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As you travel through the I&M Canal Heritage Corridor, one thing becomes clear, there is always something going on somewhere! Consider this is your personal invitation to hometown celebrations, wine and corn festivals, one-of-a-kind music and theater festivals, historic reenactments, world-class sporting events, concerts and outdoor exploration weekends. Don't miss signature events like Ottawa's Two Rivers Wine Festival, Starved Rock's Flock to the Rock and NASCAR. Whether you are searching for low-key entertainment or high octane adventure, search the Calendar of Events to find exactly your speed.

     
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Live Hawk Show
Now - Sep. 22, 2019
Have an up close and personal visit with 3 very special hawks and their handler Rich Escutia. Rich will cover the biology and hunting instincts of each of his two Harris Hawks and his Red Tailed Hawk at his live hawk show located by the Eagles Roost Cabin behind the Visitor Center. By falconer Rich Escutia....More Info
Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center
2678 N. State Rte 178
Utica, IL 61373
815-667-4726
GTOAA Regional All Pontiac Cruise and Show
Sep. 21, 2019 - Sep. 22, 2019
We're excited to welcome back the GTOAA for their annual car show! More information will be available at a later date for when exactly to see these gorgeous cars on display around the square....More Info
Event Type: Other
Downtown Pontiac
Midwest SOARRING Foundation 25th Annual Harvest Pow Wow
Sep. 21, 2019 - Sep. 22, 2019 , 11:00AM-5:00PM
Join us for the 25th Annual Midwest SOARRING Foundation Harvest Pow Wow. Bring your friends and family. All are welcome at our family fun event. Our traditional Powwow is a time to celebrate life, renew friendships, and share our Native American culture through dance, drumming, art, and story telling. ...More Info
Cost: Adults $12 | Seniors 62+ $9 | Children 3-12 $7 |Kids under 3 free. Event Type: Festivals
Naperville Settlement
Naperville, Il
708-257-4300
Royal Princess Party
Sep. 21, 2019 - Sep. 22, 2019 , 1:00PM-3:00PM
Come in your princess finery for an afternoon of games, treats, goodie bags and fun! Girls 5-9 years old. Preregistration required....More Info
Cost: yes Event Type: Other
William Reddick Mansion
100 W. Lafayette Street
Ottawa, Il 61350
815-433-6100
Vintage Illinois Wine Fest
Sep. 21, 2019 - Sep. 22, 2019 , Saturday 11:00AM-6:00PM, Sunday 12:00PM-5:00PM
The state's largest Illinois wine festival is held at the picturesque Matthiessen State Park. The festival began in 2003, and each year more than 25 Illinois wineries pour the fruits of their labors at Vintage Illinois....More Info
Event Type: Festivals Wine Tasting
Matthiessen State Park
2500 Illinois Route 178
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-667-4111
Dwight Harvest Days
Sep. 22, 2019
Dwight's premiere annual event is a great time for the whole family. Enjoy crafts, flea markets, pie baking and pie eating contests, escape rooms, hypnosis/magician, Karaoke contest, photo booth, Live Country Music, Live Dixieland Band, All Star Jam Band, Hairbanger's Ball, car show, tractor show and hours of fun at A...More Info
Event Type: Performing Arts Festivals Dining
Downtown Dwight
Dwight, IL 60420
iFest 2019
Sep. 22, 2019 , 12:00pm
This event will be a multicultural event featuring various countries from around the world. iFest will be hosted at The Promenade Bolingbrook where visitors will be able to enjoy a spectacular outdoor venue with FREE Parking & Admission. Culture, music, and dance from countries around the world are the focus of iFest w...More Info
Cost: FREE Event Type: Festivals
The Promenade Bolingbrook
631 E. Boughton Rd.
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
(630) 296-8350
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Sep. 22, 2019 , 7:30PM
With a refreshed lineup and newfound energy, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band remains one of the most accomplished bands in American roots music. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band played their first gig in 1966 in Southern California as a jug band and by 1969 had become a cornerstone of the burgeoning country-rock community. ...More Info
Cost: Varies Event Type: Performing Arts
Rialto Square Theatre
102 N. Chicago St.
Joliet, Il 60432
815-726-7171
Sunset Drum Circle
Sep. 22, 2019 , 6:30PM ...More Info
Event Type: Nature
Fox Ridge (in front of Starved Rock)
2688 East 875th Road
Oglesby, Il 61348
815-667-4211
Take the Stage: Open Mic Night
Now - Sep. 26, 2019 , 7:00PM-11:00PM
Tangled Roots Brewing Company wants you to "TAKE THE STAGE" Register now: http://thelonebuffalo.com/take-the-stage Hosted by Sean Walsh! Musician? Poet? Comedian? Got a talent? We want to hear it! Every last Thursday of the month!...More Info
Event Type: Performing Arts
Tangled Roots Brewing Company
808 LaSalle Street
Ottawa, Il 61350
815-324-9549
Farmers Market
Now - Sep. 26, 2019 , 3:00 PM
Thursdays July 11-September 26. Check out our Oglesby, IL Facebook page for more details....More Info
Event Type: Festivals
Downtown Oglesby
Tuesday & Thursday on the River
Now - Sep. 26, 2019 , 3:00PM-4:30PM
Board a trolley outside of the Great Hall of the Lodge at 3pm. The Trolley takes you to Lone Point Shelter to enjoy an hour long boat ride on The Eagle I. Arrive back at the Lodge at 4:30pm. Reservations are recommended. For more information or to book, call 815-220-7386....More Info
Cost: $20.00 per person Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center
2688 East 875th Road
Oglesby, Il 61348
815-220-7386
Walkers Club
Now - Sep. 26, 2019 , 9:00AM
Meet in the Hotel Lobby at 9:00AM for our FREE weekly hike. Thursdays in September...More Info
Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center
2688 East 875th Road
Oglesby, Il 61348
815-667-4211
Land & Water Cruise
Now - Sep. 27, 2019 , 11:00AM
Offered Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays June-September! Tour begins with lunch in the historic dining room at the Lodge, followed by a narrated trolley tour with history and legends of the area. The trolley will then take you to the new river boat, "The Eagle I" where you will see the east end of the Starved Rock State ...More Info
Cost: $41 per person Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center
2688 E. 873rd Rd.
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-220-7386
Old Joliet Prison Haunted Tours
Now - Sep. 27, 2019 , 6:00PM
Haunted Prison Tours every Friday in September at 6:00PM! Also September 23-30 EVERYDAY @ 6:00PM September 27-28 @ 8:00PM Visit https://www.jolietmuseum.org for more information and to sign up!...More Info
Event Type: Education/History Story Telling
Old Joliet Prison
1125 N. Collins Street
Joliet, Il 60432
815-723-5201
Visit a Canyon with a Boat Ride
Now - Sep. 29, 2019 , 11:00AM & 12:30PM
Enjoy a trolley ride for a scenic, guided walk to one of our majestic canyons. The walk is less than a mile and will take about 45 minutes. The trolley will then take you to the Eagle I for a 1.5 hour boat ride on the picturesque Illinois River. This tour is not recommended for individuals with limited mobility. Canyon...More Info
Cost: $33.00 per person Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center
2688 East 875th Road
Oglesby, Il 61348
815-667-4211
Awesome Ottawa Bike Tours
Now - Sep. 30, 2019 , TBD
Biking March-September 7 Mile Bike/2 Hours Easy Trail/Road Biking Broad History of Ottawa Lincoln/Radium Girls 13 & Over (use your discretion) Our Bikes or Yours ...More Info
Cost: $30 Event Type: Nature
Ottawa Visitors Center
1028 LaSalle Street
Ottawa, IL 61350
815-434-2737
Historic Trolley September Tours
Now - Sep. 30, 2019 , Times Vary
June-October Tours: Monday-Friday: 3:00PM-4:30PM Saturday-Sunday: 12:00PM-1:30PM, 1:30PM-3:00PM, 3:00PM-4:30PM Board a trolley outside of the Great Hall of the Lodge. Learn about the rich history and legends of Starved Rock State Park and Lodge. Travel to the Lock and Dam, through historic downtown Utica and th...More Info
Cost: $12 adults | $10 seniors (60 & older)) | $8 (10 & under) Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center
2688 E. 873rd Rd.
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-220-7386
OId Joliet Prison September Tours
Now - Sep. 30, 2019 , Thursday & Saturday 11:00AM & 2:00PM
The Old Joliet Prison is now open to the public! September Dates: Thursday, Saturday 11:00AM & 2:00PM Sunday 1:00PM Haunted Tours every Friday @ 6:00PM September 23-30 Haunted Tours everyday @ 6:00PM September 27th & 28th @ 8:00PM Pre-scheduled, guided tours are offered via the Joliet Area Historical Museum for...More Info
Cost: $15-$20 Event Type: Education/History Story Telling
Old Joliet Prison
1125 N. Collins Street
Joliet, Il 60432
815-723-5201
Ottawa's Farmer Market (Every Saturday)
Now - Oct. 26, 2019 , 8:00AM-12:30PM
Come to Ottawa's Old Town Farmers Market to purchase freshly picked, home-grown vegetables and fruits! Also featured are home baked goods, jams and jellies, dog treats, handmade soaps and fresh roasted coffee. With a motto of we BAKE it, we GROW it, we SELL it FRESH, your sure to find something FANTASTIC!!! Open Saturd...More Info
Event Type: Shopping
Jackson Street of Washington Square Park
Jackson Street
Ottawa, IL 61350
815-433-0084
Mules, Mansion, & Mimosa Boat Tour
Now - Oct. 27, 2019 , Friday-Saturday 10:00AM-3:00PM
Combine a mimosa at Lock 16 Café, a historic 1-hour mule pulled boat ride on the I&M Canal Boat, and a 1-hour tour of the historic Hegeler Carus Mansion. Step back to 1848 and take a ride on the I&M Canal on The Volunteer, a mule-pulled I&M Canal Boat. Meet our guides and hear their stories of life along the cana...More Info
Cost: $45.00 Event Type: Ongoing
I&M Canal Boat
754 First Street
LaSalle, IL 61301
815-220-1848
Take a Hike & Lunch
Now - Oct. 27, 2019 , 11:00AM
Saturdays & Sundays 11am-1:30pm $18/person Group departs from the hotel lobby of the Lodge with a knowledgeable guide to see canyons and bluffs made from St. Peter's Sandstone. If you're part of a guided hike in the spring or early summer, there is a good possibility you will be able to see seasonal waterfalls. The ...More Info
Cost: $18.00 per person Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center
2688 East 875th Road
Oglesby, Il 61348
815-667-4211
Museum's Summer Schedule Begins
Now - Oct. 31, 2019 , Monday - Saturday 10:00AM-5:00PM | Sunday 12:00PM-5:00PM
For more information, please visit http://jolietmuseum.org...More Info
Event Type: Ongoing
Joliet Area Historical Museum
204 N. Ottawa Street
Joliet, Il 60432
815-723-5201
Mule-Pulled Canal Boat Tour
Now - Oct. 31, 2019 , 10:00AM, 1:00PM & 3:00PM
Climb aboard a replica 19th century mule-pulled canal boat and ride the route Lincoln traveled! Your guides, dressed as Canal era crew, will take you back in time to life on the American frontier and the Illinois Prairie. Meet our mules, Moe & Joe, and learn how horses and mules pulled passengers and cargo between Chic...More Info
Cost: $15.00 Event Type: Ongoing
I&M Canal Boat
754 First Street
LaSalle, IL 61301
815-220-1848
Farmers Markets
Now - Oct. 31, 2019
Fresh, local Produce, Honey & Jam, Baked Goods, Crafts and more....More Info
Event Type: Arts/Crafts Shopping Dining
Corner of East Dakota & Cornelia Streets (US Route 6)
Spring Valley, IL 61362
815-664-4221
Awesome Ottawa Walking Tours
Now - Nov. 30, 2019 , TBD
Walking March-November 1.5 Miles/1.5 Hours, starting at Ottawa Visitors Center. Easy Exercise, Canal/Downtown History, Underground Railroad, All Ages. Great Way to Plan Shopping/Restaurants. $30 (12 & under free w/adult)...More Info
Cost: $30 Event Type: Nature
Ottawa Visitors Center
1028 LaSalle Street
Ottawa, IL 61350
815-434-2737
Awesome Ottawa Tours
Now - Nov. 30, 2019 , TBD
Cocktail/Walking May-November 1.5 Miles/3 Hours, starting at Ottawa Visitors Center. Easy Exercise. Visit 3-4 Saloons Local History & Libations (21+). Cocktails the Locals Love; History w/ a Twist of Lime. ...More Info
Cost: $30 (plus drinks & tip) Event Type: Nature
Ottawa Visitors Center
1028 LaSalle Street
Ottawa, IL 61350
815-434-2737
Woods Walk
Now - Nov. 30, 2019 , 8:00AM-8:00PM
Get out and get moving! It's the return of "Woods Walk"! Experience 10 of Will County's top-rated trails during their fall splendor. Trail lengths range from 1.5 to 4 miles, and each trail offers its own unique experience. Bring your binoculars, field guides and a camera. Trails provide great photo opportunities. You c...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Sports/Recreation Nature
Various Parks
(815) 727-8700
parkrun
Now - Dec. 31, 2019 , 9:00AM
parkrun (spelled with a small p) is the world's largest organized running activity, in which more than 1 million people participated last month alone. The weekly, free 5K run/jog/walk comes to Heritage Harbor, in Ottawa on June 10th. In the U.S., parkrun is spreading to the midwest, with arriving in Ottawa after openi...More Info
Cost: FREE Event Type: Sports/Recreation
Heritage Harbor Ottawa
2 Great Loop West
Ottawa, IL 61350
815-433-5000

 


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