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., 10/04/2015
E.g., 10/04/2015
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.
2015-05-14 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.
2015-10-02 00:00:00 -- 2015-10-04 00:00:00
Location: Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site
Candle lanterns illuminate the 1830s village while fireplaces entice visitors to step inside many of the log buildings along main street during the annual Candlelight Walk at Lincoln's New Salem pioneer village.
2015-10-04 00:00:00 -- 2015-10-04 00:00:00
Location: Sangamon Auditorium
Compañia Flamenca José Porcel Starring José Porcel Featuring Full Company of Dancers and Live Orchestra Presents: Flamenco Fire A Performance of Classic and Traditional Flamenco Dance and Music José Porcel and his company of dancers and live orchestra present a spectacle of classic Flamenco as it was danced and performed by the great masters, including Antonio Gades, José Greco, and the great Antonio. José Procel and the company perform traditional program of the Art of Flamenco. This breathtaking extravaganza represents the purity and authenticity of the golden age of Flamenco. The choreography, costumes, and music have been faithfully reproduced to ensure a wonderful program of the great moments of the art of Flamenco.
2015-10-04 00:00:00 -- 2015-10-04 00:00:00
Location: Vachel Lindsay Home
Come learn more about the poetry of Juan Felipe Herrera, the US Poet Laureate, who will be visiting Springfield on October 6. Members of the local Hispanic community and others will read from Herrera's bilingual fiction and poetry for children. Light refreshments will be available following the event. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public.
2015-10-06 00:00:00 -- 2015-10-06 00:00:00
Location: 212 North Sixth Street
Join us for an evening of poetry and performance. Named the first Latino U.S. Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera will sign books, read his works, and perform on stage in Union Theater. Mr. Herrera is the 21st Poet Laureate of the United States. Book signing at 6 pm, event will begin at 6:30 pm.
2015-10-08 00:00:00 -- 2015-10-08 00:00:00
Location: Wm. Van's Coffee House
Have you ever wondered where coffee comes from? Or how it's processed? Then you are in for a treat! We host a coffee education seminar on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 5:30-6:30 pm. Our seminars that will take you from tree to cup and each will also feature a coffee tasting. These classes are free and open to anyone interested!
2015-10-08 00:00:00 -- 2015-10-08 00:00:00
Location: 212 North Sixth Street
The Civil War has inspired more movies than any other event in America's history, except for WWII. But like so much about the Civil War, the frictions between North and South​ linger on in our most popular cultural art form. Join Dr. Mark DePue as we examine how Hollywood's portrayal of the Civil War has evolved over the last 100 years. Event will begin at 6:30 pm.
2015-10-08 00:00:00 -- 2015-10-08 00:00:00
For three years after moving to Springfield, Mary Todd’s suitors came courting at her sister’s home and squired her to parties, weddings, railroad excursions, and informal gatherings. The culmination of these courtship activities came on November 4, 1842, when twenty-three-year-old Mary stood in a borrowed dress in her sister’s parlor and became the bride of thirty-three year old Abraham Lincoln. Drawing on period letters, diaries, etiquette manuals, and reminiscences, this essay examines the nature of courtship and weddings in Lincoln-era Springfield. How did young people meet? What kind of social activities did courting couples engage in? What was the nature of engagements? What were typical features of weddings of the time? Attend this presentation to learn the answers to these questions and more!
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.