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Carillon Fest
Caroling at
the Carillon
Art Spectacular

Concerts on:



May 1 – Sept 30 

Wed @ 6:30 pm

Sat  @ 2 & 6:30 pm

Sun @ 2 & 6:30 pm




June - August 

Thu @ 6:30 pm

Fri @ 6:30 pm

Oct 1 – April 30 
Wed @ Noon
Sun  @ 2 & 4 pm

The themes of Thematic Summer Concerts on Wednesdays in July and August are:

July 3
Patriotic Music
July 10
Music from The Beatles
July 17 

Music from Lincoln's Time
July 24
Music from Movies and TV
July 31

Latin Music
August 7

Popular Classical Concert Music
August 14
Music from Musicals
August 21

Music from Elvis Presley
August 28

Music from the 1980's




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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