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

July 4th           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.







The 2nd weekend in July;   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.