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Erin Feis, Memphis, Never Forget, Chiefs, Duck Race & Grape Stomp

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Erin Feis 2016 will take place on the Peoria Riverfront on Friday from 4 - 11 pm, Saturday from Noon - 11:30 pm and Sunday from 9 am - 6 pm. Featuring 3 bands from Ireland, 1 band from Scotland plus many area bands and other entertainment, Irish cultural village, a wee folks area plus food, beer and whiskey tastings. Admission is free before 5 pm on Friday or $10 after 5 pm for adults. On Saturday, admission for adults is $8 until 5 pm or $10 after 5 pm. Admission on Sunday if free with a canned good donation from 9:30 - 11 am or $5 after 11 am. Admission is free for children under 12 with an adult throughout the weekend and a weekend pass is available for $15. For more information, visit http://www.erinfeispeoria.com
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Memphis opens at Corn Stock Theatre Friday at 7:30 pm and runs through Saturday, September 3 at 7:30 pm each night. The winner of four 2010 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, the plot was inspired by actual events in the underground 1950s dance clubs. Memphis tells the story of a white radio DJ, Huey Calhoun, who adores taboo Black music and eventually falls in love with a beautiful Black singer. The singer, Felicia Farrell, is desperate to find her big break. The unlikely couple rises quickly in the Memphis music scene but trouble arises as they earn the attention of racists. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students 18 & under with ID and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at http://cornstocktheatre.com
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The Peoria Historical Society brings Peoria history to life with it's various Bus Tours that run throughout the summer including the the River City Tour, Roll Out the Barrel Tour, Abraham Lincoln and The Civil War Tour, Naughty to Nice Tour, Grandview Drive and Springdale Cemetery Tour and the Haunted Peoria Tour (in October only). They all start and end at the Peoria Riverfront Museum's lobby. Tickets for each tour are $12.50 and are available by calling 309-686-7000 or online at https://cart.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org  For more information about the tours, call 309-674-1921 or visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org
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Never Forget, the 9/11 mobile exhibit, will be on display through Monday from Noon - 7 pm each day in the Par-A-Dice Hotel parking lot. The high-tech, 53-foot tractor trailer unfolds into a 1,000-square-foot memorial exhibit including artifacts such as steel beams from the towers, documentary videos, recordings of first-responder radio transmissions and tours by New York City firefighters. To learn more about the exhibit, visit www.tunnel2towers.org/activity/never-forget-exhibit
The Annual Dunlap Days Festival will be held at North Park (JFL Field located at 100 N. Hickory Street in Dunlap) beginning at 6 pm tonight (Thursday), 6 pm on Friday & 8 am on Saturday. There will be live entertainment by Corn Wolves and Highway J, a 5 k Run/Walk, bags tournament, carnival, petting zoo, beer garden & food, a pancake & sausage breakfast (on Saturday morning), crafts & vendors, a decorated bike safety rodeo, bike contest & parade, face painting and more. Admission is free. For complete information, visit www.villageofdunlap.com
Author Gene Barr will present and sign copies of A Civil War Captain and His Lady: A True Story of Love, Courtship, and Combat at the Peoria Public Library North Branch (located at 3001 West Grand Parkway in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6 pm. The book is based on the courtship and romance of Josiah Moore and Jennie Lindsay, a member of one of Peoria's most prominent families of the mid-1800s, and their rare and unpublished series of letters. For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org
A Sightseeing Cruise will take place on the Spirit of Peoria at 2 pm on Friday. 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.
Hanna City Heritage Days will take place at the Hanna City Park District (located at 511 N. Main Street in Hanna City) from 4:30 - 10 pm on Friday, 7 am - 10 pm on Saturday and 10:30 am on Sunday for a community church service. Featuring live entertainment by Wagon Load A Trouble and Captain Quirk, there will also be a pancake breakfast, a parade, the Hanna City Hustle 5k Race, food, a beer tent and more. For more information, call 309-565-7102.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Dorann & the Soul Mystics on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6877 or visit www.peoriacac.org
Jazz Because for Dyslexia will take place at the Waterhouse's Broadway Lounge (located in the MAXAM Building at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday from 6 - 9 pm. Featuring the Brazillionaires, the concert will benefit the Peoria-Tazewell Dyslexia Awareness Network. Tickets are $45 at the door or $40 in advance and are available at http://www.dyslexiaawarenessnetwork.org
Celebrate Recovery will take place at Imago Dei Church (located at 2221 N. Gale in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6 pm with dinner, followed by the large group meeting at 6:30 pm, then small groups at 7:30 pm. A 12 step recovery program for life's hurts, habits, and hang-ups, admission is free.  For more information, call 309-863-5127.
Mitch Williams will perform table-side close up magic at the New Amsterdam Bar & Restaurant on the Peoria riverfront (located at 120 Southwest Water Street) on Friday & Saturday from 6 - 8:30 pm and is free for customers. For more information, visit www.mitchwilliamsmagic.com
The Peoria Chiefs will take on Burlington Friday and Saturday at 6:30 pm and on Sunday at 5 pm at Dozer Stadium. Individual tickets are $11 for dugout box seating ($12 on Fireworks nights) and $10 (or $11 for fireworks nights) for field lawn seats and are available at the Peoria Chiefs Box Office, by calling 309-680-4008 or online at www.PeoriaChiefs.com
Auggie Smith will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd., Peoria) on Friday and Saturday at 7:15 and 9:45 pm. Tickets are $15. For more information and to reserve seats, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com
10 Years with guest Finger Eleven will perform at the Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N. University in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8:30 pm. Tickets are $20 for general admission or $55 for the VIP loft and are available now at the Limelight Eventplex box office or online at www.LimelightEventplex.com
Enjoy Peoria's evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday with boarding beginning at 7:30 pm and the cruise running from 8 - 10 pm. Live entertainment is provided and a cash bar will be available. Tickets are $23 for adults, $21 for senior citizens and $14 for kids aged 4 - 12 (2 & under is free) for the regular cruise and are available on the dock - no reservations are required. For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com
The RiverFront Market takes place on the Peoria riverfront every Saturday morning through September from 8 am - Noon (located in the 200 Block of SW Water Street directly across from the Peoria Riverfront Museum) featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, flowers plus local art, live music and demonstrations each week. For more information, visit http://visitdowntownpeoria.com/peoria-riverfront-market
The Peoria Superhero 5K and Kid's Villain Chase will be held at the Louisville Slugger Sports Complex (located at 8400 N. Orange Prairie Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 am with the Fun Run and at 9:45 am with the Villain Chase. Participants are asked to dress in their favorite Superhero costume with proceeds benefitting the Heart of Illinois United Way. Runners will receive a free t-shirt and kids will get a Superhero cape. To register, visit www.peoriasuperhero.com
The South Side Stride 5k will take place in conjunction with Dunlap Days (located at North Park, 100 N. Hickory St. in Dunlap) on Saturday beginning at 8 am. Early registration is $25 and the one mile cost is $15 with proceeds benefiting the South Side Mission. For information and registration visit http://southsidemission.org
The 38th Annual Zoo Run Run benefiting the Peoria Zoo will take place on Saturday beginning at 8:30 am with a quarter-mile youth run and 5K Grand Prix race though the Peoria Zoo and Glen Oak Park. Registration includes a 2015 Zoo Run Run t-shirt, prizes and post-race food. Registration is $30 for adults and $15 for youth at the door. For more information or to register online, visit https://www.peoriazoo.org
The Gems Annual Quilt Show will take place at the Peoria Civic Center Hall C (located at 201 SW Jefferson Ave., Peoria) from 9 am - 5 pm Saturday and 11 am - 4 pm Sunday. Admission is $7 and $10 for a 2-day pass. Free parking when you mention the quilt show at gate. For more information visit www.gemsoftheprairie.com
Sculpture Walk Peoria 2016 will provide free guided tours of the 15 sculptures that were installed in June on Washington Street between Oak and Liberty in downtown Peoria on Saturdays throughout the summer. Tours will begin at the Peoria Riverfront Museum beginning at 10 am and Noon. For more information, visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org
Bubble Blast will take place in the Sun Plaza of the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday from 11 - 11:30 am. A unique family-oriented demonstration all about bubbles, the event is geared towards pre-schoolers, all ages will be dazzled by the awesome potential of a single bubble. Admission is free, however a $2 donation per child is encouraged. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org
The 28th Annual Duck Race benefiting The Center for Prevention of Abuse will kick off on Saturday at Noon with the race beginning at 2 pm at the Eastside Centre in East Peoria. A fundraiser for the organization, cost to adopt a duck is $5. Winning ducks are selected at random when the thirty-thousand ducks will race down a slip-n-slide along the street entrance. Prizes include a $5,000 cash grand prize plus gift cards to popular retail stores and restaurants. All proceeds benefit the Center for Prevention of Abuse. For more information and to adopt ducks, visit www.duckrace.com/peoria
The 2nd Annual Hip-hOpera will take place at the Contemporary Art Center of Peoria (located at 305 SW Water Street. in Peoria) on Saturday from 6:30 - 7:30 pm. Admission is $8 for non-members, $7 for senior citizens and student non-members, $5 for members, and $4 for senior citizens and student members. Tickets are sold only at the door. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/DramaticCrossroads or www.dramaticcrossroads.org
Barbershop Sing-In-The-Park featuring the Pride of Peoria Chorus and quartets will take place at the Glen Oak Park Amphitheater on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Featuring True Blue, a quartet from Springfield, admission is free. For more information, click HERE
Peoria Players will host a Trivia Night at St. Vincent Church (located at 6001 N University St. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm.  The cost is $15 per person with up to 8 people per team. and must be paid in full when registering. In addition to cash prizes, food, soft drinks, beer and wine will be available for purchase.  For more information or to make a reservation, call 309-688-4473.
Nyk's Outrageous Cabaret: Disney Princess Party will take place at Peoria Cabaret Theatre (located in the Broadway Lounge at 316 SW Washington Street in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $10 which includes a theatre open mic after the show. Appetizers will be available for purchase. For tickets and information, visit www.mkt.com/waterhousepeoria
Concerts in the Vineyard at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard (located at 33633 State Rt. 9 in Mackinaw) will feature the Scott Marek Band on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $5 for adults and free for ages 12 & under. Bring a lawn chair to enjoy lawn seating or call to reserve deck seating for $5. For more information, visit www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com
The 10th Annual Grape Stomp will take place at Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N Smith Rd in Edwards) on Sunday from Noon - 5 pm. Featuring live music by the West MacQueen Street Band, kids will also be able to play bags all day, enjoy grape train rides, a bounce house and a balloon artist will be on hand. Admission is $10 per person which Includes 3 tasting tickets for those over 21. Admission for kids 12 and under is free. For more information, visit www.kickapoocreekwinery.com
The Peoria Muslim Community will host an Open House and BBQ at the Islamic Center of Peoria (located at 4125 W Charter Oak Road in Peoria) on Sunday from Noon - 4 pm. Activities include a tour of the facility and school, picnic lunch, socialization, information booths and activities for kids. Reservations are encouraged. For more information or to make a reservation, visit www.icpeoria.org/openhouse
Drop-in Drawing will take place at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Folk Art Gallery on Sunday from Noon - 5 pm. All ages and skill levels are welcome to check out a kit from the front desk at no charge, or bring your own sketchbook, pencils only please. All ages are invited, however ages 16 and under require an adult in attendance. Admission is free to members and with general admission, which is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information call 309-686-7000 or visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org
Pioneer Days will take place at Sommer Park (6329 N Koerner Rd. in Edwards) on Sunday from 1 - 4 pm. Admission is $3 per person over 4 years. Experience the daily life of mid-nineteenth century rural Peorians and the Koerner Family Cemetery Walk. For more information visit https://www.peoriaparks.org
Meteorites: Touch Another World will take place in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Auditorium on Sunday beginning at 2 pm. Learn the types and characteristics of meteorites displayed in conjunction with the Be the Astronaut exhibit. Featured speaker Brian Poelker's collection of meteorites on display and pieces of the asteroid belt will be on hand to hold. Admission is free to members or $11 for adults, $10 for seniors citizens 60+ or $9 for youth 3-17 plus Peoria county residents receive a 15% discount. For more information, call 309-686-7000 or visit www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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