“Playing in Peoria” – August 28

Written By: Andrew Ketterer

As the weather has heated back up, so has the amount of things going on in the Peoria Area! This weekend is full of festivals, events and interesting ideas on how to spend your three-day weekend!

If there are any events we missed, or if you have more information, just leave a comment for us at the end of the article.

Enjoy the weekend everyone! 


Last Peoria Chiefs Home Games

Help cheer on the Peoria Chiefs in their last home series of 2013! The series kicks off tonight at 6:30 p.m. against the Clinton LumberKings. Friday night will serve as “Fan Appreciation Night,” along with the final fireworks show and flat screen giveaway. Don’t forget to show your appreciation for the Peoria Chiefs, as the highest level of baseball in the Peoria Area.


blues festBudweiser Blues Fest

In it’s 25th consecutive year the festival is back at Peoria’s riverfront August 30-31, and is bigger and better than ever! Each year, there’s an endless list of activities and things to do at the festival, but the most popular is probably the live entertainment! This year, the music scene will be fronted by performances from Marcia Ball, Paul Thorn, Bill Porter, Chris Stevens, The Jeremiah Johnson Band, Barry Cloyd, Preston Jackson and many more! Other popular attractions over the three-day festival include workshops, a delicious fish fry, and a music competition for local bands. Whatever your interests, you should get down to the riverfront this weekend and check out this amazing festival.

For more information, head to our feature blog post HERE!


Redneck Rally

Head out to Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, Ill. this weekend to celebrate Labor Day in “Redneck-style!” For three days, camping, music, motorsports, contest and more will keep the crowds entertained. Hike over to the main stage where Saving Abel (Saturday night) and Pop Evil (Sunday night) are the headlining acts. If that’s not enough, walk over to the “Hillbilly Playground” for Toilet Bowl Bags, Mud Volleyball, Toilet Seat Horseshoes and more!

For a quick preview of the event, read our feature post HERE!


From the Field Cooking School – Couples Night

If you’re looking for something fun and different to do with your significant other this weekend, From the Field Cooking School in Morton has the perfect thing. On Friday at 6:00 p.m. couples will file into the cooking stations with their dates and prepare to cook their gourmet dinner together. But don’t worry; the staff will be alongside to teach and help you along the way. The menu includes an appetizer, salad or soup, side dish and dessert, along with your choice of three entrees. Sounds like a fun date and some good food!

For a detailed schedule of events, click HERE!


mackinawGrape Stomp and Harvest Festival

Come get your feet wet in wine this Sunday at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard and Winery in Mackinaw, Ill. Along with stomping some grapes, there will be a harvest demonstration, wine tasting throughout the day, food from The Catering Company and live music! The fun lasts from 12:00-6:00 p.m. It should be the perfect way to spend a Sunday without work the following day!


Additional Events

Along with everything listed above, these events are also going on in the area this weekend.

–       Conklin’s Barn II Dinner Theatre: “Greater Tuna”
–       Manito Popcorn Festival
–       Zoo Run Run
–       Farmers Market in the Levee District
–       Peoria Riverfront Market

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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