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Springfield’s SPRING Festivals & Events


It’s SPRING Time….oh yay! Goodbye snow & grey skies, Hello flowers & sunshine!

Spring season kicks off all the outdoor Festivals & Events, and we are so excited!

Start planning your visit today!

Here are FIVE of our Annual Spring Events.


Lincoln Presidential Half MarathonApril 6 starting in Downtown Springfield

Immerse yourself in Abraham Lincoln history and enjoy a scenic run past the Lincoln Home, the Lincoln-Herndon Law Office and Lincoln Tomb in Oak Ridge Cemetery. The USATF certified course starts and ends at the historic Old State Capitol. The Lincoln sites and Springfield’s hospitality make this a destination race for the whole family.

Fat Ass 5-KMay 10 – 11 in Downtown Springfield

The race route for this one-of-a-kind charity event includes beer, ice cream, donuts and corn dog stations as well as live entertainment and surprises throughout. You can run the entire course, or take the 1/10 mile detour straight to the Celtic Mist Pub. The Street Party on Friday night includes a pig roast and live music.

Old Capitol Art FairMay 18 – 19 on the Old State Capitol Plaza

Set against the backdrop of the Old State Capitol, art lovers find this event to be the jewel of the Midwest. The juried fair is dedicated to top quality and media variety, keeping the more than 30,000 eager buyers coming back each year.

PrideFest: May 18 on Capitol Ave in Downtown Springfield

Family friendly street festival celebrating the LGBT community and equality in our community. The event features a kid's area, teen area, over 50 vendors, live music, food and drinks. It's the gayest day of the year in Central Illinois!

Springfield Mile: May 26 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds

Enjoy fast-paced action and non-stop thrills of national level motorcycle racing at the Multi-Purpose Arena and on the fastest mile dirt track. 


For a full list of all of the Events in Springfield, check out our Events Page.

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