Archive for August, 2013

Greater Tuna opens tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through September 29. On Thursday, Friday & Saturday, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is 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 $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Peoria Chiefs close out their season against the Clinton LumberKings tonight (Thursday) & Friday beginning at 6:30 pm each night at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $10 for club box seating ($11 on Fireworks nights) and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com
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The League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria and the Peoria NAACP will hold a free informational meeting on the Affordable Care Act and health insurance marketplace, featuring speaker Amanda Kozar from the office of Gov. Pat Quinn, at the Peoria Public Library Lincoln Branch tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6:30 pm. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-253-9594.

Company continues through Saturday at the Corn Stock Theatre tent (located in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm each night. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students through high school (with ID) and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com
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The 12th Annual Comedy Tournament will take place at the Jukebox Comedy Club featuring 18 talented comics from throughout the Midwest: 9 will perform in each semi-final round at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) and Friday with the Top 7 of those performing on Saturday night in the Finals. Shows begin at 8 pm each night. Tickets are $10 on Thursday & Friday and $12 on Saturday. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Peoria Historical Society’s Abraham Lincoln and The Civil War Tour tells the story of Lincoln’s visits to Peoria, the Civil War troops and Camp Peoria & Camp Lyon where they trained and will take place every Friday in August beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria).  The Haunted Peoria Tour explores the darker side of Peoria and takes you to places where strange sightings and legendary deaths have been reported. The tour will take place every every Saturday through October beginning at 1 pm leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria). And their Grandview Drive and Springdale Cemetery Trolley Tour which winds along Grandview Drive takes place every Saturday in August beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights). Cost for each tour is $12 (including a $1 tip for the driver) and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Two Sightseeing Cruises will take place on Friday on the Spirit of Peoria with boarding for the first one beginning at 10:30 am and the cruise running from 11 – 12:30 pm and the second cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm. Another cruise will take place on Sunday from 2 – 3:30 pm.  Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids ages 4-12 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.
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The Manito Popcorn Festival will take place in downtown Manito on Friday beginning at 3 pm. Featuring a 1 Mile Fun Run & Walk on Saturday at 7:30 am followed by a parade at 10 am, there will also be a battle of the bands, a petting zoo, an antique tractor pull, a talent contest, a lip sync contest, live music, a craft show plus food through Sunday at 5 pm. For more information, visit http://www.manitopopcornfestival.com

A Redneck Rally will be held at Three Sisters Park (located at 17201 N. State Route 29 in Chillicothe) beginning on Friday at 5 pm celebrating all things “Redneck” including camping, music, motorsports, Redneck games & contests. Tickets are $65 for all three days in advance or $75 at the gate or $35 in advance for Sunday only or $45 for Sunday only at the gate. For more information, visit http://threesisterspark.com/redneck_rally

The Contemporary Art Center will feature Rewind 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.   For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

Jay Goldberg Events & Entertainment will present the 25th annual Illinois Blues Festival on the Peoria RiverFront Festival Park from 1 – 10 pm on Friday & Saturday featuring two days of internationally known Blues artists with proceeds going to the Illinois Blues Coalition. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the gate for a Friday only one-day ticket, $20 in advance or $25 at the gate for a Saturday only one-day ticket or $30 in advance or $35 at the gate for a Two-Day Festival Ticket. Advance tickets are available at Co-op Records in Peoria, Pekin, or East Peoria, Shandi´s in Canton or Washington or by calling 1-800-514-etix. To order tickets online and for full details of the festival, visit http://illinoisbluesfestival.com

The 35th Annual Zoo Run Run, a picturesque 5K run throughout the beautifully landscaped Zoo grounds and surrounding Glen Oak Park, will take place on Saturday at the Peoria Zoo beginning at 8:30 am. 5K Race registration is $25 for members and $30 for non-members and $12 for members and $15 for non-members for the Youth Run and all participants will receive a limited edition T-shirt, admission to the Zoo and an after party. Food, prizes and awards available to all runners including participants (5K & Youth Run). For more information, call 309-681-3500.

EP!C (formerly known as PARC, located at at 1913 W. Townline Road in Peoria) will host a Farmer’s Market every Saturday through October 12th from 8 am – Noon featuring fresh produce, plants, and artwork from local vendors and artists, including the EP!C garden and greenhouse. For more information about the EP!C Market, visit www.epicpeoria.org or www.facebook.com/epicpeoria

The RiverFront Market will take 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

Peoria Jaycees will present Rock the Boat on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday with boarding from 7 – 8 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets are $40 and includes beer, wine, food, cruise on the Spirit of Peoria and the music by The West MacQueen Street Band. Tickets are $40 per person and are available online at http://www.peoriajaycees.org/events/rock-the-boat or at the event. The Calvin Coolidge Music Department will benefit from the proceeds of this event.

The Fogelberg Foundation of Peoria presents “A Tribute to Dan Fogelberg” featuring the Don Campbell Band at the Scottish Rite Cathedral (located at 400 NE Perry in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Admission is $35 per person and tickets are available online at http://www.dfpeoria.com

The ICC Guest Artists Series presents Lisa Rock in Close to You: the Music of the Carpenters at the ICC Performing Arts Center on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25 or $15 for students and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at http://www.artsaticc.com

Stargazing at Northmoor at the Northmoor Observatory (located on the Donovan Golf Course at 5805 N. Knoxville Ave. in Peoria) will be open to the public for stargazing from dusk until 11 pm on Saturday (If the skies are cloudless). Volunteers will be on hand to aid you in viewing the night sky through the telescope, locating planets and constellations, and discovering wonders of the cosmos. Admission and parking is free. For more information, visit the Peoria Astronomical Society at astronomical.org

The Double Play Music Fest will take place at Dozer Stadium in downtown Peoria on Sunday from 11 am – 11 pm featuring more than 30 acts including local bands Bubblegum Jack, United Groove Theory & JammSammich. Tickets are $15 and are available online along with the full band listing at http://doubleplayfest.com

The Peoria Historical Society’s Pettengill-Morron House Museum (located at 1212 Moss Avenue in Peoria) will host “Miss Morron’s World Travels Exhibit” celebrating the travels of Miss Jean Morron, a lady who appreciated learning about various cultures as she traveled, on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. The exhibit features her 1957 four-and-half month around the world cruise including her favorite United States destinations such as New York City, Boston and other cities along the Eastern Seaboard plus Paris, London and other European cities. Cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children or tour both of the Society’s historic homes in one day for $10. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit http://www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

OSF Saint Francis Medical Center will present the 3rd Annual Party for a Purpose on Sunday from 5 – 9 pm at the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing on the Peoria Riverfront. The free lung cancer awareness event features music by West MacQueen Street Band, door prizes, face painting by the Zoo Lady, creations by Unique Twist, and an awareness vigil at 8:30 pm. For more information, call 309-655-6839 or visit www.osfsaintfrancis.org

The Peoria Annual Labor Day Parade and Picnic, 50 Years – United as One!, with over 100 entries of various trade unions will take place on Monday beginning at 2 pm starting in front of the Monroe Street Fire Station and ending at Peoria County Courthouse. The Labor Day picnic will take place from 2 – 7 pm at Riverfront Festival Park. Beverage and food is available. For more information, visit http://www.peoriaevents.com/events/labor-day-parade.html

The IVY Club Invitational Cardboard Boat Race to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association Central Illinois Chapter sets sail on Monday at 2 pm with boat presentations beginning at noon. Prizes will be awarded to the top three race and boat show winners. For more information, visit www.alz.org/illinoiscentral

The Odd Couple (Female Version) continues its run at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield closing on Sunday. On Thursday, Friday & Saturday, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is 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 $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. 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) & Friday beginning at 6:30 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $10 for club box seating ($11 on Fireworks nights) and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com
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The Peoria Area World Affairs Council will present “The United States and European Union Trade Perspectives,” featuring Caterpillar Inc. Chief Economist for Mining and Power Systems Nicolas Clerc, at the IVY Club tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $15 for the general public, $10 for PAWAC members in advance and free for students through grade 12. Register online at www.artstix.artspartners.net or learn more at www.pawac.org

Brett Erickson will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets for the Thursday show are $13 and $12 with cash payment For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Peoria Historical Society’s Abraham Lincoln and The Civil War Tour tells the story of Lincoln’s visits to Peoria, the Civil War troops and Camp Peoria & Camp Lyon where they trained and will take place every Friday in August beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria).  The Haunted Peoria Tour explores the darker side of Peoria and takes you to places where strange sightings and legendary deaths have been reported. The tour will take place every every Saturday through October beginning at 1 pm leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria). And their Grandview Drive and Springdale Cemetery Trolley Tour which winds along Grandview Drive takes place every Saturday in August beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights). Cost for each tour is $12 (including a $1 tip for the driver) and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on Friday on the Spirit of Peoria with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm.  Tickets for these cruises are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids ages 4-12 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 Contemporary Art Center will feature Matthew Curry & the Fury 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.
Enjoy Swing Dance at the Contemporary Arts Center also on Friday 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 CAC Members and $6 for non-members.  For more information on any event, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

The Peoria Park District and the St. Patrick Society of Peoria will host the 17th Anniversary of the annual Irish Festival, Erin Feis, which showcases Irish heritage through food, dance, song, drink, cultural exhibits and more at Festival Park on the Peoria Riverfront. Hours are 4 pm – 11:30 pm on Friday, 9:30 am to 11:30 pm on Saturday and 9:30 am – 6 pm on Sunday. Admission for adults is $7 before 5 pm and $9 after 5 pm with weekend passes selling for $15. Children 12 and under are free. For more information, visit www.erinfeispeoria.com

Company opens at Corn Stock Theatre on Friday and runs through Saturday, August 31st at the tent (located in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm each night. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students through high school (with ID) and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com
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EP!C (formerly known as PARC, located at at 1913 W. Townline Road in Peoria) will host a Farmer’s Market every Saturday through October 12th from 8 am – Noon featuring fresh produce, plants, and artwork from local vendors and artists, including the EP!C garden and greenhouse. For more information about the EP!C Market, visit www.epicpeoria.org or www.facebook.com/epicpeoria

The RiverFront Market will take 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

Footsteps 5K Against Fibrosis will be held on the Peoria Riverfront on Saturday with registration beginning at 8 am and the race beginning at 10 am. Race fees are $40 for adults and children aged 16 and up and $20 for children aged 15 and under. All participants will receive a coupon good for a free kids meal (hotdog, chips, soda),  free entry to Erin Feis and $40 entries also receive two drink tokens to use the day of the race at Erin Feis. For more information or to register online, www.flynn4cf.com

The Annual Hummingbird Festival will be held at Forest Park Nature Center on Saturday from 9 am – Noon featuring Vernon Kleen from Springfield, one of the few licensed hummingbird banders in the U.S. Experience the feeling of the heartbeat of a hummingbird and “adopt” one of these beautiful flyers. Admission is free, however, donations are appreciated.

The 4 Directions Healing Foundation presents the 3rd Annual Native Americans Speak at Shore Acres Park in Chillicothe on Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm. Featuring drum and dance performances, storytelling, children’s learning time, food, vendors, live music plus opportunities to learn about Native American culture from a variety of tribal backgrounds, admission is free. For more information, call 309-635-1107 or visit www.4directionshealingfoundation.com

An Arm and a Leg: Civil War Medicine will be the topic of demonstrations held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Auditorium on Saturday and Sunday beginning at 11:30 am. What would it be like to work in or be treated at a field hospital during the Civil War? Learn with the 17th Corps Field Hospital re-enactors. View medical equipment from the 1860s, talk with the doctors and nurses, and watch major and minor surgery demonstrations. Admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Cornerstone Academy for Performing Arts will host auditions open to the public for their upcoming production of “The Nutcracker” at their studio (located at 3117 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 11 – 11:30 am for ages 4 – 7, from 11:30 – Noon for ages 8 – 11 and from Noon – 1:30 pm for ages 12 & up. Dancers, actors, tumblers, twirlers and all those interested in being on the stage are welcome to attend: everyone will receives a role. Please wear proper ballet attire or clothes that are form fitted and movement friendly. For more information, call 309-621-3164 or visit www.cornerstoneballetpeoria.com

The 25th Annual Duck Race to benefit The Center for Prevention of Abuse will take place on Saturday on the Peoria Riverfront with activities beginning at noon and the race at 2 pm. There will also be live music, food, kids games and more with a grand prize or $5000. For more information and to purchase ducks, visit www.duckrace.com/peoria

The Peoria Midwest Flames, an American Basketball Association semi-professional team, will take on the Chicago Fury on Saturday and the Milwaukee Vipers on Sunday at the Woodruff Career and Technical Center Gymnasium both beginning at 3 pm. Admission is $5 and children 5 and under are free. For more information, visit www.midwestflamesbasketball.com

The Illinois CancerCare Foundation Young Leaders Board will host the 2nd Annual Golfin’ in the Wild fundraiser at Wildlife Prairie Park on Saturday beginning at 4 pm. The event includes food and other activities along the nine-hole course, including a craziest shot contest and an after-party featuring dinner, raffles, silent auction and more entertainment. Registration is $50 per person, $95 for a twosome or $180 for a foursome. For more information, call 309-243-3320 or sign up at www.illinoiscancer.com/GolfinInTheWild

Stargazing at Northmoor at the Northmoor Observatory (located on the Donovan Golf Course at 5805 N. Knoxville Ave. in Peoria) will be open to the public for stargazing from dusk until 11 pm on Saturday (If the skies are cloudless). Volunteers will be on hand to aid you in viewing the night sky through the telescope, locating planets and constellations, and discovering wonders of the cosmos. Admission and parking is free. For more information, visit the Peoria Astronomical Society at astronomical.org

The Behind Every Bride Bridal Showcase will feature over 40 wedding pros at the Par-A-Dice Hotel (located at 21 Blackjack Blvd in East Peoria) on Sunday from 11 am – 3 pm. Every bride will receive a swag bag and there will be fashion shows by Cloud Nine Bridal Boutique at Noon and 2 pm with entertainment by DJ4U. Admission & Parking are free. Pre-register online at http://www.behindeverybride.com

Step back in time and experience 19th century life in rural Peoria County at Sommer Park’s Pioneer Days on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm.  Activities at the Homestead, Barn, Blacksmith Shop and Schoolhouse may include laundry, gardening, woodworking, blacksmithing, candle making, hands-on children’s activities. This month’s theme is “Period Food Preservation” Admission is $2.25 per person for ages 4 and up.

The Peoria Riverfront Museum will present “Ansel Adams: A Son’s Perspective” at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning with a , a reception with light hors d’oeuvres on Sunday beginning at 5 pm and lecture beginning at 6 pm. A special presentation by Michael Adams, he will share memories of his father’s career in the Giant Screen Theater. Admission is $20 for members or $25 for non-members. For more information, call 309-863-3010 or visit http://peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

 The Illinois State Fair continues through Sunday in Springfield. Admission is $7 for adults (ages 13 – 59), $3 for children (ages 5-12), free for children under 5), and $3 for senior citizens (ages 60 and older). Vehicle Parking per day is $7. Also available are coupon books with 10 admissions for $45 for adults & $20 for children & senior citizens. For complete information on fair activities, entertainment and carnival prices and specials, visit http://www.agr.state.il.us/isf

The Odd Couple (Female Version) continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through August 25th. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com   Find a Coupon for $5 Off Per Couple on Peoria-Deals.com!

Latin Rhythms on the River hosted by the Peoria Historical Society will take place tonight (Thursday) on the Spirit of Peoria where you’ll cruise the Illinois River with history buffs, enjoy music by Peoria’s own Brazilionaires plus food & drink (cash bar).  Boarding begins at 5 pm and the cruise runs from 6:30 – 9:30 pm. Admission is $35 per person and reservations highly recommended. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit http://www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

David Hoffman and Friends will perform tonight (Thursday) on the CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing on Peoria’s RiverFront from 7 – 9 pm. Admission is free. This event is supported in part by the Illinois Jazz Society.

Family Night will take place at DragonLand Water Park (located at 193 Red Bud Drive in Pekin) tonight (Thursday) from 7 – 8:30 pm. Featuring a zero depth play area, two water slides that twist and turn and “Dude” the dragon slide with a mushroom waterfall geyser play feature. Admission is $8 for a family of 4 and $1 for each additional family member (families residing in the same household). For more information, visit http://www.pekinparkdistrict.org/dragonland.html

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

Peoria Historical Society’s Abraham Lincoln and The Civil War Tour tells the story of Lincoln’s visits to Peoria, the Civil War troops and Camp Peoria & Camp Lyon where they trained and will take place every Friday in August beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria).  The Haunted Peoria Tour explores the darker side of Peoria and takes you to places where strange sightings and legendary deaths have been reported. The tour will take place every every Saturday through October beginning at 1 pm leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria). And their Grandview Drive and Springdale Cemetery Trolley Tour which winds along Grandview Drive takes place every Saturday in August beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights). Cost for each tour is $12 (including a $1 tip for the driver) and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on Friday, Saturday & Sunday on the Spirit of Peoria with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm, plus an early cruise on Saturday with boarding at 10:30 am and cruising from 11 am – 12:30 pm.  A Moonlight Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday with boarding at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Live entertainment will be provided.  Tickets for these cruises are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids ages 4-12 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 Contemporary Art Center will feature Cousin Eddie 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. 
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will feature a dance lesson also on Friday 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 event, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

The River City Soul Fest will take place on the Peoria RiverFront Festival Park with Gospel Night on Friday featuring Earnest Pugh and R & B Night on Saturday featuring Mint Condition with gates opening each night at 6 pm. Tickets for Friday are available at the gate for $10 and tickets for Saturday are $15 in advance and $20 the night of the show and are available at www.jaytv.com at all area Co-Op Record Stores or at Janet’s Just For You.

The 2nd Annual Peoria Public Radio in the Park fundraising variety concert for WCBU 89.9 will be held on Friday at the Glen Oak Park Amphitheatre (located in Glen Oak Park off Prospect in Peoria) with gates opening at 6 pm.  Featuring 18 acts including singers, instrumentalists, choral groups and community theatre cast members the show begins at 7 pm.  Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. Cash and checks only, please. Sorry, no credit cards. For more information, visit http://peoriapublicradio.org

The Women of Faith Believe God Can Do Anything Tour will take place at the Peoria Civic Center from 7 – 10 pm on Friday & from 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday. A life-changing, live Christian event for today’s woman, where chart-topping music artists and world-class authors and Bible teachers create an unforgettable, day-and-a-half experience for women from all walks of life. Tickets are $99 per person and $89 per person for groups of 10 or more. To register, visit http://www.womenoffaith.com/events/peoria

EP!C (formerly known as PARC, located at at 1913 W. Townline Road in Peoria) will host a Farmer’s Market every Saturday through October 12th from 8 am – Noon featuring fresh produce, plants, and artwork from local vendors and artists, including the EP!C garden and greenhouse. For more information about the EP!C Market, visit www.epicpeoria.org or www.facebook.com/epicpeoria

The RiverFront Market will take 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 Inaugural 5K Duck Dash and Waddle to benefit The Center for Prevention of Abuse begins at the Peoria Riverfront on Saturday at 8 am with late registration beginning at 6:30 am and a free yoga warm up session at 7:30 am. The course is entirely flat along the Peoria Park District Riverfront Trail. Registration is $30 per person and available online at www.centerforpreventionofabuse.org

The Central Illinois Farm Heritage Tractor Club will host their Annual Antique Tractor and Equipment Show from 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday and 9 am-4 pm on Sunday at the Stark County Jr. Fairgrounds in Wyoming, IL. There will be food, vendors, tractor pulls (Sunday only starting at 11 am), Steam Engines, Shingle Mill, Sawmill, Tractor Games, Silent Auction, Kids Activities, Antique Tractor and Equipment Display (bring your tractor to display) and more. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.citractorclub.com

The 9th Annual “I Had a Dream” March & Rally Against Violence will be held on Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm at John H. Gwynn Park (located at 809 W. John Gwynn Ave. in Peoria) featuring Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth, Mayor Jim Ardis and 1st District Councilwoman Denise Moore as speakers. Food & entertainment will be on hand as well. Admission is free.

The Central Illinois Herpetological Society, Section of the Peoria Academy of Sciences, will host its 22nd Annual Reptile and Amphibian Fair on Saturday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral (located at 3601 N. North Street in Peoria) from 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday 11 am – 5 pm featuring live animal exhibits, contests, raffles, educational displays, painted body art, photography and more. Admission is $3 per person and parking is free. Hot lunches are available from 12 – 2 pm for free will donations. For more information, visit http://centralillinoisherp.com

The Peoria Chiefs will take on the Cedar Rapids Kernels on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm and on Sunday beginning at 5 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $10 for club box seating ($11 on Fireworks nights) and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

Rhythm in the Rainforest will take place at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect in Peoria) on Saturday from 6:30 – 9 pm featuring Preston Jackson & Friends. Listen to some cool jazz while you enjoy delicious food in the beautiful, fragrant Rose Garden. Admission is $25 in advance for Garden members or $30 in advance for non-members. Reserve tickets by calling 309-681-3506. Only those over 21 will be admitted.

The Saturday Giant, a one-man art-rock band from Columbus, Ohio, will perform at Thirty-Thirty Coffee Co. (located at 734 Main St. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/thesaturdaygiant

Stargazing at Northmoor at the Northmoor Observatory (located on the Donovan Golf Course at 5805 N. Knoxville Ave. in Peoria) will be open to the public for stargazing from dusk until 11 pm on Saturday (If the skies are cloudless). Volunteers will be on hand to aid you in viewing the night sky through the telescope, locating planets and constellations, and discovering wonders of the cosmos. Admission and parking is free. For more information, visit the Peoria Astronomical Society at astronomical.org

The Central Illinois Jazz Society will host John Miller and the Romaniacs at Landmark Cinemas (located at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria) featuring “Gypsy jazz” inspired by Django Reinhardt, with roaming sounds of clarinet, soprano sax, guitars and bass taking you back to the streets of Paris on Sunday beginning at 7:15 pm with the CIJS house band opening at 6 pm. Admission is $5 for members, $ 7 for non-members students free. For more information, call 309-692-5330.

 

Brimfield Old Settler’s Days starts tonight (Thursday) and runs through Saturday featuring food, a beer garden, a 5K Walk/Run, carnival rides, an arts & crafts fair, kid’s bicycle races, a bags tournament, a parade plus live entertainment including Barbara Fairchild, Chris Krause and Rewind featuring Lisa Perry. For more information, call 309-444-3908 or visit http://brimfieldoldsettlersdays.webs.com

The Illinois State Fair opens today (Thursday) and runs until Midnight through Sunday, August 18. Admission is $7 for adults (ages 13 – 59), $3 for children (ages 5-12), free for children under 5), and $3 for senior citizens (ages 60 and older). Vehicle Parking per day is $7. Also available are coupon books with 10 admissions for $45 for adults & $20 for children & senior citizens. For complete information on fair activities, entertainment and carnival prices and specials, visit http://www.agr.state.il.us/isf

The Center for Prevention of Abuse will host the Silver Summer Soiree at the Par-A-Dice Hotel tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7 pm to kickoff the Duck Race Season. Enjoy live music, hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction. Admission is $10. For more information, visit www.centerforpreventionofabuse.org

A Zumbathon will be held in the Advanced Technology Services (located at 8201 N University St. in Peoria) parking lot tonight (Thursday) from 5:30 – 8 pm with all proceeds going to the United Way. With 5 different instructors, door prizes and an after party, this event is for all ages. Admission is $20 for adults or $10 for ages17 & under. For more information and to register, visit www.peoriazumbathon.com

The Odd Couple (Female Version) continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through August 25th. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com   Find a Coupon for $5 Off Per Couple on Peoria-Deals.com!

The Peoria Chiefs will take on the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm and on Friday beginning at 6:30 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $10 for club box seating ($11 on Fireworks nights) and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

Four Other Brothers will perform tonight (Thursday) on the CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing on Peoria’s RiverFront from 7 – 9 pm. Admission is free. This event is supported in part by the Illinois Jazz Society.

Family Night will take place at DragonLand Water Park (located at 193 Red Bud Drive in Pekin) tonight (Thursday) from 7 – 8:30 pm. Featuring a zero depth play area, two water slides that twist and turn and “Dude” the dragon slide with a mushroom waterfall geyser play feature. Admission is $8 for a family of 4 and $1 for each additional family member (families residing in the same household). For more information, visit http://www.pekinparkdistrict.org/dragonland.html

Lakeview Aquatic Center (located at 1017 West Lake Avenue in Peoria) will host a 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 $2.50 each. Children 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 309-686-3377.

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival closes its season this weekend with Comedy of Errors tonight (Thursday) at 7:30 pm at Ewing Manor (located at 617 E. Emerson in Bloomington). Macbeth will be presented on Friday at 8 pm and Failure: A Love Story will be presented on Saturday at 8 pm. Tickets range from $31 – $47 for adults and $27 – $43 for students and senior citizens and are available by calling 309-438-2535 Monday – Friday from Noon – 4 pm, at the on site box office just prior to the performance or online at http://www.ticketmaster.com/venue/57373  For more information, visit http://thefestival.org

All Shook Up will be presented by the Peoria Players Summer Youth Theatre tonight through Saturday at 7:30 pm and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for ages 18 and under and are available at the Peoria Players box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at http://www.peoriaplayers.org

The Wiz runs through Saturday at Corn Stock Theatre at the Corn Stock tent in upper Bradley Park beginning at 7:30 pm each night. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for through high school (with ID) and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang continues at Eastlight Theatre at the East Peoria High School Auditorium tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $19 for adults, $14 for ages through high school and $17 for senior citizens aged 60+. Adult tickets are available online at http://www.eastlighttheatre.com/tickets.htm  For more information, call 309-699-SHOW (7469) or visit www.eastlighttheatre.com

Greg Hahn will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets for the Thursday and Friday late shows are $13 and $17 for the other shows (take a $1 discount with cash payment). For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Peoria Historical Society’s Abraham Lincoln and The Civil War Tour tells the story of Lincoln’s visits to Peoria, the Civil War troops and Camp Peoria & Camp Lyon where they trained and will take place every Friday in August beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria).  The Haunted Peoria Tour explores the darker side of Peoria and takes you to places where strange sightings and legendary deaths have been reported. The tour will take place every every Saturday through October beginning at 1 pm leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria). And their Grandview Drive and Springdale Cemetery Trolley Tour which winds along Grandview Drive takes place every Saturday in August beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights). Cost for each tour is $12 (including a $1 tip for the driver) and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on Friday, Saturday & Sunday on the Spirit of Peoria with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm, plus an early cruise on Saturday with boarding at 10:30 am and cruising from 11 am – 12:30 pm.  A Moonlight Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday with boarding at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Live entertainment will be provided by Barry Cloyd.  Tickets for these cruises are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids ages 4-12.  A Ragtime Dinner Cruise will take place on Saturday on the Spirit of Peoria with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets are $45 for adults and $22.50 for kids 4-12 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 Contemporary Art Center will feature Judy Page & Speadeasy 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. For more information on any event, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

Too White Crew will perform on the CEFCU Center Stage at the RiverFront on Friday with gates opening at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $7 available at the gates. Food & beverages will be available for purchase. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

EP!C (formerly known as PARC, located at at 1913 W. Townline Road in Peoria) will host a Farmer’s Market every Saturday through October 12th from 8 am – Noon featuring fresh produce, plants, and artwork from local vendors and artists, including the EP!C garden and greenhouse. For more information about the EP!C Market, visit www.epicpeoria.org or www.facebook.com/epicpeoria

The RiverFront Market will take 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 Peoria Mothers of Twins Annual Fall Consignment Sale will take place on Saturday beginning at 8 am at the Riverplex. There will be clothes, toys, maternity clothes, highchairs, Halloween costumes. books, bicycles, games and more. Admission is $1. RSVP on Facebook at www.pmotsale.com for a free admission coupon.  For more information, visit http://www.peoriamothersoftwins.org

Super Saturday will take place this Saturday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum in the lobby where you can learn about rocks and minerals. Admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The 6th Annual Washington Fine Arts Festival will be held at Washington Park (located at 820 Lincoln Street in Washington) from 10 am – 5 pm Saturday & Sunday featuring over 100 juried artists showing and selling their work in oils, acrylics, watercolors, jewelry, metal, wood, photography, sculpture, fiber, pottery, mixed media and more. The event will also offer live music, food, and children’s activities with free admission & parking. The event will be held rain or shine. For more information, visit http://www.washingtonfinearts.org

Jay Goldberg Events & Entertainment/PEO-TAZ A.B.A.T.E. will present the Budweiser Grand Nationals Weekend on the RiverFront Festival Park on Saturday beginning at 10 am with a motorcycle parade for charity that ends on the Peoria Riverfront where you’ll find activities from antique and custom bike shows, leather goods vendors, Roller Derby, live music, food and more. Featured entertainment includes Quiet Riot from 6:30 – 8 pm, Shooter Jennings from 8:30 – 10 pm and Dokken from 10:30pm – Midnight. Admission is $15 in advance, $15 at the gate day of show before 6 on and $20 the day of the show after 6 pm. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.jaytv.com

The 2nd Annual Wine Walk Fundraiser will be held on Saturday from 1 – 6 pm hosted by Junction City and the Peoria Art Guild to raise money for art awareness, art related events, and art education within the Peoria area. The event will feature wine tasting, hor d’oeuvres, shopping, modern art and live entertainment. Admission is $20 for advanced tickets or $40 the day of the event which includes wine walk activities, free pass to 2013 Fine Art Fair and a free take home tote. Limited tickets available and may be purchased at http://www.peoriaartguild.org/!/WineWalk

Stargazing at Northmoor at the Northmoor Observatory (located on the Donovan Golf Course at 5805 N. Knoxville Ave. in Peoria) will be open to the public for stargazing from dusk until 11 pm on Saturday (If the skies are cloudless). Volunteers will be on hand to aid you in viewing the night sky through the telescope, locating planets and constellations, and discovering wonders of the cosmos. Admission and parking is free. For more information, visit the Peoria Astronomical Society at astronomical.org

Peoria Motorcycle Club (PMC) will host the Budweiser / AMA Pro Grand National Championship TT Races, the Longest Consecutive Running Dirt Track Race in the World, on Sunday beginning at 8 am at PMC Race Park (located at 603 S Cameron Ln. in Bartonville). Tickets are free for ages 13 and under with a paid adult, $10 for ages 14-18 with School ID are $10 and $25 for adults. Advance sale tickets are $20 and are available at www.peoriamotorcycleclub.net/ticket-booth  For more information, visit www.peoriamotorcycleclub.net

Running With The Dogs, a benefit fundraiser for Paws Giving Independence, will take place on Sunday at Junction City with pre-registration at 8:30 am and the race beginning at 10 am. Race fee is $20 per person and helps to train dogs to be service animals. Up-to-date rabies tags or vaccination records are required. There will also be a Post-Race Luau Party from 11 am – 2 pm featuring live music, food, refreshments, raffles, activities and contests for dogs. . Cost for non-racers to attend the party is $5 per person.  To sign up, visit http://sheerstatic.com/runningwiththedogs and for more information, visit http://facebook.com/RunningWithTheDogs

The Italian-American Society of Peoria will host its 84th annual Summer Festa picnic on Sunday from noon – 7 pm at Hickory Grove Park, (located off Illinois Route 40 north of Peoria). A fund-raiser for the society’s scholarship programs, there will be Italian food, beverages, gift booths, live music, a car show, children’s activities, a spaghetti-eating contest, scholarship awards, and bocce ball. Admission is $3 for adults and free for children under 12 and parking is free. For more information, visit www.ItalianAmericanSociety.com

The Happy Together Tour will be presented at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Sunday beginning at 7 pm with The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, Chuck Negron formerly of Three Dog Night, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, Mark Lindsay former lead singer of Paul Revere & the Raiders and Gary Lewis & the Playboys. Tickets are $49.50, $42.50 and $35.50 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, online at www.Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.

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

Enjoy a complimentary Wine Tasting at Wines ‘N More (located at 151 S Main Street in downtown Morton) tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7 pm. Try out highly rated, moderately priced wines that can’t be found anywhere else in the area. For more information, call 309-291-0899 for more information.

The Odd Couple (Female Version) continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through August 25th. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com   Find a Coupon for $5 Off Per Couple on Peoria-Deals.com!

The Morton Fine Arts Assoc. will host Pekin Park Band in concert as part of their Summer Arts in the Park Series at Idlewood Park tonight (Thursday) from 7 – 9 pm. Admission is free. Bring a blanket and/or chairs.  Concessions will be available, including sandwiches, chips, desserts and beverages.  For more information, visit  www.mortonfinearts.org

JC and The Redemption  will perform tonight (Thursday) on the CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing on Peoria’s RiverFront from 7 – 9 pm. Admission is free. This event is supported in part by the Illinois Jazz Society.

Family Night will take place at DragonLand Water Park (located at 193 Red Bud Drive in Pekin) tonight (Thursday) from 7 – 8:30 pm. Featuring a zero depth play area, two water slides that twist and turn and “Dude” the dragon slide with a mushroom waterfall geyser play feature. Admission is $8 for a family of 4 and $1 for each additional family member (families residing in the same household). For more information, visit http://www.pekinparkdistrict.org/dragonland.html

The Central Illinois Herpetological Society will meet at Forest Park Nature Center tonight (Thursday) at 7 pm featuring a speaker, raffles, announcements of trips and exhibits and opportunities for hobbyists to interact with one another. Admission is free. Membership to the CIHS is $20 per year which includes the quarterly newsletter, Herp Alert. The Society meets the first Thursday every month at this time at Forest Park Nature Center.

Whisper & Shout will take place at the Contemporary Art Center tonight (Thursday), and is an open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry with doors opening at 7:30 pm and the show beginning at 8 pm. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members.
The Contemporary Art Center will feature Dexter O’Neal & Fund Yard 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.  And Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will feature a dance lesson on Friday 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, call 309-674-6877.  For more information on any event, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

Lakeview Aquatic Center (located at 1017 West Lake Avenue in Peoria) will host a 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 $2.50 each. Children 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 309-686-3377.

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival will present Macbeth tonight (Thursday) at 7:30 pm and on Saturday at 8 pm at Ewing Manor (located at 617 E. Emerson in Bloomington). Failure: A Love Story will be presented on Friday at 8 pm.  And A Comedy of Errors will be presented on Sunday at 7:30 pm. Tickets range from $31 – $47 for adults and $27 – $43 for students and senior citizens and are available by calling 309-438-2535 Monday – Friday from Noon – 4 pm, at the on site box office just prior to the performance or online at http://www.ticketmaster.com/venue/57373  For more information, visit http://thefestival.org

Chris Kattan of SNL Fame will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets for the Thursday show are $19, $21 for the Friday shows and $22 for the Saturday (get a $1 discount with cash payment for any of the shows). For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Peoria Historical Society’s Abraham Lincoln and The Civil War Tour tells the story of Lincoln’s visits to Peoria, the Civil War troops and Camp Peoria & Camp Lyon where they trained and will take place every Friday in August beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria).  The Haunted Peoria Tour explores the darker side of Peoria and takes you to places where strange sightings and legendary deaths have been reported. The tour will take place every every Saturday through October beginning at 1 pm leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria). And their Grandview Drive and Springdale Cemetery Trolley Tour which winds along Grandview Drive takes place every Saturday in August beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights). Cost for each tour is $12 (including a $1 tip for the driver) and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on Friday, Saturday & Sunday on the Spirit of Peoria with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm.  On Saturday only, there will also be a cruise from 11 am – 1:30 pm with boarding beginning at 10:30 am. Tickets for all the cruises are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids ages 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 on Friday 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

The 8th Annual Tower Park Music Festival will take place at Tower Park (located at 1222 East Kingman Ave. in Peoria Heights) from 5 – 10 pm on Friday & from 1 – 10 pm on Saturday featuring a beer tent, live music provided by 8 bands, food plus Fun on the Run inflatables for the kids from 12 – 6 pm and the Zoo Lady will be here from 2 – 8 pm on Saturday. Admission is free. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Village-of-Peoria-Heights/118391191508706

The 9th Annual Princeville MDA Benefit will take place across the street from the Akron-Princeville Fire Department (located at 240 East Main Street in Princeville) from 6 pm – Midnight on Friday & 8 am – Midnight on Saturday. The event will feature a beer tent, live music provided by Joe Stamm and the 26ers on Friday night, a “fill the boot” event, firefighter water fights, a kids bounce house & face painting, a bags tournament, music provided by Chub-N-Bubb from 2 – 6 pm, a live auction and music by Short Lived Fun from 8 pm – Midnight (on Saturday). For more information, visit www.apfd.com or https://www.facebook.com/events/119337724903124

4&20, a tribute to Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, will perform on the CEFCU Center Stage at the RiverFront on Friday with gates opening at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $7 available at the gates. Food & beverages will be available for purchase. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The Wiz opens on Friday and runs through Saturday, August 10 at Corn Stock Theatre at the Corn Stock tent in upper Bradley Park beginning at 7:30 pm each night. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for through high school (with ID) and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com
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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang will be presented by Eastlight Theatre at the East Peoria High School Auditorium on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and on Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets are $19 for adults, $14 for ages through high school and $17 for senior citizens aged 60+. Adult tickets are available online at http://www.eastlighttheatre.com/tickets.htm  For more information, call 309-699-SHOW (7469) or visit www.eastlighttheatre.com

Peoria Friendship House (located at 800 NE Madison Ave. in Peoria) will host Community Unity Day & Health Fair on Saturday from 8 am – Noon. The free event includes men’s, women’s and kids’ health centers offering services from blood glucose and cholesterol testing to mammograms, dental screenings and more. Attendees can also enjoy snacks and refreshments, entertainment, raffles and giveaways. For more information, call 309-671-5200 or visit www.peoriafriendshiphouse.org

EP!C (formerly known as PARC, located at at 1913 W. Townline Road in Peoria) will host a Farmer’s Market every Saturday through October 12th from 8 am – Noon featuring fresh produce, plants, and artwork from local vendors and artists, including the EP!C garden and greenhouse. For more information about the EP!C Market, visit www.epicpeoria.org or www.facebook.com/epicpeoria

The RiverFront Market will take 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 Peoria Riverfront Museum will host Science Rocks!, a Community Day to Celebrate Peoria as a Place of Invention, on Saturday from 11 am – 4 pm. Learn about current science taking place in Peoria and about the long history of innovation in our community. Join scientists from the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research (the Ag Lab) with hands on demonstrations in the museum lobby, plus learn about Peoria’s role in the development of penicillin in a talk by Dr. Stephen W. Peterson beginning at 4 pm. Also on Saturday, learn about native fish species in the Illinois River Encounter exhibit with the Feeding the Fish event from 3 – 3:30 pm where you can see the museum’s 400-gallon fish tank and watch experts feed the fish, learn about fish behaviors and what they like to eat.  Admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Peoria Chiefs will take on the Burlington Bees on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm and at 5 pm on Sunday at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $10 for club box seating ($11 on Fireworks nights) and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com
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Experience a Murder Mystery Interactive Dinner Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria featuring the cast of the Champaign-Urbana Theater Company who will dine and mingle with the passengers as the mystery unfolds on Saturday from 7 – 9 pm. Tickets are $47 for adults and $23.50 for kids 4-12 and and are available online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

Stargazing at Northmoor at the Northmoor Observatory (located on the Donovan Golf Course at 5805 N. Knoxville Ave. in Peoria) will be open to the public for stargazing from dusk until 11 pm on Saturday (If the skies are cloudless). Volunteers will be on hand to aid you in viewing the night sky through the telescope, locating planets and constellations, and discovering wonders of the cosmos. Admission and parking is free. For more information, visit the Peoria Astronomical Society at astronomical.org

The Harmonie-Concordia Singers of the Peoria German American Society will host their annual Bratfest, a traditional German Picnic, at Hickory Grove Park (located at 12503 Hickory Grove Rd. in Dunlap) on Sunday from noon – 8 pm. Admission and parking are free. In conjunction with the Bratfest, an import and craft beer tasting will also be held from 1 – 5 pm with over 25 different beers available to sample.  Eddie Korosa and the Boys from Illinois will provide live music. Other entertainment will be provided by Ratskeller Brummers, Lindenhof Echoes, and the Peoria Volkstaenzer beginning at 1 pm. Other activities include a Muscle Car, Hot Rod and Customized Motorcycle Cruis’n from Noon – 5 pm, a fine arts and craft village, bingo plus a shooting tent. Food to be served include Wienerschnitzle, Bratwurst, Heidelburgers, German Potato Salad, Sauerkraut, Red Cabbage, Bavarian Pretzels, Homemade ice cream, and assorted desserts are also available. Full dinners will be served until 6 pm and sandwiches will be available after 6 pm. For more information, visit www.peoriagermans.net

The Peoria Historical Society’s Pettengill-Morron House Museum (located at 1212 Moss Avenue in Peoria) will host “Miss Morron’s World Travels Exhibit” celebrating the travels of Miss Jean Morron on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. The exhibit features her 1957 four-and-half month around the world cruise including her favorite United States destinations such as New York City, Boston and other cities along the Eastern Seaboard plus Paris, London and other European cities. Cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children or tour both of the Society’s historic homes in one day for $10. This exhibit is part of the Society’s First Sunday Open House Tours April 7, May 5, June 2, July 7, August 4, September 1. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit http://www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

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