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Published Tuesday, May 14, 2019 6:00 pm

If you love hanging out with family or friends at Farmers Park on those warm summer nights, you’re going to love what we have planned for the months ahead. Parties in the Park is back…and this time, with purpose!

Springfield’s premier mixed-use community is again hosting its signature summer shindig series, and the new format promises to infuse everyone’s good time with a good cause. Parties is moving from weekly to monthly this year and partnering with area nonprofits in the spirit of community building. A $5 donation gets you into the park, so come out and support great Ozarks organizations while enjoying eats, drinks, art, and live music. And don’t forget to have the kids wear their swimsuits so they can stay cool on the splash pad.

The fun kicks off at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 16, with tunes by Sydadre, delicious dishes from Progress, and adult beverages served up cold by Reverie and Mother’s Brewing. Paint your own masterpiece on the community canvas or buy a beautiful bouquet from Ozark Mountain Flower Truck. Proceeds will benefit Springfield Black Tie—an annual gala with a first-class silent auction that raises funds for local and statewide charities serving the LGBTQ community.

“Springfield Black Tie is an all-volunteer organization that’s closing on its $1 million fundraising milestone, and we’re thrilled to be partnering with Farmers Park,” Black Tie board member and Keller Williams Realtor Melisa McGuire said. “We’re thankful for the opportunity to raise a few extra bucks at Parties to help offset costs for our big festivities in November.”

As always, Farmers Market of the Ozarks will be in the mix. FMO is rolling out Artsy Alley, a pop-up market that will focus on food trucks and feature an array of artisanal products. A number of new vendors have signed on for the pop-up market, and there will be plenty of fresh produce for regular market-goers.

“Artsy Alley fits right in with the new Parties in the Park vibe,” FMO Executive Director Karissa Kary said. “Be sure to bring your appetite and your gift list because our regional craft and food vendors have something for everyone. Enjoy local fun and fare as you stroll through the park or pick up items to take home and share.”

Parties in the Park runs through August. Hours are 5­–8 p.m. Here’s a closer look at the upcoming event dates, affiliated nonprofits, and musical guests:

  • June 20 – Harmony House with Mark Bilyeu and Stevie Newman

  • July 18 – Lost & Found Grief Center with Regulate the Vibe

  • August 29 – Springfield Little Theatre with a special performance

For more details about upcoming parties, be sure to check out the Farmers Park Facebook page.

Parties in the Park is sponsored by Spencer Fane law firm and Dynamic DNA Laboratories, whose generous contributions have made the summer series possible.

About Farmers Park– A multi-use destination for people and businesses alike, Farmers Park is designed and constructed for low impact and long-term sustainability. Farmers Park is a community-oriented hub of activity that supports local farmers and businesses. Farmers Market of the Ozarks is a year-round market that sells produce and crafts from more than 100 vendors within a 150-mile radius of Springfield.