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., 06/28/2016
E.g., 06/28/2016
2015-12-04 00:00:00 -- 2016-05-31 00:00:00
Location: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
This temporary exhibit features items from the presidential library’s Illinois collection that highlight a prestigious small college called St. Mary’s School for Girls, which operated from 1868 to 1935 in Knoxville, Illinois.
2016-03-31 00:00:00 -- 2016-10-06 00:00:00
Location: SCHEELS Front Doors
Earn rewards as a SCHEELS club member! 5:45PM departure from SE side of the front entrance. All levels of riders, walkers, runners, and skaters welcome! Sponsored by: SCHEELS and UPS
2016-04-15 00:00:00 -- 2016-09-05 00:00:00
Location: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum - Illinois Gallery
A simple legal document -- or is it? An elegant thank-you note -- with insider information. Strands of Lincoln's hair, inside Mary's cameo photograph of him. Every last item among the 1,500 pieces of authentic history comprising the Taper Collection, acquired by the Presidential Library Foundation in 2007, tells a story. In this new show we will tell more of these stories. Sponsors for individual pieces of the Taper Collection have generously stepped forward to ensure that these items remain at the ALPLM in perpetuity, for everyone to study and enjoy. Many never before displayed, or even known to serious scholars, will be on view. For those would-be patrons of the arts, the show will include some eye-catchers that still seek a sponsor. THIS EXHIBIT HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO SEPTEMBER 5, 2016.
2016-04-29 00:00:00 -- 2016-06-16 00:00:00
Location: Hoogland Center for the Arts - H.D. Smith Gallery
Each artist uses their artistic medium to translate internal narratives into a conversation with the viewer. David Brodsky captures photographic moments which shed light on truth, emotion, and humanity in his search for the soul of things. Jed Leber creates sculptural objects out of found materials designed to establish a conversation between artist and the viewer. Corrin Smithson McWhirter's work, inspired by her early years of motherhood, uses detailed line drawings to draw attention to simple elements of everyday spaces.
2016-05-05 00:00:00 -- 2016-10-13 00:00:00
Location: Illinois State Fairgrounds - Commodities Pavillion
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.
2016-05-11 00:00:00 -- 2016-10-29 00:00:00
Location: Downtown Springfield 5th & Adams St
The Old Capitol Farmers Market can be found in the heart of Downtown Springfield. At the market, you’ll find local farm and artisan vendors selling fresh produce, artisanal baked goods and cheeses, flowers and more. The market is just steps from the Old State Capitol historic site and you’ll find other sites like the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, Lincoln Home and Dana-Thomas House a Frank Lloyd Wright Design nearby! May 11 – October 29 Wednesdays 3 - 6:30 pm Saturdays 8 – 12:30 pm
2016-05-13 00:00:00 -- 2016-08-31 00:00:00
Location: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
In collaboration with the Sangamon Watercolor Society, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library will host a display of oritinal works from local and area artists. The display is in the Library Atrium. FREE
2016-05-26 00:00:00 -- 2016-05-28 00:00:00
Location: Theatre in the Park
AN original adaptation from Robert Louis Stevenson's classic pirate tale and directed by Mark Hardiman, in collaboration with Lincoln Land Community College.Treasure Island is an adventurous tale of buccaneers and buried gold. Traditionally considered a coming-of-age story, Treasure Island is a tale noted for its atmosphere, characters and action, including such elements as treasure maps marked with an X, schooners, tje Black Spot, tropical islands and one-legged seamen bearing parrots on their shoulders.
2016-05-28 00:00:00 -- 2016-05-28 00:00:00
Location: Prairie Capital Convention Center
Memorial Day Weekend, join us on the BOS Plaza to celebrate the life and legacy of Prince! The Purple Xperience, led by original Prince and the Revolution member, Doctor Fink, is the #1 Prince Tribute Band in the nation.
2016-05-28 00:00:00 -- 2016-05-28 00:00:00
Location: Oak Ridge Cemetery
Celebrate Memorial Day at Springfield' s Oak Ridge Cemetery, Lincoln's Tomb and War Memorial. Activities include: Memorial Day address by Mayor Jim Langfelder; concert by the Springfield Municipal Band; Revolutionary War Patriots commemorative plaque dedication; historic and unique tree walk children's nature activity; musicians, Wildwood Strings Wild Columbine; cake and ice cream for sale.
2016-05-29 00:00:00 -- 2016-05-29 00:00:00
Location: Illinois State Fairgrounds - Multi-Purpose Arena
Enjoy fast-paced action and non-stop thrills of national level motorcycle racing at the Multi Purpose Arena and on the fastest mile dirt track. Event requires admission and is held at the IL State Fairgrounds.
2016-05-30 00:00:00 -- 2016-05-30 00:00:00
Location: Camp Butler Cemetery
A Memorial Day service at Camp Butler National Cemetery with Keynote Speaker, Vince Speranza, WWII Veteran 101st Airborn Division.
2016-06-02 00:00:00 -- 2016-09-29 00:00:00
Location: Old State Capitol, East Lawn
We welcome you onto the lawn to unwind, relieve stress and usher in a healthier you, in the shadow of a building that has been with Springfield as long as Lincoln has. $5 suggested donation
2016-06-02 00:00:00 -- 2016-08-25 00:00:00
Location: Old State Capitol
Join us every Thursday during the summer at Old State Capitol to glimpse back in time and experience living history. FREE
2016-06-03 00:00:00 -- 2016-06-04 00:00:00
Location: Downtown Springfield
Celebrating 12 years of fundraising for our 10 local charities, SOHO Music Festival will feature 5 stages, 60 bands, a Family Fun area, and much more!! This is a great weekend to visit Springfield!! Bring the kids, bring the dogs! A great weekend outdoors while enjoying music and entertainment! All proceeds go to charity. Downtown Springfield. Old State Capitol. Admission is $5.00