Your Top 5 things to do this weekend in the Sauk Valley

1• Summer Splash, 11a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, at RB&W Riverfront Park and First Avenue parking lot. Farmers market and vendor show, food, a cruise-in parade, family-friendly activities and more;, Summer Splash on Facebook or 815-625-4500.

2 • Bluegrass Festival, gates open at 10 a.m., music at 11 Saturday at Heritage Canyon, 515 N. Fourth St., Fulton; bluegrass music from regional and national acts, including No Worries, Fox Crossing String Band, Grass Attack and Cristina Vane String Band; tickets available via Eventbrite, $15 per person and $40 per family, and at the gate, $20 per person and $50 per family, kids 5 and younger, free. Proceeds benefit the Early American Crafters, Heritage Canyon and other local charities; concessions by Hillbilly Jack’s BBQ, craft vendor show, canyon and historic village open; lawn chairs welcome, no coolers or pets; Heritage Bluegrass Festival on Facebook.

3 • Lanark Old Settlers Days, Friday-Sunday throughout Lanark; craft and vendor show, food vendors, inflatables, kids carnival for those 8 and younger, paint the town, kids fun run, raffles, music, bull rides, movie; breakfast, Raging Road Rally 5k, pony rides, car show, parade, beer garden, kids zone, bingo, tractor pull, pork chop dinner, church under the tent, antique tractor show; full schedule at Lanark Old Settler’s Days on Facebook.

4 • Acoustic Circus with Joe Pasteris “On the Stoop,” 8:30 p.m., Saturday at Books on First, 202 W. First St., Dixon; Facebook.

5 • Frozen Jr., presented by Woodlawn Arts Academy, 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in Centennial Auditorium at Sterling High School, 19 E. Miller Road, Sterling; dress as your favorite “Frozen” character, get your picture taken with the cast; tickets $7 at, at the box office, at 815-622-3248, 3-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, or at the door.

Other things going on this week around the Sauk Valley:

Jammin’ on the Rock, an evening of local musicians performing, will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. July 1 at RB&W Park, 201 E. Second St; open to all ages; Brito’s Grill and Triple P BBQ Food trucks open a 5 p.m.; to perform, call Rock Falls Tourism at 815-622-1106 or; music can be acoustic, singer-songwriter, rock, bluegrass, country, or gospel. In case of inclement weather, the event will be canceled.

• Home of Hope Wellness Walk, 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Sinnissippi Main Shelter; a low impact route along the river path open to cancer patients, family, and caregivers; find Home of Hope on Facebook.

• “Pippin,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Timber Lake Playhouse, 8215 Black Oak Road, Mount Carroll. Tickets cost $20, $25 and $30 at or at the door.

• Finding Home band , 6-9 p.m. Friday at Pine Creek Escape, 6797 W. Pines Road, Oregon; cold drinks and live music, kids play sapacev, tables and chairs provided, but feel free to bring your own; $5 for adult memberss, $7 adult nonmembers, $5 for kids 3-15; Pine Creek Escape on Facebook.

• Music in the Square, Just For Fun Band, 5:30-7 p.m. Friday, John Dixon Park, 515 N. Galena Ave. in Dixon; free; bring lawn chairs or blankets;

• Summer concert series presented by Winning Wheels, Last Call. 7-9 p.m. Friday at Eclipse Square Park, 301 Washington St., Prophetstown. Bring lawn chairs or blankets.

• “Polkadots, the Cool Kids Musical,” presented by Festival 56, 7:30 p.m. Friday outdoors behind the Bureau County Metro Center, 837 Park Ave W., Princeton; reimagines the experience of young Civil Rights pioneers Ruby Bridges and the Little Rock Nine, students who were the first to be integrated into public schools in Louisiana in 1960 and Arkansas in 1957, in the story of Lily Polkadot, the first Polkadot in an all-Square school; tickets $14 to $21, $7 for kids 10 and younger; performances continue through July 21; concessions available, bring a lawn chair, bug spray, sunscreen; call or go to the box office from noon-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday at Grace Theater, 316 S. Main St., Princeton, 815-879-5656, or

• White Oaks Therapeutic Equestrian Center annual open horse show, 9 a.m-4 p.m., Saturday at Whiteside County Fairgrounds, 201 W, Winfield St., Morrison; registration at 8 a.m.; concessions available; call Tawny at 815-535-6208 or for more information.

• Chana Route 64 Auction Barn Inc. flea market, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 620 S. Stone Hill Road; Chana Route 64 Auction Barn on Facebook or 815-830-3898.

• Riven Quartet 6 p.m. Sunday, Spring Valley Reformed Church, 10960 Spring Valley Road Fulton; an evening of praise and worship; root beer floats will be served; donations accepted; concert moves indoors if it rains.

• Concerts in the Park, Windbreakers, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oregon Park West, 14th St; free; bring lawn chairs, blankest, food and drinks; no alcohol or pets; rain location, Oregon Coliseum at Franklin and Fourth streets;

• Quartermania, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Dixon Elks Lodge, 1279 Franklin Grove Road, Dixon; doors open at 5; concessions; 815-288-3072.

• Burgers and Classics Cruise Night, 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jay’s Drive-In, 107 W. Washington St., Oregon; no entry fee, 50-50 drawing, proceeds benefit local charities.

•Woodlawn Arts Academy’s Summer Art Exhibit, “Beyond Unicorns and Rainbows: Meeting the Needs of the LGBTQ+ Community;” through Aug. 13 at the school at 3807 Woodlawn Road, Sterling; free.

“25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee,”musical comedy July 1-11 at Timberlake Playhouse, 8125 Black Oak Road, Mount Carroll; for performance schedule and tickets.

• Music Under the Stars, 6:20 p.m. pre-concert, band at 7:30 Wednesday at Grandon Civic Center; concessions available; 7:30 p.m.; find Sterling Municipal Band on Facebook.

Farmer’s markets

• River’s Edge Farmers Market, 5:30-7 p.m. Thursdays off North Second street behind Oregon Fire Department, 100 W. Washington St. ; locally grown produce, meat, handmade items, activities for kids, and other special events; Facebook and Instagram.

• Twin City Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, year-round indoors and out; 106 Avenue A in Sterling, 815-626-8610, and Facebook.

• Dixon City Market, 5-8 p.m. Wednesdays, Dixon Riverfront, 87 S. Hennepin Avenue; fresh produce and artisan crafters; weekly food trucks; and Facebook.

• Haymarket Square Farmers Market, 7 a.m.-noon Wednesdays and Saturdays through October; 513 W. Second St., Dixon; fresh produce and crafts; and Facebook.

• Mt. Morris Farmer’s Market, 4:30-7 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays through September at Union Savings parking lot, Wesley Avenue and state Route 64; locally grown produce, homemade items;

• Lanark Farmers Market, 3-6 p.m. Tuesdays through October at Broad and Locust streets; fresh produce, demonstrations, classes, music, food, arts and crafts, kids’ events and more; or Facebook.

• Rock Falls Farmers Market, 7-11 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays, 400 W. Second St.; locally grown fruits and veggies, crafts, vendor items; and Facebook.

Museums and attractions

• Savanna Museum and Cultural Center, 1-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Labor Day weekend; 406 Main St.; and Facebook.

• Amboy Depot Museum, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday 1- p.m. Sunday through October, 50 S. East Ave. The museum is a two-story brick and limestone building with eight distinctive chimneys. It has 19 rooms filled with items specific to the Illinois Central Railroad and local history. The Freight House and Palmer 1- room School House also are open. Donations welcome; and Facebook.

• Franklin Grove Grist Mill, noon-4 p.m. Friday-Sunday, 1893 Twist Road; natural history and locally made gifts; guided hikes of the Franklin Creek State Natural Area, 9 a.m. to noon on the last Saturday of the month from May through September; or 815-456-2718.

• Loveland History Museum, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, Loveland Community House, 513 W. Second St., Dixon; free admission; or 815-284-2741.

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