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., 06/25/2015
E.g., 06/25/2015
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.
2015-03-26 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.
2015-04-02 00:00:00 -- 2015-07-15 00:00:00
Location: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum - Treasures Gallery
(Lincoln Funeral Commemoration Event) A special exhibit on Lincoln's death and funerals. Thirty-six items, many never before displayed, take us from the fateful moment in Ford's Theatre, along the train's route, to the final procession and entombment in Springfield. Highlights include the never seen before silver medallion from his hearse (related items in Undying Words exhibit).
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.
2015-04-29 00:00:00 -- 2015-06-18 00:00:00
Location: Prairie Art Alliance
(Lincoln Funeral Commemoration Event) This exhibit displays art created by local juried artists of the Prairie Art Alliance. Discover the varied ways in which the artist interpreted the events, ideas, and experiences of Lincoln's time. The exhibit will boast a wide range of media and styles, offering personal tributes to the life of our 16th president and his impact today. Exhibit is free and open to the public
2015-05-01 00:00:00 -- 2015-05-30 00:00:00
Location: 700 N. Fourth St. Springfield IL 62702
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.
2015-05-24 00:00:00 -- 2015-08-23 00:00:00
Location: Illinois State Museum - 2nd Floor
This exhibition features visual art from the ISM Fine Art Collection that in some way employs narrative text, words or fragments of writing. Complimenting and building on the theme of the main exhibition Pro-Text: When Words Enter Visual Art, this exhibition features a variety of media and contrasting artistic concepts. From academically trained artists producing modern and contemporary art to self-taught intuitive creatives that carry on folk art traditions this show includes virtually every media imaginable including: paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculpture and mixed media works. Both exhibitions are curated by Robert Sill, Curator and Assistant Director of Art. Exhibit is free and open to the public
2015-05-24 00:00:00 -- 2015-08-16 00:00:00
Location: Illinois State Museum
Event is free and open to the public · Recommended for grades K-5 The Museum Passport Series is back! This summer, the popular series of six search activities will lead visitors on a “Museum Safari.” Families can search exhibitions for animals, insects, plants, birds, and even “wild” art. Participants will enjoy seeing the Museum in a new way, and might just win a prize! A new search will be available every two weeks starting on Monday, May 25 (Memorial Day). Upon completion of each search, children will receive a stamp for their passport and a drawing entry for a $10 Museum Store gift certificate (one entry per two-week period per child). The program will end on August 16. Complete all six search activities to complete the passport!
2015-05-26 00:00:00 -- 2015-05-26 00:00:00
Location: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum - Union Theater
Vincent Speranza of Auburn, Illinois, was a member of the fabled 101st Airborne during World War II, and a veteran of the division’s historic stand at Bastogne, Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge in December, 1944. He will be sharing his memories of that battle and the rest of the war, and will be signing his recently published memoir, Nuts, A 101st Airborne Division Machine Gunner at Bastogne. You won’t want to miss this special night with one of the area’s most remarkable World War II veterans. Moderated by Dr. Mark DePue. Museum opens at 6:00pm. Museum journeys ad galleries will be open. Book signing at 6:00pm and discussion at 6:30pm. E-TICKET MUST BE PRESENTED FOR ENTRY (printed or on digital device).
2015-05-27 00:00:00 -- 2015-05-27 00:00:00
Location: Adams St (Between 5th and 2nd)
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.
2015-05-28 00:00:00 -- 2015-05-28 00:00:00
Location: Boondocks Pub
Country Hip Hop Artists - Tickets $25 in advance
2015-05-29 00:00:00 -- 2015-05-31 00:00:00
Location: Theatre in the Park - Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site
In collaboration with Lincoln Land Community College, Theatre in the Park presents one of Shakespeare’s earliest romantic comedies. The play explores the pursuit of love and how ridiculous four young lovers may behave on their varied journeys to true love.