McLean County Calendar of Events Aug. 29 – Sept. 3

The annual Labor Day Parade will wind through downtown Bloomington on Sept. 3 . (Photo courtesy of

AUG.  30

A History of the Evergreen Cemetery Walk
Thursday, 7 p.m.
Community Room, Bloomington Public Library, 205 E. Olive

In addition to learning about the outreach program of the Cemetery, the audience will also be introduced to the individuals who will be featured in the 2018 Bicentennial of Illinois Cemetery Walk. For more information, call 309-827-0428.

AUG.  31

Moonlight Cruise Spirit of Peoria
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
100 NE Water Street
$23; seniors $21, Youths 4-15 $14

Take an evening cruise on the Illinois River enjoying the live entertainment and cash bar. For more information, call 309-637-8000.

AUG.  31-SEPT. 1

Peoria Blues Heritage Music Festival
Fri. starting at 6:30; Sat. 1 p.m.
CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing
$40 each day; $65 for both days

Thirtieth annual festival features Buddy Guy, Robert Cray Band, Billy Strings,  Ben Folds, Shooter Jennings, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Anthony Gomes, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, Roosevelt Collier and Sam Williams as headliners. For more information, visit


LoungeAbout the Roundabout
Saturday, 6-8 p.m.
Uptown Normal

Grant Millren will be providing the music. For more information, call 309-433-3420.

Manga/Anime Marathon
Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Community Room,
Normal Public Library, 206 W. College Ave.

Teens gather to watch some of their favorite anime movies. For more information, call 309-452-1757.

SEPT.  2-3

Arthur Amish Country Cheese Festival
Sat. 6 a.m.-10 p.m.;
Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Mon. 6 a.m.-4 p.m.
Arthur, Illinois

Come check out all the cheese-related activities and contests. Big Cheese Callithumpian Parade begins at 3:45 p.m. at 402 E. Progress St. For more information, visit

SEPT.  3

Labor Day Parade: Bloomington
Monday, 10 a.m.
Downtown Bloomington to Miller Park

Parade concludes with a dinner for union members and their families at Miller Park. For more information, call 309-208-1120.

Coronation of Miss Illinois
Monday, 8-9:30 p.m.
Braden Auditorium, Bone Student Ctr., ISU, Normal

The Miss Teen Illinois and Miss Illinois contests will culminate in the crowning on Monday. For more information, call 913-381-7121.



–McLean County Calendar of Events Aug. 29 – Sept. 3–