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Make Rock Falls Your Destination in June

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 Dusk/9PM.

New this year, BASS PRO SHOPS BIG CAT QUEST inaugural team fishing tourney will be held June 24th -26th and returning to the riverfront, the ever popular ROCK FALLS RIVER CHASE boat races June 24th-26th and the free family fun event, SUMMER SPLASH June 25th-26th making the Rock Falls Riverfront the place to be.


Bass Pro Shop's Big Cat Quest team tourney, family oriented event, offers big cash prizes & is the MIDWEST QUALIFIER for the 2016 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP in Richmond, Virginia. Entry forms for the 2-day Bass Pro Shops Big Cat Quest fishing tournament are available on our annual event page Destination Rock Falls, or at the Rock Falls Tourism office at City Hall.

Registration is still open! Sign up Friday at the Eagle Club in Rock Falls, while you meet the pro's, watch a seminar and get a free dinner and t-shirt for the first 100 entrants! Can't make it out on Friday? Sign up on Saturday at the event. Only can make it Sunday? Sign up on Sunday! Bass Pro Shops Big Cat Quest will accommodate you! Plus No Late Registration Fee!!!

Registration is $200 for a two-person team, and $250 for a three-person team. Children 12 and younger fish for free.

General registration is from 4PM-8PM, captain’s meeting and dinner at 6PM. June 24 at the Eagles Club at 321 W. Second St. in Rock Falls. A free catfishing seminar and Meet the Pros event is part of the evening's festivities from 5PM-7PM. Don’t forget to pick up your FREE t-shirt for the 1st 100 entrants that register on Friday!

The fishing area is from the Rockton dam to the Rock Island dam, just short of the state line at the Mississippi River. The tourney is guaranteeing $10,000 in cash and prizes. Fishing starts at 6AM with the weigh-ins from 3PM-4PM on Saturday & Sunday at the riverfront stage.

Drink Specials, Dining Specials, Live Music! Visit Rock Falls and enjoy our 3 Event Weekend along the riverfront. Stroll down 2nd Street and find great deals in the Rock Falls River District. Downloadable Coupons can be found on the Destination Rock Falls annual event page. Hotel rooms are still available at Super 8, Holiday Inn Express and Suites , Country Inn & Suites by Carlson  is booked solid on SATURDAY, but room are available on Friday & Sunday and a limited amount of room available at Days Inn. Make Your Reservations Today- Rock Falls Hotel Deals

MAP THE ROCK! Find your spot for Bass Pro Shops Big Cat Quest Team Fishing tourney! Check out the Google Map link and go to for the downloadable PDF for some of the best PUBLIC CONCRETE boat launches along the Rock River! please note: this is not a complete list of all ramps along the Rock River.

WIN A TRUCK during Bass Pro Shops Big Cat Quest*! Majeski Motors wants you to win!! Adding to the excitement, BEAT the CURRENT IDNR Illinois State Record for Catfish caught by Hook & Line and Set the NEW Record during Bass Pro Shops Big Cat Quest Tournament Series in Rock Falls IL- you can win a truck worth over $31,000 from Majeski Motors.* Click Here for details & official rules.

Stop by Corner Tap, 8AM-11AM 120 West 2nd Street, for your free coffee & donut during Rock Falls Destination Weekend! One Free Coffee & Donut per customer.

FREE MARKETING Have an event or attraction in the Sauk Valley Area that you wish to advertise? Contact Rock Falls Tourism! We will be having a booth at Bass Pro Shops Big Cat Quest set up specifically to Promote YOU! (815) 622-1106 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Summer Splash is back and bigger than ever! Tons of free events for all ages. Princess and Super Hero Day will run from 11AM to 4PM. Saturday, June 25. Kids can come dressed as their favorite princess or superhero and join the parade at 12:30PM They can meet their favorite superheroes in person. There also will be giant bounce houses, crafts, a fun fair, a petting zoo and a photo booth. All activities are free. Kid’s activities will run from 10AM-2PM Sunday.

There will be 60-plus vendors selling arts, crafts and other items from 11AM-8:30PM on Saturday & Sunday 10AM-2PM.

At the entertainment stage Saturday, there will be a dog trick demonstration at 11AM, live Zumba at 11:30AM, Z & She’s Dancers at noon, performers from Woodlawn Dance Academy at 1PM, and a K-9 demo from the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Department at 1:30PM. At 2, there will be River Country Stomp line dancing, followed by live music from Helios at 3PM and Dinner at the Kid’s Table at 5:30PM.

Also Saturday, a Dale Earnhardt Jr. NASCAR car and simulator will be on hand from 11AM-6PM.

A cruise-in will run from 5PM-8:30PM. Saturday. Two- and four-wheel vehicles should check in by 6:30PM. There will be prizes and food discounts for participants, who will be guided to parking from Avenue A.

An uptown pub crawl will run from 5PM-Midnight for those 21 and older. Crawlers can win cash prizes at participating bars and restaurants. For $1, participants will receive a souvenir cup and prize card. At each location, they will receive a stamp and be entered to win.

Harvest Time Bible Church will host a community church service at 10AM Sunday. Local church choirs, youth bands and dance groups will perform along with area nonprofit groups from 11AM-2PM

There will be a wild game cookout from 11AM-7:30PM Saturday & 11AM-2PM Sunday, with alligator brats, buffalo burgers, elk burgers, pork chops and more on the menu.

Go to for more information or a complete schedule and stop by for the 3-event listing!


The River Chase boat races starts on Friday June 24th with their test & tune from 3PM to 6PM. Boat Races are on Saturday & Sunday 10:30AM-4:30PM at Seward Riverside Park in Rock Falls.

New this year! Rock Falls River Chase is the North American Championships for Jr. Class Boats.

Walk along the riverfront to River Chase at Seward Riverside park and enjoy the great vendors such as  the Optimist Club who will be selling Burgers, Pork Chops & Hot Dogs,  Dairy Mart Plus who will have their mobile truck with various food items and Immanuel Church Youth Group who will be selling drinks.

Free programs are available at the races with all the River Chase info and sponsors listed. Plus, there will be Sweet T's for sale-River Chase T-Shirts: Youth - Adult XL $10 2X-5X $12

Family Friendly activities such as Bounce Houses and Water Inflatables (so kids bring your suits) will be at Riverside Park, FREE Fire Truck Rides  by the Fire Museum/Firehouse Ministries of God are Saturday 10:30AM-4:30PM and on Sunday 1:00PM-4:30PM. Each rides takes approx. 15-20 minutes and National Guard 1644th Transportation Group will have 2 vehicles at the park.

Organizer Terry Hicks can be contacted via the Rock Falls River Chase Facebook page or for more information on Destination Rock Falls 3 event weekend

The Fire Museum will be open on Saturday for tours. Check it out!

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