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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


Galena Mardi Gras - Pub Crawl

February 13, 2015

Various Locations
Start Mardi Gras Weekend off right with a pub crawl! Bring your Cajun spirits ...more

Galena Mardi Gras - Grub Crawl

February 13-15, 2015

Various Restaurants
What better way to taste delicious food at several Galena restaurants? Take ...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 - Snow & Ice Sculpting

February 14, 2015

Old Market House (123 N. Commerce St.)
Join us for Mardi Gras in Galena! Watch as professional and local snow sculpting ...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 27-28, 2015

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

Galena Goes 50s Weekend, Live Music and Workshops

February 27-28, 2015

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

St. Patrick's Day Parade and Celebration

March 14, 2015

Downtown Galena
A "fun for the whole family" parade including marching bands, costumed clans ...more

Spaless Weekend

March 20-22, 2015

DeSoto House Hotel & Various Galena Locations
By Women. For Women. About Women.

What do you call a group of classy, pinky-sipping, ...more

Galena Wine Lovers' Weekend

March 27-29, 2015

Galena Wine Lovers’ Weekend is a city-wide celebration of good wine, good food ...more

Peace in Union - 150th Anniversary Surrender at Appamattox

April 11, 2015

Various Locations
Commemorating 150 years since the surrender at Appomattox. April will bring ...more

General Grant's Home Front Civil War Encampment

April 24-26, 2015

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

Taste of Home Cooking School

May 7, 2015

Galena Convention Center
See step-by-step instructions on how to create satisfying and flavorful dishes ...more

Tour of Galena

June 4-7, 2015

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 13-14, 2015

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

Great Galena Balloon Race

June 19-21, 2015

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 20, 2015

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

Corkless in Galena

June 27, 2015

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

Time: 12 ...more

Independence Day Parade, Celebration and Fireworks

July 4, 2015

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

Market Square Arts Festival

August 8-9, 2015

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

Galena Food & Wine Festival

September 11, 2015

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

Ladies Getaway Weekend

September 11-13, 2015

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

Tour of Historic Galena Homes

September 26-27, 2015

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

Oktoberfest Pub Crawl

October 2, 2015

Various Locations
Sign up opens at 12 pm at The Grape Escape (242 N. Main St.). Limited to 100 ...more

Galena Oktoberfest

October 3, 2015

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

Galena Country Fair

October 10-11, 2015
October 8-9, 2016

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

Twenty Dirty Hands Pottery Tour

October 16-18, 2015

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

Galena Halloween Parade & Festival

October 31, 2015

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

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

November 28, 2015

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

Old Fashioned Christmas in Galena - Living Windows

December 12, 2015

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 12, 2015

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