Painting the Natural History of the Field Museum
Thursday, 9:30 a.m.
Peoria Riverfront Museum, 222 SW Washington St.
$12; $5 for students
Peggy Macnamara, artist-in-residence at Chicago’s Field Museum, shares experiences as a natural history artist and explores the relationship between art and science. For more information, visit www.FineArtsSociety.net
Thursday, 6-9 p.m.
Peoria Zoo, 2320 N. Prospect Road
Event will feature a variety of martinis enjoyed in the Africa area of the zoo. Must be 21 or older. To register, call (309) 681-3500.
Billy Elliot the Musical
Thurs.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.
4300 N. University St., Peoria
$19; under 21 $12
Peoria Players Theatre will present the Tony Award-winning play which features music by Elton John. For more information, call (309) 688-4473.
Eric Church: Holdin’ My Own Tour
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Peoria Civic Center, 221 SW Jefferson St.
Country music singer and songwriter will perform. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
How’d They Do That?
Friday, 8 p.m.
Waterhouse’s Broadway Lounge, 316 SW Washington St., Peoria
$16 (with dinner $41)
An evening of magic, comedy and amazement featuring “Circus Boy” Bobby Hunt and Magician Mitch Williams. For reservations or information, visit BroadwayPeoria.com.
Wine and Cheese Under the Stars
Friday, 7-9 p.m.
Dome Planetarium, Peoria Riverfront Museum, 222 SW Washington St.
Wines from the Mackinaw Valley Vineyard will be served under a full-dome night sky. For more information, call (309) 686-7000.
Mardi Gras in May
Saturday, 10 a.m., 3-10 p.m.
Water Street in downtown Peoria
Admission is free
Event begins with the Mardi Gras 5K Race. The Street Party will run from 3 – 10 pm where Water Street will be transformed into the New Orleans French Quarter featuring street performers, live music, artists, demonstrations and local restaurants offering authentic Cajun dishes and drinks. For more information, visit mardigraspeoria.com.
National Train Day at Wildlife Prairie Park
Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
3826 N. Taylor Road, Hanna City
Regular admission applies.
Learn all about trains and ride the famous Prairie Zephyr Train for half price. For more information, call (309) 676-0998.
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
Saturday, 7 a.m. registration
Peoria Metro Centre, 4700 N. University
The 32nd Annual Komen Memorial Race for the Cure will raise funds for breast cancer research. For more information, visit komenmemorial.org/komen-race-for-the-cure.
Super Saturday for Kids: Insects
Saturday, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Lobby, Peoria Riverfront Museum, 222 SW Washington St.
Free with regular admission
Join Museum staff and volunteers explore the world of insects. For more information, call (309) 686-7000.
Mother’s Day at Wildlife Prairie Park
Sunday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
3826 Taylor Road, Hanna City
$23.95; children under 12, $12.95
3826 N. Taylor Road, Hanna City
Mother’s Day brunch will also include activities for the kids and mom. For more information, call (309) 676-0998.
Mother’s Day Orchid Show
Sunday, noon-4 p.m.
Luthy Botanical Garden, 2520 N. Prospect Road, Peoria
Visit the garden’s orchid collection and get answers to questions from the experts. For more information, call (309) 681-3506.
Heart of Illinois Chorus
Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.
ICC Performing Arts Center, 1 College Drive, E. Peoria
$12; seniors $10, $5 children from 4-10
For more information, visit http://icc.edu/arts.
Unplugged in the Heights
Wednesday, 8-11 p.m.
Pour Bros. Craft Taproom, 4450 N. Prospect Road, Peoria Heights
Event will feature local singer/songwriters, vocalists, acoustic soloists and small ensembles, brass soloists, woodwind and string soloists and small ensembles, and hand percussionists. For more information, visit pourbrostaproom.com.