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Events Calendar


Jul 20

- A Midsummer Night's Dream
- Arts in the Park Concert
- Peoria Area World Affairs Council
- State Budget Challenges Ahead
- Bye Bye Birdie
- CEFCU Jazz Series
- Disney's Shrek the Musical
- HOI Fair
- Ryan Niemiller at Jukebox Comedy Club

Jul 21

- Country Idol Competition
- Dash at Dusk 5K
- Dumbo
- Moonlight Cruise
- Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre
- Peoria Municipal Band
- River City Tour
- Shakespeare's Amazing Cymbeline
- Sightseeing Cruise
- Trace Adkins
- Antique Tractor & Equipment Show
- Bye Bye Birdie
- Celebrate Recovery
- Central Illinois BBQ Throwdown
- Disney's Shrek the Musical
- Dueling Pianos
- Groove in the Garden
- HOI Fair
- James and the Giant Peach
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- PFN Women's Ministry Rummage Sale
- Ryan Niemiller at Jukebox Comedy Club
- Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center

Jul 22

- A Midsummer Night's Dream
- Battle at the Ballpark
- Bubblegum Jack Reunion
- Julie K
- Sightseeing Cruises
- SMD & The Underground
- Trivia Night Fundraiser
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Summer Paddle
- Women Empowering Women
- Antique Tractor & Equipment Show
- Bye Bye Birdie
- Central Illinois BBQ Throwdown
- Disney's Shrek the Musical
- Dueling Pianos
- HOI Fair
- James and the Giant Peach
- Lincoln & the Civil War Tour
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Monuments & Landmarks Bus Tour
- Peoria RiverFront Market
- PFN Women's Ministry Rummage Sale
- Ryan Niemiller at Jukebox Comedy Club
- Sculpture Walk Peoria
- Superhero Weekend

Jul 23

- Corn Boil
- Honor Flight Benefit
- I Heart Juliet
- Peoria Players Theatre Get Acquainted
- Sightseeing Cruise
- A Midsummer Night's Dream
- James and the Giant Peach
- Peoria Municipal Band
- Superhero Weekend

Jul 24

- Masterpiece Mondays

Jul 25

- Dancing with the Stars Live
- I Heart Juliet
- Celebrate Recovery
- Girls' Night Out with the Hearts
- Improvised Shakespeare Company

Jul 26

- A Midsummer Night's Dream
- Beginning Line Dance
- Peoria Chiefs
- Peoria Municipal Band
- Unplugged in the Heights

Jul 27

- Arts in the Park Concert
- Goo Goo Dolls
- Shakespeare's Amazing Cymbeline
- Sightseeing Cruise
- Peoria Chiefs

Jul 28

- A Midsummer Night's Dream
- KC And The Sunshine Band
- Metamora Music in Motion
- Moonlight Cruise
- Peoria Municipal Band
- Sightseeing Cruise
- 4th Friday Tazewell Art Loop
- Celebrate Recovery
- Getting Wilder with Chip Joyce
- Groove in the Garden
- Illinois Deer & Turkey Expo
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Peoria Chiefs

Jul 29

- Backpack Peoria
- Behind the Scenes Tour
- Fiesta en el Rio
- Jim McCarty 74th Birthday Bash
- Naughty to Nice Tour
- Pekin Downtown Super Cruise
- Shakespeare's Amazing Cymbeline
- Sightseeing Cruises
- Whitney's Walk
- Getting Wilder with Chip Joyce
- Illinois Deer & Turkey Expo
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Monuments & Landmarks Bus Tour
- Peoria Chiefs
- Peoria RiverFront Market
- Sculpture Walk Peoria

Jul 30

- A Midsummer Night's Dream
- I Heart Juliet
- Pioneer Days
- Sightseeing Cruise
- Illinois Deer & Turkey Expo
- Peoria Chiefs
- Peoria Municipal Band

Jul 31

- Peoria Chiefs
- Beau Grant Foundation Camp For Kids
- Masterpiece Mondays

Aug 1

- I Heart Juliet
- River City Tour
- Beau Grant Foundation Camp For Kids
- Celebrate Recovery
- Improvised Shakespeare Company

Aug 2

- Shakespeare's Amazing Cymbeline
- Beau Grant Foundation Camp For Kids
- Beginning Line Dance
- Peoria Municipal Band
- Unplugged in the Heights

Aug 3

- A Midsummer Night's Dream
- Bring It On
- Central Illinois Herpetological
- Whisper & Shout

Aug 4

- Shakespeare's Amazing Cymbeline
- Bring It On
- Celebrate Recovery
- CIAO First Fridays Artists' Tour
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Parade
- Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center
- The Who's Tommy

Aug 5

- A Midsummer Night's Dream
- Bring It On
- Lincoln & the Civil War Tour
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Parade
- Peoria RiverFront Market
- Roll Out The Barrel Tour
- Sculpture Walk Peoria
- The Who's Tommy

Aug 6

- I Heart Juliet
- A Midsummer Night's Dream
- Bring It On
- First Sunday at Flanagan House
- Parade
- Peoria Municipal Band
- Pettengill Morron House Museum First Sunday
- The Who's Tommy

Aug 7

- Full Moon Stroll
- Masterpiece Mondays
- Parade

Aug 8

- I Heart Juliet
- Celebrate Recovery
- Improvised Shakespeare Company
- Parade

Aug 9

- A Midsummer Night's Dream
- Beginning Line Dance
- Parade
- Peoria Municipal Band
- The Who's Tommy
- Unplugged in the Heights

Aug 10

- Shakespeare's Amazing Cymbeline
- Parade
- The Who's Tommy

Aug 11

- A Midsummer Night's Dream
- Celebrate Recovery
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Parade
- The Who's Tommy

Aug 12

- Shakespeare's Amazing Cymbeline
- Whiskey Baron Run
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Parade
- Peoria RiverFront Market
- Roll Out The Barrel Tour
- Sculpture Walk Peoria
- The Who's Tommy

Aug 13

- A Midsummer Night's Dream
- Old Time Folk and Country Jam
- Peoria Municipal Band

Aug 14

- Masterpiece Mondays

Aug 15

- River City Tour
- Celebrate Recovery

Aug 16

- Tazewell County Animal Control Extended Hours
- A Midsummer Night's Dream
- Beginning Line Dance
- Unplugged in the Heights

Aug 17

- CEFCU Jazz Series

Aug 18

- Swing is Back
- Celebrate Recovery
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center

Aug 19

- Behind the Scenes Tour
- Lincoln & the Civil War Tour
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Peoria RiverFront Market
- Roll Out The Barrel Tour
- Sculpture Walk Peoria

Aug 20

- A Midsummer Night's Dream


 
Peoria Festivals

Peoria Festivals

The Annual Cherry Festival in Washington is a 4 day event to celebrate Washington and the surrounding communities. Attendance in the past has been approximately 40,000. Some of the annual highlights include: a Community Night and Dinner, Merchant’s Tent, amusement rides, fireworks, main stage entertainment with live bands and Cherry Oke, children’s events, pancake breakfast, family bike ride and much more. A few new events are in the works for 2009, including a Cherry Cooking Contest and a Disc Golf Tournament. The 5K Run & 1K Fun Walk is back for a second year. For more information, click HERE.

Dunlap Days is a two day event featuring several of the local vendors, artists, and entertainers. The event features local restaurants, businesses, flea market tables, entertainment, crafts, and fun for the entire family! For more information, click HERE.

1981 was the first Erin Feis event was held outdoors in Peoria. Entertainment on stage featured local bagpipers and the Barley's, a local Irish group. Several of the large tents served corned beef and cabbage along with some other great Irish foods, beverages, and merchandise vendors. The new Erin Feis T-shirts sold fast, and the money raised paid for the next Erin Feis and the Saint Patrick's Day Parade.

Due to great success from the first Erin Feis, the event was moved to the exhibit hall at Exposition Gardens for several years. Returning to entertain was The Barley's, a Chicago group Baal Tinne (who returned in 2005 and 2006), and the Brogue from Kilkenny, Ireland. The Trinity Academy of Irish Dance of Peoria made their first appearance along with the Peoria Celtic Bag Pipers (to be later known as the Celtic Cross Drum and Bagpipers). Booths containing historic Irish memorabilia and art along with several other vendors having merchandise for sale were a great success.

The Saint Patrick Society of Peoria partnered with the Peoria Park District in 1997, moving Erin Feis to the Peoria Riverfront as the Riverfront Park in downtown Peoria was completed. Erin Feis was then expanded to Saturday and Sunday. Then in 2002, Erin Feis expanded into a 3-day event. Over the years, the Erin Feis Committee has maintained many original traditions while still expanding them at the same time.

Erin Feis serves as a family event where friends meet and can get re-acquainted. Erin Feis celebrates our Irish culture with music, sports, arts, crafts, religious services, and with food and beverage. For more information and specific dates of the festival, click HERE.

The Annual East Peoria Festival of Lights kicks off with the Parade of Lights the Saturday night following Thanksgiving, and continues with nightly displays thru New Year's! Other events include the FOLEPI Open Golf Outing, the Festival of Lights Queen Pageant, the River Trail Classic, Historic Holiday Tradition, Festival of Lights Holiday Cruise, and many more. For more information on the festival’s attractions, click HERE.

Home of the Nestlé/Libby's pumpkin packing plant, over 80% of the world's canned pumpkin is processed here in Morton. In September 1978, then Governor James Thompson declared Morton, Illinois, "The Pumpkin Capital of the World." Morton celebrates the canning season every September with the Pumpkin Festival, and 2009 will be the festival's 43nd year.

From opening day ceremonies to the giant festival parade, the Morton Pumpkin Festival delights all ages with family style entertainment, carnival rides, foot races, food tents, merchants tent, craft show, parade and pumpkins. The food is delectable. Butterfly pork chops and pumpkin pie are our specialty, but have you ever tried pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin pancakes or pumpkin fudge? For more information and this year’s specific dates, click HERE.

Food, drink and live entertainment mark the annual Rib Fest and rib cook-off that takes place on the Peoria riverfront sponsored by PACE. Activities include entertainment on the CEFCU stage, crafts, games, and the rib cook-off. The Rib Cook-Off Competition and Chili Cook-Off is both held on Saturday at the Riverfront Festival Park located on the north side of the Gateway Building. For more details, click HERE.

Enjoy festive holiday entertainment throughout downtown Peoria during Yule Like Peoria event. For specific performers, locations and other information, please call 681-0696 or click HERE. Admission is free.

The Steamboat Sports Festival, put on each year by Peoria Area Community Events (PACE), is an annual event every Father's Day weekend at the Peoria Riverfront. This event features fun for the whole family with food, games, carnival rides, music, and much more. The third and final day of this festival begins after the annual Steamboat Classic Race and is full of non-stop activities and entertainment. For more information on the Steamboat Race, click HERE. For more information on the Steamboat Festival, click HERE.

The beautiful and historic downtown Elmwood hosts the annual Elmwood Strawberry Festival. Besides strawberry pie, shortcake, pizza, and other strawberry delicacies, the day-long event includes entertainment, food, craft booths, a car show, motorcycle show, and a remote controlled plane fly-in. Elmwood is located between Galesburg and Peoria on Illinois Route 78. For more information, click HERE.

The Taste of Peoria event takes place downtown on the Peoria Riverfront. Many of your favorite Peoria area restaurants will provide a taste of their most popular menu items to a crowd of more than 20,000 local residents. A variety of appetizers, entrees, and desserts will be sold for one, two or three dollars each. In addition to a variety of food samples, the Taste of Peoria features its own Margaritaville, live entertainment on two stages and new this year, specialty cocktails for a unique alternative. For more information, click HERE.

When you come to the Tremont Turkey Festival, don't forget to bring your appetite with you! From strawberry shortcakes, to pancakes and sausage on Saturday morning, to our famous grilled turkey, we have plenty of options to offer and you might just want to try them all. Spend some time enjoying the beautiful park as you stroll through the craft and antique booths, stop by the country store, or watch the numerous performers in the entertainment tent. And don't forget about the Miss Tremont Pageant on Thursday night and the parade on Sunday afternoon. For more information, click HERE.

 
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