Ongoing

Carillon concerts
Sundays, 2pm and 4pm. Wednesdays, 12pm. Spend an afternoon in the park and listen to master carillonneur, Carlo van Ulft, and assistant carillonneurs play a variety of music, from original carillon compositions to arrangements of popular classics and pop music. Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon, 1740 W. Fayette Ave., 217-306-1838.

Rochester Farmers Market
Second and fourth Sundays of every month, 12-3pm through Oct. 9. Stop by to grab some local produce and products. Rochester Public Library, Rochester, 1 Community Dr., 217-498-8454.

Legal Aid
First Wednesday of every month, 9am-3pm. Land of Lincoln Legal Aid provides free civil legal help to eligible seniors. Call 217-503-4643 to make an appointment. Senior Services of Central Illinois, 701 W. Mason St., 217-528-4035.

PrideLinc Senior LBGT Connections
Thursdays, 11:30am. Weekly congregate meals open to LBGTQ seniors and an ally or caregiver. Includes time for education and socialization. Meals provided by Senior Services of Central Illinois. Call by Tuesday for a Thursday meal. Visit the Facebook page for more information. AgeLinc, 2731 S. MacArthur Blvd., 217-787-9234.

Race Riot walking tour
Thursdays and Saturdays, 10-11am, through Sep. 29. Meet on the Adams Street side of the Old State Capitol. Hosted by the Dept. of Natural Resources. Visit the website for reservation information. Free. Old State Capitol, 1 Old State Capitol Plaza, 217-785-9363.

Illinois Products Farmers Market
Thursdays, 3:30-7pm, through Oct. 29. Illinois meats, produce, baked goods and more. Illinois State Fairgrounds, The Shed, 801 Sangamon Ave.

Friday Nights at DIM
Fridays, 6-8pm. First Friday art critiques, second Friday try model live drawing, hang out with the artists on the third Friday, and fourth and fifth Fridays are for projects. DIM Art House, 319 Chatham Rd., 773-235-5600.

Old Capitol Farmers Market
Saturdays and Wednesdays, 8am-1pm, through October. Shop for fresh local produce, baked goods and products. Please note health guidelines will be followed. Old Capitol Farmers Market, Fourth and Adams streets, 217-544-1723.

"Susan Lawrence Dana: A Woman of Progress"
Through June 1, 2023. Learn about Susan Lawrence Dana's involvement in the suffrage movement and her local charitable activities. Showcased within the current exhibit "Sangamo Country: 200 Years of Sangamon County History.". UIS Public Affairs Center (PAC), One University Plaza, 217-206-6073.

"Growing Up X"
Oct. 1-May 13. Gen X, the often-overlooked Forgotten Generation, lies between Boomers and Millennials. Learn about the cultural touchstones that shaped this generation's youth, the last generation to have had an analog childhood. illinoisstatemuseum.org. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., 217-782-7386.

AUGUST

Cookies and Cocktails
Aug. 26, 5:30-8pm. Local chefs create a variety of delectable desserts incorporating Girl Scout cookies. Enjoy dinner and desert, cash bar, a silent auction, raffle and other opportunities to win prizes. Benefits the Girl Scouts of Central Illinois. $100. Panther Creek Country Club, 3001 Panther Creek Dr., 217-372-5221.

Stories of Survival
Aug. 26, 7-8pm. "The German Cinema Exodus to Hollywood." As the Nazi regime grew to power in the 1930s, the lives of German Jews were threatened as was the thriving German film industry which prompted an exodus to the United States and Hollywood by Jews on both sides of the camera. Reservations required. Free. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, 212 N. Sixth St., 217-558-8844.

Stressbusters
Aug. 26, 2-4pm. An open house to introduce a nine-week course designed to teach caregivers stress-management techniques, relaxation and coping strategies, and provide an open place to discuss common stressors. Senior Services of Central Illinois, 701 W. Mason St., 217-528-4035.

Artist on the Plaza
Aug. 26, 12-1pm. Barbershop harmony with the Route 66 Quartet. Old State Capitol Plaza, between Sixth and Fifth streets at Adams Street. 217-753-3519.

Balloons Over 66 Weekend
Aug. 26-27. Forty balloons will be launched from four locations. The weekend includes the annual Lincoln Art Fair, a BBQ competition, dock dogs, live music, car show, craft and vendor fair and more in the downtown area. Untethered balloon rides can be purchased. destinationlogancountyil.com. Downtown Lincoln. 217-732-8687.

COVID's Impact on Nonprofits
Aug. 26. Policy Breakfast. Gus Gordon, Carol Harms and Marcus Johnson will discuss how organizations worked to modify programming to work with individuals, families and the community during the trying times of a pandemic. Coffee reception at 7:30am and program at 8am. Hoogland Center for the Arts Club Room, 420 S. Sixth St., 217-523-2787.

Hawaiian Luau
Aug. 26, 11am-12pm. Have you been in the mood to listen to some Don Ho? Put on your favorite Hawaiian shirt and head to Senior Services for coconut bowling, tropical fruit punch and hula dancing. Senior Services of Central Illinois, 701 W. Mason St., 217-528-4035.

Jumanji
Aug. 26. When two kids find and play a magical board game, they release a man trapped in it for decades and a host of dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Part of the Movies in the Park series. Begins at sunset. Free. Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Shore Dr., 217-585-1821.

Million Dollar Quartet
Aug. 26-28, Sep. 2-4. It's December 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brings together Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever. Relive the era with all the smash-hit sensations. hcfta.org. $20. Hoogland Center for the Arts LRS Theatre 1, 420 S. Sixth St., 217-523-2787.

Old Capitol Blues and BBQ
Aug. 26-27. The best and bluesiest summer fest. Featuring top blues bands, unbeatable award-winning BBQ, cold drinks and first-rate fun. Old State Capitol Plaza, between Sixth and Fifth streets at Adams, 217-523-1455.

A TableScape Celebration
Aug. 26-28. Featuring 21 creative table settings, as well as a special showcase, silent auction and refreshments. Proceeds support the Springfield Civic Garden Club's community grants and continuing projects. $10. Washington Park Botanical Garden Exhibit Hall, 1740 W. Fayette Ave., 217-546-7709.

2022 Walk Like MADD
Aug. 27, 9am. MADD's signature event to help raise both awareness and funds to eliminate drunk and drugged driving. Register at walklikemadd.org. Sherman Village Park, Sherman, 1200 Rail Fence Rd., 217-836-9153.

AAUW Fall Coffee
Aug. 27, 9-11:30am. Learn about the ways the American Association of University Women have an impact locally, statewide and nationally. Hear about interest groups and upcoming programs. Donna Jean Simon is the guest speaker. Silent auction to benefit local scholarships and national advocacy. Free. LLCC Trutter Center, 5250 Shepherd Rd., 217-786-2200.

Bridging the Gap BBQ
Aug. 27, 11am-2pm. Tons of children's activities, free food, emergency services vehicles to explore and more. Meet the police, first responders, community service organizations, local education institutions and religious organizations. A place to develop a more familiar and trusting relationship with everyone. Free. Jaycee Park Pavilion, Monroe Street and White City Blvd.

Callum Grant
Aug. 27, 8:30-11pm. Scottish multi-instrumentalist Callum Grant is a long-time world tour performer with the Blue Man Group. His performance will be accompanied by the live visual art of Alex Sokol. $7. Broadgauge, Petersburg, 101 North 7th St., 217-386-5669.

Cat adoptions
Aug. 27, 11am-2pm. Forever Home Feline Ranch will have cats available for adoption. Opportunities are also available for fostering and volunteering. Donations welcome. Ace Hardware, 1600 Wabash Ave., 217-787-5100.

Chicken Fry
Aug. 27. Live music by Brandy Kristin & The Rival at 5pm. KC Lake Club, Chatham, 141 N. Lakewood Dr., 483-3013.

Frontiers James Forstall Scholarship Fund Golf Outing
Aug. 27, 12pm. Over the past 15 years more than $100,000 in scholarships have been awarded by Frontiers International, enabling over 110 Sangamon County high school graduates to attend college, university or vocation school. Sponsorships available. Registration and lunch at 12pm, shotgun start at 1pm. Golfers $125. Sponsorships available. The Rail Golf Course, 1400 South Club House Dr., 314-249-3587.

Glow Run
Aug. 27. Race time 7:45pm. Ready, set, glow! Music, glow stations and activities after the race. All ages are welcome to sparkle and glow your way around the course. All proceeds will benefit the YMCA Strong Kids scholarship fund. springfieldymca.org. Participation cost depends on age. Southwind Park, 4965 S. Second St., 217-753-0702.

Hoop Skirt and Haber-DASH 5K fun run
Aug. 27, 8am. Race back to the 19th century. The course is mostly flat. Fun costuming is encouraged, so dress like you just stepped out of a haberdashery or in the biggest hoopskirt you can find. A prize will be awarded for the best dressed of the bunch. springfieldart.org. $30. Edwards Place, Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St., 217-523-2631.

Kitten Circus
Aug. 27, 12-5pm. Kittens of all ages and sizes perform daring acts of love and cuteness. Fun for the whole family. Adoption fee is just $25. Adoptions by appointment. Animal Protective League, 1001 Taintor Rd., 217-544-7387.

UIS Prairie Star 5K
Aug. 27, 8:30-9:30am. A community event to motivate health and wellness through running, walking or any form of movement. Leashed-pet participation is allowed $25. uis.edu. University of Illinois at Springfield, 1 University Plaza, 217-206-7103.

Vinegar Hill Block Party
Aug. 27, 11am-2pm. An end-of-the-summer bash. Food, fun and family friendly. RSVP on the Facebook event page. Hosted by the Vinegar Hill Neighborhood Association. Vinegar Hill Mall, 107 W. Cook St., 217-522-3123.

Wild & Free book signing
Aug. 27, 8am-12:30pm. Young author Annaliese Hofner will be on hand at the Old Capital Farmer's Market to sign copies of her debut book, Wild & Free. Come out to meet this up-and-coming author. Old Capitol Farmers Market, Fourth and Adams streets, 217-544-1723.

Community Summer Band
Aug. 28, 6pm. Last concert of the season for the Concerts in the Park series hosted by the Pilot Club of Jacksonville. Jacksonville Community Park, Jacksonville, 1201 S. Main.

Ice Cream Social
Aug. 28, 5-6pm. A great way to enjoys the sounds of the Land of Lincoln Chorus. Coolers are allowed. Limited seating available and lawn chairs are suggested. Free. Sherman Village Park Amphitheater, Sherman, 1200 Rail Fence Dr., 217-496-2621.

Mustang and All Ford Show
Aug. 28, 8am-4pm. Twenty-six classes, with three awards per class. Door prizes and silent auction at show. Judging starts at 12pm. Ride, Sally, ride. Free. Landmark Ford, 2401 Prairie Crossing, 866-807-5399.

Jubilee Regional Championship Morgan Horse Show
Aug. 31-Sep. 3, 9am-10pm. The stamina and spirit of the Morgan, combined with its build and way of traveling, contributed greatly to the formation of other American breeds including the Standardbred, Quarter Horse, Tennessee Walking Horse and American Saddle Horse. Coliseum, Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 E. Sangamon Ave. 217-836-5055.

SEPTEMBER

Artist on the Plaza
Sep. 2, 12-1pm. Vocalist Monica Hay. Old State Capitol Plaza, between Sixth and Fifth streets at Adams.

The Baltimore Plot
Sep. 2-4. A story based on real characters and events surrounding an attempt to assassinate Abraham Lincoln before his first inauguration. Presented by MASS Media. $20. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 217-523-2787.

Cruise
Sep. 2, 4:30-8pm. All wheels are welcome. Cars, trucks, 4x4s, bikes, trikes whether vintage, restored, off-road, new or just plain unique. Hosted by Small Town Taylorville with the 40 M.P.H. Club. Taylorville Square, Taylorville, Washington St.

Organist Nathan Laube
Sep. 2, 7pm. Known for his brilliant playing, gracious demeanor and creative programming of repertoire spanning five centuries (including his own virtuoso transcriptions of orchestral works), Laube has earned high praise from both critics and peers. Part of the First Fridays concert series. Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 524 E. Lawrence Ave., 217-522-3342.

The Portuguese Rodeo Clown Company
Sep. 2-3, 7:30pm. It doesn't get any better than live improv comedy. Five actors take the stage and perform comedy with no script. The only thing they have are suggestions from you in the audience. $17. Hoogland Center for the Arts Club Room, 420 S. Sixth St., 217-523-2787.

Prairieland Chautauqua
Sep. 2-3. "Celebrating Our Chautauqua, 1912 - 1930." Traditional events from the early years, plus storytellers, poetry recitations, science lectures, music, history and a children's show. morgancountyillinoishistory.com. Free. Nichols Park, Jacksonville, Holken Brink Dr., 217-271-7824.

Sangamon Valley Woodcarvers Show
Sep. 3, 10am-4pm. Exhibits by woodcarvers, pyrographers, intarsia carvers and wood turners. Carvings, wood and tool sale, signups for beginners' classes, how-to seminars and a carving competition. Free. Williamsville Community Center, Williamsville, 141 W. Main St. 217-306-6080.

Parent's WILD Night Out
Sep. 3, 5:30-8:30pm. Bring the kids ages 6-12 to the zoo to play, create and learn about zoo animals and conservation while you enjoy a wild evening out. Snacks provided or kids can bring their own. $20-$25 for first child. $15-$20 for additional children. Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Shore Dr., 217-585-1821.

Springfield Mile 1 and 2
Sep. 3-4. The world's premier flat track motorcycle racing series will celebrate its annual Labor Day weekend doubleheader. Ticket prices will increase the week of the event. $20-$150. Children 12 and under $5-$25. Illinois State Fair Grandstand, 801 E. Sangamon Ave., 217-782-6661.

Springfield Oyster and Beer Festival
Sep. 3, 12-5pm. This event has raised over $87,000 for area charities. Features over 130 different types of craft beers, 5000+ gourmet oysters, live music and local food trucks. Having a good time is much easier when it's for a great cause. sobfestival.com. The Inn at 835, 835 S. Second St., 217-522-3123.

Expression Session - recovery through creativity
Sep. 4 and Oct. 2, 4-6pm. An engaging and relaxed space for people to create through visual art, writing and with open mics for small musical performances and spoken word. Open to all but aimed towards nurturing the creative drive of those in recovery. DIM Art House, 319 Chatham Rd.

First Sunday Midwest Bazaar
Sep. 4, 8am-4pm. Everything you could ever need, all in one place. Illinois State Fairgrounds Exposition Building, 801 Sangamon Ave., 217-782-6661.

Labor Day Duck Derby
Sep. 5, 11am. All ducks purchased will be entered into the derby in the Wild River. Duck prices range from $5 for one duck to $150 for a Grand Pack of 50 ducks. All proceeds will support the families at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois. rmhc-centralillinois.org. Free admission. Knight's Action Park, 1700 Knights Recreation Dr., 217-528-3314.

A New Journey
Sep. 6-Oct. 3, 8am-8:30pm. Professional clothing drive. Accepting blouses, blazers, slacks, suits, dress shirts, etc. Drop off clothing through Oct. 3. Clothing giveaway is Oct 12. All In One Laundry, 801 South Grand Ave. East, 217-415-3751.

Alexander Heffner
Sep. 8, 6-8pm. The PBS host and author will present "A Documentary History of the United States." Part of the For the People Speaker Series. Print free tickets from the museum's website or show the ticket on your digital device. Free. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, 212 N. Sixth St., 217-558-8844.

"Black, White & More"
Sep. 9, 6-9pm. Exhibit opening. With guest artist, Chicago-based photographer, Jim Spizzo. Live music and refreshments. Free. The Pharmacy Gallery and Art Space, 623 E. Adams St., 801-810-9278.

Bluegrass Concerts and Traditional Music Festival
Sep.9-10. Bluegrass performers from all over the Midwest will be playing in the Kelso Hollow outdoor theater. At the Traditional Music Festival on Saturday, traditional, folk and bluegrass musicians are invited to participate in impromptu jam sessions throughout the park from 10am-4pm. Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site, Petersburg, 15588 History Lane, 217-632-4000.

Spinning
Sep. 9-10. For both new and experienced spinners. Numerous wheels will be available for practice or lessons. Visit the website for more information. jubileefarm.info. Jubilee Farm, 6760 Old Jacksonville Rd., 217-787-6927.

Art in Motion
Sep. 10, 2-3pm and 6-7pm. A fusion of art-inspired music and contemporary dance featuring Springfield Youth Performance Group dancers. The short Peter and the Wolf ballet will also be performed with a narrator. $15-$20. Grant Conservatory of Music and Dance, 501 W. Elliott Ave., 217-553-4475.

Art Spectacular
Sep. 10-11. A juried fine art and craft fair, ranked by Sunshine Artist Magazine as one of The Best 200 Art Fairs in the United States for over five years. Live music, hourly carillon performance, food vendors, raffle, silent auction, kid art sale. Free. Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon, 1740 W. Fayette Ave., 217-306-1838.

Back-to-School Brunch
Sep. 10, 10am-12pm. Celebrate the strides Compass for Kids' students made during the previous school year and summer, and help generate momentum for the program for the new school year. Buffet, drinks, live music and guest speaker. Open to the community. Adults $75, children $25. Illini Country Club, 1601 S. Illini Rd., 217-481-4651.

Capital City Century
Sep. 10. One of the oldest and most popular recreational bicycle rides in Illinois. A scenic, one-day ride on low-traffic roads. Five route options. Hosted by the Springfield Bicycle Club. spfldcycling.org. Centennial Park, Bunker Hill Road and Lenhart Road, 217-899-9175.

Comedy for a Cause
Sep. 10, 7:30pm. Presented by RXComedy and featuring some of the funniest comics in Springfield. Proceeds to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Central Illinois. $25. UIS Performing Arts Center, One University Plaza, 217-206-6160.

Comedy hypnotist Jeff Harpring
Sep..10, 7:30pm. An evening of comedy, magic and hypnotic entertainment. hcfta.org. $18. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 20 S. Sixth St., 217-523-2787.

Fashion Show
Sep. 10, 6-9pm. Featuring the work of local costume designers. Fashion runway begins at 7pm. Refreshments. $5. The Pharmacy Gallery and Art Space, 623 E. Adams St., 801-810-9278.

Marbold Heritage Festival
Sep. 10-11, 9am-3pm. Civil War presentations, steam and gas engines, guided tours, demonstrations, live music, antiques, children's activities, food and drinks. historic-marbold-farmstead.org. Ages 14 and older $5, ages 6-13 $3. Historic Marbold Farmstead, Greenview, 21722 State Hwy 29.

Meet Me at the Movies
Sep. 10. Hollywood actor Bishop Stevens and special guests, actor Wyatt Weed and NWA world champion Trevor Murdoch, will lead a red-carpet premier experience, including photo ops, raffles, silent auctions and more. The event will benefit the Garvey-Tubman Cultural Arts & Research Center. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 217-816-0820.

Oktoberfest
Sep. 10, 12-10pm. German bands Die Musikmeisters from Chicago, Die Spietsbaum from St. Louis and Heidelberg German Band from Quincy. German beer and food, Dachshund races, stein holding contests, children activities. $5 admission. All proceeds benefit St. Martin DePorres, a local food and clothing pantry. Columbian Grand Hall Knights of Columbus 364, 2200 S. Meadowbrook Rd., 217-787-2360.

Opa Greek Fest
Sep. 10, 11am. Gyros, Greek chicken, lamb, moussaka, Greek fries, saganaki, spinach pies and Greek salad. Desserts include baklava, cookies and loukoumades. All items individually priced. Live music all day. No admission fee – Opa! St. Anthony's Hellenic Orthodox Church, 1600 S. Glenwood Ave., 217-522-7010.

Powered by Prairie
Sep. 10, 10am-12pm. 5K fun walk and health fair. A family event featuring cooking demonstrations, education stations and more. All proceeds benefit the HSHS Cardiac Rehabilitation. prairieheart.org. $25. Hope Pavilion at Southwind Park, 4965 S. Second St., 217-814-5177.

Small Town Dreamers Market
Sep. 10, 9am-1pm. Enjoy live music, children's events, vendors and great food and drinks. Farmersville Square, Farmersville, Downtown.

Vehicle Show and Swap Meet
Sep. 10, 7am-3:30pm. The 72nd annual meet hosted by the Illinois Secretary of State. See some of the finest antique and classic vehicles, sports cars, motorcycles, trucks and tractors. Held rain or shine. Spectators are free. Contestants $10. Downtown Springfield, Second and Monroe streets.

Williamsville Autumn on the Boulevard
Sep. 10-11. Live music, great food and loads of family fun. Fishing derby, craft vendors, cake walk, petting zoo, soap carving. Tractor and car shows on Sunday. $5. Williamsville Park, Williamsville, East Main Street.

9/11 Ride to Remember
Sep. 11. Line up of all vehicles begins at 9am, at Hall's Harley-Davidson. The police-escorted procession will leave at 10am and proceed to the Illinois State Capitol grounds to the 9/11 Memorial site where a ceremony will take place around 10:30am. Free. Hall's Harley Davidson, 2301 N. Dirksen Pkwy., 217-528-8356.

The Nutcracker auditions
Sep. 11, 12-5:30pm. Accepting ages 4 and up. No previous dance experience needed. Ages 4-6 12-1pm, ages 7-10 1:30-2:30pm, ages 11-13 3-4pm, and ages 14 and up 4:30-5:30. Audition fee of $20 is cash only. No pre-registration required. springfieldballetco.org. Springfield Ballet Company, 401 E. Washington St., 217-544-1967.

Open life drawing studio
Sep. 12, Sep. 19 and Sep 26, 6:30-9:30pm. Designed for all skill levels and a great opportunity for hand-eye coordination, analytical skills and practice. Undraped models, easels, drawing board, basic drawing materials and clips provided. $10 students and Pharmacy members, other $15 cash. The Pharmacy Gallery and Art Space, 623 E. Adams St., 801-810-9278.

Bites on the Boulevard Festival
Sep. 15, 5-9pm. Up to 40 vendors participating. A family friendly event. Proceeds benefit local schools and the Cochlear Implant Awareness Foundation. Leashed pets welcome. No seating available, so bring a lawn chair or blanket. District 23 parking lot, 1413 South MacArthur Blvd.

The Playboy of the Western World
Sep. 15-18. Set in a rural village pub in Ireland, John Synge's classic Irish comedy is a thrilling mix of humor, romance and adventure that has delighted audiences around the world for over 100 years. hcfta.org. $18-$20. Hoogland Center for the Arts Club Room, 420 S. Sixth St., 217-523-2787.

The Roaring 20s
Sep. 16, 6:30-10pm. Featuring comedian "Lil Nate" Brown. Music by J. Brew and the Crew. Hosted by Union Baptist Church. Call for ticket info. $50. Wyndham at Springfield City Centre, 700 E. Adams St., 217-789-1530.

Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Festival
Sep. 17-18. Working crafts, pioneer village, live music, food. Lots of kids' activities hosted in part by the Lincoln Park District. Vendors fair across the street at the VFW. National railsplitting competition on Sunday afternoon. Postville Courthouse State Historic Site, Lincoln, 914 Fifth St., 217-871-1008.

Car Show and Fall Cruise Night
Sep. 17, 9am. One of the largest cruise events in Illinois. Come to the car show during the day and stay for the cruise that evening along Morton. This event brings in classic and antique autos for a day of fun for the whole family. Jacksonville Community Park, Jacksonville, 1201 S. Main, 217-473-1122.

Edwards Place Fine Art Fair
Sep. 17-18. Shop over 70 different art vendors, take tours of Edwards Place Historic Home and join in other fun family activities. Used book sale, paw painting station, beer and wine tent, demonstrations. springfieldart.org. Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St., 217-523-2631.

Enos Park Historic Home Tours
Sep. 17, 1-5pm. Tour historic homes in various stages of renovation. Tickets available at the booth at the Edwards Place Fine Arts Fair. $10. 217-553-4629.

Fall Festival
Sep. 17-18. A local favorite with music, food, crafts, children's activities and historic buildings to tour. clayville.org. Clayville Historic Site, Pleasant Plains, Route 125, 217-481-4430.

Leaf identification hikes
Sep. 17 and Sep. 24, 10am-12pm. Does your child have a leaf-collection project for school this year? Get it put together in a fun, educational way with this hike. Over 50 leaves will be collected. Bring a spiral notebook and pencil, and dress for the outdoors. Pre-registration and adult companion required. $7-$10. Washington Park Botanical Garden, 1740 W. Fayette Ave., 217-546-4116.

Leanne Morgan: Big Pantry Tour
Sep. 17, 7pm. Leanne's style of comedy combines her southern charm and hilarious story telling about her own life into an act that keeps them coming back for more. $39.50-$49.50. UIS Performing Arts Center, One University Plaza, 217-206-6160.

The "Maine" Event
Sep. 17, 6pm. A casual New England-style lobster bake prepared by Robert's Seafood Market. Dinner and dessert, plus live music by Toads in the Garden. Cocktail hour begins at 6pm. Proceeds benefit Sparc. Bunn-O-Matic Corporation, 1400 Stevenson Dr., 217-793-2100.

A Night on Broadway
Sep. 17, 7:30pm. A grand gala for the Hoogland Center for the Arts. Cocktails and silent action at 7:30pm. Entertainment by Tony-Award winning Broadway star Faith Prince and a performance by the Hoogland Kids and Teens begins at 8:30pm. $35. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 217-523-2787.

Oktoberfest
Sep. 17, 12-7pm. Traditional Wilkommen (welcome) ceremony and Tapping of the Kegs. Live music, keg toss contest, stein endurance contest, dachshund dash, and pet parade. German beers and wines and traditional German fare $5 at the gate. Morgan County Fairgrounds, Jacksonville, 110 N. Westgate, 217-243-5678.

Oktoberfest
Sep. 17, 3pm. In true Oktoberfest fashion, this folk festival highlights local/regional breweries, live music, games for all ages, a food truck and craft vendors. Buzz Bomb Brewing Co., 406 E. Adams St.

Route 66 Cruisers Annual Car Show
Sep. 17, 8:30am-4pm. A judged show with 23 classes. Food, door prizes and more. Live music by Highway 615 at 6pm and Play It Again at 8pm. Sherman Village Park Amphitheater, Sherman, 1200 Rail Fence Dr.

Shrimp Boil
Sep. 17, Lake Press Club, 13 Club Area, 217-529-1221.

Springfield School District Desegregation Plan
Sep. 17, 1:30pm. Panel discussion on the desegregation plan from the 1970s to the present. Part of the History Comes Alive program. spiaahm.org. Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum, 1440 Monument Ave., 217-391-6323.

Fall Farm Day
Sep.18, 12pm. Enjoy free popcorn, wagon rides, barrel train, goats, corn hole games, and music by Jeff Cordes. Gail's Pumpkin Patch, Beason, 1709 2000th Ave., 217-447-3409.

Kids Good Grief Camp
Sep. 18, 12-4pm. A supportive and fun camp for children ages 6-12 who have experienced the death of a loved one. They can share their experiences with other children, break down the isolation barrier and head towards an individual healing journey. Cost is $10 and scholarships are available. Register by Sep. 12. Erin's Pavilion, Southwind Park, 4965 S. Second St., 217-247-4421.

Architectural Walking Tour
Sep. 21 and Oct. 19, 5:30-6:30pm. Learn about the buildings around the Capitol campus with the architect of the Capitol, Andrea Aggertt. Meet at the Lincoln statue in front of the Capitol. Free. Illinois State Capitol, Capitol and Second Street.

Style of Hope
Sep.22, 6pm. A fashion event featuring runway entertainment from community dancers and models, apparel from local boutiques, a special segment featuring Hope's youth, gourmet hors d'oeuvres and a silent auction. See the Facebook event page or call for ticket info. $45. BOS Center, 1 Convention Center Plaza, 217-525-9536.

IWIL Women's Symposium
Sep. 22, 7:45am-4:30pm. Leadership tips, personal growth and networking. Open to adult professionals of any experience. Keynote speaker is Anne Bonney, host and creator of Dancing in the Discomfort Zone podcast. Register at iwil.biz by Sep. 20. $140. Crowne Plaza Springfield, 3000 S. Dirksen Pkwy., 217-529-7777.

Charity Golf Outing
Sep. 23, 11am. Golf, cart, prizes, lunch and dinner are included in $100 per person fee. Benefits Wooden It Be Lovely, to help provide hope, employment and housing to women in the community who are healing from lives of poverty, addiction and abuse. woodenitbelovely.love. Edgewood Golf Club, Auburn, 16497 Kennedy Rd., 217-438-6131.

International Route 66 Mother Road Festival
Sep. 23-25. This festival brings street machines, muscle cars and hot rod enthusiasts to historic downtown Springfield for a great weekend of family entertainment. Don't miss the burnout contest. route66fest.com. Downtown Springfield, between Washington and Capitol streets and Fourth and Seventh streets. 217-553-5271.

Steam Show and Fall Festival
Sep. 23-25. Horse-powered equipment, antique tractors, gas and steam engines, bailing demonstrations, blacksmithing and more. Prairie Land Heritage Museum, Jacksonville, 1005 W. Michigan Ave., 217-243-7262.

Backyard Bash
Sep. 24, 6-10pm. Live music by the Brat Pack, food trucks, mechanical bull rides and liquor tastings. Must be 21 years old to attend. Benefits Ball-Chatham students and teachers for special classroom projects, educational field trips and innovative technology. Chatham Community Park, Chatham, 731 S. Main St.

Chatham Paws-a-Palooza & Kite up the Park
Sep. 25, 1-6:30pm. What could be more fun than pets and kites? Leashed-animal friendly and family friendly. Live bands, food, pet-themed vendors, a pet costume contest. Stunt kite demos, professional large show kites and community kite-flying. Chatham Community Park, Chatham, 731 S. Main St.

Route 66 5K Foot Race
Sep. 25, 7:30am. Get revved up to race during the Route 66 Mother Road Festival. Get cool swag and have an iconic experience running on the streets with the classic cars in the show. See the Facebook page for sign-up information. Old State Capitol Plaza, Washington Street between Fifth and Sixth streets, 217-553-7695.

Boo Crew Haunted House
Sep. 30. Open every Friday and Saturday night through October. Both the Trail of Lost Souls and the haunted house are back this year. Concessions available. Boo victims should be at least age 10, but matinee hours are available for youngsters. Box office opens at 6:30pm. Haunting begin around 7pm. Rain or shine. $25-$40, matinee hours $15 and $5 for children. Boo Crew Haunted House, Mechanicsburg, 11083 Buckhart Rd., 217-551-6969.

Buyer and Cellar
Sep. 30-Oct. 2. An outrageous comedy about the price of fame, the cost of things and the oddest of odd jobs. Alex More (played by Jacob Deters), a struggling actor in LA, will tell you all about it. Presented by Spencer Theatre Company. hcfta.org. $18-$20. Hoogland Center for the Arts, Theatre III, 420 S. 6th St., 523-2787.

Chatham Jaycees Oktoberfest
Sep. 30-Oct. 1, 5-11:30pm. Traditional(ish) Oktoberfest celebration with food, fun and German and American music. Chatham Community Park, Chatham, 731 S. Main St.

Holes in the Sky: The Sean Miller Story
Sep. 30, 8pm. In July of 2013 Sean Miller disappeared for four days. Seven years later a documentary film crew found out why. An award-winning found-footage abduction film. Free. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 217-523-2787.

OCTOBER

Alice Cooper
Oct. 1, 8pm. The Godfather of Shock Rock. BOS Center, 1 Convention Center Plaza, 800-745-3000.

Artisans & Antiques Market
Oct. 1, 9am-5pm. Acres of antiques and independent artisans, food trucks and a children's area. Former Benedictine University campus, 1500 N. Fifth St., 217-836-7671.

Bill Forness & One More Round
Oct. 1, 7pm. Celebrating the life and music of one of the most influential musicians of our time, Forness has mastered the essence of a real Johnny Cash performance. $25. Hoogland Center for the Arts LRS Theatre 1, 420 S. Sixth St., 217-523-2787.

Mineral, Fossil and Jewelry Show
Oct. 1-2. "Journey into the Jurassic," authentic props and memorabilia from the Jurassic Park movies. Mineral and jewelry dealers, demonstrators, exhibits, silent auction, concessions and kids' activities including spin-n-win, fossil dig and more. Seniors $1, adults $2, ages 12 and under free. Orr Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., 217-414-0033.

Taste of History
Oct. 1, 5-9pm. Explore some of Decatur's history sites, including Culver House, Governor Oglesby Mansion, Hieronymus Mueller Museum, James Millikin Homestead and Staley Museum. Refreshments available. Adults age 21 and up. All funds help support each history site. Call for ticket info. $40-$45. Hieronymus Mueller Museum, Decatur, 420 W. Eldorado St., 217-423-6161.

Walk to End Alzheimer's
Oct. 1, 8:30am. alz.org. Erin's Pavilion, Southwind Park, 4965 S. Second St., 217-585-2941.

Blessing of the Animals
Oct. 2, 3pm. This APL tradition marks the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and ecology. All animals are welcome and must be either on a leash or in a size-appropriate carrier at all times. apl-shelter.org. Animal Protective League, 1001 Taintor Rd., 217-544-7387.

Echoes of Yesteryear
Oct. 2, 12-4pm. A walk through Oak Ridge Cemetery. Actors in period costumes will tell personal stories of eight people who made significant contributions to our community. Last tour begins at 3:15pm. Refreshments available for purchase. Hosted by the Sangamon County Historical Society. Free. Oak Ridge Cemetery, 1441 Monument Ave., 217-525-1961.

Candlelight Walk
Oct. 7.The only opportunity to see the log cabin village at night. Period-clothed interpreters will be inside many of the log homes and shops to talk about life in 19th century Illinois. Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site, Petersburg, 15588 History Lane, 217-632-4000.

Cruise
Oct. 7, 4:30-8pm. All wheels are welcome. Cars, trucks, 4x4s, bikes, trikes whether vintage, restored, off-road, new or just plain unique. Hosted by Small Town Taylorville with the 40 M.P.H. Club. Taylorville Square, Taylorville, Washington St.

Full Moon Trail Run
Oct. 7, 7pm. A 3-mile night trail run and 1-mile family walk. Donations accepted. Presented by LRS, Inc. Register at GetMeRegistered.com. Free. Lewis Park and Trails, 399 S. Koke Mill Rd.

Soprano Diane Dietz
Oct. 7, 7pm. Part of the First Friday concert series. Free. Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 524 E. Lawrence Ave., 217-522-3342.

Terror on the Square
Oct. 7, 7-11pm. Every Friday and Saturday through Nov. 1. A terrifying haunted tour with mystifying illusions. Do you dare to step into the 1930s funeral home knowing that terror awaits? Go to terroronthesquare.com for details and tickets. $23. Terror on the Square, Petersburg, 119 S. Seventh St., 217-632-2731.

Youth Charity Horse Show
Oct. 7-9. Class sessions are 8am-10pm Friday and Saturday and 8am-6pm Sunday. The organization donates its annual proceeds to area charities. Free. Coliseum, Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 E. Sangamon Ave., 217-494-1215.

Boo Bark Party
Oct. 8, 11am-2pm. Canine costume contest, pumpkin decorating and vendors. Check with the APL for canine attendee guidelines. Admission. Proceeds benefit the APL. Stuart Park, Winch Lane (north of Jefferson), 217-544-7387.

Camp Out 4 Homeless Veterans
Oct. 8-9, 3pm. Participants seek sponsors to fund their campsite for the night and will camp in provided boxes. Contests, games, face painting, movies and more. Benefits Fifth Street Renaissance and SARA Center which provide support for homeless veterans in our community. $100.00 space rental. Edwards Place, Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St., 217-544-5040.

Carve for the Carillon
Oct. 8-9,11am-3pm. Scooped pumpkins will be ready for your creative carving. Bring your carving tools, family and friends. The carved pumpkins will be displayed at the following week's Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular. Rain or shine and while supplies last. Free. Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon, 1740 W. Fayette Ave., 217-546-3853.

Devon on Tap
Oct. 8, 11:30am-4pm. Craft beer and music festival. Samplings from regional breweries, food trucks, yard games and live music. See the Facebook event page for more information and tickets. $10-$75. The Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater, Decatur, 620 E. Riverside Dr., 217-619-8025.

Denim & Diamonds
Oct. 8, 6pm. Dinner, live and silent auctions and entertainment. The proceeds provide funds for cancer research and patient programs. Hosted by the Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU Medicine. Visit the website or call for ticket information. siumed.org/cancer. Crowne Plaza Springfield, 3000 S. Dirksen Pkwy., 217-545-2955.

Fall Harvest Festival
Oct. 8-9,10am-4pm. Visit the garden for artisan demonstrations and exhibits, children's activities, fairy house building, tree troll program, Art in the Garden, photo contest, music and entertainment. Admission $8. Children age 10 and under are free. Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 E. Lake Shore Dr., 217-529-1111.

Fantasy Meets Improv
Oct. 8, 8pm. If you like Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings or fantasy of any kind, you will love this improvised comedy show set in a fantasy realm. Games, special guest artists and a costume contest with prizes, and a giant 20-sided dice. Hoogland Center for the Arts Club Room, 420 S. Sixth St., 217-523-2787.

A Night Under the Stars
Oct. 8, 5-8pm. A night filled with fun, food, drink and music in the backyard of the Masters home. Live music by saxophonist George Caton and silent auction of local art, wine baskets and other items. Ticket includes appetizers and desserts. Bring a lawn chair and your adult beverages. Request tickets through the venue's Facebook page. Edgard Lee Masters Memorial Museum, Petersburg, Eighth and Jackson Streets.

Whinnie's Apple Fest
Oct. 8-9, 9am-6pm. Celebration of all things apple and fall in honor of Whinnie, the miniature horse. Get your photo taken with Whinnie and enjoy pumpkin painting. Free. Jefferies Orchard, 1016 Jefferies Rd., 217-487-7582.

Great Futures Gala
Oct. 13, 5-8:30pm. Enjoy live music, food, drinks, silent auction, live auction and fun. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Illinois. bgccil.org. Erin's Pavilion, Southwind Park, 4965 S. Second St., 217-585-2941.

Honoring Our Heritage Gala
Oct. 13, 6pm. Hosted by the Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum with a theme of Cooperative Economics - Strong Businesses and Entrepreneurship. Silent auction and reception at 6pm and dinner at 7pm. Adults $65, youth and college students $32. Northfield Inn, Suites and Conference Center, 3280 Northfield Dr., 217-523-7900.

Fall GAYla
Oct. 14, 5:30pm. The doors open at 5:30 for the cash bar, silent auction and time to catch up with friends. Dinner is at 6:45 followed by a short program and a live auction. $50. 217-528-5253.

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular
Oct. 14-15, 6:30-9:30pm. Featuring carillon music, lighting and sound effects, a unique Tree of Lights, food vendors and hundreds of illuminated Jack-O-Lanterns. Proceeds benefit the Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon. Adults $7-10, children age 4-11 $5-$7 and tots age 3 and under are free. Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon, 1740 W. Fayette Ave., 217-546-3853.

Kinky Boots the Musical
Oct. 14-16, Oct. 19-23, Oct. 26-30. A sizzling, high-spirited musical that is bound to put cheer in your heart. The Legacy Theatre, 101 E. Lawrence, 800-838-3006.

The Play that Goes Wrong
Oct. 14-16 and Oct. 21-23. Follow the antics of the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society, who are trying their very best to stage a production of a 1920s murder mystery, and watch as everything – well – goes wrong. hcfta.org. Seniors $18, adults $20. Springfield Theatre Centre, 420 S. Sixth St., 217-523-2787.

Virtuosic Voices
Oct. 14, 7:30-9:30pm. A performance by the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, joined by violinist Itamar Zorman and conducted by Rei Hotoda. The program includes selections from Kendall, Shostakovich, Strauss and J. Strauss II. . UIS Performing Arts Center, One University Plaza, 217-206-6160.

Oak Ridge Tree Tour
Oct. 15, 1-4pm. Some of the trees in the cemetery can be traced back to before Lincoln's time, while others have been propagated from historic and rare trees from around the temperate world. Walk a designated route, stopping to speak with guides who will identify some trees and their stories. Suitable for all ages. Follow the signs once inside the cemetery entrance. Oak Ridge Cemetery, 1441 Monument Ave., 217-789-2340.

"Print Matters" Show
Oct. 15-16, 12-4pm. Zines, comics and words on paper. Featuring works from regional and national artists. DIM Art House, 319 Chatham Rd.

Springfield Out of the Darkness Walk
Oct. 15, 2-3pm. Walk to promote mental health awareness and prevent suicide. Funds benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for research, education, advocacy and support. Help turn hope into action to save lives. Free, donations accepted. University of Illinois at Springfield, 1 University Plaza, 217-971-2658.

Whose Live Anyway?
Oct. 15. 8pm. Ninety minutes of hilarious improvised comedy and song are created before your eyes, all based on audience participation. $35-$69. UIS Performing Arts Center, One University Plaza, 217-206-6160.

M.A.P.S. Satellite Hotel Rock Show
Oct. 19-22. Show and sale. Where else can you find fossils, trilobites, dinosaur bones, agates/slabs and crinoids? Free. Northfield Inn, Suites and Conference Center, 3280 Northfield Dr., 513-869-0226.

World Ballet Series: Swan Lake
Oct. 19. A multinational cast of 50 professional ballet dancers gather to bring the most famous love story to life. See the iconic Dance of the Little Swans, count the 32 fouettés performed by the Odile and immerse yourself in magical Tchaikovsky's music. uis.pac. $35-$89. UIS Public Affairs Center (PAC), One University Plaza, 217-206-6073.

Prairieland Classic Cluster of Dog Shows
Oct. 20-23. AKC Conformation dog shows. Hundreds of dogs in four shows by the kennel clubs of Mattoon, Sandemac of Decatur, Champaign and Illinois Capitol of Springfield. Dog supply vendors. Free. Illinois State Fairgrounds Exposition Building, 801 Sangamon Ave., 217-621-5169.

Shoes, Brews & Biz
Oct. 20, 5-9pm. Sample horseshoes from area restaurants and caterers, taste wines and craft beers, visit the business expo and tour a private collection of cars and motorcycles. Hosted by the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce. Visit the website for ticket info. gscc.org. $25. LRS Hangar, 1200 Capital Airport Dr., 217-525-1173.

Expo XLIII: Lagersttte
Oct. 21-23, 8am-5pm. The world's largest fossil-only show. The. World's. Largest. Buy, sell, swap and display. Children's activities, silent auctions, programs and workshops. Sponsored by the Mid-America Paleontology Society. Free. midamericapaleo.org. Orr Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., 815-228-5083.

Fall Festival
Oct. 22. Smell the hardwood fires and listen to the 19th century sounds as period-clothed interpreters demonstrate daily tasks throughout the historic village such as candle dipping, soap making, blacksmithing, spinning wool, gardening, and natural dyeing. lincolnsnewsalem.com. Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site, Petersburg, 15588 History Lane, 217-632-4000.

Lincoln & African Americans in history and memory
Oct. 22, 6pm. Dig a little deeper into our history as professors Jonathan White, Matthew Norman and Fred Hord discuss the many African Americans of the Civil War era and their connection to Abraham Lincoln. Part of the 2022 Mary and James Beaumont Endowed Lincoln Legacy Lecture Series. University of Illinois at Springfield, Student Union, 1 University Plaza, 217-206-6073.

Autism Professional Awareness Symposium
Oct. 26, 6-9pm. Autism-friendly vendors and employers, focused presentations and breakout sessions, community educators, networking opportunities. Hosted by Innovation Autism. innovation-autism.org. Free. Erin's Pavilion, Southwind Park, 4965 S. Second St., 217-585-2941.

Eurydice
Oct. 28-29, Nov. 3-6. Sarah Ruhl's contemporary take on the myth of Orpheus focuses on the hero's beloved Eurydice, who, after dying on her wedding day, finds herself in a strange new land. ic.edu. $10. Illinois College Sibert Theatre, Jacksonville, McGaw Fine Arts Center, 217-245-3471.

Monster Mash Halloween Dance
Oct. 28, 7-9pm. Wear your costume and dance to the music to become a graveyard smash. Enjoy refreshments and treat bags. Hosted by the Springfield Park District. Erin's Pavilion, Southwind Park, 4965 S. Second St., 217-585-2941.

Zoolie Ghoulie
Oct. 28-29. Grab your little ghoulettes and goblins and have a wild time wandering through the zoo's spectacularly spooky Halloween scenes for some safe trick or treating. $5. Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Shore Dr., 217-585-1821.

Chili supper and Paw Paw Patch Bazaar
Oct. 30, 11am-5pm. Good food for a good cause. Chili, hot dog or corn bread, dessert and drink. Dine in, carry out or curbside service. Shop the bazaar and enter the raffle. The Animal Protective League mobile adoption unit will be onsite. All proceeds benefit the shelter animals. Purchase the tickets online or call. $10. Columbian Grand Hall Knights of Columbus 364, 2200 S. Meadowbrook Rd., 217-544-7387.

NOVEMBER

6x6 Art Raffle
Nov. 3-10. Visit the display of 6x6 art by local adult and youth artists and enter for a chance to win one. Winners will be announced during the in-person event on November 10 at 7:15pm. Chances to win can be purchased online or in person at $2 each. Free admission. Edwards Place, Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St., 217-523-2631.

Joe Bonamassa
Nov. 3, 8pm. Bonamassa has been hailed internationally as one of the greatest guitar players of his generation. uispac.com. $59-$149. UIS Performing Arts Center, One University Plaza, 217-206-6160.

Route 66 Film Festival
Nov. 4-14. The 21st Route 66 Film Festival, featuring independent films from around the world, will be online at filmfestivalflix.com. The awards ceremony will be held at the Hoogland Center for the Arts on Nov. 12. $10-$50. 217-494-1279.

Tenor Anthony Leon
Nov.4, 7pm. The Cuban and Colombian tenor is pursuing a Master of Music degree in vocal performance at New England Conservatory of Music. Free. Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 524 E. Lawrence Ave., 217-522-3342.

Weaving workshop
Nov. 4-6. For beginner and advanced weavers. Beginning weavers will be assisted with project choices. Fee based on the amount of prep work done by Jubilee Farm and the style of loom used. Visit the website for more information. jubileefarm.info. Jubilee Farm, 6760 Old Jacksonville Road, 217-787-6927.

Yesterday - The Beatles Tribute
Nov. 4, 7:30pm. Featuring some of the most finely written songs ever performed, this production is a spellbinding enactment of the best loved pop group in the history of modern music. $30. Hoogland Center for the Arts LRS Theatre 1, 420 S. Sixth St., 217-523-2787.

Fine Arts and Craft Fair
Nov. 5-6,10am-5pm. 13th Annual Hope for the Holidays featuring over 25 artists and vendors, plus raffle holiday baskets. Raffle proceeds benefit Hope Presbyterian Church's overseas mission funds and the local Springfield APL. Free. Hope Presbyterian Church, 2211 Wabash Ave., 217-546-6951.

Baubles, bakery, bric-a-brac, books & more
Nov. 6. Upscale market, home-baked goods, vintage and gently used books. Raffles for a gift basket, gift certificates and a Chef David Radwine-catered dinner for six people. Temple B'rith Sholom, 1004 S. Fourth St., 217-525-1360.

Evening of Stars Gala
Thu., Nov. 10, 5:30-8pm. Dinner and entertainment hosted by the Faith Coalition for the Common Good. Orr Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., 217-725-8047.

Fall trivia fundraiser
Nov. 11, 7pm. Bring dog or cat chow for the Animal Protective League's residents and receive up to 20 free raffle tickets. Bring your own snacks, but drinks must be purchased. $20 per person or table of 8-10 people $150. Columbian Grand Hall Knights of Columbus 364, 2200 S. Meadowbrook Rd., 217-787-2360.

Fun Home
Nov. 11-13. Based on an autobiographical graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes and learning to love and accept yourself. Springfield Theatre Centre, 420 S. Sixth St., 217-523-2787.

Hobnob Holiday Market
Nov. 11-12. Admission $10 Friday and $5 Saturday. Children 12 and under are free. Illinois State Fairgrounds Exposition Building, 801 Sangamon Ave., 217-782-6661.

Route 66 Film Festival Award Ceremony
Nov. 12, Celebrate the award-winning films with screenings, celebrity guests, door prizes and refreshments. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 217-523-2787.

Coin Show
Nov. 13, 9am-3pm. U.S. and foreign coins, ancient and modern coins, gold and silver bullion, state quarters and paper money. Over 70 dealer tables. Hosted by the Central Illinois Numismatic Association. Admission $1. Northfield Inn, Suites and Conference Center, 3280 Northfield Dr., 217-523-7900.

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas
Nov 15, 7:30pm. America's favorite holiday tradition for over 35 years. This year's show will feature classic Christmas hits and multimedia effects in an intimate setting. uispac.com. $19-$89. UIS Performing Arts Center, One University Plaza, 217-206-6160.

Breathtaking Beauty
Nov. 18, 7:30pm. Ibert Hommage à Mozart, Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4, Brahms Symphony No. 1. Call for ticket information. ilsymphony.org. UIS Performing Arts Center, One University Plaza, 217-206-6160.

John Mulaney: From Scratch
Nov. 20, 7pm. A two-time Emmy and WGA award-winning writer, actor and comedian. $55-$95. UIS Performing Arts Center, One University Plaza, 217-206-6160.

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