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

The Woman in Black will be presented at the Peoria Players Theatre (located at 4300 N University St. in Peoria) on Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm as well as Thursday, October 12 through Saturday, October 14 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, October 15 at 2 pm. A regional premiere, a young solicitor travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals in this thriller. Adult tickets are $15 and $10 for youth and are available at the box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

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

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

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

Shane Torres will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) 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

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 Flying D’Rito Brothers on Friday from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will feature a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero also on Friday from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. 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 Grandview Drive and Springdale Cemetery Tour winds along Grandview Drive every Friday in October beginning at 11 am  And their Haunted Peoria Tour is where you’ll discover the stories behind the ghostly appearances that have startled and puzzled Peorians through the years taking place every Saturday in October beginning at 11 am and 1:30 pm.  All tours leave and from the Peoria Riverfront Museum in downtown Peoria.  Tickets are $15 and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.riverfrontmuseum.org  For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Tour will take place from 5 – 9 pm at various locations throughout Peoria 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

First Friday will also take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Friday from 5 – 9 pm. Featuring their exhibit, Emergence: The National Arts of Central Illinois, in the International Feature Gallery with activities in the galleries. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The Historic Springdale Cemetery Tours will take place at the Cemetery (located at 3014 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) at 6 pm on Friday at Noon and 2 pm on Saturday & Sunday.  Featuring live actors portraying six Peorians who were local celebrities who are buried in the cemetery, admission is $10 per person, $5 for for ages 12 & under. For more information, call 309-696-0956 or visit www.facebook.com/springdalecemeterytour

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

Pekin Haunt will take place at the Pekin Paintball Park (located at 14444 Towerline Drive in Pekin) from 7 – 10 pm every Friday & Saturday in October with tickets on sale beginning at 6 pm. Featuring paintball guns, zombies, a haunted house and a corn maze, participants can ride on a two-story battlewagon through undead and zombie-infested territory. Tickets are $10 for the corn maze, $20 for a battlewagon ride, $10 for a 2nd battlewagon ride or $25 for the battlewagon ride, 200 paintballs & the corn maze. BattleWagon rides only $10 per rider on October 6 & 7 (opening weekend). For more information, call 309-346-7000 or visit www.pekinhaunt.com

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

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

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

The Eli Young Band will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Advanced general admission tickets are $22 and party pit advanced tickets are $30 and are available at www.limelighteventplex.com

A 10th Anniversary Open House and Fitness Celebration will take place at Five Points (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. Washington) on Saturday from 7:30 am – Noon. Featuring group fitness classes, a personal training contest, a pickleball tournament, kids activities including a bounce house, Unique Twist Balloons, Zoolady face painting, Kona Ice, popcorn, a live radio remote, an open swim and City Blends smoothies, admission is free. For more information, visit www.fivepointswashington.org

The Whiskeydaddle, a series of races and contests with an old-timey theme, will take place throughout Peoria beginning on Saturday at 8 am with the Shot 5k and Skidoo Kids’ Run and on Sunday with the Barrel Marathon, Bottle Half Marathon and Bootlegger Relay beginning at 7:25 am. Races finish at the Daddle Fest on the Peoria riverfront from 9 am – 3 pm with games, live music, food and drinks on the Peoria riverfront. Registration and more information is available at www.whiskeydaddle.com

The Pink Turn N Burn Barrel Race will take place at Copperas Creek (located at 4302 S. Hanna City/Glasford Rd. in Hanna City) on Saturday beginning with practice runs at 8 am and the show at 11 am. Featuring a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle, bake sale, vendors and concessions, admission is free. All proceeds will benefit the Pink Fund. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/pinkbarrels

The Upscale Porch Sale will take place at the Pettengill-Morron House (located at 1212 West Moss Avenue in Peoria) from 9 am – 1 pm on Saturday and from 1 – 4 pm on Sunday. Tour the home plus shop for unique furniture, linens, china pieces plus fall and Christmas décor. Admission is $10 or $15 to tour Flanagan House Museum also. For more information, visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Experience an authentic French Market at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2520 N Prospect Road in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm. Featuring crepes, antiques, croissants, herbs, vintage finds, furniture, flowers plus a creative community of artists, craftsmen, foodies and collectors, admission is free. For more information, call 309-696-1164.

The Annual Spoon River Drive will take place from 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday & Sunday in the towns of London Mills, Farmington, Avon, Ellisville, Mount Pisgah Park, Fairview, Canton, Cuba, Smithfield, Bernadotte. Lewistown, Ipava, Duncan Mills, the Waterford area and Astoria in central Illinois. Local businesses as well as vendors will be offering their wares. For more information, visit www.spoonriverdrive.org

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

Speakeasy for Dyslexia will take place at Mt. Hawley Country Club (located at ) on Saturday from 6 – 9 pm. Featuring a Roaring 20’s theme, there will be live band, dancing, a mock casino, specialty drinks and food, a cigar bar, a photo booth, a silent auction and a $500 cash prize to the best dressed individual or couple. Tickets are $75 per person for ages 21+ and are available at www.dyslexiaawarenessnetwork.org

Michael Palascak will perform at Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. The show celebrates Five Points’ 10 Year anniversary with a night of laughter and audience participation with the “Survey Says” Game Show. Tickets are $10 and are available by calling 309-444-8222 or online at www.fivepointswashington.org

The Lacs will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Advanced general admission tickets are $22 and party pit advanced tickets are $30 and are available at www.limelighteventplex.com

The Wheels O’ Time Museum’s (located at 1710 W Woodside Dr. in Dunlap) 6th Annual Fall Festival will take place on Sunday from Noon – 4 pm. Featuring music by Dave Berchtold, an AMT ambulance, antique Fire Trucks including a restored 1931 Ahrens Fox, steam engines, the Silver Streak car, a Dunlap Fire Truck, a police car plus other attractions, admission is $7 for adults or $3.50 for ages 3-11 with cash or check only.

Tri-County Urban League Guild will host its 8th Annual Guild Jazz Brunch Fundraiser at the Par-A-Dice Casino Hotel Ballroom (located at 21 Blackjack Blvd. in East Peoria) on Sunday at 2 pm. Featuring an all you can eat buffet, door prizes and live music by Three and a Half Men, tickets are $50 and are available online at www.tcpul.com/events.html

Matt Nathanson will perform on the Peoria Riverfront Festival Lawn (located at 200 NE Water Street in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 2 pm. Advanced general admission lawn tickets are $25 and are available at www.limelighteventplex.com

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

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

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

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

Peoria Historical Society’s River City Tour winds along Grandview Drive on Friday beginning at 11 am  Their Monuments & Landmarks Bus Tour will take place on Saturday beginning at 11 am.  And their Haunted Peoria Tour will take place on Saturday beginning at 1:30 pm.  All tours leave and from the Peoria Riverfront Museum in downtown Peoria.  Tickets are $15 and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.riverfrontmuseum.org  For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

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

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

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Mercy Blue on Friday from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive and Springdale Cemetery Tour winds along Grandview Drive through the cemetery on Friday beginning at 11 am  Their Monuments & Landmarks Bus Tour will take place on Saturday beginning at 11 am.  And their Haunted Peoria Tour will take place on Saturday beginning at 1:30 pm.  All tours leave and from the Peoria Riverfront Museum in downtown Peoria.  Tickets are $15 and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.riverfrontmuseum.org  For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

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

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Rob Juice on Friday from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Comedy Hypnosis Stage Show featuring Terry Grawey will take place at Peoria Pizza Works (located at 3921 N Prospect Rd, Peoria Heights) on Saturday with dinner beginning at 6 pm and the show at 7:30 pm. Cost is $19 including the dinner buffet and show. Phil Raso will also perform magic. For more information or to order advance tickets, call 309-251-5531 or visit www.hypnohumorist.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The 51st Annual Morton Pumpkin Festival continues on the Jefferson School Grounds in downtown Morton tonight (Thursday), beginning at 11 am on Friday and at 6:30 am on Saturday and Sunday. Featuring a carnival, live music, the Miss Morton & Pumpkin Princess pageants, a parade on Saturday, the Pumpkin Idol competition, a craft fair plus food including pumpkin specialties such as pumpkin chili, baked beans, pasta salad, pumpkin ice cream, shakes, cheesecake, cookies and of course, pumpkin pie. For full details on the festival, visit www.mortonpumpkinfestival.org

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

The 2018 City of Peoria Online Budget Challenge will be held tonight (Thursday) Westminster Presbyterian Church (located at 1420 W. Moss Ave. in Peoria) beginning at 6 pm .  Featuring a public budget discussion featuring an overview of the budget and the opportunity to talk to department heads, the City has also released an interactive tool that invites residents to experience the types of policy choices involved in balancing the city’s budget. The city faces a $7.9 million budget deficit for 2018 and residents are encouraged to take the challenge and provide their thoughts and feedback. Participants begin with the current deficit amount, which will increase or decrease depending on their spending choices; the goal is to balance the budget by best allocating dollars across city services. The online tool is avialable at www.peoria.budgetchallenge.org through September 20th.

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

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

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

Peoria Historical Society’s River City Tour will take place on Friday winding along Grandview Drive beginning at 11 am. Their Monuments & Landmarks Bus Tour will take place on Saturday beginning at 11 am.  And their Haunted Peoria Tour will take place on Saturday beginning at 1:30 pm.  All tours leave and from the Peoria Riverfront Museum in downtown Peoria.  Tickets are $15 and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.riverfrontmuseum.org  For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

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

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature John Miller & the Romaniacs on Friday from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center, also on Friday, will feature a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members.  For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Whisper & Shout will take place at the Contemporary Art Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. An open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, admission is $4 for members or $8 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Preston Jackson & Friends on Friday from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

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

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

Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive and Springdale Cemetery Tour will take place on Friday at 11 am.  Their Monuments & Landmarks Bus Tour will take place on Saturday beginning at 11 am.  And their Haunted Peoria Tour will take place on Saturday beginning at 1:30 pm.  All tours leave and from the Peoria Riverfront Museum in downtown Peoria.  Tickets are $15 and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.riverfrontmuseum.org  For more information, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature the Derel Monthieth Trio on Friday from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will feature a dance lesson also on Friday from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members.  For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

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

The Peoria Chiefs will take on the Clinton Mariners Friday and Saturday at 7 pm and at 2 pm on Sunday at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $11 for advance dugout seating, $10 for advance field seating, and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dogs of Society, An Elton John Tribute, will be presented by the ICC Guest Artists Series at the ICC Performing Arts Center on the East Peoria campus on Saturday beginning at at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students and are available at the ICC box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at http://iccticketing.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Who’s Tommy continues at Eastlight Theatre​ in the East Peoria High School auditorium tonight (Thursday) through Saturday at 7:30 pm. The five-time Tony Award-winning musical is based upon the 1969 rock concept album and includes iconic songs such as Pinball Wizard, See Me, Feel Me, The Acid Queen and I’m Free. Tickets are $20 and are available at the box office or online at https://tickets.eastlighttheatre.com

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

The 2017 Illinois Shakespeare Festival continues at Ewing Manor in Bloomington tonight (Thursday) through Saturday. Shows include A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Shakespeare’s Amazing Cymbeline. Tickets range from $16 to $49 and are available by calling 309-438-2535 Monday through Friday from Noon – 4 pm, at the on site box office just prior to the performance or online at http://ticketmaster.evyy.net/c/259509/264167/4272
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The Illinois State Fair will be held on the Illinois State Fairgrounds today (Thursday) with a preview night beginning at 4 pm and runs through Sunday, August 20 from 7 am – midnight each day. Admission for the preview night is $5 for adults and $2 for senior citizens aged 60+ and children 12 and under are free. Normal admission beginning on Friday is $10 for adults (ages 13 – 59), free for children up to 12 and $3 for senior citizens (ages 60+). Parking is $5. For complete information on fair activities, entertainment and carnival prices and specials, visit www.illinois.gov/statefair

The St. Phil’s Fall Festival will take place at St. Philomena’s Catholic Parish (located at 3300 N. Twelve Oaks Drive in Peoria) from 5 – 10 pm tonight (Thursday), from 5 – 11 pm on Friday and 12 – 11 pm on Saturday. Featuring a carnival, kids games, a bags tournament, dartball, food and live music beginning at 8 pm in the beer tent with Banjovi &Hawkins on Thursday, The unHandsome Devils on Friday and Jammsammich on Saturday.  Admission is free with a $4 cover on Friday and Saturday for the bands. For more information, visit www.stphilfallfestival.com

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

The Peoria Chiefs will take on the Burlington Angels tonight (Thursday) and Friday at 7 pm, at 6:30 pm on Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $11 for advance dugout seating, $10 for advance field seating, and $7 for lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com

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

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

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

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Stephanie Aaron on Friday from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

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

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

Enjoy Live Music at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) with Dexter O’Neal & Funk Yard on Friday with and Derel Monteith on Saturday night from 8 – 11 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Penguin Players will present Once Upon a Penguin: A Musical History of the Penguin Project at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located on the East Peoria campus) at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) – Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the box office, by calling 309-694-5136 or online at www.artsaticc.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 Dexter O’Neal & Funk Yard on Friday from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will feature a dance lesson also on Friday from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jubilee College Historic Site (located at 11817 W Jubilee College Road between Kickapoo & Brimfield) will host an Open House, “Jewel in Your Backyard” on Saturday from 9 am – 2:30 pm. Featuring free tours of the college, there will also be live performances including a Civil War encampment staged by the 9th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry Company B re-enactors. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/jewelinyourbackyard1

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

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

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

Concert in the Vineyard will present Heroso at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Route 9 in Mackinaw) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. There is a $5 per person band cover and free for under 12. Bring a lawn chair to enjoy lawn seating or call to reserve deck seating for an additional $5 per person. You may bring your own foods just no beverages of any kind. Wine tasting and wine, beer, sodas, pizzas, cheese & crackers, and chocolates for sale. For more information, visit 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 Society admission and parking are free. A traditional German Picnic, Bratfest features a craft beer tasting with over 50 types to sample, live entertainment, a Muscle Car, Hot Rod and Customized Motorcycle Cruis’n, arts and crafts vendors, a shooting tent and food. Entertainment will be provided by Eddie Korosa on his accordion, the Ratskeller Brummers, Lindenhof Echoes and the Peoria Volkstaenzer. For more information, visit www.peoriagermans.net

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

Seether will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm. General admission tickets are $30 in advance and are available at www.limelighteventplex.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 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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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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University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria will host an Open House tonight (Thursday) from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. To celebrate the completion of construction and renovation work which are in advance of student expansion this year with the addition of first-year medical students in Peoria, the event will include self-guided tours through the building with brief demonstrations every 10 to 15 minutes on various new technologies. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoria.medicine.uic.edu

7 West 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

The Peoria Chiefs will take on Cedar Rapids tonight (Thursday) and Friday at 7 pm  and the Wisconsin Brewers on Saturday and Sunday at 6:30 pm at Dozer Stadium. The Friday game is ALS Night with a ticket discount code of ALS17. A portion from each ticket sold will benefit the Walk to Defeat ALS Peoria Walk 2017 on September 9th.  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 Goo Goo Dolls and Phillip Phillips will perform will perform at the Peoria Riverfront’s Festival Lawn tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. No seating is provided and lawn chairs will be allowed in designated areas only. General admission tickets are $32 in advance, party pit advance tickets are $38 and are available at www.limelighteventplex.com

Chris Porter will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm for $10, Friday at 9:45 pm for $12 and 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

Peoria Historical Society’s Grandview Drive and Springdale Cemetery Tour takes you through some of Peoria’s most beautiful and historic areas on Friday beginning at 11 am.  Their Naughty to Nice Tour traces triumphs through time from the 1920’s to the present with stories of the city’s gangster era and driving by the site of Peoria’s most notorious crime scene, the Bernie Shelton murder, will take place on Saturday at 11 am.  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.

The Illinois Deer & Turkey Expo will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday from 2 – 8 pm, Saturday from 9 am – 6 pm and Sunday from 9 am – 4 pm. Featuring seminars, a shooting range, hunting exhibitors and a bowhunter tournament, tickets are $10 for ages 16 & up or $5 for ages 6 -15 in advance online at www.deerinfo.com or $13 for ages 16 & up at the door. Ages 5 & under are free.

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 open, Fourth Friday will take place through November. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/TazewellArtLoop

The Gentleman’s Cigar Society of Peoria will host the 2017 GCS Cigar Summit at Jimmy’s Bar (located at 2801 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) from 5 – 9 pm on Friday and from Noon – 7 pm on Saturday. Cigar representatives will be available to sell cigars and answer questions. There will also be cigar rolling demonstrations and liquor tasting. Admission is free. For more information, email mlittle@gentlemenscigarsociety.com

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature The Breeds 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

Getting Wilder with Chip Joyce will take place at The Waterhouse in the Maxam Building (located at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday & Saturday beginning with dinner at 6 pm and the show following. Tickets are $36 with dinner or $11 for the show only and are available by calling 309-494-9100 or visiting www.BroadwayPeoria.com

Metamora Music in Motion, a Drum Corps International Tour event, will take place at Malone Field at Metamora Township High School on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring eight open class drum and bugle corps including last year’s open class medalists Legends, Vanguard Cadets and Blue Devils B, general admission tickets are $11 in advance or $18 at the gate. For advanced tickets online, visit https://goo.gl/XBQFrD

The Peoria Municipal Band will perform on the Alumni Quad on the Bradley University Campus 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

The Morton Public Library will host the Groove in the Garden concert series featuring The Brazilionaires 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

KC And The Sunshine Band will perform will perform at the Peoria Riverfront’s Festival Lawn on Friday beginning at 8 pm. No seating is provided and lawn chairs will be allowed in designated areas only. General admission tickets are $28 in advance and are available at www.limelighteventplex.com

Concert in the Vineyard will present Brushville at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Route 9 in Mackinaw) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. There is a $10 per person band cover or free admission for kids 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

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

JK Equine will present a back to basics Open Horse Show at the Heart of Illinois Arena (located at 9201 North Galena Road in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 am. Competition viewing is open to the public and camping will also be available. Admission is free. For more information, call 217-781-2800.

The Annual Kids’ Day will be held on Saturday from 8 am – 2 pm at the Levee District in East Peoria. Benefiting Crittenton Centers, this family friendly event features a 5K Run/Walk and a Kids’ Dash, inflatable bouncers, face painting, balloon fun, snow cones, a dunk tank, informational booths, live entertainment and more. Race registration is $30 in advance or $35 for same day registration. The Kids’ Dash is $20 for kids ages 2-5 and includes unlimited fun and games afterwards.  For more information, call 309-674-0105 or visit www.crittentoncenters.org/!/kids-day

Whitney’s Walk will take place at Jubilee College State Park on Saturday beginning at 7:55 am with the 5K Run and 8 am with the 5K Walk. Cost is $25 for adults and $15 for ages 12 & under. For more information or to register online, visit www.whitneyswalk.com

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

The 16th Annual Backpack Peoria will be held at Dream Center Peoria (located at 714 Hamilton Blvd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 am – 2 pm. 2500 backpacks filled with school supplies will be given away at the event. An adult must be present with each child and there is a limit of one backpack per child, which will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. In addition, students and families in Peoria Public Schools will be given the opportunity to meet their principal and register for school, as well as the chance to get needed dental exams plus a live DJ, games and food.  Donations of $15 per back pack may be made at http://backpackpeoria.org

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

The League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria will host a public education meeting to learn about “The Management and Operations of a Public Utility: the Greater Peoria Sanitary District” at Advanced Medical Transport (located at 1718 N Sterling Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at at 10 am. Executive Director Stan Browning, will speak about how GPSD is organized and managed as a public utility. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.lwvgp.org

The 13th Annual Pekin Downtown Super Cruise will take place in downtown Pekin on Saturday beginning at 11 am. Featuring hundreds of hot rods, muscle cars, rat rods, classic cars, customs and lowriders plus food vendors, merchandise tents and DJ music, admission is free. For more information, visit www.pekinmainstreet.com/supercruise.html

Fiesta en el Rio will take place on Saturday beginning at 5 pm at the Riverfront park and at The Landing. Featuring authentic Latin American and Hispanic food, drink, music, a children’s area complete with a petting zoo, arts and crafts, bounce houses and more, admission is $7 before 6:30 pm or $10 after and kids 12 & under are free. For more information visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents/events

Concert in the Vineyard will present Femme Fatale 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 Jim McCarty 74th Birthday Bash & CD Release Party will take place at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University Street in Peoria) on Saturday at 8 pm. General admission tickets are $20, party pit advance tickets are $10 and are available at www.limelighteventplex.com

Pioneer Days will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 Koerner Road in Edwards) on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Step back in time and experience 19th Century life in rural Peoria County. Featuring children’s games this month there will also be 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 10th Annual Backyard Talent Show will take place at Idlewood Park Pavilion (located at 495 E. Idlewood Ave. in Morton) on Sunday from 4 – 8 pm. Local children and teens will perform their special talent including singing, dancing, playing musical instruments and joke telling plus there will be jumpy houses, face painting and food. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated and will benefit St Jude. Bring your lawn chairs for seating. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1843609295913306

 

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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