Archive for September, 2015

Register HERE to Win 2 Tickets to Spider Hill or 2 Tickets to the Addams Family at Peoria Players Theatre!

The Peoria Art Guild 53rd Annual Fine Art Fair featuring works of over 150 national artists will take place on the Peoria Riverfront from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Admission is $5 daily or $7 for both days and kids aged 12 & under and Peoria Art Guild members are free. As one of the oldest outdoor juried art fairs in the country, the Fine Art Fair gives everyone the rare opportunity to meet and talk with nationally-recognized artists, sample some of city’s finest cuisine, and listen to some of Peoria’s best musical performers. And for the kids, they can have their own art adventure at the Kids Art Fair for $5. For more information, visit www.peoriaartguild.com

Eastlight Theatre continues its production of Peter Pan beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday in the East Peoria High School Auditorium.  The classic tale of the boy who won’t grow up, young and old alike will enjoy the adventure of Peter and his friends. Tickets are $19 and are available online at www.tickets.eastlighttheatre.com  For more information, call 309-699-7469.

A Twist of Lemmon, a true father/son story of the Golden Age of Hollywood featuring Chris Lemmon as his father Jack Lemmon continues tonight (Thursday) through Sunday at the Apollo Theatre (located at 311 S. Main Street in Peoria) beginning at 7:30 pm with a 2 pm Sunday matinee. Performer, actor and classically trained musician, Chris Lemmon will pay tribute to his dad, Jack Lemmon in his critically acclaimed show. Tickets are $42 and are available by calling 309-839-1220 or online at www.jaytv.com

Kinky Boots continues at the Peoria Civic Center beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), at 8 pm on Friday & Saturday, at 2 pm on Saturday plus at 1 pm on Sunday. A Broadway hit with songs by Grammy® and Tony® winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this musical celebration is about the friendships we discover and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Tickets are $40, $67 and $82 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com

Shane Mauss will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm, Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm and Sunday at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $12 for the Thursday and the Friday and Saturday 10:30 pm shows and $15 for the Friday & Saturday 8 pm shows and the Sunday show. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Ralphie May will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm. Tickets are $25 and $30 are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Peoria Historical Society’s River City Trolley Tour will wind along Grandview Drive on Friday beginning at 11 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).   Their “Naughty to Nice Tour” traces triumphs through time from the 1920’s to the present featuring stories of the city’s gangster era including driving by the site of Peoria’s most notorious crime scene: The Bernie Shelton murder. Learn what played and didn’t play in Peoria running every Saturday in September beginning at 11 am. The tour leaves from Kelleher’s Irish Pub, (located at 619 SW Water Street near State St. in downtown Peoria). And their Haunted Peoria Trolley Tour will take place every Saturday in September beginning at 1:30 pm also leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub. Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65+ 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

Artists on the Boardwalk will take place at Junction City Shopping Center (located at the corners of Knoxville & Prospect) on Friday from 4 – 8 pm. Featuring all types of art mediums on display, you’ll also find interactive artists such as face painting, balloon artists and more. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.newjunctioncity.com/events

The Heart of Illinois BBQ & Bluegrass Festival will take place at Expo Gardens beginning at 4 pm on Friday and at 10 am on Saturday. Featuring the Larry Keel Experience, Gipsy Moon, Comatose Catfish, Still Shine and several other live artists plus BBQ vendors, a two-day ticket is $25 in advance or $30 at the gate. On site camping & RV passes are also available. Tickets are available online at www.jaytv.com

The Peoria Neon Vibe 5K will take place on Friday at the CEFCU Stage on the Peoria Riverfront beginning at 5 pm with the race beginning shortly after sunset. Participants will complete in an after-dark, fluorescent glow light fun run with several UV black light glow-zones, upbeat dance music for runners who are dressed up and ready to party when they dance the night away at the Aftervibe celebration where there will be color rushes and dance competitions. A benefit for the Children’s Hospital of Illinois, fee to participate is $45 through today (Thursday) and $55 on race day. For more information and to register http://theneonvibe.com/peoria-il

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Soft Spoken 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.

Mitch Williams will perform at the New Amsterdam Bar & Restaurant on the Peoria Riverfront (located at 120 Southwest Water Street) on Friday and Saturday beginning  at 6 pm. Admission is free to dining and bar customers. For more information, visit www.mitchwilliamsmagic.com/current.html

Treble in River City, a Trivia Fundraiser for the Central Illinois Youth Symphony, will take place on Friday at the Life Together Center (located at 3601 N. Sheridan Rd. in Peoria) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $10 per person with teams of up to 8 players. All trivia rounds are music-themed ranging from classic rock, Broadway and jazz. Tickets are available by calling 309-370-6424 or online at www.CIYS.org

The Odd Couple will be presented by the ICC Theatre Department at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.ArtsatICC.org

The 13th Annual 2015 Mark Linder Walk for the Mind will be held along the Peoria riverfront at the RiverPlex on Saturday with registration starting at 7:30 am and the Walk beginning at 9:30 am. A one mile walk to raise awareness of brain tumors and their impact on patients, family members and friends and to raise funds for brain tumor research, registration is free for brain tumor survivors, $2 for walkers and $10 for children under 10 and is available the day of the Walk or can be done in advance online at www.marklinderwalkforthemind.org/registration

The St Jude Wlk / Run to End Childhood Cancer will take place at Northwoods Community Church (located at 10700 North Allen Road in Peoria) on Saturday with registration beginning at 8 am and the walk/run starting at 9 am. Cost is $10 per person with an additional $10 for a chip to have a timed run. Registration is available along with more information at www.stjude.org/walkrun

The Tri-County Heart Walk to benefit the American Heart Association will take place on Saturday at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie beginning at 8 am, with opening ceremonies at 9 am and the walk at 9:30 am. Participants can learn more about heart-healthy lifestyles from local sponsors who will provide interactive education, kids’ activities, healthy food and demonstrations before the walk. For more information, visit www.peoriaheartwalk.org

The RiverFront Market will take 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 Autumn Gems of the Prairie Quilt Show will take place at the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall C from 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday and from 11 am – 4 pm on Sunday. Admission is $7 per day or $10 for 2-day pass and is available at the door with free parking for attendees. For more information, visit www.gemsoftheprairie.com

Common Place will celebrate National Literacy Month with their Rally for Reading! event to be held at their office (located at 514 S. Shelley St. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning with a literacy walk at 9:30 am. Also featuring reading-related activities, a bookmobile and a fish fry beginning at 11 am. For more information, call 309-674-3315 or visit www.commonplacepeoria.org

The Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery will host Recovery Walks! 2015 at UnityPoint Health – Proctor (located at 5409 N Knoxville Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 10 am with live entertainment, balloon creations, a silent auction and refreshments and the walk beginning at Noon. Registration is available prior to the walk for $20 per person, $15 for ages 12 & under or $50 dollars per family and benefits the Ameel Rashid Scholarship Fund which helps patients in need pay for treatment at the institute. For more information, call 309-671-8377.

Harvest Days will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park on Saturday & Sunday from 9 am – 4:30 pm featuring hayrack rides, a blacksmith, bee keeping, block & tackle, corn sheller, combine & white tractor and cider press demonstrations, games, a beer garden and food. Admission is $9 for ages 13 – 65, $7 for ages 65+, $6 for ages 2 – 12 and free for ages under 2 and Park members. For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

Sculpture Walk Peoria will lead free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that are on display for 12 months on Washington Street between Oak and Liberty every Saturday through September. The tours will begin at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 10 am and Noon. For more information about Sculpture Walk Peoria, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

A Drug Take-Back-Day will take place on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm at the Peoria Heights Police Department (located at 1311 E Sciota Ave. in Peoria Heights), the Peoria Police Department (located at 600 SW Adams St. in Peoria) and the Bartonville Police Department (located at 5918 S. Adams St. in Bartonville). You can safely disposing of your old and unused prescription medications by dropping them off at any of the locations. For more information, visit www.dea.gov

Discover the Dinosaurs will take place in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall from 10 am – 7 pm on Saturday & Sunday. A unique hands-on exhibit that consists of up to 40 moving and replica museum quality dinosaurs, you’ll have the chance to actually get close and touch the dinosaurs. Exhibit only includes Dinosaur Exhibit, Dino Dig, Dino Den, Dino Theater, Dino Coloring Station and Scavenger Hunt and Exhibit plus adds unlimited dinosaurs rides, mini golf and inflatables. Admission is $18 for ages 13 & older, $22 for kids aged 2-12 for the exhibit plus other activities or $16 for the exhibit only, $16 for senior citizens aged 65+ or free for ages 24 months and under. Exhibit only tickets are available only at the door, but advanced tickets for the exhibit plus are available at www.discoverthedinosaurs.com/Events/peoria.html

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.

The Good Hops Beer Festival will take place at Dozer Stadium on Saturday from 3 – 8 pm with more than 200 craft beers and ciders including new releases, seasonal releases and cellared beers while also enjoying live music from Highway 61, Kickapoo Junction and more. Advance tickets are $30 and include a logo tasting glass and ten 3 oz. tasting tickets, advance VIP tickets are $40 and include early entry at 2 pm, a logo tasting glass and 15 tasting tickets and day of tickets are $35 and are available online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

The 21st Annual Harvesting Hope Fundraiser will take place at OSF Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center (located at 1306 N. Berkley Avenue in Peoria) with a cocktail reception on Saturday beginning at 5:30 pm. Featuring a live and silent auction, raffle drawings and live entertainment, tickets are $75 and are available by calling 309-624-9595. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/PediatricResourceCenter

The Pekin Hospital Foundation will host the 2015 Jewels & Jeans Gala at the Par-A-Dice Hotel in East Peoria on Saturday beginning at 6 pm, with live music from New Odyssey, a silent auction, a wine pull, a photo booth, a caricature artist and more. Proceeds will benefit Pekin Hospital’s surgical waiting area construction project. For more information, call 309-353-0983 or visit www.pekinhospital.org/foundation

Laser Light Night will be held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday starting at 6 pm show with music from the Beatles and a 7 pm show featuring classic rock. Admission is $5 for one show and $8 for both shows and members are free. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Henri de Tonti Celebration 2015 will take place on Saturday at the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom beginning at 6 pm. The celebration will honor the Junior League of Peoria with featured speaker, Carol Scott, President Elect of the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. Tickets are $150 per person and are available by calling 309-674-1921 or visiting www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Zoo To Do will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. The annual gala event benefiting the Peoria Zoological Society honors those who have supported the mission of Peoria Zoo with an evening mingling with the animals of Africa! while you enjoy the Zoo’s signature cocktail and live music. A silent auction, live auction and raffle will take place along with a 3-course gourmet dinner. Tickets are $125 per person or $150 for VIP tickets which include an earlier admission at 5:30 pm for an exclusive opportunity to enjoy Lion Tales.  To register, call 309- 681-3500.

Concerts in the Vineyard at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) will feature United Groove Theory on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $5 for adults and free for ages 12 & under. Bring a lawn chair to enjoy lawn seating or call to reserve deck seating for $5. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

Aileeah Colgan will perform at the Limelight Eventplex Sound Bar (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $5 in advance and $8 the day of the show are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Pioneer Days will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 Koerner Road in Edwards) on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Step back in time and experience 19th Century life in rural Peoria County.  Admission is $2.25 for ages 4 & up. For more information, call 309-691-8423 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Classical guitarist Peter Fletcher will perform at Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 West Grand Parkway in Peoria) on Sunday from 2 – 4 pm. Admission is free. Music CDs will be available for purchase at the concert with 20% of each sale supporting the Friends of the Peoria Public Library. For more information, call 309-497-2100.

The Peoria Astronomical Society, Peoria Riverfront Museum, Peoria Public Library and Peoria Park District will host a SuperMoon Eclipse Party at Donovan Park on Sunday beginning at 6 pm. Featuring moon stories, activities and music leading up to the viewing of the full SuperMoon and eclipse at 9:11 pm, admission is free. For more information, call 309-497-2143 or 309-863-3030.

Register HERE to Win 2 Tickets to Kinky Boots, 2 Passes to the BBQ & Bluegrass Festival, 2 Passes to the Fine Art Fair or 4 Passes to Dinosaurs in Motion at the Peoria Riverfront Museum!

Eastlight Theatre will present Peter Pan beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday in the East Peoria High School Auditorium.  The classic tale of the boy who won’t grow up, young and old alike will enjoy the adventure of Peter and his friends. Tickets are $19 and are available online at www.tickets.eastlighttheatre.com  For more information, call 309-699-7469.

Sister Act continues at Peoria Players Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults and $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

The 49th Annual Morton Pumpkin Festival “Pumpkins of the Caribbean” will be held on the Jefferson School Grounds in downtown Morton tonight (Thursday), beginning at 11 am on Friday and at 6:30 am on Saturday and Sunday. Featuring a carnival, live music, the Miss Morton & Pumpkin Princess pageants, a parade on Saturday, the Pumpkin Idol competition, a craft fair plus lots of food including pumpkin specialties like pumpkin chili, baked beans, pasta salad, pumpkin ice cream, shakes, cheesecake, cookies and of course, pumpkin pie. For full details on the festival, visit www.mortonpumpkinfestival.org

A Twist of Lemmon, a true father/son story of the Golden Age of Hollywood featuring Chris Lemmon as his father Jack Lemmon continues tonight (Thursday) through Sunday at the Apollo Theatre (located at 311 S. Main Street in Peoria) beginning at 7:30 pm with a 2 pm Sunday matinee. Performer, actor and classically trained musician, Chris Lemmon will pay tribute to his dad, Jack Lemmon in his critically acclaimed show. Tickets are $42 and are available by calling 309-839-1220 or online at www.jaytv.com

Halestorm will perform tonight (Thursday) at the Peoria Civic Center Theatre beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $35 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com

Mike E Winfield 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 the Friday and Saturday 10:30 pm shows and $15 for the Friday & Saturday 8 pm shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Peoria Historical Society’s River City Trolley Tour will wind along Grandview Drive every Friday in September beginning at 11 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).   Their “Naughty to Nice Tour” traces triumphs through time from the 1920’s to the present featuring stories of the city’s gangster era including driving by the site of Peoria’s most notorious crime scene: The Bernie Shelton murder. Learn what played and didn’t play in Peoria running every Saturday in September beginning at 11 am. The tour leaves from Kelleher’s Irish Pub, (located at 619 SW Water Street near State St. in downtown Peoria). And their Haunted Peoria Trolley Tour will take place every Saturday in September beginning at 1:30 pm also leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub. Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65+ 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 33rd Annual Mossville Fall Festival & Art Fair will take place at the Hayloft Shops on Friday and Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday from Noon – 4 pm. Enjoy over 20 demonstrating artists, live music, lunch by Haddad’s, a bake sale, a book sale, antique cars, special sales & event pieces in the Hayloft shops, a firemen’s pancake breakfast, and more. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/hayloft.shops

The 21st Annual Chinquapin Folk Arts Festival will take place at Camp Wokonda (located at 620 East Boy Scout Road in Chillicothe) Friday through Sunday.  Featuring school field trips on Friday with art vendors, food and a ghost stories concert, live music, a children’s activity area, a petting zoo, storytelling, food, art vendors, demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday, plus a barn dance on Saturday, admission is $10 per day or $15 for the weekend. Ages 4 and under are free or a Family Pass is available for the weekend for $45.  For more information, call 309-579-2157 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Author and Shelton descendant Ruthie Shelton will take a look Inside the Shelton Gang on Friday beginning at 1 pm at the Peoria Public Library North Branch’s (located at 3001 W. Grand Parkway in Peoria) McKenzie Room. Admission is free and proceeds of book sales benefit the Friends of the Peoria Public Library. For more information, call 309-497-2141.

The 20th Annual Oktoberfest will take place on the Peoria Riverfront from 5 – 11 pm on Friday, from 11 am – 11 pm on Saturday and from 10:30 am – 5 pm on Sunday. Admission is $7 before 5 pm, and $10 after. This event showcases German heritage through song, dance, food, drink, cultural exhibits as well as featuring German bands and musicians on multiple stages, vendors and more. For more information, visit www.peoriagermans.com.

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature 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 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

Mitch Williams will perform at the New Amsterdam Bar & Restaurant on the Peoria Riverfront (located at 120 Southwest Water Street) on Friday and Saturday beginning  at 6 pm. Admission is free to dining and bar customers. For more information, visit www.mitchwilliamsmagic.com/current.html

The Fall Spectacular Ice Skating Exhibition will take place at Owens Center (located at 1019 West Lake Avenue in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6:15 pm. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-686-3368 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise featuring live entertainment plus a cash bar 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
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Central Illinois Dueling Pianos will present Howlin’ on the Water Dueling Pianos in the Broadway Lounge at the Waterhouse (located at 316 SW Washington Street in Peoria) on Friday with the dinner buffet at 6 pm and the show starting at 8 pm. $38 per person for the dinner and show (reserved seating with reservations required) or $10 per person for the show only (general admission with no reservations available). This is an adults only event; 21 year olds and over. For more information, call 309-494-9100 or visit www.HowlinOnWater.com

The RiverFront Market will take 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 Annual Illinois River Sweep will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) on Saturday beginning at 8 am. A volunteer clean up of areas around the Illinois River in Peoria, gloves and trash bags will be provided to volunteers. To register and for more information, call 309-686-3360.

Sculpture Walk Peoria will lead free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that are on display for 12 months on Washington Street between Oak and Liberty every Saturday through September. The tours will begin at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 10 am and Noon. For more information about Sculpture Walk Peoria, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

The Peoria Riverfront Museum will host Science Rocks! on Saturday from 11 am – 4 pm where you can meet chemists, learn lab skills and conduct experiments while learning about the Peoria Ag Lab’s 75th Anniversary (Oct 9 & 10).  All activities are free and will take place in the museum lobby. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.RiverfrontMuseum.org

The NFL Punt, Pass, and Kick Competition will take place on Saturday at Logan Recreation Center beginning at 1 pm. The competition gives young football fans a chance to exhibit their skills and is open to boys and girls ages 6-15 with five separate age divisions (6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, and 14-15). The boys and girls compete against each other in punting, passing, and place kicking. The winners are determined based on distance and accuracy. The event is free for participants and entry forms are available at Logan Recreation Center or online at www.NFLPPK.com  For more information, call 309-676-8179.

The 1st Annual Reagan Fest Pro Rodeo will take place on Saturday in Eureka Lake Lower Park from 1 – 7 pm. Food and rodeo vendors will be available. Tickets are $12 for adults in advance or $15 at the gate, $8 for children 3-11 years-old in advance and $10 at the gate and free for children 2 and younger and are available at the Eureka IGA, the Eureka Public Library or online at www.eurekareaganfestival.com

The Great Burr Oak Science Club will host Dr. Lane Beckes, Bradley Professor of psychology and neuroscience as speaker for their monthly meeting at the Speakeasy Art Center (located at 353 Court Street in Pekin) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Dr. Beckes’ research focuses on the social regulation of emotion, social bonding and affiliation and empathy and will speak about “Relationships and Health: The Neurobiology of Human Connection”. Admission is free and you’re welcome to bring your own food & beverages. For more information, visit www.thegreatburroakscienceclub.com

Concerts in the Vineyard at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) will feature Loose Shoes on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $5 for adults and free for ages 12 & under. Bring a lawn chair to enjoy lawn seating or call to reserve deck seating for $5. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will open their 2015-16 season with Carnival! at the Peoria Civic Center Theatre on Saturday beginning at 8 pm featuring Charles Yang on violin. Tickets start at $28 and are $9 for students and are available at the Peoria Symphony Orchestra office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

The 4th Annual Das Bier Run 5K Run und Walk will be held on Sunday on the Peoria Riverfront (in conjunction with Oktoberfest) beginning at 12:30 pm south of the Gateway building. Each participant will receive a commemorative one liter stein and two tokens to fill with the beverage of their choice. A costume contest is part of this year’s race and the registration fee is $35 and can be done online at www.DasBierRun.com

Peoria PlayHouse (located in Glen Oak Park) will host a 100th Day Celebration from Noon – 5 pm on Sunday. Celebration activities include cake, special masks plus art-making activities using 100 straws, 100 cups, 100 spoons, 100 bags, and more. Admission is free for members and ages under 1, $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens aged 65+ and active military personnel. For more information, call 309-323-6900 or visit www.peoriaplayhouse.org

Mammoths to Molecules…and Back Again will be held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Sunday beginning at 2 pm. From ancient DNA to 3D scanning, Dr. Christopher Widga, the Associate Curator of Geology at the Illinois State Museum, will explain how paleontological research uses high-tech methods to investigate the behavior of long-extinct animals.  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 www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Central Illinois Jazz Society will host Stephanie Aaron with the House Band opening on Sunday at 6 pm at the Starting Gate Banquet Room in Landmark Recreation Center (located at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria). Admission is $5 for members, $7 for adults and students are free. For more information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.cijs.org

Register HERE to Win 4 Passes to Dinosaurs in Motion at the Peoria Riverfront Museum or 2 Passes to the Peoria Zoo!

Sister Act will be presented by Peoria Players Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults and $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

The 2015 Pekin Marigold Festival will be held tonight (Thursday) through Sunday at Mineral Springs Park in Pekin featuring Frank Fritz, star of the History Channel hit show American Pickers, a Miss Marigold Pageant, live entertainment, a sand volleyball tournament, the Marigold 5k Run/Walk, a carnival, a climbing wall, a “top dog” pageant, a parade, kids activities, food plus much more. For complete details on the festival, visit www.pekinchamber.com/MarigoldFestival.html

The Elmwood Fall Festival will take place on the square in downtown Elmwood beginning at 5 pm tonight (Thursday) & Friday and at 10 am on Saturday. Featuring a Harry Potter theme this year, there will be carnival rides, a 5K run/walk, a parade, food, craft booths, children’s activities and live entertainment, admission is free. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/ElmwoodFallFestival

School House Rock Live! will be presented by the Caterpillar Chorus at the Corn Stock Theatre tent beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday. Tickets are $10 for all ages (reserved seating) and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

Andy Woodhull 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 the Friday and Saturday 10:30 pm shows and $15 for the Friday & Saturday 8 pm shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Peoria Historical Society’s River City Trolley Tour will wind along Grandview Drive every Friday in September beginning at 11 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).   Their “Naughty to Nice Tour” traces triumphs through time from the 1920’s to the present featuring stories of the city’s gangster era including driving by the site of Peoria’s most notorious crime scene: The Bernie Shelton murder. Learn what played and didn’t play in Peoria running every Saturday in September beginning at 11 am. The tour leaves from Kelleher’s Irish Pub, (located at 619 SW Water Street near State St. in downtown Peoria). And their Haunted Peoria Trolley Tour will take place every Saturday in September beginning at 1:30 pm also leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub. Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65+ 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

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Turas 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

Mitch Williams will perform at the New Amsterdam Bar & Restaurant on the Peoria Riverfront (located at 120 Southwest Water Street) on Friday and Saturday beginning  at 6 pm. Admission is free to dining and bar customers. For more information, visit www.mitchwilliamsmagic.com/current.html

Mary Todd Lincoln: The Springfield Experiment will be performed beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday at Inspired Arts Academy (located at 137 S. Main in Morton). The world premiere of an original play by Peoria author Jack Mertes centers on the life of Mary Todd Lincoln, widow of assassinated President Abraham Lincoln and is based on true events. The play is directed by veteran actor and director Vic Burnett., and includes a cast of seasoned area actors including Helen Engelbrecht as Mary Lincoln. Tickets are $18 and are available by calling 309-224-8805 or at www.artstix.artspartners.net

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Patriot Moonlight Cruise with live entertainment included plus a cash bar will take place on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets are $25 for adults, $18 for senior citizens and $14 for kids aged 4- 12 (3 & under is free) with proceeds going toward Honor Flight. For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com
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Too White Crew will perform on the CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing (located at 200 Northeast Water Street in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8:30 pm. Admission is $7. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

Mike and Joe will perform at Crusen’s (located at 2117 W Farmington Rd. in West Peoria) on Friday beginning at 10:30 pm. Cover charge will be $7. For more information, visit www.mikeandjoe.com

The RiverFront Market will take 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

Goodwill’s Forward March & Run event will be held on Saturday on the Peoria Riverfront beginning at 8 am at the Gateway Building (located at 200 Northeast Water Street in Peoria) and will feature a unique opening ceremony and post race celebration. People of all fitness levels are encouraged to run or walk alongside veterans, active military members and their families. Cost for the two-mile march is $25 or $35 for the 4 mile run or the 8 mile run. Kids aged 13 & under may participate for no cost and veterans or active military are $30 for the 4 or 8 mile run. For more information and to register, visit www.forwardmarchrun.com/event-info.php

Sculpture Walk Peoria will lead free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that are on display for 12 months on Washington Street between Oak and Liberty every Saturday through September. The tours will begin at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 10 am and Noon. For more information about Sculpture Walk Peoria, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

The Peoria Park District will host Peoria’s 3rd Annual PNC Worldwide Day of Play from 11 am – 3 pm at Glen Oak Park. The goal of the event is to get kids more physically active and encourage positive, healthy and playful lifestyles in families across the globe. Live entertainment will include Mike Anderson, Peoria Pops Dixieland, WERQ and Julie K. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org/WWDOP

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday & Sunday beginning at 2 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.  For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com
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The Peoria Riverfront Museum will present Super Saturday: Magnetism, where they’ll explore the scientific mysteries of magnets and magnetism in the museum lobby on Saturday from 1 – 2 pm. 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 www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org
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The Peoria Pride 2015 Expo, Pageant & Dance Party will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 4 pm. The Expo is a family-friendly event open to all ages with local vendors and exhibitors targeting the LGBT community plus a kids corner. Local entertainers will be showcased on the main stage from 5 -7:45 pm. The highlight and adult portion of the evening will be the 1st Mr. & Miss Peoria Pride Pageant hosted by international drag superstar, Ginger Minj, who was a finalist on Season 7 of RuPaul’s Drag Race. New York City’s Legendary Comedy Queen, Harmonica Sunbeam, will co-host and be a judge of the pageant. Once the pageant ends, the exhibition hall will turn into a dance floor while guest DJ Megatone from Indianapolis spins the best Top 40/Electronic Dance Music until 1 am. Tickets are $10 for ages 13 & up and kids 12 & under are free and and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000, at any Ticketmaster outlet or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information, visit www.PeoriaGayPride.com

A Tropical Rock & Roll for Your Soul Cruise featuring Coco Loco will take place on Saturday on the Spirit of Peoria with cheeseburgers grilled on the dock beginning at 7 pm, and the cruise beginning at 8:30 pm. Tickets are $40 for adults 21+ only 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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Concerts in the Vineyard at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) will feature Kickapoo Junction on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $5 for adults and free for ages 12 & under. Bring a lawn chair to enjoy lawn seating or call to reserve deck seating for $5. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

The 2nd NASH FM 97.3 B-Day Bash will take place on the Peoria RiverFront CEFCU Center Stage on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Enjoy free entertainment from The Joe Stamm Band, ticket giveaways plus a raffle to win a Luke Bryan autographed guitar. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

Walk MS Peoria will take place on Sunday at Junction City Shopping Center beginning at 1 pm with registration at 11:30 am. Participants will team up to walk one to three miles to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Illinois Chapter. For more information, visit www.walkms.org

Wildlife Prairie Park will host the Bye- Bye, Butterflies Release, Brunch and Photo Contest to help set the butterflies free for winter on Sunday beginning at 9 am with the butterfly release at 1 pm. Butterflies can also be adopted for a $5 donation. The second annual Kim St. John Butterfly Photography Contest winners will be announced at 3 pm in the visitor center. For more information, call 309-495-6724 or visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

Woofstock 2015 will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park Old Farm (located at 3826 N. Taylor Road in Hanna City – across the street from the main entrance to the park) on Sunday from Noon – 7 pm. A benefit for SAMS (Stray Animal Midway Shelter) Rescue, a no-kill animal shelter in Hanna City, live entertainment will be provided by 4 local bands. There will be games, vendors, prizes, a silent auction and food and beverages available for purchase. Admission is $40 and includes a tie-dyed t-shirt for you and a tie-dyed bandana for your dog. Additional guests are $15 and kids 10 and under are free. Dress your dog up as a hippie or other character to compete for prizes. All dogs must wear rabies tag and be on a non-retractable leash and must have current vaccinations, socialize well with other dogs, be at least 6 months of age and not be in heat. For more information, call 309-565-4821 or visit www.samsrescue.org/woofstock.html

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The Budweiser Illinois Blues Fest will take place on the Peoria Riverfront at Festival Park and on the CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing (located at 200 Northeast Water Street in Peoria) from 4 pm – 11:30 pm on Friday and noon – 11:30 pm on Saturday.  Featuring two days of blues on three stages of entertainment plus musician workshops, Blues Alley featuring arts and merchandise vendors, food and Budweiser, headlining acts are Jonny Lang, Taj Mahal and Robert Randolph and the Family Band. For more information, visit www.illinoisbluesfestival.com

Symphony Sunday, a free concert at the Peoria RiverFront Festival Park with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, will begin on Sunday at 6 pm. Bring your picnic, blanket, family and favorite bottle of wine to enjoy an evening of music.
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The Peoria Chiefs will take on Burlington tonight (Thursday) & Friday 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

The Central Illinois Herpetological Society will meet tonight (Thursday) at Forest Park Nature Center beginning at 7 pm featuring a speaker, raffles, announcements of trips and exhibits plus opportunities for hobbyists to interact with one another. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.centralillinoisherp.com

Whisper & Shout at the Contemporary Art Center, an open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, will take place tonight (Thursday) beginning 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 the Brazilionaires 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 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

The 14th Annual Comedy Tournament Semi Finals will take place at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) and Friday at 8 pm with the finals on Saturday at 8 pm. Tickets are $10 for the Thursday & Friday shows, $12 for the Saturday show and $15 for a 3-day pass. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Peoria Historical Society’s River City Trolley Tour will wind along Grandview Drive every Friday in September beginning at 11 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).   Their “Naughty to Nice Tour” traces triumphs through time from the 1920’s to the present featuring stories of the city’s gangster era including driving by the site of Peoria’s most notorious crime scene: The Bernie Shelton murder. Learn what played and didn’t play in Peoria running every Saturday in September beginning at 11 am. The tour leaves from Kelleher’s Irish Pub, (located at 619 SW Water Street near State St. in downtown Peoria) Parking is available across the street from Kelleher’s. And their Haunted Peoria Trolley Tour will take place every Saturday in September beginning at 1:30 pm also leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub. Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65+ 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 CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Tour will take place on Friday from 5 – 9 pm at 10 different locations in downtown Peoria including The Mill, the Contemporary Art Center and the Peoria Art Guild plus The Speakeasy Art Center in Pekin where visitors can view artist demonstrations as well as purchase pieces. For a complete map of the locations, visit http://ciaopeoria.com

The 2015 Manito Popcorn Festival will take place in downtown Manito Friday through Sunday featuring a Popcorn Princess Pageant, a disc golf tournament, a 1 mile fun run plus a 5k run & walk, a craft show, a parade, a 3 on 3 basketball tournament, an antique tractor pull, cow patty bingo, a battle of the bands, a lip sync contest, live entertainment, a breakfast on Sunday morning at the Legion Hall, a church service on Sunday morning, a pedal tractor pull plus much more. For complete details, visit www.manitopopcornfestival.com

Mitch Williams will perform at the New Amsterdam Bar & Restaurant on the Peoria Riverfront (located at 120 Southwest Water Street) on Friday and Saturday beginning  at 6 pm. Admission is free to dining and bar customers. For more information, visit www.mitchwilliamsmagic.com/current.html

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on Friday featuring live entertainment plus a cash bar 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
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The RiverFront Market will take 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 Sickle Cell Disease Association of Illinois will host a Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Day at the Salvation Army (located at 401 NE Adams St. in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 am – noon. Learn about Sickle Cell disease and its effects. Featuring prize giveaways, super heroes, and a jumping machine, for more information, call 309-242-4887.

Sculpture Walk Peoria will lead free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that are on display for 12 months on Washington Street between Oak and Liberty every Saturday through September. The tours will begin at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 10 am and Noon. For more information about Sculpture Walk Peoria, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday & Sunday beginning at 2 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.  For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com
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Concerts in the Vineyard at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) will feature Jammsammich on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $5 for adults and free for ages 12 & under. Bring a lawn chair to enjoy lawn seating or call to reserve deck seating for $5. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

Heartland Festival Orchestra will open their 7th Season with “Brahms Double Concerto” at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N. Wilmor Road in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring soloists Elena Urioste, Nick Cannelakis on violin & cello. Tickets are $35 for adults and $8 for students plus a $4 per ticket fee and are available by calling 309-339-3943 or online at www.heartlandfestivalorchestra.org

The Original Skazz Band will perform at Limelight Eventplex’s Sound Bar (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 day of show (plus $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door) but limited. Tickets include a wine sampling and hors d’oeuvres from Avanti’s served at 7 pm and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The 2015 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 in Festival Park following the parade featuring food and live entertainment provided. For more information, visit www.peoriaevents.com

The IVY Club will host the IVY Club Invitational Cardboard Boat Race on Monday beginning at Noon to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association, Central Illinois Chapter. Registration is $50 per boat, with all proceeds benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association. For more information, call 309-682-5419 or visit www.ivyclub.org