What’s Happening in Central Illinois This Weekend

This weekend is packed with exciting events happening in Central Illinois. From festivals to exhibits to fashion shows, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Here are some of the highlights:

1. Morton Pumpkin Festival: It’s the 57th year for the Morton Pumpkin Festival, celebrating the beginning of the canning season with pumpkin-flavored foods, carnival rides, and live entertainment. Don’t miss out on the chance to try some pumpkin pancakes for breakfast and enjoy the parade. The festival takes place in Morton on September 16.

2. Peoria Oktoberfest: Get ready for Oktoberfest on the Peoria Riverfront. This two-day event features wiener dog races, log-sawing contests, music, dancing, and of course, plenty of German food and beer. Put on your dirndls and lederhosen and join the festivities on September 16 and 17.

3. New Peoria Riverfront Museum Exhibit: The Peoria Riverfront Museum is opening a new exhibit dedicated to Annie Malone, the nation’s first black female millionaire. The exhibit, titled “Life and Legacy of Annie Malone,” showcases her time in Peoria, her philanthropy, and the legacy of her Poro company and colleges. Join the celebration on September 16, with remarks from the curator, interactive activities for kids, a free screening of “Hair Love,” and a book signing.

4. Runway Mixer Fashion Show: Peoria Fashion Week presents the Runway Mixer Fashion Show, featuring local fashion designers, live music, and pop-up boutiques. Watch local models rock the catwalk and immerse yourself in the world of fashion on September 16.

5. Gathering of Veterans Pow Wow: Head over to Edwards for the Gathering of Veterans Pow Wow at the Seven Circles Heritage Center. This family-friendly event showcases Native American singers and dancers, with vendors selling their wares. Enjoy the cultural experience on September 16 and 17.

6. Saturday Night Lights Cruise In: Join the “Saturday Night Lights Cruise In” in Washington for a night of fun. This event is open to anything with wheels and does not involve competition. Enjoy music, cool cars, and more on September 16.

There is no shortage of things to do in Central Illinois this weekend. Whether you’re a fan of pumpkins, German culture, history, fashion, Native American traditions, or car enthusiasts, there is an event waiting for you. So get out and enjoy all that Central Illinois has to offer!

– Morton Pumpkin Festival
– Peoria Oktoberfest
– Peoria Riverfront Museum
– Runway Mixer Fashion Show
– Gathering of Veterans Pow Wow
– Saturday Night Lights Cruise In