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., 10/25/2014
E.g., 10/25/2014
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.
2014-10-24 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 -- 2014-10-25 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.
2014-10-25 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.
2014-10-31 00:00:00 -- 2014-10-31 00:00:00
Location: The Legacy Theatre
Join the areas only celebration of the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters, which promises retro fun of biblical proportions. Costumes encouraged! Rated PG
2014-11-01 00:00:00 -- 2014-11-02 00:00:00
Location: SCHEELS 3801 South MacArthur Blvd
8-hour class, 12-hour class, 16-hour class available. For more information please visit or call (309) 340-4266. SEATING IS LIMITED * REGISTER EARLY! All instructors are IL Department of Financial Professional Regulations. Certified Firearms Instructors. Certified Live Scan Fingerprint Vendor Agency. Fingerprints are offered at every CCW class instructed.
2014-11-01 00:00:00 -- 2014-11-01 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 request pre-registration on Participants must be 21+ and be aware they are touring a working brewery.
2014-11-02 00:00:00 -- 2014-11-02 00:00:00
Location: Sangamon Auditorium - University of Springfield Illinois Campus
All aboard for this saucy and splendid production of Anything Goes, winner of three 2011 Tony Awars including Best Musical Revival and Choreography! Peppering this Cole Porter first-class comedy are some of musical theater's most memorable standards, including I Get a Kick Out of You, You're the Top, and of course, Anything Goes. Don't miss what the AP exclaims as , So delightful, So delicious, So de-lovely! This project made possible in part by support from the James I Lindquist Endowment Fund for Sangamon Auditorium, UIS.
2014-11-06 00:00:00 -- 2014-11-06 00:00:00
Location: Prairie Capital Convention Center
Tickets on sale now! With special guests: Ben Gallaher and Third Shift