Peoria County Calendar of Events

Chronicle Media Staff

Spirit of Peoria will host a Tasting Cruise along the Illinois River on May 19. (Photo courtesy of Spirit of Peoria)

MAY 19


Buddy & Beyond

Friday, 7:30 p.m.

ICC Performing Arts Center Main Stage Theatre, 1 College Drive, East Peoria

$25; students $15

The History of Rock and Roll by Johnny Rogers will transport you back in time. For more information, visit


Skillet and Alter Bridge at the Riverfront

Friday, 8 p.m.

Peoria Riverfront Festival Lawn


For more information, visit


Tasting Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria

Friday, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Spirit of Peoria dock at the Peoria Riverfront

$35 per person (adults only)

Enjoy Americana style music while cruising the Illinois River and tasting local beer, wine and whiskey samples. Light appetizers provided. For more information, visit


Museum After Dark: A Fun Evening of Art & Science

Saturday, 7-9 p.m.

Peoria Riverfront Museum, 222 SW Washington St.


Enjoy a free drink and access to art and science exhibitions as well as all the other exhibits. For more information, call (309) 686-7000.


MAY 20


Clyde West Fishing Derby

Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Glen Oak Park of Prospect Road in Peoria


Ages 9 and under will fish from 9-11 a.m.; 12-year olds from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Those who are over 50 or who have disabilities will fish from 1-3 p.m. For more information, call (309) 688-3667.


Delavan Cruise-In

Saturday, 4-8 p.m.

Locust Street in downtown Delavan


Live music will entertain as you display your cruiser. For more information, visit


Muscle on Main Strongman Contest

Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Main St., Morton


Event features various tests of strength for all ages. For more information, visit


Heartland Festival Orchestra: New World

Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

Five-points, 360 N. Wilmor Road, Washington

$35; $8 for students/children

Cellist Parice Jackson will be featured. For more information, visit


Pollinator Family Day at the Museum

Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Peoria Riverfront Museum, 222 SW Washington St.


Learn about pollinators from groups including the Heart of Illinois Sierra Club, the Peoria Academy of Science, and the Heart of Illinois Beekeepers. Event coincides with the opening of the Peoria Riverfront Market. For more information, call (309) 686-7000.


Wildflower Walk at Forest Park

Saturday, 10-11 a.m.

Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 N. Forest Park Drive, Peoria Heights


For more information, call (309) 686-3360.


MAY 21


Grand Tour of Homes on the West Bluff

Sunday, noon-5 p.m.

Studios and Shops on Sheridan and Main


Homes built near the turn of the 1900s will be on the tour. For more information, visit


Celebrate Peoria: May Day

Sunday, noon-5 p.m.

Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum, 2218 N. Prospect Road

Free with general admission

Activities include watching German folk dancing, making a flower crown, dancing a May Pole, and participating in a traditional German puppet show. For more information, call (309) 323-6900.


MAY 23

Genealogy Lecture: Search for Your Roots

Tuesday, 6 p.m.

Auditorium, Peoria Riverfront Museum, 222 SW Washington St.


Learn what resources are available at the Peoria Public Library to help you find your ancestors. For more information, call (309) 497-2160.


MAY 24

Dixieland Lunch Cruise

Wednesday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Spirit of Peoria, Peoria Riverfront

$37; children 4-15 $20

Boarding begins at 10:30 for a cruise that features “Chuck and the C-Notes” and a Southern inspired buffet. For tickets, visit