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., 10/21/2014
E.g., 10/21/2014
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.
2014-05-14 00:00:00 -- 2014-10-25 00:00:00
Location: Adams between 5th & 2nd Streets
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.
2014-10-21 00:00:00 -- 2014-10-21 00:00:00
Location: Bourbon Street Rhythm & Ribs
As seen on ABC's hit TV show, Nashville, and Monster Truck's Artist of 2014, Brandon Maddox, will be bringing the flavor of Nashville Country Music to Springfield! As Monster Truck's artist, Maddox has performed in 9 different cities across the United States before tens of thousands of people. He has an impresive resume including a song in the movie Unconditional staring Michale Ealy, and has had 18 of his original songs recrded by other country, rock, and pop artists. Critics are dubbing him the next big thing to hit country's airwaves with a talent that fuses traditional country, rock'n'roll and today's hottest sounds. Brandon's show will be an all request, acoustic show.
2014-10-24 00:00:00 -- 2014-10-26 00:00:00
Location: Hoogland Center for the Arts
Illinois theatre is on fire! This 3 day festival celebrates community theatre in Illinois. See sizzling main stage presentations from actors and theatre groups from all over our state. Witness a smoking opening ceremony starring Chicago Improv Productions. Take part in energizing workshops and round table discussions. Then, make sure to enjoy the After Glow celebrations! Performances include: Bill W. and Dr. Bob, Into the Woods, Peet 'n' Keely, Ring of fire - the Music of Johnny Cash, Rocky Horror Show and Talley's Folley With multiple packages available, you're sure to find something light your fire and get you fired up for community theatre!
2014-10-24 00:00:00 -- 2014-10-24 00:00:00
Location: Sangamon Auditorium - University of Springfield Illinois Campus
Pre-Show Dinner Available One of the world's preeminent acrobatic companies, The National Acrobatics of the People's Republic of China will thrill young and old alike with their athletic skill, daring feats, and artistry. Founded more than six decades ago, the company has toured the world with one-of-a-kind acrobatic acts, receiving widespread acclaim and countless awards. Audiences gasp and cheer when these highly skilled acrobats perform their jawdroping feats based on traditions dating back thousands of years. Tumbling, juggling, contortion and balancing acts are all performed to a combination of traditional and modern music, along with colorful, inaginative props and sets, making this a thrilling experience for the whole family. Performers move through a series of dizzying acts of physical virtuosity. (Centre Daily Times)
2014-10-24 00:00:00 -- 2014-10-24 00:00:00
Location: 426 South 7th Street, Springfield, IL
Come experience the spooky side of the Lincoln neighborhood! In cooperation with its Springfield partners, the Lincoln Home Employee Association will host a free Trick-or-Treat event for children 12 years and under, from 5:30-7:30p.m. on Friday, October 24th. The event will begin at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site's Visitor Center located at 426 South 7th Street in downtown Springfield. Children and parents are welcome to visit the park anytime between those hours to participate in: candy stops in the festively decorated historic houses (the houses will not be open for tours), a campfire reenactment, cars from the Cool Cruisers Car Club, volunteers in period clothing, and collection of canned food items to help families in need.
2014-10-24 00:00:00 -- 2014-10-24 00:00:00
Location: Univesity of Illinois Springfield - The Recreation and Athletic Center
For over 30 years, the University of Illinois Springfield family has celebrated its rich international and cultural diversity with the annual International Student Festival. Admission is free and the event and is open to the public.
2014-10-24 00:00:00 -- 2014-10-25 00:00:00
Location: Riverside Stables - 2310 Chinchilla Lane
Travel along the river and through the woods pulled by a hearse. The Extreme Haunted Hayrides in Riverside Park are so scary you'll have nightmares for weeks! Weather permitting. Friday Saturday nights only. Gates open at 6 PM. Concessions, live entertainment and bonfires nightly. A portion of the proceeds will go to charity.
2014-10-24 00:00:00 -- 2014-10-24 00:00:00
Location: Adams Wildlife Sanctuary
Program presented by the Illinois Raptor Center: Owl Prowl, Observe and learn about these fascinating nocturnal creatures during an indoor presentation followed by a hike on the trails. View live Illinois owls up close and learn about their natural history. Presented by the Illinois Raptor Center. Space is limited, please RSVP.
2014-10-25 00:00:00 -- 2014-10-26 00:00:00
Location: Clayville Historic Site Pleasant Plains
Annual Halloween activities at Clayville. Fridays and Saturdays, October 11 thru October 26, 7pm -10pm. Kids hours on Saturdays, 5pm until 6:30pm.
2014-10-25 00:00:00 -- 2014-10-25 00:00:00
Location: Studio Theater - University of Springfield Illinois
Bassekou Kouyate is one of the true masters of the ngoni, an ancient traditional lute found throughout West Africa. He is a virtuoso picker and musical visionary whose work blurs the lines between West African and American roots music. The ngoni is an ancestor of the banjo, sharing its taut-skinned drum body, percussive attack, and varied picking techniques. Bassekou descends from a long line of griots, traditional historians and praise muscians, and the ngoni has been the main instrument in griot storytelling going back to the 13th century. Over the years Bassekou has collaborated with many musicians from his homeland fo Mali and internationally, including a tour with Bela Fleck and appearing on stage with Sir Paul McCartney. Since 2005 Bassekou has led Ngoni Ba, the first music group built around four ngonis. Sponsored by WUIS.
2014-10-25 00:00:00 -- 2014-10-25 00:00:00
Location: Illinois State Museum
Satur-Play! is an engaging hands-on enhancement program for the Mary Ann MacLean Play Museum at the Illinois State Museum. This exciting program features science and art activities that children and families can participate in while visiting the Play Museum. A different theme and activity will be offered each week on Saturday. Registration is not required. Recommended for the whole family and suggested for ages 3-10. Cloud in a Jar - Using shaving cream as the “cloud” and food coloring as the “rain,” see how much fun an eye dropper of colored water can be!
2014-10-25 00:00:00 -- 2014-10-26 00:00:00
Location: Lincoln's New Salem State Histroic Site
Come and see what a typical autumn life was like on the 1830s Illinois prairie. There will be costumed interpreters demonstrating daily tasks such as candle dipping, butter churning, soap making, basket making, spinning wool, gardening, natural dyeing, and fishing with nets. As well as a demonstration of meat smoking that will take place in one of the log village's period smokehouses. Wild game cooking will be demonstrated in the log homes and you are also welcome to step down into the cellar at the tavern to see how fruits and vegetables were preserved during the winter.
2014-10-30 00:00:00 -- 2014-11-01 00:00:00
Location: Hoogland Center for the Arts
The Hoogland Center for the Arts, in association with ADHD Productions, will be presenting the fifth production of THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW live on stage in the LRS Theatre at the Hoogland Center for the Arts
2014-10-31 00:00:00 -- 2014-10-31 00:00:00
Location: First Presbyterian Church
Experience the magic of monsters and mammals this Halloween with HK Gruber’s Frankenstein!!, a ‘pan-demonium’ for chansonnier and orchestra, and Saint-Saëns zoological fantasy Carnival of the Animals. Are you ready for this musical monster mash? Costumes optional.