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., 03/26/2015
E.g., 03/26/2015
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.
2015-03-27 00:00:00 -- 2015-03-29 00:00:00
Location: Hoogland Center for the Arts
The international smash about Russian villagers and their longings of love, wealth, freedom, God and home. Directed by and starring, John Preece, who has toured professionally in the show for 25 years.
2015-03-27 00:00:00 -- 2015-03-28 00:00:00
Location: Donnie B's Comedy Club
John’s confident demeanor and honest approach to life is refreshingly original. John dares to talk boldly about real issues. Whether he is speaking about children or relationships, his comedy comes from the heart. Although his material may push some limits, it is never derogatory to any race, sex or creed.
2015-03-27 00:00:00 -- 2015-03-27 00:00:00
Location: Boondocks Pub
Tanya became one of the few child performers to mature into adulthood without losing her audience, and during the course of her career, she notched a streak of Top 10 and Top 40 hits.[1] She has had several successful albums, several Country Music Association award nominations, and hit songs such as 1973's What's Your Mama's Name? and Blood Red and Goin' Down, 1975's Lizzie and the Rainman, and 1988's Strong Enough to Bend.
2015-03-28 00:00:00 -- 2015-03-28 00:00:00
Location: Boondocks Pub
Country Music artists from Texas
2015-03-28 00:00:00 -- 2015-03-28 00:00:00
Location: Korean War National Museum-Denis J. Healy Freedom Center
Devine was a child in Korea when war broke out. She will discuss human trafficking that began in World War II with “comfort women.” These women of WWII came from several Asian nations, 70% (more than 200,000) were Koreans. They were the ages of 12 through 19 when forced, coerced, or led away under false pretenses and were made to provide sexual services to Japanese soldiers, often under extreme circumstances of hunger and abuse. Devine bases her talk on research of first-hand interviews with surviving comfort women living in the residence operated by The House of Sharing ( in South Korea. She will address issues including who became comfort women and why, what their daily lives looked like prior to and during their trafficking, current issues to be resolved between Korea and Japan regarding comfort women, and more. Guests will be able to ask questions and discuss following her presentation. Devine has authored an autobiographical novel/love story set in Korea, The Voices of Heaven, a winner of four book awards in 2014. Her work in progress is The Journals of Comfort Women.”
2015-03-29 00:00:00 -- 2015-03-29 00:00:00
Location: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
President and Mrs. Lincoln request the honor of your presence for the first ever Easter Egg Roll at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Egg Roll times can be reserved via Free face painting, crafts, games, activities and 'eggs-on-a-stick'. Sponsored in part by the Department of Agriculture, Lincoln's New Salem, Springfield Art Association, and the Ronald McDonald House.
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.