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Welcome to Bureau County Tourism

Located between the Quad Cities and Chicago, nestled in the middle of North Central Illinois heartland, Bureau County is a hidden treasure full of a cornucopia of simple pleasures. One never knows what they may find!

Between a summer full of exciting seasonal festivities, parkside Shakespeare plays, an assortment of unique and interesting shops and everything in between, we are positive you will discover so much to love about Bureau County, our beloved home, and share experience you can only find by taking a step off the beaten path.

So, take a moment to look around and discover Bureau County for yourself. We can't wait to see you! ..More Info

News & Announcements

  • Here's the end of July events in Bureau County - enjoy the nice weather and these fun activities.
    Festival 56’s production of Neil Simon’s comedy “Brighton Beach Memoirs” runs from July 27–31 at the Grace Performing Arts Center, 316 S. Main St., Princeton. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. July 27, 28, 29 and 30, and at 2 p.m. July 30 and 31. To purchase tickets, visit, call 815-879-5656, email or stop by the theater. Box office hours are noon to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and one hour before performances. Tickets are $29, $26 (seniors 65 plus) and $14 for students. Ticket packages and gift certificates are also available.

    Spring Valley Boat Club – Friday night Chicken Fry with (fried chicken, spaghetti, fries, coleslaw) and entertainment; Saturday night the famous rib-eye Steak Fry and music, Sunday morning Breakfast. Drive or boat in for a great time.

    July 30th, 2016
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    The Tri-County Humane Society will have a cookout from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at Tractor Supply in Princeton. They will serve ribeyes, brats, hot dogs and pork chops.

    July 30th, 2016
    A benefit for Ray & Barb Bertalot will take place from 1-4 p.m. at Over Yonder Bar in Spring Valley. Food and drinks will be provided. The event has a number of things up for auction, including gift cards, electronics and gift baskets. For more information, or to donate, call Tracy Bertalot at 815.981.0584 or Vicki Abriam at 815.719.3024.

    July 30th, 2016
    Relay For Life of Bureau County 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm, Zearing Park, One Zearing Dr, Princeton, IL Includes an overnight community fundraising walk for the American Cancer Society, plus food, games and entertainment. Luminaria lighting ceremony and survivor walk

    July 30th, 2016 Car Show
    The Relay for Life Bee Team will host a car show from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 30, in the parking lot of Christ Community Church, 1719 S. Euclid Ave. in Princeton. The entry fee is by donation, with all proceeds going to Relay for Life. Spectators, as well as car owners, are welcome. For more information, call Bernice Schuetz at 815-875-8695.

    July 30th, 2016 5K Run/Walk
    6th Annual DePue Celebration 5K Run/Walk, DePue Fire Station DePue, IL 8:00am Run/Walk starts and ends at DePue North Fire Station

    July 31st, 2016 Last concert of the season. Princeton Community Band – Concert at Soldiers & Sailors Park, S Main St, Princeton, IL , Lawn chairs are suggested, Admission is free. Refreshments available. 6:00 pm
    Festival 56 - Small Town, Big Drama - Princeton IllinoisFestival 56 is a professional theatre festival located at the Grace Performing Arts Center in Prince...July 27th, 2016
  • Lots of fun in DePue this week for the Pro National Boat Races - check out the Knockerball Weds and Thurs, 5K race, great food stands and outstanding boat races. Here's the schedule
    Wednesday events in DePue
    DePue Men’s Club food stand and other vendors will be open.
    12:00 pm - 5:30 pm Sanctioned Testing
    12:00 Noon Beer Garden and food stands open
    1:00 pm - 6:00 pm Knockerball
    6:00 pm-8:00 – LIVE Music in the Beer Garden
    8:00 pm-11:00 – Music by “Last Call”
    DePue native son Al Pierson and Guy Lombardo’s Royal Canadians will not be able to perform this year. Pierson had back surgery and is hopeful to return to perform next year.

    Thursday July 28
    12:00 pm - 5:30 pm Sanctioned Testing
    12:00 pm - Beer Gardens, Food Stands.
    7:00 pm-11:00 am – Teen Dance - DJ - Karaoke

    10:00 am- Chalk Drawing Contest Sponsored by Selby Township Library. Age groups 3-4, 5-7, 8-10 and 11-13. Prizes in each group plus ribbons and ice cream for all.

    11:00 am- Food Stands
    12:00 noon - Beer Gardens
    8:00 pm to 12:00 pm Music & Dancing – “Last Call” (Free Admission)

    Saturday, July 30
    7:00 - 7:45 am – Registration for 5K Walk/Run at Fire Station on Railroad St.
    8:00 am – 5K Walk/Run
    9:00 am - Driver's Meeting- Shelter
    10:00 am - 11:30 am - Sanctioned Testing
    11:00 am - Food Stands open

    12:00 pm – CHAMPIONSHIP BOAT RACING - Small Beer Garden opens
    5 PM – Big Beer Garden Opens
    8:00 pm to 12:00am Music & Dancing – “Snap Shot” (Free Admission)

    July 31st, 2016
    The last day to attend DePue's Championship boat races -
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm Sanctioned Testing
    12:00 pm - Small Beer Gardens Opens


    July 27th, 2016
  • Check out Knockerball at DePue this weekend. Only $5 to participate. Knockerball by the Lake: Fundraiser supporting the DePue Alumni Foundation in conjunction with the DePue Boat Races!!! Weds & Thurs 1-6 p.m.Knockerball PeoriaKNOCKERBALL IN DEPUE IL. THIS WEEK!!!(Details in the comments!)...July 26th, 2016
  • A Farmer's Market will be held Tuesday afternoon from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Main Street in Princeton next to the Apollo Theater and also on Saturday mornings. On Wednesday get your veggies at the Farmers Market in Spring Valley, Home Grown & Home Made Food & Products, Heart Land Bank & Trust parking lot, 100 E. Dakota Street (weather permitting)Wednesdays, 4 - 6 p.m. The Grow Walnut Farmers Market features homegrown and handmade goods from local farmers and artisans from 2-6pm Weds & 8am- noon Sats in Walnut, Illinois.July 25th, 2016
  • The Princeton Community Band concert tonight has been cancelled due to the heat.July 24th, 2016
  • Stay cool tomorrow............
    Friday July 22nd 11am - 1pm
    Lunch in the Park has been MOVED to the
    PROUTY BUILDING....435 S. Main Street!
    Lunch provided by the Princeton Lions Club!
    On the menu: Italian Beef, BBQ Pork Sandwiches, Hot Dogs, Brats, chips, soda & water
    Bake Sale provided by the St. Louis Church CCW
    July 21st, 2016
  • Bureau County TourismSunday July 17th, 2016 you can eat your way across Bureau County - There will be a pancake breakfa...July 17th, 2016
  • Sunday July 17th, 2016 you can eat your way across Bureau County -

    There will be a pancake breakfast as part of the Ol Fashioned Threshun' Days outside of Ohio. Walk around and see the old farm equipment, church service, flea market and the entertainment. Admission is only $4.

    The all-you-can-eat Lions Club pancake breakfast will be from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, July 17, at LaMoille Lions Club, located at 308 Howard St. The menu includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, ham, toast, milk, juice and coffee. The cost for adults is $6, children ages 5 through 10 costs $4 and children under 5 eat free. All proceeds support LaMoille High School Athletic Boosters.

    The Malden United Methodist Church will host its annual ice cream social from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 17, at the church, located at 324 Main St. in Malden. The menu will consist of barbeque sandwiches, brats, hot dogs, chips, veggie tray, dessert and ice cream. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children 12 years of age and under. Carryouts will also be available.

    The Princeton Community Band will present a concert on Sunday, July 17, in Soldiers and Sailors Park at 6 p.m. Featured on the concert is “Cut to the Chase,” a re-creation of the piano music played for the silent movies; “Waltz No. 2” from the Variety Stage Orchestra Suite by Shostakovich; “Bring Him Home” from Les Miz and “Your Song” from Moulin Rouge, both arranged by Brandon Czubachowski. Brandon will sing both songs on the program.

    The concert is free. Lawn chairs are suggested. Refreshments are available. In case of rain the concert will move to the Allen Building at the Bureau County Fairgrounds.

    Following the concert Festival 56 will present "The Winter's Tale" at Soldiers & Sailors Park, Main St, Princeton By William Shakespeare. Shakespeare's romance comes to life as 8 actors play 20 plus characters in this touching story of love, loss, and forgiveness. Come find out who has to "exit, pursued by a bear"! Sunday nights in Soldiers & Sailors Park across from the Princeton Courthouse.
    July 15th, 2016
  • There will be lots of visitors in Bureau County this weekend. Watch out for the ZTour Bike Riders - they will be traveling the blacktops all throughout the county on Saturday.July 15th, 2016

Featured Events Around Bureau County

Z-Tour Bike Ride

Z-Tour Bike Ride

This road ride provides you a chance to enjoy some of the best bike roads that northwest Illinois has to offer. The routes will feature loops that incorporate hills, rolling terrain, beautiful views of Bureau Creek with minimal traffic.

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Festival 56

Festival 56

Festival 56 is a professional theatre festival located in Princeton, Illinois, offering a season of ten plays and musicals each year including free, outdoor Shakespeare in the Park.

Visit Festival 56
Homestead Festival

Homestead Festival

A city-wide celebration for everyone to enjoy with an ice cream social, street dance, book sale, window displays, horse wagon rides, flea market, arts and crafts show, pork bbq, local talent showcase, parade, and beer garden.

Visit Homestead Festival
Barn Quilts of Bureau County

Barn Quilts of Bureau County

Barn Quilts of Bureau County is designed to celebrate Bureau County's rich agricultural heritage, showcase our rural areas, and promote agritourism, the arts, and a sense of community pride.

Learn More About Our Quilts
Bureau County Fair

Bureau County Fair

Our Fair is one of Illinois' longest running fairs. Make your way to this exciting event each year to enjoy such thrilling attractions as carnival, concert, thrill shows, chain saw carvers, tractor pulls, and demolition derby

Visit Our Fair
Shadows of the Blue & Gray

Shadows of the Blue & Gray

The most authentic and spectacular Civil War reenactment in Illinois with period dance, crafts from the era by period artisans; talented storytellers and musicians; and a Barn Dance and Night Cannon Firing to bring the times alive!

Visit Shadows of the Blue & Gray