Rock Falls Events

Rock Falls Days

August 1-5 2018

Rock Falls IL celebrated our 150th anniversary in 2017. The week long events were so well received that the city decided to make it an annual tradition the first week of August.

Rock Falls is conveniently located off of interstate 88, with three interchanges entering our town. We have lodging along the interstate, along the historic Hennepin Feeder Canal and the Rock River, a National Water Trail.  The most sought after of the sport fish in the Rock River are the catfish, with both channel catfish and flathead catfish abundant and of trophy size. In fact, the Rock River is one of the best rivers in the state of Illinois for catching trophy size catfish!

2018 EVENTS AUGUST 1-5 2018

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 1st 7:00 PM

  • Petunia City Brass Drum Corps Show Hinders Field Rock Falls, IL Krieder Alliance & Lee County Council on Aging

FRIDAY AUGUST 3rd 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM

  • Food Truck Fridays 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM & 3:30 PM - 8 PM Rock Falls Tourism 
  • Music on the Riverfront RB&W Amphitheater 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    • Rock Falls Alumni Band/Drum Line/High School Band Rock Falls High School Music Department
  • Movie in the Park RB&W Amphitheater Dusk 8:30 PM-ish Rock Falls Chamber
    • Kids Activities

SATURDAY AUGUST 4th 6:00 AM – 10:00 PM

  • Rock Falls Big Cat Fishing Tournament Lower Dam Park 6:00 AM – 4:00 PM Rock Falls Tourism
    • Fishing tournament begins 6:00 AM (Rock River: Rockton to Rock Island)
    • Rock Falls Tourism souvenir & keepsake booth 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM Rock Falls Tourism
    • Food Trucks 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Rock Falls Tourism
    • Scales Open at 11:00 AM
    • Weigh in 3:00 PM Boats must be in line by 4:00 PM Rock Falls Tourism
  • Rock Falls High School Athletic Fundraiser Golf Outing Deer Valley Golf Club 8:00 AM Shotgun Start
  • 1st Annual Youth Fishing Extravaganza Weigh in Rock Falls Big Cat Fishing Tournament Main Stage 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM (Rock River: Jim Arduini Boat Ramp to Lawrence Park including the Hennepin Canal in Rock Falls) Adventures of Backwoods Brock & A-Team and Bo’s Bait & Tackle
  • Rock River Turtle Race Bowman Park 1 PM – 3 PM Rock River Development Authority & Rock Falls Tourism
  • Rock Falls Days Craft Show Lovelight Lot 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Melinda Jones
  • Rock Falls Days Street Dance 200 block West 2nd Street 3:00 PM – 10:00 PM South of the Rock Bar & Restaurant Coalition
    • 3PM - 5PM Bobby and Shay acoustic duo...two ladies playin songs from the 60's to the present...
    • 5:30PM - 7:30PM Wicked Earl (Alternative Rock)
    • 8PM - 9:55 PM Sunset Strip (80’s Hair Band)
    • 3PM - 10PM Beer Garden $5 to get in, $2 for 21 years old and under
    • 3PM - 8PM Food Vendor: South of the Rock Cook-out

SUNDAY AUGUST 5th 6:00 AM – 5:00 PM

  • Rock Falls Big Cat Fishing Tournament Lower Dam Park 6:00 AM – 4:00 PM Rock Falls Tourism
    • Fishing tournament begins 6:00 AM (Rock River: Rockton to Rock Island)
    • Rock Falls Tourism souvenir & keepsake booth 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM Rock Falls Tourism
    • Food Trucks 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Chill Shack, Willy’s, Happy Sticks, Food Express & Fresh Express
    • Scales Open at 11:00 AM
    • Weigh in 3:00 PM Boats must be in line by 4:00 PM Rock Falls Tourism & River Country 101.7 live remote at Sunday Weigh in!
  • Fireman’s Breakfast Eagles Club Fraternal Order of Eagles 8AM-12PM
  • Community Church Service RB&W Amphitheater Local Churches 9:00 AM
  • 1st Annual Doggy Pageant Bowman Park 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM Happy Tails Humane Society & Rock Falls Tourism
    • Check in starts at 10:00 AM
    • Pageant 12:00 PM

We offers our residents a life style that has something for everyone. Our two communities hug the banks of the Rock River, merging small town living with a larger city feel.  Rock Falls, IL is the Urban Crossroads. Where City Life & Nature Meet. Welcome to Rock Falls, IL!

Additional Info

  • Event Date(s): August 1-5 2018
  • Event Organization: Rock Falls Tourism, South of the Rock Restaurant Coalition, Happy Tails Humane Society, Rock Falls High School, Fraternal Order of Eagles Rock Falls and Rock Falls Chamber
  • Event Contact Name: Director of Tourism & Events
  • Event Contact Phone: (815) 622-1106
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