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Looking for fun things to do in the Peoria Area? We have you covered. Below you can explore a wide variety of events and activities happening in Peoria, IL.

Multi Sport Extravaganza

July 25, 2014 - 07:00AM to 11:00PM
Wildlife Prairie Park
3826 N. Taylor Rd.
Hanna City, IL 61536
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Save this weekend date: July 25-27, 2014 at Wildlife Prairie Park. We had over 200 participants in 2013 with a dozen sports. Join us in 2014 for even more!

Register online: http://www.multisportextravaganza.com/

What is it? 
ALL WEEKEND MULTI-SPORT EXTRAVAGANZA! This is your chance to try some outdoor activities hosted by the local clubs and shops that make the Peoria area such a great place to be outdoors! Where else can you try out a kayak? Ride a mountain bike on trails…. This is a weekend-long event of fun and food where you can try all the outdoor events you've always wanted to, but didn't care to invest in equipment rental cost and/or time!

Habitat Outdoor Sale

July 25, 2014 - 10:00AM to 07:00PM
Habitat for Humanity
110 Carver Lane
East Peoria, IL 61611
309-676-6729
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We will be selling unique, vintage products. The event will also have food for sale, including hot dogs, chips, beverages, and homemade cookies made by local Girl Scouts. The event will be hosted at our East Peoria ReStore located at 110 Carver Lane East Peoria, IL 61611. If you have questions, call Lisa at 309-676-6729 ext. 2 or email her at lisa@habitatpeoria.org.

The Science of Ripley's Believe It or Not!

July 25, 2014 - 10:00AM to 05:00PM
Peoria Riverfront Museum
222 SW Washington St.
Peoria, IL 61602
309-686-7000
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This highly interactive blockbuster exhibit is an adventure through the remarkable realms of scientific discoveries and real artifacts. Visitors will discover the real science behind the unbelievable phenomena featured in the six sections of the exhibit.

From Generation to Generation: Folk Arts of Illinois Exhibit

July 25, 2014 - 10:00AM to 05:00PM
Bishop Hill Arts Council
103 North Bishp Hill Street
Bishop Hill, IL 61419
309-927-3899
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From Generation to Generation: Folk Arts of Illinois thoughtfully integrates the arts and stories of Illinois to create a visually engaging and educational perspective on the state’s cultural heritage. Telling the stories of ten artists, the featured art forms represent a wide variety of traditions such as duck decoy carving, Irish fiddle, Mexican murals, and African American Quilts. Every artist is part of a larger tradition, and their stories prompt questions that ask all of us to consider What will I pass along? This exhibit will also include information about Bishop Hill folk arts/artists, such as broommaking and Olof Krans. From Generation to Generation: Folk Arts of Illinois was produced by Company of Folk with partial support by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Festival 56 Cabaret

July 25, 2014 - TBA
Main St
Princeton, IL
815-879-5656
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Festival 56 Friday Night Cabarets  June 20th through August 1st, 2014, except July 4th, Grace Performing Arts Center, Main St, Princeton. Tickets: Advance Tickets - $8, At the Door - $10   Join us each Friday night for live musical performances and a nightcap at the Grace after the curtain goes down on Friday nights.

Boat Drunks

July 25, 2014 - 12:00PM

Having opened for Jimmy Buffett, The Beach Boys and Little Feat, the Boat Drunks will transport you from the Peoria RiverFront to a white sand beach with their tangy, tropical rock & roll! Covering songs from Buffett, The Beatles, The Eagles, REO Speedwagon and many more, while performing original music, the Boat Drunks' show is a an tropical escape to island living! For more information, visit http://www.boatdrunks.com/.

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

July 25, 2014 - Friday & Saturday: 6:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm.
Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre
1451 Timberline Rd.
Goodfield, IL 61742
309-965-2545
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Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre is very excited to announce the opening of the hilarious and heartwarming musical tribute to Charles Schulz's "Peanuts" comic strip, "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown". 

"You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" is perfect for all ages and is a great show for families to see together. It's a funny and nostalgic look back to our childhoods with our favorite friends from "Peanuts," including Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Schroeder, Sally, and, of course, Snoopy. The delightful skits and songs take us through a typical day in the life of our hapless but hopeful hero, Charlie Brown and his friends. 

Conklin's Barn II is known for its delicious buffet which, on evening performances, includes four main entrees featuring the Barn's renowned prime rib and fried chicken, with salad, homemade soup and cheese spread, and a choice of four taste-tempting, homemade desserts. Prices for dinner and show are $35.00 on Thursday evening, $37.00 on Friday evening and Sunday brunch, and $39.00 on Saturday evening, including tax. Children 12 or under receive a $10 discount off regular prices. For details and reservations, call the box office at (309) 965-2545. For more information, visit the Barn on the internet at www.barn2.com

Conklin's Barn II is "bring-your-own" if you care for cocktails, beer, or wine. Coffee, tea, iced tea, and sodas are available with your meal.

Artists on the Boardwalk

July 25, 2014 - 04:00PM to 08:00PM
Junction City Shopping Center
5901 North Prospect Road
Suite 200
Peoria, IL 61614
309-740-0808
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Local artists displaying and selling their artwork along the boardwalk.  Music filling the air, eclectic dining choices from our restaurants, stylish decor in our unique shops and current, top fashions in our boutiques.

Morton BBQ Throwdown

July 25, 2014 - Friday 5pm-10pm, Saturday: 10am-10pm
Village of Morton Tourism
Morton, IL 61550
309-266-5135
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The 4th Annual BBQ cooking contest will be held in Downtown Morton. We will be hosting over 40 contestants. While the competitors do not sell food to the public (they are in a contest) there will be lots of BBQ for sale in the food court. Again this year will be a “Backyard” contest for amateur grillers who have a great chicken or rib recipe that they would like to have judged. Live music from Midnight Special, Rewind, Mister Sister, and Jammsammich. There will be crafters, kid`s play area, great food and vendors. Again this year, we will have the “People`s Choice” tasting event which allows the public to judge the best pulled pork prepared by the contestants. This will be on Saturday at 11:30. www.mortonbbqthrowdown.net

Weekly German Dinners and Entertainment at the Lindendhof

July 25, 2014 - 05:00PM to 08:00PM
German-American Central Society
7601 N. Harker Dr.
Peoria, IL 61615
309-691-7484
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The Lindenhof Restaurant is open to the public every Friday evening. Dinners are served from 5-8 pm. Dinners are $12.00 per plate for adult and $6.00 for children. Desserts are also available for $2.

German beers are on draft. We also have an assortment of wine by the glass and the bottle.

Weekly live entertainment from various local artists playing traditional German favorites.

Check our website www.peoriagermans.net or find us on Facebook under The Lindenhof of Peoria to see what is on the weekly menu.

Bar open until Midnight!

Peoria Municipal Band

July 25, 2014 - 07:00PM
3300 N Twelve Oaks Drive
Peoria, IL 61604
309-677-2595
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Our single Friday evening performance of the season takes us to one of our favorite venues. Come join the neighborhood for what promises to be an enthusiastic performance of great band music. Katie Burnham and Anton Grasch will be there to sing in this one hour performance. Bring your lawn chairs for this one. 

Brushville in Concert at the Vineyard

July 25, 2014 - 08:00PM to 11:00PM
Mackinaw Valley Vineyard
33633 State Route 9
Mackinaw, IL 61755
309-359-9463
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Brushville is a young & ENERGETIC band that plays upbeat, ROCKIN’ country blending five extremely talented musicians, with incredible harmonies, an explosive stage show and a fresh, dynamic sound. on the web at brushville.com. Bring a lawn chair to enjoy lawn seating or call to reserve deck seating for an additional $5pp. You may bring your own foods just no beverages of any kind. band cover to be announced. Wine tasting and wine, beer, sodas, pizzas, cheese & crackers and chocolates for sale.

Swing at Contemporary Art Center

July 25, 2014 - 08:30PM to 12:30AM
Contemporary Art Center of Peoria
Peoria, IL 61602
(309) 674-6822
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A Swing Dance Event 8:30pm-12:30am, the 4th Friday of each month (after Five Spot).

Dance lesson (learn the basics of swing & lindy hop) 9:30am-12:30pm
Also featuring open dancing to the music of DJ Matt Vazquez

Multi Sport Extravaganza

July 26, 2014 - 07:00AM to 11:00PM
Wildlife Prairie Park
3826 N. Taylor Rd.
Hanna City, IL 61536
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Save this weekend date: July 25-27, 2014 at Wildlife Prairie Park. We had over 200 participants in 2013 with a dozen sports. Join us in 2014 for even more!

Register online: http://www.multisportextravaganza.com/

What is it? 
ALL WEEKEND MULTI-SPORT EXTRAVAGANZA! This is your chance to try some outdoor activities hosted by the local clubs and shops that make the Peoria area such a great place to be outdoors! Where else can you try out a kayak? Ride a mountain bike on trails…. This is a weekend-long event of fun and food where you can try all the outdoor events you've always wanted to, but didn't care to invest in equipment rental cost and/or time!

Whitney's Walk for Life

July 26, 2014 - 08:00AM to 12:00PM

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. and the third leading cause of death for young people ages 15 to 24. Hult Center for Healthy Living combats suicide through community based education and advocacy programs. Please join us by supporting Whitney's Walk for Life this year! Register online at www.whitneyswalk.com or call 692-6650.

RiverFront Market

July 26, 2014 - 08:00AM to 12:00PM
200 Water Street
Peoria, IL
(309) 671-5555
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Come shop with us in our NEW LOCATION!

Illinois grown produce, local meats, eggs, cheeses, baked goods, fresh flowers and much more!

Local Art , Live Music, Demonstrations 

Bloody Mary's and Mimosas at Martinis
Breakfast at New Amsterdam 

Chef demonstration at 10 a.m., Balloons by The Twist


Open Every Saturday Morning

June - September, 8 a.m. - Noon

200 Block of Water Street
www.peoriariverfront.com

Kid's Pioneer Day

July 26, 2014 - 09:00AM to 06:30PM
Wildlife Prairie Park
3826 N. Taylor Rd.
Hanna City, IL 61536
309-676-0998
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Join us at Wildlife Prairie Park for a day to experience life like early settlers in Illinois did! Embrace the heritage life of a Pioneer on the last Saturday in July. You'll get to see and do a variety of activities including:

Butter Churning
Musical Entertainment
Plowing the Prairie (learn about farming in Pioneer times)
Animals the Settlers brought with them
Soap Carving
Wax Candle Dipping
Pioneer Games
Make a Bison Hair Bracelet
Cow Milking
AND MORE!

Christmas in July Sale

July 26, 2014 - 09:00AM to 04:00PM
Le Fleur Floral Designs and Gifts
140 Washington Square
Washington, IL 61571
309-444-1555
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LeFleur Floral Design & Events, Inc. located on the historic square of Washington, Illinois will be participating in the Washington Summer Small Business Saturday on July 26, 2014 and offering a huge blowout inventory sale in their back warehouse behind the business. LeFleur will offer items up to 85% off!

LeFleur Floral Design & Events, Inc. is located at 140 Washington Square in Washington, Illinois. The sale will be located in the back warehouse in the alley behind LeFleur as well as the parking lot of Skill Sprout. For questions please contact Amy Morgan at 309.444.1555 or amy@lefleuronthesquare.com.

Writing From the Heart- Leaving a Legacy

July 26, 2014 - 10:00AM to 12:00PM
Illinois Central College
5407 N. University
Peoria, IL 61635
309-690-6911
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Think only famous people have a legacy worth writing? Think again. Everyone has a story to tell—a legacy. In fact we are writing our legacy every day. Everything we do, believe and value becomes our legacy. The story of our lives is unique and extraordinary in its own way. With a little encouragement and guidance, you can put it down on paper. Whether you are into writing a mini memoir or a legacy letter, this 4 week workshop will provide a simple, step-by-step instruction on how to complete your own legacy.

From Generation to Generation: Folk Arts of Illinois Exhibit

July 26, 2014 - 10:00AM to 05:00PM
Bishop Hill Arts Council
103 North Bishp Hill Street
Bishop Hill, IL 61419
309-927-3899
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From Generation to Generation: Folk Arts of Illinois thoughtfully integrates the arts and stories of Illinois to create a visually engaging and educational perspective on the state’s cultural heritage. Telling the stories of ten artists, the featured art forms represent a wide variety of traditions such as duck decoy carving, Irish fiddle, Mexican murals, and African American Quilts. Every artist is part of a larger tradition, and their stories prompt questions that ask all of us to consider What will I pass along? This exhibit will also include information about Bishop Hill folk arts/artists, such as broommaking and Olof Krans. From Generation to Generation: Folk Arts of Illinois was produced by Company of Folk with partial support by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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