Weekend Outlook

City of Mt. Vernon

The 52nd annual Apple Butter Makin’ Days is Friday and Saturday (10/12-10/13) in Mt. Vernon with arts and crafts, live music, carnival games, apple butter made on the square, food and more.  A parade starts Saturday morning at 9.  

Harvest Fest continues weekends through October 28 at Rutledge-Wilson Community Farm Park, 3825 W. Farm Rd. 146 in Springfield.  There are hayrides, a pumpkin patch, a haunted trail, a corn maze and more.  


The Springfield Conservation Nature Center will celebrate its 30th anniversary with an open house Friday (10/5) from 5 to 9 p.m.  There will be cake and a timeline of the nature center’s last 30 years.   A live musical performance by musician and primitive skills specialist Bo Brown starts at 7 pm. No registration is required for the open house, but you must register for the concert by calling (417) 888-4237.  Learn more here

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Harvest Fest at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park, 3825 W. Farm Rd. 146 in Springfield, kicks off Friday night (9/28) at 6:30 and continue weekends through October 28.  The event features a pumpkin patch, corn maze, hayrides, carnival games and a haunted trail (beginning October 5). 

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MSU Chinese students and the Scholars Association will celebrate the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival Friday (9/21) from 4 to 8 p.m. at Phelps Grove Park.  The event will include games, shows and Chinese food, including moon cakes.  Tickets are required for entry and are $10.

Missouri State University

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.