Archive for July, 2012

The Exhibition “K’NEX Building Thrill Rides” will take place through Sept. 1 at Lakeview Museum (located at 1125 W. Lake Ave. in Peoria) from 10 am – 5 pm Monday -Saturday (until 8 pm on Thursdays) and from Noon – 5 pm on Sunday. Use K’NEX rods and connectors to build a thrill ride of your own, which will help you understand the different properties of physics such as centrifugal force, kinetic energy, and motion. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for youth, $5 for senior citizens or free for members. For more information, call 309-686-7000.

Wines n More (located at 151 S. Main St. in downtown Morton) will host a Free Wine Tasting tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7 pm featuring a variety of wines. For more information, call 309-291-0899 or visit www.winesnmore.net

Funny Business presented by Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield continues this weekend:  tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday, doors open at 6 pm, the buffet dinner begins at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm.  On Sunday, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $32 for Thursday, $34 for Friday and Sunday brunch and $36 for Saturday. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
Find a $10 discount per couple coupon on Peoria-Deals.com!

Enjoy a fun-filled evening with the young musicians from the Peoria Park District’s Summer Band and Orchestra Program Concert tonight (Thursday) featuring music from many country greats including Hank Williams and Taylor Swift at the Glen Oak Amphitheatre (located at 2218 North Prospect Road in Peoria) from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Admission is $3 for adult and free for students with ID.

Family Night at DragonLand Water Park (located at located at 193 Red Bud Drive in Pekin) will take place tonight (Thursday) from 7 – 8:30 pm. The park includes a zero depth, play/entry area, two water slides and “Dude” the dragon slide with mushroom waterfall geyser. Admission is $8 per family of 4 plus $1 for each additional family member (families residing in the same household).

CEFCU, the Peoria Park District and the Central Illinois Jazz Society proudly present Thursday Night Jazz featuring Speakeasy with Judy Page tonight (Thursday) at the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing on Peoria’s RiverFront from 7 – 9 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The Peoria Chiefs will take on the Cedar Rapids Kernals tonight (Thursday) and Friday beginning at 7 pm at Peoria Chiefs Stadium. The Chiefs will also face the Beloit Snappers at home on Sunday at 2 pm and Monday at 7 pm. Tickets are $7 for lawn seats and $10 for club box seats and are available at the Chiefs Box Office, by calling 1-866-MYTICKET or online at https://www.ticketreturn.com/prod2/team.asp?SponsorID=4041
For more information about the Peoria Chiefs, visit www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t443

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival presents Sheridan’s “The Rivals” at Ewing Manor in Bloomington tonight (Thursday) and on Sunday at 7:30 pm. The Festival will also present “As You Like It” on Friday at 8 pm and “Othello” on Saturday at 8:00 pm.
Tickets range in price from $27 – $47 for adults & $23 – $43 for students and are available by calling 309-438-2535 or at http://www.ticketmaster.com/venue/57373 Season and group tickets are also available. Visit http://thefestival.org/tickets/index.shtml for more information and a schedule.

The Erotic Hypnotic will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $12 except for the Thursday show, which is $10. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Lakeview Aquatic Center (located at 1017 West Lake Avenue – Lakeview Park – in Peoria) will host Family Swim Night under the lights tonight (Thursday) from 7:30 – 9:30 pm. Admission is $12 for a family of 4 with additional children $2.25 each. Children 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 309-686-3377.

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday with boarding at 12:30 pm and the cruise running from 1 – 2:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for infants and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000

Join professional BBQ teams from all over the Midwest who will compete in the Morton BBQ Throwdown throughout downtown Morton from 5 – 10 pm on Friday and from 10 am – 9 pm on Saturday. Admission is $5 per person donation or free for children 17 & under with adults. On Friday entertainment includes bands Jury’s Out and Rewind. On Saturday the festivities continue with free admission from 10 am – 2 pm plus a silent auction, food vendors, beer garden and kids’ activities. Live music on Saturday includes Mister Sister and JammSammich. All proceeds go to the Illinois Cancer Care Foundation. For more information, call 309-208-1572 or visit http://mortonmagnet.com/mortonbbqthrowdown.php

The Pekin Main Street Super Cruise will be held from 5 – 11 pm on Friday and 2 – 8 pm on Saturday in downtown Pekin featuring restored to new model cars, trucks and bikes plus live music, food and vendors. For more information, call 309-353-3100 or visit http://www.pekinmainstreet.com/indexCruise.html

The Contemporary Art Center presents Live at the Five Spot featuring Judy Page & Speak Easy beginning at 5:30 pm on Friday. Admission is $7 for members. $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.
Enjoy Swing Dance also on Friday at the Contemporary Arts Center from 8:30 – 9:30 pm for the dance lesson and 9:30 pm – 12:30 am for open dancing to DJ Matt Vasquez. Admission is $3 for members and $6 for non-members. For more information on either event, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

Splashdown Family Friday Fun Nights will take place at Splashdown Water Park (located at 1 Eastside Drive  East Peoria in East Peoria) on Friday from 7 – 9:30 pm. Enjoy a live DJ from Sound Illusions, a balloon artist from Unique Twist Balloon Creations and kid giveaways. Cost is $15 for a family of four and $3 for each additional family member. Season passes will be honored. For more information, call 309-694-1867 or visit www.fondulacpark.com/?q=splashdown

The Peoria Municipal Band will perform on Friday at St. Philomena’s Church beginning at 7 pm with a mini-concert. Admission is free.
The Municipal Band will also perform at the Glen Oak Park Amphitheatre on Sunday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is also free. For more information, visit www.peoriamunicipalband.com

Learn what goes on after the lights go out at the Peoria Zoo (located at 2218 North Prospect Road, inside Glen Oak Park in Peoria) at Zoo After Dark on Friday from 7 – 9 pm. Participants will find out about night houses, nocturnal animals and event meet some animals up close. Admission is $15 per person.
Or, take a Behind the Scenes Tour of the Peoria Zoo on Saturday beginning at 9 am. The hour long tour will take you into areas the public doesn’t normally get to see where you can learn more about the animals and how the zookeepers care for them. The tour is recommended for ages 7 and up and admission is $20 per person, which includes Zoo admission. For more information and to register for either event, call 309-686-3513.

RiverLife Gospel will present a Dinner Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday featuring gospel musicians Scott & Rachel Kramer. Boarding begins at 6:30 pm and cruises from 7 – 9:30 pm. Tickets are $45 for adults and $22.50 for ages 4-12. For more information or to order tickets, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

JammSammich will perform at the Landing on the CEFCU Stage on the Peoria riverfront on Friday with gates opening at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available day of show at the gate for $7 per person.

The Wizard of Oz will be performed by Arc Light Productions in Glasford on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. General Admission is $7 or $5 for senior citizens and kids under 12 and may be purchased at the door. For more information, call 309-455-4095 or visit http://www.arclightpro.com

Enjoy a Date Movie Night featuring the film Fast Five on Friday night beginning at dusk at the Glen Oak Amphitheatre (located at 2218 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria). Admission is $5 per couple. For more information, call 309-681-2854 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The RiverFront Market takes place on the Peoria riverfront every Saturday morning through September from 8 am – Noon in Liberty Park (at the corners of Liberty and Water Streets) featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers plus local art, live music and demonstrations each week. Chef Demonstrations take place the first and 3rd Saturday of each month beginning at 10 am. For more information, visit http://www.peoriariverfront.com

The 9th Annual Whitney’s Walk for Life will be held Saturday at Jubilee College State Park with the 5K Run beginning at 7:55 am followed by the Walk at 8 am. Adults are $25 and children 12 and under are $15. Register at www.whitneyswalk.com Call 309-692-1766 for more information.

Kids Day 2012 will take place at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie on Saturday from 10 am – 3 pm. There will be lots of kids activities and admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.crittentoncenters.org

Cornfest 2012 will take place in downtown Chillicothe on Saturday with meals being served from 11 am – 4 pm priced at $5 for adults and $3 for children 10 and under. Entertainment includes face painting, balloon artist and a blow up jumper for kids. For more information, call 309-274-4556.

Destihl in Normal will host their Barrel & Firkin Fest from 12 – 4 pm on Saturday with a sampling of their many cask conditioned beers and barrel aged beers including their award-winning Saint Dekkera Reserve Sour Ales. Admission is $45 and includes a commemorative tasting glass and unlimited sample tastings. There will also be food available for purchase. Advanced purchase of ticket is recommended. For more information or to purchase your tickets, www.destihl.com

Fiesta En El Rio will take place Saturday on the Peoria Riverfront from 5 – 11:30 pm with kids games, piñata breaking, face painting, a jumping house, Salsa dancing, live Mexican Banda music, live Mariachi, Latin American food, beverages and desserts. Admission is $7 per person or $20 per family. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

Draft Culture, will be playing at the Fieldhouse in Campus Town shopping center in Peoria on Saturday beginning at 9 pm. There is no cover charge, however, you must be 21 or older to attend. For more information call 309-494-9600 or visit http://www.facebook.com/draft.culture.9

The Summer Concert at Kickapoo Creek Winery to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association will be held Sunday from Noon – 5 pm at the winery. A $10 admission includes wine tasting and live entertainment featuring local bands. Tickets are available by calling 309-681-1100 or at the door the day of the event.

The Shoppes at Grand Prairie will present Performances on the Prairie on Sunday from 12 – 3 pm in the Center Court featuring Barry Cloyd, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.  Barry has spent a lifetime creating a unique performance style that weaves together the genres of Blues, Folk, Celtic, Original and Roots music. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.shoppesatgrandprairie.com/events

The Peoria Ballet will present Paquita at Riverside Community Church in downtown Peoria on Sunday beginning at 6 pm. The first half of the program will feature a variety of dances choreographed by guest artists. The performance is free. For more information, call 309-690-7990.

Peoria Players will present their annual Get Acquainted event at the theatre on Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm. Admission is free. Meet the directors of the 2012-13 season and get a sneak peek of the upcoming shows. For more information, call 309-688-4473 or visit www.PeoriaPlayers.org

The Heart of Illinois Fair continues through Saturday with gates open from 10 am – 10 pm each day. New events this year include a BBQ contest, the Heart of Illinois Fair 5K, a Bags Tournament, a Family Fun Zone in the air conditioned Exhibit Hall and the new free entertainment food court. General admission is $8 for ages13 & over, $4 for children aged 6 – 12 and free for ages under 6 and military personnel with ID. For more information, visit www.heartofillinoisfair.com

The Exhibition “K’NEX Building Thrill Rides” will take place through Sept. 1 at Lakeview Museum (located at 1125 W. Lake Ave. in Peoria) from 10 am – 5 pm Monday -Saturday (until 8 pm on Thursdays) and from Noon – 5 pm on Sunday. Use K’NEX rods and connectors to build a thrill ride of your own, which will help you understand the different properties of physics such as centrifugal force, kinetic energy, and motion. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for youth, $5 for senior citizens or free for members. For more information, call 309-686-7000.

The Young Professionals Organization of Greater Peoria will host its 2nd annual “Pie in the Sky” Pie Eating Contest tonight (Thursday) at Kelleher’s Irish Pub & Eatery from 5 – 7 pm. Entry fee is $10 and proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Peoria. For more information, call 309-272-2753.

Enjoy a Girls Night Out tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7 pm at Wines ‘N More (located at 151 South Main Street in Morton) featuring a free wine tasting. Local vendors will also  be displaying their unique merchandise and there will also be free massages, facials, and a wellness coach. Admission is free. Extended hours and special discounts will be offered by Eli’s Coffee, LuLu’s, Pumpkin Patch and Leaves N Beans also located in downtown Morton.  For more information, call 309-291-0899 or visit www.winesnmore.net

Family Night at DragonLand Water Park (located at located at 193 Red Bud Drive in Pekin) will take place tonight (Thursday) from 7 – 8:30 pm. The park includes a zero depth, play/entry area, two water slides and “Dude” the dragon slide with mushroom waterfall geyser. Admission is $8 per family of 4 plus $1 for each additional family member (families residing in the same household).

Funny Business presented by Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield continues this weekend:  tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday, doors open at 6 pm, the buffet dinner begins at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm.  On Sunday, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $32 for Thursday, $34 for Friday and Sunday brunch and $36 for Saturday. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com Find a $10 discount per couple coupon on Peoria-Deals.com!

CEFCU, the Peoria Park District and the Central Illinois Jazz Society proudly present Thursday Night Jazz featuring the Billy Cook Quartet at the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing on Peoria’s RiverFront tonight (Thursday) from 7 – 9 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

A Neil Diamond Tribute will take place tonight (Thursday) at the Caterpillar Performing Arts Center at Five Points beginning at 7 pm. All tickets are $20 with $2 of every ticket benefiting Washington’s local food bank WHIP. For more information or to purchase tickets visit fivepointswashington.com

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival presents Sheridan’s “The Rivals” at Ewing Manor in Bloomington tonight (Thursday) and on Sunday at 7:30 pm. The Festival will also present “Othello” on Friday at 8 pm and “As You Like It” on Saturday at 8:00 pm.
Tickets range in price from $27 – $47 for adults & $23 – $43 for students and are available by calling 309-438-2535 or at http://www.ticketmaster.com/venue/57373 Season and group tickets are also available. Visit http://thefestival.org/tickets/index.shtml for more information and a schedule.

Lakeview Aquatic Center (located at 1017 West Lake Avenue – Lakeview Park – in Peoria) will host Family Swim Night under the lights tonight (Thursday) from 7:30 – 9:30 pm. Admission is $12 for a family of 4 with additional children $2.25 each. Children 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 309-686-3377.

The musical Hairspray continues at Corn Stock Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm each night through Sunday, although tickets are available ONLY for the Sunday performance. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 youth aged 18 & under and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.cornstocktheatre.com

April Macie will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $15 except for the Thursday 8 pm show and the Friday & Saturday 10:30 pm shows, which are $12. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Matthew Curry on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will take place on Friday and feature a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $3 for members or $6 for non-members. For more information on either event, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

Splashdown Family Friday Fun Nights will take place at Splashdown Water Park in East Peoria on Friday from 7 – 9:30 pm. Enjoy a live DJ from Sound Illusions, a balloon artist from Unique Twist Balloon Creations and kid giveaways. Cost is $15 for a family of four and $3 for each additional family member. Season passes will be honored. For more information, call 309-694-1867 or visit www.fondulacpark.com/?q=splashdown

The Wizard of Oz will be performed by Arc Light Productions (located within Illini Bluffs High School at 212 North Saylor Street in Glasford)  on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm each night. General Admission is $7 or $5 for senior citizens and kids under 12 and may be purchased at the door. For more information, call 309-455-4095 or visit http://www.arclightpro.com

Too White Crew will perform on Friday at The Landing on the Peoria riverfront with gates opening at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available day of show at the gate for $7 per person.

Alice Cooper brings his “No More Mr. Nice Guy Tour” to the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $39.50, $47.50 and $57.50 and are available at the Civic Center box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.

Draft Culture will perform at Kelleher’s on Water Street in Peoria on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Admission is free and food and drinks will be available for purchase. Draft Culture is an 80s, 90s, & modern rock, female fronted cover band, For more information, call 309-673-6000 or visit http://www.facebook.com/draft.culture

The RiverFront Market takes place on the Peoria riverfront every Saturday morning through September from 8 am – Noon in Liberty Park (at the corners of Liberty and Water Streets) featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers and much more plus local art, live music and demonstrations each week. Chef Demonstrations take place the first and 3rd Saturday of each month beginning at 10 am. For more information, visit http://www.peoriariverfront.com

The Woofs ‘N Wine Dog Festival will take place behind the Main St. Deli (located at 133 South Main Street in Morton) from 11 am – 4 pm on Saturday. The fundraiser benefits PAWS Giving Independence, which trains and supplies service dogs for people needing assistance. There will be a “Best in Show” competition, a talent show and a look alike contest too plus free wine tasting at Wines ‘n More also during the event. For more information, call 309-291-0899 or visit www.winesnmore.net

Rachel Coleman Live! will be held at the ICC Performing Arts Center in East Peoria on Saturday beginning at 3:30 pm. Tickets range in price from $1 to $25 and are available online at http://www.signingtimefoundation.org/community-events/peoria/

At Winter in Summer at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday from 11 am – 2 pm, you can learn how the zookeepers keep the animals cool during the “dog days” of summer. There will also be games and prizes throughout the day. The event is free with regular admission which is $8.50 for adults (ages 13 and over), $4.75 for children (ages 3-12), $7.50 for senior citizens (ages 65 and over) and free for children 2 & under. For more information, call 309-681-3513.

Cool down at Splashdown Water Park on Saturday from 3 – 6 pm while helping out the Children’s Hospital of Illinois: 20% of all admission fees will be donated to HOPE (Helping our Patients Everyday) and CHOI. General admission is $6.25, spectators are $2 and children 3 & under are free. For more information, call 309-694-1867 or visit www.fondulacpark.com/?q=splashdown

The 35th Annual St. Jude Telethon will be televised from the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm through 12:30 am. It will be televised live on WEEK-TV Channel 25. Donations are accepted during the Telethon by calling a VIP directly or by going to www.stjudetelethon.org You can also stop by and view the Telethon in person. Admission is free. For more information about participating in the telethon, call 309-679-4580.

Rod Tuffcurls & The Bench Press will perform on Saturday on the CEFCU Stage at the Landing on the Peoria riverfront with gates opening at 7:3 pm. Tickets are $7 per person. For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The Shoppes at Grand Prairie will present Performances on the Prairie on Sunday from 12 – 3 pm in the Center Court featuring Barry Cloyd, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.  Barry has spent a lifetime creating a unique performance style that weaves together the genres of Blues, Folk, Celtic, Original and Roots music. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.shoppesatgrandprairie.com/events

Pioneer Days will take place on Sunday at Sommer Park from 1 – 4 pm where you can experience firsthand the daily life of rural Peorians in the mid 19th century. Admission is $2 per person, age four and up. There will be presentations highlighting this month’s theme. For more information, call 309-691-8423.

The Peoria German American Society will host its annual Corn Boil at Hickory Grove Park (located at 12403 N Hickory Grove Rd, in Dunlap) on Sunday from 2 – 8 pm. Admission and parking are free. Pork chop sandwiches, sweet corn, baked beans and coleslaw meals will be available for a $7 donation plus there will be a cash bar. Activities include soccer beginning at 11 am, a bean bag toss competition from 6 – 8 pm, Bocci ball, shooting. ladder golf, horseshoes, volley ball games plus a children’s play area. Proceeds will be used to fund major improvements at Hickory Grove Park. For more information, visit http://www.peoriagermans.net

The Peoria Municipal Band will perform at the Glen Oak Park Amphitheatre on Sunday beginning at 7 pm. Guest vocalists will also perform. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriamunicipalband.com

Arts in the Park will feature The King Family tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm in Idlewood Park (located at 450 E. Idlewood in Morton). The King Family performs bluegrass, gospel and some original music. Admission is free. The Morton Tourism Association will be serving pulled pork sandwiches with chips, sweet snacks and beverages beginning at 6:30 pm in conjunction with the concert. Please bring a lawn chair or a blanket for the show. For more information, visit www.mortonfinearts.org

The Exhibition “K’NEX Building Thrill Rides” will take place through Sept. 1 at Lakeview Museum (located at 1125 W. Lake Ave. in Peoria) from 10 am – 5 pm Monday -Saturday (until 8 pm on Thursdays) and from Noon – 5 pm on Sunday. Use K’NEX rods and connectors to build a thrill ride of your own, which will help you understand the different properties of physics such as centrifugal force, kinetic energy, and motion. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for youth, $5 for senior citizens or free for members. For more information, call 309-686-7000.

The Sally Weisenberg Trio will perform in conjunction with a free wine tasting tonight (Thursday) at Wines ‘n More (located at 151 S. Main in Morton) from 5 – 8 pm. The cover charge for the band is $3 per person or $5 per couple. For more information, call 309-291-0899 or visit www.winesnmore.net

Family Night at DragonLand Water Park (located at located at 193 Red Bud Drive in Pekin) will take place tonight (Thursday) from 7 – 8:30 pm through the summer. The park includes a zero depth, play/entry area, two water slides and “Dude” the dragon slide with mushroom waterfall geyser. Admission is $8 per family of 4 plus $1 for each additional family member (families residing in the same household).

Funny Business presented by Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield continues this weekend.  Tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday, doors open at 6 pm, the buffet dinner begins at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm.  On Sunday, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $32 for Thursday, $34 for Friday and Sunday brunch and $36 for Saturday. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
Find a $10 discount per couple coupon on Peoria-Deals.com!

Children’s Community Theatre presents Guys & Dolls at Peoria Players Theatre tonight (Thursday) at 7 pm, Friday and Saturday at 1:30 & 7 pm and Sunday at 1:30 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children 12 years & younger and senior citizens aged 62 and up and are available online at www.artspartners.net (there is a $3 per ticket service fee when purchased online). For more information, call 309-681-2861 or visit www.cctpeoria.org

CEFCU, the Peoria Park District and the Central Illinois Jazz Society proudly present Thursday Night Jazz featuring Kevin Hart & The Vibe Tribe at the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing on Peoria’s RiverFront tonight (Thursday) from 7 – 9 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The Peoria Chiefs will take on the Dayton Dragons beginning at 7 pm tonight (Thursday) & Friday at Peoria Chiefs Stadium (located at 730 SW Jefferson in downtown Peoria).  The Chiefs also face the Bowling Green Hot Rods on Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets are $7 for lawn seats and $10 for club box seats and are available at the Chiefs Box Office, by calling 1-866-MYTICKET or online at https://www.ticketreturn.com/prod2/team.asp?SponsorID=4041

Lakeview Aquatic Center (located at 1017 West Lake Avenue – Lakeview Park – in Peoria) will host Family Swim Night under the lights tonight (Thursday) from 7:30 – 9:30 pm. Admission is $12 for a family of 4 with additional children $2.25 each. Children 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 309-686-3377.

Velocity Teen Dance, a Nightclub experience for teens ages 14-19, will be held at the Peoria Civic Center from 8 – 11:30 pm tonight (Thursday). Ladies will be admitted for half price before 8:30 pm. Doors open at 7:45 pm. Admission is $15 with a Facebook RSVP or $20 admission without. ID required for admission. To rsvp or for more information, visit http://velocityparty.com/events

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival presents “As You Like It” at Ewing Manor in Bloomington tonight (Thursday) at 7:30 pm and again on Saturday at 8 pm. The Festival will also present “Othello” on Friday at 8 pm and Sunday at 7:30 pm.  Tickets range in price from $27 – $47 for adults & $23 – $43 for students and are available by calling 309-438-2535 or at http://www.ticketmaster.com/venue/57373 Season and group tickets are also available. Visit http://thefestival.org/tickets/index.shtml for more information and a complete show schedule.

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Cousin Eddie (pop, rock) on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

Hairbanger’s Ball, a tribute to “The Decade of Decadence”, will perform on Friday at the Peoria RiverFront with gates opening at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available day of show at the gate and are $7 per person.

The musical Hairspray will be presented by Corn Stock Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm Friday through July 21st. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 youth aged 18 & under and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.cornstocktheatre.com

The Heart of Illinois Fair will take place at Expo Gardens beginning Friday through July 21st with gates open from 10 am – 10 pm each day. New events this year include a BBQ contest, the Heart of Illinois Fair 5K, a Bags Tournament, a Family Fun Zone in the air conditioned Exhibit Hall and the new free entertainment food court. General admission is $8 for ages 13 & over, $4 for children aged 6 – 12 and free for ages under 6 and military personnel with ID. For more information, visit www.heartofillinoisfair.com
The Heart of Illinois Fair 5K
will take place on Saturday beginning at 7:30 am at Exposition Gardens in Peoria. Fee to participate is $25. All participants will receive a race t-shirt, complimentary one-day entry into the Heart of Illinois Fair and post-race refreshments. For more information, call 309-363-3066 or visit http://www.heartofillinoisfair.com

Enjoy a Sightseeing Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday, Saturday or Sunday with boarding at 12:30 pm and the cruise running from 1 – 2:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for infants and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com
Or try the Tropical Rock & Roll for Your Soul, a Caribbean-themed Dinner Cruise, on the Spirit of Peoria Riverboat featuring cheeseburgers grilled on the dock beginning at 7 pm and the cruise beginning at 8:30 pm. Tickets are $40 per person and are available by calling 309-637-8000 or online at http://www.spiritofpeoria.com/tickets/order

The RiverFront Market takes place on the Peoria riverfront every Saturday morning through September from 8 am – Noon in Liberty Park (at the corners of Liberty and Water Streets) featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers and much more! Plus local art, live music and demonstrations each week. Chef Demonstrations take place the first and 3rd Saturday of each month beginning at 10 am. For more information, visit http://www.peoriariverfront.com

Open Fishing Day will be held Saturday at Camp Wokanda (located at located at 620 E Boy Scout Rd. in Chillicothe) from 9 – 11 am. Enjoy the well-stocked waters of Lake Davis where you can fish from the shore for free or rent a canoe for $5. Poles can be rented for $1. This program is Catch and Release only. For more information, call 309-579-2157.

Enjoy a Chocolate Tasting at the Lakeview Library Branch in Peoria on Saturday from 10:30 – 11:30 am. Registration is requested, but not required.  To register, email programmingdepartment@ppl.peoria.lib.il.us or call 309-497-2150. All ages are welcome.
The Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 W. Grand Parkway in Peoria) will host the Lewistown High School Tube Band on Sunday from 2 – 3 pm. Admission is free and all ages are welcome. For more information, call 309-497-2120.

Enjoy Tea with Glinda beginning at 2 pm at Butler Haynes Park in Mapleton in the Wizard of Oz garden. Join Glinda for an afternoon of tea, crafts, and merriment provided by the Wizard of Oz himself in preparation for the upcoming performances of show at Arc Light Theatre on July 20-21 & 27 – 29. Come dressed up as a prince or princess and get your picture taken with Glinda. A royal fee of $5 per child will be collected. Space is very limited for this event, so reserve your spot today by calling 309-455-4095.

Main St. Morton will host its annual Car Cruise In on Saturday with over 500 Classic Cars that will gather on the streets of Morton plus live music, food, kids activities, and 50/50 drawing. Anyone is invited to bring their car to show. Wines ‘n More will be hosting a wine tasting and live music by DC-3 from 4 – 9 pm for $3 per person or $5 per couple in conjunction with the Cruise In. For more information, call 309-291-0899 or visit www.winesnmore.net

Celebrate summertime with a Barn Dance beginning at 7 pm in the air-conditioned Edelstein Congregational Church. Admission is $5 with a $20 maximum for families: you are invited to bring a snack to share. For more information and directions, call 309-274-5358 or 309-274-2228.

Mike and Joe will perform Saturday at the Landing on the Peoria riverfront with gates opening at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available day of show at the gate for $7 per person.

The St. Jude Shrimp & Corn Boil will take place on Sunday at the Itoo Hall from 11 am – 7 pm. Dinners are $10 for shrimp, corn-on-the-cob, new potatoes, and smoked sausage. There will also be live entertainment, 50/50 drawings and a raffle. All proceeds go to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. For more information, call 309-676-9725.

The Central Illinois Jazz Society (CIJS) will host The Boss Quartet at Landmark Recreation Center on Sunday from 6 – 8:15 pm. The House Band opens at 6 pm with a variety of jazz styles. The Boss Quartet will begin at 7:15 pm. Admission is $5 for members, $7 for non-members and students are free. Food and drink available. For more information call 309-692-5330 or visit www.peoriajazz.com

The Shoppes at Grand Prairie will present Performances on the Prairie on Sunday from 12 – 3 pm in the Center Court featuring Barry Cloyd, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.  Barry has spent a lifetime creating a unique performance style that weaves together the genres of Blues, Folk, Celtic, Original and Roots music. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.shoppesatgrandprairie.com/events

The Peoria Municipal Band will perform at the Glen Oak Park Amphitheatre on Sunday beginning at 7 pm. Guest vocalists will also perform. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriamunicipalband.com

The last Cornerstone Festival continues through Saturday in Bushnell IL with over 300 bands playing many styles of music, including rock, metal, punk, hardcore and pop music. In addition to the many musicians, Cornerstone Festival also presents guest speakers, and features independent/foreign film screenings, writers’ seminars, and art workshops. Tickets range from $40 for a one-day ticket to $125 for the entire festival for adults. Group tickets are also available. For more information, call 773-989-2087 or visit http://www.cornerstonefestival.com

The Exhibition “K’NEX Building Thrill Rides” will take place through Sept. 1 at Lakeview Museum (located at 1125 W. Lake Ave. in Peoria) from 10 am – 5 pm Monday -Saturday (until 8 pm on Thursdays) and from Noon – 5 pm on Sunday. Use K’NEX rods and connectors to build a thrill ride of your own, which will help you understand the different properties of physics such as centrifugal force, kinetic energy, and motion. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for youth, $5 for senior citizens or free for members. For more information, call 309-686-7000.

Whisper & Shout will take place at the Contemporary Art Center tonight (Thursday) with an open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry. Doors open at 7:30 pm, show begins at 8 pm. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members.
On Friday, Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Rob Williams and the Soggy Bottom Blues Band beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will be held on Friday and will feature a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Matt Vasquez from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $3 for members or $6 for non-members. For more information on any of these events, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

Wines n More (located at 151 S. Main St. in downtown Morton) will host a Free Wine Tasting tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7 pm featuring a variety of wines. For more information, call 309-291-0899 or visit www.winesnmore.net

Family Night at DragonLand Water Park (located at located at 193 Red Bud Drive in Pekin) will take place tonight (Thursday) from 7 – 8:30 pm through the summer. The park includes a zero depth, play/entry area, two water slides and “Dude” the dragon slide with mushroom waterfall geyser. Admission is $8 per family of 4 plus $1 for each additional family member (families residing in the same household).

Funny Business presented by Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield opens this weekend.  Tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday, doors open at 6 pm, the buffet dinner begins at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm.  On Sunday, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $32 for Thursday, $34 for Friday and Sunday brunch and $36 for Saturday. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Peoria Chiefs will take on the Burlington Bees tonight (Thursday) and also on Friday beginning at 7 pm each night at Peoria Chiefs Stadium (located at 730 SW Jefferson in downtown Peoria). Tickets are $7 for lawn seats and $10 for club box seats and are available at the Chiefs Box Office, by calling 1-866-MYTICKET or online at https://www.ticketreturn.com/prod2/team.asp?SponsorID=4041

Family Night at DragonLand Water Park in Pekin takes place every Tuesday & Thursday nights from 7 – 8:30 pm through the summer. The park includes a zero depth, play/entry area, two water slides and “Dude” the dragon slide with mushroom waterfall geyser. Admission is $8 per family of 4 plus $1 for each additional family member.

Umphrey’s McGee returns to the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing tonight (Thursday) with G. Love and special guest Stanley Jordan with gates opening at 6 pm. Advance tickets are $25 and at the RiverFront Visitor’s Center, all area Co-Op Record Stores, and Shandi’s in Canton or online at http://jaytv.com

Lakeview Aquatic Center (located at 1017 West Lake Avenue – Lakeview Park – in Peoria) will hold Family Swim Night under the lights tonight (Thursday) from 7:30 – 9:30 pm. Admission is $12 for a family of 4 with additional children $2.25 each. Children 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 309-686-3377.

Sean Rouse will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $14 except for the Thursday and Friday 10:30 pm shows which are $12. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival presents Shakespeare’s Othello at Ewing Manor in Bloomington tonight (Thursday) at 7:30 pm and on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. On Friday beginning at 8 pm and on Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm, As You Like It will be presented.  Tickets range in price from $27 – $47 for adults & $23 – $43 for students and are available by calling 309-438-2535 or at http://www.ticketmaster.com/venue/57373 Season and group tickets are also available. Visit http://thefestival.org/tickets/index.shtml for more information and a schedule.

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday, Saturday & Sunday with boarding at 12:30 pm and the cruise running from 1 – 2:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for infants and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com
A Moonlight Cruise will take place on Friday night on the Spirit of Peoria with boarding at 12:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for infants and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

The CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Tour will take place from 5 – 9 pm at 10 different locations in downtown Peoria including The Mill, Murray Center for the Arts, the Contemporary Art Center, and the Peoria Art Guild where visitors can view artist demonstrations as well as purchase pieces. For a complete map of the locations, visit http://ciaopeoria.com

Arc Light Productions will present their Youth Weekend featuring “Monsters Under the Bed” at 6 pm and “The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood” at 7:30 pm on both Friday and Saturday at Illini Bluffs High School (located at 212 North Saylor Street in Glasford). Tickets are $4 for adults and $2 kids to “Monsters” and $7 for adults and $5 senior citizens & kids to “Robin Hood” or a $10 combo ticket gets you into both shows. Performers in both shows range in age from Kindergarten through high school. For more information, call 309-455-4095 or visit http://www.arclightpro.com

The Peoria Pops Orchestra will present Super Heroes and Outer Space at Caterpillar Performing Arts Center at Five Points Washington on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students or $10 for groups of 8 or more. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://fivepointswashington.org

Sixteen Candles will perform on Friday at the Landing on the Peoria riverfront with gates opening at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available at the gate day of show for $7 per person.

N.E.R.O. Peoria chapter of the N.E.R.O. Live Action Role Playing Game system, will host a Role Playing Event at Camp Wokanda (located at 620 East Boy Scout Road in Chillicothe) this weekend beginning at 8 pm on Friday night and running through Sunday morning at 11 am. Cost to register is $40 per person to participate or free to watch the action. Registration and more information is available at http://neropeoria.com

The RiverFront Market takes place on the Peoria riverfront every Saturday morning through September from 8 am – Noon in Liberty Park (at the corners of Liberty and Water Streets) featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers and much more. Plus local art, live music and demonstrations each week. Chef Demonstrations take place the first and 3rd Saturday of each month beginning at 10 am. For more information, visit http://www.peoriariverfront.com

The Peoria Historical Society will host the Grandview Drive and Springdale Cemetery Trolley Tour on Saturday through October from 10:30 am – Noon and the the River City Trolley Tour every Saturday from from 1 – 2:30 pm through August.  Both Tours leave from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights. Tickets are $11 (including a $1 tip for the driver) and may be purchased just prior to the tour. Senior citizens aged 65 or older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. For more information, call 309-673-6000 or visit http://www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Join cycling enthusiasts downtown Morton for the MCB Cycling Classic beginning at 8 am on Main Street this Saturday and running throughout the day . At Noon, the Celebrity Bike race begins and at 12:15 pm, all kids are invited to bring their bike and a helmet to join in the Kids free race. There will also be a pedal tractor obstacle course and lots of construction equipment to see up close. For a full listing of categories and prizes, visit http://www.peoriabicycleclub.com

Wedding Banned will perform at the Landing on the Peoria riverfront on Saturday with gates opening at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available day of show at the gate for $7 per person.

The Shoppes at Grand Prairie will present Performances on the Prairie on Sunday from 12 – 3 pm in the Center Court featuring Barry Cloyd, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.  Barry has spent a lifetime creating a unique performance style that weaves together the genres of Blues, Folk, Celtic, Original and Roots music. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.shoppesatgrandprairie.com/events

The Peoria Municipal Band will perform at the Glen Oak Park Amphitheatre on Sunday beginning at 7 pm. Guest vocalists will also perform. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriamunicipalband.com