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Cubs vs. Cardinals: The Rivalry

3/24/2017 - 12/31/2017, Daily: 9 am - 5 pm

Visitors will see rare artifacts and photographs. They’ll learn about legendary players like Mordecai Brown and Rogers Hornsby and newer stars like Jake Arrieta and Yadier Molina. They’ll also be able to interact with the exhibit by sharing their own Cards-Cubs memories, answering trivia questions and playing a home run derby as their favorite team. “The Rivalry” was developed in conjunction with the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals, an unprecedented partnership from all three organizations for an exhibit of this type. 

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Old Capitol Farmers Market

5/17/2017 - 10/28/2017, W & Sa: 8 am - 12:30 pm
The Old Capitol Farmers Market can be found in the heart of Downtown Springfield. At the market, you’ll find local farm and artisan vendors selling fresh produce, artisanal baked goods and cheeses, flowers and more. The market is just steps from the Old State Capitol historic site and you’ll find other sites like the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, Lincoln Home and Dana-Thomas House a Frank Lloyd Wright Design nearby!

The Big Picture: Large-Scale Paintings from the 70's, 80's and 90's

9/28/2017 - 11/12/2017, Mon-Sat: 9am-4:30pm, Sun: Noon-4:30pm


When paintings are larger than life size, as opposed to the domestic intimacy generally found in small-scale works, they can dominate a space; they can be awe-inspiring, epic, imposing, and heroic or even evoke a sense of grandeur. These paintings are especially well-suited to the blank backdrops of large gallery walls. Drawn primarily from the ISM Illinois Legacy Collection, this exhibition is a look back at the variety of creative and innovative ways some of Illinois’ finest painters employed large-scale painting during the last quarter of the 20th century.


Concert at the Carillon

10/1/2017 - 4/29/2018, Every Sunday: 2 pm & 4 pm
A half an hour, outdoor, live concert with a great variety of music, played by the resident carillonist on the 67-bell Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon.

Concert at the Carillon

10/4/2017 - 4/25/2018, Every Wednesday: Noon
A half an hour, outdoor, live concert with a great variety of music, played by the resident carillonist on the 67-bell Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon.

Zoolie Ghoulie

10/20/2017 - 10/22/2017, F: 4 pm - 8 pm; Sa -Su: 1 pm - 5 pm
During Zoolie Ghoulie, the Zoo is transformed into a haunting Halloween haven, complete with these not too scary, family-friendly activities. 

Best Of Springfield Party

10/26/2017, 5 pm - 9 pm
The Illinois Times’ first “Best of Springfield” issue debuted in 1985, so we’re having an 80’s throwback theme for our first annual Best of Springfield party! Costumes are optional, but dress to impress in your best 80s fashions for a chance to win prizes in our costume contest.  Come and experience the best food, drinks and live music that Springfield has to offer! Best of Springfield nominees and other local businesses will be showcasing their products, so please join us at the BOS Center in downtown Springfield from 5-9 p.m. on Thursday, October 26 for an evening of fun.  The 2017 Best of Springfield issue hits the streets that day, so be the first to find out who this year’s winners are for Local Life, Food and Dining, Arts and Music, and People and Places.

Advance tickets are just $15, or $20 at the door. Admission includes two drink tickets for beer or wine and a punch card to sample the food and beverages from participating vendors.  We hope to see you there! 

6th Annual Honoring Our Heritage Gala

10/26/2017, 6 pm

Our theme for the “Gala” is, “Early African American Pioneers of Central Illinois.”  Most African American pioneers of Central Illinois had formerly been enslaved and/or were descendants of enslaved people.  However, they did not let their condition stifle their vision to obtain freedom and security and all the rights of citizenship for themselves, their family, and their descendants.  The 2017 Special Honorees are: Jerrie L. Blakely, Samuel W. Hale Jr., Brandon McFarland, Meleesa Tyus, Melverta Wilkins, and Youth Honoree Russell Moore III.  

Muni Mayham

10/26/2017 - 10/28/2017, 7 pm - 10 pm

Mix of song and dance of some of your favorite Halloween/Spooky favorites. Haunted Maze: Open all nights to explore the untold tales of the spooky side of Muni. Attendees may go through as frequently as they would like. Event also includes some performances from high school students, concessions including Famous Muni Dogs, Popcorn, Soda, Coffee and Hot Chocolate along with fire pits on the lawn just outside the gates for campfire fun. These are available all night for everyone in attendance. There will also be s’more kits and glowsticks/necklaces for sale.

Rocky Horror Picture Show - Live!

10/26/2017 - 10/28/2017, Th: 8 pm F & Sa: 8 pm & 11:30
The famous rock and roll musical about a "Sweet Transvestite from Transsexual Transylvania" is live on stage. Survival kits will again be available for $6. Only the approved survival kit may be brought into the theatre. Kits will be sold one hour prior to showtime and will be available to the first 125 patrons. Kit includes all the necessary items to participate with the show including a wedding bell, newspaper, bubbles, a glow stick, lip siren whistle, champagne popper, playing cards, a rubber glove and dance instructions to The Time Warp.

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