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Carillon Fest
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the Carillon
Art Spectacular

Concerts on:



Oct 1 – April 30

Wed @ Noon
Sun  @ 2 & 4 pm

May 1 – Sept 30 

Wed @ 6:30 pm

Sat  @ 2 & 6:30 pm

Sun @ 2 & 6:30 pm






Carve for the Carillon

Please come help us scoop, carve and move pumpkins for the Jack-O-Lantern event! Everyone in the community is invited to carve:
artists, families, groups, classes, organizations, and individuals! Bring your favorite scooping and carving tools to this free event. We supply the pumpkins. 

When: 15th annual October 12-13, 2019
Time: 11:00am-4:00pm (while pumpkins last)
Admission:  FREE Family-Friendly Event 
Location: Washington Park, 1740 W. Fayette Ave, Springfield, IL 62704
Surrounding the Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon tower.

Pumpkin Farmers are needed to donate pumpkins – please contact jols@ameritech.net

For more information or to become a sponsor or volunteer: please contact jols@ameritech.net.


Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular

15th annual October 18-19, 2019, 6:30-9:30pm

Adults $7; Children 4-11 $5; Children 3 & under Free.

The annual Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular and Carve for the Carillon were founded by former Rees Carillon Society Board Member Brenda Poston. These events are inspired by the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular in Providence, Rhode Island - featuring the talents of professional artists only. Springfield’s event differs in that everyone is invited--from students, individuals, families and artists--from the community to participate and carve their own pumpkin at Carve for the Carillon (the second weekend each October).  The following Friday and Saturday, more than 2,000 illuminated hand-carved jack-o-lanterns are displayed around the Carillon and the Washington Park Botanical Garden - showcasing carving talents of area residents, artists and District 186 students. Springfield’s events are participatory and family-focused.  JOLS features special Carillon music, lighting, sound effects, a unique Tree of Lights and food vendors.  Fundraising proceeds include corporate sponsorship and admissions.  Attendance ranges from 5,000 to 8,000 annually.

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