Weekend Outlook

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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. 

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. 

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Family Fridays in the Garden continues Friday night (8/31) at Nathanael Greene-Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic in Springfield.  The program, “From Garden to Grocer,” starts at 7:30.  Meet on the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center’s rooftop garden. 

The last “Yoga on the Square” for the summer will start at noon Friday (8/31) on Park Central Square.  Take yoga mats and water.