Rock Falls Travel Blog

Events You'll Love in May

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 where guests, and especially kids, can learn to fish in the Y pool, try out archery, play on giant inflatables, or race their parents to the top of a climbing wall. Over 30 activities will be available. In addition to the activities, learning centers will offer critter talks featuring native and zoo animal presentations that run throughout the event. The event opens at noon and runs through 4pm at the Sterling-Rock Falls Family YMCA. Admission, activities, and a meal will be available to all, at no charge. Join the fun and connect your family to the great outdoors. Learn more at or by calling 815.535.9622. 

St. Andrews Spring Carnival

Located across from the Holiday Inn Express & Suites, check out this family friendly carnival that hits all the marks of small town nostalgia. Ride the Zipper, buy yourself an elephant ear or let the kiddo's pick out a swimming duckie for a prize with the Rock River as your backdrop for the event.

Rock Falls Spring Challenge

This youth baseball tournament has grown by leaps and bounds, bringing in teams from all over. In 2016, the tournament is offering 2 weekends to accommodate all those teams that wish to participate. Played at multiple ball parks throughout Rock Falls, gives you a chance to root for the teams! 

Sterling Mainstreet Car Show

Sunday, May 22, 2016 marks the return of the Sterling Main Street Car Show to Downtown Sterling. Held once again in two lots at the intersection of 2nd Avenue and East 2nd Street - we've worked out the kinks using this bigger location and you're sure to be pleased. We've also partnered with a new car club in the area, the Sauk Valley Shifters Car Club to join their annual SWAP-O-RAMA swap meet with our event. 3D Sounds is once again our Master of Ceremonies for the day. Advance registration is now open- just $12; day of registration is $15. This is a judged show, with awards for the Top 40 vehicles and a Best of Show. New this year will be a Mayor's Choice Award and the Sauk Valley Shifters will have a special award for their choice of Best Rat Rod.Dash Plaques for the first 100 entries. Lots of giveaways throughout the day and a whole lot of fun.

Safety Saturday Open House @ The Fire Museum

Join us for a fun learning experience for all ages at the Fire Museum! We'll have museum tours, fire truck rides, free lunch, and learn about safety and prevention with the Red Cross Pillowcase Project. This event is free and all are welcome. Please call 815-622-9490 for additional information.


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