Things To Do

Events

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., 08/28/2015
E.g., 08/28/2015
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.
2015-04-10 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.
2015-08-03 00:00:00 -- 2015-11-15 00:00:00
Location: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
An exciting and provocative new exhibition With Firmness in the Right: Lincoln and the Jews, which will be on public view. Treasured Lincoln documents, photographs, letters and other artifacts from the Shapell Manuscript Collection will be exhibited in Springfield along with items from the Chicago Historical Society, Brown University, the Library of Congress, the National Archives, and the ALPLM’s own large Lincoln collection. Musuem Admission is required.
2015-08-14 00:00:00 -- 2015-09-25 00:00:00
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The Spectrum exhibition features a sampling of the broad range of art and artifacts found in the Illinois State Museum’s collections of fine and decorative art. The works selected by ISM curators bear witness to the rich cultural history of Illinois since it became a state in 1818. Paintings, textiles, sculpture, works on paper, and other objects represent a variety of media and subject matter. Some are recent acquisitions and others are rarely seen gems, such as a grouping of paintings that started the Illinois State Museum’s fine art collection back in 1928.
2015-08-25 00:00:00 -- 2015-08-29 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
2015-08-25 00:00:00 -- 2015-08-29 00:00:00
Location: Edwards Place
Take a guided tour of this recently restored antebellum era mansion. $5
2015-08-27 00:00:00 -- 2015-08-28 00:00:00
Location: Old State Capitol
Meet General Grant and listen to him talk about his life and the Civil War.
2015-08-27 00:00:00 -- 2015-08-28 00:00:00
Location: Old State Capitol
Meet General Grant and listen to him talk about his life and the Civil War.
2015-08-27 00:00:00 -- 2015-08-28 00:00:00
Location: Old State Capitol
Meet General Grant and listen to him talk about his life and the Civil War.
2015-08-28 00:00:00 -- 2015-08-30 00:00:00
Location: SCHEELS Parking Lot
Bring the whole family and your dogs to watch or participate in the DockDogs Dog Jumping competition during the SCHEELS Hunting Expo. The event format will be Outdoor Big Air, Extreme Vertical, Speed Retrieve and Iron Dog Rankings. For more information please visit: http://dockdogs.com/events/events-list/ To register for the event email registration@dockdogs.com Discount for pre-registration.
2015-08-28 00:00:00 -- 2015-08-30 00:00:00
Location: Hoogland Center for the Arts - LRS Theater
You know Wednesday, Pugsley, Morticia and Gomez. Don't forget Cousin It, Uncle Fester and Lurch! It's the comically macabre Addams Family and they're coming to Springfield! Get your tickets for show! Friday Saturday: 8 pm, Sunday: 2 pm
2015-08-29 00:00:00 -- 2015-08-29 00:00:00
Location: Illinois State Fairgrounds
Get ready Springfield for the most colorful fun-filled day of your life! You’ll have more color on you than your happy levels can handle! So get your friends and family stretched out for this amazing color blast event where you'll get blasted with color while you run the Color Vibe 5K. Color Vibe is here, and you’re about to get tagged! This event is held at the Illinois State Fairground at 801 Sangamon Ave

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