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., 07/05/2015
E.g., 07/05/2015
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.
2015-04-02 00:00:00 -- 2015-07-05 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). Closes July 5.
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.
2015-07-03 00:00:00 -- 2015-07-05 00:00:00
Location: Lake Springfield Marina
Lake Springfield Marina and BB Electric present the US Title Series Championship Outboard Hydroplane Runabout Racing back to Lake Springfield on 4th of July Weekend! See it all from Bridgeview Park, right around the corner from Lake Springfield Marina. Come watch practicing all day Friday and Hydroplane Racing on Saturday and Sunday! Tickets can be purchased in advance at Lake Springfield Marina or both Sparkling Clean locations for $10/person for the whole weekend or $15/person at the gate or at Pit passes will also be available for purchase at the gate. Grab your lawn chairs, blankets and bring the whole family! Nelson's Catering will be on site with all of your favorite food and drinks! Get ready to see the US Title Series Hydroplanes Shake the Lake starting at Noon on July 3rd through 5PM on July 5th!
2015-07-07 00:00:00 -- 2015-07-07 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!
2015-07-07 00:00:00 -- 2015-07-07 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.
2015-07-07 00:00:00 -- 2015-07-07 00:00:00
Location: Lincoln Home National Historic Site
Participate in an 1860s toy, haversack or clothes washing demonstration.
2015-07-07 00:00:00 -- 2015-07-11 00:00:00
Location: Lincoln Home National Historic Site
Learn about the diversity of Lincoln's neighbors in 1860 Springfield.
2015-07-07 00:00:00 -- 2015-07-11 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
2015-07-07 00:00:00 -- 2015-07-07 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