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., 08/30/2014
E.g., 08/30/2014
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 -- 2014-09-04 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.
2014-06-08 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.
2014-08-29 00:00:00 -- 2014-08-31 00:00:00
Location: Illinois State Fairgrounds
Fast-paced action and non-stop thrills of national level motorcycle racing. Aug 29-Amateur Short Track Races, Aug 30-AMA All-Star Short Track Races and Aug 31- Springfield Mile Motorcycles Races. AMA Amateur Short Track: Friday, August 29 - Gates open at 3 PM Racing at 5 PM. Tickets $10, Pit passes $15 AMA All Star Short Track Pro Race: Saturday August 30th - Gates open at 2:30 PM. Racing at 7 PM Tickets $15 prior to August 24th, $20 Race Week, child is $5 AMA Pro Racing Springfield Mile National: Sunday, August 31st - Gates Open 9 AM Racing at 1 PM. Tickets $30 Prior to August 24th, $40 Race Week, child in general admission seating only $5
2014-08-30 00:00:00 -- 2014-08-31 00:00:00
Location: Illinois Building - Illinois State Fairgrounds
Saturday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM and Sunday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM The Sangamon Valley Woodcarvers, of Springfield, IL., will present the artistry of woodcarving, woodburning, and intarsia, at their 24th annual show at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, in the Illinois Building, located at 11th Sangamon Avenue, Springfield, Illinois. Admission is $3 (12 and under free). Carvers from across the country will be exhibiting their talents. Carvings, woodburnings, wood, tools and books will be for sale. How-to seminars will be presented both days at no extra charge. There will also be soap carving for kids of all ages, and hourly door prizes. To register: Contact club president Karl Weidhuner at, or phone 217-306-6080 Registration forms can also be found at the club's website,
2014-09-03 00:00:00 -- 2014-09-03 00:00:00
This guided walking tour highlights interesting architectural facts and structures. Meets at the Lincoln-Herndon Law Office at 5:30. Held the first Wednesday of each month, May - October.
2014-09-05 00:00:00 -- 2014-09-06 00:00:00
Location: The MUNI, 815 E Lake Shore Drive
Jekyll Hyde is the story of the struggle between the “good” and “evil” natures of man. Dr. Jekyll invents a formula that can isolate the two warring personalities. When he tries the formula on himself, he liberates his evil persona, Hyde. All shows start at 7:30pm.
2014-09-05 00:00:00 -- 2014-09-07 00:00:00
Location: SCHEELS 3801 South MacArthur Blvd
Don’t miss this awesome family fun event! Bring your dog for our fun jump to give it a try! A great event for the entire family! Local Talent Welcome! Competition categories include Pro, Elite, and Amateur Super Fly, Mini-Fly, and Junior Fly as well as Super V and Super V Elite. Top 3 of each category are invited to the SRS Crown Championship in Huntsville, Alabama November 2014.
2014-09-05 00:00:00 -- 2014-09-05 00:00:00
Location: Illinois State Museum -
First Fridays at the Illinois State Museum are back! After a summer-long hiatus, your state museum will once again be open after hours to celebrate the unique cultural heritage of Illinois. This fall, we will be absolutely “Localicious”! September 5th we will be featuring Engrained Brewing Company, Johnny the 2G's, Illinois Artisan Poppy Vincent, Dew Chilli Truck, and more! Enjoy craft beer (brewers on hand), live music, shopping, exhibits, and farm to table hors d'oeuvres. Free Admission/Parking. Food and drink available for purchase.
2014-09-05 00:00:00 -- 2014-09-05 00:00:00
Location: Sangamon Auditorium - University of Springfield Illinois Campus
Experience the phenomenon. A musical and visual performance with no spoken language. Perfect for people of all ages. This unique theatrical experience is like nothing else.