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., 08/02/2015
E.g., 08/02/2015
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.
2015-05-24 00:00:00 -- 2015-08-16 00:00:00
Location: Illinois State Museum
Event is free and open to the public · Recommended for grades K-5 The Museum Passport Series is back! This summer, the popular series of six search activities will lead visitors on a “Museum Safari.” Families can search exhibitions for animals, insects, plants, birds, and even “wild” art. Participants will enjoy seeing the Museum in a new way, and might just win a prize! A new search will be available every two weeks starting on Monday, May 25 (Memorial Day). Upon completion of each search, children will receive a stamp for their passport and a drawing entry for a $10 Museum Store gift certificate (one entry per two-week period per child). The program will end on August 16. Complete all six search activities to complete the passport!
2015-05-30 00:00:00 -- 2015-08-31 00:00:00
Location: Various Springfield Sites & Atractions
Step back in time and experience history in person. These daily living history programs take place at the Lincoln historic sites and throughout Springfield all summer long. Most programs are free. You might just bump into Lincoln himself. Programs change daily. For the most up-to-date schedule visit our Events page at and select the History Comes Alive category.
2015-08-02 00:00:00 -- 2015-08-02 00:00:00
Location: Robin Roberts Stadium
Fan Appreciation Night. It's our opportunity to thank you, our loyal fans, for supporting Springfield Sliders baseball and we're doing it by giving away a ton of awesome prizes all game long culminating in our season long contest where a lucky fan will win free airfare courtesy of the Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport Authority. It's also a State Journal-Register Senior Sunday. All seniors receive a game ticket, a hot dog and a soda for $6. Adult $7, Senior 55+ $5, 12 under $5
2015-08-03 00:00:00 -- 2015-08-03 00:00:00
Location: Robin Roberts Stadium
Use 'Em If You Got 'Em Ticket Night, Public Library Summer Reading Program Night, Final Home Game If you've got unused Sliders tickets around your home or office it's time to give them away to family, friends and co-workers because it's your last chance to use them this summer! Don't let them go to waste and let's send 2015 off with a blast! Kids who successfully complete their summer reading program at select area libraries will receive a free ticket to tonight's game through their favorite library! It's the last regular season home game so we'll have lots of fun giveaways and specials all night long. Adult $7, Senior 55+ $5, 12 under $5
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.
2015-08-03 00:00:00 -- 2015-08-03 00:00:00
Location: SCHEELS Training Center
Don’t miss the best back to school bash! Join SCHEELS and genHkids for the best back to school celebration! All participating kids will receive a FREE ride on the SCHEELS Ferris Wheel. Register to win a prize pack from Under Armour (1 boy 1 girl). Register to win backpacks full of school supplies. Special guest appearance by two SNOW PRINCESSES!!
2015-08-04 00:00:00 -- 2015-08-04 00:00:00
Location: Begins at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum Information Desk
Abe Mary: Quite Contrary Walking Tour is a 1.5 mile, 60-minute tour that take you on a journey through time as we explore beautiful, historic, downtown Springfield. Along the way, we will reveal the people and places that helped Abraham and Mary's relationship blossom, and on occasion, aspired to wedge them apart. * Please meet just inside the museum entrance, next to the Information Desk. Museum admission is not required for the walking tour, but the exhibits in Journey I in the museum will familiarize you with Lincoln's journey to the White House via Kentucky, Indiana, and New Salem, along with his time in Springfield. Bring your walking shoes and plenty of water! Reservations required, please call 217-558-8948 or visit
2015-08-04 00:00:00 -- 2015-08-08 00:00:00
Location: Oak Ridge Cemetery - Old Receiving Vault
Enjoy a 90-minute walk through the second most visited historic cemetery in America. Oak Ridge is brimming with Victorian mourning symbolism and anecdotal tales of people woven into the Lincoln story. There's also an amazing Civil War history to be told including seven generals, soldiers and notables, governors and statesmen, and there's plenty of other sensational stories including one very naughty Bishop! *** This tour begins at the old receiving vault located behind the Lincoln Tomb down the hill. Dates: May to Aug, Tuesday through Saturday 5pm Please enjoy the Flag Lowering Ceremony after the summer Tuesday tour. Paved roads and hills, uneven ground amongst the tombstones we walk Cost: $15 adults, $8 kids 8-17, free under 7, $12 seniors/military
2015-08-04 00:00:00 -- 2015-08-04 00:00:00
Location: Lincoln Tomb
Every Tuesday evening prior to the flag retreat, an interpreter in period clothing will give a first-person perspective of a Springfield resident who had been present at the Springfield wake, funeral procession, and funeral of President Lincoln. It will take place at the Old Receiving Vault behind Lincoln Tomb. Free and open to the public
2015-08-04 00:00:00 -- 2015-08-04 00:00:00
Location: Lincoln Tomb
Every Tuesday night, June - August, the 114th Volunteer Infantry Regiment of the Civil War performs Civil War drills, firing of muskets and flag lowering events in front of the Lincoln Tomb. Event is free and open to the public