Check out the 10 Springfield IL outdoor festivals coming this summer

Nature. Classic hotrods. Fireworks. Music under the stars.

Outdoor festivals are back.

PrideFest, the Old Capitol Art Fair and the opening of the Old Capitol Farmers Market highlight a busy weekend and the opening a number of festivals and gatherings in the downtown Springfield area.

For some, like the Art Fair, it is a return from COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

For others, such as the Springfield Jaycees’ Capitol City Celebration, it was a longer wait.

Here’s what’s in store:

Mahogany Knight will be part of the Drag Show at PrideFest Saturday night.


A day of embracing diversity and celebrating the central Illinois LGBTQ community, PrideFest steps off Saturday with a parade starting at Fifth and Allen streets at 11:30 am

The parade will head north on Fifth Street to Capitol Avenue and end at the event stage on Capitol Avenue. There a kickoff presentation is slated for noon.

Entertainment at the Y Block includes The Deep Hollow (12:30 pm), Thornhill (2:15 pm), Bluewater Kings (4 pm) and a Drag Show featuring Deanna Knight, Mahogany Knight, Vincent Knight, Mimi VanCartier, J Estalado Knight and Veronica Knight (8 pm)

There is also a kids area and plenty of food vendors.

PrideFest is sponsored by the Phoenix Center, an LGBTQ Community Center offering various group services, training, social and educational events and transitional housing. For more information, visit

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