Thru 10/31. The Jukebox Comedy Club features local, regional and nationally known comedians, open Wednesdays through Saturdays.
9/24. Comedian Ralphie Mae takes the stage at 8pm at the Limelight Eventplex.
10/4. The Last Comic Standing Live tour, featuring top finalists from Last Comic Standing, comes to the Peoria Civic Center Theater at 7:30pm.
10/7. Jim Breuer will perform stand-up at the Limelight Eventplex at 7pm.
10/16. Andy Gross, comic, magician and ventriloquist, performs at the Limelight Eventplex at 7pm.
10/16. Superstar comedians Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy reunite for the We’ve Been Thinking Tour, coming to the Peoria Civic Center Arena at 7:30pm.
9/4, 9/18, 10/2, 10/16. The Contemporary Art Center hosts Salsa at the CAC on the first and third Fridays of the month from 8:30pm to 12:30am.
10/16 – 10/17. The Central Illinois Ballet, performance company to the Cornerstone Academy for Performing Arts,will present Dracula: Dance on the Dark Side in the ICC Performing Arts Center at 7:30pm.
Ongoing. A rotating exhibit of Illinois Art League members’ work is on display at the Peoria Heights Public Library during library hours.
Ongoing. Sculpture Walk Peoria features 15 large-scale sculptures along Washington Street in Peoria, with guided tours leaving the Peoria Riverfront Museum at 10am and noon on Saturdays through September.
Thru 9/7. Engaging & Enriching: Recent Acquisitions will be on display in the Folk Art Gallery at the Peoria Riverfront Museum.
Thru 9/18. Personal Codes III, featuring paintings by Michiko Itatani, will be on display in the Heuser Art Center at Bradley University.
Thru 9/25. Playbill posters by designer Gary Will will be on display in Bradley University’s Hartmann Center Gallery.
Thru 10/4. The Dinosaurs in Motion exhibit continues its run at the Peoria Riverfront Museum.
Thru 10/24. Reflective Hues, featuring the still life and floral paintings of Sheryl Burritt and Florence Gaffney, will be on display in the Foster Gallery for Christianity and Fine Arts at the First United Methodist Church in Peoria.
Thru 10/31. The Caterpillar Dieselettes: The Girls of Summer exhibit of memorabilia documenting the world’s longest-running women’s softball team is on display at the Caterpillar Visitors Center.
Thru 12/31. The Diocesan Museum in the Spalding Pastoral Center features The Rectory exhibit during regular hours. The adjacent Fulton J. Sheen Museum offers a permanent exhibit on the life and legacy of the famous archbishop.
9/4 – 9/30. While He Was Sleeping…, a photography exhibit by Barbara Hoffman dealing with illness, confinement and sunlight, will be on display in Burgess Hall Art Gallery at Eureka College, with a reception on 9/18 from 3 to 7pm.
9/4, 10/2. A variety of art galleries and artist studios open their doors from 5 to 9pm for First Fridays.
9/4 – 9/12. The Sheared Edge will present Forest Lush in the gallery at Studios on Sheridan, with an immersive, multisensory experience including art, a DJ and much more on 9/4 from 5 to 9pm.
9/4 – 9/30. An exhibit of painted tree bark by Don Kettleborough will be on display at Exhibit A Gallery, with an opening reception on 9/11 from 5 to 8pm.
9/5 – 9/16. The Peoria Art Guild Members’ Show will be on display during gallery hours.
9/15 – 11/15. Awkward Family Photos, a traveling exhibition, will be on display in the Folk Art Gallery at the Peoria Riverfront Museum.
9/18 – 10/9. CIAO will hold its annual exhibit, Hot CIAO II, at Studios on Sheridan in the Sunbeam Building, with an opening reception on 9/18 from 6 to 9pm.
9/23 – 11/6. Envisioned Worlds, featuring lithographs from the Hokes medical archives, will be on display in the Heuser Art Center at Bradley University, with a lecture on 9/24 at 5pm and reception at 6pm.
10/2 – 10/30. An exhibit of glass art by Rick Melby and Hiram Toraason will be on display at Exhibit A Gallery, with an opening reception on 10/9 from 5 to 8pm.
10/5 – 11/6. Marginalized, featuring the work of Gerda Meyer Bernstein, will be on display in the Hartmann Center at Bradley University, with a reception on 10/22 at 6pm.
10/10 – 11/4. The works of Christina LaMaster, Joy Christiansen Erb and Trina Perry Carlson will be on display at the Peoria Art Guild.
10/17 – 1/17/2016. Making Their Mark: Illinois Women Artists, 1940-1960 and Gypsy Coeds Ride the Silver Streak will be on display at the Peoria Riverfront Museum.
9/4 – 9/5. The 27th annual Budweiser Illinois Blues Festival, featuring Jonny Lang, Taj Mahal, Robert Randolph & The Family Band and many more, takes place on the Peoria Riverfront.
9/6. The Grape Stomp and Harvest Festival takes place at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard from noon to 6pm.
9/10 – 9/13. The 2015 Marigold Festival will take place in Pekin.
9/16 – 9/19. The 49th annual Morton Pumpkin Festival takes place in downtown Morton.
9/18 – 9/20. The Chinquapin Folk Arts Music Festival at Camp Wokanda will feature ghost stories, children’s activities, live music, storytelling, and more.
9/18 – 9/20. The 20th annual Peoria Oktoberfest, hosted by the German American Central Society and Peoria Park District, takes place at Festival Park on the Peoria Riverfront.
9/26 – 9/27. The Peoria Art Guild’s 53rd annual Fine Art Fair takes place on the Peoria Riverfront from 10am to 5pm.
10/8 – 11/8. Hogwart’s Garden of Botanical Wonders, a new chrysanthemum show, takes place at Luthy Botanical Garden during garden hours.
10/8. The Fine Arts Society of Peoria hosts Dr. Kristine Nielsen, assistant professor of art history at Illinois Wesleyan University, who will present Confronting Inglorious Monuments: Postwar German Memorial Sculpture at 10am at the Peoria Riverfront Museum.
10/22. Curator Robert Cozzolino will speak at 5pm in the Caterpillar Global Communication Center as part of the Visual Voices Lecture Series at Bradley University.
Thru 10/30. Live at the Five Spot takes place on Fridays at the Contemporary Art Center from 5:30 to 7:30pm. Upcoming shows include The Brazilionaires (samba/pop, 9/4), Turas (Irish folk, 9/11), Motown Junkies (R&B/soul, 9/18), Soft Spoken (R&B/jazz, 9/25), Cousin Eddie (pop/rock, 10/2), Judy Page & Speak Easy (R&B/jazz, 10/9), Bill Porter (blues/rock, 10/16) and Galactic Cowboy Orchestra (jazz rock/ bluegrass fusion, 10/23).
Thru 10/31. Rhythm Kitchen Music Cafe features live music on Fridays and Saturdays from 8:30 to 11:30pm.
9/5. The Heartland Festival Orchestra presents Brahms Double Concerto with soloists Elena Urioste and Nick Cannelakis at Five Points Washington at 7:30pm.
9/5, 9/12, 9/19, 9/26. Mackinaw Valley Vineyard will host its Concerts in the Vineyard series with local bands performing from 7 to 11pm.
9/12. Two White Crew will perform at the CEFCU Center Stage on the Peoria Riverfront.
9/12. Four Shillings Short will perform at Forest Park Nature Center as part of the Songs from the Woods concert series.
9/17. The Peoria Civic Center welcomes the hard rock/metal group Halestorm, in support of its new album Into the Wild Life.
9/19. The Peoria Symphony Orchestra presents Carnival! with violinist Charles Yang at 8pm in the Peoria Civic Center Theater.
9/20. The Central Illinois Jazz Society presents the CIJS House Band at 6pm, followed by Stephanie Aaron at 7:15pm at Landmark Recreation Center.
9/20, 10/18. The Peoria Public Library presents Music in the McKenzie at its North Branch from 2 to 4pm, with Americana singer/songwriter Katie Belle & The Belle Rangers (9/20) and alternative country duo Pint & A Half (10/18).
9/25 – 9/26. Jay Goldberg Events & Entertainment presents the Heart of Illinois BBQ & Bluegrass Festival, featuring The Larry Keel Experience, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Comatose Catfish and more, at Expo Gardens.
9/29. Country superstar Shania Twain performs at the Peoria Civic Center with Gavin DeGraw at 7:30pm.
10/3. The Peoria POPS Orchestra presents its 2015 fall concert, Screen Time, at 7pm at Five Points Washington.
10/8. Country music artist Lee Brice will perform in the Peoria Civic Center Arena at 8pm.
10/15. Jay Goldberg Events & Entertainment presents Machine Gun Kelly with special guests King Los and Dub O at Expo Gardens at 7pm.
10/17. The Peoria Symphony Orchestra joins Broadway star Audra McDonald for an 8pm show in the Peoria Civic Center Theater.
10/18. The Central Illinois Jazz Society presents the CIJS House Band at 6pm followed by The Brazilionaires at 7:15pm at Landmark Recreation Center.
10/24. The Heartland Festival Orchestra presents Beethoven with piano soloist Michael Brown at 7:30pm at Five Points Washington.
10/24. Here Come the Mummies will perform at the Limelight Eventplex at 8pm.
10/24. The Bradley Symphony Orchestra performs at 7:30pm in the Dingeldine Music Center at Bradley University.
10/25. The Heart of Illinois Chorus presents Love Notes with Laura with2014 World Mixed Quartet Champions, Double Date, at 2:30pm in the ICC Performing Arts Center.
10/26. The Morton Fine Arts Association presents the bluegrass group Dailey & Vincent at 7pm in the Bertha Frank Performing Arts Center.
10/31. World-renowned a cappella group Straight No Chaser will perform at the Peoria Civic Center at 8pm.
POETRY & OPEN MICS
9/3, 10/1. Whisper & Shout, an open mic for sharing poetry, takes place at the Contemporary Art Center at 8pm.
9/24, 10/22. The Speakeasy Art Center hosts the Speakeasy Poetry Open Mic at 7:30pm.
SPECIAL EVENTS & TOURS
Thru 9/26. The Peoria Riverfront Market is open every Saturday from 8am to noon in the 200 block of Water Street.
Thru 9/30. The Junction City Farmers Market takes place on Wednesdays from 3 to 6:30pm.
9/3 – 10/31. The Peoria Historical Society presents Historical Trolley Tours departing from Harp & Thistle in Peoria Heights at 11am on Thursdays and Fridays and Kelleher’s Irish Pub at 11am and 1:30pm on Saturdays.
9/12. The PNC Worldwide Day of Play brings a range of family-friendly activities to Glen Oak Park from 11am to 3pm.
9/17. Keep Peoria Beautiful will present its annual Orchid and Onion Awards at Luthy Botanical Garden.
9/19. The Peoria Public Downtown Library presents a mystery program from 2 to 3pm, as the Book ‘Em mystery club launches a new book as a fundraiser for the Friends of the Library.
9/25. A preview party in advance of the Fine Art Fair will take place at the Peoria Art Guild.
9/25. The Central Illinois Youth Symphony hosts the Treble in River City trivia night fundraiser at 7pm at Life Together Center in Peoria.
9/26. Heirloom Folk Art School presents Christmas in September at Shore Acres Park in Chillicothe from 9am to 4pm, featuring classes and a vendor market.
9/26. Artists on the Boardwalk features the work of local artists on display at Junction City from 4 to 8pm.
9/26. The Peoria Historical Society presents the de Tonti Celebration, honoring the Junior League of Peoria, in the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom at 6pm.
9/30. The Fondulac District Library will host Banned Books Week Read-Out and Podcast at 6pm, featuring staff and patrons reading selections from their favorite banned books.
10/3 – 10/4, 10/9 – 10/11. Prairie Folklore Theatre presents its annual Historic Springdale Cemetery Tours at 2 and 4pm.
10/2 – 10/31. Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe will host Spider Hill Haunted Attractions at 7pm every Friday and Saturday.
10/3. Peoria Players Theatre will host its annual Vintage Clothing & Collectibles Sale from 8am to noon.
10/6. The 63rd annual Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show takes place at 11:30am and again at 7pm.
10/29. Nancy Kerrigan’s Halloween on Ice figure skating tour comes to the Peoria Civic Center Arena at 7pm.
10/30 – 10/31. The murder-mystery dinner, It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Murder, will take place at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard.
Thru 9/13. Nana’s Naughty Knickers runs at Conklin’s Barn II Dinner Theatre, with 8pm evening performances and 1:30pm Sunday brunch performances.
9/11 – 9/13, 9/17 – 9/20. Peoria Players Theatre presents Sister Act: The Musical at 7:30pm, with 2pm matinees on Sundays.
9/11 – 9/12. Inspired Arts Academy in Morton presents Mary Todd Lincoln: The Springfield Experiment, the story of Lincoln’s stay in the Illinois capital after her release from an asylum in Batavia, at 7:30pm.
9/16 – 9/20, 9/23 – 9/27. Jay Goldberg Events & Entertainment presents an evening with Chris Lemmon in A Twist of Lemmon at the Apollo Theatre, with evening performances and matinees on Saturdays and Sundays.
9/17 – 11/1. Death by Golf will run at Conklin’s Barn II Dinner Theatre, with 8pm evening performances and 1:30pm Sunday brunch performances.
9/18 – 9/20, 9/23 – 9/26. Eastlight Theatre presents Peter Pan, with nightly shows at 7:30pm and a Sunday matinee at 2pm.
9/25. The ICC Theatre Program presents The Odd Couple at 7:30pm in the ICC Performing Arts Center.
10/1 – 10/3, 10/8 – 10/10. Little Shop of Horrors will be staged at 7pm in Pritchard Theatre at Eureka College.
10/9 – 10/11, 10/15 – 10/18. Peoria Players Theatre presents The Addams Family at 7:30pm, with 2pm matinees on Sundays.
10/21 – 10/22. The world’s bestselling touring magic show, The Illusionists – Live From Broadway, will play the Peoria Civic Center Theater as part of the Ameren Illinois Broadway Series.
10/22 – 25, 10/29 – 11/1. High Fidelity: The Musical, will take place in the Hartmann Center at Bradley University.
10/23. ICC’s Guest Artists series will feature An Evening with Patsy Cline presented by Camille Davis at 7:30pm in the ICC Performing Arts Center.
10/30 – 10/31, 11/7 – 11/8. Many Lights Theatre presents Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie at 7pm, with a 2pm matinee on 11/8.
9/12. The Illinois Art League will host Ed Burton’s watercolor workshop from 10am to 4pm at the Peoria Heights Public Library.
9/12, 9/26, 10/7, 10/17, 10/21. Ear in the Envelope will host fall art classes on metal stamping, glass fusing and more.
9/13. Mackinaw Valley Vineyard will hold a painting class, hosted by Merlot and a Masterpiece, with sessions from 11am to 1pm and 2 to 4pm.
10/4. The Central Illinois Youth Symphony presents “Music and Muscles: Body Mechanics for Musicians” at 2pm at Life Together Center in Peoria.
For More Information…
Art Garage—art-garage-studio.com, 231-2511
ArtsPartners of Central Illinois—artspartners.net, 676-2787
The Atelier—1000 SW Adams, Peoria, 303-6885
Bradley University/Dingeldine Music Center—677-2595
Bradley University/Hartmann Center—677-2650
Bradley University Galleries—art.bradley.edu/bug, 677-3707
Budweiser Illinois Blues Festival—illinoisbluesfestival.com
Caterpillar Visitors Center—visitcaterpillar.com, 675-0606
Central Illinois Jazz Society—peoriajazz.com, 692-5330
Central Illinois Ballet—ciballet.com, 620-3164
Central Illinois Youth Symphony—ciys.org, 370-6424
CIAO/Central Illinois Artists Organization—ciaopeoria.com
Conklin’s Barn II Dinner Theatre—barn2.com, 965-2545
Contemporary Art Center—peoriacac.org, 674-6822
Ear in the Envelope—earintheenvelopeinc.blogspot.com, 550-3518
Eastlight Theatre—eastlighttheatre.com, 699-7469
Eureka College—eureka.edu, 467-3721
Exhibit A Gallery—exhibitagallery.net, 693-6180
First Fridays—peoriafirstfriday.com, ciaopeoria.com
Five Points Washington—fivepointswashington.org, 444-8222
Fondulac District Library—fondulaclibrary.org, 699-3917
Foster Gallery for Christianity and the Fine Arts—fumcpeoria.org, 673-3641
Forest Park Nature Center—peoriaparks.org/forest-park-nature-center, 686-3360
Heart of Illinois Chorus—hoichorus.com
Heartland Festival Orchestra—heartlandfestivalorchestra.org, 339-3943
The Hive—thehive305.com, 360-4880
Illinois Art League—illinoisartleague.com, 472-6747
Illinois Central College/Arts at ICC—artsaticc.com, 694-5136
Inspired Arts Academy—inspiredartsacademy.com, 279-5563
Heirloom Folk Art School—heirloomfas.com
Jay Goldberg Events & Entertainment—jaytv.com
Jefferson Street Studio & Gallery—rosehubbard.com, 696-9015
Jukebox Comedy Club—jukeboxcomedy.com, 673-5853
Keep Peoria Beautiful—keeppeoriabeautiful.org, 672-6288
Limelight EventPlex—limelighteventplex.com, 693-1234
Luthy Botanical Garden—peoriaparks.org/luthy-botanical-garden, 686-3362
Mackinaw Valley Vineyard—mackinawvalleyvineyard.com, 645-5054
Many Lights Theatre—manylights.net, 357-9366
Morton Fine Arts Association—mortonfinearts.org, 266-5135
Morton Pumpkin Festival—mortonpumpkinfestival.org
Pekin Marigold Festival—pekinchamber.com, 346-2106
Peoria Art Guild—peoriaartguild.org, 637-2787
Peoria Civic Center—peoriaciviccenter.com, (800) 745-3000
Peoria Historical Society—peoriahistoricalsociety.org, 674-1921
Peoria Park District—peoriaparks.org, 681-2861
Peoria Players Theatre—peoriaplayers.org, 688-4473
Peoria Public Library—peoriapubliclibrary.org, 497-2141
Peoria Riverfront—peoriariverfront.com, facebook.com/riverfrontevents
Peoria Riverfront Museum—peoriariverfrontmuseum.org, 686-7000
Peoria Symphony Orchestra—peoriasymphony.org, 671-1096
Prairie Center of the Arts—prairiecenterofthearts.org, 657-6767
Prairie Folklore Theatre—prairiefolkloretheater.com, 689-8000
Rhythm Kitchen Music Café—rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz, 676-9668
The Salvation Army—saheartland.org, 655-1331
Sculpture Walk Peoria—sculpturewalkpeoria.org
The Sheared Edge—shearededge.com
Spalding Pastoral Center—cdopmuseums.org, 671-1550
Speakeasy Art Center—speakeasyartcenter.com, 267-2058
Studio 825—studio-825.com, 453-8291
Sunbeam Building/Studios On Sheridan—sunbeambuilding.com, 573-8404
Three Sisters Park—threesisterspark.com, 274-8837
Wheel Art Studios—bit.ly/wheelart, 306-1741