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., 09/21/2014
E.g., 09/21/2014
2014-03-05 00:00:00 -- 2014-11-16 00:00:00
Location: Old State Capitol Plaza
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. Suitable for all ages. March-May, September-October, Tuesday to Saturday. June - August nightly.
2014-05-08 00:00:00 -- 2014-10-16 00:00:00
Location: Illinois State Fairgrounds
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.
2014-05-14 00:00:00 -- 2014-10-25 00:00:00
Location: Adams between 5th & 2nd Streets
Wed. and Sat. 8:00 - 12:30. 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.
2014-09-20 00:00:00 -- 2014-09-21 00:00:00
Location: Clayville Historic Site Pleasant Plains
Pioneer artisan and craftsman demonstrations, historic building tours, kids activities, craft vendors, and food/ refreshments. The 10th Illinois Volunteer Calvary Regiment, Chris Camp - The Whip Guy, Ollie DePriest Puppets, and musical entertainment.
2014-09-20 00:00:00 -- 2014-09-21 00:00:00
Location: 700 N. Fourth Street
Join the Springfield Art Association at one of their longest-running traditions, the 26th Annual Edwards Place Fine Art Fair. View and purchase hand-crafted art at over 60 artists’ booths, from the Midwest and beyond. Enjoy live music, food vendors, live art demonstrations, and kids area after you’ve browsed the amazing artwork. Expand your library at the Michael Victor II Art Library’s Used Book Sale, which will be occurring indoors at the SAA during the art fair. Kick off the fall season with this great family event!
2014-09-21 00:00:00 -- 2014-09-21 00:00:00
Location: Hoogland Center for the Arts
The Sound Celebration Chorus presents: This Joint is Jumpin'! Reserve your tickets to hear this chorus of 30 women showcase music of the 1920s. The group specializes in acapella and is directed by Gena Sommer. Hear favorites from the Jazz age as chorus quartets, Latest Edition, Mood Swing, Songbird and TGF Harmony join in the fun. Main Attraction, an award-winning group is this year's featured quartet. A portion of the show proceeds will be donated to Memorial Medical Center Foundation, Hospice Care and Patient Services. For more information visit
2014-09-22 00:00:00 -- 2014-09-22 00:00:00
Location: SCHEELS
All participating kids will be eligible for to win a $100.00 Bell Ranger Giveaway. All kids get to shoot a bow in the SCHEELS Archery Range with a SCHEELS Expert. Learn important safety tips and basic archery skills. All participating kids ages 4-12 will receive a free ride on the SCHEELS Ferris Wheel (height restrictions may apply).
2014-09-26 00:00:00 -- 2014-09-28 00:00:00
Location: Downtown Springfield
Over 1,100 cool cars and 85,000 spectators, hot music and free entertainment will roll into the heart of Springfield's historic downtown for this Route 66 celebration! Non-stop free musical entertainment on the Hot Rod stage all weekend!
2014-09-28 00:00:00 -- 2014-09-28 00:00:00
Location: Erin’s Pavilion at Southwind Park, 4965 S. Second Street
Combine dancing and running/walking throughout a 5k, all to help raise funds for your Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Each mile, learn a new dance move or routine, then join new friends and old in a giant flash mob at the end!
2014-09-28 00:00:00 -- 2014-09-28 00:00:00
Location: Studio Theater - University of Springfield Illinois
Once described as Gillian Welch's long-lost daughter by Rolling Stone Magazine, Sarah Jarosz's music fits comfortably where contemporary folk, Americana and roots music intersect.
2014-09-30 00:00:00 -- 2014-09-30 00:00:00
Location: Abraham Lincoln Presidental Library
In a nation devastated by the Civil War, spiritualism offered grieving families some hope of connecting with lost loved ones. It also gave women another outlet for their energy and influence in a society that sharply limited women’s roles. Jean H. Baker, author of “Mary Todd Lincoln: A Biography,” visits the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on Sep. 30 to discuss spiritualism and attempts to contact the dead. The free event begins at 6 PM, when Baker will sign copies of the Mary Lincoln biography and “Sisters: The Lives of America’s Suffragists.” Her lecture begins at 6:30 PM in the museum’s Union Theater. To make reservations, visit and click on “special event reservations.” Or call 217-558-8934.
2014-10-01 00:00:00 -- 2014-10-01 00:00:00
Location: Downtown Springfield
This guided walking tour highlights interesting architectural facts and structures. Meets at the Lincoln-Herndon Law Office at 5:30. Held the first Wednesday of each month, May - October.
2014-10-03 00:00:00 -- 2014-10-05 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.
2014-10-03 00:00:00 -- 2014-10-04 00:00:00
Location: Riverside Stables - 2310 Chinchilla Lane
Travel along the river and through the woods pulled by a hearse. The Extreme Haunted Hayrides in Riverside Park are so scary you'll have nightmares for weeks! Weather permitting. Friday Saturday nights only. Gates open at 6 PM. Concessions, live entertainment and bonfires nightly. A portion of the proceeds will go to charity.
2014-10-04 00:00:00 -- 2014-10-04 00:00:00
Location: Henson Robinson Zoo
Don't miss the fun at the final Free admission day of the season. Try your luck at picking out the fastest turtle at the Zoo's turtle races and check out the offerings of various vendors.