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.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade Run

First Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade Run!

2 mile run/walk to kick off the Parade and Irish festivities!

First 317 registered will receive a commemorative pint glass!

Packet Pickup on 3/16 from 3-5:30pm at United Community Bank 3200 West Iles Springfield, IL (across the street from the Corner Pub)

Race starts and finishes on Washington between 5th and 6th.

Post race party at Alamo Downtown

More details to come as the race gets close

Singles Night: Alter Ego Collage

Explore your alter ego through collage while connecting with your new friends. Only $10.

Pay at event. Email to register or comment here.


An Our Vibrant Community initiative to increase your creative experience in the Springfield Area. Thanks for your support.

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Mom’s Night Out: Inner Diva Collage

Join us for a relaxing evening sans kiddos! We love those little ones, but sometimes Momma NEEDS a break! Unwind and make new friends! It’s a night that you deserve.

Drinks, popcorn, and easy parking. Supplies provided. Instructed by Rhiannon Gurley on bringing out your inner diva through mixed-media collage to remind you daily of who you are.

First Night Springfield

The Springfield Area Arts Council (SAAC) celebrates its 31st First Night- their annual New Year’s Eve celebration of performing and visual arts in downtown Springfield. This year’s event is held across 12 performance spaces in 5 different venues.

There is a free admission children’s stage and crafting area at Springfield High School from 1pm-4pm, and Mark Gifford performs on the Barton Organ at Springfield High School from 4:15 pm- 5:45 pm. Admission to the organ concert is included in the price of a First Night Wristband, or $5 separately.

Sound Celebration Chorus Performance

As part of the Old Capitol Holiday Walks, Sound Celebration Chorus will be performing a set of holiday tunes inside the Old State Capitol.

Stop inside to get warm and enjoy some holiday cheer!

Uketopians/Layabout Performance

As part of the Old Capitol Holiday Walks, Uketopians/Layabouts will be performing a set of holiday tunes inside the Old State Capitol.

Stop inside to get warm and enjoy some holiday cheer!

Dana Thomas House Holiday Tours

As part of the Old Capitol Holiday Walks the Dana-Thomas House will be offering special Holiday Tours throughout the day.

Make sure you stop by and listen to the Debby Eddy Flute Choir performance. You won’t want to miss any of the holiday fun!