Friday, June 6
- 5:30 p.m. – ButterBurgers and frozen custard at Culver’s.
Culver’s ButterBurgers are made from fresh ground chuck, seared on a hot grill, and given their signature name when they lightly butter the crown of the toasted bun. As good as the food is, Culver’s is mostly known for its frozen custard. Culver’s makes three fresh custard flavors daily: chocolate, vanilla, and the Flavor of the Day, and you can get your custard as a shake, malted, sundae, split, cone, dish, or whatever else you can dream up!
4612 N. University
- 7 p.m. – AmerenCILCO Summer Serenade at Lakeview Museum.
Enjoy Cajun and Zydeco music performed by Rosie Ledet, Zydeco’s most popular performer, in the Serenade’s 14th season opener. All concerts are free and take place on the back lawn at Lakeview Museum. The concert begins at 7 p.m.
1125 W. Lake Avenue
Saturday, June 7
- 9 a.m. – Breakfast at Apple’s Bakery Northside Market.
Apple’s features gourmet and organic foods, bakery items, pastries and bagels, specialty coffees, wines, specialty beers, and much more. Although the name suggests otherwise, Apple’s is much more than just a bakery; it’s a community center, a neighborhood gathering place, and specialty shop.
Apple’s Bakery Northside Market
8412 N. Knoxville Avenue • 693-352211 a.m.
- 11 a.m. – Return to Pimiteoui Pow-Wow, W.H. Sommer Park.
The annual Return to Pimiteoui Intertribal Pow Wow honors the Woodland Indian tribes once inhabiting the Illinois River Valley and welcomes the return of their descendants and all Native American peoples to this area rich in early French and Indian history. This weekend-long event is an educational and cultural experience for people of all ages interested in Native American culture, arts, crafts, and traditional lifeways skills. Cost is $7 per carload, and the park opens at 10 a.m.
W.H. Sommer Park
Koerner Road • 678-9680
- 2 p.m. – Rock climbing and shopping at The Shoppes at Grand Prairie.
Explore Peoria’s newest and most unique shopping destination, including specialty and department stores, restaurants, and more. Stop by Galyan’s for sporting goods as well as a rock climbing wall. Or head to some of the locally owned stores such as Wonders of Wildlife, The Calla Lilly, and Roger Burke Jewelers. Live music is often featured at the mall as well.
The Shoppes at Grand Prairie
I-474 and War Memorial Drive, Peoria
- 6 p.m. – Dinner at Famous Dave’s.
Sunday, June 8
- 10 a.m. – Brunch at Wildlife Prairie State Park.
Cost is $11.99 for adults, $7.99 for ages four to 12, and children three and under are free. Seating is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. When you’re finished with brunch, take a walk around the park and see the animals, art, and flowers that fill the area.
- 2 p.m. – AMA Pro Racing National Hot Shoe TT Race, Peoria Race Park.
Watch amateurs and pro-racers compete on the TT track. Gates open at 8 a.m., with practice beginning at 11 a.m. Races start at 2 p.m. Cost is $15 the day of the race.
AMA Pro Racing National
Hot Shoe TT Race
Peoria Race Park
Also this weekend:
- Elmwood Strawberry Festival, June 7
Takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Central Park.
- Steamboat Classic Race, June 7.
This 30th annual race takes place in downtown Peoria.
- Three Sisters Park Bluegrass Festival
June 6, 7, and 8
Famous Dave’s recently opened its newest restaurant in the Shoppes at Grand Prairie in Peoria. Inside you’ll find why Dave’s is famous: classic St. Louis-style spareribs, pit-smoked to perfection, a relaxing atmosphere, lively music, and fun. Don’t worry if you aren’t a barbecue lover; Famous Dave’s has a wide variety of foods including chicken, burgers, soups, salads, desserts, and kids’ meals. All meals come with a choice of sides, so you are guaranteed to leave feeling satisfied. Remember to save room for dessert—maybe Dave’s Famous Bread Pudding, or Hot Fudge Kahlua Brownie. They’re enough for two if you’re willing to share! AA!