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., 09/03/2015
E.g., 09/03/2015
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.
2015-03-26 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.
2015-04-10 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.
2015-05-14 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.
2015-08-03 00:00:00 -- 2015-11-15 00:00:00
Location: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
An exciting and provocative new exhibition With Firmness in the Right: Lincoln and the Jews, which will be on public view. Treasured Lincoln documents, photographs, letters and other artifacts from the Shapell Manuscript Collection will be exhibited in Springfield along with items from the Chicago Historical Society, Brown University, the Library of Congress, the National Archives, and the ALPLM’s own large Lincoln collection. Musuem Admission is required.
2015-08-14 00:00:00 -- 2015-09-25 00:00:00
The Spectrum exhibition features a sampling of the broad range of art and artifacts found in the Illinois State Museum’s collections of fine and decorative art. The works selected by ISM curators bear witness to the rich cultural history of Illinois since it became a state in 1818. Paintings, textiles, sculpture, works on paper, and other objects represent a variety of media and subject matter. Some are recent acquisitions and others are rarely seen gems, such as a grouping of paintings that started the Illinois State Museum’s fine art collection back in 1928.
2015-09-03 00:00:00 -- 2015-09-03 00:00:00
Location: Old State Capitol Plaza
Artist on the Plaza: an entertainment series featuring local performers, this outdoor, noon-hour, summertime program has been held for over thirty years. Event is free and is held at the Old State Capitol Plaza.
2015-09-04 00:00:00 -- 2015-09-05 00:00:00
Location: Springfield Muni
What good is sitting alone in your room, come hear the music play!” Set in Berlin just as the Nazis are rising to power, Cabaret explores the relationship between Sally Bowles, headliner at the Kit Kat Klub, and Cliff Bradshaw, a young American writer. Overseeing the action is the Emcee, who assures the audience that despite tumultuous times, all troubles are forgotten at the cabaret. Classic songs like “Maybe This Time”, “Wilkommen” and, of course, “Cabaret” take you inside the heart of the last days of this free-spirited decadent period just before the dark days of WWII. General Admission (Lawn Seating): Adults - $10, Seniors/Military/Students - $8, Children (3-12) - $6.00 2 and Under - FREE
2015-09-04 00:00:00 -- 2015-09-06 00:00:00
Location: Hoogland Center for the Arts - LRS Theater
You know Wednesday, Pugsley, Morticia and Gomez. Don't forget Cousin It, Uncle Fester and Lurch! It's the comically macabre Addams Family and they're coming to Springfield! Get your tickets for show!
2015-09-05 00:00:00 -- 2015-09-05 00:00:00
Location: Inn at 835, 835 S Second St
Join us for the 6th Annual Springfield Oyster and Beer Festival for Charity. In the first 5 years, the event has raised over $30,000 for area charities! Sample upwards of 100 fine craft beers and ciders from local, midwest, and even some national breweries. Tantalize your taste buds on a variety of oyster dishes as well as several food vendors while listening to live bands. Having a good time is that much easier when it's for a great cause! For more information, visit or
2015-09-05 00:00:00 -- 2015-09-05 00:00:00
Location: Obed & Isaac's Microbrewery and Eatery
Join us the first Saturday every month for our FREE Beer School 101! Learn about beer making, tour our working brewery, and sample some of our fine craft beers made on site. Classes are limited in size and we require pre-registration on Participants must be 21+ and be aware they are touring a working brewery.
2015-09-05 00:00:00 -- 2015-09-05 00:00:00
Location: Illinois State Fairgrounds
See fast paced action Saturday night during the AMA All Stars Short Track Pro race. Watch up and coming riders from the GNC2 class battle it out at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Gates open at 4 pm and races begin at 7 pm. Come back Sunday for the main event - the Springfield Mile, where GNC1 riders will race handlebar to handlebar at speeds reaching over 100 mph!
2015-09-05 00:00:00 -- 2015-09-05 00:00:00
Location: Prairie Capital Convention Center
Don't miss the last blast of the summer! Grab a lawn chair and get downtown for our first ever Brew View on the BOS Plaza. We will have Pre-View BBQ party starting at 6:30 with food for sale from Poe's Catering. Beer and soda will also be available for purchase. Then sit back and relax with a nice cold beer and get ready for a double feature under the stars. Caddyshack and Hot Tub Time Machine. First movie starts at 8:30. ADMISSION IS FREE! But you must pick up tickets in advance at the PCCC Box Office or at WFMB/ KISS FM/BOSS/1450 Radio Station located at 3055 South 4th street in Springfield. Bring your own chairs and blankets. No coolers allowed.
2015-09-06 00:00:00 -- 2015-09-06 00:00:00
Location: Illinois State Fairgrounds
Enjoy the fast-paced action and non-stop thrills of national level , AMA Pro Flat Track motorcycle racing on the fastest mile dirt track in the country at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. Watch handlebar to handlebar racing at speeds reaching over 100 mph!