Springfield Area Arts Council

36th annual First Night® Springfield

Hoogland Center for the Arts 420 South Sixth Street, Springfield, IL, United States

Downtown New Year’s Eve will sparkle both in the skies and on Hoogland Center stages for the 36th annual First Night® Springfield.
This family-friendly celebration of the arts is co-produced this year by Springfield Area Arts Council and Hoogland Center for the Arts.  The City of Springfield is adding the annual fireworks spectacular.

$5 – $20

The Brighton Sier Quartet

Boone’s 301 W Edwards St, Springfield, IL, United States

The best live and local jazz and blues every Friday at Boone’s in Downtown Springfield FAMILY-FRIENDLY ACCESSIBLE FREE PARKING NEARBY FOOD AND DRINK AVAILABLE

Free

Julie Jules and Company

Boone’s 301 W Edwards St, Springfield, IL, United States

The best live and local jazz and blues every Friday at Boone’s in Downtown Springfield!
FAMILY-FRIENDLY
ACCESSIBLE
FREE PARKING NEARBY
FOOD AND DRINK AVAILABLE

Free

The David Moore Trio

Boone’s 301 W Edwards St, Springfield, IL, United States

The best live and local jazz and blues every Friday at Boone’s in Downtown Springfield!
FAMILY-FRIENDLY
ACCESSIBLE
FREE PARKING NEARBY
FOOD AND DRINK AVAILABLE

Free

Adjunct Policy

Boone’s 301 W Edwards St, Springfield, IL, United States

The best live and local jazz and blues every Friday at Boone’s in Downtown Springfield!
FAMILY-FRIENDLY
ACCESSIBLE
FREE PARKING NEARBY
FOOD AND DRINK AVAILABLE

Free

The José Gobbo Trio

Boone’s 301 W Edwards St, Springfield, IL, United States

The best live and local jazz and blues every Friday night at Boones in Downtown Springfield!

Family-Friendly
Accessible
Food and Drink Available
Free Parking Nearby

Free

The Michael Taylor Trio

Boone’s 301 W Edwards St, Springfield, IL, United States

The best live and local jazz and blues every Friday night at Boones in Downtown Springfield!

Family-Friendly
Accessible
Food and Drink Available
Free Parking Nearby

Free

Poetry Out Loud Central Illinois Regional Contest

Hoogland Center for the Arts 420 South Sixth Street, Springfield, IL, United States

The Springfield Area Arts Council will host the Poetry Out Loud Central Illinois Regional Contest on Thursday, February 15, at 4:00 P.M. in Peggy Ryder Theatre at the Hoogland Center for the Arts.

Free

Stone Cold Blues Band

Boone’s 301 W Edwards St, Springfield, IL, United States

The best live and local jazz and blues every Friday night at Boones in Downtown Springfield!

Family-Friendly
Accessible
Food and Drink Available
Free Parking Nearby

Free

Footprints with Virgil Rhodes

Boone’s 301 W Edwards St, Springfield, IL, United States

The best live and local jazz and blues every Friday night at Boones in Downtown Springfield!

Family-Friendly
Accessible
Food and Drink Available
Free Parking Nearby

Free

The Arts Council provides opportunities for everyone at a wide variety of events and programs. There is truly something for everyone, and nearly all of our events provide revenue to fund our other programs and services including grants to organizations and placing artists in schools.

Friday Night Jazz & Blues

Relaunching after Uptown Friday Night, a year-round series of jazz concerts held at Robbie’s Restaurant for decades, went on hiatus in March 2020,  the Arts Council is happy to announce that Boone’s will host the best local jazz and blues ensembles each Friday evening.

First Night™ Springfield December 31, 2024

Our annual New Year’s Eve celebration of the arts will be live this year with events at Hoogland Center for the Arts,

Mayor’s Awards for the Arts

These awards, given to recognize artists, arts educators, businesses, volunteers, and arts organizations in Sangamon and Menard counties, will be given in 2024.

Poetry Out Loud 

The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation partner with state arts agencies to support Poetry Out Loud, a competition that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through analysis, memorization, and recitation.  The Illinois Regional and State Contests will precede the National competition in Spring 2024.