One State, 200 Years, Four Presidents
3/23/18 - 12/31/18
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will help celebrate the state’s 200th birthday with a major new exhibit about the four presidents who have called Illinois their home. This exhibit, entitled “From Illinois to the White House:  Lincoln, Grant, Reagan, Obama,” will explore their connections to the Prairie State, their political battles, the first ladies who helped them succeed and much more.
2018-2019 Dinner Programs at the Palms Grill Cafe
10/6/18 - 3/22/19

This year, the Atlanta Library Dinner Programs, catered by the Palms Grill Cafe, will complement the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Mainstreet exhibit, “Crossroads: Change in Rural America” hosted by the Atlanta Museum Feb. 2 - Mar. 16 2019. Featuring speakers and performers who will present programs focused on rural culture and history, the Dinner Programs are held at the Union Hall Building, 114 SW Arch Street in downtown Atlanta. Dinner begins at 5:30 pm [except for Danny Tackett programs when it begins at 5pm], with the evening’s program starting at 7pm. Reservations are required and limited to approximately 50 people. The Palms Grill Cafe features a set of dinner specials, including homemade desserts for each program. Phone 217-648-5077 to make reservations.

Old Capitol Holiday Walks
11/24/18 - 12/22/18
It’s a tradition of the season that all of Springfield looks forward to…The Old Capitol Holiday Walks kicked off on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 24, and will run every Saturday afternoon from noon to five pm and every Wednesday evening from 5-8pm through December 22. Many shops are also staying open for convenient Sunday hours from noon to 3 pm. Plan your visit by checking out the business specials and the activities by date.
Happy Birthday, Mrs. Lincoln!
Mary Lincoln remains one of the most fascinating first ladies in history, and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will celebrate her 200th birthday with special events on Dec. 13. State Historian Samuel Wheeler will highlight Mary Lincoln documents and artifacts in the library’s collection, explaining their significance to her and to history. Then he’ll interview Mrs. Lincoln (portrayed by Pam Brown) and they will take questions from the audience.
Old Rugged Barn E I E I O Holiday Show
Join in on the fun as Old Rugged Barn presents the E I E I O Holiday Show! Heated barn with Wi-Fi, Internet, indoor restrooms. Yummy food, snacks, drinks. 25 to 30 cool and unique booths. Let our talented local high school performers entertain you throughout the day. $1/ person. Pay at the door. Parking north of Barn.
First Night Springfield

The First Night® Springfield is the city’s Annual New Year’s Eve Celebration of the Arts, presented by the Springfield Area Arts Council. On New Year’s Eve, First Night’s events begin with free children’s hands-on activities and entertainment from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. From 6:00 to 11:15 PM, the city becomes a stage, with over 30 performances taking place on ten stages in downtown Springfield. The early First Night performances, from 6:00 to 7:45 PM, include magicians, jugglers, and dancers, along with jazz and classical guitar. The traditional First Night fireworks display begins at 8:00 PM at Fourth Street and Capitol Avenue.

10th Anniversary Ball
Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum presents the 10th Anniversary Ball - Celebrating the Inauguration of Barack Obama, First African American President. Wear your formal attire on Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 7-11p.m. at The Hoogland Center for The Arts. “Music by “Soul Experience”. Heavy hors d’ oeuvres will be served.
13th Annual Illinois Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor Festival

The 13th Annual Red Carpet Corridor Festival traverses 13 Communities from Joliet to Towanda along a 90-mile stretch of Old Route 66 that collectively celebrates the Mother Road. Each town puts together its own events for that Saturday, making for a great shopping and sight-seeing experience. Gather the family and take a trip down memory lane. Towns include Joliet, Elwood, Wilmington, Braidwood, Godley, Braceville, Gardner, Dwight, Odell, Pontiac, Chenoa, Lexington and Towanda.

5th Annual Blue Carpet Corridor Festival - Miners, Mobsters & the Mother Road
5/18/19 - 5/19/19

Route 66 enthusiasts and car club members will be motoring on the Illinois Route 66 Blue Carpet Corridor Saturday-Sunday, May 18-19, to celebrate the famous “Main Street of America” on the Blue Carpet Corridor Coalition's fourth annual festival weekend. From Chatham south to Collinsville on several historic alignments of Route 66, fourteen communities will be highlighting the Miners, Mobsters, and Mother Road history of this section of Route 66.
2019 Route 66 Association of Illinois Motor Tour & Hall of Fame Banquet
6/7/19 - 6/9/19

The 2019 Motor Tour is traveling north to south this year, with the Hall of Fame banquet at the American Legion in Lincoln. Banquet in Lincoln prepared by Kurt Wendlandt, cook at Lincoln College.
Illinois State Fair in Springfield
8/8/19 - 8/18/19

You get everything you can possibly imagine when you attend the Illinois State Fair in Springfield this August, including top-notch performers at the grandstand shows!
Dwight Harvest Days & Annual Basset Waddle
9/19/19 - 9/22/19

Dwight's premiere annual event is a great time for the whole family. Enjoy pie baking and pie eating contests, hypnosis/magician, Jr. Karaoke contest, Live Country Music, Live Dixieland Band, All Star Jam Band, Hairbanger's Ball, car show, tractor show and hours of fun!
18th Annual International Route 66 Mother Road Festival
9/27/19 - 9/29/19

Over 1,000 cool cars and 80,000 spectators will roll into the heart of Springfield's historic downtown September 27-29 for a weekend of family fun in the sun and non-stop live music and entertainment! Come celebrate the golden age of Route 66...the cars, the music, the food, the friends - all brought together along Illinois Route 66.

5th Annual Route 66 Miles of Possibility Conference
10/17/19 - 10/20/19
Mark your calendars! The fifth annual Route 66 Miles of Possibility conference will be held in Normal, Illinois, from October 17-20, 2019. The theme is the circus, as Bloomington-Normal was home to famous aerial acts, who sometimes traveled Route 66 with the circus. There will be other Route 66 sessions, and a car show on Sunday.
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