Walk, Hike and Bike History
Illinois Department of Natural Resource’s Walk, Hike and Bike History is a series of inspiring outdoor experiences that connect you to must-see museums and monuments in the capital city.
Friends of Lincoln Hike Wednesdays at 10am. Saturdays at 3pm. A 90-minute walk through the hills of Oak Ridge Cemetery. Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site, 1500 Monument Ave., 782-2717.
History Bike Tours The eight-mile history bike tour begins at 10am. The five-mile tour begins at 1pm. Ride your own bicycle following a guide on a casual and easy-paced bicycle tour of historic sites in the capital city. Capitol Complex Visitors Center, 425 S. College St.
1908 Race Riot Walking Tour 10:30am. This hour-long tour will visit a portion of the 1908 Race Riot sites that destroyed and affected the lives of many of Abraham Lincoln’s African American friends and their descendants. Old State Capitol, 1 Old State Capitol Plaza, 217-785-7960.
Military History Tour Thursdays at 1pm. A 90-minute hike around Oak Ridge Cemetery visiting the final resting places of numerous veterans. Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site, 1500 Monument Ave., 782-2717.
Black History Walk Fridays at 3pm. This 90-minute walk through Oak Ridge Cemetery focuses on the history of Springfield’s African American community. Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site, 1500 Monument Ave., 782-2717.
Designing for Change 1:30pm. A one-hour walking tour to discuss the relationship between Frankl Lloyd Wright’s Springfield project and the path to suffrage for Illinois women. Dana-Thomas House, 301 E. Lawrence Ave., 217-782-6776.
Drawing studio Tuesdays, 6:30-9:30pm. An undraped, live model, easels, drawing benches and chairs are available. Work in the medium of your choice. All skills levels are welcome. Reservations are required and donations are suggested. The Pharmacy Gallery and Art Space, 623 E. Adams St., 801-810-9278.
Old Capitol Farmers Market Wednesdays and Saturdays, 8am-12pm, through Oct. 30. Shop for fresh local produce, baked goods and products. Please note health guidelines. downtownspringfield.org. Old Capitol Farmers Market, Fourth and Adams streets, 217-544-1723.
Illinois Products Farmers Market Thursdays, 4-7pm, through Oct. 14. Buy local products and goods that are grown or produced here in Illinois. Illinois State Fairgrounds, The Shed, 801 Sangamon Ave., 217-558-0788.
Produce in the Park Thursdays, 5-7pm, through Oct. 28. Products from local farmers, those with overflowing gardens and homemade goodies. Free. Auburn Community Garden, Auburn, 327 W. Madison St., 217-891-8278.
50th Anniversary REWIND Celebration
Aug. 26 through Aug. 29. A rewind celebration of the 2020 50th anniversary. Free admission Aug. 27 and Aug. 29. $1 admission on Sat., Aug. 28. Free movie at dusk on Friday. Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Shore Drive, 217-585-1821.
Jacksonville Area Museum volunteer training Thu., Aug. 26, 6pm and Sat., Aug. 28, 10am. Prospective volunteers need to attend one of the two-hour sessions. Volunteers who are selected must commit to working a minimum of one three-hour shift of their choosing per month and be comfortable interacting with the public. Connect on the museum’s Facebook page for more info. Jacksonville Area Museum, Jacksonville, 301 E. State St.
Reform: Restoration, Revitalization and Representation Thu., Aug. 26, 5:30-7pm. Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Foundation and University of Illinois Springfield present Tackling Criminal Justice Reform and Police Accountability. Part of the Virtual Speaker Series with Sen. Elgie Sims Jr., Sen. Robert Peters and Rep. Justin Slaughter. Register via uis.zoom.us. 217-544-0444.
Glow Run Fri., Aug. 27, 5:45-9:30pm. 5k run/walk for glowing fun. Music, glow stations and activities after the race. All ages are welcome. All proceeds will benefit the YMCA Strong Kids scholarship fund. Register on the website springfieldymca.org. Southwind Park, 4965 S. Second St., 217-753-0702.
Hook Fri., Aug. 27, 8:30pm. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and snacks. Social distancing and masks are encouraged. Part of the library’s Cinema Under the Stars series. Chatham Area Public Library, 600 E. Spruce, 217-483-2713.
Kool & The Gang Fri., Aug. 27, 7pm. With special guest Deja Voodoo. $30-$75. The Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater, Decatur, 620 E. Riverside Dr., 217-619-8025.
Old Capitol Blues and BBQ Fri., Aug. 27, 5pm-12am and Sat., Aug. 28, 12pm-12am. The best and bluesiest summer fest. Award-winning BBQ and tons of food and drink, eight incredible blues bands will play for two days with headliner Big Head Todd & the Monsters on Saturday night. Old State Capitol Plaza, between Sixth and Fifth streets at Adams, 217-523-1455.
Raya and the Last Dragon Fri., Aug. 27, Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Film begins at dusk. Part of the Movie in the Park Series. Prior to the movie, the Girl Scouts of Central Illinois will lead a free STEM class for the children from 7-8pm. springfieldparks.org. Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Shore Dr., 217-585-1821.
Cool Cruisers Cruise-In Sat., Aug. 28, 5:30pm. Slick back your hair and listen to your favorite oldies. Put on your poodle skirt and bobby socks and have some fun. Don’t have a car? Come anyway. It’s a gas, man. Knights of Columbus Hall Council 4175, 2801 West St., 217-528-5740.
Off the Wall Sat., Aug. 28, 6:30-10pm. Bring a lawn chair. Coolers are not permitted. Food and drinks available for purchase. Free and accessible parking. Call for ticket info. Sherman Village Park Amphitheater, 1200 Rail Fence Drive, 217-496-2621.
River cleanup Sat., Aug. 28, 9am-1pm. Because of a lack of large items to be removed, this event will be more of a recreational float. Pack a cooler and bring a hat and sunblock. Trip will take four to six hours. Hosted by the Friends of the Sangamon Valley. Wheeland Park, Riverton, Third St., 217-553-2243.
Riverton/Spaulding Fall Festival Sat., Aug. 28, 4:30-10pm. Music provided by Schroeder’s DJ Service. Fireworks at dusk. Food, kids’ activities and more. Field of Dreams, Riverton, 6237-6269 Riverton Road.
Tap Decatur Craft Beer and Music Festival Sat., Aug. 28, 12-5pm. Samplings from regional breweries, food trucks, yard games and music. Tickets available online. devonamphitheater.com. $10-$100 plus fees. The Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater, Decatur, 620 E. Riverside Dr., 217-619-8025.
Springfield Comic Book Convention Sun., Aug. 29, 10am-4pm. Dealers have a huge variety of old and new comic books, as well as toys and related collectibles for sale. If you happen to have comic books that you no longer want, there will be dealers there that are interested in buying them. epguides.com/comics. Free admission. Route 66 Hotel and Conference Center, 625 E. Saint Joseph St., 309-657-1599.
Mustang and All Ford Show
Sun. Aug. 29, 8am-4pm. Twenty-six classes, with three awards per class. Door prizes and silent auction at show. Judging starts at 12pm. Free. Landmark Ford, 2401 Prairie Crossing, 866-807-5399.
Decoding the Mysteries of Cats Mon., Aug. 30, 7pm. Feline behaviorist Stephen Quandt has created a program that explains cat behavior from the perspective of the evolutionary and adaptive forces that helped shape their lives. In person and via Zoom. Call for more info. Free. Jacksonville Public Library, Jacksonville, 201 W. College Ave., 217-243-5435.
Sam Crain Tue., Aug. 31, 12pm. Part of the Artist on the Plaza series sponsored by the Springfield Area Arts Council. 217-753-3519. Old State Capitol Plaza, between Sixth and Fifth streets at Adams.
Moonlight Market Wed., Sep. 1, 6-9pm. Highlighting local crafters, farmers, artists and artisans from around the central Illinois area. Live music. On Jackson Street between Fifth and Sixth streets. 217-670-0627.
Peaches and Bacon Thu., Sep. 2,12pm. Part of the Artist on the Plaza series sponsored by the Springfield Area Arts Council. 217-753-3519. Old State Capitol Plaza, between Sixth and Fifth streets at Adams.
Tales from the Vault Thu., Sep. 2, 12-1pm. The Lives of the Lincoln Boys. Lincoln historian Christian McWhirter will discuss the lives of the Lincoln children and shares objects that help tell their story and give a glimpse of the Lincolns’ family life. Free. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, 112 N. Sixth St., 217-558-8844.
Healing Arts Festival Sat., Sep. 4, 2-10:30pm. Vegan food, yoga with Tim Hahn and laugh yoga with Debbie Quick. Live music by Jason McElroy, Liz Fitz, Curriculum, Black Light Orchestra, Sweet Tang, Tebe Zelango and Black Queen. Free. Buzz Bomb Brewing Co., 406 E. Adams St.
Migration Mayhem Super Saturday Sat., Sep. 4, 10am-4pm. Animals and insects move with the seasons. Enjoy activities to learn more about how different animals migrate. Try a migration maze and search for migrating animals through the natural history exhibits. Advanced registration not required. All activities available during this come-and-go event. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St. illinoisstatemuseum.org. 217-782-6044.
Mini wood carving show Sat., Sep. 4, 10am-4pm. Hosted by the Sangamon Valley Woodcarvers Club. Members of the club will have carvings on display, carvings for sale and a people’s choice carving competition. Carving tools and wood for sale. Door prizes. Beginner’s class sign up. Food available. Free. Williamsville Community Center, Williamsville, 141 W. Main St., 217-691-5943.
Negro League Beisbol Sep. 4-Oct. 30. Open during normal museum hours. This traveling exhibit was developed to honor and explore the connections of African American baseball history with Hispanic cultures, communities and countries. The exhibit features profiles of significant baseball players, a timeline of American and Hispanic baseball history and detailed baseball histories of several countries. Several local players are featured. spiaahm.org. Free. Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum, 1440 Monument Ave., 217-391-6323.
Pancake and sausage breakfast Sat., Sep. 4, 7am-12pm. Sun., Sep. 5, 7am-1pm. Monday, Sep. 6, 7-10am. Adults $10, children $5. Handicapped-accessible facility. Edinburg Masonic Lodge, Edinburg, 201 N. Eaton.
Small Town Dreamers Outdoor Market Sat., Sep. 4, 3-7pm. Shop locally owned businesses while enjoying great live music and great food and drinks. Farmersville Square, Farmersville, Downtown.
Springfield Mile 1 and 2 Sat.-Sun., Sep. 4-5.$35 in advance, $45 week of the race. springfieldmile.org. Illinois State Fair Grandstand, 801 E. Sangamon Ave., 217-632-0277.
Springfield Oyster and Beer Festival Sat., Sep. 4, 12-5pm. Over 40 brands of craft beers, live music and gourmet oyster dishes as well as food trucks. To date, the SOB Festival has donated over $100,000 to area charities. sobfestival.com. $20-$30. The Inn at 835, 835 S. Second St., 217-522-3123.
Aahara’s 10th Anniversary Celebration
Sun., Sep. 5. Food, drumming, guided shamanic journey, mandala making and more. Lincoln Park Pavilion, N. Fifth St. 217-494-0583.
First Sunday Midwest Fall Bazaar Sun., Sep. 5, 8am-4pm. Antiques, collectibles, furniture, home decor, food. Is there anything they don’t have here? $5, ages 12 and under free. Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., 217-782-6661.
Labor Day Ducky Derby Mon., Sep. 6. Proceeds will support the families at Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Illinois. All ducks purchased will be entered to race in the Wild River. Admission is free to watch the race. rmhc-centralillinois.org. Knight’s Action Park, 1700 Knights Recreation Dr., 217-528-3314.
Bluegrass concerts Fri.-Sat., Sep. 10-11, 6-10pm. Bluegrass musicians will be playing music in the outdoor theater. Traditional, folk and bluegrass musicians are also invited to participate in the impromptu jam sessions on Saturday, 10am-4pm. Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, Petersburg, 15588 History Lane, 217-632-4000.
Fall fashion show – “Movement” Fri., Sep. 10, 6-9pm. Wearable art fashions. $5. The Pharmacy Gallery and Art Space, 623 E. Adams St., 801-810-9278.
Justin Tuttle Headlines Fri.-Sat., Sep. 10-11, 8-9:30pm. Justin will be joined by Rich Castle. $12.50 or $15 VIP. Mason City Limits Comedy Club, Mason City, 114 E. Chestnut St., 217-482-5233.
Watercolor art class Fri., Sep. 10, 10am-12pm. Pre-registration is required by Fri., Aug. 27. Call for more information or to register. Senior Services of Central Illinois, 701 W. Mason St., 217-503-4643.
9/11 Memorial Stair Climb Sat., Sep. 11. Participants age 12 and over can climb 110 flights of stairs (or fewer) to honor those who climbed 110 flights of stairs to rescue victims in the World Trade Center terrorist attacks. Registration is $25 and the deadline is Sep. 1. Proceeds benefit the Tunnels to Towers Foundation. Crowne Plaza Springfield, 3000 S. Dirksen Pkwy., 217-206-8400.
Auditions for Green Day’s American Idiot Sat., Sep. 11. A two-time Tony Award-winning hit musical, based on the Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum album. Directed by Mark Wheeler. Performances scheduled for Nov. 12-14 and Nov. 19-21. Call for more information. Springfield Theatre Centre, 420 S. Sixth St., 217-523-2787.
Sat., Sep. 11, 12-10pm. German bands Die Musikmeisters from Chicago, Die Spietsbaum from St. Louis and Heidelberg German Band from Quincy. German beer and food, Dachshund races, stein holding contests, children activities. $5 admission to benefit a charity. Columbian Grand Hall Knights of Columbus 364, 2200 S. Meadowbrook Road, 217-787-2360.
2021 Women’s Conference Sat., Sep. 11, 8am-2pm. The theme is “I Will Serve the Lord.” Continental breakfast will be served at 8am and the program will follow. Carry-out lunch provided. CDC and state guidelines will be followed. Free. Table of Life Ministries, 2600 S. Fifth St., 217-720-5100.
Vehicle Show & Swap Meet Sat., Sep. 11, 7am-4pm. See some of the finest antique and classic vehicles and also sports cars, motorcycles, trucks and tractors. Held rain or shine. Spectators and vendors are free. Contestants $10. Downtown Springfield, Second and Monroe streets, 217-557-7220.
Art Spectacular Sat.-Sun., Sep. 11-12. A juried fine art and craft fair, ranked by Sunshine Artist Magazine as one of The Best 200 Art Fairs in the United States every year from 2015 to 2020. Free. Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon, 1740 W. Fayette Ave., 217-546-3853.
Artists Kevin Veara and Amy Denny Sat., Sep. 11-Sun., Sep. 26, during normal gallery hours. Acrylic and oil on wood. David Strawn Art Gallery, Jacksonville, 331 W. College Ave., 217-243-9390.
Capital City Century Sat., Sep. 11. One of the oldest and most popular recreational bicycle rides in Illinois. A scenic, one-day ride on low-traffic roads. Five route options. Hosted by the Springfield Bicycle Club. spfldcycling.org. Centennial Park, Addison, 1760 W. Centennial Place.
Horses 4 Heros Sat., Sep. 11. 911 Memorial Gala. Doors open at 5:30pm. Benefits the Finding HOPE Therapeutic Riding Center to provide equine-assisted activities for first responders and their families. findinghoperiding.org. 217-816-8802. $35 and up. Crowne Plaza Springfield, 3000 S. Dirksen Pkwy., 217-529-7777.
Marbold Heritage Festival Sat.-Sun., Sep. 11-12. Historical portrayals of Mary Todd Lincoln and her dressmaker and confidante, Elizabeth Keckley, on Saturday. Civil War presentations both days. Antiques, artisans, children’s activities and food. On Sunday, homemade pies will be available. Historic Marbold Farmstead, Greenview, 21722 State Hwy 29.
“Movement” exhibit opening Sat., Sep. 11, 6-9pm. All new work by Pharmacy artists. Featured artist is Mark Mangiaracina who recently completed the Pharmacy’s Emerging Artist Program. Music and refreshments. Free. The Pharmacy Gallery and Art Space, 623 E. Adams St., 801-810-9278.
Ride to Remember Sat., Sep. 11. Line up of all vehicles begins at 4pm at Hall’s Harley-Davidson. The police-escorted procession will leave at 5pm and proceed to the Illinois State Capitol grounds to the 9/11 Memorial site where a ceremony will take place around 6pm. Free. Hall’s Harley Davidson, 2301 N. Dirksen Pkwy., 217-528-8356.
Springfield 2nd Saturday Sat., Sep. 11, 10am-4pm. Shop over 60 of Springfield’s finest crafters, artists, authors and more. Magro’s Meat and Produce, 3150 Stanton Ave., 217-801-1598.
Williamsville Fall Festival Sep. 11-12. Car cruise and tractor show on Sunday, 11am-3pm. Dueling Pianos at 11am. Porch concert series on Saturday. Captain Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters on Saturday at 7pm. Downtown on the boulevard, Williamsville, 217-415-7798.
Jerry Garcia and Joe Utterback Tribute Festival Sun., Sep. 12, 12pm. Celebrating 50 years of Penny Lane. Free food. Craft vendors and disc golf. Band lineup includes Sunshine Daydream, Perfunctory This Band, Green Diamond Express, Positively 4th Street and Uncle Jerry’s Band. Duncan Park, 400 N. MacArthur Blvd.
Free Frank Freedom Day Mon., Sep. 13, 2-5pm. Free Frank McWorter bought his freedom in 1819 and, in 1836, was the first African American to plat and register a town in the United States. The New Philadelphia Association will honor Free Frank at a program held at the town site. Free. New Philadelphia Historic Site, New Philadelphia, Northeast of Barry on County Hwy. 2, 217-335-2716.
Springfield Poets and Writers open mic Wed., Sep. 15, 6-8pm. Share your original work or that of a favorite author, poet or songwriter, or just log in to be entertained. Open to the public and unlimited by geography. Call for Zoom information. Free. 217-544-3611.
6×6 Art Raffle Beginning on Sept. 16, the 6″x6″ artwork of local adult and youth artists are on display in the SAA gallery during regular gallery hours. Raffle tickets to win pieces of the artwork are $2 and can be purchased online or at the SAA during normal open hours. The winners will be randomly selected on Thu., Sep. 23 at 7pm live on Facebook. Free admission. Edwards Place, Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St., 217-523-2631.
The Owls of Forest Park Thu., Sep. 16, 6-7:30pm. Mark H.X. Glenshaw is an award-winning naturalist. He will discuss how he found great horned owls in Forest Park, basic facts about the species and the different behaviors he has been able to see and document with photos and videos. Presented by the Springfield Audubon Society. Adams Wildlife Sanctuary, 2315 E. Clear Lake Ave., 217-544-2473.
Edwards Place Fine Art Fair Sat., Sep. 18, 10am-5pm and Sun., Sep. 19, 10am-4pm. Support the SAA as well as over 50 national artists. Free guided tours of Edwards Place historic home, a paw painting station for pets, live music, artist demonstrations, food trucks, beer and wine tent. Be sure to visit the used book sale for art-related books and other great titles for adults and youth at discounted prices in support of the art library. springfieldart.org. Free admission. Edwards Place, Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St., 217-523-2631.
Botanical drawing and journaling Sat., Sep. 18, 3-5pm. Brush up on your botany skills and get inspired to draw with Davina Fouke. Hosted by Friends of the Sangamon Valley. For more information, visit the FOSV Nature Journaling Facebook group. Nipper Wildlife Sanctuary, Loami, 9560 Withers Road.
Buzzfest Squared Sat., Sep. 18, 2pm. In true Oktoberfest fashion, this festival highlights local/regional breweries, live music, games for all ages and amazing food trucks and craft vendors. Come spend the afternoon or evening with the family as this is an all-ages event. In collaboration with Elderbeard Musicwerx. Buzz Bomb Brewing Co., 406 E. Adams St.
Car Pool and Damned Torpedoes Sat., Sep. 18, 6:30-10pm. Tributes to The Cars and Tom Petty. Bring a lawn chair. $10 for ages 19 and up. Free for all others. Food and drinks available for purchase. Call for ticket info. Sherman Village Park Amphitheater, 1200 Rail Fence Drive, 217-496-2621.
Chatham Paws-A-Palooza Sat., Sep. 18, 1-6:30pm. Leashed-animal friendly. Promoting dog adoptions and animal welfare. Food and drinks, live music, pet-themed vendors, pet costume contest and interactive canine demonstrations. $5. Chatham Community Park, 731 S. Main St.
Curiosity Week Sat.-Fri., Sep. 18-24, 10am-4pm. Express your curiosity and wonder throughout the natural history exhibit, Changes, by posting questions and comments on the exhibit itself. The comments will then be posted on social media throughout the week. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., illinoisstatemuseum.org. 217-782-6044.
Enos Park Historic Home Tours Sat., Sep. 18, 1-5pm. Tour historic homes in various stages of renovation. Tickets available at the booth at the Edwards Place Fine Arts Fair. $10. 217-553-4629.
Fall Festival Sat.-Sun, Sep. 18-19, 9am-4pm. The 10th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry, music by Chris Vallillo, Professor Long Hair, Douglas’ 1st Texas Battery CSA, blacksmiths, food, children’s activities, crafts, artisans, reenactments and tours. Clayville Historic Site, Pleasant Plains, Route 125, 217-481-4430.
Jacksonville Cruise Nite Sat., Sep. 18, 10am-5pm. One of the largest cruise events in Illinois. Come to the car show during the day and stay for the cruise that evening along Morton Avenue with Hardees serving as the headquarters. This event brings in classic and antique autos for a day of fun for the whole family. Jacksonville Community Park, 1201 S. Main St., 217-473-1122.
The “Maine” Event Sat., Sep. 18, 6pm. New England-style lobster bake by Robert’s Seafood Market. Live music by The Deep Hollow. Proceeds to benefit Sparc. Tickets available at Sparc or online at thinklobsterbake.com. $125. Bunn-O-Matic Corporation, 1400 Stevenson Dr., 529-6601.
100 Year Open House Sat., Sep. 18, 1-4pm. Come celebrate MJ Kellner’s 100 years in the community. Food trucks, building tours, music and more to say thank you for your support through the years. MJ Kellner Foodservice, 5700 International Pkwy., 217-483-1700.
Oktoberfest Sat., Sep. 18, 12-7pm. German beer, wine, food music, dancing, contests. Hosted by the Jacksonville Rotary Club.jacksonvillerotary.org. Morgan County Fairgrounds, Jacksonville, 110 N. Westgate, 217-243-5678.
Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Festival Sat., Sep. 18, 9am-6pm and Sun., Sep. 19, 10am-4pm. Working crafts, pioneer village, children’s activities, displays, live music, food. Postville Courthouse, 914 Fifth St., Lincoln.
Theresa Caputo Sat., Sep. 18, 7:30pm. Theresa Caputo, a practicing medium for over 20 years, will share personal stories about her life and explain how her gift works. She helps individuals find closure by delivering healing messages. $39.75-$89.75. BoS Center, 1 Convention Center Plaza, 800-745-3000.
Fall Farm Day Sun., Sep. 19, 12-5pm. Free wagon rides, music, popcorn and activities. Free admission. Gail’s Pumpkin Patch, Beason, 1709 2000th Ave., 217-447-3409.
The Architecture of Place and Sound Tue., Sep. 21, 11:30am. David Finnigan will discuss his research of the history and gardens of Allerton Park. Dr. Paula Pugh Romanaux will discuss Andrew Carnegie’s Organ Benefactions. Part of the UIS Lunch and Learn Series. Offered in hybrid format. $37 includes lunch. Virtual attendance is free. Call for more information. UIS Student Union, One William Maxwell Lane, 217-206-6058.
Interview with President and General Ulysses S. Grant Wed., Sep. 22, 7pm. Fellow Illinoisan Ulysses S. Grant is one of the least understood of our American heroes. Played by Larry Werline, Grant will be interviewed with no question off-limits. Hosted by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation. Register for the Zoom link at alplm.org. 217-557-5610.
Riders in the Sky Thu., Sep. 23, 7:30pm. For more than 30 years, Riders in the Sky have been keepers of the flame passed on by the Sons of the Pioneers, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, reviving and revitalizing the genre, while branding it with their own legendary wacky humor and way-out Western wit. hcfta.org. $28-$34. Hoogland Center for the Arts LRS Theatre 1, 420 S. Sixth St., 217-523-2787.
International Route 66 Mother Road Festival Fri-Sun., Sep. 24-26. Celebrating 20 years, this festival brings street machines, muscle cars and hot rod enthusiasts to historic downtown Springfield for an incredible weekend of family entertainment. Downtown Springfield, between Washington and Capitol streets and Fourth and Seventh streets. route66fest.com. 217-789-2360.
Fall Festival and Steam Show Fri.-Sun., Sep. 24-26. See horse-powered equipment, antique tractors, gas and steam engines, demonstrations on bailing, blacksmithing and more. Prairie Land Heritage Museum, Jacksonville, 1005 W. Michigan Ave., 217-243-7262.
Rob Schneider, I Have Issues Tour Fri., Sep. 24, 8pm. The actor, comedian, screenwriter and director will kick off his tour right here in Springfield. uispac.com. $35-$100. UIS Performing Arts Center, One University Plaza, 217-206-6160.
Spinning event Fri., Sep. 24, 12-6pm and Sat., Sep. 25, 9am-5pm. This informal event offers an opportunity to observe experienced spinners and to practice on various wheels, even if you have never spun. Leave for meals or bring a brown bag. Register by Sep. 20. $25 for one day participation or $40 for two days. Jubilee Farm, 6760 Old Jacksonville Road, 217-787-6927.
Give ‘Em Hell, Harry! Fri.-Sat., Sep. 24-25, 7pm. Academy Award-nominated play performed by President Harry S. Truman’s grandson, Clifton Truman Daniel. Seating is limited. aasr-spi.org. $30. Springfield Masonic Center, 1020 Rickard Road, 217-793-7728.
Upscale Collectible Sale Fri., Sep. 24, 3-8pm and Sat., Sep. 25, 8am-12pm. Benefits the Animal Protective League. Two years’ worth of donated items. White Oaks Mall, 2501 W. Wabash Ave., upper level of former Bergner’s location. Apl-shelter.org. 217-544-7387.
Hells Bells and Nightrain international Sat., Sep. 25, 6:30-10pm.Tributes to AC/DC and Guns N’ Roses. Bring a lawn chair. Coolers are not permitted. $10 for ages 19 and up. Free for all others. Food and drinks available for purchase. Free and accessible parking. Call for ticket info. Sherman Village Park Amphitheater, 1200 Rail Fence Drive, 217-496-2621.
Auditions for Elf: The Musical Sat., Sep. 25. Directed by Shawn Smith. Performances scheduled for Dec. 3-5 and Dec. 10-12. Call for more information. Springfield Theatre Centre, 420 S. Sixth St., 217-523-2787.
Let Our Prayers Arise Sat., Sep. 25, 3pm. A special outdoor program of Liturgical Arts Festival Springfield. Art kites and interfaith prayers. Music by local folk group Wild Columbine. Light refreshments. Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St., 217-523-2631.
Sip and Savor Fall Fiesta Sat., Sep. 25, 4-7pm. Hosted by the Share the Spirit Foundation in its mission to provide children with new shoes and socks. sharethespirit.info. $75 per person. Sponsorships and tables also available. Illini Country Club, 1601 S. Illini Road, 217-494-2990.
Fall Senior Celebration Wed., Sep. 29, 1-4pm. Presented by Senior Services of Central Illinois as part of the Central Illinois Senior Celebration. Seventy exhibitors and health screeners, food trucks, free parking. Shuttle transportation will be available. centralilseniors.org. Free. Donations welcome. Rain or shine. Free. Illinois State Fairgrounds Commodities Pavilion, 801 E. Sangamon Ave., 217-652-7009.
Boo Crew Haunted House Open every Friday and Saturday night in October. Both the Trail of Lost Souls and the haunted house are back this year. Recommended for ages 10 and over. Box office opens at 6:30pm. Haunting begins around 7pm. Rain or shine. Admission $20 or $35 VIP. Boo Crew Haunted House, Mechanicsburg, 11083 Buckhart Road, 217-551-6969.
The Audience Fri.-Sun., Oct. 1-3. For sixty years Queen Elizabeth II has met each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a weekly audience at Buckingham Palace. Both parties have an unspoken agreement never to repeat what is said. This play was the inspiration for the TV series “The Crown.” Presented by the Spencer Theatre Company. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 217-523-2787.
2nd Annual ParTEE for PCASA Sat., Oct. 2, 8am-4pm. Fee of $60 per person includes 18 holes of golf, golf cart, lunch and snacks, goody bag, games, silent auction and more. Payment for each team is due the day of the outing. $60 per person. K’s Creek Golf Club & Kitchen 63, Jacksonville, 1265 Sandusky Road, 217-744-2560.
Beth Shadur Sat., Oct. 2 through Sat., Oct. 30, during gallery hours. National Park project paintings. David Strawn Art Gallery, Jacksonville, 331 W. College Ave., 217-243-9390.
Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show Sat., Oct. 2, 10am-6pm and Sun., Oct. 3, 10am-5pm. Amazing agates from around the world. Mineral and fossil dealers, demonstrators, kid’s activities, silent auction, exhibits and more. loess.org. Adults $2, seniors $1 and kids age 12 and under are free. Orr Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., 309-838-7782.
Small Town Dreamers Outdoor Market Sat., Oct. 2, 3-7pm. Shop locally owned businesses while enjoying great live music and great food and drinks. Farmersville Square, Farmersville, Downtown.
Echoes of Yesteryear Sun., Oct. 3, 12-4pm. A walking tour featuring seven actors in period costume telling the stories of the historic individual they are portraying. Most are namesakes of local schools. Maps will be provided for the two-hour tour. Refreshments available for purchase. Free. Oak Ridge Cemetery, 1441 Monument Ave., 217-789-2340.
Paul Page Tue., Oct. 5, 7pm. Meet the man behind the voice of the Indianapolis 500 and ABC and ESPN announcer. Paul will talk about the racing legends, his broadcasting career and his new book, Hello, I’m Paul Page, It’s Race Day in Indianapolis. Proceeds benefit the Children›s Dyslexia Center. aasr-spi.org. $10. Springfield Masonic Center, 1020 Rickard Road, 217-793-7728.
Conference on Illinois History Thu.-Fri., Oct. 7-8. Panels covering a wide range of topics from Illinois’ political, cultural and social history that will appeal to academics, teachers and anyone interested in the past. Continuing education credits are available. alplm.org. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, 112 N. Sixth St. 558-8844.
Arsenic and Old Lace Fri.-Sun., Oct. 8-10 and Fri.-Sat., Oct. 15-17. A clever combination of the farcical and the macabre. Written by Joseph Kesselring and directed by Kim Shafer. Springfield Theatre Centre, 420 S. Sixth St., 217-523-2787.
Fat Ass 5K & Street Party for Charity Fri.-Sat., Oct. 8-9. Craft beer and cigar festival on Friday. 5K and street party on Saturday. Food and live music. Downtown Springfield, South Second Street and East Capitol Avenue.
Ron Milton Race of Champions Fri., Oct. 8. MOWA sprints. 305s, mods, street and micros. Jacksonville Speedway, Jacksonville, 110 N. Westgate Ave., 217-207-3005.
Youth Charity Horse Show Fri.-Sun., Oct. 8-10. Class sessions are 8am-10pm Friday and Saturday and 8am-6pm Sunday. The organization donates its annual proceeds to area charities. Free. Coliseum, Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 E. Sangamon Ave., 217-494-1215.
Fall Harvest Festival Sat.-Sun., Oct. 9.-10. Fall crafts, craft vendors, food truck and live music. Visit the website at lincolnmemorialgarden.org. Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 E. Lake Shore Dr., 217-529-1111.
Juried Artisan Fair Sat., Oct. 9, 10am-3pm. Artisans, live music, food vendors, beer, wine and mimosas. Central Park Plaza, Jacksonville, 32 N. Central Park, 217-243-5678.
Outstanding Opening Sat., Oct. 9, 7:30pm. the Illinois Symphony Orchestra’s opening performance for the season. ilsymphony.org. UIS Performing Arts Center, One University Plaza, 217-206-6160.
Roasted Sat., Oct. 9, 3-9pm. Join in this unique ceramic raku fundraiser event. Glaze a pot, fire it in an outdoor kiln and then it is ready to take home. Enjoy the fire, food and live music. Admission $20 or $30 with a pot, children 12 and under $15. Members receive 10% off. Pre-registration recommended. All prices increase $5 on the day of event. springfieldart.org. Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St., 217-523-2631.
Friends of Sangamon Valley fundraiser Sun., Oct. 10, 4-8pm. The evening will feature an auction of items including an original short-eared owl painting by Kevin Veara. Solar Chariot Acoustic will provide the entertainment. Call to make an auction item donation. Admission is $10 at the door. Lake Springfield Beach House, 100 Long Bay Dr., 217-525-1410.
Springfield Marathon Sun., Oct. 10. A marathon, half marathon and quarter marathon. This is a USATF-certified course for qualifying for the Boston Marathon and other large iconic marathons. An easy, mostly flat route. No race day registration. Danenberger Family Vineyards, New Berlin, 12341 Irish Road, 217-488-6321.
Ron White Thu., Oct. 14, 7:30pm. $39-$95. UIS Performing Arts Center, One University Plaza, 217-206-6160.
Fall fundraiser Fri., Oct. 15, 6-9pm. Silent auction of one-of-a-kind artwork. Music and refreshments. The Pharmacy Gallery and Art Space, 623 E. Adams St., 801-810-9278.
Fall GAYla Dinner and Auction Fri., Oct. 15, 5:30-10pm. This event helps support the Phoenix Center’s programs and services it provides as central Illinois’ LGBT center. $50. Erin’s Pavilion, Southwind Park, 4965 S. Second St., 217-528-5253.
Illusions, Magic and Spirits Fri., Oct. 15, 7-8pm, 9-10pm. Continues every Friday and Saturday through Oct. 31. A unique haunting stage show presented by Terror on the Square. Set in an old, art deco theatre, expect a mix of illusions, magic and spirits to mystify all ages. $18. Salem on Seventh Theater, Petersburg, 119 S. Seventh St., 217-632-7068.
Prairie River Dog Shows Fri.-Sun., Oct. 15-17, 8am-4pm. AKC Conformation dog shows. Cheer on your favorite breed to Best in Show. Free. Illinois State Fairgrounds Exposition Building, 801 Sangamon Ave., 217-725-3647.
The Weir Fri.-Sat., Oct. 15-16, 8pm. A haunting play with its roots in Irish folklore. Written by Conor McPherson and first produced at The Royal Court Theatre Upstairs in London, England. Hoogland Center for the Arts Club Room, 420 S. Sixth St., 217-523-2787.
Backyard Bash Sat., Oct. 16, 6pm. Food trucks. Entertainment by Lick Creek. Tickets available at the door. Benefits the Ball-Chatham Educational Foundation. $50. Piper Glen Golf Club, 7112 Piper Glen Dr., 483-6537.
Botanical drawing and journaling Sat., Oct. 16, 3-5pm. Brush up on your botany skills and get inspired to draw with Davina Fouke. Hosted by Friends of the Sangamon Valley. For more information, visit the FOSV Nature Journaling Facebook group. Nipper Wildlife Sanctuary, Loami, 9560 Withers Road.
Springfield Out of the Darkness Walk Sat., Oct. 16, 2-4pm. Walk to increase mental health awareness, support those who struggle and honor those lost to suicide. It’s important to be there for one another and take steps to safeguard our mental health and prevent suicide. Visit the website to register and be part of the movement coming. afsp.org/SpringfieldIL. Free, donations accepted. Hope Pavilion at Southwind Park, 4965 S. Second St., 312-890-2377.
Too Hype Crew with The Collective Sat., Oct. 16, 6:30-10pm. Bring a lawn chair. $10 for ages 19 and up. Free for all others. Food and drinks available for purchase. Call for ticket info. Sherman Village Park Amphitheater, 1200 Rail Fence Drive, 217-496-2621.
Whose Live Anyway? Sat., Oct. 16, 8pm. $35-$69. UIS Performing Arts Center, One University Plaza, 217-206-6160.
Springfield Poets and Writers open mic Wed., Oct. 20, 6-8pm. Share your original work or that of a favorite author, poet or songwriter, or just log in to be entertained. Open to the public and unlimited by geography. Call for Zoom information. Free. 217-544-3611.
#IMOMSOHARD: The Getaway Tour Thu., Oct. 21, 7pm. #IMOMSOHARD began as a popular web series by real-life best friends, comedians and moms, Kristin and Jen. The phenomenon that they created has since been nabbed for development by Warner Brothers TV. $49-$60. UIS Performing Arts Center, One University Plaza, 217-206-6160.
Prairieland Classic Cluster of Dog Shows Thu.-Sun., Oct. 21-24, 8am-5pm. AKC Conformation dog shows. Cheer on your favorite breed to Best in Show. Free. Illinois State Fairgrounds Exposition Building, 801 Sangamon Ave., 217-621-5169.
Shoes, Brews & Biz Thu., Oct. 21, 5-9pm. Craft beer and wine tastings, unique horseshoes, cool cars and motorcycles, and a business expo all wrapped into one. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Must be 21. LRS Hangar, 1200 Capital Airport Dr. 217-525-1173.
Annual Gala – Honoring Our Heritage Awards Fri., Oct. 22, 7pm. Sponsored by the Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum. The Honoring Our Heritage Awards recognizes those that have made significant contributions to Springfield and Central Illinois communities, including African American businesses, churches and organizations that have histories of significant contributions, achievements and activism. Broadcast on spiaahm.org and on the YouTube channel.
Fall Festival Sat., Oct. 23, 10am-4pm. Period clothed interpreters will demonstrate daily tasks such as dipping candles, making soap, baskets and brooms, spinning wool and gardening. Step into the tavern cellar to see how fruits and vegetables were preserved during the winter. lincolnsnewsalem.com. Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, Petersburg, 15588 History Lane, 217-632-4000.
Jacksonville Main Street Pumpkin Festival Sat., Oct. 23, 10am-2pm. Petting zoo, face painting, pumpkin painting, blazing wing challenge, pie eating contest, kid’s costume contest, pet costume contest, pumpkin patch, cornfield. $10 per child includes all activities and contests. Central Park Plaza, Jacksonville, 32 N. Central Park, 217-245-6884.
MasterChef Live! Sat., Oct. 23, 7pm. This family-friendly show will feature head-to-head cooking demonstrations and fun (sometimes messy) challenges with past “MasterChef” and “MasterChef Junior” contestants, and an overall immersive audience experience fun for all ages. $39-$99. UIS Performing Arts Center, One University Plaza, 217-206-6160.
Rochester Fall Festival Sat., Oct. 23, 8am-3pm and Sun., Oct. 24, 12-3pm. Local vendors, food trucks, free games and activities, plus live music. The 5k starts at 8am on Saturday. Free. Rochester Community Park, Rochester, 90 Wild Rose Lane, 217-498-8454.
Chili Supper and Paw Paw Patch Bazaar Sun., Oct. 24, 11am-5:30pm – Dine in, carry out or curbside service. Unique gifts, 50/50 raffle, craft items, baked goods and new apparel. Mobile adoption on site 11:30 am-4pm. All proceeds benefit the Animal Protective League. Visit apl-shelter.org or call 217-544-7387 to order chili online or for more information. Columbian Grand Hall. 2200 Meadowbrook Road.
Straight No Chaser Tue., Oct. 26, 7:30pm. Back in the High Life Tour. The captivating sound of nine unadulterated human voices coming together to make extraordinary music that is moving people in a fundamental sense and with a sense of humor. $36-$60. UIS Performing Arts Center, One University Plaza, 217-206-6160.
In Celebration of Springfield Wed., Oct. 27, 11:30am-1:30pm. Preservationist and historian, Ken Page, will discuss the first Black firehouse in Springfield. Librarian and city historian, Curtis Mann, will discuss the history of nightlife in Springfield. Hybrid event. $37 includes lunch. Virtual attendance is free. Part of the UIS Lunch and Learn Series. UIS Student Union, One William Maxwell Lane, 217-206-6058.
Zoolie Ghoulie Fri.-Sun., Oct. 29-30, 1-8pm. Safe trick or treating inside the zoo. hensonrobinsonzoo.org. Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Shore Dr., 217-585-1821.
217 Italian Week Mon.-Sun., Nov. 1-7. At participating restaurants. Visit 217foodweek.com for more information. 217-753-2226.
The Greatest Hits of Foreigner Fri., Nov. 5, 7:30pm. $39-$275. UIS Performing Arts Center, One University Plaza, 217-206-6160.
Fossil Finds in Midwestern Caves Thu., Nov. 4, 12-1pm. Melissa Pardi, paleontologist and Illinois State Museum’s curator of geology, explores the museum’s paleontology collections from caves in the Midwest. Advanced registration is required. Illinoisstatemuseum.org. 217-782-6044.
Route 66 Film Festival Fri.-Mon., Nov. 5-15. The film festival, featuring independent films from around the world (13 countries), will be online at filmfestivalflix.com. $10-$50. The awards ceremony will be live at the State House Inn and also webcast via Zoom on Sat., Nov. 13. 217-494-1279.
Artists Anna Repke and Amy Kock Sat., Nov. 6. Dyed wood paintings and mixed media 3D collage art. Through Nov. 28 during open gallery hours. David Strawn Art Gallery, Jacksonville, 331 W. College Ave., 217-243-9390.
Old Capitol Holiday Walks Mid-November – Mid-December. Downtown Springfield Inc. presents the annual Old Capitol Holiday Walks with a variety of special events each weekend throughout the holiday season. downtownspringfield.org. 217-544-1723.
Resounding & Romantic Sat., Nov. 6, 7:30pm. Rachmaninoff’s romantic Second Piano Concerto performed by the sensational pianist Micah McLaurin. UIS Performing Arts Center, One University Plaza, 217-206-6160.
Arboriculture and Mine Wars Tue., Nov. 9, 11:30am-1:30pm. Arborist Gus Sternberg will discuss habitats of Illinois and the Starhill Forest Arboretum in Petersburg. Taylor Pensoneau will discuss the 1930s mine wars of Illinois. Hybrid event. $37 includes lunch. Virtual attendance is free. Part of the UIS Lunch and Learn Series. UIS Student Union, One William Maxwell Lane, 217-206-6058.
Green Day’s American Idiot Fri-Sun., Nov. 12-14 and Nov. 19-21. A two-time Tony Award-winning hit musical based on the Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum album. Music by Green Day, lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong, book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer, and directed by Mark Wheeler. Contact the theater for ticket pricing. Springfield Theatre Centre, 420 S. Sixth St., 217-523-2787.
Leanne Morgan: Big Pantry Tour Sat., Nov. 13, 7pm. Leanne’s style of comedy combines her southern charm and hilarious storytelling about her own life into an act that keeps them coming back for more. As a stay-at-home, mother of three with a husband, people are always accusing her of spying on them because she seems to be living the same life that they do. The fact that everyone can relate to her comedy has made her a hit even among the strangest of audiences. $39.50-$49.50. UIS Performing Arts Center, One University Plaza, 217-206-6160.
Route 66 Film Festival Award Ceremony Sat., Nov. 13, 2-4pm. Celebrate the award-winning films of the 20th Route 66 Film Festival at this awards presentation, which will also be webcast on Zoom, allowing filmmakers from around the world to participate. Light hors d’oeuvres provided and a cash bar. No films will be shown at this event. Film sessions may be viewed at filmfestivalflix.com from Nov. 5-15. Free. The State House Inn, 101 E. Adams St., 217-494-1279.
Autumn Artisans Fair Sun., Nov. 14, 9am-4pm. Indoor art fair featuring local artists. Upscale resale boutique, temple sanctuary tours, artisan raffle, lunch and bake sale. Temple B’rith Sholom, 1004 S. Fourth St., 217-525-1360.
Springfield Poets and Writers open mic Wed., Nov. 17, 6-8pm. Share your original work or that of a favorite author, poet or songwriter, or just log in to be entertained. Open to the public and unlimited by geography. Call for Zoom information. Free. 217-544-3611.
Rent Thu., Nov. 17, 7:30pm. This 25th Anniversary Farewell Season of Love is your final chance to experience this celebrated touring production, so don’t miss it. $24-$89. UIS Performing Arts Center, One University Plaza, 217-206-6160.