Summer fun for ages 50+
Four-month event calendar features festivals, day trips, meetings and more
Midwest Charity Horse Show
Jun 15-17, 10:30am, 6:30pm daily. Premier US horse show features American Saddlebred, Roadster, Morgan and Arabian horses and Hackney ponies. Performances at 10:30am and 6:30pm daily. Free. midwestcharity.com. Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., 782-6661.
Jun 15-18, 8:30pm. Musical is based off Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir. Tickets: $15 and $17 reserved; $10 and $12 lawn. themuni.org. The Muni, 815 E. Lake Dr., 793-MUNI.
Levitt Amp Concert: Series
Jun 16, 23, 30, Jul 7, 14, 21, 23, Aug 4, 6-9pm. Outdoor concerts. Bring picnics, blankets, lawn chairs. Part of the Levitt AMP Jacksonville Music Series. Free. jacksonvillemainstreet.com. 245-6884. Downtown Jacksonville, Central Park, Jacksonville, 243-5678.
Railsplitter Olympic and Stovepipe Sprint Triathlon
Jun 17, 7:30am. Swim, bike and run through an 1800’s pioneer village. Registration. triharderpromotions.com. Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, 15588 History Lane, Petersburg, 632-4000.
Jun 17, 12pm. Three local baseball teams play by 1860s rules and wear uniforms from the same time period. Bring your own seating. Food truck on site. griersonsociety.com. 953-0744. Jacksonville Community Park, 1201 S. Main, Jacksonville.
Jun 17, 2-3pm. Re-enactor Darin Miller discusses various weapons the soldiers would have been equipped with on the battlefields of Korea. Free. kwnm.org. Korean War National Museum Denis J. Healy Freedom Center, 9 South Old State Capitol Plaza, 523-7230.
Jun 17, 7:30pm. Captivating new “Voices of Angels” concert by multi-platinum international music sensation Celtic Woman. $42, $72. sangamonauditorium.org. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 206-6160.
Tai Chi Easy
Jun 19-20, 26-27, Jul 10-11, 17-18, 24-25, 5:30-6:30pm Mon, 10:30-11:30am Tue. Practice mindful, gentle and circular movements performed at a relaxed tempo. Led by Cindy Cannamela. $17 per session of $75 for five. chiaracenter.org. Chiara Center, 4875 LaVerna Road, 523-0901.
Brown Bag Lecture Series
Jun 21, Jul 19, Aug 16, Sep 20, 12-1pm. Bring your lunch and enjoy a different speaker and topic each month. illinoisstatemuseum.org. Illinois State Museum Research & Collections Center, 1011 E. Ash St., 785-0037.
Candyland on the Hill
Jun 22, 5-7:30pm. Enjoy candy-themed games and activities based off the popular board game as well as hot dogs, hamburgers, nachos and cookies. Free. Pleasant Hill Village, 1010 W. North St., Girard, 627-2181.
Pawnee Prairie Days
Jun 22-24, 5pm-12:30am Thu, 5pm-1am Fri, 8-1am. Live music, carnival rides, food and drinks. Car show Saturday. Parade at 5pm on Sat. Free admission; purchase tickets for carnival. Pawnee Town Square, Pawnee, 625-2411.
Crazy Horse Bluegrass Festival
Jun 23-25. Tenth annual festival. Music all weekend, including a Sunday morning gospel show. crazyhorsecamp.com. 243-5678. Crazy Horse Campground, 2113 Crazy Horse Road, Ashland, 886-2089.
Jun 23-25, 29, Jul 1, 8pm. Musical about an Iowa farm family preparing to go to the multi-day Iowa State Fair. $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.
Jun 24, 8pm. Son of Jim Croce and jazz-influenced blues artist turned pop music iconoclast. $25+. sangamonauditorium.org. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 206-6160.
Artist on the Plaza Concert Series
Jun 27, 12-1pm. Tuesdays and Thursdays, June-Aug. Outdoor concert series presented by the Springfield Area Arts Council. Free. springfieldartsco.org. 753-3519. Old State Capitol Plaza, between Sixth and Fifth streets at Adams.
Jun 30, Jul 1-2, 5-9, 8:30pm. Musical based on the similarly titled Mary Poppins children’s books by P. L. Travers and the 1964 Disney film. Tickets: $15 and $17 reserved; $10 and $12 lawn. themuni.org. The Muni, 815 E. Lake Dr., 793-MUNI.
Disney’s Newsies: The Musical
Jul 7-9, 12-16, 19-23, 7pm Wed-Thu, 8pm Fri-Sat, 2pm Sun. Captivating story of a band of underdogs who stand up to the most powerful men in New York. $25 advance, $30 day of; $22 seniors and children. atthelegacy.com. The Legacy Theatre, 101 E. Lawrence, 800-838-3006.
Litchfield Pickers Market
Jul 9, Aug 13, Sep 10, 9am-3pm. Open-air market specializes in vendors featuring items prior to 1980. Plus live music, food, more. Free admission. visitlitchfield.com. Downtown Litchfield, 400 North State St., Litchfield, 866-733-5833.
AARP Chapter 195
Jul 10, 11am. Speaker Gary Hurley of CWLP Energy Services Office at 1pm. Business meeting at 2pm. Lunch available for $6. 529-9763. VFW Post #755, 2211 Old Jacksonville Road, 546-9515.
Paul Mickey Archaeology Lecture Series
Jul 12, Aug 9, Sep 13, 7-8:30pm. Featuring a different topic and speaker each month. illinoisstatemuseum.org. 782-0061. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., 782-7386.
Jul 13, 4-6pm. hickoryglenil.com. Hickory Glen Senior Living, 1700 W. Washington St., 793-0431.
Amaranth Apple Festival
Jul 14-15. Revival of Springfield’s favorite downtown food and music festival with many new twists. Hosted by Downtown Springfield, Inc. downtownspringfield.org. Downtown Springfield, 544-1723.
High School Musical
Jul 14-16, 20-22, 8pm. Contemporary musical comedy featuring a popular high school basketball star and a shy, new student who discover they both share a secret passion for singing. $15 adults, $13 seniors, $10 children under 12. Theatre in the Park, Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, 15588 History Lane, Petersburg, 632-5440.
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas
Jul 21-23, 26-30, 8:30pm. Musical based on the Paramount Pictures 1954 film of the same name. Tickets: $15 and $17 reserved; $10 and $12 lawn. themuni.org. The Muni, 815 E. Lake Dr., 793-MUNI.
Paint the Street Festival
Jul 22, 12-7pm. Paint a 6x6 square on the streets of downtown Springfield. All supplies included. $30 per square for members; $35 per square for non; $5 increase day of event. springfieldart.org. 523-2631. Downtown Springfield.
Hank Williams and My Honky Tonk Heroes
Jul 22, 7pm. Concert by Jason Petty pays tribute to Hank Williams, the stars that influenced Hank, and the stars influenced by Hank. $25-32. hcfta.org. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.
SSCI Day Trip
Jul 24, 8:30am-5:30pm. An SSCI-hosted day trip to the Ameristar Casino in St. Charles, Mo. Guests are on their own for meals. ssoci.org. Senior Services of Central Illinois, 701 W. Mason, 528-4035.
Downhome Music, Beer and Art Festival
Jul 28-29, 12am-11pm Fri, 5-11pm Sat. Local bands playing original songs on multiple stages, 100 craft beers, local food vendors, kids area. Admission. downhomemusicfest.com. Downtown Springfield.
River Country Quilt Show
Jul 28-29, 10am-5pm Fri, 10am-4pm. 13th annual show featuring more than 250 beautiful quilted items, antique quilts bed tuning, and fabrics and notions from area vendors. jacksonvilleil.org. 243-5678. Jacksonville High School, 1211 N. Diamond St., Jacksonville, 243-4384.
Route 66 Half Iron, Iron Abe Triathlon
Jul 29, 7am. Olympic and Stoneman sprint triathalons. Registration. triharderpromotions.com. Lake Springfield Beach House, 100 Long Bay Dr., 757-8660.
Elvis Memorial Show Starring Elvis Himselvis
Jul 29, 7:30pm. Featuring a live band and back-up dancers. $16 adults, $15 seniors and students. hcfta.org. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.
DAR Ice Cream Social
Aug 3, 12-3pm. Delicious desserts and big band entertainment. $6 donation. jacksonvilleil.org. 243-5678. Governor Duncan Mansion, 4 Duncan Place, Jacksonville, 245-2626.
Arsenic and Old Lace
Aug 3-6, 8pm. Comedy directed by Kristin and Mark Wheeler. $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.
Aug 4-6, 12-10pm. Family street festival featuring carnival, live music, parade, food, kids block and more. Free entry. decaturcelebration.com. Downtown Decatur, Decatur, 423-7000.
Jacksonville Main Street Artisan Fair
Aug 4-5, 3-7pm Fri, 9am-3pm Sat. Numerous vendors featuring a variety of media. Preview on Friday; artists, kids’ art activities, food, vendors, face painting and craft brew festival on Saturday. 245-6884. Downtown Jacksonville, Central Park, Jacksonville, 243-5678.
Powerlight Super Cruise and Movie Night
Aug 4, 7pm. Lineup from 5-7pm at Horace Mann. New cruise route for 2017 leads to Knights Action Park. Movies start at dusk. Free. Facebook/powerlightabelincoln. 553-5271. Knights Action Park, 1700 Knights Recreation Dr., 546-888.
Abe Lincoln Car Show Spectacular
Aug 5, 8am-5pm. Includes ground and air displays, police officer and veterans tribute and more. Car show features all makes and models. Spectators free. Facebook.com/abelincolncarshow. 553-5271. Knights Action Park, 1700 Knights Recreation Dr., 546-8881.
Springfield Civic Garden Club
Aug 7, 9am. Monthly meeting features speaker David Brooks on “Home Composting Made Simple.” Free. 563-940-5735. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 533 S. Walnut St., 522-4415.
Illinois State Fair
Aug 10-20. So much to do we can’t list everything. Food, entertainment, midway, exhibits and more. Admission. illinois.gov/statefair. Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., 782-6661.
Aug 11-13, 16-20, 8:30pm. 1971 musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey with additional songs written by John Farrar. Tickets: $15 and $17 reserved; $10 and $12 lawn. themuni.org. The Muni, 815 E. Lake Dr., 793-MUNI.
Aug 12, 6-8pm. hickoryglenil.com. Hickory Glen Senior Living, 1700 W. Washington St., 793-0431.
Loose Lips Sink Ships
Aug 18-20, 24-26, 8pm. Musical follows a group of young men in Wisconsin’s Sturgeon Bay who enlist in the armed forces following the attack on Pearl Harbor. $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.
Aug 19, 8-11am. The Log Cabin Birders and Lincoln Land Association of Bird Banders will band hummingbirds. lincolnsnewsalem.com. Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, 15588 History Lane, Petersburg, 632-4000.
Abe’s Amble 10K
Aug 20, 7:30am. 6.2-mile course takes runners through Lincoln Park, Oak Ridge Cemetery and back to fairgrounds. Registration. srrc.net. Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., 782-6661.
Clayville Art Fair/Car Show/Folk Music Festival
Aug 26, 10am-5pm Sat. Second annual fair includes numerous artists and various media including paint, watercolor, photography, pottery and more. Donations. clayville.org. 481-4430. Clayville, Route 125, Pleasant Plains, 572-4984.
Annual Lawn Party
Aug 26, 5-7pm. Featuring cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. strawnartgallery.org. David Strawn Art Gallery, 331 W. College Ave., Jacksonville, 243-9390.
Dan Adair and MD Memorial and Sprint Triathlon
Aug 27, 8am. Triathlons on shaded path. Registration. triharderpromotions.com. Gus and Flora Kerasotes YMCA, 4550 West Iles Ave., 679-1625.
Old Capitol Blues and BBQ
Aug 28-29. Annual blues music and BBQ competition. Managed by The Alamo and Central Illinois Blues Club. downtownspringfield.org. Downtown Springfield.
Springfield Oyster and Beer Festival
Sep 2, 12-5pm. Enjoy craft beer and cider, fresh oysters, offerings from several food vendors, live bands and more. Admission. sobfestival.com. The Inn at 835, 835 S. Second St., 523-4466.
19th Annual Prairieland Chautauqua
Sep 2-4, 4-9pm. Event schedules TBA. Catered dinner available for purchase at 6pm each evening. jacksonvilleil.org. 245-2285. First Christian Church, 2106 S. Main St., Jacksonville, 243-6445.
Springfield Mile Race 2
Sep 3. Motorcycles race a 1-mile oval track. $30 advance, $40 race week. amaproracing.com. Illinois State Fair Grandstand, 801 Sangamon Ave., 782-6661.
Art Spectacular at the Carillon
Sep 9-10, 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 admission to art fair; Kids’ Place costs $1.25 per child. carillon-rees.org. 787-3532. Washington Park Botanical Garden, 1740 W. Fayette Ave., 546-4116.
Traditional Music Festival
Sep 9-10, 10am-4pm Sat-Sun. 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.
45th Annual Capital City Century
Sep 10, 7am-5pm. Distance options of 10-125 miles over flat to slightly rolling terrain. Food stops, SAG service, post-ride party. Registration. spfldcycling.org. 899-9175. Knights of Columbus 364, 2200 S. Meadowbrook Road, 787-2360.
Springfield Civic Garden Club
Sep 11, 9am. Monthly meeting features speaker Kathi Rose “Floral Design Symposium.” Free. 563-940-5735. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 533 S. Walnut St., 522-4415.
Clayville Fall Festival
Sep 16-17, 9am-6pm Sat, 10am-4pm. Pioneer artisan and craftsman demonstrations, historic building tours, kids activities, food, period music and more. $5 adults, $3 ages 7-12, free to ages 6 and under. clayville.org. 481-4430. Clayville, Route 125, Pleasant Plains, 572-4984.
Cruise Nite and Car Show
Sep 16, 9am-9pm. One of the area’s largest cruise nights featuring classic and antique automobiles. jacksonvilleil.org. Jacksonville Community Park, 1201 S. Main, Jacksonville, 243-5678.
Edwards Place Fine Art Fair
Sep 16-17, 10am-5pm Sat, 11am-4pm Sun. Enjoy dozens of artist booths, live music, food trucks, beer and wine tent, children’s activities and a book sale at Springfield’s oldest and art fair. Free admission. springfieldart.org. Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St., 523-2631.
SSCI Kentucky Trip
Sep 21-24. Motorcoach trip. Theme is “Kentucky’s Moonshine, Mountains and Music.” $729 per person double occupancy; $898 per person single occupancy. ssoci.org. Senior Services of Central Illinois, 701 W. Mason, 528-4035.