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., 07/26/2014
E.g., 07/26/2014
2014-02-07 00:00:00 -- 2014-08-31 00:00:00
Location: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Unlike her staged, carefully lit portraits for magazines and advertising clients, photographs in this exhibition were taken simply because Leibovitz was moved by the subject. Several Lincoln artifacts are included such as Lincoln's hat and bloody gloves.
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.
2014-03-23 00:00:00 -- 2014-08-31 00:00:00
Location: Illinois State Museum
Fragile Relations highlights the work of fourteen Illinois artists who are inspired by nature and the environment and show diverse ways of perceiving and experiencing the world. Organized by Jane Stevens, Associate Curator/Gallery Administrator
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.
2014-06-02 00:00:00 -- 2014-08-26 00:00:00
Location: Lincoln Tomb-Oak Ridge Cemetery
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.
2014-06-02 00:00:00 -- 2014-08-24 00:00:00
Location: Downtown Springfield
History truly comes alive in historic downtown Spingfield, Illinois! Events activities daily, June 2 - August 24. Springfield is brimming with live performances and fun activities that will completelytransport you back in time to the hometown Abraham Lincoln knew and loved. Featuring storytelling and interaction with living history presenters in full period dress, music from Lincoln's era, and even appearances by Mr. Lincoln himself.
2014-06-02 00:00:00 -- 2014-09-04 00:00:00
Location: Old State Capitol - South Plaza
This summertime program takes place on the South Plaza of the Old State Capitol at noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Free performances range from singer/songwriters to musical theater performers, from dancers to jugglers. It’s a great way to break up the work day or simply to enjoy the sights and sounds of Downtown Springfield.
2014-06-03 00:00:00 -- 2014-08-26 00:00:00
Location: Lincoln Tomb - Oak Ridge Cemetery
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.
2014-06-08 00:00:00 -- 2014-09-14 00:00:00
Location: 2200 Meadowbrook - Knights of Columbus Parking Lot
Farmers Market sponsored by the Knights of Columbus #364. Sundays, June 8 - September 14, 11 am - 2 pm. Located in the parking lot of the Knights of Columbus. 2200 Meadowbrook, Corner of Iles Meadowbrook.
2014-07-18 00:00:00 -- 2014-09-06 00:00:00
Location: M. G. Nelson Family Gallery at the Springfield Art Association
This exhibition is a comprehensive overview of contemporary ceramics with 94 pieces by 71 different artists from 27 states and Taiwan. The juror for the exhibition was Harris Deller. Mr. Deller, who is an award winning ceramicist and Professor Emertis from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Cash and merchandise awards will be presented by Mr. Deller at the opening reception, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm July 18. Reception and show open to the public.
2014-07-23 00:00:00 -- 2014-07-26 00:00:00
Location: Various Sites - Historic Downtown Springfield
An a capella group of 8 highschool and college-aged performers dressed in period clothing and presenting the music of Lincoln's day. Performances given at various downtown locations every Wednesday - Saturday, June 4 - August 9, 2014. View the History Comes Alive brochure for times and locations!
2014-07-24 00:00:00 -- 2014-07-26 00:00:00
Location: The MUNI, 815 E Lake Shore Drive
Featuring the songs of Elvis Presley, this hip-swiveling, lip-curling musical fantasy will have you jumpin’ out of your blue suede shoes and singing along to classics such as “Jailhouse Rock”, “Love Me Tender”, “Don’t Be Cruel”, and “All Shook Up!” All shows start at 8:30pm.
2014-07-24 00:00:00 -- 2014-07-27 00:00:00
This musical telling of the Civil War is presented not as a conventional narrative but rather an emotional landscape. Twenty-seven performers and six musicians bring to life the fears and hopes of the people who lived this extraordinary event in our nation’s history. Each performance begins at 8 p.m. in the park, located next to the museum. Tickets are $12 for the general public and $10 for members of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation. Tickets for the lawn, where people can bring blankets and lawn chairs, are $5.
2014-07-24 00:00:00 -- 2014-07-26 00:00:00
Location: Theatre in the Park - Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site
Enter slick con man Harold Hill, who has just arrived by train to impose his charismatic and charming personality on the small town of River City, Iowa; posing as traveling salesman of band instruments and uniforms to naive Iowa town folk. Harold is no musician and plans to skip town without giving any music lessons but not before he collects payment. However, he wasn't expecting to fall for the town librarian and piano teacher, Marian Paroo. Fun and laughter for the whole family, be sure to check out this Tony award winning show. Based on a story by Willson and Franklin Lacey and Directed by Bill Bauser, Jr. All performances: $13 Adult, $11 Seniors, $8 Children (under 12) For reservations and to order,call 217-632-5440 or 1-800-710-9290 All performances begin at 8:00 PM