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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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ARRT Drive

December 4, 2016

Various locations
Experience All River Road Talent, a collection of the Tri-State region's top ...more

Mistletoe Stroll Holiday House Tour

December 10, 17, 2016

Various locations
Bed and breakfast innkeepers of Galena invite the public to tour historic inns ...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, knowledge, ...more

Galena Mardi Gras Celebration

February 24-25, 2017

Various Locations
MARDI GRAS PUB CRAWLStart Mardi Gras weekend off right with a pub crawl! Bring ...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 a quilt ...more

St. Patrick's Day celebration

March 11, 2017

Galena Elks Lodge
Shamrock Shimmy 5KGrab your friends for a fun 5K through downtown Galena! The ...more

Wine Lovers Weekend

March 24-25, 2017

This is a citywide celebration of good wine, good food and good friends. Wine ...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.Saturday, 4/15:-9 ...more

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 Illinois! Located in a picturesque environment, ...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 scenery. ...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 made ...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 hot dogs, ...more

Ladies Getaway Weekend

September 8-10, 2017

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

Fall Harvest & Art Festival

September 23, 2017

Galena Cellars Vineyard
This autumn event has it all! Join the vineyard crew for art and wine festivites, ...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 14-15, 2017

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