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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.

20th Annual Chinquapin Folk Music and Storytelling Festival

October 2, 2014 - 09:30AM to 01:30PM
Camp Wokanda
620 Boy Scout Rd.
Chillicothe, IL 61523
(309) 579-2157
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JOIN US FOR OUR 20th ANNIVERSARY!!

9:30 am-1:30 pm at Camp Wokanda in Chillicothe, Illinois — a day long program for youngsters!

Schools and homeschoolers from throughout Central Illinois are invited to participate in a day of programs featuring some of the best Storytellers and Folk Musicians in the country. Your classes will have an opportunity to see six different performances in the beautiful wooded setting of Camp Wokanda.

This years line up of featured storytellers will include Brian “Fox” Ellis, Dan Keding, and Chris Kastle. Musicians will include Tom Kastle, Stephen Lee Rich, and Barry Cloyd.

It all starts at 9:30 a.m. After participating in three morning performances, students will break for lunch. All students should bring their own sack lunch. Participants will see three more performances in the afternoon, which will end at 1:30 p.m

To register your school or for more information, please call Camp Wokanda at (309) 579-2157 or e-mail msauder@peoriaparks.org.

Please visit www.facebook.com/CampWokanda/events

Exhibition opening: “Impressionism to Modernism: A Paradigm Shift in American Art”

October 2, 2014 - 10:00AM to 12:00PM
Peoria Riverfront Museum
222 SW Washington St.
Peoria, IL 61602
309-863-3006
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A new exhibit on the evolution of 20th century American art opens to the public at Peoria Riverfront Museum Sept. 27. “Impressionism into Modernism: A Paradigm Shift in American Art,” is a visual journey through the dramatic transformation of American art from the academic realism of the 1880s to the abstract expressionism of the 1940s and 50s.

Presented within the cultural and historical context of the time, the exhibit showcases modern art – mainly paintings, drawings and prints – made in the United States from 1880 to 1950 by American and foreign-born artists. The story focuses on artists working in Chicago, which became the cultural center for the Midwest following Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

Accordingly, the exhibit draws from several Illinois art collections, including those of Dr. William H. and Nancy Marshall, Peoria; Illinois State Museum, Springfield; Richard Norton Gallery, Chicago; and Clifford Law Offices P.C., Chicago.

Among the works included in the exhibit are two paintings which have never before been on public display, on loan from the Clifford Law Offices.

Curated by Kristan H. McKinsey, the exhibit also traces the impact on American art of pivotal historical events, including two world wars and the Great Depression, cultural revolutions such as the 1913 Armory Show, the rapid growth of U.S. cities, scientific discoveries and new insight into human psychology.

New York replaced post-WWII Paris as the world’s cultural capital, and the exhibit also examines the dialogue between U.S. and European artists as they experimented with progressive styles and techniques.

A special interactive allows visitors to explore The Armory Show – the 1913 International Exhibition of Modern Art – the largest group of modern art ever amassed in one location. The show introduced Americans to the avant-garde art of Picasso and Duchamp. It also featured a small number of revolutionary works that shocked visitors and altered the course of modern art in America and Europe.

Impressionism to Modernism: A Paradigm Shift in American Art runs from Sept. 27, 2014 through Jan. 11, 2015. The museum thanks exhibit sponsors Rennie Atterbury, Thomas and Lois Mayer, and Terry Knueppel. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

The Peoria Riverfront Museum is the collaborative effort of eight organizations, with nearly 500 years of combined experience educating, entertaining, and supporting our diverse Peoria-area culture. Our mission is to inspire lifelong learning for all - connecting art, history, science, and achievement through collections, exhibitions, and programs. Visit PeoriaRiverfrontMuseum.org.

Historic Trolley Tours

October 2, 2014 - 10:30AM to 12:00PM
Peoria Historical Society
Peoria Heights, IL
309-674-1921
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Sponsored by the Peoria Historical Society Explore Peoria (oldest continuously settled site in Illinois) with one of the many Historical Trolley Tours provided by the Peoria Historical Society and their professional, certified tour guides. Tours include: Naughty to Nice, Abraham Lincoln & the Civil War, River City, Grandview Drive and Springdale Cemetery, Roll Out the Barrel (July & August), and Haunted Peoria (September & October.) Check website for complete schedule and information:

The Fox on the Fairway

October 2, 2014 - Doors Open 6:00 P.M. • Buffet 6:30-7:30 • Show Starts 8:00 Sunday Brunch Performances Doors Open 12:00 Noon • Buffet 12:00-1:00 • Show Starts 1:30
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 Barn debut production of Ken Ludwig's hysterically comic ode to golf, "The Fox on the Fairway," starring Bob Lane Jr. and Eddie Urish opening September 18 for a seven week run at the Barn in Goodfield. The show will be performed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings and Sunday brunches through November 2.

The Fox on the Fairway By Ken Ludwig: A tribute from Ken Ludwig (Lend Me A Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo) to the great English farces of the 1930's and 1940's, The Fox On the Fairway takes audiences on a hilarious romp which pulls the rug out from underneath the stuffy denizens of a private country club. Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors, and over-the-top romantic shenanigans, it's a furiously paced comedy that recalls the Marx Brothers' classics. A charmingly madcap adventure about love, life, and man's eternal love affair with...golf.

Hayrides & Hotdogs

October 2, 2014 - 05:00PM to 07:00PM
6329 N. Koerner Rd.
Edwards, IL 61528
309-691-8423
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Come out and have an old-fashioned good time! Admission price includes hot dogs and marshmallows for roasting, chips, carrots, our famous baked beans, and drinks. Hayrack rides and mid-1800s Autumn Play Party activities such as sack races and fortune-telling are included. Children and adult costumes are strongly encouraged. For more information, please call 691-8423.

Free Wine Tasting

October 2, 2014 - 05:00PM to 07:00PM
Wines 'n More
151 S. Main St.
Morton, IL 61550
309-291-0899
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Come on in and enjoy wines from around the world! Every Thursday we will be tasting new unique wines. Wines will be available the duration of the week. Throughout the month we will be sampling some of our gourmet foods also!! Friend us on FACEBOOK!!

ZooBrew and Wine Too!

October 2, 2014 - 05:30PM to 08:00PM
Peoria Zoo at Glen Oak Park
2218 N. Prospect Rd.
Peoria, IL 61603
309-681-3500
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This wildly popular event is returning to the Zoo again in October. Guests sample a wide variety of beers and wines during this fun fall evening. Enjoy drink tastings, appetizers, themed dessert, and live music while walking the boardwalk of Africa! Ages: 21 & older.

Starting September 1st, reserve your ticket(s) online, over the phone or in-person at the Safari Gift Shop before they sell out!

Ghost Stories Concert

October 2, 2014 - 07:00PM to 09:00PM
Camp Wokanda
620 Boy Scout Rd.
Chillicothe, IL 61523
(309) 579-2157
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Come enjoy music and tales that start out light and get scarier as the night goes on. Follow the lights to our outdoor amphitheater.

Visit www.facebook.com/CampWokanda/events

Karaoke

October 2, 2014 - 08:00PM to 12:00AM
Firehouse Pizza & Pub, East Peoria
East Peoria, IL 61611
(309) 698-9111
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Every Thursday night in the Pub, we have karaoke from 8pm-midnight! It is always a good time and is hosted by local radio personalities!! Come join us!!

Peoria Park District PC'S CAFE

October 3, 2014 - 10:00AM to 12:00PM
309 S. DuSable
Peoria, IL 61605
309-673-9183
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PC’s Café, a program for mature adults who are looking for a place to enjoy a cup of coffee and engage in interesting conversation, has scheduled their fall dates.

 Thursday, October 3; 10:00 am-12:00 pm; "Technology and You"

 Thursday, November 7; 10:00 am-12:00 pm; "Do You Have a Green Thumb"

 Thursday, December 5; 10:00 am-12:00 pm; "A Healthy You"

These programs, held at Peoria Park District’s Proctor Center, are free. However, we ask that you register by calling Proctor Center at 673-9183.

 

Exhibition opening: “Impressionism to Modernism: A Paradigm Shift in American Art”

October 3, 2014 - 10:00AM to 12:00PM
Peoria Riverfront Museum
222 SW Washington St.
Peoria, IL 61602
309-863-3006
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A new exhibit on the evolution of 20th century American art opens to the public at Peoria Riverfront Museum Sept. 27. “Impressionism into Modernism: A Paradigm Shift in American Art,” is a visual journey through the dramatic transformation of American art from the academic realism of the 1880s to the abstract expressionism of the 1940s and 50s.

Presented within the cultural and historical context of the time, the exhibit showcases modern art – mainly paintings, drawings and prints – made in the United States from 1880 to 1950 by American and foreign-born artists. The story focuses on artists working in Chicago, which became the cultural center for the Midwest following Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

Accordingly, the exhibit draws from several Illinois art collections, including those of Dr. William H. and Nancy Marshall, Peoria; Illinois State Museum, Springfield; Richard Norton Gallery, Chicago; and Clifford Law Offices P.C., Chicago.

Among the works included in the exhibit are two paintings which have never before been on public display, on loan from the Clifford Law Offices.

Curated by Kristan H. McKinsey, the exhibit also traces the impact on American art of pivotal historical events, including two world wars and the Great Depression, cultural revolutions such as the 1913 Armory Show, the rapid growth of U.S. cities, scientific discoveries and new insight into human psychology.

New York replaced post-WWII Paris as the world’s cultural capital, and the exhibit also examines the dialogue between U.S. and European artists as they experimented with progressive styles and techniques.

A special interactive allows visitors to explore The Armory Show – the 1913 International Exhibition of Modern Art – the largest group of modern art ever amassed in one location. The show introduced Americans to the avant-garde art of Picasso and Duchamp. It also featured a small number of revolutionary works that shocked visitors and altered the course of modern art in America and Europe.

Impressionism to Modernism: A Paradigm Shift in American Art runs from Sept. 27, 2014 through Jan. 11, 2015. The museum thanks exhibit sponsors Rennie Atterbury, Thomas and Lois Mayer, and Terry Knueppel. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

The Peoria Riverfront Museum is the collaborative effort of eight organizations, with nearly 500 years of combined experience educating, entertaining, and supporting our diverse Peoria-area culture. Our mission is to inspire lifelong learning for all - connecting art, history, science, and achievement through collections, exhibitions, and programs. Visit PeoriaRiverfrontMuseum.org.

Historic Trolley Tours

October 3, 2014 - 10:30AM to 12:00PM
Peoria Historical Society
Water Street
Peoria, IL
309-674-1921
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Explore Peoria (oldest continuously settled site in Illinois) with one of the many Historical Trolley Tours provided by the Peoria Historical Society and their professional, certified tour guides. Tours include: Naughty to Nice, Abraham Lincoln & the Civil War, River City, Grandview Drive and Springdale Cemetery, Roll Out the Barrel (July & August), and Haunted Peoria (September & October.) Check website for complete schedule and information Sponsored by the Peoria Historical Society

Sponge Alex and the XO's

October 3, 2014 - Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm
Limelight Eventplex
8102 N. University St.
Peoria, Il 61615
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Sponge are one of the most sought after live acts around and have been seen sharing the stage with such mega-artists as Guns N' Roses, Nickelback, Iggy Pop, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, and Kiss. Sponge is now touring in support of a brand new release "Rotting Live".

"Normal, Illinois band who play C86 style jangle-pop with bouncy guitars,
brightly burning rhythms, catchy twee-pop melodies and a ukulele--which gives rise to some folk overtones. There's an abundance of memorable tunes with hooks that will stick in your brain & induce head-bopping smiles, and the band isn't afraid to crank up the guitars occasionally. 

The Fox on the Fairway

October 3, 2014 - Doors Open 6:00 P.M. • Buffet 6:30-7:30 • Show Starts 8:00 Sunday Brunch Performances Doors Open 12:00 Noon • Buffet 12:00-1:00 • Show Starts 1:30
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 Barn debut production of Ken Ludwig's hysterically comic ode to golf, "The Fox on the Fairway," starring Bob Lane Jr. and Eddie Urish opening September 18 for a seven week run at the Barn in Goodfield. The show will be performed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings and Sunday brunches through November 2.

The Fox on the Fairway By Ken Ludwig: A tribute from Ken Ludwig (Lend Me A Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo) to the great English farces of the 1930's and 1940's, The Fox On the Fairway takes audiences on a hilarious romp which pulls the rug out from underneath the stuffy denizens of a private country club. Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors, and over-the-top romantic shenanigans, it's a furiously paced comedy that recalls the Marx Brothers' classics. A charmingly madcap adventure about love, life, and man's eternal love affair with...golf.

CIAO First Fridays Artists' Studio Tour

October 3, 2014 - 05:00PM to 09:00PM
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The CIAO First Fridays Artists' Tour will take place from 5 - 9 pm at 11 different locations in downtown Peoria where visitors can view artist demonstrations as well as purchase pieces.

For a complete map of the locations, visit http://ciaopeoria.com/

Locations/Venues: The Atelier Building, Backstage Collective, Contemporary Art Center, Ear in the Envelope, The Hive, Jefferson Street Studio & Gallery, Murry Center for the Arts, Prairie Center of the Arts, Studio 825, Studios on Sheridan, Toraason Glass.

Weekly German Dinners and Entertainment at the Lindendhof

October 3, 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!

Live At The Five Spot

October 3, 2014 - 05:30PM to 07:30PM
Contemporary Art Center of Peoria
305 S.W. Water St.
Peoria, IL 61602
309-674-6822
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Live at the Five Spot is the Contemporary Art Center's music event featuring the best regional talent performing jazz, blues and more. It is a smokeless, nightclub atmosphere that is a great way to end a busy week with your friends. While the music fills the building, one can stroll through our three fine art galleries. Consult the calendar to learn what bands will be playing.

You may order food & drink from the Rhythm Kitchen yourself and bring it up or bring your own food and drink. Remember to bring your own plates, silverware and cups. After the performance, go downstairs to enjoy more live music at the Rhythm Kitchen.

If you would like a discount on admission, become a member of the CAC. If you join during Live at the Five Spot, you receive a free pass for two for another night. One of the benefits of membership is to be able to reserve a table. The large rounds are $25 and the conference table area is $50. If you have a large party and you want to be sure to be seated together, this is a good option to consider.

The Botany of a Cocktail

October 3, 2014 - Register by 9/26 Age 21+
(309) 686-3362
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Join the Heart of Illinois Professional Chef Association and Luthy Botanical Garden for some spirited botany! Throughout history, cultures have developed some form of alcohol using plants, as the source.  Especially here in Peoria there is a rich history, involving distilleries, breweries and Prohibition. Our discussion will focus on the plants and processes involved in making vodka, gin, whisky, tequila and various liqueurs. There will be a cocktail-making demonstration, and hors d’oeuvres and cocktail samples will be served. Along the way, we will travel through time and around the world to learn how the Botany of a Cocktail has changed the world.

Register by 9/26 by calling the Garden (309) 686-3362 or 681-3506

Age 21+

Spider Hill Haunted Attractions

October 3, 2014 - 07:00PM to 11:00PM
17201 N. Route 29
Chillicothe, IL 61523
(309) 274-8837
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The biggest haunted house festival in Central Illinois features three haunted attractions.

The Massacre Mansion haunted house, the Trail of Terror walking trail and the Haunted Express wagon ride - plus the family-friendly Boo Barn.

Fri. & Sat. nights in October.

The Odd Couple

October 3, 2014 - 07:30PM to 09:30PM
Peoria Players Theatre
4300 N. University St.
Peoria, IL 61614
309-688-4473
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This Neil Simon comedy follow the adventures of the neurotic neat-freak Felix Ungar and the lovable slob Oscar Madison.

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