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Rebecca Landesman
May 2020

Whether you’re looking for 21-and-over festivities or family fun, check out some of these outdoor Ozark festivals for good weather and good times. Beer, baubles and monster trucks are just some of the highlights of these Springfield and Branson arts, food, and culture events.

Branson Marble and Glass Festival

This free outdoor summer street festival in Historic Downtown Branson celebrates the unique artistry of handcrafted marble and glassmaking. Watch artists at work, shop their handmade creations, check out the food vendors, and partake in the downtown-wide marble hunt for hidden treasure.

Historic Downtown Branson, explorebranson.com

First Friday Art Walk

Every first Friday, historical Downtown Springfield’s art galleries, restaurants, and retail businesses open their doors for an arts and culture extravaganza in what is known as the “Downtown Arts District”. Join the crowd in experiencing original art, live music, food, and fun during this iconic monthly block party.

411 N. Sherman Pkwy., Springfield, MO; ffaw.org

Springfield Oyster and Beer Festival

The craft beer community in Springfield is expanding and the SOB Festival is its stomping ground. Pair a cold ale — there are more than 40 craft beer brands to choose from — with a gourmet oyster dish. Don’t be afraid to indulge a little extra, because a portion of the SOB proceeds goes to charity.

Springfield, MOsobfestival.com

Autumn Daze Arts, Crafts, and Music Festival

Celebrate the season at Branson’s long-standing Autumn Daze Festival in Historic Downtown, where crafters, artists, and performers gather to bring some autumnal entertainment to the community. Shop handmade crafts, taste test your way through the food court, and scour the sidewalk sale for trinkets, all to a soundtrack of live music.

Branson, MO; explorebranson.com

MO Monster Food Truck Fest

This lively Downtown Springfield festival showcases a medley of food trucks, music from local bands, a beer tent and, for the first time starting this year, monster trucks that you can actually ride. There’s finger food and barbecue, free admission and parking, and fun for all ages.

Springfield, MOmofoodtruckfest.wordpress.com

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