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The Nature Art Show & Sale continues at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N. Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) featuring a diversity of media created by local artists.  Find nature-related photographs, woodcarvings, paintings, jewelry and more. Hours are 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Saturday and 1 – 5 pm on Sunday. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Sky Harbor (located at 1321 N Park Rd. in West Peoria) and the Friends of Rocky Glen will offer a free Holiday Wine Tasting Party and Silent Art Auction from 5 – 9 pm tonight (Thursday) to benefit Rocky Glen Park. A full menu will be available, along with wine samples, craft beers and live music. Reservations are recommended. For more information, call 309-573-2354 or visit www.riendsofrockyglen.org

The 6th Annual Festival of Trees kicks off tonight (Thursday) from 5:30 – 8:30 pm at First Federated Church of Peoria’s Life Together Center (formerly the Great Central Insurance Building located at 3625 N. Sheridan Rd. in Peoria) and continues Friday & Saturday from 10 am – 8 pm and on Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm. The Festival of Trees is a community-wide event with 80 beautifully decorated trees and wreaths, centerpieces and other holiday decor items on display and available for bidding on to take home. Other highlights from the weekend will include a holiday marketplace, an out-and-about gift certificate tree, a snack shop, a Saturday fun day, on-going family friendly entertainment and more. All proceeds benefit Crittenton Centers. Admission for the Thursday Jingle & Mingle cocktail party is $35 and for the rest of the festival is $6 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and children aged 3 – 14 and free for kids aged 2 and under. For more information, call 309-674-0105 or visit www.crittentoncenters.org

Peoria County’s recycling educator will present “Sustainability for the Entire Community” at the ICC North Campus’ Hickory Hall (located at 5407 N University St. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 7 pm. For more information, call 309-672-6918 or visit www.icc.edu/acp

An Old-Fashioned Christmas continues tonight the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through December 31. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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ISU Redbird Hockey will take place at the US Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S Madison St. in Bloomington) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Student tickets are $5 and adults are $10. Purchase tickets at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets including ISU’s Braden Box Office, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. For more information, visit www.illinoisstatehockey.com

Clayton Anderson will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $7 in advance $10 day of show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Shape of Things will be presented by the Corn Stock Winter Playhouse at the Corn Stock Theatre Center tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and on Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 students and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com
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When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder? will be presented by the ICC Theatre Department at the ICC Performing Arts Center Studio Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

Proof continues at the Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts presented by the Bradley University Theatre Department beginning at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $14 for adults, Bradley faculty & staff and senior citizens are $12 and students are $7 and are available at the Bradley University Box Office or by calling 309-677-2650. For more information, click HERE

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

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature the Robin Crowe 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 from 8:30 – 9:30 pm on Friday 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 on either event, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Enjoy a Candlelight Walk through the Pointsettia Show at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N. Prospect in Peoria) on Fridays and Saturdays through December 20th from 6 – 9 pm. The walk takes you through the Poinsettia Show at night, under the warm glow of hundreds of candles, while enjoying live performances of holiday music. The Pointsettia show runs throughout the days also from 10 am – 5 pm and is closed on Mondays.  Admission is waived during the holidays, although donations are accepted. For more information, call 309-686-3362 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

Eric Church’s The Outsiders World Tour will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday beginning at 7 pm. The show’s opening act is Dwight Yoakam and the rock group Halestorm. Tickets are $59.50, 39.50 and $25 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

The Bloomington Thunder will play at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S. Madison St. in Bloomington) on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $27, $18, $15, $10 with discounts for children 2-12, senior citizens and the military and are available at the US Cellular box office or by calling 309-434-2980 or online www.bloomingtonthunder.com

Wine & Cheese Under the Stars will take place at the Dome Planetarium at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday from 7 – 9 pm. Relax under the stars while sampling wines from Willet’s Winery and gourmet cheese from The Creek on State. Planetarium Curator Renae Kerrigan will take you on a guided tour of the Universe and share the latest news from space in the state-of-the-art Zeiss Dome. Admission is $25 for Museum members or $30 for the general public and advance registration is requested. Register by calling 309-686-7000. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Central Illinois Gobbler Games will take place at CrossFit309 (located at 704 E. War Memorial Drive in Peoria Heights) beginning at 9 am on Saturday and a Kids Exhibition will take place beginning at 1 pm on Sunday. Registration for the Saturday event is $60 per team and $25 for the Sunday event. Admission for spectators is free. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Midwest Food Bank’s Tender Mercies Program and all competitors and spectators are asked to bring in food items for the Midwest Food Bank’s Backpack Program. For more information, visit www.crossfit309.com

On Beyond Genealogy: Sharing Family Stories, a workshop on researching and writing your family history with Brian “Fox” Ellis, will be held at the Bishop Hill Welcome Center on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm. Cost for the workshop is $25 for adults and $15 for students and includes lunch. Advanced registration is required. For more information, email Sharon@larshar63@gmail.com

A Signing of the book “Little Twig” will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 North Forest Park Drive in Peoria Heights) on Saturday beginning at 10 am with a “tree talk” mini lesson. Children can create their own “Little Twig” craft plus there will be a special reading and book signing by “Little Twig” author Sandy Miller and illustrator Lisa Garber. For more information, visit www.PeoriaParks.org

The 30th Annual Festival of Lights Parade will take place on Saturday in East Peoria beginning at 5:45 pm. The parade covers three miles of Washington Street starting on one side of the city and ending just past downtown featuring floats shaped entirely from LED lights including Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the chopper motorcycle, a 70-foot long float of the famous Clydesdale horse team pulling a delivery wagon, Frosty the Snowman, the starship Enterprise illuminated with 48,000 lights and the 95-foot-long smoke-spewing China dragon. For more information including a map of the parade route, visit www.folepi.org

The Peoria Symphony will present “Nature’s Majesty” at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets range from $26 to $71 and are $11 for students and are available at the PSO Box Office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

Peoria’s oldest running race, the 44th Annual Turkey Trot, will take place at Detweiller Park on Sunday at 1 pm. Rain, sun or snow, the 4-mile run and the 1/2 mile youth fun-run that will take place immediately before, awards a trophy and a turkey to the top two finishers in each division. Registration is available at the Noble Center (located 1125 W. Lake Ave. in Peoria) for $16 through today (Thursday) or $18 after and $2 for the Youth Fun Run and all entrants receive a t-shirt. For more information, call 309-681-2866 or email msuellentrop@peoriaparks.org

The Bradley Braves will take on North Carolina A&T at the Peoria Civic Center on Sunday beginning at 4 pm. Tickets are $8, $14, $25 and $55 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Mozart’s Grand Mass in C-minor will be presented at St. Mary’s Cathedral (located at 607 NE Madison in Peoria) beginning at 4 pm. Featuring the Bradley Community Chorus, Bradley Chorale and Bradley Symphony Orchestra, Charles Ives’s Symphony No. 3 will also be performed. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and may be purchased at the door or by calling 309-677-2650.

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An Old-Fashioned Christmas continues tonight the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield and runs through December 31. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $35 for Thursdays, $37 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $39 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr. will be presented by Community Children’s Theatre at Peoria Players Theatre at 7 pm tonight (Thursday) through Sunday and at 1:30 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Tickets are $15 adults and $9 for students and senior citizens and are available on www.artspartners.net and at the door. For more information, visit www.cctpeoria.org

The Institute of International Studies and Peoria Area World Affairs Council will present “Understanding Muslim Societies: the Role of Women in Rebuilding the Middle East” at Bradley University Student Center’s Marty Theater tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Ambassador Shirin Tahir-Kheli will talk about the current situation across the region, how tensions might be resolved and how women will play strong roles in rebuilding the region. Admission is free. To RSVP, email pawac@bradley.edu

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas will be presented at the Peoria Civic Center Theater beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), at 2 pm on Saturday & Sunday and at 8 pm on Friday & Saturday. Tickets are $37, $54 and $67 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Cirque du Soleil: Dralion will be presented at the US Cellular Coliseum at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and also at 4 pm on Saturday and at 1:30 pm on Sunday. Adult tickets range in price from $40 – $140 and for children range in price from $32 – $127 and are available online at www.ticketmaster.com by calling 1-800-745-3000 or at the US Cellular Coliseum box office. For more information, visit www.uscellularcoliseum.com

Proof will be presented by the Bradley University Theatre Department at the Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts beginning at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday & at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $14 for adults, Bradley faculty & staff and senior citizens are $12 and students are $7 and are available at the Bradley University Box Office or by calling 309-677-2650. For more information, click HERE

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

The Holidazzle Celebration will be held on Friday from 4:30 pm – 9 pm throughout downtown Morton. There will be a lighting of the the community Christmas tree, a chili supper plus a candle lit walk to the shops with hot cocoa & pretzels. For more information, visit www.mortonmagnet.com

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

The Bradley Braves will take on Texas Arlington at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday on their season opener beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $8, $14, $25 and $55 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

AV Performance Innovations will present The Bret Bunton Project at Studio 29 (located at 6523 N Galena Road in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm with appetizers and drinks and live music at 7:30 pm. This original blues-rock band will perform and give a behind the scenes interview. Admission is free, however reservations are requested. For more information click HERE  To RSVP, email maggie@avperformanceinnovations.com

The Shape of Things will be presented by the Corn Stock Winter Playhouse at the Corn Stock Theatre Center on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 students and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com
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When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder? will be presented by the ICC Theatre Department at the ICC Performing Arts Center Studio Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

Wiz Khalifa will perform at Bradley University Renaissance Coliseum on Friday beginning at 9 pm. The Activities Council of Bradley University (ACBU) will host the Billboard Music Award winning and five time Grammy nominee with $15 tickets for Bradley students, $20 for faculty and staff and $30 for the general public which are available at the Coliseum ticket office, all Ticketmaster locations or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information, call 309-677-3050 or visit www.acbu.org

Discover the Ice Age, an interactive educational exhibit, will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall from 9 am – 9 pm on Saturday and from 10 am – 7 pm on Sunday. Admission is $18 for adults (ages 13 years & older), $22 for children (ages 2-12 years), $16 for senior citizens (aged 65+) and children 1 and under are free. For more information, visit www.peoriaciviccenter.com

A Nature Art Show & Sale will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) featuring a diversity of media from talented local artists during regular hours. Support local artists and find nature-related photographs, woodcarvings, paintings, jewelry and more. Hours are 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday and 1 – 5 pm on Sunday. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Civil War Winter Quarters will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6600 N Basket Oak Dr. in Edwards) from 10 am – 4 pm on Saturday and from 10 am – 3 pm on Sunday. Admission is $3 per person. Living Historians portray Civil War soldiers constructing winter quarters and preparing for their winter encampment in authentic uniforms using period tools and construction methods to build handmade wooden shelters to protect themselves from the approaching winter weather. Activities will also include mail call, drill and ceremonies and daily camp life. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Columbus Cottonmouths at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Saturday beginning at 7 pm and on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Tickets are $17 and $20 for lower bowl tickets and $10 and $12 for upper bowl tickets and are on sale at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information, visit www.Rivermen.net
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A Concert by Anima: Young Singers of Greater Chicago will be held on Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church (located at 135 NE Randolph Ave., Peoria) beginning at 8 pm. Admission is free – a free will offering will be accepted. For more information, visit www.trinityconcertseries.org

The Heritage Ensemble Inspirational Choral Celebration Concert will take place at George Washington Carver Center (located at 710 W. Percy Baker Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Proceeds support the revitalization of the Carver Center.  Tickets are $20 for the concert only and $50 for the dinner and concert and are available at www.thecarvercenter.com

Todd Rundgren will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $50 for loft seating, $40 for VIP tables, $30 for assigned seating and $25 for standing room only and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Central Illinois Youth Symphony Elmer Szepessy Dedication Concert will be held at Metamora High School (located at 101 W. Madison St. in Metamora) on Sunday at 2 pm & 4 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth. One ticket purchased will be valid for either or both performances and a small reception will be held between the concerts. For more information, visit www.ciys.org

The Illinois Central Jazz Train will perform at the Central Illinois Jazz Society monthly performance at Landmark Recreation Center (located at 3225 N Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday from 6 – 8:30 pm. The Jazz Train led by ICC’s Larry Harms will feature the CIJS house band members featuring Freddie Hubbard and Wes Montgomery works. Admission is $5 members, $7 for non-members and free for students. Food and drink available for purchase. For more information call 309-692-5330 or visit www.CIJS.org

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Hayrides and Hotdogs will take place tonight (Thursday) at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Road in Edwards) from 5 – 7 pm. Enjoy roasted hot dogs, chips, carrots, baked beans, marshmallows and drinks, a hayrack ride and mid-1800s Autumn play party activities which include sack races and fortune telling. Children and adult costumes are strongly encouraged. Admission is $6 for ages 11 & up, $4 for ages 3 – 10 with a $25 maximum for families living in the same household. For more information, call 309-691-8423 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Fox on the Fairway continues tonight (Thursday) and runs through November 2nd with performances also on Friday, Saturday & Sunday at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. On Thursday, Friday & Saturday, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sunday, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Peoria Rescue Ministries’ 59th Annual Stewardship Celebration will be held tonight (Thursday) in the Peoria Civic Center Grand Ballroom with doors opening at 6 pm. Jeff Anderson, featured speaker, is the author of two books, Divine Applause and Plastic Donuts.  Tickets are $30 per person or $225 table of eight and are available by calling 309-676-6416 ext. 1009 or online at www.peoriarescue.org

November will be presented by the Corn Stock Winter Playhouse at the Corn Stock Theatre Center beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 students and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com
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Charlie Murphy will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and on Friday and Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $25 for the the Thursday show and $30 for all other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive Trolley Tour will take place on Friday beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).  And the Haunted Peoria Tour is where you’ll hear the stories behind the ghostly appearances that have startled and puzzled Peorians through the years which takes place on Saturday beginning at 10:30 am and at 1 pm leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub.  Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Artists on the Boardwalk will take place at Junction City Shopping Center (located at 5901 N. Prospect Road in Peoria) on Friday from 4 – 8 pm. Local Artists will display and sell their artwork along the boardwalk with live music. For more information, visit www.newjunctioncity.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature the Doran & the Soul Mystics on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.  For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Wildlife Scary Park will take place from 5 – 9 pm on Friday and from 5 – 8 pm on Saturday & Sunday at Wildlife Prairie Park. Featuring a giant Trick-or-Treat Trail, haunted hayrack rides, the “Train-sylvania Express” and animal encounters, admission is $10 for a one-day pass & $15 for a two-day pass and are available online at www.wildlifeprairiepark.org/tickets  For more information, call 309-446-3395 or visit www.wildlifeprairiestatepark.org

The “Not So Scary” annual illuminated Witches Walk will take place at the Fondulac Farm Park (located at 305 Neumann Dr. in East Peoria) from 6 – 8 pm on Friday & Saturday. Tickets are $2.50 for ages 1-15 and $3 for ages 16 years & older. Express tickets are available for an additional $3 which cuts the waiting in line with standard ticket holders and are available for purchase at Fon du Lac Park District Administration Center or by calling 309-699-3923.

Limeapalooza with Brandon Rice, SpaceQueen, Anthony Turner, Endless Compromise, GBZ 900, James Ghareeb, Jmilli, Heather Green, Lucky 7/Mario Cannon, Unamused Dave & D&V Entertainment will take place at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 day of show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Pekin Haunt will take place at the Pekin Paintball Park (located at 14444 Towerline Drive in Pekin) from 7 – 10 pm every Friday & Saturday in October. Featuring paintball guns, zombies, a haunted house and a corn maze, participants can ride on a two-story battlewagon through undead and zombie-infested territory. Tickets are $10 for the corn maze, $20 for a battlewagon ride, $10 for a 2nd battlewagon ride or $25 for the battlewagon ride, 200 paintballs & the corn maze. For more information, call 309-346-7000 or visit www.pekinhaunt.com

Spider Hill will take place at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe every Friday & Saturday in October with gates opening at 6 pm for ticket sales and attractions open from at 7 -11 pm. The Massacre Mansion and Trail of Terror attraction tickets are $10 per person per attraction. The Zombie Invasion Paintball attraction is $15 per person. For more information, visit www.threesisterspark.com/departments/index.php
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Spook Hollow and M.C.Manor Haunted Mansion will take place on Friday & Saturday from 7 – 11 pm. Tickets are $25 per person or $40 for a “Speed Pass” which allows you to skip the lines and enjoy all 3 attractions. Hosted by the Marquette Heights Mens Club, for more information, visit www.spook-hollow.com

The Peoria Rivermen will open the 2014-15 season against the Huntsville Havoc at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7 pm each night. Tickets are $17 and $20 for lower bowl tickets and $10 and $12 for upper bowl tickets and are on sale at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com  For more information, visit www.Rivermen.net
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The Friends of The Bob & Tom Show Comedy Tour will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Hosted by Bob & Tom’s own Kristi Lee, the show will feature Bob Zany, Costaki Economopoulos and Greg Hahn. Tickets are $29.50 and $35 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

Rocky Horror Picture Show will be presented by Peoria Players Theatre on Friday & Saturday with doors opening at 11:30 pm each night and the show beginning at Midnight. Tickets are $15 (general admission seating) and are available at the Peoria Players box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

The 23rd Annual Women’s Lifestyle Show will be held on Saturday from 9 am – 4 pm at the Peoria Civic Center. Featuring Manuel Villacorta, Dorothy Breininger, Monica Parker, Rokelle Lerner, Kim Weiss and Barb Schmidt, tickets are available now online at www.wlspeoria.com for $8 and are also available at all Kroger outlets. Tickets at the doors are $10. For full details about the event, visit www.wlspeoria.com

The Great Burr Oak Science Club will present “Exploring the Inside of You” at The Speakeasy Art Center (located at 353 Court St. in Pekin) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Featuring Dr. Michael Treanor with an in depth look at the mechanics of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, GI pathology, and endoscopic surgery. Plus, Mike and Kela Galletti will be do an histology demo showing what happens to tissues removed during surgery. After the meeting, attendees may participate in an experiment to take a look at their DNA. Admission is free. For more information, click HERE

The 5th Annual Dan Fogelberg Celebration & Souvenirs Tribute Concert will take place at the Giant Screen Theater in the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Honoring the 40th anniversary of “Souvenirs”, the songs will be performed live by musicians from across the US including Sheldon Felich, Tim Jessup, Jay Hennessy, Eric Mills, Tim Harr, Stephanie Weatherford, Bryan Chrisman and Tamara Anderson. Tickets are $35 and are available at the Museum or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Heartland Festival Orchestra will present “Beethoven Triple” at Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Soloists include Michael Brown on piano, Elena Urioste on violin and Nick Canellakis on cello. Tickets are $35 for adults or $8 for kids & students and are available online at www.heartlandfestivalorchestra.com  For more information, call 309-339-3943.

Josh Thompson & Clayton Anderson will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $17 in advance $20 day of show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will present Lyle Lovett and His Acoustic Group at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Sunday beginning at 6 pm. Tickets range in price from $53 to $68 and are available at the PSO Office, by phone at 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

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Hayrides and Hotdogs will take place tonight (Thursday) at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Road in Edwards) from 5 – 7 pm. Enjoy roasted hot dogs, chips, carrots, baked beans, marshmallows and drinks, a hayrack ride and mid-1800s Autumn play party activities which include sack races and fortune telling. Children and adult costumes are strongly encouraged. Admission is $6 for ages 11 & up, $4 for ages 3 – 10 with a $25 maximum for families living in the same household. For more information, call 309-691-8423 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Fox on the Fairway continues tonight (Thursday) and runs through November 2nd with performances also on Friday, Saturday & Sunday at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. On Thursday, Friday & Saturday, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sunday, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive Trolley Tour will take place on Friday beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).  And the Haunted Peoria Tour is where you’ll hear the stories behind the ghostly appearances that have startled and puzzled Peorians through the years which takes place on Saturday beginning at 10:30 am and at 1 pm leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub.  Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature the Bill Porter 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 from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am also on Friday. 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

Wildlife Scary Park will take place from 5 – 9 pm on Friday and from 5 – 8 pm on Saturday & Sunday at Wildlife Prairie Park. Featuring a giant Trick-or-Treat Trail, haunted hayrack rides, the “Train-sylvania Express” and animal encounters, admission is $10 for a one-day pass & $15 for a two-day pass which are available online at www.wildlifeprairiepark.org/tickets  For more information, call 309-446-3395 or visit www.wildlifeprairiestatepark.org

The “Not So Scary” annual illuminated Witches Walk will take place at the Fondulac Farm Park (located at 305 Neumann Dr. in East Peoria) from 6 – 8 pm on Friday & Saturday. Tickets are $2.50 for ages 1-15 and $3 for ages 16 years & older. Express tickets for an additional $3 which cuts the waiting in line with standard ticket holders and are available for purchase now at Fon du Lac Park District Administration Center or by calling 309-699-3923.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will present Super Circus Heroes at the Peoria Civic Center beginning at 7 pm on Friday, at 11 am, 3 pm and 7 pm on Saturday and at 1 pm and 5 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $16, $21, $28, $53 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com
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Pekin Haunt will take place at the Pekin Paintball Park (located at 14444 Towerline Drive in Pekin) from 7 – 10 pm every Friday & Saturday in October. Featuring paintball guns, zombies, a haunted house and a corn maze, participants can ride on a two-story battlewagon through undead and zombie-infested territory. Tickets are $10 for the corn maze, $20 for a battlewagon ride, $10 for a 2nd battlewagon ride or $25 for the battlewagon ride, 200 paintballs & the corn maze. For more information, call 309-346-7000 or visit www.pekinhaunt.com

Spider Hill will take place at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe every Friday & Saturday in October with gates opening at 6 pm for ticket sales and attractions open from at 7 -11 pm. The Massacre Mansion and Trail of Terror attraction tickets are $10 per person per attraction. The Zombie Invasion Paintball attraction is $15 per person. For more information, visit www.threesisterspark.com/departments/index.php
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Spook Hollow and M.C.Manor Haunted Mansion will take place on Friday & Saturday from 7 – 11 pm. Tickets are $25 per person or $40 for a “Speed Pass” which allows you to skip the lines and enjoy all 3 attractions. Hosted by the Marquette Heights Mens Club, for more information, visit www.spook-hollow.com

November will be presented by the Corn Stock Winter Playhouse at the Corn Stock Theatre Center beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 students and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com
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Wesley McKinney will perform at Peoria Cabaret Theatre in the Broadway Lounge (located at The Waterhouse at 316 SW Washington Street in downtown Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $15 and are available by calling 309-494-9100.   For more information, visit www.peoriacabarettheatre.com

Brian Regan will perform in the Peoria Civic Center Theatre on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $40.75 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com

The Untamed Shrews will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday and Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $19 except for the the Friday 10:30 pm show, which is $16. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The 2nd Annual Susan G. Komen Memorial Promise Run & Relay kicks off at 7:30 am on Saturday near the Gateway Building along the Peoria Riverfront. Events include a half-marathon, two-person relay, one-mile walk and post-race party. For more information, call 309-691-6906 or visit www.komenmemorial.org

CrossFit309 for CreatiVets will take place at CrossFit 309 (located at 704 E. War Memorial Dr. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 am. Cost to participate is $40 and online registration is available at www.crossfit309.com  All proceeds benefit Creativets, a non-for-profit organization that assists veterans with emotional issues through creative arts.

Peoria Players Theater (located at 4300 N. University in Peoria) will host a Vintage Clothing and Collectibles Sale from 8 am – Noon on Saturday in the theatre lobby. For more information, call 309-688-4473 or visit www.peoriaplayers.org

The 2nd Annual Manito Volkswalk, a 5K & 10 K walk through the State Forest, and Art Bazaar, will be held at the Jake Wolf Fish Hatchery (located at 25410 Fish Hatchery Rd. in Topeka) on Saturday from 8 am – 2 pm. Free tours of the Hatchery will be available all morning and an Art Bazaar will be held in Manito from 11 – 3 pm on Broadway where art will be available for sale and viewing. The Classic Car Museum will also be open featuring antique tractors on display plus scarecrows, created by local citizens, will be displayed throughout the downtown area. Local foods will be available all day. For more information, call 309-202-0506.

The 34th Annul Bishop Hill Fiber Guild Spin-In “Shawl We Dance” will be hosted by the Bishop Hill Fiber Guild at at the Mossville Junior High and Elementary Center (located at 12207 N Galena Road in Mossville) on Saturday from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm. Spend the day creating new fiber skills and friendships at social learning centers featuring drop spindling, wheel spinning, beginning and advanced knitting, weaving, crocheting, and beading centers. Pre-registration is encouraged and is available at www.bishophillfiberguild.org/annual-spin-in.html  Cost is $5 for a shopping pass, $12 for those who pre-registered and $15 at the door. Bring your hooks, needles, spindles and spinning wheels to the event. For more information, visit www.bishophillfiberguild.org

ACS Science Rocks! will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum with applied chemistry activities on Saturday from 11 am – 4 pm and a free lecture with fun chemistry demonstrations at 4 pm by Christopher Hamaker, PhD, Assoc Professor, Inorganic Chemistry at Illinois State University. Visit all the stations for a chance to win prizes including museum passes, lab swag, and cool science stuff. No pre-registration necessary: this event is included in admission. Admission to the museum 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 Bloomington Thunder will play at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S. Madison St. in Bloomington) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $27, $18, $15, $10 with discounts for children 2-12, senior citizens and the military and are available at the US Cellular box office or by calling 309-434-2980 or online www.bloomingtonthunder.com

Two on Tap will be presented at the Illinois Central College Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25 for adults or $15 for students and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.ArtsAtICC.com

The Peoria Symphony will present “Shakespeare’s Star-Crossed Lovers – Romeo & Juliet” at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Featuring the music of three great composers: Tchaikovsky, Berlioz, and Prokofiev, tickets range from $26 to $71 and from $11 for students and are available at the PSO Box Office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

Sunday Fun Day! Why Do Leaves Change Colors? will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Sunday beginning at 2 pm. Listen to “Why Do Leaves Change Colors?” by Betsy Maestro, learn a little about fall plus make a leafy project to take home. Admission is free and do pre-registration necessary. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Tri-County Urban League Guild will host the 5th Annual Guild Jazz Brunch Fundraiser on Sunday beginning at 2 pm at the Par-A-Dice Casino Hotel Ballroom (located at 21 Blackjack Blvd. in East Peoria). Tickets are $50 and include an all you can eat buffet with the band “Soft Spoken”. Tickets are available at Tri-County Urban League Office (located at 317 S. MacArthur Highway in Peoria). For more information or tickets, call 309-672-4354.

The Peoria Barbershop Chapter Heritage of Harmony Barbershop Show will take place at Northminster Presbyterian Church (located at 10720 N. Knoxville Avenue in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 2:30 pm. Featuring traditional songs sung in barbershop style by combined Peoria & Bureau County Choruses and several chapter quartets with many sing-a-long numbers.  Tickets are $10 in advance & $12 at the door.

The Central Illinois Jazz Society will host The Romaniacs at the Landmark Recreation Center (located at 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 6 pm with the CIJS House Band opening. Featuring an authentic Django Reinhardt “gypsy jazz” experience, all tunes will be original compositions. Admission is $7 for non-members and free for students. For call 309-692-5330 or visit www.CIJS.org

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Hayrides and Hotdogs will take place tonight (Thursday) at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Road in Edwards) from 5 – 7 pm. Enjoy roasted hot dogs, chips, carrots, baked beans, marshmallows and drinks, a hayrack ride and mid-1800s Autumn play party activities which include sack races and fortune telling. Children and adult costumes are strongly encouraged. Admission is $6 for ages 11 & up, $4 for ages 3 – 10 with a $25 maximum for families living in the same household. For more information, call 309-691-8423 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

ZooBrew and Wine Too! will be held tonight (Thursday) at the Peoria Zoo (located at 2320 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) from 5:30 – 8 pm. Sample a wide variety of beers and wines with unlimited drink tastings, appetizers from local restaurants, tours of the Africa! exhibit, live music and special desserts. This event is for ages 21 & over only. Tickets are $55 and are available online HERE  For more information, call 309-681-3500 or visit www.peoriazoo.org

The Fox on the Fairway continues tonight (Thursday) and runs through November 2nd with performances also on Friday, Saturday & Sunday at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. On Thursday, Friday & Saturday, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sunday, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Central Illinois Herpetological Society will meet tonight (Thursday) at Forest Park Nature Center at 7 pm featuring a speaker, raffles, announcements of trips and exhibits and opportunities for hobbyists to interact with one another. Admission is free. The Society meets the first Thursday every month.  For more information, visit www.centralillinoisherp.com

The Bradley University Theatre Department continues its presentation of Spring Awakening at the Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 8 pm each night and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for Bradley faculty & staff and senior citizens or $9 for students and are available at the Bradley Box Office, by calling 309-677-2650 or online at www.bradley.edu/academic/departments/theatre

You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown will be performed at Eureka College Pritchard Theatre tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm each night. Tickets at $7 for students and children and $10 for adults. To reserve tickets or for more information, call 309-467-6363.

Bare the Musical continues at the Corn Stock Winter Playhouse at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park in Peoria) tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and on Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

Whisper & Shout will take place at the Contemporary Art Center tonight (Thursday) and is an open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry. Doors open at 7:30 pm, show begins at 8 pm. Admission is $4 for members or $8 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature the Galactic Cowboy Orchestra on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will also take place on Friday featuring a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members. For more information on either event, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive Trolley Tour winds along Grandview Drive and will take place on Friday beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).  And the Haunted Peoria Tour is where you’ll hear the stories behind the ghostly appearances that have startled and puzzled Peorians through the years which takes place on Saturday beginning at 10:30 am and at 1 pm leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub.  Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Tour will take place on Friday from 5 – 9 pm at 10 different locations in downtown Peoria including The Mill, Murray Center for the Arts, the Contemporary Art Center, and the Peoria Art Guild where visitors can view artist demonstrations as well as purchase pieces. For a complete map of the locations, visit www.ciaopeoria.com

Spider Hill will take place at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe every Friday & Saturday in October with gates opening at 6 pm for ticket sales and attractions open from at 7 -11 pm. The Massacre Mansion and Trail of Terror attraction tickets are $10 per person per attraction. The Zombie Invasion Paintball attraction is $15 per person. For more information, visit www.threesisterspark.com/departments/index.php
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Etta May will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday and Saturday at 7 pm & 9:30 pm. Tickets are $16 except for the the Friday 9:30 pm show, which is $13. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

ISU Redbird Hockey will take place at the US Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S Madison St. in Bloomington) on Friday beginning at 7 pm and on Saturday & Sunday at 1 pm. Ticket are $10 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the US Cellular box office or by calling 309-434-2843. For more information, visit www.redbirdhockey.com

Sponge will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 the day of show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple will be presented by Peoria Players Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $12 for adults and $9 for students 18 & under and are available at the Peoria Players Box Office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

Avenue Q continues at the ICC Theatre Department at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $9 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309- 694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria featuring live entertainment with boarding on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults $18 for senior citizens and $14 for children ages 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under. A cash bar is available. Tickets are available at the dock: no reservations are required. For more information, visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

The 7th Annual HOIDSA Buddy Walk will take place at EastSide Centre (located at 1 Eastside Center Drive in East Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 am with pre-registration, t-shirt pickup, same day registration, activities and carnival games. The Walk begins at 9:30 am and from 11 am – 12:30 pm will be the hot dog lunch. Registration is $5 per person with Down syndrome and $15 for all other registrants which includes a t-shirt, carnival activities, walk and lunch. Fore more information, visit www.firstgiving.com/hoidsa

The Annual Spoon River Drive will take place from 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday & Sunday in the towns of London Mills, Farmington, Avon, Ellisville, Mount Pisgah Park, Fairview, Canton, Cuba, Smithfield, Bernadotte. Lewistown, Ipava, Duncan Mills, the Waterford area and Astoria in central Illinois. Local businesses as well as vendors will be offering their wares. For more information, visit www.spoonriverdrive.org

The Peoria Park District will hold Peoria’s 2nd Annual PNC Worldwide Day of Play from 11 am – 3 pm at Glen Oak Park with family friendly activities throughout the park. PNC’s Mobile Learning Adventure will be on-site with children’s interactive kiosks, photo station, a craft area and a giveaway table plus the Peoria Fire Department, Illinois Army National Guard and CityLink will provide vehicles for the Touch A Truck experience. Admission is free and there will also be discounted admission to the Peoria Zoo. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org/WWDOP

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday with with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for infants 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.

Prairie Folklore Theatre will present the 12th annual Historic Springdale Cemetery Tours (located at 3014 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday & Sunday at 2 pm and 4 pm each day. Featuring portrayals of several crowd favorites from the past 10 years, such as Robert Avery, Lydia Moss Bradley, Joseph Petarde, Phoebe Buehler and others, tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children and a family pack is $30. For reservations, call 309-689-8000 or visit www.prairiefolkloretheatre.com

The Bloomington Thunder will play at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum (located at 101 S. Madison St. in Bloomington) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $27, $18, $15, $10 with discounts for children 2-12, senior citizens and the military and are available at the US Cellular box office or by calling 309-434-2980 or online www.bloomingtonthunder.com

The Drunken Zombie Drive In will take place at the Landmark Drive In on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Featuring The Selling And El Monstro del Mar, admission is $5 per person or $20 per car. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/drunkenzombiefilmfestival

Chicago Farmer will perform at the Apollo Theater (located at 311 Main Street in downtown Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Admission is $10 in advance or $13 the day of the show. For more information, call 309-673-4343 or visit www.chicagofarmer.com/shows

The Muscle On Main Strongman Competition will be held on Main Street in Morton on Sunday from 10:30 am – 3 pm. Admission is free for spectators. For more information, visit www.probodysolutions.com/events

The Peoria German-American Central Society will be host their annual Schlachtfest at Hickory Grove Park (located at 12403 Hickory Grove Rd. in Dunlap) on Sunday from Noon – 8 pm. The event will feature German Music by Vogel Musik and Al’s Pals, soccer, a shooting tent, & German gift tent, a fine arts and craft village, playground equipment for the kids and complete German dinners with sides for $10 plus sandwiches will also be available. The 5th Annual German Car Cruis’n will take place from noon until 5 pm where owners of German make cars and/or motorcycles are welcome to participate for free. For more information, visit www.peoriagermans.net

The Fine Art of Hospitality will take place at the Pettengill-Morron House Museum (located at 1212 W. Moss Avenue in Peoria) on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Tour the home and experience the elegance of life on Moss Avenue, its dramatic architecture and design, and the unique collection items of the home. Admission is $7 for adults & $3 for children ages 4-12. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The Wheels O’ Time Museum (located at 1710 W. Woodside Dr. in Dunlap) Fall Festival will take place on Sunday from 2 – 4 pm. Featuring fire trucks, a steam engine, a blacksmithing demonstration, music by the Mountain Men as well as the early Ford cars, admission is $6.50 for adults and $3.50 for children. For more information, call 309-243-9020 or visit www.wheelsotime.org

Jim Breuer will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $40 for VIP seating and $20 general seating in advance and $25 the day of show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

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The Groveland Community Library (located at 173 Washington St. in Groveland) will host its semi-annual Used Book Saletoday (Thursday) until 8 pm, Friday from 8 am – 5 pm and Saturday from 9 am – 1 pm. A wide variety of books appealing to readers of all ages will be available, including fiction, non-fiction and children’s books: fill a bag with books for $3.50. All proceeds benefit Groveland Community Library, an independent library run entirely by volunteers. For more information, call the 309-387-2816.

The Fox on the Fairway continues tonight (Thursday) and runs through November 2nd with  additional performances on Friday, Saturday & Sunday at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. On Thursday, Friday & Saturday, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sunday, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Speakeasy Art Center (located at 353 Court Street in Pekin) will host its Performance Poetry Open Mic Night tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Area poets take the stage and perform or read their original work or share their favorite piece. Admission is free and door prizes will be awarded. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own snacks. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/speakeasyartcenter

The Bradley University Theatre Department will present Spring Awakening at the Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 8 pm each night or at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for Bradley faculty & staff and senior citizens or $9 for students and are available at the Bradley Box Office, by calling 309-677-2650 or online at www.bradley.edu/academic/departments/theatre

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

Peoria Historical Society’s River City Trolley Tour winds along Grandview Drive and will take place on Friday beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).  The Abraham Lincoln Trolley Tour will take place on Saturday beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria) and will take you through Springdale Cemetery to see the final resting place of Civil War veterans and 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 Haunted Peoria Tour is where you’ll hear the stories behind the ghostly appearances that have startled and puzzled Peorians through the years which also takes place on Saturday beginning at 1 pm leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub.  Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Artists on the Boardwalk will take place at Junction City Shopping Center (located at 5901 N. Prospect Road in Peoria) on Friday from 4 – 8 pm. Local Artists will display and selling their artwork along the boardwalk along with live music. For more information, visit www.newjunctioncity.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature the Sunday Afternoon 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 on either event, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

Bare the Musical will be presented by the Corn Stock Winter Playhouse at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park in Peoria) on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

Avenue Q will be presented by the ICC Theatre Department at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $9 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309- 694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

Beyond the Headlines: Haiti in Music will be presented by Bradley University at Dingeldine Music Center (located at 1417 W. Barker in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Admission is free. Crossing Borders Collective, a Chicago-based multi-cultural classical music ensemble will perform string quartets by Haitian composers. Also, excerpts of the new documentary “Kenbe La” (“Hold On”) by Bel Son Productions, which explores music education in Haiti, will be shown.

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria featuring live entertainment on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults $18 for senior citizens and $14 for children ages 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under. A cash bar is available. Tickets available at the dock: no reservations are required. For more information, visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

Days Of The New will perform with bassist Charlie Colin from Train at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance $20 day of show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The 12th Annual Mark Linder Walk for the Mind will take place on the Peoria RiverPlex on Saturday beginning at 7:30 am. Cost is $20 for walkers, $10 children 10 and under, and free for brain tumor survivors and is available online in advance or the day of the event. For more information, visit www.marklinderwalkforthemind.org

The RiverFront Market takes place on the Peoria riverfront for the final time this season on Saturday morning from 8 am – Noon (located in the 200 Block of SW Water Street directly across from the Peoria Riverfront Museum) featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers plus local art, live music and demonstrations. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfront.com

The 28th annual Walk for Literacy will take place at Common Place Family Learning Center (located at 514 S. Shelley Street in Peoria) beginning at 8:30 am. Featuring the Bookmobile, local firemen and police, a continental breakfast and prizes, cost to participate is $25 per person or $40 for families of three or more. For more information, call 309-674-3315, ext. 15, or visit www.commonplacepeoria.org/events

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

The Autumn Gems Quilt Show 2014 will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm. Featuring 400+ quilts, bed turning, a silent auction & boutique, demonstrations, a quilt challenge, a raffle quilt, vendors, food & beverages and free parking, admission is $7, a 2 day pass is $10, children 6-12 are $1 and students with ID are half price available at the door. For more information, visit www.gemsoftheprairie.com

Born 2 Run, a 5K Run or 3K Walk, will take place at Junction City Shopping Center (located at 5901 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 10 am. The event is Dr. Seuss themed and will benefit the children at St. Jude. Meet some of Dr. Seuss’ famous characters, take photos in a whimsical setting, enjoy children’s inflatables, a dunk tank, face painting, balloons, vendors and more. Adult cost is $35 in advance or $40 the day of the event. For ages 16 & under, cost is $30 in advance and $35 the day of the event. To register, visit www.register.chronotrack.com/reg/form?eventID=9875  For more information, visit www.facebook.com/Born2Events

The Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery will host Recovery Walks! 2014 at Proctor Hospital (located at 5409 N Knoxville Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at Noon to benefit the Ameel Rashid Scholarship Fund, which helps patients in need pay for treatment at the Institute. Participation is $20 for adults, $15 for children ages 12 and under or families are $50. For more information, call 309- 671-8377.

The Peoria Historical Society and Institute for Principled Leadership at Bradley University will recognize the Honorable Ray LaHood with the 2014 deTonti Award at a special tribute dinner on Saturday at the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom beginning at 6 pm. The award honors a Tri-County individual or organization demonstrating outstanding community leadership. Cost is $150 for individuals or tables of ten are $1,500 and reservations may be made at the Peoria Historical Society Office, by calling 309-674-1921 or by visiting www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The Great Burr Oak Science Club will take place at the Pekin Speakeasy Art Center (located at 353 Court Street in Pekin) on Saturday from 6 – 8 pm. Amanda Ballard, animal behaviorist and founder/owner of Halo Animal Behavior Consulting, will present on how to improve trust and communication with our canine friends in “Dog Listening: The Science Behind Effective Communication with Dogs”. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-267-6096 or visit www.thegreatburroakscienceclub.com or HERE

Peoria Jaycees Night Golf will take place on Saturday at Fondulac Golf Course (located at 123 Par 3 Ln. in East Peoria) beginning at 7 pm. Registration cost is $25 per person or $100 per team and is available at www.peoriajaycees.org/night-golf  Teams may also register on the day of the event from 6 – 6:30 pm which includes a glow ball, glow necklace and greens fee. Prizes will be awarded for Best Men’s Team, Best Woman’s Team and Best Mixed Team. Proceeds benefit local breast cancer research and support. For more information contact peoriajaycees@gmail.com

Friends of Rocky Glen will host a Vendor Fair at Landmark Recreation Center (located at 3225 N Dries Lane in Peoria) on Sunday from 11 am – 3 pm for some early Christmas shopping. Vendors will include 8bit Panda, AdvoCare, Dove Chocolate, JammBerry Nails & Etta Lu Shoes, Mary Kay, Origami Owl, Pampered Chef, Silpada, Thirty-One and Tupperware. Benefits from the fair will help fund the Friends of Rocky Glen’s effort to build a parking lot and trail system so Peoria’s newest park can be opened to the public. For more information visit www.friendsofrockyglen.org

The St. Martin Chamber Players will present Folk Song, Fable, and Fusion, an eclectic mix of innovative sounds and timbres, at the Universalist Unitarian Church (located at 3000 W. Richwoods Blvd. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Selections include compositions by Herzogenberg, Nielson, and Copland’s Clarinet Concerto featuring Mark Filip on clarinet. Admission is free and open to the public. An offering will be accepted and a reception will follow the concert. For more information, call 309-688-5608.

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The 48th Annual Morton Pumpkin Festival will be held on the Jefferson School Grounds in downtown Morton continuing tonight (Thursday) and opens at 11 am on Friday, at 6:30 am on Saturday and at 11 am on Sunday. Featuring a carnival, live music, the Miss Morton & Pumpkin Princess pageants, a parade on Saturday, the Pumpkin Idol competition, a craft fair plus food including pumpkin specialties such as pumpkin chili, baked beans, pasta salad, pumpkin ice cream, shakes, cheesecake, cookies and of course, pumpkin pie. For full details on the festival, visit www.mortonpumpkinfestival.org

Is There Life After 50? continues tonight (Thursday) and runs through Sunday with performances on Friday, Saturday & Sunday at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. On Thursday, Friday & Saturday, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sunday, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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Blackjack Billy will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $9.73 in advance or $15 the day of the show and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

Ragime continues at Peoria Players Theatre (located at 4300 N. University in Peoria) beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for ages 18 & under and available at the Peoria Players box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

Peoria Historical Society’s River City Trolley Tour that winds along Grandview Drive takes place on Friday beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).  The Abraham Lincoln Trolley Tour takes place on Saturday beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria) and takes you through Springdale Cemetery to see the final resting place of Civil War veterans and 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 Haunted Peoria Tour is where you’ll hear the stories behind the ghostly appearances that have startled and puzzled Peorians through the years which also takes place on Saturday beginning at 1 pm also leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub.  Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature the Brazilionaires on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.  For more information on either event, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

Eastlight Theatre will present the regional premiere of Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and Sunday beginning at 2 pm in the East Peoria High School Auditorium. Tickets are $19 and are available online at www.tickets.eastlighttheatre.com  For more information, call 309-699-7469 or visit www.eastlighttheatre.com

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria featuring live entertainment on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults $18 for senior citizens and $14 for children ages 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under. A cash bar is available. Tickets available at the dock: no reservations are required. For more information, visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

Sit Down Comedy: A Piano Player in Purgatory” starring Second City Alum Dan Gillogly will be presented on Friday in The Broadway Lounge at 8 pm (located at The Waterhouse, 316 SW Washington Street in Peoria). Tickets are $20 for adults reserved seating and $15 for students and are available by calling 309-494-9100 or visiting www.peoriacabarettheatre.com  For more information, visit www.PianoMusicShow.com
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D. L. Hughley will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm, Saturday at 6 pm, 8:30 pm and 11 pm and Sunday at 8 pm. Tickets are $26 for the Friday & Saturday shows and $28 for the Sunday show. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Jammsammich will perform on Friday at the CEFCU Stage (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) with opening act Jesse RS beginning at 8:30 pm. Admission is $7. For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

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 www.peoriariverfront.com

The Dads’ Dash is a 5K/1 Mile Family Walk and will begin on Saturday at 9 am on the Peoria Riverfront (at the corners of Water St. and Harrison). The cost is $35 for all runners, $20 for walkers 12 years and older and $15 for walkers 11 years and under and includes a Post-Race Party Kelleher’s Irish Pub. The event is a fundraiser to raise money and awareness for ALS, Lou Gehrig’s Disease. For more information, call 309-267-9620 and to register, visit www.dadsdashpeoria.org

Vendor Fair for a Cause will take place on Saturday from 10 am – 3 pm at ATS (Advanced Technology Services located at 8201 N University St. in Peoria). Vendors include Usborne Books & More, 31 Bags, Scentsy, Origami Owl, Mary & Martha, Nerium, Embroidery, Norwex, Tastefully Simple, Explosion Scrapbooks, Photography, Younique and many more. All proceeds will benefit the United Way.

The American Gothic Cat Club will present its 38th Annual Cat Show at Expo Gardens from 10 am – 4 pm on Saturday and 9 am – 3 pm on Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for children aged 4-12 and senior citizens 65+ and $12 for a family. Dozens of breeds will be entered. For more information, visit www.tagcc.org

Change 150 will host it’s first of three planned town hall meetings covering issues related to District 150 Schools on Saturday at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 W. Grand Parkway in Peoria) from 10:30 am – Noon. The panel of participants for this event, covering District 3, will include Rick Cloyd, District 3 Board Member, Jon Bateman, District 3 Board Member, Dan Dugal, Change150 Vice President, John Meisinger, Former District 150 Administrator, and representatives from other Change150 coalition groups.

The Central Illinois Black Expo will take place on Saturday from 11 am – 7 pm in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Halls B and C. Admission is Free. Featuring over 100 exhibitors, a Back to School Hair Cut-a-thon with Free haircuts for kids, a career fair, raffles & prizes and much more, for more information, call 309-672-1374 or visit www.cibeltd.org

The 1st Annual Evening of Jazz With a Side of Bacon and Kegs is a music festival featuring performances by local and regional jazz performers on the CEFCU Center Stage on the Peoria Riverfront which will take place on Saturday from Noon – 10:30 pm. Bacon & Kegs is a walk around outside tasting component featuring creative bacon dishes in central Illinois. Other activities will include a Miss Bacon and Kegs Pageant, a bacon eating contest, a children’s area, the experience lounge (live feed from Twitter and Facebook) and the 5KEG Run/Walk. A joint venture between the Peoria Park District, Central Illinois Jazz Society and Plan Ahead Events, tickets are $7 for entrance from Noon – 4 pm or $10 after 4 pm. Advance tickets are also $7 and are available at Emack & Bolio’s on the RiverFront.  Find more details at www.peoriajazz.com

Super Saturday: Electricity & Magnetism will take place on Saturday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum from 1 – 2 pm where you will explore the connection between electricity and magnets, including how electricity can make magnets move, and how moving magnets can create electricity. Experiment with simple circuit boards, a Van de Graaff generator and a simple electric motor. No pre-registration is necessary and this event is included with admission. 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

A Sightseeing Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria will take place on Saturday and Sunday with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for infants 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 17th Annual Lobster Roast to benefit the Hult Center for Healthy Living will take place at Weaver Angus Farm on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. The event, a roast of Hult Executive Director Matt George, will feature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, dinner, program, dancing and a performance from country music artist Drew Baldridge. Tickets are $150 per person. For more information, call 309-692-6650 or email kwright@hulthealthy.org

Jukebox Saturday Night will perform at the Fon Du Lac Park District Administration Center (located at 201 Veterans Drive in East Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. A family friendly music variety show featuring country, oldies, gospel, top 40s and more, admission is $8 or $15 per couple. For more information, call 309-369-8487 or visit www.fondulacpark.com

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 ”Downtown Thursday” will take place on the 2nd Street Market in Chillicothe today (Thursday) from 4 – 8 pm featuring a Back to School Bash and Ice Cream Social plus a live auction, food, vendors and door prizes. For more information, click HERE

Is There Life After 50? continues tonight (Thursday) and runs through September 14 with performances on Friday, Saturday & Sunday this week at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Peoria Chiefs will take on Beloit tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6:30 pm and at 7 pm on Friday at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $10 for club box seating ($11 on Fireworks nights) and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

Monty Python’s Spamalot continues at Corn Stock Theatre tonight (Thursday) through Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm each night. Tickets are $18 for adults & $12 for students 18 & under and are available at the Corn Stock Theatre Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

The 13th Annual Amateur Tournament Semi Finals and Finals  will take place at Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) through Saturday at 8 pm. Tickets are $10 for the Thursday and Friday shows and $12 on Saturday. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Trolley Tour winds along Grandview Drive takes place on Friday beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).
The Naughty to Nice Trolley Tour takes place on Saturday beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria) and traces Peoria history from 1920′s to the present and includes stories of the city’s gangster era, including driving by the site of Peoria’s most notorious crime scene.  The “Roll Out the Barrel Tour” takes you through the earliest sections of downtown Peoria and into the Warehouse District where you’ll discover facts about distilling in Peoria also on Saturday beginning at 1 pm also leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub.  Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The Manito Popcorn Festival will take place in downtown Manito on Friday beginning at 3 pm and running through Sunday. Featuring a 1 Mile Fun Run & Walk on Saturday at 7:30 pm followed by a parade at 10 am, there will also be a battle of the bands, a petting zoo, an antique tractor pull, a lip sync contest, live entertainment, a craft show plus food through Sunday at 5 pm. For more information, visit www.manitopopcornfestival.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature the The Flying D’Rito Brothers 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 on either event, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

The 26th Annual Illinois Blues Festival will take place at Peoria Riverfront Park beginning at 6 pm on Friday and at Noon on Saturday featuring three stages of entertainment plus musician workshops, Blues Alley with arts and merchandise vendors, food and beer. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the gate for a one day admission, or $35 in advance and $40 at the gate for a two-day admission and are available at Emack’s & Bolio’s on the Peoria RiverFront & Peoria Heights and at CO-OP Records, by phone at 1-800-514-ETIX or online at www.jaytv.com  For more information, visit www.illinoisbluesfestival.com

Zoo After Dark will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Enjoy a special tour to learn about night houses, nocturnal animals and even meet some animals up close. Cost is $20 per person and pre-registration is required. To register, call 309-681-3559. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

The “End of Summer Bash” featuring Travis Porter will take place on Friday at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) beginning at 8 pm. This event is for ages 16: ages 15 & under must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are $21 for general admission seating or $40 for VIP Loft Seating (Must be 21 & over) and are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Farmington Italian Fest will take place on Saturday in Jacobs Park in Farmington beginning at 7 am with “Race the Fest”, a 5k/2 mile walk and a kids’ fun run beginning at 9 am. Featuring inflatable rides, a petting zoo, a kids activities corner, an 18 game backyard challenge, live entertainment, a kiddie tractor pull, a spaghetti eating contest plus authentic Italian cuisine and a beer tent. Admission and parking are free. For more information, call 309-245-2441 or visit www.farmingtonitalianfest.wordpress.com

The 36th Annual Zoo Run Run is a picturesque 5K run throughout the beautifully landscaped Zoo grounds and surrounding Glen Oak Park on Saturday beginning at 8:30 am for the 5K and 9:15 am for the Youth Run. Fees are $25 for Zoo members and $30 for non-members for the 5K and $12 for Zoo members or $15 for the Youth Run. The race takes place before the Zoo opens and a limited edition T-shirt is included with race registration plus admission to the Zoo and the after party. Food, prizes and awards available to all runners including participants in the fun quarter-mile Youth Run. Registration is available at HERE  For more information, call 309-681-3500 or visit www.peoriazoo.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 www.peoriariverfront.com

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria will take place on Saturday and Sunday with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm. An early cruise will also take place on Saturday from 11 – 12:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for infants 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 Pekin Diversity Festival will take place on Saturday from 1-3 pm in downtown Pekin at the Speakeasy Art Center and on Court Street between CJ’s Restaurant and Capitol Street. Geared toward 3- to 12-year-old children, children will start at the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce, where they will pick up a passport and at the end collect a prize if they visit all of the activities. Presenters will teach about cultural activities from Latin America, Scotland, Uganda, Germany, Japan, India, Arabic cultures, Thailand, Lebanon, Italy and Native American culture. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-267-2058.

The Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt 9 in Mackinaw) Annual Grape Stomp and Harvest Festival will take place on Sunday from Noon – 6 pm. Featuring live music from The Shake and a LUCY look-a- like contest, admission is $5 or free for kids 12 and under. For information on the event call 309-645-5054 or visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

The 4th Annual Party for a Purpose will take place on Sunday on the Peoria Riverfront CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing from 5 – 9 pm. This family-friendly, cancer screening awareness event will include face painting, music, balloon animals, food, door prizes and more. The event is hosted by the Comprehensive Lung Cancer Center at OSF Saint Francis, in conjunction with the Illinois Lung Institute, Central Illinois Radiological Associates, Peoria Surgical Group, Illinois Cancer Center and University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. For more information, call 309-655-3897.

Dope, (Hed)P.E., Beyond Threshold, Lydia Can’t Breathe, Left4Dead, Betrayal From Within will perform on Sunday at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 the day of the show. Tickets are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The 2014 Labor Day Parade will start in front of the Fire Station on Monroe Street and end at the Peoria Courthouse on Monday beginning at 10 am. The Labor Day Picnic will take place Festival Park following the parade featuring food and live entertainment provided. For more information, visit www.peoriaevents.com

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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 Jamm Sammich & Bubblegum Jack, a bags tournament, a carnival, a petting zoo, a beer garden & food, a pancake & sausage breakfast (on Saturday morning), crafts & vendors, a decorated bike safety rodeo, bike contest & parade, face painting and more. For complete information, visit www.villageofdunlap.com

Is There Life After 50? continues tonight (Thursday) and runs through September 14 with performances on Friday, Saturday & Sunday this week at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. On Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The Peoria Chiefs will take on Wisconsin tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6:30 pm, at 7 pm on Friday and at 6:30 pm on Saturday at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $10 for club box seating ($11 on Fireworks nights) and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

Brett Erickson will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $13 ($12 with cash payment) except for the Thursday show, which is $10. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Trolley Tour winds along Grandview Drive takes place every Friday in August beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).
The Naughty to Nice Trolley Tour takes place every Saturday in August beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria) and traces Peoria history from 1920′s to the present and includes stories of the city’s gangster era, including driving by the site of Peoria’s most notorious crime scene.  The “Roll Out the Barrel Tour” takes you through the earliest sections of downtown Peoria and into the Warehouse District where you’ll discover facts about distilling in Peoria every Saturday in August beginning at 1 pm also leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub.  Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday with with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm.  Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for infants and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com

Artists on the Boardwalk will take place at Junction City Shopping Center (located at 5901 N. Prospect Road in Peoria) on Friday from 4 – 8 pm. Local Artists will display and sell their artwork along the boardwalk along with live music. For more information, visit www.newjunctioncity.com

The Peoria Park District and the St. Patrick Society of Peoria will host the 18th annual Irish Festival, Erin Feis on the RiverFront from 4 pm – 11:30 pm on Friday, from 11:30 am – 11:30 pm on Saturday & from 9:30 am – 6 pm on Sunday. Showcasing Irish heritage through song, dance, food, drink and cultural exhibits, there will be Irish bands and musicians on multiple stages, a vendor marketplace and more. Admission is $7 before 5 pm or $10 after 5 pm, children under 12 are free, but must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is free on Sunday with a canned good donation from 9:30 – 11 am.  For more information, please visit www.erinfeispeoria.com

Hanna City Days will take place across from the Hanna City Park District Building (located at 511 N. Main Street in Hanna City) beginning at 4:30 pm on Friday, 6:30 am on Saturday and 10:30 am on Sunday. Featuring a carnival, pancake & sausage breakfast on Saturday, a 5k Race/1.5 mile walk, a parade, live music a community church service and more,  for more information, visit www.hannacityheritagedays.wordpress.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature the Change Up 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 on either event, call 309-674-6877 or visit http://www.peoriacac.org

The ICC Guest Artists Series will present Simply Streisand at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

Monty Python’s Spamalot will be presented by Corn Stock Theatre Friday through Saturday, August 30 beginning at 7:30 pm each night. Tickets are $18 for adults & $12 for students 18 & under and are available at the Corn Stock Theatre Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com
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Joey Hyde will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 the day of the show. Tickets are available 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 featuring live entertainment by Barry Cloyd & TJ Jones on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults $18 for senior citizens and $14 for children ages 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under. A cash bar is available. Tickets are available at the dock: no reservations are required. For more information, 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 www.peoriariverfront.com

Peoria County Recycling will host a Recycling Extravaganza Event at Landmark Recreation Center (located at 3225 Dries Lane in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 am – 1 pm. The one-stop, drop-off event will allow residents to recycle items without getting out of their car, including electronics, cell phones, eyeglasses, ink cartridges, batteries, CFLs, motor oil, documents for shredding and more. For a complete list of acceptable items and limits, visit www.peoriacounty.org/recycle/filesand select the Recycling Extravaganza 2014 flyer. For more information, call 309-681-2550.

The Washington Arts Festival will take place in Washington Park (located adjacent to Lincoln Grade School) on Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Featuring over 50 artists displaying their handcrafted art, there will also be a parade, visits by the Clydesdales, children’s activities on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm, bounce houses, face painting, free ice cream and children’s art activities. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-444-9413 or visit www.washingtonparkdistrict.com/news-events/fine-arts-fair

The 4th Annual Native Americans Speak event will take place on Saturday at Shore Acres Park (located at 100 Park Blvd. in Chillicothe) from 10 am – 4 pm. In conjunction with the Chillicothe Park District, the 4 Directions Healing Foundation and Native American friends will share culture from their tribal backgrounds through storytelling, speakers, food, drum/dance demonstrations and more. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-360-4836 or visit www.4directionshealingfoundation.org

The 7th Annual Muscle on Main Strongman Contest will take place on Saturday from 10 am – 3 pm on Main and Jefferson Streets in downtown Morton. The public is invited and there will be health and fitness information and food. Admission is free for spectators. For more information, visit www.mortonmagnet.com

The 26th Annual Duck Race will take place on Saturday on the Peoria Riverfront next to the Spirit of Peoria beginning at Noon. A fundraiser for the organization, cost to adopt a duck is $5. Winning ducks are selected at random when they are dumped into the Illinois river and 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 Peoria Riverfront Museum (located at 222 SW Washington St. in Peoria) will host Wine & Art Night on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Create a Rustic Woven Wall Hanging using yarn and natural materials to create a very unique piece. Participants are encouraged to bring in natural fibers, grasses, shells, seed pods, and/or items from their garden, yard, vacation or a trip to incorporate. Cost is $30 for members and $33 for non-members. Seating is limited and pre-registration is required. To register, call 309-863-3034 or for more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Sing in the Park Concert will take place at Glen Oak Park Amphitheatre on Saturday  beginning at 7:30 pm featuring Pride of Peoria Chorus with the Happy Hour Quartet. Admission is free.

The Drunken Zombie Deadly Drive In Double Feature: The Giant Spider & Horrors Of Spider Island will be shown at Landmark Cinemas Drive In on Saturday with gates opening at 8 pm and the movies starting at dark. Admission is $5 per person or $20 per car load (whichever is cheaper). Door prizes will be given away. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/521363224664249

The Behind Every Bride Bridal Showcase will take place on Sunday at the at Par-A-Dice Hotel from 11 am – 3 pm. Plan your wedding by visiting with photographers, DJs, florists, bridal gown vendors, bridal accessories vendors and more. Admission and parking are free. Enjoy fashion shows by Adore Bridal & Specialty at Noon and 2 pm. For more information, visit www.behindeverybride.com

The 8th Annual Grape Stomp will take place at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N Smith Rd in Edwards) on Sunday from Noon – 6 pm. Featuring live music by the West MacQueen Street Band, kids will also be able to play bags all day, enjoy grape train rides and a bounce house. Admission is $10 per person which Includes 3 tasting tickets for those over 21. Admission for kids 12 and under is free. To participate in the Grape Stomp, the entry fee for teams of 3 is $20 per person/$60 per team and participants receive half off gate fee. Winners receive a $100 gift certificate to the Tasting Room.   Competition proceeds benefit The Cancer Center for Healthy Living. For more information and to register to participate, visit www.kickapoocreekwinery.com

Drivin’ N Cryin’ will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $9.99 in advance or $14 the day of the show. Tickets are available at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

2 Passes to “Foot Golf” at Detweiller Park, 2 “Moonlight Cruises” on the Spirit of Peoria, 4 Tickets to the Science of Ripley’s Believe It Or Not at the Peoria Riverfront Museum & 4 Tickets to a Peoria Chiefs 2014 Season Game!

The Illinois State Fair opened this morning on the Illinois State Fairgrounds and runs from 7 am – Midnight each day through Sunday, August 17. Admission 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). Vehicle Parking per day is $7. Also available are coupon books with 10 admissions for $45 for adults & $20 for children & senior citizens. For complete information on fair activities, entertainment and carnival prices and specials, visit www.agr.state.il.us/isf
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 featuring food, a beer garden, a 5K Walk/Run, carnival rides, an arts & crafts fair, kid’s bicycle races, a bags tournament, a parade plus live entertainment including Ronnie McDowell and Panther Creek Duo. For more information, call 309-444-3908 or visit www.brimfieldoldsettlersdays.webs.com
Is There Life After 50? continues tonight (Thursday) and runs through September 14 with performances also on Friday, Saturday & Sunday this week at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. On Thursday, Friday & Saturday, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sunday, doors & the buffet open at noon and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $33 for Thursdays, $35 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $37 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com
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The CEFCU Jazz Series will take place tonight (Thursday) on the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing (located at 200 NE Water Street in Peoria) from 7 – 9 pm. Featuring the Illinois Central Jazz Train, admission is free. For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents
The Central Illinois Herpetological Society will meet at Forest Park Nature Center at 7 pm featuring a speaker, raffles, announcements of trips and exhibits and opportunities for hobbyists to interact with one another. Admission is free. The Society meets the first Thursday every month at Forest Park Nature Center. For more information, visit www.centralillinoisherp.com
The Peoria Chiefs will take on Kane County tonight (Thursday) and Friday beginning at 7 pm, Saturday at 6:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $10 for club box seating ($11 on Fireworks nights) and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com
Whisper & Shout will take place at the Contemporary Art Center beginning at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) and is 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 the Rooster Alley 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 http://www.peoriacac.org
Corn Stock Theatre continues it’s production of A Year with Frog & Toad through Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm each night. Tickets are $18 for adults & $12 for students 18 & under and are available at the Corn Stock Theatre Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com
Eastlight Theatre’s YouthLight 2014 continues with Sweeney Todd beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday in the East Peoria High School Auditorium. Tickets are $19 and are available online at www.tickets.eastlighttheatre.com  For more information, call 309-699-7469 or visit www.eastlighttheatre.com
The Illinois Shakespeare Festival will present Much Ado About Nothing beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Elizabeth Rex  on Friday at 8 pm and Antony & Cleopatra at 8 pm on Saturday at Ewing Manor (located at 617 E. Emerson in Bloomington). Tickets range from $31 – $47 for adults and $27 – $43 for students and are available by calling 309-438-2535 Monday – Friday from Noon – 4 pm, at the on site box office just prior to the performance or online at www.thefestival.org/tickets  For more information, visit www.thefestival.org
Peoria Players Theatre will present Little Shop of Horrors beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for ages 18 & under and are available at the Peoria Players box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org
Ripley’s Bizarre Buying Bazaar will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday and Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm. Get free admission to the Museum & the RIpley’s exhibit when you bring in an item for an odd-prasial (one free admission per appraised item. Ripley’s wants to buy your weird stuff: search your closets, attics, basements, and garages for oddities large or small, including collections. Edward Meyer, longtime Ripley’s curator, will bring his Bizarre Buying Bazaar to conduct oddness-appraisals and possibly purchase your items for the Ripley’s permanent collection. For more information, call 309-863-3028 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org
Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Trolley Tour winds along Grandview Drive takes place every Friday in August beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Harp & Thistle (located at 4605 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights).
The Naughty to Nice Trolley Tour takes place every Saturday in August beginning at 10:30 am leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria) and traces Peoria history from 1920′s to the present and includes stories of the city’s gangster era, including driving by the site of Peoria’s most notorious crime scene.  The “Roll Out the Barrel Tour” takes you through the earliest sections of downtown Peoria and into the Warehouse District where you’ll discover facts about distilling in Peoria every Saturday in August beginning at 1 pm also leaving from Kelleher’s Irish Pub.  Cost for each tour is $15 and seniors 65 and older ride the trolley free with proof of age and a regular ticket purchase. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 309-688-5668. For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org
The Mid-America Antique Show will be held at Expo Gardens located on Northmoor Road in Peoria (near Richwoods High School) on Friday from 11 am – 7 pm, Saturday from 11 am – 6 pm and Sunday from 11 am – 4 pm. Admission is $6 and is good for all 3 days. For more information, call 847-272-0710 or 309-691-6332 during the show.
Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with with boarding beginning at 1:30 pm and the cruise running from 2 – 3:30 pm. There will also be an early cruise on Saturday from 11 am – 12:30 pm.  Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, $10 for kids 4-12 and free for infants and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com
Soul Fest 2014 will take place in the Peoria Riverfront’s Festival Park from 6 – 11:30 pm featuring Gospel music on Friday, performances by local choirs and performers and of course, soul food. Saturday night’s headliner is R&B recording artist Ginuwine featuring songs from his multi-platinum and platinum-selling albums. Tickets for Friday’s Gospel night are $10 both in advance and at the gate. Saturday’s tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate and advance tickets for both nights are available at Emack & Bolio’s on the RiverFront, Co-Op Record Stores, Janet’s Just For You and online at www.jaytv.com  For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents
Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria featuring live entertainment on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults $18 for senior citizens and $14 for children ages 4-12 and free for ages 3 & under. A cash bar is available. Tickets available at the dock: no reservations are required. For more information, visit www.spiritofpeoria.com
Alex Mansoori will perform “Here’s to the Ladies” at the Peoria Cabaret Theatre (located The Broadway Lounge in The Waterhouse at The Maxam Building in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $15 and are available by calling 309-494-9100. For more information, visit www.waterhousepeoria.com/PeoriaCabaret
The Erotic Hypnotic will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $15 except for the Friday 10:30 pm show which is $12. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com
The 5K Duck Dash and 1 Mile Waddle Walk will take place on Saturday on the Peoria Riverfront beginning at 8 am to benefit the Center for the Prevention of Abuse. The fee to participate is $35 and registrations are available online at www.centerforpreventionofabuse.org
From break dancing to ballet, painting to fashion, cars to guitars, Ignite Peoria! has something to spark the creative passion in people of all ages at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 8:45 am with an opening ceremony and running throughout the day. The main hub of the event, located in Exhibit Halls B and C, will feature Creation Stations, World and Cultural booths, live entertainment and art demonstrations. Creation Stations will feature a range of hands-on activities such as metal stamping, caricatures, photography portraits, artistic displays, a musical instrument petting zoo. This area will also feature art on display and artists demonstrating their art in action.  The event is free and open to the public. Some events and activities will charge an additional fee. For more information, visit www.ignitepeoria.com  The Peoria Civic Center parking lots will also be free.
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 www.peoriariverfront.com
Sommer Park will host an Open House and Picnic in honor of their 50th Anniversary on Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm. Admission is free. The Prairie Shelter and playground will be available for families to bring their own picnic basket and enjoy the shelter, playground and other activities happening that day, including a birthday cake.
There will be a Bike Rodeo held at Bicycle Safety Town (located at 6518 N. Sheridan Road in Peoria) on Saturday from 10 – 11:30 am. Bring your bike to have it checked by a professional mechanic for safety. Kids who complete a safety activity will be entered to win one of 8 new bikes. Children who do not already have a helmet will receive one. For more information, call 309-682-6684.
The 85th annual Summer Festa Picnic will take place on Sunday at Hickory Grove Park (located off Illinois Route 40 north of Peoria) from Noon – 7pm. Featuring the Vince Chiarelli Band, Italian food, beverages, gift booths, a car show, children’s activities, a spaghetti-eating contest and bocce ball, admission is $3 for adults and free for children under 12. Parking is free. The event is a fund-raiser for the Italian-American Society scholarship programs. For more information, visit www.ItalianAmericanSociety.com
Sundae Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Sunday with boarding beginning at 4:30 pm and the cruise running from 5 – 7 pm featuring live music by Ted Lemen and his crew of world champion ragtime pianists. Tickets are $26 for adults or $20 for kids 4-12 and free for infants 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 Happy Together 30th Anniversary Tour will return to the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Sunday beginning at 7 pm featuring The Turtles, Flo & Eddie, Chuck Negron formerly of Three Dog Night, Mark Farner formerly of Grand Fund Railroad, Gary Lewis & the Playboys and Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels. Relive the cool rock of the ’60s, complete with plenty of timeless classics.  Tickets are $32.50, $42.50, $49.50 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets, and at www.Ticketmaster.com
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
The Pekin Park Concert Band will perform at Mineral Springs Park (located at 1701 Court Street in Pekin) on Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm. Rain location is Miller Center also in Mineral Springs Park. Admission is free – please bring lawn chairs for seating. For more information, visit www.pekinparkdistrict.org