Events Calendar

Springfield Coffee Fest 2017

Springfield, Missouri - Farmers Market of the Ozarks

May 13, 2017

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Farmers Market of the Ozarks

2144 E. Republic Rd. - Springfield, MO 65804

Admission: $10


Coffee lovers unite for Springfield Coffee Fest 2017, an event benefiting Safe and Sober. Local coffee shops provide samples of their best coffee to earn awards in seven categories.

Tickets are on sale now for only $10 at

Winter Bird Feeding: Spring Butterfly & Gardening Workshop

North Central Arkansas- Jacksonport State Park

January 14, 2017

10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Newport, AR  7211

Admission: $15

(870) 523-2143



Discover how to help native birds through the harsh winter conditions by weaving a wreath of bird seed. Also design a plan for a butterfly garden whilst discussing various host plants.

All supplies are provided.

Visit a local restaurant or bring a sack lunch. Advance registration is required before 3 p.m. on Thursday, January 12th.

Wonder of Winter Wildlife

North Western Arkansas - Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area

Rogers, AR 72756

20201 East Highway 12
Visitor Center

January 21, 2017

Free Admission 




Celebrate the Wonders of Winter Wildlife at Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area! Cure your cabin fever with this spectacular winter event! Activities and crafts for the whole family will be going on throughout the day! 

From Sheep to Shawl: Weaving Workshop

North Central Arkansas- Ozark Folk Center State Park

March 13, 2017 - March 17, 2017

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Ozark Folk Center State Park
1032 Park Avenue
Mountain View, AR  72560 

Total Cost: $285



Learn several hundred of years of knowledge summarized into a single workshop taught by fiber artist and shepherd Jeanette Larson.

Discover the origins of weaving including details on how fiber is sheared, crafting and brewing dyes, and using a variety of tools to spin wool and create your own clothing. After the class is finished, take home knowledge that you can utilize for a lifetime.

 Tools and additional fiber – tri-looms, spindles, spinning wheels, dyes, etc. will be available to use during class and may be available to purchase at the Ozark Folk Center.

Total class cost $285 – a non-refundable $60 registration fee is due to the Ozark Folk Center when you sign up.

Wildflowers of the Ozarks

North Central Arkansas- Bull Shoals-White River State Park

April 14, 2017 - April 15, 2017

Bull Shoals-White River State Park
153 Dam Overlook Lane
Bull Shoals, AR  72619 

Free Admission



Immerse yourself in a dreamy landscape blanketed in wildflowers in the Ozarks.

Trek a variety of trails and discover activities including guided wildflower walks, children's programs, lake and river cruises, and more. 

Basket Weaving Workshop

North Eastern Arkansas- Jacksonport State Park

February 4, 2017

8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Village Creek State Park

201 County Road 754
Wynne, AR  72396

Admission: $30



Learn one of the oldest crafts known to man, a skill that has been practiced by Native Americans and indigenous groups around the world for centuries. Basket weaving transformed humanity, enabling mankind to carry the necessities of life.

Discover a variety of weaving techniques and take home a new skill that you can use for many years to come.

Reservations are required and must be made by January 30.

Artsfest on Walnut Street

Springfield, Missouri - Historic Walnut Street

Recurring daily beginning May 6, 2017 through May 7, 2017.

10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Admission: $5 - (Free for Children age 5 and under)



Artsfest is the largest fine arts festival in southwest Missouri featuring 130 artists from 16 states, over 80 performances, food from some of Springfield’s favorite restaurants, and a kids hands-on area with activities including Chalk-It-Up and the Claymobile, a mobile ceramic arts workshop.

13th Annual Carving in the Ozarks

North Eastern Arkansas- Eureka Springs

Located at the old Victoria Inn Parking lot on Hwy 62 East/ 4028 E Van Buren.

April 14, 2017-April 15, 2017

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Admission: $15





Wood carving, competition, and auction. Professional wood carvers from several states compete with chainsaws to create sculptures from their imagination of eagles, fish, bears, beautiful benches, and others. At the end of the second day the pieces are judged for prize money and auctioned off with the proceeds going to the Eureka Springs Fire Department for equipment.

Cherry Blossom Kite and Piñata Festival

Southern Missouri - Springfield, MO

Botanical Center at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park

2400 S. Scenic Ave. - Springfield, MO 65807

Apr 22, 2017

11:00am - 3:00pm

Free Admission (Kites available for a small fee)

(417) 891-1515



Kite making and flying from the Botanical Center's roof plaza and great lawn. Various activities, including free origami and other crafts, will celebrate Springfield's Sister City, Isesaki, Japan.


Birdwatching: Bald Eagle Viewing

Salem, Missouri - Montauk State Park

February 3, 2017

8 a.m.

345 County Road 6670 

Salem MO, 65560




Observe wildlife and go on a unique morning hike to an eagle's nest at Montauk State Park. Watch as the eagles glide across the skies above the Montauk Valley. A spotting scope and binoculars will be available.

Dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy shoes!

Meet at the CCC stone picnic shelter where we will have a warm fire and free coffee and hot chocolate!

Viewing Of The Trumpeter Swans

North-Central Arkansas

November 26, 2016 - February 1, 2017

Heber Springs, AR 72543



A wintering population of trumpeter swans descends on Magness Lake every November. It is a scientific mystery why more than 100 of these birds flock to Heber Springs from their mid-western homes, but their arrival makes for an exciting birding experience. To view the swans, drive east on Hwy 110 from its intersection with Hwy 5 and Hwy 25 just east of Heber Springs. Go 3.9 miles from the intersection, turn left on paved Hays Road; the road sign is very small. Magness Lake is about a half-mile down Hays Road.

Moonlight Kayaking Tour 

North-Central Arkansas - Bull Shoals Lake

May 13, 2017

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Bull Shoals, AR 72619

Admission: $20 adults, $10 children ages 6-12 



Join a park interpreter for a relaxing moonlight kayak tour of the shores of beautiful Bull Shoals Lake. We will paddle the shores and coves near Browns Beach, looking at the rock formations, the plants that grow near the shore, and hopefully some of the wildlife. All gear is provided, wear clothes and shoes that you can get wet, bring a water bottle and flashlight, a headlamp is advised. Space is limited; call the James A. Gaston Visitor Center to sign up. Children under 13 must be in a tandem boat with an adult.

Healing Herbal Teas Workshop

North Central Arkansas- Jacksonport State Park

January 28, 2017

Newport, AR  7211

Admission: $10



Learn the medicinal properties of native Arkansas herbal teas such as sassafras, rosehip, passionflower leaf, millein, or catnip by cultivating indigenous plants. You will receive a booklet listing local medicinals and flora that can be harvested in Arkansas, including the seasons to harvest them and how to brew them properly.

Enjoy yourself surrounded by the warmth of the community around you; bring your favorite teacup if you'd like.

Advance reservations are required and must be made before 3 p.m. on Thursday, January 26th, 2017.

Meeting Place: Visitor Center

Build a Bluebird House Workshop

North Central Arkansas- Jacksonport State Park

February 4, 2017

Newport, AR  7211

Admission: $10



Create a unique home for local bluebirds this Spring and encounter wildlife up close. Experience a guided, step-by-step tour with proper instruction on how to build and where to place your birdhouse.

This is a perfect activity for children, parents, and grandparents to enjoy together.

All supplies will be provided; however, please bring an extra hammer if you have one due to the lack of hammers in our inventory.

Advance registration is required, and must be made before 3 p.m. on Thursday, February 2, 2017.

Loom Knitting Workshop

North Central Arkansas

March 4, 2017

Lower White River Museum State Park

2009 Main Street
Des Arc, AR  72040

Admission: $20

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.



Learn an ancient skill that has been passed down for thousands of years instead of simply buying yourself a scarf. Create and weave a unique piece of clothing with meaning and join our workshop covering the basics of loom knitting.

Leather Craft Workshop

North Central Arkansas- Davidsonville Historic State Park

April 15, 2017

 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Davidsonville Historic State Park
8047 Highway 166 South
Pocahontas, AR  72455 

Admission: $15 per person

 (870) 892-4708



Create and design a piece of art you can take home with you. This beginner level workshop is the perfect opportunity to familiarize yourself with a new skill that you can use for the rest of your life.

All materials are provided.


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