Archive for August, 2016

Register HERE to Win a Spa Day for Two Valued at $480, 2 Tickets to the Blues & Heritage Music Festival and 4 Tickets to Wildlife Prairie Park!

Erin Feis 2016 will take place on the Peoria Riverfront on Friday from 4 – 11 pm, Saturday from Noon – 11:30 pm and Sunday from 9 am – 6 pm. Featuring 3 bands from Ireland, 1 band from Scotland plus many area bands and other entertainment, Irish cultural village, a wee folks area plus food, beer and whiskey tastings. Admission is free before 5 pm on Friday or $10 after 5 pm for adults. On Saturday, admission for adults is $8 until 5 pm or $10 after 5 pm. Admission on Sunday if free with a canned good donation from 9:30 – 11 am or $5 after 11 am. Admission is free for children under 12 with an adult throughout the weekend and a weekend pass is available for $15. For more information, visit http://www.erinfeispeoria.com

Memphis opens at Corn Stock Theatre Friday at 7:30 pm and runs through Saturday, September 3 at 7:30 pm each night. The winner of four 2010 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, the plot was inspired by actual events in the underground 1950s dance clubs. Memphis tells the story of a white radio DJ, Huey Calhoun, who adores taboo Black music and eventually falls in love with a beautiful Black singer. The singer, Felicia Farrell, is desperate to find her big break. The unlikely couple rises quickly in the Memphis music scene but trouble arises as they earn the attention of racists. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students 18 & under with ID and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at http://cornstocktheatre.com

The Peoria Historical Society brings Peoria history to life with it’s various Bus Tours that run throughout the summer including the the River City Tour, Roll Out the Barrel Tour, Abraham Lincoln and The Civil War Tour, Naughty to Nice Tour, Grandview Drive and Springdale Cemetery Tour and the Haunted Peoria Tour (in October only). They all start and end at the Peoria Riverfront Museum’s lobby. Tickets for each tour are $12.50 and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at https://cart.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org  For more information about the tours, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Never Forget, the 9/11 mobile exhibit, will be on display through Monday from Noon – 7 pm each day in the Par-A-Dice Hotel parking lot. The high-tech, 53-foot tractor trailer unfolds into a 1,000-square-foot memorial exhibit including artifacts such as steel beams from the towers, documentary videos, recordings of first-responder radio transmissions and tours by New York City firefighters. To learn more about the exhibit, visit www.tunnel2towers.org/activity/never-forget-exhibit

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 Corn Wolves and Highway J, a 5 k Run/Walk, bags tournament, carnival, petting zoo, beer garden & food, a pancake & sausage breakfast (on Saturday morning), crafts & vendors, a decorated bike safety rodeo, bike contest & parade, face painting and more. Admission is free. For complete information, visit www.villageofdunlap.com

Author Gene Barr will present and sign copies of A Civil War Captain and His Lady: A True Story of Love, Courtship, and Combat at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 West Grand Parkway in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6 pm. The book is based on the courtship and romance of Josiah Moore and Jennie Lindsay, a member of one of Peoria’s most prominent families of the mid-1800s, and their rare and unpublished series of letters. For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria at 2 pm on Friday. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for senior citizens, $11 for kids 4-15 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.

Hanna City Heritage Days will take place at the Hanna City Park District (located at 511 N. Main Street in Hanna City) from 4:30 – 10 pm on Friday, 7 am – 10 pm on Saturday and 10:30 am on Sunday for a community church service. Featuring live entertainment by Wagon Load A Trouble and Captain Quirk, there will also be a pancake breakfast, a parade, the Hanna City Hustle 5k Race, food, a beer tent and more. For more information, call 309-565-7102.

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Dorann & 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. For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Jazz Because for Dyslexia will take place at the Waterhouse’s Broadway Lounge (located in the MAXAM Building at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday from 6 – 9 pm. Featuring the Brazillionaires, the concert will benefit the Peoria-Tazewell Dyslexia Awareness Network. Tickets are $45 at the door or $40 in advance and are available at http://www.dyslexiaawarenessnetwork.org

Celebrate Recovery will take place at Imago Dei Church (located at 2221 N. Gale in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6 pm with dinner, followed by the large group meeting at 6:30 pm, then small groups at 7:30 pm. A 12 step recovery program for life’s hurts, habits, and hang-ups, admission is free.  For more information, call 309-863-5127.

Mitch Williams will perform table-side close up magic at the New Amsterdam Bar & Restaurant on the Peoria riverfront (located at 120 Southwest Water Street) on Friday & Saturday from 6 – 8:30 pm and is free for customers. For more information, visit www.mitchwilliamsmagic.com

The Peoria Chiefs will take on Burlington Friday and Saturday at 6:30 pm and on Sunday at 5 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $11 for dugout box seating ($12 on Fireworks nights) and $10 (or $11 for fireworks nights) for field lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

Auggie Smith will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd., Peoria) on Friday and Saturday at 7:15 and 9:45 pm. Tickets are $15. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

10 Years with guest Finger Eleven will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8:30 pm. Tickets are $20 for general admission or $55 for the VIP loft and are available now 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 on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Live entertainment is provided and a cash bar will be available. Tickets are $23 for adults, $21 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 more information, call 309-637-8000 or 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 http://visitdowntownpeoria.com/peoria-riverfront-market

The Peoria Superhero 5K and Kid’s Villain Chase will be held at the Louisville Slugger Sports Complex (located at 8400 N. Orange Prairie Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 am with the Fun Run and at 9:45 am with the Villain Chase. Participants are asked to dress in their favorite Superhero costume with proceeds benefitting the Heart of Illinois United Way. Runners will receive a free t-shirt and kids will get a Superhero cape. To register, visit www.peoriasuperhero.com

The South Side Stride 5k will take place in conjunction with Dunlap Days (located at North Park, 100 N. Hickory St. in Dunlap) on Saturday beginning at 8 am. Early registration is $25 and the one mile cost is $15 with proceeds benefiting the South Side Mission. For information and registration visit http://southsidemission.org

The 38th Annual Zoo Run Run benefiting the Peoria Zoo will take place on Saturday beginning at 8:30 am with a quarter-mile youth run and 5K Grand Prix race though the Peoria Zoo and Glen Oak Park. Registration includes a 2015 Zoo Run Run t-shirt, prizes and post-race food. Registration is $30 for adults and $15 for youth at the door. For more information or to register online, visit https://www.peoriazoo.org

The Gems Annual Quilt Show will take place at the Peoria Civic Center Hall C (located at 201 SW Jefferson Ave., Peoria) from 9 am – 5 pm Saturday and 11 am – 4 pm Sunday. Admission is $7 and $10 for a 2-day pass. Free parking when you mention the quilt show at gate. For more information visit www.gemsoftheprairie.com

Sculpture Walk Peoria 2016 will provide free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that were installed in June on Washington Street between Oak and Liberty in downtown Peoria on Saturdays throughout the summer. Tours will begin at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 10 am and Noon. For more information, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

Bubble Blast will take place in the Sun Plaza of the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 11 – 11:30 am. A unique family-oriented demonstration all about bubbles, the event is geared towards pre-schoolers, all ages will be dazzled by the awesome potential of a single bubble. Admission is free, however a $2 donation per child is encouraged. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The 28th Annual Duck Race benefiting The Center for Prevention of Abuse will kick off on Saturday at Noon with the race beginning at 2 pm at the Eastside Centre in East Peoria. A fundraiser for the organization, cost to adopt a duck is $5. Winning ducks are selected at random when the thirty-thousand ducks will race down a slip-n-slide along the street entrance. 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 2nd Annual Hip-hOpera will take place at the Contemporary Art Center of Peoria (located at 305 SW Water Street. in Peoria) on Saturday from 6:30 – 7:30 pm. Admission is $8 for non-members, $7 for senior citizens and student non-members, $5 for members, and $4 for senior citizens and student members. Tickets are sold only at the door. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/DramaticCrossroads or www.dramaticcrossroads.org

Barbershop Sing-In-The-Park featuring the Pride of Peoria Chorus and quartets will take place at the Glen Oak Park Amphitheater on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring True Blue, a quartet from Springfield, admission is free. For more information, click HERE

Peoria Players will host a Trivia Night at St. Vincent Church (located at 6001 N University St. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm.  The cost is $15 per person with up to 8 people per team. and must be paid in full when registering. In addition to cash prizes, food, soft drinks, beer and wine will be available for purchase.  For more information or to make a reservation, call 309-688-4473.

Nyk’s Outrageous Cabaret: Disney Princess Party will take place at Peoria Cabaret Theatre (located in the Broadway Lounge at 316 SW Washington Street in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $10 which includes a theatre open mic after the show. Appetizers will be available for purchase. For tickets and information, visit www.mkt.com/waterhousepeoria

Concerts in the Vineyard at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) will feature the Scott Marek Band 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 10th Annual Grape Stomp will take place at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N Smith Rd in Edwards) on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. Featuring live music by the West MacQueen Street Band, kids will also be able to play bags all day, enjoy grape train rides, a bounce house and a balloon artist will be on hand. Admission is $10 per person which Includes 3 tasting tickets for those over 21. Admission for kids 12 and under is free. For more information, visit www.kickapoocreekwinery.com

The Peoria Muslim Community will host an Open House and BBQ at the Islamic Center of Peoria (located at 4125 W Charter Oak Road in Peoria) on Sunday from Noon – 4 pm. Activities include a tour of the facility and school, picnic lunch, socialization, information booths and activities for kids. Reservations are encouraged. For more information or to make a reservation, visit www.icpeoria.org/openhouse

Drop-in Drawing will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Folk Art Gallery on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. All ages and skill levels are welcome to check out a kit from the front desk at no charge, or bring your own sketchbook, pencils only please. All ages are invited, however ages 16 and under require an adult in attendance. Admission is free to members and with general admission, which is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Pioneer Days will take place at Sommer Park (6329 N Koerner Rd. in Edwards) on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Admission is $3 per person over 4 years. Experience the daily life of mid-nineteenth century rural Peorians and the Koerner Family Cemetery Walk. For more information visit https://www.peoriaparks.org

Meteorites: Touch Another World will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Auditorium on Sunday beginning at 2 pm. Learn the types and characteristics of meteorites displayed in conjunction with the Be the Astronaut exhibit. Featured speaker Brian Poelker’s collection of meteorites on display and pieces of the asteroid belt will be on hand to hold. 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

Register HERE to Win a Spa Day for Two Valued at $480, 2 Tickets to see Memphis at Corn Stock Theatre or 2 Tickets to Erin Feis!

The Peoria Historical Society brings Peoria history to life with it’s various Bus Tours that run throughout the summer including the the River City Tour, Roll Out the Barrel Tour, Abraham Lincoln and The Civil War Tour, Naughty to Nice Tour, Grandview Drive and Springdale Cemetery Tour and the Haunted Peoria Tour (in October only). They all start and end at the Peoria Riverfront Museum’s lobby. Tickets for each tour are $15 and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at https://cart.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org  For more information about the tours, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The Illinois State Fair continues at the Illinois State Fairgrounds today (Thursday) through Sunday from 7 am – midnight each day. Admission is $7 for ages 13 – 59, $3 for children ages 5-12, free for children under 5, and $3 for senior citizens aged 60+. Parking per day is $7. Coupon books with 10 admissions are available for $45 for adults & $20 for children & senior citizens. For complete information on fair activities, entertainment and carnival prices and specials, visit www.illinois.gov/statefair

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council (PAWAC) will present Update Cuba: Illinois Agriculture and Business Leading the Way at the East Peoria Chamber of Commerce office (located at 201 Clock Tower Drive in East Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 5:30 pm. PAWAC President Don Samford, who accompanied the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba (USACC) delegation to the island, where he met with government leaders and ministries, will serve as moderator of a panel of USACC and business leaders. Admission is free, however advance notice of attendance is requested and may be done by emailing director@pawac.org  For more information, visit www.pawac.org

The Peoria Chiefs will take on Cedar Rapids tonight (Thursday) at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $11 for dugout box seating ($12 on Fireworks nights) and $10 (or $11 for fireworks nights) for field lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

The CEFCU Thursday night Jazz series will take place at CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing and feature Jim Markham Swing Band tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents/events

Chris Stapleton will perform at Three Sisters Park (located on Rt. 29 in Chillicothe) with guests Jamey Johnson and Angaleena Presley tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets range from $40 – $199 and are available online at http://www.budlightconcerts.com

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria at 2 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with another early cruise at 11 am on Saturday. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for senior citizens, $11 for kids 4-15 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.

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Galactic Cowboy Orchestra 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 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Celebrate Recovery will take place at Imago Dei Church (located at 2221 N. Gale in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6 pm with dinner, followed by the large group meeting at 6:30 pm, then small groups at 7:30 pm. A 12 step recovery program for life’s hurts, habits, and hang-ups, admission is free.  For more information, call 309-863-5127.

Mitch Williams will perform table-side close up magic at the New Amsterdam Bar & Restaurant on the Peoria riverfront (located at 120 Southwest Water Street) on Friday & Saturday from 6 – 8:30 pm and is free for customers. For more information, visit www.mitchwilliamsmagic.com

Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos will take place in the Ballroom at the MAXAM Building (located at the corners of Liberty and Washington in downtown Peoria) on Friday & Saturday with dinner seating beginning at 6 pm. Admission for dinner & show are $38 per person. Please note: the show is intended for adults and may not be suitable for children. For reservations, call 309-494-9100 or online at www.mkt.com/waterhousepeoria

Wine & Cheese Under the Stars will take place on Friday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum’s Dome Planetarium from 7 – 9 pm. Featuring wines from Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, relax with a variety of wines under a night sky and take a real-time Uniview tour across the Universe with an expert astronomy guide. Tickets are $30 for the public and $25 for members and includes up to three glasses of wine or sparkling juice and a variety of cheese & crackers Limited seating is available, so advance registration requested and may be made by calling 309-686-7000 or online at http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Concerts in the Vineyard at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) will feature Brushville on Friday beginning at 8 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

Ben Moore will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday & Saturday at 7:15 pm and 9:45 pm. Tickets are $12. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Live entertainment is provided and a cash bar will be available. Tickets are $23 for adults, $21 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 more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com

Los Lobos will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets range from $20 – $55 plus a $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

Hairbangers Ball will perform on the CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing (located at 200 Northeast Water Street in Peoria) on Friday from 8:30 – 11:30 pm. Admission is $7. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents/events

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 http://visitdowntownpeoria.com/peoria-riverfront-market

Battle at the Ballpark, a CrossFit competition and Kids “Just For Fun” Competition, will be held at Dozer Park (located at 30 SW Jefferson Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 am. Admission is free, however donations are welcome and benefit Team RWB, a non-profit supporting veterans through physical fitness. You can compete, do it for fun or be a spectator. For more information and to register, visit www.battleattheballparkpeoria.com

Hike for Hunger will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5823 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8:30 am. Registration is $20 for individuals, $50 for families and includes a t-shirt, hike premium and the opportunity to earn trail tickets for the prize table items including an iPad Mini. Participants are encouraged to bring donations for the food bank and household items that will be taken to one of the three South Side Mission Marts. Proceeds benefit the South Side Mission. For more information and to register, visit http://southsidemission.org

The Alzheimer’s Association will present Learning to Connect at the Peoria Chapter Office (located at 612 W. Glen Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday from 9:30 – 11 am. The event is free, but registration is required. Call 309-681-1100 to make a reservation.

The Washington Arts Festival will take place in Washington Park near Grange Shelter (located adjacent to Lincoln Grade School in Washington) from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday & from 10 am – 4 pm on Sunday. Featuring fine art exhibitors, children’s activities, live music & food. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-444-9413 or visit www.washingtonparkdistrict.com

The 4th Annual Native Americans Speak event will take place at Shore Acres Park (located at 100 Park Blvd. in Chillicothe) on Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm. Featuring the 4 Directions Healing Foundation and other Native American friends sharing culture from their tribal backgrounds, there will be storytelling, speakers, activities with the Pimiteoui Cultural Center, vendors, food, a drum/dance demonstration and more. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-360-4836 or visit www.4directionshealingfoundation.org

Sculpture Walk Peoria 2016 will provide free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that were installed in June on Washington Street between Oak and Liberty in downtown Peoria on Saturdays throughout the summer. Tours will begin at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 10 am and Noon. For more information, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

CASA Caballos Ultimate Tailgate Party will be held at Weaver Angus Farm (located at 5806 W. War Memorial Drive in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at Noon. The Peoria and Madison, Wisconsin polo match begins at 4:30 pm. The cost for a 12 x 20 ft. tailgate space is $200. To register or to find out more about the event call 309-669-2939 or visit https://www.firstgiving.com/casapeoria/casa-caballos

Super Saturday: Infrared Light will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby on Saturday from 1:30 – 2:30 pm. Explore the science behind infrared light. 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

India Fest 2016 will take place at the CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing (located at 200 Northeast Water Street on the Peoria riverfront) on Saturday from 3 – 9 pm. Featuring live music, authentic Indian cuisine, traditional Indian dancing, fashion, artifacts, textiles, jewelry and culture, admission is $6 in advance or $8 at the gate for ages 11 & up, ages 10 and under are free. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The Delavan Cruise In will take place on historic Locust Street in downtown Delavan on Saturday from 4 – 8 pm.  There is no registration fee to display your cruiser and all who register will be eligible to win a door prize.  For more information, visit www.facebook.com/delavancruisers

Rock the Farm will take place at Green Acres (located at 605 W Lakeland Rd. in Morton) on Saturday beginning at 5 pm. A benefit for Central Illinois Easter Seals, live entertainment will include Bones Jugs and The Way Down Wanderers. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children under 12. For more information, visit http://www.goteamalex.com

Summer Sundown will take place at the Sun Foundation Center (located at 1276 Sun Road in Washburn) on Saturday at 5 pm. The VIP donation package of $200 includes a reserved table for 6 guests, choice of indoor or outdoor seating, 12 raffle tickets, 1 box of secret cash brownies plus a local and organically grown floral arrangement. Admission is free and a portion of the beer and food sales will benefit the organization. For even more information, visit http://sunfoundation.org

The Summer Soiree Poolside Event will be held at the Greater Peoria YMCA (located at 7000 North Fleming Lane in Peoria) on Saturday from 6 – 10 pm. Featuring beer & wine, a strolling magician & poolside activities, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction plus live music by Rachel’s Hippo, proceeds benefit the group’s youth programs. Tickets are $75 and are available by calling 309-692-7631 or visit http://peoriaymca.org/events

The Alumni Football Tail Gate Party 2016 will take place at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N Wilmor Rd. in Washington) from 6 – 11:30 pm. Featuring live music with the Joe Stamm Band, food, drinks and the alumni game at 5:30 pm at the Washington Panthers Football Field, tickets are $5 for adults and high school students and free for junior high and under.  For more information visit www.fivepointswashington.org

Party on the Plaza will take place on the Peoria Riverfront Museum Sun Plaza on Saturday from 6 – 10 pm. Celebrate the wrap-up of the Rio games in Brazilian style with live music by the Brazilionaires, a cash bar with a signature Sangria and a Brazilian buffet, tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

All Saints Greek Orthodox Church (located at 1812 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) will host a Prime Rib Dinner beginning at 6:30 pm. For a donation of $45 the dinner includes potato, Greek spanakopita, dessert, lemonade, iced tea or coffee.  All proceeds benefit the church. For more information and tickets, call 309-678-8746.

Concerts in the Vineyard at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) will feature 7 West 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

Actor/comedian Bill Bellamy will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theatre on Saturday at 8 pm. Known for HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, tickets are $28, $33, $38, $43, and $53 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or at Ticketmaster.com

The Peoria Triathlon will be held on the Peoria Riverfront (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 7:30 am. Including a 500 yard swim, a 13 mile bike ride and a 3.1 mile run, both relay or individual registrations are available. Early registration fee is $50 for college students, $60 for individuals, and $95 for relays. To register and for more information, visit www.peoriatriathlon.com

52 years of the Mustang will be celebrated at the Wheels O’ Time Museum (located at 1710 W Woodside Dr. in Dunlap) on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm.  Featuring three 1960’s Mustangs, admission is free for Mustang drivers, $7 for adults and $3.50 for ages 3-11. For more information call 309-243-9020 or visit www.wheelsotime.org

Drop-in Drawing will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Folk Art Gallery on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. All ages and skill levels are welcome to check out a kit from the front desk at no charge, or bring your own sketchbook, pencils only please. All ages are invited, however ages 16 and under require an adult in attendance. Admission is free to members and with general admission, which is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Central Illinois Jazz Society August Concert will feature The Sally Weisenburg Trio at the Starting Gate Banquet Room (located in Landmark Recreation Center at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm. with the Central Illinois Jazz Society House Band opening. Admission is $6 for members, $8 for non-members, and students are free. For more information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.cijs.org

Register HERE to Win 4 Tickets to See Cole Swindell, Dierks Bentley or Little Big Town PLUS 4 gate admissions and a parking pass OR 4 passes to see “Be the Astronaut” at the Peoria Riverfront Museum!

Lion King Jr. will be performed at the Peoria Civic Center Theatre Friday at 7:30 pm, Saturday at 1 pm and 4:30 pm and on Sunday at 2:30 pm. Based on the Disney film and the popular Broadway production, the cast is exclusively made up of Peoria Public School middle school students. This show is produced in conjunction with Saturday’s Ignite Peoria event featuring arts organizations from throughout the Peoria area. Tickets are $10 general admission and are available at the door or online at https://artstix.artspartners.net  For more information, visit www.artspartners.net

Spitfire Grill
continues tonight (Thursday) through Saturday at Corn Stock Theatre (located in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm each night. This new musical offers audiences an intimate theatrical experience, complete with humorous encounters, moving scenes and heartfelt moments.  Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students aged 18 and under with ID and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

The 2016 Illinois Shakespeare Festival concludes this weekend at Ewing Manor (located at 617 E. Emerson in Bloomington). The shows include Hamlet, Twelfth Night and Peter and the Starcatcher with performances at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) and Sunday and at 8 pm on Friday & Saturday. Tickets range from $20 – $47 and are available by calling 309-438-2535 Monday through Friday from Noon – 4 pm, at the on site box office just prior to the performance or online at http://ticketmaster.evyy.net/c/259509/264167/4272  For more information, visit www.thefestival.org

The Illinois State Fair will be held on the Illinois State Fairgrounds today (Thursday) with a preview night beginning at 4 pm and runs from Friday through Sunday, August 21 from 7 am – midnight each day. Admission for the preview night is $5 for adults and $2 for senior citizens aged 60+ and children 12 and under are free. Normal admission begin on Friday and 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). Parking per day is $7. Coupon books with 10 admissions are available for $45 for adults & $20 for children & senior citizens. For complete information on fair activities, entertainment and carnival prices and specials, visit www.illinois.gov/statefair

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 in downtown Brimfield. Featuring food, a beer garden, a carnival, a 5k race, an arts & crafts fair, kid’s bicycle races, a parade and live entertainment by T.G. Sheppard, admission is free. For more information, visit www.brimfieldoldsettlersdays.webs.com

The Peoria Historical Society will host German Rhythms on the River on the Spirit of Peoria tonight (Thursday) with boarding beginning at 5 pm and the cruise from 6 – 8:30 pm. Featuring a German cookout dinner, music by Wilanna Vogel and a cruise along the Illinois River. Tickets are $35 can be reserved by calling 309-674-1921. For more information, visit http://www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The Peoria Chiefs will take on the Quad Cities tonight (Thursday) and Friday at 7 pm, Saturday at 6:30 pm and on Sunday at 5 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $11 for dugout box seating ($12 on Fireworks nights) and $10 (or $11 for fireworks nights) for field lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

Sister Hazel will perform tonight (Thursday) at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $18 for general admission plus a $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

Lakeview Aquatic Center (located at 1017 West Lake Avenue in Peoria) will host a Family Swim Night under the lights tonight (Thursday) from 7:30 – 9:30 pm. Admission is $10 for family of 4 with additional children $2 each. Children 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 309-686-3377.

Ms. Pat will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 7:15 pm and 9:45 pm. Tickets are $10 for the Thursday show and $15 for the other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Peoria Historical Society’s “Roll Out the Barrel Tour” takes you through the earliest sections of downtown Peoria and into the Warehouse District where you’ll discover historical facts about distilling in Peoria on Fridays at 11 am in August. The “Naughty to Nice Tour” runs Saturdays beginning at 11 am in August tracing triumphs through time from the 1920’s to the present.  It entails stories of the city’s gangster era, including driving by the site of Peoria’s most notorious crime scene: the Bernie Shelton murder. And the “River City Tour” which winds along Grandview Drive, takes place on Saturdays beginning at 1:30 pm in August.  All tours start & end at the Peoria Riverfront Museum in downtown Peoria. Tickets for each tour are $15 and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at https://cart.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org  For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria at 2 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with another early cruise at 11 am on Saturday. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for senior citizens, $11 for kids 4-15 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.

DRAKEphoto will host a Headshot Happy Hour at their office (located 3316 NE Adams St. Peoria) on Friday from 4 – 7 pm. Get your professional headshot updated, meet other professionals and enjoy hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Cost is $45 and proceeds will benefit Dream Center Peoria. For more information, call 309-839-1978 or visit www.drakephoto.com/hhh

Happy Art will be presented by the Peoria Autism Society at the Hive (located at 305 Southwest Water Street in Peoria) on Friday from 5 – 7 pm and also from 7 – 9 pm. Cost is $20 with 20% of the proceeds benefiting the Peoria Autism Society. This self-directing night includes all supplies and live music from the Rhythm Kitchen. Piece stencils are available. For more information and to register online, visit http://thehive305.com/events

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Steve “The Harp” Blues 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 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Celebrate Recovery will take place at Imago Dei Church (located at 2221 N. Gale, Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6 pm with dinner, followed by the large group meeting at 6:30 pm, then small groups at 7:30 pm. A 12 step recovery program for life’s hurts, habits, and hang-ups, admission is free.  For more information, call 309-863-5127.

Mitch Williams will perform table-side close up magic at the New Amsterdam Bar & Restaurant on the Peoria riverfront (located at 120 Southwest Water Street) on Friday & Saturday from 6 – 8:30 pm and is free for customers. For more information, visit www.mitchwilliamsmagic.com

The Prairieland Country Opry Show will take place at the Fondulac Administration Building (located at 201 Veterans in East Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring country music, award winning entertainers and musicians there will also be a 50/50. For more information, visit www.stevehargis.net

Grand Nationals Weekend will take place in Festival Park on the Peoria Riverfront beginning at 7 pm on Friday and at 10 am on Saturday. Tickets are $10 on Friday and $15 on Saturday. Featuring a motorcycle parade, antique & custom bike shows, vendors, stunt shows, live music, food and more, the event celebrates the running of the Grand National TT Motorcycle Races that will take place at the PMC Race Park in Bartonville on Sunday. For more details and ticket information, visit www.jaytv.com/grandnationals

Frank & Dean Together Again will be presented at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. A tribute show of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, this is the opening show of the ICC 2016-17 Guest Artists Series. Tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for students and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

Limeapalooza 2016 will take place at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $12 – $15 for general admission plus a $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

The Angela Jackson and Friends Cabaret will take place at the Waterhouse Broadway Lounge (located at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Appetizers will be available for purchase. Cost is $10 per person. For more information visit http://www.waterhousepeoria.com

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Live entertainment is provided and a cash bar will be available. Tickets are $23 for adults, $21 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 more information, call 309-637-8000 or 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 http://visitdowntownpeoria.com/peoria-riverfront-market

The Annual Hummingbird Festival will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N Koerner Rd. in Edwards) on Saturday from 9 am – 1 pm. Admission is free for all ages, however for a small donation to the Illinois Audubon land acquisition fund, participants can “adopt” a hummingbird. After capture, the birds are measured, banded, and then released by the adoptee. Vernon Kleen, a licensed hummingbird bander, will demonstrate banding and discuss hummingbirds. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org/sommer-park

Ignite Peoria will take place at the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall on Saturday beginning at 9 am. From belly dancing to ballet, painting to fashion, Broadway hits to guitar picks, Ignite Peoria has something to spark the creative passion in people of all ages.  Featuring a range of events to inspire innovation, release artistic vision and spark the imagination of the community, admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.ignitepeoria.com

The Annual Wizard of Oz Festival will be held at Butler Haynes Park (located at 9424 S Mapleton Road in Mapleton) on Saturday from 9 am – 6 pm. Admission is $5 or free children under 2. Featuring professionally costumed Wizard of Oz characters along with a Wizard of Oz themed garden complete with a Yellow Brick Road, there will also be special marionette shows and Woody’s menagerie show, vendors selling Wizard of Oz collectibles and more. For more information, visit http://www.hollispark.org/#!oz-fest/l5106

Sculpture Walk Peoria 2016 will provide free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that were installed recently on Washington Street between Oak and Liberty in downtown Peoria on Saturdays throughout the summer. Tours will begin at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 10 am and Noon. For more information, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

The “Let It Glide!” NASA Engineering Design Challenge will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 11 am – 2 pm. A one day workshop where students will take part in NASA’s Engineering Design Challenge and learn about the physics of flight in the process, tickets are $25 per person with all materials included. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Salem Lutheran Church will host the Carnival for Common Place at the The Shoppes at Grand Prairie on Saturday from 11 am – 2 pm. Featuring carnival games, bouncy houses, face painting, popcorn, snow cones and music, proceeds from the event will benefit Common Place. Donations of school supplies and tickets will be available in the center court. School supplies may also be dropped off at Salem Church, (located at 1700 War Memorial Drive in Peoria) through Friday from 8 am – 5 pm. For more information, visit www.commonplacepeoria.org

Laser Light Night will be held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday featuring Laser Zeppelin at 6 pm and Laseropolis (mix of music from 70s-2000s) at 7 pm. Admission is $5 for one show and $8 for both shows for members or $7 for one show and $12 both shows for non-members. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

In the Shadow of the Swan, An Epic Fairytale featuring Dancers with Heart, will be performed at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N. Wilmor Road in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm to benefit the CHOI Congenital Heart Center. Featuring a combination of classical ballet, Indian, folk, Bollywood and fusion dance styles, tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under or free for congenital heart center patients. For more information and tickets, call 309-566-5671 or visit www.osfhealthcarefoundation.org/dancers

The Tropical Rock & Roll for Your Soul Cruise will take place on Saturday on the Spirit of Peoria with boarding beginning at 7 pm with cheeseburgers on the dock. Tickets are $40 per person and are available at the dock, by calling call 309-637-8000 or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com

Concerts in the Vineyard at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) will feature Heroso 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

Haunted Infirmary will present the Icon Horror Experience at the Bartonville Insane Asylum (located at 4500 Enterprise Dr., Bartonville) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Cost is $5 for 2 people ages 14 and over.  For more information visit www.hauntedinfirmary.org

The Behind Every Bride Bridal Showcase will take place at the Par-A-Dice Hotel on Sunday from 11 am – 3 pm featuring over 40 wedding vendors, a swag bag for every bride as well as entertainment by DJ4U. Enjoy the Adore Bridal Experience with a peek into the new store and their amenities. Admission and parking are free. More information and pre-registration online is available at www.behindeverybride.com

The Italian-American Society of Peoria’s 87th Summer Festa Picnic will take place at Hickory Grove Park (located at 12403 North Hickory Grove Rd. in Dunlap) on Sunday from Noon – 6 pm. Admission is $3 for adults and free for children under age 12. Featuring Italian food, beverages, a gift booth, live entertainment provided by the Vince Chiarelli Band, children’s activities, a spaghetti-eating contest and bocce ball tournaments, for more information, visit http://italianamericansociety.com/3festa/index.html

The Peoria Public Library North Branch (3001 W Grand Parkway, Peoria) will present Music in the McKenzie featuring The Sally Weisenburg Band on Sunday from 2 – 4 pm. The event is free with a portion of CD sales supporting The Friends of Peoria Public Library.  For more information, call 309-497-2100.

Drop-in Drawing will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Folk Art Gallery on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. All ages and skill levels are welcome to check out a kit from the front desk at no charge, or bring your own sketchbook, pencils only please. All ages are invited, however ages 16 and under require an adult in attendance. Admission is free to members and with general admission, which is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Peoria 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

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Spitfire Grill opens Friday at the Corn Stock Theatre (located in upper Bradley Park) and runs through Saturday, August 13 beginning at 7:30 pm each night. This new musical offers audiences an intimate theatrical experience, complete with humorous encounters, moving scenes and heartfelt moments.  Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students aged 18 and under with ID and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com
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The regional premiere of School of Rock continues at Eastlight Theatre’s YouthLight program (located within the East Peoria High School Auditorium) beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday. Music for the stage musical was produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber with 14 new songs in addition to all of the original songs from the movie. Featuring a live kids’ rock band, tickets are $19 and are available at the Eastlight Box Office, by calling 309-699-7469 or online at http://eastlighttheatre.com

The 2016 Illinois Shakespeare Festival continues at Ewing Manor (located at 617 E. Emerson in Bloomington). The shows include Hamlet, Twelfth Night and Peter and the Starcatcher with performances at 7:30 pm Tuesdays – Thursdays and Sundays and at 8 pm on Fridays & Saturdays through August 13. Tickets range from $20 – $47 and are available by calling 309-438-2535 Monday through Friday from Noon – 4 pm, at the on site box office just prior to the performance or online at http://ticketmaster.evyy.net/c/259509/264167/4272  For more information, visit www.thefestival.org

Umphrey’s McGee will perform with the Main Squeeze on the CEFCU Center Stage (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the gate and are available at www.jaytv.com  For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents/events

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

The Peoria Chiefs will take on the Quad Cities tonight (Thursday) and Friday beginning at 7 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $11 for dugout box seating ($12 on Fireworks nights) and $10 (or $11 for fireworks nights) for field lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

Legally Blonde will be presented as the Peoria Players Theatre Youth Show beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $19 for adults and $12 for ages 18 & younger and are on sale at the Peoria Players Box Office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

Whisper & Shout at the Contemporary Art Center will take place tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm.  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 Dexter O’Neal & Funk Yard 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 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Lakeview Aquatic Center (located at 1017 West Lake Avenue in Peoria) will host a Family Swim Night under the lights tonight (Thursday) from 7:30 – 9:30 pm. Admission is $10 for family of 4 with additional children $2 each. Children 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 309-686-3377.

Henry Phillips perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 7:15 pm and 9:45 pm. Tickets are $10 for the Thursday show and $15 for the other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Peoria Historical Society’s “Roll Out the Barrel Tour” takes you through the earliest sections of downtown Peoria and into the Warehouse District where you’ll discover historical facts about distilling in Peoria on Fridays at 11 am in August. The “Naughty to Nice Tour” runs Saturdays beginning at 11 am in August tracing triumphs through time from the 1920’s to the present.  It entails stories of the city’s gangster era, including driving by the site of Peoria’s most notorious crime scene: the Bernie Shelton murder. And the “River City Tour” which winds along Grandview Drive, takes place on Saturdays beginning at 1:30 pm in August.  All tours start & end at the Peoria Riverfront Museum in downtown Peoria. Tickets for each tour are $15 and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at https://cart.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org  For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria at 2 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with another early cruise at 11 am on Saturday. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for senior citizens, $11 for kids 4-15 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 11th Annual Tower Park Music Festival will take place in downtown Peoria Heights featuring a variety of music from seven bands from 5 – 11 pm on Friday and from 1 – 11 pm pm on Saturday. Featuring food, a beer tent and live music, admission is free. For a complete list of performers and more details, visit www.peoriaheights.org/music

The CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Tour will take place from 5 – 9 pm on Friday at various locations including the Contemporary Art Center, Studios on Sheridan and the Prairie Center of the Arts plus other locations where visitors can view artist demonstrations as well as purchase pieces. For a complete map of the locations, visit http://ciaopeoria.com

The Lebanese/Redneck Wedding will take place in the Ballroom at the MAXAM Building (located at the corners of Liberty and Washington in Downtown Peoria) on Friday & Saturday with dinner seating beginning at 5:45 pm. Admission for the dinner & show are $38 per person. Pre-show cocktails will be available in the Broadway Lounge starting at 5 pm. For reservations, call 309-494-9100 or visit www.mkt.com/waterhousepeoria

Soul Fest will take place at Festival Park on the Peoria Riverfront beginning at 6 pm on Friday & Saturday. Admission is $15 on Friday, $20 on Saturday and $25 for a weekend pass (weekend pass only available in advance). Friday features Gospel music with a variety of local choirs and performers including Dottie Peoples. Saturday will feature more local talent with R&B artists Carl Thomas and SWV. Tickets are available at Emack & Bolios , Janet’s Just For You, the Noble Center, Co-Op Records or online at www.jaytv.com

Celebrate Recovery will take place at Imago Dei Church (located at 2221 N. Gale, Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6 pm with dinner, followed by the large group meeting at 6:30 pm, then small groups at 7:30 pm. A 12 step recovery program for life’s hurts, habits, and hang-ups, admission is free.  For more information, call 309-863-5127.

Mitch Williams will perform table-side close up magic at the New Amsterdam Bar & Restaurant on the Peoria riverfront (located at 120 Southwest Water Street) on Friday & Saturday from 6 – 8:30 pm and is free for customers. For more information, visit www.mitchwilliamsmagic.com

Cosmic Cocktails: A Party in Space will take place at the Riverfront Museum on Friday from 7 – 9 pm. Featuring a self-guided tour of the “Be the Astronaut” exhibit with a virtual NASA mission to see if you’ve got what it takes to explore the stars and Jupiter and drive on Mars and the Moon.  Enjoy cocktails, the other-worldly music of Suit & Tie Guy and hands-on science in the lobby plus a planetarium show using the Uniview software.  Tickets include two complimentary signature cocktails & space snacks (plus a cash bar will also be available) and are $30 for members and $33 for the public and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Peoria Municipal Band will perform at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie on Friday beginning at 7 pm and again 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 EP!C Wine Down, Wine Tasting and Painting Exhibition will take place at the Market Grille at Grand Prairie Hy-Vee (located at 7610 N Orange Prairie Rd. in Peoria) on Friday from 7 – 9 pm. Tickets are $45 and include painting materials, wine and hors d’oeuvres created by Chef Timothy Neese and are available by calling 309-689-3606 or by visiting http://epicpeoria.org/epic-winedown

Drew Baldridge will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) with Matt Miller Band and Tasji Bachman on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $10 for general admission or $50 for the VIP loft plus a $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door and are available now 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 on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Live entertainment is provided and a cash bar will be available. Tickets are $23 for adults, $21 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 more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com

The 1st Annual Greehut Memorial Whiskey Baron Run will begin at the GAR Hall (416 Hamilton Blvd. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 am. Run past the Greenhut Mansion on High St. and through some of Peoria’s historic neighborhoods. Celebrate Joseph Greenhut, a Civil War Veteran, benefactor of the Greenhut Memorial GAR Hall, and one of the wealthiest Whiskey Barons in the United States. All proceeds will support CILF, (Central Illinois Landmarks Foundation). Fee is $30 for the 5k run or 1 mile walk and registration is available at https://register.chronotrack.com/r/21400

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 http://visitdowntownpeoria.com/peoria-riverfront-market

The Douglas Grose Memorial Martial Arts Tournament will be held at the First English Lutheran Church (located at 725 E. Forrest Hill Ave) on Saturday from 8 am – 6 pm. Participant fee is $50 for 1 or 2 events. Each additional events up to 6 is an additional $10.  For more information, call 309-251-8588.

A French & Indian War Re-Enactment will take place at Fort Crevecoeur Park (located at 301 Lawnridge Drive in Creve Coeur) from 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Featuring mock battles with an historic encampment where re-enactors portray and teach about the lifestyle of the French and Indian War time period, there will also be food vendors, bake sale goods and live music. Admission is $1 for ages 13 and up, kids 12 & under are free. For more information, call 309-694-3193 or visit www.ftcrevecoeur.org

Wildlife Prairie Park will host a Member Appreciation Weekend on Saturday & Sunday where non-Members are encouraged to come see what it’s like to be a member. Featuring many free activities, animal feedings, crafts, Wildlife Olympic Kid’s Games, prizes, getaways, admission is $9 for adults, $6 for kids aged 3 – 12 and free for ages 2 & under and WPP members. For more information, call 309-676-0998 or visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

Dawg Days Disco will take place at the Peoria Obedience Training Center (located at 4115 W Main Street in Pottstown) on Saturday from 9:30 am – 3 pm. Featuring a canine freestyle competition where dogs and their handlers will move to music in a choreographed routine, admission is free. For more information, click HERE

Sculpture Walk Peoria 2016 will provide free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that were installed recently on Washington Street between Oak and Liberty in downtown Peoria on Saturdays throughout the summer. Tours will begin at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 10 am and Noon. For more information, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

The NAMI 7th Annual Hog Roast will take place at Detweiller Park in the Pine and Dogwood Shelters on Saturday from 11 am – 2 pm. Featuring food, live music and games, admission including the meal is $10. For more information, call 309-693-0541 or visit http://www.namitri-countyillinois.org

Olympics Day will take place at the Peoria Zoo (located at 2320 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 11 am – 2 pm. Celebrate amazing animals with athletic-type adaptations. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for kids aged 2 – 12, $8 for senior citizens and active military and free for ages 1 & under. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/PeoriaZoo

Auditions for Mr. Silver’s Children will be held at the Peoria Women’s Club (301 N.E. Madison, Peoria) on Saturday and Sunday 1 – 4 pm. Children 6 – 15 and adults of all ages are invited to audition. Mr. Silver’s Children is a haunted musical fantasy composed and written by Peoria native, Derek Childs. Performances will be held at The Apollo Theatre. For more information visit www.mrsilverschildren.com

Ted Nugent will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $27.50 – $35 and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

A Murder Mystery Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria beginning at 7 pm on Saturday. An interactive event featuring the cast of the Champaign-Urbana Theater Company who will dine and mingle with you as the mystery unfolds, tickets are $47 for adults and $23.50 for kids 4-12 and and are available online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

Concerts in the Vineyard at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) will feature The Shake 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

Bratfest will take place at Hickory Grove Park (located at 12403 Hickory Grove Rd. in Dunlap) on Sunday from Noon – 8 pm. Hosted by the Harmonie-Concordia Singers of the Peoria German American Societym admission and parking are free. A traditional German Picnic, Bratfest features a craft beer tasting, live entertainment, a Muscle Car, Hot Rod and Customized Motorcycle Cruis’n, arts and crafts vendors, a shooting tent and food. Entertainment will be provided by Eddie Korosa on his accordion, the Ratskeller Brummers, Lindenhof Echoes and the Peoria Volkstaenzer. For more information, visit www.peoriagermans.net

Drop-in Drawing will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Folk Art Gallery on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. All ages and skill levels are welcome to check out a kit from the front desk at no charge, or bring your own sketchbook, pencils only please. All ages are invited, however ages 16 and under require an adult in attendance. Admission is free to members and with general admission, which is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org