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., 10/09/2015
E.g., 10/09/2015
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.
2015-05-14 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.
2015-09-05 00:00:00 -- 2015-10-31 00:00:00
Location: Downtown Springfield
Wed. and Sat. 8 am - 12:30 pm. 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.
2015-10-09 00:00:00 -- 2015-10-09 00:00:00
Location: Sangamon Auditorium
For over three decades, Lakota Sioux Dance Theatre has communicated the powerful resonance of dance in Plains Indian Society, as well as the importance of songs as living history and oral tradition. Cokata Upo!, translated as Come to the Center, celebrates the culture of the Lakota people through traditional and sacred stories, songs, and dances. Narratives and creation stories are woven into the fabric of the performance, which is set against a backdrop of spectacular video imagery and accompanied by live traditional, sacred, and courting songs. Lakota Sioux Dance Theatre began with the support of traditional Lakota Indian educators, healers, community leaders, championship powwow dancers, singers, and storytellers. Founded in 1978 on the Rosebud Reservation, South Dakota, the company includes some of the most highly acclaimed performers of the Sioux Nation.
2015-10-10 00:00:00 -- 2015-10-11 00:00:00
Location: Lincoln Memorial Garden
Join us in a celebration of fall at the 2015 Indian Summer Festival, Saturday and Sunday, October 10-11 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. You’ll recognize many aspects—music, food, vendors, children’s activities and reconnecting with friends—with some exiting additions you’re sure to enjoy.
2015-10-10 00:00:00 -- 2015-10-11 00:00:00
Location: Washington Park
Bring your kids, family, friends, or any group to this fun, family-friendly event to help carve the 2,015 pumpkins that will light the way for annual Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular the following week.
2015-10-10 00:00:00 -- 2015-10-10 00:00:00
Location: Lincoln Memorial Garden & Nature Center
Catch a fascinating glimpse of migrating birds with our volunteer birding expert Kevin Veara. Kevin will again be leading Saturday morning bird identification hikes on Saturdays, September 19 and 26, October 3, 10 and 17. Hikes begin at the Nature Center at 8 am. Hikes are free and open to birders of all skill levels.
2015-10-10 00:00:00 -- 2015-10-10 00:00:00
Location: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Join us as we merge science and history, two areas of study not often united but undeniably connected. Families are invited to send Morse Code messages, test the safety of watercraft like submarines and ironclads, explore Civil War photography, and interact with Civil War reenactors who will show them first-hand the science and innovation of Civil War technology. At the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library from 11am – 2pm. Free
2015-10-10 00:00:00 -- 2015-10-10 00:00:00
Location: Studio on 6th
Free guided Downtown Shop Hop Artisan Walk to 10 specialty stores. Meet at Studio on 6th, 215 S. 6th St., at 11:30am. Reservations appreciated, not required: Alicia 217-494-4134
2015-10-11 00:00:00 -- 2015-10-11 00:00:00
Location: Oak Ridge Cemetery
The walk will provide visitors with a glimpse into the history and heritage of Springfield. Eight costumed actors and actresses will tell the stories of interesting people who have been buried at Oak Ridge Cemetery over the years. These authentic stories, which have been thoroughly researched, will take the audience back to an earlier time and provide insight into the lives and times of these historic individuals. Event is free and open to the public
2015-10-12 00:00:00 -- 2015-10-12 00:00:00
Location: SCHEELS Training Center
Join SCHEELS and the Illinois Raptor Center for this AMAZING show about Birds of Prey. Watch as hawks, falcons, owls, and vultures are displayed and talked about. This event is FREE to the public. All participants will receive a FREE ride on the SCHEELS Ferris Wheel. Register to win a GREAT prize!
2015-10-13 00:00:00 -- 2015-10-13 00:00:00
Location: Sangamon Auditorium
Direct from Broadway, the world’s best selling magic show is coming to Sangamon Auditorium! This mind-blowing spectacular showcases the jaw dropping talents of the most incredible Illusionists on earth. The IllusionistsTM – Witness the ImpossibleTM has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.
2015-10-15 00:00:00 -- 2015-10-15 00:00:00
Location: 212 North Sixth Street
Dr. Jonathan Sarna, co-author of Lincoln and the Jews: A History, will sign and discuss his book. Dr. Sarna is chair of the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandels University, president of the Association for Jewish Studies, and chief historian of the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. Museum will open at 6 pm, Book signing at 6 pm and Talk at 6:30 pm Tickets are free but you must reserve your seat.