We’re known for a few things here at Farmers Park: our splash pads, our excellent shops and restaurants, and our fun-filled community events. Parties in the Park is one of our premier events, kicking off the summer season here at Farmers Park. This year, we’re switching up the format to a monthly party that pairs having a good time with supporting a good cause. That’s right—this time around, we’re partnering with local nonprofits to put the fun in fundraising. A $5 donation gets you access to one of Springfield’s most poppin’ parties, with a percentage of proceeds going to the charity host.
Each month, the party kicks off at 5 p.m. and continues until 8 p.m. For our first party in May, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy some bites from Progress and drinks from Reverie and Mother’s Brewing to cool off from your work week. Take some time to paint on the community canvas or put together a one-of-a-kind bouquet from Ozark Mountain Flower Truck. You can bring the kids along, too, for some fun on our refreshing splash pads. Get a head start on your produce shopping at the Farmers Market of the Ozarks, with select vendors opening up just for Parties in the Park participants. This year, the market is debuting Artsy Alley, where food trucks and artisanal merchants will offer their goods. Between our farmers market, pop-up craft shops, and food vendors, we’ve truly got something for everyone.
Want to know a little more about our events? Check out the dates below and start making plans to attend!
May 16: Springfield Black Tie
For our first Parties in the Park, we’re partnering up with Springfield Black Tie. This yearly gala prides itself on being southwest Missouri’s largest fundraising event for local and statewide charities that support the LGBTQ community. In the past, they’ve supported charities like Aids Project of the Ozarks, the Gay and Lesbian Center of the Ozarks, PROMO, FosterAdopt Connect, PFLAG, and Empower Missouri. This year, they aim to hit a $1 million fundraising milestone, allowing them to support as many organizations as possible.
Sydadre, an acoustic rock/folk group, will be performing.
June 20: Harmony House
For our second event, we’ll be raising funds for Harmony House. This organization aims to give much-needed shelter and advocate for survivors of domestic violence, envisioning a world where all individuals can live a life free of abuse. Harmony House provides crisis intervention, an emergency shelter, outreach support, and case management, as well as community presentations discussing red flag behaviors and warning signs of domestic abuse. Thanks to the work of volunteers and donors, Harmony House is now the largest domestic violence shelter in the state.
This event will include performances by Mark Bilyeu and Stevie Newman, two local rock-and-roll musicians.
July 18: Lost and Found Grief Center
Our July Parties in the Park will be held in conjunction with Lost and Found Grief Center. Serving southwest Missouri since 2000, Lost and Found Grief Center has been providing support to those grieving a loss of a loved one. The organization offers therapeutic groups and workshops at no cost to those who attend, as well as a full range of grief services for those ages 4 and up. Donations allow Lost and Found Grief Center to offer these services entirely for free, giving personal support to each individual enrolled in the program.
Our musical guest will be Regulate the Vibe, a folk/alternative group hailing from Springfield.
August 29: Springfield Little Theatre
For the last event, we’re raising funds with Springfield Little Theatre. This volunteer-driven organization strives to entertain, educate, and involve the community in live theatrical performances. Each year, SLT hosts a number of plays and musicals, provides educational programs for children up to age 18, and offers opportunities for people to immerse themselves in the arts. Operating since 1909, SLT is the oldest, largest civic theatre operation in Missouri.
A special performance will be announced at a later date. Be sure to check out the Farmers Park Facebook page for details.
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