Flea Market, Comic Book Convention, and more


PEORIA (25News Now) – From a flea market to a comic book convention, check out some of the events happening in Central Illinois today!

Walk MS 2023

If you’re thinking about going for a stroll this morning, consider walking for a good cause — Walk MS is happening in Peoria! No one should face MS alone, and Walk MS is the largest gathering in the movement to end MS forever. There will be an optional jazzercise warm-up, healthy breakfast-themed snacks, and a variety of vendors. Make sure to arrive early because parking will be limited!

When: April 23 at 1:00 p.m. (registration begins at 12:00 p.m.)

Where: Junction City Shopping Center in Peoria

More information and online registration can be found here.

Rivian 5K and 1-Mile Walk

Rivian is excited to host its first 5K and 1-mile walk, benefitting the Ecology Action Center and the Friends of the Constitution Trail! Participants will receive a special Rivian item and are encouraged to explore Rivian vehicles. There will be light refreshments as well.

When: April 23 at 1:00 p.m. (5K) and 1:05 p.m. (1-mile walk)

Where: Heartland Community College, 1500 W. Raab Rd in Normal

Cost: $10 per runner

More information and online registration can be found here.

Out of This World for Inclusion!

Join the Autism Collective for a sensory-inclusive day at the Peoria Riverfront Museum! There will be activities for all age groups as well as access to the museum’s galleries and sensory-friendly planetarium shows. An information and resource fair will also be available to those in need of resources related to autism and developmental disabilities. There’s no need to worry about outbursts or meltdowns because accommodations can be made, such as turning down the lights or music. Additionally, a calming space will be available.

When: April 23 from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Where: Peoria Riverfront Museum

Cost: Free admission

More information can be found here.

Peoria Comic Book Convention

Comic book lovers, it’s time to update those collections or even sell the ones you no longer want at the Peoria Comic Book Convention. At the event, you’ll be able to find comics ranging from this year to the mid-20th Century, in addition to other items such as toys and graphic novels. If you cannot make this event, the next one will be held on June 25.

When: April 23 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Where: East Peoria Holiday Inn & Suites

Cost: Free admission

More information can be found here.

Central Illinois Flea Market

The Central Illinois Flea Market is back for its second year! Shop antiques, collectibles, and more from over 120 vendors at the Peoria Speedway. There will be food trucks on site as well. Half of all door proceeds will go to the Boys and Girls Club of Peoria. The Central Illinois Flea Market will be open the second Sunday of every month through October.

When: April 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Peoria Speedway

Cost: $2 admission (free parking)

More information can be found here.

Small Business Market

Check out the Small Business Market at Destihl Brewery in Normal and settle your shopping needs. Show your support and shop locally from over 20 vendors!

When: April 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Where: Barrel Room at Destihl Brewery, 1200 Greenbriar Dr. in Normal

More information and a vendor list can be found here.

Logan County Spring Pickers Market

This ain’t your granny’s craft show! Today is the last day for the Logan County Spring Pickers Market taking place at the Logan County Fairgrounds in Lincoln. There will be art, craft, vintage, antiques, and specialty booths. The original cast of “The Waltons” will also be at the market!

When: April 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Where: Logan County Fairgrounds, 1408 Short 11th St. in Lincoln

Cost: $6 admission | Kids 12 & under are free

More information can be found here.

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