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Keeping Busy during Your Visit to Historic Princeton, IL

Festivals Through Out The Year


Each summer and fall, the folks at Festival 56 bring together a cast of gifted and talented actors from across the country and delight us with an amazing calendar of live theatre! It's a can't miss!
Throughout the year, Princeton festivals and events will give you dozens of reasons to visit!

Each year, our Homestead Festival, a celebration of the Owen Lovejoy Homestead's remarkable place in history, is held during the second weekend in September. The weekend's activities include a window display contest; museum tours; a pulled pork barbecue dinner and ice cream social; horse-drawn wagon rides; performances by the Princeton Community Band; helicopter rides; an arts and crafts show and market; a BBQ rib cook-off; a 5K race; class reunions; and the Homestead Festival parade.


Always one of the brightest highlights of the summer, the Bureau County Fair makes its way to town during the last full week in August!
Throughout the year, the Bureau County Fairgrounds offers events like the Covered Bridge Quilt Show, the Sauk Trail Gun Show, Second Sunday Flea Markets, Nightmare on Fairgrounds Road, the Demolition Derby, and in August-the Bureau County Fair, one of our state's longest-running county fairs!

During the late spring and summer months, the Farmers Market at Darius Miller Park provides fresh locally-grown fruits and vegetables, preserves and jams, and baked goods. Also through the summer, Festival 56 provides a wonderful range of theatrical events from comedies and musicals to dramas, as well as Shakespeare in the Park performances on Sunday afternoons and Wednesday evenings.


Each July, bicyclists of all ages and skill descend on Princeton for our annual Z-Tour Bike Ride, setting out to traverse our beautiful country side along a number of scenic routes!
Bicyclists at all skill levels look forward to the annual July Z-Tour Bike Ride. This biking event provides six routes from ten to a hundred miles, through northwest Illinois back roads providing beautiful views of the Bureau Valley countryside.

In October, Shadows of the Blue and Gray offers a chance for families to see how Civil War soldiers lived and fought. The campgrounds are open for tours on Friday and Saturday evening, and a Civil War battle re-creation is the focus of Sunday's events.

Community Events, Performances, and Acticities

Throughout the year, there are dozens of special programs and presentations by the Princeton Public Library, the Prairie Arts Council, the Bureau County Historical Society, the Bureau County Genealogical Society, and Festival 56.

Throughout the year, our Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with local merchants, hosts several special seasonal events bringing shopping, entertainment and fun together along our two unique Main Street shopping districts.

We would love to have you join us and hope to see you soon!

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