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RiverFront Market

September 20, 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

Breakfast with the…Tigers

September 20, 2014 - 09:00AM to 10:00AM
Peoria Zoo at Glen Oak Park
2218 N. Prospect Rd.
Peoria, IL 61603
(309) 681-3559
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Our popular series is back, with new breakfast opportunities.

Join us for a light breakfast while learning about the animal of the day. Then head down to their exhibit and see the featured animal enjoy their breakfast too! This is perfect for the entire family, enjoy breakfast and then head out and see the rest of the Zoo.


Minimum Number: 5 Maximum Number: 20 Registration Required: Yes
 

COLUMBUS SHIPS PINTA AND NINA TO LAND IN PEORIA

September 20, 2014 - 09:00AM to 06:00PM
100 Water St
Peoria, IL 61602
284 495 4618
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Peoria, IL, —On Friday, September 12th, the ‘Pinta’ and the ‘Nina’, replicas of Columbus’ Ships, will open in Peoria.  The ships will be docked at The Landing, next to the Spirit of Peoria, 2-14 Main Street until their departure early Monday morning September 22nd.

     The ‘Nina’ was built completely by hand and without the use of power tools.  Archeology magazine called the ship “the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.”  The “Pinta” was recently built in Brazil to accompany the Nina on all of her travels.  She is a larger version of the archetypal caravel.  Historians consider the caravel the Space Shuttle of the fifteenth century.

     Both ships tour together as a new and enhanced ‘sailing museum’ for the purpose of educating the public and school children on the ‘caravel’, a Portuguese ship used by Columbus   and many early explorers to discover the world.

     While in port, the general public is invited to visit the ships for a walk-aboard, self-guided tour.  Admission charges are $8.00 for adults, $ 7.00 for seniors, and $6.00 for students 5 - 16.   Children 4 and under are Free.  The ships are open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.    No reservations necessary.

     Teachers or organizations wishing to schedule a 30 minute guided tour with a crew member should call 1 787 672 2152 or email columfnd1492@gmail.com .  Minimum of 15.  $5.00 per person.  No Maximum. Visit our website at www.thenina.com

   

Historic Trolley Tours

September 20, 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

J.K. Williams Distilling Tour and Tastings

September 20, 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.

Bluegrass in the Valley

September 20, 2014 - 6pm-9pm Open jam and home cooked chili dinner
Camp Wokanda
620 Boy Scout Rd.
Chillicothe, IL 61523
(309) 579-2157
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Showcasing local Americana musical talents on two electrical stages, food vendors, and more. The second annual "Bluegrass in the Valley" music festival is set for mid-September!  Come and join us in Camp Wokanda's rustic setting with traditional pickin' music radiating from the hills.  Food, snacks, and beverages will also be available for purchase.  This is a non-alcoholic event.  Rental Facilities available: Cabins, Tent sites, Adirondacks, and primitive RV parking, contact camp office at (309) 579-2157 to make camping reservations.

Peoria Oktoberfest

September 20, 2014 - Friday 9/19 - 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm, Saturday 9/20 - 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm and Sunday 9/21 – 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.
German-American Central Society
200 N.E. Water Street
Peoria,
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The third Annual “Das Bier Run” 5K Run und Walk, in conjunction with the Oktoberfest in Peoria Riverfront Park to be held Sunday, September 21st.  The run begins at 12:30 pm and starts South of the Gateway building on the Peoria Riverfront.  Top runners in each category will receive either a trophy or medal.  A costume contest is part of this year’s race.                                                  

The race is being sponsored by the Peoria Jaycees, the Peoria German-American Society, and the Peoria Park District.  Races have been part of Oktoberfests since they were started in the early 1800’s.  At that time though it was horse racing and not foot races.

Registration fee is $25 before September 1 and $30 after.  Register at www.DasBierRun.com  Part of the proceeds from the race will benefit of the Friends of Fatherless Boys.  http://www.friendsofthefatherless.org/

On Sunday morning there will be a Catholic Mass starting at 10:30 am.  All attendees who bring a can good to the Mass will get into the Oktoberfest free of charge.

We are happy to announce that we do have a new band from Germany coming this year, the Schwartzwald Vagabunden http://www.schwarzwald-vagabunden.com/

More Entertainment: "Official" Oktoberfest band, de Spitzbuam, from St. Louis (http://spitzbuam.org/).  Crowd favorites:  the Bolzen Beer Band, from Lincoln, Nebraska are returning.   More:  Heidelberg German Band from Quincy, The Ratskellar Brummers, Al’s Pals, the Lindenhof Echos (Alpine Horns), Terry Bredenberg, and Vogel Musik.

Additional Activities:  A German Heritage Tent display with a genealogy search will be available.  Also, a Puppet Theatre, the Peoria Volkstaenzers, Log Sawing, and various contests such as the Masskrugstemmen (arm strength contest with filled steins) will be featured.  Vendors with authentic German clothing and merchandise as well as other items will be available for purchase.  Children’s activities are also scheduled.  A select number of area artisans will also be hand to demonstrate their skills.

Several carnival rides will be available, including a merry-go-round.

Both German and American foods will be available.  Complete German dinners will be available in the main tent.  German beers will be featured including Spaten Oktoberfest, along with German Wines from our Weinstube.  Domestic beers also.

For those coming in from out of town we have partnered with 5 area hotels on special rates during the Peoria Oktoberfest. For more details click on the link http://freepdfhosting.com/102c484367.pdf

The Fox on the Fairway

September 20, 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.

Gov't Mule

September 20, 2014 - 07:00PM
Peoria RiverFront District
401 SW Water St.
Peoria, IL 61602
309-689-3019
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CEFCU Center Stage @ The Landing, gates open 7:00pm

 

Southern rock jam band Gov't Mule is making its way to Peoria this summer and the only place you'll be able to see them is on the CEFCU Center Stage on the RiverFront! 

Formed by Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes and bassist Allen Woody, Gov't Mule has been bringing you honest, organic and daring music since 1994. You won't want to miss seeing them rock the RiverFront during their 20 Years Strong Summer Tour! 

Tickets are $25 in advance and $28 at the door. Get your tickets now atwww.jaytv.com. Must be 18+ to enter.

Concert in the Vineyard-Spring Creek Station

September 20, 2014 - 07:00PM to 11:00PM
Mackinaw Valley Vineyard
33633 State Route 9
Mackinaw, IL 61755
309-359-9463
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Spring Creek Station is comprised of six musicians bringing you some of the best Top-40 Country Hits, great Country Classics, and Modern favorites. Combining amazing vocals, a banjo champion and great harmonies for a one-of-a-kind sound. Bring a lawn chair to enjoy lawn seating or call to reserve deck seating for an additional $5 per person fee. You may bring your own foods just no beverages of any kind. Wine tasting and wine, beer, sodas, pizzas, cheese & crackers and chocolates for sale.

Hickory Ridge Coffee House Concert Series

September 20, 2014 - 07:30PM to 10:00PM
Dickson Mounds State Museum
10956 N. Dickson Mounds Rd.
Lewistown, IL 61542
309-547-3721
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Performances by noted folk musicians the third Saturday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Hosted by singer-songwriter Chris Vallillo. Admission: $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for children. For a listing of upcoming shows go to http://hickoryridge.outfitters.com/ or call the Museum at 309-547-3721.

Peoria Symphony Orchestra

September 20, 2014 - 08:00PM
Peoria Civic Center
201 S.W. Jefferson St.
Peoria, IL 61602
(309) 680-3500
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International superstar violinist Sarah Chang solos in a Gala PSO Season Opener featuring two of the most famous and most beloved works of the romantic era!

COLUMBUS SHIPS PINTA AND NINA TO LAND IN PEORIA

September 21, 2014 - 09:00AM to 06:00PM
100 Water St
Peoria, IL 61602
284 495 4618
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Peoria, IL, —On Friday, September 12th, the ‘Pinta’ and the ‘Nina’, replicas of Columbus’ Ships, will open in Peoria.  The ships will be docked at The Landing, next to the Spirit of Peoria, 2-14 Main Street until their departure early Monday morning September 22nd.

     The ‘Nina’ was built completely by hand and without the use of power tools.  Archeology magazine called the ship “the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.”  The “Pinta” was recently built in Brazil to accompany the Nina on all of her travels.  She is a larger version of the archetypal caravel.  Historians consider the caravel the Space Shuttle of the fifteenth century.

     Both ships tour together as a new and enhanced ‘sailing museum’ for the purpose of educating the public and school children on the ‘caravel’, a Portuguese ship used by Columbus   and many early explorers to discover the world.

     While in port, the general public is invited to visit the ships for a walk-aboard, self-guided tour.  Admission charges are $8.00 for adults, $ 7.00 for seniors, and $6.00 for students 5 - 16.   Children 4 and under are Free.  The ships are open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.    No reservations necessary.

     Teachers or organizations wishing to schedule a 30 minute guided tour with a crew member should call 1 787 672 2152 or email columfnd1492@gmail.com .  Minimum of 15.  $5.00 per person.  No Maximum. Visit our website at www.thenina.com

   

Breakfast with the…Tigers

September 21, 2014 - 09:00AM to 10:00AM
Peoria Zoo at Glen Oak Park
2218 N. Prospect Rd.
Peoria, IL 61603
(309) 681-3559
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Our popular series is back, with new breakfast opportunities.

Join us for a light breakfast while learning about the animal of the day. Then head down to their exhibit and see the featured animal enjoy their breakfast too! This is perfect for the entire family, enjoy breakfast and then head out and see the rest of the Zoo.


Minimum Number: 5 Maximum Number: 20 Registration Required: Yes
 

WeaverRidge Sunday Brunch

September 21, 2014 - 10:00AM to 02:00PM
WeaverRidge Golf Club
5100 N Weaverridge Blvd
Peoria, IL 61615
309-691-3344
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WeaverRidge Golf Club is open to the public. The Brunch features: Champagne, Mimosas, Made to order Omelettes, Belgian Waffles, Carving Station, full array of Breakfast items, Salad Bar, Lunch Entrees, Seafood Display, and a assortment of mouth watering Desserts. Served 10:00am-2:00pm. For reservations call 309-691-3344 x 3

The Fox on the Fairway

September 21, 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.

J.K. Williams Distilling Tour and Tastings

September 21, 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.

Peoria Oktoberfest

September 21, 2014 - Friday 9/19 - 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm, Saturday 9/20 - 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm and Sunday 9/21 – 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.
German-American Central Society
200 N.E. Water Street
Peoria,
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The third Annual “Das Bier Run” 5K Run und Walk, in conjunction with the Oktoberfest in Peoria Riverfront Park to be held Sunday, September 21st.  The run begins at 12:30 pm and starts South of the Gateway building on the Peoria Riverfront.  Top runners in each category will receive either a trophy or medal.  A costume contest is part of this year’s race.                                                  

The race is being sponsored by the Peoria Jaycees, the Peoria German-American Society, and the Peoria Park District.  Races have been part of Oktoberfests since they were started in the early 1800’s.  At that time though it was horse racing and not foot races.

Registration fee is $25 before September 1 and $30 after.  Register at www.DasBierRun.com  Part of the proceeds from the race will benefit of the Friends of Fatherless Boys.  http://www.friendsofthefatherless.org/

On Sunday morning there will be a Catholic Mass starting at 10:30 am.  All attendees who bring a can good to the Mass will get into the Oktoberfest free of charge.

We are happy to announce that we do have a new band from Germany coming this year, the Schwartzwald Vagabunden http://www.schwarzwald-vagabunden.com/

More Entertainment: "Official" Oktoberfest band, de Spitzbuam, from St. Louis (http://spitzbuam.org/).  Crowd favorites:  the Bolzen Beer Band, from Lincoln, Nebraska are returning.   More:  Heidelberg German Band from Quincy, The Ratskellar Brummers, Al’s Pals, the Lindenhof Echos (Alpine Horns), Terry Bredenberg, and Vogel Musik.

Additional Activities:  A German Heritage Tent display with a genealogy search will be available.  Also, a Puppet Theatre, the Peoria Volkstaenzers, Log Sawing, and various contests such as the Masskrugstemmen (arm strength contest with filled steins) will be featured.  Vendors with authentic German clothing and merchandise as well as other items will be available for purchase.  Children’s activities are also scheduled.  A select number of area artisans will also be hand to demonstrate their skills.

Several carnival rides will be available, including a merry-go-round.

Both German and American foods will be available.  Complete German dinners will be available in the main tent.  German beers will be featured including Spaten Oktoberfest, along with German Wines from our Weinstube.  Domestic beers also.

For those coming in from out of town we have partnered with 5 area hotels on special rates during the Peoria Oktoberfest. For more details click on the link http://freepdfhosting.com/102c484367.pdf

Das Bier Run

September 21, 2014 - 12:30PM to 12:00PM
Peoria RiverFront District
401 SW Water St.
Peoria, IL 61602
309-671-5555
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Peoria Jaycees, Peoria Park District and the German American Central Society - Das Bier 5K Run

ONLINE REGISTRATION (click here)

Date: Sunday, September 22, 2013
Location: RiverFront Park (200 NE Water St., Peoria, IL 61602)
Race Map: (click here to view)
Start Time: 12:30pm start
Awards: 2:00pm
Format: 5K Run, Starts and Finishes along the riverfront at Oktoberfest

Walkers Welcome & Costume Contest - prizes will be awarded

Registration Fee:$25.00/Advanced | $30.00 after September 1st.

Every runner will get a commemorative stein.
Packet Pickup will be at the Gateway Building in front of Oktoberfest on Friday from 5-7 and Saturday from noon-3pm.

BONUS: Registration for the race will also get you into Oktoberfest.
NOTE: Oktoberfest Open 10:30 - 5 p.m. Entertainment, Food, Drinks

 

We will have registration & packet pickup on Friday from 5-7pm, Saturday from noon-3pm and Sunday at 11am at the Gateway Building (200 Northeast Water Street in Downtown Peoria) just outside of Oktoberfest.

COLUMBUS SHIPS PINTA AND NINA TO LAND IN PEORIA

September 22, 2014 - 09:00AM to 06:00PM
100 Water St
Peoria, IL 61602
284 495 4618
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Peoria, IL, —On Friday, September 12th, the ‘Pinta’ and the ‘Nina’, replicas of Columbus’ Ships, will open in Peoria.  The ships will be docked at The Landing, next to the Spirit of Peoria, 2-14 Main Street until their departure early Monday morning September 22nd.

     The ‘Nina’ was built completely by hand and without the use of power tools.  Archeology magazine called the ship “the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.”  The “Pinta” was recently built in Brazil to accompany the Nina on all of her travels.  She is a larger version of the archetypal caravel.  Historians consider the caravel the Space Shuttle of the fifteenth century.

     Both ships tour together as a new and enhanced ‘sailing museum’ for the purpose of educating the public and school children on the ‘caravel’, a Portuguese ship used by Columbus   and many early explorers to discover the world.

     While in port, the general public is invited to visit the ships for a walk-aboard, self-guided tour.  Admission charges are $8.00 for adults, $ 7.00 for seniors, and $6.00 for students 5 - 16.   Children 4 and under are Free.  The ships are open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.    No reservations necessary.

     Teachers or organizations wishing to schedule a 30 minute guided tour with a crew member should call 1 787 672 2152 or email columfnd1492@gmail.com .  Minimum of 15.  $5.00 per person.  No Maximum. Visit our website at www.thenina.com

   

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