Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30pm. Ages 8 and older. Hosted by the Springfield Park District. Call for more information. Free. Erin's Pavilion, Southwind Park, 4965 S. Second St., 217-585-2941.
Illinois State Fair
Aug. 12-22. It's back. Entertainment, grandstand shows, midway, exhibits, agricultural shows and more. Admission. Visit the Facebook page for event updates. Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., 217-782-6661.
Illinois State Fair Parade Run
Thu., Aug. 12, 5pm. A 2-mile race. Register on the Springfield Road Runners Club website through Aug. 10, at the Springfield Running Center on Aug. 11 from 3:30-6pm or at the event on race day from 3:30-4:45pm. srrc.net. Village of Cultures, Illinois State Fairgrounds, 217-498-9842.
Illinois State Fair Twilight Parade
Thu., Aug. 12. Lineup begins at 4:15pm. Parade starts at 5:30pm. Lincoln Park, Fifth Street and Sangamon Avenue, 217-544-1751.
Virtual Star Parties
Thu., Aug. 12, 8:30pm. John Martin, UIS associate professor of astronomy/physics, will give tips for identifying planets and constellations and answer astronomy questions submitted live. Visit the website or call for more info. go.uis.edu/summerstarparties. 217-206-8342.
Decatur Airport 75th Anniversary Airshow
Aug. 14-15. Demonstration team, parachute team, aerobatics and other performers. Free. Decatur Airport, Decatur, 910 S. Airport Road.
Prairie Wind Flute Ensemble
Tue., Aug. 17, 12pm. Part of the Artist on the Plaza series sponsored by the Springfield Area Arts Council. 217-753-3519. Old State Capitol Plaza, between Sixth and Fifth streets at Adams.
Capital City Big Band
Thu., Aug. 19, 12pm. Part of the Artist on the Plaza series sponsored by the Springfield Area Arts Council. 217-753-3519. Old State Capitol Plaza, between Sixth and Fifth streets at Adams.
USAC Bettenhausen 100
Sat., Aug. 21, 1pm. Adults $25 or $30 day of race. Children 11 and under $10. Illinois State Fair Grandstand, 801 E. Sangamon Ave., 217-782-1979.
Sat., Aug. 21, 6:30pm. Skilled drivers smash and crash into one other until only one remains. Adults $20, children $5. Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 E Sangamon Ave, 217-782-6661.
Downtown open streets
Sat., Aug. 21, 10am-2pm. A family-friendly open streets event where bikes, trikes and rollerblades have the run of downtown on Fourth and Fifth streets between Capitol Avenue and Edwards Street. 217-544-1723.
Fri., Aug. 27, 5:45-9:30pm. 5k run/walk for glowing fun. Music, glow stations and activities after the race. All ages are welcome. All proceeds will benefit the YMCA Strong Kids scholarship fund. Register on the website springfieldymca.org. Southwind Park, 4965 S. Second St., 217-753-0702.
Fri., Aug. 27, 8:30pm. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and snacks. Social distancing and masks are encouraged. Part of the library's Cinema Under the Stars series. Chatham Area Public Library, Chatham, 600 E. Spruce, 217-483-2713.
Raya and the Last Dragon
Fri., Aug. 27. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Film begins at dusk. Part of the Movie in the Park Series. springfieldparks.org. Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Shore Dr., 217-585-1821.
Riverton/Spaulding Fall Festival
Sat., Aug. 28, 4:30-10pm. Music provided by Schroeder's DJ Service. Fireworks at dusk. Food, kids' activities and more. Field of Dreams, Riverton, 6237-6269 Riverton Road.
Sat., Aug. 28, 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 Road, 217-544-7387.
Cool Cruisers Cruise-In
Sat., Aug. 28, 5:30pm. Slick back your hair and listen to your favorite oldies. Put on your poodle skirt and bobby socks and have some fun. Don't have a car? Come anyway. It's a gas, man. Knights of Columbus Hall Council 4175, 2801 West St., 217-528-5740.
Tue., Aug. 31. A family art exhibition. Each painting, print and sculpture includes observation and discussion prompts to spark curiosity and engaging dialog for visitors of all ages. The exhibit is designed to provide an opportunity to exercise the skills needed to look at and discuss art. Online. illinoisstatemuseum.org. Free. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., 217-782-7386.
Springfield Mile 1 and 2
Sep. 4-5. World's fastest dirt track. $35 in advance, $45 week of the race. springfieldmile.org. Illinois State Fair Grandstand, 801 E. Sangamon Ave., 217-632-0277.
"Negro League Beisbol"
Sep. 4-Oct. 30. Open during normal museum hours. This traveling exhibit was developed to honor and explore the connections of African American baseball history with Hispanic cultures, communities and countries. The exhibit features profiles of significant baseball players, a timeline of American and Hispanic baseball history and detailed baseball histories of several countries and local players. spiaahm.org. Free. Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum, 1440 Monument Ave., 217-391-6323.
Vehicle Show & Swap Meet
Sat., Sep. 11, 7am-4pm. See some of the finest antique and classic vehicles and also sports cars, motorcycles, trucks and tractors. Held rain or shine. Spectators and vendors are free. Contestants $10. Downtown Springfield, Second and Monroe streets, 217-557-7220.
Sep. 11-12. A juried fine art and craft fair, ranked by Sunshine Artist Magazine as one of The Best 200 Art Fairs in the United States every year from 2015 to 2020. Free. Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon, 1740 W. Fayette Ave., 217-546-3853.
Marbold Heritage Festival
Sep. 11-12. Historical portrayals of Mary Todd Lincoln and her dressmaker/confidante Elizabeth Keckley on Saturday. Civil War presentations both days. Antiques, artisans, children's activities and food. On Sunday, homemade pies will be available. $5 ages 14 and up, $3 for ages 6 to 13 and free for ages 5 and under. Historic Marbold Farmstead, Greenview, 21722 State Hwy 29.
Sat., Sep. 18, 1-6:30pm. Leashed-animal friendly. Promoting dog adoptions and animal welfare. Food and drinks, live music, pet-themed vendors, pet costume contest and interactive canine demonstrations. $5. Chatham Community Park, Chatham, 731 S. Main St.
Sep. 18-19, 9am-4pm. Music, food, children's activities, crafts, artisans, reenactments and tours. Clayville Historic Site, Pleasant Plains, Route 125, 217-481-4430.
Edwards Place Fine Art Fair
Sep. 18-19. Shop over 70 different art vendors, take tours of Edwards Place Historic Home and join in other fun family activities. springfieldart.org. Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St., 217-523-2631.
International Route 66 Mother Road Festival
Sep. 24-26. Celebrating 20 years, this festival brings street machines, muscle cars and hot rod enthusiasts to historic downtown Springfield for an incredible weekend of family entertainment. Downtown Springfield, between Washington and Capitol streets and Fourth and Seventh streets. route66fest.com. 217-789-2360.
Boo Crew Haunted House
Open every Friday and Saturday night through October. Both the Trail of Lost Souls and the haunted house are back this year. Recommended for ages 10 and over. Box office opens at 6:30pm. Haunting begins around 7pm. Rain or shine. Admission $20 or $35 VIP. Boo Crew Haunted House, Mechanicsburg, 11083 Buckhart Road, 217-551-6969.
Sat., Oct. 9. A unique ceramic raku fundraiser event. Glaze a pot, fire it in an outdoor kiln and then it is ready to take home. Enjoy the fire, food and live music. Admission $20 or $30 with a pot, children 12 and under $15. All prices increase $5 on the day of event. springfieldart.org. Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St., 217-523-2631.
Fall Harvest Festival
Oct. 9-10. All your favorite fall activities, plus scarecrow building. Visit lincolnmemorialgarden.org. Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 E. Lake Shore Dr., 217-529-1111.
#IMOMSOHARD: The Getaway Tour
Thu., Oct. 21, 7pm. #IMOMSOHARD began as a popular web series by real-life best friends, comedians and moms, Kristin and Jen. The phenomenon that they created has since been nabbed for development by Warner Brothers TV. $49-$60. UIS Performing Arts Center, One University Plaza, 217-206-6160.
Sat., Oct. 23, 10am-4pm. Period-clothed interpreters will demonstrate daily tasks such as dipping candles, making soap, baskets and brooms, spinning wool and gardening. Step into the tavern cellar to see how fruits and vegetables were preserved during the winter. lincolnsnewsalem.com. Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site, Petersburg, 15588 History Lane, 217-632-4000.
Sat., Oct. 23, 7pm. This family-friendly show will feature head-to-head cooking demonstrations and fun (sometimes messy) challenges with past MasterChef & MasterChef Junior contestants, and an overall immersive audience experience fun for all ages. $39-$99. UIS Performing Arts Center, One University Plaza, 217-206-6160.
Old Capitol Holiday Walks
Mid-November through mid-December. Downtown Springfield Inc. presents the annual Old Capitol Holiday Walks with a variety of special events each weekend throughout the holiday season. downtownspringfield.org. 217-544-1723.