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Events

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., 11/21/2014
E.g., 11/21/2014
2014-11-20 00:00:00 -- 2014-11-21 00:00:00
Location: 415 North Ninth St
The 9th annual Cares For Kids Radiothon will hit the airwaves on Thursday, November 20 and Friday, November 21. The Radiothon will be broadcast live from the Carol Jo Vecchie Women Children’s Center both days from 6 am – 7 pm. This year, two radio stations, WDBR FM 103.7 and The Wolf FM 101.9 will both be airing the Radiothon. Tune in to hear amazing stories of triumph and inspiration from children and families touched by St. John’s Children’s Hospital. Radio personalities, Dylan and Julie with WDBR and Dave and Dina with The Wolf, will be interviewing families of patients, staff from the hospital and representatives from local businesses that have raised funds to help improve the lives of children in central Illinois served by St. John’s Children’s Hospital. The public is invited to stop by or call (217) 544-KIDS (5437) to make donations. Children’s Miracle Network Hospital t-shirts will be available for purchase. All of the funds raised during the Cares for Kids Radiothon stay local to support the pediatric programs for the 50,000 children treated each year at St. John’s Children’s Hospital in partnership with SIU School of Medicine.
2014-11-21 00:00:00 -- 2014-11-21 00:00:00
Location: Sangamon Auditorium
Enter the fanciful world of Circus Flora at our Holiday Pops in the Heartland concert. Set among the High Tatras Mountains in the ancient and beautiful Kingdom of the Spiish, A Winter Fable is a classic fairy tale with an edge of romance and deceit. Fabulous family fun where symphony and the circus arts are only the beginning of this spectacle!
2014-11-22 00:00:00 -- 2014-11-23 00:00:00
Location: Illinois State Military Museum
Learn the importance of World War I and the Illinois National Guard’s contribution to the Allied victory. The event features uniformed re-enactors, a recreated trench with WWI military equipment and battle reenactments.
2014-11-22 00:00:00 -- 2014-11-30 00:00:00
Location: Orr Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds
A nine-day holiday event featuring more than 200 trees and wreaths decorated with exquisite care by area designers; a centerpiece and gingerbread structure silent auction; an elaborate hand-crafted Gingerbread Village; the Candy Cane Express train; the Little Elves' Workshop craft area; Snapshots with Santa; a boutique full of unique gift items; hand-decorated gingerbread cookies; and entertainment featuring dozens of musical performances. The annual event raises money for health-related projects and programs at Memorial Health System and in the Springfield community.
2014-11-22 00:00:00 -- 2016-02-29 00:00:00
Location: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
This exhibit focuses on Lincoln's best-known speeches while teaching visitors about Lincoln's transformation, ultimately putting the United States on track to become the first bi-racial democracy in world history. This exhibit is a collaboration with the Chicago History Museum and will be an inspiring and reflective commemoration of Lincoln's death. Roughly ninety to one hundred original objects, including the Lincoln family carriage and the death bed of Abraham Lincoln, will be on display.
2014-11-22 00:00:00 -- 2014-11-22 00:00:00
Location: Illinois State Fairgrounds - Illinois Bldg
Each of the Holiday Farmers Markets will include at least 35 of vendors from central Illinois selling a wide variety of products, including pasture-raised turkeys, pork, beef, poultry, eggs, cheese, honey, and Illinois wine. Although the late fall and winter seasons are generally believed to be a time where there is very little in the way of fresh fruits and vegetables, many farmers have found inventive ways to extend their growing seasons well into the winter months. Fresh greens, garlic, potatoes, squash, radishes, carrots, apples and many other varieties of produce will also be available. Not only is this an opportunity to purchase delicious, seasonal food for the upcoming holidays, but it also gives you one last opportunity to stock up on local foods before the winter. Lunch will be available for purchase and the University of Illinois extension will be hosting kids’ activities, making the holiday market a family friendly affair. This event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Illinois Stewardship Alliance, Slow Food Springfield, Illinois Department of Agriculture, University of Illinois Extension, and Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association.
2014-11-22 00:00:00 -- 2014-11-22 00:00:00
Location: Illinois State Museum
We will design a “stained glass” window with leaves, melted crayons, and wax paper. Just see what you can make! Experience Satur-Play! at the Illinois State Museum. Be drawn in by fun science experiments and art projects so entertaining and intriguing, you may forget you are learning! Recommended for the whole family and suggested for ages 3-10.
2014-11-22 00:00:00 -- 2014-11-22 00:00:00
Location: Illinois State Museum
Many of the finest pieces of the Museum's collections were donated by people with a passion for collecting. During this special event meet local and regional collectors who will display their unique objects, from typewriters to music boxes to antique pins to cameras to radio memorabilia. No buying, selling, or appraisals will be allowed. Free and open to the public. Contact Nina Walthall by November 14 for registration information at walthall@museum.state.il.us or 217-782-0061.
2014-11-22 00:00:00 -- 2014-11-22 00:00:00
Location: Lutheran High School
Tis' the season for a day of shopping and fun at our Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair at Lutheran High School. Lots of vendors and homemade crafts! Homemade goodies and lunch items also available. Silent auction/raffle items too! Special preview performance by the Lutheran High School Madrigals!
2014-11-28 00:00:00 -- 2014-12-24 00:00:00
Location: Chatham Community Park
More Lights, More Displays, More Fun! The Chatham Friends of the Parks are proud to present the second annual Light Up the Park. Following an enormously successful inaugural year in 2013, this year is looks to be brighter and more beautiful! Large-scale, hand-bulit display fills the park with over 30,000 lights the set the park a glow. The event runs every Friday and Saturday between Thanksgiving and Christmas
2014-11-29 00:00:00 -- 2014-11-29 00:00:00
Location: Illinois State Museum
This is a car that runs on your own breath of air! Engineer a wind powered car with simple stuff like index cards and Lifesavers! Experience Satur-Play! at the Illinois State Museum. Be drawn in by fun science experiments and art projects so entertaining and intriguing, you may forget you are learning! Recommended for the whole family and suggested for ages 3-10.
2014-11-29 00:00:00 -- 2014-11-29 00:00:00
Location: Hoogland Center for the Arts
THE ALLEY CATS began at Fullerton College in California, and landed their first professional gig at Disneyland's Blast to the Past. Soon after, they appeared on TV, radio shows, corporate events, Performing Arts Centers, fairs, festivals, schools, and even a USO show aboard the John C. Stennis aircraft carrier welcoming home the troops from Iraq. THE ALLEY CATS have appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and have appeared as his opening act in Las Vegas.
2014-11-29 00:00:00 -- 2014-11-29 00:00:00
Location: Urban Sassafras
Join us on Shop Local Saturday for a Holiday Open House! We have been decking our halls with Christmas cheer decor - come visit and see all of our new items! Purchase locally made gifts for family friends, while enjoying... - FREE DIY winter terrariums - Refreshments Snacks - $5 OFF your purchase of $25 - FREE ornament with every purchase
2014-12-01 00:00:00 -- 2014-12-01 00:00:00
Location: SCHEELS
Come create one ornament to take home and one ornament to put on the SCHEELS Kids Klub tree to be displayed in the youth department at SCHEELS. All participating kids ages 4-12 will receive a free ride on the SCHEELS Ferris Wheel (height restrictions may apply).
2014-12-01 00:00:00 -- 2014-12-01 00:00:00
Location: Sangamon Auditorium
Acclaimed as the premier men's vocal ensemble in the United States (Fanfare), Cantus is committed to inspirting audiences with music performed at the highest level. Rehearsing and performing without a conductor or music director, the nine members of Cantus are renowned for adventurous programming spanning many periods and genres, including work commissioned specifically for the group. All is Calm relives the story of an astounding moment in history when Allied and German soldiers laid down their arms to celebrate Christmas together by trading carols, sharing food and drink, playing soccer and burying each others' dead. This brought to life by actors, along with traditional music performed by Cantus. Cantus beautifully weaves a tapestry of sound, drawing from patriotic tunes, trench songs, medieval Scottish ballads and holiday carols from England, Wales, France and Germany. This remarkable true story, told through the words and music of the men who lived it, provides the opportunity to stop and reflect on overcoming fear and encouraging peace.

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