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Top 5 things to do this weekend, Sept. 15-16, 2018

Looking for something fun to do in the Sauk Valley this weekend? Here are some suggestions.
Looking for something fun to do in the Sauk Valley this weekend? Here are some suggestions.

Editor's note: This week's Top 5 has been updated to remove the cruise night in Mount Carroll; that event was included in error. The car cruise will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. We apologize for the confusion.


A day that’s outstanding in the field

Autumn on the Prairie runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Nachusa Grasslands, 8772 S. Lowden Road.

The annual event features guided hiking tours, riding prairie tours, demonstrations, exhibits and other activities. Food also will be sold.

Admission is free, but donations are welcome. A $5 parking fee will be charged.

Find Friends of Nachusa Grasslands on Facebook or go to for more information.

The word on the street is ‘art’

MORRISON – Thousands of visitors will pour into the city Saturday for the annual Paint the Town, an artistic endeavor in which 5-by-5-foot spaces on Main Street become canvases for people to paint.

A square and bag of supplies costs $18; the day begins at noon next to American Legion Post 328, 306 E. Main St.

There will be street entertainment, music and food vendors.

Go to, call 815-772-2670, or find the event on Facebook for more information.

Fiesta parade

ROCK FALLS – The annual Fiesta parade starts at 1 p.m. Saturday in Rock Falls, where entries will line up on 10th Street, travel north on First Avenue, cross the bridge to Sterling, travel north on Locust Street to Fourth Street, and end at Grandon Civic Center.

It’s the preface to Taste of Fiesta, from noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 22 at RB&W District Park, 301 E. Second St., which will offer food, music, dance, art, kids activities, a fun fair and business booths.

Call 815-625-2400 or e-mail for more information on either event.

Scarecrows, bags and more

DIXON – The annual Scarecrow Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday downtown.

There will be pumpkin-painting, face-painting, balloons, a petting zoo, craft vendors, a pumpkin patch, photo booth, fall treats and other food. Pink Heals Sauk Valley will be on hand.

The Bags for the Brave tournament and veterans ceremony will be part of the festivities.

Find the festival on Facebook or call 815-284-3361 for more information.

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