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Galena Events


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!

Search our comprehensive calendar by event type, keyword or date range. Whether you are looking for a family-friendly event or a hands-on workshop, we'll help you find it. Check individual business pages to discover special events hosted by our community of businesses and organizations.

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Featured Events


Grant's Triumphant Return, Pilgrimage and Encampment

April 26-27, 2014

Galena River Bank
Civil War encampments are back in town. Swarms of 1860’s blue and grey uniformed ...more

Tour of Galena

June 6-8, 2014

Galena and Jo Daviess County
The weekend features three races: A time trial and a road race on Saturday and ...more

Historic Cemetery Walk

June 14, 2014

Greenwood Cemetery
Former residents of Galena will present their compelling stories in live theatre ...more

Great Galena Balloon Race

June 20-22, 2014

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa
Don't miss this spectacular three day event. Over 20 hot air balloons, three ...more

Hunter Fuerste and His American Vintage Orchestra

June 21, 2014

Turner Hall
The nationally recognized, 14-piece Hunter Fuerste Orchestra will transport ...more

Independence Day Parade, Celebration and Fireworks

July 4, 2014

Downtown Galena
Live music on Green St. Plaza, 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Annual community parade with ...more

Galena Food & Wine Festival

September 5, 2014

Galena Convention Center
The Galena Food and Wine Festival aspires to be a culinary dream featuring the ...more

Ladies Getaway Weekend

September 5-7, 2014

Various Locations
It’s back and better than ever! Reconnect, relax, and laugh with the important ...more

Ladies Getaway Weekend

September 5-7, 2014

Various Locations
It’s back and better than ever! Reconnect, relax, and laugh with the important ...more

Ladies Getaway Weekend

September 5-7, 2014

Various Locations
It’s back and better than ever! Reconnect, relax, and laugh with the important ...more

Tour of Historic Galena Homes

September 27-28, 2014

Various Locations
Galena-Jo Daviess County Historical Society, in conjunction with Galena River ...more

Galena Oktoberfest

October 4, 2014

Depot Park
Annual German celebration featuring live music, kids games, wiener dog races ...more

Galena Country Fair

October 11-12, 2014

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

Twenty Dirty Hands Pottery Tour

October 17-19, 2014

Various Locations
Twenty Dirty Hands invites you on a self-guided tour of the beautiful Galena ...more

Galena Halloween Parade & Festival

October 25, 2014

Downtown Galena
Join us for one of Galena's biggest events...the Annual Halloween Parade held ...more

Swing & Sweets

November 8, 2014

DeSoto House Hotel
Dance to the River City 6 and indulge in all the sweets you care to eat! Enjoy ...more

Nouveau Wine Weekend

November 21-22, 2014

Galena Cellars Vineyard & Winery
Raise a glass as we celebrate the release of Galena Cellars' Nouveau Wine!

Area ...more

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

November 29, 2014

Old Market House
Enjoy a fun-filled weekend and start your holiday season celebration off with ...more

Old Fashioned Christmas in Galena - Meet Santa Claus

November 29, 2014
December 6, 13, 20, 2014

Old Market House
Bring the kids to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

On ...more

Old Fashioned Christmas in Galena - Luminaria Pub Crawl & Ugly Sweater Contest

December 12, 2014

Beginning at the Green Street Tavern - DeSoto House Hotel
Join Miss Kitty from The Grape Escape as Galena hosts the 6th annual, Old Fashioned ...more

Old Fashioned Christmas in Galena - Living Windows

December 13, 2014

Various Locations
Stroll down Main Street and watch the windows come alive with animation. Also, ...more

Old Fashioned Christmas in Galena - Night of the Luminaria

December 13, 2014

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

Galena Goes 50s Weekend, Live Music and Workshops

February 13-14, 2015

Turner Hall
Slip on your poodle skirts and slick back your hair because this will be a weekend ...more

Galena Mardi Gras Parade

February 14, 2015

Rain, snow or shine! Don't miss the Mardi Gras Parade! Fun and beads, beads, ...more

Galena Mardi Gras - Masquerade Ball

February 14, 2015

Galena Brewing Company
Enjoy music, food, drinks and fun! Grab your beads and Mardi Gras mask and head ...more

Galena Goes 50s - Dance Workshops

February 14, 2015

Turner Hall
Put on your dancing shoes and sharpen your dance moves at any of our Galena ...more

President Grant's Grand Birthday Celebration

April 10-12, 2015

Various times and locations
This event will mark the 193nd birthday for Grant, most notably remembered as ...more