Annual Arts-Fest in Springfield, Mo

Experience one of the biggest and most popular festivals in the Ozarks when you head up to Springfield for the Annual Arts Fest.

Every year people gather on historic Walnut Street in Downtown Springfield, near Branson, for the Annual Arts-Fest. This festival includes a short film contest, a dog parade, and over 130 artists from all across the country performing in several different mediums.

 As a courtesy to Arts-Fest guests, the Festival offers free trolley rides, People's Choice Awards, Tent Theater, and Coffeehouse Stage. The brightly-colored Fisk trolleys will run continuously from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, with service to Downtown and Jordan Valley Park. You'll see art in wood, glass, clay, printmaking, paper, jewelry, photography, metal, painting, drawing, fiber, and mixed media.

In late April, area amateur filmmakers participated in a competition; the Springfield and the Ozarks (SATO) 48-hour Film Challenge. In just two days, each team writes, shoots, produces and edits a five-minute short film using only a surprise “Inspiration Package” as a guide. Be one of the first to see the outcome at Arts-Fest.

For budding artists, there is a free children's area called “Art-Town Downtown.” This area will have tons of hands-on learning activities, like Foam Fun, a Saturday Night Fever disco ball station, a community 'Wall of Fame' piece and more.

For the canine member of your family, there’s the Arf-Fest dog parade. There will be awards for the animals and their owners in categories like “best dressed movie star,” “owner-dog look alike,” “biggest dog,” “smallest dog” and 'beauty in the ruff.' Arts-Fest admission is required for entry in the parade, along with registration and current shot records for your dog. What other festival allows you to bring the whole family, including Fido?

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There are vendors there selling everything from jewelry to pottery and almost anything else you can think of. There are always new things I've never seen before too.
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