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  • Prepare for the Fair

    Prepare for the Fair

    There is just something special about the sights, smells, and sounds of the annual county fair. Every year, new memories are made as families enjoy the live entertainment, activities, and food and drink that are synonymous with fair fun. 

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  • Rock and Roll All Nite

    Rock and Roll All Nite

    In 1973, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Peter Criss, and Ace Frehley came together to form one of the greatest rock bands in the history of the world. 

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  • Hoop Dreams

    Hoop Dreams

    Even though 2020 just started, it is already time for NCAA basketball teams to start getting into position for deep postseason runs during March Madness.

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  • Soon It Will Be Christmas Day

    Soon It Will Be Christmas Day

    As 2019 comes to a close, there will be all kinds of holiday events that you and your family will want to enjoy.

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  • It's a Beaut, Clark

    It's a Beaut, Clark

    As we approach the holiday season, it is time to start breaking out all of your favorite holiday movies. One that appears on just about everyone’s list is the 1989 Chevy Chase classic, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. 

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  • Get in the Halloween Spirit

    Get in the Halloween Spirit

    After a seemingly endless summer, the temperatures have finally started to drop. At the same time, people are starting to prepare for a fun and spooky Halloween.

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  • College Football is Back

    College Football is Back

    With a history that can be traced back all the way to 1909, the Missouri State Bears have playing winning football for over 100 years. 

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  • A Strong Impression

    A Strong Impression

    Ventriloquist, actor, singer, and comedian Terry Fator burst onto the scene when he won the top prize on the television program America’s Got Talent in 2007. 

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  • Movies in the Park

    Movies in the Park

    There is just something special about watching a movie outdoors on the big screen. When a large group of people get together under the stars to watch a popular film, the movie watching experience is just a little more fun.

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  • The Candy Man Can

    The Candy Man Can

    Since 2007, Askinosie Chocolate has been whipping delicious treats that are so impressive that it has been called one of the “25 Best Small Companies in America” by Forbes magazine.

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  • Indulge Your Creative Side

    Indulge Your Creative Side

    Just about everyone has dreamed of performing on stage in front of a live audience and wowing everyone in the crowd with their musical prowess.

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  • Namaste


    Yoga is truly is for everyone, and it helps you increase flexibility, reduce your weight, maintain a balanced metabolism, improve athletic ability, and basically improves your overall health. 

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  • Happy St. Patrick's Day

    Happy St. Patrick's Day

    Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, and the 39th Annual Springfield St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the perfect place to celebrate the emerald holiday. 

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  • Warm Up at the Winter Market

    Warm Up at the Winter Market

    The Farmers Market of the Ozarks Winter Market allows you to have the opportunity to support local businesses all year long. 

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  • Take in a Show

    Take in a Show

    When Cabaret in 1966 on Broadway, it immediately became a smash hit. Subsequent runs all across the world proved to be so popular that the stage show was adapted to a successful film in 1972.

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  • Holiday Fun at Bass Pro

    Every year, Bass Pro Shops transforms a section of their store into Santa’s Wonderland. The majestic winter-themed display has fun for kids of all ages.

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  • Brothers Osborne in Concert

    Who would have thought that two brothers from a small town in Maryland would become country music megastars?

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  • Pumpkin Patch Fun

    Autumn is officially here, and that means that Halloween is just around the corner. All month long there will be spooky movies on TV, costume parties to attend, and Jack-O-Lanterns to be carved.

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  • Celebrate Military History

    The Air and Military Museum of the Ozarks, located only about 10 minutes from the University Plaza Hotel, is dedicated to “the restoration, preservation, and display of military history and memorabilia.”

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  • Stop the Presses

    When “Newsies” hit the Broadway stage in 2012, it quickly became a favorite for critics and audiences alike. The hit play is based on the 1992 Disney film and tells the story of Jack Kelly who leads a band of newspaper boys during the 1899 Newsboys Strike in New York City.

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  • Tennis Anyone?

    The Springfield Lasers have been providing exciting professional tennis to the city for over 20 years. The team has been successful in their time in Springfield, winning Western Conference Championships in 1999, 2001, 2009, 2013, and 2014.

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  • Haunted History

    The Pythian Home of Missouri, also known as Pythian Castle, is an actual haunted attraction with a rich and spooky history. Located less than 10 minutes from The University Plaza Hotel, the Pythian Castle offer both history and haunted tours.

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  • Stroll The Garden

    The peaceful, tranquility of nature is something that all of us yearn for from time to time. The 7.5 acre Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden at the Springfield Botanical Gardens is the perfect place to relax and calm your soul with a casual walk. 

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  • Catch Baseball Fever

    All of your favorite Major League Baseball players likely got their start in the minor leagues so that they could hone in on their skills and really be ready for “The Show.” When you attend a Springfield Cardinals baseball game, you will have the chance to see the players who will be starring for the St. Louis Cardinals in just a few short years.

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  • Walk on the Wild Side

    Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium is one of the largest wildlife attractions in the entire world. The mission of this one of a kind museum is to allow visitors the opportunity to take a journey around the world while also educating the next generation on the wonders and beauty of the natural world.

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  • Hall of Fame

    What do Stan Musial, Jim Edmonds, Bill Bradley, Jackie Stiles, Steve Stipanovich, Hale Irwin, and Dick Vermeil have in common? They are all just a few of the many athletes who have been inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. 

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  • College Hoops

    The Missouri Valley Conference is one of the most exciting mid-major conferences in all of college basketball. This year, the Missouri State Bears have started the season with a promising 13-4 record. Missouri State’s home court, JQH Arena, is only about half a mile from University Plaza Hotel so you could walk to the game if the weather cooperates. 

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  • Christmas Bash at Bass Pro

    From now until December 24, Bass Pro Shop will be transformed into Santa’s Wonderland to help celebrate the holiday season. This event is the perfect opportunity to do some holiday shopping while also enjoying some family style holiday fun.

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  • Cheers to Local Beers

    It is always fun to sample the local beer offerings when visiting a new city. Whether this is your first or fortieth trip to Springfield, you should definitely check out Mother’s Brewing Company during your stay. 

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  • Bring Your Wedding Ideas to University Plaza Hotel & Convention Center

    Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life and we understand the importance of organization and order. We want you to have an uniquely special day while treating your guests like royalty. After all, aren’t weddings just an excuse to celebrate love amongst your friends and family? 

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  • The Top Three Attractions in Springfield, Missouri

    Whether you are joining us for a jammed-packed convention or fun-filled vacation, squeeze in these brilliant tourist attractions before you leave. Springfield is the third largest city in Missouri, bringing world-class venues worth exploring.

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