Weekly Events May 31 - June 7

Posted: 5/31/2017
Author: Alison Warren

Weekly Events May 31 - June 7

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Cubs vs. Cardinals: The Rivalry in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Now - Dec 31, 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.

Michiko Itatani: Celestial Visions in the Illinois State Museum
Now - June 5, Monday - Saturday: 9 am - 4:30 pm, Sunday: Noon to 4:30 pm
Michiko Itatani is one of Chicago's most well-respected contemporary artists. This exhibition features new acquisitions of drawings and prints alongside installation-based and heroically scaled figurative paintings from the Museum’s Fine Art Collection. 

Kings & Queens: Pinball, Imagists and Chicago Exhibition in the Illinois State Museum
Now - Aug 11, Monday - Saturday: 9 am - 4:30 pm, Sunday: Noon to 4:30 pm
This interactive exhibition is an examination of the intertwined history of two of Chicago’s greatest exports: pinball and imagist painting. The exhibition will display sixteen pinball machines, that the guests are invited to play, from the 1960s through the 1980s, nearly all designed and built in Chicago, alongside Imagist paintings, sculptures and prints by Gladys Nilsson, Ed Flood, Ed Paschke, Christina Ramberg, Barbara Rossi, Ray Yoshida and Karl Wirsum. Pinball was but one inspiration for these artists, along with the city’s many color storefronts, campy product ads, and hand painted and neon commercial signs.

Old Capitol Farmers Market in Downtown Springfield
Wednesday: 8 am - 12:30 pm
This market season–in addition to the fresh, local, in-season produce and value-added products you are used to–we’ll offer music, chef demos, family workouts, and more!

Illinois Products Farmers Market at the Illinois State Fairgrounds
Thursday: 4pm - 7 pm
The Commodities Pavilion will come 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.

First Friday: Meet Artist Michael Wiest at Studio on 6th
Friday: 5 pm - 8 pm
Meet Artist Michael Wiest. Every First Friday participating downtown businesses will give away free wine glass charms, along with other specials. Studio on 6th is hosting a FREE Make and Take Father's Day Card and a Meet and Greet with Artist Michael Wiest who makes unique dad gifts. Visit any of these locations and pick up your FREE wine glass charm. The Cardologist: 627 E. Adams, Chartruse: 229 S. 6th St., Mangia Italian: 6 Old Capitol Plz, Murphy's Loft: 210 S. 6th St., Old Capitol Goods: 2 Old Capitol Plz, Robbies: 4 Old Capitol Plz, Studio on 6th: 215 S. 6th St. (Make and Take a Father's Day Card ~ Free Snacks and Wine

Legacy of Giving Music Festival in Downtown Springfield
Friday - 5 pm to Midnight; Saturday - Noon - Midnight
The successor to SOHO, Legacy of Giving Music Festival will feature 5 stages, 60 bands, a Family Fun area, and much more!! This is a great weekend to visit Springfield!! Bring the kids, bring the dogs! A great weekend outdoors while enjoying music and entertainment! All proceeds go to charity.

Kings & Queens: Pinball, Imagists and Chicago Public Reception at the Illinois State Museum
Friday: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
A public reception will be held for the new exhibition, Kings & Queens: Pinball, Imagists and Chicago. Attendees at the reception will have the opportunity to play select pinball machines. Free and open to the public.

Old Capitol Farmers Market in Downtown Springfield
Saturday: 8 am - 12:30 pm
This market season–in addition to the fresh, local, in-season produce and value-added products you are used to–we’ll offer music, chef demos, family workouts, and more!

A Piece of the Game Show at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Saturday: 9 am - 4 pm

Visit Springfield, in conjunction with the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (ALPLM), welcomes the award-winning sports memorabilia show A Piece of the Game. A Piece of the Game invites fans to bring cherished memorabilia collected over the generations for expert evaluation. Two to three experts will set up shop in the ALPLM’s main plaza for fans to find out what their treasures are worth. Visitors can register to win their own piece of the game. A bat used by National League MVP (2016) and Rookie of the Year (2015) Chicago Cubs 3rd baseman, Kris Bryant will be given away!

Civil War Tech: Trench Warfare at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Saturday: 10 am - 11 am
Civil War soldiers began using trenches to help them avoid increasing attacks from small arms and cannon fire. Discover how trenches were used during the 292-day battle at Petersburg, VA. How would you have used trenches in battle? Registration recommended. Ages 8-12. Civil War Tech is a monthly program series presented by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum thanks to generous support from AT&T.

Outside at the Museum Super Saturday at the Illinois State Museum
Saturday: 11 am - 3 pm
Come celebrate No Child Left Inside Month at the Museum. Activities will include cloud watching, nature hunts, sidewalk chalk, plain air art, and more on the Museum porch and lawn. In the event of rain, activities will be moved inside. Super Saturdays at the Illinois State Museum offer free, thematic activities recommended for children ages 5 and up each month. Activities take 30-40 minutes to complete and feature crafts and educational games. Parents and families are encouraged to participate.

56th International Carillon Festival at the Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon
Sunday - June 9: Concert Every Night: 6:30 pm
The International Carillon Festival, in beautiful Washington Park, features concerts by some of the world's finest carillonists. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Don't miss the Festival fireworks Friday evening. During the past five decades, the Festival has featured carillonists from: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Portugal, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, and the USA. Individuals and families are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner as well as lawn chairs and blankets. There is large video screen are the base of the Carillon which allows the audience to view the carillonist during the performance. Fireworks on Friday June 9 at dusk (~9:15 pm) Fireworks Rain date, Saturday June 10, at dusk.

Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest - Rocks & Erosion at the Illinois State Museum
Tuesday: 10am & 2pm
In this school bus series film, the bus turns into a boulder and the students are transformed into rocks for a lesson about erosion. Summer Film Fest
Enjoy a movie at the Museum this summer. The Summer Film Fest features 30 minute, fun and engaging films on a variety of topics including dinosaurs, rocks, bats, birds, and more. A different film is shown each week throughout June and July.

History Comes Alive at various Historic Sites
Now - August 13: Various Times

Step into 19th century America when History Comes Alive this summer in Springfield. Visit our historic sites and interact with 19th century characters enjoy period music. You might even meet Mr. Lincoln himself! Many sites and attractions in historic Springfield will be brimming with free live performances and fun activities that will transport you and your family back in time – to the Springfield Abraham Lincoln knew and loved. From storytelling and interaction with costumed interpreters to visits with Mr. Lincoln, himself, this is a trip to the past you won't want to miss! History Comes Alive will run through August. Hear Civil War period music from the Lincoln Troubadours. Witness a moving flag lowering ceremony at the Lincoln Tomb. Hear "Music Lincoln Loved" weekly at the Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon. Interact with 19th century characters at sites like the Lincoln Home, Old State Capitol and Lincoln Depot. Meet Mr. Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln! See demonstrations about life in 19th century Springfield. And much more!

For a full listing of History Comes Alive events click here

Flag Lowering Ceremony at Lincoln Tomb

Every Tuesday: 7 pm 
The 114th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry - Reactivated performs civil war drills, fires their muskets and holds a flag lowering ceremony in front of the Lincoln Tomb. Each week, one lucky visitor will be presented with the American Flag as a symbol of our gratitude.

Paul Mickey Science Series Lecture at the Illinois State Musuem
Wednesday: 7 pm - 8:30 pm
"Neolithic Landscapes of Southern Germany: Integrating Insights from Excavation, Regional Survey, and Private Collections" Presented by Dr. Lynn Fisher, Associate Professor, Anthropology, University of Illinois in Springfield, Adjunct Research Associate, Illinois State Museum. This presentation reports on current results of a long-term German-American archaeological project investigating early farming settlements in southern Germany. The Neolithic, ca. 5400 - 2500 B.C., represents the earliest farming economies in this region. In southern Germany, this was a period of great social and economic change, characterized by movement of people, ideas, and farming practices. The archaeological data available for studying this dynamic period, however, is characterized by many gaps and empty areas.


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