Sterling, Illinois – So Much To Do, So Little Time

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Sterling, Illinois – So Much To Do, So Little Time

Posted on: August 15th, 2017

Sterling, Illinois is known for its association with manufacturing and metalworking, and though that may be one aspect of our city, Sterling has a lot to offer its citizens besides steel! In addition to many parks and outdoor activities, our city has plenty that keeps us busy throughout the year that we often find ourselves saying “so much to do, so little time!”

Citywide Events

With a population of only fifteen thousand, Sterling certainly doesn’t seem like a small town. Sterling definitely provides us with plenty to keep us busy. No matter what time of year it is you can certainly find something for everyone.

Even though summer is winding down, we can’t leave out the amazing summer events that fill our beautifully warm nights.

If you’re looking for a music festival we have a few to choose from!

You can go to the Municipal Band Concert under the stars every Wednesday night and enjoy a lovely night of free orchestra music and company!


Grandon Civic Center


We are also lucky enough to enjoy a farmer’s market! No longer are farmer’s markets just for summer; our awesome market is open year round! Located in our historic Twin Cities produce building, you can come on Saturday between 8 AM and noon for some amazing local produce, art, and pastries.

If your interests lie more with cars you should check out our annual car show! Every May you can see all the awesome varieties of cars that visit from “rat rods to classics.”


twin city produce company


We really have something for everyone. Throughout the year you can find events like our Autumn Fest, outdoor movies and fireworks, Festival of Trees, ice cream socials, blood drives, reading groups, and more! To check out a comprehensive calendar of all Sterling’s yearly events, you can visit Sterling’s events calendar here.


civic center amphitheater

Life in Sterling

Still looking for things to do? We have plenty to do around town in addition to some of our bigger events. Our Historic Main Street offers great places for entertainment, food, and religious gatherings. You can visit one of our almost 20 different parks, or explore Sterling’s services and businesses here! Here are a few of our favorite local places.

Angelo’s Pizzeria

angeloa's pizza


Angelo’s is a community favorite! With lots of pizza and pasta options, you’ll see Angelo’s packed on any day of the week!

Deer Valley Golf Club

Deer Valley Golf Club


The Deer Valley Golf Club is a great place to golf a few rounds, host an event, or just get a great sandwich!

Corner Gallery Art Studio

Corner Gallery Art Studio


Come on in and improve your artistic abilities, or just come check out some of the local work! At Corner Gallery, they feature all things art!

Timberlake Playhouse


Though it’s just a little outside of Sterling, we love to attend shows at this lovely outdoor theatre. Look for upcoming shows here.

Educators of Beauty

Educators of Beauty staff and school


Of course we had to mention our school! We offer great services whether you’re interested in attending our classes, or a cut and color ! Come in for skin treatments or haircuts, and you check out our cosmetology program here.

You’ll Love Life with Us!

We hope that you’ve found a few things that capture your interest in Sterling. We love it here, and we know you will too! If you’re searching for a cosmetology school, look no further than Sterling, Illinois! During your time with us, our students learn about hair design and coloring, waxing and nail services, and makeup artistry. You’ll love your life with us at Educators of Beauty and you’ll love your life in Sterling even more!