Archive for May, 2015

Register HERE to Win Dinner & the Show “Things My Mother Taught Me” at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre, 2 Tickets to a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria or 2 Passes to the Peoria Zoo!

Brigadoon opens the Corn Stock Theatre Summer Season in the main stage tent beginning at 7:30 pm and runs through Saturday, June 6. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students through high school and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 676-2196 or online at www.cornsotcktheatre.com

The Washington Good Neighbor Days Festival will take place behind John Bearce Companies on Business on US RT 24 in Washington beginning at 5 pm on Thursday, at 9 am on Friday &  Saturday and at 11 am on Sunday. There will be a kids talent show, a baby photo contest, a dog variety show, a co-ed softball tournament and a Kids Fun Run plus a 5K and a 1 Mile Run/Walk. For more information, visit www.washingtonilcoc.com

Smoke on the Mountain continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through June 7. 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 $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 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 Clinton tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm, then Kane County on Friday at 7 pm, on Saturday 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

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

The 2015 X Rocks Spring Fling Freak Fest will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Halls on Friday beginning at 5 pm. Featuring Buck Cherry, Nothing More, Islander, Taxi War Dance and Motor Biscuit the event will include an outdoor beer garden with specialty grilled items beer and more. Tickets are $23 in advance or $28 the day of the show and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature the Robin Crowe Band 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 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Sixteen Candles will perform 80’s favorites on the CEFCU Center Stage on the RiverFront (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8:30 pm. Admission is $7. For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise with live entertainment included plus a cash bar available 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 kids aged 4- 12 (3 & under is free). For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com

The RiverFront Market continues on the Peoria riverfront on 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. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfront.com

Market on Moss will take place at 2320 W Moss Avenue in West Peoria on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm. Featuring vendors with plants, herbs, garden accents, unique antiques, art, pottery, vintage furniture and curiosities, admission is free. For more information, click HERE

Mackinaw Valley Vineyard will host their Annual International Music, Wine and Beer Festival from 11 am – 11 pm on Saturday and from Noon – 6 pm on Sunday. Featuring 55 wines and 55 beers for tasting and for sale from around the world, you can also sample artisan cheese along with other food. Live music includes: Turas (Irish) 11 am – 3 pm, Greg Williams from 3 – 6:30 pm and Biscuits and Gravy Band from 7-11pm on Saturday and Sally Weisenburg from 12 – 3 pm and Colt 45 and Johnny Walker from 3 – 6 pm on Sunday. Admission for those age 21 and over is $10 per person and the price includes a souvenir wine glass and five tasting tickets, with additional tickets available for $1 each. Kids under 12 are free and ages 13-20 are $5 per person for band cover. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

Zoofest will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday from 11 am – 2 pm. At 1 pm, watch the zookeepers move the Chinese Alligator to her summer exhibit (weather permitting) plus enjoy bouncy rides, games, animal encounters and more. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for children 3 – 12, $8 for senior citizens and under 1 is free. For more information, call 309-686-3365 or visit www.peoriazoo.org

Vinyasa at the Vineyard will take place on Saturday from 11:30 am – 1 pm at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N Smith Road in Edwards). The event combines 50 minutes of yoga followed by 40 minutes of local wine tasting. The cost is $20 per person and includes the yoga class, wine and a take home wine glass. Additional food, beverages, and wine will be available for purchase. Please bring a yoga mat and/or towel. For ages 21yrs & up – beginners are welcome. Space is limited and advanced registration is required and is available at http://kristincorinneyoga.com/vinyasa-at-the-vineyard/

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday & Sunday 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 ages 3 & under 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 Kicks for a Cure Fundraiser will take place on Saturday at Lucky T’z (located at 10307 State St. in Mossville) beginning at 6 pm. Benefiting the Greg Olsen foundation for cancer research, there will be raffles, a silent auction, drink specials and celebrity bartenders from CH Robinson. Children are welcome.

Trails In Motion will be presented at the at Peoria Riverfront Museum Giant Screen Theater on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. An annual international film tour that brings a collection of the finest trail and ultra running films to passionate audiences around the world, tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for students and senior citizens and $8 for youth 7 – 17 and are available at the door. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Heartland Festival Orchestra will present “Time for Three” at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N. Wilmor Road in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring soloists Zach DePue on violin, Nick Kendall on violin and Ranaan Meyer on bass, the groundbreaking, category-shattering trio transcends traditional classification. Tickets are $35 for adults and $8 for students and are available by calling 309-339-3943 or online at www.heartlandfestivalorchestra.org

Chris Tucker will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $46.50 and $75 and and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Red Rebel County, a Dropkick Murphys/Flogging Molly cover band, will perform on the Peoria RiverFront CEFCU Stage on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Opening band Turas performs a mix of Irish and Celtic tunes. Admission is $7. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

Music in the McKenzie will host blues band “Rooster Alley” at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 West Grand Parkway in Peoria) on Sunday from 2 – 4 pm. Admission is free. CDs will be available:  a portion of CD sales support The Friends of Peoria Public Library.

The  2015 Peoria Bach Festival celebrates its 13th year with performances throughout the week celebrating the renowned composer. Featuring soloists Laraine Kaizer-Viazovtsev on violin, Alexander Viazovtsev on flute, Matthew Dirst on organ, John Orfe on piano and vocal soloists Kerry Walters, Denise Gamaz, James Doing and Saul Nache, all performances will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church (located at 135 NE Randolph Ave. in downtown Peoria). For a full listing of events, times and costs, call 309-676-4609 or visit www.peoriabachfestival.org

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D-Day: Normandy 1944 3D will open on Saturday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Giant Screen Theater with shows every hour from 11 am – 4 pm. Featuring a display of period vehicles and artifacts, the Central Illinois World War II Reenactors will be on hand along with veterans to give personal comments about the movie and the battle. Blending multiple cinematographic techniques, including animation, CGI and stunning live-action images, “D-Day: Normandy 1944” brings this monumental event to the world’s largest screens for the first time ever. Tickets are $5 for veterans & active duty forces and their families, $5 for members, $7 for adults, $6 for senior citizens (ages 60+) and $5 for children (ages 3-17). For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The 41st Annual World Championship Old-time Piano Playing Contest and Festival will take place this weekend around the Peoria area with ragtime and honky-tonk piano players from around the world competing for more than $4,000 in cash prizes. Starting with dinner at Sky Harbor Steakhouse tonight (Thursday) and continuing with a Spirit of Peoria cruise on Friday, the contests and competitions will take place at the Embassy Suites East Peoria throughout the weekend. For more information, call 217-356-3012 or visit www.oldtimepianocontest.org

The 2015 Summer Camp Music Festival will be held at Three Sisters Park (located at 17201 N State Route 29 in Chillicothe) beginning Thursday with a pre-party and running through Sunday evening. With more than 15,000 attendees, the event features more than 100 bands on 7 stages over 3 days. The festival also features a kid’s camp, an extensive representation of non-profit organizations, on-site camping, unique arts & craft artisans, a variety of food and beer. For full details including ticket prices and general information, visit www.summercampfestival.com

Smoke on the Mountain continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through June 7. 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 $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 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 Cedar Rapids tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 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

A Night with Josh Turner, the Heartland Hero Benefit Concert, will be held tonight (Thursday) at the Peoria Civic Center beginning at 6:45 pm. The American Red Cross Central Illinois Chapter will hold its Annual Heartland Heroes event as part of this concert experience. Floor table and ticket sponsorship packages are available by calling 309-677-7272. Tickets are $33 and and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Morton Civic Chorus presents its “Encore 2015” concert series benefiting CIMKF (Central Illinois Memorial Kidney Fund) at the Hartmann Center Theatre on Bradley University campus tonight (Thursday) through Saturday at 7:30 pm and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $15 and are available from any chorus member, at Kidder Music (located at 7728 N.Crestline Dr. in Peoria), at Morton Community Bank (located at 218 N. Main in Morton), by phone at 309-677-4966, at the door and online at www.mortoncivicchorus.org

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

The Spirit of Peoria will host the PianoStravaganza Cruise on Friday with boarding at 10:30 am and cruises from 11 am – 1 pm. The cruise features Johnny Maddox on the piano in addition to a hot lunch lunch buffet. Tickets are $35 for adults and $17.50 for children aged 4 – 12 and are available by calling 309-637-8000 or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com

The 51st Annual Rennick Juried Art Show continues at the Peoria Public Library Main Library Gallery in downtown Peoria during regular hours which are Monday – Saturday at 9 am – 6 pm. The show depicts themes from Central Illinois and features a variety of mediums. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

The 2015 Annual Arts In Education Spring Celebration concludes on Friday at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza beginning at 11 am. Celebrating the talents of Pre-K through 12th grade students from seven Central Illinois counties, over 12,000 students perform, exhibit, and demonstrate their talents in the fine arts and applied arts during the six-week event. Check out www.springcelebration.org for complete information and updated schedules.

The Louie Louie Festival hosted by the Illinois Valley Striders will take place on the Peoria RiverFront on Friday featuring a kazoo parade and live music beginning at 4 pm. Admission is free. For more information, call visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Ed & Judy Howard 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 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

New Odyssey, showcasing “3 Guys” playing 30 different musical instruments, will be performed at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20 general public, $10 students and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

The RiverFront Market opens this week on the Peoria riverfront and will take place 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 Murph Challenge will take place on Saturday locally at CrossFit 309 (located at 704 E. War Memorial Drive in Peoria Heights) with heats at 8 am & 9 am. Join people across the US in honoring fallen service members this Memorial Day by participating in the event named after Lieutenant Michael Murphy, a Navy SEAL killed in Afghanistan in 2005. The work-out consists of a 1-mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 air squats and another 1-mile run. There is no fee to participate, however registration is available along with donations for the LT. Mike Murphy Scholarship Foundation at www.themurphchallenge.com  For more information, call 309-682-9348.

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday & Sunday 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 ages 3 & under 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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Laser Light Night featuring the music of the Beatles & Led Zeppelin will take place in the Dome Planetarium at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday beginning at 6 pm (Beatles) and 7 pm (Zeppelin). Tickets are free for members, $5 for one show or $8 both shows available at the front desk or by calling 309-686-7000. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The 1st Annual Memorial Day Springdale Salute 5K Run/1 Mile Walk will be held on Monday at lower Glen Oak Park beginning at 7:30 am taking runners through Springdale Cemetery. The entry fee is $30 prior to race weekend and $35 on race weekend with a $5 discount for Veterans. Awards will be given at “Picnic Party” after run. Proceeds will be used for Central Illinois Home Repair Projects for Veterans. For more information, or by call 309-363-3737 or to register online, visit https://register.chronotrack.com/reg/form?eventID=11868

A Memorial Day Remembrance Service will be held on Monday in Marshall Plaza (under the Gateway Building located at the foot of Main Street in Peoria) beginning at 10:30 am paying tribute to all of the men and women who have fought for America’s freedom. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The Peoria County Veterans’ War Memorial Committee will hold a Memorial Day Observanceat the World Wars I & II Veterans Memorial at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza on Monday beginning at 1pm. People who have purchased a brick throughout the year to honor a Peoria County veteran are invited to attend and the public is welcome.

The Annual South-West Kiwanis Memorial Day Ceremony will be held on Monday at the Vietnam War Memorial located near the Prospect Road entrance to Glen Oak Park beginning at 1 pm. Richwoods High School Marine ROTC will parade and retire colors, there will be a 21 gun salute and keynote speaker will be Vietnam War Veteran David Reed Clark.

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Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Doran & the Soul Mystics 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 take place also on Friday featuring a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero 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, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org 

Smoke on the Mountain continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through June 7. 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 $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Freddy Jones Band will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $20 and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

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

The 2015 Annual Arts In Education Spring Celebration continues every weekday through May 22 at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza beginning at 11 am each day. Celebrating the talents of Pre-K through 12th grade students from seven Central Illinois counties, over 12,000 students perform, exhibit, and demonstrate their talents in the fine arts and applied arts during the six-week event. Check out www.springcelebration.org for complete information and updated schedules.

The 51st Annual Rennick Juried Art Show continues at the Peoria Public Library Main Library Gallery in downtown Peoria during regular hours which are Monday – Saturday at 9 am – 6 pm. The show depicts themes from Central Illinois and features a variety of mediums. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

The Peoria Chiefs will take on Beloit on Friday beginning at 7 pm, on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm and Sunday 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

An Old Fashioned Barn Dance will be held at Camp Wokanda (located at 620 East Boy Scout Road in Chillicothe) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. The music is live and callers Jim Hicks and Peggy Holmes teach all the dances so beginners are welcome. Admission is $5, with a $20 maximum for families. You are invited to bring a snack to share. For more information and directions, call 309-274-5358 or 309-274-2228.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will present “Built to Amaze: Nuts & Boltz” at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum at 7 pm on Friday and at 1 pm & 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Select opening night tickets are $12 and all other performances start at $15 with VIP seating available for $40 and are available by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000, online at www.Ringling.com or by visiting the U.S Cellular Coliseum Box Office. For group rates and information, call 309-434-2921. For more information, visit www.Ringling.com

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise with an optional Craft Beer Tasting on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday. Live entertainment will be provided by Barry Cloyd and a cash bar will be available. Boarding begins at 7:30 pm and the cruise runs from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens and $14 for kids aged 4 – 12 (2 & under is free) for the regular cruise and are available on the dock – no reservations are required. For the Craft Beer Tasting Cruise, admission is $35 (must be 21 or over) and reservations must be made by calling 309-637-8000 by 5 pm that day. For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com

Ride for the Cure will take place on Saturday beginning at 9 am at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie where riders will meet until 11 am. A police-escorted parade leaves at Noon for Walters Brothers Harley Davidson for a party featuring refreshments, entertainment, a bike show and a live auction. Cost to participate is $20 per rider and $10 per passenger. For registration and full details, visit www.peoriarideforthecure.com

The Annual Fort Crevecoeur Spring Rendezvous and Gathering will be held at Fort Crevecoeur (located at 301 Lawnridge Dr. in Creve Coeur on Saturday and Sunday from 9 am – 5 pm. Experience the way of life in the area from 1680 to 1850 with traders & American Indians from the Peoria area through encampments, demonstrations an open air flea market and live music. Food and a children’s area will be available. Admission is $1 for adults and free for kids aged 12 & under with an adult. For more information, visit www.ftcrevecoeur.org

The Skill Sprout Academy Science & Technology Open House (located at 8500 N. Knoxville Avenue in Peoria) will feature hands on exhibits of classes available at the school on Saturday from 10 am – 1 pm. Students can interact with equipment and tools used in the Junior Science, Junior FIRST Lego League Robotics, FIRST Lego League Robotics and FIRST Tech Challenge classes plus instructors will be on hand to answer questions. Admission is free, however, registration is required. Call 800-773-1682 x304 to register.

The 1st Annual George Jacob Gut Buster 5k & Fun Run will begin on Saturday at UFS (located at 1800 SW Adams St. in Peoria) beginning at 9 am. Participants will be able to take “pit stops” along the way and partake in junk food snacks with “Brewapalooza” from 11 am – 3 pm following the race. Awards will be given for best times, pit stops and costumes. The fee to run is $45 and all participants must be 21 to be involved. All proceeds benefit Neighborhood House Association. For more information and to register, visit www.gutbusterpeoria.com

The Clyde West Fishing Derby will be held at Glen Oak Park Lagoon (located at 2218 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 – 11 am for ages 9 & under, 11 am – 1 pm for ages 10 – 12 and from 1 – 3 pm for ages 50+ and those with disabilities. Admission is free and poles are available for use also. Bait, concessions and basic fishing supplies will be available for purchase. For more information, call 309-681-2854 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The 2nd Annual Diversity Festival will take place at the Speakeasy Art Center (located at 323 Court St. in Pekin) as well as other downtown Pekin businesses on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm. The event is free to the public and will focus on children ages 3 to 12 with kid friendly activities. For more information visit www.facebook.com/PekinDiversityFestival

Brewapalooza will take place at UFS (located at 1800 SW Adams in Peoria) on Saturday from 11 am – 4 pm. The Peoria Warehouse District’s largest craft beer tasting, there will be over 80 varieties of craft beer to sample, live entertainment, food and more. Admission is $15 with all proceeds benefiting the Neighborhood House Association.

The Peoria Zoo will celebrate its 60th Birthday on Saturday from 11 am – 2 pm with classic birthday party games, bounce houses, the grand opening of the new Nature Play Area and presents given to the animals. Admission for adults is $9, children 3 – 12 are $6, senior citizens are $8 and under 1 is free. For more information, call 309-686-3365 or visit www.peoriazoo.org  For more information, call 309-681-3559.

Super Saturday: Van de Graaff! will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday beginning at 1 pm. Learn why static electricity can shock you, see electrons shoot through the air and even make your hair stand on end with a Van de Graaff generator. The event is free to members and with regular paid admission, which 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. Reservations are suggested. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday and Sunday  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 ages 3 & under 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 Great Burr Oak Science Club will host Scott Settelmyer, co-founder of TerraCarbon LLC who will explain how his Peoria-based company is helping to combat climate change on a global level in “Climate Change, Forests, and Markets” at the Speakeasy Art Center (located at 353 Court St. in Pekin) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Admission is free. For more information., visit www.TheGreatBurrOakScienceClub.com

The 2015 Great Bloody Mary Mix Off will take place at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at Noon. 9 local bars/restaurants will compete to be named the best Bloody Mary maker in Central Illinois. All proceeds from the event go towards benefiting Comprehensive Bleeding Disorders Center’s Community & Minority Outreach Programs. There will also be food, a silent auction & live entertainment. Tickets are $35 per person or $15 for dedicated drivers and are available online at www.greatbloodymarymixoff.com

The Philharmonic Chorale will perform their Spring Concert at the Illinois Central College Performing Arts Center on the East Peoria campus on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Admission is $12 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens. For more information, call 309-694-5136 or visit www.ArtsAtICC.com

The Central Illinois Jazz Society House Band and Carl Anderson and His New Orleans Jazz Band will perform at the Starting Gate Banquet Room (located within Landmark Recreation Center at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria) beginning at 6 pm. Admission is $5 for CIJS members, $7 for the public and free for students of all ages (college students are asked to show an ID). For more information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.peoriajazz.com

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The 30th Annual Komen Peoria Race for the Cure will take place on Saturday beginning at 7 am at the Metro Centre (located at 4700 N University in Peoria). Registration is still available at the Komen Memorial Office in the Metro Centre today (Thursday) and Friday from 9 am – 5 pm and online at www.komenmemorial.org
Watch our ExplorePeoria.com Entertainment Report about the Race for the Cure at https://youtu.be/Dhy1V7VqiCU 

Enjoy a Girl’s Night Out tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 8 pm at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N Smith Road in Edwards) with wine tasting, food, music, mini manicures, massages, shopping, raffles and more. Tickets includes hors d’oeuvres and 5 wine tastings with a souvenir glass and are $25 at the door. The event is sponsored by the Peoria Chapter of the Women’s Council of Realtors.

Zootini will take place at the Peoria Zoo (located at 2320 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 5:30 pm. Featuring a variety of martinis served by local celebrity bartenders in the Africa! exhibit, you can try signature martinis tastings, appetizers, event-themed desserts and live entertainment. Cost is $55 and you must be over 21 to attend. Registration is required and available online at www.peoriazoo.org  For more information, call 309-681-3500.

Smoke on the Mountain continues tonight (Thursday) at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through June 7. 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 $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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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.  For more information, visit www.centralillinoisherp.com

Damn Yankees continues at Peoria Players Theatre tonight, (Thursday) Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for students aged 18 & under and are available at the Peoria Players box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org
Watch last week’s ExplorePeoria.com Entertainment Report about Damn Yankees HERE

Lewis Black: The Rant is Due Part Deux will be presented at the Peoria Civic Center Theater tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $38, $48, and $58 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Whisper & Shout, an open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, will take place at the Contemporary Art Center (located at 305 SW Commercial St. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) eginning at 8 pm. Admission is $4 for members or $8 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Stephanie Aaron 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 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

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

The 2015 Annual Arts In Education Spring Celebration continues every weekday through May 22 at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza beginning at 11 am each day. Celebrating the talents of Pre-K through 12th grade students from seven Central Illinois counties, over 12,000 students perform, exhibit, and demonstrate their talents in the fine arts and applied arts during the six-week event. Check out www.springcelebration.org for complete information and updated schedules.

The 51st Annual Rennick Juried Art Show continues at the Peoria Public Library Main Library Gallery in downtown Peoria during regular hours which are Monday – Saturday at 9 am – 6 pm. The show depicts themes from Central Illinois and features a variety of mediums. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

The Prairie Wind Ensemble will present its Spring Concert on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm at the ICC Performing Arts Center on the East Peoria campus. Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.ArtsAtICC.com

Slipknot will perform it’s “Prepare for Hell” Tour with special guest Hatebreed on Friday at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $59.50 and $49.50 and are available at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum box office, by calling 1-800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on Friday with live entertainment by The Smokers is included plus a cash bar will be available 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 kids aged 4- 12 (3 & under is free). For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com

The 23rd Annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive will take place on Saturday:  just set out any non-perishable canned and/or boxed foods well before your letter carrier’s normal pick-up time. No special bags are needed. Paper is sturdy and tends to hold more food, while plastic holds up better if it gets wet. All food stays in the local community.

The Annual “Ride the Refuge” Day will take place at Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge (located at 19031 E County Road 1200th North in Havana) on Saturday beginning at 7am with a bird/nature hike and a bike ride beginning at 1 pm. Conducted in conjunction with International Migratory Bird Day, the auto tour route will be open from 9 am – 3 pm. Hands on activities will be provided at the headquarters building where you can make a bee box to help our pollinating friends as well as learn how bat boxes can help endangered species. Admission is free. Sponsored by the Emiquon Audubon Society, you can find more information by visiting www.fws.gov/refuge/Chautauqua

Peoria Players Theatre will host a Craft & Vendor Fair on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm in the lawn behind the theatre. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-688-4473 or visit www.peoriaplayers.org

The Artist and Comic Expo will be held from 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday & Sunday at the at the Noble Center (located at 1125 W Lake Ave in Peoria). General admission is $10, kids aged 12 & under are $5 or get a 2-Day pass for $15. On Sunday, get one free kid’s admission with each paid adult admission. Register and find more information at www.PeoriaParks.org

Pampered on the Prairie will take place at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm featuring face painting and balloon creations for the kids, a fashion show, a wine tasting with appetizers, live music, manicures and pampering vendors. The first 200 women will receive a free gift. Admission is free.

Dodge Brawl, a national, co-ed, double-elimination dodge ball tournament, will take place on Saturday at the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall with doors opening at 10:30 am. Teams of six will compete against each other for the chance to win a donation for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Registration cost is $106 per team of 6 and the event is free for spectators. Teams can sign up at www.ticketmaster.com, the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations or by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday 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 ages 3 & under 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.

Alan Jackson will bring his 25th Anniversary Keepin’ It Country Tour to the U.S. Cellular Coliseum on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $59.50 and $25 and are available at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum box office, by calling 1-800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

David Nail will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday starting at 8 pm. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will present “Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 7”, Mahler’s masterpiece on Saturday at the Peoria Civic Center Theater beginning at 8 pm. Tickets range from $28 to $71 and from $11 for students and are available at the Symphony Box Office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

Treat Mom to a Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch at Barrack’s Cater Inn (located at 1224 W. Pioneer Parkway in Peoria) on Sunday featuring a variety of meats, salads, vegetables, potatoes plus a dessert table including a chocolate dipping fountain with seatings from 9:45 am – 3 pm. Cost is $22.95 for adults and $9.98 for kids aged 4 – 12. Call 309-692-3990 for reservations.

Enjoy Mother’s Day at the Zoo (located at 2320 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm where all Moms will get in for the price of a child’s admission. Regular admission for adults is $9, children 3 – 12 are $6, senior citizens are $8 and under 1 is free. For more information, call 309-686-3365 or visit www.peoriazoo.org

The Mother’s Day Orchid Show will take place from 12 – 4 pm at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria). See the Conservatory’s orchid collection, featuring exotic new acquisitions in cooperation with the Peoria Orchid Society, there will be experts on hand with advice for care and maintenance. Admission is free for mothers and grandmothers and $2.50 for adults ages 13 and up and free for kids 12 and under and Garden Members.
Treat Mom to a Mother’s Day Tea in a spring garden setting at the Garden from 2 – 4 pm. Including cocktail sandwiches, desserts and various teas. Reservations are required. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12 or free for children ages 5 & under. Call 309-681-3506 for reservations For more information, visit www.PeoriaParks.org

Take mom on a Mother’s Day Lunch Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Sunday featuring a hot lunch buffet and live music a Dixieland band. The boat boards at Noon and cruises from 12:30 – 2:30 pm. Cost is $39 for adults and $19.50 for children ages 4-12, ages 3 & under free. Call 800-676-8988 for reservations or for more information, visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com

A Riverlife Gospel Dinner Cruise will board the Spirit of Peoria on Sunday beginning at 5 pm and cruise from 6 – 8 pm. Tickets are $45 for adults, $22.50 for kids aged 4 – 12 and free for ages 3 & under. For more information and to make reservations, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com