Summer Festivals and Fun in Always Legendary Springfield
Springfield, IL – Summer in Springfield is jam-packed with festivals, music, and lots of history and the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau is your one-stop-shop for trip planning assistance and everything there is to see and do. Visit us online at www.visitspringfieldillinois.com.
Top events this summer include:
54th Annual International Carillon Festival, June 3-7, www.visitspringfieldillinois.com/event-details/5478. If an inspiring evening under the stars listening to the bells of one of the world’s largest carillons is up your alley, bring your lawn chairs and picnic baskets to the 54th Annual International Carillon Festival. This free event is fun for the family and Friday night’s performance is followed by a fireworks display.
SOHO Music Festival, June 5-6, www.visitspringfieldillinois.com/event-details/6863. This two day music festival features five stages and over 60 regional and local bands, all set against the backdrop of historic downtown Springfield. A SOHO 10K and SOHO PDGA sanctioned tournament accompany the music festival. All proceeds go to area charities.
Civil War Medical Encampment, June 12-14, www.visitspringfieldillinois.com/event-details/5563. Experience Springfield’s largest outdoor living history event. Gather at the Old State Capitol in downtown Springfield to get a first-hand glimpse of Civil War era life including music, special demonstrations, vignettes and plenty of re-enactors. Immerse yourself in history!
Rock the Dock Fireworks, June 26, www.visitspringfieldillinois.com/event-details/5377. Live bands, food, and a fireworks display over beautiful Lake Springfield make this an annual must-do for locals and visitors alike.
Capital City Celebration, July 3-4, www.visitspringfieldillinois.com/event-details/5567. Join the annual 4th of July celebration in downtown Springfield. Bring the kids and enjoy patriotic music, refreshments and giant inflatables, followed by a fireworks display with the Illinois State Capitol as a backdrop.
Fireworks Extravaganza at Knight’s Action Park, July 4, www.visitspringfieldillinois.com/event-details/7104. Spend the day splashing at the waterpark, playing putt-putt golf and enjoying the amusements at one of the Midwest’s premier family destinations, followed by a fireworks display when the sun goes down.
Downtown Bacon Throwdown and Music Fest, July 10-11, www.visitspringfieldillinois.com/event-details/5288. Bacon and music, need we say more? If you love bacon, or if you love music, book a stay for one of downtown Springfield’s newest events. More than 20 downtown restaurants will present unique bacon recipes for you to taste. With live bands and free kids’ entertainment, what’s not to love?
Paint the Street Fest, July 18, www.visitspringfieldillinois.com/event-details/6337. Calling all artists! Express your talent on the street in front of the historic Old State Capitol, while enjoying live music and refreshments.
Downhome Music, Beer and Art Festival, August 7-8, www.visitspringfieldillinois.com/event-details/5834. Plan to stay downtown and dance the night away at this outdoor street festival featuring local bands and over 100 craft beers, food vendors and a children’s area.
Illinois State Fair, August 13-23, www.visitspringfieldillinois.com/event-details/5580. No summer is complete without a visit to the Illinois State Fair. Enjoy livestock shows, exhibits, contests, harness racing, and top musical acts, along with some of the best fair food in the country.
And don’t forget, ongoing all year, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will dazzle with multi-media exhibits, theater performances and multiple special events and programs to celebrate its 10th anniversary. www.tenyearslincoln.com.