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The Peoria Irish Festival, Erin Feis, will take place on the on the Peoria RiverFront on Friday from 4 – 11:30 pm, Saturday from Noon – 11:30 pm and Sunday from 10 am – 6 pm. Showcasing Irish heritage through song, dance, food, drink, cultural exhibits and a vendor marketplace, the Fest features live music by Giotse, Runa, Outside Track, Cuig, Here Meets There, American Rogues, Whiskey of the Damned, Wild Colonial Bhoys and Switchback in addition to several local bands on multiple stages. The Happy Hour 5k will take place on Friday with proceeds benefiting General Wayne A. Downing Home for Veterans in Peoria. Admission is $8 before 5 pm, $10 after 5 pm or get a weekend pass for $15. For more information, visit

Thoroughly Modern Millie
will be presented at Corn Stock Theatre (Iocated in upper Bradley Park) opening on Friday and running through Saturday, September 2 beginning at 7:30 pm each night. The winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, it was the 2002 season’s most awarded new show on Broadway.  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 annual Dunlap Days Festival will be held at North Park’s JFL Field (located at 100 N. Hickory Street in Dunlap) beginning at 5 pm tonight (Thursday), at 6 pm on Friday & 7 am on Saturday. There will be live entertainment by Dexter O’Neal and the Funk Yard and JammSammich, the South Side Stride 5 k Run/Walk, a carnival, petting zoo, beer garden & food, a pancake & sausage breakfast on Saturday morning, crafts & vendors, a decorated bike safety rodeo, bike contest & parade, face painting and more. Admission is free. For complete information, visit

The 2018 City of Peoria Online Budget Challenge will feature public budget discussions with an overview of the budget and online tool as well as the opportunity to talk to department heads. A special meeting will take place tonight (Thursday) at the Peoria Public Library Lincoln Branch (located at 1312 W. Lincoln Ave. in Peoria) beginning at 6 pm. Additional meetings will be held on over the next couple of weeks.  The City has also released an interactive tool that invites residents to experience the types of policy choices involved in balancing the city’s budget. The city faces a $7.9 million budget deficit for 2018 and residents are encouraged to take the challenge and provide their thoughts and feedback. Participants begin with the current deficit amount, which will increase or decrease depending on their spending choice. The goal is to balance the budget by best allocating dollars across city services. The Budget Challenge may be taken online at now through September 20th.

A Special Meeting on The Management and Operations of Municipally Owned Water Utilities of Springfield and East Peoria will take place at Advanced Medical Transport (located at 1718 N Sterling Ave. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6 pm. Representatives from the two cities will explain the advantages and disadvantages when a city owns its water utility. Panelists include Springfield Mayor James O. Langfelder, East Peoria Commissioner Tim Jeffers as well as operations personnel from each city. They will speak about how their water system is organized and managed as a public utility. Questions will include transparency, rates, capital projects and management and how those issues could play out in Peoria. Admission is free. For more information, visit

Lights, Camera, Vision! will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum’s Auditorium tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6:30 pm. Explore the world of vision through the eyes of an optometrist using words, photos, videos, and optical illusions. Dr. Tim Cundiff will help you explore the function of our visual system and the role that light plays in our lives ncluding an analysis of 3-D vision, polarization and more. Admission is free, however, registration is required and may be done online at

Kristen Lundberg will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) on Thursday at 8 pm for $10 and on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm for $12. 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 taking place on Friday at 11 am.  Their River City Tour winds along Grandview Drive on Saturday beginning at 11 am. And their Roll Out the Barrel Tour takes you through the earliest sections of downtown Peoria and into the Warehouse District where you’ll discover 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 at 2 pm.  Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for senior citizens, $11 for kids 4-15 and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock or online at  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

The 4th Friday Tazewell Art Loop will take place in Morton, Tremont, Pekin & Delevan on Friday from 5 – 9 pm. Featuring local art, performance demonstrations, live music and entertainment plus local shops and restaurants, Fourth Friday will take place through November. For more information, visit

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature the Captain Quirk 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. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit

Hanna City Heritage Days will take place Friday through Sunday at the Hanna City Park District (located at 511 N. Main Street in Hanna City) from 5:30 – 9:30 pm on Friday, 11 am – 10 pm on Saturday and from 7 am on Sunday for a community church service through 10 pm. Featuring live entertainment by Wagon Load A Trouble and Coma Toasted, there will also be a pancake breakfast, a parade, the Hanna City Hustle 5k Race, food, a beer tent and more. For more information, visit

The Peoria Chiefs will take on the Kane County Diamond Backs Friday at 7 pm and Saturday at 6:30 pm and on Sunday at 2 pm Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $11 for advance dugout seating, $10 for advance field seating, and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at

Trippin Billies will perform at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. A Dave Matthews cover band, Fletcher Rockwell will open the show.  Tickets are $18 in advance and $22 at the door and are available at the Five Points box office, by calling 309-444-8222 or online at

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

Joe Bonamassa will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $72 – $152 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster locations or online at

Enjoy Live Music at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) with Boss Trio on Friday with and David Lumsden 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

The 39th Annual Zoo Run Run benefiting the Peoria Zoo will take place on Saturday beginning at 8 am with a quarter-mile youth run and 5K Grand Prix race though the Peoria Zoo and Glen Oak Park. Registration is $30 for adults and $15 for youth and includes a t-shirt, prizes and post-race food.  Register online at

The South Side Stride 5k will take place as a part of Dunlap Days at North Park (located at 100 N. Hickory St. in Dunlap) on Saturday beginning at 8 am. Registration is $30 and $15 for the one mile walk or $50 for a family of 4 or more. All proceeds benefit the South Side Mission. For more information and registration visit

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

The 29th Annual Duck Race benefiting The Center for Prevention of Abuse will take place on Saturday beginning at Noon at Eastside Centre in East Peoria. A fundraiser for the organization, the cost to adopt a duck is $5. Winning ducks are selected at random and prizes include a $5,000 cash grand prize plus gift cards to popular retail stores and restaurants.  For more information and to adopt ducks, 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 on Saturdays. The tours start 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

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

The Museum After Dark: Laser & Light Party will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 7 – 9 pm. Explore in the “Playing With Light” exhibit after hours, watch a Pink Floyd laser light show in the Dome Planetarium and check out light & science demos in the lobby. Drinks, light snacks and one fluorescent cocktail are included with a cash bar also available. For ages 21 & over, tickets are $30 for members or $33 for the public and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at

Concert in the Vineyard will present United Groove Theory 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

Duney’s Defense will host the 3rd Annual Drug Overdose Awareness Walk at Wallace Park in Canton on Sunday from 1 – 3 pm. Featuring education, resources and drug overdose prevention information. In addition to the memorial walk, there will be a variety of speakers and a free naloxone training and distribution session. The guest speaker is Chad Sabora, cofounder of the Missouri Network for Opiate Reform and Recovery. For more information, visit

The 11th Annual Grape Stomp will take place at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N Smith Rd in Edwards) on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. Featuring live music by the West MacQueen Street Band, kids will also be able to play bags all day, enjoy grape train rides, plus a bounce house and a balloon artist will be on hand. Admission is $10 per person which includes 3 tasting tickets for those over 21. Admission for kids 12 and under is free. For more information, visit

Pioneer Days will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 Koerner Road in Edwards) on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Step back in time and experience 19th Century life in rural Peoria County. Featuring various activities including hand dipping candles, blacksmithing, school lessons, woodworking, chores, pioneer cemetery tours, hayrides and livestock care, this month will also cover using herbs for cooking & medicine.  Admission is $3 for ages 4 & up. For more information, call 309-691-8423 or visit

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