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Events Calendar


Dec 2

- Christmas on Court
- Holiday Lunch Show Cruise
- Holiday Shop and Stroll
- Howlin' on Water... Dueling Pianos
- Wellmobile Screenings
- Ben Bailey
- Candlelight Walk at Luthy Botanical Garden
- Celebrate Recovery
- CIAO First Fridays Artists' Tour
- Community Festival of Nativities
- Conklin's A Doo-Wop Christmas
- Festival of Lights
- Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Love Letters
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center
- Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics and Culture
- The Nutcracker
- The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged)
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Toy Drive
- Winterfest

Dec 3

- Bradley Braves Men's Basketball
- Breakfast with Santa
- Breakfast with Santa at the YMCA
- Candy Cane Hunts
- Christmas with the Animals
- Cool Chemistry Demonstrations
- Critter Christmas
- Folepi's Gifts Galore Shop and Stroll
- Holiday Lunch Show Cruise
- Howlin' on Water... Dueling Pianos
- Living with Alzheimer's
- Murder Mystery Cruise
- Peoria Jingle Bell Run
- Santa Train
- Ben Bailey
- Candlelight Walk at Luthy Botanical Garden
- Christmas on School Street Craft Show
- Community Festival of Nativities
- Conklin's A Doo-Wop Christmas
- Festival of Lights
- Friends In Harmony Christmas Show
- Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Love Letters
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Splendor of Christmas Past 2016
- Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics and Culture
- The Nutcracker
- The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged)
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Winterfest

Dec 4

- A Christmas Carol
- Philharmonic Chorale
- What the Dickens
- Candlelight Walk at Luthy Botanical Garden
- Conklin's A Doo-Wop Christmas
- Festival of Lights
- Friends In Harmony Christmas Show
- Jazz Vespers
- Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
- Love Letters
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Splendor of Christmas Past 2016
- Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics and Culture
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Winterfest

Dec 5

- ICC Music Program presents: ICC Concert Band
- Special Event with Chef Bill More
- Candlelight Walk at Luthy Botanical Garden
- Festival of Lights
- Masterpiece Mondays
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics and Culture
- Toy Drive
- Winterfest

Dec 6

- Ralphie May
- Candlelight Walk at Luthy Botanical Garden
- Celebrate Recovery
- Festival of Lights
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics and Culture
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Toy Drive
- Winterfest

Dec 7

- Candlelight Walk at Luthy Botanical Garden
- Festival of Lights
- Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Relax Under the Stars
- Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics and Culture
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Toy Drive
- Winterfest

Dec 8

- Heartis Village of Peoria grand Opening
- Paris Art Nouveau: Its Chicago Origins
- Russell Dickerson
- Bugsly Malone
- Candlelight Walk at Luthy Botanical Garden
- Festival of Lights
- Ian Bagg
- Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics and Culture
- The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged)
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Toy Drive
- Winterfest

Dec 9

- Childhood Vaccines: Risks and Benefits
- Holiday Lunch Show Cruise
- Lightwire Theater
- Peoria Rivermen
- Bugsly Malone
- Candlelight Walk at Luthy Botanical Garden
- Celebrate Recovery
- Festival of Lights
- Holiday Shop and Stroll
- Ian Bagg
- Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
- Kickapoo Christmas Dinner Theatre
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Murder Mystery Dinner- A Christmas Gory
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Prairieland Country Opry Show
- Santa's Wildlife Express
- Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics and Culture
- The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged)
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Toy Drive
- Winterfest

Dec 10

- A Classic Christmas
- Bradley Braves Men's Basketball
- Christmas on the Ghost Front
- Murder Mystery Cruise
- Santa Cause 5K
- The Way Down Wanderers
- Uke309
- 7th Annual Kriskindlmarkt
- Bugsly Malone
- Candlelight Walk at Luthy Botanical Garden
- Festival of Lights
- Holiday Shop and Stroll
- Ian Bagg
- Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
- Kickapoo Christmas Dinner Theatre
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Murder Mystery Dinner- A Christmas Gory
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Peoria Ballet's The Nutcracker
- Santa's Wildlife Express
- Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics and Culture
- The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged)
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Winterfest

Dec 11

- Breakfast with Santa
- In-Residence at ICC presents: Prairie Wind Ensemble
- Queensryche
- 7th Annual Kriskindlmarkt
- Bugsly Malone
- Candlelight Walk at Luthy Botanical Garden
- Festival of Lights
- Jazz Vespers
- Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
- Murder Mystery Dinner- A Christmas Gory
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Peoria Ballet's The Nutcracker
- Santa's Wildlife Express
- Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics and Culture
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Winterfest

Dec 12

- Candlelight Walk at Luthy Botanical Garden
- Festival of Lights
- Masterpiece Mondays
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics and Culture
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Toy Drive
- Winterfest

Dec 13

- Candlelight Walk at Luthy Botanical Garden
- Celebrate Recovery
- Festival of Lights
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics and Culture
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Toy Drive
- Winterfest

Dec 14

- Candlelight Walk at Luthy Botanical Garden
- Festival of Lights
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics and Culture
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Toy Drive
- Winterfest

Dec 15

- Love the 90's Tour
- Women's Spa Night at AlignLife
- Candlelight Walk at Luthy Botanical Garden
- Festival of Lights
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged)
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Toy Drive
- Winterfest

Dec 16

- 105.7-The-X Avantis Nutcracker 2016
- A John Denver Christmas
- Big Band Christmas
- Bradley Braves Men's Basketball
- Holiday Shop and Stroll
- An American Family Christmas
- Candlelight Walk at Luthy Botanical Garden
- Celebrate Recovery
- Festival of Lights
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center
- The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged)
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Winterfest

Dec 17

- Home for the Holidays
- Murder Mystery Cruise
- Peoria Rivermen
- Vinyl & Vino
- An American Family Christmas
- Breakfast with Santa
- Candlelight Walk at Luthy Botanical Garden
- Festival of Lights
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged)
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Winterfest

Dec 18

- 2016 Adopt-a-Senior Christmas
- Home for the Holidays
- An American Family Christmas
- Breakfast with Santa
- Candlelight Walk at Luthy Botanical Garden
- Festival of Lights
- Jazz Vespers
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Winterfest

Dec 19

- Candlelight Walk at Luthy Botanical Garden
- Festival of Lights
- Masterpiece Mondays
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Winterfest

Dec 20

- Candlelight Walk at Luthy Botanical Garden
- Celebrate Recovery
- Festival of Lights
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Winterfest

Dec 21

- Tazewell County Animal Control Extended Hours
- Candlelight Walk at Luthy Botanical Garden
- Festival of Lights
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Winterfest

Dec 22

- Candlelight Walk at Luthy Botanical Garden
- Festival of Lights
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Winterfest

Dec 23

- Candlelight Walk at Luthy Botanical Garden
- Celebrate Recovery
- Festival of Lights
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Winterfest

Dec 24

- Festival of Lights
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Winterfest

Dec 25

- Festival of Lights
- Jazz Vespers
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Winterfest

Dec 26

- Festival of Lights
- Kwanzaa Display
- Masterpiece Mondays
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Winterfest

Dec 27

- Celebrate Recovery
- Festival of Lights
- Kwanzaa Display
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Winterfest

Dec 28

- Festival of Lights
- Kwanzaa Display
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Winterfest

Dec 29

- Bradley Braves Basketball
- Festival of Lights
- Kwanzaa Display
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Winterfest

Dec 30

- Famous & Funny Comedy Concert
- Kane Brown
- Peoria Rivermen
- Celebrate Recovery
- Festival of Lights
- Kwanzaa Display
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Winterfest

Dec 31

- Howlin' on Water... Dueling Pianos New Year's Eve Bash!
- Julie K's Noon Year's Eve Celebration
- Peoria Rivermen
- Steady Flow
- Festival of Lights
- Kwanzaa Display
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Winterfest

Jan 1

- Jazz Vespers
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Winterfest

Jan 2

- Masterpiece Mondays
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Winterfest


 
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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