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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

  • The draft horse pull for Wed's at Bureau County Fair in Princeton IL has been cancelled for tonight.August 24th, 2016
  • Tonight is the Wyanet VFW Chicken Fry! Doors open at 5! $9 all you can eat chicken! Call 699-2275 for all your carry out needs! White dinner includes 2 breast a wing, dark dinner includes 2 thighs and a leg, a mix is a combination of both, wing dinner you get 6 wings, leg dinner you get 6 legs. All dinners comes with your choice of Cole slaw or potato salad, baked beans, French fries, and garlic bread! Come out and help support your local VFW! See everyone tonight!August 13th, 2016
  • Tiskilwa Community AssociationYou've seen Kung Fu Panda, and Kung Fu Panda 2....TCA proudly presents Kung Fu Panda 3 at "Movie in ...August 10th, 2016
  • Farmer's Market Weds in Spring Valley
    Home Grown & Home Made Food & Products
    Last week we had 6 vendors that included baked goods, several varieties of fresh produce, honey and natural sugar soda products.
    Members of the Templeton Family were also on hand playing some great Country & Bluegrass!
    Each week the selection grows!
    WIC, LINK and credit cards are accepted at select vendors.
    Ask about our free loyalty program punch cards!
    Heart Land Bank & Trust parking lot
    100 E. Dakota Street
    (weather permitting)
    Wednesdays, 4 - 6 p.m.
    To participate call: 815.303.4327
    August 10th, 2016
  • This is a huge weekend for fun events in Bureau County. From class reunions to rolle bolle tournaments and great food all over in between. Check our page for a complete calendar of events.
    August 4th, 2016
    National Night Out in Spring Valley. Crime prevention Event 5pm-8pm, Kirby Park, Spring Valley Police, K-9 team demonstration, Free Swimming 5pm-7pm, Free Food-Games-Giveaways, Public Safety Demonstrations

    August 4th, 2016 -- August 7th, 2016
    Tiskilwa Pow Wow Days- Thursday – Lil’ Spurs Queen Pageant & kids tractor pull. Friday – Children’s Lil’ Spurs Rodeo & beer garden. Saturday – 5K race, parade at 10 a.m, rides & food in park, church-sponsored lunches, class reunions, alumni banquet, beer garden and many other events. On Saturday, visit the Museum on Main as well as the west lawn for a “Classic Wheels” display of vehicles from tractors to cars to buggies to motorcycles. Sunday -Community Outdoor Church Service (West Park Shelter) 10:00 AM

    August 5th, 2016 -- August 7th, 2016 Sidewalk Sales, Princeton

    August 6th, 2016 Tiskilwa Pow Wow Days 5K Race 8 a.m. (East Park-Call 815-646-4624 for info)

    August 6th, 2016
    The Bureau Township Church will host a cookout from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Wyanet Locker. They will serve ribeyes, butterfly chops, pork burgers, brats, hog dogs, chips and pop. There will also be a bake sale.

    August 6th, 2016 Car Show
    On Saturday, Aug. 6, the Tiskilwa Historical Society will again host the display of vintage (or even brand-new) rides from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the west lawn. The society is encouraging owners to bring in not only antique cars, but also restored tractors, motorcycles, trucks. Celebrating Pow Wow Days!

    August 6th, 2016 St Jude's Fundraiser
    Multiple events are being planned for a fundraiser which will benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in their ongoing efforts to find a cure for childhood cancer. Sponsored by Cora’s Crew and St. Jude Ride, the event is set for Saturday, Aug. 6, at Green River Country Club, 15212 Illinois Route 92 in Walnut.

    A best ball golf scramble begins at 2 p.m. The fee for the golf outing is $25 per person. Contact Chad Pistole at 815-878-5932 with questions. Space is limited, so sign up early. The golf scramble will be followed by dinner from 5 to 7 p.m.; dinner includes pulled pork/beef hot dogs and all the fixings. There is no cost for dinner, however, donations are greatly appreciated. Immediately following dinner at 7 p.m., a trivia night will be held. The cost is $100 per team (up to 10 people). Space is also limited for the trivia night, so those interested are urged to sign up early. There will also be a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction throughout the event. For questions or to sign up, email

    August 6th, 2016
    Manlius Fun Day activities kick off early Saturday morning and continue into the evening.
    August 4th, 2016
  • Manlius Fun Day - Sat. Aug 6th
    Manlius Fun Day activities kick off early Saturday morning. At 9 a.m., you’ll want to head to the Manlius First State Bank and Museum for a tour. There will also be a 50/50 raffle. Guest speakers include Joe Johnson and Carol McGee. There will be an awards presentation at 11:45 a.m.

    Hungry? Head to the Manlius Sportsman’s Club for a fish fry at 10 a.m. Beulah’s Tap will be serving BBQ beef sandwiches all day, and the 4-H Food Stand opens at noon. Food will also be available at the Brickhouse. At 11 a.m., enjoy a parade on Maple Avenue. The theme for this year is “Rockin’ in the U.S.A.” Call 815-213-4877 to register. At noon, there will be children’s activities at Mullin Park.

    A rolle bolle tournament (mixed draw) starts at 1 p.m., and bean bags at the Brickhouse starts at 3 p.m. From 4 to 8 p.m., plan to participate in the Manlius Fire District drawdown. Tickets are $40 per ticket, which admits two people and includes a pulled pork dinner. First prize is $1,000, second is $500, and third through seventh prizes are $100. Call 815-915-5079 for tickets. The day finishes up at with music by the Dirt Road Rockers at 8 p.m.
    August 4th, 2016
  • Pow Wow Days starts tonight in Tiskilwa. Be sure to check out the 15th annual Lil' Spurs Rodeo at 6 p.m. Friday night. Your face will hurt from laughing!

    August 5th, 2016 Pow Wow Days Tiskilwa
    Friday's events at Pow Wow Days
    Historical Society’s Museum on Main 12-4 P.M.
    Girl Scouts Pop & Water Stand 5-10 P.M.
    PHS Cheerleaders Food Stand (Pork Chops, Hot Dogs & Chips) 5-9 P.M.
    Tiskilwa Community Assoc. Beer Garden 5 P.M.-1 A.M.
    15th Annual Lil’ Spurs Rodeo (West Park Rodeo Arena) 6 P.M.
    Music Masters Dj Entertainment (the Beer Garden) 9 P.M. - 12:30 A.M.
    On Saturday, Aug. 6, the Tiskilwa Historical Society will again host the display of vintage (or even brand-new) rides from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the west lawn. The society is encouraging owners to bring in not only antique cars, but also restored tractors, motorcycles, trucks. Celebrating Pow Wow Days!

    Saturday, August 6th Tiskilwa Pow Wow Days
    Pow Wow Days 5K Run (East Park) 8 A.M.
    Historical Society’s Museum on Main 9 A.M.-4 P.M.
    Historical Society’s "Classic Rides" Car Show (Museum West Lawn) 9 A.M.-2 P.M.
    Parade on Main Street 10:30 A.M.
    Rug Sale & Lunch (Tiskilwa Community Church) 11:00 A.M. - 1 P.M.
    Girl Scouts Pop & Water Stand 11 A.M. - 11 P.M.
    Boy Scouts Troop #1069 Lunch Stand 11 A.M. - 2 P.M.
    Furry Friends Petting Zoo 11 A.M. - 2 P.M.
    Colonel Klink’s Inflatables 11 A.M.-5 P.M
    Tiskilwa Community Assoc. Beer Garden 11 A.M. - 1 A.M.
    Bean Bag Tournament-2 Man Teams (Sign up at 10 AM in Beer Garden) 11:30 A.M.
    Native American Program (Eagle Ridge Singers & Jimmy Lakota) 1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.
    THS Alumni Banquet (The Orchard), Princeton. $25 per person) 5 P.M.
    Hit Clips Karaoke & DJ (Music, Karaoke, & Dancing for Kids) 6 P.M.- 9 P.M.
    Music Masters DJ Entertainment (Music & Dancing- Beer Garden) 9 P.M. - 1 A.M.

    Sunday, August 7th In Tiskilwa
    Community Outdoor Church Service (West Park Shelter) 10:00 AM
    Historical Society’s Museum on Main open 12 PM-4PM
    August 4th, 2016
  • 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
    Cookout TSC
    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

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