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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.

Washington Strong! Clydesdales Strong!

August 22, 2014
Washington Chamber of Commerce
114 Washington Square
Washington, IL 61571
309-444-9921
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Monday, August 18

Clydesdales arrive at Uftring’s and get settled in. No public appearances. The horses need their

beauty sleep! Passport Game begins

Tuesday, August 19

7th Annual  Taste of Washington at Constitution & Mt. Vernon. Local food vendors. Dunk Tank . DJ . Photo Booth. Horses get beauty treatment: bathes & brushings. Viewing times: 8am to 8pm

Wednesday, August 20

Fun Run at Five Points. Horses at start/finish line and at the After Party at Five Points

Thursday, August 21

Visit the Clydesdales at their Enhanced Stable Experience. While you’re in Washington, visit the businesses in the Washington Strong Passport game . Earn chances to win the Grand Prize - a cooler full of gift certificates (valued at $1000)

Friday, August 22

Orange & Black Night at WCHS. Meet all fall teams. Watch first scrimmage. Preview the Marching Panthers

Saturday, August 23

Parade from Washington Square to Washington Park -featuring the full hitch of Clydesdales and honoring first responders to our city on November 17th - come out and line the streets to say THANK YOU to them -

Washington Arts Festival (hosted by Washington Park District) held @ Washington Park . 11am to 5pm

Juried artists . Crafters . Musicians . Food . Fun for All

Sunday, August 24

Arts Festival at Washington Park 11am to 5pm. Juried artists . Crafters . Musicians . Food . Fun for All. Last Appearance of the Clydesdales. End of Passport Game

 

The Science of Ripley's Believe It or Not!

August 22, 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.

Historic Trolley Tours

August 22, 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

Erin Feis

August 22, 2014 - 12:00PM
Peoria RiverFront District
401 SW Water St.
Peoria, IL 61602
309-671-5555
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The Peoria Park District and the St. Patrick Society of Peoria are pleased to welcome back the annual Irish Festival, Erin Feis for its 18th year on the RiverFront. 2014 also marks the 35 year anniversary of Erin Feis in Peoria! It's a safe bet this year's festival will be a celebration you won't want to miss! This 3-day event showcases Irish heritage through song, dance, food, drink, cultural exhibits and much more. Don't miss the talented Irish bands and musicians on multiple stages, vendor marketplace, and much more! So put on your favorite green outfit and head down to the RiverFront - everyone is a little bit Irish!  More details to come...

For more information, please visit http://www.erinfeispeoria.com/.

Mustangs at Wheel O' Time Museum

August 22, 2014 - Museum is open noon to 5, Wednesday-Sunday, May -October
Wheels O' Time Museum
1710 W. Woodside Dr
Dunlap, IL 61525
(309) 243-9020
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August is  Ford Mustang month at Wheels O’ Time Museum. In honor of the 50th anniversary of Ford Mustangs, the Early Ford V-8 Club has a display of vintage Mustangs:

1965 Shelby Mustang GT 350

1968 Shelby 500

2014 Mustang

Artists on the Boardwalk

August 22, 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.

Weekly German Dinners and Entertainment at the Lindendhof

August 22, 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!

Is There Life After Fifty?

August 22, 2014 - 06:00PM to 10:00PM
Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre
1451 Timberline Rd.
Goodfield, IL 61742
309-965-2545
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"Is There Life After Fifty?" is a new comedy by Cynthia Hayes DiSavino that flirts with a topical theme: the aging of the Baby Boomer generation. Three couples who all raised their kids on the same street have found a way to keep in touch after they move to new cities. Each year, on Labor Day weekend, the friends vacation together. This year, the ladies have planned a little surprise: a healthy, all-natural weekend at a trendy health resort, complete with organic food and exercise. The men, who really come for the beer and snacks, are not pleased when they find out. Tensions esculate into an all-out battle of the sexes and the cabin is divided, literally, into the men against the women. They battle over health food, exercise, and pizza, The Godfather, rock and roll, hot tubs, hot flashes, tummy tucks and their refusa to become middle-aged!

Joey Hyde at Limelight Eventplex

August 22, 2014 - Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Show time is 8:00 p.m.
8102 N University
Peoria, IL 61615
309-693-1234
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Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Joey Hyde grew up listening to his dad's record collection. His early influences were such bands as Led Zepplin, Thin Lizzy, AC/DC, and Pink Floyd, which led him to a love of the guitar. Later on, he found himself appreciating the songs of Merle Haggard and Tom Petty, which led him to a love of songwriting. He came to Nashville to start school at Belmont in 2006, but spent most of his time playing the honkytonks on lower Broadway, and across the Southeast. It wasn't long before he hit the road playing guitar across the country for a few artists including Broken Bow Records' James Wesley. After a couple years on the road, he realized he wanted to be the front man and focus on his own artist career.

Signed to Sony/ATV Joey is writing for his artist project and is continuing to build his fan base. He has teamed up with WME and this year has opened for such artists as Lee Brice, The Band Perry, The Cadillac Black, and many others.
 

Swing at Contemporary Art Center

August 22, 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

Washington Strong! Clydesdales Strong!

August 23, 2014
Washington Chamber of Commerce
114 Washington Square
Washington, IL 61571
309-444-9921
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Monday, August 18

Clydesdales arrive at Uftring’s and get settled in. No public appearances. The horses need their

beauty sleep! Passport Game begins

Tuesday, August 19

7th Annual  Taste of Washington at Constitution & Mt. Vernon. Local food vendors. Dunk Tank . DJ . Photo Booth. Horses get beauty treatment: bathes & brushings. Viewing times: 8am to 8pm

Wednesday, August 20

Fun Run at Five Points. Horses at start/finish line and at the After Party at Five Points

Thursday, August 21

Visit the Clydesdales at their Enhanced Stable Experience. While you’re in Washington, visit the businesses in the Washington Strong Passport game . Earn chances to win the Grand Prize - a cooler full of gift certificates (valued at $1000)

Friday, August 22

Orange & Black Night at WCHS. Meet all fall teams. Watch first scrimmage. Preview the Marching Panthers

Saturday, August 23

Parade from Washington Square to Washington Park -featuring the full hitch of Clydesdales and honoring first responders to our city on November 17th - come out and line the streets to say THANK YOU to them -

Washington Arts Festival (hosted by Washington Park District) held @ Washington Park . 11am to 5pm

Juried artists . Crafters . Musicians . Food . Fun for All

Sunday, August 24

Arts Festival at Washington Park 11am to 5pm. Juried artists . Crafters . Musicians . Food . Fun for All. Last Appearance of the Clydesdales. End of Passport Game

 

RiverFront Market

August 23, 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

The Science of Ripley's Believe It or Not!

August 23, 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.

Historic Trolley Tours

August 23, 2014 - 10:30AM to 12:00PM
Peoria Historical Society
Water Street
Peoria, IL
309-674-1921
Add to Itinerary

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

Muscle on Main Strongman Contest

August 23, 2014 - 10:30AM to 03:00PM
Village of Morton Tourism
Morton, IL 61550
309-266-5135
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Dr. Rob Richardson and his crew continue to improve this event and draw more competitors each year. The 7th Annual Morton Strongman Contest `Muscle on Main` will be held Saturday Aug. 23 from 10:30 to 3PM. on Main Street in downtown Morton, IL. The contest consists of 6 weightlifting/strength elements.5 ATLAS STONES 200-330LBS; HUMMER TIRE DEADLIFT; YOLK 500-600 LB. FRIDGE CARRY; LOG PRESS 200-250LBS FOR REPS; FARMERS WALK 200-250LBS 200`; HARNESS PULL 22,000 LB TRUCK 80`The public is invited to view these amazing feats of strength by these dedicated athletes. Also on hand will be informational booth for better health and fitness for the entire family and great food. 

J.K. Williams Distilling Tour and Tastings

August 23, 2014 - Saturdays from 12-5pm, Sundays from 12-4pm
J.K. Williams Distilling, LLC
526 High Point Lane
East Peoria, IL 61611
309-839-0591
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J.K Williams is a family distillery producing high-quality craft whiskey and bourbon in the tradition of our bootlegging great-great grandpa, J.K. Williams.  Stop by for an educational tour and samples of our products Saturdays: 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Sundays: 12 pm to 4 pm. Tours every 30 minutes.

Erin Feis

August 23, 2014 - 12:00PM
Peoria RiverFront District
401 SW Water St.
Peoria, IL 61602
309-671-5555
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The Peoria Park District and the St. Patrick Society of Peoria are pleased to welcome back the annual Irish Festival, Erin Feis for its 18th year on the RiverFront. 2014 also marks the 35 year anniversary of Erin Feis in Peoria! It's a safe bet this year's festival will be a celebration you won't want to miss! This 3-day event showcases Irish heritage through song, dance, food, drink, cultural exhibits and much more. Don't miss the talented Irish bands and musicians on multiple stages, vendor marketplace, and much more! So put on your favorite green outfit and head down to the RiverFront - everyone is a little bit Irish!  More details to come...

For more information, please visit http://www.erinfeispeoria.com/.

Mustangs at Wheel O' Time Museum

August 23, 2014 - Museum is open noon to 5, Wednesday-Sunday, May -October
Wheels O' Time Museum
1710 W. Woodside Dr
Dunlap, IL 61525
(309) 243-9020
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August is  Ford Mustang month at Wheels O’ Time Museum. In honor of the 50th anniversary of Ford Mustangs, the Early Ford V-8 Club has a display of vintage Mustangs:

1965 Shelby Mustang GT 350

1968 Shelby 500

2014 Mustang

Board Game Saturday

August 23, 2014 - 01:00PM to 04:00PM
3001 W. Grand Parkway
Peoria, IL
309-497-2100
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Do you like board games? Monopoly, Battleship, or Apples to Apples? Then grab some friends and join us for Board Game Saturdays. This series is from 1-4 pm in the Beehive at North Branch!

Concert in the Vineyard-United Groove Theory

August 23, 2014 - 04:10PM
Mackinaw Valley Vineyard
33633 State Route 9
Mackinaw, IL 61755
309-359-9463
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United Groove Theory specializes in playing remakes of anthems, smash hits and mash-ups from today's number one artists of rock, pop, country and funk and span back 3 decades to provide something for everyone. Bring a lawn chair to enjoy lawn seating or call ahead to reserve deck seating for an additional $5 per person. You may also bring your own ready to serve foods, just NO BEVERAGES, of any kind. Wine tasting, and wine, beer, soft drinks, bottled tea and bottle water for sale.

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