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Peoria Civic Center

Peoria Civic Center, 201 SW Jefferson Ave., or call 673-8900.

July 21: Lauren Daigle, Christian music singer, 7 p.m., Civic Center Theater. Tickets: $21.95, $27.95, $37.95 and $52.95.

Riverfront Museum

Peoria Riverfront Museum, 222 SW Washington St., or call 686-7000. Tickets for all events available online.

Dome Planetarium: Daily shows: "Earth, Moon, and Sun," “Uniview: Tour the Solar System," “Stars & Myths Over Peoria,” and "Solar Superstorms," narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch. Wine and Cheese Under the Stars, 7-9 p.m. July 13.

Giant Screen Theater: "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom," through July 19, check website for schedule. Big Picture Film Festival, submissions open July 22. "Amazon Adventure" opens July 21 and "America's Musical Journey returns July 20. "Spirited Away," Japanese animated fantasy, opens July 21.

Exhibition: "Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids" open through Sept. 30.

Special events: Kids Night at the Museum: Mythic Creatures, 6-9 p.m. July 14. GeekFest: Games, Creatures, Cosplay, 5-9 p.m. July 21 includes "Super Smash Brothers," Mythic Creatures Exhibition, Laser Floyd show, "Star Wars" Trivia and La Vie Cosplay Q&A. 


Jukebox Comedy Club, 3527 W. Farmington Road; Marty DeRosa, July 13-14; Josh Blue, July 19-21. Call 673-5853 or visit

Mason City Limits, 114 E. Chestnut St., Mason City; hypnotist Josh Meador, July 13. Call (217) 482-5233 or visit

Special events

Marshall-Putnam County Fair, July 13-15, Henry. Includes livestock show, vendors, demo derby and antique tractors. Go to

Kids Fest!, 9 a.m.-noon. July 14 at Jones Park, downtown Canton. Activities, games, inflatables and music. Free.

Unite Fest 2018, July 14, Glen Oak Park Amphitheater, Peoria. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. and first act starts at noon. Free. Entertainment includes hip-hop artist Derek Minor, contemporary artist Micah Tyler, Glenn Kaiser, Josiah Williams, The Awakening and others. Activities include: music, knockerball, ministry booths, face painting, balloon art, etc. Food drive for the Midwest Food Bank.

Art and Wine Festival, noon-6 p.m July 15, Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, Mackinaw. Features local artists, cruise-in, wine tasting and live entertainment. Rain or shine. Free admission.

Heart of Illinois Fair, July 17-21, Exposition Gardens. Carnival rides, food vendors, live entertainment. Performers include Forced Country, Southern Cross, Harvest Sons, Blank Stairs and ZZ Top tribute Eliminator. Nightly motor sports in the arena, beer garden, livestock shows. Go to

Central Illinois BBQ Throwdown, July 20-21, Festival Park, Peoria riverfront. Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned professional cooking competition. Includes backyard BBQ Throwdown for spectators, people’s choice tasting, pie baking competition, kids’ activities, bags tournament and live entertainment. Visit

Corn Boil, July 22, Hickory Grove Park, Dunlap. German-American Society hosts dinner that includes all the corn you can eat. Hours: noon-8 p.m.

Segway Tours are open along Peoria's riverfront. Explore Peoria's landscape with World On Wheels Segway Tour. Daily by appointment. Call 453-0916 or visit

The B-n-B Club will be hosting square dance lessons 7-9 p.m. every Tuesday at the Miller Senior Center, 551 S. 14th St., Pekin. Cost is $4 per person. For information, call Kay at (239) 849-4090.

Shrimp and Corn Boil for St. Jude, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. July 15 at the Itoo Hall. Cost is $12 per plate, kids meals $5.


Live at the Five Spot, 5:30-7:30 p.m. July 13: Turas, Contemporary Art Center, 305 SW Water St., members/$8; public/$12.

Metamora Concerts in the Square, 7:30 p.m. July 13: Metamora Community Band, July 20: Nostalgics. Free. Bleacher seating available.

Hiss Golden Messenger, 8 p.m. July 13, Monarch Music Hall. Doors open at 7 p.m. Cost: $20 in advance, $25 day of show. Visit

Phanie Rae & the Soul Shakers, 7 p.m. July 14, Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, 33633 Illinois Route 9, Mackinaw. Admission: $5.

Kentuckiana Opry with guest Kim Bolin, 8 p.m. July 14, Kentuckiana Kampground, Hopedale. Adults/$8, children/$2.

Summer Jam '18 with Fozzy and Soil, 8 p.m. July 14, CEFCU Center Stage. Gates open at 7 p.m. Cost: $22 in advance, $25 day of show. Visit

The Brazilionaires, 6 p.m. July 14, Wildlife Prairie Park. Cost: $5.

Matt Miller Band, 8 p.m. July 14, Pour Bros. Courtyard Concert Series at Heritage Square. Free.

Black Label Society, 8 p.m. July 16, Monarch Music Hall. Doors open at 7 p.m. Cost: $39.50, in advance, $44.50 day of show. Visit

Theory of a Deadman, 8 p.m. July 17, Monarch Music Hall. Doors open at 7 p.m. Cost: $22.50 in advance, $27.50 day of show. Visit

I Love the '90s Tour, 7 p.m. July 19, Festival Park on the Peoria riverfront. Gates open at 6 p.m. Cost: $32 for general admission or $42 for VIP. Visit

Tailgate N' Tallboys Music Festival, July 20 and 21, featuring the Charlie Daniels Band, Cody Jinks, Sawyer Brown, Whiskey Morgan and many more, Festival Park on the Peoria riverfront. Various ticket options and pricing available. Visit to purchase tickets.

PhanieRae & the Soul Shakers, 8 p.m. July 21, Pour Bros. Courtyard Concert Series at Heritage Square. Cost: Free.

JammSammich,  7 p.m. July 21, Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, 33633 Illinois Route 9, Mackinaw. Admission: $5.

Night life

Bogie’s Bar & Grill, 3000 N. Sterling Ave., Thursdays: open mic with Roger Kelch.

Castle Theatre, 209 E. Washington St., Bloomington; July 14: Lexington Street Fest with Trippin Billies and the Unemployed Architects; July 22: The Lone Bellow.

Childers Eatery, Junction City, 6 p.m. July 18: Judy Page/Steve Degenford.

East Peoria American Legion, 100 Legion St., East Peoria, 7 p.m.; July 14: Midnite Wind; July 21: Rusty Barr & the Good Ole Boys.

Jimmy Earp’s Hideaway, 1507 S. Laramie St., 8 p.m. Thursdays: Jimmy Earp House Band.

Jim's Downtown Steakhouse, 110 SW Jefferson St.; live piano bar, 8 p.m., Fridays: Ben and Kate, Saturdays: Ed and Judy.

Kuchie’s Corner Tap, 4980 Edgewater Drive, Groveland; 8 p.m. Fridays: karaoke with DJ Stretch.

Kuchie’s on the Water, 579 Wesley Road, Creve Coeur; 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays: team trivia.

The Lindenhoff, 7601 N. Harker Drive; July 13: Terry Bredenberg on accordion.

Michael's Italian Feast, 605 Upper Ten Mile Creek Road, Germantown Hills; 6 p.m. Fridays: live music; 6 p.m. first and third Fridays: open mic.

Oliver's Pizza & Pub, 1231 E. Samuel Ave., Peoria Heights; 10 p.m. Saturdays: karaoke; 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays: team trivia; July 13: Bogside Zukes.

Oliver’s Pizza & Pub North, 3300 W. Willow Knolls Drive; 7:30 p.m. Thursdays: team trivia; 9:30 p.m. Fridays: karaoke.

Peoria Labor Temple, 400 NE Jefferson Ave.; 10 a.m.-noon Thursdays: free local musician jam session.

Rock’s Bar & Restaurant, 21 Blackjack Blvd., East Peoria; 9 p.m., Thursdays: karaoke; Fridays: live music.

Tannins & Hops, 619 SW Water St.; 6 p.m. Thursdays: Magician Mitch Williams.