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., 03/30/2015
E.g., 03/30/2015
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.
2015-03-08 00:00:00 -- 2015-09-13 00:00:00
Location: Illinois State Museum
Exhibition at the Illinois State Museum Springfield Gallery. Pro-Text: When Words Enter Visual Art explores the various ways artists choose to combine language in their visual art. Works by emerging and mid-career artists from throughout the state are featured alongside works selected from the Illinois State Museum Fine Art Collection. This exhibition showcases art that incorporates words, letters, or text for narrative or graphic impact. It features art by self-taught artists and works by academically trained contemporary artists working in both traditional and new media.
2015-03-10 00:00:00 -- 2015-10-31 00:00:00
Location: 1 Old State Capitol Plaza (6th and Adams)
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. Stories begin with his last visit to his law office and laying in state in the old capitol. At the church hear how the Lincoln's found their way into the church through the death of young Eddie. You'll enjoy an evening stroll through the Lincoln neighborhood where the tales take a strange turn. Once in Washington Mary engaged in Spiritualism and had séances in the White House and Lincoln befriended a known psychic. Lincoln was also known to have prophetic dreams and visions of death. The night ends at the depot talking about his departure from Springfield and return on board the Lincoln Special his funeral train. But there's bizarre tales of the tomb site such as the attempted theft of his body and a number of movements and openings of his coffin until finding his final resting place in 1901. This is largely a factual history tour and includes the known ghostly lore of Lincoln. Suitable for all ages, strange and bizarre stories, not scary. This tour is a must do while in town.
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.
2015-03-31 00:00:00 -- 2015-03-31 00:00:00
Location: Sangamon Auditorium
JumpinJazz Kids-A Swinging Jungle Tale is a new fun-filled family concert based on the Grammy Nominated and Parents' Choice Gold Award winning Best Children's Album. The 45-minute live performance is a blend of classic storytelling in the tradition of Peter and the Wolf with fun, dance-a-long, sing-a-long jazz/pop songs that will have the whole family swingin'! The story follows the imaginative adventure of a seven year old girl named Claire and her stuffed animal friends as she searches her Grandpa's backyard jungle for the missing pages to his lost story. Powered by her imagination alone, Claire's stuffed animals begin to magically come to life and she learns all about their world as she invites the audience to become the animal character in each song. Bring you favorite stuffed animal and be ready for adventure! Sponsored by: KISSFM 99.7, WFMB 104.5
2015-04-01 00:00:00 -- 2015-05-17 00:00:00
Location: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum - Ghost of the Library Queue
A reflective look back at the creation of the museum and its dedication. View objects, images and video that tell the story of how this amazing Presidential Museum was created.
2015-04-01 00:00:00 -- 2015-04-01 00:00:00
Location: Illinois State Museum Research and Collections Center, 1101 E. Ash St.
(Lincoln Funeral Commemoration Event) The last documented living participant in the President's Springfield funeral was the tree known as the Lincoln Vault Oak that shaded the funeral choir. Guy Sternberg, certified arborist and internationally known tree authority, will present the history and biology of this white oak tree at the Illinois State Museum Research and Collections Center, using historic records and images as well as actual wood specimens which were analyzed to yield information about events that took place at the site. Presented by Guy Sternberg, Director, Starhill Forrest Arboretum. Free and open to the public ... VENUE: Illinois State Museum Research and Collections Center 1101 E. Ash St. Springfield, IL 62703
2015-04-02 00:00:00 -- 2015-04-02 00:00:00
Location: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Bob Rogers, founder and chief creative officer of BRC Imagination Arts, the design and production company that created the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum will speak with guests about how his company made the museum so immersive and innovative. BRC's distinct process to museum design and planning succeeds through an award-winning approach; Scholarship meets Showmanship. The great stories of history, culture and science are presented by seamlessly combining rigorous and uncompromising scholarship and storytelling with traditional museum design, artifact display, and award-winning state of the art media, theater, technology and immersive environments. BRC has created museums and education attractions for clients including NASA, the Henry Ford, Adler Planetarium, Arizona Science Center, Texas State History Museum and the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame.
2015-04-02 00:00:00 -- 2015-04-16 00:00:00
Location: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum - Treasures Gallery
(Lincoln Funeral Commemoration Event) A special exhibit on Lincoln's death and funerals. Thirty-six items, many never before displayed, take us from the fateful moment in Ford's Theatre, along the train's route, to the final procession and entombment in Springfield. Highlights include the never seen before silver medallion from his hearse (related items in Undying Words exhibit).
2015-04-03 00:00:00 -- 2015-04-03 00:00:00
Location: Boondocks Pub
Skip the ceremony and start the party! Hailing from Chicago, Wedding Banned has become “the greatest wedding band on Earth.” Wedding Banned plays 80’s and 90’s music, throwing in some other guilty pleasures, that will take you back to those great times and moments. Their unique performance combines music, audience interaction and comedy. Wedding Banned selects a bride and groom to get “married” on stage at most shows. Wedding Banned plays over 100 club shows, weddings, corporate events and festivals a year. If you want to have one of those, “you should have been there nights,” come and see Wedding Banned!
2015-04-03 00:00:00 -- 2015-04-03 00:00:00
Location: 215 S. 6th St.
Join our Meet the Textile Artist Party from 5-8pm on Friday, April 3, at Studio on 6th, 215 S. 6th St. You will be among the first to visit our new Artsy Threads Clothing Boutique and meet the amazing textile artists who created our new upscale line of clothing. You will find hand-made baby, children's and women's sizes S--3X, along with some vintage and upscale recycled clothing and home decor. Hop on downtown for this free event including wine, snacks and door prizes.
2015-04-04 00:00:00 -- 2015-04-04 00:00:00
Location: Old State Capitol
You're invite you to participate in one of the Midwest’s premier half marathons. This is the only race where you can immerse yourself in Lincoln history and enjoy a scenic run past the only home he ever owned, his law office, the Old State Capitol where he delivered his “House Divided” speech, and his final resting place in Oak Ridge Cemetery.
2015-04-04 00:00:00 -- 2015-04-04 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.
2015-04-04 00:00:00 -- 2015-04-04 00:00:00
Location: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Tad Lincoln is having a birthday, and you're invited! In honor of the youngest and most rambunctious of the Lincoln children, guests will make a spyglass to lookout for enemy troops, build a fort, and play 19th century games. Stick around for a birthday treat and to hear about Tad's mischief from historians and Mary Lincoln herself. Historian talk at 11am and 2pm.