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., 09/22/2014
E.g., 09/22/2014
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.
2014-05-08 00:00:00 -- 2014-10-16 00:00:00
Location: Illinois State Fairgrounds
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.
2014-05-14 00:00:00 -- 2014-10-25 00:00:00
Location: Adams between 5th & 2nd Streets
Wed. and Sat. 8:00 - 12:30. 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.
2014-09-22 00:00:00 -- 2014-09-22 00:00:00
Location: SCHEELS
All participating kids will be eligible for to win a $100.00 Bell Ranger Giveaway. All kids get to shoot a bow in the SCHEELS Archery Range with a SCHEELS Expert. Learn important safety tips and basic archery skills. All participating kids ages 4-12 will receive a free ride on the SCHEELS Ferris Wheel (height restrictions may apply).
2014-09-26 00:00:00 -- 2014-09-28 00:00:00
Location: Downtown Springfield
Over 1,100 cool cars and 85,000 spectators, hot music and free entertainment will roll into the heart of Springfield's historic downtown for this Route 66 celebration! Non-stop free musical entertainment on the Hot Rod stage all weekend!
2014-09-28 00:00:00 -- 2014-09-28 00:00:00
Location: Erin’s Pavilion at Southwind Park, 4965 S. Second Street
Combine dancing and running/walking throughout a 5k, all to help raise funds for your Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Each mile, learn a new dance move or routine, then join new friends and old in a giant flash mob at the end!
2014-09-28 00:00:00 -- 2014-09-28 00:00:00
Location: Studio Theater - University of Springfield Illinois
Once described as Gillian Welch's long-lost daughter by Rolling Stone Magazine, Sarah Jarosz's music fits comfortably where contemporary folk, Americana and roots music intersect.
2014-09-30 00:00:00 -- 2014-09-30 00:00:00
Location: Abraham Lincoln Presidental Library
In a nation devastated by the Civil War, spiritualism offered grieving families some hope of connecting with lost loved ones. It also gave women another outlet for their energy and influence in a society that sharply limited women’s roles. Jean H. Baker, author of “Mary Todd Lincoln: A Biography,” visits the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on Sep. 30 to discuss spiritualism and attempts to contact the dead. The free event begins at 6 PM, when Baker will sign copies of the Mary Lincoln biography and “Sisters: The Lives of America’s Suffragists.” Her lecture begins at 6:30 PM in the museum’s Union Theater. To make reservations, visit and click on “special event reservations.” Or call 217-558-8934.
2014-10-01 00:00:00 -- 2014-10-01 00:00:00
Location: Downtown Springfield
This guided walking tour highlights interesting architectural facts and structures. Meets at the Lincoln-Herndon Law Office at 5:30. Held the first Wednesday of each month, May - October.
2014-10-03 00:00:00 -- 2014-10-05 00:00:00
Location: Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site
Candle lanterns illuminate the 1830s village while fireplaces entice visitors to step inside many of the log buildings along main street during the annual Candlelight Walk at Lincoln's New Salem pioneer village.
2014-10-03 00:00:00 -- 2014-10-04 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.
2014-10-04 00:00:00 -- 2014-10-04 00:00:00
Location: Henson Robinson Zoo
Don't miss the fun at the final Free admission day of the season. Try your luck at picking out the fastest turtle at the Zoo's turtle races and check out the offerings of various vendors.
2014-10-04 00:00:00 -- 2014-10-05 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.
2014-10-06 00:00:00 -- 2014-10-06 00:00:00
Location: SCHEELS
Come explore the SCHEELS wildlife mountain and learn more about the animals on the mountain. All participating kids ages 4-12 will receive a free ride on the SCHEELS Ferris Wheel (height restrictions may apply).
2014-10-10 00:00:00 -- 2014-10-10 00:00:00
Location: Studio Theater - University of Springfield Illinois
O Sole Trio is a vibrant musical ensemble that has brought their exhilarating and unique show capturing the essence of the Italian and Italian-American songbook to numerous venues throughout North America and beyond.