Upcoming Events

  • Falltober Fest at the “Rock”

    Description:  Join park staff, volunteers, and park visitors for a fun filled day at Starved Rock State Park’s Falltober Fest 2023!  The day will kick off with a children’s program.  Starting at 10 visitors can take a fall color guided hike (registration online only starting at 8 a.m. 9/21/23), or stay indoors and enjoy a live animal program presented by Incredible Bats Inc.  Hikes will resume at 1 p.m. and the day will conclude with storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis sharing Native American folklore and ghost stories with drumming and chances to sing a long.

    Date:  Saturday, October 21, 2023

    Time: Activities occur throughout the day at 9:30, 10, 11, 1, and 2.

    Location:  Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center and Trails.

    Registration required:  Yes, the guided hike portion of the day is by registration.  REGISTER HERE!

  • Starved Rock Annual Photography Show

    Description:  Starved Rock State Park would like to invite you to participate in the Annual Starved Rock Photography Show held every December at the Starved Rock Visitor Center.  Photographers can download the Entry Form below for further information including categories, size limitations, how to drop off entries, and more.

    Photographs can be submitted with completed entry forms to the Starved Rock Visitor Center starting November 1st and ending the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.    A committee will judge the entries and awards will be announced on the second weekend of December.

    The show will be open to the public for viewing the second Sunday of December through the second Sunday of January.   All photographs must be claimed by January 14.

    Date Entries are Due:  November 1 through November 22.

    Show Open:  December 10 through January 7.

    Location:  Starved Rock Visitor’s Center Auditorium by the front desk.

    Registration required:  ENTRY FORM


  • Starved Rock Saplings Story Time-Going Batty!

    Description:  We will be going batty at the park for Falltober Fest on October 21st.  Join us for a fun kids program that morning where we will read a storybook on bats, explore the different species of bats found in Illinois, and play a fun game about bats and their favorite food moths!

    Date:  Saturday, October 21, 2023

    Time:  9:30 a.m.

    Location:  Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center

    Registration required:  Please email lisa.sons@illinois.gov to register.

2023 Events