Register HERE to Win 4 Tickets to the Chinquapin Music & Storytelling Festival, 2 Tickets to Forever Plaid and 2 Tickets to a Springdale Cemetery Tour!

Pub Night in the Dome will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Dome Planetarium on Friday from 7 – 9 pm. Take a trip through the Universe with the Museum’s Uniview software while enjoying beer (3 are included) and pizza under the stars. All attendees must be 21 or older. Tickets are $30 for members and $33 for the public and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at http://riverfrontmuseum.org

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

Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play
will be presented by the Bradley University Theatre Department at the Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts beginning at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Part thriller, part musical, Mr. Burns asks how the stories we tell make us the people we are. In a near future where a cataclysmic series of nuclear disasters has left America without electricity, infrastructure, or mass communication, a small group of survivors huddles around a fire trying to remember the dialogue from a popular episode of The Simpsons. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for Bradley faculty & staff and senior citizens or $5 for students and are available at the Bradley Box Office, by calling 309-677-2650 or online at www.bradley.edu

Joe List will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd in Peoria) at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) for $10 and on Friday and Saturday at 7:15 pm and 9:15 pm for $15. For more information visit http://www.jukeboxcomedy.com

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

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Nathan Tyler & Friends 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

The Owens Center Ice Exhibition will take place at the Center (located at 1019 West Lake Avenue in Lakeview Park in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. An Ice Skating Institute sanctioned event, watch the in-house competition and exhibition featuring the Owens Center skaters. Admission is free. For more information, call 686-3368 or visit www.peoriaparks.org/owens-center

The House of Blue Leaves will be presented by the Illinois Central College Theatre program at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Dr. in East Peoria) on Friday & Saturday beginning 7:30 pm and on Sunday at 2:30 pm. Admission for adults is $7 and students and senior citizens are $5. For tickets, call 309-694-5136 or visit http://icc.edu/arts

A Blues and BBQ Dinner Cruise will take place on Friday on the Spirit of Peoria with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Bringing Beale Street to Water Street, live entertainment will be provided by the Smoker’s Blues Band and dinner features smoked brisket, pulled pork, roasted corn grits, macaroni & cheese and more. Tickets are $45 for adults, and $22.50 for kids aged 4 – 12 (2 & under is free). For more information and to order tickets, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com

The Toast and Roast of Andrew Lloyd Webber will take place on Friday at the Peoria Cabaret Theatre (located in The Broadway Lounge in The Waterhouse at The MAXAM at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) beginning at 8 pm. Featuring Jarod Hazzard, Katie McLuckie, Erin Durbin, Stephanie Myre and Tony Roberts as the host and pianist, admission is $10. An appetizer/dessert menu will be available. To order tickets, call 309-494-9100 or visit http://peoriacabarettheatre.com

Dawes will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University in Peoria) on Friday at 8 pm. Tickets are $20 – $25 and are available along with more information at  www.limelighteventplex.com

The RiverFront Market will take place on the Peoria riverfront on Saturday morning, the last one of the season, 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 14th Annual Mark Linder Walk for the Mind will take place at the Peoria RiverPlex (located at 600 Northeast Water Street in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 9:30 am. Registration will take place from 7:30 – 9:30 am. Entry fee is $20 for adults, $10 for kids 10 and under and and free for survivors. For more information, visit http://www.marklinderwalkforthemind.org

The 9th Annual Strides for Justice will take place at Tower Park (1222 E Kingman Ave. in Peoria Heights) on Saturday beginning at 8 am.  The timed 5K walk and run on Grandview Drive raises money for Prairie State Legal Services and includes a post-race party and awards at Oliver’s. Cost is $30 and registration and more information is available at www.stridesforjustice.com

Fall French Market in the Park will take place at the Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm. Enjoy crepes and croissants, herbs, and flowers plus artists, craftsmen, and collectors and more. For more information, call 309-696-1164 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Harvest Days will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park on Saturday & Sunday from 9 am – 6:30 on Saturday & Sunday. Featuring fall themed crafts and games, animal hibernation programs, Plein air painting demonstrations, blacksmith demonstrations, master gardeners in the Kim St John butterfly habitat, animal feedings and specialty fall food items like s’mores, admission is $9 for adults, $6 for children ages 3-12 or free for kids aged 2 & under and WPP members. For more information, visit http://wildlifeprairiepark.org

A Community Shred Day will take place at Landmark Recreation Center (located at 3225 N Dries Ln. in Peoria) on Saturday from 9:30 am – Noon. Hosted by Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth, residents can bring sensitive documents to be destroyed, along with other paper, computer disks, cassette tapes and hard drives (limit of 10 boxes) at no charge. For more information, call 309-681-1992.

A Behind the Scenes Tour will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday beginning at 9 am. Learn things like how much a rhino weighs and where giraffes sleep in this hour-long tour of areas the public isn’t allowed to see to learn about the animals and how the zookeepers care for them. Cost is $24 per person which includes zoo admission. Pre-registration is required and may be made by calling 309-681-3559. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

The Peoria Art Guild 54th Annual Fine Art Fair featuring works of over 150 national artists will take place on the Peoria Riverfront on Saturday & Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm each day. Admission is $5 daily or $7 for both days and children 12 years and under are free. Admission to the Children’s Corner is $5. For more information, visit www.peoriaartguild.com

Agriculture Days: Jordbruksdagarna will take place at Bishop Hill Village Park on Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm. Featuring traditional 19th century demonstrations, harvest activities, a blacksmithing demonstration, music, dancing, farm produce and Old Settlers’ Colony Stew, proprietors will be selling early country antiques, primitives and handcrafted goods. For more information, visit www.bishophill.com

Sculpture Walk Peoria 2016 will host free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that are on display for 12 months on Washington Street between State and Fulton on Saturday. The tours begin at the Peoria Riverfront Museum lobby beginning at 10 am and Noon. For more information, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

Art-spriation: Autumn Trees will take place in the lobby of the Peoria Riverfront Museum (located at 222 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Saturday 1:30 – 2:30 pm. The family-friendly workshop encourages teamwork, investigation and imagination.  Admission is $11 for adults, $9 for senior ciitzens 60 and over, $9 for youth 3-17 and free for members. For more information visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday & Sunday from 2 – 3:30 pm. 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, call 309-637-8000.

Taste of the Trail, a fall evening ride on the Rock Island Greenway with check-in at Peoria Brewing Company (located at 8012 N Hale Ave. in Peoria) will take place on Saturday from 2:30 – 3:30 pm. Hosted by Bike Peoria, there will be stops along the way to enjoy craft beers and one-time food specials ending with a night of music in Peoria Heights. Riders should bring a helmet and bike lights. Cost is a $5 donation to Bike Peoria and are available at https://www.facebook.com/BikePeoria

The 2016 Good Hops Beer Fest will take place at Dozer Park in downtown Peoria on Saturday beginning at 5 pm. Featuring 200 beers around the baseball field to sample, breweries include Abita, Anchor, Lakefront, Sierra Nevada, Brickstone, Church Street, Dogfish Head, Ten Ninety, Sea Dog, Shipyard, Blake’s Hard Cider, Leinenkugel’s, Goose Island, Peoria Brewing plus live music provided by Matt Miller and Highway 61. Tickets are $15 and are available online at www.peoriachiefs.com

The 22nd Annual Harvesting Hope Fundraiser will take place at OSF Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center (located at 1306 N. Berkley Avenue in Peoria) on Saturday with a cocktail reception beginning at 6 pm. There will also be 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 http://illinois.edu

Concerts in the Vineyard at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) will feature the Spring Creek Station 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 call 309-359-WINE or visit www.mackinawvalley.com

Comedian Quinn Hudson with emcee/comedian Eddy Parker will perform at the Itoo Hall (located at 4909 W. Farmington Road in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. A fundraising event for Dream Factory of Central Illinois, there will also be a meal, silent auction and 50/50 drawing. Tickets are $50 and are available by calling 309-966-2003 or visiting www.cidreamfactory.org

Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be shown at the Glen Oak Amphitheatre (located at 2218 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday at 6 pm. The family friendly event is $5 per person and includes games and activities based on Star Wars. Costumes are encouraged. for more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

A Giant Flea Market will take place at Expo Gardens (located at 1601 W Northmoor Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Admission is $1.50 for adults and children 12 and under are free. For more information, visit www.jcflea.com

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 (located at 6329 N Koerner Rd. in Edwards) on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Experience the daily life of mid-nineteenth century rural Peorians and Transportation of the 1850’s, this month features 1850’s transportation plus hand dipping candles, blacksmithing, school lessons, woodworking, chores, pioneer cemetery tours, hayrides and livestock care. Admission is $3 per person (over 4 years old). For more information visit https://www.peoriaparks.org

The 2016 Peoria Heart Walk will take place at The Shoppes at Grand Prairie on Sunday with registration at 2 pm and the walk at 3:15 pm.  In addition to raising money and awareness for heart health, the event will feature kids’ activities, health education and heart-healthy food. There is no fee to register and participants who raise a minimum of $100 will receive a t-shirt. For more information, visit www.peoriaheartwalk.org

Jazz Vespers will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church (located at 1420 W Moss Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 4 pm in the Sanctuary. Featuring central Illinois jazz musician, Dave Hoffman, admission is free (donations will be accepted).  For more information visit www.westminsterpeoria.org

First United Methodist Church (located at 116 NE Perry Ave. in Peoria) will host a Mexican Heritage Month Celebration on Sunday beginning at 5 pm. Featuring Mariachi Monumental de Mexico and the Mexican Dance Ensemble, two popular bands from Chicago,performing, local vendors will be also be on hand.  Admission is free.  For more information call 309-673-3641, or visit http://www.fumcpeoria.org

Mitch Williams will perform table-side close up magic at the New Amsterdam Bar & Restaurant (located at 120 Southwest Water Street on the Peoria riverfront ) on Sunday with dinner at 6:30 pm and show at 7:30 pm. Featuring a special menu, advance tickets are $50 and $60 at the door and seating is limited to 12 people. For tickets or more information, call 309-439-9099.

Folksinger Bill Staines will perform at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Sunday at 7 pm. Cost is $10 for adults, $9 for ages 12 and under and $8 for CORE members. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Register HERE to Win 2 Tickets to the Fine Art Fair, 2 Tickets to Forever Plaid, 2 Tickets to a Springdale Cemetery Tour and 4 Tickets to Wildlife Prairie Park!

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast continues at Peoria Players Theatre (located at the corners of University & Lake in Peoria) tonight (Thursday), Friday and on Saturday at 7:30 pm and at 2 pm on Sunday.  The opening show of their 98th Season, it features the classic tale of the selfish prince and the woman who helped him change into the man he could be with all your favorite songs from the Disney movie.  Tickets are $19 for adults and $12 for ages 18 & younger and are available at the Peoria Players Box Office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

Saturday Night Fever continues at Eastlight Theatre (located within the East Peoria High School Auditorium) tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm. Based upon the popular movie from the 70’s, Saturday Night Fever includes disco dancing and music originally recorded by the Bee Gees and stars Todd Michael Cook, who is originally from the Peoria area and now lives and performs in New York City. Tickets are $19 and are available at the Eastlight Box Office, by calling 309-699-7469 or online at http://eastlighttheatre.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

The 50th Annual Morton Pumpkin Festival 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 food including pumpkin specialties such as 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 Global Mindset for a 21st Century Education will be presented by the Peoria Area World Affairs Council at Bradley University’s Westlake Hall, Room 130 tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6:30 pm. Panelists include Dr. Sharon Demoulin-Kherat, Superintendent of Peoria Public Schools, Chris Yates, Director of Development and Education at Caterpillar Inc. and Dr. Helja Antola Crove, Professor of Education at Bradley. Admission is free and reservations are encouraged by emailing director@pawac.org  For more information, visit www.pawac.org

Ignite the Adventure – Blast into Scouting will be held at every elementary school within the W.D. Boyce Council throughout central Illinois tonight (Thursday) from 6:30 – 7:30 pm. All who join tonight will receive a free rocket along with an invitation to participate in the Blast Into Scouting Cub Launch plus parents will receive a pack calendar along with additional information about scouting. For more information, call 309-673-6136 or visit www.wdboyce.org

Blake Shelton will perform in the Peoria Civic Center Arena tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $39.75, $59.75 and $79.75 and are available at the at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or online at http://ticketmaster.com

Earthquake will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd in Peoria) on Thursday at 8 pm, Friday & Saturday at 7:15 pm and 9:45 pm. Tickets are $20 on Thursday and $25 on Friday and Saturday.  For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Oktoberfest will celebrate its 20th anniversary at Festival Park and the CEFCU Center Stage (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) from 5 – 11:30 pm on Friday, Noon – 11:30 pm on Saturday and 11 am – 5 pm on Sunday. Admission is $7 before 5 pm and $10 after 5 pm. Showcasing German entertainment, food, beer and wine, children’s activities, carnival rides and a German Heritage Tent display complete with a genealogy search, for more information visit https://www.facebook.com/peoriaoktoberfest

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.
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

The House Party Hilarity Charity will take place at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino in East Peoria on Friday beginning at 6 pm. Featuring comedian Taylor Mason, tickets are $75 per person with all proceeds benefiting Family House. For more information, call 309-685-5300 or visit www.familyhousepeoria.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 Gathering of Veterans Pow Wow will be held at Seven Circles Heritage Center (located at 8817 W Southport Rd. in Edwards) on Friday from 6 – 9 pm, Saturday at 10 am, and Sunday at 10 am.   Featuring Native American singers, dancers, craft vendors, food and more, admission is $5 per person or $10 per car or free for veterans.  For more information call 309-637-1046 or visit http://7circles.org

Greg Batton’s Comedy Camp will be held in the Broadway Lounge of The Waterhouse in the Maxam Building (located at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. The show features Edgar Sandoval and a special guest, tickets are $15 and are available by calling 309-494-9100 or online at https://mkt.com/waterhousepeoria

The Steve Miller Band will perform at the US Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S. Madison St. in Bloomington) with special guest star Jonathan Tyler on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $39, $49, $59, or $89, and are available at the US Cellular Coliseum’s Toyota Box Office, by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at http://ticketmaster.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 23rd Annual Benefit Breakfast and Auction will take place at Snyder Village (located at 1200 E Partridge St, Metamora) beginning with a pancake and sausage breakfast on Saturday from 6 – 9 am. Featuring the Village Market plus a silent and live auction with items such as hot-air balloon rides, concert and theatre tickets, passes to family attractions and more. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-367-4300 ext. 116 or visit www.Facebook.com/SnyderVillageAnnualBenefit

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

Breakfast with the Monkeys will take place at the Peoria Zoo (located at 2320 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday and Sunday from 9 -10 am. Enjoy a light breakfast while watching the monkeys enjoy theirs then experience the rest of the zoo. Admission is $6 for child members and $12 for child non-members and $9 for adult members or $18 for adult non-members. Registration is required and may be made by calling 309-681-3559. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

The Rock Your Rocket Kid Workshop will take place at the Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum (located at 2218 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 1 – 3 pm. Children will design and build a rocket and find ways to make it fly. Cost is $5 for member child ages 8 – 14, and $10 for a nonmembers. For more information visit www.peoriaplayhouse.org

Super Saturday: Bug Paint will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby on Saturday from 1:30 – 2:30 pm. Explore the science behind making paint from bugs.  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

Sculpture Walk Peoria 2016 will host free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that are on display for 12 months on Washington Street between State and Fulton on Saturday. The tours begin at the Peoria Riverfront Museum lobby beginning at 10 am and Noon. For more information, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

The Delavan Cruise In will take place on historic Locust Street in downtown Delavan on Saturday from 4 – 8 pm. Featuring live music, 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

Food Truck Frenzy will take place at Heritage Square (located at 4450 North Prospect Rd. in Peoria Heights) on Saturday from 4 – 10 pm. Featuring area food trucks, bounce houses, the Peoria Heights Fire Department annual bags tournament plus live music by Midnight Special and the Joe Stamm Band, admission is free with a canned good to donation to the Midwest Food Bank. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/340129059669835

The Inaugural Peace in Peoria Music Festival will be held at the Glen Oak Amphitheatre (located at 2218 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 4 – 8 pm. Featuring local bands including James Gahreeb, SMD & The Underground, Look Up, Josiah D. Williams, Tasji Bachman and The Second Story, the event will also feature speakers Eugene Daniels, Brad Adams from PCAV, football coach and trainer Asa Lewis Jr. among others. Face-painting, aerial acrobatics and hoopers will also perform. Admission is free, however donations to PCAV will be accepted. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1410015122358668

Laser Light Night will be held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday featuring Laser Beatles at 6 pm and Laser Pop (mix of popular music across the decades) 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 more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Concerts in the Vineyard at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) will feature the Sweetwater 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 call 309-359-WINE or visit www.mackinawvalley.com

Hypnohumorist Terry Grawey will perform at Peoria Pizza Works (located at 3921 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria Heights) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $10 or $15 per couple. See or be the star of this family friendly show. For more information, call 309-682-5446 or visit www.peoriapizzaworks.com

The Peoria Symphony will open its 2016-17 season with 3 time Grammy Award Winner Ramsey Lewis and his quartet at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets range from $38 to $84 and from $18 for students and are available at the PSO Box Office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

The 5th Annual Das Bier Run will be held at the Gateway Building (located on the Peoria Riverfront) on Sunday beginning at 12:30 pm. Featuring a costume contest, registration is $35 with proceeds benefitting PAWS Giving Independence. All registered runners receive free entry into Oktoberfest.  For more information or to register, visit http://www.peoriajaycees.org/events/das-bier-run

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

Jazz Vespers will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church (located at 1420 W Moss Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 4 pm in the Sanctuary. Featuring central Illinois jazz musician, Dave Hoffman, admission is free (donations will be accepted).  For more information visit www.westminsterpeoria.org

John Miller & The Romaniacs will perform at the Starting Gate Banquet Room (located within Landmark Recreation Center at 3225 N. Dries Lane, Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm with the Central Illinois Jazz Society House Band opening. Admission is $6 for members, $8 for nonmembers, and students are free. For more information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.cijs.org

Register HERE to Win 2 Tickets to the Fine Art Fair, 4 Tickets to Oktoberfest and 4 Tickets to Wildlife Prairie Park!

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast opens on Friday and continues on Saturday at 7:30 pm and at 2 pm on Sunday.  The opening show of their 98th Season, it features the classic tale of the selfish prince and the woman who helped him change into the man he could be with all your favorite songs from the Disney movie.  Tickets are $19 for adults and $12 for ages 18 & younger and are available at the Peoria Players Box Office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

Saturday Night Fever opens at Eastlight Theatre (located within the East Peoria High School Auditorium) on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and at 2 pm on Sunday. Based upon the popular movie from the 70’s, Saturday Night Fever includes disco dancing and music originally recorded by the Bee Gees and stars Todd Michael Cook, who is originally from the Peoria area and now lives and performs in New York City. Tickets are $19 and are available at the Eastlight Box Office, by calling 309-699-7469 or online at http://eastlighttheatre.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

The 2016 Pekin Marigold Festival will be held at Mineral Springs Park in Pekin tonight (Thursday) through Sunday.  Featuring Lee Smith, who played for 18 years in Major League Baseball for eight teams, the Miss Marigold Pageant, live entertainment, a sand volleyball tournament, the Marigold 5k Run/Walk, a carnival, a parade, kids activities, food plus more, for more information, visit http://www.pekinchamber.com/marigoldfestival.html

The Elmwood Fall Festival will take place on the square in downtown Elmwood beginning at 5 pm tonight (Thursday) and Friday and at 10 am on Saturday. There will be carnival rides, a parade, food, craft booths, children’s activities and live entertainment. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/ElmwoodFallFestival

The Peoria Chiefs will take on Clinton 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

Tazewell Humane Society will host the Dogs on a Catwalk Pageant during the Marigold Festival (located in Pekin Memorial Park on Court St. in Pekin) tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 8 pm.  Featuring vendors, food vendors, Pekin Police K9 demonstrations and more, there is a $10 entrance fee per dog, but event admission is free. Proceeds go to the Tazewell Humane Society. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/DogsOnACatWalk
The Bags for Wags Tournament will be held tonight (Thursday) in conjunction with the Marigold Festival (located in Pekin Mineral Springs Park on Court St. in Pekin) beginning at 5:30 pm. Registration is $40 with all proceeds benefiting the Tazewell Humane Society. For more information or to register visit https://www.facebook.com/TazewellHumaneSociety

The 5th Annual deTonti Celebration will take place at the Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette tonight (Thursday) beginning at 5:30 pm and dinner at 6 pm. Honoring David Leitch, Illinois State Representative, for his outstanding community leadership, tickets are $125 per person and are available by calling 309-674-1921 or online at https://www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Rick Gutierrez will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) (tonight) Thursday at 8 pm and Friday and Saturday at 7:15 and 9:45 pm. Tickets for Thursday are $10 and $15 for the other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Clay Walker will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $27 for general admission or $60 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

The 34th Annual Mossville Fall Festival & Art Fair will take place at the Hayloft Shops (located at Old Galena Rd. & Rt 29 in Mossville) on Friday 10 am – 5 pm, Saturday 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday 12 – 4 pm. Enjoy skilled craftsmen, firemen’s pancake breakfast, food, folk music, a bake sale and a 20% sale on merchandise in The Hayloft Shops. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/hayloft.shops

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Preston Jackson & Friends 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

The Reach for the Stars Dinner and Lecture with former NASA astronaut Capt. Scott Douglas “Scooter” Altman will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Altman, a veteran of four Space Shuttle missions, a Central Illinois native and a University of Illinois alumnus will be on hand will share his experiences as a NASA pilot and commander on the space shuttles Columbia and Atlantis and his spaceflights. The event includes a cash bar in the lobby, a plated dinner and lecture with dessert and a coffee bar in the Giant Screen Theater after dinner. A free lecture with Altman will take place in the Museum Auditorium on Saturday at 2 pm with doors opening at 12:30 pm (seating is not reserved).  Tickets for the dinner and lecture are $50 for PRM members and $55 for the public and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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 and Saturday with seating beginning at 6 pm for the dinner buffet.  Dinner & the show is $38 per person and reservations are available by calling 309-494-9100 or online at www.mkt.com/waterhousepeoria  Please note: the show is intended for adults and may not be suitable for children.

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

Whiskey’s Gone with Chris Tarpley and Dexter O’Neal and the Funkyard will perform on the CEFCU Center Stage on the Peoria Riverfront on Friday beginning at 6 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents/events

The Prairieland Country Opry Show will take place at the Knights of Columbus Hall (located at 120 Walnut Street in Washington) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring live country music tickets are $10 and kids aged 5 & under are free. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/Prairieland

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

Goodwill’s Forward March & Run will be held on the Peoria Riverfront on Saturday at the Gateway Building (located at 200 Northeast Water Street in Peoria) beginning at 8 am.  The 4 or 8 mile run is $35, $30 for veterans or active military, $25 for the 2-Mile March, $15 for ages 13-18, and free for those under 13 (must be accompanied by and adult). This event features a unique opening ceremony and post race celebration. For more information and to register visit www.forwardmarchrun.com/event-info.php

The Peoria Walk to Defeat ALS will take place at Dozer Park (located at 730 SW Jefferson Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8:30 am. Funds raised from the event allow local chapters to sustain care services and support research. For more information or to register, call 312-932-0000 or visit www.web.alsa.org/peoriawalk

The 36th Annual Landscape and Garden Day will take place at the Illinois Central College Horticulture Land Lab on the East Peoria campus on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm. Featuring a variety of special programs and activities specifically designed for families with young children, along with local favorites for gardening enthusiasts. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-694-8872.

The Upscale Porch Sale will take place at the Pettengill-Morron House (located at 1212 W. Moss Avenue in Peoria) from 9 am – 1 pm on Saturday and from 1 – 4 pm on Sunday. Browse vintage and antique items including china, silver, jewelry and artwork on the porch and in the gift shop. House tours will be offered during the sale for $10. Proceeds will benefit the preservation of our historic homes. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit http://www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

American Gothic Cat Club will present its 40th Annual Cat Show at Exposition Gardens (located at 1601 Northmoor Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm and on Sunday from 9 am – 3 pm. Admission is $5 for adults, $12 for family, $4 for seniors and kids under 12. For more information visit www.mollymaines.com/american-gothic-show-info.html

Sculpture Walk Peoria 2016 will host free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that are on display for 12 months on Washington Street between State and Fulton on Saturday. The tours begin at the Peoria Riverfront Museum lobby beginning at 10 am and Noon. For more information, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday & Sunday from 2 – 3:30 pm. 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, call 309-637-8000.

The 52nd Annual Children’s Home Cattle Auction will take place at Weaver Angus Farm (located at 5806 W War Memorial Dr. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 5:30 pm. In addition to the cattle auction, the event includes silent and live auctions, dinner, entertainment, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. For more information, call 309-687-7215 or visit www.chail.org

Concerts in the Vineyard at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) will feature the Biscuits and Gravy 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 call 309-359-WINE or visit www.mackinawvalley.com

The Tropical Rock & Roll for Your Soul Cruise will take place on Saturday on the Spirit of Peoria with cheeseburgers grilled on the dock beginning at 7 pm and cruise at 8:30 pm. Live entertainment is provided and a cash bar will be available. Tickets are $40 for adults and reservations can be made by calling 309-637-8000 or online at www.SpiritofPeoria.com
The Spirit of Peoria will also host a Patriot Sundae Cruise on Sunday with boarding beginning at 4:30 pm and cruises beginning at 5 pm. Featuring a hot dog bar, build your own sundaes, cash bar and a live band, proceeds go toward Greater Peoria Honor Flight. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for kids 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under and are available by calling 309-637-8000 or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com

Heartland Festival Orchestra will present Beethoven’s 8th Wonder at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N Wilmor Rd. in Washington) beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring violin soloist Rachel Barton Pine, tickets are $35 for adults and $8 for children. For information or to order tickets, call 309-339-3943 or visit www.heartlandfestivalorchestra.org

The Avett Brothers will perform in the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $40, $45, $50, and $55 and are available at the at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.ticketmaster.com

The KISS Summer Goodby Bash with Jay Sean will take place at the Peoria RiverFront CEFCU Center Stage on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance or $14 at the gate. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The Kim St. John Butterfly Release and Brunch will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park (located at 3826 N Taylor Rd. in Hanna City) on Sunday from 9 am – 4:30 pm. Adopt a butterfly for $10 and your butterfly which will be tagged to enable tracking of their journey south. Adoptions begin at noon and the release takes place at 1 pm. Brunch will take place from 10 am -12:30 pm and is $19.95 for adults and $9.95 for children aged 3 – 12. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 309-676-0998. Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for senior citizens aged 65+, $6 for children aged 2- 12 and free for ages under 2 and park members.  For more information visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

Grandparents Day will take place at the Peoria Zoo (located at 2320 N Prospect Rd, Peoria) on Sunday from 11 am – 2 pm. Focused on the importance of family in the animal kingdom with your own family, admission is $9 for adults 13 and over, $6 for children 2 to 12 and seniors citizens aged 65+, $8 for active military and free for ages under 1. For more information visit www.peoriazoo.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

Walk MS will take place at Junction City (located at 5901 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) starting at 11 am. The largest annual fundraiser of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Illinois Chapter, for more information, visit www.walkms.org

Jazz Vespers will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church (located at 1420 W Moss Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 4 pm in the Sanctuary. Featuring central Illinois jazz musician, Dave Hoffman, admission is free (donations will be accepted).  For more information visit www.westminsterpeoria.org

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Memphis continues at Corn Stock Theatre tonight (Thursday) at 7:30 pm  through Saturday 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

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 Beloit tonight (Thursday) and Friday beginning at 6 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

Whisper & Shout will take place at the Contemporary Art Center 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 Cousin Eddie 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

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

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 Blues Heritage Music Festival will take place at Festival Park and CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing beginning at 6:30 pm on Friday and at 1 pm on Saturday. Featuring Buddy Guy as the main headliner and over 20 other bands, tickets are $65 for both days, $30 for Friday only, $45 for Saturday only with VIP upgrades available which include VIP parking, seating and drink discounts. For a full schedule and band listing, visit www.illinoisbluesfestival.com

The 15th Annual Comedy Tournament semi-finals and finals will take place at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd., Peoria) on Friday at 7:15 and 9:45 pm and Saturday at 8 pm. Tickets for Friday are $10 and $12 for Saturday. 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

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 Living with Kidney Disease Seminar will be held at the Peoria Civic Center (located at 201 SW Jefferson Ave., Peoria) on Saturday from 8 am – 1 pm. Registration is free and includes parking, lunch, and all program materials. Pre-registration online is requested for all attendees. Raffle tickets are also available for $1 each and additional donations to the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois are welcome.  For more information or to register, visit www.nkfi.org

Sculpture Walk Peoria 2016 will host free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that are on display for 12 months on Washington Street between State and Fulton on Saturday. The tours begin at the Peoria Riverfront Museum lobby beginning at 10 am and Noon. For more information, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

Science Rocks will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby on Saturday from 11 am – 2 pm. Meet chemists and other scientists who will bring cool activities for all to experience. Admission to the Museum is free all day (10 am – 7 pm except the Giant Screen Theater). For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday & Sunday from 2 – 3:30 pm. 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, call 309-637-8000.

Concerts in the Vineyard at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) will feature the 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.
The Mackinaw Valley Vineyard will also host its Annual Grape Stomp and Harvest Festival on Sunday from Noon – 6 pm. Admission is $5 or free for children under 12. Emulate Lucy and get your “feet” wet in the wine, plus enjoy wine tasting, food and live music from The Shake. Come in dressed and enter the Lucy look-a-like contest at 3:30 pm. There will also be a Scarecrow Building contest hosted by the Tazewell County Resource Center. All supplies needed will be provided for a donation of $10.
And Music on the Patio will take place at Mackinaw Valley Winery  on Monday from 1:30 – 4:30 pm. Enjoy the music of acoustic duo Rich Geese and Matt Stewart (former lead guitarist for Head East) while snacking on Ropp Jersey cheese and crackers, Chocolatier chocolates and wine or bring your own snacks. Admission is free. For more information call 309-359-WINE or visit www.mackinawvalley.com

The Friedrichshafen Germany Youth Orchestra will perform at the Life Together Center (located at 3625 N Sheridan Rd., Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 2 pm. The 55 member youth orchestra will be joined by the Lindenhof Echoes on the alphorns plus the Central Illinois Youth Symphony. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. Sponsored by the Community Foundation of Central Illinois, Friends of Friedrichshafen (FOF) and the Peoria German American Society, for more information, call 309-685-5258.

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 2016 Labor Day Picnic will take place following the Labor Day Parade from 10 am – 2 pm at at Riverfront Festival Park (located at 200 NE Water St.). Admission is free. Food and live entertainment will be provided. For more information visit www.peoriaevents.com

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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

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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

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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

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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

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The regional premiere of School of Rock will be presented by Eastlight Theatre’s YouthLight program (located within the East Peoria High School Auditorium) beginning at 7:30 pm Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. 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

The Illinois Art League All Members Exhibit will be on display at the Peoria Public Library Main Library in downtown Peoria through Saturday, July 30. Members of the League share their work in a wide variety of subjects and media with the public during this all member show.  An art sale will be held on Friday and Saturday, July 29 and 30, from 9 am – 4 pm with a portion of the proceeds going to support the Friends of Peoria Public Library. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

The city of Chillicothe will host a Corn Fest and City Garage Sale which will take place tonight (Thursday) in City Park from 5 – 8 pm. Featuring food, live music by Hoosier Daddy, local vendors, the city wide garage sale will also be kicked off which will take place through the weekend. For more information, visit http://www.chillicothechamber.com/calendar.htm

The Peoria Zoo will host an Adults Only Night for ages 21 + tonight (Thursday) from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Featuring a cash bar, keeper chats, and animal meet and greets and an adult only zoo experience. Admission at the door is $15. For more information, visit https://www.peoriazoo.org/adult-night-zoo-21

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.

Arts in the Park will feature Cousin Eddie at the Idlewood Arts Pavilion (located at the corners of Idlewood & Parkside in Morton) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free. In case of rain or excessive heat, the concert will be held at the Morton Education and Administration Center Auditorium (located at 1050 S. Fourth Ave. in Morton). Bring a blanket and/or chairs and concessions will be available at 6:30 pm. For more information, visit www.mortonfinearts.org

Mike Armstrong 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 Summerland Tour 2016 will take place on the CEFCU Center Stage (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm. Tickets are $25 or $30 at the gate and are available at http://www.limelighteventplex.com  For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents/events

The Peoria Historical Society’s “Naughty to Nice Tour” will run Friday beginning at 11 am 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. Their “River City Tour” winds along Grandview Drive takes place on Saturday beginning at 11 am.  And their “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 also on Saturday at 1:30 pm.  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

The American Red Cross will host a Summer Super Hero Blood Drive at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino on Friday from 11 am – 6 pm. All donors will receive a Red Cross t-shirt and a certificate for a free pint of Culvers frozen custard. Visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter code SUPERHERO or call 1-800-733-2767 to make an appointment.

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 Gentleman’s Cigar Society of Peoria will host the 2016 GCS Cigar Summit at Jimmy’s Bar (located at 2801 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) from 5 – 9 pm on Friday and from Noon – 7 pm on Saturday. Cigar representatives will be available to sell cigars and answer questions plus there will also be cigar rolling demonstrations and liquor tasting. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-339-2896.

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

Family Movie Night will feature Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the ICC Performing Arts Center in East Peoria on Friday beginning at 6:30 pm. Admission is $1 per person or free for kids under 2. Concessions will be available. For tickets or more information, call or visit www.ArtsAtICC.com

An Evening With Shaun Livingston will take place at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring a sports memorabilia silent auction & raffle, live auction and live entertainment by Preston Jackson, tickets are $75 and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

An Emerging Artist Cabaret will be held at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located at 1700 N. Park Rd. in West Peoria) from 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday. Featuring young artists who have appeared in local theatre productions, performances will include selections from new as well as favorite musicals. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for students and are available by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.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

Wedding Banned will perform on the CEFCU Center Stage (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Friday at 8:30 pm. Admission is $7. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents/events

Whitney’s Walk will take place at Jubilee College State Park on Saturday beginning at 7:55 am with the 5K Run and 8 am with the 5K Walk. Cost is $25 per person to participate. For more information or to register online, visit www.whitneyswalk.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 Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament returns to Peoria at Northwoods Community Church (located at 10700 N Allen Rd. in Peoria) beginning at 8:30 pm on Saturday and 8 am on Sunday. Featuring a slam dunk competition, a non-denominational worship service on Sunday and a 3-point contest, admission for spectators is free. For more information, visit https://macker.com/cities/peoria-il

The 15th Annual Backpack Peoria will be held at Dream Center Peoria (located at 714 Hamilton Blvd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 am – 2 pm. 2500 backpacks filled with school supplies will be given away at the event. An adult must be present with each child and there is a limit of one backpack per child, which will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. In addition, students and families in Peoria Public Schools will be given the opportunity to meet their principal and register for school, as well as the chance to get needed dental exams plus a live DJ, games and food. For more information, visit www.dreamcenterpeoria.org Donations of $15 per back pack may be made at http://backpackpeoria.org

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

Super Hero Days will take place at the Peoria Zoo (located at 2320 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday & Sunday from 11 am – 2 pm. Children are encouraged to dress as their favorite super hero and enjoy animal encounters, games, crafts and activities featuring their favorite comic book super heros as well as local heroes in Central Illinois. 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

Scouting at the Museum: Sky is the Limit will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum’s Dome Planetarium on Saturday from Noon – 3 pm. The workshop, which is intended to help Tiger Cub Scouts learn astronomy and earn their Sky is the Limit belt loop, will include a planetarium show, a lesson on constellations and the science behind the stars and hands-on time for Scouts to make their own planisphere (star-chart) and practice with them plus observe the daytime moon through a telescope (weather permitting). Fee is $20 per scout and includes admission to the museum. For more information and to register, call 309-868-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Fiesta en el Rio will take place at the Riverfront park and at The Landing on Saturday with a $7 admission from 5 – 6:30 pm and $10 from 6:30 – 10:30 pm or free for ages 12 & under. Featuring authentic Latin American food, drink, a traveling mariachi band and local musicians Banda Show Revelacion, Nortenisimo Zierro Azul and Los Campas Del Terre. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents/events

The 12th Annual Miss You Can Do It Pageant, a national non-profit pageant created just for girls and women with special needs and challenges, will take place on Saturday at the Peoria Civic Center at 6 pm. Tickets are $10 and $15 are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting http://ticketmaster.evyy.net/c/259509/264167/4272

The Peoria Chiefs will take on Wisconsin on Saturday & Sunday beginning at 6:30 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

The 2016 St. Jude Telethon will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday from 6:30 pm to Midnight. The runner’s parade welcoming participants from all 38 runs, including the Memphis to Peoria Run, will be held from 6:30 to 7 pm. The telethon will be broadcast live on WEEK-TV. For more information, visit www.stjuderuns.org

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 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

Nyk’s Outrageous Cabaret: Best of Local Musicals will take place at the Waterhouse (located at the corners of Liberty and Washington in Downtown Peoria) on Saturday at 7pm. Tickets are $10 and available at https://www.mkt.com/waterhousepeoria  For more information call 309-494-9100.

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 with this month’s theme, laundry. Admission is $3 for ages 4 & up. For more information, call 309-691-8423 or visit www.peoriaparks.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 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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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

The Illinois Art League All Members Exhibit will be on display at the Peoria Public Library Main Library in downtown Peoria through Saturday, July 30. Members of the League share their work in a wide variety of subjects and media with the public during this all member show.  An art sale will be held on Friday and Saturday, July 29 and 30, from 9 am – 4 pm with a portion of the proceeds going to support the Friends of Peoria Public Library. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council will present After Nazi and Soviet Occupation: Eastern Germany, Czech Republic and Poland Today at the Lariat Steakhouse (located at 2232 W Glen Ave. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 5:15 pm with a meal or 7 pm for the lecture only. Featuring PAWAC members Don Samford and Dennis and Judy Triggs, who were part of a World Affairs Council tour of three Eastern European countries, will share their observations of the devastation World War II brought to these countries and the progress they have made since. For more information, visit www.pawac.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.

Arts in the Park will feature Prairieland at the Idlewood Arts Pavilion (located at the corners of Idlewood & Parkside in Morton) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free. In case of rain or excessive heat, the concert will be held at the Morton Education and Administration Center Auditorium (located at 1050 S. Fourth Ave. in Morton). Bring a blanket and/or chairs and concessions will be available at 6:30 pm. For more information, visit www.mortonfinearts.org

The CEFCU Thursday Night Jazz Series continues at CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing featuring Change Up tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents/events

Seussical continues at the Corn Stock Theatre (located in upper Bradley Park) Friday beginning at 7:30 pm each night through Saturday. 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

Oliver will be presented by Chillicothe Summer Theatre at IVC High School (located at 1300 W Sycamore St. in Chillicothe) tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door.

Legally Blonde will be presented by Arc Light Productions (located within Illini Bluffs High School at 212 N. Saylor in Glasford) beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $7 and senior citizens & kids under 12 are $5 and are available at the door. For more information, call 309-455-4095 or visit http://arclightpro.com

John Roy 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. Tickets are $26. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The UnityPoint Wellmobile will visit the Peoria Public Library Lakeview Branch (located at 1137 W Lake Ave. in Peoria) on Friday from 10 am – Noon. Free screenings for blood pressure, blood glucose (requires a 8-12 hour fast), cholesterol (requires a 8-12 hour fast), and spirometry will be available. No appointment is necessary and admission is free. For more information, call 309-495-4727 or visit https://www.unitypoint.org/peoria/services-methodist-wellmobile.aspx

The Peoria Historical Society’s “Naughty to Nice Tour” will run every Friday in July beginning at 11 am 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. Their “River City Tour” winds along Grandview Drive takes place every Saturday in July beginning at 11 am.  And their “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 every Saturday in July beginning at 1:30 pm.  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 Central Illinois BBQ Throwdown will be held at Festival Park on the Peoria Riverfront beginning at 5 pm on Friday and 10 am on Saturday. The Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned event, formerly held in Morton, will include the BBQ competition, a backyard BBQ throwdown where spectators will be able to help judge, a people’s choice tasting, a craft and vendor fair, a pie baking competition, kid’s activities, a bags tournament and live entertainment. Admission is $7 on Friday or free for kids under 16 with an adult and $2 on Saturday until 2 pm when it will be $7 or free for kids under 16 with an adult. All proceeds go to the Illinois CancerCare Foundation. For more information, visit http://www.mortonbbqthrowdown.net

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Mardra & Reggie Thomas 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

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 the 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

An old-fashioned Barn Dance will take place at the Shore Acres Clubhouse (located at 100 Park Blvd. in Chillicothe) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Music will be provided by Rusty Pickup String Band and callers Jim Hicks and Gail Hintze teach all the dances so beginners are welcome: come 15 minutes early for an introduction to barn dance basics. Admission is $5, with a $20 maximum for families. Bring a snack to share. For more information, call 309-274-5358 or 309-274-2228.

Jacob Powell will perform with Kickapoo Junction at the Sound Bar at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $7 – $10 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

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

Too White Crew will perform on the CEFCU Center Stage (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Friday at 8:30 pm. Admission is $7. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents/events

The “I’ve Decided to Ride” bicycling event will take place at Donovan Park (located at 5805 N Knoxville Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 am. The goal is to enable beginner to intermediate riders to attempt a longer ride, assisted by more experienced cyclists. Riders can elect to do a 20-, 30- or 40-mile ride along the Rock Island Greenway Trail. Fee to participate is $25 and registrations are available online at www.ivedecided.org/signup/ive-decided-to-ride

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 Summer Harvest Antique Tractor & Equipment Show will take place on Saturday at Princeville Heritage Museum (located at 325 N Ostrom Ave. in Princeville) from 9 am – 4 pm. Co-hosted with the Central Illinois Farm Heritage Tractor Club, find antique tractors featuring Allis-Chalmers, Akron Townhouse School tours, museum exhibits, tractor games, a tractor parade, kids activities, a silent auction and more. For more info call 309-385-1916 or visit www.princevilleheritagemuseum.com  or www.citractorclub.com

The 10th Annual Kids’ Day will be held on Saturday from 10 am – 3 pm at the Levee District in East Peoria. Benefiting Crittenton Centers, this family friendly event features a 5K Run/Walk and a Kids’ Dash, inflatable bouncers, face painting, balloon fun, snow cones, Superhero photos, the Illinois Chip program, informational booths, live entertainment and more. For more information, call 309-674-0105 or visit www.crittentoncenters.org/!/kids-day

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 Comets & Crumpets Tea Party will take place in the Auditorium of the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 11 – 1 pm. Geared toward ages 3 – 5 (older kids are also welcome) will include stellar arts & crafts, delicious sweet treats and tea, and a special reading of “Comets, Stars, the Moon, and Mars” by Douglas Florian. Children will be able to participate in a space-themed obstacle course, Alien & Wormhole bean bag toss and a Space Photo Booth. Fee is $10 per family for members and $15 for the public and preregistration is required. For more information and to register, call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Summer Makers’ Market Bazaar will take place on Saturday at the Prairie Center of the Arts (located at 1506 SW Washington St. in Peoria) from 1 – 5 pm with free admission. Featuring one-of-a-kind fine art pieces, crafts, gifts, cards and more all made by talented local and regional artists, there will also be summer treats, music, door prizes and fun activities for the kids. For more information, call 309-657-6064 or visit www.prairiecenterofthearts.org

Picnic for Patriots will take place at the Creve Coeur Community Center (located at 586 Groveland St. in Creve Coeur) on Saturday from 1 – 4 pm. Grilled hot dogs and chips will be available for free for veterans and military families or $1 for the public (while supplies last) as well as free patriot pops from Prairie Farms. Entertainment includes the Barnyard Discoveries traveling petting zoo, music by Plead the Fifth, kids lawn games, magic by Yort and face painting. Seating is limited, so bring chairs and blankets. For more information, call 309-363-3737.

A Peoria State Hospital History Tour will take place beginning at 6 pm on Saturday at the Pollak Hospital, the former tuberculosis ward of Peoria State Hospital (located at 4500 Enterprise Dr. in Bartonville) beginning at 6 pm. Starting with a historical slideshow presentation, take a of the cemeteries (weather permitting,) historical scenes with costumed actors, a tour of the Pollak Hospital, a trip to the Peoria State Hospital Museum (located just down the road at PSH’s firehouse) and after a brief intermission, guests may return to the Pollak for an optional 2 hour paranormal investigation. Cost is $25 per person. Tickets are available online at www.iwpstudio.com or at the door.

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 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

The Peoria German-American Society Corn Boil will take place on Sunday at Hickory Grove Park (located at 12403 N Hickory Grove Rd. in Dunlap) from Noon – 8 pm. Featuring all you can eat sweet corn plus a pork chop sandwich, baked beans, and cole slaw for $8, admission and parking are free. There will be live entertainment, soccer, bocci ball, a 50/50 and a children’s play area. For more information, call 309-691-3657 or visit www.peoriagermans.net

Peoria Players Theatre will host their annual Get Acquainted event at the theatre on Sunday beginning at 6:30 pm. Meet the directors of the 2016-2017 season, watch a preview of upcoming shows, sign up to work backstage and learn details on upcoming auditions. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriaplayers.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