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., 08/01/2015
E.g., 08/01/2015
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.
2015-04-10 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.
2015-05-14 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 -- 2015-08-16 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!
2015-05-30 00:00:00 -- 2015-08-31 00:00:00
Location: Various Springfield Sites & Atractions
Step back in time and experience history in person. These daily living history programs take place at the Lincoln historic sites and throughout Springfield all summer long. Most programs are free. You might just bump into Lincoln himself. Programs change daily. For the most up-to-date schedule visit our Events page at and select the History Comes Alive category.
2015-07-28 00:00:00 -- 2015-08-01 00:00:00
Location: Oak Ridge Cemetery - Old Receiving Vault
Enjoy a 90-minute walk through the second most visited historic cemetery in America. Oak Ridge is brimming with Victorian mourning symbolism and anecdotal tales of people woven into the Lincoln story. There's also an amazing Civil War history to be told including seven generals, soldiers and notables, governors and statesmen, and there's plenty of other sensational stories including one very naughty Bishop! *** This tour begins at the old receiving vault located behind the Lincoln Tomb down the hill. Dates: May to Aug, Tuesday through Saturday 5pm Please enjoy the Flag Lowering Ceremony after the summer Tuesday tour. Paved roads and hills, uneven ground amongst the tombstones we walk Cost: $15 adults, $8 kids 8-17, free under 7, $12 seniors/military
2015-07-31 00:00:00 -- 2015-08-01 00:00:00
Location: Knight's Action Park
A fun car event for the entire family! A Friday evening super cruise through Springfield will be followed by a movie night at the Route 66 Twin Drive-In. Saturday will feature a car show with movie replica cars, helicopter and hot air balloon demonstrations and much more. Registration fee. All cars welcome.
2015-08-01 00:00:00 -- 2015-08-01 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.
2015-08-01 00:00:00 -- 2015-08-01 00:00:00
Location: Robin Roberts Stadium
CEFCU Summer Fireworks Series, Fan Appreciation Weekend, Farmers Insurance Child Safety Day. Join us for a large post game fireworks show as we celebrate our fans on Fan Appreciation Weekend presented by CEFCU! Plus it's Farmers Insurance Child Safety Day with free child ID kits for all children as well as special games and events just for kids all night long! Adult $7, Senior 55+ $5, 12 under $5
2015-08-01 00:00:00 -- 2015-08-01 00:00:00
Location: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Spend time at the 1893 Chicago World' Fair, The Columbian Exhibtion. This was the fair that showcased electricity, modern industry, and convenience food. View objects and artifacts from the Library's collection. The Tea Ladies will be hosting this afternoon event.
2015-08-01 00:00:00 -- 2015-08-01 00:00:00
Location: Abraham Lincoln Presdiential Library and Museum
Inspired by the life and hobbies of Robert Lincoln, party guests will use telescopes, learn the basics of how to play golf, and try their hand at gardening...all in honor of the oldest and most controversial Lincoln child! Join us for a brief historian talk about Robert at 11 am and 2 pm.
2015-08-01 00:00:00 -- 2015-08-01 00:00:00
Location: Capitol Illini Chatham Vet
Enjoy Canine Demonstrations at 12:30. Lunch will be available (donations accepted) Raffle Items will include heartworm flea/tick prevention, 6 month dog training package, gift baskets more! All proceeds benefit the Springfield Police K9 Unit and the 2015 USPCA National Field Trails.
2015-08-01 00:00:00 -- 2015-08-01 00:00:00
Location: Boondocks
Since coming together a little over a year ago, Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney—known collectively as Dan + Shay—have established themselves as one of country music’s most promising duos. Tickest are $20