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Jun
8
Sat
Ottawa Family Pride Fest @ Washington Park & Jordan Block
Jun 8 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Ottawa Family Pride Fest @ Washington Park & Jordan Block

The 3rd year of our family friendly Pride Festival will be taking place on Saturday, June 8th in Downtown Ottawa! It all kicks off with a parade at 10am straight down LaSalle St. The Main stage on Jordan block will feature The Little Monsters Lady Gaga Tribute Band, Billboard Artist Flamy Grant, and Celebrity Drag Queens Mrs. Kasha Davis and Nina West (fresh off her broadway tour!). That’s just the tip of the entertainment iceberg this year! Plus, almost 100 vendors and food trucks, free crafts, and so much more. All family friendly, and 100% nonprofit to raise funds for the local Youth Outlook Drop in Center! Free to attend main festival; Meet and Greet and evening prom do have ticket costs.

 

Jul
4
Thu
4th of July Fireworks @ Ottawa Township High School
Jul 4 @ 9:00 pm

Copy of 7-4-10 download 1672One 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.

Jul
28
Sun
Touch A Truck @ Riverfront (aka old Central School)
Jul 28 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Touch A Truck @ Riverfront (aka old Central School)

The Illinois Valley Building Trades, the Illinois Valley Contractors’ Association and the Illinois Valley Labor Management Fund are providing a family friendly, completely FREE event for kids of all ages to explore their favorite vehicles.

 See, touch, interact with and learn about dozens of cool vehicles.  Look inside, sit inside, and climb all over any of these unusual vehicles and talk to their operators.

 

 

 

Aug
3
Sat
40th Annual Car Show @ 234 Albin Stevens
Aug 3 @ 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
40th Annual Car Show @ 234 Albin Stevens | Ottawa | Illinois | United States

 



Come check out this spectacular car show! Open to all cars, trucks, and motorcycles.   Music provided. Hosted by LaSalle County Cruisers.

Sep
21
Sat
Oktoberfest @ Jordan Block
Sep 21 @ 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Oktoberfest @ Jordan Block

Traditional Oktoberfest is coming back to Downtown Ottawa! The Jordan Block will be filled with German fare (brats, schnitzel, spaetzle, and, of course, pretzels!), beer, polka, and vendors selling classic Oktoberfest wares. Activities for the entire family will span the day, and the festivities will stretch into the evening hours as we celebrate with good eats and good company. Lederhosen optional- but appreciated!

Sep
28
Sat
Scarecrow Festival @ Downtown Ottawa
Sep 28 @ 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

The long standing Ottawa Scarecrow Fest returns to Downtown Ottawa with activities for the entire family. Stroll from Washington Park to the Jordan block visiting craft vendors, trying a great variety of food (including freshly made apple cider donuts!), and listening to live music. Plus, the kids can enjoy pumpkin painting and other free crafts, games, and fun entertainers before walking arounf to view this year’s Scarecrow Competition entries throughout Downtown! Don’t forget to stop in all the local shops along the way to check out all Ottawa has to offer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Oct
12
Sat
Ottawa’s Smoketober Fest @ Jordon Block
Oct 12 @ 12:00 pm – 12:00 pm

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Join us Saturday, October 12, 2024 for Ottawa’s Smoketober fest & bbq competition.  The event will be held at the Jordan Block in beautiful downtown Ottawa from 12pm – 5pm.  Featuring a BBQ competition – live music – pig roast – and more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This year we are going to add a category to the judging event. Each person participating will receive 3 racks of ribs to be used for tasting samples, 1 Rib per tasting. A cash prize will be awarded to the winner of the people's choice.
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Nov
29
Fri
Ottawa Chris Kringle Market 2024 @ Jordan Block
Nov 29 @ 12:00 am – 12:00 am

Friday hours: 4-8pm, Saturday hours: 11-7pm, Sunday hours: 11-4pm

The Ottawa Chris Kringle Market 2024 features local artisans, boutiques and restaurants in an open air, Euro-inspired event under the twinkling lights of the Jordan Block Park in historic downtown Ottawa, Illinois. Over 70 vendor placed throughout Downtown Ottawa makes this an enjoyable shopping experience. Stroll from one location to another sampling tasty treats while being caught up in the holiday spirit. Find vendors at the Jordan Block, on Court Street, and on Jackson Street next to Washington Square Park. Vendors will vary each weekend so its important to come back to have a new experience. Make this your new holiday tradition!

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Festival of Lights ” Deck the Parks” @ City of Ottawa
Nov 29 @ 6:00 pm
Nov
30
Sat
Ottawa Chris Kringle Market 2024 @ Jordan Block
Nov 30 @ 12:00 am – 12:00 am

Friday hours: 4-8pm, Saturday hours: 11-7pm, Sunday hours: 11-4pm

The Ottawa Chris Kringle Market 2024 features local artisans, boutiques and restaurants in an open air, Euro-inspired event under the twinkling lights of the Jordan Block Park in historic downtown Ottawa, Illinois. Over 70 vendor placed throughout Downtown Ottawa makes this an enjoyable shopping experience. Stroll from one location to another sampling tasty treats while being caught up in the holiday spirit. Find vendors at the Jordan Block, on Court Street, and on Jackson Street next to Washington Square Park. Vendors will vary each weekend so its important to come back to have a new experience. Make this your new holiday tradition!

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