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., 03/06/2015
E.g., 03/06/2015
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.
2015-01-08 00:00:00 -- 2015-03-12 00:00:00
Location: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Every Thursday guests may sign-up for a discussion/tour about the graphic art within Journey I and II of the Museum.
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.
2015-02-21 00:00:00 -- 2015-03-14 00:00:00
Location: Lincoln Memorial Garden
For four weekends in late February and early March, you're invited to walk with us into the Garden's sugar bush as we tap our maples. Help us collect the sap as it flows from the trees and cook it down into pure maple syrup. A great way to shake the winter blues!
2015-03-06 00:00:00 -- 2015-03-08 00:00:00
Location: Hoogland Center for the Arts
HCFTA presents Disney's musical version of Tarzan of the Apes, featuring heart-pumping music by rock legend Phil Collins. Starring the Hoogland Kids Teens.
2015-03-06 00:00:00 -- 2015-03-07 00:00:00
Location: Donnie B's Comedy Club
2015-03-06 00:00:00 -- 2015-03-06 00:00:00
Location: Norb Andy's Tabarin
Micah Walk is a singer/songwriter from Central IL. Born and raised in a town of 2,000 people, he called Chicago home for a few years before relocating back down south to Springfield. He's spent several years playing shows and selling his old bands' albums (The Micah Walk Band) in independent record stores, online and out of the back of his truck. With the generous help of fans through a Kickstarter campaign, Walk enlisted the help of Grammy nominated producer Jamie Candiloro for his new solo album (2014).
2015-03-07 00:00:00 -- 2015-03-07 00:00:00
Location: Obed & Isaac's Microbrewery and Eatery
Join us the first Saturday every month for our FREE Beer School 101! Learn about beer making, tour our working brewery, and sample some of our fine craft beers made on site. Classes are limited in size and we require pre-registration on Participants must be 21+ and be aware they are touring a working brewery.
2015-03-07 00:00:00 -- 2015-03-07 00:00:00
Location: SCHEELS, 3801 S. MacArthur Blvd. Springfield, IL 62711
Whether you're an experienced angler or just learning to bait a hook, there's something for the whole family at SCHEELS Fish Fest! Visit with a variety of vendors including: Shimano, Seaguar, Lew's, Angler Assets, Falcon Graphite Rods, Lowrance, B 'n' M Pole Company, Southern Pro, Duckett Fishing, and more! Meet Greet with Mark Menendez, Bassmaster elite pro tournament angler. A Kids Activity area will be available with games, activities, tattoos and FREE giveaways from Berkley and Plano (while supplies last). IN-STORE HOT BUYS MARCH 7 ONLY! (While supplies last. Springfield, IL SCHEELS ONLY.) Register to win a $500 SCHEELS Gift Card Other great prizes!
2015-03-07 00:00:00 -- 2015-03-07 00:00:00
Location: Boondocks Pub
This group of guys is not your typical small town band. They will surprise you with an energetic live show that includes their own original songs along with covers ranging from David Allan Coe, to Lynyrd Skynyrd, to Jimi Hendrix. The band loves to showcase great country melodies, wild guitar playing, and unpredictable medleys catered toward the college-aged listener of popular music. Get off the couch and go see them, you will be sure to have a great time singing and dancing all night long.
2015-03-07 00:00:00 -- 2015-03-07 00:00:00
Location: The Legacy Theatre
A SWANKY, SOPHISTICATED EVENING OF BEAUTIFUL MUSIC! Three of New York's finest Broadway vocalists arrive at The Legacy for an acclaimed, one-night-only concert evening! Join Lee Lessak, Scott Coulter, and John Boswell in a swinging celebration of Frank Sinatra's 100th Birthday! Ol' Blue Eyes, The Voice, The Chairman of the Board - call him what you want, but there is no denying the legacy of Frank Sinatra. He was the iconic voice of a generation and one of the greatest entertainers of all time. A Toast to Sinatra celebrates the 100th birthday of one of America's most enduring vocalists by shining the spotlight on dozens of his hits: Strangers in the Night, Fly Me to the Moon, All the Way, My Way, New York, New York and dozens more!
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. Public Exhibit Opening Reception - March 13, 5:30 pm - 8 pm.
2015-03-09 00:00:00 -- 2015-03-09 00:00:00
Location: Sangamon Auditorium - University of Springfield Illinois Campus
Brit Floyd - The World's Greatest Pink Floyd Show, returns to North America in 2015 to launch its Space and Time World Tour 2015, their most ambitious show to date; with a spectacular new light show, an even bigger stage production and over one hundred concerts planned throughout the United States and Canada between March and August 2015. Celebrating five decades of Pink Floyd; from their creation in 1965 right through to the release of their brand new album, 'The Endless River’, this amazing new show includes performances from all Pink Floyd's biggest selling albums, including The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Wall and The Division Bell plus a host of other Pink Floyd musical surprises.
2015-03-09 00:00:00 -- 2015-03-09 00:00:00
Location: Illinois State Museum
Everyone has special talents that they can use to better the world. In celebration of Women's History Month, this program will focus on women who did amazing things just by being themselves.
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 vsit to his law office and layi in state in the old capitol. At the church hear how the Lincoln's found their way into the church through the death of youg Eddie. You'll enjoy an evening stroll through the Lincoln neighorhood where the tales take a strange turn. Once in Washington Mary engaged in Spiritualism and had seances 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 depature 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, stange and bizarre stories, not scary. This tour is a must do while in town.