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Old Market House State Historic Site
123 N. Commerce St.
Galena, IL 61036
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Galena is host to many premier Illinois events and festivals including Wine Lovers' Weekend, Girlfriend Getaway, Galena Country Fair, and Nouveau Weekend. A quick search of our Calendar of Events and you'll discover festivals, fairs, community celebrations, workshops and special events...no matter when you plan to visit there is a variety of things to do in Galena!

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Lonesome Highway–a Tribute to Bob Dylan

October 23, 2016

Turner Hall
There are several reasons why, until now, no tribute performer has been ...more

Galena Halloween Parade & Festival

October 29, 2016

Downtown Galena
Finish ...more

ARRT Drive

November 5-6, 2016
December 3-4, 2016

Various locations
Experience All River ...more

Nouveau Wine Weekend

November 18-19, 2016

Galena Cellars Vineyard & Winery
Raise a glass and celebrate the release of Galena Cellars' Nouveau wine! ...more

Old Fashioned Christmas in Galena - Arrival of Santa and Lighting of Tree

November 26, 2016

Old Market House
Start your holiday season celebration off with the big man himself...Santa ...more

Taste of Christmas Progressive Dinner

December 3, 2016

Various locations
Enjoy a night of dining with multiple courses at different bed and breakfast ...more

Mistletoe Stroll Holiday House Tour

December 10, 17, 2016

Various locations
Bed and breakfast innkeepers of Galena ...more

Wedding in a Window

December 10, 2016

Carolyn S. Wettstone & Terry Swails are the winners of Wedding in a Window! ...more

Night of the Luminaria & Living Windows

December 10, 2016

Various Locations
Don't miss one of the most beautiful and romantic visions of the year. Stroll ...more

Galena LitFest

January 14, 2017

Desoto House Hotel
This isn't a book fair! This event brings together lovers of literature, ...more

Galena Mardi Gras Celebration

February 24-25, 2017

Various Locations
Start Mardi Gras weekend off right ...more

Galena Goes 50s Weekend, Live Music and Workshops

March 3-4, 2017

Turner Hall
Enjoy a fun filled 50s weekend in Galena. Sock Hop, Dance Workshops, Professional ...more

Galena/Jo Daviess Quilt Show

March 9-11, 2017

Desoto House Hotel
Quilts galore! See them, hear about them, have them appraised... this is ...more

St. Patrick's Day celebration

March 11, 2017

Galena Elks Lodge
Shamrock Shimmy 5K
Grab your friends for a fun 5K through ...more

Wine Lovers Weekend

March 24-25, 2017

This is a citywide celebration of good wine, good food and good friends. ...more

Spaless Weekend

April 1, 2017

DeSoto House Hotel & Various Galena Locations
By Women. For Women. About Women. What do you call a group of classy, pinky-sipping, ...more

Earth Week 2017

April 15-22, 2017

Various Locations
Community events, in and around Galena, leading up to Earth Day.


Historic Cemetery Walk

June 10-11, 2017

Greenwood Cemetery
Former residents of Galena present compelling stories in live theater format ...more

Corkless in Galena

June 24, 2017

Depot Park
A festival celebrating the wines of Northern Illinois and beyond! Located ...more

Antique Town Rods Run & Car Show

July 16, 2017

Depot Park
It all begins Saturday with a road tour, poker run and 98.9 miles of great ...more

Midwest Garlic Festival

August 12-13, 2017

Terrapin Park
A celebration of garlic, food, family and music with a goal of bringing naturally ...more

Market Square Arts Festival

August 12, 2017

Old Market House Square
Juried art and fine crafts fair. Wide range of work, all original artwork ...more

Fall into Stockton

August 19, 2017

Downtown Stockton
This family fall festival offers something to satisfy all tastes... including ...more

Apple Canyon Lake Ice Cream Social & Craft Fair

September 3, 2017

Apple Canyon Lake
I scream for ice scream!

This is the real deal. There's BBQ, grilled ...more

Ladies Getaway Weekend

September 8-10, 2017

Various Locations
Reconnect, relax and laugh with the ladies that mean the most. Stay busy ...more

Heroes for History Stair Challenge 5K Race

September 9, 2017

Downtown Galena
This is a 5K on 'stair'oids! Ten laps and 3,070 steps to glory in the most ...more

East Dubuque WingFest

September 9, 2017

Downtown East Dubuque
This annual chicken wing cook-off is a chicken lover's paradise! It features ...more


September 15-16, 2017

Downtown Hanover
This is one of those great old-fashioned town celebrations, including a fish ...more

Galena Oktoberfest

September 30, 2017

Depot Park
Don't miss this annual German celebration featuring live music, kids games, ...more

Galena Country Fair

October 7-8, 2017
October 6-7, 2018
October 12-13, 2019

Grant Park
More than 150 vendors offering original, handmade arts, crafts and fine arts. ...more

Twenty Dirty Hands Pottery Tour

October 14, 2017

Various Locations
This is a self-guided tour of the beautiful Galena area countryside exploding ...more

ARRT Along the River

October 14, 2017

Depot Park
This is a premiere art show in a picturesque park with a background ...more