So we’ve talked about Live Music at Boondocks now let’s talk a little bit about Live Theatre at one of our awesome venues!!

Theater, Broadway, music events, international events and children's programs, the University of Illinois Springfield Performing Arts Center (UIS PAC) hosts it all!

Let’s start with a little history…The Capital City was missing something and that something was a performing arts facility. So the community pulled together and brought us the UIS Performing Arts Center. They opened their doors in February 1981 and the fun still continues!! Throughout their history, audiences have experienced a broad spectrum of the highest quality of music, theater, and dance. Here are a few events that came in 2019, Jay Leno, RENT, The Phil Collins Experience, Gary Allen and FRIENDS! A Musical Parody. Want to see the complete show history?? Click here!

Along with hosting nationally known artists and acts, they are home to local organization like Illinois Symphony Orchestra and the Springfield Ballet Company that have performances here throughout the year.

Fun Fact: They are the only venue of this kind and size in Sangamon County, drawing audiences from a 14-county semi-rural region.

How awesome is it that we have something like this in the Springfield community!


While you're here make sure you visit our Historic Sites, try our Local Cuisine and stay in one of our amazing Hotels.


Upcoming Shows for 2019/2020

Patti Vasquez – LOL UIS Comedy Series: November 23

Larry the Cable Guy - Remain Seated: December 5

Martina McBride - The Joy of Christmas: December 6

The Nutcracker: December 14 - 15

Sister’s Christmas Catechism: December 18 – 21

Illinois Symphony Orchestra – Holiday Pops in the Heartland: December 21

Nick Jr. Live! Move to the Music: January 7 – 8

Darci Lynne Farmer – Fresh Out of the Box Tour: January 25

Waitress: February 14

Illinois Symphony Orchestra – Love Notes: February 15

Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular: February 21

Blue Man Group Speechless Tour: February 26

The Choir Man: March 4

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!: March 8

Ron White: March 12

Josh Turner: March 13

The Color Purple: April 10

Master Chef Junior Live!: April 16

Riverdance: April 28

The Play That Goes Wrong: May 7



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