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Chillicothe Summer Theatre’s production of Disney’s Shrek the Musical will be presented at IVC High School (located at 1300 W Sycamore St. in Chillicothe) tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm. With favorite characters such as Shrek, Donkey, Princess Fiona, Lord Farquad and the dragon as well as Pinocchio, the Three Pigs and Little Red Riding Hood, tickets are $10 and will be available at the door. For more information, click HERE

The 2017 Illinois Shakespeare Festival continues at Ewing Manor in Bloomington Tuesdays through Sundays through August 12. Shows include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare’s Amazing Cymbeline and I Heart Juliet (this show is sold out) plus The Improvised Shakespeare Company which is presented on Tuesdays. Tickets range from $16 to $49 and are available by calling 309-438-2535 Monday through Friday from Noon – 4 pm, at the on site box office just prior to the performance or online at http://ticketmaster.com
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Bye Bye Birdie continues tonight (Thursday) through Saturday at Corn Stock Theatre (Iocated in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm each night. When the draft selects rock star Conrad Birdie, his fans are devastated, but none more than struggling songwriter Albert Peterson, whose song Birdie was just about to record. Albert’s longtime girlfriend, Rosie, pushes Albert to write a new tune that Birdie will perform on television to a fan selected in a contest. The scheme works, with young Ohio teenager Kim McAfee declared the winner, but no one has counted on the jealous wrath of her boyfriend.  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 Heart of Illinois Fair continues at Expo Gardens (located at 1601 West Northmoor Road in Peoria) through Satyrday. Attractions includes the Galaxy Girl’s Aerial Thrill Spectacular, the Dan Barth Antique Medicine Show, a carnival with a wristband special with unlimited rides every evening, live music in the beer garden, tractor pulls, a demolition derby, NASCAR Racing Simulators and more. General admission is $10 for ages 13 & over, $5 for children aged 6 – 12 and free for ages under 6 and military personnel with ID. For more information, visit www.heartofillinoisfair.com

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council will present “Southeast Asia – Our Yesterdays and Their Tomorrows” at the Lariat Steakhouse (located at 2232 W Glen Ave. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) with a pre-lecture meal beginning at 5:15 pm and the lecture at 7 pm. PAWAC members Barb and Bernie Drake will take the audience on a two-and-a-half-week travelogue through Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand.  Admission for the lecture is free, however, advance notice of attendance is strongly encouraged. For more information, visit www.pawac.org

Firebox Bluegrass Band will perform at the Idlewood Arts Pavillion (located at 495 E Idlewood Ave. in Morton) tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 9 pm.  Admission is free and concessions will be available. For more information, visit www.mortonfinearts.org

A State Budget Challenges Ahead Forum will be held tonight (Thursday) at Peoria City Hall in Room 400 beginning at 6 pm. Sponsored by the AARP, it will be moderated by WCBU Radio’s Tanya Koonce in conjunction with NPR Illinois’ Sean Crawford. Panelists will be the immediate past-chair of Illinois Partners for Human Services and Vice President of Government Affairs for Easterseals Central Illinois, Jim Runyon, Regional Superintendent of Schools for Peoria County, Beth Crider Derry and OSF HealthCare Chief Financial Officer, Michael Allen. Admission is free, however registration is appreciated and may be done at https://uofi.uis.edu/fb/sec/18320

Preston Jackson & Friends will perform at the CEFCU Thursday night Jazz series at CEFCU Center Stage tonight (Thursday) at the Landing on the Peoria Riverfront from 7 – 9 pm. Admission is free and underwritten by CEFCU and the Illinois Jazz Society. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

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

The Annual Women’s Ministry Rummage Sale at Pekin First Nazarene (located at 3514 Broadway St. in Pekin) will take place in the gym of the church from 7 am – 3 pm on Friday & from 7 am – Noon on Saturday. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-346-3053.

The Summer Harvest Antique Tractor & Equipment Show will take place at the Princeville Heritage Museum (located at 325 N. Ostrom Ave. in Princeville) from 10 am – 8 pm on Friday and from 9 am – 4 pm on Saturday. Featuring tractor displays, threshing and corn shelling demonstrations and more, admission is free. For more information, call 309-385-1916 or visit www.princevilleheritagemuseum.com

Peoria Historical Society’s River City Tour winds along Grandview Drive and begins at 11 am on Friday. Their Abraham Lincoln and The Civil War Tour will run on Saturday beginning at 11 am where you’ll learn the story of Lincoln’s visits to Peoria, the Civil War troops and Camp Peoria & Camp Lyon where they trained, visit Springdale Cemetery to see the final resting place of Civil War veterans, drive by the GAR Hall built in 1909 and hear the story of Joseph Greenhut, one of the Whiskey Barons who provided funding for the Hall.  Their Monuments and Landmarks Tour features sculptures and structures in both downtown and the north side of Peoria every Saturday in July at 1:30 pm.  All tours depart from the Peoria Riverfront Museum. 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 Arbor Creek 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

The Central Illinois BBQ Throwdown will take place on the Peoria Riverfront on Friday and Saturday.  Featuring over a dozen of the competing BBQ teams’ best pulled pork, you can vote for your favorite to be the people’s choice winner. Tickets are $20 and are available online at https://events.peoriaparks.org

Keegan’s Crew will present a Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N Smith Rd. in Edwards) on Friday beginning at 6 pm. Tickets are $50 and include a gourmet dinner buffet with dessert. A portion of the ticket price goes to Keegan’s Krew to fight bullying. Reservations are required. For reservations and more information, visit www.kickapoocreekwinery.com

A Country Idol Competition will be held at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt 9 in Mackinaw) on Friday from 6 -11 pm. Finalists from the pre-event video admissions will compete to win a $300 cash prize plus a five hour recording session. Admission is $10 for adults and free for kids 12 & under to view the contest and the band Spurs and Lace. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Colon Cancer Alliance, supporting early screening and colon cancer education and research. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

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 including 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 Dash at Dusk 5K will take place at Unity Point in Pekin (located at 600 S 13th St. in Pekin) on Friday at 6:30 pm. Funds raised by the run will benefit the Seasons of Sharing Campaign with proceeds benefiting our UnityPoint Health Pekin Employees Mission Trip to Liberia. Fees to participate are $35 for the run or walk or $20 for kids 12 & under and registration is available online at http://dashatdusk.com

The Morton Public Library will host the Groove in the Garden concert series on Fridays at 6:30 pm in Hannah’s Reading Garden. In addition to a musical showcase, a food truck will be on hand.  For more information, call 309-263-2300 or visit www.mortonlibrary.org

Dumbo will be shown at the Family Movie Night at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located in the East Peoria Campus) on Friday beginning at 6:30 pm. Admission is $2 per person and concessions will be available. For more information, call 309-694-5136 or visit http://icc.edu/arts

The Peoria Municipal Band will perform at The Shoppes at Grand Prairie on Friday beginning at 7 pm and also 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

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

James and the Giant Peach will be presented by Arc Light Productions at Illini Bluffs School (located at 212 Saylor St. in Glasford) at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for kids aged 12 & under and are available by calling 309-455-4095, at the door or online at http://arclightpro.com

Trace Adkins will perform at the Peoria Riverfront’s Festival Lawn on Friday at 8 pm as part of the Central Illinois BBQ Throwdown.  BBQ Throwdown admission requires separate donation. General admission tickets are $22 and can be purchased at www.limelighteventplex.com

Enjoy Live Music at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) with Dexter O’Neal & the Funk Yard on Friday with and the Rosser Brothers Band 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 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will host a Summer Paddle event at the Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge (located at the intersections of Routes 78 and 97 in Havana) on Saturday beginning at 8 am. 10 years after its landmark restoration, participants will meet in the pull-off area near Hwy 97 to launch the watercraft. You may bring your own canoe or kayak, reserve a canoe or reserve a seat in a large voyager canoe (seating is limited). To register or for more info, call 309-535-2290 or visit www.fws.gov

The 3rd Annual Battle at the Ballpark, a CrossFit competition, will be held at Dozer Park on Saturday beginning at 8 am. Cost to compete is $150 per team. Admission for spectators is free, however donations are welcome and benefit Team RWB, a non-profit supporting veterans through physical fitness. For more information and to register, visit www.battleattheballparkpeoria.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

Julie K will perform at the conclusion of the summer reading program at the Alpha Park Library (located at 3527 S Airport Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 10 am. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-697-3822 ext. 14.

Superhero Weekend will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday & Sunday from 11 am – 2 pm. Kids are encouraged to dress in their favorite superhero costume while enjoying games, animal encounters and more. Activities are free with regular admission, which is $9.50 for ages 13 – 64, $8.50 for senior citizens aged 65+ and active military, $6.50 for kids aged 2 – 12 and free for ages 1 & under. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

The Women Empowering Women Seminar and Networking event will take place at the Travelodge Hotel Conference Center (located at 4400 N Brandywine Dr. in Peoria) on Saturday from 1 – 5 pm. Featuring guest speaker Vivica A. Fox and other presenters on topics including personal growth, health awareness, financial decisions, education and career enhancements, tickets are $40 including lunch. For more information and to purchase tickets, click HERE

A Trivia Night to benefit the Clean Water Projects of the Haiti Mission Connection of Peoria and Hands Helping Haiti of Lacon will be held at St. Thomas Church (located at 904 E. Lake Avenue in Peoria Heights) on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $20 and include soda, chips and salsa and prizes plus you may bring your own snacks. To register, call 309-246-2752 or 309-682-1876. For more information about the organization, visit www.facebook.com/HandsHelpingHaiti

The Concert in the Vineyard will present the Bubblegum Jack Reunion at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Route 9 in Mackinaw) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Cover charge 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

SMD & The Underground will perform at Oliver’s Pizza & Pub (located at 1231 E Samuel Ave. in Peoria Heights) on Saturday from 7 – 10 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/SMDunderground

Honor Flight will host a benefit fundraiser at the Wheels O’ Time Museum (located at 1710 W. Woodside Dr. in Dunlap) on Sunday from Noon – 4 pm. Featuring vintage songs, stories and sweets, admission is $7 for adults all of which will benefit the Greater Peoria Honor Flight. Donations of cash and checks will also be accepted. For more information, click HERE

The Peoria German-American Society Corn Boil will take place at Hickory Grove Park (located at 12403 N Hickory Grove Rd. in Dunlap) on Sunday from Noon – 8 pm. Featuring all you can eat sweet corn plus a pork chop sandwich, baked beans, and cole slaw for $8, admission and parking are free. There will be live entertainment, soccer, bocci ball, a 50/50 and a children’s play area. For more information, call 309-691-3657 or visit www.peoriagermans.net

Peoria Players Theatre will host their annual Get Acquainted Meeting on Sunday beginning at 2 pm at the theatre. Learn about our upcoming 2017-2018 season with a brief preview of each show. Meet the directors and find out how you can get involved. Admission is free. There will be refreshments and door prizes. Call For more information, call 309-688-4473 or visit www.peoriaplayers.org

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Bye Bye Birdie opens Friday at Corn Stock Theatre (Iocated in upper Bradley Park) and runs through Saturday, July 22 beginning at 7:30 pm each night. When the draft selects rock star Conrad Birdie, his fans are devastated, but none more than struggling songwriter Albert Peterson, whose song Birdie was just about to record. Albert’s longtime girlfriend, Rosie, pushes Albert to write a new tune that Birdie will perform on television to a fan selected in a contest. The scheme works, with young Ohio teenager Kim McAfee declared the winner, but no one has counted on the jealous wrath of her boyfriend.  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 Heart of Illinois Fair will take place at Expo Gardens (located at 1601 West Northmoor Road in Peoria) will take place Tuesday, July 18 through July 22. Attractions includes the Galaxy Girl’s Aerial Thrill Spectacular, the Dan Barth Antique Medicine Show, a carnival with a wristband special with unlimited rides every evening ($15 on Tuesday-Thursday & $20 on Friday & Saturday), live music in the beer garden, tractor pulls, a demolition derby, NASCAR Racing Simulators and more. General admission is $10 for ages 13 & over, $5 for children aged 6 – 12 and free for ages under 6 and military personnel with ID. Save $2 on fair admission tickets when you buy online or before July 17th at www.heartofillinoisfair.com

The Peoria Chiefs will take on the Lake County Captains tonight (Thursday) & Friday at 7:30 pm and the Fort Wayne TinCaps on Saturday at 6:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm 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

Cousin Eddie will perform at the Idlewood Arts Pavillion (located at 495 E Idlewood Ave. in Morton) tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 9 pm.  Admission is free and concessions will be available. For more information, visit www.mortonfinearts.org

Johnny Lang will perform at the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing tonight (Thursday) at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $30 and are available at www.limelighteventplex.com  For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival will present Shakespeare’s Amazing Cymbeline at Ewing Manor (located at 617 E. Emerson in Bloomington) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm and on Saturday beginning at 8 pm.  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.com  For more information, visit http://illinoisshakes.com

Conklin Players will present A Grand Old Country Tribute at Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd., Washington) at 7 pm tonight (Thursday) – Saturday and at 3 pm on Sunday. Featuring the greatest hits of country music favorite all-time country hits from Hank Williams and Patsy Cline to Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks, 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

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

The Newcomers’ Club of Greater Peoria will host a breakfast at Gebby’s Family Restaurant (located at 726 E War Memorial Drive in Peoria Heights) on Friday at 9:30 am. Seeking to encourage friendships among new residents and promote their involvement in the community and its social activities, residents who have moved into the area within the last 5 years are welcome. For reservations and more information, visit www.peorianewcomers.com

Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive and Springdale Cemetery Tour will take place on Friday beginning at 11 am. Their Abraham Lincoln and The Civil War Tour will run on Saturday beginning at 11 am where you’ll learn the story of Lincoln’s visits to Peoria, the Civil War troops and Camp Peoria & Camp Lyon where they trained, visit Springdale Cemetery to see the final resting place of Civil War veterans, drive by the GAR Hall built in 1909 and hear the story of Joseph Greenhut, one of the Whiskey Barons who provided funding for the Hall.  Their Monuments and Landmarks Tour features sculptures and structures in both downtown and the north side of Peoria every Saturday in July at 1:30 pm.  All tours depart from the Peoria Riverfront Museum. 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 Change Up 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 Morton Public Library will host the Groove in the Garden concert series on Friday at 6:30 pm in Hannah’s Reading Garden. In addition to a musical showcase, a food truck will be on hand.  For more information, call 309-263-2300 or visit www.mortonlibrary.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

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival will present A Midsummer Night’s Dream beginning at 8 pm on Friday and at 7:30 pm on Sunday at Ewing Manor (located at 617 E. Emerson in Bloomington). 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.com  For more information, visit http://illinoisshakes.com

Brit Floyd will bring back the music of Pink Floyd at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets range from $29 – $150 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800- 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting http://ticketmaster.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 including a schedule of performers, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

Hairbanger’s Ball will perform at the CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing on Friday from 8:30 – 11:30 pm. Admission is $8 per person. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The Color Vibe 5K will take place at Festival Park (located at 200 NE Water St. on the Peoria RiverFront) on Saturday beginning at 9 am. Get blasted with color while you run followed by a dance party at the end of the race. Registration is $29.99 per person through tonight (Thursday) for adults and free for kids through 12 with a paid adult or $65 the day of the race with $10 for kids aged 12 and under with a paid adult. Proceeds from the race benefit Quest Charter Academy. For registration and event information, visit www.thecolorvibe.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 Camp Wokanda 80th Anniversary Celebration will take place on Saturday from 9 am – 4 pm and Sunday from Noon – 4 pm). Enjoy self-guided camp tours, Camp Wokanda memorabilia and collections plus rent a canoe for half price of $5 on Saturday and enjoy open fishing on Sunday. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/CampWokanda

Breakfast with the Reptiles will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday and Sunday from 9 – 10 am. Featuring a light breakfast for attendees, see the reptiles enjoy their breakfast too. Cost is $9 for adult members, $6 for child members or $18 for adult non-members and $12 for child non-members. To register, call 309-681-3559 or for more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

Mini Golfin’ In The Wild will take place at Illinois CancerCare (located at 8940 Wood Sage Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm. Featuring a miniature golf course, family friendly games, kid activities, treats and more, cost to participate is $12 or free for ages 2 & under. All proceeds benefit the Illinois CancerCare Foundation. For more information, call 309-243-3437 or visit www.illinoiscancercarefoundation.org

Art in the Wild will be held at Wildlife Prairie Park on Saturday from 10 am – 3 pm. Featuring a variety of activities and demonstrations such as a photography contest and seminar, airbrush tattoos, a special dedication of “Hope”, a sculpture by Charlie Brouwer, a beginner level painting class for adults and a kid’s art project. Admission is $9 for adults and $6 for children or free for members. For more information, visit www.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 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 Delavan Cruise-In will take place in downtown Delavan on historic Locust Street on Saturday beginning at 4 – 8 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/delavancruisers

Three and a Half Men will perform as part of the Wildfire Concert Series at Wildlife Prairie Park on Saturday from 7 – 11 pm. Doors open and concessions will be available at 5 pm for this family-friendly event. Admission is $5 at the door. For more information on the Wildlife Concert Series, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org/wildfire-concert-series

Theory Of A Deadman will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University Street in Peoria) on Saturday at 7:30 pm. General admission advance tickets are $20, party pit advance tickets are $25 and VIP loft tickets are $35 and are available at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Way Down Wanderers & Steady Flow will perform at the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm with Jeremy David Baker opening. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 the day of the show and are available at http://jaytv.com  For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

Concert in the Vineyard will present JammSammich 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 annual St. Jude Shrimp and Corn Boil will take place at the Itoo Society Hall (located at 4909 W. Farmington Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday from 11 am – 7 pm. Adult meals are $12 and kid meals are $5 and both dine-in and carry-out will be available. There will also be a raffle, a 50/50 drawing and a cash bar. Hosted by Kroger and St. Jude Rides, for more information, call 309-566-3514 or visit www.facebook.com/events/369533583402947

An Art and Wine Festival will be held at Mackinaw Valley Winery (located at 33633 State Route 9, in Mackinaw) on Sunday from Noon – 6 pm Featuring local artists showcasing their talents and selling their art specialize in oil and water color painting, wood, jewelry, metal work, ceramics and glass. Wine tasting will be available all day along with live music by Greg Williams. There will be a kids concrete canvas area as well as free face painting. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

Enjoy a Sundae Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Sunday beginning at 5 pm. 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

Richard Drexler and John Campbell 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 beginning 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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Disney’s The Lion King Jr. will be presented by Children’s Community Theatre at Peoria Players Theatre (located at 4300 N University St. in Peoria) at 7 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday and at 1:30 pm on Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Tickets are $15 for adults and $9 for students and senior citizens at the Noble Center, at the door during performances or online at www.cctpeoria.org/tickets

Adult Night will take place at the Peoria Zoo (located at 2320 N. Prospect Rd.) tonight (Thursday) from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. The 21 and over event features a cash bar, keeper chats and animal meet and greets. Enjoy an adult beverage while strolling through the Zoo until twilight.  Admission is $15 per person and registration is required. For registration and more information, call 309-686-3365 or visit www.peoriazoo.org

Heartland Jazz Orchestra will perform at the Idlewood Arts Pavillion (located at 495 E Idlewood Ave. in Morton) tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 9 pm.  Admission is free and concessions will be available. For more information, visit www.mortonfinearts.org

The CEFCU Thursday night Jazz Series featuring the Daniel Leahy Trio will take place tonight (Thursday) on the Peoria Riverfront CEFCU Stage at the Landing from 7 – 9 pm. Admission is free and supported by CEFCU and the Illinois Jazz Society. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The Peoria Chiefs will take on the Beloit Snappers tonight (Thursday) at 7 pm 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

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

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival will present A Midsummer Night’s Dream beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) and at 8 pm on Saturday at Ewing Manor (located at 617 E. Emerson in Bloomington). 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.com  For more information, visit http://illinoisshakes.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 The Brazilionaires 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 General Wayne A. Downing Home for Veterans ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place for the newly expanded home (located at 403 S. Olive Street in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 10 am. The expansion will provide a home for 15 homeless veterans. For more information, call 309-682-1113 ext. 2151 or visit www.goodwillpeo.org

Peoria Historical Society’s River City Tour winds along Grandview Drive and will take place on Friday beginning at 11 am. Their “Abraham Lincoln and The Civil War Tour” will run on Saturday beginning at 11 am where you’ll learn the story of Lincoln’s visits to Peoria, the Civil War troops and Camp Peoria & Camp Lyon where they trained, visit Springdale Cemetery to see the final resting place of Civil War veterans, drive by the GAR Hall built in 1909 and hear the story of Joseph Greenhut, one of the Whiskey Barons who provided funding for the Hall.  Their Monuments and Landmarks Tour features sculptures and structures in both downtown and the north side of Peoria every Saturday in July at 1:30 pm.  All tours depart from the Peoria Riverfront Museum. 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 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 or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

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

The Morton Public Library will host the Groove in the Garden concert series on Friday at 6:30 pm in Hannah’s Reading Garden. In addition to a musical showcase, a food truck will be on hand.  For more information, call 309-263-2300 or visit www.mortonlibrary.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

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

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival will present Shakespeare’s Amazing Cymbeline at Ewing Manor (located at 617 E. Emerson in Bloomington) on Friday beginning at 8 pm.  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.com  For more information, visit http://illinoisshakes.com

Cheap Trick and .38 Special will perform on the Peoria Riverfront CEFCU Stage at the Landing on Friday at 8 pm. No seating is provided and lawn chairs are allowed in designated areas only.  Tickets are $38. For tickets and more information, visit www.limelighteventplex.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 including a schedule of performers, 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 6th Annual Kids Muddy Madness for St. Jude will take place at Westwood Park (located at 2232 E Veterans Rd in Morton) on Saturday from 9 am – 1 pm. Kids aged 3 – 9  can run, jump, and get muddy on the 9 obstacle course. Registration is $20 per child. For registration or more information, visit www.kidsmuddymadness.com

The 2nd Annual Warbirds on the Warpath Radio Controlled Military Fly-In will take place at 10451 Old Galena Road in Chillicothe on Saturday & Sunday. Proceeds will benefit the Peoria Honor Flight. Admission is free. Landing fee is $20 including lunch. Hosted by the Peoria Radio Control Modelers, for more information, visit www.peoriarcmodelers.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

Writers on the River will take place at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino on Saturday from Noon – 4 pm. Featuring over 80 romance authors, including some from the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists, book signing begins at Noon for VIP guests and 1 pm for general admission. All proceeds will benefit Thistle Farms, a sanctuary for healing women survivors of abuse, addiction, trafficking and prostitution. Tickets are $10 and are available online at www.writersontheriver.weebly.com

Turnpike Troubadours will perform at the Peoria Riverfront CEFCU Stage at the landing on Saturday beginning at 1 pm. General admission lawn tickets are $28, Party Pit tickets are $35 and VIP tickets are $45.  Tickets are available online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Morton Downtown Super Cruise & Tractor Show will run on Saturday from 4 – 9 pm. The downtown streets and parking lots between Jefferson and Chicago Street will fill with over 500 cars manufactured from 1930 – 2013 plus there will be a new Tractor section featuring restored farm equipment.  Also enjoy 1950`s music and all American food in downtown Morton restaurants. Admission is free.  For more information, visit www.morton-il.gov

A Concert in the Park will take place at Alpha Park (located at 3527 S Airport Rd. in Bartonville) on Saturday at 6:30 pm. Featuring the band Sidetracked, admission is free. Concessions will be available. For more information, visit www.alphapark.org

Foster Pet Outreach’s Doggone Trivia Night will take place at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N Smith Rd. in Edwards) on Saturday from 6:30 – 9:30 pm. Cost is $40 and includes a catered dinner, a 50/50 raffle and prizes. For more information, visit www.kickapoowinery.com

Concerts in the Vineyard will present Sweetwater 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

Take a Stroll Under a Full Moon at the Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Saturday from 9 – 10 pm while learning some facts about the moon.  Admission is free.  For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Celebrate Peoria: Eid al Fitr will take place at the Peoria Playhouse Children’s Museum (located at 2218 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. Eid al Fitr is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan fasting. For more information, visit www.peoriaplayhouse.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 pm. Bring your guitar, fiddle, banjo or other acoustic instrument down to the Nature Center for a jam session. Music lovers of all ages are encouraged to come, listen and enjoy. Admission is free, however donations are requested. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Original Skazz Band will perform at Washington Park (located at 1003 Westgate Rd. in Washington) on Sunday from 6 – 8 pm. Complimentary Ice Cream will be served. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/theoriginalskazzband

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

Fitz and the Tantrums will perform at the Peoria Riverfront on the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing on Sunday from 8 – 11 pm. Tickets are $33 and are available at www.limelighteventplex.com

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Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike continues tonight (Thursday) and runs through Saturday at Corn Stock Theatre (located in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm each night. The winner of the 2013 Tony Award for best play about middle aged siblings full of resentments and regrets that lead to hilarious confrontations but ultimately reconciliations and hope for their futures. 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 7th Annual Fort Crevecoeur Knap-In will take place at Fort Crevecoeur Park (located at 301 Lawnridge Dr. in Creve Coeur) through dusk today (Thursday), from 9 am – dusk on Friday & Saturday and from 9 am – 3 pm on Sunday. Learn the process of arrowhead creation from start to finish. Bring you Native American artifacts to be identified by experts in flint knapping. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-261-4347.

A St. Jude Fundraiser will be held at Barrack’s Cater Inn (located at 1224 W. Pioneer Pkwy. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 7:30 pm. Featuring a silent auction, door prize items and a dinner buffet with salad, several types of pasta, pizza, and an ice cream buffet, cost is $12 for adults, $6 for ages 6 – 16 or free for ages under 5. Carry outs will be available. All proceeds will benefit St. Jude. For more information, 309-692-3990.

The Peoria Chiefs will take on Beloit tonight (Thursday) at 7 pm 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

Jim Markum Swing Band will perform at the Idlewood Arts Pavillion (located at 495 E Idlewood Ave. in Morton) tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 9 pm. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and the family. Admission is free and concessions will be available. For more information, visit www.mortonfinearts.org

The CEFCU Thursday night Jazz Series featuring the Derel Monteith Trio will take place tonight (Thursday) at CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing on the Peoria Riverfront from 7 – 9 pm. Admission is free and supported by CEFCU and the Illinois Jazz Society. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival will present a preview of Shakespeare’s Amazing Cymbeline at Ewing Manor (located at 617 E. Emerson in Bloomington) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm.  Tickets range from $7 to $23.  A Saturday at 8 pm performance will also be presented where 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.com  For more information, visit http://illinoisshakes.com

Peoria Historical Society’s River City Tour winds along Grandview Drive and takes place on Friday beginning at 11 am. Their Naughty to Nice Tour will run on Saturday beginning at 11 am and it traces triumphs through time from the 1920’s to the present including stories of the city’s gangster era, including driving by the site of Peoria’s most notorious crime scene, the Bernie Shelton murder.  And the Monuments and Landmarks Tour features the stunning sculptures and structures in both downtown and the north side of Peoria every Saturday in July at 1:30 pm.  All tours depart from the Peoria Riverfront Museum. 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 BioBlitz scientific investigation will take place at Singing Woods Nature Preserve (located at 715 W Singing Woods Rd. in Edelstein) on Friday beginning at noon to document as many living things as possible in a 24-hour period. The majority of investigators will be from state agencies and universities, but the public is also invited to observe the survey and learn from nature experts. Participants should come prepared to hike and explore the hills and hollows of Singing Woods. Wear comfortable clothes, hiking shoes and bring a water bottle. Admission is free. Sponsored by the Peoria Park District and Illinois Nature Preserves Commission, with funding by Peoria Wilds and the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, for more information, call 309-681-2858.

Asteroid Day will take place at the Riverfront Museum in celebration of International Asteroid Day on Friday from 1:15 – 4 pm. Learn about Near Earth Asteroids and why they matter, check out meteorites that fell from space at an activity station from 1:15 pm – 2:15 pm plus learn all about asteroids in a special planetarium show at 3:30 pm. All activities are included with regular admission, which is $11 for adults ($15 with Playing with Light exhibit), $9 for ages 3 – 17 ($13 with Playing with Light exhibit), $10 for ages 60+ ($14 with Playing with Light exhibit) or free for members.  For more information, visit http://RiverfrontMuseum.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 2 – 3:30 pm. An additional early cruise will take place 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.

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature State of Mind 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 Peoria Municipal Band will perform at St. Philomena’s Church and School (located at 1000 W Albany Ave. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Directed by Conductor David Vroman, admission is free. For more information, call 309-681-2854 or visit www.peoriamunicipalband.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

Heartache Tonight: A tribute to the Eagles will perform on the Peoria Riverfront on the CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing on Friday from 7 – 11 pm. Admission is $8. For tickets and more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival will present A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Ewing Manor (located at 617 E. Emerson in Bloomington) on Friday beginning at 8 pm . 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.com  For more information, visit http://illinoisshakes.com

Concerts in the Vineyard will present Brushville at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Route 9 in Mackinaw) on Friday beginning at 8 pm and 7 West 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

King Khancept featuring BLK will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Advanced general admission is $5 and $8 the day of the show. For tickets and more information, visit www.limelighteventplex.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 including a schedule of performers, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

Red, White and Not Right Comedy will take place at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday at 8 pm featuring the best of the best of Peoria area comedians. For tickets and more information, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.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 Gabbert Art Park will host a Live Painting event featuring international mural artist Ard Doko creating his second original mural at C.T. Gabbert’s (located at 1323 SW Adams in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 am. The Dutch artist will be joined by Peoria area artists will also be working and displaying their work. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/1339475722826418

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 Original Skazz Band will perform at the Ice Cream Shack (located at 2306 Washington Rd. in Washington) on Saturday from 6 – 8 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/theoriginalskazzband

The Marquette Heights Men’s Club of Central Illinois’ Fireworks Extravaganza will be held Independence Park (located at 615 LaSalle Blvd. in Marquette Heights) on Saturday from 6 -10 pm. Fireworks will begin at dusk with a rain date of Sunday at dusk. Admission is free. Featuring fireworks, food, a 50/50 and raffle as well as a remote control airplane demonstration, for more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/185741411925600

The Peoria German-American Society will host their Annual Volksfest at Hickory Grove Park (located at 12403 Hickory Grove Rd. in Dunlap) on Sunday from Noon to 8 pm. Featuring live entertainment by Ratskeller Brummers, Lindenhof Echoes, Peoria Volkstänzer, and Grammy Nominee, Eddie Korosa from Chicago, a Classic Car and Motorcycle Cruis’n runs from Noon to 5 pm with domestic & import cars, trucks & motorcycles made prior to 1990 plus a Fine Arts and Craft Village featuring a variety of handmade items, admission and parking are free. Other activities will include soccer, folk dancing, a 50/50 raffle, a shooting tent and a kinder park for kids. Dinners will be available plus a sandwich line and German and domestic beer plus soft drinks and a cash bar. For more information, visit http://www.peoriagermans.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 Annual Fireworks Spectacular at Glen Oak Amphitheatre will take place on Monday from 4 – 10 pm with live entertainment and fireworks. Admission is free. Fireworks begin at dark. Bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the show. Pack a picnic dinner or enjoy food from vendors in the park.

The Morton Fireworks will take place on the grounds of the Morton VFW (located at 2310 Veterans Road in Morton) on Monday from 5 – 10 pm. Bring chairs or blankets and enjoy music, food and more. Admission is free.  For more information, visit https://mortonvfw.com

JammSammich will perform on the RiverFront’s CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing on Monday as part of Red, White & Boom from 8:30 – 11:30 pm.  Admission is $7. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The 47th Annual West Peoria 4th of July Parade will take place on Tuesday beginning at 10 am and will end with the flag raising ceremony at the Franciscan Center Park at approximately 11:30 am. For more information, visit http://cityofwestpeoria.org

The Peoria Chiefs will take on the Beloit Snappers on Tuesday beginning at 5:30 pm 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

The Red, White & Boom Fireworks Display will take place on the Peoria riverfront on Tuesday with festivities beginning at 4 pm including a kids zone, a bags tournament, street performers and live entertainment by Spring Creek Station from 6 – 8 pm. The synchronized fireworks show is scheduled to begin at 9:30 pm. Admission is free. The VIP viewing area will be open from 5:30 – 10 pm with food, soda, water, beer and wine plus face painting, a balloon artist and live entertainment. Tickets for the VIP area are $59 for adults and $29 for kids under 17.  For more information, visit www.redwhiteandboom.us

The Peoria Park District ELITE Community Outreach 4th of July Fundraiser will take place at the RiverPlex on Tuesday beginning at 5 pm. ELITE programs target youth and ex-offenders in the Peoria area. Included with admission is reserved parking to view the Peoria fireworks from the grassy area surrounding the RiverPlex, concessions plus the use of the RiverPlex facilities such as the rock climbing wall, the pool, indoor basketball and volleyball courts and the totally tots indoor playground. Cost is $40 for a car of 4 ($10 per extra person) and reservations may be made by calling 309-589-5923.

The Riverfront Museum will host their 4th of July Backyard BBQ Summer Fundraiser on Tuesday from 6-10:30 pm featuring an all you can eat buffet plus the best seat in town for the Peoria fireworks. Also featuring a cash bar, ice cream & snacks, live radio remote plus admission to all the Museum exhibits including “Playing with Light” plus many other activities. Cost for members is $35 for adults and $17 for kids aged 3 – 12 or $45 for adults and $22 for kids aged 3 – 12 for the general public. For more information and to order tickets, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

View the Peoria Fireworks from the John C. Flanagan House Museum (located at 942 NE Glen Oak Avenue in Peoria) on Tuesday with gates opening at 6 pm.  Seating is limited to the first 200 and admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children under 16. Soda, water, popcorn and other novelties will be available for $1 each. Proceeds benefit the Peoria Historical Society. For more information, visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The 4th of July Honor America Celebration will take place at Pekin Memorial Stadium (located at 1817-1837 Court St. in Pekin) on Tuesday beginning at 6 pm. Pacos Tacos, Bill’s Lemonade, Maurie’s popcorn, Pepsi products and glow necklaces also will be available. Fireworks start at dusk.  A donation of $5 for adults and $1 for children ages 6 -12 is recommended. For more information, visit http://enjoypekin.com/events

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Caribbean Rhythms on the River will take place on the Spirit of Peoria tonight (Thursday) boarding at 5 pm and leaving dock at 6:30 pm. Featuring a “Cheeseburgers in Paradise” themed meal, the cruise on the Illinois river and and live music by the CoCo Loco party band playing your favorite “Tropical Rock and Roll for Your Soul” from artists such as Jimmy.Buffett, Kenny Chesney, Santana and Zac Brown, the event is a fundraiser for the Peoria Historical Society. Tickets are $35 and children under 12 are free. For more information and tickets, call 309-674-1921 visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike opens Friday and runs through next Saturday at Corn Stock Theatre (located in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm each night. The winner of the 2013 Tony Award for best play about middle aged siblings full of resentments and regrets that lead to hilarious confrontations but ultimately reconciliations and hope for their futures. 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 50th Annual Itoo Shish-Ka-Bob will take place at the Itoo Hall (Located at 4909 W. Farmington Road in Peoria) on Sunday from 11 am – 7 pm. Featuring beef and chicken shish-ka-bob in pita bread, cabbage rolls and Lebanese salad and bread, Lebanese bakery items and pastries will also be available for purchase. Tickets are $13 for adults and $6 for children under 12 with carry outs available. For more information, call 309-676-9725 or visit www.facebook.com/itoosociety

Cats continues at Eastlight Theatre (located within the East Peoria High School Auditorium) beginning at 7:30 tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm. The Jellicle Cats come out to play on one special night of the year – the night of the Jellicle Ball. One by one they tell their stories for the amusement of Old Deuteronomy, their wise and benevolent leader, who must choose one of the Cats to ascend to The Heaviside Layer and be reborn into a whole new Jellicle life. Based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, the show is set on a larger-than-life junkyard playground. Tickets are $20 and are available at the Eastlight Box Office, by calling 309-699-7469 or online at http://eastlighttheatre.com

The 2017 Princeville Heritage Days will take place tonight (Thursday) through Sunday in downtown Princeville. Featuring food, a carnival, a beer tent, live entertainment, an art show, a talent show, an auction plus vendors, a bags tournament, a kiddie tractor pull and a parade, there will also be a pancake & sausage breakfast and community church service on Sunday.  Admission is free until 7 pm on Saturday, then admission is $3. For more information, visit www.princeville.org

JC and The Redemption will perform at the Idlewood Arts Pavillion (located at 495 E Idlewood Ave. in Morton) tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 9 pm. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and the family. Admission is free and concessions will be available. For more information, visit www.mortonfinearts.org

The CEFCU Thursday night Jazz Series featuring the Joe Policastro Trio will take place tonight (Thursday) at CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing on the Peoria Riverfront from 7 – 9 pm. Admission is free and supported by CEFCU and the Illinois Jazz Society. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

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

The Day of Enlightenment will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park on Friday from 10 am – 3 pm.  Kids aged 7 – 12 will spend the day amongst lords, ladies, knights, squires, falconers and war horses plus see and feel what the Medieval era was like through an interactive educational experience. Participants will receive free admission to the Olde English Faire on Saturday and Sunday.  Admission for children is $6 and adults are $9 with lunch available for $7. For more information and to order tickets online, visit http://wildlifeprairiepark.org

Peoria Historical Society’s River City Tour winds along Grandview Drive and takes place every Friday in June beginning at 11 am. 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 running every Saturday in June at 11 am (except June 10).  And the Naughty to Nice Tour every Saturday in June beginning at 1:30 pm (except for the 10th) traces triumphs through time from the 1920’s to the present including stories of the city’s gangster era, including driving by the site of Peoria’s most notorious crime scene, the Bernie Shelton murder. All tours depart from the Peoria Riverfront Museum. 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 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 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 their Harmonica Invitational 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 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 will be open.  Fourth Friday will take place through November. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/TazewellArtLoop

The State & Water Music Program Taping will feature Woodland Remedy at the WTVP Studio (located at 101 State St. in Peoria) on Friday with seating beginning at 6 pm. Be a part of the studio audience during a live video taping of the program sponsored by Kidder Music and Limelight Eventplex. Admission is free, but registration is required. For more information and to register, visit www.facebook.com/events/279443042522855

The Wizard of Oz 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

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 including a schedule of performers, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

Too White Crew will perform at the CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing on Friday from 8:30 – 11:30 pm. Fly Crew dancers will bring back all those hot moves from back in the day.  Admission is $8. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

The City of Peoria Public Works Department will host a Free Mulch Giveaway and Electronics Recycling Event at the Lester D. Bergsten Public Works Facility (located at located at 3505 N. Dries Lane in Peoria) on Saturday from 8 am – Noon. City of Peoria residents should bring their own shovels to hand-shovel mulch into small vehicles or trucks. The City will accept an unlimited amount of electronic equipment during the event, but only one TV per vehicle. For more information, call 309-494-8850.

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 Morton Chalk Challenge will take place in downtown Morton on Saturday from 8 am – 9 pm. Chalk pastels will be provided and ample space to create a temporary piece of art. Cash prizes will be awarded for kids 8 and under, juniors 9 – 13, teens 14 – 17, and adults 18 and over. Preregistration appreciated. There will live music from 4 – 8 pm.  Admission is free and pre-registration is available at www.mortonmagnet.com

The Olde English Faire will take place at the Wildlife Prairie Park on Saturday and Sunday from 9 am- 5 pm. Featuring entertainment such as jousting, sword fighting, storytellers, archery and falconry there will also be vendors, food and more on hand. One day admission is $10 for ages 13 and up, $6 for ages 3 to 12 and kids 2 and under are free. Parking is $5. For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit http://wildlifeprairiepark.org/faire

The HOI Food Truck and Music Festival will be held at the Pekin VFW (located at 15665 VFW Rd. in Pekin) from 10 am – 11 pm on Saturday and 11 am – 7 pm on Sunday. Live music begins at 11:30 am each day featuring rock & metal on Saturday and country on Sunday as well as area Food Trucks plus local businesses and vendors. Single day tickets are $20 in advance or $30 for two day tickets and $10 for two tickets for teens 14 – 18. Ages 13 and under are free. For a full listing of entertainment and to purchase tickets online, visit www.facebook.com/events/1216272038421736

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

Lego Day will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday from 11 am – 2 pm. Kids can build, play, and grow their love of Legos. Regular admission applies which is $9.50 for adults over 13,  $6 for ages 2 – 12 and $8.50 for senior citizens. For tickets and more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

The Just Tri It Triathalon will take place at the Greater Peoria YMCA (located at 7000 N Fleming Lane) on Saturday from 11 am – 1 pm.  Geared toward ages 12 and over, the triathalon is designed to introduce newcomers to the sport of triathlon and provide a challenging training tool for veteran triathletes. All participants will receive 4 free YMCA guest passes, t-shirts for the first 25 participants registered, water and fruit for each competitor and more. Cost is $30 for members and $40 for the public. For more information, visit www.peoriaymca.org

RoboRumble will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from Noon – 5 pm. See and operate large and small robots and watch two Lego robots battle for turf. Admission is free, but regular admission is required for museum exhibits.  For more information, visit www.riverfrontmuseum.org

Laser Light Night will be held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday featuring Laser Beatles at 6 pm and Laser U2 at 7 pm. Admission is $7 for one show and $12 for both shows or $5 for one show or $8 for both shows for members. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Biscuits & Gravy Band will perform at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Route 9 in Mackinaw) on Saturday from 7 – 11 pm. Admission is $5 or 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, but no beverages. Wine tasting and wine, beer, sodas, pizzas, cheese & crackers, and chocolates will be available for sale. For information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

Brian Howe, former lead singer for Bad Company, will perform at the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing on the Peoria Riverfront on Saturday from 7:30 – 11:30 pm. Also featuring Maiden Cane, tickets are $25 in advance or $30 the day of the show. For tickets and more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

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. This month features fence building plus other 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 Municipal Band continues with their 80th season of summer concerts at the Glen Oak Park Amphitheatre (located at 2218 N. Prospect in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 7 pm. Directed by Conductor David Vroman, admission is free. For more information, call 309-681-2854 or visit www.peoriamunicipalband.com

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The 2017 Steamboat Days Festival will take place on the Peoria Riverfront tonight (Thursday) beginning at 4:30 pm, Friday at 4:30 pm, and Saturday at 7 am. Featuring the internationally renowned Steamboat Classic race, a carnival, live music including Jake Owen, Eric Paslay and LANCO, food and a bags tournament, there will be a $20 unlimited carnival ride wristband tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 9 pm and on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm. For a full schedule with band information, visit www.peoriaevents.com

Cats will be presented by Eastlight Theatre (located within the East Peoria High School Auditorium) beginning at 7:30 Friday and Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday as well as the following Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm each night. The Jellicle Cats come out to play on one special night of the year – the night of the Jellicle Ball. One by one they tell their stories for the amusement of Old Deuteronomy, their wise and benevolent leader, who must choose one of the Cats to ascend to The Heaviside Layer and be reborn into a whole new Jellicle life. Based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, the show is set on a larger-than-life junkyard playground. Tickets are $20 and are available at the Eastlight Box Office, by calling 309-699-7469 or online at http://eastlighttheatre.com

The Annual Mack-Ca-Fest Farm Days will take place in Mackinaw tonight (Thursday) through Sunday. Featuring a carnival, live entertainment, a bags tournament, a pancake and sausage breakfast, Barnyard Discoveries, a craft show, a parade as well as food, admission is free. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/mackinaw.il

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council and Peoria Riverfront Museum will present a special screening of America’s Diplomats in the Giant Screen Theater tonight (Thursday) at 6:30 pm, followed by a discussion with Ambassador Ronald E. Neumann. The 2016 documentary film explores the history of the Foreign Service, the vital role it plays in shaping U.S. foreign policy and the security threats diplomats face abroad. Admission is free, however registration is encouraged and may be done by calling 309-686-7000 or visiting www.riverfrontmuseum.org

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

Peoria Historical Society’s River City Tour winds along Grandview Drive and takes place every Friday in June beginning at 11 am. 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 running every Saturday in June at 11 am (except June 10).  And the Naughty to Nice Tour every Saturday in June beginning at 1:30 pm (except for the 10th) traces triumphs through time from the 1920’s to the present including stories of the city’s gangster era, including driving by the site of Peoria’s most notorious crime scene, the Bernie Shelton murder. All tours depart from the Peoria Riverfront Museum. 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 and Saturday running from 2 – 3:30 pm. An early cruise will also run from 11 am – 12:30 pm 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 via phone, call 309-637-8000.

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.
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

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 and are available by calling 309-494-9100 or visiting www.HowlinOnWater.com

The Peoria Chiefs will take on Burlington on Friday at 7 pm, Saturday at 6:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm at Dozer Stadium. Tickets are $11 for dugout seating, $10 for 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

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 including a schedule of performers, 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

Breakfast with the Tigers will take place at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday and Sunday from 9 – 10 am. Featuring a light breakfast for attendees, see the tigers enjoy their breakfast too. Cost is $9 for adult members, $6 for child members or $18 for adults and $12 for children. To register, call 309-681-3559 or for more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

The 4th annual Stars of Hope Community Walk will take place at Oak Ridge Park (located at 1500 Cummings Lane in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 9:30 am. Featuring a 2 mile walk, live music, family-friendly activities and a lunch, proceeds benefit patients and families affected by Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and other neurological disorders through the OSF Foundation and Illinois Neurological Institute.  Registration is $25 for adults and $15 for children 3-17 and children under 3 are free. To register or for more information, call 309-253-0646 or visit www.facebook.com/centralilteamhope

The Kindermusik Summer Extravaganza will take place at Sing Out Studios (located at 101 N 8th St. in Pekin) on Saturday from 9 am – 2 pm. Celebrating their 3rd anniversary, there will be activities for kids, performances by their summer camp kids as well as the instructors and more. For more information, visit www.singoutstudios.org

The Playing with Light: The Magic of Lasers, Holograms & Kaleidoscopes Exhibition opens on Saturday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum and runs through September 10. Hands on experiences include trying to sneak past a laser light security block, stepping inside a giant kaleidoscope, “drawing” with infrared “paint” and making a powerful telescope. Admission for the exhibit is $15 for adults, $14 for senior citizens aged 60+, $13 for ages 3 – 17 and free for members. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

A Classic Car Cruise-In & Craft Show will take place on Saturday in the Levee District in East Peoria with the craft show from 10 am – 6 pm on the pedestrian promenade (near Gordman’s) with proceeds going to the East Peoria Food Bank. The Cruise-In will take place from 4 – 8 pm. There is no entry fee for classic car owners to display their vehicles. For more information, call 309-699-6212.

Ride for the Cure will take place at Walters Brothers Harley-Davidson (located at 615 S Maxwell Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday with registration and ride instructions at 10 am.  All proceeds go to Susan G. Komen Memorial Affiliate. For more information, click HERE

An Antique Equipment Show will be on display along Main Street just outside the Caterpillar Visitor Center (located at 110 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/caterpillarvisitorscenter

Flynn’s Irish Dancers will host Fundraiser at Club Phoenix II (located at 4206 W Pfeiffer Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 4 – 8 pm. Featuring a pulled pork dinner, there will also be a silent auction, raffle, bake sale, Irish dancing and more to raise money for new costumes. Admission is free. Dinner tickets are $10 and available at the door. For more information, call 309-303-9320.

The Delavan Cruise In will take place on historic Locust Street in downtown Delavan on Saturday from 4 – 8 pm. Featuring live music, registration is free to display your cruiser. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/delavancruisers

Concert in the Vineyard will present Jammsammich at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Route 9 in Mackinaw) on Saturday from 7 – 11 pm. Admission is $5 or 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, but no beverages. Wine tasting and wine, beer, sodas, pizzas, cheese & crackers, and chocolates will be available for sale. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

Heritage Ensemble will present Juneteenth: An American Celebration on Saturday beginning 7:30 pm at the ICC Performing Arts Center on the East Peoria campus. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens and $8 for students and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.ArtsAtICC.com

Backyard at the Brewery will present Matthew Curry at Peoria Brewery Company (located at 8012 N Hale Ave in Peoria) at 8 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://peoriabrewingcompany.com

David Blaine will perform at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets range from $36 – $220 and are available at the Civic Center box office, by calling 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or by clicking HERE

A Father’s Day Cookout will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park on Sunday from 9 am – 6 pm. Enjoy a ribeye steak sandwich, BBQ pork sandwich, bratwurst, chicken legs, hot dogs and hamburgers, corn on the cob and more. Admission is $9 for ages 13 – 64, $7 for senior citizens 65+, $6 for ages 3 – 12 and free for Park members and ages 2 and under.  For more information, visit http://wildlifeprairiepark.org

Twp Spirit of Peoria Father’s Day Lunch Cruises featuring live entertainment by Chuck & the C-Notes will take place on Sunday from 12:30 – 2:30 pm and from 5 – 7 pm. Tickets are $40 for adults, $20 for kids aged 4 – 12 and free for ages 3 & under. Reservations are required and a cash bar will be available. For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.spiritofpeoria.com

The Todd Kelly Quintet 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 beginning at 6 pm with the house band under the direction of Larry Harms opening.  Admission is $6 for members, $8 non-members and free for students. For information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.cijs.org

The Peoria Municipal Band continues with their 80th season of summer concerts at the Glen Oak Park Amphitheatre (located at 2218 N. Prospect in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 7 pm. Directed by Conductor David Vroman, admission is free. For more information, call 309-681-2854 or visit www.peoriamunicipalband.com

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Broadway Backwards will be presented at Peoria Players Theatre on Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm and at 2 pm on Sunday. Broadway Backwards reinterprets the songs of musical theater, with singers performing as characters they wouldn’t get to play in real life – be it due to gender, age, race or body type. From heartfelt to hilarious, this show puts a unique twist on Broadway’s biggest hits. Tickets are $19 for adults and $12 for youth and are available at the box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

My Fair Lady
continues tonight (Thursday) through Saturday at Corn Stock Theatre (located in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm each night. In this beloved musical, pompous phonetics professor Henry Higgins is so sure of his abilities that he takes it upon himself to transform a Cockney working-class girl into someone who can pass for a cultured member of high society. His subject turns out to be the lovely Eliza Doolittle, who agrees to speech lessons to improve her job prospects. Higgins and Eliza clash, then form an unlikely bond. 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 Tremont Turkey Festival will take place through Sunday in downtown Tremont. Hours are through 10 pm tonight (Thursday), 11 am – 10 pm on Friday, 6:30 am – 10 pm on Saturday, and 9 am – 5 pm on Sunday. Featuring the Miss Tremont Pageant, a pancake & sausage breakfast, a 5k race, horseshoe tournament, an antique tractor pull, a craft show, a community church service, car show and a parade on Sunday plus a carnival, live entertainment, food featuring (of course) turkey will be available throughout the festival. For more information, visit www.turkeyfestival.com

The Peoria Chiefs will take on Kane County Cougars tonight (Thursday) at 7 pm and Clinton on Friday at 7 pm and Saturday at 6:30 pm as well as on Sunday at 2 pm all 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

The 29th Annual Duck Race Kick Off  will take place outside Kelleher’s Irish Pub & Eatery (located at 619 SW Water Street in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 7 – 9 pm. Guests can purchase ducks to help support services for the Center for Prevention of Abuse for the annual event on August 26. For more information, visit www.duckrace.com/peoria

Matt Iseman will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and on Friday at 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm and Saturday at 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm. Ticket prices are $15 for the Thursday 8 pm show and Friday’s 9:45 pm show and all other shows are $20.  For tickets and more information, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Peoria Historical Society’s River City Tour winds along Grandview Drive and takes place every Friday in June beginning at 11 am. 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 running every Saturday in June at 11 am (except June 10).  And the Naughty to Nice Tour every Saturday in June beginning at 1:30 pm (except for the 10th) traces triumphs through time from the 1920’s to the present including stories of the city’s gangster era, including driving by the site of Peoria’s most notorious crime scene, the Bernie Shelton murder. All tours depart from the Peoria Riverfront Museum. 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 running from 2 – 3:30 pm. An early cruise will also run from 11 am – 12:30 pm 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 via phone, call 309-637-8000.

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Galactic Cowboy Orchestra 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 American Cancer Society’s Night of Hope will take place at Peoria Riverfront Liberty Park on Friday from 6 – 10 pm. Featuring a survivor ceremony, food, entertainment, activities and more bringing together the largest group of cancer survivors in the area. Admission is free.  For more information, visit http://main.acsevents.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

The Tempest will be presented by the Great Works Begins Theatre Company at Camp Wokanda (located at 620 Boy Scout Rd. in Chillicothe) on Friday at 7:30 pm, Saturday at 2:30 and 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm.  Admission is $10 for adults and children 12 and under are free. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org/events

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 including a schedule of performers, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

Take a Full Moon Stroll at the Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Friday from 9 – 10 pm while learning facts about the moon. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

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

Over the Edge Peoria will take place at the Chase Bank (located at 411 Hamilton Blvd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 8 am – 7 pm. A fundraiser to benefit Peoria Friendship House, participants who raise a minimum of $1,000 will rappel down one of the tallest buildings in Peoria. No prior experience is required. A $50 registration fee reserves a spot. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/OTEpeoria

The Annual Moss Avenue Sale will take place along 6 blocks of historic Moss Avenue (between Western and McArthur Blvd.) on Saturday from 8 am – 3 pm. Featuring antique and collectible dealers, hand made items, fine art dealers, food vendors and live music, admission is free. The event will take place rain or shine. For more information, call 309-676-7900.

A Flags and Dance Workshop will be held at Bradley Epworth Church (located at 1316 W Columbia Terrace in Peoria) on Saturday from 8:45 am – 12:30 pm. Admission is free for high school and up. For more information, visit www.kinisi424.weebly.com

Super Hero Day will take place in downtown Morton at the shops, restaurants and library on Saturday from 10 am – 3 pm. Kids of all ages can dress up as their favorite hero and take part in the Super Hero Academy and teens can participate in a fun photo challenge. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.mortonlibrary.org

Canvas and Donuts Father’s Day Painting will take place at the Pekin Academy of Fine Arts (located at 601 N 4th St. in Pekin) on Saturday from 10 – 11 am. Children 5 – 12 can paint while enjoying donuts and milk. Cost is $22 and a parent must attend with their child. For more information, visit www.pekinacademyoffinearts.com

The 12th Annual Duryea Festival will take place at Tower Park (located at 1222 E Kingman Ave. in Peoria Heights) on Saturday from 11 am – 10 pm. Featuring live music, food, beverages, Fun on the Run Kids activities, arts & crafts vendors and a merchant sidewalk sale, admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriaheightschamber.com

The Sommerfest Rock’n Wurst will be held at Hickory Grove Park (located at 12503 Hickory Grove Rd. in Dunlap) on Saturday & Sunday from Noon – 8 pm each day. Featuring music, soccer, food including bratwurst, sauerkraut, German potato salad, Heidelburgers, hot dogs and German side dishes, German beer and wine and other beverages will be also available. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriagermans.net

Golf for Recovery will take place at the Country Club of Peoria (located at 4700 N Grandview Dr. #3 in Peoria Heights) on Saturday with registration at 2 pm. All proceeds support the addiction recovery efforts for those who cannot pay. Cost is $255 per player, or $55 for just dinner. For more information, call 309-696-3333 or visit www.invictuswoods.com

River City Unite Fest will take place at Peoria High School (located at 1615 N North St. in Peoria) on Saturday from 3 – 9 pm. Featuring performances by Josh Wilson and Flame, food, community awards, children’s activities and giveaways, admission is free. For more information, visit www.rivercityunite.com

The Peoria River City Jazz & Art Festival will take place at the CEFCU Center Stage on Saturday beginning at 2 pm. Featuring jazz and a fine arts exhibition of local artists, admission is $8 from 2 – 4:30 pm and $10 after 4:30 pm and free for ages 12 and under with paid adult. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents/events

The Peoria Zoo will host Bowling for Rhinos at Landmark Bowling Alley (located at 3225 N Dries Lane in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. Benefitting national parks in Africa and India which protect rhinos and other threatened species, the cost to participate is $20 for adults and $15 for kids which includes three games and shoes and features a silent auction, prizes and more. For tickets and information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

Concert in Alpha Park (located at Airport Road and Garfield Ave. in Bartonville) will take place on Saturday from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Featuring Unusual Suspects, a cover band playing a mix of music including Tears for Fear, Genesis, Billy Joel and more, admission is free.  Bring lawn chairs and/or blankets. Concessions will be available. For more information, visit www.villageofbartonville-il.com

Concerts in the Vineyard will present Jury’s Out at the Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Route 9 in Mackinaw) on Saturday from 7 – 11 pm. Admission is $5 for adults and free for ages under 12. Bring a lawn chair to enjoy lawn seating or call to reserve deck seating for an additional $5 per person. Outside food is allowed, but outside beverages are not allowed. Wine tasting and wine, beer, sodas, pizzas, cheese & crackers and chocolates will be available for purchase. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

Star War Day will take place at the Peoria Zoo (located at 2320 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday from 11 am – 2 pm. Enjoy Star Wars themed games, crafts, and a scavenger hunt. Admission is $9.50 for adults 13 and over, $6.50 for children 2 – 13, and $8.50 for seniors 65 and over. Children under 2 are free. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

The 8th Annual Car Show for Homes of Hope will take place at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Route 9 in Mackinaw) on Sunday from Noon – 4 pm. Featuring live music as well as wine tasting, food, a bag tournament and raffles, admission is free. Car registration is $10. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

Barnyard Bash will take place at The Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum (located at 2218 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. The Playhouse is celebrating its second birthday with indoor and outdoor activities, farm animals, bluegrass music and more. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-323-6900 or visit www.peoriaplayhouse.org

The Peoria Summer Tea will take place at the Soderstrom Castle (located at 4717 N. Grandview Dr. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 1 pm. Tickets are $75. The Peoria Symphony Summer Party will also take place on Sunday beginning at 5 pm and will feature jazz music. Tickets are $125. For tickets and more information, call 309-495-0564 or visit www.peoriasymphony.org

Music in the McKenzie will feature SMD & The Underground at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 West Grand Parkway in Peoria) on Sunday from 2 to 4 pm. Admission is free and a portion of CD sales support the Friends of Peoria Public Library. For more information, call 309-497-2000 or visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.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 to meet other musicians and learn some new songs. For music lovers of all ages, admission is free, however donations are requested. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Peoria Municipal Band continues with their 80th season of summer concerts at the Glen Oak Park Amphitheatre (located at 2218 N. Prospect in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 7 pm. Directed by Conductor David Vroman, admission is free. For more information, call 309-681-2854 or visit www.peoriamunicipalband.com

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My Fair Lady opens on Friday at Corn Stock Theatre (located in upper Bradley Park) and runs through Saturday, June 10 beginning at 7:30 pm each night. In this beloved musical, pompous phonetics professor Henry Higgins is so sure of his abilities that he takes it upon himself to transform a Cockney working-class girl into someone who can pass for a cultured member of high society. His subject turns out to be the lovely Eliza Doolittle, who agrees to speech lessons to improve her job prospects. Higgins and Eliza clash, then form an unlikely bond. 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

Chillicothe Summer Theatre’s The Little Mermaid Jr. will take place at at IVCHS (located at 1300 W Sycamore St. in Chillicothe) on Friday and Saturday at 7 pm and Sunday at 3 pm. Journey “under the sea” with Ariel and her aquatic friends adapted from Disney’s Broadway production and the motion picture. It’s an enchanting look at the sacrifices we all make for love and acceptance. Tickets are $6 each or 4 for $20 and are available at The Covered Wagon in downtown Chillicothe and at the door. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/chillicothetheatre1

Holy Family Heritage Days will be held in the Holy Family parking lot (located at the corners of Sterling Ave. and Gale Ave. in Peoria) from 4 – 10 pm tonight (Thursday), from 4 – 11 pm on Friday and from 11 am – 10 pm on Saturday. There will be carnival rides with a $16 unlimited wrist band on Saturday from 11 – 3 for $16, food, a beer tent, games and live entertainment. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-688-3427.

The Washington Good Neighbor Days Festival will take place behind John Bearce Companies on Rt 24 in Washington beginning at 5 pm tonight (Thursday), at 1 pm on Friday, 7 am on Saturday and at 11 am on Sunday. There will be a kids talent show, a baby photo contest, a Kids Fun Run plus a 5K and a 1 Mile Run/Walk and many other activities. For more information, visit www.washingtonilcoc.com

The Morton Downtown Dining Stroll will take place tonight (Thursday) in downtown Morton from 5 – 7:30 pm. Enjoy live music and a beer garden behind Season’s Gastropub. For more information, visit www.mortonmagnet.com

An Evening with Glass: Film & Artist Talk will take place in the Giant Screen Theatre tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 8 pm. Featuring local glass artist Hiram Toraason as he shares his insight on the glass art of the Kottemann Art Collection plus a screening of the documentary “Pilchuck, A Dance with Fire”. Tickets are $5 and available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Peoria Chiefs will take on the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers at Dozer Field tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. 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

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. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.centralillinoisherp.com

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

Ratt will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm. Tickets are $23 for general admission, $30 for advanced party pit and $55 for the Bud Light VIP Loft and are available at the box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.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 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, 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. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Peoria Historical Society’s River City Tour winds along Grandview Drive and takes place every Friday in June beginning at 11 am. 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 running every Saturday in June at 11 am (except June 10).  And the Naughty to Nice Tour every Saturday in June beginning at 1:30 pm (except for the 10th) traces triumphs through time from the 1920’s to the present including stories of the city’s gangster era, including driving by the site of Peoria’s most notorious crime scene, the Bernie Shelton murder. All tours depart from the Peoria Riverfront Museum. 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 running from 2 – 3:30 pm. An early cruise will also run from 11 am – 12:30 pm 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 via phone, call 309-637-8000.

The CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Tour will take place 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

State & Water will host The Bogart Jones Band at WTVP (located at 101 State St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6 pm. The event is free, but tickets are required. For tickets and more information, visit www.wtvp.org

Whiskey’s Gone, a Zac Brown Tribute Band, will perform at the Peoria Brewing Company (located at 8012 N Hale Ave. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring special guests Jeremy David Baker and Sarah Marie Dillard, admission is free. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/WhiskeysGoneZBTB

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

The 15th Annual Bach Festival Opening Concert will take place at Trinity Lutheran Church (located at 135 NE Randolph Ave. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. The festival continues through Sunday, June 11. Admission is free. For more a full schedule and more information, call 309-673-8501 or visit www.peoriabachfestival.org

The Boat Drunks will perform on the CEFCU Center Stage on the RiverFront (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Admission is $7 at the gate. For more information, call 309-689-3019 or visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

Stephanie Aaron will perform at The Waterhouse’s Broadway Lounge (located at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday at 8 pm. Admission is $16 or $41 for the dinner and show package which begins at 6 pm. For more information, call 309-494-9100 or visit www.waterhousepeoria.com/Broadway

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 including a schedule of performers, 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 Elmwood Strawberry Festival will be held in downtown Elmwood on Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm. Featuring strawberry treats (such as strawberry pizza, strawberry shortcake, strawberry shake ups, strawberry milkshakes, strawberry soda pop & strawberry jam), musical entertainment, children’s activities and crafts, admission is free. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/elmwoodstrawberryfest

The Kim St John Butterfly Habitat Opening will take place at Wildlife Prairie Park on Saturday from 10 am – 3 pm. The event includes activities and crafts all centered around butterflies. Admission is $7 for seniors 65 and over, $9 for 13 and over, $6 for 3 -12 years and children under 3 and members are free. For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

The 20th Annual Saddle Up for St. Jude will take place at Jubilee State Park Equestrian Area (located on W Fussner Rd. in Brimfield) on Saturday beginning at 10 am with a trail ride. Also featuring lunch, an auction, raffles and giveaways, the event benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-253-5857 or visit www.facebook.com/saddleupcentralil

The 2017 Sculpture Walk Peoria Opening Celebration will be held on Saturday from 10 am – 12:30 pm in downtown Peoria. See the new sculptures and meet the artists who created them. People’s Choice Award ballots will be available so you can vote for your favorite sculpture plus enjoy live music, vendors, and activities for kids. For more information, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

Canton Main Street’s Art on Main Fine Arts Festival will take place at Jones Park (located at 45 East Side Square in Canton) from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday & 10 am – 4 pm on Sunday. Featuring original art from the Midwestern artists, you can view and purchase paintings, drawings, jewelry, clay, ceramics, photography, glass, sculpture, textiles and woods plus enjoy live music and youth art activities, Admission is free. For more information, call 309-647-2677 or visit www.cantonartonmain.com

The Central Illinois Military Fest featuring WWII Comes Alive will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N Koerner Rd. in Edwards) from 10 am – 4 pm on Saturday and 10 am – 3 pm on Sunday. Allied and Axis troops will present authentic displays of equipment, weapons, tanks, and vehicles. Public battles each day will feature clashes between opposing sides in the war. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for kids 5 – 17 with a maximum of $25 for family and free admission for kids under 5. For more information, visit www.centralilww2.com

It’s My Book will host a Garden Tour on Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm. Featuring 6 local gardens, tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door as can be purchased at Gregg’s Florist (located at 1015 E. War Memorial Dr. in Peoria) through Friday. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/lookitsmybook

The 3rd Annual Peoria Zero K will take place at Junction City on Saturday from 1 – 5 pm. A unique and family-friendly event, it’s a ‘non-race’ with a short walk over the bridge, so everyone can participate. All funds raised will benefit Peoria Promise. Pre-registration is $12 or $15 the day of the event. For more information and to register, visit www.peoriazerok.com

Hummingbirds Return to Illinois will take place at the Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) on Saturday from 1 – 3 pm. Admission is free. For more information visit www.peoriaparks.org

The 2nd Annual Prime Rib Dinner and Silent Auction will take place at All Saints Greek Orthodox Church (located at 1812 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. Dinner includes appetizers, salad, prime rib, spanakopita, potato, vegetable, dessert, iced tea, coffee and lemonade. There is a $45 donation fee per person or a table of 10 is $400. For tickets or more information, email pphhaarr@hotmail.com

Concerts in the Vineyard will present West McQueen Street at the Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Route 9 in Mackinaw) on Saturday from 7 – 11 pm. Admission is $5 for adults and free for ages under 12. Bring a lawn chair to enjoy lawn seating or call to reserve deck seating for an additional $5 per person. Outside food is allowed, but beverages are not allowed from outside. Wine tasting and wine, beer, sodas, pizzas, cheese & crackers and chocolates will be available for purchase. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

The Chippendales will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Saturday at 8 pm. This event is for women only ages 21 and over. Tickets are $22 – $55 and are available at the box office or online at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will present Jubilation at Riverside Community Church (located at 207 NE Monroe St. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $8 – $74. For tickets and information, visit www.peoriasymphony.org

The Dave Matthews Tribute Band will perform at the Peoria RiverFront on Saturday from 8:30 – 11:30 pm. Admission is $7. For more information, visit  www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents

SAM’s Rescue will host Hair of the Dog at Obed & Isaac’s Microbrewery and Eatery (located at 321 NE Madison Ave. in Peoria) on Sunday from 1 – 5 pm. Featuring games, prizes raffles and live music, admission is free and pooches are welcome. For more information, visit www.samsrescue.org

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 Peoria Municipal Band will begin their 80th season of summer concerts on Sunday beginning at 7 pm at the Glen Oak Park Amphitheatre (located at 2218 N. Prospect in Peoria). Featuring the presentation of colors by the Peoria Fire Department Color Guard and narrator Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis, ISU Professor Michelle Vought will be the featured vocalist and the Peoria Municipal Band Trombone Four will perform their rendition of Lassus Trombone. Directed by Conductor David Vroman, admission is free. For more information, call 309-681-2854 or visit www.peoriamunicipalband.com

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Lion King Jr. will be performed at the Peoria Civic Center Theatre Friday at 7:30 pm, Saturday at 1 pm and 4:30 pm and on Sunday at 2:30 pm. Based on the Disney film and the popular Broadway production, the cast is exclusively made up of Peoria Public School middle school students. This show is produced in conjunction with Saturday’s Ignite Peoria event featuring arts organizations from throughout the Peoria area. Tickets are $10 general admission and are available at the door or online at https://artstix.artspartners.net  For more information, visit www.artspartners.net

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continues tonight (Thursday) through Saturday at Corn Stock Theatre (located in upper Bradley Park) beginning at 7:30 pm each night. This new musical offers audiences an intimate theatrical experience, complete with humorous encounters, moving scenes and heartfelt moments.  Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 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 2016 Illinois Shakespeare Festival concludes this weekend at Ewing Manor (located at 617 E. Emerson in Bloomington). The shows include Hamlet, Twelfth Night and Peter and the Starcatcher with performances at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) and Sunday and at 8 pm on Friday & Saturday. Tickets range from $20 – $47 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  For more information, visit www.thefestival.org

The Illinois State Fair will be held on the Illinois State Fairgrounds today (Thursday) with a preview night beginning at 4 pm and runs from Friday through Sunday, August 21 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 begin on Friday and is $7 for adults (ages 13 – 59), $3 for children (ages 5-12), free for children under 5), and $3 for senior citizens (ages 60 and older). Parking per day is $7. Coupon books with 10 admissions are available for $45 for adults & $20 for children & senior citizens. For complete information on fair activities, entertainment and carnival prices and specials, visit www.illinois.gov/statefair

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 T.G. Sheppard, admission is free. For more information, visit www.brimfieldoldsettlersdays.webs.com

The Peoria Historical Society will host German Rhythms on the River on the Spirit of Peoria tonight (Thursday) with boarding beginning at 5 pm and the cruise from 6 – 8:30 pm. Featuring a German cookout dinner, music by Wilanna Vogel and a cruise along the Illinois River. Tickets are $35 can be reserved by calling 309-674-1921. For more information, visit http://www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The Peoria Chiefs will take on the Quad Cities tonight (Thursday) and Friday at 7 pm, Saturday at 6:30 pm and on Sunday at 5 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $11 for dugout box seating ($12 on Fireworks nights) and $10 (or $11 for fireworks nights) for field lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

Sister Hazel will perform tonight (Thursday) at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $18 for general admission plus a $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

Lakeview Aquatic Center (located at 1017 West Lake Avenue in Peoria) will host a Family Swim Night under the lights tonight (Thursday) from 7:30 – 9:30 pm. Admission is $10 for family of 4 with additional children $2 each. Children 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 309-686-3377.

Ms. Pat will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 7:15 pm and 9:45 pm. Tickets are $10 for the Thursday show and $15 for the other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Peoria Historical Society’s “Roll Out the Barrel Tour” takes you through the earliest sections of downtown Peoria and into the Warehouse District where you’ll discover historical facts about distilling in Peoria on Fridays at 11 am in August. The “Naughty to Nice Tour” runs Saturdays beginning at 11 am in August tracing triumphs through time from the 1920’s to the present.  It entails stories of the city’s gangster era, including driving by the site of Peoria’s most notorious crime scene: the Bernie Shelton murder. And the “River City Tour” which winds along Grandview Drive, takes place on Saturdays beginning at 1:30 pm in August.  All tours start & end at the Peoria Riverfront Museum in downtown Peoria. Tickets for each tour are $15 and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at https://cart.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org  For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria at 2 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with another early cruise 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 via phone, call 309-637-8000.

DRAKEphoto will host a Headshot Happy Hour at their office (located 3316 NE Adams St. Peoria) on Friday from 4 – 7 pm. Get your professional headshot updated, meet other professionals and enjoy hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Cost is $45 and proceeds will benefit Dream Center Peoria. For more information, call 309-839-1978 or visit www.drakephoto.com/hhh

Happy Art will be presented by the Peoria Autism Society at the Hive (located at 305 Southwest Water Street in Peoria) on Friday from 5 – 7 pm and also from 7 – 9 pm. Cost is $20 with 20% of the proceeds benefiting the Peoria Autism Society. This self-directing night includes all supplies and live music from the Rhythm Kitchen. Piece stencils are available. For more information and to register online, visit http://thehive305.com/events

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

Celebrate Recovery will take place at Imago Dei Church (located at 2221 N. Gale, Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6 pm with dinner, followed by the large group meeting at 6:30 pm, then small groups at 7:30 pm. A 12 step recovery program for life’s hurts, habits, and hang-ups, admission is free.  For more information, call 309-863-5127.

Mitch Williams will perform table-side close up magic at the New Amsterdam Bar & Restaurant on the Peoria riverfront (located at 120 Southwest Water Street) on Friday & Saturday from 6 – 8:30 pm and is free for customers. For more information, visit www.mitchwilliamsmagic.com

The Prairieland Country Opry Show will take place at the Fondulac Administration Building (located at 201 Veterans in East Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring country music, award winning entertainers and musicians there will also be a 50/50. For more information, visit www.stevehargis.net

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 $15 on Saturday. Featuring a motorcycle parade, antique & custom bike shows, vendors, stunt shows, live music, 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 www.jaytv.com/grandnationals

Frank & Dean Together Again will be presented at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive in East Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. A tribute show of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, this is the opening show of the ICC 2016-17 Guest Artists Series. Tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for students and are available at the ICC Box Office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.com

Limeapalooza 2016 will take place at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $12 – $15 for general admission plus a $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

The Angela Jackson and Friends Cabaret will take place at the Waterhouse Broadway Lounge (located at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Appetizers will be available for purchase. Cost is $10 per person. For more information visit http://www.waterhousepeoria.com

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Live entertainment is provided and a cash bar will be available. Tickets are $23 for adults, $21 for senior citizens and $14 for kids aged 4 – 12 (2 & under is free) for the regular cruise and are available on the dock – no reservations are required. For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com

The RiverFront Market takes place on the Peoria riverfront every Saturday morning through September from 8 am – Noon (located in the 200 Block of SW Water Street directly across from the Peoria Riverfront Museum) featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers plus local art, live music and demonstrations each week. For more information, visit http://visitdowntownpeoria.com/peoria-riverfront-market

The Annual Hummingbird 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, a 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 at 9 am. From belly dancing to ballet, painting to fashion, Broadway hits to guitar picks, Ignite Peoria has something to spark the creative passion in people of all ages.  Featuring a range of events to inspire innovation, release artistic vision and spark the imagination of the community, admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.ignitepeoria.com

The Annual Wizard of Oz Festival will be held at Butler Haynes Park (located at 9424 S Mapleton Road in Mapleton) on Saturday from 9 am – 6 pm. Admission is $5 or free children under 2. Featuring professionally costumed Wizard of Oz characters along with a Wizard of Oz themed garden complete with a Yellow Brick Road, there will also be special marionette shows and Woody’s menagerie show, vendors selling Wizard of Oz collectibles and more. For more information, visit http://www.hollispark.org/#!oz-fest/l5106

Sculpture Walk Peoria 2016 will provide free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that were installed recently on Washington Street between Oak and Liberty in downtown Peoria on Saturdays throughout the summer. Tours will begin at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 10 am and Noon. For more information, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

The “Let It Glide!” NASA Engineering Design Challenge will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 11 am – 2 pm. A one day workshop where students will take part in NASA’s Engineering Design Challenge and learn about the physics of flight in the process, tickets are $25 per person with all materials included. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

Salem Lutheran Church will host the Carnival for Common Place at the The Shoppes at Grand Prairie on Saturday from 11 am – 2 pm. Featuring carnival games, bouncy houses, face painting, popcorn, snow cones and music, proceeds from the event will benefit Common Place. Donations of school supplies and tickets will be available in the center court. School supplies may also be dropped off at Salem Church, (located at 1700 War Memorial Drive in Peoria) through Friday from 8 am – 5 pm. For more information, visit www.commonplacepeoria.org

Laser Light Night will be held at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday featuring Laser Zeppelin at 6 pm and Laseropolis (mix of music from 70s-2000s) at 7 pm. Admission is $5 for one show and $8 for both shows for members or $7 for one show and $12 both shows for non-members. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

In the Shadow of the Swan, An Epic Fairytale featuring Dancers with Heart, will be performed at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N. Wilmor Road in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm to benefit the CHOI Congenital Heart Center. Featuring a combination of classical ballet, Indian, folk, Bollywood and fusion dance styles, tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under or free for congenital heart center patients. For more information and tickets, call 309-566-5671 or visit www.osfhealthcarefoundation.org/dancers

The Tropical Rock & Roll for Your Soul Cruise will take place on Saturday on the Spirit of Peoria with boarding beginning at 7 pm with cheeseburgers on the dock. Tickets are $40 per person and are available at the dock, by calling call 309-637-8000 or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com

Concerts in the Vineyard at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) will feature Heroso on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $5 for adults and free for ages 12 & under. Bring a lawn chair to enjoy lawn seating or call to reserve deck seating for $5. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

Haunted Infirmary will present the Icon Horror Experience at the Bartonville Insane Asylum (located at 4500 Enterprise Dr., Bartonville) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Cost is $5 for 2 people ages 14 and over.  For more information visit www.hauntedinfirmary.org

The Behind Every Bride Bridal Showcase will take place at the Par-A-Dice Hotel on Sunday from 11 am – 3 pm featuring over 40 wedding vendors, a swag bag for every bride as well as entertainment by DJ4U. Enjoy the Adore Bridal Experience with a peek into the new store and their amenities. Admission and parking are free. More information and pre-registration online is available at www.behindeverybride.com

The Italian-American Society of Peoria’s 87th Summer Festa Picnic will take place at Hickory Grove Park (located at 12403 North Hickory Grove Rd. in Dunlap) on Sunday from Noon – 6 pm. Admission is $3 for adults and free for children under age 12. Featuring Italian food, beverages, a gift booth, live entertainment provided by the Vince Chiarelli Band, children’s activities, a spaghetti-eating contest and bocce ball tournaments, for more information, visit http://italianamericansociety.com/3festa/index.html

The Peoria Public Library North Branch (3001 W Grand Parkway, Peoria) will present Music in the McKenzie featuring The Sally Weisenburg Band on Sunday from 2 – 4 pm. The event is free with a portion of CD sales supporting The Friends of Peoria Public Library.  For more information, call 309-497-2100.

Drop-in Drawing will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Folk Art Gallery on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. All ages and skill levels are welcome to check out a kit from the front desk at no charge, or bring your own sketchbook, pencils only please. All ages are invited, however ages 16 and under require an adult in attendance. Admission is free to members and with general admission, which is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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

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Spitfire Grill opens Friday at the Corn Stock Theatre (located in upper Bradley Park) and runs through Saturday, August 13 beginning at 7:30 pm each night. This new musical offers audiences an intimate theatrical experience, complete with humorous encounters, moving scenes and heartfelt moments.  Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 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
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The regional premiere of School of Rock continues at Eastlight Theatre’s YouthLight program (located within the East Peoria High School Auditorium) beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday. Music for the stage musical was produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber with 14 new songs in addition to all of the original songs from the movie. Featuring a live kids’ rock band, tickets are $19 and are available at the Eastlight Box Office, by calling 309-699-7469 or online at http://eastlighttheatre.com

The 2016 Illinois Shakespeare Festival continues at Ewing Manor (located at 617 E. Emerson in Bloomington). The shows include Hamlet, Twelfth Night and Peter and the Starcatcher with performances at 7:30 pm Tuesdays – Thursdays and Sundays and at 8 pm on Fridays & Saturdays through August 13. Tickets range from $20 – $47 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  For more information, visit www.thefestival.org

Umphrey’s McGee will perform with the Main Squeeze on the CEFCU Center Stage (located at 200 NE Water St. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the gate and are available at www.jaytv.com  For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents/events

The Central Illinois Herpetological Society will meet at Forest Park Nature Center 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

The Peoria Chiefs will take on the Quad Cities tonight (Thursday) and Friday beginning at 7 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $11 for dugout box seating ($12 on Fireworks nights) and $10 (or $11 for fireworks nights) for field lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

Legally Blonde will be presented as the Peoria Players Theatre Youth Show beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $19 for adults and $12 for ages 18 & younger and are on sale at the Peoria Players Box Office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

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

Lakeview Aquatic Center (located at 1017 West Lake Avenue in Peoria) will host a Family Swim Night under the lights tonight (Thursday) from 7:30 – 9:30 pm. Admission is $10 for family of 4 with additional children $2 each. Children 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 309-686-3377.

Henry Phillips perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 7:15 pm and 9:45 pm. Tickets are $10 for the Thursday show and $15 for the other shows. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Peoria Historical Society’s “Roll Out the Barrel Tour” takes you through the earliest sections of downtown Peoria and into the Warehouse District where you’ll discover historical facts about distilling in Peoria on Fridays at 11 am in August. The “Naughty to Nice Tour” runs Saturdays beginning at 11 am in August tracing triumphs through time from the 1920’s to the present.  It entails stories of the city’s gangster era, including driving by the site of Peoria’s most notorious crime scene: the Bernie Shelton murder. And the “River City Tour” which winds along Grandview Drive, takes place on Saturdays beginning at 1:30 pm in August.  All tours start & end at the Peoria Riverfront Museum in downtown Peoria. Tickets for each tour are $15 and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at https://cart.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org  For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria at 2 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with another early cruise 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 via phone, call 309-637-8000.

The 11th Annual Tower Park Music Festival will take place in downtown Peoria Heights featuring a variety of music from seven bands from 5 – 11 pm on Friday and from 1 – 11 pm pm on Saturday. Featuring food, a beer tent and live music, admission is free. For a complete list of performers and more details, visit www.peoriaheights.org/music

The CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Tour will take place from 5 – 9 pm on Friday 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

The Lebanese/Redneck Wedding will take place in the Ballroom at the MAXAM Building (located at the corners of Liberty and Washington in Downtown Peoria) on Friday & Saturday with dinner seating beginning at 5:45 pm. Admission for the dinner & show are $38 per person. Pre-show cocktails will be available in the Broadway Lounge starting at 5 pm. For reservations, call 309-494-9100 or visit www.mkt.com/waterhousepeoria

Soul Fest will take place at Festival Park on the Peoria Riverfront beginning at 6 pm on Friday & Saturday. Admission is $15 on Friday, $20 on Saturday and $25 for a weekend pass (weekend pass only available in advance). Friday features Gospel music with a variety of local choirs and performers including Dottie Peoples. Saturday will feature more local talent with R&B artists Carl Thomas and SWV. Tickets are available at Emack & Bolios , Janet’s Just For You, the Noble Center, Co-Op Records or online at www.jaytv.com

Celebrate Recovery will take place at Imago Dei Church (located at 2221 N. Gale, Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6 pm with dinner, followed by the large group meeting at 6:30 pm, then small groups at 7:30 pm. A 12 step recovery program for life’s hurts, habits, and hang-ups, admission is free.  For more information, call 309-863-5127.

Mitch Williams will perform table-side close up magic at the New Amsterdam Bar & Restaurant on the Peoria riverfront (located at 120 Southwest Water Street) on Friday & Saturday from 6 – 8:30 pm and is free for customers. For more information, visit www.mitchwilliamsmagic.com

Cosmic Cocktails: A Party in Space will take place at the Riverfront Museum on Friday from 7 – 9 pm. Featuring a self-guided tour of the “Be the Astronaut” exhibit with a virtual NASA mission to see if you’ve got what it takes to explore the stars and Jupiter and drive on Mars and the Moon.  Enjoy cocktails, the other-worldly music of Suit & Tie Guy and hands-on science in the lobby plus a planetarium show using the Uniview software.  Tickets include two complimentary signature cocktails & space snacks (plus a cash bar will also be available) and are $30 for members and $33 for the public and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Peoria Municipal Band will perform at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie on Friday beginning at 7 pm and again on Sunday beginning at 7 pm at the Glen Oak Park Amphitheatre (located at 2218 N. Prospect in Peoria).  Directed by Conductor David Vroman, admission is free. For more information, call 309-681-2854 or visit www.peoriamunicipalband.com

The EP!C Wine Down, Wine Tasting and Painting Exhibition will take place at the Market Grille at Grand Prairie Hy-Vee (located at 7610 N Orange Prairie Rd. in Peoria) on Friday from 7 – 9 pm. Tickets are $45 and include painting materials, wine and hors d’oeuvres created by Chef Timothy Neese and are available by calling 309-689-3606 or by visiting http://epicpeoria.org/epic-winedown

Drew Baldridge will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) with Matt Miller Band and Tasji Bachman on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $10 for general admission or $50 for the VIP loft plus a $3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 – 10 pm. Live entertainment is provided and a cash bar will be available. Tickets are $23 for adults, $21 for senior citizens and $14 for kids aged 4 – 12 (2 & under is free) for the regular cruise and are available on the dock – no reservations are required. For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com

The 1st Annual Greehut Memorial Whiskey Baron Run will begin at the GAR Hall (416 Hamilton Blvd. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 am. Run past the Greenhut Mansion on High St. and through some of Peoria’s historic neighborhoods. Celebrate Joseph Greenhut, a Civil War Veteran, benefactor of the Greenhut Memorial GAR Hall, and one of the wealthiest Whiskey Barons in the United States. All proceeds will support CILF, (Central Illinois Landmarks Foundation). Fee is $30 for the 5k run or 1 mile walk and registration is available at https://register.chronotrack.com/r/21400

The RiverFront Market takes place on the Peoria riverfront every Saturday morning through September from 8 am – Noon (located in the 200 Block of SW Water Street directly across from the Peoria Riverfront Museum) featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers plus local art, live music and demonstrations each week. For more information, visit http://visitdowntownpeoria.com/peoria-riverfront-market

The Douglas Grose Memorial Martial Arts Tournament will be held at the First English Lutheran Church (located at 725 E. Forrest Hill Ave) on Saturday from 8 am – 6 pm. Participant fee is $50 for 1 or 2 events. Each additional events up to 6 is an additional $10.  For more information, call 309-251-8588.

A French & Indian War Re-Enactment will take place at Fort Crevecoeur Park (located at 301 Lawnridge Drive in Creve Coeur) from 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Featuring mock battles with an historic encampment where re-enactors portray and teach about the lifestyle of the French and Indian War time period, there will also be food vendors, bake sale goods and live music. Admission is $1 for ages 13 and up, kids 12 & under are free. For more information, call 309-694-3193 or visit www.ftcrevecoeur.org

Wildlife Prairie Park will host a Member Appreciation Weekend on Saturday & Sunday where non-Members are encouraged to come see what it’s like to be a member. Featuring many free activities, animal feedings, crafts, Wildlife Olympic Kid’s Games, prizes, getaways, admission is $9 for adults, $6 for kids aged 3 – 12 and free for ages 2 & under and WPP members. For more information, call 309-676-0998 or visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

Dawg Days Disco will take place at the Peoria Obedience Training Center (located at 4115 W Main Street in Pottstown) on Saturday from 9:30 am – 3 pm. Featuring a canine freestyle competition where dogs and their handlers will move to music in a choreographed routine, admission is free. For more information, click HERE

Sculpture Walk Peoria 2016 will provide free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that were installed recently on Washington Street between Oak and Liberty in downtown Peoria on Saturdays throughout the summer. Tours will begin at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 10 am and Noon. For more information, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

The NAMI 7th Annual Hog Roast will take place at Detweiller Park in the Pine and Dogwood Shelters on Saturday from 11 am – 2 pm. Featuring food, live music and games, admission including the meal is $10. For more information, call 309-693-0541 or visit http://www.namitri-countyillinois.org

Olympics Day will take place at the Peoria Zoo (located at 2320 N. Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 11 am – 2 pm. Celebrate amazing animals with athletic-type adaptations. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for kids aged 2 – 12, $8 for senior citizens and active military and free for ages 1 & under. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/PeoriaZoo

Auditions for Mr. Silver’s Children will be held at the Peoria Women’s Club (301 N.E. Madison, Peoria) on Saturday and Sunday 1 – 4 pm. Children 6 – 15 and adults of all ages are invited to audition. Mr. Silver’s Children is a haunted musical fantasy composed and written by Peoria native, Derek Childs. Performances will be held at The Apollo Theatre. For more information visit www.mrsilverschildren.com

Ted Nugent will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $27.50 – $35 and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com

A Murder Mystery Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria beginning at 7 pm on Saturday. An interactive event featuring the cast of the Champaign-Urbana Theater Company who will dine and mingle with you as the mystery unfolds, tickets are $47 for adults and $23.50 for kids 4-12 and and are available online at www.spiritofpeoria.com  For more information or to reserve your seats via phone, call 309-637-8000.

Concerts in the Vineyard at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) will feature The Shake on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $5 for adults and free for ages 12 & under. Bring a lawn chair to enjoy lawn seating or call to reserve deck seating for $5. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

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

Drop-in Drawing will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Folk Art Gallery on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm. All ages and skill levels are welcome to check out a kit from the front desk at no charge, or bring your own sketchbook, pencils only please. All ages are invited, however ages 16 and under require an adult in attendance. Admission is free to members and with general admission, which is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org