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Events Calendar


Sep 30

- Blues Traveler
- Museum After Dark: Cosmic Cocktails
- Naughty to Nice Tour
- Nyk's Outrageous Cabaret
- The House of Blue Leaves
- Treble in River City Trivia
- Celebrate Recovery
- Forever Plaid
- Jimmy Shubert
- Live at the Five Spot
- Magician Mitch Williams at New Amsterdam
- Moonlight Cruise
- Mr. Burns
- The Music Man

Oct 1

- Dubby Janosov Memorial Night Golf
- Green View's Annual Fall Festival
- Groundbreaking Ceremony for "Final Salute"
- HOIDSA Buddy Walk
- Mud Mayhem
- One-on-One Genealogy Digital Resource Assistance
- Sacha's Sashay 5K Run/Walk
- Share the Blessings Dinner and Auction
- Skillet
- Space Graffiti
- Spirit of Peoria Overnight Cruise
- Super Hero Cape Workshop
- The House of Blue Leaves
- Forever Plaid
- Haunted Infirmary
- Haunted Peoria Tour
- Historic Springdale Cemetery Tours
- Jimmy Shubert
- Magician Mitch Williams at New Amsterdam
- Mr. Burns
- Pekin Haunt
- Sculpture Walk Peoria
- Spider Hill
- Spoon River Drive
- The Music Man

Oct 2

- Drop-in Drawing
- Music in the McKenzie
- Schlachtfest
- The House of Blue Leaves
- Walk to End Alzheimer's
- Woofstock 2016
- Forever Plaid
- Historic Springdale Cemetery Tours
- Jazz Vespers
- Mr. Burns
- Spoon River Drive
- The Music Man

Oct 3

- Masterpiece Mondays

Oct 4

- Bradley Appreciation Breakfast
- Celebrate Recovery

Oct 5

- Bradley Appreciation Lunch
- Senior Safety Fair

Oct 6

- Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters
- Hogwarts Garden of Botanical Wonders
- Central Illinois Herpetological Society Meeting
- Thirsty Thursday
- Whisper & Shout

Oct 7

- Historic Springdale Cemetery Tours
- An Evening with the Gaither Vocal Band
- CAC Resident Artists
- Date Night for a Cure
- Hogwarts Garden of Botanical Wonders
- Celebrate Recovery
- Chinquapin Music & Storytelling Festival
- CIAO First Fridays Artists' Tour
- Haunted Infirmary
- Haunted Peoria Tour
- Howl-Zoo-Ween
- Live at the Five Spot
- Magician Mitch Williams at New Amsterdam
- Moonlight Cruise
- Pekin Haunt
- Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center
- School of Rock
- Spider Hill
- The Music Man

Oct 8

- Dala Horse Painting Workshop
- International Moon Night
- Sightseeing Cruise
- UNDY 5K for Colon Cancer
- Hogwarts Garden of Botanical Wonders
- Chinquapin Music & Storytelling Festival
- Haunted Infirmary
- Haunted Peoria Tour
- Historic Springdale Cemetery Tours
- Howl-Zoo-Ween
- Magician Mitch Williams at New Amsterdam
- Pekin Haunt
- School of Rock
- Sculpture Walk Peoria
- Spider Hill
- Spoon River Drive
- The Music Man

Oct 9

- Bark in the Park
- Pride of Peoria
- Sightseeing Cruise
- Wheels O' Time Museum Fall Festival
- Hogwarts Garden of Botanical Wonders
- Historic Springdale Cemetery Tours
- Jazz Vespers
- School of Rock
- Spoon River Drive
- Thirsty Thursday

Oct 10

- Peoria to Starved Rock Cruise
- Hogwarts Garden of Botanical Wonders
- Masterpiece Mondays

Oct 11

- 50 Rock Little Shop of Horrors
- Hogwarts Garden of Botanical Wonders
- Celebrate Recovery

Oct 12

- Hogwarts Garden of Botanical Wonders

Oct 13

- Bradley Basketball Spaghetti Supper
- Building the NMAAH&C
- Hogwarts Garden of Botanical Wonders
- Disney's The Little Mermaid
- School of Rock
- Thirsty Thursday

Oct 14

- Get Tricked 2.0
- Prairie Wind Ensemble
- Uncorked!
- Hogwarts Garden of Botanical Wonders
- Celebrate Recovery
- Disney's The Little Mermaid
- Haunted Infirmary
- Haunted Peoria Tour
- Live at the Five Spot
- Magician Mitch Williams at New Amsterdam
- Moonlight Cruise
- Pekin Haunt
- Prairieland Country Opry Show
- School of Rock
- Spider Hill
- Spook Hollow

Oct 15

- 38th Annual Beta Sigma Phi Craft Show
- Chili Cook Off & Bags Tournament
- Life, Boomers & Seniors Expo
- Mozart Masterpieces
- Museum Antigue Fire Engine
- Running with the Dogs
- Spin-In Fiber Fair
- St. Jude Metamora Community Fall Fest
- Hogwarts Garden of Botanical Wonders
- Disney's The Little Mermaid
- Haunted Infirmary
- Haunted Peoria Tour
- Magician Mitch Williams at New Amsterdam
- Pekin Haunt
- Punkin Chuckin Contest
- School of Rock
- Sculpture Walk Peoria
- Spider Hill
- Spook Hollow

Oct 16

- Central Illinois Jazz Society Concert
- Disney's The Little Mermaid
- PNC Bank Peoria Marathon
- Winetoberfest
- Hogwarts Garden of Botanical Wonders
- Jazz Brunch Fundraiser
- Jazz Vespers
- Punkin Chuckin Contest
- School of Rock
- Thirsty Thursday

Oct 17

- Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease
- Hogwarts Garden of Botanical Wonders
- Masterpiece Mondays

Oct 18

- ICC Music Program presents: Jazz Train
- Octonauts Live
- Hogwarts Garden of Botanical Wonders
- Celebrate Recovery
- Manito Volkswalk and Art Bazaar

Oct 19

- An Evening with Garrison Keillor
- Hogwarts Garden of Botanical Wonders
- Tazewell County Animal Control Extended Hours
- Newcomers' Club of Greater Peoria Monthly Luncheon

Oct 20

- Hayrides and Hotdogs
- JA Scares and Spares Bowl-a-Thon
- Zoo Brew & Wine Too
- Hogwarts Garden of Botanical Wonders
- Ethnic Food Festival
- Thirsty Thursday

Oct 21

- Greg Batton's Comedy Camp
- Scarborough Fair
- Hogwarts Garden of Botanical Wonders
- Celebrate Recovery
- Ethnic Food Festival
- Haunted Infirmary
- Haunted Peoria Tour
- It's Only a Play
- Live at the Five Spot
- Magician Mitch Williams at New Amsterdam
- Moonlight Cruise
- Pekin Haunt
- Rivermen
- Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center
- Spider Hill
- Spook Hollow
- Wildlife Scary Park
- Witches Walk

Oct 22

- Michael Carbonaro
- Peoria State Hospital Cemetery Walk
- PSO - Prodigies
- Sightseeing Cruise
- The Stor(ies) of You and Me
- Windy City Dueling Pianos
- Women's Lifestyle Show
- Hogwarts Garden of Botanical Wonders
- Behind the Scenes Tour at Peoria Zoo
- Ethnic Food Festival
- Haunted Infirmary
- Haunted Peoria Tour
- It's Only a Play
- Magician Mitch Williams at New Amsterdam
- Pekin Haunt
- Rivermen
- Sculpture Walk Peoria
- Spider Hill
- Spook Hollow
- Wildlife Scary Park
- Witches Walk

Oct 23

- Open Mic at the Vineyard
- Sightseeing Cruise
- Hogwarts Garden of Botanical Wonders
- 10th Annual Peoria Autism Walk
- It's Only a Play
- Jazz Vespers
- Thirsty Thursday
- Wildlife Scary Park

Oct 24

- Hogwarts Garden of Botanical Wonders
- Masterpiece Mondays

Oct 25

- Hogwarts Garden of Botanical Wonders
- Celebrate Recovery

Oct 26

- Hogwarts Garden of Botanical Wonders
- Wicked

Oct 27

- Hayrides and Hotdogs
- Living with Alzheimer's: For Caregivers - Late Stage
- Hogwarts Garden of Botanical Wonders
- It's Only a Play
- Thirsty Thursday
- Wicked

Oct 28

- Central Illinois Ballet presents Dracula
- Halloween Live at the Five Spot
- Murder Mystery Dinner
- Nyk's Outrageous Cabaret
- Hogwarts Garden of Botanical Wonders
- Celebrate Recovery
- Haunted Infirmary
- Haunted Peoria Tour
- It's Only a Play
- Live at the Five Spot
- Magician Mitch Williams at New Amsterdam
- Moonlight Cruise
- Pekin Haunt
- Rocky Horror Picture Show
- Spider Hill
- Spook Hollow
- Wicked
- Wildlife Scary Park
- Witches Walk

Oct 29

- Dracula
- New Hope's Fall Market
- Pumpkin Bash
- Hogwarts Garden of Botanical Wonders
- Haunted Infirmary
- Haunted Peoria Tour
- It's Only a Play
- Magician Mitch Williams at New Amsterdam
- Pekin Haunt
- Rocky Horror Picture Show
- Sculpture Walk Peoria
- Spider Hill
- Spook Hollow
- Wicked
- Wildlife Scary Park
- Witches Walk

Oct 30

- Fall Crafters Show
- Heart of Illinois Chorus
- Pioneer Days 2016
- Sightseeing Cruise
- Hogwarts Garden of Botanical Wonders
- Jazz Vespers
- Wicked
- Wildlife Scary Park


 
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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Sept. 30, Oct. 1-2
Oct. 7 & 8

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