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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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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

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The Conklin Players will present An Evening with Patsy Cline at the Five Points Washington Performing Arts Center beginning at 7 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Featuring Julie Seeley bringing this country music legend to life with a live six-piece band playing Patsy’s biggest hits plus stories from her life, tickets are $25 for adults and $8 for students through college and are available online at www.fivepointswashington.org

The 2016 Heart of Illinois Fair continues tonight (Thursday) at Expo Gardens (located at 1601 West Northmoor Road in Peoria) through Saturday with gates open from 4 – 11 pm on weekdays and Noon – 11 pm on weekends. Attractions include a carnival, live entertainment, a bags tournament, a kiddie tractor pull, a petting zoo, truck and tractor pulls plus the Axe Women Loggers of Maine. General admission is $10 for ages 13 & over, $5 for children aged 6 – 12 and free for ages under 6 and military personnel with ID. Buy tickets online at www.heartofillinoisfair.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.

Arts in the Park will feature the Joe Stamm Band 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 Kevin Hart and the Vibe Tribe tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents/events

The Peoria Chiefs will take on Lansing tonight (Thursday) and Friday beginning at 7 pm and Great Lakes on Saturday at 6:30 pm and 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  On Friday, use the code “CHAIL” so that a portion of your purchase will be donated to the Children’s Home.

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival will present Twelfth Night beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) and Sunday at Ewing Manor (located at 617 E. Emerson in Bloomington). 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 HERE  For more information, visit www.thefestival.org

Carlos Mencia 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 $26. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

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.

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Jennifer Hall 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 feature a dance lesson also on Friday 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, 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

Seussical will be presented at the Corn Stock Theatre (located in upper Bradley Park) Friday beginning at 7:30 pm each night through Saturday, July 23. 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 Illinois Shakespeare Festival will present a preview of Hamlet beginning at 8 pm on Friday at Ewing Manor (located at 617 E. Emerson in Bloomington). Tickets range from $8 to $22 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 HERE  For more information, visit www.thefestival.org

The Temperance Movement will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $9.99 – $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

Tracy Lawrence will perform on the CEFCU Center Stage (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Friday at 8:30 pm. Tickets are $20 or $25 the day of the show and area available at http://www.limelighteventplex.com  For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents/events

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 9th Annual Bikers For Ta-Tas Ride will take place at the American Legion (located at 4501 Airport Rd. in Bartonville) on Saturday with registration and breakfast available at 8 am. The ride will travel 150 miles and be followed at 6 pm with live music, money prizes, and a 50/50 drawing. Fee is $20 per person with includes a meal after the ride. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/210791545934724

JT’s 5K Run for Melanoma Research will take place at the Gateway Building on the Peoria Riverfront (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 am. Registration is $30 for the 5k and $25 for the 1 mile run. For more information and to register, visit www.jts5krun.com

Pioneer Day will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park on Saturday from 8 am – 5 pm. Kids can experience what it felt like to be a pioneer back in the early 1800’s by participating in numerous activities from learning about beekeeping and leather working, crafts and games, special animal programs and live music from 10 am – Noon and 1 to 3 pm. Admission is $9 for ages 13 – 64, $6 for ages 3 – 12, $8 for senior citizens aged 65+ and free for members and ages 2 & under. For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

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

The Illinois Art League All Members Exhibit will be on display at the Peoria Public Library Main Library in downtown Peoria starting Saturday and running 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. A reception will be held on Thursday, July 21, from 3 – 5 pm in the Gallery for the artists and public. 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

Uke309 will take place at Kidder Music (located at 7728 N. Crestline Dr. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 10 am. For ukulele beginners and enthusiasts, you will learn ukulele basics plus there will be jam sessions. For more information, call 309-692-4040 or visit www.meetup.com/uke309

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

Winter in Summer at the Peoria Zoo will take place on Saturday from 11 am – 2 pm. Learn how the zookeepers keep the animals cool during the “dog days” of summer plus enjoy games with prizes. Admission is Adult (13 and over) : $9 for ages 13 – 64, $6 for kids aged 2 – 12, $8 for senior citizens aged 65+ and active military. For more information, call 309-681-3559.

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 http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Super Saturday: Rockets will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby on Saturday from 1:30 – 2:30 pm. Explore the science behind rockets. Admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The 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

Laser Light Night will be held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday featuring Laser Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon at 6 pm and Laser Floyd: The Wall at 7 pm. Admission is $5 for one show and $8 for both shows; members are free. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Brazilionaires will perform with ESSO Afro Jam on the CEFCU Center Stage (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Saturday at 7 pm. Admission is $5. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents/events

GospelFest Jubilee: a 1940s Radio Broadcast will take place at Grace Presbyterian Church (located at 8607 Illinois Rt 91 in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring an old-time radio broadcast with the GospelFest Singers & Choir, the GospelFonics Orchestra, and Lee Ranson as announcer, admission is free with an offering collected. For more information, visit http://www.gospelfestministries.com

Concerts in the Vineyard at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) will feature a Bubblegum Jack Reunion on Saturday 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 an additional $5. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

The Haunted Infirmary Icon Horror Experience will take place at the Bartonville Insane Asylum (located at 4500 Enterprise Dr. in Bartonville) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. A smaller taste of our October full-sized haunt, crawling with the horror movie icons you’ll be sure to recognize from the silver screen. Admission is $5 for 2 people ages 14 and up. For more information, visit http://hauntedinfirmary.org

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival will present Peter and the Starcatcher on Saturday  beginning at 8 pm at Ewing Manor (located at 617 E. Emerson in Bloomington). Tickets range from $16 – $43 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 HERE  For more information, visit www.thefestival.org

The Annual St. Jude Shrimp & Corn Boil will be held on Sunday at the Itoo Hall (located at 4909 W Farmington Road in Peoria) from 11 am – 7 pm. Adult meals are $12 and include jumbo shrimp, smoked sausage, corn on the cob, new potatoes and water or iced tea. Kids meals are $5 and include a hot dog, chips & drink. Carry outs are also available. A raffle, 50-50 drawing & cash bar will also be available. Proceeds benefit St. Jude.

An Art and Wine Festival will be held at Vineyard at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) on Sunday from Noon – 6 pm featuring Midwestern artists who specialize in oil and water color painting, wood, jewelry, metal work, ceramics and glass displaying their art for sale. Wine tasting will be available and live music will be provided by Greg Williams. There will be a kids concrete canvas area for drawing plus free face painting. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

The Spirit of Peoria will be having a Sundae Cruise on Sunday with boarding beginning at 4:30 pm and a cruise beginning at 5 pm. Tickets are $23 for adults and $16 for kids 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

The Central Illinois Jazz Society July Concert will present the Richard Drexler Trio at the Starting Gate Banquet Room (located within 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 $5 for members, $8 for adults and free for students. For more information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.cijs.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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Disney’s Beauty and the Beast continues at Eastlight Theatre (located within the East Peoria High School Auditorium) tonight, Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Enjoy the classic story of Belle and the beast who is cursed along with his servants and how their meeting transforms all of their lives. Tickets are $19 and are available at the Eastlight Box Office, by calling 309-699-7469 or online at http://eastlighttheatre.com

Cheaper By the Dozen continues Friday night at the Corn Stock Theatre (located in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm through Saturday. Enjoy the famous story of a large family and their time efficiency father made famous by the recent movie, tickets are $15 for adults and $12 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

Exploring Human Origins: What Does It Mean to Be Human?” from the Smithsonian Institution is on exhibit at the Peoria Public Library daily (except Sunday) from 9 am – 6 pm in the Gallery at the Main Library (located at the corner of Main and Monroe in downtown Peoria). Admission is free.

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.

The 6th Annual Fort Crevecoeur Knap-In will take place at Fort Crevecoeur Park (located at 301 Lawnridge Dr. in Creve Coeur) from 9 am – dusk today (Thursday) through Saturday and from 9 am – 3 pm on Sunday. Watch the process of chipping away material from high silica stones like “flint” in a carefully controlled manner with special tools to produce sharp projectile points or tools plus find suppliers selling rock flint, knapping tools, modern collectable points (arrowheads etc.), stone knives, and other Native American and Aboriginal collectables and crafts. Bring your Native American artifacts to be identified by experts in flint knapping. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-694-3193 or visit http://www.ftcrevecoeur.org

The 50th Annual Claud-Elen Days will take place tonight (Thursday) through Monday with carnival rides, games, a bags tournament, a parade on Saturday, food plus live entertainment in downtown Chillicothe. For more information, click HERE

Massage Envy (located at 7424 N. Orange Prairie Rd in Peoria) will host a Grand Opening event tonight (Thursday) from 4:30- 6:30 pm. Featuring a a ribbon cutting ceremony and free mini massages, they offer guests exclusive healthy skin facials featuring Murad products in addition to therapeutic massages. For more information, call 309-683-3689 or visit www.MassageEnvy.com

Arts in the Park will feature the King Family 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 first CEFCU Thursday Night Jazz Series for the summer will take place at CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing and feature the Derel Montieth Trio tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents/events

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

The Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 West Grand Parkway in Peoria) will host a “Build a Shelter” event on Friday from 11 am – 3 pm. Learn how you can build a temporary shelter using recycled milk jugs. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-497-2100.
The Lakeview Branch (located at 1137 W Lake Ave. in Peoria) will host a “Straw Rockets” event on Friday from 4 – 5 pm in celebration of Independence Day. You can make your own rocket to be blasted off outside (weather permitting). Geared toward grades 3- 5, admission is free. For more information, call 309-497-2200.

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 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 where visitors can view artist demonstrations as well as purchase pieces. For a complete map of the locations, visit http://ciaopeoria.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature The Brazillionaires 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, also on Friday from 8:30 – 9:30 pm, will feature a dance lesson 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, 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

An Ale and Art FUNdraiser will be held at Rhodell’s Brewery (located at 100 Walnut St. #111 in Peoria) on Saturday from 6 – 9 pm. The goal is to keep the sculpture, Prairie Walker, which was one of the 2015 Sculpture Walk pieces, in the area. Rhodell’s Brewery has created “Prairie Walker Pale Ale” for the event and t-shirts as well as 15 inch cast bronze sculptures that will be for sale. Live music will be provided by Random Strangers. For more information, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org/events

The Peoria Chiefs will take on Clinton on Friday beginning at 7 pm on Friday, at 5 pm on Saturday, at 2 pm on Sunday and Kane County at 5:30 pm on Monday 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

Concerts in the Vineyard at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) will feature Brushville beginning at 8 pm on Friday plus fireworks after the show. Admission is $10 for adults and free for ages 12 & under. Bring a lawn chair to enjoy lawn seating or call to reserve deck seating for $5. You may bring your own foods just no beverages of any kind. Wine tasting and wine, beer, sodas, pizzas, cheese & crackers and chocolates will be available for sale. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

Red, White & “Blue” Comedy will be presented at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm. Featuring local comedians Drift Roberts, Jeff Bailey, Michelle Desutter, Heath Thornton, Jake Merch and more, tickets are $10. Please note that this show is rated R. 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

Free Fallin’, a Tom Petty tribute band, will perform on the CEFCU Center Stage (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Friday at 8:30 pm kicking off the 2016 Red, White, and Boom Celebration.  Admission is $7. For more information, visit http://www.freefallin.us

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

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

A Summertime Sangria Record Smash will take place on Friday at the Grand Prairie HyVee from 4 – 10 pm. A benefit for the Illinois CancerCare Foundation, they will attempt to break the record of the largest sangria plus there will be a BBQ throwdown, music from the Tri-County Tailgaters, bags and more. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-589-1001.

Concerts in the Vineyard at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) will feature Biscuits & Gravy Band on Friday 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

Le Cabaret de Comedie Etrange Beaute (A Cabaret of Comedy and Strange Beauty) will take place at the Contemporary Art Center (located at 305 SW Water St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Enjoy a Modern Twist on traditional Cabaret. In one evening, see seven acts in an intimate ‘theatre in the round’ experience. A thrilling variety show like nothing you have seen before, featuring performers from all over the country covering dark comedy, expressive dance, spectacular singing, outrageous magic, daring stunts and aerial wonders. Tickets are $20 for members or $25 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822.

Brushville will perform on the CEFCU Center Stage (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Saturday at 8:30 pm. Part of the 2016 Red, White, and Boom weekend, admission is $10. For more information, visit http://brushville.com

The Peoria German-American Society will host their Annual Volksfest at Hickory Grove Park (located at 12403 Hickory Grove Rd. in Dunlap) on Sunday from Noon to 8 pm. Featuring live entertainment by Ratskeller Brummers, Lindenhof Echoes, Peoria Volkstänzer, and Grammy Nominee, Eddie Korosa from Chicago.  A Classic Car and Motorcycle Cruis’n will run from Noon to 5 pm with domestic & import cars, trucks & motorcycles made prior to 1990 plus a Fine Arts and Craft Village featuring a variety of handmade items from local handicrafters.  Other activities will include soccer, folk dancing, a 50/50 rafffle, a shooting tent and a kinder park for kids. Dinners will be available plus a sandwich line and German and domestic beer plus soft drinks and a cash bar. Admission and parking are free.  For more information, visit http://www.peoriagermans.com

Classic Cars and Classic Rock will take place at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) on Sunday featuring the Car Community Automobile Club beginning at Noon and live music by the Bygones from 6 – 9 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 Annual Fireworks Spectacular at Glen Oak Amphitheatre will take place on Sunday from 4 – 10 pm with live entertainment and fireworks.  Entertainment includes the PPD Explosion Cheer Team from 4 – 4:30 pm, the cast of Community Children’s Theatre’s “Singin’ in the Rain” from 4:30 – 5 pm, Jammsammich from 5 – 7:30 pm and the Municipal Band Patriotic Concert at 8 pm. Fireworks Begin at dark. Admission is free. Bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the show. Pack a picnic dinner or enjoy food from vendors in the park.

The Fusion Night LIght Outdoor Dance Party will take place on Sunday on the CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing as part of the Red, White & Boom festivities from 7:30 – 11:30 pm. Featuring Kat Deluna, DJ Luke Nasty, Jason Maek & Zaena plus Jonathan “Miracle” Steele, Josiah Williams, DJ Caleeb and Lucky the DJ, tickets are $15 in advance and are available at http://www.redwhiteandboom.us or $20 the night of the show.

The Peoria Jaycees will host the 35th Annual Firecracker 5000 5k Run & Walk on Monday beginning at 7:30 am at Hooter’s (located at 418 SW Water St. in downtown Peoria). Registration fee is $35 through Friday or $40 July 2 – 4. To register and for more information, visit www.peoriajaycees.org/events/firecracker5000

The 46th Annual West Peoria 4th of July Parade will take place on Monday beginning at 10 am and will end with the flag raising ceremony at the Franciscan Center Park at approximately 11:30 am. For more information, visit http://cityofwestpeoria.org

The Red, White & Boom Fireworks Display will take place on the Peoria riverfront on Monday beginning at 4 pm with a kids zone, a bags tournament, street performers and live entertainment by Spring Creek Station from 6 – 8 pm. The synchronized fireworks show is scheduled to begin at 9:30 pm. Admission is free. The VIP viewing area will take place from 5:30 – 10 pm including food, soda, water, beer and wine plus face painting, a balloon artist and live entertainment. Tickets are $59 for adults and $29 for kids under 17. Listen the soundtrack on any of the following radio stations during the display: 1470 and 100.3 WMBD, 93.3 The Drive, The New 104.9 The Wolf, Mix 106.9, 102.3 Energy, and Goodtime Oldies 1290 and 102.7 WIRL. For more information, visit www.redwhiteandboom.us

The ELITE 4th of July Outreach Fundraiser will take place at the RiverPlex Recreation and Wellness Center on Monday beginning at 5 pm. For $40 admission, you’ll receive reserved parking with up to 4 people per car, exclusive use of the RiverPlex facility plus exclusive access to the riverfront lawn for viewing the fireworks. Enjoy the rock climbing wall, swimming, XR-Game Zone, indoor basketball and volleyball, totally tots indoor playground and elevated indoor viewing area for the fireworks. Reserved parking closes at 8:30 pm or until parking is full. Pre-register by calling 309-252-1510 or for more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Riverfront Museum will host their 4th of July Backyard BBQ Summer Fundraiser on Monday from 6-10:30 pm featuring an all you can eat buffet plus the best seat in town for the Peoria fireworks. Also featuring a cash bar, Emack & Bolio’s ice cream & snacks, a live radio remote with Greg Batton of WMBD’s “The Greg and Dan Show”, your admission also gives you entrance to the “Be the Astronaut” exhibition, a Green Screen Photo Booth, $5 admission to the educational Giant Screen Theater shows plus indoor facilities. Cost for members is $35 for adults and $17 for kids aged 3 – 12 or $45 for adults and $22 for kids aged 3 – 12 for the general public.  For more information and to order tickets, call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

View the Peoria Fireworks Display from the John C. Flanagan House Museum (located at 942 NE Glen Oak Avenue in Peoria) on Monday with gates opening at 6 pm courtesy of the Peoria Historical Society. Seating is limited to the first 200 and admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Soda, water, popcorn and other novelties will be available for $1 each. For more information, visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

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Disney’s Beauty and the Beast opens at Eastlight Theatre (located within the East Peoria High School Auditorium) on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and at 2 pm on Sunday. Enjoy the classic story of Belle and the beast who is cursed along with his servants and how their meeting transforms all of their lives. Tickets are $19 and are available at the Eastlight Box Office, by calling 309-699-7469 or online at http://eastlighttheatre.com

Cheaper By the Dozen opens Friday night at the Corn Stock Theatre (located in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm through Saturday, July 2. Enjoy the famous story of a large family and their time efficiency father made famous by the recent movie, tickets are $15 for adults and $12 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

Exploring Human Origins: What Does It Mean to Be Human?” from the Smithsonian Institution is on exhibit at the Peoria Public Library daily (except Sunday) from 9 am – 6 pm in the Gallery at the Main Library (located at the corner of Main and Monroe in downtown Peoria). Admission is free.

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.

Metamora Old Settlers Days continues in the Park on the Square in Metamora featuring carnival rides, craft & food tents, games and free nightly entertainment. Hours are 5:30 – 10 pm tonight (Thursday), Noon – 10 pm on Friday and 7:30 am on Saturday. The 44th Annual Lincoln Douglas Run begins at 7:30 am on Saturday and the Old Settler’s Day Parade begins at 10 am. For more information, call 309-367-4044.

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council (PAWAC) will present The Stories Behind the Images: Overseas Journalism Tales at the Lariat Steakhouse (located at 2232 W Glen Ave. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) with dinner beginning at 5:15 pm and lecture at 7 pm. Featuring former public radio producer and current PAWAC Executive Director Kristin McHugh. McHugh, an award-winning journalist, who has reported from five continents will discuss the stark reality of life in poverty, conflict areas and displacement camps. The lecture is free, but an RSVP is encouraged by emailing director@pawac.org For more information, visit www.pawac.org

A Riverfront Park Fundraiser will be held at the foot of Morton Street, near Constitution Gardens on the Illinois River in Peoria tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 8 pm. Featuring Barry Cloyd and Freedom Street with special guest Robin Crowe, admission is free, however donations are appreciated.

Caterpillar Employees Big Band will perform at the Alpha Park Pavilions in Bartonville tonight (Thursday) at 6:30 pm. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-697-3822 ext. 13.

Arts in the Park will feature the Jim Markum Swing Band 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

Way Down Wanderers with guest Horseshoes & Hand Grenades will perform on the CEFCU Center Stage on the Peoria RiverFront (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $10 at the gate. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

Jon Huck 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 all other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Day of Enlightenment will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park on Friday from 10 am – 2 pm on the day prior to the opening of the Olde English Faire to provide educational opportunities for kids of all ages. See and feel what the Medieval era was like through an interactive educational experience like nothing you have seen before. Participants will be divided into 5 groups and spend time with each of the following activities: historical birds of prey, arms and armor, siege weapons, the life of a knight and light and heavy armor joust. Admission for children is $6 and adults are $9 with lunch available for $7. For more information and to order tickets online, visit http://wildlifeprairiepark.org/day-enlightenment

The Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Tour winds along Grandview Drive taking place every Friday in June beginning at 11 am leaving from the Peoria Riverfront Museum.   Their “Abraham Lincoln and The Civil War Tour” tells the story of Lincoln’s visits to Peoria, the Civil War troops and Camp Peoria & Camp Lyon where they trained. Visit Springdale Cemetery and see the final resting place of Civil War veterans. Drive by the GAR Hall, built in 1909, and hear the story of Joseph Greenhut, one of the Whiskey Barons who provided funding for the Hall. The tour runs every Saturday in June beginning at 11 am from the Peoria Riverfront Museum. 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 Tailgate N’ Tallboys Music Festival will take place at Three Sisters Park on Rt. 29 in Chillicothe kicking off on Friday at 1:30 pm and running through late Saturday night. Featured artists performing include Kid Rock, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Aaron Lewis and Turnpike Troubadours. VIP Ticket includes access to special VIP area at the Main Stage with private bars and bathrooms & Limited Edition Poster. Party Pit Ticket includes access to special Party Pit area at the main stage. No lawn chairs allowed in VIP or Party Pit areas. No single day Party Pit or VIP tickets will be sold. Tickets range in price from $69.99 to $249.99 for the concerts only. Camping is also available for an extra fee. For a full schedule, rules & regulation and to buy tickets and camping, visit 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 Harmonica Invitational with JuJu Jonny 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) 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

Zoo To Do will take place at the Peoria Zoo (located at 2320 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6:30 pm. Spend the evening mingling with the animals of Africa! while you enjoy cocktails, live music, a silent auction, a live auction and a raffle. Honoring those who have supported the mission of Peoria Zoo, including Henry “Chappie” Chapman and The Junior League of Peoria, the event will include a multi-course gourmet dinner prepared by Chef Ryan Dunkle of Two25 Restaurant. VIP Tickets are available which will receive a commemorative glass and a special animal experience. Tickets are $125 per person or $150 for VIP and are available by calling 309-681-3500 or emailing pzs@peoriaparks.org

The Peoria Pops Orchestra will present its Summer Concert at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Celebrating music written for the big & small screens, the orchestra will showcase some of the most fun and memorable compilations ever written. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and $8 for students and are available at the box office, by calling 309-444-8222 or online at http://www.fivepointswashington.org

A Night of Magic and Comedy featuring Kyle Bassett will take place at the Waterhouse (located at the corners of Liberty and Washington in Downtown Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $10 and are available online at www.mkt.com/waterhousepeoria  For more information, call 309-494-9100.

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

Run DCP will take place on Saturday beginning at 7:30 am at Dream Center Peoria (located at 714 Hamilton Blvd. in Peoria). Featuring 8 age group awards, a pancake breakfast, a “drum off” drum kit competition, a live DJ, an 80s costume contest for individuals and groups, a celebrity “rum off” wing competition, a hip hop dancing and more, the cost to participate is $40. Registration may be made online at www.rundcp.org

The Olde English Faire will take place at the Wildlife Prairie Park from 9 am- 7 pm on Saturday and from 9 am – 6 pm on Sunday. Featuring entertainment such as jousting, sword fighting, storytellers, archery and falconry there will also be vendors, food and more on hand. One day admission is $10 for ages 13 and up, $6 for ages 3 to 12 and kids 2 and under are free. For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit http://wildlifeprairiepark.org/faire

ARRL Ham Radio Field Day will take place on Saturday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning with set up beginning at 9 am, transmitting beginning at 1 pm continuing until 1 pm on Sunday. Admission is free. More than 35,000 radio amateurs will gather with their clubs, groups or friends to operate from remote locations and enjoy a picnic, a camp out, plus will practice for emergencies and participate in an informal contest. For more information, visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The “Let It Glide!” NASA Engineering Design Challenge will take place at the Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm. A one day workshop where students aged 9-13 will take part in NASA’s Engineering Design Challenge and learn about the physics of flight in the process, the cost is $25 per person. All materials are included and there will be a snack break. For more information or to register, call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.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

Lego Day will take place on Saturday at the Peoria Zoo (located at 2320 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) from 11 am – 2 pm. Bring you favorite Lego master to the Zoo to build, play, and grow their love of Legos with a zoo spin. Admission is $9 for adults and $6 for kids 2 – 12: members and ages under 2 are free. For more information call 309-681-3508 or visit www.peoriazoo.com

Space Blast will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 11 – 11:30 am. Geared toward children ages 3-5, kids can participate in various cool space science activities. This event is free 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 www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Home Builders Association of Greater Peoria continue with its last weekend of their Annual Parade of Homes from 1 – 5 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Admission is free. The tour includes 16 newly constructed homes built by 10 area builders located in 9 different communities. For full details including home addresses, visit http://www.peoriahba.com/paradeofhomes.asp

A Peoria State Hospital History Tour will take place on Saturday beginning at 6 pm at the Pollak Hospital, the former tuberculosis ward of Peoria State Hospital (located at 4500 Enterprise Dr. in Bartonville). 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.

Heartache Tonight, an Eagles tribute band, will perform on the CEFCU Center Stage on the Peoria RiverFront (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $7 at the gate. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

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

Yvonne Greer will perform in a cabaret-style show at the Waterhouse (located at the corners of Liberty and Washington in Downtown Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $15 and are available online at www.mkt.com/waterhousepeoria  For more information, call 309-494-9100.

The 49th Annual Itoo Shish-Ka-Bob will take place at the Itoo Hall (Located at 4909 W. Farmington Road in Peoria) on Sunday from 11 am – 7 pm. Admission is $13 for adults and $6 for children under 12. Carry outs will be available. Featuring beef Shish-Ka-Bob in pita bread, cabbage rolls and Lebanese salad, there will also be Lebanese bakery items and pastries. For more information, call 309-676-9725 or visit www.itoohall.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 Koerner Road in Edwards) on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Step back in time and experience 19th Century life in rural Peoria County featuring various activities including hand dipping candles, blacksmithing, school lessons, woodworking, chores, pioneer cemetery tours, hayrides and livestock care. June’s focus is Raised Bed Gardening. Admission is $3 for ages 4 & up. For more information, call 309-691-8423 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Music in the McKenzie will feature Eric Lambert at Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 West Grand Parkway in Peoria) on Sunday from 2 to 4 pm. Admission is free and a portion of CD sales support The Friends of Peoria Public Library. For more information, call 309-497-2000 or visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

Dark Star Orchestra will perform on the CEFCU Center Stage on the Peoria RiverFront (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 7 pm. You must be 18 or older to enter. Admission is $20 in advance available at http://jaytv.com/events/dark-star-orchestra or $25 at the door. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

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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Sugar, the Some Like It Hot Musical, continues through Saturday as the summer season opener at Corn Stock Theatre (located in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm each night.  The Broadway version of the movie starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis & Jack Lemmon, 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

Rent continues at Peoria Players Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. The Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning production is a rock musical based loosely on Giacomo Puccini’s opera La bohème.  Rent is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Tickets are $19 adults and $12 patrons 20 & younger and are available at the Peoria Players Box Office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.PeoriaPlayers.org

The Tremont Turkey Festival will take place through Sunday in downtown Tremont. Hours are through 10 pm tonight (Thursday), 11 am – 10 pm on Friday, 6:30 am – 10 pm on Saturday and 9 am – 5 pm on Sunday. Featuring the Miss Tremont Pageant on Thursday night, a pancake & sausage breakfast, a 5k race, horseshoe tournament, an antique tractor pull, a craft show, a community church service, car show and parade on Sunday plus a carnival, live entertainment there will also be food including turkey and strawberry shortcake throughout the festival. For more information, visit www.turkeyfestival.com

The Bach Festival continues celebrating its 14th year in 2016 with performances through Sunday celebrating the renowned composer. Performances will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church (located at 135 NE Randolph Ave. in downtown Peoria). For a full listing of events, locations, times and costs, call 309-676-4609 or visit www.peoriabachfestival.org

The 8th Annual Pasta & Pizza Party for St. Jude will take place at Barrack’s Cater Inn (located at 1224 W Pioneer Pkwy. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7:30 pm. Cost is $12 per plate and carryout meals are available. Children five and under eat free and ages six to 16 are $6. All proceeds benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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.

Book of Mormon continues at the Peoria Civic Center Theater beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), at 8 pm on Friday, at 2 pm & 8 pm on Saturday and at 1 pm and 7 pm on Sunday. Tickets range from $45 to $125 and and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting http://Ticketmaster.com Use the code “MORMON” for discounted tickets.

Leonard Ouzts 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 all other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The IHSA State Softball Tournament will take place on Friday and Saturday beginning at 9 am at Eastside Center in East Peoria. For full details, visit www.ihsa.org

Coal Black Exotics will take place at the Alpha Park Library (located at 3527 South Airport Road in Bartonville) beginning at 10 am.  A family-run, education-oriented business that uses live reptiles to provide demonstrations to groups of all ages, admission is free. The goal of the program is to provide entertainment and education, while also dispelling the common myths and fears associated with reptiles.

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

The Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Tour winds along Grandview Drive taking place every Friday in June beginning at 11 am leaving from the Peoria Riverfront Museum in downtown Peoria.
Their “Abraham Lincoln and The Civil War Tour” tells the story of Lincoln’s visits to Peoria, the Civil War troops and Camp Peoria & Camp Lyon where they trained. Visit Springdale Cemetery and see the final resting place of Civil War veterans. Drive by the GAR Hall, built in 1909, and hear the story of Joseph Greenhut, one of the Whiskey Barons who provided funding for the Hall. Trolley Tour runs every Saturday in June beginning at 11 am from the Peoria Riverfront Museum. 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.

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

Celebrate Recovery will take place at Imago Dei Church (located at 2221 N. Gale, Peoria) 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

The Nerf Challenge will take place at the Alpha Park Library (located at 3527 South Airport Road in Bartonville) on Friday from 6 – 7:30 pm. Teams will work together to develop strategies.  Admission is free, however registration is required and may be done by calling 309-697-3822 ext. 14.

The Peoria Chiefs will take on Cedar Rapids beginning at 7 pm on Friday, at 6:30 pm on Saturday and at 5 pm on Sunday 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

A Comedy Hypnosis Stage Show will take place at Peoria Pizza Works (located at 3921 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria Heights) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $10 per person or $15 for a couple available at the door. For more information, visit http://hypnohumorist.com

Pub Trivia in the Dome Planetarium at the Riverfront Museum will take place on Friday from 7 – 9 pm featuring Peoria Brewing Company. Trivia will cover topics from astronomy to earth science to pop culture and get a free drink and catered pizza buffet with admission plus a cash bar will be available, including Peoria Brewing Company beer on tap. Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for the public and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Steady Flow will perform on the CEFCU Center Stage on the RiverFront (located at 200 NE Water St. in downtown Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm with with special guests Herculez and B Lowd. Admission is $7 at the gate. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

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 Grand Reopening for an expanded Lit. on Fire Used Books will take place at Studios on Sheridan (located at the corners of Sheridan Road and Main Street in Peoria) on Friday from 8 pm – Midnight. Featuring hors d’oeuvres, beverages, live art demonstrations, stand-up comedy, live music and a meet-and-greet with visiting artists of the Artist & Comic Expo, admission is free. For more information, visit http://facebook.com/litonfireusedbooks

The M & M Vineyard Bike Tour starts and ends at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard & Winery (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) on Saturday with a 5, 15, 40, and 62 (100k) mile bike tour options starting at 6 am. Cost is $40 for brunch only or $50 for brunch and a ride. Featuring live entertainment plus a beer tasting and winery tour, proceeds benefit METEC’s affordable housing program and employment programs. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.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

Breakfast with the Tigers will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday and Sunday from 9 – 10 am. Featuring a light breakfast for attendees, see the tigers enjoy their breakfast too. Cost is $9 for adult members, $6 for child members or $18 for adult non-members and $12 for child non-members. To register, call 309-681-3559 or for more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

The Annual Moss Avenue Sale will take place along 6 blocks of historic Moss Avenue (between Western and McArthur Blvd.) on Saturday from 8 am – 3 pm. Featuring antique and collectible dealers, hand made items, fine art dealers, food vendors and live music, admission is free. The event will take place rain or shine. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/MossAvenueAntiqueSaleFestival

The Craft Soda Festival Tour will be held on Saturday at Pekin Riverfront Park (located just east of the Illinois River at 121 Court Street in Pekin) showcasing over 80 unique and vintage craft sodas to sample from 10 am – 8 pm. Admission is free and soda samples will be available for purchase or VIP Craft Soda Festival Experience tickets will also available for $22 per person which includes a commemorative tasting glass and unlimited soda tastings throughout the day. For more information, visit www.craftsodafestival.com/pekin.html

The Artist and Comic Expo will be held from 10 am – 6 pm on Saturday & 11 am – 5 pm Sunday at the at the Noble Center (located at 1125 W Lake Ave in Peoria). General admission is $10 for 1 day, kids aged 12 & under are free with a paid adult, students, military and senior citizens aged 55+ are $6 or get a 2-Day ACE pass for $15 which includes a badge and artist print. Featuring comics, artists, vendors, gaming, trivia and food, parking is free. Register and find more information at www.PeoriaParks.org

Uke309 will take place at Kidder Music (located at 7728 N. Crestline Dr. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 10 am. For ukulele beginners and enthusiasts, you will learn ukulele basics plus there will be jam sessions. For more information, call 309-692-4040 or visit www.meetup.com/uke309

Sculpture Walk Peoria 2016 will provide free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that were installed last week 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

Robo Rumble 2016 will take place on Saturday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum from Noon – 5 pm. Experience the world of robotics as teams compete for the top ranking in this family-friendly annual event. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-686-7000 for more information or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The River City Jazz Festival will take place on Saturday on the CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing and will feature five of Illinois’ best jazz groups playing from 3 – 10 pm. Performers include Travis Wesley Trio from 3 – 4 pm, David Hoffman and Friends from 4:30 – 5:30 pm, Preston Jackson and Friends from 6 – 7 pm, Heartland Jazz Orchestra from 7:30 – 8:30 pm and Dexter O’Neal and The Funkyard from 9 – 10 pm plus the Peoria All Star Jazz Combo and Limestone HS Jazz Band . Admission from 2:30 – 6 pm is $5. After 6 pm, admission is $8. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents/events

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

Sir Mix- A- Lot along with DJ McFly, DJ Vamp, DJ Timmy 2 Times will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $17 in advance for general admission, $22 in advance for Party Pit and $50 for VIP Loft seating 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

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