Hello July!

“Summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”

― Henry James


Did you know July is National Anti-boredom month? And it’s easy to celebrate in Oregon! Little more than an hour’s drive from the Western Suburbs and 45 minutes from Rockford.

  Whether you are camping at one of our state parks or staying at a B&B or hotel, allow us to be your trail-head for outdoor and indoor recreation while in Ogle County.    Check out the unique events we have to offer below!   

To view all of Oregon’s visitor information, activities, shops, etc., click here.

Let Freedom Ring Festival and Fireworks

June 28th – July 4th, 2017            Downtown Mt. Morris, Illinois



Thousands of folks come from all over to watch the best fireworks display in the county backed up by Souza Music performed by the community band.  But that’s only the beginning of what this five day festival has to offer.   From the Parade, Community Women’s Ice Cream Social,  live music, and the kiddie water fights; you will find something for everyone in the family to enjoy. Click here for a full schedule of events.




Rock River Ukulele Tube Float

Sunday, July 2 at 1 PM – 5 PM       White Pelican, Inc.   201 N 3rd Suite 25, Oregon, Illinois 61061

And now, for something completely different!

 Tune up your waterproof ukulele, grab your tube or canoe, and join us as we strum and float down the beautiful Rock River from Oregon to Castle Rock State Park. The “Great Rock River Ukulele Float” departs on Sunday, July 2nd at 1pm from White Pelican (201 N 3rd St) behind Conover Square Mall.   Cost for the event is $5 per person and “Water-Friendly” Ukuleles are available for purchase (in advance) at a special event price of $50.00 (tax & bag included).   Tube rental is available for an additional cost of $15 per tube. Canoes are also available for a cost of $40. You are welcome to bring your own ukulele, tube or canoe and “Non-Strummers” are welcome too, just pay the $5 participant fee.   Click for additional information here.

For more information, call 815-994-1246.


Nash Pool Open Swim

Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:30pm-8:4pm and Fridays 6:30pm-8:45pm.   Oregon Park District Nash Center 304 S. Fifth Street,  Oregon Ill. 61061 – (815) 732-3101

Visiting town and looking for a way to relax and let the kiddos burn some energy at the same time? Come enjoy the Nash Pool. During the times listed above, all areas of the pool are open for use including our diving board and basketball hoop. Pool toys are allowed in the pool at the discretion of the aquatic staff.




July 14 5:00 pm-12:00 am, July 15 8:00 am-12:00 am, July 16 11:00 am-4:30 pm;   Byron, IL

Remember all of the fun you had last year? Whether you are looking to place at the top in their 5K race or Bags Tournament, try out some goodies at Taste of ByronFest, enjoy the parade, or just kick back and enjoy the live entertainment – then this Festival has you covered! Also featured will be a Carnival, a Car Show, a Quilt Show, and a Vendor Show. Click here for the schedule of events





Super Hero Saturday at White Pines Skating Rink

Saturday, July 29th 7:00 pm-11:00 pm     6929 W. Pines Rd – Mount Morris, Illinois   815-946-9988

Camping in the area?  Getting burned out from the sun?  Kids tired of all that nature?  Enjoy an evening inside and wear your super hero gear for a skate party at one of very the few vintage roller rinks from yesteryear. Compete in a Mountain Dew chug, relay races, superpass giveaway, and more!   Many other special events throughout the month.  Click here for more information.

Less than a mile from White Pines State Park camping and lodge.  



Celebrate National Picnic Month in Castle Rock State Park    

1365 W. Castle Rd. Oregon IL 61061 815-732-7329

Pack up a picnic and check out the breathtaking views.  Disconnect and leave behind all your worries about wi-fi passwords. Don’t leave your dog at home (as long as they are on a leash) and visit Castle Rock State Park to enjoy seven miles of marked trails and the best views in Northern Illinois!




Free Concerts in the Park – Join us Tuesdays at Oregon Park West


Bring your lawn chair, blanket, and picnic basket. And don’t forget to wear your dancing shoes! Enjoy a variety of music, yard games and family fun. Giveaways are provided by many sponsors, while supplies last. Visit the Farmer’s Market booths to bring home your fresh veggies, flowers, plants and baked goods! Dogs and alcohol are prohibited at Park District Concerts.    Check out the brochure with full descriptions of entertainment.

JULY 11 Love & Thunder Sponsored by Stillman Bank

JULY 18 Burn N’ Bush Sponsored by Woods/Blount

JULY 25 Soapstone Sponsored by Oregon Park District