Friday, October 11
- 7:30 P.M. – Dial ’M’ for Murder
The 1950s play-turned-movie (starring Grace Kelly) comes to the Peoria Players stage. This exciting melodrama has a surprise twist ending that you have to see to believe!
Peoria Players Theatre
Saturday, October 12
- 12 P.M. – Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive Fall Festival
Take a look at all the fall colors while visiting 17 villages and historic sites. Arts, crafts, entertainment, a flea market, a country store, and hand-made furniture are just a few of the things you’ll come across on this tour. Foods have become a tradition during the Fall Festivals-apple butter made before your eyes at London Mills, butterfly pork chops at Mount Pisgah, baked potatoes and hot cider at Farmington, chicken and noodles at Smithfield’s Red Brick School, funnel cakes at Lewistown, baked goods at Duncan Mills, and the famed Ellisville ham at Ellisville.
- 6 P.M. – Dinner at Leonardo’s Pizza
Try any of Leonardo’s deep-dish pizzas and your taste buds will thank you! This family-friendly restaurant is also a great place for a romantic dinner for two.
700 E. War Memorial
- 8 P.M. – Spider Hill haunted attraction
Spider Hill continues to be central Illinois’ biggest haunted attraction, with three great frights: the Haunted Express, the Massacre Mansion, and the Trail of Terror. The Boo Barn is the family-friendly area of Spider Hill. Activities to enjoy at the Boo Barn include food and drink concessions, crafts, games, face painting, photos, souvenirs, and more.
Three Sisters Park
Sunday, October 13
- 11 A.M. – Brunch at Panera Bread
- 1 P.M. – Photographs by Linda McCartney: Portrait of an Era
Intimate, spontaneous, unposed photographs of the icons of the 1960s rock scene captured by Linda McCartney take us back to an unforgettable era. It introduces a new generation to the excitement of the 1960s and takes those who lived through the turbulent times back to the days of bell-bottoms, protests, and the very best rock and roll.
Also this weekend:
- Harvey, Barn II Dinner Theatre
October 20 to November 9: Harvey, Barn II Dinner Theatre, 965-2545
- Kiss Me Kate, the musical
October 14 and 15, 7:30 p.m.: Kiss Me Kate, a musical, Peoria Civic Center Theatre, 676-8700, www.peoriaciviccenter.com
- "Art on the Prairie"
October 1 to 15, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.: "Art on the Prairie," Wildlife Prairie State Park, 676-0998, www.wildlifeprairiestatepark.org
- Bradley Soccer
Bradley Soccer, 677-2625, www.bradley.edu
- River City Trolley Tour
Through November 1: River City Trolley Tour, begins from Harp and Thistle Imports Ltd., 688-5668
- Stephen King’s Misery
October 14 to November 2: Stephen King’s Misery, Apollo Fine Arts and Entertainment Center, 673-4343, www.apollofinearts.com
Featured Restaurant: Panera Bread
Enjoy brunch at Panera, known for their scrumptious soups, wonderful breads, and decadent bakery items. Choose from a variety of different soups each day, including low-fat and vegetarian options, and have it served in one of their trademark sourdough bread bowls. Panera’s unique sandwiches and salads make choosing just one delightfully difficult, so the restaurant offers customers a "You Pick Two" deal. Other offerings include espresso beverages, freshly baked bagels, a variety of cream cheese spreads, brownies, specialty breads, croissants, and pastries.
2601 W. Lakeview Avenue