Donuts and Dogs 5K Fun Run
Sep. 1-30. Register online for this virtual 5K and get a chance to win prizes in several categories. All participants will receive a T-shirt. Animal Protective League, 1001 Taintor Road, 217-544-7387. apl-shelter.org.
Okinawa – Brutal Combat on the Doorstep of Japan
Thu., Sept. 3, 7 p.m. Mark DePue brings together audio clips, video, maps and photos to tell the story of the battle at Okinawa. View via the Facebook page at the appointed time. Free. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, 112 N. Sixth St., 217-558-8844.
Thu., Sept. 3. Explore art made of unusual materials. This event provides creative activities, fun facts and educational resources inspired by art and science. Learn more on the Illinois State Museum's Facebook page. Free. 706-207-7836.
"Sacred & Liturgical"
Thu., Sept. 3 through Sat., Sept. 26, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except Sun. With entrants from all over the nation, this juried exhibit includes ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, mixed media, painting, photography and sculpture. Part of the Liturgical Arts Festival. Free. M.G. Nelson Family Gallery, 700 N. Fourth Street, 217-523-2631. springfieldart.org.
Springfield Mile 1 and 2
Fri., Sept. 4-Sun., Sept. 6. Short Track on Friday, Mile 1 on Saturday and Mile 2 on Sunday. The infield will not be open and the grandstand seating capacity is limited. $35 in advance or $45 on race days. Illinois State Fair Grandstand, 801 E. Sangamon Ave., 217-632-0277.
217 Buy Black Health and Fitness Pop-up
Sat., Sept. 5, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Hosted by the Springfield Black Chamber of Commerce and Molina Healthcare. Learn about fitness trends, meet with massage therapists and nutritionists and enjoy good food while shopping for discounted classes and athletic apparel. Live music by Kapital Sound with special guests Pastor Jerry Jones & The Fantastic Jones Family at 12-3 p.m. Y Block, Fourth and Jackson streets, 217-753-3551.
Meraki Rocks 2020
Sat., Sept. 5, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Healing arts festival. Family friendly. Vendors. Free arts, crafts, games, live music, guest speakers and kid's area. Rock 'n' Roll Hardees, 2501 Adlai Stevenson Dr., 217-529-1331.
Small Town Dreamers Outdoor Market
Sat., Sept. 5, 3-7 p.m. An open market supporting local vendors. Enjoy live music, food and good company. There is ample space for respecting social-distancing guidelines. See the Facebook event page for more info. Farmersville Opera House, Farmersville, northeast corner of Elevator and Cleveland streets.
Wed., Sept. 9, 7 p.m. Judge Stephen Douglas and President Abraham Lincoln reminisce about the great debates of 1858 when Illinois and the United States saw the "prairies on fire" and discuss whether the extension of slavery would be allowed as the United States expanded. Part of the Looking for Lincoln Conversations Series. Available on the YouTube channel and Facebook page. Looking for Lincoln, 217-782-6817.
Defy the Odds: Illinois Women and the Nineteenth Amendment
Thu., Sept. 10, 12 p.m. Join Anne Moseley of the Sangamon Experience at UIS as she tells the story of the women's suffrage movement in Illinois and the effort it took to secure the vote. This program highlights the exhibit at the Lincoln Heritage Museum at Lincoln College, "Defy the Odds." Free. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, 112 N. Sixth St., 217-558-8844.
Junior Livestock Expo
Fri., Sept. 11 - Sun., Sept. 13 and Fri., Sept. 18 - Sun., Sept. 20. The first weekend will feature beef, sheep, dairy goats, pygmy goats and rabbits. The following weekend will feature swine, dairy cattle and meat goats. Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., 217-782-6661.
Sat., Sept. 12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Listen to music from the carillon while viewing the works of over 30 juried artists. Food truck on site. Social distancing will be practiced along with regular sanitizing. 217-306-1838. Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon, 1740 W. Fayette Ave., 217-546-3853.
Ride to Remember
Sun., Sept. 13, 10 a.m. In honor of the first responders and heroes of 9/11. Line up at 9 a.m. The ride will proceed to the 9/11 memorial on the Capitol grounds where a color guard will be posted as the riders pass by them in lieu of the traditional ceremony. Hall's Harley Davidson, 2301 N. Dirksen Pkwy., 217-528-8356.
Making Cloth and Clothing in the 19th Century
Tue., Sept. 15, 7-8 p.m. Join Erika Holst online for a walk through the "Fashioning Illinois" exhibition. Learn how cloth and clothing were made in the 19th century and the impact of textiles on early American life. See the Illinois State Museum's Facebook page for more information. Free. 706-207-7836.
Bites and Wild Night Art Walk
Sat., Sept. 19, 4-9 p.m. See the murals and sculptures The Pharmacy artists have been painting at the zoo. In addition to fabulous art on display, a dinner will be served. Reservations will be limited and spread throughout the evening. Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Shore Dr., 217-585-1821.
Edwards Place Fine Art Fair
Sat., Sept. 19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Artists from across the country, live music, food trucks, art demos, kids' activities, used book sale and more. Free. Edwards Place, Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St., 217-523-2631. springfieldart.org.
Fall Festival and Historic Reenactment
Sat., Sept. 19 - Sun., Sept. 20, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Step back in time and see how life was lived between 1818-1890. Civil War reenactors, Old West shootouts, fur traders, tours of the Broadwell Inn and stage coach stop built in 1824, vendors and food. Donations welcome. Clayville, Pleasant Plains, Route 125, 217-481-4430. clayville.org.
Sat., Sept. 19, 3 p.m. Hosted by local artist Christy Freeman Stark. Event may be virtual depending on community conditions. Dim Art House, 1613 S. MacArthur Blvd. 773-235-5600.
Little Lincoln's Fireside Tales
Tue., Sept. 22, 10-11 a.m. An online children's literacy program designed for the ALPLM's youngest guests. Short stories, activities, arts and crafts. Find it on the library's Facebook page. Free. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, 112 N. Sixth St., 217-558-8844.
Journey to Mollie's War: WACs and WWII
Wed., Sept. 23, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Cyndee Schafer traces the footsteps of her mother, Mollie Weinstein Schaffer, and her fellow members of the Women's Army Corps when they served in Europe from 1944 to 1945. Part of Illinois Humanities Road Scholars Bureau. Via Zoom. Registration required. 217-483-2713. chathamlib.org.
Alpaca Farm Days
Sat., Sept. 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 27, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Kids' activities, fiber demonstrations, shopping and alpacas, of course. Alpacas of Indian Point Hills, Petersburg, 17229 Vaneman St., 217-414-0266.
Sangamon Watercolor Society Member Exhibition
Thu., Oct. 1-Sat., Oct. 31. An annual display of the work of some of the area's most talented watercolor artists. The exhibition's opening reception will be Fri., Oct. 9 at 5:30-7:30 p.m. M. G. Nelson Family Gallery, 700 N. Fourth Street, 523-2631. springfieldart.org.
Full Moon Trial Run
Fri., Oct. 2-Sun., Oct. 4. A semi-virtual running and walking event. The 3.0-mile route will be marked and open throughout the weekend. There is no entry fee but donations are welcome to help with park expenses. Registration and more information are available at GetMeRegistered.com. Lewis Memorial Acres, 399 S. Koke Mill Road, 217-341-1785.
Boo Bark Party
Sat., Oct. 3, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Pet-related vendors, kids' activities, pumpkin painting, demonstrations and a canine costume contest. Stuart Park, Winch Lane (north of Jefferson St.), 217-544-7387. apl-shelter.org.
Virtual Lincolniana Gala
Tue., Oct. 13, 7 p.m. Featuring Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer in conversation via Zoom with ALPLM historian Christian McWhirter. Proceeds support the campaign to secure a permanent home for the Lincolniana collection. Tax deductible ticket price range is $25 for general admission to $500 as a benefactor. 217-557-5589. alplm.org.
Fri., Oct. 16, 3 p.m. A visual interpretation of politics and the upcoming election. The event may be virtual depending on community conditions. Dim Art House, 1613 S. MacArthur Blvd. 773-235-5600.
Out of the Darkness
Sat., Oct. 17, 1 p.m. Walk to fight suicide. Southwind Park, 4965 S. Second St., 217-753-0702.
Caroline Sutherland: A Haunting Tale of Fashion and Tragedy
Tue., Oct. 20, 7-8 p.m. In the 1930s, a boy discovered a stone vault with a casket inside. In the glass faceplate, he saw the preserved face of a young woman who had died in the 1850s. A trunk of that young woman's clothing has been donated to the Illinois State Museum and that donation sheds light on one young woman's life and death in pre-Civil War Illinois. Free. 706-207-7836.
Casting a historic vote: Suffrage in Illinois
Wed., Oct. 21, 6:30 p.m. The path to women's suffrage was infused with sexism and racism and triggered a fear of feminism. Presented by Jeanne Schultz Angel and produced by Illinois Humanities and the Chatham Area Public Library. Via Zoom. Register at the website events page or call 217-483-2713. chathamlib.org.
A Conversation with Harriet Tubman
Wed., Oct. 21, 7 p.m. Learn about Tubman's courageous journeys to lead others to freedom on the Underground Railroad. The virtual audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions. Featuring Harriet Tubman interpreter Kathryn Harris. Part of the Looking for Lincoln Conversations Series. Also available on the YouTube channel. Facebook, Looking for Lincoln, 217-782-6817.
Chili Supper and Paw Paw Patch Bazaar
Sun., Oct. 25, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Chili, hot dog or corn bread, dessert and drink. Unique gifts, 50/50 raffle, craft items and baked goods. Knights of Columbus 364, 2200 S. Meadowbrook Road, 217-544-7387. apl-shelter.org.
"Voices and Votes: Democracy in America"
Fri., Oct. 30-Fri., Dec. 11. A Museum on Main Street exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution. Jacksonville Area Museum, Jacksonville, 301 E. State St., 217-243-5678.