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., 06/04/2016
E.g., 06/04/2016
2015-12-04 00:00:00 -- 2016-05-31 00:00:00
Location: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
This temporary exhibit features items from the presidential library’s Illinois collection that highlight a prestigious small college called St. Mary’s School for Girls, which operated from 1868 to 1935 in Knoxville, Illinois.
2016-03-31 00:00:00 -- 2016-10-06 00:00:00
Location: SCHEELS Front Doors
Earn rewards as a SCHEELS club member! 5:45PM departure from SE side of the front entrance. All levels of riders, walkers, runners, and skaters welcome! Sponsored by: SCHEELS and UPS
2016-03-31 00:00:00 -- 2016-10-06 00:00:00
Location: SCHEELS Front Doors
2016-04-15 00:00:00 -- 2016-05-15 00:00:00
Location: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum - Illinois Gallery
A simple legal document -- or is it? An elegant thank-you note -- with insider information. Strands of Lincoln's hair, inside Mary's cameo photograph of him. Every last item among the 1,500 pieces of authentic history comprising the Taper Collection, acquired by the Presidential Library Foundation in 2007, tells a story. In this new show we will tell more of these stories. Sponsors for individual pieces of the Taper Collection have generously stepped forward to ensure that these items remain at the ALPLM in perpetuity, for everyone to study and enjoy. Many never before displayed, or even known to serious scholars, will be on view. For those would-be patrons of the arts, the show will include some eye-catchers that still seek a sponsor.
2016-04-29 00:00:00 -- 2016-06-16 00:00:00
Location: Hoogland Center for the Arts - H.D. Smith Gallery
Each artist uses their artistic medium to translate internal narratives into a conversation with the viewer. David Brodsky captures photographic moments which shed light on truth, emotion, and humanity in his search for the soul of things. Jed Leber creates sculptural objects out of found materials designed to establish a conversation between artist and the viewer. Corrin Smithson McWhirter's work, inspired by her early years of motherhood, uses detailed line drawings to draw attention to simple elements of everyday spaces.
2016-05-04 00:00:00 -- 2016-05-04 00:00:00
Location: Starts at Old State Capitol
The Lincoln Funeral Hearse, reproduced by volunteers, will be on display at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site on May 4 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. At 6:15 p.m., volunteer reenactors in period attire will follow the horse-drawn hearse along the path of the original funeral procession to Oak Ridge Cemetery. A ceremony will be held at the public receiving vault where Lincoln's funeral and interment were held, at sunset, estimated to begin at 7:56 p.m. The public is welcome to watch the procession as it leaves the Old State Capitol, view the procession from the sidewalk along the route, and/or join the group as they enter Oak Ridge Cemetery and gather for the ceremony. Only registered volunteers in period attire will be allowed to walk in the procession.
2016-05-05 00:00:00 -- 2016-05-05 00:00:00
Location: Sangamon Auditorium
Breaking more fresh new blues-rock ground than ever on their raucous and soulful new album Pierced Arrow, The Rides are letting their growing legion of fans know they’re in this for the long haul. Their ongoing freewheeling journey is all there in the name. When they came up with that clever moniker for what Stephen Stills calls “the blues band of my dreams,” the two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, five time Grammy nominated guitar great Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Chicago rock/blues keyboardist Barry Goldberg knew it was more than just a one time, multi-generational fusion of legendary musical souls. They envisioned – and have since set out upon – a dynamic, wide open road ahead. The trio laid the simmering groundwork for all this by calling their debut album Can’t Get Enough – because once they started writing, recording and jamming together, they couldn’t. Just before its release, Stills said, “As good as I think The RIDES are now, we can’t wait to get some live gigs under our belt.” Goldberg echoed, “As proud as we are of the album, fans are going to see something even more exciting from us when we start playing these songs live.” And they did. Those few wild months of touring the U.S. – combined with hitting the Top 40 on the Billboard 200, and a nomination for Best Rock Blues Album at the 2014 Blues Music Awards – sealed the deal. They were in it for the long haul.
2016-05-06 00:00:00 -- 2016-05-07 00:00:00
Location: Downtown Springfield
The race route for this is one-of-a-kind charity event includes beer, ice cream, donut and corndog stations as well as live entertainment and surprises throughout. You can run this entire course, or take the 1/10 mile detour straight to the Celtic Mist Pub. Friday - May 6 - Fat Ass Craft Beer Cigar Festival. Saturday - May 7 - 5K @ 10:00 a.m. / Street Party 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m
2016-05-06 00:00:00 -- 2016-05-07 00:00:00
Location: Edwards Place, 700 N. Fourth St. Springfield IL 62702
The (fictional) Springfield Art Academy is hosting a glittering fundraising gala to honor world-renowned artist Janette Herbert, but someone has a secret they would kill to protect. It's up to the audience to discover whodunit in this fun, interactive event. Ticket price includes appetizers, dinner, dessert, and table wine.
2016-05-06 00:00:00 -- 2016-05-06 00:00:00
Location: Downtown Springfield Shops & Restaurants
Start at any Downtown Shop or Restaurant to pick up your free items build an artisan made necklace or keychain: Café Brio ~ 524 E. Monroe ~ Free necklace or keychain The Cardologist ~ 225 S. 6th St. ~ Free charm Mangia Italian ~ 6 Old Capitol Plz ~ Free necklace or keychain Murphy’s Loft ~ 210 S. 6th ~ Free charm Old Capitol Goods ~ 2 Old Capitol Plz ~ Free charm Robbies ~ 4 Old Capitol Plz ~ Free necklace or keychain Studio on 6th ~ 215 S. 6th St. ~ Free hand-crafted charm “Celebrate Family” ~ Meet the Artists who make our most popular graduation, wedding and Mother’s Day gifts ~ Karen Redenbaugh ~ Nancy Handley ~ Annette Snyder Special Studio on 6th Guest: PRP Wines will offer amazing wine samples from around the world to our First Friday customers. PRP Wines promotes high quality, exclusive wines and specializes in providing private, in home wine samplings. PRP Wines will offer 50% off their in home wine sampling packages during First Friday!
2016-05-06 00:00:00 -- 2016-05-08 00:00:00
Location: Hoogland Center for the Arts
Presented by Springfield Theatre Centre. Based on the hit Adam Sandler movie, The Wedding Singer's sparkling new score does for the '80s what Hairspray did for the '60s. The year is 1985 and the place is New Jersey when a wannabe rock star (professional wedding singer) is left at the alter and is forced to finally change his tune. Unless Robbie can pull off the performance of a decade, the girl of his dreams will be gone forever.
2016-05-06 00:00:00 -- 2016-05-06 00:00:00
Location: 215 S. 6th St.
Shop and Dine at these downtown favorites, and get your free necklace and charms: Cafe Brio ~ 524 E. Monroe The Cardologist ~ 225 S. 6th St. Mangia Italian ~ 6 Old Capitol Plz Murphy's Loft ~ 210 S. 6th St. Old Capitol Goods ~ 2 Old Capitol Plz Robbies ~ 4 Old Capitol Plz Studio on 6th ~ 215 S. 6th St. ~ Celebrate Family and meet the artists who make our most popular graduation, wedding and Mother's Day gifts. PRP Wines will give out free exclusive wine samples from around the world to our customers.
2016-05-06 00:00:00 -- 2016-05-07 00:00:00
Location: Theatre in the Park
The Last Five Years is a musical written by Jason Robert Brown. The story explores a five-year relationship between Jamie Wellerstein, a rising novelist, and Cathy Hiatt, a struggling actress. The show uses a form of storytelling in which Cathy's story is told in reverse chronological order (beginning the show at the end of the marriage), and Jamie's is told in chronological order (starting just after the couple have first met). The characters do not directly interact except for a song in the middle as their timelines intersect.
2016-05-07 00:00:00 -- 2016-05-08 00:00:00
Location: Illinois Vietnam Veterans Memorial
24-Hour vigil to honor the Illinois MIA/POW of Vietnam and all wars and conflicts. FREE
2016-05-07 00:00:00 -- 2016-05-07 00:00:00
Location: Sangamon Auditorium
The groundbreaking, category-shattering trio Time for Three (Tf3) transcends traditional classification, with elements of classical, country western, gypsy and jazz idioms forming a blend all its own. The members — Zachary (Zach) DePue, violin; Nicolas (Nick) Kendall, violin; and Ranaan Meyer, double bass — carry a passion for improvisation, composing and arranging, all prime elements of the ensemble’s playing. With a mix of virtuosity and showmanship, the group has performed hundreds of engagements as diverse as its music. Recent highlights included their Carnegie Hall debut, appearances with the Boston Pops, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and an appearance on the ABC prime time hit show Dancing with the Stars. Tf3’s high-energy performances are free of conventional practices, drawing instead from the members’ differing musical backgrounds. The trio performs its own arrangements of traditional repertoire as well as playing originals and their own arrangements of everything from bluegrass and folk tunes to ingenious mash-ups of hits by the Beatles, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake and more. A self-described “classically trained garage band,” Time for Three is back for a return engagement, having wowed a Kitchen Sink Series audience previously in 2013.