Cider Days in Springfield, MO
If you're in the mood to visit an amazing Fall Festival, but aren't a fan of keeping track of schedules and event locations, Cider Days is the event for you! Taking place in Downtown Springfield, there are plenty of activities, food, and shopping for all ages in your group!
It's entirely too easy to walk for hours, looking at different shops, taking part in fun activities, and eating all you can at the many stops and small restaurants lining the street. There is a small admission fee, but the sheer amount of tents and trucks set up for you to browse and enjoy are well worth the few dollars you'll pay. The first thing you'll notice when entering either end of Cider Days is the sheer length of the festival. It takes place along one stretch of road, and you can see from one end to the other, since it dips down a slight hill. It makes for a great view of all of the shops and crafts you can participate in along the way.
A few of the great shops I walked by included an antique gadget shop, that displayed old typewriters, fans, lamps, and other interesting objects, lit by Edison style bulbs strung here and there, a fiber working shop named Apothefaery, that held hand spun scarves, headbands, and bundles of yarn you could purchase to create your own soft, cozy masterpieces.
Some of the children's activities dotting the street included Pumpkin Painting, a hula hoop station, face painting, and glitter airbrush tattoos! I just about came home with a glittery tattoo, but I couldn't decide which one I wanted. In another shop, you could create your own finger paintings to be hung on the walls of the tent, or for you to take home and hang on your own walls!
There were two small stages at the halfway point and at the eastern end of the festival. Local artists performed throughout the day to provide a little entertainment among your trip around the tents and trucks.
Even if you're a car fan, there's a small car show featured with a few refurbished classic cars and roadsters, shining in the fall sun. Just some of the foods I saw along the street included a tamale tent, a BBQ joint (and you can smell their smoker all over the festival!), and a self serve snow cone stop. Their flavors were in bubbling tanks that reminded me of a mad scientist's lab.
There's something for everyone in for family, from cars and food to shopping and crafts around every bend. If you're looking for somewhere to spend an entire day, make sure to visit Cider Days! You'll be glad you did.