Veterans Day Parade

The parade starts at 10:20 am on Capitol near 11th Street and will reach the Capitol grounds by 11 am.

The City Public Works Department will close Capitol Avenue between 11th and 9th street by 8:30 am. The street will be reopened immediately after the parade.

All parade participants must register at 10th Street and Capitol Avenue by 9:30 a.m.

The parade will feature military veterans from wars including World War II, Korea and Vietnam, as as well as color guards, emergency vehicles and the marching bands from Lanphier, Southeast and Springfield high schools.

Unlike other parades in Springfield, no candy is thrown.

 

Cruise the Shops with DSI

The vintage cars lining our downtown streets during the 18th Annual International Route 66 Mother Road Festival aren’t the only attraction! Fill your car (vintage or otherwise) with deals at participating shops.

Stop by the DSI tent at 6th and Adams to get your shop list to play:

  • Players will receive 1 raffle ticket for every shop visited
  • Players will receive 5 raffle tickets for purchase at participating shops

The more raffle tickets you earn, the better your chance to WIN! Winners will receive a basket of downtown goodies valued at $200.

We’re proud to be on the original Route 66 and we welcome you!

Neighborhood Clean-Up

DSI’s Design Committee would like to invite you to help us polish up the heart of our city, in time for the Mother Road Festival which starts this night!

This activity is also part of United Way of Central Illinois’ Day of Action.

Just meet us at the corner of 5th and Washington and we’ll go out in teams to pick up trash and identify any walking hazards. If you have a pair of gloves, you might want to bring those along – otherwise we’ll have the supplies necessary.

**Did you know that DSI “adopted” 5th Street as part of the City’s Adopt-A-Street program years ago? We organize volunteer clean-ups for it, and for the rest of downtown, at least three times a year.

16th Annual Green Symposium

It’s time for the Annual Green Symposium! Resource One will be hosting the event in the previous location of the Illinois Realtors Association.

The keynote speaker this year will be Kent Massie, PLA/PSLA of Massie Massie & Associates.

There will be a guided tour of the renovated Governor’s Mansion (LEED Silver) following the Symposium.

Following the tour, come enjoy the cocktail party on the Bicentennial Plaza

Mary Lincoln’s Shop Hop

Mary Lincoln knew a thing or two about shopping. Here’s your chance to hop around the downtown shops with the First Lady herself. Every Saturday at 11:00 am, participants will have the opportunity to learn about Mary’s shopping habits, meet the owners of downtown boutiques, and discover work of Springfield’s talented craftspeople and artists.

Each week will feature up to three downtown shops. Please meet at the Springfield Visitor’s Center located at the Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices. Tour will begin a little after 11:00 am and run about 45 minutes.

Thank you to our partners at Visit Springfield, Mary Lincoln’s Shop Hop is apart of their History Comes Alive program.

Mary Lincoln’s Shop Hop

Mary Lincoln knew a thing or two about shopping. Here’s your chance to hop around the downtown shops with the First Lady herself. Every Saturday at 11:00 am, participants will have the opportunity to learn about Mary’s shopping habits, meet the owners of downtown boutiques, and discover work of Springfield’s talented craftspeople and artists.

Each week will feature up to three downtown shops. Please meet at the Springfield Visitor’s Center located at the Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices. Tour will begin a little after 11:00 am and run about 45 minutes.

Thank you to our partners at Visit Springfield, Mary Lincoln’s Shop Hop is apart of their History Comes Alive program.

Mary Lincoln’s Shop Hop

Mary Lincoln knew a thing or two about shopping. Here’s your chance to hop around the downtown shops with the First Lady herself. Every Saturday at 11:00 am, participants will have the opportunity to learn about Mary’s shopping habits, meet the owners of downtown boutiques, and discover work of Springfield’s talented craftspeople and artists.

Each week will feature up to three downtown shops. Please meet at the Springfield Visitor’s Center located at the Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices. Tour will begin a little after 11:00 am and run about 45 minutes.

Thank you to our partners at Visit Springfield, Mary Lincoln’s Shop Hop is apart of their History Comes Alive program.

9th Annual Downhome Music Festival

The 9th Annual Downhome Music Festival will be held on July 26 & 27, 2019 at the corner of 7th and Washington in downtown Springfield, Illinois. The event will feature all local, original live bands (4 stages – constant music). There will be local food vendors, 100 different craft beers, as well as a kids area for the little ones!

Dates & Times
Friday: 5pm -12am
Saturday : 2pm -12am

$6 at the gate. You can also buy tickets from your favorite local band playing the 2019 festival.
Kid 12 & under are free.

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