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2016 fall calendar

Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream Sep 15-18, 7pm Thu-Fri; 11am, 3pm, 7pm Sat; 1pm, 5pm Sun. Hosts Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse share the heroic stories of Rapunzel, Snow White, Princess Tiana and Cinderella. $17-45. springfieldpc3.com. Prairie Capital Convent

 

August

Washington Park Historic Photography Display
Aug 25-Sep 4, 12-4pm Mon-Fri, 12-5pm Sat-Sun. Annual photo display features copies of photographs and postcards dating back to the creation of Washington Park in 1902. Free. springfieldparks.org. Washington Park Botanical Garden, 1740 W. Fayette Ave., 546-4116.

Tim Garman
Aug 25, 12-1pm. Part of the Springfield Area Arts Council’s Artist On the Plaza concert series. Free. springfieldartsco.org. 753-3519. Old State Capitol Plaza, Between Sixth and Fifth streets at Adams.

Illinois Products Farmers Market
Aug 25, Sep 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 4-7pm. Every Thursday. Shopping, health and wellness information, special focuses and more in a street party atmosphere. SNAP cards accepted. Free. illinoisproductmarket.com. Illinois State Fairgrounds, The Shed, 801 Sangamon Ave.

New Berlin Farmers Market
Aug 25, Sep 8, 22, Oct 13, 4-7pm. Second and fourth Thursday of each month from May through Oct 13. Free admission. nbacdl.org. 717-4408. Wabash Park, New Berlin.

My Heart’s Home
Aug 25-28, 8pm. Edgar Lee Masters celebrates the Sangamon countryside. Original presentation features Masters’ poetry with original music by Mark Mathewson. $15 adults, $13 seniors, $10 children under 12. theatreinthepark.net. Theatre in the Park, Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, 15588 History Lane, Petersburg, 632-5440.

Disney’s Little Mermaid
Aug 25-28, 8:30pm. Mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home and join the world above. Tickets: $12-14 reserved, $6-10 lawn. themuni.org. The Muni, 815 E. Lake Dr., 793-MUNI.

Old Capitol Blues and BBQ
Aug 26, 5pm-12am Fri, 3pm-12am Sat. Two-day BBQ cook-off and music festival sets the stage for BBQ offerings, domestic and craft beers, other refreshments and world-class blues bands. $5 at gates, free to ages 12 and under. 306-1969. Old State Capitol Plaza, Between Sixth and Fifth streets at Adams.
Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe
Aug 26-27, 7-9pm Fri, 3-5pm Sat. Screening of documentary about corruption in the CDC. $11.50 per ticket. tinyurl.com/springfield26. The Legacy Theatre, 101 E. Lawrence, 800-838-3006.

Godspell
Aug 26-28, Sep 2-4, 8pm Fri-Sat, 2pm Sun. 2012 iteration of the iconic musical based on the Gospel. Featuring updated musical score. $18, $20. hcfta.org. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.

The Portuguese Rodeo Clown Company
Aug 26, 8pm. Five actors take the stage creating two hours of live theatre in a series of scenes created from audience suggestions and input. $15. hcfta.org. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.

UIS Prairie Star 5K
Aug 27, 8:30-11am. Inaugural 5K open to walkers and runners of all fitness levels. $5-15. uis.edu/campusrec. 206-7103. UIS Recreation and Athletic Center, 2171 University Dr., 206-6073.

Clayville Car Show
Aug 27, 9am-4pm. Cruise from New Salem to Clayville at 10:30am. Car show judging 11am-4pm. Car entry fee $15, spectators free. clayville.org. Clayville, Route 125, Pleasant Plains, 572-4984.

Family Fun Day
Aug 27, 9am-3pm. Craft and food vendors, pet adoptions through Sangamon County Animal Control, kids’ area with bounce house, face painting, more. Free. Small charges for some activities. habitatsangamon.com. 523-2710. Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 2744 S. Sixth St., 787-7209.

Run for Prevention
Aug 27, 9-11am. 5K walk/run organized by AlignLife of Springfield Chiropractic and Natural Center. $30 per person and $55 per couple. active.com. 787-7500. Washington Park Playground, 1021 South Grand Ave.,
753-6225.

Clayville Folk Music Festival
Aug 27, 12-11pm. Two stages featuring live folk music. Food, soft drinks, beer, wine available for purchase. $5 per person, $20 per family. clayville.org. Clayville, Route 125, Pleasant Plains, 572-4984.

Backyard Barbeque
Aug 27, 4-6pm. Hosted by University of Illinois Springfield Department of Athletics. Free. uisprairiestars.com. UIS Recreation and Athletic Center, 2171 University Dr., 206-6073.

Grow Springfield Garden Education Program
Aug 28, 11am-12pm. Family-friendly program titled “Save the seeds.” Learn about heirloom seeds and how to save them. Free. growspringfield.org. 528-1563. Jefferson Park Community Garden, Oxford Avenue and McCarthy Drive.

Indian Summer Festival - Oct 8-9, 10am-4pm. Prairie party for the entire family. Fairy garden, crafts, activities, entertainment, food and more. $5 adults, $3 ages 6-12. lincolnmemorialgarden.org. Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 E. Lake Shore Dr., 529-1111.

 

Comedian Nick Ganza
Aug 28, 8:30pm. Nationally touring comedian. $12, $14. donniebscomedyclub.com. Donnie B’s Comedy Club, 3455 Freedom Dr., 391-JOKE.

The Locals
Aug 30, 12-1pm. Local band performs as part of the Springfield Area Arts Council’s Artist on the Plaza concert series. Free. springfieldartsco.org. 753-3519. Old State Capitol Plaza, Between Sixth and Fifth streets at Adams.

SVYS Auditions
Aug 30-31, 4-8pm. Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony. Reserve your slot at svys.org. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.

Fresh Meat Program
Aug 30, Sep 6, 13, 20, 27, Oct 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 7-9pm. New skaters practice with Mayhem and Hooligan roller derby skaters every Tuesday night, allowing them to learn the sport plus roller derby culture and community. Bring mouthguard. MidStateMayhemRollerDerby.com. $5 admission; gear rental for $5. Skateland South, 1500 Recreation Dr., 546-4543.


September

Five Star Brass
Sep 1, 12-1pm. U.S. Army band performs popular selections during outdoor concert produced by the Springfield Area Arts Council. springfieldartsco.org. 753-3519. Old State Capitol Plaza, Between Sixth and Fifth streets at Adams.

18th Annual Prairieland Chautauqua
Sep 3-5, 4pm. Modeled after traditional Chautauquas. Includes musical shows, storytellers, communal suppers and evenings with reenactors representing famous Americans. A fun, educational family event. Free. jacksonvilleil.org. 243-5678. First Christian Church, 2106 S. Main St., Jacksonville, 243-6445.

Greenview Labor Day Celebration
Sep 3-5. Family-friendly celebration features 5K race, bags tournament, craft sale, annual parade, Route 97 Crusaders Car Show, food, entertainment, live music, kids’ activities, more. Free. 414-4366. Greenview.

Short Track TT
Motorcycle Races
Sep 3. World’s premier dirt track motorcycle racing series. springfieldmile.org. 632-0277. Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., 782-6661.

Springfield Oyster and Beer Festival
Sep 3, 12-5pm. 100+ varieties of craft beer and cider, fresh oysters, offerings from several food vendors, live bands, more. $20 advance, $25 day of. sobfestival.com. The Inn at 835, 835 S. Second St., 523-4466.

Springfield Mile
Sep 4. Motorcycles race a 1-mile oval track. $30 advance, $40 race week. springfieldmile.org. 632-0277. Illinois State Fair Grandstand, 801 Sangamon Ave., 782-6661.

DeWitt County Farm Crawl
Sep 4, 10am-5pm. Spend 30-60 minutes on tours and activities at each of three family farms in DeWitt County. 2-10 minutes of drive time between each farm. dewittcountyfarmcrawl.com. 898-0706. Triple M Farm: Mariah’s Mums and More, 16727 Airport Road, Clinton, 722-3531.

Truth Telling
Sep 9, 3pm. Dr. David Ragland shares motivation, history and successes of the Truth Telling Project and presents documentary footage of testimonials from Ferguson. Free. uis.edu/speakerseries. UIS Brookens Auditorium, One University Plaza, 206-6073.

Crafter Treasure Sale
Sep 9-10, 4-8pm Fri, 8am-2pm Sat. Sale of materials and tools used in crafts. Free. Springfield Ceramics and Crafts Club, 2626 S. Pasfield St.

Bluegrass Music
Sep 9-10, 6pm-10pm. Bluegrass musicians play live in the outdoor theater. Traditional, folk and bluegrass musicians invited to participate. lincolnsnewsalem.com. Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, 15588 History Lane, Petersburg, 632-4000.

Second Annual Fall Fashion Show
Sep 9, 7-8pm. Hosted by Studio on 6th and the Itty Bitty Fashion Truck. Free. 494-4134. Studio on 6th, 215 S. Sixth St., 522-8006.

Annual Fall Festival and BBQ
Sep 10, 10am-4pm. Historic Woodlawn Farm, Underground Railroad site, Fall Festival and BBQ. Adults $6, students $4, free to ages 5 and under. Woodlawn Farm, Old Route 36, three miles east of Jacksonville.

Art Spectacular at the Carillon
Sep 10-11, 10am-5pm Sat, 10am-4pm Sun. Ranked in “Best 100 Art Shows in the Country” by Sunshine Artist magazine. 50 professional artists with artwork in a variety of mediums. Music, food, more. Free. Kids’ Place $1.25 per child. carillon-rees.org. 787-3532. Washington Park Botanical Garden, 1740 W. Fayette Ave., 546-4116.

Paws and Remember Pet Memorial Event
Sep 10, 10am. Event honoring the pets we have lost and celebrating those still in our lives. Pet remembrance ceremony, blessing of pets, K-9 unit demonstrations, children’s activities, therapy dog, more. Free. roselawninfo.com. Roselawn Memorial Park, 1735 S. Camp Butler Road, 525-1661.

Traditional Music Festival
Sep 10, 10am-4pm. Midwest performers entertain on instruments such as mountain dulcimers, bones, autoharps, fiddles, banjos and guitars. lincolnsnewsalem.com. Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, 15588 History Lane, Petersburg, 632-4000.

Comedy Hypnotist Jeff Harpring
Sep 10, 7pm. Show features comedy hypnotist Jeff Harpring and comedy juggler Troy Roark. Volunteer audience members experience hypnosis and star in the show. $15. hcfta.org. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787

Presley, Perkins, Lewis and Cash
Sep 10, 7:30pm. Tribute concert to legendary rock and roll artists. $20-35 adults. $5 school-age kids. kirklandfinearts.com. Kirkland Fine Arts Center, 1184 W. Main St., Decatur, 424-6318.

The Rocky Horror Show - Oct 27-29. Directed by Mac Warren in association with ADHD Productions. Admission. hcfta.org. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.

44th Annual Capital City Century
Sep 11, 7am-5pm. Distance options of 10-125 miles across flat to slightly rolling terrain. Food stops, SAG service, post-ride party. Register, spfldcycling.org. 899-9175. Knights of Columbus 364, 2200 S. Meadowbrook Road, 787-2360.

Fall Farm Day
Sep 11, 1-5pm. Pumpkin and face painting, farm tours, crafts, popcorn wagon rides, Beason Fire Truck. Free. gailspumpkinpatch.com. Gail’s Pumpkin Patch, 1709 2000th Ave., Beason.

Classic Nashville Roadshow
Sep 11, 3pm. Jason Petty and Katie Deal perform renowned duets, poignant tunes and classic hits honoring the world’s most beloved country greats such as Dolly, Hank, Patsy and more. $28-32. hcfta.org. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.

Leaf ID Hikes
Sep 11, 18, 25, 1:30-3pm. Garden naturalists identify and distribute leaves of at least 25 tree species. Hikes geared toward students with leaf collection projects. $5 per person; free to members. Reservations. lincolnmemorialgarden.org. Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 E. Lake Shore Dr., 529-1111.

Tuskegee Airmen Rise Above
Sep 13-17. Traveling exhibit features a 160-degree panoramic movie screen housed in a 53-foot semi trailer showing the film Rise Above about WWII’s Tuskegee Airmen. flyspi.com. 788-9200. Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport, 1200 Capital Airport Dr, 788-1060.

Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream
Sep 15-18, 7pm Thu-Fri; 11am, 3pm, 7pm Sat; 1pm, 5pm Sun. Hosts Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse share the heroic stories of Rapunzel, Snow White, Princess Tiana and Cinderella. $17-45. springfieldpc3.com. Prairie Capital Convention Center, 1 Convention Center Plaza, 800-745-3000.

Hispanic Americans
Sep 15, 7pm. Talk led by Reggie Koch, managing partner of Koch Law Firm, highlights societal and legal institutional challenges faced today by Hispanic Americans. Free. uis.edu/speakerseries. UIS Brookens Auditorium, One University Plaza, 206-6073.

Grapes and Gourds
Sep 15, 6-8pm. Create a handcrafted gourd birdhouse. $25 includes glass of wine, supplies and instruction. Registration.lincolnmemorialgarden.org. It’s All About Wine, 1305 Wabash Ave., Springfield, 546-9463.

Fall Volunteer Naturalist Training
Sep 15, 9am-12pm. Seasoned and new volunteers learn tips and tricks for leading hikes and sharpen their natural history knowledge. Free. lincolnmemorialgarden.org. Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 E. Lake Shore Dr., 529-1111.

Transplant Services 5K Run/Walk
Sep 17, 8am-12pm. Registration at 8, race at 9. Advance: $25, $15. Day of: $30, $20. Registration, memorialmedical.com. 757-7835. Washington Park, 1501 S. Grand Ave. W., 544-1751.

2016 Cruise Night and Car Show
Sep 17, 9am-10pm. Car show in Community Park 9am-3pm. Cruise begins at 5pm, cruising from Main Street to Lincoln Avenue. Free. jacksonvilleil.org. 243-5678. Jacksonville Community Park, 1201 S. Main, Jacksonville.

Clayville Fall Festival
Sep 17-18, 9am-6pm Sat, 10am-4pm Sun. Artisan demonstrations, historic building tours, crafts and games for kids, vendors, reenactments, period music, entertainment, food, refreshments. $5 adults, $3 ages 6-12, ages under 6 free. clayville.org. Clayville, Route 125, Pleasant Plains, 572-4984.

Edwards Place Fine Art Fair
Sep 17-18, 10am-5pm Sat, 11am-4pm Sun. More than 70 regional and national artist booths, live art demonstrations, vendors, live music, more. Free. springfieldart.org. Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St., 523-2631.

Leaf ID and Collection Hikes
Sep 17, 24, 10am-12pm. Fun, educational way to collect more than 50 leaves. Geared towards school-age children with leaf collection projects. $5 per student. Washington Park Botanical Garden, 1740 W. Fayette Ave., 546-4116. springfieldparks.org.

A-Maze-Ing Corn Maze
Sep 17-18, 24-25, Oct 1-2, 8-9, 11am-6pm Sat, 12-6pm Sun. 4 acres with miles of paths. $5. auburn-umc.org. Auburn United Methodist Church, 14100 State Route 4, Auburn, 438-3126.

BBQ Throwdown
Sep 17, 11am-11pm. Fifth annual rib, chicken and Bloody Mary throwdown. Plus sand volleyball, gas, bocce ball, live DJ and more. anchorboatclub.net. 529-1174. Anchor Boat Club, 407 E. Lake Shore Dr.
Chatham Jaycees Third Annual Oktoberfest
Sep 17, 11am-12pm. Beers from Munich, diverse German food menu, kids’ games and activities, The Wendell Brothers, Oktoberfest games, more. chathamjaycees.net. 414-9637. Chatham Town Square, 101 W. Mulberry, Chatham.

Pondicherry Lodge
Sep 17, 12pm. Sherlock Holmes Society of Central Illinois hosts annual potluck and picnic plus a viewing and discussion of Mr. Holmes. sherlock.lolopop.org. Adjoining Homes of Betty Washko and Bill and Mary Denham, 36 and 40 Westwood Terrace, 546-8387.

Enos Park Home Tour
Sep 17, 1-5pm. Self-guided tour of historic homes in Springfield’s oldest neighborhood. Wine and cheese reception held 4-7pm in Sculpture Garden. $10. epnia.com. Edwards Place, Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St., 523-2631.

Fall Bird Hikes
Sep 17, 24, Oct 1, 8, 15, 8-9:30am. Hike through the Garden and search for migratory birds with Kevin Veara. Free.lincolnmemorialgarden.org. Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 E. Lake Shore Dr., 529-1111.

Monarchs and Me
Sep 17, 24. 10am-12pm. Children ages 8-10 learn about the monarch butterfly. Free. Registration required.lincolnmemorialgarden.org. Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 E. Lake Shore Dr., 529-1111.
Indian Knoll Pumpkin Patch and Farm
Sep 17-Oct 23, 10am-5pm Sat, 12-5pm Sun. Wagon rides, face painting, barnyard games and animals, corn box and barrel tractor rides, fall treats, more. No admission fee; small charge for certain activities. indianknollpumpkins.com. Indian Knoll Farm and Pumpkin Patch, 2850 N. E Road, Mechanicsburg, 827-0317.

Illini Bird Fanciers Fall Fair
Sep 18, 9am-4pm. Live exotic birds plus cages, food and toys. $3 adults and seniors, free to ages 12 and under. agr.state.il.us. 836-2836. Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., 782-6661.

Healthy Kids Running Series
Sep 18, 25, Oct 2, 9, 16, 4:30pm. A positive, educational and fun introduction into the world of running for kids in Pre-K through 8th grade. 50 yard dash, 1/4 mile and 1-mile options available by age. Registration, healthykidsrunningseries.org. Williamsville Park, Williamsville.

14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark and Vanessa Lopez
Sep 19, 4pm. Screening of documentary which examines who has the right to be an American citizen and the citizenship clause of the 14th Amendment. Discussion with director Anne Galisky to follow. Free. uis.edu/speakerseries. UIS Brookens Auditorium, One University Plaza, 206-6073.

Brown Bag Book Discussion
Sep 20, 12-1pm. Lincoln’s Greatest Case: The River, the Bridge and the Making of America by Brian McGinty. Bring lunch. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, 112 N. Sixth St., 558-8844.

Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story On Stage
Sep 20-21, 7:30pm. Featuring “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?” and “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.” Tickets. sangamonauditorium.org. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 206-6160.

How to Loiter
Sep 22, 5:30pm. Explore alternative ways of loitering and discuss the issues surrounding loitering and how it affects public space and individuality. Free. uis.edu/speakerseries. UIS Brookens Auditorium, One University Plaza, 206-6073.

Prairie Land Heritage Museum Steam Show
Sep 23-26, 8am-5pm. See horse-powered equipment, antique tractors, gas and steam engines, demonstrations on baling, blacksmithing, more. Train rides, large flea market, food. $5. prairielandheritage.com. 243-5678. Prairie Land Heritage Museum, 1005 W. Michigan Ave., 243-7262.

International Route 66 Mother Road Festival
Sep 23-25, 6-10pm Fri, 11am-10pm Sat, 11am-2pm Sun. More than 1,000 cool cars, live music and entertainment, performance marketplace, family fun area, food, more. Free admission. route66fest.com. 866-783-6645. Downtown Springfield.

Craft and Food Festival
Sep 24, 8:30am-2pm. Handmade items including purses, barn quilts, kitchen items, fall and Christmas decorations. Bake sale, lunch, more. Free. 553-5256. Chatham Community Center, 109 W. Mulberry St., Chatham, 483-2488.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s
Sep 24, 8:30am. 5K walk helps raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support, research. act.alz.org. 801-9352. Erin’s Pavilion, Southwind Park, 4965 S. Second St., 753-0702.

Moonlight Marathon
Sep 24, 5pm-1am. Run in the moonlight and shadows of Lincon’s Tomb. Choose from ultra marathon, full marathon, half marathon, marathon relay. Registration, triharderpromotions.com. Oak Ridge Cemetery, 1441 Monument Ave., 789-2340.

Steve Caminiti
Sep 24, 8:30pm. Heard on “The Bob and Tom Show,” featured in Rolling Stone magazine and voted funniest comic in Ohio. $12, $14. donniebscomedyclub.com. Donnie B’s Comedy Club, 3455 Freedom Dr., 391-JOKE.

City Wide Hymn Fest
Sep 25, 3:30pm. Interdenominational hymn sing open to all who enjoy singing along with or listening to traditional hymns. Hosted by Grace Lutheran and Trinity Lutheran churches along with the Rees Carillon. Free. springfieldparks.org. Washington Park, 1501 S. Grand Ave. W., 544-1751.

Grow Springfield Garden Education Program
Sep 26, 5:30-6:30pm. Family-friendly program titled “Putting the Garden to Bed.” Unearth simple ways to winterize your garden and minimize work in the spring. Free. growspringfield.org. 528-1563. Lincoln Land Community College, 5250 Shepherd Road, 786-2200.

Basetrack Live
Sep 28, 7:30pm. Show by En Garde Arts features a magnetic electro-acoustic score and provides an intimate portrait of military families during deployment and after. Tickets. sangamonauditorium.org. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 206-6160.


October

Morgan Horse Demonstration
Oct 1, 9am-4pm. The Mississippi Valley Morgan Horse Club presents demonstrations and horse activities, educational materials for adults and kids, visit with MVMHC members and horses. lincolnsnewsalem.com. Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, 15588 History Lane, Petersburg, 632-4000.

Bookstock: A Roots Music Festival
Oct 1, 10am-5pm. All-day musical event features five critically acclaimed roots/folk acts. Free. Jacksonville Public Library, 201 West College Ave., Jacksonville, 243-5435.

Fur, Feather, Fin Fall Fling
Oct 1, 10am-6pm. Family-friendly animal programs, turtle races and more. Touch-A-Truck from 10am-2pm. Free. springfieldparks.org. Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Shore Dr., 585-1821.

Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show
Oct 1-2, 10am-6pm Sat, 10am-5pm Sun. Mineral, fossil and gem dealers with demonstrations, fluorescent displays, jewelry, geode cracking plus kids’ fossil dig, “dinosaurs” and more. $2 adults, seniors $1, free to children under 12 and Scouts in uniform. agr.state.il.us. Orr Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., 782-6661.

Rotary Oktoberfest
Oct 1, 10am. Food, musical entertainment, tournaments, more. jacksonvilleil.org. 243-5678. Morgan County Fairgrounds, 110 N. Westgate, Jacksonville.

West Fork Encampment
Oct 1-2, 10am-3:30pm Sat, 10am-3pm Sun. Historical reenactment showcases traditional military and frontier life from 1750-1820. Free to attend. Registration fee for campers. visitlitchfield.com. Lake Lou Yaeger, Picnic Area 4, 4 Marina Lane, Litchfield, 866-733-5833.

Battle of the Nations
Oct 1, 1pm. International Tournament of Chivalry. Full-contact medieval steel combat features top fighters from around the world, including Russia and Ukraine. $10 standard, $25 family. springfieldpc3.com. Prairie Capital Convention Center, 1 Convention Center Plaza, 800-745-3000.

A Cappella All Stars
Oct 1, 2pm and 7pm. Show features some of the Midwests’ top-notch a cappella Barbershop performers such as the Sound Celebration Chorus, Sound of Illinois Chorus and Great Day. $16, $18. hcfta.org. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.

Junior Naturalists
Oct 1, Nov 5, Dec 3, 9am-12pm. Children ages 5-8 years explore the Garden while focusing on a different topic each month. All three sessions: $40 members, $45 non. Individual sessions: $15 members, $18 non. Registration. lincolnmemorialgarden.org. Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 E. Lake Shore Dr., 529-1111.

Senior Naturalists
Oct 1, Nov 5, Dec 3, 1-4pm. Children ages 9-12 years explore the Garden while focusing on a different topic each month. All three sessions: $40 members, $45 non. Individual sessions: $15 members, $18 non. Registration. lincolnmemorialgarden.org. Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 E. Lake Shore Dr., 529-1111.

Family Service Center Kite Festival
Oct 2, 12-3pm. Kite performances by Our Kites Fly and 180 Go plus music by Capitol Radio Group, more. Free. 528-8406. Southwind Park, 4965 S. Second St., 753-0702.

Hispanic Heritage Family Festival
Oct 2, 1pm-4pm. Arts and crafts displays, pinatas and kids’ crafts, Latin American dishes for sampling, folkloric dance performances and more. Springfield YMCA Gus & Flora Kerasotes Branch, 4550 West Iles Ave., 679-1625.

Public/Private Subversions: Kyle Magee
Oct 3, 6pm. Documentary on Australian art activist Kyle Magee, who is arrested almost weekly for papering over advertising in broad daylight. Moderated by Dr. Richard Gilman-Opalsky. Free. uis.edu/speakerseries. UIS Brookens Auditorium, One University Plaza, 206-6073.

The Legacy Wall: LGBT History Exhibit
Oct 5, 7pm. Traveling exhibit features photographs and biographies of 125 well-known LGBT people from a variety of realms. Reception to follow. Free. uis.edu. UIS Public Affairs Center (PAC), One University Plaza, 206-6073.

UIS Homecoming Weekend
Oct 7-8. Events include Homecoming parade, UIS men’s and women’s soccer versus Drury University, fireworks to follow game. uis.edu/homecoming. University of Illinois at Springfield, 206-6073.

Youth Charity Horse Show
Oct 7-9, 8am-10pm Fri-Sat, 8am-6pm Sun. Annual horse show features competitive showmanship and camaradarie from riders ages 18 and under. Proceeds support Peoria’s Central Illinois Riding Therapy program. Free. youthcharityhorseshow.com. Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., 782-6661.

Holiday Craft Sale
Oct 7, 9am-4pm. Local artisans with a large display of fall, winter and Christmas decorations and home-crafted Santas, snowmen, angels, hand painted gourds, slates and signs. Free. Craft Studio at Salisbury, 5889 Grigsby Lane, Pleasant Plains, 626-1738.

Blocktoberfest
Oct 7-8, 6pm-12am Fri, 12pm-12am Sat. Sample dozens of Oktoberfest brews while visiting downtown shops and restaurants. Tickets. downtownspringfield.org. Downtown Springfield, Inc., 3 W. Old State Capitol Plaza, 544-1723.

Candlelight Tour
Oct 7-9, 7-9pm Fri-Sun. See Lincoln’s New Salem Historic Site at night. Staff and volunteers in period clothing discuss life in 19th century Illinois. Live music, gingerbread, cider, more. lincolnsnewsalem.com. Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, 15588 History Lane, Petersburg, 632-4000.

Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony Trivia Night
Oct 7, 7pm. Call 753-8000 to reserve your table. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.

Terror on the Square
Oct 7-8, 14-15, 21-23, 28-29, 31, 7-11pm Fri-Sat, 7-11pm Mon. Haunted outdoor event with scenes, scares and special effects set in an abandoned graveyard and a creepy, winding trail in woods. $10 adults, $8 ages 8 and under. terrorontheweb.com. Menard County Fairgrounds, 18450 Fairgrounds, Petersburg.

Memorial’s Be Aware Women’s Fair
Oct 8, 9am-2pm. Seventh annual event devoted to women and their physical, emotional and financial health. $4. memorialmedical.com. Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., 782-6661.

Fun Fall Fling
Oct 8, 10-11:30am. Ages 3-5 do fun fall activities, create a fall craft and make a treat. $25 resident, $35 non. springfieldparks.org. Washington Park Pavilion, 1400 Williams Blvd, 544-1751.

Indian Summer Festival
Oct 8-9, 10am-4pm. Prairie party for the entire family. Fairy garden, crafts, activities, entertainment, food and more. $5 adults, $3 ages 6-12. lincolnmemorialgarden.org. Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 E. Lake Shore Dr., 529-1111.

Carve for the Carillon
Oct 8-9, 11am-4pm. Help scoop, carve and move 2,016 pumpkins for Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular. Pumpkins supplied. All ages, abilities welcome. Free. carillon-rees.org. Washington Park Botanical Garden, 1740 W. Fayette Ave., 546-4116.

Spooky Halloween Kids Night Out
Oct 8, 5-9pm. Kids walk the spooky trail at the YMCA’s Wa-Kon-Tah campgrounds on Lake Springfield, play traditional fall games and more. Pick up and drop off at Downtown YMCA. $12 members, $15 public. springfieldymca.org. YMCA, 701 S. Fourth St., 544-9846.

Echoes of Yesteryear
Oct 9, 12-4pm. A walk through Oak Ridge Cemetery. Costumed actors tell the stories of several interesting people at their respective grave sites. Maps provided. Hosted by Sangamon County Historical Society. sangamonhistory.org. 525-1961. Oak Ridge Cemetery, 1441 Monument Ave., 789-2340.

Wonder Bread Years
Oct 9, 2pm. Funny salute to Americana starring former “Seinfeld” writer Pat Hazell toes the line between standup and theater. $20-35 adults. $5 school-age kids. kirklandfinearts.com. Kirkland Fine Arts Center, 1184 W. Main St., Decatur, 424-6318.

Once
Oct 9, 8pm. Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. A story about going for your dreams, not living in fear, and the power of music to connect us all. Tickets. sangamonauditorium.org. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 206-6160.

PIG Tournament
Oct 10. Play basketball, PIG and enjoy pork. Proceeds support the Springfield YMCA Strong Kids Scholarship Fund. Springfield YMCA Gus & Flora Kerasotes Branch, 4550 West Iles Ave., 679-1625.

Tres Vidas
Oct 11, 7pm. Musical theater performance highlights the lives of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, Salvadoran peasant-activist Rufina Amaya and Argentine poet Alfonsina Storni. Free. uis.edu/speakerseries. Polly Roesch Music Room, Visual and Performing Arts Building, UIS, One William Maxwell Lane, 206-6240.

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular
Oct 14-15, 6:30-9:30pm Fri-Sat. 2,016 hand-carved, illuminated jack-o-lanterns carved by community members and local artists. Plus Tree of Lights, spooky music, fire pits, food vendors. Rain or shine. No pets. $7 adults, $5 ages 4-10, 3 and under free. carillon-rees.org. 787-3532. Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon, 1740 W. Fayette Ave., 546-3853.

Once Upon A Mattress
Oct 14-16, 21-23, 8pm Fri-Sat, 2pm Sun. Springfield Theatre Centre presents a rollicking spin on the story of The Princess and The Pea. Admission. hcfta.org. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.

Poets in the Parlor
Oct 15, 2-3pm. Poet and professor Jessica L. Walsh, author of How to Break My Neck, Knocked Around and The Division of Standards. Free. vachellindsay.org. Vachel Lindsay Home State Historic Site, 603 S. Fifth St., 524-0901.

Springfield Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K
Oct 16, 7:30am. Registration, springfieldmarathon.net. University of Illinois at Springfield, 206-6073.

Pilgrimage to the Tomb of Lafore Lock
Oct 18, 4-5pm. Walk to the tomb of Farley “Lafore” Lock on the anniversary of his death in France in WW1. Park at memorials; walk two blocks to marker. Free. 891-8719. Oak Ridge Cemetery, 1441 Monument Ave., 789-2340.

Vocalosity
Oct 19, 7:30pm. Fast-paced live concert by artistic producer Deke Sharon features all-star ensemble of diverse young vocalists singing today’s chart-topping hits and songs from many other genres. Tickets. sangamonauditorium.org. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 206-6160.

Local Flavors Meal
Oct 20. Local Flavors events occur on the third Thursday of each month from June through October. Each meal features seasonal ingredients sourced directly from local farmers. buyfreshbuylocal -centralillinois.org. American Harvest Eatery, 3241 W. Iles Ave.

Mid-America Mane Event Horse Show
Oct 20-23, 12pm Thu-Sat, 10am Sun. 14th annual show featuring American Saddlebred horses and Hackney ponies. Free. midamericahorseshow.org. Coliseum, Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., 782-6661.

Lincoln Legacy Lectures
Oct 20, 7-9pm. Two lectures by speakers Dr. Allen Guelzo, Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era, Gettysburg College and Dr. Brooks Simpson, Foundation Professor of History, Arizona State University. uis.edu. UIS Brookens Auditorium, One University Plaza, 206-6073.

Zoolie Ghoulie
Oct 21-23, 4-8pm Fri, 1-5pm Sat-Sun. Safe trick-or-treating inside zoo. Costume contest at 6pm Fri; 4pm Sat and Sun. $4, $3 non-trick-or-treaters. springfieldparks.org. Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Shore Dr., 585-1821.

Theresa Caputo Live!
Oct 21, 7:30pm. Live audience readings from TLC’s host of “Long Island Medium,” Theresa Caputo. $39.75+. springfieldpc3.com. Prairie Capital Convention Center, 1 Convention Center Plaza, 800-745-3000.

Elvin Bishop and Charlie Musselwhite
Oct 21, 8pm. American roots music concert by 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Elvin Bishop and Blues Music Hall of Fame inductee Charlie Musselwhite. Tickets. sangamonauditorium.org. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 206-6160.

Jacksonville Mainstreet Pumpkin Festival
Oct 22, 10am-5pm. Pumpkins, food, fall vendors, Pumpkin Playland, hayrides, pumpkin drops, costume parade and contests, pumpkin pie eating contest, pet costume contest and more. jacksonvillemainstreet.com. 243-5678. Downtown Jacksonville, Central Park Plaza.

Witches Walk
Oct 22, 10am-4pm. Dress like a witch and visit local shops to find a black cat. Specials, samples, prizes, more. 632-7089. Petersburg Square, N. Seventh St. at W. Douglas Ave., Petersburg.

Gala Event
Oct 22, 4:30-6:30pm. Hosted by Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony and Generation Healthy Kids. Tickets, 753-8000. Edwards Place, Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St., 523-2631.

The Townshend Moment
Oct 27, 7pm. Dr. Patrick Griffin on imperial reform and revolution in the 18th-century British Atlantic as led by brothers George and Charles Townshend. Free. uis.edu/speakerseries. UIS Brookens Auditorium, One University Plaza, 206-6073.

The Rocky Horror Show
Oct 27-29. Directed by Mac Warren in association with ADHD Productions. Admission. hcfta.org. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.

Social Justice Activism
Oct 28, 1pm. Panel discussion and workshop explores social justice activism as a leadership paradigm and a pillar of knowledge and practice. Free. uis.edu/speakerseries. UIS Public Affairs Center (PAC), One University Plaza, 206-6073.

Discovery After Dark
Oct 28, 7-9pm. See the zoo in a different light during a guided, nocturnal tour. Advance registration required. Theme is Halloween. Residents: $7 adults, $5 children. Non: $9 adults, $7 children. springfieldparks.org. Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Shore Dr., 585-1821.

Macbeth
Oct 28-30, Nov 3-6, 7:30pm Wed-Sat, 2pm Sun. One of the world’s most famous plays. Shakespeare’s mysterious play explores the dark side of ambition. $8-14. uis.edu/theatre. UIS Studio Theatre, One University Plaza, 206-6160.

Gallagher
Oct 28, 8pm. Final tour by American comedian known for smashing watermelons and other objects during his act. $15-50 ($50 for smash zone). lincolnsquaretheatre.com. Lincoln Square Theatre, 141 N. Main, Decatur.

Fall Festival
Oct 29-30, 9am-4pm. Period-clothed interpreters demonstrate daily tasks such as candle dipping, soap making, basket making, spinning wool, gardening, natural dyeing, broom making, fruit and vegetable preservation. lincolnsnewsalem.com. Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, 15588 History Lane, Petersburg, 632-4000.

Frankenstein
Oct 29, Nov 3-6. Written by Mary Shelley, adapted by Aasne Daniels. Admission. 245-3471. Illinois College, 1101 W. College Ave., Jacksonville, 245-3000.

The Havana Cuba All-Stars Perform Cuban Nights
Oct 29, 8pm. Debut US tour by some of Cuba’s most prominent musicians. Show promotes entire tapestry of Cuban music. Tickets. sangamonauditorium.org. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 206-6160.

Trick-or-Treat Street
Oct 30, 1-4pm. Hosted by Springfield Park District and radio partners. southwindpark.org. Southwind Park, 4965 S. Second St., 753-0702.

Johnny Peers and Muttville Comix
Oct 30, 2pm. Hilarious, family-friendly show features Johnny Peers and his one-of-a-kind dogs. $10-$20 adults. $5 school-age kids. kirklandfinearts.com. Kirkland Fine Arts Center, 1184 W. Main St., Decatur, 424-6318.

Gallagher
Oct 30, 7pm. Admission. hcfta.org. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.

Goosebumps Organ Concert and Electronic Light Show
Oct 31, 7-8:15pm. Extraordinary concert featuring electronic lighting effects, dramatic dance. Evocative, spooky classics performed via Brombaugh Opus 35 pipe organ. Free. lincolnschurch.org. First Presbyterian Church, 321 S. Seventh St., 528-4311.


November

Social Welfare, Young Mothers and the Failure of the System
Nov 1, 7pm. Dr. Lauren Silver discusses the frustrations and ingenuity of young African-American women navigating the social welfare system. Free. uis.edu/speakerseries. UIS Brookens Auditorium, One University Plaza, 206-6073.

Radical Presence
Nov 3, 6pm. Dr. Carolyn Finney argues that slavery, Jim Crow and racial violence have shaped cultural understandings of the great outdoors and determined who should and can access natural spaces. Free. uis.edu/speakerseries. UIS Brookens Auditorium, One University Plaza, 206-6073.

Holiday Marketplace
Nov 4-5. Holiday fare, sales and candlelight shopping. 632-7089. Petersburg square, N. Seventh St. at W. Douglas Ave., Petersburg.

Discovery After Dark
Nov 4, 7-9pm. See the zoo in a different light during a guided, nocturnal tour. Advance registration required. Theme is animal enrichment. Residents: $7 adults, $5 children. Non: $9 adults, $7 children. springfieldparks.org. Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Shore Dr., 585-1821.

Trivia Night
Nov 4, 7pm. Trivia, fun, laughter. Cash bar, BYO snacks. Proceeds support the YMCA Strong Kids programming. $100 per team, 10 people per table. Reservations. Springfield YMCA Gus & Flora Kerasotes Branch, 4550 West Iles Ave., 679-1625.

A Raisin in the Sun
Nov 4-6, 11-13, 7:30pm Fri-Sat, 4:30pm Sun. Based on a book, A Raisin in the Sun was first staged in 1960 and highlights generational differences, race and gender roles, and the importance of morality and faith. $16, $18. hcfta.org. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.

39th Annual International Festival
Nov 4, 5-8pm. Theme: “World as One: Uniting people and culture.” Hosted by International Student Services. Live performances and food. Free admission. UIS Recreation and Athletic Center, 2171 University Dr., 206-6073.

A Tribute to Benny Goodman
Nov 11, 8pm. British clarinet virtuoso Julian Bliss leads septet through songs made famous by Benny Goodman during the 1930s and 1940s swing era. Live performance is punctuated with stories and anecdotes about Goodman’s life. Tickets. sangamonauditorium.org. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 206-6160.

Crimes of the Heart
Nov 11-13, 18-20, 8pm Fri-Sat, 2pm Sun. Play follows three sisters awaiting news of their grandfather who is living out his last hours in the local hospital. Presented by the Springfield Theatre Centre. hcfta.org. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.

Annual Holiday Market
Nov 12-13, 9am-5pm Sat, 1-4pm Sun. One-stop shopping for holiday gifts, decorations and handmade ornaments. Free. lincolnmemorialgarden.org. Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 E. Lake Shore Dr., 529-1111.

Abe’s Trail Trek
Nov 12, 10am. 5K-, 10K- and 15K-trail runs. Rolling terrain along the Sangamon River, across bridges, up and down more than 150 steps. Registration at triharderpromotions.com. Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, 15588 History Lane, Petersburg, 632-4000.

Sangamon Valley Woodcarvers Show
Nov 12-13, 10am-5pm Sat, 10am-4pm Sun. 26th annual show. See wood art, shopping with numerous vendors plus various show activities, drawings and seminars. svwoodcarvers.org. Illinois Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave.,

Wild Kratts Live!
Nov 12, 1pm, 4:30pm. Brothers Martin and Chris Kratt activate Creature Power Suits to confront a comic villain in “To the Creature Rescue!” Tickets. sangamonauditorium.org. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 206-6160.

Harry Potter and The Fantastic Beasts
Nov 12, 5:30-7:30pm. Learn about the zoo’s fantastic beasts, create a wand, take a potions lesson and take a guided zoo tour with wizarding students. $3 child, $4 adult. springfieldparks.org. Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Shore Dr., 585-1821.

Memorial’s Festival of Trees Gala
Nov 12, 7-11pm. Black-tie gala features first viewing of 2016 Festival of Trees plus music and silent auction. $100 includes hors d’oeuvres, dessert, wine, beer, soft drinks. memorialmedical.com. 788-4301. Orr Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., 725-8047.

Route 66 Half-Marathon/5K/Mile-Dash
Nov 13, 7am-12pm. Fourth annual race on beautiful, historic Route 66. Registration, racemaker.org. 866-733-5833. Litchfield Skyview Drive-In, 1500 N. Historic Rt. 66, Litchfield.

Black Power: The Cry of Jazz
Nov 14, 6pm. Showing of 1959 documentary by Ed Bland connecting jazz to African-American history. Moderated by Dr. Richard Gilman-Opalsky and Kamau Kemayo. Free. uis.edu/speakerseries. UIS Brookens Auditorium, One University Plaza, 206-6073.

Brown Bag Book Discussion
Nov 15, 12-1pm. Discussion on Dividing the Union: Jesse Burgess Thomas and the Making of the Missouri Compromise by Matthew W. Hall. Bring lunch. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, 112 N. Sixth St., 558-8844.

Christmas in the Park
Nov 18-19, 4-8pm Fri, 9am-3pm Sat. Featuring Christmas decorations, ornaments, small themed trees, Santas, snowmen, angels, more. Free. 626-1738. Country Place Condo Clubhouse, 1/2 mile east of Toronto Road and 1/2 mile north of North Cotton Hill Road.

Woodhaven Hospice Festival of Trees
Nov 18-20, 5-8pm Fri, 11am-8pm Sat-Sun. Featuring designer trees and wreaths. jacksonvilleil.org. Masonic Temple, 345 W. College Ave., Jacksonville, 243-5678.

Urinetown
Nov 18-20. Hoogland Teens fall musical. Directed by Matthew Vala. Admission. hcfta.org. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.

Memorial’s Festival of Trees
Nov 19-27, 10am-8pm Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm Sun, 4-8pm Thanksgiving. More than 200 decorated trees and wreaths, hand-crafted Gingerbread Village, Candy Cane Express Train, Little Elves’ Workshop craft area, Snapshots with Santa, entertainment, silent auctions, more. $5 adults, $3 ages 3-12, free to ages 2 and under. memorialsfestivaloftrees.com. 788-4301.Orr Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., 725-8047.

Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters
Nov 22, 7pm. A celebration of the mystery and splendor of Africa. Tale of Mufaro’s two daughters and the trials and tribulations the girls undergo on their journey to meet a great African king. Tickets. sangamonauditorium.org. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 206-6160.

Annual Cookie Walk and Craft Sale
Nov 19, 8am-3pm. Homemade cookies and candies plus fine art and handcrafted items for sale. Free. springfieldceramics -andcraftsclub.org. Springfield Ceramics and Crafts Club, 2626 S. Pasfield St.

Gobble Wobble
Nov 24, 7am. Zumba workout. $5 donation. Springfield YMCA Gus & Flora Kerasotes Branch, 4550 West Iles Ave., 679-1625.

Gobble Wobble
Nov 24, 7am. Ultimate workout. $5 donation. YMCA, 701 S. Fourth St., 544-9846.

Small Business Saturday
Nov 26, 9am-2pm. Visit with Santa and elf, enjoy snacks, specials, singalong with carolers, more. jacksonvillemainstreet.com. Jacksonville Downtown, Central Park Plaza, Jacksonville, 243-5678.

Land of Lincoln Barbershop Chorus
Nov 26, 6:30-7pm. Performing at The Festival of Trees. Admission. Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., 782-6661.

Christmas at Sugar Creek
Nov 26, 10am-3pm. 60 vendors, bake sale, lunch. Free admission. sugarcreek.org. 483-2270. Sugar Creek United Methodist Church, 1022 New City Road, Chatham, 622-795

Cirque Dreams Holidaze
Nov 30, 7:30pm. New Cirque show, Broadway musical and family Christmas spectacular with more than 300 costumes, 20 acts and 30 artists from all over the world. Tickets. sangamonauditorium.org. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 206-6160.


December

Holiday Lights at the Zoo
Dec 2-4, 8-11, 15-23, 5-8pm. See the zoo as a winter wonderland. Thousands of lights, light displays, Santa Claus, hot chocolate, karaoke and bonfires on Saturdays (weather permitting). $3.75 adults, $2.50 children, free with Toys for Tots donation. springfieldparks.org. Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Shore Dr., 585-1821.

LOLC Cabaret and Dinner
Dec 2-3, 6-8:30pm. Dinner and cabaret show featuring holiday, sacred and winter favorites. Tickets. Sugar Creek United Methodist Church, 1022 New City Road, Chatham, 622-7953.

The Music Man Jr.
Dec 2-4, 9-11, 7pm Fri-Sat, 2pm Sun. Iconic musical follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill. Presented by Springfield Theatre Centre. Admission. hcfta.org. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.

Elvis Rock ’n’ Remember Christmas Show
Dec 2, 8pm. Christmas show by former top-10 finalist on “America’s Got Talent,” Joseph Hall. $25-30. atthelegacy.com. The Legacy Theatre, 101 E. Lawrence, 800-838-3006.

Clayville Christmas
Dec 3, 10am-4pm. Santa, face painting, children’s store, caroling groups starting at noon. Donations accepted. clayville.org. Donations accepted. clayville.org. Clayville, Route 125, Pleasant Plains, 572-4984.

Pancakes, Paws and Santa Claus
Dec 3, 8:30-10:30am. Enjoy breakfast alongside a visit with Santa and the zoo’s animals. Preregistration required. Residents: $12 adults, $10 children. Non: $13 adult, $11 child. springfieldparks.org. Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Shore Dr., 585-1821.

Vespers
Dec 3-4, 2pm Sat, 7:30pm Sun. More than 300 musicians star in an evening of carols, choirs and candlelight. $12 adults, $8 seniors and children. kirklandfinearts.com. Kirkland Fine Arts Center, 1184 W. Main St., Decatur, 424-6318.

Winter Holiday Floral Show
Dec 3-21, 12-4 Mon-Fri, 12-5 Sat-Sun. Stunning display of poinsettias, tropical plants and decorated evergreens. Free. springfieldparks.org. Washington Park Botanical Garden Exhibit Hall, 1740 W. Fayette Ave., 546-4116.

Frostbite Festival 2M and 10M
Dec 4, 9am. Choose from 2-mile or 10-mile out-and-back course. Registration, srrc.net. FitClub West, 2811 W Lawrence Ave, 787-1111.

Governor Duncan Christmas Gala
Dec 6, 5:30-9pm Tue. Gala supports one of Jacksonville’s oldest historic sites. Special entertainment offered by Tim Chipman and Dr. E.C. Bone. $40 single tickets, $320 for tables of 8. duncanmansion.com. 243-5678. Hamilton’s, 110 N. East St., Jacksonville.

Angel of Hope Candlelight Remembrance Ceremony
Dec 6, 7pm. Ceremony at Angel of Hope statue for families to honor and remember children they’ve lost. Free. springfieldparks.org. Washington Park Botanical Garden, 1740 W. Fayette Ave., 546-4116.

Busy Elves Workshop
Dec 10, 10-11:30am. Ages 3-5 play games, create a Christmas craft, make a treat. Preregistration: $25 resident, $35 non. springfieldparks.org. Washington Park Pavilion, 1400 Williams Blvd, 544-1751.
Holiday Jazz
Dec 10, 7:30pm. Eighth annual holiday concert by the Millikin University Faculty Jazz Sextet. $15-25 adults, $5 school-age kids. kirklandfinearts.com. Kirkland Fine Arts Center, 1184 W. Main St., Decatur, 424-6318.

Caroling at the Carillon
Dec 11, 4-4:30pm. Enjoy a roaring bonfire and sing carols accompanied by carillon bells. Complimentary hot cocoa and cookies. Free. carillon-rees.org. Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon, 1740 W. Fayette Ave., 546-3853.

Annual Holiday Party
Dec 12, 6:30-8:30pm. SpringfieldICON.org. 528-9803. First Church of the Brethren, 2115 Yale Boulevard, 523-5212.

The Dual Piano Christmas Show
Dec 16-18, 7pm Fri-Sat, 2pm Sun. A variety of holiday favorites played on the piano by Mark and Damien. $18 adults, $16 students and seniors. hcfta.org. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.

Wreaths Across America
Dec 17, 11am-12pm. Ceremony in honor of grave decorating at Camp Butler and other national cemeteries. Free admission. Donations for wreaths accepted. 415-6464. wreathsacrossamerica.org. Camp Butler National Cemetery, 5063 Camp Butler Road, 492-4070.

DePue Brothers Band: A Magical Grassical Christmas
Dec 17, 8pm. Concert by the DePue Brothers Band plus supporting musicians features festive mix of musical genres. Tickets. sangamonauditorium.org. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 206-6160.

First Night
Dec 31, 1-4pm and 5-11:15pm. Afternoon free activities for kids at Springfield High School. Evening music, dance and more at various downtown locations. springfieldartsco.org. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.

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