Archive for August, 2014

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 “Downtown Thursday” will take place on the 2nd Street Market in Chillicothe today (Thursday) from 4 – 8 pm featuring a Back to School Bash and Ice Cream Social plus a live auction, food, vendors and door prizes. For more information, click HERE

Is There Life After 50? continues tonight (Thursday) and runs through September 14 with performances on Friday, Saturday & Sunday this week at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. 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
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The Peoria Chiefs will take on Beloit tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6:30 pm and at 7 pm on Friday 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

Monty Python’s Spamalot continues at Corn Stock Theatre tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm each night. Tickets are $18 for adults & $12 for students 18 & under and are available at the Corn Stock Theatre Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

The 13th Annual Amateur Tournament Semi Finals and Finals  will take place at Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) through Saturday at 8 pm. Tickets are $10 for the Thursday and Friday shows and $12 on Saturday. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Trolley Tour winds along Grandview Drive takes place on Friday beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).
The Naughty to Nice Trolley Tour takes place on Saturday beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria) and traces Peoria history from 1920’s to the present and includes stories of the city’s gangster era, including driving by the site of Peoria’s most notorious crime scene.  The “Roll Out the Barrel Tour” takes you through the earliest sections of downtown Peoria and into the Warehouse District where you’ll discover facts about distilling in Peoria also on Saturday beginning at 1 pm also leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub.  Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The Manito Popcorn Festival will take place in downtown Manito on Friday beginning at 3 pm and running through Sunday. Featuring a 1 Mile Fun Run & Walk on Saturday at 7:30 pm followed by a parade at 10 am, there will also be a battle of the bands, a petting zoo, an antique tractor pull, a lip sync contest, live entertainment, a craft show plus food through Sunday at 5 pm. For more information, visit www.manitopopcornfestival.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature the The Flying D’Rito Brothers on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members. For more information on either event, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

The 26th Annual Illinois Blues Festival will take place at Peoria Riverfront Park beginning at 6 pm on Friday and at Noon on Saturday featuring three stages of entertainment plus musician workshops, Blues Alley with arts and merchandise vendors, food and beer. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the gate for a one day admission, or $35 in advance and $40 at the gate for a two-day admission and are available at Emack’s & Bolio’s on the Peoria RiverFront & Peoria Heights and at CO-OP Records, by phone at 1-800-514-ETIX or online at www.jaytv.com  For more information, visit www.illinoisbluesfestival.com

Zoo After Dark will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Enjoy a special tour to learn about night houses, nocturnal animals and even meet some animals up close. Cost is $20 per person and pre-registration is required. To register, call 309-681-3559. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

The “End of Summer Bash” featuring Travis Porter will take place on Friday at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) beginning at 8 pm. This event is for ages 16: ages 15 & under must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are $21 for general admission seating or $40 for VIP Loft Seating (Must be 21 & over) and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Farmington Italian Fest will take place on Saturday in Jacobs Park in Farmington beginning at 7 am with “Race the Fest”, a 5k/2 mile walk and a kids’ fun run beginning at 9 am. Featuring inflatable rides, a petting zoo, a kids activities corner, an 18 game backyard challenge, live entertainment, a kiddie tractor pull, a spaghetti eating contest plus authentic Italian cuisine and a beer tent. Admission and parking are free. For more information, call 309-245-2441 or visit www.farmingtonitalianfest.wordpress.com

The 36th Annual Zoo Run Run is a picturesque 5K run throughout the beautifully landscaped Zoo grounds and surrounding Glen Oak Park on Saturday beginning at 8:30 am for the 5K and 9:15 am for the Youth Run. Fees are $25 for Zoo members and $30 for non-members for the 5K and $12 for Zoo members or $15 for the Youth Run. The race takes place before the Zoo opens and a limited edition T-shirt is included with race registration plus admission to the Zoo and the after party. Food, prizes and awards available to all runners including participants in the fun quarter-mile Youth Run. Registration is available at HERE  For more information, call 309-681-3500 or visit www.peoriazoo.org

The RiverFront Market takes place on the Peoria riverfront every Saturday morning through September from 8 am – Noon (located in the 200 Block of SW Water Street directly across from the Peoria Riverfront Museum) featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers plus local art, live music and demonstrations each week. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfront.com

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria will take place on Saturday and Sunday with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm. An early cruise will also take place on Saturday from 11 – 12:30 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.

The Pekin Diversity Festival will take place on Saturday from 1-3 pm in downtown Pekin at the Speakeasy Art Center and on Court Street between CJ’s Restaurant and Capitol Street. Geared toward 3- to 12-year-old children, children will start at the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce, where they will pick up a passport and at the end collect a prize if they visit all of the activities. Presenters will teach about cultural activities from Latin America, Scotland, Uganda, Germany, Japan, India, Arabic cultures, Thailand, Lebanon, Italy and Native American culture. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-267-2058.

The Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt 9 in Mackinaw) Annual Grape Stomp and Harvest Festival will take place on Sunday from Noon – 6 pm. Featuring live music from The Shake and a LUCY look-a- like contest, admission is $5 or free for kids 12 and under. For information on the event call 309-645-5054 or visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

The 4th Annual Party for a Purpose will take place on Sunday on the Peoria Riverfront CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing from 5 – 9 pm. This family-friendly, cancer screening awareness event will include face painting, music, balloon animals, food, door prizes and more. The event is hosted by the Comprehensive Lung Cancer Center at OSF Saint Francis, in conjunction with the Illinois Lung Institute, Central Illinois Radiological Associates, Peoria Surgical Group, Illinois Cancer Center and University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. For more information, call 309-655-3897.

Dope, (Hed)P.E., Beyond Threshold, Lydia Can’t Breathe, Left4Dead, Betrayal From Within will perform on Sunday at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 the day of the show. Tickets are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The 2014 Labor Day Parade will start in front of the Fire Station on Monroe Street and end at the Peoria Courthouse on Monday beginning at 10 am. The Labor Day Picnic will take place Festival Park following the parade featuring food and live entertainment provided. For more information, visit www.peoriaevents.com

2 Tickets to the Blue Festival, 4 Passes to Wildlife Prairie Park and 2 Tickets to Ragtime at Peoria Players Theatre!

The annual Dunlap Days festival will be held at North Park (JFL Field located at 100 N. Hickory Street in Dunlap) beginning at 6 pm tonight (Thursday), 6 pm on Friday & 8 am on Saturday. There will be live entertainment by Jamm Sammich & Bubblegum Jack, a bags tournament, a carnival, a petting zoo, a beer garden & food, a pancake & sausage breakfast (on Saturday morning), crafts & vendors, a decorated bike safety rodeo, bike contest & parade, face painting and more. For complete information, visit www.villageofdunlap.com

Is There Life After 50? continues tonight (Thursday) and runs through September 14 with performances on Friday, Saturday & Sunday this week at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. 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
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The Peoria Chiefs will take on Wisconsin tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6:30 pm, at 7 pm on Friday and at 6:30 pm on Saturday 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

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

Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Trolley Tour winds along Grandview Drive takes place every Friday in August beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).
The Naughty to Nice Trolley Tour takes place every Saturday in August beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria) and traces Peoria history from 1920’s to the present and includes stories of the city’s gangster era, including driving by the site of Peoria’s most notorious crime scene.  The “Roll Out the Barrel Tour” takes you through the earliest sections of downtown Peoria and into the Warehouse District where you’ll discover facts about distilling in Peoria every Saturday in August beginning at 1 pm also leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub.  Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale 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 the Spirit of Peoria on Friday with with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 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

Artists on the Boardwalk will take place at Junction City Shopping Center (located at 5901 N. Prospect Road in Peoria) on Friday from 4 – 8 pm. Local Artists will display and sell their artwork along the boardwalk along with live music. For more information, visit www.newjunctioncity.com

The Peoria Park District and the St. Patrick Society of Peoria will host the 18th annual Irish Festival, Erin Feis on the RiverFront from 4 pm – 11:30 pm on Friday, from 11:30 am – 11:30 pm on Saturday & from 9:30 am – 6 pm on Sunday. Showcasing Irish heritage through song, dance, food, drink and cultural exhibits, there will be Irish bands and musicians on multiple stages, a vendor marketplace and more. Admission is $7 before 5 pm or $10 after 5 pm, children under 12 are free, but must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is free on Sunday with a canned good donation from 9:30 – 11 am.  For more information, please visit www.erinfeispeoria.com

Hanna City Days will take place across from the Hanna City Park District Building (located at 511 N. Main Street in Hanna City) beginning at 4:30 pm on Friday, 6:30 am on Saturday and 10:30 am on Sunday. Featuring a carnival, pancake & sausage breakfast on Saturday, a 5k Race/1.5 mile walk, a parade, live music a community church service and more,  for more information, visit www.hannacityheritagedays.wordpress.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature the Change Up on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members. For more information on either event, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

The ICC Guest Artists Series will present Simply Streisand at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

Monty Python’s Spamalot will be presented by Corn Stock Theatre Friday through Saturday, August 30 beginning at 7:30 pm each night. Tickets are $18 for adults & $12 for students 18 & under and are available at the Corn Stock Theatre Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com
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Joey Hyde will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 the day of the show. Tickets are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria featuring live entertainment by Barry Cloyd & TJ Jones on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults $18 for senior citizens and $14 for children ages 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under. A cash bar is available. Tickets are available at the dock: no reservations are required. For more information, visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

The RiverFront Market takes place on the Peoria riverfront every Saturday morning through September from 8 am – Noon (located in the 200 Block of SW Water Street directly across from the Peoria Riverfront Museum) featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers plus local art, live music and demonstrations each week. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfront.com

Peoria County Recycling will host a Recycling Extravaganza Event at Landmark Recreation Center (located at 3225 Dries Lane in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 am – 1 pm. The one-stop, drop-off event will allow residents to recycle items without getting out of their car, including electronics, cell phones, eyeglasses, ink cartridges, batteries, CFLs, motor oil, documents for shredding and more. For a complete list of acceptable items and limits, visit www.peoriacounty.org/recycle/filesand select the Recycling Extravaganza 2014 flyer. For more information, call 309-681-2550.

The Washington Arts Festival will take place in Washington Park (located adjacent to Lincoln Grade School) on Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Featuring over 50 artists displaying their handcrafted art, there will also be a parade, visits by the Clydesdales, children’s activities on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm, bounce houses, face painting, free ice cream and children’s art activities. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-444-9413 or visit www.washingtonparkdistrict.com/news-events/fine-arts-fair

The 4th Annual Native Americans Speak event will take place on Saturday at Shore Acres Park (located at 100 Park Blvd. in Chillicothe) from 10 am – 4 pm. In conjunction with the Chillicothe Park District, the 4 Directions Healing Foundation and Native American friends will share culture from their tribal backgrounds through storytelling, speakers, food, drum/dance demonstrations and more. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-360-4836 or visit www.4directionshealingfoundation.org

The 7th Annual Muscle on Main Strongman Contest will take place on Saturday from 10 am – 3 pm on Main and Jefferson Streets in downtown Morton. The public is invited and there will be health and fitness information and food. Admission is free for spectators. For more information, visit www.mortonmagnet.com

The 26th Annual Duck Race will take place on Saturday on the Peoria Riverfront next to the Spirit of Peoria beginning at Noon. A fundraiser for the organization, cost to adopt a duck is $5. Winning ducks are selected at random when they are dumped into the Illinois river and prizes include a $5,000 cash grand prize plus gift cards to popular retail stores and restaurants. All proceeds benefit the Center for Prevention of Abuse. For more information and to adopt ducks, visit www.duckrace.com/peoria

The Peoria Riverfront Museum (located at 222 SW Washington St. in Peoria) will host Wine & Art Night on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Create a Rustic Woven Wall Hanging using yarn and natural materials to create a very unique piece. Participants are encouraged to bring in natural fibers, grasses, shells, seed pods, and/or items from their garden, yard, vacation or a trip to incorporate. Cost is $30 for members and $33 for non-members. Seating is limited and pre-registration is required. To register, call 309-863-3034 or for more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Sing in the Park Concert will take place at Glen Oak Park Amphitheatre on Saturday  beginning at 7:30 pm featuring Pride of Peoria Chorus with the Happy Hour Quartet. Admission is free.

The Drunken Zombie Deadly Drive In Double Feature: The Giant Spider & Horrors Of Spider Island will be shown at Landmark Cinemas Drive In on Saturday with gates opening at 8 pm and the movies starting at dark. Admission is $5 per person or $20 per car load (whichever is cheaper). Door prizes will be given away. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/521363224664249

The Behind Every Bride Bridal Showcase will take place on Sunday at the at Par-A-Dice Hotel from 11 am – 3 pm. Plan your wedding by visiting with photographers, DJs, florists, bridal gown vendors, bridal accessories vendors and more. Admission and parking are free. Enjoy fashion shows by Adore Bridal & Specialty at Noon and 2 pm. For more information, visit www.behindeverybride.com

The 8th Annual Grape Stomp will take place at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N Smith Rd in Edwards) on Sunday from Noon – 6 pm. Featuring live music by the West MacQueen Street Band, kids will also be able to play bags all day, enjoy grape train rides and a bounce house. Admission is $10 per person which Includes 3 tasting tickets for those over 21. Admission for kids 12 and under is free. To participate in the Grape Stomp, the entry fee for teams of 3 is $20 per person/$60 per team and participants receive half off gate fee. Winners receive a $100 gift certificate to the Tasting Room.   Competition proceeds benefit The Cancer Center for Healthy Living. For more information and to register to participate, visit www.kickapoocreekwinery.com

Drivin’ N Cryin’ will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $9.99 in advance or $14 the day of the show. Tickets are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

2 Passes to “Foot Golf” at Detweiller Park, 2 “Moonlight Cruises” on the Spirit of Peoria and 2 tickets to Spamalot at Corn Stock Theatre!

The Illinois State Fair continues from 7 am – Midnight each day through Sunday. 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 www.agr.state.il.us/isf

The Peoria Historical Society will host Irish Rhythms on the River, a summer cruise on the Spirit of Peoria featuring entertainment by the Roundstone Buskers tonight (Thursday) with boarding at 5 pm, and departure at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $35 and include dinner and a cash bar and are available at Kelleher’s, Harp & Thistle, by calling 309-674-1921 or visiting www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Is There Life After 50? continues tonight (Thursday) and runs through September 14 with performances on Friday, Saturday & Sunday this week at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. 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
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The CEFCU Jazz Series will take place tonight (Thursday) on the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing (located at 200 NE Water Street in Peoria) from 7 – 9 pm. Featuring David Hoffman and Friends, admission is free. For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

Donnell Rawlings will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $20 except for the Thursday 8 pm and Friday 10:30 pm shows, which are $15. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Trolley Tour winds along Grandview Drive takes place every Friday in August beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).
The Naughty to Nice Trolley Tour takes place every Saturday in August beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria) and traces Peoria history from 1920’s to the present and includes stories of the city’s gangster era, including driving by the site of Peoria’s most notorious crime scene.  The “Roll Out the Barrel Tour” takes you through the earliest sections of downtown Peoria and into the Warehouse District where you’ll discover facts about distilling in Peoria every Saturday in August beginning at 1 pm also leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub.  Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale 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 the Spirit of Peoria on Friday and Sunday with with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm. There will also be an early cruise on Saturday from 11 am – 12:30 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

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature the MoTown Junkies on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will also take place on Friday featuring 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 $4 for members or $7 for non-members.  For more information on either event, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos will take place on Friday  and Saturday in the Broadway Lounge at The Waterhouse (located in the MAXAM Building at the corners of Liberty and Washington in Downtown Peoria) with dinner seating beginning at 6 pm. Admission for the dinner & show are $38 per person. Limited availability show only seating begins at 7:30 for $10 per person (open seating and payment must be made with cash or check only). Please note: the show is intended for adults and may not be suitable for children. For reservations, call 309-494-9100 or email thewaterhouse@aol.com

JC & the Redemption will perform at the CEFCU Stage (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6:30 pm with opening act 3 and a Half Men. Admission is $7. For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The 3rd Annual Peoria Public Radio in the Park fundraising variety concert for WCBU 89.9 will be held at the Glen Oak Park Amphitheatre (located in Glen Oak Park off Prospect in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring singers, instrumentalists, choral groups and community theatre cast members, admission is $10 at the gate. For more information, visit www.peoriapublicradio.org

The SummerFest Local Karaoke Competition Final Round will take place on Friday at the Avanti’s Dome (located at 3401 Griffin Avenue in Pekin) beginning at 7 pm. Live entertainment will include JammSammich. Admission is $15. Food will be available. All proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Peoria & Pekin. For more information, visit www.bgcpeoria.org

The RiverFront Market takes place on the Peoria riverfront every Saturday morning through September from 8 am – Noon (located in the 200 Block of SW Water Street directly across from the Peoria Riverfront Museum) featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers plus local art, live music and demonstrations each week. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfront.com

The Hike for Hunger to benefit the South Side Mission will take place on Saturday at Forest Park Nature Center beginning at 8:30 am with registration. Each hiker will receive a t-shirt and breakfast. A silent auction will be held in conjunction with the hike. Cost is $15 or $45 for a family and registration is available online at www.southsidemission.org

The Central Illinois Farm Heritage Tractor Club will host the 9th Annual Antique Tractor & Equipment Show at the Stark County Jr. Fairgrounds in Wyoming on Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm and from 9 am – 4 pm on Sunday. The Featured tractor is Farmall & IH. You’ll find antique tractors and steam engines on display plus tractor games and parades, kids activities, live entertainment and more. Camping will be available. For more information, call 309-253-4842 or 309-579-3293 or visit www.citractorclub.com

Peoria’s Budweiser Grand Nationals Event will take place on the Peoria Riverfront on Saturday featuring a motorcycle parade beginning at 10 am, antique & custom bike shows, vendors, stunt shows, live music, food and beer. Bands include Tesla, Saliva, Iron Cowgirl Missy, ZZ Tripp, the Brian Dennison Band, B’Driven and United Groove Theory. Advance Tickets are $20 available online, at all Co-Op Records outlets in Peoria & Pekin, Emack & Bolio’s in the Riverfront Visitors Center & Peoria Heights and participating motorcycle dealers. For more information and online tickets, visit www.jaytv.com/grand-nationals-weekend

A Wizard of Oz Festival will be held at Butler Haynes Park in Mapleton on Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm. Admission is free. Dress up the little tikes and walk the yellow brick road around the Oz children’s garden and meet costumed characters. Other activities include a puppet show, a barnyard petting zoo, hayrack rides and an afternoon Oz costume parade around the grounds. Food and merchandise will be available. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/Wizardofozfest

The 23rd Annual Reptile & Amphibian Fair will take place at The Grand Hotel (located at 4400 N. Brandywine Drive in Peoria) on Saturday 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. A variety of snakes, turtles, lizards and amphibians will be displayed plus there will be educational exhibits, face-painting & a fund-raising raffle. Students participating in the Peoria Academy of Science Annual Treasure Hunt can attend free with their passport & one paying adult. Admission is $3. For more information, call 309-682-3938.

Super Saturday: Shark Attack will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday beginning at Noon where you will learn about megalodons, an extinct species of shark that lived 28 to 1.5 million years ago and reached a maximum length of 46-59 feet. You will also be able to view an assortment of shark teeth and jaws. No pre-registration is necessary: this event is included in admission. Admission to the museum 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 www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Golfin’ in the Wild will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park on Saturday with registration beginning at 3 pm and a shotgun start at 3:30 pm. Benefiting the Illinois CancerCare Foundation, the event will feature a unique golf course set up throughout the Wildlife “terrain” that all skill levels can enjoy. Dinner, a silent auction & entertainment will follow immediately after. Cost is $50 per person, $95 per twosome or $180 per foursome. All proceeds will fund local cancer research, education and patient support. For more information or to sign up, call 309-243-3437 or visit www.IllinoisCancer.com/GolfinInTheWild

Rhythm in the Rainforest will take place at Luthy Botanical Gardens on Saturday from 6:30 – 9 pm. Admission is $25 in advance available at the Garden office. Live entertainment will be provided by Preston Jackson & Friends along with food in the Rose Garden. A cash bar will be available (age 21 and over only). For more information or to purchase tickets, call 309-681-3506 or visit www.peoriaparks.org/special-events-luthy

In conjunction with its 2014 Midwest Convention, the Islamic Circle of North America Open House will take place for the general public to explore and discuss topics related to Islam in Room 401 at the Peoria Civic Center on Sunday beginning at 11:30 am. The “Window to Peace” open house will cover topics including “What is Islam?”, “Women in Islam”, “Shariah Law” and “Jesus in the Quran”. Muslim imams will explain the basics of the faith of Islam and take questions from the audience. Snacks will be provided. For more information, call 847-858-6680.

Super Hero Day will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Sunday from 11 am – 2 pm. Kids are encouraged to dress up like their favorite super hero and enjoy special games, animal encounters and more. There is no additional fee for the event. Admission is $9 for ages 13 & up, $5.25 for ages 3 – 12, $8 for senior citizens aged 65+ and free for ages 2 & under. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

Judy Page will perform as part of the monthly Central Illinois Jazz Society concert at Landmark Recreation Center (located at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm with the CIJS House Band. The Central Illinois Jazz Society House Band begins at 6 pm followed by Judy Page and a group of local musicians playing both Jazz and R&B. Admission is $5 for members and $7 for the public and students are free. For more information call 309-692-5330 or visit www.peoriajazz.com

2 Passes to “Foot Golf” at Detweiller Park, 2 “Moonlight Cruises” on the Spirit of Peoria, 4 Tickets to the Science of Ripley’s Believe It Or Not at the Peoria Riverfront Museum & 4 Tickets to a Peoria Chiefs 2014 Season Game!

The Illinois State Fair opened this morning on the Illinois State Fairgrounds and runs from 7 am – Midnight each day through Sunday, August 17. 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 www.agr.state.il.us/isf
Brimfield Old Settler’s Days will take place beginning at 5:30 pm tonight (Thursday), at  5 pm on Friday & at 6:30 am on 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 Ronnie McDowell and Panther Creek Duo. For more information, call 309-444-3908 or visit www.brimfieldoldsettlersdays.webs.com
Is There Life After 50? continues tonight (Thursday) and runs through September 14 with performances also on Friday, Saturday & Sunday this week at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. 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 CEFCU Jazz Series will take place tonight (Thursday) on the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing (located at 200 NE Water Street in Peoria) from 7 – 9 pm. Featuring the Illinois Central Jazz Train, admission is free. For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents
The Central Illinois Herpetological Society will meet at Forest Park Nature Center at 7 pm featuring a speaker, raffles, announcements of trips and exhibits and opportunities for hobbyists to interact with one another. Admission is free. The Society meets the first Thursday every month at Forest Park Nature Center. For more information, visit www.centralillinoisherp.com
The Peoria Chiefs will take on Kane County tonight (Thursday) and Friday beginning at 7 pm, Saturday at 6:30 pm and Sunday at 2 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
Whisper & Shout will take place at the Contemporary Art Center beginning at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) and is an open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry.  Admission is $4 for members or $8 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature the Rooster Alley on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org
Corn Stock Theatre continues it’s production of A Year with Frog & Toad through Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm each night. Tickets are $18 for adults & $12 for students 18 & under and are available at the Corn Stock Theatre Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com
Eastlight Theatre’s YouthLight 2014 continues with Sweeney Todd beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday in the East Peoria High School Auditorium. Tickets are $19 and are available online at www.tickets.eastlighttheatre.com  For more information, call 309-699-7469 or visit www.eastlighttheatre.com
The Illinois Shakespeare Festival will present Much Ado About Nothing beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Elizabeth Rex  on Friday at 8 pm and Antony & Cleopatra at 8 pm on Saturday at Ewing Manor (located at 617 E. Emerson in Bloomington). Tickets range from $31 – $47 for adults and $27 – $43 for students 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 www.thefestival.org/tickets  For more information, visit www.thefestival.org
Peoria Players Theatre will present Little Shop of Horrors beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for ages 18 & under and are available at the Peoria Players box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org
Ripley’s Bizarre Buying Bazaar will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday and Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm. Get free admission to the Museum & the RIpley’s exhibit when you bring in an item for an odd-prasial (one free admission per appraised item. Ripley’s wants to buy your weird stuff: search your closets, attics, basements, and garages for oddities large or small, including collections. Edward Meyer, longtime Ripley’s curator, will bring his Bizarre Buying Bazaar to conduct oddness-appraisals and possibly purchase your items for the Ripley’s permanent collection. For more information, call 309-863-3028 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org
Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Trolley Tour winds along Grandview Drive takes place every Friday in August beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).
The Naughty to Nice Trolley Tour takes place every Saturday in August beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria) and traces Peoria history from 1920’s to the present and includes stories of the city’s gangster era, including driving by the site of Peoria’s most notorious crime scene.  The “Roll Out the Barrel Tour” takes you through the earliest sections of downtown Peoria and into the Warehouse District where you’ll discover facts about distilling in Peoria every Saturday in August beginning at 1 pm also leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub.  Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org
The Mid-America Antique Show will be held at Expo Gardens located on Northmoor Road in Peoria (near Richwoods High School) on Friday from 11 am – 7 pm, Saturday from 11 am – 6 pm and Sunday from 11 am – 4 pm. Admission is $6 and is good for all 3 days. For more information, call 847-272-0710 or 309-691-6332 during the show.
Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm. There will also be an early cruise on Saturday from 11 am – 12:30 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
Soul Fest 2014 will take place in the Peoria Riverfront’s Festival Park from 6 – 11:30 pm featuring Gospel music on Friday, performances by local choirs and performers and of course, soul food. Saturday night’s headliner is R&B recording artist Ginuwine featuring songs from his multi-platinum and platinum-selling albums. Tickets for Friday’s Gospel night are $10 both in advance and at the gate. Saturday’s tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate and advance tickets for both nights are available at Emack & Bolio’s on the RiverFront, Co-Op Record Stores, Janet’s Just For You and online at www.jaytv.com  For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents
Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria featuring live entertainment on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults $18 for senior citizens and $14 for children ages 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under. A cash bar is available. Tickets available at the dock: no reservations are required. For more information, visit www.spiritofpeoria.com
Alex Mansoori will perform “Here’s to the Ladies” at the Peoria Cabaret Theatre (located The Broadway Lounge in The Waterhouse at The Maxam Building in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $15 and are available by calling 309-494-9100. For more information, visit www.waterhousepeoria.com/PeoriaCabaret
The Erotic Hypnotic will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $15 except for the Friday 10:30 pm show which is $12. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com
The 5K Duck Dash and 1 Mile Waddle Walk will take place on Saturday on the Peoria Riverfront beginning at 8 am to benefit the Center for the Prevention of Abuse. The fee to participate is $35 and registrations are available online at www.centerforpreventionofabuse.org
From break dancing to ballet, painting to fashion, cars to guitars, Ignite Peoria! has something to spark the creative passion in people of all ages at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 8:45 am with an opening ceremony and running throughout the day. The main hub of the event, located in Exhibit Halls B and C, will feature Creation Stations, World and Cultural booths, live entertainment and art demonstrations. Creation Stations will feature a range of hands-on activities such as metal stamping, caricatures, photography portraits, artistic displays, a musical instrument petting zoo. This area will also feature art on display and artists demonstrating their art in action.  The event is free and open to the public. Some events and activities will charge an additional fee. For more information, visit www.ignitepeoria.com  The Peoria Civic Center parking lots will also be free.
The RiverFront Market takes place on the Peoria riverfront every Saturday morning through September from 8 am – Noon (located in the 200 Block of SW Water Street directly across from the Peoria Riverfront Museum) featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers plus local art, live music and demonstrations each week. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfront.com
Sommer Park will host an Open House and Picnic in honor of their 50th Anniversary on Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm. Admission is free. The Prairie Shelter and playground will be available for families to bring their own picnic basket and enjoy the shelter, playground and other activities happening that day, including a birthday cake.
There will be a Bike Rodeo held at Bicycle Safety Town (located at 6518 N. Sheridan Road in Peoria) on Saturday from 10 – 11:30 am. Bring your bike to have it checked by a professional mechanic for safety. Kids who complete a safety activity will be entered to win one of 8 new bikes. Children who do not already have a helmet will receive one. For more information, call 309-682-6684.
The 85th annual Summer Festa Picnic will take place on Sunday at Hickory Grove Park (located off Illinois Route 40 north of Peoria) from Noon – 7pm. Featuring the Vince Chiarelli Band, Italian food, beverages, gift booths, a car show, children’s activities, a spaghetti-eating contest and bocce ball, admission is $3 for adults and free for children under 12. Parking is free. The event is a fund-raiser for the Italian-American Society scholarship programs. For more information, visit www.ItalianAmericanSociety.com
Sundae Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Sunday with boarding beginning at 4:30 pm and the cruise running from 5 – 7 pm featuring live music by Ted Lemen and his crew of world champion ragtime pianists. Tickets are $26 for adults or $20 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 Happy Together 30th Anniversary Tour will return to the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Sunday beginning at 7 pm featuring The Turtles, Flo & Eddie, Chuck Negron formerly of Three Dog Night, Mark Farner formerly of Grand Fund Railroad, Gary Lewis & the Playboys and Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels. Relive the cool rock of the ’60s, complete with plenty of timeless classics.  Tickets are $32.50, $42.50, $49.50 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets, and at www.Ticketmaster.com
The Peoria Municipal Band will perform on Sunday beginning at 7 pm at the Glen Oak Park Amphitheatre (located at 2218 N. Prospect in Peoria). Directed by conductor David Vroman, admission is free. For more information, call 309-681-2854 or visit www.peoriamunicipalband.com
The Pekin Park Concert Band will perform at Mineral Springs Park (located at 1701 Court Street in Pekin) on Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm. Rain location is Miller Center also in Mineral Springs Park. Admission is free – please bring lawn chairs for seating. For more information, visit www.pekinparkdistrict.org