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A Partial Solar Eclipse Viewing Party will take place at Sun Plaza at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Monday from 11:30 am – 1:45 pm. The Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 will be visible in a narrow path across the United States and in Peoria, the sun will be 93% eclipsed by the moon. Activities include looking through solar telescopes & pinhole projectors, astronomy experts available to answer questions, family activities, eclipse viewing shades & snacks available for purchase plus real-time streaming of the total solar eclipse in the Dome Planetarium. Admission is free for most activities, however regular admission applies to Museum galleries and planetarium shows (eclipse streaming is free). This event will be outside with limited seating provided. If you would like to sit, you are welcome to bring your own folding or camp chair. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Illinois State Fair continues on the Illinois State Fairgrounds today (Thursday) through Sunday from 7 am – midnight each day. Admission is $10 for adults (ages 13 – 59), free for children up to 12 and $3 for senior citizens (ages 60+). Parking is $5. For complete information on fair activities, entertainment and carnival prices and specials, visit www.illinois.gov/statefair

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council will present “Regional Instability: The Legacy of the Arab Spring” at the IVY Club (located at 5102 N Galena Rd. in Peoria Heights) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Nathan Brown, Director of the Institute for Middle East Studies at George Washington University, will be the guest speaker. Tickets are $10 for PAWAC members and $15 for the general public. For more information, email director@pawac.org

The CEFCU Thursday night Jazz Series will take place at CEFCU Center Stage on the Peoria Riverfront tonight (Thursday) from 7 – 9 pm. Featuring Tom Marko’s Inner Light, admission is free and underwritten by CEFCU and the Illinois Jazz Society. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

Jeff Bailey will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm for $10 and on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm for $15. For tickets and more information, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Peoria Historical Society’s Monuments and Landmarks Tour features sculptures and structures in both downtown and the north side of Peoria on Friday at 11 am.  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 www.riverfrontmuseum.org  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, 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 www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature the Derel Monthieth Trio 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. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members.  For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory will be featured at Family Movie Night in the ICC Performing Arts Center (located on the ICC East Peoria Campus) on Friday beginning at 6:30 pm. Admission is $2 and concessions will be available. For more information, call 309-694-5136 or for tickets, visit www.iccticketing.com

The Peoria Chiefs will take on the Clinton Mariners Friday and Saturday at 7 pm and at 2 pm on Sunday at 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 www.PeoriaChiefs.com

An old-fashioned Barn Dance will take place at the Shore Acres Clubhouse (located at 100 Park Blvd. in Chillicothe) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Live music will be provided by the string band The Mound City Slickers and callers Jim Hicks and Gail Hintze teach all the dances: beginners are welcome. Prior to the dance, there will be an introduction to barn dance basics. Admission is $7 for adults with a family maximum of $20. Please bring a snack to share. For more information and directions, call 309-274-5358 or 309-274-2228.

Swing Is Back will take place at the Monte Cristo Room (383 Old Germantown Road in Germantown Hills) on Friday with a lesson from 7 – 7:45 pm and dancing from 7:45 – 11 pm. Lesson and dance are $7 for singles or $10 for couple. Dance only is $5 for singles or $8 per couple. For more information, call 309-685-1950

Railroad Earth will perform with Still Shine on the Peoria Riverfront’s Festival Lawn on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the gate and are available online at jaytv.com/events/railroad-earth

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 www.SpiritofPeoria.com

Enjoy Live Music at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) with Kevin Hart on Friday with and Three and a Half Men on Saturday night from 8 – 11 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

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 http://visitdowntownpeoria.com

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

Hike for Hunger will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5823 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8:30 am. Benefiting the South Side Mission, registration is $20 for individuals, $50 for families and includes a t-shirt, hike premium and the opportunity to earn trail tickets for the prize table items. Featuring family friendly trail hikes, Fun on the Run inflatables, prizes, snacks and a silent auction, participants are encouraged to bring donations for the food bank and household items that will be taken to one of the three South Side Mission Marts. For more information and to register, visit www.southsidemission.org

A Behind the Scenes Tour will take place at Peoria Zoo (located at 2320 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 – 10 am. Learn about the animals and how they are cared for by the zookeepers. Cost is $24 and includes zoo admission: registration is required. For reservations call 309-681-3559. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

The 5th Annual Native Americans Speak event will take place at Shore Acres Park (located at 100 Park Blvd. in Chillicothe) on Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm. Featuring the 4 Directions Healing Foundation and other Native American friends sharing culture from their tribal backgrounds. There will be storytelling, speakers, activities with the Pimiteoui Cultural Center, vendors, food, a pow wow with music and dance and more. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-360-4836 or visit www.4directionshealingfoundation.org

The Washington Arts Festival will take place in Washington Park near Grange Shelter (located adjacent to Lincoln Grade School) from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday & from 10 am – 4 pm on Sunday. Featuring fine art exhibitors, children’s activities, live music & food. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-444-9413 or visit www.washingtonparkdistrict.com

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 www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

The 4th Annual Back to School Bash will be held at AlignLife (located in the Metro Center at 4700 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday from 11 am – 1 pm. Featuring free backpack checks, scoliosis screenings and technology safety information plus how to use essential oils for first aid, facts about saving for college in addition to healthy lunch and snack ideas. For kids, there will be a bouncy house, tattoos, kid’s yoga, “Chiro Kenny”, free food and door prizes including a $5000 Back to School Shopping Spree plus students from Tricoci University will be offering hair styles, tinsel, and colored hair chalking for kids. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-689-6200 or visit http://alignlife.com

India Fest 2017 will take place at the CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing (located at 200 Northeast Water Street in Peoria) on Saturday from 3 – 9 pm. Featuring live music, authentic Indian cuisine, traditional Indian dancing, fashion, artifacts, textiles, jewelry and culture, admission is $6 in advance or $8 at the gate for ages 11 & up, ages 10 and under are free. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The Delavan Cruise-In will take place on historic Locust Street in downtown Delavan on Saturday from 4 – 8 pm. Featuring cars and giveaways, for more information, visit www.facebook.com/delavancruisers

Concert in the Vineyard will present The Shake 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 www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

Dogs of Society, An Elton John Tribute, will be presented by the ICC Guest Artists Series at the ICC Performing Arts Center on the East Peoria campus on Saturday beginning at 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 http://iccticketing.com

A Concert Cruise featuring the band Still Shine will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets are $30 and are available by calling 309-637-8000 or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com

The Peoria Triathlon will be held on the Peoria Riverfront (located at 200 NE Water St., Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 8 am. Including a 500 yard swim, a 13 mile bike ride and a 5k run, both relay or individual registrations are available. Early registration fee is $50 for college students, $60 for individuals, and $95 for relays with a maximum of 300 participants. For more information visit www.peoriatriathlon.com

Carload Day will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park on Sunday from 9 am – 6:30 pm. Each car with up to 8 people will be admitted for $15 plus $5 for each additional person and this cannot be combined with other discounts or coupons. For more information, visit http://wildlifeprairiepark.org

Pigs & Swigs will take place in the Peoria Warehouse Historic District on Sunday from Noon – 8 pm. A street party featuring a hog roast with pulled pig, pig wings, bacon logs and more, craft beers plus live music from Ha Ha Tonka, Jeremy David Baker, Alex and the XO’s, Sarah & The Underground, Harvest Sons and The Underground School of Sound. Admission is free. Proceeds from food & beverage sales will benefit WTVP-TV. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1714551992180632

The Peoria Prowlers Roller Derby will host a Mixer at Planet X Rollerworld (located at 2075 Edgewater Dr (Rt 98) in North Pekin) on Sunday beginning at 1 pm. Skaters from the Midwest will compete in two games including junior skaters. Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door. For more information, visit www.prowlersderby.com

The Nathan Taylor Band will perform during the monthly Central Illinois Jazz Society concert series at the Trailside Event Center above Trefzger’s Bakery (located at 4416 N Prospect Road in Peoria Heights) on Sunday at 7:15 pm. The house band under the direction of Larry Harms will open at 6 pm. Admission is $6 for members, $8 non-members and free for students. For information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.cijs.org

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