Summer fun for grownups
Midwest Charity Horse Show
Jun 14-17, 10:30am, 6:30pm daily. Premier US horse show features American Saddlebred, Roadster, Morgan and Arabian horses, and Hackney ponies. In support of Camp COCO. Free. midwestcharity.com. Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., 782-6661.
Illinois Products Farmers Market
Jun 14, 21, 28, Jul 5, 12, 19, 26, Aug 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Sep 6, 13, 20, 4-7pm Thu. Shopping, health and wellness information, live entertainment and more in a street party atmosphere. SNAP cards accepted. Free. agr.state.il.us/nightmarket. Illinois State Fairgrounds, The Shed, 801 Sangamon Ave.
Illinois and the Civil War Program Series
Jun 14, 21, 28, Jul 5, 12, 19, 26, Aug 2, 9, 16, 23, 6:30-7:30pm Thu. Sponsored by the Civil War Roundtables of Macoupin County and Springfield. Free. booksonthesquare.com. Books on the Square in Springfield, 427 E. Washington St., 965-5443.
Fifth Annual Jewish Film Series
Jun 14, 21, 28, 7pm Thu. Featuring award-winning Jewish films from around the world suitable for a multicultural, multi-generational audience. $25 for series pass; $7 per film or $5 per film with student ID. shalomspringfield.org. Capital City Bar & Grill, 3149 S. Dirksen Pkwy, 529-8580.
Old Capitol Farmers Market
Jun 16-Sept 19, 8am-12:30pm Wed and Sat. Sponsored by HSHS St. John’s Hospital and provided by Downtown Springfield, Inc. in cooperation with Illinois Stewardship Alliance and Springfield Area Arts Council. Downtown Springfield, Fourth and Adams.
Bike and Hike Days
Jun 17, 24, Jul 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Aug 5, 12, 19, 26, Sep 2, 9, 16, 8am-4pm Sun. Enjoy safe recreation and minimized vehicular traffic. Hosted by Springfield Park District. Free. springfieldparks.org. Washington Park, 1501 S. Grand Ave. W., 544-1751.
Bicentennial Speaker Series
Jun 17, Jul 15, Aug 19, Sep 16, 2-3pm Sun. Programs about the culture and heritage of Illinoisans, under the sponsorship of the Academy of Lifelong Learning at Lincoln Land Community College and the Illinois State Museum. Free. 782-0979. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., 782-7386.
(Modified) Bike and Hike Days
Jun 18-20, 25-27, Jul 2-4, 9-11, 16-18, 23-25, 30, Aug 1, 6-8, 13-15, 20-22, 27-29, Sep 3-5, 10-12, 17-19, 4-6pm Mon-Wed. Enjoy safe recreation and minimized vehicular traffic around a modified loop. Hosted by Springfield Park District. Free. springfieldparks.org. Washington Park, 1501 S. Grand Ave. W., 544-1751.
Artist on the Plaza Concert Series
Jun 20, 27, Jul 4, 11, 18, 25, Aug 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 12-1pm Wed. An outdoor, summertime entertainment series featuring local performers. Free. springfieldartsco.org. 753-3519. Old State Capitol Plaza, between Sixth and Fifth streets at Adams.
Chatham American Legion Annual Homecoming
Jun 21-23, 5-11pm Thu, 5pm-12am Fri, 12pm-12am Sat. An old-fashioned street festival with food, beverages, live entertainment, carnival rides and family fun. Free admission; $20 for unlimited ride wristband. chathamlegion.com. Chatham Town Square, 101 W. Mulberry, Chatham, 483-4084.
Finding Lost Pets Seminar
Jun 21, 6:30-8pm Thu. Presentation by canine recovery expert Richard Rich featuring tips for finding lost pets. Free. eventbrite.com. 494-7127. Brandt Consolidated, 2935 S. Koke Mill Road, 626-1123.
Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr.
Jun 22-24, 28-30, 8pm Fri-Sun, 8pm Thu-Sat. Musical production features more than 50 local students. Directed by Adam Power. $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 22-24, 27, Jul 1, 8:30pm Fri-Sun, 8:30pm Wed-Sun. Directed by Andrew Maynerich and Morgan Kaplan. Sponsored by Edward Jones. themuni.org. The Muni, 815 E. Lake Dr., 793-MUNI.
Paint the Street Fest
Jun 23, 12pm-11pm Sat. Purchase a 6x6 foot square to paint solo or with your family and friends. In support of the Springfield Art Association. $35 advance; $40 at door; $45 professional. springfieldart.org. 523-2631. Downtown Springfield.
Summer Fun Day
Jun 23, 9am-9pm Sat. Car show 11am-4pm; art fair 10am-5pm; bluegrass and country music festival 12-9pm; hammer-in 9am-5pm; kids’ fun area with bounce houses and games 10am-5pm. $3 ages 13 and up, $1 ages 6-13, free to kids under 6. clayville.org. 899-2524.
Clayville, Route 125, Pleasant Plains, 572-4984.
Beatles vs Stones: A Musical Showdown
Jun 29, 8-10pm Fri. Two of the greatest bands of all time face off in a high-energy, adrenaline-pumping musical showdown. Featuring the tribute bands Abbey Road and Satisfaction. $30-$65. hcfta.org. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.
Capital City Celebration
Jun 30, 4pm-12am Sat. Featuring fireworks, a dog pageant, live music, a kids area and food trucks. Hosted by the Springfield Jaycees. Free. springfieldjaycees.net. Downtown Springfield, South Second Street and East Capitol Avenue, 638-1068.
Fourth of July Blast
Jul 4, 6am-10pm Wed. A full day of fun, including a fishing tournament, 5K and fun run, parade, Kid Zone, flea market, fireworks display, and much more. jacksonvilleil.org. Nichols Park, 319 Holken Brink Dr., Jacksonville, 243-5678.
Clara Irwin’s Strawberry Party
Jul 4, 5-8pm Wed. Featuring entertainment, fresh strawberry confections, live music, games, and a group reading of the Declaration of Independence. ileshouse.org. Elijah Iles House, 628 S. Seventh St., 492-5929.
Jul 6-8, 11-15, 18-22, 25-29, 7pm Wed-Thu, 8pm Fri-Sat, 2pm Sun. A young woman’s quest to discover her father’s identity brings her back to the Greek island paradise they last visited 20 years ago. $20 adv; $30 day of; $22 seniors and children. atthelegacy.com. The Legacy Theatre, 101 E. Lawrence, 800-838-3006.
AARP Chapter 195
Jul 9, 11am Mon. Presentation by Brad Gentry, LLCC’s chief of police, on active shooter situations at 1pm. Business meeting at 2pm. Lunch available for $6. 529-9763. VFW Post #755, 2211 Old Jacksonville Road, 546-9515.
Breast Cancer Support Group
Jul 10, 5pm Tue. Meets second Tuesday of the month. Topic: Photography for Healing and Art Therapy. 757-7684. Clarke Conference Room (E-118), Memorial Medical Center, 701 N. First St., 788-3000.
The President Will See You Now
Jul 10, 6:30pm Tue. Book signing and presentation by Peggy Grande, former assistant to Ronald Reagan and author of The President Will See You Now: My Stories and Lessons from Ronald Reagan’s Final Years. $5 members, $8 public. PresidentLincoln.Illinois.gov. 558-8844. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, 212 N. Sixth St., 782-5764.
Amaranth Apple Festival
Jul 13-14, Fri-Sat. Summer street festival features two nights of live music from nationally-known musicians, plus local poetry, art and cuisine. Admission. downtownspringfield.org. Downtown Springfield, Inc., 3 W. Old State Capitol Plaza, 544-1723.
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
Jul 13-15, 7pm Fri-Sat, 2pm Sun. New dramatization of C.S. Lewis’ classic presented by Springfield Theatre Centre’s Active and Creative Teen Theatre. $12. hcfta.org. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.
Jul 13-15, 19-21, 8pm Fri-Sun, 8pm Thu-Sat. Directed by Bill Bauser, Jr. $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.
Legally Blonde: The Musical
Jul 13-15, 18-22, 8:30pm Fri-Sun, 8:30pm Wed-Sun. Directed by Anna Maisenbacher. Sponsored by UCB. themuni.org. The Muni, 815 E. Lake Dr., 793-MUNI.
Jul 14-15, 10am-5pm Sat-Sun. Complimentary lectures plus aura photography, crystals, essential oils, intuitive readings, mediumship and much more. $5 per person per day; free to ages 10 and under. awakeexpo.com. 414-2412. Illinois Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 S. Sangamon Ave., 782-6661.
The John Conlee Show
Jul 15, 3pm Sun. Concert by John Conlee, country music icon and member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1981. Tickets. hcfta.org. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.
Chatham Jaycees Sweetcorn Festival
Jul 20-21, 5-11:45pm Fri, 10am-11:45pm Sat. Featuring live music, food, drinks, Miss Sweetcorn Festival pageant, Illinois Championship Cow Chip Throw and more. Free entry; donations for parking. chathamjaycees.net. Chatham Community Park, 731 S. Main St., Chatham, 793-5151.
CINA Coin Show
Jul 22, 9am-4pm Sun. 72 tables and more than 50 Midwest dealers featuring US and foreign coins and currency, gold and silver bullion, medals and ancient coins. Hosted by Central Illinois Numismatic Association. $1 admission, free to CINA members and children 16 and under. 528-7634. Northfield Inn Suites and Conference Center, 3280 Northfield Dr., 523-7900.
Downhome Music, Beer and Art Festival
Jul 27-28, Fri-Sat. Local bands playing original songs on multiple stages, craft beers, local vendors, kids area and more. Admission. downhomemusicfest.com. Downtown Springfield.
River Country Quilt Show
Jul 27-28, 10am-5pm Fri, 10am-4pm Sat. See 250+ quilted items, plus quilt appraisals (by appointment), vendors and more. jacksonvilleil.org. 243-5678. Jacksonville High School, 1211 N. Diamond St., Jacksonville, 243-4384.
Craft Brew Festival and Midwest Makers and Artisan Market
Jul 28, 10am-5pm Sat. Featuring live music and Midwest products ranging from foods to beverages to art to furniture to health and wellness. jacksonvillemainstreet.com. Central Park, 32 N. Central Park, Jacksonville, 245-6884.
Jul 28-29, 7pm Sat, 2pm Sun. Nationally-known singer/musician Barry Cloyd joins local musicians Ken Bradbury and Mike Post in an old-fashioned Hootenanny featuring our nation’s favorite singalong tunes. $18, $20. hcfta.org. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.
DAR Ice Cream Social
Aug 2, 3pm Thu. Featuring delicious desserts and big band entertainment. $6. jacksonvilleil.org. 243-5678. Governor Duncan Mansion, 4 Duncan Place, Jacksonville, 245-2626.
Powerlight Super Cruise and Movie Night
Aug 3, 7pm Fri. Cruise from downtown Springfield to Knights Action Park. Free. Knights Action Park, 1700 Knights Recreation Dr., 546-8881.
Aug 3-5, 8-12, 8pm Fri-Sun, 8pm Wed-Sun. Directed by Carly Shank. Sponsored by RSM. themuni.org. The Muni, 815 E. Lake Dr., 793-MUNI.
Lionel Bart’s Oliver!
Aug 3-5, 9-11, 8pm Fri-Sun, 8pm Thu-Sat. Book, music and lyrics by Lionel Bart. Directed by 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.
Abe Lincoln Car Show Spectacular
Aug 4, 8am-4pm Sat. Includes ground and air displays, police officer and veterans tribute, and more. Car show features all makes and models. Spectators free. 553-5271. Knights Action Park, 1700 Knights Recreation Dr., 546-8881.
Breast Cancer Support Group
Aug 14, 5pm Tue. Meets second Tuesday of the month. Topic: Lymphedema: Prevention, Treatment and Exercise. 757-7684. Clarke Conference Room (E-118), Memorial Medical Center, 701 N. First St., 788-3000.
Aug 17-19, 24-25, 8pm Fri-Sat, 2pm Sun, 2pm Aug 25. Mark Twain’s timeless classic sweeps us down the mighty Mississippi as the irrepressible Huck Finn helps his friend Jim, a slave, escape to freedom. $18, $20. hcfta.org. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.
Abe’s Amble 10K
Aug 19, 7:30am Sun. 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.
Spoon River Anthology
Aug 24-26, 30, Sep 1, 8pm Fri-Sun, 8pm Thu-Sat. By Charles Aidman, Edgar Lee Masters and Naomi Caryl Hirshhorn. Directed by Phil Funkenbusch. $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.
Sep 1-2, Sat-Sun. Pageant features reenactments of Lincoln’s New Salem years with patriotic imagery and fanfare. lincolnsnewsalem.com. Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, 15588 History Lane, Petersburg, 632-4000.
Sangamon Valley Woodcarvers Annual Show
Sep 1-2, 10am-5pm Sat, 10am-4pm Sun. Wood art on display plus vendors, show activities, drawings, seminars and more. svwoodcarvers.org. Illinois Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 S. Sangamon Ave., 782-6661.
Springfield Oyster and Beer Festival
Sep 1, 12-5pm Sat. 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.
20th Annual Prairieland Chautauqua
Sep 1-3, 4-9pm Sat-Mon. Daily performances. Dinner at 6pm nightly. Free. jacksonvilleil.org. 243-5678. First Christian Church, 2106 S. Main St., Jacksonville, 243-6445.
Labor Day Parade
Sep 3, 10-11am Mon. A celebration of the achievements of working people throughout the year. downtownspringfield.org. 544-1723. Downtown Springfield.
Sep 7-8, 6-10pm Fri-Sat. Featuring performers from all over the Midwest. lincolnsnewsalem.com. Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, 15588 History Lane, Petersburg, 632-4000.
Sep 8-9, 10am-5pm Sat, 10am-4pm Sun. A multi-experience festival consisting of art, music and children’s programs. Featuring 50 regional and national artists. Free admission; kids’ place costs $2 per child. carillon-rees.org. 787-3532. Washington Park Botanical Garden, 1740 W. Fayette Ave., 546-4116.
Traditional Music Festival
Sep 8-9, 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.
Breast Cancer Support Group
Sep 11, 5pm Tue. Meets second Tuesday of the month. Topic: Overcoming Fear of Reoccurrence and Health Coping Strategies. 757-7684. Clarke Conference Room (E-118), Memorial Medical Center, 701 N. First St., 788-3000.
Cruise Nite and Car Show
Sep 15, 9am-9pm Sat. Car show from 8am-3pm. Cruise from 5-9pm. jacksonvilleil.org. Jacksonville Community Park, 1201 S. Main, Jacksonville, 243-5678.
Sep 15-16, 9am-5pm Sat, 10am-4pm Sun. Featuring vendors, artisans, reenactments and more. $5 adults, $3 ages 6-12, and free to ages 5 and under. clayville.org. Clayville, Route 125, Pleasant Plains, 572-4984.
Jacksonville Rotary Oktoberfest
Sep 15, 12pm Sat. Featuring German beer and wine, authentic German food, German music and Oompa bands, wiener dog races, keg toss contest, bags tournament, German dancing, human foosball tournament, and much more. jacksonvillerotary.org. Morgan County Fairgrounds, 110 N. Westgate, Jacksonville, 243-5678.
SSCI Extended Trip: Heart of Virginia
Sep 19-24, Wed-Thu. Hosted by Senior Services of Central Illinois. $714 per person double; $913 per person single. ssoci.org. Senior Services of Central Illinois, 701 W. Mason, 528-4035.