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Our calendar of events is an up-to-the-minute guide on what's happening throughout the Ottawa / Starved Rock area. If you're looking to enjoy everything from small galas to gigantic festivals, from family entertainment to record-setting extreme-sports events, you'll find it listed here, along with contact and admission info and everything you need to make visiting Ottawa an experience you'll enjoy and remember!

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Odeum Community Theatre - Nunsense
Apr. 25, 2014 - Apr. 26, 2014 , 7:30 pm

Hilarious musical comedy about five nuns who put on their own variety show to save the convent. Presented by special arrangements by Samuel French, Inc. N.Y. Tickets $15 $15. Event Type: Entertainment.
 
Odeum Main Stage
808 LaSalle Street
Ottawa, IL 61350
Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage
Apr. 26, 2014 - Apr. 27, 2014 , 9:00 am & 1:00pm

Hepatica, Bellwort, and Violets, oh my! Enjoy the great variety of spring wildflowers at Starved Rock State Park. Join the Starved Rock guides as they hike to overlooks and canyons throughout the park identifying wildflowers and discussing Native American uses of those wildflowers. Learn all about the history and geology of the park! If conditions permit, sparkling waterfalls will flow in canyons. Guided hikes leave from the Starved Rock Visitor Center at 9:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. each day. Hikes are free! Event Type: Outdoor.
 
Starved Rock StatePark
Route 178 & Route 71
Utica, IL 61373
815-667-4726
Odeum Community Theatre - Nunsense
Apr. 27, 2014 - Apr. 27, 2014 , 2:00 pm

Hilarious musical comedy about five nuns who put on their own variety show to save the convent. Presented by special arrangements by Samuel French, Inc. N.Y. Tickets $15 $15. Event Type: Entertainment.
 
Odeum Main Stage
808 LaSalle Street
Ottawa, IL 61350
Kentucky Derby Tea
May. 1, 2014 - May. 1, 2014 , 2:00pm- 4:00pm

Put on your hats, and join us for a pre-Derby Tea party! Each tea menu includes a full array of tea sandwiches, scones with Devonshire cream & jam, a selection of sweets, and of course, a variety of Republic of Tea teas. Reservations required $19.50. Event Type: Entertainment.
 
Lock 16 Center
754 First Street
LaSalle, IL 61301
815-223-1851
Midwest Morel Fest
May. 2, 2014 - May. 3, 2014 , 4:00 pm Friday, 7:00 am Saturday

LEARN, HUNT, AUCTION . . . for Morel Mushrooms during Ottawa's Midwest Morel Fest! This unique festival offers something for everyone from the mushroom enthusiast to the curious observer! See the following schedule: All events take place at Washington Square Park. *Friday, May 2nd - "LEARN AND GUIDED HUNT SEMINAR" by Morel University - limit of 120 Hunters - Begins at 4:00pm. *Saturday, May 3rd - "CHAMPIONSHIP HUNT" - limit of 440 Hunters - sign-in begins at 7:00am Saturday morning with a deadline of 8:45am. All contestants will be bused to the hunt site. NO OTHER VEHICLES WILL BE ALLOWED TO FOLLOW THE OFFICIAL HUNT VEHICLES. *1:00pm "PUBLIC MOREL AUCTION". *2:30pm - "MOREL AWARDS CEREMONY". *Other Events - MOREL MUSHROOM MUSEUM, FARMERS MARKET, HAND AND HOME MADE MARKET, REDDICK MANSION TOURS, OTTAWA SCOUTING MUSEUM, HISTORIC WASHINGTON PARK, SHOPPING AND DINING, MAIN STREET ANTIQUES. Cost for seminar and hunt each: 13 yrs and over $30.00, 12 yrs and under $15.00, Walk-Ins add $5.00. No cancellations. No refunds. REGISTRATION DEADLINE MAY 1. Walk-Ins permitted if space allows. Call the Ottawa Visitors Center to make your reservations today! $30 per person/$15 per child. Event Type: Festival.
 
Washington Square Park
Jackson Street
Ottawa, IL 61350
815-434-2737
Odeum Community Theatre - Nunsense
May. 2, 2014 - May. 3, 2014 , 2:00 pm

Hilarious musical comedy about five nuns who put on their own variety show to save the convent. Presented by special arrangements by Samuel French, Inc. N.Y. Tickets $15 $15. Event Type: Entertainment.
 
Odeum Main Stage
808 LaSalle Street
Ottawa, IL 61350
I & M Canal Mule - Pulled Boat Rides
May. 2, 2014 - May. 4, 2014 , 11:30 am, 1:00pm, 2:30pm

Your 90 Minute round trip Journey on the mule-pulled, full-size replica canal boat will take you on the same hand-dug waterway that 19th century pioneers traveled. Your guides, dressed as Canal Era crew and passengers, will take you back in time to life on the American frontier and the Illinois prairie. Meet our mules, Larry and Moe, and learn how mules and horses powered the boats in the last century. Seating on open-air deck and in enclosed cabin. Plenty of seating for inclement weather - boat runs rain and shine. Handicapped Accessible except motorized wheelchairs. Parking is free. Please plan to arrive at least 20 minutes before scheduled departure. Adults $14, Seniors $12, Youth 16 & under $8, Children under 3 free, family pack available. Event Type: Entertainment.
 
Lock 16
754 First Street
LaSalle, IL 61301
815-220-1848
Spring Migratory Bird Hike
May. 3, 2014 - May. 3, 2014 , 7:30 am

Head out to Starved Rock State Park for an early morning bird hike to the top of Starved Rock and along Campanula Trail. We will seek out our resident birds and greet our spring migrators. Meet in the Starved Rock Visitor Center lobby at 7:30 a.m. Bring your binoculars and your favorite bird guide. No binoculars? No problem! Well loan you a pair! Remember, hike will include walking over uneven terrain. Hike will last 1 ½ hours and is free! Registration is required. Hike is limited to the first 15 people. Hike is suitable for adults and attentive youth. Call the Starved Rock Visitor Center at 815-667-4906 or email us at dnr.starvedrock@illlinois.gov to secure your spot. Participants must register by Thursday, May 1st. See you there! Event Type: Outdoor.
 
Starved Rock State Park
Route 178 & Route 71
Utica, IL 61373
816-667-4906
Odeum Community Theatre - Nunsense
May. 4, 2014 - May. 4, 2014 , 2:00 pm

Hilarious musical comedy about five nuns who put on their own variety show to save the convent. Presented by special arrangements by Samuel French, Inc. N.Y. Tickets $15 $15. Event Type: Entertainment.
 
Odeum Main Stage
808 LaSalle Street
Ottawa, IL 61350
I & M Canal Mule - Pulled Boat Rides
May. 9, 2014 - May. 11, 2014 , 11:30 am, 1:00pm, 2:30pm

Your 90 Minute round trip Journey on the mule-pulled, full-size replica canal boat will take you on the same hand-dug waterway that 19th century pioneers traveled. Your guides, dressed as Canal Era crew and passengers, will take you back in time to life on the American frontier and the Illinois prairie. Meet our mules, Larry and Moe, and learn how mules and horses powered the boats in the last century. Seating on open-air deck and in enclosed cabin. Plenty of seating for inclement weather - boat runs rain and shine. Handicapped Accessible except motorized wheelchairs. Parking is free. Please plan to arrive at least 20 minutes before scheduled departure. Adults $14, Seniors $12, Youth 16 & under $8, Children under 3 free, family pack available. Event Type: Entertainment.
 
Lock 16
754 First Street
LaSalle, IL 61301
815-220-1848
I & M Canal Mule - Pulled Boat Rides
May. 16, 2014 - May. 18, 2014 , 11:30 am, 1:00pm, 2:30pm

Your 90 Minute round trip Journey on the mule-pulled, full-size replica canal boat will take you on the same hand-dug waterway that 19th century pioneers traveled. Your guides, dressed as Canal Era crew and passengers, will take you back in time to life on the American frontier and the Illinois prairie. Meet our mules, Larry and Moe, and learn how mules and horses powered the boats in the last century. Seating on open-air deck and in enclosed cabin. Plenty of seating for inclement weather - boat runs rain and shine. Handicapped Accessible except motorized wheelchairs. Parking is free. Please plan to arrive at least 20 minutes before scheduled departure. Adults $14, Seniors $12, Youth 16 & under $8, Children under 3 free, family pack available. Event Type: Entertainment.
 
Lock 16
754 First Street
LaSalle, IL 61301
815-220-1848
"Love and Liberty" Historic Bridal Show
May. 17, 2014 - May. 17, 2014 , 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Featuring bridal dresses, military uniforms and wedding stories from throughout the 20th century. After the bridal show at historic Christ Episcopal Church join us for a cake and punch reception at the Reddick Mansion. Event Type: Entertainment.
 
Reddick Mansion
100 W. Lafayette Street
Ottawa, IL 61350
815-433-6100
I & M Canal Mule - Pulled Boat Rides
May. 23, 2014 - May. 25, 2014 , 11:30 am, 1:00pm, 2:30pm

Your 90 Minute round trip Journey on the mule-pulled, full-size replica canal boat will take you on the same hand-dug waterway that 19th century pioneers traveled. Your guides, dressed as Canal Era crew and passengers, will take you back in time to life on the American frontier and the Illinois prairie. Meet our mules, Larry and Moe, and learn how mules and horses powered the boats in the last century. Seating on open-air deck and in enclosed cabin. Plenty of seating for inclement weather - boat runs rain and shine. Handicapped Accessible except motorized wheelchairs. Parking is free. Please plan to arrive at least 20 minutes before scheduled departure. Adults $14, Seniors $12, Youth 16 & under $8, Children under 3 free, family pack available. Event Type: Entertainment.
 
Lock 16
754 First Street
LaSalle, IL 61301
815-220-1848
Ottawa Garden Club Meeting
May. 27, 2014 - May. 27, 2014 , 7:00 pm

Andy Stahr: principal egology vision llc Rain Gardens Event Type: Get Involved.
 
Fox High Rise
906 Canal Street
Ottawa, IL 61350
815-434-6287/815-434-2076
I & M Canal Mule - Pulled Boat Rides
May. 30, 2014 - Jun. 1, 2014 , 11:30 am, 1:00pm, 2:30pm

Your 90 Minute round trip Journey on the mule-pulled, full-size replica canal boat will take you on the same hand-dug waterway that 19th century pioneers traveled. Your guides, dressed as Canal Era crew and passengers, will take you back in time to life on the American frontier and the Illinois prairie. Meet our mules, Larry and Moe, and learn how mules and horses powered the boats in the last century. Seating on open-air deck and in enclosed cabin. Plenty of seating for inclement weather - boat runs rain and shine. Handicapped Accessible except motorized wheelchairs. Parking is free. Please plan to arrive at least 20 minutes before scheduled departure. Adults $14, Seniors $12, Youth 16 & under $8, Children under 3 free, family pack available. Event Type: Entertainment.
 
Lock 16
754 First Street
LaSalle, IL 61301
815-220-1848
Hoo Haven at Starved Rock!
May. 31, 2014 - May. 31, 2014 , 1:00 pm

Hoo Haven Rehabilitation & Educational Center will be at the Starved Rock Visitor Center Saturday, May 31st at 1:00 p.m. Hoo Haven will have live critters on hand such as an American White Pelican, Turkey Vulture, and native snakes. Learn fun facts and adaptations of these animals. Seating is first-come, first-served. Seating is limited so make sure you come early and secure your spot. Program will last 1 hour and is free! Join us! For more information call the Starved Rock Visitor Center at 815-667-4906. Event Type: Outdoor.
 
Starved Rock State Park
Route 178 & Route 71
Utica, IL 61373
815-667-4906
Ragman's Roll
May. 31, 2014 - May. 31, 2014 , 7:00pm

"Readings by the Author" John Wallace. After the author tells his fictionalized tale of General WHL Wallace, refreshments will be served. Event Type: Entertainment.
 
Reddick Mansion
100 W. Lafayette Street
Ottawa, IL 61350
815-433-6100

 


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