Preview Night for the Illinois State Fair
Thursday, 4 p.m.-midnight
Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield
$5 adults; children 12 and under free
Fair runs through Sunday, Aug. 20. Open 7 a.m.-midnight each day. Normal admission is $10 for adults. Parker per day is $5. For more information, visit ilinois.gov/statefair.
Peoria Pops Orchestra Celebrates American Composers
Friday, 7-10 p.m.
Five Points, 360 N. Wilmor Rd., Washington
$12; $8 child
Listen to the innovative compositions of influential American composers. For more information, call (309) 444-8222.
Grand Nationals Weekend
Begins at 7 p.m. on Friday; 10 a.m. on Saturday
Festival Park, Peoria Riverfront
$10 on Friday; $20 on Saturday
The event celebrates the running of the Grand National TT Motorcycle Races that will take place at the PMC Race Park in Bartonville on Sunday. For more details and ticket information, visit http://grandnationalsweekend.com
Concert in the Park
Saturday, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Alpha Park pavilions. Free
Bring our blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy a musical concert by “Bridges.” Vendor food will be supplied by Nacho Mama’s Food Truck and LGSA concessions. For more information, call (309) 697-3822.
Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Peoria Civic Center, 201 SW Jefferson St.
Event showcases hundreds of local musicians, artists, innovators, dancers and actors offering workshops, competitions, live performances, and a fashion photo shoot. For more information visit ignitepeoria.com.
YMCA Summer Soiree
Saturday, 6-10 p.m.
7000 N. Fleming Ln., Peoria
Event features live entertainment, a catered meal, complimentary drinks and a poolside silent auction. Must be 21 years old to enter. Youth programs at the YMCA will benefit. For more information, visit peoriaymca.org/soiree.
Wildlife Prairie Concert
Saturday, 7-11 p.m.
3826 Taylor Rd, Hanna City
Family-friendly event featuring the music of The Cusack Brothers. For more information, visit wildlifeprairiepark.org/wildfire-concert-series/.
Uncovering the World’s Secrets on the Giant Screen
Saturday, 7 p.m.
Peoria Riverfront Museum, 222 SW Washington St.
Join National Geographic Innovation Fellow Corey Jaskolski as he shares tales of exploring the world using high tech cameras, laser scanners, and drone systems that he and his team develop. For more information, call (309) 686-7000.
Hummingbird & Bee Pollinator Festival
Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Sommer Park, 6329 N. Koerner Rd., Edwards
For more information, call (309) 691-8423.
Native American Applique Beading
Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon
Camp Wokanda, 620 E. Boy Scout Rd., Chillicothe
People aged 13 and older can learn create beaded flowers and leaf pictures. All supplies are provided. Please park in the lower lot and meet at the Nature Lab. For more information, call (309) 579-2157.
See the Perseids Meteor Shower
Saturday, 9-11:59 p.m.
Tawny Oaks, 715 W. Singing Woods Rd., Edelstein
If there’s no rain or clouds, you may see some shooting stars. Bring your own seating and some bug spray. For more information, call (309) 418-7051.
Vineyard Concert Features Exter O’Neal and the Funk Yard Band
Saturday, 7-11 p.m.
Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, 33633 State Rt. 9
$5 cover charge; $5 more for deck seating
Bring your own seating to enjoy the music. Wine tasting and wine, beer, sodas, pizzas, cheese & crackers and chocolates for sale. For more information, call (309) 359-9463.
Summer Fiesta Picnic
Sunday, noon-6 p.m.
Hickory Grove Park, 12403 N. Hickory Grove Rd., Dunlap
There will be Italian food, beverages, a gift booth, live entertainment provided by Vince Amore and Jack Miuccio, children’s activities, a spaghetti-eating contest and bocce ball tournaments. For more information, visit http://italianamericansociety.com.
Old Time Folk & Country Jam
Sunday, 3:30-5 p.m.
Forest Park Nature Center, 4809 N. Forest Park Dr., Peoria Hts.
Bring your guitar, fiddle, banjo or other acoustic instrument and join in the jam session. For more information, call (309) 686-3360.
Comic Art Club
Monday, 6-7:30 p.m.
Alpha Park Library, 3527 S Airport Rd., Peoria
Youth aged 10 and older can learn to draw comics like manga and graphic novels. All materials supplied. For more information, call (309) 697-3822.
Family Movie at Five Points
Tuesday, 2-4 p.m.
360 N. Wilmor Rd., Washington
$2; 62 and older admitted free
Washington Christian Village sponsors the showing of Alfred Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest.” For more information, call (309) 444-3161.
Imagination Grove Fun Day
Tuesday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Sugar Grove Nature Center, 4532 N. 725 East Rd., McLean
Free, donations of bird seed appreciated
Family centered nature-based play. Lemonade and snacks provided. For more information, call (309) 874-2174.
–Peoria County Calendar of Events–