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A&E CALENDAR - JUNE 14, 2018

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Harmonious Wail is the headliner Friday night for the kickoff of the Summer Solstice Concerts on the lawn of the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts. 

Special events


Downtown Bloomington Association Farmers Market; locally grown produce and more, entertainment, activities; 7:30 a.m.-noon Saturdays through Oct. 26, downtown square. 

We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym; summer camp for kids; through June 29, 1717 Fort Jesse Road, Normal; (309) 386-1085.

Summertime Stories in the Park; themed storytelling entertainment from Twin City Tale Spinners; 10 a.m. June 19, 26, Connie Link Amphitheater, Normal. 

Epiphany Carnival; June 14-16, carnival rides, live music, games, food, beer tent, more; Epiphany School grounds, 1000 E. College Ave., Normal.

Tribute to Champions; 6-8 p.m. June 14, Special Olympics Illinois Tribute Park, 605 E. Willow St., Normal; kickoff to Summer Games.

Special Olympics Illinois

Tri-Valley's Megan Graf, center, competes in the 100-meter run during the 2010 Special Olympics Illinois State Summer Games at the Redbird Track and Field Complex in Normal. 

Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games; Olympic-style competition for disabled athletes, June 15-16; ISU Sports Complex, Normal.

Glorious Garden Festival Walk; self-guided tours of up to 10 private B-N gardens June 15-16, with festival and start point at David Davis Mansion, Bloomington. 

Special Olympics Street Dance; honors Special Olympic athletes; 7-9 p.m. June 16, Uptown Normal.

Open Cockpit Day; tours of open cockpits of various aircraft; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 16, Prairie Aviation Museum, Bloomington. 

Sunday Afternoon Lawn Concert; local performers; noon-2 p.m. June 17; Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts lawn. 

3rd Sunday Market; 450 vendors; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. June 17, Interstate Center, Bloomington.

Relay for Life; fundraising event with relay, entertainment, more; 2 p.m. to 2 p.m. June 22-23; The Corn Crib, Normal.

77th Annual Chariot Festival; 1-5 p.m. June 24, Miller Park Bandstand; dance, music, kids' activities, more; free. 


Royal Princess Coronation and Festival, produced by Holiday Spectacular; crafts, carriage rides, pampered princess boutique, sing-a-long, face-painting by the Zoo Lady, royal coronation of a princess guest and more; 2-4 p.m. June 24; Ewing Cultural Center, Bloomington; $40;

Central Illinois

Quilted Keepsakes 2018; annual summer quilt show, through June 30, C.H. Moore Homestead, Clinton.

Downs Village Market; locally grown produce, meat, baked goods, more; 4-6 p.m. Wednesdays from June 6-Sept. 26, southwest edge of Downs, off I-74. 

7th Midwest Charity Horse Show; June 12-16, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield.

Chatsworth Heritage Days; June 14-16, carnival, entertainment, food, parade,more; downtown Chatsworth. 

Steamboat Days Festival; June 14-17, riverfront carnival, entertainment stages, contests, games, more; downtown Peoria riverfront.

WWE Live; pro wrestling tour; 7:30 p.m. June 15, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria; 7:30 p.m. June 16, U of I State Farm Center, Champaign.  

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A fisherman casts his line shortly after sunset at Comlara Park's Evergreen Lake in April.

Conservation Family Day9 a.m. to noon June 16; Comlara Park, Evergreen Lake, McLean County SWCD/Prairielands Preservation Foundation event with fishing, archery, wildlife habitats and more, open to kids of all ages; ; 309-452-3848, ext. 3.

Taste of Minonk; entertainment, prizes; 5-7:30 p.m. June 16, Fifth and Chestnut streets, Minonk; $5.

Downtown Pontiac Cruise Night; classic and antique car cruise-in and activities; 5-8 p.m. June 16, downtown Pontiac square.  

DeWitt County Museum Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Show; antique tractors and gas engines of all makes, kiddie tractor pull, food, museum tours; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 16, C.H. Moore Homestead, Clinton. 

Jupiter: King of Planets; 8:45-10:45 p.m. June 16, Sugar Grove Nature Center, Shirley; sponsor: Twin City Amateur Astronomers.

East Peoria Levee District Car & Craft Show; classic cars, craft vendors along new levee district area; 4-8 p.m. June 16, 400 block East Washington Street, East Peoria.

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Visitors take a passenger train ride headed to downtown Monticello from the Monticello Railway Museum in 2014.

Monticello Railway Museum Father's Day Weekend; June 16-17, train shed tours and rides, with fathers accompanied by kids free; Monticello Railway Museum, downtown Monticello. 

Metamora Old Settlers Days; June 20-23, carnival, entertainment, food tents, crafts, more; downtown Metamora square.

Railroad Days; June 21-24, railroad heritage celebration, downtown Galesburg. 

Olde English Faire; medieval-themed festival; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 22-24, Wildlife Prairie Park, near Peoria. 

Independence Day 1860; pioneer-era July 4 celebration and activities; noon-4 p.m. June 23, Rock Springs Nature Center, Decatur.

Let's Buzz the Gut Cruise Night; car cruise, auto-related vendors, food, music, more; 4-9 p.m. June 23, downtown Dwight. 

Pioneer Days; demonstrations of mid-19th-century pioneer life, children's games, more; 1-4 p.m. June 24, W.H. Sommer Park, near Peoria. 

Ford County Fair; June 24-30, with grandstand show (Travis Tritt and Craig Campbell, June 29); fairgrounds at Melvin.



Lunchtime Concerts: Patrick Campbell; pop-rock singer; 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. June 14, Withers Park, downtown Bloomington. 

Franklin Park Concerts and Ice Cream Socials; ice cream socials at 6 p.m. June 14, 21, 28, free Community Concert Band concerts at 7 p.m.; Franklin Park, Bloomington

BCPA Summer Solstice Concerts; outdoor concert with headliners, 6-10 p.m. June 15, Harmonious Wail; and Femmes of Rock, June 16, craft beer and food; CEFCU Outdoor Summer Stage at Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts.

Loungeabout the Roundabout, 6-8 .m. June 16, Uptown Circle, Normal; Chasing the Turn.

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BCPA Lawn Concert; noon-2 p.m. June 17, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts lawn, Bloomington.

Lunchtime Concerts; 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. June 20, Withers Park, downtown Bloomington; Brian Choban (jazz).

Lounegabout the Roundabout; 6-8 p.m., June 20, Uptown Circle, Normal; Nicotine Poetic.

Community Band Concert; 7 p.m. June 21, Franklin Park, Bloomington; ice cream social, 6 p.m. 

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The ISU String Project is pictured at 2016's Make Music Normal.

Make Music Normal; free all-day summer solstice music fest featuring local musicians; noon-11 p.m. June 23, various locations around Normal. 

Central Illinois

Celtic Woman; 7 p.m. June 14; Virginia Theatre, Champaign; $45-$106.

Bement Country Opry; 5 p.m. June 15, Monticello Community Ballroom; artist: Rockin' Terry Lee; fish dinner, 5 p.m.; $10; 217-778-0990. 

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo: A Very Intimate Acoustic Evening; 7:30 p.m. June 15; Virginia Theatre, Champaign; $39.50-$79.50, VIP packages also available. 

Tailgate N' Tallboys Music Festival, series of concerts over three summer weekends, Peoria on the Riverfront, June 15-17, July 20-21 and Sept. 15, June featured acts include Nelly, Drew Baldridge, The Cadilliac Three, Sam Nichols and more; riverfront in downtown Peoria; single day tickets begin at $25, 3-day and 6-pack passes also available. 

Kentuckiana Opry; 8 p.m. June 16, Kentuckiana Kampground, Hopedale; country music shows with Kentuckiana Opry Band and guests Ron Devore and Kim Bolin; adults $8, children $2; 309-449-3274.

Gin Blossoms, Tonic and Vertical Horizon; rock groups; 6:30 p.m. June 16; BOS Center, Springfield.

Poco a Poco Festival Choir Community Concert; 7 p.m. June 16, Park Presbyterian Church, Streator.

Concerts in the Vineyard; 7-11 p.m. June 16, Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, Mackinaw

Illinois Country Music Association Jam Session: noon to 4 p.m. June 17, El Paso VFW, open mic, potluck dinner (bring dish to share), for information call Bill Grubb, 309-564-0228.

Peoria Municipal Band concert; 7 p.m. June 17, Glen Oak Park Amphitheater, Peoria; free; adjacent parking.

Peoria Municipal Band concert; 7 p.m. June 20, corner of Water and State streets, Peoria; free; adjacent parking.

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Shake the Lake - Walker McGuire & Jacob Bryant; 6 p.m. June 22; Lakeshore Landing/Nelson Park, Decatur

Concerts in the Vineyard; 7-11 p.m. June 23, Mackinaw Valley Vineyard.

Bishop Hill Midsommar Music Festival; Swedish summer fest with music, maypole, family activities, barn dance, more; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. June 23, Bishop Hill State Historic Site. 

Peoria Municipal Band concert; 7 p.m. June 24, Glen Oak Park Amphitheater, Peoria; free; adjacent parking.



Heartland Theatre Company 10-Minute Play Festival: Magic!; annual short play fest, with eight winning entries tied to "magic" theme; June 14-16, 21-24 and 28-29, Heartland Theatre Company, Normal.

Little Shop of Horrors; High School Summer Theater production of musical; 7 p.m. June 14-17, June 21-24, Connie Link Amphitheater, Normal.  

Young at Heartland Summer Showcase; Heartland Theatre senior acting program performance; 1 p.m. June 22, Heartland Theatre Company, Normal.

Central Illinois 

Failure: A Love Story; Vermillion Players production of drama; 7:30 p.m. June 14-17, Chautauqua Park Pavilion, Pontiac. 



Karaoke; 7 p.m. June 14, Eagles Aerie 527.

VJ; June 14, Jazz Upfront.

Nicotine Poetic; 6-9 p.m. June 15, Gill Street Sports Bar and Restaurant; rock; no cover.

Steve "The Harp" Blues Band; 6-9 p.m. June 15, Castle Gardens, Lexington; gates open 5 p.m.; $10 online or $15 at gate.

Charlie Ballentine; 8:30-11:30 p.m. June 15, Jazz Upfront.

Mark & Melisa; 7 p.m. June 15, Eagles Aerie 527; rock and country; $5.

Lisa G and the Good Reasons; 4-7 p.m. June 16, Sunset Lake Vineyards and Winery; blues and rock; $5.

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The Bygones; 6-10 p.m. June 16, Gill Street Sports Bar and Restaurant; classic rock; no cover.

Dave Lumsden &  Wayne Carter; 8:30-11:30 p.m. June 16, Jazz Upfront.

Jury's Out; 6 p.m. June 16, Epiphany School carnival, Normal; no cover.

Back@Cha; 6-10 p.m. June 16, Baxter's American Grill; rock; no cover.

Old School Sunday; June 17, Jazz Upfront.

Karaoke; 7 p.m. June 21, Eagles Aerie 527.

VJ; June 21, Jazz Upfront.

Not your Normal Monday night

Singer-songwriter Sara Quah 

Sara Quah; 6-9 p.m. June 22, Gill Street Sports Bar and Restaurant; rock; no cover.

Wayward Son; 6-9 p.m. June 22, Castle Gardens, Lexington; gates open 5 p.m.; $10 online or $15 at gate.

Mark & Melisa; 7 p.m. June 22, Eagles Aerie 527; rock and country; $5.

Black Magic Johnson; 8:30-11:30 p.m. June 22, Jazz Upfront.

Friday Open Mic hosted by LA Joe’s Showband and Revue; 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. June 22; Station Saloon, 1601 Morrissey Drive, Bloomington. 

Lisa G and the Good Reasons; 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 23, Relay for Life at the Corn Crib; blues and rock; no cover.

Retrofit; 6-10 p.m. June 23, Gill Street Sports Bar and Restaurant; '80s music; no cover.

Chip McNeill; 8:30-11:30 p.m. June 23, Jazz Upfront.

Old School Sunday; June 24, Jazz Upfront.

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Children's Discovery Museum

For kids

Children's Discovery Museum; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Wed. and Fri.-Sat.; 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday, 101 E. Beaufort St., Normal; exhibit gallery, paint wall, two-story climber, AgMazing exhibit, educational programs, more; $7, under 2 free; 309-433-3444.

Summer Stories; 10 a.m., June 19, Connie Link Amphitheater, Normal; Lincoln stories.