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IL Bicentennial Speaker Series

2/18/2018 - 10/21/2018, 2 pm
Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St. Springfield, IL 62706

A special Bicentennial series of programs, “The Culture and Heritage of Illinoisans,” will begin on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 18, and continue on the third Sunday of every month through October 2018. The series is presented by the Academy of Lifelong Learning (ALL) at Lincoln Land Community College in collaboration with the Illinois State Museum and will feature several Road Scholar speakers offered by Illinois Humanities. Reservations are not required.

February 18: “Two Centuries to Celebrate: Illinois at the Bicentennial,”  Dr. Samuel Wheeler
March 18: “This Land Was Your Land: Native Americans, Globalization and Treaties,” Dr. Michael Wiant
April 15: “Becoming A State: The Illinois Way,”  Tara McClellan McAndrew
May 20: “Binding Our State Together: Canals, Railroads, Postal Services and Roads,” Dr. Norman Moline
June 17: “Illinois Antislavery and the Struggle For Freedom,” Jeanne Schulz Angel
July 15: “Building Illinois: Entrepreneurialism Flourishes, Workers Rise” Mike Matejka
August 19: “Farming in the Great Corn Belt: 200 Years of Challenges, Choices & Changes,” Don Meyer
September 16: “Illinois in Art & Literature, 1818 to 2017,” Laura Mueller
October 21: “From Prairie to Farm to City: Music To Commemorate Illinois’s Bicentennial,” Phil Passen

From Illinois to the White House Lincoln, Grant, Reagan, Obama

3/23/2018 - 12/31/2018, Daily: 9 am - 5 pm
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Musuem, 212 N. 6th St. Springfield IL 62701
The exhibit will explore their connections to the Prairie State, their political battles, the first ladies who helped them succeed and much more. Visitors will see amazing documents and artifacts, including Ronald Reagan’s yearbook from his high school days in Dixon, the table where Ulysses S. Grant’s accepted Robert E. Lee’s surrender during the Civil War, an original draft of Barack Obama’s speech at the 50th anniversary of the Selma civil rights march, and the briefcase Abraham Lincoln used as president. 

Moonlight Market

5/2/2018 - 9/19/2018, 1st & 3rd Wednesday 6 pm - 9 pm
Obed & Isaac's Microbrewery & Eatery, 500 S. 6th St Springfield, IL 62701
Join us the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from May - September. A unique art, craft, and vendor fair! All sorts of crafts, art, locally made products, and more will be available from a variety of vendors.

Illinois Products Farmers Market

5/10/2018 - 10/11/2018, Every Thursday: 4 pm - 7 pm
Illinois State Fairgrounds - The Shed, 801 E. Sangamon Ave Springfield, IL 62703

Each week the Illinois Products Farmers Market will feature a musical entertainment, Illinois beer and Illinois wine, and local food truck vendors. Also be on the look-out for our scheduled cooking demonstrations from LLCC Culinary Arts and Hospitality Program as they prepare Springfield Clinic's "Recipe of the Week."

Products range from produce, meat, eggs, plants, specialty products, wine and beer - all produced right here in Illinois. 

Old Capitol Farmers Market

5/16/2018 - 10/27/2018, Every Wednesday & Saturday: 8 am - 12:30 pm
Downtown Springfield, 411 E. Adams St. Springfield, IL 62701

The Old Capitol Farmers Market can be found in the heart of Downtown Springfield on Adams St. between 3rd & 5th Sts. 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!

Route 66 Twin Drive-In Double Feature

5/29/2018 - 8/11/2018, Nightly: First Show starts at dusk
Route 66 Twin Drive In, 1700 Recreation Dr. Springfield, IL 62711
Step back in time for a movie under the stars at the Route 66 Drive In. Grab your popcorn and soda and settle in for a great night of family entertainment.

Artist on the Plaza

5/30/2018 - 8/29/2018, Every Wednesday: Noon - 1 pm
Old State Capitol Plaza, 1 Old State Capitol Plaza Springfield, IL 62701
Artist on the Plaza:  an entertainment series featuring local performers, this outdoor, one-hour, summertime program has been held for over thirty years. 

30: Monica Hay - vocalist
6: Springfield Area Youth Jazz Band - instrumental jazz
13: Carole Vetter - rhythm and blues vocalist
20: Tater Tot - eclectic vocal and instrumental
27: Phil Steinberg - Sinatra stylist
4: Rick Dunham - Elvis Himselvis
11: Matt Mifflin - vocal and guitar
18: Britney Long - singer/songwriter
25: Casey Cantrall - vocal and guitar
1: Saint Andrew’s Society - Scottish dance
8: Springfield Dance Theatre - dancers
15: Rowdy Dawson - country-western vocal and guitar
22: Route 66 - barbershop quartet
29: Mary Bryant Home Singers - vocalist


Springfield Sliders Baseball

5/30/2018 - 7/31/2018, Mondays - Saturdays: 6:35 pm; Sundays: 5:05 pm
Robin Roberts Stadium, 1415 N. Grand Ave E. Springfield, IL 62702

Enjoy a night out at the ballpark with friends and family. The Springfield Sliders members are of the Prospect League, a wood bat summer collegiate league. Come out out and be a fan. We provide an experience similar to most minor league parks around the country. Make it a full experience with great food and great team souvenirs!

30: Quincy Gems - Opening Day
31: Hannibal Hoots
02: Danville Dans - Fireworks!
03: Lafayette Aviators
09: Lafayette Aviators
10: Quincy Gems
12: Hannibal Hoots
13: Danville Dans
15: Terre Haute Rex - Fireworks!
16: Quincy Gems
18: Butler Blue Sox
19: Butler Blue Sox
22: Quincy Gems
25: Danville Dans
27: Hannibal Hoots
01: U.S. Military All-Stars
04: Terre Haute Rex - Fireworks!
05: Lafayette Aviators
11: Terre Haute Rex
13: Kokomo Jackrabbits - Fireworks!
14: Hannibal Hoots
15: Lafayette Aviators
17: Quincy Gems
18: Lafayette Aviators
20: Hannibal Hoots
23: Hannibal Hoots
25: Hannibal Hoots
26: Quincy Gems
28: Quincy Gems - Fireworks!
31: Lafayette Aviators

Walk and Talk: At Home in the Heartland

6/1/2018 - 7/27/2018, Every Friday: 2 pm - 2:30 pm
Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St. Springfield, IL 62706
Take a journey through 200 years of Illinois history on this curator-led gallery walk through "At Home in the Heartland." Free with museum admission. Appropriate for all ages and hands-on opportunities for children!

History Comes Alive

6/5/2018 - 8/12/2018, Tuesdays - Sundays
Downtown Springfield, 109 N 7th St Springfield, IL 62701

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!


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