saturday and Sunday (6/12-6/13). Anyone can fish in Missouri on those days without having to buy a fishing permit, trout permit or trout park daily tag. Limits and regulations still apply.
The Bolivar Recreation Center will host The Old Country Dance Saturday night (6/12) at 7 featuring live music. Admission is $10.
The City of Strafford and the Strafford Historical and Preservation Society will host Strafford’s 150th Birthday/Coffee Mingle and Historical Presentation Saturday morning (6/12) at 9:30 at 126 S. Washington in Strafford. Local historian, Steve Bodenhamer, will talk about immigrants through the Civil War.
The program, Photo Fun for Kids and Teens, will be offered at various times Saturday (6/12) at the Springfield Botanical Gardens. Kids 10 to 18-years-old are invited to register for the class. They’ll get tips for taking better photos and they’ll learn about trick photography and about basic camera parts and operation. The fee is $25 per student, and registration is required.
Springfield-Greene County Park Board outdoor pools are open for the season. Learn more here.
The Summer Carillon Series at Missouri State University will feature Jeremy Chesman Sunday night (6/13) at 7 outside Meyer Library. Take blankets or lawn chairs.
Rescue One will host a low-cost Drive Thru Pet Vaccine Clinic Sunday (6/13) from 4 to 7 p.m. at 1901 E. Division in Springfield.
A tour of the Historic Boxley Grist Mill will start Sunday afternoon (6/13) at 1. The parking area for the tour is on Highway 43 about one mile north of the Highway 21/43 intersection. Registration is required.