FOUR REASONS TO GET PSYCHED FOR SPRING IN DOWNTOWN
Spring is finally here in Downtown Springfield. That means longer, warmer days and a ton of things to see and do around town. This season offers new chances to get out of the house, give yourself a break and see what’s new and exciting in the 413 and of course SUPPORT LOCAL…
Amid the blooming trees and blossoming flowers, restaurants are eager to set up their outdoor dining again. Last summer, precautions definitely made our restaurants get creative when it comes to dining safely! From Fort Street to The Basketball Hall of Fame and back to Worthington Street, get ready to enjoy dining in downtown.
Dewey’s Lounge is slated to open this Spring, stay tuned for more info. 1636 North, an elevated dining experience unlike any other, has been offering take out and dine in by reservations only. This spring/summer they have plans to open dine in fully.
OUTDOOR DINING COMEBACK
2. ATTRACTIONS AND EVENTS
The Downtown Farmers’ Market will be back beginning late May! In a new location off of Worthington Street, between Duryea Way and Stearns Square, we’re bringing over a dozen local vendors and artisans
The Springfield Museums will be offering their Festival of Flowers, April 8 – April 11. Floral arrangements will be placed in the two art museums. In the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, they will be located in the American Paintings Salon and the Plaster Cast Gallery; and in the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, they will be displayed in Blake Court and the Modern & Contemporary Gallery, with theme of Reflection.
Coming June 19th, the Museums will have a new exhibition, Horn Man: The Life and Musical Legacy of Charles Neville. The Wood Museum is working with Kristin Neville to celebrate Charles Neville’s life and musical legacy through an exhibition of personal mementos, musical instruments, photographs, and, of course, his music.(springfieldmuseums)
Stay tuned for more events that will be announced at a later date…
3. GREEN SPACES AND PRETTY FLOWERS
Downtown has plenty of unique and beautiful green spaces to take advantage of…Riverfront Park, Stearns Square, Duryea Way, Court Square, Pynchon Park, Quadrangle and the Dr.Seuss Memorial Sculpture Garden, TowerSquare Park, Da Vinci Park at MGM Springfield.
The Connecticut River Walk and Bikeway includes 3.7 mile stretch along the Springfield riverfront which provides outstanding opportunities to bike, run, walk or rollerblade in view of stunning scenic vistas of the Connecticut River, the Springfield city skyline, and Memorial Bridge. The riverwalk passes through Springfield’s Riverfront Park and offers direct access to the new Basketball Hall of Fame via a pedestrian bridge.
Keep an eye out for the Springfield BID Guides who will be beautifying all of downtown with hanging baskets, planting the planters, keeping the streets clean, and much more.
4. DOWNTOWN’S ART SCENE
FRESH PAINT MURALS
With the warm weather, it’s definitely worth getting out and taking a self guided mural tour from the Fresh Paint Festival back in 2019. Click here for more info.
Spark! Igniting Our Community Public Art in Pynchon Park
A two year program that begins in 2021. The project is designed to engage city artists, residents, community stakeholders, and cultural institutions to actively participate to re-imagine public art that celebrates Springfield’s citizens, culture, and historical legacies. Competitive proposals will be inspired by aspects of Springfield itself—including its historic and/or present-day people, cultures, places and landscapes, architecture, etc.—and can be literal or creative, interpretive representations. Click here for more info.