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Bring It On will be presented by Peoria Players​ at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. A youth production featuring cast members aged 14 -20, the music for the show was written by Lin-Manuel Miranda who also composed the music for In the Heights and Hamilton. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for youth through high school and are available at the box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at

The Who’s Tommy will be presented at Eastlight Theatre​ in the East Peoria High School auditorium Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm and next Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm. The five-time Tony Award-winning musical is based upon the 1969 rock concept album and includes iconic songs such as Pinball Wizard, See Me, Feel Me, The Acid Queen and I’m Free. Tickets are $20 and are available at the box office or online at

Parade will be presented at Corn Stock Theatre (located in upper Bradley Park) Friday through next Saturday, August 12 beginning at 7:30 pm each night. Amid religious intolerance, political injustice, and racial tension, this Tony Award winning musical is a moving examination of the darkest moment in Jewish/American history and led to the resurgence of the KKK.  Tickets are $22 for adults and $17 for students aged 18 and under with ID and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at

The 2017 River City Soul Fest will take place on the Peoria Riverfront on Friday & Saturday. Friday will feature gospel music with Deveraux Hubbard and a variety of local choirs and performers including Dottie Peoples.  Admission is $5 at the gate for Friday. On Saturday, Jagged Edge and Bobby V plus many local performers will provide live entertainment.  Tickets for Saturday area $20 in advance and are available at Janet’s Just For You, the Noble Center, Co-Op Records or online at  For more information, visit

The 2017 Illinois Shakespeare Festival continues at Ewing Manor in Bloomington Tuesdays through Sundays through August 12. Shows include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare’s Amazing Cymbeline and I Heart Juliet (this show is sold out) plus The Improvised Shakespeare Company which is presented on Tuesdays. Tickets range from $16 to $49 and are available by calling 309-438-2535 Monday through Friday from Noon – 4 pm, at the on site box office just prior to the performance or online at
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The Jim Markham Swing Band will perform at the Idlewood Arts Pavillion (located at 495 E Idlewood Ave. in Morton) tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 9 pm.  Admission is free and concessions will be available. For more information, visit

The Central Illinois Herpetological Society will meet tonight (Thursday) at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) at 7 pm featuring a speaker, raffles, announcements of trips and exhibits and opportunities for hobbyists to interact with one another. Admission is free. For more information, visit

Kane Brown will perform on the Peoria Riverfront’s Festival Lawn tonight (Thursday) at 7 pm. Tickets are $20 for general admission lawn, $27 for the party pit or $37 and can be purchased at

The Penguin Players will present Once Upon a Penguin: A Musical History of the Penguin Project at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located on the East Peoria campus) at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) – Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at

Whisper & Shout will take place at the Contemporary Art Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. An open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, admission is $4 for members or $8 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Dexter O’Neal & Funk Yard on Friday from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will feature a dance lesson also on Friday from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit

Brian Posehn will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm for $15 and on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm for $20. For tickets and more information, visit

Peoria Historical Society’s Monuments and Landmarks Tour features sculptures and structures in both downtown and the north side of Peoria on Friday at 1:30 pm.  Their River City Tour winds along Grandview Drive on Friday beginning at 11 am. And their Roll Out the Barrel Tour takes you through the earliest sections of downtown Peoria and into the Warehouse District where you’ll discover facts about distilling in Peoria on Saturday beginning at 1:30 pm.  All tours leave and from the Peoria Riverfront Museum in downtown Peoria.  Tickets are $15 and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at  For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 2 – 3:30 pm as well as an early cruise on Saturday at 11 am.  Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for senior citizens, $11 for kids 4-15 and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock or online at  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

Springdale Cemetery will celebrate the 163rd anniversary of its founding by dedicating its new entrance with the dedication ceremony taking place on Friday from 4 – 5 pm at the Prospect Road entrance. There will be light refreshments and brief remarks during the ceremony. For more information, call 309-681-1400.

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

The 12th Annual Tower Park Music Festival will take place at the Peoria Heights Tower Park from 5 – 11 pm on Friday and 1 – 11 pm pm on Saturday. Featuring a variety of music from 8 local bands, admission is free and features food, a beer tent and family fun in addition to the live music. For a complete list of performers and more details, visit

Laser Light Night will be held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday featuring The Wall at 6 pm and Dark Side of the Moon at 7 pm. Admission is $7 for one show and $12 for both shows or $5 for one show or $8 for both shows for members. For more information, visit

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday from 7:30 – 9:30 pm.  Featuring live entertainment and a cash bar, tickets are $23 for adults, $21 for senior citizens 55 and up, $14 for kids aged 4 – 15 and 3 and under are free. For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit

Enjoy Live Music at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) with Ed and Judy Howard on Friday with and Blue Town on Saturday night from 8 – 11 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit

The RiverFront Market will take place on the Peoria Riverfront (located in the 200 Block of Water Street directly across from the Peoria Riverfront Museum) on Saturday and continues each week through September from 8 am – Noon.  Featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers, plus local art, live music and demonstrations, for more information, visit

Wildlife Prairie Park will host a Member Appreciation Weekend this weekend where non-members are encouraged to come see what it’s like to be a part of the Wildlife Prairie Park family. Featuring many free animal programs, crafts, chalk on the walk and grilling out, admission is $9 for adults, $6 for kids aged 3 – 12 and free for ages 2 & under and WPP members. For more information, call 309-676-0998 or visit

Jubilee College Historic Site (located at 11817 W Jubilee College Road between Kickapoo & Brimfield) will host an Open House, “Jewel in Your Backyard” on Saturday from 9 am – 2:30 pm. Featuring free tours of the college, there will also be live performances including a Civil War encampment staged by the 9th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry Company B re-enactors. For more information, visit

Sculpture Walk Peoria will conduct free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that are on display for 12 months on Washington Street between State and Fulton every Saturday. The tours will begin at the Peoria Riverfront Museum lobby beginning at 10 am and Noon. For special group or private tours at other times, call 309-676-2787. For more information about Sculpture Walk Peoria, visit

The St. Jude Run Day Fun Day will take place at the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall on Saturday from 1- 5 pm. Featuring kids activities including face painting, games, sign making to welcome runners, balloon fun plus food and drinks will be available to purchase. There will be 2 free shuttles running from Noon – 6 pm to downtown establishments that will be having live music, outdoor grilling, drink and food specials and games with proceeds benefitting St. Jude. The runners arrive at the Peoria Civic Center for the St. Jude telethon at 6 pm. For a map of locations and activities, visit

Blues in the Alley, Along the River will take place at the Pekin Boat Club (located at 1 Cooper Island in Pekin) on Saturday from 4 – 7 pm. Featuring live music by Kilborn Alley, Rooster Alley and Chris Stevens, admission is $5 or free for ages 14 & under. Bring folding chairs. Food will be available. For more information, visit

A Comedy Hypnosis Stage Show featuring Terry Grawey will take place at Peoria Pizza Works (located at 3921 N Prospect Rd, Peoria Heights) on Saturday with dinner beginning at 6 pm and the show at 7:30 pm. Cost is $15 including the dinner buffet and show. For more information or to order advance tickets, call 309-251-5531.

Concert in the Vineyard will present Heroso at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Route 9 in Mackinaw) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. There is a $5 per person band cover and free for under 12. Bring a lawn chair to enjoy lawn seating or call to reserve deck seating for an additional $5 per person. You may bring your own foods just no beverages of any kind. Wine tasting and wine, beer, sodas, pizzas, cheese & crackers, and chocolates for sale. For more information, visit

Bratfest will take place at Hickory Grove Park (located at 12403 Hickory Grove Rd. in Dunlap) on Sunday from Noon – 8 pm. Hosted by the Harmonie-Concordia Singers of the Peoria German American Society admission and parking are free. A traditional German Picnic, Bratfest features a craft beer tasting with over 50 types to sample, live entertainment, a Muscle Car, Hot Rod and Customized Motorcycle Cruis’n, arts and crafts vendors, a shooting tent and food. Entertainment will be provided by Eddie Korosa on his accordion, the Ratskeller Brummers, Lindenhof Echoes and the Peoria Volkstaenzer. For more information, visit

The Wallflowers and Better Than Ezra will perform on the Peoria Riverfront’s Festival Lawn on Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25 and are available at

Seether will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm. General admission tickets are $30 in advance and are available at

Pettengill Morron House (located at 1212 W Moss Ave. in Peoria) will hold an Open House on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Featuring the new display of Miss Morron packing her Louis Vuitton luggage for a trip to France plus souvenirs of previous trips, trained docents will be on hand.
Flanagan House (located at 942 NE Glen Oak Ave. in Peoria) will also host an Open House on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Featuring vintage handcrafted garments donated to the Historical Society by the Luthy family there are also exhibits on brewing, distilling, coal mining and the military. Tickets are $10 for adults for one home tour or $15 to tour both homes or $3 for children 6 – 12.  For more information, visit

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

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