“Playing in Peoria” – August 21

Written By: Andrew Ketterer

What does the Peoria Area have to offer this weekend? Well, luckily for you we have kilts, Guinness, carnival rides, live music, hot rods, Harley Davidsons, 19th century activities and much more that will keep you entertained for the next few days.

For some reason, this weekend is jam-packed with festivals, fairs and carnivals. These events are spread throughout our region and you will be able to find at least one that peaks your interest. Don’t miss out on this opportunity for family fun before the summer ends!

Here’s a brief look at a few of the festivals, fairs and carnivals in the area this weekend.

Live music is one of many attractions at Erin Feis on the Peoria riverfront this weekend. (Photo By: Josh BimBaum)

Live music is one of many attractions at Erin Feis on the Peoria riverfront this weekend. (Photo By: Josh BimBaum)

Erin Feis

Grab your friends and head down to the Peoria riverfront for this 32-year-old Irish festival. This year, three stages will showcase a music lineup that features two bands from Scotland (Red Hot Chilli Pipers and MANRAN) and a band from Ireland (FullSet). The Ward Fighting Irish Boxers Exhibit is new to the festival this year, featuring a display that pays tribute to the Irish dominance in the sport of boxing for two centuries.

And what is all this Irish fun without a few pints and a taste of Irish whiskey? Don’t worry! You won’t have to find out! The Tasting Room is offering whiskey tasking sessions, as well as Budweiser samples from regional breweries! Drinks will also be available throughout festival.

For a quick glance at Erin Feis, read our preview HERE!


Bureau County Fair

This local favorite gets underway today at 12 PM! Tractor pulls, bags tournaments, talent shows, a demolition derby and more bring in people from throughout Illinois. Along with the normal carnival activities, popular country singer Justin Moore is slated to perform on Friday night! There are plenty of additional activities throughout the festival. Click HERE for a detailed schedule of events.

If you don’t want to miss out on all the fun, grab some friends and head to the Bureau County Fairgrounds in Princeton!

Take a trip to downtown Lacon this weekend for the Old Settlers Festival.

Take a trip to downtown Lacon this weekend for the Old Settlers Festival.

Old Settlers Festival

The next activity on our weekend list includes the Old Settlers Festival in Lacon, IL. This four-day festival that begins tomorrow offers a small-town feel, but still has plenty of activities to keep you busy, including a carnival, 5k & 10k run/walk, beer garden and much more! Click HERE for their calendar of events. Don’t miss out on this hidden gem!


Bombs Away Bash

The Bombers, a group of car enthusiasts that focus on the 50’s and 60’s, will be taking control of the Avanti’s Dome in Pekin on Saturday at noon. The Reverend Horton Heat, Wayne “The Train” Hancock and Deke Dickerson will perform, with opening acts from The Dyes and The Krank Daddies beginning at 5 p.m. Along with the concerts, car displays, vendors, food and a Harley Davidson give-away should keep you entertained.


Additional Events

If you’re looking for more, or just aren’t interested in any of these festivals, don’t worry! There’s plenty more going on in the Peoria area this weekend.

–          Peoria Riverfront Market
–          Peoria Chiefs vs. Burlington Bees
–          Pioneer Days
–          Museum Explorers at Peoria Riverfront Museum
–          Artists on the Boardwalk
–          Historic Trolley Tours
–          Spring Creek Station at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard and Winery

As always, stay busy and keep it here for news on everything “Playing in Peoria!”


Written By: Andrew Ketterer

This post is part of a weekly series that is designed to promote a weekly schedule of Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Member businesses and events.


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