Arts and Entertainment


Come to LaSalle County for music, wine, comedy, or an old-fashion drive-in movie!

Sweet Corn Festival (view ad)

Tons of free, hot, buttered, delicious Del Monte sweet corn will be the highlight of the festival. Sweet Corn Festival offers a variety of entertainment for the entire family. The Mendota Area Chamber of Commerce is preparing for the gigantic undertaking of hosting over 60,000 visitors who consume nearly 50 tons of sweet corn during the festival weekend.

Vintage Illinois (view ad)

Matthiessen State Park
Vintage Illinois is the largest wine tasting festival in the state of Illinois! It is truly an extraordinary wine tasting event held in beautiful Matthiessen State Park, Vermillion River Entrance.

More on 34

Every Father’s Day Weekend
Route 34 From Aurora to Galesburg
This is not your typical yard sale. More On 34 stretches across 100 miles, five counties, and 18 towns between Aurora and Galesburg. It is full of treasures at great prices.

Musical/Comedy entertainment…

Engle Lane Theatre

1012 Columbus Road
(815) 672-3584
This well-equipped theatre seats 247 patrons. Productions are on-going throughout the year. For more information and a complete listing of shows, see

Stage 212 Inc.

Robert Manahan Theatre
700 First Street
(815) 224-3025
Since 1968, Stage 212 has brought the area over 100 major productions. Ticket information and show times can be found at

Or, take in a movie at an old fashion Drive-in Theater…

34-Drive-In Theater (view ad)

Route 34
(815) 246-9700
Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday – April-October. Opens 7 pm. Movies start at dusk. Full menu concession stand.

In addition to theater, LaSalle County works diligently to promote the arts to the community. Through various festivals, shows and concerts, visitors will gain appreciation for the arts. Some of these include:

Art in the ParkArt in the Park is sponsored by Ottawa Art League at the Washington Park. This fine art festival is a juried and judged show and sale featuring 35+ are artists and artisans exhibiting works in oil painting, acrylics, pastels, graphite, pottery, glass, woodworking, metals and much more. For more information, visit


Ottawa Mural Walking TourOttawa Mural Walking Tour is a Brush with History public art program that was developed to help revitalize Ottawa’s downtown and create a cultural attraction for tourists and residents of the community. The program is sponsored by the Ottawa Visitors Center and overseen by a committee of citizens devoted to public arts. View 6 murals located throughout downtown Ottawa. Tours begin from Reddick Mansion. Try our cell phone tour by dialing (866) MURALS-1.

The Illinois Valley Symphony presents a yearly series of orchestra concerts designed to entertain, educate, enlighten, and inspire. Escape your world and be captivated by joining us for a performance this season! Visit for schedule of events.