6 Events - 1 Weekend Summer is in full swing and so are all the wonderful events and tours in Northwest Illinois! As I was checking on upcoming events, I realized that many great events are taking place July 8th and July 9th 2017. Not wanting to miss one of them, I have devised a tour to visit all 6 events over two days. Two events & two Farmer’s Markets…
Large numbers of travelers look toward the internet to find their destination and have lost interest in cookie cutter restaurants, lodging and attractions. Instead, they want local food, local attractions and connection to the lifestyles of local people. Rock Falls is one of the greenest cities in Northwestern Illinois. We have active communities throughout our region with unparalleled festivals and events. The stunning Rock River, Hennepin Feeder Canal and gorgeous…
Abraham Lincoln, then 47, a lawyer and former congressman from Springfield, came to Sterling to speak at a rally for the Republican Party's first presidential candidate, John C. Fremont.  On July 18, 1856, a twist of fate brought Mr. Lincoln to the home of Sheriff William Manahan to spend the night.  He slept on a sofa with two chairs placed at its end to accommodate his long legs.  In the…
Ah... love is in the air! Make Rock Falls, Illinois one of your travel goals this Valentine's Day. Quench your wanderlust and find great values in the greater Rock Falls area with these love, romance and holiday inspired deals. I've made my rounds to our local businesses and have come up with a list of offerings in the Rock Falls Sterling Area for your sweetheart, significant other, friends (on two…
Congratulations once again to Rock Falls High School Music Department! They are the first Tourism Grant Recipient of 2017!  Pecussion Palooza is an event organized by the Rock Falls High School Music Department in honor of the famous jazz drummer, Louie Bellson. Mr. Bellson was a Rock Falls native and grew to be a musician  who performed with the jazz greats, such as Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman. This year's…
Rock Falls Tourism would like to thank all our friends and colleagues for their valued support throughout what has been an amazing 2016 and we would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and an amazing 2017! Rock Falls Tourism wishes you a holiday of spending time with loved ones and creating memories that will last a lifetime. We will be doing the same and…
November 14, 2016

The Holiday Bum-rush

It’s been warm, sunny and perfectly autumn-ish today, a week ago, 2 weeks ago, heck-this entire autumn season in Rock Falls IL has been amazing! I have been blissfully not thinking of the holiday preparations that are around the corner. It’s as if Mother Nature had pushed an imaginary pause button that was keeping our area absolutely gorgeous. Our unusually warm autumn, has allowed us to extend our outdoor activities…
4. Halloween is here! Halloween Décor crept into our stores in August. Although we all dread the rush to sell holiday wares months before the actual season, Halloween is different. There is an anticipation that sets in when we see Scarecrows and pumpkins in our fields and on store shelves.  How many holidays are there that encourages us to eat sweets, dress in costume and to scare the living daylights…
Welcome to the Riverfront! Rock Falls Tourism is proud to announce the Ultimate Destination-Rock Falls, IL. Join us during the last weekend of June and enjoy three great events/festivals along the Rock Falls Riverfront Friday June 24th, Saturday June 25th & Sunday June 26th 2016. There will be something for the whole family to enjoy. Don't miss the Fireworks on the Riverfront provided by Rock Falls Tourism! Fireworks start at…
Across the Sauk Valley Area there are many festivals & events to choose from. Below is a short list of newsworthy May events in Rock Falls & Sterling. Sterling/Rockfalls Outdoor Adventure Fest Rock Falls SpringFest Carnival Rock Falls Spring Challenge Sterling Mainstreet Car Show & Swap Meet Safety Saturday Open House @ the Fire Museum Outdoor Adventure Fest This FREE event will offer a mix of information centers and activities…
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