Joining us for major Galena events is the perfect way to experience the best things that our area has to offer. No matter what time of year you visit Galena, IL, you’ll find a wide variety of special events, celebrations, and activities to enjoy. Check out our list of the best festivals and events in Galena below. Then, start planning a visit to attend your favorite!
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Galena Mardi Gras Celebration | February
After the holidays are over and you’re looking for a reason to celebrate, join us for a Mardi Gras celebration! You can start the weekend with a festive pub crawl, then enjoy a parade, masquerade ball, and more!
Wine Lovers Weekend | March
Wine Lovers Weekend is one of the largest Galena events of the year. Enjoy the state’s biggest indoor wine festival, special dinners, tastings, and events all weekend long. If you don’t know about Wine Lovers Weekend, read our blog to learn more!
Grant’s Home Front | April
Are you a history buff? If so, you need to attend Grant’s Home Front. This huge Civil War reenactment weekend brings history to life for a weekend that includes tours of U.S. Grant’s home, an 1860s period fashion show, afternoon dances, and battles each day.
Corkless in Galena | June
If you’ve missed Wine Lovers Weekend this year, join us for Corkless in Galena instead! Hosted on the Galena River, this summer event highlights family-owned Northern Illinois wineries and includes wine tastings, an art exhibit, light snacks, and live music.
Great Galena Balloon Race | June
The Great Galena Balloon Race is a magical summertime event that you’ll have to see to believe. Hosted on the third full weekend of June each year, this Galena, IL, hot air balloon festival fills the sky with bright colors. It also features, wine tastings, snacks, live music, and more!
Antique Town Rods Run & Car Show | July
More that 100 pre-1949 street rods fill the Galena river front each July for the Antique Town Rods Run & Car Show. Do you have a hot rod of your own? Bring it along and enjoy a scenic road and poker run along 98.9 miles of beautiful scenery.
Midwest Garlic Festival | August
Whether you love the robust spice or you hate it, you’ll have a blast at the Midwest Garlic Festival. Full of good food, good music, and good fun, this celebration of a farm to table lifestyle is something that everyone can enjoy.
Girlfriend’s Getaway Weekend | September
Sometimes the girls just need a weekend away. When you’re ready for a celebration with your best friends, visit Galena for Girlfriend’s Getaway Weekend. You’ll find plenty of special events, dining, and shopping fun!
Tour of Historic Galena Homes | September
Galena, IL, is filled with dozens of historic buildings and homes that feature well-preserved examples of 19th-century American workmanship. Each September, some of them open to the public for tours. Join us and attend the annual Tour of Historic Galena Homes. This year, 2017, will be the 50th anniversary of the event!
Galena Oktoberfest | October
Oktoberfest celebrations always promise great fun and plenty of delicious food and drinks. Galena Oktoberfest is no different! Expect to find a Ceremonial Tapping of the Keg, non-stop live music, wiener dog races, polka lessons and dancing, a bean bag tournament, a beer stein endurance contest, events for children, and more!
Nouveau Weekend | November
Did you miss Wine Lovers Weekend in the spring? If so, don’t fret! Galena Nouveau Wine Weekend, a celebration of the wine harvest season, is a great alternative in the fall. You’ll find tastings, dinners, and special events to enjoy.
Thanksgiving at the Farmers Guest House | November
When your bed and breakfast innkeeper is also an award-winning chef, Thanksgiving is a big deal. Join Chef Susan at the Farmers Guest House for Thanksgiving. You’ll find a bountiful feast filled with the best traditions and beloved dishes the season has to offer!
Night of the Luminaria | December
The Night of the Luminaria in December is without a doubt one of the top Galena events each year. Join us and stroll down the Helluva Half Mile Main Street. When you do, you’ll find extravagant animated window displays and more than 5,000 candlelit luminaries glowing on the streets, steps, and sidewalks throughout town.
Attend Galena Events and Stay with Us!
Attending the best Galena events is just one great way to discover everything our area has to offer. You can also take a cooking class with Farmers Guest House owner, innkeeper, and chef Susan at Breakfast Diva Cooking School. Or, go on a ghost tour, attend a concert, or learn to make pottery. The list of things to do in Galena, IL, is long, and we guarantee you’ll have no trouble discovering the perfect entertainment option for you.
And when you’re looking for a great place to call home during your visit to Galena, IL, make your reservations at the Farmers Guest House! Our award-winning bed and breakfast features nine well-appointed, tastefully decorated guestrooms, private outdoor patios and gardens, and a unique history that dates to 1867.
Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway for two or a corporate retreat for a group, consider booking your next stay in Galena, IL, at the Farmers Guest House. Learn more about our additional amenities like daily WineTime and spa, The Studio at Farmers Guest House, today. Then, contact us! We’d love to help you plan an incredible visit to Galena!