click to enlarge Knights Action Park
Knights Action Park

ONGOING

Spring seedling sale Mon.-Sat., 9am-2pm. Vegetable, herb and flower seedlings grown from organic seeds and without chemicals. Sale continues while seedlings last. Jubilee Farm, 6760 Old Jacksonville Road, 217-787-6927.

Litchfield Pickers Market June 12, 9am-3pm and the second Sunday of each month through October. Vintage items, antiques and collectibles. Live music and food vendors. Downtown Litchfield, 400 N. State St., 866-733-5833.

Jungle Explorer Mondays June 6-July 18. Ages 3-5. Explore the jungle, desert and rainforest through stories, art and songs. $60-$70. Washington Park, 1501 S. Grand Ave. W., 217-544-1751.

Preschool Summer Fun Camp Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 7-July 19. Ages 3-5. Art projects, music and movement, snacks and outdoor play. $93-$113. Washington Park, 1501 S. Grand Ave. W., 217-546-3970.

Springfield Municipal Band Tuesdays, June 7-August 9, 7:30pm. Free. Duncan Park, 400 N. MacArthur Blvd.

The Illinois Freedom Project Tuesday-Saturday weekly, 10am-4pm. This exhibit tells the story of Illinois' long fight for freedom from slavery. It is on loan from the National Park Service. Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum, 1440 Monument Ave., 217-391-6323.

Bike tours Wednesdays, June 8-August 3. Five-mile tours at 10am. Eight-mile tours at 1pm. Ride your own bicycle on a guided, neighborhood-style ride going by the Dana-Thomas House, first Black firehouse, Lincoln's Home, Old State Capitol, Lincoln Tomb and others. Information provided at each site. Helmets required. A water bottle is recommended. Dana-Thomas House, 301 E. Lawrence Ave., 217-782-6776.

Happily Ever After? Wednesdays, June 8-August 3, 1:30-2pm. Hear excerpts from historic love letters from the 19th and early 20th centuries, read lines from love poems written by Springfield poets, find out which couples lived happily ever after and which stories ended in tragedy. Part of History Comes Alive. Free (donations accepted). Old State Capitol, 1 Old State Capitol Plaza, 217-789-2360.

Military History Hike Wednesdays, June 8-August 3, 1:30-2pm. Visit the graves of both significant historical figures and individuals whose stories have been forgotten over time. Expect to walk on hills, stairs and on uneven and unpaved surfaces. Appropriate footwear and bottled water suggested. Reservations strongly recommended. Free. Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site, 1500 Monument Ave., 217-785-7960.

A Personal Side of the Civil War Wednesdays, June 8-August 3, 11-11:30am. Learn what pre-Civil War and Civil War-era correspondence reveals about the correspondents and how the war affected their personal relationships. Part of the History Comes Alive program. Free (donations accepted). Lincoln-Herndon Law Office, 112 N. Sixth St.

Underground Railroad Walking Tour Wednesdays, June 8-August 3, 1-1:45pm Explores several locations in Springfield that have significance to the Underground Railroad, such as the Old State Capitol and the Lincoln Home neighborhood, plus other lesser-known locations. Part of History Comes Alive. Free. Lincoln Home National Historic Site, 413 S. Eighth St., 217-524-3971.

Healing Crystal Bowls Meditation First Thursday of each month, 6-8pm. Soothing, healing vibrations, sending harmony, peace and balance into our community and world. Bring a mat to relax on the floor, if you choose. $15 love offering is suggested, but not required. Unity of Springfield, 417 Cordelia, 523-5897.

Drumming Circle Third Thursday of each month, 6-8pm. Bring your instruments and zeal and join in. Love offering. Unity of Springfield, 417 Cordelia, 217-523-5897.

Black History Hike Thursdays, June 9-August 4, 1-2:30pm. Highlights Block 5, a section of the cemetery originally set aside for Springfield's African American residents. Involves walking up and down hills, stairs and on uneven and unpaved surfaces. Appropriate footwear and bottled water suggested. Reservations strongly recommended. Free. Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site, 1500 Monument Ave., 217-785-7960.

Civil War medicine Thursdays, June 9-August 4, 11-11:30am. A look at the ever-changing world of medicine and how the Civil War became a backdrop of leading-edge techniques and theory. Ambulances, triage, amputations and more. 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.

click to enlarge Old Capitol Farmers Market May 28, 8am-1pm, every Saturday and Wednesday
Old Capitol Farmers Market May 28, 8am-1pm, every Saturday and Wednesday

Design like Frank Lloyd Wright Thursdays, June 9-August 4, 2-3:30pm. A drawing/walking tour. Develop an understanding of the basic principles of organic architecture and learn to design like Frank Lloyd Wright. Drawing supplies available. Tour includes only site exteriors. Donations welcome. Free. Dana-Thomas House, 301 E. Lawrence Ave., 217-782-6776.

Meet a boy in blue Thursdays, June 9-August 4, 3-3:30pm. The life of a Union soldier during the Civil War. Uniform, campfires and day-to-day life. Part of History Comes Alive. Hosted by the Dept. of Natural Resources. Visit the website for more information. Free. Old State Capitol, 1 Old State Capitol Plaza, 217-785-9363.

Race Riot Walking Tour Thursdays and Saturdays, June 9 August 6, 10-11am. The lives of many African Americans were turned upside down by the 1908 Race Riot. This hour-long walking tour will discuss a portion of the devastating riot. 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.

Sangamon Watercolor Society Exhibition First Friday of each month, 5-8pm. Enjoy artist demonstrations and refreshments. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 217-523-2787.

Preschool "Super Hero to the Rescue" Fridays, June 10-July 15. Ages 3-5. Learn to fly and get a superhero name. $60-$70. Washington Park, 1501 S. Grand Ave. W., 217-544-1751.

Getting a tour in "Edgewise" Fridays, June 3-June 24, 11am-12pm. An interactive art and history experience. How have Illinoisans from marginalized groups gotten a word in edgewise? Learn the stories of everyday people doing extraordinary things. Part of the History Comes Alive summer series. illinoisstatemuseum.org. Free. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., 217-782-6044.

Ice cream social with the Lincolns Fridays, June 3-Aug. 5, 2:30-3:30pm. Enjoy ice cream with the Lincolns as they visit Mrs. Helen Edwards at her Italianate home. The Springfield Municipal Band will provide the afternoon's entertainment. Part of History Comes Alive. Edwards Place, Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St., 217-523-2631.

Family story time on Lincoln's Lawn Fridays, June 3-July 28, 10:30-11am. Sun-soaked stories, songs and movement. Read, write, talk, sing and play. Children must be accompanied by an adult. In case of rain, the event will take place in Lincoln Library. Free. Lincoln Home National Historic Site, 413 S. Eighth St., 217-753-4900.

Lincoln's Friends Hike Fridays, June 3-Aug. 7, 1-2:30pm. Walking tour visiting the graves of Mary Lincoln's sisters and Abraham Lincoln's law partners. Involves walking up and down hills, stairs and on uneven and unpaved surfaces. Appropriate footwear and bottled water suggested. Reservations strongly recommended. Free. Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site, 1500 Monument Ave., 217-785-7960.

Women's History Walking Tour Fridays, June 3-Aug. 5, 2-3pm. "Building a Better World." Follow the path of Illinois suffragists who paved the way for a better future. This 1.5-mile walking tour begins at the Dana-Thomas House and concludes at the Illinois State Capitol, including only site exteriors. Reservations required. Free (donations accepted). Dana-Thomas House, 301 E. Lawrence Ave., 217-782-6776.

History Comes Alive Saturdays, June 4-August, 1:30pm. A weekly presentation series that delves into our past. Visit the website for up-to-date schedule information. spiaahm.org. Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum, 1440 Monument Ave., 217-391-6323.

Old Capitol Farmers Market Saturdays and Wednesdays May 28-October, 8am-1pm. 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.

MAY

Sigma Gamma Rho Exhibit Through May 31. Celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the sorority. Highlights notable members of the local chapter, and includes unique keepsakes and memorabilia. spiaahm.org. Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum, 1440 Monument Ave., 217-391-6323.

Disney's Descendants: The Musical May 27-29. The Hoogland Teens and Kids are back. Based on the popular Disney Channel Original Movies, featuring the beloved characters and hit songs from the films. hcfta.org. $16. Hoogland Center for the Arts LRS Theatre 1, 420 S. Sixth St., 217-523-2787.

click to enlarge SAA Open House and Make Truck Reveal June 4, Edwards Place
SAA Open House and Make Truck Reveal June 4, Edwards Place

The Laramie Project May 27-29. This play is based on a true story about Matthew Shepard and includes strong language and mature content that some may find upsetting, including descriptions of homophobia, violence and death. hcfta.org. $20. Hoogland Center for the Arts, Theatre III, 420 S. 6th St., 523-2787.

Memorial Day Celebration May 27, 11:30am. Patriotic performance by the Tip Top Tappers. Senior Services of Central Illinois, 701 W. Mason St., 217-528-4035.

"NOIR: The Migration" May 27-Sep. 3. A showcase of art depicting the migration of Black Americans. Co-curated by national artists Michelle Smith and Kas King. illinoisstatemuseum.org. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., 217-782-7386.

Policy Breakfast May 27, 8am. "State of the State," with speakers Sen. Doris Turner and Sen. Steve McClure and moderator Dr. Beverly Bunch. Coffee reception at 7:30 a.m. before the program. Hoogland Center for the Arts Club Room, 420 S. Sixth St., 217-523-2787.

The Spongebob Musical May 27-29 and June 1-5, 8:30pm. SpongeBob, Patrick, Sandy, Squidward and all of Bikini Bottom face total annihilation, until a most unexpected hero rises to take center stage. Reserved seating $20. Lawn seating $13. Children 5 and under are free on the lawn. For tickets, call 314-534-1111 or visit metrotix.com. The Muni, 815 E. Lake Dr., 217-793-MUNI.

Capital City Biathlon and 5K May 28, 8am. Danenberger Family Vineyards, New Berlin, 12341 Irish Road, 217-488-6321.

Local First Spring Fling May 28, 5-7pm. Fun, prizes, vendors and networking. Catered by Cured Catering. Local beer and wine. MASCO Packaging & Industrial Supply, 290 W. North St., 217-744-0339.

Burger Bash May 29, 4-10pm. Music by Broken Stone. Prop Club, 264 Maple Grove Lane, 529-4901.

A Most Memorable Memorial Day May 29-30. Dr. Mark DePue will give a presentation Sunday at the Elks Club at 2pm, followed by a memorial ceremony at Legacy Plaza at Illinois College. Hamilton's will host an Interfaith Prayer Breakfast at 8am Monday, followed by the "Rededication of the Morgan," County Vietnam Memorial, accompanied by the Jacksonville Community Band, at Nichols Park at 2pm. Call 904-314-0169 for more info and breakfast reservations. Jacksonville.

Memorial Day Ceremony May 30, 2pm. A holiday observance ceremony and a performance by the Springfield Municipal Band. Camp Butler National Cemetery, 5063 Camp Butler Road, 217-492-4070.

JUNE

Region XI Arabian and Half Arabian Championship Show June 1-5. A showcase for the horse breed preferred by so many distance riders. Region XI is comprised of 16 clubs in Illinois, Iowa and Missouri. aha11.com. Free. Coliseum, Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 E. Sangamon Ave.

Holocaust History and Survivor Testimony June 2, 7pm. Presented by Christopher Browning as part of the "For the People" speaker series. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, 212 N. Sixth St., 217-558-8844.

International Carillon Festival June 2-5. One of the world's most important and prestigious carillon events, the festival has an unsurpassed tradition of presenting the finest carillonneurs from around the world. carillon-rees.org. Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon, 1740 W. Fayette Ave., 217-546-3853.

An Officer and a Gentleman June 2, 7:30pm. A sweeping romance that lifts you up where you belong. $24-$89. UIS Performing Arts Center, One University Plaza, 217-206-6160.

Soul Message Band June 2, 6pm. Band members Chris Foreman, a Chicago-based and nationally celebrated Hammond B3 jazz organist, drummer Greg Rockingham, aka "The Rock," and Chicago veteran guitarist, Lee Rothenberg, will kick off this year's Levitt AMP Springfield Music Series. Y Block, Fourth and Jackson streets, 217-753-3519.

42 June 3. The inspirational true story of Jackie Robinson and how he became the first African American baseball player allowed to play in the major leagues. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Part of the Movies in the Park series. Begins at sunset. Free. Robin Roberts Stadium, 1415 N. Grand Ave. E., 217-753-0700.

Antique show and sale June 3-5. Quality antiques, art and fine collectibles such as furniture, jewelry, silver and rare antiques. Silent auction and on-site repair for crystal, costume jewelry and furniture. Ages 13 and older $7. Admission is good for all three days. Orr Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., 217-725-8047.

Artist on the Plaza June 3, 12-1pm. Singer-songwriter Tom Irwin. Sponsored by the Springfield Area Arts Council. Free. Old State Capitol Plaza, between Sixth and Fifth streets at Adams.

"Dissonant Harmony: A Life in Art" opening reception June 3, 5:30-7:30pm. A retrospective exhibition by Sally Elliott, a Boulder, Colorado, painter with an illustrious career spanning over 40 years. Refreshments provided. Exhibit runs through July 9. Free. M.G. Nelson Family Gallery, 700 N. Fourth St., 217-523-2631.

"ENERGY" exhibition opening June 3-4, 6:30-9:30pm. Music by Mark Russillo and Ocean State Quartet. Refreshments. The Pharmacy Gallery and Art Space, 623 E. Adams St., 801-810-9278.

click to enlarge Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience July 7, Levitt AMP Springfield Music Series
Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience July 7, Levitt AMP Springfield Music Series

Heritage Days Summerfest June 3-6. Food, beer, activities for kids and live music. Little Flower School, 900 Stevenson Dr., 217-529-4511.

Celebration and home tours June 3-5. The Be Lovely Home provides housing and employment for women recovering from lives of addiction and poverty. It has been uniquely and beautifully painted and decorated by women in the program. Tours $10 or $33 with a celebration shirt. woodenitbelovely.love. Be Lovely Home, 801 South Grand Ave., 217-606-5307.

The Houses They Built June 3, 10-10:45am. With stops at the Dana-Thomas Home, the Executive Mansion and the Lincoln Home neighborhood, you will learn about the architects and builders who created the famous homes, the people who lived in them and their significance to the city. Visit the Dept. of Natural Resources website for more information. Free. Dana-Thomas House, 301 E. Lawrence Ave., 217-524-3971.

Jungle Cruise June 3, 7-9pm. A doctor and a skipper search for an ancient tree that holds the power to heal – a discovery that will change the future of medicine. Free refreshments. Coolers allowed. Lawn chairs suggested. Free. Sherman Village Park Amphitheater, 1200 Rail Fence Drive, 217-496-2621.

Legacy of Giving Music Festival June 3-4. The largest party of the year. Over 60 bands on five stages. Two days of music, arts, crafts, kid's entertainment, food trucks and sporting events, and 100% of proceeds go to local charities. logfest.org. Old State Capitol Plaza, between Sixth and Fifth streets at Adams. 217-361-5678.

The Night Alive June 3, 7pm. According to playwright Conor McPherson, this is a play about a collective dream of what it's like to be alive in the world. Not suitable for children. hcfta.org. $18-$20. Hoogland Center for the Arts, Theatre III, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.

8K Trail Race June 4, 7:30am. Race over the scenic trails and pathways of the historic garden, along the trails next to Lake Springfield and throughout the Ostermeier Prairie Center grounds. Kids can participate in a Fun Run for $5. No race-day registration. $35. Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 E. Lake Shore Dr., 217-529-1111.

APL's Donuts and Dogs June 4, 9am-12pm. Tighten up those laces and leash up your pooch. Run, walk or participate virtually. Massages and treats for dogs and humans, free activities and vendors. Donuts by Mel-O-Cream. Register by June 2. No on-site registration. $30 and $15 children under 12. Southwind Park, 4965 S. Second St., 217-753-0702.

An Evening with Armando June 4, 8pm. Join Capital City Improv for an evening of comedy made up on the spot from just a single suggestion. hcfta.org. $15. Hoogland Center for the Arts Club Room, 420 S. Sixth St., 217-523-2787.

Jacksonville Kiwanis BBQ Bragging Rights June 4. The much-anticipated annual cook-off. Morgan County Fairgrounds, Jacksonville, 110 N. Westgate, 217-245-7171.

Prairie Days June 4, 1-4pm. Bird banding and hourly tours. Outdoor activities and events for the whole family. Learn about Friends of Sangamon Valley membership. Nipper Wildlife Sanctuary, Loami, 9560 Withers Road. 217-525-1410.

SAA Open House and Make Truck Reveal June 4, 1-4pm. Learn about summer classes, visit the Sally Elliott exhibition, tour Edwards Place, and see the reveal of the long-awaited Make Truck, a studio on wheels from which a free project will be available. Open to the public. springfieldart.org. Free. Edwards Place, Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St., 217-523-2631.

Springfield Municipal Band June 4, 10am. Part of History Comes Alive. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, 112 N. Sixth St., 217-558-8844.

Summer Bash June 4. Blue Ridge Club, 411 E. Lake Shore Dr., 217-529-1431.

The Peeks and John Eddy June 5, 6pm. Part of the Concerts in the Park series hosted by the Pilot Club of Jacksonville. Jacksonville Community Park, Jacksonville, 1201 S. Main.

Sleeping Beauty Fairy Tale Dance Camp June 6-10, 9am-12pm. Dance class, arts and crafts, storybook time, snacks and dances choreographed for a presentation. Ages 4-6 years old. Space is limited. Register at springfieldballetco.com. $155. Springfield Ballet Company, 401 E. Washington St., 217-544-1967.

Springfield School District Desegregation Plan June 6, 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.

Camp Courage June 6-9, 9am-3pm. Presented by Springfield Youth Performance Group. Ages 5-13. Cost includes crafts, special guests, team-building and confidence-boosting activities and lots of fun dancers. Each camper will receive a T-shirt. $125. Grant Conservatory of Music and Dance, 501 W. Elliott Ave., 217-553-4475.

Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show June 8, 7:30-9:30pm. A powerful and stirring reinvention of this favorite, celebrated the world over for its award-winning score and thrilling energy. $45-$65. UIS Performing Arts Center, One University Plaza, 217-206-6160.

Free shred event June 9, 9-11am. Bring up to five bags or boxes of your sensitive documents to shred on site until the truck is full. Donations accepted for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois. Free. INB, 2849 S. Sixth St., 217-747-5500.

The Heavy Hours June 9, 6-8:30pm. Four friends from Cincinnati, Ohio, bring their distinctive strain of warm-hearted, open-armed alternative rock. Part of the Levitt AMP Springfield Music Series. Free Y Block, Fourth and Jackson streets, 217-544-1723.

National Convention and Truck Show June 9-11. Presented by the American Truck Historical Society. Three full days of shows, presentations, vendor expos, trucking stories and truck history. This is probably a good place to find out what a smoky in a plain brown wrapper is. Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., 217-782-6661.

Pawnee Prairie Days June 9-11. Carnival, gospel music by The Gibson Girls, vendors, food, pageant, live music by UNCHAiNED and BUK. Pawnee Prairie Days, Pawnee, Pawnee Square, 971-6110.

Sunny days ahead family drop-in June 9, 10:30am-2pm. Harness sunlight for art, make giant bubbles, create a shape mural on the museum porch and more. illinoisstatemuseum.org. Free. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., 217-782-6044.

Aqua Fest June 10-11. Aqua Sports Club, 1 Club Area, 217-529-2431.

Artist on the Plaza June 10, 12-1pm. Dennis Darling. Sponsored by the Springfield Area Arts Council. Free. Old State Capitol Plaza, between Sixth and Fifth streets at Adams.

A Little Princess June 10-12. A story of a little rich girl, Sara Crewe, and her struggle to survive in a London boarding school during World War II. theatreinthepark.net. Adults $15, seniors $13, children under 12 $10. Theatre in the Park, Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site, Petersburg, 15588 History Lane, 217-632-5440.

Friends of Lincoln Library book sale June 11, 10am-2pm. All categories of books, plus CDs, DVDs and record albums. lincolnlibrary.info. Lincoln Library, 326 S. Seventh St., 217-753-4900 ext. 5602.

House that Madigan Built reading June 11, 11:30am-1:30pm. Author Ray Long will sign copies of his book. Charlie Wheeler will join him for a discussion at 12:30pm. Books on the Square, 427 E. Washington St., 217-965-5443.

RockHouse and Resurrection June 11, 6-10pm. $10. Ages 18 and under free. Sherman Village Park Amphitheater, 1200 Rail Fence Drive, 217-496-2621.

Springfield Municipal Band June 11, 10am. Part of History Comes Alive. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, 112 N. Sixth St., 217-558-8844.

Land of Lincoln Chorus June 12, 6pm. Part of the Concerts in the Park series hosted by the Pilot Club of Jacksonville. Jacksonville Community Park, Jacksonville, 1201 S. Main.

Music of Mancini June 12, 3pm. Starring Jukebox Saturday Night. hcfta.org. $32. Hoogland Center for the Arts LRS Theatre 1, 420 S. Sixth St., 217-523-2787.

Cinderella Fairy Tale Dance Camp June 13-17, 9am-12pm. Dance class, arts and crafts, storybook time, snacks and dances choreographed for a presentation. Ages 4-6 years old. Space is limited. Register at springfieldballetco.com. $155.00. Springfield Ballet Company, 401 E. Washington St., 217-544-1967.

Nature Builders Summer Camp June 13-17. Ages 6-8. Campers will explore the world of natural engineering, build homes for backyard critters, complete nature-based STEM challenges and get creative with art inspired by our world. Register by June 1. $165-$195. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., 217-782-6044.

Summer Camp June 13-17, 9am-3pm. Learn from your past and create your own future. Outdoor games, costumes and characters, arts and crafts. To register, visit the website or visit the museum. spiaahm.org. Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum, 1440 Monument Ave., 217-391-6323.

Midwest Charity Horse Show June 14-18. One of the finest United States Equestrian Federation equine competitions in the country. Featuring American Saddlebreds, Hackney Ponies, Roadster, Arabian and Morgan horses, and more. Performances held daily at 10:30am and 6:30pm. midwestcharity.com. Free. Coliseum, Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 E. Sangamon Ave., 217-414-1900.

Sangamon County Fair June 15-19. A classic Midwestern county fair with livestock shows, a queen contest, midway and top-notch grandstand entertainment with Chris Janson and Collective Soul. sangcofair.com. Sangamon County Fairgrounds, New Berlin, 316 W. Birch St., 488-2685.

Natu Camara June 16, 6pm. This Ivory Coast-born singer has flipped her musical equation as she is now a New Yorker playing music steeped in Afro-pop. Part of the Levitt AMP Springfield Music Series, this show kicks off weekend festivities for Juneteenth. Y Block, Fourth and Jackson streets, 217-753-3519.

click to enlarge Central Illinois Daylily Society Plant Sale Aug. 6, 12-3pm, Washington Park
Central Illinois Daylily Society Plant Sale Aug. 6, 12-3pm, Washington Park

Artist on the Plaza June 17, 12-1pm. Springfield Dance. Sponsored by the Springfield Area Arts Council. Free. Old State Capitol Plaza, between Sixth and Fifth streets at Adams.

One Drop Redemption June 17, 7:30pm. The ultimate Bob Marley experience. $15-$50. BOS Center, 1 Convention Center Plaza, 800-745-3000.

Ragtime the Musical June 17-19 and June 22-26. 8:30pm. An epic that captures the American experience of three diverse families and follows them as their lives intertwine at the turn of the 20th century. Reserved seating $20. Lawn seating $13. Children 5 and under are free on the lawn. 314-534-1111. metrotix.com. The Muni, 815 E. Lake Dr., 217-793-MUNI.

Space Jam June 17. A group of aliens arrive in Loony Tune world and challenge the inhabitants to a battle for the ownership of that world. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Part of the Movies in the Park series. Begins at sunset. Free. Comer Cox Park, Capitol Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, 217-544-1751.

The Absolute Best Friggin' Time of Your Life June 18. The Second City comedy troupe. Witness the next generation of comedy superstars put their spin on the legendary comedy company's greatest hits. $32. Hoogland Center for the Arts LRS Theatre 1, 420 S. Sixth St., 217-523-2787.

Chicken Fry June 8, 5pm. Firefighters-Postal Lake Club, 940 W. Lake Shore Dr., 217-622-0099.

History Happy Hour - Wild Turkey June 18, 7pm. Tickets include five drink tastings, snacks and desserts, and an informative and fun program. Sarah Adams will discuss the history of Wild Turkey bourbon, and Kentucky native/bourbon connoisseur, Dr. Nathan Steele, will serve as your tasting guide. edwardsplace.org. $35 or $30 for members. Edwards Place, Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St., 217-523-2631.

IITPA Truck and Tractor Pulls June 18, 6pm. $15. Sangamon County Fairgrounds, New Berlin, 316 W. Birch St., 217-488-2685.

Juneteenth Celebration Weekend June 18-19. A community-wide celebration with a variety of family friendly events, music and special displays at area museums. Find more information on the Juneteenth Inc. Springfield, IL Facebook page. 217-572-0234.

Lewis Solstice Celebration June 18, 4-7pm. A summer celebration and fundraiser to repair the trail bridges at the park. Live music, food truck, Bags for Bridges (cornhole) tournament and family fun for all. Check out the park and what it has to offer. Visit the Facebook page for more information. Lewis Park and Trails, 399 S. Koke Mill Road.

Rob Schneider June 18, 9pm. Former SNL cast member and accomplished comedian, actor and director. $35. Boondocks, 2909 N. Dirksen Parkway.

Spring Coin Show June 18, 9am-3pm. U.S. and world coins and currency. Gold and silver bullion, American eagles. Error and variety coins. Free admission, free parking, food available on site. Treasure chest of world coins free for kids. Free. Lincoln Park District, Lincoln, 1400 Primm Road, 217-732-3464.

Summer Frolic June 18, 10am-4pm. Celebrate frontier heritage with period-clothed interpreters demonstrating throughout the historic village. Demonstrations include blacksmithing, coopering, weaving, cooking, period games and more. Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site, Petersburg, 15588 History Lane, 217-632-4000.

Demolition Derby June 19, 4pm. $15. Sangamon County Fairgrounds, New Berlin, 316 W. Birch St., 488-2685.

Juneteenth Gala June 19, 6pm. Featuring singer/songwriter, producer and actress Terisa Griffin and stand-up comedic artist Kevin D. Williams. Dinner, music and vendors. $60. Tickets available on Eventbrite or at Union Baptist Church. Wyndham at Springfield City Centre, 700 E. Adams St., 217-741-7072.

Paul Summers June 19, 6pm. Part of the Concerts in the Park series hosted by the Pilot Club of Jacksonville. Jacksonville Community Park, Jacksonville, 1201 S. Main.

Springfield Municipal Band June 19, 7pm. Free. Duncan Park, 400 N. MacArthur Blvd.

Beauty & the Beast Fairy Tale Dance Camp June 20-24, 9am-12pm. Dance class, arts and crafts, storybook time, snacks and dances choreographed for a presentation. Ages 4-6 years old. Space is limited. Register at springfieldballetco.com. $155.00. Springfield Ballet Company, 401 E. Washington St., 217-544-1967.

Abraham Lincoln Association Birthday Banquet June 21. Reception at 6pm and dinner at 7pm. To observe the 213th birthday of Lincoln. Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, Jon Meacham, will be the featured speaker. Tickets are $95 and can be obtained online at abrahamlincolnassociation.org or by calling 217-546-2656. President Abraham Lincoln Hotel & Conference Center, 701 E. Adams St.

Benjamin P. Thomas Symposium June 21, 10am-3pm. Hosted by the Abraham Lincoln Association. Presentations begin at 10am followed by a roundtable discussion with moderator Michael Burlingame. Book signing at 3pm. Reservations required for lunch. Open to the public. Lunch $35. President Abraham Lincoln Hotel & Conference Center, 701 E. Adams, 217-546-2656.

Starting Your Business in Illinois June 22, 1:30-3pm. Starting and owning a business can be overwhelming. The Illinois Small Business Development Center can help, offering consulting services and programs for individuals interested in starting or growing a business. cisbdc.com. Free. 217-522-2772.

Anastasia the Musical June 23, 7:30pm. This dazzling show will transport you from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out on a journey to discover the mystery of her past. $24-$89. UIS Performing Arts Center, One University Plaza, 217-206-6160.

Davina and the Vagabonds June 23, 6pm. A retro jazz swing sound that is alive. Part of the Levitt AMP Springfield Music Series. Y Block, Fourth and Jackson streets, 217-753-3519.

Artist on the Plaza June 24, 12-1pm. Phil Steinberg, Songs of Sinatra. Sponsored by the Springfield Area Arts Council. Free. Old State Capitol Plaza, between Sixth and Fifth streets at Adams.

Charles Wesley Godwin June 24, 7pm. With special guests, The Piedmont Boys. Boondocks, 2909 N Dirksen Parkway.

Encanto June 24, 7-9pm. The magic of the Encanto has blessed every child in the Madrigals family with a unique gift, except Mirabel, but she may be the family's last hope. Free refreshments. Coolers allowed and lawn chairs suggested. Free. Sherman Village Park Amphitheater, 1200 Rail Fence Drive, 217-496-2621.

My One and Only June 24-26, July 6-10, July 13-17 and July 20-24. The s'wonderful Gershwin musical. The Legacy Theatre, 101 E. Lawrence, 800-838-3006.

Policy Breakfast June 24, 8am. "Springfield Fire Department Analysis." Coffee reception at 7:30 a.m. before the program. Hoogland Center for the Arts Club Room, 420 S. Sixth St., 217-523-2787.

Summer Day of Action June 24, 1-4pm. A program designed to promote volunteerism and demonstrate what we can achieve when individuals, organizations and businesses work together. Register by Friday, June 3. United Way of Central Illinois, 1999 Wabash Ave. Suite 107, 217-726-7000.

African Americans and Mr. Lincoln Part 1 June 25, 1:30pm. Covering the years 1837-1861. Part of the History Comes Alive program. spiaahm.org. Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum, 1440 Monument Ave., 217-391-6323.

Central Illinois Daylily Society Plant Show June 25, 12-3pm. Beautiful examples of daylilies on display in an open house-style setting. Washington Park Botanical Garden, 1740 W. Fayette Ave., 217-546-4116.

Chicken Fry June 25. Serving starts at 2 p.m. Four-piece meal by MJ's Fish & Chicken Express. Music by Madd Hoss Jackson at 7pm. $15. TRN Lake Club, Chatham, 25 N. Lakewood Dr., 217-483-9994.

Excitable - A Def Leppard Experience June 25, 6-10pm. Local band, Deja Voodoo, opens the show. $10. Age 18 and under free. Sherman Village Park Amphitheater, 1200 Rail Fence Drive, 217-496-2621.

Insect Evening June 25, 8pm. See lots of flying insects up close. Black lights are used as an attractant next to a white sheet suspended in the prairie near wetlands and other microhabitats. See who is sharing your space. Call to register. Nipper Wildlife Sanctuary, Loami, 9560 Withers Road, 217-525-1410.

Kite Festival June 25-26, 11am. Huge kites, food truck, candy cannons at 1pm and paper rocket making at 3pm. Free. Southwind Park, 4965 S. Second St., 217-753-0702.

Paint the Street June 25. Take over Washington Street and paint a 6 ft. x 6 ft. square. Registrants receive a T-shirt, swag bag and a chance to win cash prizes. The squares will be placed further apart, but will still create a communal atmosphere. Paint the Driveway option is available again this year. springfieldart.org. $30-$35. Downtown Springfield, Seventh and Washington streets.

Springfield Municipal Band June 25, 10am. Part of History Comes Alive. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, 112 N. Sixth St., 217-558-8844.

Ice Cream Social June 26, 5-6pm. Featuring the Land of Lincoln Chorus. Coolers are allowed. Limited seating available and lawn chairs are suggested. Free. Sherman Village Park Amphitheater, 1200 Rail Fence Drive, 217-496-2621.

Saved by Grace June 26, 6pm. Part of the Concerts in the Park series hosted by the Pilot Club of Jacksonville. Jacksonville Community Park, Jacksonville, 1201 S. Main.

Escape the Museum summer camp June 27-July 1. Ages 11-14. Learn how to create an escape room experience in the museum including code writing and breaking, puzzle creation and more. Register by June 17. $165-$195. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., 217-782-6044.

Charanga Tropical June 30, 6pm. An 11-piece salsa ensemble performing classic and modern Cuba salsa music. The evening will be topped off with fireworks. Part of the Levitt AMP Springfield Music Series. Free. Y Block, Fourth and Jackson streets, 217-753-3519.

Cowboy - The Kid Rock Experience June 30, 6-10pm. Matt Miller opens the show. $10. Age 18 and under free. Sherman Village Park Amphitheater, 1200 Rail Fence Drive, 217-496-2621.

Dawg Days of Summer June 30, Sangamo Surf Club, 405 E. Lake Shore Dr., 217-529-1712.

JULY

Artist on the Plaza July 1, 12-1pm. Musician and storyteller, Mike Anderson. Sponsored by the Springfield Area Arts Council. Free. Old State Capitol Plaza, between Sixth and Fifth streets at Adams.

Independence Day Celebration July 1- 2 and July 5, 10am-4pm. Period demonstrations and the reading of the Declaration of Independence each day. lincolnsnewsalem.com. Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site, Petersburg, 15588 History Lane, 217-632-4000.

Rock the Dock Fireworks July 1, 9:30pm. Lake Springfield Marina, 17 Waters Edge Blvd., 483-3625.

Springfield Jaycees' Capital City Celebration July 2- 3. Parade, Kids' Zone, pageants for kids and dogs and fireworks both nights. Downtown Springfield, South Second Street and East Capitol Avenue.

Springfield Municipal Band July 2, 10am. Part of History Comes Alive. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, 112 N. Sixth St., 217-558-8844.

New Creation July 3, 6pm. Part of the Concerts in the Park series hosted by the Pilot Club of Jacksonville. Jacksonville Community Park, Jacksonville, 1201 S. Main.

Knight's Fireworks Extravaganza July 4, 9:30pm. Knight's Action Park, 1700 Knights Recreation Dr., 217-546-8881.

Morgan County Fair July 5-11. Morgan County Fairgrounds, Jacksonville, 110 N. Westgate, 217-245-6800.

Rodeo Night July 6, 7-10pm. The night includes Mutton Bustin' for kids, mechanical bull rides and live music by The Elderly Brothers. $10, and ages 6 and under are free. Morgan County Fairgrounds, Jacksonville, 110 N. Westgate, 217-245-6800.

Demolition Derby July 7, 7-10pm. Grab a porky burger and cold drink at the pavilion and take your seat in the grandstand. $15 ages 7 and older. Morgan County Fairgrounds, Jacksonville, 110 N. Westgate, 217-245-6800.

Shadow Weave Napkin Exchange July 7-10. For beginner and advanced weavers. Shadow weave is an exciting light/dark weave structure that offers endless possibilities. Participants can come and go throughout the weekend. Call or visit jubileefarm.info for more information. Jubilee Farm, 6760 Old Jacksonville Road, 217-787-6927.

Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience July 7, 6pm. Two-time Grammy award-winning group, creating multicultural and Black American roots music for 40 years. Don't miss this chance to experience zydeco. Part of the Levitt AMP Springfield Music Series. Y Block, Fourth and Jackson streets, 217-753-3519.

Artist on the Plaza July 8, 12-1pm. Guitarist José Gobbo. Sponsored by the Springfield Area Arts Council. Free. Old State Capitol Plaza, between Sixth and Fifth streets at Adams.

Disney Newsies the Broadway Musical July 8-10 and July 13-17, 8:30pm. In 1899, a courageous group of New York City newsboys become unlikely heroes when they team up to fight an unscrupulous newspaper tycoon. Based on a true story. Reserved seating $20. Lawn seating $13. Children 5 and under are free on the lawn. 314-534-1111. metrotix.com. The Muni, 815 E. Lake Dr., 217-793-MUNI.

Luca July 8. Set in a beautiful seaside town on the Italian Riviera, this coming-of-age story is about a young boy experiencing an unforgettable summer filled with gelato, pasta and endless scooter rides. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Part of the Movies in the Park series. Begins at sunset. Free. Veterans Memorial Pool, 2700 Ely St., 753-3030.

APL junior volunteer car wash July 9, 11am-3pm. Just $5 for any size vehicle to help raise funds for the Animal Protective League. The Mobile Adoption unit will also be on site. 217-544-7387. Ace Hardware, 1600 Wabash Ave., 217-787-5100.

Cody Johnson with special guest Drew Parker July 9, 7:30pm. $35. Morgan County Fairgrounds, Jacksonville, 110 N. Westgate, 217-245-6800.

Heart Ache Tonight July 9, 6-10pm. Eagles tribute band. Local act LoneHollow opens the show. $10. Sherman Village Park Amphitheater,1200 Rail Fence Drive, 217-496-2621.

Midsummer Blast July 9. Prop Club, 264 Maple Grove Lane, 529-4901.

Oak Ridge Cemetery - The Colored Section July 9, 1:30pm. Part of the History Comes Alive program. spiaahm.org. Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum, 1440 Monument Ave., 217-391-6323.

Women's Distance Festival and Kids' Fun Run July 9, 8-10am. Open to women and girls of all ages. Run competitively or stroll the two-mile course through the park. Kids' Fun Run is for all kids age 12 and under, and participants will receive treats and finisher medals. Registration closes July 7 at noon. No refunds issued. srrc.net. Washington Park, 1501 S. Grand Ave. W., 217-971-1656.

New Jerusalem Singers July 10, 6pm. Part of the Concerts in the Park series hosted by the Pilot Club of Jacksonville. Jacksonville Community Park, Jacksonville, 1201 S. Main.

Memorial Health Championship July 14-17, 7am-7pm. A PGA Tour-sanctioned event on the Korn Ferry Tour, presented by LRS. This four-day, 72-hole competition features 156 players from around the world vying for a total purse of $750,000. MemorialHealthChampionship.com. Panther Creek Country Club, 3001 Panther Creek Dr., 217-670-2910.

Orchestra Saregama July 14, 7pm. Rajesh Chalam and his band hail from central Illinois and bring a high-energy fusion of Bollywood hits, Hindustani classics, and American popular music to the stage. Free. Y Block, Fourth and Jackson streets, 217-753-3519.

Artist on the Plaza July 15, 12-1pm. Musician Micah Walk. Sponsored by the Springfield Area Arts Council. Free. Old State Capitol Plaza, between Sixth and Fifth streets at Adams.

Chatham Jaycees Sweet Corn Festival July 15, 5-11:30pm. Live music, food, vendors, children's activities and the ever-popular Illinois Championship Cow Chip Throw. Chatham Community Park, Chatham, 731 S. Main St.

Children's Day July 15, 10am-4pm. Interpreters will introduce 1830s life with a focus on involving children in many demonstrations. From period games to historic blacksmithing, there will be something for children of all ages to enjoy. Gift bags will be given away while supplies last. lincolnsnewsalem.com. Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site, Petersburg, 15588 History Lane, 217-632-4000.

Sing 2 July 15, 7-9pm. Buster Moon and his cast of animal performers prepare to launch a dazzling stage extravaganza and he has to persuade the world's most reclusive rock star to join them. Free refreshments. Coolers allowed and lawn chairs suggested. Free. Sherman Village Park Amphitheater, 1200 Rail Fence Drive, 217-496-2621.

My Posse in Effect and Too Hype Crew July 15, 6-10pm. $10. Sherman Village Park Amphitheater, 1200 Rail Fence Drive, 217-496-2621.

Springfield Municipal Band July 16, 10am. Part of History Comes Alive. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, 112 N. Sixth St., 217-558-8844.

Summerfest July 16, Lake Press Club, 13 Club Area, 217-529-1221.

Zooper Edventures July 16, 11am-12:30pm. Edventures are filled with theme-related games, crafts, a discovery walk and other fun activities. A drop-off class for ages 6-9. Registration and payment required at least 24 hours prior. $20-$25. Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Shore Dr., 217-585-1821.

Cheap Trick July 17, 7pm. $45-$125. The Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater, Decatur, 620 E. Riverside Dr., 217-619-8025.

Robert Sampson July 17, 6pm. Part of the Concerts in the Park series hosted by the Pilot Club of Jacksonville. Jacksonville Community Park, Jacksonville, 1201 S. Main.

Starting Your Business in Illinois July 20, 1:30-3pm. Starting and owning a business can be overwhelming. The Illinois Small Business Development Center can help, offering consulting services and programs for individuals interested in starting or growing a business. cisbdc.com. Free. 217-522-2772.

Sheryl Youngblood Blues Band July 21, 6pm. The bluesiest of sounds. Part of the Levitt AMP Springfield Music Series. Y Block, Fourth and Jackson streets, 217-753-3519.

Artist on the Plaza July 22, 12-1pm. Erica Eggers. Sponsored by the Springfield Area Arts Council. Free. Old State Capitol Plaza, between Sixth and Fifth streets at Adams.

Babes in Arms July 22-24. Set at a summer stock theatre, a group of young apprentices are determined to mount the original revue they've created while dodging the underhanded attempts of the surly theatre owner to squash their every effort. theatreinthepark.net. Adults $15, seniors $13, children under 12 $10. Theatre in the Park, Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site, Petersburg, 15588 History Lane, 217-632-5440.

Driving Miss Daisy July 22-23, 8pm. Presented by the Spencer Theater Company. This play won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for drama. hcfta.org. $18-$20. Hoogland Center for the Arts, Theatre III, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.

Luca July 22, 7-9pm. A coming-of-age story about one young boy experiencing an unforgettable summer with his new best friend. Free refreshments. Coolers allowed and lawn chairs encouraged. Free. Sherman Village Park Amphitheater, 1200 Rail Fence Drive, 217-496-2621.

Policy Breakfast July 22, 8am. "Route 66 - The Road to 2026." A discussion of local plans for the 100th anniversary of the Mother Road. Coffee reception before the program. Hoogland Center for the Arts Club Room, 420 S. Sixth St., 217-523-2787.

84 - Van Halen tribute band July 23, 6-10pm. Show opens with local band Brandy Kristen & The Revival. $10. Sherman Village Park Amphitheater, 1200 Rail Fence Drive, 217-496-2621.

Don McLean July 23, 7:30pm. American singer-songwriter, best known for his 1971 hit song "American Pie." UIS Performing Arts Center, One University Plaza, 217-206-6160.

Ag-Stravaganza July 24, 1-3pm. A hands-on experience of agriculture. Talk to farmers and learn about hogs, honeybees, gardens, soybeans, beef cattle, sheep, technology, poultry, farm machinery and more. A family event hosted by the Sangamon County Farm Bureau. sangamonfb.org. Free. Sherman Village Park, 1200 Rail Fence Rd., 217-496-2621.

Ice Cream Social July 24, 5-6pm. Featuring the Land of Lincoln Chorus. Coolers are allowed. Limited seating available and lawn chairs are suggested. Free. Sherman Village Park Amphitheater, 1200 Rail Fence Drive, 217-496-2621.

Springfield Municipal Band July 24, 7pm. Free. Duncan Park, 400 N. MacArthur Blvd.

Two by Two July 24, Part of the Concerts in the Park series hosted by the Pilot Club of Jacksonville. Jacksonville Community Park, Jacksonville, 1201 S. Main.

Arlo McKinley July 28, 6pm. Honest country music that also draws on street soul, punk and gospel. Part of the Levitt AMP Music Series. Y Block, Fourth and Jackson streets, 217-753-3519.

Artist on the Plaza July 29, 12-1pm. Stringfield. Sponsored by the Springfield Area Arts Council. Free. Old State Capitol Plaza, between Sixth and Fifth streets at Adams.

Downhome Music Festival July 29-30. One of the best ways to enjoy a great lineup of local talent. Over 100 craft beers and fantastic food vendors. Downtown Springfield, Seventh and Washington streets.

Matilda the Musical July 29-31 and August 3-7, 8:30pm. Matilda is an extraordinary girl who, armed with a sharp mind and a vivid imagination, dares to take a stand and change her destiny. Reserved seating $20. Lawn seating $13. Children 5 and under are free on the lawn. 314-534-1111. metrotix.com. The Muni, 815 E. Lake Dr., 217-793-MUNI.

Rumble Down Festival July 29-30. Two days of music, art, vending, pickin' and more. The lineup includes a variety of amazing progressive jamgrass bands. Visit the Facebook event for more info. thekampground.com. $50 and up. Ages 13-16 $30-$60. The Kampground, Mechanicsburg, 11380 Darnell Road.

Zoso - Led Zeppelin tribute band July 29, 6-10pm. Show opens with Pink Floyd tribute band, This One's Pink. $10. Sherman Village Park Amphitheater, 1200 Rail Fence Drive, 217-496-2621.

Hells Bells - AC/DC Tribute July 30, 6-10pm. With opener Guns N' Roses tribute band Nightrain. $10. 18 and under free. Sherman Village Park Amphitheater, 1200 Rail Fence Drive, 217-496-2621.

Natural Tie Dye Workshop July 30, 3-5pm. Learn how to make different color dyes using all-natural, plant-based sources. $15 per person includes T-shirt or $10 with your own white shirt. Sizes M, L and XL will be available. RSVP no later than July 15. 217-525-1410. Nipper Wildlife Sanctuary, Loami, 9560 Withers Road, 217-525-1410.

Sangamon Valley Iris Society Sale July 30, 1-4pm. A beautiful selection of iris varieties from the collections of the society members. Washington Park Botanical Garden, 1740 W. Fayette Ave., 217-546-4116.

Stoneman Sprint Triathlon, Abe's Olympic and Route 66 Half Tri July 30, One day, three races. Staggered start times. COVID precautions will be practiced. Lake Springfield Beach House, 100 Long Bay Dr., 217-341-1309.

Late Nite Catechism July 31. Starring Mary Zentmyer. Hoogland Center for the Arts LRS Theatre 1, 420 S. Sixth St., 217-523-2787.

Nancy Rogers July 31, 6pm. Part of the Concerts in the Park series hosted by the Pilot Club of Jacksonville. Jacksonville Community Park, Jacksonville, 1201 S. Main.

Springfield Municipal Band July 31, 7pm. Free. Duncan Park, 400 N. MacArthur Blvd.

AUGUST

Harlem Gospel Travelers Aug. 4, 6pm. Solid gospel presented with a new sound. Y Block, Fourth and Jackson streets, 217-753-3519.

Killer of Giants and Phantom Lordz Aug. 4, 6-10pm. Sherman Village Park Amphitheater, 1200 Rail Fence Drive.

Artist on the Plaza Aug. 5, 12-1pm. Peaches and Bacon. Sponsored by the Springfield Area Arts Council. Free. Old State Capitol Plaza, between Sixth and Fifth streets at Adams.

Powerlight Abe Lincoln Car Show Aug. 5-6. Super cruise on Friday. Line up at 5:30 at the Y Block and move into a smooth cruise to Knight's Action Park at 7:30. Car show spectacular on Saturday. Check out a replica of the car from the movie Christine, and meet Moochie actor Malcolm Danare. Free admission. Knight's Action Park, 1700 Knights Recreation Dr., 217-553-5271.

Soul Aug. 5. After landing the gig of a lifetime, a New York jazz pianist suddenly finds himself trapped in a strange land between Earth and the afterlife. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Part of the Movies in the Park series. Begins at sunset. Free. Kiwanis Park, Stanton Street.

Carpool - Cars Tribute Band Aug. 6, 6-10pm. Show opens with local band Sleeping Dogzz. $10. Sherman Village Park Amphitheater, 1200 Rail Fence Drive, 217-496-2621.

Central Illinois Daylily Society Plant Sale Aug. 6, 12-3pm. Beautiful daylilies from the society. Washington Park Botanical Garden, 1740 W. Fayette Ave., 217-546-4116.

Chicken Fry Aug. 6. Anchor Boat Club, 407 E. Lake Shore Dr., 217-529-1174.

Furever Funfest Aug. 6, 8-11am. A fun day at the park for you and your dog. Dog kissing booth, dog paw art prints, doggie vendors, dog and me yoga, photo booth, fun 5K. Hosted by the Springfield Park District. Free admission. Lincoln Park, Fifth Street and Sangamon Avenue, 217-544-1751.

World Breastfeeding Week Walk Aug. 6, 8-10am. Join the West Central Illinois Breastfeeding Taskforce's annual walk to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week. Free admission and fun children's activities. Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Shore Dr., 563-210-0275.

Capital Big Band Aug. 7, 6pm. Part of the Concerts in the Park series hosted by the Pilot Club of Jacksonville. Jacksonville Community Park, Jacksonville, 1201 S. Main.

Springfield Municipal Band Aug. 7, 7pm. Free. Duncan Park, 400 N. MacArthur Blvd.

Illinois State Fair Aug. 11-21. Food, top-notch entertainment, grandstand shows, midway, exhibit, agricultural shows and more. Admission. Visit the Facebook page for event updates. Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 E. Sangamon Ave., 217-782-6661.

Artist on the Plaza Aug. 12, 12-1pm. Messengers for Christ. Sponsored by the Springfield Area Arts Council. Free. Old State Capitol Plaza, between Sixth and Fifth streets at Adams Street.

Inherit the Wind August 12-14. A fictionalized account of the 1925 Scopes Trial, which resulted in John T. Scopes' conviction for teaching Charles Darwin's theory of evolution to a high school science class, which was contrary to a Tennessee state law. theatreinthepark.net. Adults $15, seniors $13, children under 12 $10. Theatre in the Park, Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site, Petersburg, 15588 History Lane, 217-632-5440.

Region 9 American Iris Society Plant Sale Aug. 13, 9am-12pm. A selection of iris varieties from the collection of the society members. Washington Park Botanical Garden, 1740 W. Fayette Ave., 217-546-4116.

Rod Nicholson Aug. 14, 6pm. Part of the Concerts in the Park series hosted by the Pilot Club of Jacksonville. Jacksonville Community Park, Jacksonville, 1201 S. Main.

Artist on the Plaza Aug. 19, 12-1pm. Amy Benton. Free. Old State Capitol Plaza, between Sixth and Fifth streets at Adams.

Emerging artist featured exhibit Aug. 20, 6-9pm. See the work of Toni Lowenthal, an acrylic and pastel painter, who completed a six-month mentorship program at the Pharmacy Gallery. Free. The Pharmacy Gallery and Art Space, 623 E. Adams St., 801-810-9278.

USAC Bettenhausen 100 Aug. 20, 2pm. $25 in advance, $30 day of. Children 11 and under $10. Illinois State Fair Grandstand, 801 E. Sangamon Ave., 217-782-6661.

Abe's Amble 10K/5K Aug. 21. On the last day of the Illinois State Fair, hundreds of runners from Illinois and surrounding states take to the streets through the fairgrounds, Lincoln Park, Oak Ridge Cemetery and back. This challenging 10K course is USATF-certified and a lot of fun. Certified 5K course option available. srrc.net. Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 E. Sangamon Ave., 217-782-6661.

ARCA 100 + Sportsman Nationals Aug. 21, 1:30pm. $25 in advance, $30 day of day. Children 11 and under $10. Illinois State Fair Grandstand, 801 E. Sangamon Ave., 217-782-6661.

Powerlight Christian Music Festival Aug. 21, 12:30-9pm. Featuring Jordan Feliz, 7eventh time down and many more at the Lincoln Stage. Free with paid fair admission. Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 E. Sangamon Ave., 217-553-5271.

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