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Here are some Springfield a events to check out. For the most complete list of area events, turn to Illinois Times, the free news and entertainment weekly of Springfield (217-753-2226,
www.illinoistimes.com).
Additional information also is available from the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau (800-545-7300, www.visit-springfieldillinois.com).
APRIL
1 The Star Keeper A performance from four puppeteers, featuring marionettes and shadow puppets. Sangamon Auditorium, University of Illinois-Springfield campus. (217-206-6160, www.uis.edu/sangamonauditorium) 2-6 Spring Break at the Zoo Weeklong activities for kids, Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Dr. (217-753-6217, www.hensonrobinsonzoo.com) 5 Jesus Christ Superstar The Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical, Sangamon Auditorium, UIS campus (217-206-6160, www.uis.edu/sangamonauditorium) 12 Chris Vallillo’s Lincoln in Song Singer-songwriter, Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St. (217-523-2787, www.scfta.org) 13 UIS Chamber Recital Featuring the small ensembles of the UIS Chamber Orchestra. Office of Electronic Media TV Studio, UIS campus. (www.uis.edu) 13 If You Give a Mouse a Cookie A children’s production performed by the Omaha Theater Company for Young People. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS campus. (217-206-6160, www.sangamonauditorium.org)
13-15 Two Rooms A UIS Theatre production directed by Leigh Steiner, Studio Theatre, Public Affairs Center, UIS campus. (www.uis.edu/theatre) 13-15 & 20-22 Fools A Neil Simon romantic comedy performed by Springfield Theatre Centre. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St. (217-523-2787, www.scfta.org) 13-15 & 20-22 The Return of the Glass Slipper Presented by the Jacksonville Theatre Guild. Sophie Leschin Theater, 1201 S. Main St., Jacksonville (217-245-1402, www.jaxtg.com) 14 Super Saturday Free thematic activities for children ages 4-8. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St. (217-782-6044)

17 The Preservation Hall Jazz Band Named after the famed music venue in New Orleans’ French Quarters, the band plays a jazz-style straight from the Big Easy. Rammelkamp Chapel, Illinois College, Jacksonville (217-254-3471) 21 Personalities Paint View an exhibit of paintings created by local personalities to be auctioned to benefit Springfield Art Association. SAA, 700 N. Fourth St. (217-523-2631, springfieldart.org) 21 & 22 The Sleeping Beauty Performed by the Springfield Ballet Company. Sangamon Auditorium, University of Illinois-Springfield campus (217-544-1967, www.springfieldballetco.org) 22 Party for the Planet Earth Day activities, Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Dr. (217-753-6217, www.hensonrobinsonzoo.com) 25-27 Tibetan Monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery — Mandala Sand Painting Inspired by traditions of Tantric Buddhism, the process of creating art through painting sand and arranging it. Sangamon Auditorium Lobby, UIS campus. (217-206-6160, www.uis.edu/sangamonauditorium)
27 The Mystical Arts of Tibet: Sacred Music Sacred Dance Traditional temple music and dance performed on Tibetan instruments by Tibetan Monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS campus. (217-206-6160, www.uis.edu/sangamonauditorium) 27-June 22 Garden Party A Prairie Art Alliance exhibit with Springfield Bonsai Society depicting florals, plants, nature, or garden scenes. H.D. Smith Gallery, Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St. (217-544-2787) 28 The Motels featuring Martha Davis Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St (217-523-2787, www.scfta.org) 29 Boy Scout Pilgrimage Old State Capitol Historic Site (217-785-7960, www.illinoishistory.gov)
MAY
2 Pied Piper Architectural Tour A tour of Springfield’s historical and architecturally interesting buildings, Downtown Springfield (Downtown Springfield Inc., www.downtownspringfield.org) 3 Upper Story Tour View upper story spaces of downtown Springfield buildings. (Downtown Springfield Inc., www.downtownspringfield.org) 5 Antique Farm Show Plowing demonstrations with antique farm equipment, Lincoln’s New Salem Historic Site, Petersburg (www.lincolnsnewsalem.com) 5 Comedian Geechy Guy Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St. (217-523-2787, www.scfta.org) 5 2007 Springfield Heart Walk Orr Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds (heartwalk.kintera.org/springfieldil) 11 Naturalization Ceremony Old State Capitol Historic Site (217-785-7960, www.illinoishistory.gov) 11-13 & 18-20 Sweeney Todd A musical presented by Springfield Theatre Centre. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St. (217-523-2787, www.scfta.org) 12 Celebrate Quilts In conjunction with the art exhibition Gifted Quilts, families can learn about the art and history of quilt making. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St. (217-782-5993) 12 Dr. Dolittle Day Spring celebration with activities and giveaways, Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Dr. (217-753-6217, www.hensonrobinsonzoo.com)
12-June 9 Springfield Art Association Student Art Show Showcasing the work of SAA School of Art students. SAA, 700 N. Fourth St. (217-523-2631, springfieldart.org) 13 Mother’s Day at the Zoo Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Dr. (217-753-6217, www.hensonrobinsonzoo.com) Every W & Sa May 16-Oct. 31 Old Capitol Farmers’ Market Locally grown produce, flowers, and more featuring 60 vendors. Adams Street, Downtown Springfield (www.downtownspringfield.org) 19 Movie in the Park Centennial Park, 5751 Bunker Hill Rd. (www.springfieldparksfoundation.org) 19 Springfield Highland Games & Celtic Festival A full day of Highland dance, athletics, pipe band competitions, and more. Illinois State Fairgrounds 19 Main Street Almost Anything Goes Fair A barbecue cook-off, children’s activities, farmers’ market, and a historic walking tour, The Square, Taylorville (www.downtowntaylorville.com) 19 & 20 Old Capitol Art Fair Largest juried art fair in central Illinois, Old State Capitol Historic Site (217-785-7960, www.illinoishistory.gov) 20 Music in the Park Featuring Johnny Slu’s Bowling Alley Big Band and Diversity featuring Billy Rogers. Douglas Park, 400 N. MacArthur Blvd. (www.springfieldparksfoundation.org) 25-31 & June 1-3 Brigadoon Theatre in the Park, Lincoln’s New Salem Historic Site, Petersburg
(217-632-5440)
27 Springfield Mile Motorcycle Race Commodity Pavilion Grandstand, Illinois State Fairgrounds (www.agr.state.il.us/)
JUNE
1-3 & 6-10 Miss Saigon Presented by the Springfield Muni Opera, Muni, 815 E. Lake Dr. (217-793-MUNI, www.themuni.org) 2 Art on the Square A juried art exhibit with music, The Square, Taylorville (www.downtowntaylorville.com) 2 National Trails Day — Emiquon Wildlife Refuge and Regional Burial Mounds Tour Advanced registration required, Dickson Mounds Museum, 10956 N. Dickson Mounds Rd., Lewistown (309-547-3721) 3-9 46th International Carillon Festival Fireworks scheduled for June 8. Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon, Washington Park (www.carillon-rees.org) 6 Pied Piper Architectural Tour A tour of Springfield’s historical and architecturally interesting buildings, Downtown Springfield. (Downtown Springfield Inc., www.downtownspringfield.org) 6-10 & 12-17 & 19-24 Hairspray Presented by the Little Theatre on the Square, Little Theatre on the Square, Sullivan (www.thelittletheatre.org) 8 & 9 Folk Music Triple Play Featuring music from local bands Sentimental Journey with Dennis Darling, A Band of Jolly Cowboys, and Molly Matthewson and Friends. Theatre in the Park, Lincoln’s New Salem Historic Site, Petersburg
(217-632-5440)
9 Super Saturday Free, thematic activities for children ages 4-8, Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St. (217-782-6044)
9 Musical Gardens, Flora Fantasia A combined garden walk and musical showcase at five Jacksonville homes followed by a reception of wine and hors d’oeuvres on the Illinois College Walkway. (www.ic.edu) 12-16 Midwest Charity Horse Show Coliseum Artisans Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds (www.agr.state.il.us/) 13-17 Sangamon County Fair Sangamon County Fairgrounds, New Berlin (www.sangcofair.com) 15 Movie in the Park Comer Cox, 301 Martin Luther King Dr. (www.springfieldparksfoundation.org) 15-17 General Grierson Days Civil War Reenactment Largest mounted Civil War reenactment in the Midwest, featuring full period dress grand ball, parades, and more. Jacksonville (217-243-5678) 15-17, 21-24 Gypsy Theatre in the Park, Lincoln’s New Salem Historic Site, Petersburg (217-632-5440) 17 Hickory Ridge Roots Music Festival A daylong outdoor concert celebrating roots music traditions. Dickson Mounds Museum, 10956 N. Dickson Mounds Rd., Lewistown (309-547-3721) 17 Father’s Day at the Zoo Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Dr. (217-753-6217, www.hensonrobinsonzoo.com) 17 Music in the Park Featuring Moroccan Soul and The Don Smith Band, Lincoln Park, Fifth Street & Sangamon Avenue (www.springfieldparksfoundation.org) 22 Southwind Park Construction Ball Second Street & Southwind Road (www.springfieldparksfoundation.org) 22-24 & 27-July 1 Peter Pan Presented by MUNI Opera, MUNI, 815 E. Lake Dr. (217-793-MUNI, www.themuni.org)
23 21st Annual Washington Street Jazz & Blues Showcasing the best in local blues and jazz on two stages with a fireworks finale, Downtown Springfield, Washington Street between Fifth & Sixth streets (Springfield Area Arts Council, 217-753-3519, www.springfieldartsco.org) 29 & 30 The Steve Cox Band Theatre in the Park, Lincoln’s New Salem Historic Site, Petersburg (217-632-5440)
29-Aug. 24 Journeys A Prairie Art Alliance exhibition featuring paintings from Sheri Ramsey and E. Vern Taylor. H.D. Smith Gallery, Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St. (217-544-2787) 30 Sangamon Watercolor Society Sale & Exhibit An exhibit and sale of member artwork, Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St. (217-523-2787, www.scfta.org) 30 3rd Annual Juneteenth Celebration Theme is “Family Reunion” Community Park, Jacksonville 30-July 1 Glory Days, an 1830s Militia Muster Lincoln’s New Salem Historic Site, Petersburg (www.lincolnsnewsalem.com) 30-Aug. 11 1830 F: Contemporary Ceramics A juried exhibit of contemporary clay works by Illinois artists. Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St. (217-523-2631, springfieldart.org)
JULY
4 Capitol City Celebration A day of music and food followed by a fireworks display. Illinois State Capitol. 6-8 & 12-14 The Miracle Worker Theatre in the Park, Lincoln’s New Salem Historic Site, Petersburg (217-632-5440) 7 Taste of Downtown Featuring a variety of cuisine from 25 downtown restaurants. Fifth and Washington streets, Downtown Springfield (Downtown Springfield, Inc., www.downtownspringfield.org) 7 Second City Comedy troupe. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St. (217-523-2787, www.scfta.org)
13-15 & 18-22 Grease Presented by Springfield Muni Opera, Muni, 815 E. Lake Dr. (217-793-MUNI, www.themuni.org) 14 Zoofari Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Dr. (217-753-6217, www.hensonrobinsonzoo.com) 14 Bugs! Families can discover the world of insects through games, special performances, and displays. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St. (217-782-5993) 14-15 12th Annual Contemporary Indian Art Show Fine art juried exhibition and sale by 30 Indian artists from around the country, Cahokia Mounds, 30 Ramey St., Collinsville (www.cahokiamounds.com) 15 Music in the Park Featuring Debbie Ross Band and The Sofa Kings with Bobby Taylor, Comer Cox Park, 301 Martin Luther King Dr. (www.springfieldparksfoundation.org) 20 Movie in the Park Lincoln Park, Fifth Street & Sangamon Avenue (www.springfieldparksfoundation.org) 20-22 & 26-29 Once On This Island Theatre in the Park, Lincoln’s New Salem Historic Site, Petersburg
(217-632-5440)
28-29 2007 Springfield Tri-Fest Featuring the Iron Abe Triathlon and Stoneman Sprint Triathlon preceding a children’s triathlon, Lake Springfield (www.springfieldtrifest.com)
AUGUST
1 Pied Piper Architectural Tour A tour of Springfield’s historical and architecturally interesting buildings, Downtown Springfield. (Downtown Springfield Inc., www.downtownspringfield.org) 3 & 4 Visiting the Lincolns Theatre in the Park, Lincoln’s New Salem Historic Site, Petersburg (217-632-5440)
3-5 & 8-12 Oklahoma Presented by Springfield Muni Opera, Muni, 815 E. Lake Dr. (217-793-MUNI, www.themuni.org) 4-5 Historic Wrestling An interpretation of the match between Jack Armstrong and Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln’s New Salem Historic Site, Petersburg. (www.lincolnsnewsalem.com) 5 Native American Dance Program Dickson Mounds Museum, 10956 N. Dickson Mounds, Lewistown. (309-547-3721) 7-30 On My Own Time A visual art citywide exhibit, Chase Bank Lobby, 1 E. Old Capital Plaza (Springfield Area Arts Council, 217-753-3519, www.springfieldartsco.org) 10-12 & 16-19 Lil’ Abner Theatre in the Park, New Salem Historic Site, Petersburg (217-632-5440) 10-19 Illinois State Fair A 10-day event featuring entertainment, food, agriculture exhibits, and carnival rides. Illinois State Fairgrounds (www.agr.state.il.us/isf/) 11 Super Saturday Free, thematic activities for children ages 4-8, Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St. (217-782-6044)
19 Music in the Park Featuring Elks Pipes & Dancers of St. Andrews with Emerald Underground, Washington Park, 1500 South Grand Ave. W. (www.springfieldparksfoundation.org) 24 Movie in the Park Kiwanis Park, Stevenson Drive & Taylor Avenue (www.springfieldparksfoundation.org) 24-26 Hot Rod Super Nationals Multi-purpose Arena Campground Area, Illinois State Fairgrounds (www.agr.state.il.us/) 24-26 & 30, 31 & Sept. 1 The Trip To Bountiful Theatre in the Park, Lincoln’s New Salem Historic Site, Petersburg. (217-632-5440) 25-Oct. 27 Our Town: Selections from the State Journal-Register Archives Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St. (217-523-2631, springfieldart.org) 25 Old Capitol Blues & BBQs A baby back rib cook-off and an afternoon of blues music, Fifth and Washington streets, downtown Springfield (Downtown Springfield Inc., www.downtownspringfield.org) 31-Sept. 3 Prairieland Chautauqua A weekend of presentations, reenactments, music, and more to celebrate historical figures from the area. Community Park, Jacksonville. 31-Oct. 26 Hit the Road Jack In conjunction with the Route 66 Festival, artist members exhibit 6x6 size artwork. H.D. Smith Gallery, Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St. (217-544-2787)
SEPTEMBER
TBA Children’s Arts Festival Featuring hands-on arts activities and entertainment. (Springfield Area Arts Council, 217-753-3519, www.springfieldartsco.org) 1-2 Once Upon a Prairie Storytelling Festival Old State Capitol Historic Site (217-785-7960, www.illinoishistory.gov) 1-2 Sangamon Valley Woodcarvers Show Illinois Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds (www.agr.state.il.us/) 2 5th Annual Dulcimer Gathering at the Mounds Concert An outdoor concert featuring performances from leading mountain and hammered dulcimer musicians. Dickson Mounds Museum, 10956 N. Dickson Mounds Rd., Lewistown (309-547-3721) 2 Springfield Mile Motorcycle Race Commodity Pavilion Grandstand, Illinois State Fairgrounds (www.agr.state.il.us/) 5 Pied Piper Architectural Tour A tour of Springfield’s historical and architecturally interesting buildings, downtown Springfield. (Downtown Springfield Inc., www.downtownspringfield.org) 7 Naturalization Ceremony Old State Capitol Historic Site (217-785-7960, www.illinoishistory.gov) 7-9 Indian Pow Wow A weekend of gourd, social, and chance dancing, Cahokia Mounds, 30 Ramey St., Collinsville (www.cahokiamounds.com) 8 Bocce Ball Tournament Rain date is Sept. 15. Centennial Park, 5751 Bunker Hill Rd. (www.springfieldparksfoundation.org)
8 Sangamon Watercolor Society Sale & Exhibit Sale and exhibit of member artwork, Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St. (217-523-2787, www.scfta.org) 8 Super Saturday Free, thematic activities for children ages 4-8, Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St. (217-782-6044)
8 & 9 Art Spectacular at the Carillon Midwest artists sell original artwork in various mediums with music, food, and more. Rees Memorial Carillon, Washington Park (217-787-3532, www.springfieldparks.org) 8 & 9 Rockballet Springfield Ballet Company performs to rock & roll music. Sangamon Auditorium, University of Illinois-Springfield campus (217-544-1967, www.springfieldballetco.org) 8 & 9 Traditional Music Festival A showcase of 19th century music and dancing, Lincoln’s New Salem Historic Site, Petersburg (www.lincolnsnewsalem.com) 15 & 16 19th Annual Edwards Place Fine Art Fair A fine arts and crafts display and sale created by artists from across the country. Edwards Place Historic Site, 700 N. Fourth St. (Springfield Art Association, 217-523-2631,
springfieldart.org)
15-Oct. 8 Prairie Festival Washington Park Botanical Garden (www.springfieldparks.org) 16 Music in the Park Featuring country songs from Tom Irwin and Still Kick’n, Iles Park, 2000 S. Sixth St. (www.springfieldparksfoundation.org)
22 Fur, Feather, and Fin Frontier Style Learn about New Salem resident, hunter, and fisherman Jack Kelso. Lincoln’s New Salem Historic Site, Petersburg (www.lincolnsnewsalem.com) 23 Fall Equinox Sunrise Observance Woodhenge, Cahokia Mounds, 30 Ramey St., Collinsville (www.cahokiamounds.com) 28-30 International Route 66 Mother Road Festival Downtown Springfield (www.route66fest.com)
OCTOBER
3 Pied Piper Architectural Tour A tour of Springfield’s historical and architecturally interesting buildings, downtown Springfield. (Downtown Springfield Inc., www.downtownspringfield.org) 5 & 6 Candlelight Tour View the homes of Lincoln’s New Salem after dark with interpreters and candles leading the way. Lincoln’s New Salem Historic Site, Petersburg (www.lincolnsnewsalem.com) 6 Capital City Challenge Disc Golf Tournament B-tier event for non-professional players, Douglas Park, Lincoln Park (www.discgolfclub.org) 6 Fur, Feather, Fin Fall Fling Featuring craft vendors, puppet plays, and more, Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Dr. (217-753-6217, www.hensonrobinsonzoo.com) 6-7 LOESS Rock & Mineral Show Illinois Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds (www.agr.state.il.us/) 6, 7, 13, 14 Rendezvous at Spoon River — Living History Encampment A primitive encampment featuring demonstrations of early American crafts such as wood spoon carving, cooking, fiber arts, and more. Dickson Mounds Museum, 10956 N. Dickson Mounds Rd., Lewistown
(309-547-3721)
7 Susan Dana Birthday Celebration Springfield socialite and proprietress of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home, Dana Thomas House, 301 E. Lawrence Ave. (217-782-6776, www.dana-thomas.org) 13 & 14 Indian Summer Festival A festival featuring music, food, and the fall colors of the garden. Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 E. Lake Dr. (217-529-1111, www.lmgnc.org) 19-20 Garden of the Goblins Washington Park Botanical Garden (www.springfieldparks.org) 25 & 26 Haunted Evenings of History at Edwards Place Costumed interpreters portray residents of Edwards Place after dark. Edwards Place, 700 N. Fourth St. (Springfield Art Association, 217-523-2631, springfieldart.org) 27 & 28 Zoolie Ghoulie A safe trick-or-treating experience to benefit the Springfield Zoological Society. Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Dr. (217-753-6217,
www.hensonrobinsonzoo.com)
27 Craft Fair Washington Park Botanical Garden (www.springfieldparks.org) 28 “Where Are the Wild Things?” Halloween Event A safe Halloween trick-or-treating alternative with entertainment, candy treats, and a chance to learn about spiders, bats, snakes, and more. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St. (217-782-5993) 28 Annual Children’s Halloween Event A workshop for children featuring holiday crafts, games and displays. Dickson Mounds Museum, 10956 N. Dickson Mounds Rd., Lewistown (309-547-3721)
NOVEMBER
2-Dec. 21 There’s No Place Like Home A Prairie Art Alliance exhibit featuring work by Eda Mae Shaffer and Katherine Pauley. H.D. Smith Gallery, Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St. (217-544-2787) 3-18 Chrysanthemum Festival Washington Park Botanical Garden (www.springfieldparks.org) 9-11 Holiday Market Holiday shopping and an
opportunity to take luminary lit walks around the Garden, Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 E. Lake Dr. (217-529-1111, www.lmgnc.org)
10-Dec. 15 Third Annual Holiday Hall Featuring juried fine art and crafts of Illinois artists for sale. Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St. (217-523-2631,
springfieldart.org)
14 Horseshoe Cook-off Franklin Room, Nelson Center, Lincoln Park (www.springfieldparksfoundation.org) 17 Dancing with the Starz A Prairie Art Alliance fundraising event, Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St. (217-544-2787) 17 Annual Collector’s Day 2007 Featuring items from area private collections, from pedal cars to sad irons to fossils to antique doorknobs. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St. (217-782-5993) 17-25 18th Annual Festival of Trees Hosted by Memorial Medical Center Foundation. Orr Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds (www.memorialmedicalfoundation.com/ FestivalOfTrees/) 23-25 5th Annual Indian Market Days A market day featuring jewelry, paintings, clothing, and more from American Indian artists and vendors. Cahokia Mounds, 30 Ramey St., Collinsville (www.cahokiamounds.com) 24 76th Beaux Arts Ball A black tie affair celebrating the families and individuals who support Springfield Art Association. (217-523-2631, springfieldart.org) 28-Dec. 30 Dana-Thomas House Holiday Tours The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home will be fully decorated for the holiday season. Dana-Thomas House, 301 E. Lawrence Ave. (217-782-6776, www.dana-thomas.org)
DECEMBER
1 Pancakes, Paws, and Santa Claus Pancake breakfast with Santa and some animal visitors, Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Dr. (217-753-6217, www.hensonrobinsonzoo.com) 1-31 Winter Holiday Show Christmas poinsettias on display in the conservatory, Washington Park Botanical Garden. (www.springfieldparks.org) 2 Spruce Up for the Holidays An afternoon workshop of making holiday crafts. Dickson Mounds Museum, 10956 N. Dickson Mounds Rd., Lewistown (309-547-3721) 5,12, & 19 Old Capitol Holiday Walks Enjoy Downtown Springfield when shops and restaurants extend their hours. Downtown (217-544-1723,
www.downtownspringfield.org)
7-9, 14-22, 26-28 Holiday Lights at the Zoo Walk through the holiday lights display, Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Dr. (217-753-6217, www.hensonrobinsonzoo.com) 8 & 9 The Nutcracker Springfield Ballet Company performs their annual holiday recital. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS campus. (217-544-1967, www.springfieldballetco.org) 23 Winter Solstice Sunrise Observance Woodhenge, Cahokia Mounds, 30 Ramey St., Collinsville.
(www.cahokiamounds.com)
31 21st Annual First Night Springfield A family-oriented New Year’s Eve celebration of the arts featuring music, dance, theater, comedy, and more. Downtown Springfield. (Springfield Area Arts Council, 217-753-3519,
www.springfieldartsco.org)
31 First Night Springfield Period Ball Old State Capitol Historic Site (217-785-7960, www.illinoishistory.gov)