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.
Isringhausen Imports returns as premier sponsor of DSI’s summer festival. “We love downtown and we appreciate the work that DSI is doing to revitalize the neighborhood. We couldn’t be more pleased to support this festival which brings thousands of people to the district,” said Geoff Isringhausen, President and CEO.
The festival is also supported by these other generous sponsors: Chick Fritz Distributing |
Hy-Vee | Signature Rental | President Abraham Lincoln a Doubletree by Hilton | Vachel Lindsay Association | Downtown Heritage Foundation | NPR Illinois | City of Springfield | Midwest Family Broadcasting | Capitol Radio Group | State Journal-Register | Crowdson Creative | Illinois Times | Marine Bank | Don Smith Paints | Rammelkamp Bradney | Kerber, Eck & Braeckel | US Bank | Ald. Andrew Proctor | Ald. Kristin DiCenso | Evan Lloyd Architects | Innovate Springfield | Visit Springfield | Old State Capitol Foundation
The underground parking garage underneath the Old State Capitol (entrance on 6th Street) is open late especially for our festival until midnight. We also encourage you to enjoy yourself and stay safe by calling a taxi or an Uber at the end of the night.
Stay safe! Make it a weekend! Three downtown hotels are offering special Festival Packages which include free admission and food & drink tickets.
A block from the festivities
President Abraham Lincoln A Doubletree by Hilton Up to 20% Off Best Available Rate for the DoubleTree by Hilton Springfield with purchased tickets of the Amaranth Apple Festival!
A fine selection of Coors and Miller Lite products are available for purchase for 4 tickets each thanks to our sponsor Chick Fritz Distributing, your friendly beer distributor since 1947. The beer trucks are parked at multiple locations throughout the Festival.
Thanks to The Corkscrew, you may also purchase glasses of Cappello Cabernet Franc and Cappello Sauvignon Blancwhite by the glass (5 tickets) and sample size (1 ticket) in the Wine Lounge area on the southwest side of the Old State Capitol Lawn.
Soda and water may be purchased from the DSI Stand at the corner of Washington and 5th for 3 tickets each.
Tickets at the Door
Admission is $5 at the gate for everyone 13 and up. Free for 12 and under. Gates are located at 5th and Washington, 6th and Washington, and 5th and Adams.
Food and drink tickets may be purchased for $1/ticket at the Central Ticket Booth after entering the festival.
VIP Tent Sponsored by Hy-Vee | Near the Main Stage on 5th Street
Online VIP sales have closed. Online ticket sales ended at noon on Thursday, July 13. There may be a limited number of VIP Passes still available for purchase at the Entrance Gate located at 5th and Adams on either night. ($30 – Single) ($50 – Double)
VIP Pass-holders should check in at the 5th and Adams Gate Entrance.
New this year! The Hy-Vee VIP Lounge, located in close proximity to the main stage, puts all of the festival amenities in one fun party place for 200 lucky people! Those buying VIP Passes will enjoy upfront lounge seating, service, access to private restrooms & a festival goodie bag.
Discounts on Admission & Food/Drink Tickets
Those who purchased discounted online tickets should check in at the 5th and Adams Gate Entrance.
Early bird ticket sales have closed.
Matthew Sweet – Saturday July 15 at 8pm
This year’s Saturday music headliner is Matthew Sweet, whose 1991 album Girlfriend is heralded as one of the decade’s most critically acclaimed albums and is known for such hits as Girlfriend, Ugly Truth, Sick of Myself, and Time Capsule.After spending the ’80s as a jangle pop guitarist with Oh-OK and Lloyd Cole, as well as a solo artist, Matthew Sweet emerged in 1991 as the leading figure of the American power pop revival. Like his British counterparts Teenage Fanclub, Sweet adhered to traditional song craft, yet subverted the form by adding noisy post-punk guitar and flourishes of country-rock, resulting in an amalgam of the Beatles, Big Star, R.E.M., and Neil Young.
Recorded with guitarists Richard Lloyd and Robert Quine, Sweet’s third album, Girlfriend (1991), became a word-of-mouth critical and commercial hit over the course of 1992, with its title track reaching the Top Five on the Modern Rock charts. For the next five years, as alternative rock was the dominant commercial force in rock & roll, Sweet became a very popular concert attraction and solidified his reputation as the premiere alternative pop singer/songwriter. His next two records, Altered Beast (1993) and 100% Fun (1995) were both critically acclaimed and successful albums, reaching platinum status and making many year-end best-of lists.
Sweet recently completed his new album Forever Tomorrow, recorded at his new studio – Black Squirrel Submarine – in Omaha where he now lives. Matthew engineered, performed on guitars, keyboards, bass and god knows what else, sang lead and background vocals and mixed the recordings. The record was mastered for CD, vinyl and download at the famed Abbey Road Studios in London by Sean Magee, a long time veteran at the studio. Sean won a Grammy for his Beatles reissues, and has recently won accolades for his remastering of the John Lennon solo catalog reissues. The record will be released on June 16, 2017 on Sweet’s label – Honeycomb Hideout – with label support and distribution provided by Sony/ RED Distribution, LLC.
He also backed Mike Myers as Austin Powers (along with Susanna Hoffs) in the faux band Ming Tea in two Austin Powers movies. The Lincoln, Nebraska native also was hired as a consultant on the 2014 Tim Burton film Big Eyes, with many of the Margaret Keane paintings in the film coming from Sweet’s extensive collection.