Ice Skating Rink Downtown Grand Opening Today

Cool!!! This is just a post to let you all know that today a grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony was held for a new ice skating rink right on the Old State Capitol lawn (pictured above)!! The ceremony was held at 11:00 am earlier today, and the rink is open tonight (Saturday) until 7:00 pm.

This is the “LRS Ice Rink” being organized by Sangamon CEO. The rink will be open to the public Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings starting now through the holiday season. This goes along with Downtown Springfield’s “holiday walks” this year which take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays. You can find out more info as well as skate rental and season pass rates on the LRS Ice Rink website right here.

See you out on the rink!

Today Downtown: Open Streets 2021

Oh shoot – today is open streets day here downtown! Who’d of thought! It’s actually going on right now! That’s right – from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm you can do whatever you want in the streets here downtown. You can do backflips, or skateboard in the streets. This year the area that is blocked off is different than previous years. Monroe Street in front of our store is NOT blocked off, instead the area more behind us – between 4th and 5th streets and between Capitol and Edwards is. That is pretty much around the entire “Y-Block” where the Levitt AMP Concert Series was held.

For more info, head on over to the Downtown Open Streets facebook event right here, or!

Abe Fest July 9th & 10th At BoS Plaza Featuring Flock of Seagulls, Starship, & More

As we mentioned earlier, there are three major outdoor music festivals happening downtown in the month of July. This includes Legacy of Giving Festival this upcoming weekend, Downhome Music Festival at the end of the month, and Abe Fest the weekend of July 9th and 10th.

Abe Fest might feature the fewest bands out of those three, however the festival might be bringing in headliners which might be the heaviest hitters when it comes to national acts. The festival is being held at the Bank of Springfield Center Plaza, and features headlining act Flock of Seagulls on Friday, July 9th and Starship (featuring Mickey Thomas) as the headlining act on Saturday, July 10th. Tickets for each of those dates can be purchased in advance on the Bank of Springfield Center website. For the complete lineup and also more info on the festival, be sure to follow the Abe Fest facebook page.

We might be updating and re-launching our Springfield shows page soon…

Legacy Of Giving Music Festival July 2nd & 3rd Downtown Springfield

Between Legacy of Giving, Abe Fest, and Downhome Music Festival there are THREE major outdoor music festivals happening here downtown in July that we know of! Plus there is still the Levitt AMP Music Series out on the y-block still every Thursday night through August 5th! That’s a lot of outdoor live music happening here downtown.

The Legacy Of Giving Music Festival is happening here downtown this upcoming weekend Friday and Saturday July 2nd and 3rd. As you can see on the poster above, there are too many bands playing for us to even list off here. The headlining acts look to be Enamel, The Longmeyer Band, The Station, and This One’s Pink. There are probably about 50 bands listed on that poster playing throughout the weekend. Update – there are actually 60 bands playing 5 different stages for 10 different charities! The festival also features food trucks, a kids area, a vendor fair, a disc golf tournament, and much much more.

We are told to be on the lookout for a band schedule to be released any day now on the Legacy of Giving facebook page. You can also find more information on the festival at

Downhome Music Festival Announces Lineup For July 30th & 31st

It looks like this will not be a summer without music festivals here in downtown Springfield like last summer was! Legacy of Giving Music Festival is happening in just one week on July 2nd and 3rd this year. Abe Fest is happening on Friday July 9th and Saturday July 10th. Downhome Music Festival is happening later on in the summer (still only one month away), and are ones that have just recently announced their lineup!

Downhome Music Festival is happening Friday and Saturday July 30th and 31st! This festival will feature first time performances since before the pandemic hit for a number of local groups! Big headliners on Friday night include Looming and also Junior Pasare. On Saturday night Solar Chariot and Starwolf are headlining but there are a few other notable acts including Park. Stream some of Looming’s music on the player below!

We are unsure if any time slot or ticket info has yet been released, but you can stay up to date with Downhome going-ons on their facebook page. Holy smokes we are thinking about re-booting our Springfield shows page right now!

Farmers Market Downtown Kicks Off Today For 2021 Season

Lovely! We are ready for nicer weather, summer, more things happening outdoors downtown, and the return of the Old Capitol Farmers Market! That’s right – the Farmers Market here in downtown Springfield officially kicks back off today – or did just a little bit ago at 8:00 am!

The Farmers Market takes place on the corner of 4th and Adams Streets here downtown, and up and down Adams Street just west of the Old State Capitol building just about one block away from us. There was an article in the paper a few days ago – “Farmers Markets Return For Summer Season With Samples, Live Music, and Social Distancing”. The Farmers Market takes place every Wednesday and Saturday morning from now until October 27th in the fall! This is the 22nd year the Farmers Market has been in operation! More info on the market as well as COVID guidelines can be found on the Downtown Springfield Inc. website right here.

Downtown Springfield Taking Applications For “Social Media Ambassadors” for “Rep The City” Program

Are you young? Like 25 years of age or younger young? Do you know someone who is – an particularly someone who knows how to use social media? Well, Downtown Springfield Inc. just may be looking for you for a new fun program they are doing this summer called “Rep The City”! They are searching for “social media ambassadors” 25 years of age or younger to come downtown and post about some of the cool things we have going on down here, – and discounts for different downtown businesses and special events are included.

That flier pictured above is in our store right now and as you can see has one of those scanny doo-dads on the bottom left hand corner – which is a link to the online application, which can be found right here. More information about the program for now can be found on the application – there will likely be more of an official announcement from Downtown Springfield Inc. once ambassadors are chosen on what the program is and what’s going on this summer.

Downtown Springfield Sidewalk Sales This Saturday

Good morning everyone – surely we hope that after yesterday we have seen all there is to see for snow for this winter and it’s just warmer nicer weather from here on out. We especially hope it will be nice out for this Saturday (4/24) because the Downtown Springfield annual Sidewalk Sales are supposed to be taking place! This is when a lot of downtown businesses offer special sales, put things out on the sidewalk, and it’s a great spring Saturday to go downtown! Here’s a full list of who is participating:

Itty Bitty Fashion Truck
Kiddos by Urban Sassafras
Springfield Vintage
Daisy Jane’s
Dumb Records
Corrine’s Closet
Studio on 6th, the Original Art Co-op
The Roost
Murphy’s Loft
Willow & Birch
Wild Rose
Abe’s Old Hat Antiques & Country Store
Merchant House
The Pharmacy Gallery & Art Space
Recycled Records 

How nice! For this sale we will be offering 50% off all dollar records and also 20% off all Dumb Records apparel! Cool! That’s pretty much it. Our store is also open 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on Saturdays. And our arcade is also open during those hours.

Dumb Records Downtown Pinball Tournament Wins “Most Creative Promotion” In Downtown Springfield Awards

Welcome to a brand new week! Happy Monday everyone! Today we bring you news this past weekend we brought home a *virtual* award for our store’s award shelf. We are thrilled to accept Downtown Springfield Inc‘s award for “most creative promotion” for our Downtown Pinball Tournament which was held earlier this past fall. We had a whole lot of fun setting up the pinball tournament, and we can’t wait to do it again later on this year.

The Downtown Springfield Inc. awards ceremony was held virtually this year. You can check out what other local businesses and people won other awards on the DSI facebook page right here.

Once again congratulations to Prairie Archives for being the official winners for our Downtown Springfield Pinball Tournament for 2020. Who will be the winner for this year?

Dumb Records Nominated For Two Best of Downtown 2020 DSI Awards

Welcome back to another week! Hopefully everybody had some good holidays. We sure did. Our store is still appointment-only this week. Some exciting news we have today is that Dumb Records was just recently nominated in two different award categories for Downtown Springfield Inc.‘s “Best of Downtown 2020″ annual awards. (We didn’t win anything just yet)! The picture above is from last year’s award ceremony, where we won the category of ” Innovative Business Concept.”

You can check out the list of nominees on the DSI website right here. We have been nominated in categories of “Best Retail” and also “Most Creative Promotion” with our downtown pinball tournament. This year’s ceremony is virtual due to COVID-19, and tickets can be found for the virtual ceremony on that same link. The virtual ceremony is being called “DSI & Chill” and is happening Thursday, January 21st.