Video game music, Peoria Promise and more: 5 things to do near Peoria this weekend

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

Video games in concert

Heartland Festival Orchestra will present "Video Games in Concert" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at Five Points Washington, 360 N. Wilmor Road, Washington. The concert will feature symphonic music synchronized with video clips from video games. Tickets are $50 for adults and $10 for students. For tickets and more information, visit

Peoria Promise fundraiser

The Event, a fundraiser benefiting the Peoria Promise Foundation, will be held Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom. Doors open and cocktails and hors d'oeuvres begin at 6 p.m. and dinner service, recognitions, presentations, raffles and art auction begin at 7 p.m. Back to the Bee Gees will perform at 8 p.m. Groovy disco attire is encouraged. Tickets are $225 per person and can be purchased at

Strides for Justice race

The Peoria County Bar Association (PCBA) will host its annual “Strides for Justice” 5K Race and 1 Mile Walk to benefit Prairie State Legal Services at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, along beautiful Grandview Drive. The race will be followed by beverages and pizza at Oliver’s in Peoria Heights. Registration is $30 per person. For registration and other information, visit

Peoria Art Guild Fine Art Fair

The Peoria Art Guild will hold its 2023 Fine Art Fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, at Riverfront Festival Park, 200 NE Water St. This is the guild's major fundraising event of the year and all proceeds benefit community outreach and programming. Admission is $8 per person each day and free for members and children ages 12 and under.

Jordbruksdagarna in Bishop Hill

Bishop Hill’s annual 19th-century harvest festival Jordbruksdagarna will take place Saturday, Sept. 23, and Sunday, Sept. 24, in the village park. There will be a variety of traditional craft demonstrations, food, vendors and hands-on activities for the children from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Vendors will also be selling farm produce, pumpkins, herbs, baked goods, crafts and more. Musical performances will include Hammer and Pick at noon and 2 p.m., and the Nordic Dancers at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. each day at the gazebo. For more information, check the Bishop Hill Heritage Association Facebook page or visit

This article originally appeared on Journal Star: 5 things to do in the Peoria area the weekend of September 22-24