SGF Picks: Shannon Cay Bowers peruses hundreds of event listings all week long, then picks out her favorite ideas for things to do this weekend in Springfield, MO to save you the trouble. This list is updated every week, so feel free to bookmark the URL.

Saturday, July 2

Tattooed Yet Traditional

Pair your most admirable Cowboy boots with your coolest face piercing because Nick Shoulders is at the Outland

Shoulders says he was born in rocky hollers and bred to confront the tensions of the 21st Century South. He has sought to forge a hybridized form of clever country music by combining his family’s deep ties to traditional folk singing with his years playing on crowded street corners. The venue has been upgraded, so the floors are not sticky like they once were. Be sure to bring slip-resistant, butt-kicking boots. Tickets are $17.

Shoulders will perform at the Outland Ballroom starting at 8 p.m. this Saturday. 

Sunday, July 3

Freedom, Fireworks and Funky Tunes

The American traditions of baseball, fireworks and cover bands are still alive this holiday weekend, thanks to the Springfield Cardinals. 

 It’s Freedom Week for the Cards, and they have some unique plans for their game against Witchita’s Wind Surge. Gates open with Highland Dairy giving kids free ice cream sandwiches. After the match, the band Sequel Dose will cover five decades of dance party hits. The night will end with a large fireworks display. 

The gates to the Springfield Cardinals Stadium open at 4:30 p.m. this Sunday.

Monday, July 4

Berry American Time

Are you looking for a day jam-packed with fun? Try blackberry picking at Hummingbird Berry Farm

The farmers there say they have thousands of pounds of top-quality berries to pick from, including thornless, mowed and trellised. This event will also have tractor rides, a chance to see Scottish Highland cows, and free ice cream sandwich with every bucket of berries purchased. The cover fee to enter is also being waved this weekend. 

The picking at Hummingbird berry farms starts at 7 a.m. and lasts until noon Monday. 

Not into these events? A longer list of things to do is available on the Daily Citizen’s Event Calendar.

Shannon Bowers

Shannon Cay Bowers strives to be a leader in her community with creative solutions and an open heart. She obtained her degree in Broadcast Journalism from Missouri State University and currently balances her duties at the Springfield Daily Citizen with her role as a documentary filmmaker with Carbon Trace Productions. Shannon adores spending time in a crowd and coming home to her partner, two dogs, and four cats. More by Shannon Bowers