Things To Do



Step back in time as history comes to life, enjoy classic cars and music of a bygone era, or savor the best in bar-b-que and blues. You'll find hundreds of special events happening all year long.

E.g., 08/20/2014
E.g., 08/20/2014
2014-02-07 00:00:00 -- 2014-08-31 00:00:00
Location: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Unlike her staged, carefully lit portraits for magazines and advertising clients, photographs in this exhibition were taken simply because Leibovitz was moved by the subject. Several Lincoln artifacts are included such as Lincoln's hat and bloody gloves.
2014-03-05 00:00:00 -- 2014-11-16 00:00:00
Location: Old State Capitol Plaza
This 90-minute, 10-block walking tour uses the Lincoln sites as the backdrop for the strange and bizarre history surrounding Lincoln's life and death. Suitable for all ages. March-May, September-October, Tuesday to Saturday. June - August nightly.
2014-03-23 00:00:00 -- 2014-08-31 00:00:00
Location: Illinois State Museum
Fragile Relations highlights the work of fourteen Illinois artists who are inspired by nature and the environment and show diverse ways of perceiving and experiencing the world. Organized by Jane Stevens, Associate Curator/Gallery Administrator
2014-05-08 00:00:00 -- 2014-10-16 00:00:00
Location: Illinois State Fairgrounds
Each Thursday, the Commodities Pavilion comes alive with local Illinois vendors, entertainment, and health-related activities. Products range from produce, meat, eggs, plants, specialty products, wine and beer - all produced right here in Illinois.
2014-05-14 00:00:00 -- 2014-10-25 00:00:00
Location: Adams between 5th & 2nd Streets
Wed. and Sat. 8:00 - 12:30. A variety of fresh produce, baked goods, plants, meats, cheese, soaps, lotions, onsite cooking stations, and local artisans. Free entertainment and chef demos. LINK, Debit and Credit Cards accepted for purchase of Market Tokens Located at Adams Street between 5th and 2nd Streets.
2014-06-02 00:00:00 -- 2014-08-26 00:00:00
Location: Lincoln Tomb-Oak Ridge Cemetery
Every Tuesday evening prior to the flag retreat, an interpreter in period clothing will give a first-person perspective of a Springfield resident who had been present at the Springfield wake, funeral procession, and funeral of President Lincoln.
2014-06-02 00:00:00 -- 2014-08-24 00:00:00
Location: Downtown Springfield
History truly comes alive in historic downtown Spingfield, Illinois! Events activities daily, June 2 - August 24. Springfield is brimming with live performances and fun activities that will completelytransport you back in time to the hometown Abraham Lincoln knew and loved. Featuring storytelling and interaction with living history presenters in full period dress, music from Lincoln's era, and even appearances by Mr. Lincoln himself.
2014-06-02 00:00:00 -- 2014-09-04 00:00:00
Location: Old State Capitol - South Plaza
This summertime program takes place on the South Plaza of the Old State Capitol at noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Free performances range from singer/songwriters to musical theater performers, from dancers to jugglers. It’s a great way to break up the work day or simply to enjoy the sights and sounds of Downtown Springfield.
2014-06-03 00:00:00 -- 2014-08-26 00:00:00
Location: Lincoln Tomb - Oak Ridge Cemetery
Every Tuesday night, June - August, the 114th Volunteer Infantry Regiment of the Civil War performs Civil War drills, firing of muskets and flag lowering events in front of the Lincoln Tomb.
2014-06-08 00:00:00 -- 2014-09-14 00:00:00
Location: 2200 Meadowbrook - Knights of Columbus Parking Lot
Farmers Market sponsored by the Knights of Columbus #364. Sundays, June 8 - September 14, 11 am - 2 pm. Located in the parking lot of the Knights of Columbus. 2200 Meadowbrook, Corner of Iles Meadowbrook.
2014-07-18 00:00:00 -- 2014-09-06 00:00:00
Location: M. G. Nelson Family Gallery at the Springfield Art Association
This exhibition is a comprehensive overview of contemporary ceramics with 94 pieces by 71 different artists from 27 states and Taiwan. The juror for the exhibition was Harris Deller. Mr. Deller, who is an award winning ceramicist and Professor Emertis from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Cash and merchandise awards will be presented by Mr. Deller at the opening reception, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm July 18. Reception and show open to the public.
2014-08-20 00:00:00 -- 2014-08-20 00:00:00
Location: Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon
Join us every Wednesday at 7:00 PM (June 11 - September 24) for a special carillon concert featuring Lincoln and the music he loved, with living history presenters, in full period dress, thanks to the Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition. Concert is free-of-charge. Carillon tours, which begin at 6:30 PM are $3.50 for adults and $2.75 for children.
2014-08-20 00:00:00 -- 2014-08-20 00:00:00
Location: Edwards Place Lawn - 700 N. 4th St.
Join us every Wednesday from 12 PM to 1 PM for Lemonade with Mr. Lincoln, part of Springfield's popular History Comes Alive series of events. Mr. Lincoln will come calling to talk politics, catch up on the local gossip, and sample refreshments. The public is invited to come calling for this chance to spend time with Mr. Lincoln. Children are especially welcome!
2014-08-21 00:00:00 -- 2014-08-23 00:00:00
Location: The MUNI, 815 E Lake Shore Drive
A faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre shows up to rescue a feisty princess. A donkey who won’t shut up, a bad guy with a SHORT temper, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits. All shows start at 8pm.
2014-08-21 00:00:00 -- 2014-08-23 00:00:00
Location: Theatre in the Park - Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site
The dangers of a workplace romance are explored to hysterical effect in this romantic comedy (from the creators of Damn Yankees). Conditions at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory are anything but peaceful, as sparks fly between new superintendent Sid Sorokin and Babe Williams, leader of the union grievance committee. Their stormy relationship comes to a head when the workers strike for a 7 and a half cent pay increase, setting off not only a conflict between management and labor, but a battle of the sexes as well. Book by George Abbott and Richard Bissell Music and Lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross. Directed by Sean Rose. All performances: $13 Adult, $11 Seniors, $8 Children (under 12) For reservations and to order, call 217-632-5440 or 1-800-710-9290. All performances begin at 8:00 PM.