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Elf Jr. will be presented by Community Children’s Theatre at Peoria Players Theatre (located at 4300 N. University St. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) – Saturday at 7 pm and on Saturday & Sunday at 1:30 pm. With a cast of over 60 students aged 8-18 from the Peoria area, this musical based on the classic movie tells the story of Buddy the Elf who brings his love of Christmas to all he encounters. Tickets are $15 for adults and $9 for senior citizens and kids ages 12 and under and are available at Peoria Park District’s Noble Center (located in Lakeview Park) or online at www.cctpeoria.org/tickets

Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat continues at Eastlight Theatre in the East Peoria High School Auditorium beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. The 27th annual production of the musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice tells the story of Joseph and his eleven brothers, tickets are $20 and are available online at www.eastlighttheatre.com

Gifts of the Magi continues as part of Corn Stock Theatre’s Winter Season (Iocated in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. A musical based on a famous Christmas story by O. Henry and partially based on his other work entitled The Cop and the Anthem, it’s the story of Jim and Della Dillingham, an out of work and penniless couple trying to survive in New York City in 1905. The perfect family show for the Christmas season illustrating the consequences and significance of the act of giving, tickets are $20 for adults & $14 for students through high school and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

The 34th Annual Stocking Stuffer Store is currently running at Northwoods Mall & the Shoppes at Grand Prairie through December 17 where children ages 12 and under can shop (with the assistance of a volunteer) for holiday presents for parents, grandparents, siblings while parents relax in a seating area located outside the store. Gifts range from $1 – $15. Locations & hours are: Thursdays and Fridays from 4 – 8 pm, Saturdays from 10 am – 8 pm and Sundays from noon – 5 pm at Northwoods Mall and Saturdays & Sundays from noon – 5 pm at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie. All proceeds benefit Crittenton Centers. For more information, call 309-674-0105 or visit www.crittentoncenters.org

A Health Career Exploration Fair will take place at Illinois Central College’s Peoria campus (located at 5407 N. University Street in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Learn about two-year or four-year degree and beyond, discover career opportunities in the local healthcare industry and tour ICC’s new state-of-the-art digital and interdisciplinary simulation and skills labs. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.icc.edu

Winterfest featuring ice skating outside continues on the corner of Fulton St and Jefferson Ave. (adjacent to the Peoria Civic Center).  Admission is $10 with skate rental, $8 with your own skates, $5 for children 3 and under. For full details including hours and other special promotions, visit www.pncwinterfest.com

A Nature Art Show and Sale Open House continues at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) through New Year’s Eve weekdays and Saturdays from 9 am – 5 pm and Sundays from 1 – 5 pm (except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day). Featuring a variety of media and unique artwork all created by local artists, items include original nature-related photographs, paintings, woodcarvings, handmade jewelry and more. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Folepi’s Winter Wonderland continues through New Year’s Eve at the VFW Post 2078 Park off Springfield Road (located at 123 Par 3 Lane in East Peoria). The drive-through electric park is the Festival of Lights’ signature event featuring the majority of the Parade of Lights floats and many other lighted displays. Hours are 5 – 9 pm Sundays through Thursdays and 5 – 11 pm on Fridays & Saturdays. Cost is $10 for all vehicles excepts full size buses, which are $150. For more information, visit www.folepi.org

The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged) will be performed in The Broadway Lounge at The Waterhouse (located at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday with a dinner buffet beginning at 6:30 pm and show at 7:30 pm. Featuring festive, funny, physical, family fun as Three Wise Guys perform a variety show and Christmas pageant by themselves, dinner and the show is $40 for adults. For tickets and information, visit www.broadwaypeoria.com

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

Josh Wolf will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) for $15 at 8 pm and Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm for $20. For tickets, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Whisper & Shout will take place at the Contemporary Art Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. An open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, admission is $4 for members or $8 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Bill Porter’s Time Machine 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 www.peoriacac.org

Santa’s Wildlife Express will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park (located at 3826 N Taylor Rd. in Hanna City) Friday 4 – 8 pm, Saturday 2 – 8 pm and Sunday 2 – 7 pm. Ride the train through the decorated woods, enjoy a night with Santa and Mrs. Claus, decorate a holiday cookie to take home, watch the animals open their gifts, create holiday crafts and games or enjoy a snack, hot chocolate or a full meal. Cost is $11 for members and $13 for the public and reservations are required. To make reservations, call 309-676-0998 or visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

A Garden Christmas Party will be held at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday from 5 – 7:30 pm. Featuring the main poinsettia display, music, prizes, the Hall of Christmas trees, s’mores, a lighted fairy garden and more, admission is $8 for adults and $6 for children. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

A Night in Bethlehem will take place at the Chillicothe Christian Church (located at 510 W. Frances St. in Chillicothe) on Friday from 5 – 8 pm. Experience entering the ancient city of Bethlehem, being counted in the census, exploring the Marketplace, taste authentic foods, make crafts and “visit” with Joseph & Mary as they hold their newborn baby. Admission is free, although non-perishable food items will be collected to donate to the local food pantry. For more information, visit www.chillicothechristian.net

Yuletide Homicide, a murder mystery dinner, will take place at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Route 9 in Mackinaw) on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm with a wine tasting and cast mingle. Admission is $45 and includes 3 complimentary wine samples per guest plus a buffet dinner served after the first act. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 309-359-9463. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos will take place in the Broadway Lounge at the MAXAM Building (located at the corners of Liberty and Washington in Downtown Peoria) on Friday & Saturday with dinner seating beginning at 6 pm. Admission for the dinner & show is $40 per person. For information or reservations, call 309-494-9100 or visit www.broadwaypeoria.com

Experience a nighttime stroll on a forest path lit with luminaries at the Holiday Shop and Stroll at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Friday & Saturday from 6 – 8:30 pm. Featuring live holiday music, storytelling, caroling, wassail, goodies and more, admission is free however donations are appreciated. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

The POPS Orchestra Christmas Concert will take place at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Enjoy classic Christmas favorites with guest soloists Nichole Fauser and Austin Shaw. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and $8 for students and groups of 10 or more and are available at www.fivepointswashington.org

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Huntsville Havoc at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:15 pm. Tickets are $18 and $21 for lower bowl tickets and $11 and $13 for upper bowl tickets in advance or $1 more the day of the game and are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at http://ticketmaster.com

The Santa Cause 5K will begin and end at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Saturday at 8 am. Proceeds benefit Neighborhood House. Registration is $40 for a standard sized Santa suit, $35 for a kids sized suit and $50 for a plus-sized suit and also includes a souvenir finisher ornament, a sponsor swag bag, on-site Christmas goodies and 1 free beer. The Kids 1 Mile Reindeer run is $20. For more details and to register, visit www.peoria.org/santa5k

The 11th Annual Midwest Open Indoor Archery Tournament will take place at the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall on Saturday from 8 am – 5 pm. Admission is free for spectators. For more information, click HERE

The 10th Annual Santa Train will take place  on Saturday featuring Santa Claus who will make six stops along the railroad line to visit children, provide railroad safety demonstrations and to confirm their Christmas lists. Admission is free. The schedule includes Mapleton at Mapleton Road – 8:30 am arrival, Glasford at Oak Street (near City park) – 9:35 am arrival, Breeds at Co. Road 23 – 11:20 am arrival, Canton at 2nd Avenue (near former TP&W Railroad Office) – 1:30 pm arrival, Cuba at 3rd Street – 3:45 pm arrival and Smithfield at Main and Front Street – 5:15 pm arrival. Santa will arrive at each location by train and will visit with the children aboard his holiday caboose. For more information, visit www.pioneer-railcorp.com

The Gifting Hope Market will take place at Life Together Center (located at 3625 N. Sheridan Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm. An alternative of gifting, you can select from 25 nonprofit organizations where the item/gift you purchase is given in honor of a loved one. Instead of purchasing a tangible gift, their donation will be used to fund a specific need of the nonprofit such as a week’s worth of food for a family living in a shelter. Upon purchase of the gift, the recipient will receive a card describing the gift and charity to which it was given signed by the shopper. For more information, call 309-691-6322.

Experience a bit of Old World Christmas Magic at the 8th Annual Kristkindlmarkt which will take place at the Lindenhof (located at 7601 N. Harker Drive in Peoria) from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday and from 11 am to 5 pm on Sunday. Featuring over 25 area vendors offering a variety of arts and crafts perfect for Holiday gift giving as well as baked goods plus imported items from Germany and Austria and a visit from Kristkindl (Santa Claus). Hosted by the Harmonie-Concordia Singers of the Peoria German-American Society, there will be live entertainment plus food available typical of the Kristkindlmarkts such as bratwurst, weinerschnitzel, homemade strudel, glühwein, hot chocolate, Bavarian pretzels, and German beer. For more information, visit www.peoriagermans.com

Christmas on the Ghost Front will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Rd. in Edwards) on Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm. See how American and German soldiers lived on the Belgium front during a cold December in 1944. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://centralilww2.com

The 2nd Annual Outdoor Holiday Market will take place at One World (located at 1245 W Main St. in Peoria) on Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm. Inspired by outdoor European holiday markets, you’ll find mulled wine, hot spiced cider, and hot chocolate and handmade holiday gifts and art from local artists.

A Holiday Porch Pot Demonstration will take place at Green View Garden Center (located at 2700 W Cedar Hills Dr. in Dunlap) on Saturday from 10 am -11:30 am. Watch the demonstration and create your own porch pot using supplies provided by the garden center. Cost for materials used in creating a porch pot will vary based upon materials. For more information, call 309-243-7761.

A Holiday Lunch Show Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria from Noon – 2:30 pm on Saturday featuring Barry Cloyd and Brian “Fox” Ellis from Prairie Folklore Theatre. Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for children 4 – 15.  Reservations are required.  To reserve your spot and for more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com
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Lightwire Theater: A Very Electric Christmas will be presented at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 1 pm and 4 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

The Peoria Ballet will present the Nutcracker Ballet at the Peoria Civic Center Theater at 2 pm and 7:30 pm on Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Featuring a live performance of the classic music by the Heartland Festival Orchestra, tickets range from $9 – $39 and are available at the box office by calling 800-745-3000 or online at http://ticketmaster.com  For more information, call 309-690-7990 or visit www.peoriaballet.org

This Christmastide: A Service of Lessons & Carols will take place at the First United Methodist Church of Peoria (located at 116 NE Perry Ave. in Peoria at 6 pm on Saturday (Spanish translation available) and at 11 am on Sunday. Celebrate the Christmas Season with the Sanctuary Choir, the Bells of Praise, the Festival Orchestra and a host of readers. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-673-3641 or visit www.MusicatFirst.com

The 8th Annual Apollo Christmas Carol Songfest will take place at the Apollo Theatre (located at 311 Main St. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. Live music performed by Edith Barnard and Wes Sedrel will precede a showing of Jimmy Stewart’s “It’s a Wonderful Life”. Admission is $5 and includes holiday treats. For more information, call 309-673-4343.

Enjoy Live Music at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday night beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

An Open House for the exhibit, “Journey through Advent with Rolan Johnson” will take place at First United Methodist Church (located at 116 NE Perry Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring a collection of mosaic prints by the celebrated Peoria printer, Rolan Johnson, the prints were created with a silk-screen process of forcing paint through cut out parts of a stencil on a fabric screen onto the paper, hot cider and cookies will be provided. Admission is free. The exhibit continues through the end of December. For more information, call 309-673-3641 ext 130 or visit www.fumcpeoria.org/fostergallery

GWAR will perform its the Blood Of Gods Tour Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Advanced general admission tickets are $20 and $25 for Party Pit tickets and are available at www.limelighteventplex.com

Breakfast with Santa will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park on Sunday from 10 am – 1 pm. Featuring a buffet breakfast brunch, the cost is $14.95 for adults, $9.95 for children ages 3-12 and free for ages 2 and under and includes admission for the day. Reservations may be made by calling 309-676-0998 ext. 200. For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

The Annual Peoria Sing-It-Yourself Messiah will take place at First Federated Church (located at 3601 N Sheridan Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 2:30 pm. Dr. John Jost of Bradley University returns to conduct the full orchestra as well as the soloists and choir. Admission is free and no vocal experience necessary. For more information, visit www.ffcpeoria.com

What the Dickens will be performed by Doug Day at the Grand Army of the Republic Hall (located at 416 Hamilton Blvd. in downtown Peoria) on Sunday at 3 pm. Actor Doug Day will read selected portions of the novel, accompanied by Charles Killen, Jeff Sloter, Keri Rae, Cheri Beever and Charles Brown with a high tea served during intermission with recorder music. A fundraiser for the GAR Hall, donations will be accepted at the door. For more information, call 309-694-1767.

The Harlem Globetrotters will take on the Washington Generals at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Tickets range from $15 to $93 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at http://ticketmaster.com

An Old Time Folk and Country Jam will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Sunday from 3:30 – 5:00 pm. Bring your guitar, fiddle, banjo or other acoustic instrument for a jam session.  Admission is free, however donations are requested. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols will be presented at Westminster Presbyterian Church (located at 1420 W. Moss Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 4 pm. Admission is free: a goodwill offering will be collected. For more information, call 309-673-8501.

The Prairie Wind Ensemble Winter Concert will be performed at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Sunday beginning at 4 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and senior citizens and free for kids aged 12 & under and are available at the door. For more information, visit www.prairiewindensemble.com

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La La Land in Concert will be presented by the Peoria Symphony at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring the film played on a large screen on stage with the original voices singing and speaking, the score will be played live by the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. Before the show, the lobby will be transported to a real Hollywood film opening complete with a red carpet, lights, paparazzi and interviews. Tickets range from $20 to $95 and from $10 for students and are available at the PSO Box Office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

Spider Hill continues at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe every Friday and Saturday in October with gates opening at 6 pm for ticket sales and attractions open from at 7 -11 pm. Massacre Mansion, Trail of Terror and Zombie Invasion paintball attraction tickets are $10 per person per attraction or a wristband good for all three attractions is $25. A fast pass is also available for $17 per attraction or $40 for all three. For more information, visit www.threesisterspark.com

A Citywide Celebration of Women in the Arts continues through November 19 throughout the Peoria area. Highlighting the wide range of creative talent among women in Peoria, explore this special selection of visual, performing and literary arts events and programs. For more information with a full schedule, visit www.artspartners.net/ccwa

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 including 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 & Wine Too! will take place tonight (Thursday) at the Peoria Zoo (located at 2320 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) from 5:30 – 8 pm. Socialize and sample a selection of beer and fine wine from local vendors as you explore Africa! after hours. Featuring appetizers, dessert, a raffle, and live music, guests must be 21 or over to attend. Tickets are $60 and are available by calling 309-681-3500 or online at www.peoriazoo.org

The Junior Achievement Scares & Spares Bowl-a-Thon will take place at Landmark Lanes in Peoria tonight (Thursday) beginning at 5:30 pm. Donations of $75 include one game of bowling, shoe rental, food, drinks, and a JA Bowl-a-Thon t-shirt. All proceeds benefit Junior Achievement. For more information, call 309-682-1800.

The Riverfront Museum Classic Film Series will premiere with Saving Private Ryan at the Giant Screen Theatre tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6 pm. Presented by Mark Spenny, President & CEO of CEFCU, tickets are $8.50 for adult members or $10.50 for adults, $6.50 for child members or $8.50 for children ages 3 – 17 and $7.50 for senior citizen members or $9.50 for senior citizens and are available at the box office or online at www.riverfrontmuseum.org

Little Women, The Musical will be presented by Bradley University at the Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts on the Bradley Campus tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. Louisa May Alcott’s beloved classic comes to life in this acclaimed musical filled with the sound of a young America discovering its voice. Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $5 for students from any school and are available at the Hartmann Center Box Office, by calling 309-677-2650 or online at http://theatre.bradley.edu

Motown the Musical will be presented at the Peoria Civic Center Theater tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets range from $37 – $67 and are available at the at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or online at http://ticketmaster.com

The Church Youth Garage Sale will take place at Trinity Lutheran (located at 135 NE Randolph Ave. in Peoria) from 8 am – 6 pm on Friday and from 9 am – Noon on Saturday. Find furniture, housewares, appliances, collectibles, toys, clothing for all ages, games, antiques, snowblowers, art, and more. Admission is free and all proceeds benefit the church’s youth ministries. For more information, call 309-676-4609.

Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive and Springdale Cemetery Tour winds along Grandview Drive every Friday in October beginning at 11 am  And their Haunted Peoria Tour is where you’ll discover the stories behind the ghostly appearances that have startled and puzzled Peorians through the years taking place every Saturday in October beginning at 11 am and 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

The 2017 48-hour Filmmaker Fest will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Friday through Sunday. On Friday at 5 pm, this year’s theme will be announced along with a line of dialogue and an object that the film must include. Filmmakers will then have 48 hours to create a 3 – 5 minute film to submit. The top 25 films will be screened at the Giant Screen Theater on Saturday, October 28 at 6 pm where the winner, runner-up as well as a “people’s choice” winner will be announced. Admission to the screening is free. There is a $10 fee to participate as a filmmaker and registration is available online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Wildlife Scary Park will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park (located at 3826 N Taylor Rd. in Hanna City) from 5 – 9 pm on Friday, from 2 – 10 pm on Saturday and from 2 – 8 pm on Sunday. Featuring a giant Trick-or-Treat Trail, haunted hayrack rides, the “Train-sylvania Express” and animal encounters, the “not-so-scary” version will run prior to 7 pm each night. A “Fun Zone” is also available featuring activities like Knockerball, Laser Tag, Pumpkin Chuckin’ for an additional $5. Admission is $10 or $8 for WPP members or free for ages 2 & under and are available online at www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature the Groove309 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 from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero also on Friday 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

The “Not So Scary” annual illuminated Witches Walk will take place at the Fondulac Farm Park (located at 305 Neumann Dr. in East Peoria) on Friday & Saturday from 6 – 8 pm each night. Tickets are $2.50 for ages 1-15 and $3 for ages 16 years & older. Express tickets for an additional $4 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.

Creatures of the Night will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Friday from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Featuring a presentation on nocturnal animals, a Trick-or-Treat trail, stories by the campfire, seasonal refreshments and other activities, admission is $5 at the door.

A Barn Dance will be held at Shore Acres (located at 100 Park Blvd. in Chillicothe) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring the local Irish band, Turas, beginners may learn the dances at 6:45 pm. Admission is $7 for adults with a $20 family maximum. Participants are asked to bring snacks. For more information, call 309-274-5358.

A Wine & Art Night with Zac Zetterberg where you can paint your own Warhol will take place at the Riverfront Museum on Friday on Friday from 7 – 9 pm. Zetterberg, local artist and the Museum’s Assistant Curator of Art, will guide you in creating a unique Andy Warhol inspired piece of pop art featuring your favorite celebrity or figure. Cost is $30 for members or $33 for the public and includes all materials, wine and light snacks. Participants must be 21 or older and seating is limited.  Registration is available by calling 309-686-7000.

Halls of Horror will take place at Hero’s Hall (located at 601 Rusche in Creve Coeur) on Friday & Saturday from 7 pm – Midnight. A new haunted attraction this year, there is also a kid-friendly area. Admission is $10 in cash. For more information, call 309-370-1858 or visit www.facebook.com/crevecoeurhallsofhorror

Spook Hollow with the M.C.Manor Haunted Mansion and the M.C. Nightmare 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 or $60 for a VIP guided tour. Hosted by the Marquette Heights Mens Club, for more information and to order tickets online, visit www.spook-hollow.com

The Haunted Infirmary continues at the Bartonville Insane Asylum (located at 4500 Enterprise Dr. in Bartonville) every Friday and Saturday night in October from 7 pm – 1 am. Tickets are $15 and are available at the gate until midnight or online until capacity has been reached. Recommended for ages 14 and up, for tickets or more information, call 309-241-3113 or visit www.hauntedinfirmary.org

Pekin Haunt continues at the Pekin Paintball Park (located at 14444 Towerline Drive in Pekin) from 7 – 10 pm every Friday & Saturday in October with tickets on sale beginning at 6 pm. 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

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday with boarding beginning at 7 pm and the cruise running from 7:30 – 9:30 pm.  Live entertainment is provided and a cash bar will be available. Tickets are $23 for adults, $21 for senior citizens 55 and up, and $14 for kids aged 4 – 15 and infants are free. Reservations are not required. 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) on Friday and Saturday night from 8 – 11 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

Night of Champions will take place at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday at 8 pm for $12. For tickets and more information, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Here Come the Mummies will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Advanced general admission tickets are $20 and are available at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Fall Vintage Clothing & Collectibles Sale will be held in the Peoria Players Theatre lobby on Saturday from 8 am – Noon. Just in time for Halloween, find clothing and accessories from all eras. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-688-4473.

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will host the Beat Beethoven 5K Run/2-Mile Walk on the Peoria Riverfront on Saturday beginning at 9 am. Challenging runners to finish the course before Beethoven’s famous 5th Symphony finishes (approx. 33 minutes), entry fee is $35 and includes a t-shirt and light-up baton. Register online at http://register.chronotrack.com/r/32694

The Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery’s Annual 5K Run/1 Mile Walk Fundraiser will take place at Junction City Shopping Center on Saturday beginning at 9 am. Fees are $25 for adults for either the run or walk or $20 for youth 17 & under. All proceeds go to the Ameel Rashid Scholarship for addiction recovery. Register by calling 309-691-1055 or online at https://register.chronotrack.com/r/31530

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 taken care of. Cost is $24 and includes zoo admission. Registration is required. For reservations call 309-681-3559. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

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 through October 28. 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 www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

The 11th Annual Autism 5k & Walk will be held at Bradley Park on Saturday beginning at 10 am. Cost to participate is $30 for the 5k, $25 for the walk, $15 for kids run/walk and $75 for a family walk package including 2 adults and up to 3 children (ages 18 and under – $10 for each additional child). In addition to the walk, there will be a resource fair, silent auction and more. For more information visit www.autismpeoria.com

The Peoria Park District will hold its Annual Fall Book Sale in the Noble Center (located in Lakeview Park in Peoria) lobby and downstairs auditorium of the Noble Center, featuring thousands of gently used books. Hours are 10 am – 6 pm on Saturday, Noon – 5 pm on Sunday with all items discounted by 50% and from Noon – 7 pm on Monday with all items 75% off. For more information, call 309-681-2681.

Paw Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure will take place at the Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington at 10 am and 2 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Tickets are $23, $29, $39, $54 and $114 and are available at the box office, by calling 309-434-2679, at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at http://ticketmaster.com

Barktoberfest will be held at Foster Pet Outreach (located at10206 W. DuBois Rd. in Edwards) on Saturday from 11 am – 2 pm. Featuring games for kids and dogs, prizes, raffle baskets, food and more. Admission is $5 or $20 for a family and free for dogs with proceeds benefiting the animal shelter. Costumes are encouraged. For more information, call 309-682-1122.

Chemistry Demonstrations will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby on Saturday from 1- 2 pm. Bradley University Chemistry Club students will provide activities and perform chemistry demonstrations. Admission is free in celebration of the Museum’s 5th anniversary. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Monster Jam will take place at the Peoria Civic Center Arena at 1 pm and 7 pm on Saturday and at 1 pm on Sunday. Tickets range from $15 – $95 and are available at the at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or online at http://ticketmaster.evyy.net/c/259509/264167/4272

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday & Sunday from 2 – 3:30 pm. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for senior citizens, $11 for kids 4-15 and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock, by calling 309-637-8000 or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com

WCBU will host a Murder Mystery Dinner Fundraiser at Mackinaw Valley Winery (located at 33633 State Route 9 in Mackinaw) on Saturday beginning at 5:30 pm for wine tasting, seating and mingling with the cast. Three complimentary wine samples per guest are included in the $66.50 per person or $133 per couple ticket price. Wine can also be purchased by the bottle or glass along with beer and soda. A buffet dinner is included and served after the first act. Tickets are available by calling 309-677-3690 or online at https://payment.bradley.edu/WCBU/donate

The Peoria Historical Society will host a Trivia Night at the Ivy Club (located at 5102 N Galena Rd. in Peoria Heights) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Dinner is included in the fee of $25 for PHS members or $30 for guests. A cash bar will also be available. Trivia questions will be about Peoria past & present and teams of 8 will compete for prizes for the two highest scoring teams plus mulligans can be purchased. To register, call 309-674-1921.

Martin Luther, A Beggar Before God, the Musical will be presented at the Lindenhoff (located at 7601 N. Harker Drive in Peoria) at 6 pm on Saturday & Sunday and at 2 pm on Sunday. In honor of the 500th anniversary of the start of the reformation, the show includes dinner. Tickets are $35 for the evening performances and $19.99 for the matinee performances with a $2 discount for groups of 10 or more and are available along with menus for the meal online at http://immanuelep.org

Wine and Cheese Under the Stars will take place in the Dome Planetarium at the Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 7 – 9 pm. Relax with a variety of regional wines under a night sky. Guests will receive up to three glasses of wine or sparkling juice and a variety of cheese & crackers.  Cost is $30 for members and $33 for the public. Registration is requested. Register in person at the information desk, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Hearts’ Tropical Getaway will be presented by the Heart of Illinois Chorus at ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students & senior citizens and free for ages 10 and umder and are available at the box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

The Prairie Wind Ensemble Fall Concert will take place at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for adult and $8 for students & senior citizens and are available at the box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be presented by Corn Stock for Kids (Iocated in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday and at 2:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday as well as next Friday – Sunday. Based on the “coat of many colors” story of Joseph from the Bible’s Book of Genesis, the musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber integrates several genres of music into the show. Tickets are $16 for adults and $10 for kids aged 12 and under and are available at the Corn Stock box office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

The Tailgates & Tallboys Festival will take place on the Peoria Riverfront’s Festival Lawn tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6 pm, Friday at 4:30 pm and Saturday at 11 am. Featuring headliners Chris Janson (Thursday), Aaron Lewis (Friday) and Cole Swindell (Saturday), in total, 21 acts will perform over the 3 day festival. Tickets range from $29 to $99 with 1-day and 3-day passes available also and can be purchased at www.limelighteventplex.com

Hank Williams Jr. will perform at the Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm. Black Stone Cherry is the opening act. Tickets range from $51 to $149 and are available at the box office, by calling 309-434-2679, at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at http://ticketmaster.com

Peoria Historical Society’s River City Tour winds along Grandview Drive on Friday beginning at 11 am  Their Monuments & Landmarks Bus Tour will take place on Saturday beginning at 11 am.  And their Haunted Peoria Tour will take place 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 beginning at 2 pm plus an early cruise on Saturday beginning 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 by phone, call 309-637-8000.

Kayaking in the Wild will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park in Hanna City on Friday at 5 pm on Saturday at 9 am or 11 am. For beginner kayakers, the workshop will cover basic safety, techniques and time in the lake testing new skills. Kayaks and safety equipment are provided and ages 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Advance registration and payment of $15 for non-members and $10 for members is required. For more information or to register call 309-676-0998 ext. 312 or visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Mercy Blue 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 www.peoriacac.org

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, Too Old to be Controlled plus callers Jim Hicks and Gail Hintze teach all the dances so beginners are welcome. Just 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.

The Underpants will be presented by the Illinois Central College Theatre program at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Dr. in East Peoria) beginning 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Admission for adults is $8 and students and senior citizens are $6. For tickets, call 309-694-5136 or visit www.artsaticc.com

Tom Green will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) on Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm for $25. For tickets and more information, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

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) on Friday and Saturday night from 8 – 11 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

Reverend Horton Heat will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Advanced general admission tickets are $20, party pit tickets are $25 and VIP loft tickets are $35 and are available at www.limelighteventplex.com

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 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

The Tianguis Mexican Outdoor Market will take place at the Casa de Arte (located at 306 Pecan in Peoria) every Saturday from 8 am – Noon. Find music, food and unique  vendors. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/TianguisPeoria

The Running With The Dogs 5K will take place at Junction City Shopping Center (located at 5901 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 am. Peoria’s only race where you can participate with your dog, cost for adults is $30, youth are $15 or free for ages 12 & under. All money raised benefits Paws Giving Independence, an all-volunteer organization that rescues shelter dogs, trains them to be service dogs & then places them free to the recipients. For more information and to register, visit https://givingindependence.org

The 5th Annual Get in Gear Race will take place at Uftring Chevrolet in Washington on Saturday beginning at 8 am. Benefiting the Central Illinois Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, the 1 mile walk or 5K race cost is $35 with a $5 discount for youth 18 & under and senior citizens 65+. The Uftring Auto Group will also host a post-race tailgate party including food, refreshments and entertainment. For more information and to register, visit www.runthegig.com

The Illinois Art League will host an Art Market at WeaverRidge (located at 5100 N Weaverridge Blvd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 am – 4 pm. An indoor juried fine art sale featuring 40 local artists, for more information, call 309-692-1869 or visit www.facebook.com/illinoisartleague

The 15th Annual Mark Linder Walk for the Mind will take place at the Peoria RiverPlex (located at 600 Northeast Water Street, Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 9:30 am. Cost is $20 for adults, $10 for kids 10 & under and free for survivors. For more information, visit www.marklinderwalkforthemind.org

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 www.sculpturewalkpeoria.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 the zookeepers care for them. Cost is $24 and includes zoo admission. Registration is required. For reservations call 309-681-3559. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

The Gathering at the Well Water Seminar will take place at Westminster Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship Hall (located at 1420 W. Moss Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday from 10 am – 1:30 pm. Featuring two speakers addressing water issues at both the local and global level: Scott Reeise, Public Works Director for the City of Peoria, will address local concerns and Dr. Yunus Salami, an engineering professor at Bradley University and head of the local chapter of “Engineers Without Borders” will address global water issues. After each presentation, there will be question and answer period and there will also be a lunch break between the two speakers. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to help with the cost of the lunch and registration is requested. To register, call 309-673-8501 or visit www.westminsterpeoria.org

Green View’s Annual Fall Festival will be held at Green View Garden Center (located at 2700 W Cedar Hills Dr. in Dunlap) on Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm. Featuring live music, food, hay rack rides, face painting, pets from ARK Animal Shelter available to adopt, a vendor fair and more, admission is free. For more information call 309-243-776 or visit www.greenview.com

Community Workshop Training Center (located at 3215 N University St. in Peoria) will host “Make a Scarecrow – Make a Difference” on Saturday beginning at 11 am. Make your own scarecrow to take home for only $20 with all materials supplied. There will also be mums for sale, pumpkin painting, food and more. For more information, call 309-686-3300.

The Harvesting Hope Fundraiser will take place at the OSF Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center (located at 1306 N. Berkley Avenue in Peoria) with a cocktail reception on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Featuring entertainment, heavy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and both live and silent auctions, tickets are $75 and are available by calling 309-624-9595. For more information, click HERE

Concert in the Vineyard will present PhannieRae and the Soul Shakers at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Route 9 in Mackinaw) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $5 for adults 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

Nick Jonas will perform at the Renaissance Coliseum (located at on the Bradley University campus) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Hosted by the Activities Council of Bradley University (ACBU), tickets for the public are available for $35 at any Ticketmaster outlet or online at http://ticketmaster.com For more information, call 309-677-3050 or visit www.acbu.org

St. Mary’s of Kickapoo Sausage Dinner will take place at Expo Gardens (located at 1601 West Northmoor Road in Peoria) on Sunday from 11 am – 5 pm. Featuring all you can eat sausage, mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, applesauce and desserts, cost is $13 for adults, $5 for kids aged 5 – 12 and free for ages 4 & under. A hot dog option and carry outs will also be available. For more information, call 309-691-2030.

Schlachtfest will take place at Hickory Grove Park (located at 12403 Hickory Grove Rd. in Dunlap) on Sunday from Noon to 8 pm. Hosted by the Peoria German-American Central Society, the event features German music by Vogel Musik and Al’s Pals, German beer & food, a car and bike cruise-in, an arts and craft fair plus a shooting tent, bags & a German gift tent. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriagermans.net

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 www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Pierce The Veil will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm. Advanced general admission tickets are $23 and are available at www.limelighteventplex.com

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The BraziLionaires will perform on Saturday as part of the Wildfire Concert Series at Wildlife Prairie Park with concessions beginning at 6 pm and the show at 7 pm. The BraziLionaires are a unique fusion of pop and jazz with Latin rhythms, such as sambas and Bossa Novas. The seven piece band is fronted by vocalist Dove Benoit and guitarist Rico Wayne Johnson and backed a cast of seasoned players. Looking to create a new sound, Rico and Dove have fused musical genres of multiple cultures, including Brazil, Africa, Latin and North America. Admission is $5 at the door. For more information on the Wildlife Concert Series, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

Replicas of the Nina and Pinta will be continue with tours on the Peoria Riverfront (located at 110 SW Water St. in Peoria) from 9 am – 6 pm daily through Sunday. The sailing museums are both caravels which are small, maneuverable Portuguese-built sailing ships. The Nina is entirely hand-built, without any power tools. Admission for the self-guided tours is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $6 for students ages 5 -16 and kids 4 and under are free. Teachers or groups with a minimum of 15 people may schedule a 30-minute guided tour for $5 per person by calling 787-672-2152. For more information, visit www.thenina.com

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council will present “The Politics of Mourning: A German Woman’s Diary, 1939-1948” tonight (Thursday) at the Caterpillar Global Communications Center Room 126 on the Bradley University campus beginning at 6 pm. Featuring Dr. Erika Quinn, Associate Professor of History at Eureka College discussing how Vera Conrad became head of household after her husband went missing in 1943, exploring the process and politics of mourning a death that was not considered “grievable” by the East German regime. Admission is free, however registration is requested. To register, send an email to director@pawac.org

Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive and Springdale Cemetery Tour winds along Grandview Drive through the cemetery on Friday beginning at 11 am  Their Monuments & Landmarks Bus Tour will take place on Saturday beginning at 11 am.  And their Haunted Peoria Tour will take place 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

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 Fridays will take place monthly through November. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/TazewellArtLoop

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Rob Juice 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 www.peoriacac.org

The Treble in River City Trivia Night will take place at the Life Together Center (located at 3601 North Sheridan Rd. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. A benefit for t Youth Music Illinois, teams of 2 to 8 are encouraged.  Snacks and drinks will be provided, however teams are welcome to bring their own food and drink (no alcohol is allowed). Tickets are $10 and are available by calling 309-678-6541, at the door or online at www.youthmusicillinois.org

Conklin Players will present Smoke on the Mountain at Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd., Washington) at 7 pm Friday and Saturday and at 3 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $25 for adults and $8 for students through college and are available by calling 309-444-8222 or online at www.fivepointswashington.org

James Johann will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) on Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm for $15 and at 9:45 pm for $12. For tickets and more information, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

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) on Friday and 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

The Tianguis Mexican Outdoor Market will take place at the Casa de Arte (located at 306 Pecan in Peoria) every Saturday through September from 8 am – Noon. Find music, food and unique  vendors. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/TianguisPeoria

The 10th Annual Strides for Justice will begin at Tower Park (1222 E Kingman Ave. in Peoria Heights) on Saturday at 8 am with the course down Grandview Drive benefitting Prairie State Legal Services. To register or for more information visit www.stridesforjustice.com

The Peoria Art Guild 55th Annual Fine Art Fair featuring works of over 150 national artists will take place on the Peoria Riverfront on Saturday & Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm each day. Admission is $5 daily or $7 for both days and children 12 years and under are free. Admission to the Children’s Corner is $5. For more information, visit www.peoriaartguild.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 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 www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday & Sunday with boarding beginning 2 pm plus an early cruise beginning at 11 am on Saturday. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for senior citizens, $11 for kids 4-15 and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats by phone, call 309-637-8000.

Zoo La La will take place at the Peoria Zoo (located at 2320 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 5:30 pm. Featuring live entertainment, plus a chance to speak with the zookeepers, tickets are $75 per person and include appetizers and beverages including signature drinks as well as a multi-course dinner. VIP tickets are also available for $100. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 309-681-3500 or visit www.peoriazoo.org

The Original Skazz Band will perform at Washington’s Autumn Festival on Washington Square on Saturday from 6 – 8 pm. Playing an assortment of big band jazz and current pop songs performed in a swing style, admission is free. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/1805965859668317

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 $19 including the dinner buffet and show. Phil Raso will also perform magic. For more information or to order advance tickets, call 309-251-5531 or visit www.hypnohumorist.com

Holy Family will host their 1st Annual Trivia Night at the school (located at 2329 W. Reservoir Blvd. in Peoria) on Saturday with doors opening at 6:30 pm. Including dinner from Avanti’s, cost is $15 a person in advance by calling 309-688-2931 or $20 at the door. Beer and wine will also be available for an additional donation. Proceeds will go to support school field trips and classroom projects. For more information, visit www.peoriaholyfamily.com

The 40th Anniversary Elvis Tribute Show will feature Dave Stovall & The EAS Band at the Limelite Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Advanced general admission tickets are $20 & $25 and are available at www.limelighteventplex.com

Concert in the Vineyard will present Highway J at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Route 9 in Mackinaw) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $5 for adults 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

A Night at the Movies: A Studio Showcase will be presented at the Apollo Theater (located at 311 Main St. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring artistic aerial performances of pole, lyra, aerial silks and more all set to iconic moments from the silver screen, tickets are $20 and are available at the door and by calling 309-397-3057.

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will present Reflections at the Peoria Civic Center Theatre on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets range from $10 to $85 and are available at the PSO Box Office, by calling 309-671-1096 or online at www.peoriasymphony.org

Be Anything! will take place at the PlayHouse Children’s Museum in Glen Oak Park (located at 2218 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. Travel through the PlayHouse to meet with a variety of professionals, introducing your children to all types of careers plus auction online prior to the event to bid on experiential on-the-job activities with professionals. Admission to the live event is $10 for individual members $10 or $40 for a member family or $12 for an individual or $50 for a family. For more information, visit www.peoriaplayhouse.org

SAMS (Stray Midway Shelter) of Hanna City will host it’s 4th Annual Woofstock Fundraiser at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N Koerner Rd. in Edwards) on Sunday from 1 – 6 pm. Featuring live music by the Corn Wolves and United Groove Theory (UGT), there will also be food, vendors, a 50/50 raffle, a silent auction and raffle, games, contests and more. Admission for one person and one dog is $40 and includes a t-shirt for the person and bandana for the dog. Admission for one person and one dog and no t-shirt or bandana is $25 or $20 per person. For more information visit www.samsrescue.org/woofstock.html

The Heart of Illinois Down Syndrome Association 10th Anniversary Walk will take place at Dozer Park on Sunday beginning at 1 pm and the one-mile walk will begin at 2:30 pm rain or shine. Registration is $5 or free for free for participants with Down syndrome. For more information, call 309-241-8195 or to register, visit http://firstgiving.com/hoidsa

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, admission is $3 for ages 4 & up. For more information, call 309-691-8423 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Peoria Heart & Stroke Walk will take place at the Peoria Riverplex (located at 600 NE Water Street in Peoria) on Sunday from 2 – 4 pm. Benefiting the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, enjoy free health screenings, a kids’ zone, heart-healthy food and exercise demonstrations, music and a walk along the Peoria riverfront, registration is free. All walkers who raise at least $100 will receive a t-shirt and are eligible to win prizes. For more information and to register, visit www.peoriaheartwalk.org

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Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame continues at Peoria Players Theatre (located at 4300 N. University St. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. A regional premiere, the Academy Award-winning team have created a retelling of Victor Hugo’s epic story of love, acceptance and what it means to be a hero. Adult tickets are $20 and $15 for ages 20 and under and are available at the box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

The 2017 Peoria Oktoberfest will take place at Festival Park and the CEFCU Center Stage (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) from 5 – 11:30 pm on Friday, from Noon – 11:30 pm on Saturday and 11 am – 5 pm on Sunday. Admission is $7 before 5 pm and $10 after 5 pm or free for ages 12 & under. Mass on Sunday begins at 10:30 am and is free with a canned good that will go to a local food pantry. Showcasing German entertainment, food, beer and wine, children’s activities, carnival rides and a German Heritage Tent display complete with genealogy searches. Live entertainment includes Bolzen Beer Band, Spitzbu’am, Bavarski, Jonny Koenig, the Rathskellar Brummers, Lindenhof Echoes, Vogel Musik, Al’s Pals, the Peoria Accordion Club, and area German folkdancers. For more information visit www.oktoberfestpeoria.com

The 51st Annual Morton Pumpkin Festival continues on the Jefferson School Grounds in downtown Morton tonight (Thursday), beginning at 11 am on Friday and at 6:30 am on Saturday and 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

CASA of Peoria County will host a Recruitment Event at The Fieldhouse (located in Campustown in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 5:30 – 7 pm. Free appetizers will be supplied and guests are encouraged to bring a friend to learn more about volunteering with CASA. For more information, call 309-669-2939.

The 2018 City of Peoria Online Budget Challenge will be held tonight (Thursday) Westminster Presbyterian Church (located at 1420 W. Moss Ave. in Peoria) beginning at 6 pm .  Featuring a public budget discussion featuring an overview of the budget and the opportunity to talk to department heads, 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 choices; the goal is to balance the budget by best allocating dollars across city services. The online tool is avialable at www.peoria.budgetchallenge.org through September 20th.

Sicily & Wine Throughout the Ages” will be presented at Chillicothe Public Library (located at W Sycamore St & N Bradley Ave. in Chillicothe) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6:30 pm. Dr. Kathy Occhipinti will lead the presentation where you’ll discover ancient grape varieties that are revolutionizing the way Sicilian wine is viewed throughout the world plus learn about the wine that Julius Caesar made famous. A wine tasting is included in this free program. For more information, call 309-274-2719 or visit www.chillipld.org

Don Barnhart will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm for $10, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm for $15 and Friday & Saturday at 9:45 pm for $12. For tickets and more information, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Replicas of the Nina and Pinta will be open for tours on the Peoria Riverfront (located at 110 SW Water St. in Peoria) from 9 am – 6 pm Friday through Sunday, September 24. The ships are both caravels which are small, maneuverable Portuguese-built sailing ships and are sailing museums. The Nina is entirely hand-built, without any power tools. Admission for the self-guided tours is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $6 for students ages 5 -16 and kids 4 and under are free. Teachers or groups with a minimum of 15 people may schedule a 30-minute guided tour for $5 per person by calling 787-672-2152. For more information, visit www.thenina.com

Peoria Historical Society’s River City Tour will take place on Friday winding along Grandview Drive beginning at 11 am. Their Monuments & Landmarks Bus Tour will take place on Saturday beginning at 11 am.  And their Haunted Peoria Tour will take place 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 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 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 John Miller & the Romaniacs 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, also on Friday, 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. 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

REO Speedwagon will perform in the Peoria Civic Center Theatre on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Party on the Patio will take place on Friday from 5 – 6:30 pm featuring Junkyard Dogz on the circle terrace outside of the theater at the Peoria Civic Center. Admission is free for this performance and food and drinks will be available for purchase. Tickets for the REO Speedwagon concert are $49.50, $59.50 and $79.50 and are available at the at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or online at http://ticketmaster.com

Jazz Night will be held in the Broadway Lounge featuring The Nathan Taylor Trio on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Admission is $11. A dinner package is also available beginning at 6 pm for $36. Reservations for the dinner are required and may be made by calling call 309-494-9100 or online at www.BroadwayPeoria.com

Ryan Griffin will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Friday  beginning at 8 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.limelighteventplex.com

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) on Friday and Saturday night from 8 – 11 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

The 24th Annual Benefit Breakfast & Auction will be held at Snyder Village (located at 1200 E. Partridge St. in Metamora) on Saturday beginning at 6 am. Featuring an all-you-can-eat pancake & sausage breakfast for a free will donation from 6 – 9:30 am, a 5k Run for the Residents beginning at 7 am, a silent auction which closes at 10 am plus a live auction beginning at 10 am, admission is free. For more information, call 309-366-4116 or visit www.SnyderVillage.com

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

The Tianguis Mexican Outdoor Market will take place at the Casa de Arte (located at 306 Pecan in Peoria) every Saturday through September from 8 am – Noon. Find music, food and unique  vendors. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/TianguisPeoria

A Cemetery Walk will take place at the Peoria State Hospital in Bartonville on Saturday beginning at 9 am. Beginning at the Alpha Park Library (located at 3527 South Airport Road in Bartonville) with a brief overview of the state hospital cemeteries, you will then drive your own vehicle to the cemetery grounds where local author Gary Lisman will lead the guided tour. Admission is free, however is limited to only 35 adults, so registration is required. For more information or to register, call 309-697-3822 ext. 13.

Pioneer Days will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park (located at 3826 N. Taylor Road in Hanna City) from 10 am – 4:30 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Featuring a beekeeper, a barrel train, a corn shelling demonstration with an antique corn shelling machine, antique farm equipment on display, an obstacle course for kids, handmade animal jewelry, hibernation boxes for bears, crafts and more, admission is $9 for adults, $6 for kids aged 3-12 and free for kids 2 & under and WPP members. For more information, visit http://wildlifeprairiepark.org

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 www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

Princess & Pirate Weekend will take place at the Peoria Zoo (located at 2320 N Prospect Rd., Peoria) from 11 am – 2 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Meet parrots and “dragons” up close, encounter a magic mirror, dig for treasure, “walk the plank” and more. Kids are encouraged to dress in their favorite princess or pirate costumes. Admission is $9 for ages 13 and over, $6 for kids aged 2 to 12 – $6, $8 for senior citizens aged 65+ and active military and free for kids under 1. For more information visit www.peoriazoo.org

The 21st Central Illinois Black Expo will be held at Glen Oak Amphitheater and Lagoon (located at 2218 N. Prospect Road in Peoria) on Saturday from 11 am – 7 pm. Featuring exhibitors, a college fair, live entertainment by local artists, poets and dancers, a back-to-school hair cut-a-thon, a school spirit contest, a future CEO and business owners area for kids aged 8 – 16, a health and wellness fair with free screenings and more, admission is free. For more information, call 309-672-1374.

The 27th Annual Bikers Against Street Hunger event will begin with a parade of motorcycles leaving the Itoo Hall (located at 4909 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday at 11 am and will end at the Kingston Mines Park Pavilion where there will be music, an auction, a free bike show, food and more. A $5 donation is requested of each attendee with proceeds benefitting the South Side Office of Concern and Christian Civic Outreach in Pekin to help fight hunger and homelessness in the community. For more information, visit www.bashpeoria.org

Friends of Riverfront Park will host a Save the Park Fundraiser at Riverfront Park (located at the foot of Morton Street in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 2 pm. Featuring live jazz by Dave Hoffman and Friends, folk music by Chris Stevens, Native American drum, dance and storytelling by the Eagle Ride Players and Friends, nature and trail tours and games and more. Admission is free, however donations are encouraged and will be used to preserve Riverfront Park for public use. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontparkfriends

The Delavan Cruise-In will take place on 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

Food Truck Frenzy will take place at Heritage Square (located at 4450 North Prospect Rd. in Peoria Heights) on Saturday from 4 – 11 pm. Featuring area food trucks plus live music by Off the Record, The West Macqueen Street Band and Sun Stereo, admission is free with a canned good to donation. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/1778899715458546

The Boots & Lace Fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society will take place at the Farmington Moose Lodge (located at 1001 E Fort St. in Farmington) on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. Featuring live music by Southern Cross, admission to the show is $10 or $20 includes dinner. Boots, Lace, Cowgirl & Cowboy attire is encouraged. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/280711202410435

Concert in the Vineyard will present Bubblegum Jack at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Route 9 in Mackinaw) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $5 for adults 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

Walk MS, the largest annual fundraiser of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Illinois Chapter, will take place at Junction City (located at 5901 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday with registration beginning at 11 am and the walk at 1 pm. Registration is free.  For more information, visit www.walkms.org

The 6th Annual Das Bier Run will be held at the Gateway Building (located on the Peoria Riverfront) on Sunday beginning at 12:30 pm. Featuring a costume contest, registration is $30 and includes entry to the Sunday events at Oktoberfest, a commemorative stein, and two drink tokens. For more information or to register, visit https://register.chronotrack.com/r/31928

Celebrate the Peoria Jewish Community and the holiday Rosh Hashanah at the Peoria PlayHouse (located within Glen Oak Park in Peoria) on Sunday from 12:30 – 4:30 pm. Sample challah bread, make a tzedakah (charity) box, join in story time and more. Admission is $8 for ages 1 – 64, $7 for senior citizens aged 65+ and for ages under 1 and members. For more information, visit www.peoriaplayhouse.org

The Making of an Illinois Independent Film: Real Prayers Are Said In German, a film featuring local talent and shot on location in Central Illinois, will be previewed at the Peoria Riverfront Museum’s Giant Screen Theater on Sunday from 4 – 6 pm. Tickets for the family friendly event are $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors, $5.50 for youth 4-17 and $5 for museum members. Tickets and more information are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.RiverfrontMuseum.org

John Miller & the Romaniacs 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 6 pm. The house band under the direction of Larry Harms will open. Admission is $6 for members, $8 non-members and free for students. For information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.cijs.org

Warwick-Johnson will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 3:30 pm. General admission standing tickets are $25 in advance or $75 for VIP Admission and are available at www.limelighteventplex.com

Salsa at Sunset will take place on Peoria’s Riverfront at Liberty Park (located at the foot of Liberty Street across from the Contemporary Art Center) on Sunday from 6 – 9 pm. Featuring a beginner Salsa dance lesson and open dancing there will also be Merengue, Bachata, and Cha-Cha music. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

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The 2017 Pekin Marigold Festival will take place at Mineral Springs Park in Pekin tonight (Thursday) through Sunday featuring a meet and greet with CHiPs star Erik Estrada, appearances by Miss Marigold, live entertainment, Art in the Park, the 5k Run/Walk, sand volleyball, a rock climbing wall, a chalk art contest, a civic collage, a mobile zoo, a dunk tank, a carnival, a parade, wine tasting, a freaky fast pitch competition, kids activities, a cruise-in, a food court plus much more. For complete details on the festival, visit http://www.pekinchamber.com

Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame will be presented at the Peoria Players Theatre (located at 4300 N. University St. in Peoria) on Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. A regional premiere, the Academy Award-winning team have created a retelling of Victor Hugo’s epic story of love, acceptance and what it means to be a hero. Adult tickets are $20 and $15 for ages 20 and under and are available at the box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

Common Place Family Learning Center will celebrate their 50 years of literacy, education and outreach to Peoria’s south side community with its Love in Action Award Reception honoring Garry and Denise Moore for their longtime leadership at the The Warehouse on State (located at 736 SW Washington St. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 5 to 7:30 pm. Tickets are $55 and are available online at www.commonplacepeoria.org/events

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

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 Preston Jackson & Friends 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 www.peoriacac.org

When God & Cancer Meet” will take place at the Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette on Friday from 8:30 – 10:30 am. Featuring “Peace in the Face of Cancer” author, Lynn Eib, there will also be a free plated breakfast, book signing and Q & A. Registration is required and may be made at https://sprinklewishes.com/events

The 35th Annual Mossville Fall Festival & Art Fair will take place at the Hayloft Shops (located at Old Galena Rd. & Rt 29, Mossville) on Friday nd Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday from Noon – 4 pm. Enjoy skilled craftsmen, firemen’s pancake breakfast, food, folk music and a bake sale. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/hayloft.shops

Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive and Springdale Cemetery Tour will take place on Friday at 11 am.  Their Monuments & Landmarks Bus Tour will take place on Saturday beginning at 11 am.  And their Haunted Peoria Tour will take place 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

The Peoria Historical Society’s 6th Annual deTonti Celebration will be held at the Hotel Pere Marquette in downtown Peoria on Friday beginning with cocktails at 5:30 pm. “Everyone’s Irish” is the theme honoring Pat Sullivan for his outstanding community leadership. Reservations can be made by calling 309-674-1921 or for more information, visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos will take place at The Waterhouse in the Maxam Building (located at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday & Saturday with a dinner buffet beginning at 6:30 pm and the show following. Tickets are $40 per person and are available by calling 309-494-9100 or visiting www.HowlinOnWater.com

The 2nd Annual St. Jude Harvest Moon event will take place at the Warehouse on State (located at 736 SW Washington Street in Peoria) on Friday from 7 – 11 pm. Featuring craft beers, heavy appetizers, a raffle, cocktails, live entertainment and dancing, as well as an inspiring St. Jude patient story, tickets are $70 per person with all proceeds benefit St. Jude and are available at www.stjude.org/harvestmoonpeoria

You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown will be presented by River Valley Players (located at 1301 2nd St. in Henry) at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $17 and are available by calling call 815-663-7718 or online at http://rvphenry.org

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

John Caparulo will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm for $20. For tickets and more information, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Enjoy Live Music at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) on Friday and 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

Illinois Central College’s 37th Annual Landscape and Garden Day will take place in the Horticulture Land Lab on the East Peoria campus on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm. Offering a variety of special programs and activities specifically designed for families with young children, as well as the usual favorites for local gardening enthusiasts, this year’s theme is “Reclaim, Reseed, Regrow: An Adventure in Urban Horticulture.” Admission is free. For more information, call 309-694-8872.

The American Gothic Cat Club’s 41st Annual Cat Show will take place at Expo Gardens (located at 1601 West Northmoor Road in Peoria) from 10 am – 4 pm on Saturday and from 9 am – 3 pm on Sunday. See a wide variety of pedigreed cats along with household cats being shown plus vendors with a wide variety of cat related items in addition to adoptions. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and kids 12 & under or $12 for families. Find a $1 coupon and more information, click HERE

The Walk to Defeat ALS will take place at Dozer Park in downtown Peoria on Saturday beginning at 10 am with registration prior. Registration is free online at http://web.alsa.org/peoriawalk  For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/PeoriaWalk

The PNC Worldwide Day of Play will take place at Glen Oak Park on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm. Enjoy Daniel Tiger and Be My Neighbor Day sponsored by the Fred Rogers Group and WTVP, family-friendly activities, free entertainment, touch a truck, a children’s resource fair, a photo booth and bounce houses plus get discounted admission to the Peoria Zoo and free admission to the Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum. For more information, visit www.peoriaplayhouse.org

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 www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

Science Rocks will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby on Saturday from 11 am – 3 pm. Meet chemists and other scientists who will conduct activities plus galleries and public planetarium shows will all be free admission. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm plus an earlier cruise on Saturday beginning 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.

Junction City Shopping Center will present its 6th Annual Wine & Whiskey Walk on Saturday from 1 – 6 pm. Featuring a tasting “crawl” of over 40 wines and whiskeys to sample along with live music, art, games and more. Tickets are $30 and are available at www.wineandwhiskeypeoria.com

Heroes, Blues, & Barbeques will take place at the Peoria Chapter Izaak Walton League (located at 1125 Spring Bay Rd. in East Peoria) on Saturday from 2 – 10 pm. Featuring live music by Smokers Blues Band closing with PhanieRae & The Soul Shaker, J.T. Doubt from Snake Oil Salesman plus BBQ Pork & Chicken Legs with sides for $10. There will also be a silent auction, raffle, 50/50 and kids games and activities. Proceeds will benefit the Heart of Illinois Blue Star Mothers and The Illinois Valley Fuller Center for Housing. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/1928805584029881

The 53rd annual Children’s Home Cattle Auction to benefit Children’s Home Association of Illinois will take place at Weaver Angus Farm (located at 6000 N. War Memorial Drive in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 5:30 pm. Featuring Baseball Hall of Famers Ozzie Smith and Ryne Sandberg in addition to the cattle auction, the event includes silent auction, dinner, entertainment, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $100 and are available along with more information by calling 309-687-7215 or visiting www.chail.org

Party on Sun Plaza will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 6 – 9 pm. Featuring gourmet cuisine from 9 of the area’s finest restaurants and caterers, live music by The BraziLionaires, Samba Dance Lessons, 2 drinks included plus a cash bar, tickets are $50 in advance or $55 at the door and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Concert in the Vineyard will present Patrick and Swayze Band at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Route 9 in Mackinaw) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $5 for adults 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

Heartland Festival Orchestra will present Beethoven’s 9th at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N Wilmor Rd., Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $38 for adults and $10 for children. For information or to order tickets, call 309-339-3943 or visit www.heartlandfestivalorchestra.org

Light, Sketch, Doodle will be held on the Peoria Riverfront Museum’s Sun Plaza on Sunday from 2:30-3:30 pm. Experiment with sun print paper, design and capture shadows cast by the sun, playing with colorful bubbles and painting rainbows. Admission is $3 for members and $5 for non-members and is available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

An Old Time Folk and Country Jam will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Sunday from 3:30 – 5:00 pm. Bring your guitar, fiddle, banjo or other acoustic instrument down to the Nature Center for a jam session. Meet other musicians and learn some new songs. Music lovers of all ages are encouraged to come, listen and enjoy. The Jam gathers the second Sunday of each month. For all ages. Free; donations requested. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Spoon will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 7 pm. General admission are $27 in advance, $32 for the Party Pit or $47 for the VIP loft and are available at www.limelighteventplex.com

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Thoroughly Modern Millie continues at Corn Stock Theatre (Iocated in upper Bradley Park) through Saturday 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 www.CornStockTheatre.com

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 North Branch (located at 3001 West Grand Parkway in Peoria) beginning at 6 pm. Additional meetings will also 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 http://peoria.budgetchallenge.org now through September 20th.

The Peoria Chiefs will take on the Quad Cities Astros tonight (Thursday) and Friday at 6:30 pm at Dozer Stadium.   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

Peoria Historical Society’s River City Tour winds along Grandview Drive on Friday beginning at 11 am. Their   Monuments and Landmarks Tour features sculptures and structures in both downtown and the north side of Peoria taking place on Saturday at 11 am. And their Haunted Peoria Tour features the stories behind the ghostly appearances that have startled and puzzled Peorians through the years 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 Fundraiser benefiting Sterling Middle PTO will take place on Friday at Chipotle Restaurant (located at 4512 N. Sterling Avenue in Peoria) from 4 – 9 pm. 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Sterling Middle PTO when you mention the fundraiser.

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 http://ciaopeoria.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature the Cousin Eddie 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 www.peoriacac.org

The 29th Annual Peoria Blues Heritage Music Festival will take place at Festival Park and CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing beginning at 6:30 pm on Friday and at 1 pm on Saturday. Featuring 28 bands with headliners Dr. John, John Butler Trio, John Mayall, Keller Williams, Rebirth Brass Band and George Porter, Jr., tickets are $65 for both days, $30 for Friday only, $45 for Saturday only with VIP upgrades available which include VIP parking, seating and drink discounts. For a full schedule and band listing, visit http://pbhfest.com

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

Sammy Kershaw will perform at the Limelite Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. General admission standing tickets are $20 in advance or $28 for seated general admission and are available at www.limelighteventplex.com

The 16th Annual Amateur Comedy Tournament will take place at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) on Friday at 8 pm for $10 and on Saturday at 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm for $12. For tickets and more information, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Enjoy Live Music at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) on Friday and 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

Sculpture Walk Peoria is offering 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

Sightseeing Cruises will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Saturday at 11 am and at 2 pm and on Sunday 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 www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

Pub Night in the Dome will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Dome Planetarium on Saturday from 7 – 9 pm. Take a trip through the Universe using the Uniview software while enjoying beer (3 are included) and pizza under the stars. All attendees must be 21 or older. Tickets are $30 for members and $33 for the public and include 3 craft beers & pizza and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Concert in the Vineyard will present Jammsamich 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.
The Annual Grape Stomp and Harvest Festival will take place at the Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Route 9 in Mackinaw) on Sunday from Noon – 6 pm. Admission is $5 per person or free for under 12. Featuring wine tasting all day, food by The Catering Company and live music from The Shake plus a LUCY Look-a-Like contest and face painting for all ages.  For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

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 www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The 2017 Labor Day Parade with over 100 entries of various trade unions will begin at 10 am starting in front of the Fire Station on Monroe Street ending at the Peoria County Courthouse. The Picnic will take place following the parade until 2 pm at Riverfront Festival Park (located at 200 NE Water St.). Admission is free. Food and drinks will be available. For more information visit www.peoriaevents.com

The IVY Club Invitational Cardboard Boat Race to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association, Central Illinois Chapter will take place at the Club with a presentation and display on Monday beginning at Noon and racing will begin at 2 pm. There will be prizes for racing plus sandwiches and beverages will be available. For more information, call 309-682-5419 or email ivyclub@comcast.net

Labor Day Music featuring Greg Williams will take place at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Route 9 in Mackinaw) on Monday from 1:30 – 4:30 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

 

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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 www.peoriairishfest.com

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 www.CornStockTheatre.com

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 www.villageofdunlap.com

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 http://peoria.budgetchallenge.org 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 www.lwvgp.org

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 www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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 www.jukeboxcomedy.com

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 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 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 www.spiritofpeoria.com  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 www.facebook.com/TazewellArtLoop

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 www.peoriacac.org

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 http://hannacityil.com

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 www.PeoriaChiefs.com

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 www.fivepointswashington.org

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

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 http://ticketmaster.com

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 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

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 www.peoriazoo.org

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 http://southsidemission5k.com

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 www.gemsoftheprairie.com

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 www.duckrace.com/peoria

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 www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

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 www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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 www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

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 www.facebook.com/events/1265008770233873

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 www.kickapoocreekwinery.com

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 www.peoriaparks.org

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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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The Who’s Tommy continues at Eastlight Theatre​ in the East Peoria High School auditorium tonight (Thursday) 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 https://tickets.eastlighttheatre.com

Parade continues at Corn Stock Theatre (located in upper Bradley Park) tonight (Thursday) through Saturday at 7:30 pm. 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 www.CornStockTheatre.com

The 2017 Illinois Shakespeare Festival continues at Ewing Manor in Bloomington tonight (Thursday) through Saturday. Shows include A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Shakespeare’s Amazing Cymbeline. 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 http://ticketmaster.evyy.net/c/259509/264167/4272
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The Illinois State Fair will be held on the Illinois State Fairgrounds today (Thursday) with a preview night beginning at 4 pm and runs through Sunday, August 20 from 7 am – midnight each day. Admission for the preview night is $5 for adults and $2 for senior citizens aged 60+ and children 12 and under are free. Normal admission beginning on Friday 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 St. Phil’s Fall Festival will take place at St. Philomena’s Catholic Parish (located at 3300 N. Twelve Oaks Drive in Peoria) from 5 – 10 pm tonight (Thursday), from 5 – 11 pm on Friday and 12 – 11 pm on Saturday. Featuring a carnival, kids games, a bags tournament, dartball, food and live music beginning at 8 pm in the beer tent with Banjovi &Hawkins on Thursday, The unHandsome Devils on Friday and Jammsammich on Saturday.  Admission is free with a $4 cover on Friday and Saturday for the bands. For more information, visit www.stphilfallfestival.com

The Brimfield Old Settler’s Days will take place beginning at 5:30 pm tonight (Thursday), at 5 pm on Friday & at 6:30 am on Saturday in downtown Brimfield. Featuring food, a beer garden, a carnival, a 5k race, an arts & crafts fair, kid’s bicycle races, a parade and live entertainment by Ronnie McDowell and the Panther Creek Duo, admission is free. For more information, visit www.brimfieldoldsettlersdays.webs.com

The Peoria Chiefs will take on the Burlington Angels tonight (Thursday) and Friday at 7 pm, at 6:30 pm on Saturday 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

Brian Scolaro will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday at 7:30 pm for $10 and on Saturday at 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm and Friday at 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 Stephanie Aaron 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 www.peoriacac.org

Grand Nationals Weekend will take place in Festival Park on the Peoria Riverfront beginning at 7 pm on Friday and at 10 am on Saturday. Tickets are $10 on Friday and $20 on Saturday. Featuring live music by Brushville on Friday night and the Kenny Wayne Shepard Band on Saturday plus a motorcycle parade, antique & custom bike shows, vendors, food and more, the event celebrates the running of the Grand National TT Motorcycle Races that will take place at the PMC Race Park in Bartonville on Sunday. For more details and ticket information, visit http://grandnationalsweekend.com

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 Dexter O’Neal & Funk Yard on Friday with and Derel Monteith 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

The 2nd Annual Greehut Memorial Whiskey Baron Run will begin at the GAR Hall (416 Hamilton Blvd. in Peoria) on Saturday at 8 am. The course will take runners through important connections to African-American historic name and streets, as well as through homes built by the whiskey distillers, such as Captain Joseph Greenhut, who was the wealthiest whiskey baron in the U.S. and the benefactor of the GAR Hall. Civil War re-enactors will greet runners at the finish line and participants of age will receive a celebratory shot of whiskey. There will be an open house featuring local historical authors Ken Zurski, Judy Rosella Edwards, will be telling quick tales from Peoria’s past, and a fast-paced living museum with actors portraying Peoria icons such as Mayor Woodruff, Annie Malone, Thomas Lindsay, and Richard Pryor. All proceeds benefit the Central Illinois Landmarks Foundation. Fee is $25 for the 5k run or 1 mile walk and registration is available HERE

The City of Peoria will host the area’s first Peoria Civic Hackathon at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 8 am in conjunction with the Ignite Peoria event. Engaging the local tech community for the purpose of innovating new civic tech solutions, teams of 2-7 participants will utilize City data while competing to create a website, app or other tool that could improve the lives of people who live, work, and play in the Peoria area. $1000 will be awarded to the first prize team and $500 will be awarded to the second prize team. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriacivichackathon.org

The Annual Hummingbird & Bee Pollinator Festival will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N Koerner Rd. in Edwards) on Saturday from 9 am – 1 pm. Admission is free for all ages, however for a small donation to the Illinois Audubon land acquisition fund, participants can “adopt” a hummingbird. After capture, the birds are measured, banded, and then released by the adoptee. Vernon Kleen, licensed hummingbird bander, will demonstrate banding and discuss hummingbirds. For more information, call 309-686-3360 or visit www.peoriaparks.org/sommer-park

Ignite Peoria will take place at the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall on Saturday beginning from 9 am – 5 pm. Showcasing hundreds of local musicians, artists, innovators, dancers, and actors with interactive activities such as hands-on creation stations showcasing painting, 3-D Printing, theatre, dance and technology workshops, a flying drone course, a “Battle Bots” Competition, two live performance stages, a community art project and a live fashion photo shoot at Fashion Ignite. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.ignitepeoria.com

A Tabletop Terrarium Class will take place at Green View Garden Center on Saturday from 10 – 11:30 am. Learn what makes a healthy terrarium with hands-on guidance on how to create one plus learn tips and tricks to miniscaping a little green world. All the ingredients including a few types of mini plants, different pebbles and a care sheet to take home are included in the $20 per person cost. Space is limited, and reservations are available by calling 309-243-7761.

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 2nd Annual Fight the Fight Addiction Awareness Walk will take place on Saturday at Mineral Springs Park (located at 1701 Court Street in Pekin) from 1 – 3 pm. Featuring speakers from the community, the walk around lagoon, information on addiction/recovery, a dove release/race and music, event t-shirts and hoodies will be available for purchase as well as free Naloxone & training. Proceeds will benefit the JOLT Foundation for Narcan emergency overdose nasal spray to be distributed in the community as well as help those struggling with substance use disorder pay for rent at a Sober Living House after they complete inpatient rehab. For more information, click HERE

Golfin’ in the Wild will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park on Saturday beginning at 3 pm. Golf on the unique terrain or the park on a nine hole golf course geared towards any skill level of golfer. Throughout the course, you’ll enjoy additional activities and refreshments plus dinner and entertainment afterward. Tickets are $60 per person, $115 for a twosome, $220 for a foursome or $60 for dinner only and all proceeds benefit the Illinois CancerCare Foundation. For more information, call 309-243-3437 or visit www.illinoiscancercarefoundation.org/event/golfin-in-the-wild

The Summer Soiree will take place at the Greater Peoria YMCA (located at 7000 N. Fleming Ln. in Peoria) on Saturday from 6 – 10 pm. Featuring live entertainment, a catered meal, complimentary drinks and a silent auction poolside, tickets are $75 and the benefit the Y’s youth programs. Attendees must be 21 years old and over. For more information and for tickets, visit www.peoriaymca.org/soiree

A Concert in the Park featuring the band Bridges will take place at Alpha Park in Bartonville on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. Admission is free and concessions will be available. For more information, visit www.alphapark.org

Concert in the Vineyard will present Dexter O’Neal and the Funk Yard 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

The Sun Foundation will host their Summer Sundown at Kenny’s Westside Pub (located at 112 SW Jefferson Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday from 7 – 10 pm. Featuring drinks, food and live music by Peter Adriel from 7 – 9 pm, 100% of donations will benefit the organization which is $5- $10 per person suggested plus all proceeds from raffle ticket sales. For more information, visit www.sunfoundation.org

Celebrate Peoria: All Families Day will take place at the Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum on Saturday from Noon – 5 pm. Celebrate Peoria highlights, explores and celebrates the many cultures that make up the dynamic fabric of Central Illinois through performances, art projects, food and more. Admission is $8 for ages 1 – 64, $7 for senior citizens aged 65+ and free for under 1 and members. For more information, visit www.peoriaplayhouse.org

The Italian-American Society of Peoria’s 88th Summer Festa Picnic will take place at Hickory Grove Park (located at 12403 North Hickory Grove Rd. in Dunlap) on Saturday from Noon – 6 pm. Admission is $3 for adults and free for children under age 12. There will be Italian food, beverages, a gift booth, live entertainment provided by Vince Amore and Jack Miuccio, children’s activities, a spaghetti-eating contest and bocce ball tournaments. For more information, visit http://italianamericansociety.com

An Old Time Folk and Country Jam will take place at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Sunday from 3:30 – 5 pm. Bring your guitar, fiddle, banjo or other acoustic instrument down to the Nature Center for a jam session and meet other musicians and learn some new songs. Music lovers of all ages are welcome to come, listen and enjoy.  Admission is free, however donations are requested. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

A Sundae Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Sunday running from 5 – 7 pm. Featuring live music and a build your own sundae bar, tickets are $24 for adults and $16 for kids 4-15 and free for ages 3 & under and are available at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

The 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