Veteran’s Day Parade

Come out and celebrate the brave men and women of the Armed Forces at Springfield’s Veteran’s Day Parade on November 11, 2018.

Halloween at the Market

This special event takes place on Sat., Oct. 27. There will be costume contests for Kids 0-12, Families and Dogs! Plus lots of special activities. Partners include Springfield Moms, WNNS FM, Illinois Humane, Kidzeum for Health and Science & more!

Rt 66 Motherroad Festival

Celebrate The Golden Age

17th Annual International Route 66 Mother Road Festival presented by 100.5 FM WYMG

Celebrate the Golden Age of Route 66…the cars, the music, the food, the friends……all brought together along Illinois’ Route 66 September 21-23, 2018.

Event Features

  • Friday Night! Rt. 66 City Nights Cruise For Crime Stoppers
  • Burnout Competition Saturday
  • Over 40 classes of car awards with CASI certified national judging!
  • Post your “selfie” at any IL Route 66 landmark to Facebook, Twitter, or Insta with hashtag #MyIL66 to be featured on IL Route 66 Scenic Byway social media! Info at
  • State Capitol Photo Op! Stage a photo of your car with the majestic IL State Capitol Building as your backdrop (4th & Capitol)

Labor Day Parade

his Labor Day, the Springfield & Central Illinois Trades & Labor Council will host its annual Labor Day Parade in Downtown Springfield to celebrate the achievements of working people throughout the year. Local union members and elected officials from Springfield and around Central Illinois will recognize the importance of the November elections in our community and pledge to be active this election cycle to ensure we are all exercising our right to Vote For A Better Life.

Downhome Music Fest

Downhome Music, Beer and Art Festival aims to showcase original music and art while introducing our festival goers to a variety of craft beer. We create an opportunity for artists and beer lovers alike to enjoy and encourage involvement in a family friendly environment. Our goal is to unite the community while they responsibly drink in the talent Springfield has to offer.

Amaranth Apple Festival

We invite you to become a Sponsor of the 2018 Amaranth Apple Festival. Download the Sponsor Packet>

The Amaranth Apple Festival is proud to be the descendent of the original summer festival, The Taste of Downtown, produced by Downtown Springfield Inc. to raise funds for downtown revitalization. This year’s festival committee invites you to become a sponsor of the 2018 Amaranth Apple Festival.

DSI’s festival now takes its name from the mystical fruit in Vachel Lindsay’s utopian novel. S/he who eats of the magical Amaranth Apple shall see the true beauty of Springfield! And wonderfully enough, Lindsay’s novel reaches its utopian conclusion 100 years after its writing – which is during the state’s bicentennial in 2018.

Held each year in beautiful and historic downtown Springfield, the event includes nationally known musicians as always — and now weaves in amazing local poetry, art, and cuisine to feature the best of Springfield today.

The Amaranth Apple Festival is produced through the support of corporate and private donations and the dedication of nearly 200 volunteers. Sponsorship is critical to hosting high-quality musicians that attract a diverse audience. Our sponsorship packages are offered in a variety of sizes to suit any budget. Your sponsorship will get your company’s name before a large and enthusiastic audience for the two days of the festival and will include promotion of your business in the weeks leading up to the festival.

Your sponsorship allows us to book the best talent available and ensures another quality downtown event. This is the only summer festival which raises funds for downtown revitalization and DSI’s work to increase foot traffic, decrease vacancies and put forward creative placemaking projects.

90s power pop singer songwriter Matthew Sweet headlined the 2017 Amaranth Apple Festival.

Capital City Celebration

The Springfield Jaycees Capital City Celebration on Saturday, July 1, will be the first festival to use the former YWCA block downtown. Thanks to Arch Coal-Viper Mine, this year’s signature sponsor, there will be fireworks, great music, and entertainment for all ages at Capital and 4th Street from 11 a.m. through midnight.

Springfield PrideFest

In the Fall of 2010 staff at the Phoenix Center asked a question.  Why don’t we (Springfield) have a Pride Festival? A group of interested people got together and decided to make it happen. In May, 2011 Springfield PrideFest became a reality. This street fair is held the 3rd Saturday of May. It is the product of many hours of hard work and meetings and it is the best festival in Central Illinois! It is a day of embracing diversity and celebrating the Central IL LGBTQ community. It is an event with something for everyone – a kids area, a large stage with live entertainment, lots of great vendors selling goods and giving out  information, great food & drinks, tons of fun, and time spent with family & friends

Lincoln Half Marathon

Join us on the first Saturday of April as runners from many states and countries take in Abraham Lincoln sites during this scenic half marathon. This USATF certified course will immerse you in Lincoln history unlike any other race!

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