1 – Stock up on food and live music at La Salle over the weekend with Friday’s BBQ-N-Blues event. The event program includes performances by Demolition Men, The Ivy Ford Band, Jimmy Nick & Don’t Tell Mama and Steve Cerqua & Crossroads. Also be sure to check out the BBQs from local vendors such as 9th Street Pub, The Taylored Plate, The Dog House, Lil’ MAD Cafe, Bellas Pizza, Haze Smokehouse and La Salle VFW. Beverage vendors at the event will be offering local beer and seltzer as well as signature cocktails from Star Union Spirits and wine from August Hill Winery. The event kicks off at 4 p.m. Friday in downtown La Salle.
2 – Following Friday’s events, La Salle Town Center will next host the Jazz’n the Street event starting at 4 p.m. on Saturday. This event will feature winning tastings, craft beer and cocktails in the beverage tent with food vendors such as 9th Street Pub, The Taylored Plate and more. Saturday’s music will include the US Air Force’s “Harmony in Blue” ensemble, Jack V. Miuccio, Soul 2 the Bone and Ben & Kate. The event will end with a fireworks display starting at 10 p.m.
3 – The 51st annual Bureau County Homestead Festival kicks off Thursday and runs through Sunday in Princeton. The event opens with a Dancing Queen: Abba Salute at 6 p.m. on Thursday. Weekend events include live musical performances, a 5k run, parade, ice cream party, sack tournament, car show, flea market and more. For a full list of Homestead Festival events, visit https://www.homesteadfestival.com/.
4 – The Sandwich Fair will take place from Thursday to Sunday and offers a wide range of activities. The event program includes a Trace Adkins concert on Friday, NTPA Truck Pulls on Saturday and a demolition derby on Sunday. Each day of the event will include live music, an on-farm zoo, fair food, exhibits and more. For a full list of Sandwich Fair events, visit https://www.sandwichfair.com/.
5 – The Illinois Valley Animal Rescue will hold its 4th annual dog walk from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in Baker Lake, Peru. Participants are encouraged to visit the park with their four-legged friend and shop near the vendor area and grab lunch from one of the food trucks there. Proceeds from the event will be used to stock IVAR shelves for the coming winter.