PrairieFest is this weekend: see which streets will be congested

OSWEGO, IL – Oswego’s four-day community celebration, PrairieFest, is just days away and the festivities are seemingly endless.

PrairieFest Park at 91 Plank Road will serve as the main festival ground for the event, which runs Thursday through Sunday. A full calendar of events can be found on the event website hosted by the Oswegoland Park District, but a few highlights include a carnival, a Rock-N-Circus show, Expo Village, a car show, and a few live musical performances.

Traditionally held on Father’s Day weekend, PrairieFest returns to its regular schedule after taking place in early September 2021 and canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic.

Ahead of the community’s beloved festival, locals and strangers alike should be prepared for delays and additional traffic jams throughout Oswego.

Drivers should expect delays on the following routes:

  • Illinois Route 71 between US Route 34 and Forrest Avenue
  • Plainfield Road between Illinois Route 71 and Woolley Road
  • Madison, Washington and the main streets of downtown Oswego

Police said all three roads will be especially crowded between 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Sunday due to the PrairieFest Parade. To avoid traffic jams, the police encourage absent drivers to take alternative routes.

Parking will be available at a few locations throughout the city, including the District 308 Transportation Center, with access from Stonehill Road; at Oswego High School, in the north and south lots; and at Oswegoland Park District football fields.