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5 things to do in the Peoria area this weekend of September 2-4

Labor Day weekend is full of fun activities. Here are five events you might want to check out in the Peoria area.

Blues & Heritage Music Festival

The 32nd annual Peoria Blues & Heritage Music Festival will be held Friday, Sept. 2, and Saturday, Sept. 3, at Peoria Riverfront Festival Park. This end-of-summer event will include a world-class lineup of artists from blues, roots, funk, soul and everything in between. For a full schedule of performances and to purchase tickets, visit

Traveling Taphouse at Sommer Park

The Parks on Tap Traveling Taphouse will be set up from 4 to 8 pm Friday, Sept. 2, at Sommer Park, 6329 N. Koerner Road. The event will also feature yard games, food and live entertainment from Three & a Half Men. Admission is free.

“Bloodlines” art show reception

A reception for the “Bloodlines: A Family Affair” art show will be held from 5 to 8 pm Friday, Sept. 2, at the Foster Gallery at First United Methodist Church, 116 NE Perry Ave. The exhibition features art by sculptor/painter Preston Jackson and his daughters, Natalie Jackson (photographer) and Alice Y. Traore (watercolorist). The reception will also feature live music by Preston Jackson and John Miller.

Central Illinois Cars & Coffee

Come out for an early morning drive and join other classic car and motorcycle enthusiasts from 8 to 11 on Saturday, Sept 3, at the Levee District in East Peoria. Enjoy some coffee and check out the automobiles parked along Washington Street. Admission is free and open to the public.

Grape Stomp and Harvest Festival

David McGinnis, 3, of Creve Coeur surveys the mess of smashed grapes he's standing in while his sister, Katlynn, 9, and mother, Rosemary, join him for some dancing and stomping during the Mackinaw Valley Vineyard's annual Grape Stomp and Harvest Festival in 2019 .

Mackinaw Valley Vineyard’s annual Grape Stomp and Harvest Festival will be held from noon to 6 pm Sunday, Sept. 4, at the vineyard, 33633 Illinois Route 9, Mackinaw. There will be two large stomping bins and participants can stomp alone or with a partner. Wine flights will be available all day and live music will be presented by the Mystery Machine. Attendees can also come dressed as Lucille Ball and participate in a Lucy look-alike contest. Admission is $5 per person and free for children ages 12 and under.

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