Celebrate the seasons and create memories for a lifetime at our annual community events. Many of these traditions have been enjoyed by generations of Sterling/Rock Falls residents—strike up a conversation with one of our long-time citizens and you’re sure to hear some great stories!—and are events your family will look forward to each year.
Our thanks to the Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce for their help in compiling this information! To learn more about the events listed below, please visit http://www.saukvalleyareachamber.com/
Twin Cities Garage Sales
Semi-Annual May and September
A great way to clean out your closets—and find lots of new treasures!
Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce Carnival
Has it been a while since you’ve eaten cotton candy or taken a spin on the Tilt-a-Whirl? Your wait is over. First week in June. Northland Mall parking lot.
4th of July Celebrations
No Independence Day celebration would be complete without the Sterling-Rock Falls Jaycees’ fireworks display or the Sterling Municipal Band’s annual performance of the 1812 overture—complete with cannon fire!
July – Rock Falls Riverfront
Your chance to enjoy buffalo and elk burgers, alligator sausages and everything from beanbag tournaments to car shows!
Sponsored by Sterling Public Library
Kids and kids of all ages can discover the power of a good yarn, well told! Some of the country’s best storytellers will join us for this fun family event and local storytellers—including kids!—will get their chance to be in the spotlight.
No one celebrates this magical time of year like Sterling/Rock Falls! Here are just a few of our many annual events.
Rock Falls Hometown Holidays
Weekend before Thanksgiving
Live reindeers, living windows, a Christmas walk and a parade and party with You-Know-Who (!) kick off the holiday season.
Festival of Trees
Benefits Hospice of the Rock River Valley.
Sterling’s Seasonal Sights and Sounds
First weekend in December
Local businesses celebrate with open houses, a Toys for Tots drive, a parade and, another chance to catch up with Santa!
Christmas Past Open House
The Dillon Home Museum and the Sterling Rock Falls Historical Society Museum
The perfect place to experience an old-fashioned Christmas.