"Mosaid Magic" kid workshop
Peoria PlayHouse Peoria
Aug 19, 2017 2-4pm
309.323.6900
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Work with colored glass and other fun and unexpected materials to create a masterpiece for your home or garden. Peoria PlayHouse offers workshops for children ages 8-14 so they can experiment with different types of making and think creatively. Register by calling 309-323-6900 or at www.peoriaplayhouse.org.

The Shake - Concert in the Vineyard
Mackinaw Valley Vineyard Mackinaw
Aug 19, 2017 7-11PM
3093599463
Admission: Admission Fee
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Come out and hear Rod, Josh, Kenny and Slim play hits and favorites. This is one of the busiest Classic Rock Bands around! If one Central Illinois band can be said to have cornered the "variety" music market, it would have to be The Shake. You name it… from the Beatles, the Doors, and Mellencamp… to Collective Soul, Pearl Jam, and Matchbox 20… to Limp Bizkit, Godsmack, and Primus… to Alabama… the Shake can do it - and do it well! Visit online at- www.theshakeonline.com $5 band cover, under 12 free. Bring a lawn chair to enjoy lawn seating or call to reserve seating. You may bring your own food, just no beverages of any kind. Wine tasting and wine, beer, sodas, pizzas, cheese & crackers and chocolates for sale.

India Fest
Peoria Riverfront Peoria
Aug 19, 2017 All Day
Admission: Admission Fee
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Enjoy live music, authentic Indian cuisine, traditional Indian dancing and much more.

Dogs of Society
ICC Performing Arts Center East Peoria
Aug 19, 2017 7:30PM
309.694.5136
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$25 general public, $15 students

Concert in the Vineyard-The Shake
Mackinaw Valley Vineyard Mackinaw
Aug 19, 2017 7-11pm
309.359.9463
Admission: Admission Fee
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Come out and hear Rod, Josh, Kenny and Slim play hits and favorites one of the busiest Classic Rock Bands around. If one Central Illinois band can be said to have cornered the "variety" music market, it would have to be The Shake. You name it… from the Beatles, the Doors, and Mellencamp… to Collective Soul, Pearl Jam, and Matchbox 20… to Limp Bizkit, Godsmack, and Primus… to Alabama… the Shake can do it - and do it well! visit online at- www.theshakeonline.com

Peaches & Pancake Breakfast
Tanners Orchard Speer
Aug 19, 2017
309.493.5442
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All the peaches & pancakes you can eat! Adults $7.99; children 10 & under $3.99

History Tours - Roll Out the Barrel
Departing from the Peoria Riverfront Museum Peoria
Aug 19, 2017 1:30 pm
309-674-1921 or 686-7000
Admission: Admission Fee
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Peoria once featured a riverfront lined with breweries and distilleries, and became known as the Whiskey Capital of the World. From 1850 to Prohibition, the volume of whiskey distilled, aged and bottled in Peoria led to great fortunes and equally prosperous secondary industries. Discover the stories of the part of Peoria's past on this tour.

History Tours - River City Tour
Departing from the Peoria Riverfront Museum Peoria
Aug 19, 2017 11 am
309-674-1921 or 686-7000
Admission: Admission Fee
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Take a ride through Peoria's past while learning about Peoria's past from the Native Americans, the French, the whiskey and earthmoving capital of the world. Enjoy the best view of the beautiful Illinois River valley and view stately homes on High St, Moss, Glen Oak and Grandview Drive. Tickets are $15 and tours last about 1-1/2 hours

Multicultural Day at the Zoo
Peoria Zoo Peoria
Aug 20, 2017 11am-2pm
309.686.3365
Admission: Admission Fee
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Come and celebrate our world! This day is a celebration of cultures and the people who make our world special. Explore different cultures from around the world and even the role animals play in their lives!

I Spy Hike
Forest Park Nature Center Peoria Heights
Aug 20, 2017 1:30pm
309.686.3360
Admission: Suggested Donation
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Think you’ve seen it all? Come for an ‘I Spy’ hike through the park and find out what’s hidden along the trails. A great hike for those who want to train their eyes to see more of what’s wild at Forest Park.

Peoria Chiefs vs. Clinton
Dozer Park Peoria
Aug 18, 2017 - Aug 21, 2017 See description
309.680.4000
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Peoria Chiefs vs. Clinton at Dozer Park. Fri : 7:00 pm; Sat : 6:30 pm; Sun: 2:00 pm; Mon : 12:00 pm

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
Peoria Riverfront Museum Peoria
Aug 21, 2017 11:30AM-1:45PM
3096867000
Admission: Free Admission
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Total Solar Eclipse of 2017: August 21 there will be a total solar eclipse visible in a narrow path across the United States. In Peoria, the Sun will be 90% eclipsed by the Moon. If you cannot travel to the path of totality (full eclipse) watch the partial solar eclipse with us! Join Peoria Riverfront Museum and Peoria Astronomical Society on the museum's Sun Plaza (the center of the Central Illinois Community Solar System) for biggest Partial Solar Eclipse Party in the Peoria area! Free & open to the public.

Lights, Camera, Vision!
Peoria Riverfront Museum Peoria
Aug 24, 2017 6:30PM
3096867000
Admission: Free Admission
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Explore the world of vision through the eyes of an optometrist using words, photos, videos, and optical illusions. Dr. Tim Cundiff will help you explore the function of our amazing visual system and the role that light plays with our appreciation of the world around us. The talk will include analysis of 3-D vision, polarization, and more! In 2017, there are countless demands and stresses on our eyes. This talk will shed some light on ways to properly protect and care for your eyes. And it will help you answer the age-old question: Why is the sky blue? Dr. Cundiff is an optometrist at Vision Care Center in Peoria. He is the host of a video series known as "TIM Talks" (his take on the TED Talks series) and also serves the Museum as a proud member of our Board of Directors!

Joe Bonamassa
Peoria Civic Center Peoria
Aug 25, 2017 8:00 P.M.
309.673.3200
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Hailed worldwide as one of the greatest guitar players of his generation, Joe Bonamassa has almost single-handedly redefined the blues-rock genre and brought it into the mainstream.

FREE Ryan Stevenson Concert
Tower Park - Peoria Heights Illinois Peoria Heights
Aug 26, 2017 5:00 pm
309.685.7649
Admission: Free Admission
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FREE Ryan Stevenson Concert Presented By Peoria Heights Congregational Church Tower Park - Peoria Heights Illinois 1222 E Kingman Ave, Peoria Heights, IL 61616 Saturday August 26, 2017 Concert – 5:00 pm – Tower Park Additional Information 309-685-7649 Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/PeoriaHeightsCongregationalChurch/ Email - churchadmin@sbcglobal.net Bring a lawn chair or blanket Concessions available FREE Admission

Bishop Hill Chautauqua
Bishop Hill Village Park Bishop Hill
Aug 26, 2017 11:00 am-5:00 pm
309.927.3899
Admission: Free Admission
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Bishop Hill Chautauqua celebrates the History of Agriculture, Saturday, August 26, 11:00 Grandmother Corn, The Native American Roots of Agriculture with Jo Lakota and The Eagle Ridge Drum, 12:00 Lunch in Bishop Hill, 1:00 Brian "Fox" Ellis as John Deere, 2:00 Williamsfield & Galva Students Perform, 3:00 Chris Vallillo sings The Farmer is the Man. This free event will be held in the village square in Bishop Hill, IL Sponsored by The Bishop Hill Heritage Association, The Community State Bank, private donations, and the Twinflower Inn Bed & Breakfast Call 309 927-3899 for more details.

Magnificent Monarchs and their Kin
Forest Park Nature Center Peoria Heights
Aug 26, 2017 1-3pm
309.686.3360
Admission: Suggested Donation
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Learn about butterfly life cycles and ways to identify common Illinois species. Then, get up close with butterflies on a short hike following the presentation.

Tawny Oaks Prairie Hikes
Tawny Oaks
Aug 26, 2017 10-11am
309.418.7051
Admission: Suggested Donation
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Learn to identify what plants are blooming in the prairie, and learn about prairie birds, insects, and prairie ecology. These leisurely hikes are along a smooth level path and are about an hour. For ages 10+.

Native Plant Sale
Tawny Oaks
Aug 26, 2017 9am-4pm
309.418.7051
Admission: Free Admission
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Late summer is an excellent time to plant native wildflowers. It gives time for roots to grow before winter, and all rain means you don’t need to water the plants as often. Pleasant Prairie Nursery will be at Tawny Oaks with a wonderful variety of native species to help you start your prairie garden. Get a jump-start on next year’s garden by fall planting.

United Groove Theory - Concert in the Vineyard
Mackinaw Valley Vineyard Mackinaw
Aug 26, 2017 7-11PM
309.359.9463
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United Groove Theory is a four piece variety/ pop/ rock band from Peoria, IL. It was formed in 2005 with need for a truly diverse dance and variety band in mind. UGT specializes in remakes of anthems, smash hits and mash-ups from today's number one artists of rock, pop, country and funk. They span back 3 decades in order to provide something for everyone who likes to sing, dance and party all night long! UGT entertains audiences with a dazzling sound, light show and stage antics that will leave you begging for more! Bring a lawn chair to enjoy lawn seating or call ahead to reserve seating on the deck areas for an additional $5. You may also bring your own ready to serve food, just no beverages of any kind. Wine tasting and wine, beer, soft drinks, bottled tea and bottle water for sale.

29th Annual Duck Race Benefitting The Center for Prevention of Abuse
Eastside Centre East Peoria
Aug 26, 2017 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
309.272.2904
Admission: Free Admission
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The 29th annual Duck Race, to benefit The Center for Prevention of Abuse, takes place August 26 at 2pm at Eastside Centre in East Peoria. Activities begin at noon. This year’s race features a 750-foot slip-n-slide, which will run down the street leading to Eastside Centre. The ducks will be released from a City of East Peoria dump truck onto the slip-n-slide. Firefighters will help the ducks down the hill by spraying the track with water. The person whose duck makes it to the finish line first will be the winner of $5,000. There are also many other great prizes to be awarded.

Museum After Dark: Laser and Light Party
Peoria Riverfront Museum Peoria
Aug 26, 2017 7-9PM
3096867000
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Looking for a unique way to spend an evening? Come explore "Playing With Light" afterhours, an experience in the Dome Planetarium and spectacular light-related activities in the lobby! Drinks, light snacks, and a cash bar will be available.

Art-spiration: Coffee Filter Rainbows
Peoria Riverfront Museum Peoria
Aug 26, 2017 1:30-2:30PM
3096867000
Admission: Free Admission
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Looking for a little art-spiration? Stop by the lobby for a free family-friendly workshop that encourages teamwork, investigation and imagination!

Peoria Players Trivia Night
St. Vincent de Paul Peoria
Aug 26, 2017 Doors open at 6:00 pm, trivia begins at 6:30.
309.688.4473
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Peoria Players presents the return of Trivia Night! The fun takes place on Saturday, August 26 at St. Vincent de Paul located on the corner of University and Northmoor Rd. Doors will open 6:00 pm, with trivia starting at 6:30. Teams of up to 8 people are welcome; there can be less than 8 people on a team, but no more than 8. Singles or couples are welcome to sign up; they will be placed on an available team. The cost is $15 per person, and it must be paid in full for your team to be registered. Cash prizes will be awarded! Food, soft drinks, beer and wine will be available for purchase. Call 688-4473 to reserve your spot.

Museum After Dark: Laser & Light Party
Peoria Riverfront Museum Peoria
Aug 26, 2017 7-9pm
309.686.7000
Admission: Admission Fee
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Looking for a unique way to spend an evening? Come explore "Playing With Light" afterhours, an experience in the Dome Planetarium and spectacular light-related activities in the lobby! Drinks, light snacks, and a cash bar will be available. 21+

Trippin Billies with special guest Fletcher Rockwell
Five Points Washington Washington
Aug 26, 2017 Preparty starts at 6:00pm. Show begins at 7:00pm
309.444.8600
Admission: Admission Fee
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The BEST Dave Matthews Tribute Band, Trippin Billies, will be performing in the Caterpillar Performing Arts Center at Five Points Washington on Friday August 25th! Ticket Prices : •Advance: $18 •At the door: $22 Must be 21 to attend show! 6pm Pre-Party at Five Points 7pm Opening Band - Fletcher Rockwell Trippin Billies immediately following till 11pm After Party at Kep's Sports Bar Cash bar will be available all evening. Drinks allowed into the theater with purchase of special drink cups. ($3 16oz cup, $2.50 10oz)

The Princeton Coffeehouse Presents Phii Kaufmann, Family & Friends In Concert
The Princeton Coffeehouse at Open Prairie UCC Princeton
Aug 26, 2017 7:30 p.m.
815.875.4555
Admission: Admission Fee
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The Princeton Coffeehouse kicks off its 25th season with a performance by Phil Kaufmann, Family & Friends. Phil and guests will move you with their harmony vocals and stellar picking.

History Tours - Roll Out the Barrel
Departing from the Peoria Riverfront Museum Peoria
Aug 26, 2017 1:30 pm
309-674-1921 or 686-7000
Admission: Admission Fee
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Peoria once featured a riverfront lined with breweries and distilleries, and became known as the Whiskey Capital of the World. From 1850 to Prohibition, the volume of whiskey distilled, aged and bottled in Peoria led to great fortunes and equally prosperous secondary industries. Discover the stories of the part of Peoria's past on this tour.

History Tours - River City Tour
Departing from the Peoria Riverfront Museum Peoria
Aug 26, 2017 11 am
309-674-1921 or 686-7000
Admission: Admission Fee
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Take a ride through Peoria's past while learning about Peoria's past from the Native Americans, the French, the whiskey and earthmoving capital of the world. Enjoy the best view of the beautiful Illinois River valley and view stately homes on High St, Moss, Glen Oak and Grandview Drive. Tickets are $15 and tours last about 1-1/2 hours

Peoria Irish Fest
Peoria Riverfront Peoria
Aug 25, 2017 - Aug 27, 2017
Admission: Admission Fee
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Peoria's Irish Community comes together for what is considered the largest Irish festival in the Midwest. Originally known as Erin Feis, Peoria Irish Fest features cultural displays, shopping, Irish food, and exceptional entertainment on five different stages!

Pioneer Days
Sommer Park Edwards
Aug 27, 2017 1-4pm
309.691.8423
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Experience firsthand the daily life of rural Peorians in the mid 19th century! Activities may include hand dipping candles, blacksmithing, school lessons, woodworking, chores, pioneer cemetery tours, hayrides, and livestock care. August 27’s topic is Herbs – Cooking & Medicinal Use.

2017 Annual Bratfest
Abbas Grotto East Peoria
Aug 27, 2017 12 Noon to 3 pm
309.676.4472
Admission: Admission Fee
The Valley of Peoria Scotish Rite's Annual Brat Fest is being held at the Abbas Grotto, located at 1839 Highview Rd in East Peoria from Noon until 3 pm on Sunday, August 27th. There will be Brats, Hot Dogs and all the trimmings. Just $10 for adults and $5 for Children under 12. All proceeds will be going towards repairs of the Historic Scottish Rite Cathedral at 400 NE Perry Ave in Peoria. Please call or email for your tickets. We can't wait to see you. 309.676.4472 / asstsecy@valleyofpeoria.comcastbiz.net

Peoria Chiefs vs. Kane County
Dozer Park Peoria
Aug 25, 2017 - Aug 28, 2017 See description
309.680.4000
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Peoria Chiefs vs. Kane County at Dozer Park. Fri : 7:00 pm; Sat : 6:30 pm; Sun: 2:00 pm; Mon : 12:00 pm

Wines in Par A Dice to Benefit Easterseals
Par A Dice Hotel E. Peoria
Aug 31, 2017 6:00pm - 11:00pm
309.686.1177
Admission: Admission Fee
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Wine Tasting. Food Sampling. Dancing. Alternative Event for Wines and Polo on the Prairie Cancelled Due to Weather

Peoria Chiefs vs. Quad Cities
Dozer Park Peoria
Aug 30, 2017 - Sep 1, 2017 6:30 pm
309.680.4000
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Peoria Chiefs vs. Quad Cities at Dozer Park.

Make & Take Project
Pumpkin Glass Gallery & Studio Peoria
Sep 1, 2017 4:30PM-7:30PM
309.966.3495
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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.

History Tours - River City Tour
Departing from Exhibit A Gallery Peoria Heights
Sep 1, 2017 11 am
309-674-1921 or 686-7000
Admission: Admission Fee
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Take a ride through Peoria's past while learning about Peoria's past from the Native Americans, the French, the whiskey and earthmoving capital of the world. Enjoy the best view of the beautiful Illinois River valley and view stately homes on High St, Moss, Glen Oak and Grandview Drive. Tickets are $15 and tours last about 1-1/2 hours

Peoria Blues & Heritage Fest
Peoria Riverfront Peoria
Sep 1, 2017 - Sep 2, 2017
Admission: Admission Fee
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One of the Midwest's biggest Rhythm and Blue's festivals returns to the Peoria Riverfront! The two days of sun-sational blues features three stages of entertainment, plus musician workshops, artists & merchandise vendors, amazing food and drinks!

Concert in the Vineyard - Jammsammich
Mackinaw Valley Vineyard Mackinaw
Sep 2, 2017 7-11PM
309.645.5054
Admission: Admission Fee
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Jammsammich's last time at the vineyard this season, you don't want to miss the show! Come and see one of Central Illinois's premiere classic rock bands. Jammsammich is committed to having an eternally packed dance floor and ultimate good time for 15 years and counting. The formula of groove-driven funk and R&B, retro 80's tunes, island jams, and liberal doses of comedy has proven to be one of the most potent in the last decade. Visit them at www.jammsammichrocks.com. Bring a lawn chair to enjoy lawn seating or call to reserve seating for an additional $5 fee. You may bring your own food, just no beverages of any kind. Wine tasting and wine, beer, sodas, pizzas, cheese & crackers, and chocolates for sale.

Tree ID Walks
Forest Park Nature Center Peoria Heights
Sep 2, 2017 1:30pm
309.686.3360
Admission: Suggested Donation
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Need help identifying trees? This walk is for anyone who would like to learn tree identification. Although leaf collecting cannot be done on this walk, good collecting sites in the Peoria area will be suggested.

History Tours - Haunted Peoria Tour
Departing from the Peoria Riverfront Museum Peoria
Sep 2, 2017 1:30 PM
309-674-1921 or 686-7000
Admission: Admission Fee
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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.

Annual Grape Stomp and Harvest Festival
Mackinaw Valley Vineyard Mackinaw
Sep 3, 2017 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
309.359.9463
Admission: Admission Fee
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The Annual Grape Stomp is for those who have the desire to emulate Lucy and get their "feet” wet in the wine. Bring your cameras to preserve the moment and have proof of your endeavors in "wine making”. There will be wine tasting all day, food by The Catering Company and live music from The Shake performing throughout the day as MC's and "stompin rock" for everyone to enjoy. YES! is the answer for anyone who wants to come in costume dressed as a LUCY look-a- like and all are welcome to dress up and have fun, there is no charge to enter the Lucy contest. The Lucy Look-a-Like contest will be held at 3:30pm the $50 prize this year will be shared between the children and adult division winners for the Best LUCY'S. There are grab bag prizes for kid stomp winners and gift certificates for adults stompers. Face painting for kids of all ages!!

A Century of Beautiful Brides
Flanagan House Museum Peoria
Sep 3, 2017 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm or by appointment
309.674.1921
Admission: Admission Fee
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Come see a wonderful display of a century of bridal gowns and wedding items. Also, see our military room and the tool room in the basement.

Concert on the Patio - Stewart's Goose
Mackinaw Valley Vineyard Mackinaw
Sep 4, 2017 1:30-4:30PM
309.359.9463
Admission: Free Admission
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Featuring the acoustic duo Rich Geese and Matt Stewart (former lead guitarist for Head East). They look forward to sharing music to relax and create a truly enjoyable atmosphere for Memorial Day with your friends and some wine. We are providing Ropp Jersey cheese and crackers and Chocolatier chocolates, but you are welcome to bring some snacks or a picnic, we just don't allow drinks to be brought in. Hope you are having a great weekend, and a blessed Memorial Day!

Relax Under the Stars
Peoria Riverfront Museum Peoria
Sep 6, 2017 12-1PM
309.686.7000
Admission: Free Admission
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Stressed at work? Need a break from your hectic day? Come to Dome Planetarium and calm down. Enjoy a short star talk, then let your tension float away under starry skies with soothing background music. First Wednesday of every month at noon. Free parking in the museum's parking garage, just bring in your ticket to be validated at the Front Desk. If you arrive past Noon, it will be dark in the Dome. Please pause for a few moments to allow your eyes to adjust to the dark. Someone will help you find your seats. Food and drink welcome in the Dome. Please note that all are welcome, but this program may not be suitable for young children. It is designed to give people a quiet time to relax, and periods of long sitting can be difficult for some young ones

History Tours - Grandview Drive and Springdale Cemetery
Departing from Exhibit A Gallery Peoria Heights
Sep 8, 2017 11 am
309-674-1921 or 686-7000
Admission: Suggested Donation
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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 about 1-1/2 hours.

Party on Sun Plaza
Peoria Riverfront Museum Peoria
Sep 9, 2017 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
309.686.7000
Admission: Admission Fee
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Join us at the sizzlin' center of the community's solar system for our annual Party on the Sun Plaza - to enjoy an evening of entertainment with a Latin twist. The BraziLionaires sound is an infectious blend of jazz, rock & pop over hypnotic Latin Grooves. Fronted by vocalist Dove Benoit and guitarist Rico Johnson, the band is backed by a cast of musicians which include horns, bass, drums, and percussion. Salsa dance lessons will be provided by Beverly and Ed Caballero. And, the ticket price includes a diverse sampling from nine of Peoria's finest food establishments. Cash bar available.

Concert in the Vineyard-Patrick and Swayze
Mackinaw Valley Vineyard Mackinaw
Sep 9, 2017 7-11PM
309.645.5054
Admission: Admission Fee
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Patrick 'n Swayze is quickly becoming one of Peoria's favorite "good time" bands. It formed as an acoustic act in the spring of 2009, then grew to a complete group by the fall. Patrick 'n Swayze is now a household name among all of the popular venues in the area. The band delivers some of the best modern pop music, setting them apart from other area acts. The group is made of two lead singers, a rhythm section that is second to none, and an energetic set list that will keep the dance floor packed. Whether it's an all-time favorite or the latest craze, Patrick 'n Swayze will give you an enthusiastic performance every time. On Facebook at www.facebook.com/patricknswayze. There is a $5 band cover, under age 12 is free. Bring a lawn chair to enjoy lawn seating or call to reserve deck seating for an additional $5. You may bring your own food, just no beverages of any kind. Wine tasting and wine, beer, sodas, pizzas, cheese & crackers and chocolates for sale.

Heartland Festival Orchesta - Beethoven 9
Five Points Washington
Sep 9, 2017 7:30pm
309.339.3943
Admission: Admission Fee
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Copland - Fanfare for the Common Man Copland - A Lincoln Portrait with Preston Jackson, Narrator Beethoven - Symphony No. 9 Heartland Festival Chorus with members of Peoria Area Civic Chorale and choral singers from across Central Illinois. Dr. Joseph D. Henry, Chorus Master. Our season opens with Beethoven's masterpiece, a tribute to humanity's brotherhood, and Copland's inspiring musical setting of the words of Abraham Lincoln.

Pinball Power Family Workshop
Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum Peoria
Sep 9, 2017 2-4pm
309.323.6900
Admission: Admission Fee
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Shoot a ball through an obstacle course you build yourself! The, help turn the classroom into a mini arcade, and try out all the games. Family Workshops at Peoria PlayHouse engage children and their grown-ups in exploration and hands-on making. Register at 309-323-6900 or www.peoriaplayhouse.

Mid-morning Warbler Walks
Tawny Oaks
Sep 9, 2017 9:30-10:30am
309.418.7051
Admission: Suggested Donation
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Come to Tawny Oaks for a leisurely pace along level paths in hope of finding wood warblers and additional songbirds during Illinois’ fall migration. Bring binoculars and a few friends as more eyes are better when trying to spot these quiet, tiny birds. If you lack binoculars, you can borrow some. All levels of experience are welcome.

1st Annual Purple Tie Charity Gala
Five Points Washington Washington
Sep 9, 2017 5:30 pm
302.455.8019
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Bold Moves Foundation Presents the 1st Annual Purple Tie Charity Gala Formal Event to Benefit Stroke Awareness. Please wear Purple to support Stroke Awareness. Dine, Dance and Donate! For more information please contact Jacquie Bahr at (302) 455-8019 or visit http://www.boldmoves.foundation/

History Tours - Haunted Peoria Tour
Departing from the Peoria Riverfront Museum Peoria
Sep 9, 2017 1:30 PM
309-674-1921 or 686-7000
Admission: Admission Fee
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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.

Pekin Marigold Festival
Pekin Illinois Pekin
Sep 7, 2017 - Sep 10, 2017
309.346.2106
Admission: Admission Fee
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Great Family Fun - always the weekend after Labor Day! Carnival, parade, Art in the Park, food, entertainment, kids area, and so much more!

Pekin Marigold Festival
Pekin Illinois Pekin
Sep 7, 2017 - Sep 10, 2017
Admission: Admission Fee
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Great family fun - always the weekend after Labor Day! Carnival, parade, Art in the Park, food, entertainment, kids area and so much more!

The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Peoria Players Theatre Peoria
Sep 8, 2017 - Sep 10, 2017 See Website for more details
Admission: Admission Fee
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From the Oscar-winning team comes a lushly scored retelling of Victor Hugo’s epic story of love, acceptance, and what it means to be a hero.

Night Paddle & Campfire Dinner
Camp Wokanda Chiilicothe
Sep 15, 2017 6-9pm
309.579.2157
Admission: Admission Fee
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Enjoy an evening on the lake! Canoes, paddles, PFDs and campfire dinner are provided.

REO Speedwagon
Peoria Civic Center Peoria
Sep 15, 2017 8:00 P.M.
309.673.3200
Admission: Admission Fee
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By the early ‘70s, REO Speedwagon’s unrelenting drive, as well as non-stop touring and recording, jump-started the burgeoning rock movement in the Midwest. It carved a path that was eventually followed by STYX, Kansas, Cheap Trick and more.

History Tours - River City Tour
Departing from Exhibit A Gallery Peoria Heights
Sep 15, 2017 11 am
309-674-1921 or 686-7000
Admission: Admission Fee
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Take a ride through Peoria's past while learning about Peoria's past from the Native Americans, the French, the whiskey and earthmoving capital of the world. Enjoy the best view of the beautiful Illinois River valley and view stately homes on High St, Moss, Glen Oak and Grandview Drive. Tickets are $15 and tours last about 1-1/2 hours

51st Annual Pumpkin Festival
Morton Illinois Morton
Sep 13, 2017 - Sep 16, 2017
Admission: Admission Fee
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This great celebration of everything pumpkin held in downtown Morton hosts carnival rides, special displays, great food, and a parade with over 100 entries.

51st Annual Pumpkin Festival
Downtown Morton Morton
Sep 13, 2017 - Sep 16, 2017
309.266.5135
Admission: Free Admission
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Come enjoy everything pumpkin at the Pumpkin Capital World - the 51st Annual Pumpkin Festival! This great celebration held in downtown Morton hosts carnival rides, special displays, great food (pumpkin-flavored EVERYTHING!), and a parade with over 100 entries.

IESA Golf State Finals
Kellogg Golf Course Peoria
Sep 15, 2017 - Sep 16, 2017 See Website for more details
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IESA Golf State Finals will take place at Kellogg Golf Course on September 15 - 16th.

Concert in the Vineyard-Bubblegum Jack
Mackinaw Valley Vineyard Mackinaw
Sep 16, 2017 7-11PM
309.645.5054
Admission: Admission Fee
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Bubblegum Jack is back at the vineyard. If you know Bubblegum Jack, no further explanation of how terrific this concert will be is necessary. If you haven't seen them, this is a chance to become a fan. The guys are here to share their talents and amazing stage show. We hope you come out and join us for this fantastic night of music and fun. $5 band cover, under 12 free. Bring a lawn chair to enjoy lawn seating or call to reserve deck seating for an additional $5. You may bring your own food, just no beverages of any kind. Wine tasting and wine, beer, sodas, tea, water, pizzas, cheese & crackers and chocolates for sale.

Food Truck Frenzy
Heritage Square Peoria Heights
Sep 16, 2017 TBA
Admission: Free Admission
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Try some of the tastiest meals on wheels in Central Illinois! Sample delicious dishes from some of the region's greatest Food Trucks! Live music will fill the square and Pour Brothers Tap House will keep your glass full with one of their many craft brews!

South Side Stroll & Community Health Fair
Proctor Recreation Center Peoria
Sep 16, 2017 8:30am-1:30pm
309.673.9183
Admission: Free Admission
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Proctor Center is partnering with Girl Trek to encourage women and girls to live their healthiest lives by walking daily. An informational health fair will follow the stroll.

Delavan Cruise In
Historic Locust St. Delavan
Sep 16, 2017 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
217.836.4263
Admission: Free Admission
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Car Cruise

5th annual Artisan Market
Hornbaker Gardens Princeton
Sep 16, 2017 10 am - 4 pm
815.659.3282
Admission: Free Admission
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Join us in our beautiful country setting for a day filled with fine art, delicious home baked items, live music, wine tasting, fresh-picked local produce, area food trucks, and more. The Princeton Arts Academy will be providing hands-on activities for children. Ann Crosby will be working at her pottery wheel and encourages your participation. Local rock balancing artist, Matt Denault, will be working throughout the day. Mark your calendars now and plan to spend a beautiful, fall day in the country.

History Tours - Haunted Peoria Tour
Departing from the Peoria Riverfront Museum Peoria
Sep 16, 2017 1:30 PM
309-674-1921 or 686-7000
Admission: Admission Fee
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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.

"The Hunchback of Notre Dame"
Peoria Players Theatre Peoria
Sep 14, 2017 - Sep 17, 2017
309.688.4473
Admission: Suggested Donation
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From the Oscar-winning team comes a lushly scored retelling of Victor Hugo’s epic story of love, acceptance, and what it means to be a hero.

22nd Annual Oktoberfest
Peoria Riverfront Festival Park Peoria
Sep 15, 2017 - Sep 17, 2017
309.691.7484
Admission: Admission Fee
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The German American Central Society and the Peoria Park District are sponsoring their 22nd Annual Peoria Oktoberfest on September 15th, 16th, and 17th, to promote German culture and heritage of Central Illinois! Admission: Friday $10.00; Saturday $7.00 until 5 pm, 10.00 after 5 pm, Sunday $7.00. Children 12 and under always free. Entertainment: Bolzen Beer Band, Spitzbu’am, Bavarski, Jonny Koenig, the Rathskellar Brummers, Lindenhof Echos, Vogel Musik, Al's Pals, the Peoria Accordion Club, and area German folkdancers. German food, beer, and wines will be served along with food from other vendors! A German Heritage Tent display with a genealogy search will be available. Children activites will include several carnival rides. Craft vendors will be demonstrating their skills.

22nd Annual Octoberfest
Peoria Riverfront Peoria
Sep 15, 2017 - Sep 17, 2017 12:00 pm
Admission: Admission Fee
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Three day German Festival on the Peoria Riverfront. Featuring at least one band from Europe. Entertainment on 2 stages. German Heritage Tent. 5K run/walk on Sunday starting at 12:30 pm.

Princess & Pirate Weekend
Peoria Zoo Peoria
Sep 16, 2017 - Sep 17, 2017 11am-2pm both days
309.686.3365
Admission: Admission Fee
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Come to the Zoo dressed in your royal outfit or your buccaneer best and explore the world of princesses and pirates with a ZOO twist!

Walk MS
Junction City Peoria
Sep 17, 2017 12:00 P.M.-3:00 P.M.
312.421.4500
Admission: Free Admission
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Walk to create a world free of MS. Ending multiple sclerosis for good will take all of us. Walk MS helps us team up with friends, loved ones and co-workers to change the world for everyone affected by MS. Together, we become a powerful force. And with every step we take, every dollar we raise ... we're that much closer. Together, we will end MS forever.

Celebrate Peoria: Rosh Hashanah
Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum Peoria
Sep 17, 2017 12:30-4:30pm
309.323.6900
Admission: Admission Fee
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Celebrate the Jewish community in Peoria and learn about the holiday Rosh Hashanah. Try some delicious challah bread, make a tzedakah (charity) box, join in story time and more! Each month, Celebrate Peoria highlights, explores, and celebrates the many cultures that make up the dynamic fabric of Central Illinois through performances, art projects, food and more! Check out additional Celebrate Peoria topics at www.peoriaplayhouse.org. Celebrate Peoria is supported by the Community Foundation of Central Illinois.

6th Annual Das Bier Run
Riverfront Festival Park Peoria
Sep 17, 2017 10:30am - 3pm
309.691.7484
Admission: Admission Fee
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Join us for the 6th Annual Das Bier Run on Sunday, September 16th.! This is a fun 5k with a costume contest that begins at the Gateway Building in on the Peoria riverfront and ends at Oktoberfest. This event is co-sponsored by the Peoria Jaycees, the Peoria German- American Society, and Peoria Park District. This year we are raising funds for the Community Workshop and Training Center (CWTC), a local non-profit organization Step off is at 12:30PM on September 17th. Runners are welcome to participate in the costume contest. Awards will follow the race at 2:20PM All registered runners will also have FREE entry into Oktoberfest! Registration fee is $30. Register online at https://register.chronotrack.com/r/31928

Grammy Nominated Jazz Saxophonist & Flautist NAJEE
George Washington Carver Community Center Peoria
Sep 17, 2017 3pm & 6pm
309.839.2487
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Sunday September 17 2017 Grammy Nominated Jazz Saxophonist & Flautist NAJEE Two Big Shows Early Show 3:00pm Late Show 6:00pm George Washington Carver Community Center 710 W 3rd Avenue Peoria IL 61605 SmoothPeoria.com 3098392487 http://www.thecarvercenter.com/

ICC Art Program presents Matt Ziemke ceramics exhibit
ICC Gallery 336B (located in Academic Building) East Peoria
Aug 23, 2017 - Sep 22, 2017 The hours for the gallery are Mon-Thurs 9am-5pm and Fri 9am-12pm.
309.694.5136
Admission: Free Admission
This exhibit runs from August 23rd through September 22nd 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.

ICC Art Program presents Jody Brown photogaphy exhibit
ICC Performing Arts Center Gallery East Peoria
Aug 23, 2017 - Sep 22, 2017 Mon-Thurs 9:30am-7:30pm; Fri 9:30am-12pm
309.694.5136
Admission: Free Admission
This exhibit runs from August 23rd through September 22nd 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.

Canton Farmer's Market
Jones Park Canton
May 27, 2017 - Sep 23, 2017 7:30AM-11:30AM
309.647.2677
Admission: Free Admission
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Canton Main Street’s Farmer’s Market, in collaboration with Spoon River College, will be back in Jones Park in downtown Canton this summer. The market will begin May 27, and take place each Saturday through September 24, from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Local growers will sell fruits, vegetables, baked goods, fresh flowers, jams, honey, herbs and other locally grown items. This will be the sixth Farmer’s Market sponsored in Jones Park by Canton Main Street, which has included producers selling fresh-from-the-farm sweet corn, melons, potatoes, green beans, squash varieties, fresh herbs, local honey, beets, carrots, lettuces mixes and more. Most of the vendors who set up for the 2016 market will be back with a wide variety of food items for sale, as well as several newcomers.

TIANGUIS - Outdoor Market with a Taste of Mexico
Peoria's Warehouse District Peoria
Jun 3, 2017 - Sep 30, 2017 Saturdays - 8 am - 12 pm
309.678.8307
Admission: Free Admission
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Come and enjoy a taste of Mexican culture every Saturday morning! There will be Mexican food, Latin music, and a diversity of vendors offering products from Mexico and more. We are always looking for vendors with unique and creative products and services. Come check us out!

Workers of the World, Awaken!: The Life and Legacy of Joe Hill Exhibit
Steeple Building Museum
Jun 3, 2017 - Sep 30, 2017 June 3, 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
309.927.3899
Admission: Free Admission
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The life and legacy of Joe Hill exhibit will open on Saturday, June 3, 11 a.m. at the Steeple Building Museum in Bishop Hill, Illinois. Joe Hill was an early 20th century Swedish-American labor activist, cartoonist and songwriter, who coined the phrase "pie in the sky." This traveling display, consisting of 5 text panels and over 25 stand-alone images with music, was created by the American Swedish Historical Museum in Philadelphia. For more details call 309 927-3899.

History Tours
Departing from Peoria Riverfront Museum Peoria
Jun 2, 2017 - Oct 28, 2017 11 am Fridays & 11 am & 1:30pm on Saturdays
309.674.1921
Admission: Admission Fee
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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 & Saturdays at 11 am & 1:30 pm from Peoria Riverfront Museum unless otherwise indicated (the Friday Springdale tour in July & September will leave from Exhibit A Gallery in Peoria Heights). Tickets are $15 and last approximately 1-1/2 hours long. Visit the Peoria Historical Society History Tours 2017 webpage.

U-Pick & Corn Maze
Tanners Orchard Speer
Sep 1, 2017 - Oct 31, 2017 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Admission: Admission Fee
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Challenge yourself with a corn maze or take a ride through the orchard to pick your own apples and pumpkins.

Fourth Fridays - Tazewell Art Loop
Shops in Morton, Tremont, Delavan, & Pekin
Jun 23, 2017 - Nov 23, 2017 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
309.263.2491
Admission: Free Admission
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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 and shop local in Morton, Tremont, Delevan, and Pekin. From 5-9 pm, artists, businesses and organizations will be partnering to create a dynamic shopping and entertainment experience. You’ll find local art, mingle with the artists, view featured exhibits, take in performance demonstrations, hear live music and entertainment, explore local shops and restaurants and so much more. Visit our event page on the Morton Chamber of Commerce website to learn more or register to participate as a business or artist.

Fourth Fridays - Tazewell Art Loop
Morton, Tremont, Delavan, & Pekin Morton
May 26, 2017 - Nov 24, 2017 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
309.263.2491
Admission: Free Admission
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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 Morton, Tremont, Delavan, and Pekin on the Fourth Friday of every month. From 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, artists, businesses and organizations will be partnering to create a dynamic shopping experiences for all. You will enjoy local art, mingle with the artists, view featured exhibits, take in performance demonstrations, hear live music and entertainment, explore local shops and restaurants and so much more. To learn more about Fourth Friday Activities, visit our Facebook page and come out and see us on Fourth Fridays!

Fourth Fridays - Tazewell Art Loop
Morton, Tremont, Delavan, & Pekin Morton
Jul 28, 2017 - Nov 24, 2017 5:00 - 9:00 PM
309.263.2491
Admission: Free Admission
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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 and shop local in Morton, Tremont, Delevan, and Pekin. From 5-9 pm, artists, businesses and organizations will be partnering to create a dynamic shopping and entertainment experience. You’ll find local art, mingle with the artists, view featured exhibits, take in performance demonstrations, hear live music and entertainment, explore local shops and restaurants and so much more. Visit our event page on the Morton Chamber of Commerce website to learn more or register to participate as a business or artist.

StartUp Peoria - 1 Million Cups
Jump Simulation Center Peoria
Nov 2, 2016 - Dec 27, 2017 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Admission: Free Admission
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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 conversation across the country. The 1 Million Cups model is consistent across the US: Every Wednesday morning in each city, an early-stage startup presents their company to a diverse audience of mentors, advisers and other entrepreneurs. Each founder presents for six minutes and then fields audience questions for another 20 minutes. The program is run entirely by local entrepreneurs who serve as community organizers. Entrepreneurs, innovators and interested community members from Greater Peoria will meet at 8:00 a.m. each Wednesday.