Programs & Events

Annual Signature Events

These special events showcase and help support the operation of Wildcat Glades.
A Midsummer Night Dinner on the Redings Mill Bridge Photo: Tara Danner

A Midsummer Night Dinner on Redings Mill Bridge

Join us in early June for a magical evening on the historic Redings Mill Bridge.  Enjoy a gourmet dinner served on fine china and linens, as you experience the sounds and sights of Shoal Creek settling down for the night.  Bid on our silent and oral auctions, along with our famous dessert auction.  

Buy a ticket for the Shoal Creek Water Festival annual duck race. Photo: Patrick Tuttle

Shoal Creek Water Festival

Cool off at the Shoal Creek Water Festival happening Saturday, August, 13th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.! This family fun event is FREE to the public and all ages are welcome. Try your hand at making a cardboard boat and then enter it in our Cardboard Boat contest! We have educational booths from organizations around the Four State Area, nature programs for the kids, as well as a Shoebox Boat Race! This year we are celebrating Wildcat Parks 100th Anniversay and will have more activities than ever before including; a catch and release kids fishing tournament, Antique Car Show, 100th Anniversary Timeline Loop to take us back over the years,  Live Falconry Presentation, Tube Slide, Dunk Tank, and make sure to visit our food concession or watermelon booth for some treats. Try your luck and buy some ducks and cheer them to victory at the annual duck race.  

Enjoy a beautiful fall evening listening to great music.

Birds, Bluegrass & BBQ

Save the Date for this fantastic event, join us and enjoy autumn in the Ozarks!  This event takes place on Saturday, October, 1st from 6 p.m to 8 p.m. on the banks of Shoal Creek at sunset. Attendees enjoy a catered bbq dinner, drinks, and listen to Bluegrass music by some of the area's most popular groups. Bring your lawn chair and cozy up to the firepits and make s'mores. Cost is $35 per person, with proceeds from this event go to support the Audubon Center educational programs.