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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

  • Neponset Picnic DayI am sad to announce that there will NOT be a Neponset Picnic Day this year due to lack of volunteer...May 3rd, 2016
  • How about some early week activities in Bureau County? Here's a variety of events to attend.

    Casino night May 3rd 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Rips in Ladd, 1/4 chicken and fries or strips for $8. Project Success Food Pantry fundraiser.

    May 4th, 2016 Farmer's Market
    Walnut's weekly Farmers Market will begin this Wednesday May 4th. Market will be from 2 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday afternoons. The first week’s offerings will be bedding plants, flowers for Mother’s day, and crafts. Make sure you stop on Wednesday afternoon, and support these vendors.

    May 4th, 2016 High School Concert
    Ice Cream Social Pops Concert and Art Show, Wednesday, May 4th 6:30pm Princeton High School. Concert will feature: Star Spangled Singers, JV Choir -Thinking Out Loud, The River, Rockin Robin. Ladies Ensemble -Jar of Hearts. Awards Ceremony. Men's Ensemble -Best of the Boys. Concert Band -Selections from Apollo 13, Selections from The Lord of the Rings, Selections from Mary Poppins. Concert Choir -Earth Song, Gone Too Soon, We Won't Stop Dreaming (Sr. Song), Drift Away, & -Lord Bless You and Keep You

    May 6th, 2016 First Friday
    Princeton Art District First Friday Night On The Town May 6, 2016 Join the merchants of the Princeton Art District in Princeton, IL the first Friday of each month for a local night out on the town! Enjoy wine tasting, special treats from the bakery, sales and specials from local merchants, and more! Food vendors and live music make appearances when available.

    May 6th, 2016 -- May 8th, 2016 Prairie Arts Exhibit
    The Prairie Arts Council is inviting artists, photographers, sculptors and craftsmen to exhibit their work at a May show, “The Wonderful World of Flowers.” The show will be held in the main gallery at the Prairie Arts Center in Princeton May 6-29. An opening reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 6, at the Prairie Arts Center, 24 Park Ave. East in Princeton. Questions may be directed to Melody Best by calling 203-522-6805.
    May 2nd, 2016
  • I had no idea that this trail runs right through Bureau County along the Hennepin Canal Parkway. If you Google - American Discovery Trail and it says "The American Discovery Trail (ADT) is a new breed of national trail — part city, part small town, part forest, part mountains, part desert — all in one trail. Its 6,800+ miles of continuous, multi-use trail stretches from Cape Henlopen State Park, Delaware, to Pt. Reyes National Seashore, California. It reaches across America, linking community to community in the first coast to coast, non-motorized trail. The ADT provides trail users the opportunity to journey into the heart of all that is uniquely American — its culture, heritage, landscape and spirit.

    The ADT incorporates trails designed for hiking, bicycle and equestrian use. Because it connects five national scenic and 12 national historic trails, 34 national recreational trails, and many other local and regional trails — it is the backbone for the national trails system. It passes through metropolitan areas like San Francisco and Cincinnati, traces numerous pioneer trails, leads to 14 national parks and 16 national forests and visits more than 10,000 sites of historic, cultural and natural significance. - "
    Friends Of The Hennepin CanalFriends did you know?...April 29th, 2016
  • Here's some fun for Friday - April 29th, 2016
    Concert
    At 7 p.m. Friday, April 29, the critically acclaimed duet Alathea will be bringing their unique blend of folk, gospel and mountain melodies to the Seatonville Congregational Church, Independent.

    April 29th, 2016 -- April 30th, 2016 School Play
    Princeton Christian Academy will present “Little Women,” a play based on the much loved novel by Louisa May Alcott, at 7 p.m. Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30, in the auditorium of the Princeton Bible Church.
    April 29th, 2016
  • Here's a Bunch of Saturday, April 30th events in Bureau County.

    Bake Sale & Raffle for The Bee Team's bake sale this Saturday at TSC in Princeton. 9-2. Come join us! Help us raise money for our Relay Team, Relay for Life
    Hornbaker's class
    A Free workshop and breakfast will be held at Hornbaker's Gardens at 9:30 a.m. to introduce the new plants for 2016.

    Road Angel at Uncle Stewy’s Road House, Sat. April 30th at p.m. in Spring Valley

    April 30th, 2016 Rumble for the Kids
    Wrestling event at Logan Jr High School in Princeton. The event will be focused on family fun with a more ‘70s style wrestling portrayal. Proceeds from the event will be going to PES Plays, an organization helping to construct playground equipment at Princeton Elementary Schools. Tickets are $10

    April 30th, 2016
    The Prairie Arts Center will present a Downton Abbey themed Springtime Brunch and Trivia from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Reservations $20 per person. Call 309-264-7468

    A trivia night will be held at the LaMoille Lions Club - doors open at 6 with trivia at 7 p.m. Entry fee is $100 per team with 6-10 players. Fundraiser for LaMoille & Ohio Athletic Booster club.

    Townwide Garage Sales in Sheffield

    Spring Fling Vendor Show April 30th 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Walnut Community Building, in Walnut. Lots of vendors and a huge bake sale with benefits benefitting the WCBC Romania Mission Trip.

    BVHS Plant sale! Apr 30 and May 7. 8am to noon. Flowers, vegetables and herbs available! Manlius, IL
    April 29th, 2016
  • Here's the events in Bureau County for Sunday, May 1st.
    Pancake & Homemade Sausage Breakfast
    Team Thrive will sponsor a pancake and sausage breakfast from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, May 1, at the LaMoille Lions Club. The menu will consist of pancakes, “Nuco’s” sausage, ham, eggs (made to order), toast and beverage. The cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children 5 to 10 years of age. Tickets will be sold at the door. Carry-outs are available. A bake sale will also be held. All proceeds benefit the Relay for Life of Bureau County.

    May 1st, 2016
    Hall High School will present “Chicago Brass Band” with the Hall High School Concert Band at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 1, in the Hall High School auditorium. Tickets are $10. Tickets are available at the door or in the school office during school hours. To reserve a seat, call 815-664-2100, ext. 143, or email audtickets@hallhighschool502.com. Proceeds will benefit the Hall band and choir programs.
    April 29th, 2016
  • Here's some activities in Bureau County from Tuesday through the weekend. Lots to do again this week!
    April 26th, 2016
    The Ladd after school program will have a Rip’s chicken fundraiser from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 26. All chicken varieties will be available. The cost is $8 per ticket. There will also be a bake sale and 50/50 raffle. For more information or to get tickets, call 815-228-1967.

    April 28th, 2016 High School Play
    The Crossroads students will present "The Phantom Tollbooth" at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Reagan school gym in Tiskilwa.

    April 28th, 2016 Bell Ringers
    Three bell ringing groups will perform a variety of music at the Princeton Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28. Tunes will include patriotic, classical, religious and folk themes and will be performed by the following groups from the First United Methodist Church: Bells 101, Kid Bells is for students in grades 3-5 and the sextet from the Elm City Bells. This program is open to the public at no charge. For more information, call the Princeton Public Library at 815-875-1331.

    April 29th, 2016 Christian concert
    At 7 p.m. Friday, April 29, the critically acclaimed duet Alathea will be bringing their unique blend of folk, gospel and mountain melodies to the Seatonville Congregational Church, Independent.

    April 29th, 2016 -- April 30th, 2016
    Princeton Christian Academy will present “Little Women,” a play based on the much loved novel by Louisa May Alcott, at 7 p.m. Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30, in the auditorium of the Princeton Bible Church.

    April 30th, 2016
    A Free workshop and breakfast will be held at Hornbaker's Gardens at 9:30 a.m. to introduce the new plants for 2016.

    April 30th, 2016
    Townwide Garage Sales Sheffield

    April 30th, 2016 Rumble for the Kids
    Wrestling event at Logan Jr High School in Princeton. The event will be focused on family fun with a more ‘70s style wrestling portrayal. Proceeds from the event will be going to PES Plays, an organization helping to construct playground equipment at Princeton Elementary Schools.

    April 30th, 2016 Trivia Night
    A trivia night will be held at the LaMoille Lions Club - doors open at 6 with trivia at 7 p.m. Entry fee is $100 per team with 6-10 players. Fundraiser for LaMoille & Ohio Athletic Booster club.

    April 30th, 2016 Prairie Arts Event
    The Prairie Arts Center will present a Downton Abbey themed Springtime Brunch and Trivia from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Reservations $20 per person. Call 309-264-7468

    April 30th, 2016 Plant Sale
    BVHS Plant sale! Apr 30 and May 7. 8am to noon. Flowers, vegetables and herbs available! Manlius, IL
    April 26th, 2016
  • Get your running shoes on - there are lots of 5k races/walks coming up. Here's one in Sheffield. Grace & Kylee's Angel Dash
    Saturday, July 16th, Sheffield IL
    Registration starts at 7:30am Kids Dash at 8am, 5K walk/run at 8:30am. Raffle to follow race.
    April 26th, 2016
  • Bureau County TourismYou can't be bored this weekend. Look at the huge list of activities for April 22-24th. This is LOO...April 22nd, 2016
  • You can't be bored this weekend. Look at the huge list of activities for April 22-24th. This is LOOONNNGGG -read to the end please or check out our BC Tourism web page for info.
    Fish & Chicken Fry
    The Manlius Sportsmans club will hold a Fish and Chicken Fry from 5 to 7:3O on Friday. Cost is $8 per plate.

    April 23rd, 2016
    Singer-songwriter Amelia Curran will appear at The Princeton Coffeehouse on April 23, 2016. Admission is $15. Curran, a native of St. John's, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada, has been nominated for numerous music awards, and in 2010 won a prestigious Juno Award. The location is Open Prairie UCC Church, 25 E. Marion St., in Princeton. Doors open at 7:00 pm. for a 7:30 show time. For more information, call (815) 875-4555, or visit us on Facebook or at theprincetoncoffeehouse.com."

    BVHS Plant sale! Apr 23, 30 and May 7. 8am to noon. Flowers, vegetables and herbs available! Manlius, IL

    The Rotary Club of Walnut will have a cookout with pork chop sandwiches, brats and hot dogs at the Veterans Memorial from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m on Sat. April 23rd. The cook out will benefit the BVHS Renaissance Club.

    The Wyanet Community Club will host a cookout from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at the Wyanet Locker. The menu will include ribeyes, butterfly chops, pork burgers, brats, hot dogs, chips and pop.

    Dive-In Movie at Bureau County Metro Center at 5pm. We will be watching a new release movie! Relax in the pool on your inner tube or sit poolside as we enjoy the movie. Concessions will be available for sale. Children under the age of 10 MUST be accompanied by an adult.

    April 23rd, 2016 10k Race
    St. Margaret's Health 4th Annual Habit for Health 10K and 3M Fun Run, 9:00 am, Spring Valley A 10k race and 3 Mile Fun Run/Walk through the streets on the North East side of Spring Valley. Race begins at 9 a.m. 415 E 2nd St, Spring Valley.

    April 23rd, 2016 5K Run/Walk
    “Kickin’ it for Keith,” a 5K run/walk in support of Keith Heinzeroth Jr., will be at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 23, beginning at the bus barn in LaMoille. Check-in will be from 7 to 7:30 a.m. The entry fee is $25. All proceeds from the race will go to help Keith and his family with medical and living expenses while he undergoes cancer treatments in Wisconsin. For more information, email asmith@lamoilleschools.org.

    "Come Paint With Me,” a family painting class, will be held Saturday, April 23, at the park lodge, 12641 3065 East St., Spring Valley. No artist ability is required and all ages are welcome. The morning class will be from 10 a.m. to noon and the afternoon class will be from 2 to 4 p.m., rain or shine. Each participant will receive instruction and snack for a fee of $15. Participants are asked to register before Saturday by calling Echo Bluff at 815-447-2115 or online at www.echobluff.org under event/camp registration.

    A Spring Garden Maintenance Class will be held at Hornbaker's Gardens on Saturday at 10 a.m.

    The Logan Junior High School Jazz Band will perform in a joint concert with the Princeton Community Jazz Band on Saturday, April 23, at the Bureau County Fairgrounds. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the concert will start at 7 p.m. The evening will also feature the debut performance of the Princeton Community Jazz Band under the direction of Brandon Stover. Tickets, which will be available at the door, are $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens. Desserts will also be available for purchase. For more information, call Brandon Stover at 815-875-6415.

    Roaring 20's
    Experience prohibition in the Princeton Art District! A fundraiser to support the "Believe Foundation": A local foundation that provides local cancer patients with wigs and other medical needs free of charge. ((Dinner.Whiskey Tasting.Wine.Craft Beer Tasting.Make "Believe" Gambling.Swing Band/Dancing.Memory Survival Wall.Best Costume Award.Photo Booth.Chocolate Tasting)) Tickets Are Being Sold @ Sophisticuts & Beetz Me

    April 23rd, 2016 -- April 24th, 2016
    Sunset Ridge Motorcross Track 24558 1100 E St. Walnut, IL. 61376 Track Line: 815-379-9534 Loretta Lynn Area Qualifier (Bikes Only) Pro-Am

    April 24th, 2016 Bass Fishing Tourney
    Spring Run White Bass Classic, Launch & Weigh-In at Barto Landing,80% Payout to 20% of the Field, Trophies for 1st, 2nd & 3rd Places & Biggest Fish, Sponsored by IL Valley Outdoors and Rat Nasty Lures
    Echo Bluff Park - Zipline, Hiking, Paintball, Disc GolfHall Township's Echo Bluff Park Recreational Area the area's finest family nature and recreation par...April 20th, 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.

Visit Z-Tour Bike Ride
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