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Marseilles Fun Days
This is a week long summer family festival celebration. Marseilles Fun Days Committee decided to bring the festival back centered around one of the city's premier annual events, The Marseilles Fireman's Car Cruise. The cruise will be part of a busy Saturday, July 18. Fun Days itself will take place Monday, July 13, through Sunday, July 19. Additional festival information is available at the Marseilles Fun Days Facebook page.
Music in the Park
The City of Ottawa proudly presents their “Music in the Park” Series every Saturday evening at the historic Washington Square Park on Jackson Street. This family friendly event offers a variety of live music for all ages! Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs, 6pm show time. Rain Location: 807 LaSalle Street.
Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring their 50th Annual Welcomeburger in Washington Square Park! This is the kick-off for the Riverfest! Everyone is welcome! Enjoy food, drink, and live music! The fee includes a picnic buffet, with drinks and admission. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, Reddick Library, or any local bank. (All RiverFest Events subject to change.) View the website for more information.
An Evening of Wine Tasting at the Mansion
Enjoy the wonderful Evening of Wine Tasting at the Reddick Mansion! One of Ottawa's greatest treasures. Built in 1858, this three story, 22-room Italianate mansion was possibly the most expensive private home in Illinois at that time.
Fly 4 Life Angels Camp
This is a great 4 day skydiving camp. Participants will be organized by skill level in groups of 6. Coaches will rotate every day bringing in different flying styles and ways to explain the techniques in practice. 6 jumps per day (more if there is still time). About 40 minutes between jumps. Plan the flight, Go fly, Pack (use a packer), Video debrief, Repeat.
Freedom Fest at Skydive Chicago
Take advantage of local organizers, entertainment and the famous firework show at no registration cost. Skydive Chicago offers the best entertainment in the Midwest! The 220-acre resort offers camping, canoeing, hiking, fishing and swimming, all onsite.
Family Potluck Campout / Kayak Tour
Bring the whole family to the gourmet potluck campout to kick back and relax! Camp out on the wooded, sandy beaches of the Illinois River. This event is perfect for the first time camper! A full hot breakfast will be served in the morning before setting out on a guided kayak tour for around 2 hours. This trip will explore area rivers and the wildlife along the way!
Father's Day at Raging Waves
Dads, enjoy your day in the sun at Illinois' largest waterpark! All dads are free with an accompanying paid admission or season pass holder. Take part in the CNH Industrial Father's Day 500, where the fastest lap time gets to take home a trophy! Open 10:00am-6:00pm.
Kayak Float Trip
Wanna be lazy? Grab some fresh air and be one with nature with our all new Floatastic Kayak Trip. You get a pontoon boat ride upstream and then you jump into your kayak and float (or paddle) back to the campground! A great way to informally introduce you to the sport of kayaking.
Donny & Marie at the Paramount Theatre
From recording artists to television stars to Vegas headliners, Donny & Marie are the epitome of entertainment superstars. Just ask any of the thousands of people who saw them light up the Paramount last summer. Now, this duo is back at it in Aurora, and they’re bringing the songs, the choreography and, of course, the charm. With more than 90 years in show biz between them, Donny & Marie are bringing their catalog of chart-toppers like “Puppy Love,” “Paper Roses,” “A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock N Roll” and countless more to the stage. Add in their fun-loving personalities, high-energy style and serious dance skills, and this is one production that’s a total blast for the young and young at heart. Get in on all the Osmond fun, and come see for yourself why, year-after-year, Donny & Marie are voted the best of Vegas.
4th of July Fireworks
One of central Illinois largest and most spectacular light shows! Our unique venue offers viewing from the high school bleachers all the way to the bluffs along the Illinois & Fox Rivers either on shore or in your boat. 9pm show time.
Ottawa's Old Town Farmers Market
Ottawa's Old Town Farmers Market is held at Washington Square Park, Saturdays 8:00 am - 12:30 pm, June 13 through Oct. 31. Locally grown fruits, veggies & baked goods, sold fresh and at reasonable prices.
Vertical World Record Try-Out Camp
You gotta get through the tryout camp at Skydive Chicago June 19-22, before moving on for the world record! The Record Camp will take place during Summerfest July 25 – Aug. 2, 2015. The camp will start July 28th and will consist of 25 jumps. July 27th will be the official warm up day.
Third Thursdays in Morris
Evening shopping event from 5-8pm at participating stores. Brought to you by Morris Retail Association & Downtown Morris. More info at ShopMorrisIL.com. 2015 dates: June 18th, July 16th, Aug 20th, Sept 20th.
The Fox Valley Park District makes the glorious season of fall last a little longer with its annual Pumpkin Weekends at Blackberry Farm. During every weekend in October plus Columbus Day – nine days in all – fall is celebrated in its full glory. Families can enjoy safe and fun Halloween festivities including seasonal crafts, harvest décor and pumpkin stories!
Hairspray: The Broadway Musical
Tracy Turnblad is a plus-size teen with plus-size hair, and she has one big plus-size dream – to dance her way onto Baltimore’s smash hit TV show, “The Corny Collins Show.” Every day after school, she and best friend Penny bee-line home to watch the cool kids shake the rafters to the hottest tunes on Collins’ program. When a dance slot opens on the show, Tracy gets help from her friend Seaweed, who puts enough groove in her step to win that dream role – and life is never the same again. But Tracy doesn’t rest on her stardom, instead she uses her new celebrity to racially integrate the TV show and change the lives of Baltimore folks forever.
Run for Recovery Jump from Addiction 5k Walk/Run
Join in for this worthy cause. Run for Recovery Jump from Addiction 5k Walk/Run by Skydive Chicago. The 220-acre resort offers camping, canoeing, hiking, fishing and swimming, all onsite. Times: 6:30am - 3:00pm.
Sacred Heart Festival
It’s a full day of family fun, food and music celebrating the rich culture of Latin America, and it all benefits Aurora’s own Sacred Heart Parish. This year’s fest will feature tons of vendors offering traditional Hispanic items and clothes, endless authentic Latin-American food options and great games for the kids. When the afternoon rolls around, the RiverEdge Park stage fills with some of the area’s biggest and brightest Hispanic bands. Spend your Sunday at the Park having a blast, listening to cool music and giving back to the Aurora community.
Smash Mouth & Toad the Wet Sprocket at RiverEdge
25-year rock vets, Toad the Wet Sprocket, take the stage in what is sure to be an incredible show. What started off as a band jokingly named for a Monty Python sketch became one of the most well-recognized alt-rock groups, and these guys are bringing the laid back rock style to Aurora. Then surfer-meets-garage-band rockers Smash Mouth heat up the Park with a set of everyone’s favorite summer jams. With countless hits like “All-Star,” “Walkin’ On The Sun” and their awesome cover of “I’m a Believer,” these guys are the epitome of warm weather music. Get your summer on at the party of the summer.
Premium seafood and steak with a touch of Mexico! All the flavors from Mexico are mixed to give our food a unique and authentic flavor.
Get the Led Out
Experiencing Get the Led Out is the closest you’ll get to seeing Jimmy, John, Robert and John Paul back on stage. The 6 talented rockers have made it their mission to bring songs from Zeppelin’s legendary albums like Led Zeppelin I-IV, Physical Graffiti and In Through the Out Door to life… and they’re totally explosive. After all, there’s a reason rock journalists say Get the Led Out “didn’t just pass Zeppelin 101 with flying colors – they’re working on their Ph.D. They didn’t just do their Zep homework – they’re teaching the class.”
Celebrate the sound, culture and taste of Mexico at Fiestas Patrias. From the delicious food to the variety of musical acts to the children’s play area, there’s something for everyone at this fun festival right on the Fox River.
Annual Gus Macker Three on Three Basketball Tournament
Gus Macker teams up with nostalgia, history in Morris, IL, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. This will be the 13th year of Gus Macker 3-on-3 in Morris, IL, which is a nostalgic slice of America nestled along the 96-mile I and M Canal that connects the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River. Gus likes to think the I and M mean Incredible Macker site, though it really means Illinois and Michigan Canal. In essence, both are true. It is a tremendous and welcoming stop along the historic canal, as well as an incredible Macker site. Abraham Lincoln reportedly received a haircut during a visit to Morris, but that's just a footnote or maybe headnote in the history of the nostalgic downtown atmosphere that greets Macker players each year. Registration is right on the Grunday County Courthouse lawn. The courts branch out from there on city streets named for great competition, and all together it presents a basketball festival for gamily and friends. Come on over on June 7 and 8. Morris is located just a little over an hour's drive from downtown Chicago, a lot closer from all the suburbs and that's a short trip to find fun, beautiful parks, quaint shops and wonderful restaurants. Oh, and basketball. A dunk contest, 3-point shooting contest, free-throw contest and a Dream Court for those young dreamers are annual parts of the fun brought to you by the Morris Downtown Development Partnership, Inc., as well as gracious sponsor partners. All age groups and levels of experience are welcome. Just put 111 East Washington in your GPS application. Hey, you could probably get a haircut like Honest Abe. He was tall, and we figure he probably played center or power forward. Registration will be available soon at www.macker.com. Even if you don't play basketball, you can be involved!
2nd Annual Making Trax 4 Jax 5K Fun Run/Walk
Join Skydive Chicago for our 2nd annual Making Trax 4 Jax 5K Fun Run/ Walk, organized by local neighbor Suzannah Etscheid, in honor of her son, Jax, who passed away from SIDS. Stay tuned for details, prizes, start times, and registration costs.