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Out & About in Greater Peoria: The Lightning Thief, Ignite Peoria and a concert in the park

Here are 3 things to do for the weekend of Aug. 11-13, 2023, curated by WCBU's Meagan Ruger-Smith. You can find more coverage on our Out & About - Arts & Music page or by subscribing to WCBU's Weekend Fanfare email newsletter, which goes out every Friday.

Go on a quest with a demigod: This weekend, head over to Peoria Players Theatre for their showing ofThe Lightning Thief. Based on the 2005 book, the musical follows Percy Jackson as he discovers he’s a demigod and goes on a quest to find Zeus’s stolen lightning bolt. The show runs until Aug. 13 and tickets are $23 for adults and $18 for people 20 and under.

Meet Peoria's makers, including WCBU Radio: On Saturday, meet Peoria’s makers and artists at Ignite Peoria. The free event will feature booths from local makers, musicians, artists, innovators and your own, WCBU. The showcase will include interactive activities and will also include the All or Nothing Kustom Car and Bike Show. It goes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Civic Center. Be sure to say hi to the WCBU team!

Enjoy a concert in the park: The Peoria Municipal Band will host their last concert of the season on Sunday at the Glen Oak Park Amphitheater, 2218 N. Prospect Rd. The free concert will feature Mollie Krueger as their vocal soloist and will be narrated by former band commission chair Mary Jo Papich. Sit in the park and enjoy some free music on a warm, summer night.

Meagan Ruger-Smith is a sophomore sports communication major at Bradley University, with minors in ethics and journalism. Meagan joined WCBU in 2023.