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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.

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News & Announcements

  • Run to help or even walk to help the angelsGrace & Kylee's Angel DashThe Star Legacy Foundation mission is to increase awareness, support research, promote education, an...June 28th, 2016
  • Bureau County TourismSV Outdoor Show Schedule of events for Saturday. Jason Reynolds Fetch ‘N Fish A program featuring ...June 24th, 2016
  • Here's events for Thursday, June 23rd in Bureau County - Please note that the Park District has closed City County Park for the next two days (Thurs./Fri.) due to extreme damage from the storm last evening. It will be open for the weekend.

    June 23rd, 2016
    DePue Municipal Band Concerts –Seating is limited and lawn chairs are recommended. Concerts will be held Thursdays, 7-8 p.m. at the Lake Park Shelter in DePue. Refreshments are available for purchase.

    June 23rd, 2016 Geneaology Program
    The Thursday, June 23, meeting of the Bureau County Genealogical Society will feature Bill Ewalt of North Carolina, a graduate of Walnut High School. His presentation, “Research of Swedish Records By Computer,” will highlight the Internet resources accessible in the United States for finding one’s family free in Sweden.

    The public is invited to this free program which will begin at 7 p.m. at the Society library located at 629 S. Main St. in Princeton. For more information, call 815-879-3133. In addition to the regular hours of operation of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, the research library will also be open on Saturday, July 2, during those same hours.


    June 23rd, 2016 -- June 26th, 2016
    The Dalzell FIre Department is having their 2nd Annual Spring Cleaning Garage Sale. Thursday, June 23rd ... 4pm-8pm, Friday, June 24th ... 9am-3pm, Saturday, June 25th ... 8am-3pm, Sunday, June 26th ... 8am-11am
    June 23rd, 2016
  • Here's Friday and Saturday's events in Bureau County - From Steak to the Beatles and high flying dogs - there's something for everyone!
    June 24th, 2016 -- June 25th, 2016 "The Fantasticks" Festival 56, Grace Performing Arts Center, 316 S Main St, Princeton. Music by Harvey Schmidt. Book and Lyrics by Tom Jones. A classic, heartwarming musical that teaches two young lovers "without a hurt, the heart is hollow". Featuring the well-loved song "Try to Remember"!

    June 24th, 2016 Lunch in the Park
    Have lunch in the park every Friday - Soldiers & Sailors Park, across from the Courthouse in Princeton.

    June 24th, 2016 Community Band Concert
    Spring Valley Municipal Band Concerts, Downtown Mini-Park, 7:30 p.m., Limited seating. Bring your own lawn chair.

    The First Lutheran Church in Ohio will host a sandwich supper from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 24. They will serve chicken and biscuits or barbecued pork, homemade potato salad and coleslaw, homemade pie and cakes, Sislers ice cream and drinks. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for ages 4 to 10. Carryouts will be available from 5 to 6:30 p.m. by calling 815-376-7431.

    The Beef and Ag Festival is set for Friday, June 24, on the lawn at Soldiers and Sailors Park on South Main Street in Princeton. The featured fare for hungry event-goers will be the popular rib-eye sandwiches and beef hot dogs, prepared with care by the Bureau County Cattlemen’s Association. Other foods set to tempt your taste buds are fried mushrooms, compliments of the Princeton Lions Club; homemade pies (by the slice or whole pies), baked by the Council of Catholic Women (CCW) from St. Louis Catholic Church in Princeton; and Sisler’s Ice Cream, which will be sold by the Cattlemen’s group. Food will be served throughout the evening, or until it’s gone.
    Beef and Ag festival fun events - Friday night. Kiddie Pedal Pull - sign up at 3:30 and pull at 4:30 p.m. Barnyard Discoveries petting zoo until 9 p.m. Tractor parade at 4:30 or so. At 6 p.m., the Neverly Brothers will take the stage for a free concert under the stars, Sponsored by Heartland Bank and Trust Co., “The Neverly Brothers: A Rock n’ Roll Evolution - from Elvis to The Beatles!” is a concert that recreates the birth, near death and resurrection of rock n’ roll.

    Blend - an acappella singing group will return to Seatonville Congregational Church at 7 p.m. Friday peformning Gospel favorites, hits from the 50's and 60's and even Doo-Wop. A free will offering will be taken.

    June 25th, 2016 The Farmer's Market in Princeton will be held Saturday from 8:30 to 1:30 in the open area next to the Apollo Theater.

    June 25th, 2016 Cookout Wyanet Locker
    Special Olympics will hold a fundraiser cookout at Wyanet Locker from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. with ribeyes, pork chops, brats and hot dogs.

    June 25th, 2016 Superhero 5k
    Gateway Service’s third annual 5K Superhero Showdown is at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 25, at the Bureau County Fairgrounds, 811 W. Peru St. The Gateway 5K Superhero Showdown is a timed 5K (3.1 miles) run/walk for awareness of intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Returning heroes have a registration fee of $15, new heroes $20 ($25 after June 15), and groups of five or more heroes pay $15 per person.

    June 25th, 2016 Outdoor Expo
    3rd Annual Spring Valley Outdoors Expo, Vendors Show, Food, music & Entertainment, , Featuring: Jason Reynolds "Fetch N Fish" A program featuring high flying retrievers, IL River Fish and lots of fun. Programs at 11; 1 & 3 in the Mini-Park, located in the 100 block of East St. Paul. Upper Limits Climbing Wall, Triathalon for kids and adults with archery, shooting and casting. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Downtown shopping district For information call (815) 303-4327, The Higgins Bros, sponsored by Uncle Stewy’s Roadhouse, will perform from noon to 4 p.m. on the east end of the 200 block.
    The Upper Limits Climbing Wall, sponsored by St. Margaret’s Health, will be available throughout the event.
    A vendor’s show featuring over 40 vendors, plus food will take place all day in the 100 & 200 blocks of downtown Spring Valley. Many vendors will be offering drawing and giveaways.
    The Outdoor Expo in downtown Spring Valley will include a shooting, casting and archery triathlon with prizes.

    There will be a Quarter Auction at the Bureau County Senior Center, 16 W Marion St in Princeton, on June 25th. We have many great items for the auction. Doors open at 5PM. Come and have fun with us. Questions call 815-879-3981.

    June 25th, 2016
    Bureau County Farm Bureau Foundation Tractor Trek across southern Bureau County. Bring your tractor and participate or just bring a lawn chair and watch the procession. Typically about 50 tractors of all makes, models and ages participate. Leaving the Bureau Co Farm Bureau Building at 8 a.m. Rain or Shine! Call 815-875-6468. Participants will have the opportunity to share the exciting event with other antique tractor enthusiasts as they travel through the west central portion of Bureau County.

    June 25th, 2016 Sunset Ridge Motorcross
    Sunset Ridge Motorcross Track 24558 1100 E St. Walnut, IL. 61376 Racer-X (Bikes Only) Sunday District-17 Motocross (Bikes & Quads)
    June 23rd, 2016
  • Here's the Sunday, June 26th events in Bureau County. Be sure to watch our webpage www.bureaucounty-il.com for more events.
    Pancake Breakfast
    The Shadows of the Blue and Gray Civil War Committee has announced the second annual all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, to help fund the October Civil War re-enactment event, will be from 7 a.m. to noon Sunday, June 26, at the Allen Building at the Bureau County Fairgrounds in Princeton. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children under 10. Coffee and other beverages will be available.

    "The Winter's Tale" Festival 56 Soldiers & Sailors Park, Main St, Princeton at 2 p.m. Sunday. 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. Free admission - bring a lawn chair.

    Sunset Ridge Motorcross Track 24558 1100 E St. Walnut, IL. 61376 Racer-X (Bikes Only) Sunday District-17 Motocross (Bikes & Quads)
    Visit Bureau County, IllinoisLocated between the Quad Cities and Chicago, nestled in the middle of North Central Illinois heartla...June 23rd, 2016
  • Joel Quiram Mayor Of PrincetonFrom Elaine Russell at the Princeton Park District... The Park District has closed City County Park...June 23rd, 2016
  • Beef and Ag festival fun events - Friday night. Kiddie Pedal Pull - sign up at 3:30 and pull at 4:30 p.m. Barnyard Discoveries petting zoo until 9 p.m. Tractor parade at 4:30 or so. At 6 p.m., the Neverly Brothers will take the stage for a free concert under the stars, Sponsored by Heartland Bank and Trust Co., “The Neverly Brothers: A Rock n’ Roll Evolution - from Elvis to The Beatles!” is a concert that recreates the birth, near death and resurrection of rock n’ roll.June 22nd, 2016
  • The Beef and Ag Festival is set for Friday, June 24, on the lawn at Soldiers and Sailors Park on South Main Street in Princeton. The featured fare for hungry event-goers will be the popular rib-eye sandwiches and beef hot dogs, prepared with care by the Bureau County Cattlemen’s Association. Other foods set to tempt your taste buds are fried mushrooms, compliments of the Princeton Lions Club; homemade pies (by the slice or whole pies), baked by the Council of Catholic Women (CCW) from St. Louis Catholic Church in Princeton; and Sisler’s Ice Cream, which will be sold by the Cattlemen’s group. Food will be served throughout the evening, or until it’s gone.June 22nd, 2016
  • Walnut Farmers Market cancelled for today due to inclement weather.June 22nd, 2016
  • SV Outdoor Show Schedule of events for Saturday.
    Jason Reynolds Fetch ‘N Fish
    A program featuring high flying retrievers, IL River Fish and lots of fun.
    Programs at 11; 1 & 3 in the Mini-Park, located in the 100 block of East St. Paul.

    Illinois DNR representative, Bennan Caputo, will present an informative program at 2 p.m. about the Asian carp species in Illinois.

    Better Fishing Association will be available from 10-4 at Coal Miners Park, on the east end of St. Paul Street to provide fishing instruction and hands on experience for youth. Poles and bait are provided.

    Golf carts rides to the park will be available at the west end of the 300 Block of East St. Paul to ferry families to and from the park.

    Novices of all ages who would like to try their hand at archery may stop at the Archery Field in the 300 block of East St. Paul Street. Certified Instructor, Gary Balzarini, will be on hand with equipment and targets to instruct shooters. 10-4.

    IL Valley Outdoors Boat Show, 515 S. Spalding Street, will be showcasing their significant stock of boats, including pontoons, bass, fishing and pleasure crafts. 10-4
    The Higgins Bros, sponsored by Uncle Stewy’s Roadhouse, will perform from noon to 4 p.m. on the east end of the 200 block.

    The Upper Limits Climbing Wall, sponsored by St. Margaret’s Health, will be available throughout the event.

    A vendor’s show featuring over 40 vendors, plus food will take place all day in the 100 & 200 blocks of downtown Spring Valley. Many vendors will be offering drawing and giveaways.

    Stop at the registration booth near the corner of Spalding and St. Paul Streets to sign up for a free raffle for a 43” LG television donated by Wal-Mart D.C. 6092 or a Full Day of Guided Fishing in Hayward, WI with Dan Palmer’s Guide Service. 50/50 Raffl e tickets will also be on sale. Proceeds from the 50/50 benefits the SV Boosters; SV Historic Association; and the SV Park Board. Winners will be drawn December 10th.

    Walleye Club Swap Day!
    Barto Landing
    8:00 – Noon
    Public invited but only Club members can display goods!
    June 22nd, 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.

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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