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., 06/22/2015
E.g., 06/22/2015
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. Museum admission is required
2015-01-31 00:00:00 -- 2015-12-31 00:00:00
Location: Old State Capitol
In a span of one week back in 1865, Illinois lawmakers ratified the constitutional amendment ending slavery and abolished the state’s racist “black laws.” The Old State Capitol State Historic Site will celebrate the 150th anniversary of those accomplishments with an exhibit throughout 2015. Developed with Secretary of State Jesse White’s office, the display explains the constitutional amendment and the change in Illinois laws.
2015-03-08 00:00:00 -- 2015-09-13 00:00:00
Location: Illinois State Museum
Exhibition at the Illinois State Museum Springfield Gallery. Pro-Text: When Words Enter Visual Art explores the various ways artists choose to combine language in their visual art. Works by emerging and mid-career artists from throughout the state are featured alongside works selected from the Illinois State Museum Fine Art Collection. This exhibition showcases art that incorporates words, letters, or text for narrative or graphic impact. It features art by self-taught artists and works by academically trained contemporary artists working in both traditional and new media.
2015-03-26 00:00:00 -- 2015-10-08 00:00:00
Location: SCHEELS, 3801 S. MacArthur Blvd. Springfield, IL 62711
Every Thursday at 5:45pm. All levels of riders, walkers, runners and skaters welcome! Earn rewards as a SCHEELS Club Member! Reminder that all skaters and bikers are required to wear helmets. Event is free and open to the public.
2015-04-02 00:00:00 -- 2015-07-15 00:00:00
Location: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum - Treasures Gallery
(Lincoln Funeral Commemoration Event) A special exhibit on Lincoln's death and funerals. Thirty-six items, many never before displayed, take us from the fateful moment in Ford's Theatre, along the train's route, to the final procession and entombment in Springfield. Highlights include the never seen before silver medallion from his hearse (related items in Undying Words exhibit).
2015-04-10 00:00:00 -- 2015-09-15 00:00:00
Location: Illinois State Museum
The elephant in the room is that one day, if we aren’t careful, the elephant will never be in the room again. Extinction is forever – at least for now. A statuesque and imagination-provoking example of this is the mastodon story presented in the new Hot Science exhibit at the Illinois State Museum. Although the ultimate reason for the demise of these animals has been debated for decades, answers to extinction questions are no longer trivial or academic given the rapid pace of climate change and our great concern for threatened and endangered species. What clues are mastodon and mammoth remains giving us about their ultimate downfall? What lessons can we unlock from their stories? Is a major extinction event underway now? Event is free and open to the public.
2015-04-29 00:00:00 -- 2015-06-18 00:00:00
Location: Prairie Art Alliance
(Lincoln Funeral Commemoration Event) This exhibit displays art created by local juried artists of the Prairie Art Alliance. Discover the varied ways in which the artist interpreted the events, ideas, and experiences of Lincoln's time. The exhibit will boast a wide range of media and styles, offering personal tributes to the life of our 16th president and his impact today. Exhibit is free and open to the public
2015-05-01 00:00:00 -- 2015-05-30 00:00:00
Location: 700 N. Fourth St. Springfield IL 62702
2015-05-13 00:00:00 -- 2015-10-31 00:00:00
Location: Adams St (Between 5th and 2nd)
Wed. and Sat. 8 am - 12:30 pm. 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.
2015-05-14 00:00:00 -- 2015-10-15 00:00:00
Location: Illinois State Fairgrounds - The Shed
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. Event is held at the IL State Fairgrounds at The Shed (across from Lincoln Stage). Event is free and open to the public.
2015-05-22 00:00:00 -- 2015-05-24 00:00:00
Location: Theatre in the Park - Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site
With a child’s simple reasoning, 11-year old Grace Meadows, measures her world caught in the Civil War. This story shares the wisdom of innocence as the feisty young narrator and her family struggle to survive from 1865-1866 in Bransford, TN. This deeply moving story covers the tragedy and issues of slavery, self-determination, the privileges of class, and the sacrifices made to escape tension, confusion and contradictions of the war that surround her.
2015-05-22 00:00:00 -- 2015-05-22 00:00:00
Location: BOS Plaza - Prairie Capital Convention Center
Country Music artist performing at the Prairie Capital Convention Center. Ticket prices $10 - $75
2015-05-23 00:00:00 -- 2015-05-24 00:00:00
Location: Illinois State Fairgrounds
Enjoy fast-paced action and non-stop thrills of national level motorcycle racing at its best. Event is held at the IL State Fairgrounds AMA ALL STAR TT PRO RACE May 23rd - Gates Open 4pm, Racing 7pm AMA PRO RACING SPRINGFIELD MILE NATIONAL RACE May 24th - Gates Open 9am, Racing 1pm
2015-05-23 00:00:00 -- 2015-05-23 00:00:00
Location: Illinois State Museum
Love seeing beautiful, colorful kites soar through the air? Come and create your own kite! Experience Satur-Play! at the Illinois State Museum! Be drawn in by 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. Event is free and open to the public.
2015-05-23 00:00:00 -- 2015-05-23 00:00:00
Location: Denis J. Healy Freedom Center-Korean War National Museum
Dr. Bonnie B.C. Oh, born and raised in Seoul, S. Korea, came to the US in 1956 to continue her education. For 38 years she served as professor and academic administrator in American higher education. Dr. Oh presents the work of her late husband’s research, who was a captain in the South Korean army, remembering the forgotten role of South Korean troops.