A kite festival … 417 Day … and some mighty tasty barbecue
April 1: Easter sunrise services, Hammons Field. Gates open at 6 a.m. Service begins at 6:30. Complimentary coffee and hot chocolate. Featured speaker: Beth Grant of Project Rescue. In case of rain, the service will be held indoors at the Springfield Cardinals training facility. Free parking.
April 6: First Friday Art Walk, 6-10 p.m. Free, self-guided tour of gallery and art venues. Walk around, see people you know. Live music and great people-watching.
April 7: Cherry Blossom Kite & Pinata Festival, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Part, 2400 S. Scenic Ave. Free. Kite kits are $5. More info: (417) 891-1515.
April 17: Hey kids, it’s 417 Day! A community event to help build bridges and bring the community together for something positive. Live DJ, food and refreshments. 4-8 p.m., Fassnight Park. More info: (417) 709-1762.
April 20-21: 19th Annual Rock’n Ribs BBQ Festival, Ozark Empire Fairgrounds. Four score of teams come together to compete for the best barbeque in a Kansas City BBQ Society-sanctioned event. There’s 11 hours of live music, a Kids Play Zone, plenty of food and drink. Friday: 5-11 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m.-11 p.m. $10 adults, kids 12 & under free.