“Playing in Peoria” – Feb 20

Written By: Andrew Ketterer

We’re only a month away from the first day of spring! I know the cold temperatures seem never ending, but warmer weather is just around the corner. In fact, we’ve got a couple events in the Peoria Area picked out that will serve as a warm-up for the spring season.

Enjoy the weekend everyone. And remember, warmer weather is on the way!


Beer Brats & Tailgating Under the Stars

planetariumOn Friday, Feb. 21 from 7-9 p.m., Emeritus Director of Education and Curator of the Solar System, Sheldon Schafer, will be your guide on a tour of the universe in Peoria Riverfront Museum’s state-of-the-art Zeiss planetarium experience, where traditional tailgating will enter a new realm! Guests will be able to munch on brats, snacks and a variety of craft beers from Two Brothers Brewing in Warrenville, Ill throughout the tour of the universe.

Tickets cost $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Register in person or by calling (309) 686-7000.


Contemporary Art Center of Peoria Fine Art Live & Silent Auction

The 9th Annual Fine Art Auction will be held at the Contemporary Art Center of Peoria on Saturday, February 22. Live music, along with a fine food and cash bar will begin at 7 p.m., with the live auction beginning at 8 p.m.

Tickets to the event cost $15 for members and $25 for non-members. All of the proceeds will benefit the art center and its participants. For more information, head to the CAC website.


IHSA Speech Tournament

The 2014 IHSA Speech-Individual Events State Finals will take place on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21-22, at the Peoria Civic Center. This marks the 74th annual competition and the fifth year that the Civic Center has hosted the event.

Champions will be crowned in 14 events throughout the meet, including an overall team championship based on points. Admission is FREE to the public.

For more information and a schedule of events, click here.


Bradley Basketball

Bradley University will unveil its new gargoyle mascot at the Peoria Civic Center when the Braves host Loyola Chicago on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. The Braves will also be inducting its newest Athletics Hall of Fame class during halftime.safe_image

Also, the Braves are offering a free ticket upgrade for the final two home games of the season. Fans wishing to take advantage of the upgrade should print out this voucher and present it at the Bradley Athletics Ticket Office in Renaissance Coliseum when buying a ticket. The offer is not valid for purchases at Carver Arena.

For more information, contact the Bradley Athletics Ticket Office at (309) 677-2625.


2014 Spring Home Show

This weekend, more than 250 companies occupying 450 booth spaces will make the 2014 Spring Home Show at the Peoria Civic Center the largest of its kind in Central Illinois. The show features everything for the home, inside and out, and all under one roof!

The show will be open on Friday from 4 to 9 p.m., on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission costs $7 for adults 18-and-over, $3.50 for Seniors and is free for those under the age of 18.

For a detailed schedule or list of exhibitors, click HERE!



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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