Must-See Summer Arts Events!

Have you been keeping up with the Peoria Area arts scene this summer? If not, there are plenty of upcoming events to catch you up!

Here is our roundup of must-see events over the next couple months. Some classic, some brand new, all bound to showcase local talent and inspire the artist within (even if your creative abilities end at stick figures.)


Junction City

Junction City


Artists on the Boardwalk
Time: 4 p.m.
Date: Friday, July 25
Location: Junction City Shopping Center

Find some new artwork at Junction City on Friday, July 25! Start your weekend with music, deliciously eclectic dining choices, stylish shops and a boardwalk filled with local artists and their best work.

Can’t make this one? Keep an eye on our calendar at Another “Artists on the Boardwalk” event is scheduled for September 26!


CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Studio Tour
Time: 5 – 9 p.m.
Date: Friday, Aug. 1

This tour showcases 11 different downtown Peoria locations where visitors can view artist demonstrations and also pick up some new pieces.

For your convenience, there is also a new First Fridays shuttle to take you from place to place! Why not add in some dinner (we recommend Rhythm Kitchen, Sugar, and Kelleher’s, to name a few) and make a night out of it?

See the bus route here:

Locations/Venues: The Atelier Building, Backstage Collective, Contemporary Art Center, Ear in the Envelope, The Hive, Jefferson Street Studio & Gallery, Murry Center for the Arts, Prairie Center of the Arts, Studio 825, Studios on Sheridan, Toraason Glass.


Time: Various events from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Date: Saturday, Aug. 9
Location: Peoria Civic Center

There is absolutely something for everyone at this event! Fashion, music, dance, paintings, film, wood working, weaving, pottery throwing…the lineup goes on and on, all brought to you by local creative individuals.

Check it out for yourself here (

IGNITE Peoria has something to spark the creative passion in people of all ages! Free admission, free parking.

Peoria Art Guild’s 52nd Annual Fine Art Fair

Time: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Date: Saturday, Sept. 27 & Sunday, Sept. 28
Location: Peoria Riverfront Gateway Building

The Peoria Art Guild Fine Art Fair brings the works of more than 150 national artists to the Peoria Riverfront the last weekend in September! This is one the oldest outdoor juried art fairs in the entire country, so you can expect nationally-recognized artists, samplings of city’s finest cuisine, and live performances by some of Peoria’s best musical acts. And, of course, it’s all offset by the backdrop of the beautiful Illinois River!

For information on these and other community events, visit


Hot Diggity Dog!

July is National Hot Dog Month. During the 4th of July weekend alone, the biggest hot-dog holiday of the year, an estimated 155 million will be consumed in just America! Statistics show that on average, each American eats 60 hot dogs per year. What!? My guess is that the crazy hot dog eating champions help make that average so high, but that’s still a lot of downed hot dogs nationwide!

In celebration of National Hot Dog Month, we thought we’d supply our followers with a list (in no particular order) of the best places to find deliciously crafted hot dogs in the Peoria, IL Area!


1. The Original Wonderdog – 2430 E Washington St, East Peoria, Illinois 61611

    The Original Wonderdog II – 1100 W Garfield Ave, Bartonville, Illinois 61607


2. Other Dawg – 4408 N Prospect Rd, Peoria Heights, Illinois 61616

The Other Dawg

3. Mr. G’s Chicago Style – 601 W Main St, Peoria, IL 61606

Mr G's

4. Coneys – 7301 N Radnor Rd, Peoria, IL 61615


5. Lou’s Drive-In – 4229 N Knoxville Ave, Peoria, Illinois 61614


6. Dozer Park – 730 SW Jefferson St, Peoria, IL 61605


7. Joe’s Sports Grille – 1301 W. Pioneer Parkway, Peoria, Illinois 61615


8. Chicago Grill of Peoria – 814 W Pioneer Pkwy, Peoria, Illinois 61615




Have we missed anywhere? Let us know!