SGF Picks: We peruse dozens of event listings all week long, then pick out our favorite ideas for things to do this weekend in Springfield, Mo. This list is updated weekly, so feel free to bookmark the URL.
Friday, Feb. 10rd – Sunday, Feb. 12th
A Pulitzer Prize novel comes to life on stage with the talent of Springfield in The Color Purple.
The show revolves around the central character Celie who encounters repression, despair, heartbreak and hope in a group of friends who inspire her to find her voice. Folks with the show say the stage adaptation brilliantly illuminates the lives of Southern Black women in breathtaking scope while featuring jazz, gospel, blues and ragtime music. Sony Hocklander previewed this show for us, and you can find it here.
This is the first of three Friday-to-Sunday performances at the historic Fox Theater. Friday and Saturday’s show times are at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays, it is at 2:00 p.m. (Here is the location on Google)
Saturday Feb. 11th – Sunday, Feb. 12th
Comic Nerd’s Comic Relief
Put on your favorite costume and wear comfy shoes because there is a lot of ground to cover at the first-ever Missouri Comic Con.
Organizers say it will be an exciting weekend of celebrities, cosplay, gaming and fun. In-show events include Q&As with celebrities, panels presented by professional cosplayers and comic artists, costume and video game contests, board gaming and photo ops. Other exhibits include an old-school arcade with free-to-play arcade and pinball machines, free board and video gaming stations. And that is all in addition to the many booths selling their wares. We also have a preview of that event here from Paul Cecchini.
Missouri Comic Con at the Springfield Expo Center runs on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Here is the location on Google)
Sunday, February 12th
Supreme Superbowl Sunday
One of the oldest, and might I add possibly the coolest, bar just outside of Springfield is hosting a Superbowl Chili cookoff.
The day will feature specials, raffles, a 3-foot tall Travis Kelce Bobblehead giveaway during halftime, prizes and bragging rights for the best chili. One of the bar’s managers, Jodie Hursh, says this is one of the most highly anticipated events of the season for her patrons, and she is encouraging others to join them. Hursh says to expect “a good bowl of chili and a beer as cold as your ex’s heart.”
The festivities will begin right as they open the bar up at 1 p.m. (Here is the location on Google)
Not into these events? A longer list of things to do is available on the Daily Citizen’s Events Calendar.