Old Capitol Art Fair

Set against the backdrop of the Illinois Old State Capitol building, art lovers find the Springfield Old Capitol Art Fair to be the jewel of the Midwest. This tradition of fine art has brought artists and shoppers from across the country flocking to downtown Springfield’s two-day outdoor art gallery for over 50 years. Free to the public, the juried fair is dedicated to top quality and media variety, keeping the more than 30,000 eager buyers coming back each year.



Information about street closings:

Beginning Friday, May 18th @ 12:00pm Public Works will close Washington between 5th and 6th street.

Beginning Friday, May 18th @ 12:00pm, in addition to, 5th street between Jefferson and Adams will close. As well as Washington and Adams at 4th street.

All streets will remain closed through Sunday evening at 7:00pm. Public Works will then, immediately reopen the streets.

Night Service transfer will be on Capitol between 4th and 5th.


Civil War Saturday: Victorian Valentines

A fun opportunity to learn about valentine cards in the Civil War era, and try your hand at making one of your own! Volunteers from the Springfield Soldiers’ Aid Society bring this popular program back to the Old State Capitol.

Meet our volunteers, see examples of what valentine cards looked like during the Civil War, and make your own Victorian style valentine card to give a loved one.

All supplies are provided. Rather than scheduled presentations, guests are encouraged to visit anytime during the program to talk with volunteers and try the activity. The program is open to the public; donations accepted.

Trick or Treat at the Old State Capitol

Local children from Pre-K through 5th grade are welcome to take part in this annual
event. Every child will receive a special treat bag.

“Bruce and I feel privileged to carry on the tradition of safe trick-or-treating for all the
young children in Springfield. I think it is wonderful that the Old State Capitol provided
a new venue during the renovations to the Executive Mansion,” said First Lady Diana
Rauner, Chair, Illinois Executive Mansion Association, a not-for-profit organization. “We
look forward to re-opening the doors to the newly renovated People’s House in 2018 for
our citizens to experience everything it has to offer, including the bicentennial and, of
course, trick-or-treating on Halloween.”



Yoga on the Capitol Lawn

Yoga classes will take place every Wednesday from 5:15 to 6 p.m. on the site’s east lawn. The classes, which will continue through Sept. 28, focus on breath and alignment-based poses and are designed for participants at any level of expertise.

Instructor Claire Benoit will once again lead the classes. She partnered with the Historic Preservation Agency to launch the program and is excited about coming back for another summer. Read more>

Canapés at the Capitol

Join us for a lawn party to benefit the creation of new gardens and strolling paths at the Old State Capitol in preparation for Illinois’ bicentennial in 2018. The event will be held Saturday, September 12, 5-7 p.m. at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site. You can purchase your tickets online by visiting the link above.

Price: The prices are $100 for a single ticket or $150 for two and $50 for each additional ticket. Event and garden sponsorship opportunities are available. Tickets may be purchased at http://bit.ly/OSCfundraiser.

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