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Santa Cause 5K

Return of the Santas!
Join us for our 3rd annual Santa Cause 5K - a family friendly event for all ages! This year, we are proud to be partnering with The Neighborhood House. Join the cause and embrace your inner Santa!

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Oct 20, 2017 6:30-8:30pm
Summon your courage and prepare to enter the dark forest. Enjoy a presentation on nocturnal animals, a trick-or-treat trail, a campfire with nature-inspired stories, seasonal refreshments and other activities....

Oct 20, 2017 11 am
Travel back in time while winding along Grandview Drive, viewing the homes of past and present merchants, land and business owners seeing the Illinois River valley. Learn about historic Springdale Cemetery, the oldest chartered cemetery in the state. Tickets are $15 lasting...

Oct 21, 2017
Head out to J. Draper Glass for the third annual Pumpkin Workshop! Learn how to roll into color, pinch, and press to sculpt an awesome pumpkin that you will treasure for years!...

Oct 21, 2017 7:30PM
Experience the Academy Award-Winnng musical film (Six Academy Awards 2017) like never before with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra live! Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams. Watch Mia and Seb...

Oct 21, 2017 10am-12pm
Bring your digital camera or phone and head to the trails for a nature-themed scavenger hunt. Complete as many challenges as you can, then show your photos to the naturalist back at the Nature Center....

Oct 21, 2017 7PM
Join us in our family friendly series in our performing arts theater. ...

Oct 21, 2017 6PM-10PM
COME SEE HOW MUCH YOU KNOW ABOUT PEORIA! NOT A HISTORY BUFF? NO PROBLEM! QUESTIONS WILL BE “PLAYER FRIENDLY” AND WILL FOCUS NOT ONLY ON PEORIA’S PAST, BUT ALSO ON PEORIA’S PRESENT! TEAMS OF EIGHT · CASH BAR · RAFFLE PRIZES FOR THE TWO HIGHEST SCORING TEAMS MULLIGANS...

Oct 21, 2017 11AM and 1:30 PM
Discover the stories behind the ghostly appearances that have startled and puzzled Peorians through the years. Learn about the Lady in White, the Legend of Nee-Nee-Wah, the Curse of Old Lady Gray, and more. What will you see in Haunted Peoria? Only your imagination knows. ...

Oct 8, 2017 - Oct 22, 2017 1:30-2:30pm
Experience the scent of autumn, the crunch of leaves underfoot, and the tapestry of all colors on these guided tours....

Oct 20, 2017 - Oct 22, 2017 See Website for more details
A Peoria tradition during the season of fright, Wildlife Prairie Park transforms into a spooky, kid-friendly Halloween experience....

Sep 11, 2017 - Oct 23, 2017 4-5:30PM
Everyone has an imagination. Art helps develop it. Art takes what was just a thought and makes it a reality. Creating art is a way for children to learn how to make choices and solve problems by taking them through a step by step process. The end result is an object they ...

Oct 21, 2017 - Oct 23, 2017 see description
The Book Court’s Semi-Annual Used Book Sale has thousands of gently used books at bargain prices! On October 21 from 10:00am-6:00pm, there will be a great selection of books. The sale continues on October 22 from 12:00-5:00pm for 50% off all purchases. Then on October 23 fro...

Oct 4, 2017 - Oct 25, 2017 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Join us for extended hours and themed activities every Wednesday night in October in the Museum Lobby and Museum Store. All activities included with general admission. October 4 - $4 admission and $4 movies to kick off The Evening Experience! October 11 - Can you dig ...

Oct 5, 2017 - Oct 26, 2017 5-7pm on Thursdays through October (Oct 5, 12, 19, 26)
Come have an old-fashioned good time with hot dogs for roasting, chips, baked beans, a s’more, and drinks. Vegetarian hotdogs, beans and pork-free marshmallows are available. A hayrack ride is included. Children and adult costumes are strongly encouraged....

Sep 27, 2017 - Oct 27, 2017 Mon-Thurs 9am-5pm; Fri 9am-12pm
This exhibit runs from September 27th through October 27th in the ICC Gallery 336B, which is located in the Academic Building. The hours for the gallery are Mon-Thurs 9am-5pm and Fri 9am-12pm....

Sep 27, 2017 - Oct 27, 2017 Mon-Thurs 9:30am-7:30pm; Fri 9:30am-12pm
This exhibit runs from September 27th through October 27th in the ICC Performing Arts Center Gallery. The hours for the gallery are Mon-Thurs 9:30am-7:30pm and Fri 9:30am-12pm. This event is free....

Oct 27, 2017 5:30-7:30pm
Halloween is coming soon, so grab your mask or your broom! Don’t take your bag on the street; come instead to FRC! Treats, costume contest at 6:30pm, carnival games, bounce house, candy and prizes! ...

Oct 27, 2017 11 am
Travel back in time while winding along Grandview Drive, viewing the homes of past and present merchants, land and business owners seeing the Illinois River valley. Learn about historic Springdale Cemetery, the oldest chartered cemetery in the state. Tickets are $15 lasting...

Jun 2, 2017 - Oct 28, 2017 11 am Fridays & 11 am & 1:30pm on Saturdays
Peoria Historical Society's 22nd season of tours begins June 2. Take a ride through Peoria's past with our certified guides. Check out our new tour - Monuments & Landmarks - featuring sculpture and architecture not seen on other tours. Tours depart Fridays at 11 am & Saturda...

Oct 6, 2017 - Oct 28, 2017 Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and haunts 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Enjoy the evening is the musty old Massacre Mansion with its wailing crying sounds and the smell of rot of those who have passed. Around every corner lurks dust floating in the air and coating your lungs and body, which is trying to choke the life out of you too! Try to avoi...

Oct 27, 2017 - Oct 28, 2017 630-930pm
Of Course we want to Kill Them ALL!!....But, first we need to figure out WHO DUNNIT! Arrival suggested between 5:30-6:30 pm for seating, wine tasting and "mingling" with the cast, this is your chance to let them know if you want to participate in the show. The drama will ...

Oct 27, 2017 - Oct 28, 2017 Doors open each night at 11:30 pm; Show at midnight
A tradition among participating audiences for over 25 years, this fundraiser for Peoria Players features the movie on the big screen, along with live actors onstage. Dress as your favorite character and bring your props! Tickets are $20, general admission....

Oct 28, 2017 9am - 3pm
Thousands of women, hundreds of exhibits, and endless amusement fill the Peoria Civic Center for this one special day. Shop, Eat, Laugh, and Learn! Kids 10 & under get in FREE after Noon....

Oct 28, 2017
Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre - The Final Frontier (Star Trek inspired) This is the voyage of Starfleet's newest crew. Their mission: to explore strange new worlds and seek out the even stranger alien life sitting at your table. As a new captain boards the ship, the plot ...

Oct 28, 2017
Head out to J. Draper Glass for the third annual Pumpkin Workshop! Learn how to roll into color, pinch, and press to sculpt an awesome pumpkin that you will treasure for years!...

Oct 28, 2017 9:00 A.M.
Empowering. Entertaining. Enlightening. The OSF Women’s Lifestyle Show celebrities and speakers continue to raise the bar each year. Like us on Facebook to see breaking announcements about who will grace our stages for the 2017 event!...

Oct 28, 2017 10am-12pm
Enjoy a mini trick-or-treat trail, games, crafts, and spooky decorations!...

Oct 28, 2017 7:30-8:30am
The early bird may get the worm, but the early rising bird watcher gets to see the best assortment of the Nature Center’s feathered friends! Bring binoculars. All levels of experience are welcome....

Oct 28, 2017 10-11AM
Take a walk on one of the newest trails into one of Illinois’ finest stands of oak-hickory forests and visit a couple of glacial drift hill prairies. The topography is steep and the hike challenging so wear sturdy shoes and durable clothes....

Oct 28, 2017 7:00pm
The woods ring with music at our monthly concert series featuring some of the best singer-songwriters and folk musicians! The October 28 concert features Claude Bourbon. He is known throughout Europe and America for amazing guitar performances that take blues, Spanish, Middl...

Oct 28, 2017 7:30 PM
The Princeton Coffeehouse celebrates its 25th Anniversary by inviting the Sons of the Never Wrong to perform, with a special CD release show on October 28th at 7:30 p.m. To reserve seats, call Bill Beneke at (815) 878-4805. "Sons have a sound that is so unique that they ...

Oct 28, 2017 7:00 PM
Central Illinois Ballet starts off the season with this classic Halloween story. Based on the novel by Bram Stoker, the audience is transported into Count Dracula’s mysterious castle full of night terrors and vampires. A ballet that is sure to leave you thirsty for more!...

Oct 28, 2017 7 PM
Dracula is sure to be a ballet leaving you hungry for more. This show is only playing on one night, so get your tickets today! You will not want to miss out on this spooktacular Halloween classic! ...

Oct 28, 2017 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
On Saturday, October 28, the Bishop Hill Heritage Association will celebrate the gift of the Bishop Hill Tapestry. The 12' 3" by 6' 7" tapestry was designed by Swedish artist Asa Bengtson of Stockholm and woven by weaver Lija Rage of Riga, Latvia. The Bishop Hill Tap...

Oct 28, 2017 11AM and 1:30 PM
Discover the stories behind the ghostly appearances that have startled and puzzled Peorians through the years. Learn about the Lady in White, the Legend of Nee-Nee-Wah, the Curse of Old Lady Gray, and more. What will you see in Haunted Peoria? Only your imagination knows. ...

Oct 6, 2017 - Oct 29, 2017 10am-5pm
Experience the magic of Hogwarts as Luthy Botanical Garden embraces the theme of Harry Potter for the Chrysanthemum Show. Bring the kids to enjoy a spectacular showing of magical plants and wizardly delights. ...

Oct 6, 2017 - Oct 29, 2017 Every Friday and Saturday night in Oct. 7 pm - 1 am
On a bluff overlooking the Illinois River Valley, past the old institution gates, beyond the other abandoned asylum buildings, deep into the haunted grounds, stands the infirmary of this once-enormous compound. A maniacal group of demonic entities have overtaken this abando...

Oct 27, 2017 - Oct 29, 2017 See Website for more details
A Peoria tradition during the season of fright, Wildlife Prairie Park transforms into a spooky, kid-friendly Halloween experience....

Oct 29, 2017 1-4PM
Experience Peoria County in 1855 and participate in hands-on activities such as candle making, hayrides and children’s games. ...

Oct 29, 2017 12-4:30PM
Diwali is a joyous Hindu holiday celebrating the triumph of good over evil. Activities will be presented in collaboration with the Hindu Temple of Central Illinois. Come for activities like making your own diya (lamp) and rangoli (floor art). Each month, Celebrate Peoria hig...

Oct 29, 2017 1:30-2:30pm
In the spirit of Halloween, learn about some of the spooky animals that call Illinois home....

Oct 29, 2017 3:00 PM
Join the Peoria Area Civic Chorale Youth and Preparatory Choruses as they perform "Where the Heart is..." Featuring songs with the theme of "home," this concert will include patriotic, spiritual, folk, and jazz selections including Chattanooga Choo Choo. Special guests will ...

Oct 30, 2017 4-7 PM
Come dressed in your favorite character/costume for a chance to win a prize for being the most creative! Enjoy games, crafts and plenty of treats of your own making throughout the evening. For ages 1-12....

Sep 1, 2017 - Oct 31, 2017 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Challenge yourself with a corn maze or take a ride through the orchard to pick your own apples and pumpkins....

Oct 31, 2017 5-8pm
Celebrate Halloween in a fun, safe way by trick or treating from the trunks of cars around a blocked off section around Proctor Center. Ages 1-12....

Nov 1, 2017 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Please join us for a casual evening of food and fun while learning more about the Junior League. Feel free to bring a friend. Appetizers will be provided....

Nov 2, 2017 6pm - 9pm
The Trailside Roots Concert Series welcomes The Henhouse Prowlers for an evening of bluegrass and dancing. Tickets are $10 advance / $15 day of show. All ages are welcome; dinner from A Matter of Taste and a full bar will be available. Visit trailsideeventcenter.com/events/ ...

Nov 2, 2017 6-9PM
Join us to hear a great show by Henhouse Prowlers! Trefzger's Bakery and the Trailside Event Center are collaborating to launch a new Roots-inspired concert series with family-friendly hours and dinner and a full bar available. ...

Nov 2, 2017 - Nov 3, 2017 11/02/2017 2:30 pm - 7:00 pm; 11/03/17 8:00 am - 4 pm
The Symposium will examine the impact that Midwestern women artists of the 1960s and '70s had on their communities and on the evolution of American art. Panels of artists and curators will discuss leadership roles the artists created to promote their work, the subject matte...

Nov 3, 2017 4:30PM-7:30PM
Join us on the First Friday of each month for a different, 60 minute or less, beginner level jewelry making project. The instruction is free! Students only pay for the price of the kit....

Nov 3, 2017 6:00PM
For more than 25 years, the Easterseals Tribute Dinner has been widely recognized as one of the Peoria area’s premier recognition events. More than a fundraiser, the Tribute Dinner has become a time-honored tradition of recognizing and celebrating the extraordinary achievem...

Nov 3, 2017 - Nov 4, 2017
Many in-store specials both days. Hourly apple pie drawing each day. ...

Nov 4, 2017 7-10 PM
Adults, it’s your turn to play, invent, innovate, and build! Led by local engineers, artists, and makers, participants will enjoy food, wine and beer while they work together to find new ways to meet the evening’s challenge. For ages 21+....

Nov 4, 2017 2-4 PM
Back by popular demand! Get bundled up in your warmest gear, because you’re going on a hike! Families will place treasure boxes around Glen Oak Park, create detailed maps and clues, and then try to find them. Peoria PlayHouse offers fun family activities on select Saturday a...

Nov 4, 2017 1pm - 5pm
Join us for the 1st annual Walk for God event for those who love the Lord, need prayer and guidance. Come join us as we give thanks, making a pathway with our feet and voices....

Nov 5, 2017 10AM-3PM
Sports card vendors will be set up to buy, sell, or trade their sports cards and collectibles. The live auction will begin at 2:00pm and includes autographed sports memorabilia and season tickets. Silent auction and raffle drawing are also included. $10 raffle tickets sold a...

Nov 5, 2017 1:30-2:00 PM
Feel the smooth scales of a snake slide through your hand, hear the hiss of a giant cockroach, and see a tarantula up close. Meet some of nature’s greatest animals in this short, drop-in program. Topics are: snakes on Nov 5...

Nov 5, 2017 12-5pm
Honor our local Mexican American community and learn about Dia de los Muertos at the PlayHouse! Activities are in collaboration with Bradley University Association of Latin American Students and community members. Dia de los Muertos or "Day of the Dead" is a regional Mexican...

Nov 9, 2017 10 am lecture (refreshments at 9:30 am)
David Swan, Chicago architect and city planner, will detail the rich history of the landmark Fine Arts Building, constructed in 1885 as the Studebaker Building, a carriage assembly plant and showroom. It was converted 12 years later into a center for the arts by Charles C. C...

Nov 9, 2017 Starts at 11AM
Enjoy a Christmas lunch at Tanners Orchard! $18 per person Reservations required. Call 309-493-5442 to make reservations....

Nov 9, 2017 g:30-8:30
"Uncork" your creative talents under the direction of local artist R. Rashad Reed. Support the GMB Spring Celebration while enjoying an evening of snacks and beverages. Each Participant will leave with their own painting. Creativity Uncorked, 815 SW Adams, Peoria. Drinks an...

Nov 9, 2017 10 am lecture (refreshments at 9:30 am)
The 10-story Fine Arts Building in Chicago's Loop was built for the Studebaker Company in 1884-5 as a carriage sales and service operation. In 1898 it was converted in one of the nation's oldest artist communities, and now houses artists' lofts, art galleries, theatre, dance...

Nov 11, 2017 Starts at 11AM
Enjoy a Christmas lunch at Tanners Orchard! $18 per person Reservations required. Call 309-493-5442 to make reservations....

Nov 11, 2017 10 AM - 2 PM
Learn to identify native birds by sight and sound. An indoor presentation will be followed by a hike in the woods to put your newfound knowledge to use....

Nov 11, 2017 7:00 PM
The woods ring with music at our monthly concert series featuring some of the best singer-songwriters and folk musicians. In November, come hear Briar Road!...

Nov 10, 2017 - Nov 12, 2017
This rock/jukebox musical is built around classic rock songs from the 1980s, especially from the famous glam metal bands of that decade....

Nov 16, 2017 6:00PM
In Peppa Pig’s Surprise, it’s a lovely day and Peppa is playing outside with her friends. Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig have got a surprise for her and her younger brother George, but no matter how hard they try, they cannot guess what it is. Audiences will enjoy interactive fun, ...

Nov 16, 2017 6:00 P.M.
In Peppa Pig’s Surprise, it’s a lovely day and Peppa is playing outside with her friends. Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig have got a surprise for her and her younger brother George, but no matter how hard they try, they cannot guess what it is. Audiences will enjoy interactive fun, ...

Nov 17, 2017 - Nov 18, 2017
Head out to Morton and start the holiday season right with their annual Holidazzle Christmas Celebration! Enjoy the lightning of the community Christmas tree, open houses in the shops, prize drawings, visits with Santa, special games and coupons....

Nov 18, 2017 7:30PM
The beauty of lush, lavish string sounds envelope you with some of the most beautiful music ever written. Elgar and Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings mix with Bloch's hauntingly beautiful music to create a "dark chocolate event". Pianist Orion Weiss returns to Peoria in the...

Nov 18, 2017 10 AM
Join others on a naturalist-led trail hike on the Illinois River Bluff Trail. Bring a sack lunch and water for this trip. Meet at the lower parking lot of Camp Wokanda. The hike will be to Robinson Park and then return to Camp Wokanda....

Nov 18, 2017 2-4pm
This art show features a diversity of media and unique artwork all created by talented local artists. At the Open House, meet the artists, enjoy a seasonal beverage, and tour the wonderful artwork of these creative and talented folks! The Nature Art Show and Sale will be fro...

Nov 18, 2017 2-4pm
Experiment with a thermometer, sugar, and varying degrees of heat to make everyone’s favorite sweet treat…candy! This will be one ooey-gooey class! Kid Workshops are offered on select Saturday afternoons to give children ages 8-14 opportunities to use tools, experiment with ...

Nov 16, 2017 - Nov 19, 2017
This rock/jukebox musical is built around classic rock songs from the 1980s, especially from the famous glam metal bands of that decade....

Nov 19, 2017 5:45 pm
The parade kicks off the start of the Festival of Lights and holiday season. Approximately 30 lighted floats will illuminate the streets of East Peoria along a three-mile parade route....

Nov 19, 2017 1:30-2:00 PM
Feel the smooth scales of a snake slide through your hand, hear the hiss of a giant cockroach, and see a tarantula up close. Meet some of nature’s greatest animals in this short, drop-in program. Topics are: Insects & Spiders on Nov. 19...

Nov 19, 2017 1pm
Rain, shine or snow, come for Peoria’s oldest running race, a 4-mile run through Detweiller Park. The top two finishers in each division receive a trophy and a turkey, compliments of Kroger. All entrants receive a Turkey Trot t-shirt. A ½-mile youth fun run will take place i...

Jun 23, 2017 - Nov 23, 2017 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Celebrate the Arts in Tazewell County on Fourth Fridays on the Tazewell Art Loop. It's supported by the Morton and Pekin Area Chambers of Commerce and the Tremont and Delavan communities! On the Fourth Friday of each month between May and November you’re invited to have fun ...

May 26, 2017 - Nov 24, 2017 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Celebrate the Arts in Tazewell County through Fourth Fridays – the Tazewell Art Loop sponsored by the Morton and Pekin Chambers of Commerce and the Tremont and Delavan communities! Between May and November the community is invited to enjoy fun, shop local experiences in Mort...

Jul 28, 2017 - Nov 24, 2017 5:00 - 9:00 PM
Celebrate the Arts in Tazewell County on Fourth Fridays on the Tazewell Art Loop. It's supported by the Morton and Pekin Area Chambers of Commerce and the Tremont and Delavan communities! On the Fourth Friday of each month between May and November you’re invited to have fun ...

Nov 1, 2017 - Nov 26, 2017 Mon-Thurs 9:30am-7:30pm; Fri 9:30am-12pm
This exhibit runs from November 1st through November 26th in the ICC Performing Arts Center Gallery. The hours for the gallery are Mon-Thurs 9:30am-7:30pm and Fri 9:30am-12pm. This event is free....

Nov 1, 2017 - Dec 8, 2017 Mon-Thurs 9am-5pm; Fri 9am-12pm
This exhibit runs from November 1st through December 8th in the ICC Gallery 336B, which is located in the Academic Building. The hours for the gallery are Mon-Thurs 9am-5pm and Fri 9am-12pm. This event is free. The gallery will be closed 11/18-11/26 for fall break....

Nov 6, 2017 - Dec 11, 2017 4-5:30PM
Everyone has an imagination. Art helps develop it. Art takes what was just a thought and makes it a reality. Creating art is a way for children to learn how to make choices and solve problems by taking them through a step by step process. The end result is an object they ...

Nov 2, 2016 - Dec 27, 2017 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
1 Million Cups, a program created by Kauffman Labs for Enterprise Creation to engage, educate and connect entrepreneurs. Our All-America City location is the 18th nationwide - to host the weekly gathering that is building startup communities over cups of coffee and conversa...

Nov 17, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017 10am-5pm
The holiday season wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Luthy Botanical Garden, where the tropical collection blends with hundreds of poinsettias to create a wonderland unmatched anywhere in Peoria! Or, come enjoy the show at night under the warm glow of hundreds of candl...

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