Springfield Area Arts Council

Fireworks over the Capitol building on First Night Springfield

SJ-R: Celebrate 2023 at these events happening this weekend in Springfield


Tiffani Jackson, Springfield State Journal-Register

Parties, live music and crafts for the kids take over the lineup of things to do in Springfield this weekend to celebrate the New Year.

Here are five events to attend:

35th annual First Night Celebration

Artists and performers will take the stage Saturday during the 35th annual First Night Celebration.

The family friendly event will take place at the Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., from 1 to 10:30 p.m.

A performance of Robert Davis’ ‘Watch Night … A Celebration,’ a play recalling the vigil prior to the publication of Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, will be performed at 4 p.m. at Union Baptist Church, 1405 E. Monroe St.

A free children’s stage and craft area will be available from 1 to 4 p.m. Other performances begin at 6 p.m. with admission at $20 for adults and $5 for youth.

Fireworks are planned downtown at Fourth Street and Capitol Avenue at 8:15 p.m.

For more information and tickets visit www.hcfta.org/tickets

Friday Night Jazz

Listen to the last fine jazz ensemble of the year starring The Rob Killam Quintet on Friday.

The show begins at 5:30 p.m. at Boone’s, 301 W. Edwards St.

Food and beverages will be available to purchase.

For more information visit www.springfieldartsco.org/event/the-rob-killam-quintet/

Fireworks over the Capitol building on First Night Springfield

Fireworks explode over the Illinois State Capitol during the Springfield Area Arts Council´s 33rd annual First Night Springfield New Year’s Eve Celebration on Dec. 31, 2019, in Springfield.    State Journal-Register file