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Cubs vs. Cardinals: The Rivalry

3/24/2017 - 12/31/2017, Daily: 9 am - 5 pm

Visitors will see rare artifacts and photographs. They’ll learn about legendary players like Mordecai Brown and Rogers Hornsby and newer stars like Jake Arrieta and Yadier Molina. They’ll also be able to interact with the exhibit by sharing their own Cards-Cubs memories, answering trivia questions and playing a home run derby as their favorite team. “The Rivalry” was developed in conjunction with the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals, an unprecedented partnership from all three organizations for an exhibit of this type. 

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Concert at the Carillon

5/3/2017 - 9/27/2017, Every Wednesday: 6:30 pm
A half an hour, outdoor, live concert with a great variety of music, played by the resident carillonist on the 67-bell Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon.

Illinois Products Farmers Market

5/11/2017 - 10/12/2017, Every Thursday: 4 pm - 7 pm
The Commodities Pavilion will come alive with local Illinois vendors, entertainment, and health-related activities. Products range from produce, meat, eggs, plants, specialty products, wine and beer - all produced right here in Illinois. 

Old Capitol Farmers Market

5/17/2017 - 10/28/2017, W & Sa: 8 am - 12:30 pm
The Old Capitol Farmers Market can be found in the heart of Downtown Springfield. At the market, you’ll find local farm and artisan vendors selling fresh produce, artisanal baked goods and cheeses, flowers and more. The market is just steps from the Old State Capitol historic site and you’ll find other sites like the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, Lincoln Home and Dana-Thomas House a Frank Lloyd Wright Design nearby!

16th Annual International Route 66 Mother Road Festival

9/22/2017 - 9/24/2017, F: 6 pm - 10 pm; Sa: 10 am - 10 pm; Su: 11 am - 2 pm
Over 1,100 cool cars and 85,000 spectators, hot music and free entertainment will roll into the heart of Springfield's historic downtown for this Route 66 celebration! Non-stop free musical entertainment on the Hot Rod stage all weekend!

Fall Equinox Festival

9/23/2017, 10 am - 5 pm
Fall Equinox Festival will have live music, bounce houses, face painting, market vendors and much much more!

Pets! Family Event

9/23/2017, 11 am - 3 pm
Domestic animals, and especially pets, have played an important role in human history. Come learn about pets in the past and how you and your pets can contribute to the health of the planet in the present and future. Enjoy engaging games and demonstrations, create origami art, and make a pet rock to take home.
September 23 is Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live. Visit to print a voucher for two free adult admission tickets to the State Museum. Child and senior admission is always free.
Activities are recommended for children ages 5 and up each month.

Black Violin

9/23/2017, 8 pm
To most people, jazz, hip-hop, funk, and classical are musical genres.  But to revolutionary music group Black Violin, they're nothing but ingredients.  Combining a daunting array of musical styles and influences to produce a signature sound that is not quite maestro, not quite emcee, this group of two classically trained violinists and their DJ is redefining the music world one string at a time.  With influences ranging from Shostakovich and Bach to Nas and Jay-Z, Black Violin breaks all the rules, blending the classical with the modern to create something rare – a sound that nobody has ever heard but everybody wants to feel.  In an age where music is coming to be more and more defined by the labels given to it, Black Violin shows that music does not exist within a box, but rather exists in another space – one as open and unrestrained as the minds that produce it.

217 Chili Week

9/25/2017 - 10/1/2017, 11am
For seven glorious days, participating restaurants in the 217 will celebrate chili in all its various forms – meat lover and vegetarian, red and white, with beans or without. You can certainly have a bowl of chili or a chili dog, but there’s also chili mac, chili ponyshoes, chili nachos, chili burritos, chili fries, and chili enchiladas. And if you’ve never tried bison chili before, here’s your chance. From favorite comfort foods to creative applications, there are plenty of reasons to try as many as you can in a week’s time.   

#217ChiliWeek is a culinary tour of 15 different local restaurants, so pick up a passport at any of the participating restaurants or download at Collect three or more unique stamps at the participating restaurants and then submit your#217ChiliWeek Passport for a chance to win great prizes. Submit your completed passport to any participating restaurant or to the Illinois Times office by the close of business on Monday, October 2, 2017.

Movie Under the Lights

9/29/2017 - 9/30/2017, 6 pm
Come watch a fall themed movie with us under the lights and stars! Movie starts at Dusk, no outside food/drink allowed. Popcorn, soda, nachos and candy available for purchase! Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult child $5 adult $8. Please note there will be no seating so a blanket or chairs is suggested.

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