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Grand Nationals, Mexican Outdoor Market, Washington Arts Festival, India Fest & Chicago Shakespeare Theater



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Learn about Peoria's rich history with the Peoria Historical Society's Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Tour which includes spectacular views of the river from the world's most beautiful drive while seeing elegant homes of past and present Peorians running every Friday in August at 11:30 am. Their Naughty to Nice History Tour traces some of Peoria's colorful past during the 1920's, including the site of the Bernie Shelton murder running every Saturday in August at 11:30 am.  And their Monuments & Landmarks History Tour takes you to view outdoor sculptures in Peoria running every Saturday in August at 11:30 am. Friday tours leave from Exhibit A Gallery (located at 4607 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria Heights) and Saturday tours leave from the Caterpillar Visitors Center in downtown Peoria.  Cost for each tour is $15. For more information and for tickets, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.com/history-tours
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The Illinois State Fair continues on the Illinois State Fairgrounds through Sunday from 7 am - midnight each day. Admission is $10 for adults, free for children up to 12 and $3 for senior citizens (ages 60+). Parking per day is $5. For complete information on fair activities, entertainment and carnival prices and specials, visit www2.illinois.gov/statefair
The 15th Annual Maka Maka Fun Run and Walk will take place at Maui Jim (located at 8300 N Allen Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6 pm. Non-runners are invited to the Post Race Party with will feature Double A's Pizza, drinks, a raffle, a silent auction and live music by Mike & Joe. A $20 donation is requested. Proceeds benefit Peoria Friendship House. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/makamakapeoria
The Classic Film Series will feature Sunset Boulevard at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Giant Screen Theatre tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6 pm. Tickets are $8.50 for adult members, $7.50 for senior citizen members, $6.50 for child members or $10.50 for adults, $9.50 for senior citizens and $8.50 for kids and are available online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org
Magician Mitch Williams will perform at Tannins and Hops (located at 619 A SW Water St. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) from 6 - 8:30 pm. An international award winning sleight of hand artist, Williams brings his magic right to your table. Speakeasy password is "I hear this plays in Peoria". Admission is free. For more information, visit www.mitchwilliamsmagic.com
The CEFCU Jazz Series featuring the Central Illinois Jazz Orchestra will take place at the CEFCU Center Stage at The Landing tonight (Thursday) from 7 - 8:30 pm. Admission is free. Beverages will be available for purchase. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/riverfrontevents
Open Mic Night will take place at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria). Tickets are $5 for tonight's (Thursday) at 8 pm show and are available by calling 309-673-5853 or visiting www.jukeboxcomedy.com
A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria at 2 pm on Friday, Saturday & Sunday plus 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 by calling 309-637-8000, at the dock or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com
Grand Nationals Weekend will take place in Festival Park on the Peoria Riverfront beginning at 5 pm on Friday and at 8 am on Saturday. Tickets are $30 for a general admission 2 day pass, $40 for a 2 day party pit pass and $10 for Saturday only admission. Featuring Blackberry Smoke and JJ Grey & MOFRO on Friday night and Country Artists Tribute Show with tributes to Eric Church, Tim McGraw, and Kenny Chesney, the event celebrates the running of the Grand National TT Motorcycle Races that will take place at the PMC Race Park in Bartonville on Saturday. For more details and ticket information, visit http://grandnationalsweekend.com
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Derel Monteith 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.  Admission is $4 for members or $7 for 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
Enjoy live music with Random Strangers at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) at 7 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz
Enjoy Peoria's evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Featuring live entertainment and a cash bar tickets are $23 for adults, $21 for senior citizens and $14 for kids aged 4 - 15 at the dock.  For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com
The 17th Annual Jukebox Champions will take place at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria).  See local comedians vie to be the competition champion. Tickets are $12 for both the Friday & Saturday at 8 pm shows and are available by calling 309-673-5853 or visiting www.jukeboxcomedy.com
The 45th Annual No Baloney Bicycle Ride will begin and end at the Kennel Lake Sportsmen's Club (located at 22172 Kennel Lake Dr. in Morton) on Saturday beginning at 6:30 am. Ride distances ranging from 20 miles to 100 miles. Cost to ride is $30 and registration is available at http://ivwnobaloney.com
The RiverFront Market takes place on the Peoria Riverfront every Saturday morning through September 29 from 8 am - Noon (located in the 200 Block of Water Street directly across from the Peoria Riverfront Museum) featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers, plus local art, live music, and demonstrations each week. For more information, visit http://visitdowntownpeoria.com
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. Visit areas of the Zoo the public isn't normally allowed to see to learn more about the animals and how the zookeepers care for them. Cost is $26 and includes Zoo admission. Registration is required. For reservations call 309-681-3559. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org
The Tianguis Mexican Outdoor Market will take place at the Casa de Arte (located at 306 Pecan in Peoria) on Saturday from 10 am - 2 pm. Taking place every Saturday through September, find live music, food and vendors. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/TianguisPeoria
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 hosts free guided tours of the 2018 sculptures that are on display for 12 months on Washington Street between State and Fulton every Saturday through October 27. The tours begin at the Peoria Riverfront Museum lobby 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
Unicorn Day will take place at the Riverfront Museum Auditorium on Saturday from 11 - 2 pm. Enjoy hands-on art and science activities featuring unicorns. Admission is free for members and $2 for the public and reservations are available at the Museum, by calling 309-686-7000 or online at www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org
CASA Caballos will take place at Weaver Angus Farms (located at 5806 W War Memorial Dr. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 2 pm. Featuring a tailgate party and polo matches, proceeds support CASA, a non-profit organization that recruits, trains, and supervises volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children going through the court system. Tickets are $200 for a tailgating spot or $20 for general admission and are available at www.facebook.com/CASAPeoriaCounty
India Fest 2018 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 or free for ages 12 and under. For more information, visit https://peoriaparks.org
The Cusack Bros. will perform as part of the Wildlife Concert Series at Wildlife Prairie Park on Saturday from 6 - 11 pm. Admission is $5 at the door. No outside food or drink allowed. Food and drink will be available for purchase. For more information, visit www.wildlifeprairiepark.org
A Kid's Night Out will take place at Peoria Elite Gymnastics Academy (located at 2240 W Altorfer Dr. in Peoria) on Saturday from 6 - 9:30 pm. Featuring games, pizza plus supervised play on gymnastic equipment, trampolines, tumble trak, foam pits and a zipline, admission is $20 for the first child and $15 for each additional child for siblings & friends who register together. Preregistration and payment is required in advance. For more information, call 309-713-1641 or visit www.peoriaelite.com
Enjoy an old-fashioned Barn Dance at Shore Acres Clubhouse (located at 100 Park Blvd. in Chillicothe) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Live music will be provided by the string band "Too Old to be Controlled" with authentic old-time dance music. Caller Jim Hicks will teach all the dances, so beginners are welcome. Admission is $7 with a $20 maximum for families at the door. You are invited to bring a snack to share. For more information and directions, call 309-868-7163 or 309-274-2228.
Concert in the Vineyard will present Dexter O'Neal & Funkyard 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 ages under 12. Bring a 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 will be available for sale. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com
Chicago Shakespeare Theater will present A Midsummer Night's Dream at Glen Oak Park on Saturday at 7 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. A specially equipped truck will unfold into a stage and features a company of professional actors who will share Shakespeare's magical comedy. The Tony Award-winning Theater's founder and artistic director, Barbara Gaines, has staged the new music-filled adaptation of Shakespeare's timeless classic. Admission is free. For more information, visit https://peoriaparks.org
The 8th Annual International Observe the Moon Night will take place at Northmoor Observatory (located in Donovan Park on North Knoxville in Peoria) on Saturday from 6:30 - 10:30 pm. Featuring a moon storytime and the chance to look through the big telescope, Peoria Astronomical Society members will be on hand to answer questions about what you can see in the night sky. Parking is available in the main parking lot approximately 500 feet south to the dome. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-497-2143.
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.  The special rate cannot be combined with other discounts or coupons. For more information, visit http://wildlifeprairiepark.org
A Sundae Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Sunday 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, by calling 309-637-8000 or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com
The Chip McNeill Quartet will perform during the August "Jazz Nights in the Heights" 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. Joining Chip on tenor sax and soprano sax are Matt Hughes on bass, Jim Pryor on piano and Frank Kurtz on drums. Charles "Chip" McNeill is Chair of the Jazz Division at the University of Illinois, School of Music in Urbana-Champaign. The CIJS House Band, under the leadership of Larry Harms, will open at 6 pm. Admission is $6 for members, $8 non-members and free for students. A cash bar and food will be available for purchase. For information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.cijs.org

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