Downtown Fashion Show – Dare to be Different

Experience the rebirth of downtown fashion shopping for yourself! And bring your girlfriends!

Downtown Springfield Inc. and President Abraham Lincoln Springfield – a Doubletree by Hilton Hotel are showing off the trendy fashions of our downtown merchants at a runway show timed perfectly for those fall shopping sprees. Trendy, classic, casual, eclectic — you can find it all. Women’s, men’s, kid’s — in the last few years, our stores have dialed up their fashion options for you and the price points are divine. We’re tired of downtown fashion being the best-kept secret in Springfield and we’ll let it all out on the runway!

Join us to walk the red carpet and check out the trunk show at 5 pm.

The runway show starts promptly at 6 pm. Tickets are $30 in advance online and $35 at the door. Plus check out some “fashion editor and publicist” options for fun, premium seating and service in the ticket options in the link.

Tickets include admission, hors d’oeuvres and non-alcoholic drinks. Cash bar available.

Proceeds benefit DSI’s work to revitalize downtown and create foot traffic for our small business community, and Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault.

Downtown Fashion Runway Show Highlights Our Comeback

Downtown Springfield Inc. and President Abraham Lincoln Springfield – a Doubletree by Hilton Hotel are showing off the trendy fashions of our downtown merchants at a runway show timed perfectly for your fall shopping sprees. Trendy, classic, casual, eclectic — you can find it all. Women’s, men’s, kid’s — in the last few years, our stores have dialed up their fashion options for you and the price points are divine.

In 2012, the CLUE Group did a market study of downtown Springfield for us and reported that we had a serious lack of women’s fashion choices. Our entrepreneurs responded to the demand, and today you can see many trendy ensembles in the store windows downtown. Plus you get the curation and customer service that only a downtown shop can provide. That’s why we’re hosting a fun night of downtown fashion to highlight what you may not even realize is available in the district. Say you’ll be there on Facebook>

We’re tired of downtown fashion being the best-kept secret in Springfield and we’ll let it all out on the runway!

Thursday, August 24, 2017
5-6 pm Red Carpet (for you!), Trunk Show, Cocktails
6-8 pm Runway Show

Our guide for the night is Troy Armstrong, chosen by SJR Readers in both 2016 and 2017 as Best DJ.

Tickets in advance are $30 and include admission, appetizers and non-alcoholic drinks (cash bar available). Your ticket benefits DSI’s ongoing work to revitalize downtown and Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault’s work to help people survive the trauma of sexual assault. Tickets are $35 at the door. Get your tickets now> 

Fashion Looks Provided By:
Daisy Jane's
Iris & Ivy
Itty Bitty Fashion Truck
Jim Herron Ltd.
Murphy's Loft
Recycled Records
The Roost
Springfield Vintage
Studio on Sixth
Sumac Shop at Dana Thomas House
What the Shirt
Wild Rose
Urban Sassafras
 We cannot thank the event committee enough: Jane Mosey-Nicoletta, Jean Bruner-Jachino, Shelley Vaughan, Linda Renehan, Robert Sabin, Troy Armstrong, Alicia Bibb, Krissy Olsen and Tricia Schlosser.


“Amaranth Apple” Music & Food Fest

Gates Open on Friday, July 14 at 5 p.m.
Gates Open on Saturday, July 15 at 3 p.m.
Download the Festival map>

Thanks to Our Generous Sponsors

Isringhausen Imports returns as premier sponsor of DSI’s summer festival. “We love downtown and we appreciate the work that DSI is doing to revitalize the neighborhood. We couldn’t be more pleased to support this festival which brings thousands of people to the district,” said Geoff Isringhausen, President and CEO.

The festival is also supported by these other generous sponsors: Chick Fritz Distributing |
Hy-Vee | Signature Rental | President Abraham Lincoln a Doubletree by Hilton | Vachel Lindsay Association | Downtown Heritage Foundation | NPR Illinois | City of Springfield | Midwest Family Broadcasting | Capitol Radio Group | State Journal-Register | Crowdson Creative | Illinois Times | Marine Bank | Don Smith Paints | Rammelkamp Bradney | Kerber, Eck & Braeckel | US Bank | Ald. Andrew Proctor | Ald. Kristin DiCenso | Evan Lloyd Architects | Innovate Springfield | Visit Springfield | Old State Capitol Foundation

Read all about the origins of the name of the festival, after Vachel Lindsay’s mystical fruit from which you can taste the true beauty of Springfield>

Say you’ll be there on Facebook>

Full Music Lineup

Friday, July 14

  • 6 pm: Josh Reilly (Springfield native)
  • 7 pm: Amy Benton (Springfield)
  • 8 pm: Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts (Rockford)
  • 10 pm: Chuck Mead (Nashville)

Saturday, July 15

  • 3 pm: Bruiser Queen (St. Louis)
  • 4 pm: The Starter Jackets (Springfield)
  • 5 pm: Captain Ivory (Detroit)
  • 6:30 pm: The Handcuffs (Chicago)
  • 8 pm: Matthew Sweet (Omaha)
  • 10 pm: The Cold Stares (Nashville)

Experience Food

Augie’s Front Burner

  • Bunn Gourmet Short Rib Slider ~ 5 tickets
  • Augie’s Fish Taco ~ 3 tickets
  • Pork Belly BLT ~ 5 tickets
  • Watermelon ~ 1 ticket
  • Peach Sangria ~ 5 tickets

AZTCA Mexican Grill, LLC

  • Pork Tacos ~ 5 tickets
  • Chicken Arepas ~ 5 tickets
  • Pork Cilantro Quesadilla ~ 5 tickets
  • Chicken Fiesta Chimichanga ~ 4 tickets
  • Apple Cinnamon Chimichanga ~ 3 tickets


  • Deep Fried Burger Bomb 3 ~ 5 tickets
  • Spiked Watermelon Punch ~ 5 tickets

B&W Good Eats and Treats

  • Walking Pony Shoe ~ 5 tickets
  • Chicken & Waffles ~ 5 tickets
  • Fried Green Tomatoes ~ 3 tickets
  • Homemade Hamburgers & Fries ~ 5 tickets
  • Buttercake ~ 2 tickets


  • Mac & Cheese with Bacon Cone ~ 5 tickets
  • BBQ Pork & Coleslaw  Cone ~ 5 tickets
  • Chili Cheese Cone ~ 5 tickets
  • Stir Fry Chicken Cone ~ 5 tickets
  • Fries ~ 3 tickets
  • Cheese Fries ~ 4 tickets
  • Funnel Cake Fries ~ 5 tickets

Family Kettle Corn

  • Small Kettle Corn ~ 1 tickets
  • Medium Kettle Corn ~ 4 tickets
  • Large Kettle Corn ~ 5 tickets

Fields Of Sweets

  • Butter Cookies ~ 1 ticket
  • Lemon-Raspberry Bars ~ 1 ticket
  • Ice Cream Cone Sundae ~ 3 tickets
  • NY Style Cheesecake ~ 2 tickets
  • Berry Shortcake ~ 3 tickets

Frankie’s Brewhaus

  • Applewood Bacon Pork Sliders ~ 4 tickets
  • Brisket Sliders ~ 4 tickets
  • Honey Bacon Wrapped Apples ~ 4 tickets
  • Peach Apple Sangria ~ 4 tickets

The Globe Tavern

  • Apple Bourbon Chicken Wings ~ 5 tickets

Gyros Stop

  • Gyros ~ 4 tickets
  • Western Gyros ~4 tickets
  • Greek Nachos ~ 5 tickets
  • Pita Chips and Hummus ~ 3 tickets
  • Baklava ~ 2 tickets


  • Bacon Wrapped Mac and Cheese Balls ~ 5 tickets
  • Maple Bacon Wontons ~ 5 tickets
  • Smoked Pork Apple Eggrolls with Maple with BBQ ~ 5 tickets
  • Panzanella and Havarti Salad Cup ~ 4 tickets
  • Chambord White Chocolate Raspberry Bread Pudding ~ 4 tickets
  • Mama’s Strawberry Lemonade Shake Up ~ 5 tickets

Nancy’s Pizza

  • Cheese, Pepperoni, Sausage Deep Dish Slice ~ 4 tickets
  • Cheese, Pepperoni, Sausage Thin Slice ~ 4 tickets
  • Cannolis ~ 2 tickets


  • Shaved Ice ~ 3 tickets
  • Ice Blended Lemonade ~ 4 tickets
  • Ice Blended Coffee ~ 4 tickets
  • Real Fruit Smoothies ~ 5 tickets

Twisted Deli

  • Grandpa Big Johns BBQ Pork ~ 4 tickets
  • Ambers Awesome Chicken Bacon Ranch Wrap ~ 4 tickets
  • Juliettes Chicken Fiesta Wrap ~ 4 tickets
  • Brad~O~Nator ~ 4 tickets


  • Cheeseburger ~ 4 tickets
  • Gyros ~ 5 tickets
  • Ribeye Sandwich ~ 5 tickets
  • BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger ~ 5 tickets
  • Gyros Bacon Burger ~ 5 tickets

Lindsay Lounge Performances

On the northeast lawn of the Old State Capitol | Access with General Admission

Sponsored by: Downtown Heritage Foundation, Illinois Times & Midwest Family Broadcasting
Programmed by: The Vachel Lindsay Association

Friday, July 14th

5:00—Poetry Out Loud performance

6:00—Expressions in the Dark reading

7:00—UIS Creative Writing reading

8:00— Ghost Stories on the Prairie by the Top Hat Tellers

9:00—Jessica Knight of Looming

10:00— A.D. Carson

Saturday, July 15th

3:00—Kick-off with Job Conger

3:30—Poetry for the young (and young at heart) with Zaxxon Nation

4:00—Vachel Lindsay Association illustration contest award ceremony

5:00— Poetry Out Loud

6:00— Micah Walk

7:00— Ben Bedford and guest

8:00—Ghost Stories on the Prairie by the Top Hat Tellers

9:00— Best Short Films of the The Route 66 International Film Festival

10:00—Best Short Films of the The Route 66 International Film Festival

General Information

Gates Open on Friday, July 14 at 5 p.m.
Gates Open on Saturday, July 15 at 3 p.m.
Download the Festival map>

Parking & Transportation

The underground parking garage underneath the Old State Capitol (entrance on 6th Street) is open late especially for our festival until midnight. We also encourage you to enjoy yourself and stay safe by calling a taxi or an Uber at the end of the night.

Overnight Stays

Stay safe! Make it a weekend! Three downtown hotels are offering special Festival Packages which include free admission and food & drink tickets.

A block from the festivities

President Abraham Lincoln A Doubletree by Hilton
Up to 20% Off Best Available Rate for the DoubleTree by Hilton Springfield with purchased tickets of the Amaranth Apple Festival!

Wyndham City Centre
A great savings for the Amaranth Apple Festival!

Just a hop, skip and a jump away

Carpenter Street Hotel
Amaranth Apple Festival goers enjoy $119 plus tax — includes overnight and admission/food & drink tickets

Beer by Chick Fritz Distributing | Wine Lounge presented by The Corkscrew

A fine selection of Coors and Miller Lite products are available for purchase for 4 tickets each thanks to our sponsor Chick Fritz Distributing, your friendly beer distributor since 1947. The beer trucks are parked at multiple locations throughout the Festival.

Thanks to The Corkscrew, you may also purchase glasses of Cappello Cabernet Franc and Cappello Sauvignon Blancwhite by the glass (5 tickets) and sample size (1 ticket) in the Wine Lounge area on the southwest side of the Old State Capitol Lawn.

Soda and water may be purchased from the DSI Stand at the corner of Washington and 5th for 3 tickets each.


Tickets at the Door

Admission is $5 at the gate for everyone 13 and up. Free for 12 and under. Gates are located at 5th and Washington, 6th and Washington, and 5th and Adams.

Food and drink tickets may be purchased for $1/ticket at the Central Ticket Booth after entering the festival.

All proceeds go toward downtown revitalization. Downtown Springfield Inc. is a 501©6 non-profit organization.


VIP Packages

VIP Tent Sponsored by Hy-Vee | Near the Main Stage on 5th Street

Online VIP sales have closed. Online ticket sales ended at noon on Thursday, July 13. There may be a limited number of VIP Passes still available for purchase at the Entrance Gate located at 5th and Adams on either night. ($30 – Single) ($50 – Double)

VIP Pass-holders should check in at the 5th and Adams Gate Entrance.

New this year! The Hy-Vee VIP Lounge, located in close proximity to the main stage, puts all of the festival amenities in one fun party place for 200 lucky people! Those buying VIP Passes will enjoy upfront lounge seating, service, access to private restrooms & a festival goodie bag.

  Discounts on Admission & Food/Drink Tickets

Those who purchased discounted online tickets should check in at the 5th and Adams Gate Entrance.

Early bird ticket sales have closed.

Matthew Sweet – Saturday July 15 at 8pm

This year’s Saturday music headliner is Matthew Sweet, whose 1991 album Girlfriend is heralded as one of the decade’s most critically acclaimed albums and is known for such hits as Girlfriend, Ugly Truth, Sick of Myself, and Time Capsule.After spending the ’80s as a jangle pop guitarist with Oh-OK and Lloyd Cole, as well as a solo artist, Matthew Sweet emerged in 1991 as the leading figure of the American power pop revival. Like his British counterparts Teenage Fanclub, Sweet adhered to traditional song craft, yet subverted the form by adding noisy post-punk guitar and flourishes of country-rock, resulting in an amalgam of the Beatles, Big Star, R.E.M., and Neil Young.

Recorded with guitarists Richard Lloyd and Robert Quine, Sweet’s third album, Girlfriend (1991), became a word-of-mouth critical and commercial hit over the course of 1992, with its title track reaching the Top Five on the Modern Rock charts. For the next five years, as alternative rock was the dominant commercial force in rock & roll, Sweet became a very popular concert attraction and solidified his reputation as the premiere alternative pop singer/songwriter. His next two records, Altered Beast (1993) and 100% Fun (1995) were both critically acclaimed and successful albums, reaching platinum status and making many year-end best-of lists.

Sweet recently completed his new album Forever Tomorrow, recorded at his new studio – Black Squirrel Submarine – in Omaha where he now lives. Matthew engineered, performed on guitars, keyboards, bass and god knows what else, sang lead and background vocals and mixed the recordings. The record was mastered for CD, vinyl and download at the famed Abbey Road Studios in London by Sean Magee, a long time veteran at the studio. Sean won a Grammy for his Beatles reissues, and has recently won accolades for his remastering of the John Lennon solo catalog reissues. The record will be released on June 16, 2017 on Sweet’s label – Honeycomb Hideout – with label support and distribution provided by Sony/ RED Distribution, LLC.

He also backed Mike Myers as Austin Powers (along with Susanna Hoffs) in the faux band Ming Tea in two Austin Powers movies. The Lincoln, Nebraska native also was hired as a consultant on the 2014 Tim Burton film Big Eyes, with many of the Margaret Keane paintings in the film coming from Sweet’s extensive collection.

Read the review by Paste Quarterly for Tomorrow Forever>

Saturday Shop Hop

Free guided Downtown Shop Hop and Art Walk to 12 specialty shops.

Meet at Studio on 6th at 1 pm.

Reservations appreciated, not required: 217-494-4134

Farmers Market is HERE!

Wonder what’s fresh for the 2017 season of the Old Capitol Farmers Market? “Lettuce” tell you!

This market season–in addition to the fresh, local, in-season produce and value-added products you are used to–we’ll offer music, chef demos, family workouts, and more!

We’re so pleased that the great staff of Illinois Stewardship Alliance are once again managing the day-to-day operations of our Market, which was voted the #1 Reason to Come Downtown by Illinois Times readers last year. We’re also glad to welcome the Springfield Area Arts Council as a partner, who has lined up a whole season of Saturday music for you to shop by.

Join us Wednesday and Saturday mornings, from 8a – 12:30 pm, all spring and summer and fall, through Halloween at the Market on October 28.

locally grown and delicious asparagus, cabbage, greens, leeks, lettuce, onions, peas, radishes, rhubarb, spinach, sprouts, squash, strawberries and tomatoes picked at peak ripeness by our fantastic growers

Enjoy a t-shirt tote-making station, a “pop-up Library” courtesy of Lincoln Library, and a 7:30 am group bike ride from Washington Park to the Market as part of “Curb your Car” week.


Click the link to the right to download this map in a version you can actually read!

On Saturdays, the market goes all “cross-cross!” In addition to vendors on Adams Street from 3rd to 5th, our Market Advisory Committee suggested we ramp up the safety by closing the 4th Street “crossing” and host vendors on 4th Street as well, from the alley west of the USPS, to the alley west of Resource One. Patrons are invited to park for free again in the Resource One parking lot, entering using 3rd Street, on Saturdays only. The city parking garage at 4th and Washington will be open for $5 as well, accessible by Washington Street. Download the map>


WNNS FM will be broadcasting live when the Market opens at 8 am.

At 9 am: You and the kids can participate in a free family workout hosted by the YMCA.
Or watch and learn how to prepare fresh whole food from Chef Higgins in the Hy-Vee Healthy Cooking Tent.

At 10:30 am, we’ll host our official ribbon cutting with Mayor Langfelder and the Iles Middle School marching band. Don’t forget to say hi to your favorite returning vendors and meet some new ones AND have a free piece of Opening Day Cake provided by Incredibly Delicious.

After the official ribbon cutting,  From 10-noon, Mike Anderson will be serenading shoppers.

Do you love a meal kit delivery service, but wish you could support local farmers while you eat it?! Have your rhubarb cake and eat it too by trying out the Farmers Market version prepared by Chef Ryan Lewis. On Saturday, May 27, he will have a take and make meal option for sale featuring herb roasted chicken and asparagus and sorrel salad with raspberry and rhubarb vinaigrette. For veggie lovers, he will have cornmeal pancakes and fried egg sauteed asparagus and radish with lemon and chive.

See you at the market!

The Old Capitol Farmers Market is sponsored by HSHS St. John’s Hospital and managed by Illinois Stewardship Alliance on behalf of Downtown Springfield Inc. Springfield Area Arts Council is partnering this year to provide live music on Saturdays.


Bloktoberfest IT ad

This event has been postponed until 2017. Date TBD.

Celebrate Oktoberfest by exploring the unique blocks of our beautiful, historic downtown!

Enjoy a self-guided tour of ~40 of downtown’s retail and service locations to sample a different Central Illinois craft beer or spirit (many brewed specially for the season) at each stop. As you stroll between locations, local musicians serenade your way. A complimentary shuttle bus takes guests around the perimeter.

Architectural Walking Tour

The Old State Capitol Plaza is the heart of downtown Springfield. Meet someone by the Lincoln family statue.
The Old State Capitol Plaza is the heart of downtown Springfield. Meet someone by the Lincoln family statue.

Meet at the Lincoln Family Statute on the Old State Capitol Plaza at 5:30 pm to join Anthony Rubano of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency for DSI’s popular FREE walking tour, where Anthony discusses the architectural styles, materials, and treatments that make up historic downtown Springfield. He will also talk about design successes and areas for improvement along the way, with a complimentary reception at a downtown business to cap off the excursion.

For the September tour, Anthony will be headed down 5th Street with stops that include the Executive Mansion and the Vachel Lindsay Home. The easy walking tour lasts 1 ½ hours and will conclude with a complimentary reception hosted by the Dana-Thomas House.

The House was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1902 for Susan Lawrence Dana, a forward-thinking socialite living in Springfield, Illinois. The home, the 72nd building designed by Wright, contains the largest collection of site-specific, original Wright art glass and furniture. Wright’s first “blank check” commission, the home has 35 rooms in the 12,000 square feet of living space which includes 3 main levels and 16 varying levels in all.

Rightfully regarded as a local treasure, the DTH is a gorgeous house museum. Following its acquisition of the House, the Illinois State Historic Preservation Agency undertook a major restoration project. The results yielded a beautifully preserved example of Mr. Wright’s genius.

Beyond the essence of an architectural masterpiece of international significance, the house is a brilliant showcase of craftsmanship in glass doors, windows and light fixtures; terra cotta sculpture and an exquisite mural; it is the best preserved and most complete of Frank Lloyd Wright’s early “Prairie” houses.

The Architectural Walking tours are free, open to the public and last about 1 ½ hours, always finishing at a wonderful downtown establishment.